Author: fsellar

P5B Natural Historians ask…

What is a vertebrate?

After researching the characteristics of vertebrates, we took a closer look at fish!

We identified: gills, scales, eyes, dorsal fin, caudal fin/tail, anal fin, pelvic fin and pectoral fin. We deduce that these are most definitely fish!

Art and Design inspired by Old Edinburgh

By considering the visual elements of line and shape, studying paintings and sketches of Edinburgh’s past, as well as walking around the streets of the old town to gather first hand evidence, P5B created some sketches, black line drawings, prints and watercolours of different aspects of Edinburgh long ago to create this wall collage.

Walking through Edinburgh’s Past…

Before we heard anything about Edinburgh’s gruesome past

Then Mr Howie takes us back in time!

Thumbscrews or ‘Thumbikins’ as they were known were clamped and tightened on the thumb nails as a form of torture.
They did what?!?!

The symbolism and wording on the old gravestones can help us learn about the beliefs and lives of people long ago. This is a PRIMARY source of evidence.

Another primary source are the buildings, windows, carvings and, would you believe it, extensions?! People were building extensions as far back as the 17th and 18th century. Edinburgh’s old town was seriously overcrowded so going up and out was a way of making space for the ever increasing population.

There was no plumbing or sewage system in Edinburgh’s old town. People collected water from a communal pump or well. Waste was a problem as there were so many residents. In some closes there were 10 storeys. On each storey there could be 10 people. We did the maths with Mr Howie and realised that over the course of one week there would be a lot of human (and animal) waste thrown out on to the streets of Edinburgh.
Thanks for a thrilling tour Mr Howie and Historic Edinburgh Tours!

A SPRING in their step!

P5B continue to develop their running skills with a warm up and stretch, a pace maker led pack run (well done Kerr) and some breathing practise to reduce the chance of a stitch. Heart rates raised, temperature rising and faces flushed – good job team!

Positive Imaginings…

Lucy from Rowenbank Environmental Arts visited us in our Wildlife Corridor and invited us to consider our positive imaginings for the future of Sciennes Road. After drinking berry tea and tuning in to the sounds of our street we were surprised to hear so many beautiful bird calls. Using natural materials we presented some of our imaginings on how things might look 100 years from now. The idea that most excited everyone was the street filled with trees and a community of treetop dwellers in houses reached by hundreds of tiny steps on tree trunks. If you look through the pictures you can see all of our positive imaginings for a sustainable future for humans and nature living together.

Sustainable Settlements by P5B

Primary 5 learned about alternative sources of energy that are renewable, clean and green. We found out about food miles and eating sustainably. We invented new green transports to make journeys that reduced carbon footprint and discovered ways to reduce some waste and utilise other waste as fuels or fertilisers. Finally we made sure that nature was given enough space to live wild and free. We are very proud of our green cities that were designed on paper, by making models or digitally.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Thank you to Alexander for leading our learning about the lunar new year. We learned the legend of the monster named Nian from Alexander’s interesting presentation and enjoyed some sweet rice balls to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit!

STEM challenge!

P5B solved a design challenge with limited resources. The challenge was to create a marble run that would slow the marble’s descent down a table from less than 1 second when dropped without any structures in place to at least 5 seconds once a run had been constructed. Resources limited to only 20 sheets of A4 paper and some tape. Tremendous teamwork and some creative construction made for some successful structures!