Primary 6 Blog (2018-19)

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Walking In A Winter Window-Land!!!

The pupils of Primary 6 entered a city wide competition to design a ‘stained glass’ window. The theme of the competition was ‘kindness’.

Congratulations to Avi Duff from P6B whose beautiful design has been chosen to be made into a light box window. Here is Avi’s entry along with pictures of all the completed window designs. They were fabulous!

The light boxes will be on display in West Parliament Square, outside St. Giles, and in four other locations around the city.  They will be on display through the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Avi’s window will form part of the Winter Windows display at: Royston Wardie Community Centre, 11 Pilton Drive,  EH1 1NF.


Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

The children in P6B were exploring the feelings associated with a fixed and growth mindset today. They were presented with a tricky ‘paper challenge’ and they had to track their feelings while carrying it out. Many children shared at the end of the lesson that despite knowing they should try to avoid having a fixed mindset; the thoughts and feelings associated with a fixed mindset still quickly took over when they did not succeed at the challenge straight away! We discussed and shared strategies for coping with these feelings.

The class were then given the opportunity to make their own ‘paper puzzle’ for a friend to try and complete which was lots of fun!


STEM: Building Bridges (By Avi, P6B)

P6B have been learning about bridges and this week we had a STEM task to build a bridge that could hold a four carriage train (toy ones of course!).

We all had a good effort and enjoyed ourselves. Some groups spent less money on their bridges than others.

We used all kinds of materials such as straw, paper and card.

Overall the whole class loved it and hope to do another STEM challenge soon.


STEM: Like A Bridge Over… (By Honzik, P6A)

This week for our STEM challenge, we created lots of bridges.

We had to measure a gap of 40cm to build our bridges over.

We also paired up to balance like a bridge!!!

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This bridge was our record holder – all those rubbers were heavy !!!


Halloween Stories!

As part of our work during the Halloween week we wrote stories based in Haunted Houses. No ghouls or reapers here though… we were writing stories to share with our new friends in Primary 2.  We chose animals, real or imaginary who lived in our ‘haunted house’ and who had to overcome some danger/scary happenings on Halloween.

The P6s rose to the challenge ensuring that they censored the amount of danger appropriately for their young audience. The P2s seemed very happy with this and one youngster even went off and designed his own haunted house, story and all.

Each story was written onto tiny cards which were hidden behind doors the P2s could open (Advent Calendar style) and this was another source of enjoyment. Look closely to see the windows.


Hallowe’en

Last week Primary 6 did some serious learning about the origins, history and customs of Hallowe’en. We learned that the ancient Celtic people celebrated this time of year as their New Year.  It was known as Samhain. Many Pagan people had customs similar to some of our modern customs at Hallowe’en.  It seems that some of these may even originate from the days of the Roman Empire.When we had done enough serious learning, we had some serious fun.

We were blindfolded to pin features on the pumpkin.  We were challenged to eat donuts with our hands behind our backs. We ‘dooked’ for apples. Here are some pictures!


Bridges!

The children in Primary 6B have been investigating different types of bridges and discussing the reasons each design may have been selected in particular locations.

The children then had to apply their knowledge to design a new rail bridge to allow trains to safely cross the River Forth. The children were required to justify the reasons for their chosen design.


Spider Woman

Primary 6B went to an assembly and when they came back, spider woman had been in our classroom and put webs all over our tables!

We did some peer learning and worked together to identify and measure the different angles. Everyone had GREAT fun!

Please note: writing on school tables is not normally permitted but spiderwoman gave us no other choice…


Saving Astronaut Egg!

Today, P6 have been using the skills encouraged by the school’s new superhero – Team Work Tina. In groups, the children had to work together to design a rocket that Astronaut Egg (a real egg!) can land safely without being hurt. The children had great fun working together on their designs and tomorrow we will see if their rockets were successful.


Outdoor Learning @ Holyrood Park

Last Thursday, Primary 6 joined several hundred other Edinburgh school children at a MASSIVE outdoor learning event at Holyrood Park.  With Arthur’s Seat in the background and right next to Holyrood Palace, we were inspired to have a great day. In spite of the cold wind, we had a full day out in the fresh air and took part in a variety of outdoor challenges!


Maths Week Money Challenge

Well done to P6Bs winner of the money challenge set during Maths Week. He was able to look after the money in his bank account very well – he managed to more than double it in just 2 days!

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Scottish Maths Week

P6B have had an exciting start to Scottish Maths Week. This morning each child was given their very own bank account with a balance of £2. They had the opportunity during the day to earn extra money by working hard; being kind to one another; keeping the classroom tidy; etc. However, the children could also lose money if they encountered a fine for not following our class charter. And at the end of the day the children were all required to pay 10% of their savings to the tax man! During the day there was a £1 shop where children could decide if they wanted to spend their money on a small gift for themselves or whether they would rather keep their money all saved safely in the bank. At the end of the day tomorrow, we will find out who has managed to save the most money over the two days and a small prize will be awarded to the winner…watch this space!


A Big Well Done!

Congratulations to the ‘rot’ table (the ‘red’ table) who were the first table to win our class table points challenge. The children at this table were following our class charter carefully to pick up as many points as possible throughout the week. They were given the treasure chest to share and were able to use the ‘special rewards’ in class the following week. I wonder who our next table champions will be?

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Welcome Back!

We hope everyone had a fantastic summer and is raring to go as we have lots of exciting things planned for this year. Mrs Bennett will be teaching Primary 6A this year and in Primary 6B the teachers will be Ms Anderson on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Buchanan from Wednesday to Friday.

Keep checking back here as the year progresses for more updates and photos!