Highland Blackhouses

As part of our learning about the “Highland Clearances,” we used clay to make 3-D models of a Blackhouse, painted them and created a backdrop to show them off.

They look very realistic. Thanks to Mrs McLeod, our Art Specialist.

 
The Highland Blackhouse on PhotoPeach

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

Rainforest Adventure at the Botanic Gardens

P5-7 had a fantastic time at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Our guide, Lizzie, showed us where to find some of the amazing plants, originating from the Rainforest, which we use for flavouring, food and clothing. We found out that you can get socks made out of Bamboo!
We also found out that Scotland’s own Silver Birch can be used to make products such as shoes, bags and a very delicious syrup – Yum!
Rainforest Adventure at the Botanic Gardens on PhotoPeach

P3/4/5 enjoy our board games

P3/4/5 pupils enjoyed a visit to our classroom to play the WWII board games. Everybody had time to play a couple of games they wanted to play. There was much laughter and excitement as people competed with each other to win. Comments on the different games were very positive and the buzz in the classroom clearly indicated that everybody was enjoying themselves. 

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It’s your turn to throw the dice!

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The class were given an end of topic challenge; to design a board game which reflects what they have learned in their WWII topic. The children worked in cooperative teams and produced very imaginative and entertaining games.IMG_6291 IMG_6290 IMG_6289

Each team member took turns in teaching other teams how to play their game. Pupils were asked to show a fist/ hand vote on how well this team member did in their presentation and gave feedback on what they liked about the game and whether he/ she could make improvements.

IMG_6299 IMG_6298 IMG_6297 IMG_6296 IMG_6295 The follow up task to this challenge was to write detailed information and instructions on how to play their board game.

 

P6/7 WWII Museum

P6/7 WWII Learning Wall on PhotoPeach

P6/7 invited parents in on the last day of term to see our ‘Second World War’ Museum and to share our learning. Some groups performed the plays they had scripted and the children sang ‘Obey Your Air Raid Warden’. This has been a very enjoyable project and the pupils have enjoyed learning and talking about this important time in British history. 

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Sarah’s talk on Auschwitz & Birkenau

Mrs Moore’s daughter, Sarah, visited the class to tell us about her visit to the WWII concentration camps as part of a student trip to Poland and Germany. She gave a very informative talk on what she saw and learned there. 

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Charlotte had chosen ‘The Holocaust’ as her research topic and so she was able to tell the class several additional facts that she had learned about Hitler’s treatment of the Jewish people. We also discussed Anne Frank’s family who were sent from Holland to the Polish concentration camp. Aimee, Erin and Amalea studied Anne Frank for their project booklets, and told us that she had sadly died only two weeks before Auschwitz was liberated by the allies.  

Peer Assessment of WWII Research Booklets

Everybody has completed their WWII research tasks. They make interesting reading! The class worked in pairs to read and assess two project booklets. Using the peer assessment sheet, they discussed and wrote comments on how well the person had achieved each of the success criteria. The focus was on factual content and presentation and the assessments included the traffic lighting (green, amber, red) to indicate the progress in achieving targets.

IMG_5757 IMG_5754 IMG_5758 IMG_5755 IMG_5752 IMG_5750 IMG_5753  IMG_5750  Pupils took the peer assessment seriously and gave good and honest feedback on the topic books that they read.