TERM 1 – August to October 2017
We only have three more weeks to get to New York on the Titanic!
It might be a case of sink or swim!
If you get the chance ask us about our learning:
- how icebergs are formed and why they are a problem
- where in the world we’d see icebergs and why
- why people wanted to believe the claim that Titanic was ‘unsinkable’ and why that wasn’t possible
- what jobs people could get aboard the Titanic
- why people were on the Titanic
- what immigration is, what people took with them and how luggage has changed since then
- how methods of communication have changed over time and the benefits and disadvantages of different types of communication methods
- where the Titanic and it’s twin sister were built, and whether they were built for speed or comfort
- where in the world the Titanic went and where she was due to go
- the differences between first class and third class passengers and their experiences aboard ship
- what people may have eaten on the Titanic and whethr they had healthy diets
- what the newspapers had to say about the sinking of the Titanic
- that some recounts and reports about the Titanic are truer than others and why
- how many people could get on a lifeboat compared to how many actually got on
- how we know about the Titanic over 100 years later
We’ve been going higher and higher with our numbers too! Some of us are well into our thousands and some even into millions! We found that we can make numbers 10, 100 and 1000 times bigger. There is a trick to it – ask us, but if we say anything about adding a zero please look horrified! (We should be able to explain all about moving digits to the left and using zero to hold the columns… fingers crossed!)
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TERM 2 – October – December 2017
This term has been a big build up to our Arabian Nights inspired show! We have been so lucky to work with various members of the creative learning department of The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and would like to thank them for this amazing opportunity – it’s been fabulous.
Jo has been dramatic with us each week, turning us from shy and retiring (!!) Primary 6s into magical genies ready to tread the boards in front of a spellbound audience.
Richard taught us how ideas for a set are conceived from a script, then turned into hundreds of sketches and a scale model before finally becoming a reality as the carpenters build it ready for the stage. We made our own model sets in which we imagined could hide a treasure chest.
Poppy showed us how a theme from a play is researched and used to design costumes for a period in time or to portray an idea to the audience. She gave us a template and lots of fabrics for us to design our own costume.
Elspeth explained how props can be sourced and bought for a show although there is usually a strict budget to work within so sometimes she makes props from very simple materials but everyone in the audience thinks they are real! We then made our own props and are using them in our show.
Susan’s lesson about why actors in theatre need make-up was really inspiring and we designed our own ideas according to the impression we wanted people to have when they looked at our faces. We then worked with a partner to make each other up with such amazing results it’s not easy to tell who is who!
We were also really lucky because we got to go to the Royal Lyceum and have a backstage tour. We saw where the costumes are made and where the actors hang out in the Green Room; we went under the stage and saw a trap door and then onto the stage where we were really lucky and saw a sneak preview of some of the set for the Arabian Nights production; and we actually went onto the stage which was set up for another show, and we could see the entire auditorium and imagine what it would be like to be on stage with all the seats filled – eek!
Rehearsals are under way, props made, costumes collected, scripts written and invitations sent out, all preparation for our Big Show – The Genie World Cup!
Break A Leg Primary 6A!
Term 3 – January to April
We’re learning about Microorganisms this term. What a long word! Actually it’s made up of MICRO and ORGANISM – ask us what those words mean and you’ll know what microorganisms are!
Did you know microorganisms are EVERYWHERE???!!! That’s a bit strange for some of us to think about – yes, they’re on the screen you’re looking at right now, the seat you’re sitting on, the food you might be eating and all throughout your body – eek!
We designed fungi, bacteria and viruses, which are all types of microorganisms, and made them out of playdough.
You can see that our microorganisms are often in the shapes of balls, rods and spirals which is typical of bacteria.
We also conducted an experiment using yeast – a microorganism that is beneficial because it can be used to make bread rise and also to make beer. In fact our classroom smelt a bit like a bakery/brewery afterwards! We knew that microorganisms reproduce best when they are not dry so we put the yeast in some water with some sugar (they need something to eat too) and tested the yeast to find out what temperature it preferred, cold, warm or hot. Here’s what we found out:
Ava – From our results I think that yeast works best with hot water. I know this because the balloon for the hot water got larger than the others which shows the yeast produced more gas and bubbles.
Nida – I can see that as the bubbles rose a lot and the balloon was bigger than the other balloons and the yeast fizzed in the warm water, it proved that yeast works best with warm water.
Kasim – From our results I think that yeast works best with warm water. I know this because the yeast has more bubbles than the other ones and also the balloon rose up every five minutes.
John Carmichael – The yeast really liked it in the warm water and it began to reproduce itself and it made carbon dioxide which made the balloon fill up the fastest and the most.
Some of our results came out differently. Maybe our experiments weren’t fair.
We decided this was because:
- The measurements might not have been exactly accurate.
- The balloons might have been different sizes or thickness.
- Some of us were playing with the warm and hot bottles so that might have made a difference to how the yeast grew.
- Some of us used different sized bottles so the gas made by the yeast might not have gone up into the balloon is there was lots of extra space in the bottle.
Here we are with our yeast experiments – luckily there were no explosions!
Term Ahead letter T3 P6 – useful information about our learning this term!