We are now in Primary 4/5. Please keep checking our page to see what we are doing in school.
This has been a busy term for Primary 4/5. We have been learning all about the Rainforest and had the opportunity to take a trip to the Botanic Gardens where we truly got to experience the humidity and plant life in a real Rainforest.
We have taken part in a POWWOW with another class from St. Martins Primary School in Tranent, where we learnt all about the first American Indian settlers through drama, dance and art. We learnt a dance that we performed to the others and then watched whilst they showed us theirs. We spent a whole day making our masks and tepee covers, to help us get into our characters. Some of us were wolves and some were bears! The whole experience was brought to life in our drama sessions, where we re-enacted the lives of the people in this time and had to use our imaginations to think about what life would have been like and what kinds of adventures and challenges we would need to overcome.
We had a great time at the Jubilee Fair and held our own coffee morning for the community. Both of these were a great success.
All in all it’s been a great term, filled with fun and learning!
Powwow 2 on PhotoPeach
Powwow on PhotoPeach
Botanics on PhotoPeach
Botanics with P4/5 on PhotoPeach
As part of our Greek topic this year, P4/5 have been lucky enough to have a Greek student called Georgia, join us every Wednesday for the last 6 weeks, teaching us all about Greek customs and traditions. We even had the opportunity to learn some of the language. This was really exciting as lots of us have never been to Greece, so it was a great way to understand how other people around the world live. It turns out that they are not so different from us!
During the 6 weeks, Georgia taught us a couple of traditional Greek dances, we had the opportunity to sample some Greek cheese and a traditional Greek desert – not many of us were too sure about that one, and we learnt how to count and sing in Greek.
Did you know that the Greek flag has 9 horizontal lines in blue and white on it? This represents the blue sky and the white clouds over Greece. The 9 lines represent the 9 syllables in the phrase ‘Eleftheria i thanatos‘ which means ‘Freedom or Death’.
Greek Dancing with Georgia on PhotoPeach
This term, primary 4/5 have been learning all about Romans and Celts. We have been to visit the Musselburgh museum and learnt that Romans actually lived right here, in Musselburgh. We had a visit from a Roman soldier, who told us all about life for the soldiers and how hard it was. He answered all our questions, and we got a chance to be live on Glow, sharing our questions with all the schools in East Lothian. We have also made lots of our own artefacts (we learnt what this word meant in the museum!). These artefacts have included Galeas, which were metal helmets worn by soldiers; Scutums which were rectangular shields that romans used to protect themselves and even sleep under; and Gladius, short swords which were used for stabbing. We didn’t get the chance to make a Pilum, which was a long spear like a javelin that Romans would throw at an enemy’s shield, stopping their enemy from being able to use their shield anymore. However we did get the chance to see it in action, when the Roman Soldier came in.
Primary 4/5 participated in a wonderfully successfully assembly about the Romans and the Celts. We made swords, helmets and shields.
Before the October break we had health week at the Burgh. Primary 4/5 enjoyed tasting fruits and vegetables. Among all the fabulous activities on offer we enjoyed the circus show and skills the most.
As part of our science topic this term P3/4 made feely boxes. We had great fun trying to work out what was in each box. Both P2 classes and P3 came to see our boxes and tried to work out what was in each one. They really enjoyed this activity! Have a look at these photos.
Our topic this term is Musselburgh. We have been learning lots about our town. Alex and Esra had the chance to dress up as fishwives when we were learning about how Musselburgh used to be a busy fishing port. P3/4 visited the new Musselburgh Museum on Tuesday 7 June. We were only the second class to visit the museum! We had great fun completing our quizzes and finding out lots about the history of Musselburgh.
Here are some photos of our visit.
Sophie and Murray made this wonderful snowman.
Egyptian Assembly P3 and P3/4
Last Friday P3 and P3/4 performed an Assembly on the Ancient Egyptians to the whole school and our parents. We had learned a great song called “Amazing Egyptians” and we dressed up like the Egyptians. Everyone had chosen their part for the Assembly from dancer to narrator. Please scroll down to see some photos…..[nggallery id=37]
Scroll down to see our Egyptian slideshow.
P3/4 loved being Archaeologists!
P3/4 enjoyed a visit from Sarah Cowie from East Lothian Museums Education. P3/4 are studying Ancient Egypt and Sarah came to help us learn about becoming Archaeologists. We had a go at uncovering some mystery objects hidden under sand using paintbrushes. There were all different things including bones, pottery, an Egyptian necklace and pipes! We also looked at the young woman who was found at Abbeymains Farm, just outside Haddington. We discussed why she might have been buried with a pig bone. Do you know why? Ask someone from P3/4 for the answer!
P3/4 loved being Archaeologists!
P3/4 enjoyed a visit from Sarah Cowie from East Lothian Museums Education. P3/4 are studying Ancient Egypt and Sarah came to help us learn about becoming Archaeologists! We had a go at uncovering some mystery objects hidden under sand using paintbrushes. There were all different things including bones, pottery, an Egyptian necklace and pipes! We also looked at the young woman who was found at Abbeymains Farm, just outside Haddington. We discussed why she might have been buried with a pig bone. Do you know why? Ask someone from P3/4 for the answer!
P2 and P2/3 assembly
P2 and P2/3 are preparing for their assembly about houses and homes. They will be running a cafe on the 26 of March to raise money for a local homeless charity, Blue Triangle and Haity.
P2/3 visited our local Library. We had a great time!
We read a story called “There is a Monster under the bed“. We made badges and after that we coloured in a monster picture.
On our way to the library we looked right and left to check no cars were coming and we used the traffic lights to cross the road.
For the Homecoming week P2/3 had a special visitor, Mrs Renton, Lucy’s Gran.
She read us lovely scottish poems by Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson and we sang funny songs. We all had a fantastic time and we hope to see her again.
P2/3 were pleased to see PC Smith again and had a lively discussion about how to keep themselves safe.
This is a small example:
1 – Approach a shopkeeper or security guard if we get lost in busy shops. Never leave the shop premises!
2 – Use 999 if we need the police, ambulance or the fire brigade.
3 – Know our phone number in case of an emergency.
PC Smith also let us put on his police hat, vest and hold the handcuffs.
These are photos of the preparation of our Pallet Garden for the Garden Scotland Exhibition at Ingliston Showground. Both P1 and P1/2 planned, created and set up the garden based on the story Olivers Vegetables written by Vivian French. We visited the allotment to learn about growing plants and went to our local beach area to search for driftwood and shells to display in our garden. We tasted vegetables during veginvasion sessions. We were all delighted when we won a silver gilt award. If you would like to see our entry it is now displayed in the entrance hall of the school.
The following photos are when we visited the Allotment beside Lewisvale Park. Jenny Molison showed us around and we met some other people who were working in the areas.
We learned about growing potatoes from seed potatoes and how to prepare the soil for sowing seeds. We learned about composting.
We also saw some good ideas on how to keep the birds away from your plants by hanging old cds on a stick . The light reflects on the CD and scares the birds away without harming them.
Jenny gave us some seed potatoes to grow back in our classroom. We got lots of ideas about how to grow plants for our Garden competition.[rockyou137940042]