This week in Primary 3 we were pleased to have a visit from Ian Sutherland who came in to talk to us about architecture in relation to our topic on bridges. Ian told us about the role of an architect and shared with us some of the projects he has worked on, including designing the abutments for the new Queensferry Crossing. We were really interested to hear about what architects do and we saw how important team work is when Ian showed us a photograph of all the people who had worked to complete a bridge. It was fascinating to hear about the process of designing a bridge and what things need to be considered.
It has been really inspiring to have these visits from Michelle and Ian about civil engineering and architecture. It’s a great opportunity for P3 to see how the skills of team work, design and problem solving that we are practising in class in our topic on bridges are the same skills that our parents are using everyday.
Delighted to come back to school after the snow days last week and hear about all of the interesting projects that Primary 3 did at home. Lots of fantastic research into bridges and great stories of various snow building creations. Wonderful work on spellings and Maths too 🙂 Thanks Primary 3.
Here is a photograph of one of our P3s and the replica 3D arch bridge that he built at home using cardboard. It looks amazing!
Primary 3 had a talk this week about civil engineering and learnt about the role of a civil engineer in bridge building. Thanks very much to Michelle Coyle for coming in to speak to us and sharing so many interesting stories about her time as a civil engineer. It sounds like a fascinating job and a very interesting one for pupils to think about who enjoy solving problems. There are lots of very skilled problem solvers in Primary 3 🙂
We finished making our truss bridges this week in Primary 3. How strong do you think a bridge made from lollipop sticks held together with glue will be? We decided to test one of the bridges using dictionaries as weights. Some of us thought the bridge would only hold three dictionaries. Some of us thought it would hold as many as six!
Eleven dictionaries and then we ran out of dictionaries!! We thought about why the truss bridge was so strong and how our knowledge of triangles as strong shapes helped. When we eventually broke the bridge by testing to see if it could hold someone’s weight, we thought about what we could do to make the bridge even stronger.
Here is a quiz for you all about bridges – our new topic. See if you can find out the answers. You could post any answers that you get in the comments and we will check back to see if anyone has managed to figure them out.
How long did it take to build the first iron bridge?
What year was the Forth Rail Bridge built?
What funny name is sometimes used for the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
When the Golden Gate Bridge was built, what two world records did it win?
Where is the current longest bridge in the world and how long is it?
Why was the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk built?
Can you find out the name of one of the amazing bridges that Santiago Calatrava built?
Would you walk across the Zhangjiajie Bridge in China? Tell us why / why not!
You don’t have to find out all of the answers. Post any answers that you can.
This was our last week of football coaching with Lorna from the Sports Development team. Unfortunately the really wet weather on Wednesday meant that we couldn’t use the field to play. We were able to move the session indoors where we had the opportunity to put all of the skills we have been learning into good use during mini-football matches. The coaching sessions have been fantastic and everyone has had the opportunity to develop their skills with the football as well as to have a taster of what playing football involves. Lorna has helped us identify our next steps and we are looking forward to continuing to develop our skills in our PE lessons.