Primary 4/5 have finished their Pirate Flags and they can be seen around the Hispanola, the ship that saileds to Treasure Island.
Hispanola adorned with Primary 4/5 Pirate Flag designs
The Primary 4/5 topic this term is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
We are looking at the story through the book and a movie. We are also singing songs as part of a Treasure Island musical and we hope to record the whole play for our Comenius friends in Europe.
One of our first activities was looking at real life pirates in history. We discovered that some of them used a variety of Jolly Roger Pirate flags and we have started to design our own pirate flags.
Primary 4/5 made vehicles as part of their mini topic about Electricity. They tried out their designs a few times, making modifications as they went along.
For example some tried the idea of using a fan to power the vehicle, but realised that they couldn't get enough power to move their vehicle and switched to a motor. The position of the motor was also important and how it powered the wheels.
See below the final results of all their tests including when they demonstrated their vehicles for parents.
Primary 4/5 pupils invited their parents to see their work at the end of last term.
Just about all parents attended and they enjoyed a pupil presentation about the Rainforest using powerpoint software, which was followed by a demonstration in the hall of the vehicles made by pupils during the Electricity topic.
After that parents were invited back to watch a film of the Burns Supper Lunch that Primary 4/5 had in January. Parents were given a copy of the DVD as a souvenir. Everyone enjoyed the work done and the presentation, and were very impressed by what the pupils have achieved.
Here are a few moments from the afternoon with parents........
The mini topic about Electricity using circuits was finished just before the Easter break.
Here are a few more of the vehicles that pupils made using their circuits.
Dear Primary 4/5 Parents,
Our class have been involved in various types of work over the session and we have always been going to invite you in to see what we have done.
Unfortunately we have never managed to be prepared on time, so the deadlines usually pass and a new one set. We would now like to invite you in to school to see our work on the Rainforest, Robert Burns and Electricity.
You are invited to our class on Thursday 28th March 2013 at 2.15pm. Your child may have said Wednesday, but Thursday was a better day for us. We hope to see you there and it would be good if you could let us know if you can attend.
Primary 4/5 Pupils
The next stage of our topic on Electricity moves on to using circuits and Primary 4/5 are designing vehicles.
They are using a variety of tools, likes hacksaws, glue guns (cool melt), dot lunch, G clamps. They have been shown how to use all of these tools safely and they are building their vehicles.
They are using, soft woods and balsa wood, coke cans and wheels and various other materials, as well as the circuit made in the topic to power the vehicle.
Primary 4/5 were making pancakes last week. Everyone had a hand in measuring out the ingredients, and mixing them together. This activity went well with our practical maths activities, and currently we are looking at Volume again.
Some pupils brought along their own pancake toppings, and we even had seconds, as they were so good!
Primary 4/5 are working with circuits as part of a topic on electricity. We have looked at the dangers of electricity and what we need to do to be safe around electricity. We have also identified which materials conduct electricity and which materials are insulators that protect us from electricity.
Pupils have made circuits using, wires, motors, light bulbs, batteries, propellors and have experimented with adding more items to a circuit, and making circuits longer, and looking at results.
Primary 4/5 had a Burns Recital during the Burns Supper Lunch on 25th January and Mrs Crombie judged the entries.
Everyone did very well as Burns poems are not easy, and the winner from Primary 5 was Katie, with Connor runner up. Amelie was winner for Primary 4 with Abbie as runner up.
Poems recited were To a Mouse, To a Louse and To a Haggis.
Abbie, Amelie, Katie and Connor with their prizes!