Primary 7 Blog (2018-19)


The Risk Factory


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!


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…


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!