Energy Debate

After investigating the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources, pupils prepared their arguments for a debate. Each group made a poster which, alongside Google slides, provided the medium for presenting to the P3/4 class. Following the presentations, a vote was taken which resulted Solar and Hydroelectric energy sources being voted first equal. Well done to all of you for the huge amount of work you put into your research and your professional presentations.

Torness Power Station

To enhance their learning about energy sources, P5/6/7 visited Torness Power Station to find out how Nuclear power contributes to Scotland’s provision of electricity. Thanks to edf and tour guides at Torness for a fantastic, informative visit. A has been inspired to create his own lego turbine, complete with security guard.

Scottish Parliament

P6/7 thought it would be a good idea to take a train to Waverley station to get us to the Scottish Parliament in time for a very informative workshop about the history of the Parliament, led by Isabel. She then took us for a tour of the building, then to meet our local MSP, Iain Gray, who was able to answer all our questions. We ventured outside for lunch, after which we found the answers to a quiz about the structure of the Parliament building, then back through security for a brief spell in the chamber. Thanks to all the staff and MSPs at the Parliament for being so friendly and helpful and also to Dawn, Ben’s mum, who helped us throughout the day.

Scottish Parliament on PhotoPeach

Spaghetti Tower Challenge

It was the first day back after the Christmas holidays so a fun challenge was the order of the day.
A packet of marshmallows and a handful of spaghetti was all that was required to build resilience through great communication and teamwork. Four fantastic designs entered the competition for tallest tower and the one that could bear the heaviest load. Congratulations to all teams for working together to make the first day back so much fun!

Edinburgh Castle – National War Museum

On Monday 14th November, we went to the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle to find out more about how WW2 affected the lives of people living in Scotland. As part of our “Wartime Life Experience” workshop, we learnt about the real-life experiences of Scottish evacuees, prisoners of war, sailors and those left at home and were able to examine letters, photographs and uniforms. We were also able to see how the homes would have been furnished and what would have been used in the kitchen.
Our visit to the Castle coincided with a visit being made by some important guests to commemorate Remembrance Day and we were extremely lucky to witness a 21-Gun Salute.

Scottish History comes to life at NMS

We visited the National Museum of Scotland on 26th January to find out more about Scottish History.
First we investigated the “Early People” halls, finding out about the stone carvings, Gods and stone age tools.
After that, we enjoyed taking part in a fabulous re-enactment of the second Jacobite rebellion.
To finish, we went to one of the upstairs classrooms to look at artefacts from the Highland Clearances.
A brilliant day, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
The Story of Bonnie Prince Charlie on PhotoPeach

Kakatsitsi Master Drummers come to Elphinstone

To get us into the swing of things for a new school year, the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana came to teach us about their instruments and to sing along to one of their community fishing songs. Following this, they taught the class a very lively dance and gave them a workshop on how to use the drums to make different sounds.
Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.

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