Lantern making with Edinburgh Diwali

Using only recycled materials we created lanterns for Edinburgh’s Diwali Parade. Thank you, Edinburgh Diwali, for your time, resources and inspiration!

Archaeology with students from Edinburgh University

We welcomed 3 students from Edinburgh university to support us with our learning about early homes and early settlements. We examined artefacts and sketched them. We made Neolithic monuments from dominoes and we looked at bones and what we could find out from them. O

Growth Mindset in Primary 5

If you were set the challenge of building a model of an early home would you even know where to begin?!? Well primary 5 put their learning about growth mindset in to practise as they accepted the challenge!

Using materials collected from outside, recycled objects and anything else that was available, the group researched, designed and then built their designs.

There were set backs, frustrations and some collapsed structures. There were words of encouragement, team work, support and smiles.

It was so impressive to see each child construct their own model and be able to say ‘I made that!’ Top work!

And as well as the growth mindset, we learned rather a lot about early settlements, discovering than whether in the far north, Africa, America or Europe, early homes were constructed in a similar way. Amazing when we realised that at that time there was no travelling or trading between continents.

Thank you Mr Howie for a fabulous Old Town tour!

Primary 5 and three hardy parent volunteers braved the chilly conditions to tramp around the Old Town to find out how people lived, died and were tortured on Mr Howie’s Historic Tour

Bea tortured our guide with some thumb screws, we buried a Lego person to show how folk long ago were placed in the ground and found out that some poor deceased people didn’t last very long in the ground due to the nocturnal activities of grave diggers!

Moses helped us count the pillars on Greyfriars Kirk so that we could work out how the building had changed over the years and Mr Howie revealed that storing gun powder in the church tower turned out to be not such a bright idea. Boom!

We learned that conditions in the streets of old Edinburgh were far from pleasant and Mr Howie pointed out exactly how bad things could get with his interesting teaching tool. Yuck.

When we got back to school and warmed up we all breathed in a huge sigh of relief that we are living in the 21st century rather that the 17th!

How the crag and tail was formed.

Primary 5 designed their own models to show how Edinburgh’s famous crag and tail was formed during the ice age. Using a white board as the glacier and scrunched up paper as the glacier’s load, then dragged their homemade ‘glacier’ across the sandy landscape to show erosion. Their movie documentaries where so well narrated and were packed with geographical facts! Well done gang!