Category Archives: Primary 3

Fostering – can you help?

Are you who they’re looking for?
We urgently need more people to take the plunge and find out about fostering with East Lothian Council.
East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar says:
‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. The demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.
‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our current foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’
To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team (including, training, home visits and remuneration), please go to or  phone us on 01620 827 643
Jane Ogden-Smith MCIPR
Communications and Engagement
East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership
Room 211, John Muir House
Brewery Park
Haddington EH41 3HA
Direct Line 01620 827 755
Mobile 07703 191 218
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P3 Talk on Architecture and Bridge Building

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.

P3 Creative snow day projects

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!

P3 Civil Engineering Talk

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 🙂


Primary 3 Testing our Truss Bridge

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.

It’s still snowing! We miss you !

Good morning everyone!

Hope you are all safe and warm! Your teachers have been working hard during these snow days to plan some fantastic learning for you , so hopefully we will be seeing you all on Monday.

P4-7 – hope you are doing lots of lovely reading – remember to use ARbookfinder online to check if a book is on AR.

p1-3 – carry on with any reading book you have or enjoy a comic or magazine.

We do hope you have been getting creative in the snow – send us your photos so we can put them on our blog!


Take care everyone.

Mrs G 🙂

Primary 3 Bridges – watch and learn!

Hi Primary 3,

Get a headstart on our new topic about bridges by looking at these clips:

Do you think glass is a strong enough material for building bridges?

This one is about what makes bridges strong:

Check out these terrifying bridges! Would you be brave enough to cross these? Mrs Peck has crossed the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge a number of times – it’s pretty creaky!!

Let us know what you think in the comments 🙂

Mrs Peck and Miss Ross



P3 Snow Day Quiz about Bridges

Hi Primary 3,

We hope you are enjoying the snow!

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.

  1. How long did it take to build the first iron bridge?
  2. What year was the Forth Rail Bridge built?
  3. What funny name is sometimes used for the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
  4. When the Golden Gate Bridge was built, what two world records did it win?
  5. Where is the current longest bridge in the world and how long is it?
  6. Why was the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk built?
  7. Can you find out the name of one of the amazing bridges that Santiago Calatrava built?
  8. 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.

Have a great day,

Mrs Peck and Miss Ross