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P5A – There’s snow time to stop the learning. Try out google classroom!

P5A – There’s snow time to stop the learning. Try out google classroom!

Good morning!

I am hoping you are all tucked up and cosy inside, or outside having a blast (in a responsible way of course!) in all of this snow.

If you are itching for some learning, think about our topic and how it links to the weather the last few days. What survival gear would you need? Try and complete that homework task from the grid if you haven’t done it yet based on a snowy context.

If you are able to use a mobile, tablet or laptop you can click on this link and log in like we do at school:

It takes us to our own google classroom where you can do a writing task focussing on learning from earlier in the week.

It is also World Book Day today, so if you’ve got your AR book with you, get reading on so we can try and improve our class average percentage!

Stay safe and warm.

Mr Drysdale

P5a Engineering Experience

P5a have been working so hard on their survival topic. This week their challenge was to solve an engineering problem by using only a set amount of scavenged materials. The groups had to apply learning from last week, and use LOTS of problem solving skills to try and only use wind power to lift an object from below ground level. It was very tricky, but everyone made adaptations and knew what to do if they had another crack at it. Check out the photos to get an idea of how they got on.

Not only that, the whole class wrote some pretty spectacular imaginative pieces this week about a character who encountered a dilemma. The descriptive language on show in some pieces of writing made it feel like you were there!

Enjoy your February break!

-Mr Drysdale

“We were in our survival groups using only lollipop sticks, a cup, black sheet of card, square of cardboard, 5 paper straws and a spindle and wheel and string and scissors and tape.” – Daryl

“To plan we had one draft, our partners draft and then the team leader decided which to do” – Abbie

“We had different roles to help us contribute better. The first was team leader, second was resources manager, the third was role monitor and the last was the plan perfectionist.” – Emma.



5A’s Secret Garden Secret Experiment

“Yesterday  we went to the secret garden. It was to find out the best filter for cleaning water. The first was charcoal and that didn’t go very well. The next was gravel which wasn’t too successful either. The last was sand which was better, but didn’t go as we expected in our hypothesis.” – Jayden

“The materials might have been too dirty, so that might be why it didn’t work as well.” – Emma

“Last week we focussed on poetry and Caitlyn and Maja represented the class to go down to Mrs Ogden and Mrs Rae”. – Elli

Tam O’Shanter

P5, P6 and P7 were treated to a performance of Tam O’Shanter today as part of their Scottish topic. Craig visited the school and talked to us about the origins of the poem and then he acted it out, making us laugh and jump.  We learned a lot about how to perform and make a poem come to life as well as a bit about life in the time of Robert Burns and the story of the poem.