Primary 7 Blog (2018-19)

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Summertime Madness!

We have no words for these pictures.
Just Primary 7.
Getting Along.
Being a little bit bonkers!


STEM Morning in P7A (by Charlie)

In P7A we were put into twos and we were challenged to build a wind turbine which  can lift a cup from the floor to table height. It was fun to make but some worked better than others and we all enjoyed watching them being tested. We used a hair dryer to be are wind to push the blades to pull the cup to the table.


STEM Morning in P7B (by Lewis)

Our challenge was to design and build a wind turbine.

We all worked hard in pairs to develop our STEM skills.


PE Transition at Forrester

P7 pupils ran, danced, scored, dribbled, chased and bounced their way into new friendships at the Forrester High School Cluster PE event this week.

They had a brilliant time being active whilst getting used to the PE department and making friends with other P7s that we might meet once we are all in S1.

We took part in a morning of activities including dance, basketball, rounders, rugby, chase the flag and football.


P7 Camp (Day 1)

Well what a first day it has been. Before we arrived, our day started with our coach trip this morning and a little stop in Dunkeld for those with weak bladders!

We then had lots of fun making/destroying our beds!

We ate food and look forward to our bacon rolls in the morning and Spag Bol for dinner!

And we ended the day with a scavenger hunt to familiarise ourselves with the grounds.

Giving the already hyper P7s hot chocolate and a chocolate biscuit before bed was probably not the wisest of ideas but they were all asleep by…. 11pm!

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P7 Camp (Day 2)

Day 2 started very early for some… Too early for the teachers! Some children were getting up and showered at 6am!

This was our first full day of activities and included a 10km canoe, abseiling, skiing, climbing,  orienteering and gorge walking.

We’ve put a small collection of pictures below but, as always, there was no pictures of the gorge walk as only a fool would risk their iPhone down at the gorge!

And for the night activity it was the ‘Night Walk’. 45 blindfolded P7s trying to meander their way through a forest in pitch black!


P7 Camp (Day 3)

Another exciting day and even more pictures of our activities. Everyone is having the best time ever, trying new things and giving everything a go!

Free time has also been a highlight for most people and it has been great to see different people mingling together.

For those who were worried about our eating habits while we’re away, it was Steak Pie or Mac ‘n’ Cheese tonight. There was people queuing up for seconds so it’s safe to say it went down a treat!


P7 Camp (Day 4)

Once again we’ve had another exciting day at camp!

A number of activities took place this morning including lots of gorge walking and a nice mountain climb for one group with some AMAZING views of the Cairngorms.

This afternoon also saw lots more groups on the ski slope and there was a bit of fire making too!

For the night activity it was disco time but for those not wanting the bright lights and loud music of the disco room there was also a couple of break-off rooms for them to play table tennis, draw, play cards, play ‘Bop It’ or just have a good old natter with their mates!


P7 Camp (Day 5)

It’s time to say goodbye! We had some warm croissants this morning for our breakfast and then it was a case of packing up, cleaning up and having our final meeting with Scrutts!

And of course there was time for one last group shot!

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The Art of Listening @ The Hub

Last Wednesday, both P7 classes visited The Hub in the City Centre to take part in a workshop called The Art of Listening.

During this workshop we learned about the versatility of the piano.  We listened to a pianist play a variety of musical genres and had the opportunity to listen to the effect the pedals have on the notes played.  One of the workshop leaders sang a piece from an opera and we had a go ourselves.  It was amazing to hear and see a grand piano so close and to hear a style of music that most of us wouldn’t choose to listen to.

We discussed how music can make us feel and we lay down on mats in the dark and listened to some relaxing classical music. I’m sure some people were snoring!

Our last task was to listen to a variety of pieces of music. We had to listen carefully and decide which animal the piece remind us of.

We thoroughly enjoyed this visit and might even listen to classical music in the future!


World of Work Week in P7A

For world of work week P7A have started their £1 challenge. We have been given a pound and we’ve got to turn it into more money. Some people are going to wash cars and some are going to bake cakes.

We made posters about our business and showed them to a group of people so that we could get their feedback.

Other things to happen this week included a talk by Councillor Alison Dickie who told us about the life of a politician. We also had a career morning where we went to three different people to find out about their jobs. It was really interesting and we learned loads.


World of Work Week in P7B

All week we have been looking at what qualities are needed and what skills are required for certain jobs. We have been doing this by creating our own business as part of the £1 challenge.

Another way we looked at skills was using our Office 365 accounts. We had to respond to an email advert and let them know why we were the perfect candidates for the job. Click on the emails below and take a look how we did.


Buddy Time: Inside and Out!

P1 and P7 teamed up for the first time this year to tidy up litter in Carrick Knowe’s playground. We managed to collect a whopping six bags of rubbish – yuck! Thanks to our great effort, the woods are looking a lot better.

Classes were split and whilst we were litter picking, the rest of the P1 class learned how to log in to SumDog on an iPad, with help from their P7 buddy. We hope to get together again soon to practice. Have a look at their team work skills below…


The Risk Factory

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On Friday 11th January Primary 7 visited The Risk Factory.

The Risk Factory is an educational centre set up by Edinburgh Council with the help of a variety of organisations including the Fire Service and Police Scotland.

The children experienced a range of scenarios where the aim was to teach them how to stay safe and to help them keep others safe.


The P6/P7 Christmas Party!

P6 and P7 had their joint Christmas party on Monday 17th December. The children played party games; took party in some Scottish Country Dancing; they enjoyed some delicious party food and had the opportunity to show off their own special dance moves during the dancing competition! A great time was had by all.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


P7 Head To Court!

Over the past couple of months, Primary 7 have been working on a court case involving a family and an insurance company unwilling to pay out! This has involved us taking on a number of different roles:

Solicitors – Witnesses – Researchers – Reporters – Artists – Gown Makers

This week it was time to head to Edinburgh Sheriff Court in order to put our cases forward. For the solicitors, this included putting questions to their witnesses and cross-examining all the evidence from opposing schools (who would have thought that we’d be so good at arguing!). Our reporters had to make detailed notes in order to write their newspaper articles in the coming days and our artists were busy sketching away as this was going on too.

Every group absolutely smashed it and we are so proud of them!


P7 Ceilidh

This sums up the night well!

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STEM Fun With Our Buddies! 

Our STEM skills were put to the test when we were asked to help our Primary 1 buddies to make a moving toy. It was quite a challenge but we worked together, persevered and used our problem solving skills until we were successful. The Primary 1s were delighted with their toys!


Commemorating the Centenary of the Great War Armistice at Corstorphine Village War Memorial


STEM: The Crystal Marble Maze (By Charlie, P7A)

We had a STEM afternoon in P7A and our challenge was to create a marble maze.

All we had to make them was 5 straws, 1 paper plate and a roll of cellotape!

We were using our 5 STEM skills which are Resilience, Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity and Collaboration.

Everybody really enjoyed themselves and hope to do another one soon.


STEM: Mini Raft Building (By Lewis, P7B)

Our STEM challenge this week was to create a raft which floats on water. But we were only allowed to use these materials; 5 straws, 5 lollipop sticks, 1 piece of foil, 1 yoghurt pot and a plastic bag. Part of the challenge was also to make the raft move across water using a balloon!

Update: the water tray is still in our classroom and we’ve no idea how to get rid of it!


STEM Thursdays

Over the next few weeks we are going on a STEM journey in Primary 7 and are looking at a number of different key STEM skills; Resilience, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration.

That journey started today with the creation of a ‘Marble Maze’. We only had a limited number of resources to work with but with expert planning (ish) and good team work, we came up with some really good mazes!


P1 Buddies

We have loved meeting our P7 Buddies this year and have helped them with lots of differing things including playground games, choosing library books and helping them on the trim trail. Here are some pictures…


Active Girls Day @ Forrester

Friday, 5th October was Active Girls Day and all P7 girls in the cluster schools were invited to Forrester High School to take part in an event with the current S1 girls.

The purpose of the event was to give the girls an opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports and activities to encourage them to keep active. We tried out netball, rugby, judo, cheerleading, glow stick aerobics and roller skating!

Mrs Mitchell and Mrs MacLennan got in on the act too! We only missed Mr Morley and the boys a little bit – they were happily learning about fractions back at school! 😀

Netball and Judo…

Cheerleading…

Glow stick aerobics and roller skating…

And ending with ‘Baby Shark’… Do do do do do !


Forrester Pupils Teach P7! 

It was ‘feet up’ time for Mrs MacLennan this week as P7A pupils were taught PE by a group of S4 pupils who are taking part in a Leadership Programme. The Leaders developed the Primary 7 dribbling skills and helped them to extend and use their skills in small sided games. We had an excellent time and all managed to be on time for High School at 8:30am! Roll on next Monday!


Resilience – Changing Our Mindset

We were asked to complete a task without any support or instructions.  Many of us felt frustrated and annoyed because we couldn’t do it and felt like giving up.  However, with the support of our friends and some basic instructions we all ended up experiencing success.


P7 House Elections

Forget Brexit, forget Westminster and forget the Scottish Parliament because it’s been a huge couple of weeks for our Primary 7 as they’ve been throwing themselves into their very own election campaigns!

Everyone had the chance to put themselves forward for either ‘House Captain’ or ‘Sports Captain’ and then came the hard work… Convincing their fellow house members to vote for them!

We developed policies, created slogans, made posters and constructed the perfect speeches! Take a look below to see how we got on…

Here’s The Classy Promo Shots…

The School Was Covered In Campaign Posters… Sorry Mr Miller!

Lots Of Preparation…

And Then Came Our Speeches On Election Day!


Hello from the Primary 7 team!

We hope everyone had a fantastic summer and is raring to go for their final year at Carrick Knowe. It is going to be an incredible year as we have lots of exciting things planned. This year the P7 teachers will be Mrs MacLennan (P7A), Mrs Mitchell (P7B) and Mr Morley (P7B).

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

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