MAD Social Studies Challenge!

All pupils from P1 – P7 took part in a M.A.D. history challenge on the last day of term.  They worked in mixed age groups and took part in three, skill based, challenges!

In Mrs Robertson’s and Miss Wilson’s rooms the pupils were focusing on artefacts.

  • The first part this challenge was to observe a variety of artefacts and then using their knowledge, understanding and experience of historical topics they tried to think about what they are and what they were used for. 
  • The second part of this challenge was to arrange pictures of objects, from a modern day ipod to a victorian iron, in chronoligical order.

In Ms Murphy’s room the pupils were focusing on the Macmerry Gala.

  • In this challenge the pupils were using photos form ‘Macmerry Lives’ as a source of evidence to learn about what the Gala was like a number of years ago.  They then used their own experience of the Gala and used comparing and contrasting skills to find differences and similarities between the past and now.  The pupils then made wonderful crowns.


In the gym hall pupils were using a silent film of VE Day celebrations.

  • In this challenge the pupils were asked to analyse the film and think about what was happening. The P6/7 pupils were able to use their understanding from their recent WW2 topic to support the groups in this challenge.   The pupils were then asked to make a commentary for the silent film.  Each pupil pretended to be someone in the film and wrote about what they thought the person might be feeling/thinking.  As the film played the pupils read aloud their sentence.  There were many bands playing in the film so the pupils played musical instruments when the band was on the screen, cleverly aided by Mrs Greenwood sign – BAND!

It was a very successful morning, which concluded a very successful challenge week!

A big thank you to all of the fantastic helpers!






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