Category Archives: Problem Solving

JYHS – ‘German Adventure’

Both the P7 classes really enjoyed themselves this morning at JYHS. They engaged in a modern languages event called ‘The German Adventure’. There, they were able to work with S1 pupils and P7 pupils from another school.


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P4 Mini-Bridge

In P4, we are having some very exciting lessons this term! We are learning to play Mini-Bridge with some members of Livingston Bridge Club.

We have been introduced to the different suits and values of the cards and we have played some basic card games already. We are looking forward to learning more about Mini-Bridge and developing skills areas such as problem-solving and co-operating with others.

P6; a busy few weeks!



IMG_1084P6 have had a busy few weeks and are now preparing and thinking about our responsibilities when we start P7. Most of us have been given a new P1 as a buddy; some of us met our buddy last week and enjoyed getting to know them. We have discussed the responsibilities that go with this job and we are all committed to ensuring that our new buddy is happy and enjoying their first year at Williamston! The rest of us can’t wait to meet our buddies when they come for their visit in a couple of weeks! In other news, we have been working hard to learn plural rules and apply this in our writing; we have learned 8 different plural rules so far and we all feel much more confident about singular and plural rules! We also enjoyed our recent group activity where we were asked to source materials to make a sukkot. Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions. Jewish families will build an open air structure in which to live during this holiday. The essential thing about the hut is that it should have a roof of branches and leaves, through which those inside can see the sky, and that it should be a temporary and flimsy thing. We think our attempts were very successful, although not life size, this activitiy really helped with our understanding of this Jewish festival.

Solve it Blocks

Our nursery children are beginning to work with Solve it Blocks. This set of 12 large blocks, are designed to support and enhance children’s teamwork, numeracy, literacy, problem solving and health and well being skills. The blocks display a selection of colours, pictures, letters and numbers. Children then have to work together to match a pattern on a card. The patterns get more challenging as the children develop their abilities. Pictures to follow.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

This week Primary 2 and Primary 2/1 have been investigating floating and sinking.  We were able to select objects from around the classroom and place them in the water to find out if they would float or sink.  Once we had selected our objects we would discuss our hypothesis giving reasons why we thought they would either float or sink.  We were able to determine that objects which had air in them and were made from plastic would float, if objects were made from metal they would sink, also we discovered the objects we used made from foam would float at first before sinking after soaking up some water.  We also discovered that it did not matter on the size of the object, it depended upon how heavy it was.

P2a even took their experiments outside with Mrs McNaughton to explore objects in the playground to see if they would float or sink!

Look out for our beautiful lighthouses making their way home with us.  We have been very creative bees and put our final touches to them, they look delightful.

We are having so much fun!




Primary 7 Rocket Science!

P7 were visited yesterday by Martin Bailey an Engineer from Wyman Р Gordon in Livingston. After hearing all about his job and how he became an engineer the pupils had their own chance at designing and building rockets. Pupils were split into groups of three or four and set about creating their own rockets.  Each rocket was given an astronaut (an egg, eggstronaut!) which they had to land safely after their launch. After presenting their rockets and features and how they were going to keep their eggstronauts safe they tested their rockets, launching them in the field outside. You will be pleased to hear that all our eggstronauts made it back safely. Well done P7 engineers.