P3A – Ms Mathieson


Friday 29th May:

It was so lovely to speak to Mums and Dads this week and hear how amazing you have all been working from home!

There is all sorts of learning going on, from school work to DIY and gardening and baking and fitness! Mrs Smith and I have heard that you especially enjoy the art, science and animal research tasks! So we are squeezing a koala bear task in today.

Next week’s grid is a bit different with a health and well being focus, which is, as we know our number one priority.

Thank you for all the photos of your amazing work boys and girls. Here is a sample of your super work!


Koala Research & Poster Task  

Today we are going to do a koala study with a focus on some internet research and art.  Visit the Edinburgh Zoo website and study the koalas. Watch them on the live cam. The zookeeper says between 8.30 am and 10.00 am is the best time to watch as that’s when they get breakfast. 


See if you can find the answers to the 3 quiz questions.   

What kind of koala is Tanami? 

How much eucalyptus will Tanami eat everyday? 

How many hours a day does Tanami sleep? 

Extra research videos: 


Create a koala poster with a picture and fun facts. 

Here’s a tutorial to help you get started. 

Just for fun, a storybook about Kevin the Koala. See if you can find out the moral of this tale? 

Happy Weekend P3A!

Well done for all your hard work!

Looking forward to seeing your posters!

Thursday 28th May:

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice week and have been keeping busy. This week I went on a lovely walk up the Royal Mile and up to Edinburgh Castle. It was very unusual to see Edinburgh so quiet and still, but I really loved how peaceful it was with nobody around. The walk was a great chance for me to think about what makes me happy during lockdown and what I’m looking forward to after it’s over. Have you been enjoying spending time outdoors during lockdown?

Once again, it’s Thursday so I’m back to give you the next task for drama!

Your warm up challenge today is going to get your voices ready for our task. You’re going to say the line “I’ll give you three guesses what happened.” Try saying it with different emotions. Think about the way it changes depending on how you feel.

Last week you created your own characters and had a think about their personality, how they move around, what they like and don’t like and what makes them special. This week we are going to put your character into a story.

Like all stories it should have a beginning, middle and end and you can use the story planning sheet to help you, but you can also design your own sheet or do it by having a chat. Remember to use your character sheet from last week to guide you!

Once you have your story you are going to ACT IT OUT! Unless your story only features your character, you will have some other characters to act with, so ask the people you live with to get involved if they can! You will need to share the story with the people helping you and then REHEARSE a few times to make sure the drama flows easily from beginning to end.

If you can, have a go at filming your drama! You might watch it back and love it, or you might look and think there are parts that could be done better. If that’s the case, film it again! If you want to upload your video to the Learning Journals for me to have a look at then that would be fantastic too!

If you have any questions about today’s activity, want to tell me how you got on, or you just want to say hello you can email me at  nicolle.chuwen@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk .

Miss Chuwen 😊

Wednesday 27th May:


Last week, we began to think about different materials and their properties, and whether they float or sink in water. Following on from that, today’s task is to design and make a boat or raft that can float!  

Think back to the materials that sunk to the bottom last week and avoid using those for your creation!

You can use whatever materials you have at home and in the garden: cardboard; sticky tape; twigs; tin foil; rubber bands; plastic. Think about how you are going to make your boat as waterproof as possible. 

When you are finished, fill up a sink or container with water and test it. To test how buoyant (how well able it is to float) your design is, try adding 1p coins slowly to your boat. Count how many your boat can hold before sinking! If you’d like to let me know how many pennies your boat could hold, I’ll let you know on the blog next week who the winner was! Have fun!

Can you beat 6p?

Tuesday 26th May:

Popcorn Science

It has been a while since we made our smoothies. I wonder how many of you love eating popcorn when you watch a movie? Here’s a question- is popcorn a healthy snack? Watch this episode of Suzy’s World to find out what makes popcorn pop?


• The water inside the corn kernel needs to reach up to about 200 degrees Celsius when it pops.

• At that temperature the water has become steam, which takes up more room than water so it makes the kernel explode so it can escape.

• When the popcorn explodes it turns inside out so that the hard, outer layer is on the inside.

• You need to use a popcorn maker, microwave or a pot with a tight-fitting lid.

Do you know

• Popping corn is different from ordinary corn, the kernels are harder and drier.

• Each kernel has a hard, yellow outer layer of starch called pericarp.

• Popcorn is made up of starch, fibre, vitamins and water.

• The white fluffy stuff is the starch that’s been cooked by the heat.

• The pericarp is hard fibre and fibre makes your poos float.

• When popcorn explodes it can expand up to 30 or 40 times its original size.

• People have been eating popcorn for about 7000 years.

• The oldest known popcorn was found, still fluffy white in a bag attached to the belt of a mummy in Chile.


Get an adult to help you make your own Popcorn.

Have a good look at the popcorn before you try cooking it.

What does it look like, feel like and smell like?

Follow the cooking instructions.

Then when you eat it look at how it has changed; what does it look, feel and smell like now?

Other Investigations

How many other types of food can you name that you eat that have been popped or puffed in a similar way? What sort of grains are they made of?


Why don’t people tell jokes about popcorn? Because the jokes are so corny

Monday 25th May:


Today’s art activity is inspired by the famous Italian artist, Giuseppe Archimboldo, who painted portraits made from fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and books!

You can practise making your own digital fruit and vegetable face by clicking on the link below. 


Here is a picture of my fruit face. I’m sure you can do much better!

If you can, try making a real-life fruit or food face! You might choose to make one from things you find in your garden or even from objects around the house like stationary, clothes or kitchenware! I’d love to see any creations you come up with, so send in a picture if you’d like to!