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P6 Update

I loved Hopetoun House – Kayleigh.

I really, really, really enjoyed making the News Report at Sky – Alexander.

I thought Christmas Lunch was YUMMY! – Olivia.

I loved making the news report at Sky, particularly using the camera – Lochlan.

We’ve been getting on really well this week with our #RandomActsofKindness – have you seen us around? – Daisy.

At Hopetoun we got to make butter and buttermilk – in class we then tasted this on pancakes and crumpets! I’d give it 10/10! – Shefali.


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Primary 3 Katie Morag Showcase

Last week in primary 3a and 3b, we were very excited about having our family into school to share everything we have been learning in our Katie Morag topic.

Our special guests arrived at 9.15 in the morning and we welcomed them in the small hall and got started right away with sharing our work.

We performed the Canadian Barn Dance and Gay Gordons in the small hall, and then even asked an adult to dance with us!  We were very impressed with the effort and enthusiasm from our guests.

In our P3 classrooms, we performed our Katie Morag puppet shows.  We have been working very hard with Mrs Thomson to plan and script our puppet show and then made puppets and backdrops for our performance.  We also showed our guests our 3D model islands.  As Katie Morag lives on an island, we have been exploring island life and designed and made a model island of our own.  We had to explain how we did this to our guests.

We shared stories with our guests in the library.  Primary 3a have written a whole class Katie Morag story and read this to our guests and Primary 3b have been working on individual Katie Morag short stories and shared these with their guests.  We also took the time to relax with a Katie Morag book.

To finish off our busy morning, we went back to the small hall to sing some Scottish songs.  We sang “Ye cannae shove yer Granny aff a bus”, “The world must be comin’ tae an end” and “three craws”.  We have also been working on a traditional Gaelic song with Ms Macdonald and performed this too.

We had a wonderful time showcasing our learning to our invited guests and our teachers think we did a wonderful job of explaining everything we have been doing in our topic work.



Here are some of the comments that have been made by our special guests:

“I can’t seem to pick a favourite as everything was great!  A big thank you Ethan, P3’s and teachers – the effort and quality of work blew us away!!  Good job everybody!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event.  It was nice to see Hamza’s interest and involvement in every part of the event – especially dancing and singing.”

“I enjoyed everything.  It is lovely to get an insight into what your children do at school and how they interact on a daily basis.”

“It was fabulous to see all the hard work undertaken by the pupils – loved the opportunity to see Roan’s work after hearing all about it over the past few weeks.”

“Primary 3 Katie Morag showcase was amazing!  It was great for parents to gain a better understanding through participation.”

“Great interaction, allowing the child to showcase what they have learned.  Really enjoyed the morning – a very proud Dad.”

Democracy and Dictatorship

As part of our Citizen 7 topic we have been developing our research and presenting skills! We worked together in groups to find out information about either Dictatorship or Democracy. We had to use what we found out to create a presentation. We presented these to other groups and brought together what we learned on a poster by listing 5 facts we learned from the presentations. We also evaluated how we thought our groups worked together. We are looking forward to learning more about the Scottish Parliament. We will keep you posted!

Researching in P3

As part of our Romans topic, we have been working in groups to research different aspects of Roman life.  The “mini topics” that we were looking into were food and drink, clothes, houses, school, buildings, leisure, Gods and Goddesses and inventions.

We used our non-fiction reading skills to look in books to find interesting facts and then practiced note-taking by writing down the information we found.  Then we used these notes to make our own non-fiction posters, leaflets and booklets to share the information with everyone else.  We then presented our information to our classmates – we were the teachers!

We really enjoyed being responsible for our own learning and sharing what we discovered with everyone.  This was a super way to finish our topic on Romans.

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Primary 5 in Amazonia

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Primary 5 had a fantastic day at Amazonia, where they experienced what the Amazon Rainforest is like. They had the opportunity to see some of the animals found in the Amazon Rainforest, some of them up close in the handling sessions! Primary 5a had the chance to carefully handle a tarantula, a python and hissing cockroaches, whereas Primary 5b could handle a corn snake, a gecko and the hissing cockroaches. It was an amazing start to our South America topic.

P5 La Cucaracha!

As part of the P5 project on South America, pupils have been learning La Cucaracha, a traditional song from Latin America.

Please click file below to hear P5 sing and play their very own version. Enjoy!

P4 Edinburgh Trip

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Last week, Primary 4 went on their trip to Edinburgh. At the castle we met Mary Queen of Scots who prepared us for our Stuart party. We found out how boys and girls would have lived during her reign, dressed up in suitable clothing and learnt a dance. At thePalace of Holyroodhouse  we learnt about Mary’s life at the palace and saw the place where her secretary Rizzio was murdered. We also learnt about how members of the royal family have used the palace since. Both classes had the opportunity to explore the Royal Mile when travelling between the two locations and we saw John Knox’s house.


Primary 3 Roman Day

On Tuesday the 24th March, we had a very special visitor!  Decimus Gaius, a Roman soldier, came to Williamston to teach us all about life in the Roman army.  We learned lots about Soldiers’ uniforms and weapons, the food they ate and even their toilet habits.  We then got dressed in our own army uniforms and were taught battle formations!  Decimus Gaius was in charge, and gave us battle commands in Latin.  We learned how to attack in Tortoise formation, how to stay in army ranks and how to protect against attacking horses.

As part of our Roman day we also enjoyed a Roman feast.  We relaxed in our togas and laurel headbands and tried various Roman delicacies.  This included bread, grapes, cheese, dates, red wine (blackcurrant juice!) and dormice (of the chocolate variety!)  The children took turns being slaves and served the others, and everyone lay on the floor and enjoyed the experience.





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