P4 were excited to start their ‘Super Sonic Spuds’ Project last Friday. This is organised by the Royal Highland Educational Trust and will take place between now and summer. The pupils are having an opportunity to plant their own crop of potatoes and watch and learn about growing them before we harvest them.
Potatoes for eating and seed potatoes are grown in Scotland and East Lothian is one of the main areas in Scotland that grows them.
We are planting potatoes and will take part in some competitions to see how we get on.
The potatoes are supplied by Denholm Potato Growers of East Lothian and on 6th March James Wyllie from Ruchlaw Produce will visit P4 to help us plant the potatoes. We are planting Rocket Potatoes.
Denholm Potato Growers grow and supply potatoes to farms and garden centres such as Dobbies and other places across the United Kingdom.
Last Friday we chitted the potatoes. This meant we chose the 6 largest potatoes and put them in an egg box at the window. We put them there so they could get light but not next to a heater as we did not want them to be too warm.
Over the next few weeks they should start to ‘chit’ which means sprouts will develop from the potato eyes. Later on we will plant them indoors then outside when the weather is suitable.
As we were supplied with 12 potatoes but can only use 6 for the project we gave the rest of them to the nursery to plant.
We will keep you updated as to how we get on and what we do next.
In P4 we liked to learn our Maths and Number in lots of different ways. We play games in class, sometimes outside and use materials to help us. Sometimes we play games on the computer and we have even had some lessons outside.
Here are some photos of when we are doing our Place Value number work.
When we were at the farm we looked at all the parts of a real plough.
We then watched 3 different ploughs being used to plough the fields.
3 things the farmer is looking for when he is ploughing are that the field he has ploughed is: straight, black and even.
. Black black means no straw seen when ploughing.
. Straight straight means it is not going to be wonky.
. Equal equal means not having one long side and one short.