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.

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!