Bridge Building Task – by Laura

Paper bridge building

Mr. Andrew set us a STEM challenge of working together to build a bridge. The following blog post was written by Laura.

In primary 6 we were building paper bridges,everyone had their own unique idea nobody’s was the same we had lots of fun.


Here are some examples of the bridges we made.

We had 100 fake pounds to spend on the things to build the paper bridges and here are the prices of the equipment we needed.



The bridges had to be 40 centimeters long and hold the weight of a rubber and also be able to stand on its own without it taped to the table.


As you can see we really enjoyed the the task.

Podcasts by Primary 6

We decided to cover some reading, talking/ listening and writing skills by researching, writing ad recording our own podcasts in groups.


Here are our final products. We have put in many weeks of work to complete this so we hope you enjoy. Please show us your appreciation of our work by leaving a comment below if you can find the time ūüôā

Alien Invaders 

Animal Reactions 


The History Gang 

Please note: this group’s recording will start at 0:57 due to a technical issue.


The Great Predators 


We have still to hear from one group ‘Technically Awesome’ once we iron out a ‘technical’ issue with their recording!

Macmillan Virtual Learning Wall

This year – Mr. Andrew has decided to create a virtual learning wall instead of just having one in school.


We are going to discuss what we learned, how we learned it and show you the final products of our learning!


We were all very excited at the beginning of P6 to find out that we would be organising a Macmillan Coffee Morning.


Here is everything that Mr. Andrew thought that we should cover.


Wow, that seemed like a lot to learn. We were ready for the challenge though.


We got to work right away and decided on our theme – we went for superheroes to show that we were going to be like heroes, raising money for people with cancer.


Then we realised that we had to get to work in asking local businesses for donations. To do this we had to use our persuasive writing skills:




This was successful for us as we got a few prizes donated that we were very grateful for:



As well as using our persuasive writing skills to ask for prizes we had to persuade people to come along by creating some posters.



Once the work was under way we decided we needed to learn more about the Macmillan charity. We used our reading and technology skills to create some fact files on Macmillan – we also put them on the tables for our guests to read.




Once we knew why we were raising money we thought it would be a perfect time to make some cakes to sell!


We learned about food hygeine and practised our baking skills with a little bit of weighing and measuring thrown in as well.




This is what the final result looked like:




After the cakes were ready it was time to set up the hall.


We used our art and design skills to produce some fantastic work


Once the hall was decorated and set up it was time for the big day. We had a raffle, guess the height of the cake, a cake stall and people paid to get in at the door. All the generous donations helped us to raise £478.64. We were so happy and we would like to thank everyone for all their support.

Here are just some photos from our day taken by Aidan and Megan. Lean and Zander are working on making them into a video but you can enjoy the slideshow for now.


Click here for the Google Photos Slide Show

Here is what P6 had to say about our IDL study:

Daniel –¬† “I was very pleased with how the Macmillan topic went. It was a great opportunity for us to learn about cancer and how it affects people. We also earned good life skills like how to handle money. We also got a taste of the world of work as we learned how to be a good waiter and have good customer service skills”.


Martha – ” I was really happy about the art work and liked decorating the hall”.


Megan – “I learned about how cancer and how it can affect lots and lots of people in the world”.


Harry – “I learned how to spell tricky topic words like fundraiser, cancer and support”.


Aidan – “I learned how to use a video camera”.


Fraser -” I learned how to count up money and give change at the door. It was tricky at first but we got used to it”.

Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment if you enjoyed our post. We love to get feedback




Archaeological Dig at Cockenzie

The following Blog was written by Erin and Daniel:

This is our Primary 6 class blog about our dig at Cockrnzie. First we walk to Cockenzie House we all felt very excited .


When we got there we were taught about how salt was made

Then we split into groups one of us dug the others cleaned the finds


When we were digging we used two tools and a brush for the dig. We found a lot of things like rings and one of us actually  found a railway sleeper when we were there it was awesome. We all loved it. The people who were washing the findings used toothbrushes to clean everything. Once we had done all of the activities every one  drew a picture of the people who used to make salt


After that we got the chance to dress up in Victorian clothes.



To have some fun the Victorian shot his gun. I loved it. The gun was so loud I got a fright. Walking back  was fun because we were all talking about the trip. So overall, we had a really great time.        

Fidget Spinners

Ah, fidget spinners. The latest craze to sweep classrooms and playgrounds around the country. Anyone remember dabbing and the bottle flip?

Anyway, in P6 we aimed to turn the latest craze into a learning opportunity – all with the help from the wonderful people at Twinkl.

We started off our week by trying out the fantastic interactive worksheets on some facts behind the Fidget Spinner. This was something we were really excited about as previously we have tried to answer worksheets in pdf format on our netbooks and it has been pretty messy. To our delight we found that Twinkl have now started to offer pdf files which you can type straight on to. We loved using them compared to normal worksheets – think of the trees we have saved!


There were a few issues with how to store and send the final document – but that is a teaching point for me to iron out, the resource is solid.


Here are some examples of our work that day:




This was a great start to our learning for the week.


On Wednesday we decided to put our maths and science skills to the test, aiming to see how changing the angle of the spinner changed the duration of the spin.


We worked in pairs to spin the spinner five times with our right hand and five times with our left hand. We also investigated how changing the angle from 180 degrees to 45 degrees changed the spin duration.


We tried our best to make it a fair test so made sure we used similar power on each spin and kept the person who was spinning and the spinner used the same. We also made sure that we didn’t spin it on the desk as friction would slow it down.


We used stop watches to record the time (we then had to convert each time into seconds) then we worked out an average of each hand at both angles. We did this by adding up all the time in seconds and dividing it by the 5 spins.


Once we recorded all of our spins we thought about our results.


Here are some photos of us in action…

Here is an example of the fabulous resource from Twinkl (I edited it slightly to make it more suitable for P6).


So, all in all we had a fabulous day of learning. We used our maths, science and technology skills. Thanks again Twinkl – be sure to check out their variety of resources on Fidget Spinners. We are going to design our own tomorrow.


Also, look out for a couple of guest blog posts by our own pupils and check out a video on our school Twitter page.

St. Gabriel’s Primary Twitter

Martin Luther King Jr – Twinkl

Well, we are now approaching Term 4 and I am reflecting on the January – March Term. What a busy term it was. In St. Gabriel’s we had an even more busy time than usual as our whole school was preparing for our 50th Anniversary. Our show, mass and party were all a huge success. You can see for yourself here:

Despite the term being so busy, I did not want to stop Primary 6’s fantastic learning on our Civil Rights topic The children were so enthusiastic about their learning and have really been displaying a mature attitude towards a sensitive subject. With many afternoons dedicated to school celebrations, I needed a quick lesson that would facilitate good quality learning but, at the same time not require a lot of preparation from the teacher (we can only do so much at once!).

This is when I turned my attention to Twinkl. ¬†There are many resources websites out there for teachers to browse through. In recent years however, Twinkl has been my ‘go to’ resource site. The main reason for this is Twinkl is full of teacher created resources, tailored to whichever context or country you are teaching in. As a Scottish teacher, it is more difficult to find resources that are specifically tied into Curriculum for Excellence and Twinkl ticks that box. Twinkl also has a huge catalogue of resources so be careful, you can spend hours looking through all of their stuff!

That said, it is also easy to tailor your search if you are in a hurry and that’s exactly what I did.

The children had expressed an interest in learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and I found an excellent comprehension lesson on his life.

What I really liked about this resource was it was clear, to the point and I could differentiate the level of difficulty to suit the needs of individual learners. The fact that Twinkl provided an already differentiate resource saved me bags of time (usually I would have to edit the document myself).

I chose to go with this text for the bulk of my class:

coupled with these questions….

The text and questions started off quite straight forward, before progressing and requiring the children to draw upon more complex skills to answer the questions.


I also decoded to use another level of questions for other children in my class because I felt this would provide a good challenge to them and extend their learning. Here is a snapshot of the more challenging text below.


As you can see, the language used is more complex.

A pet hate of mine when I’m in a hurry is having to compile my own answer sheet for a resource that I have used. Well, Twinkl had that covered as well. With three answer sheets for each level of questions. Any teacher would agree on how helpful it is to have this. It is also part of the same pdf file so no frustrating moments of losing the answer book (or a fellow teacher¬†‘borrowing’ it).


If you are unhappy with any aspect of the resource you are using you can also feedback to Twink and ask them to update the document so it suits you better. There are also sometimes options for you to open as a word file so you can quickly tailor it to your own class as well.

Anyway, I should probably wrap this up, sorry teachers like to ramble.

In short, I needed a high quality resource that was differentiated at a busy time of the year (are there any quiets parts of the year?). I was able to quickly search Twinkl, find a resources and know that the learning would not be compromised as they have resources that are already high quality and most importantly, created by teachers.

Thank you Twinkl, you have saved me so much time again. I would strongly recommend getting a paid subscription with Twinkl as the additional resources are well worth the money. Twinkl provided me with a free platinum subscription in return for writing this post and let me tell you I was amazed with the amount of resources I now had access to.

I loved the resource and am looking forward to using more. Here are some pictures of the most important critics – the children-using the resource. P6 not only liked using the resource but more importantly got real, meaningful learning from it.