Month: November 2019

The Georgian House

P5c WALKED all the way to the Georgian House on Charlotte Square and then WALKED all the way back! Well done gang!

Whilst there we all had a top time dressing up and exploring the grand rooms of a new town Edinburgh house.

Thank you to our wonderful National Trust for Scotland guides. We learned so much about life in the past and how it differed from our own, but also how living conditions differed from the 1600s and life in Edinburgh’s old town.


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!