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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

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 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!)

Newsletter P6A Sept 2017

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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!

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