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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 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.

P5 News Update

Due to the fact that we had to cancel the P5 open day, it will be rescheduled for this Friday 9th March from 11.30 – 12.30.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the things they have been doing.

P5 Preparations on PhotoPeach

Hello. Primary 3

Hello primary 3,

Hope you are all staying cosy & really sad we are missing World Book Day as was looking forward to seeing all your gorgeous costumes, maybe we can ask Mrs G if we can do it another day.

Can you,

Read📕, it’s still World Book Day so wear your costume & read your book.

Spelling, spell your words in the snow & bring in a picture.

Maths, can you practice giving change from £1 & seeing if you can recognise & add with a selection of coins to £1. You could also write your tables in the snow!

Topic, look at some Scottish artists & see if you could copy their style.  See if you could research some famous bridges in Scotland, where are they, when & how were they built?

Write an adventure story about what happened in the snow!!!! It could even be a comic strip.

Also get out & have fun in the snow & bring in some pictures when we get back, enjoy making some great snowy memories.☃️

Stay cosy & warm & hope to see you all soon. ☃️❄️

Love Miss Ross & Mrs Peck xx




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

Hello everyone!

Hi everyone .Its Mrs G. I hope you are all keeping safe and warm. Happy World Book Day!

if you are looking for some fun learning in the snow check out these links – World Book Day films to watch and very creative snow activities – I love the snowy critters – send us a photo if you make one 🙂 Take care – see you soon 🙂

01 March 2018 07:39