On Wednesday 22nd of May Primary 5 set sail for nature and went to visit the John Muir museum and the over 100 year old herring fishing boat, The Reaper. We found out about what fishermen used to wear, where they kept their fish and we found out about where they slept and that the entrances to the beds were small so they wouldn’t fall out when the boat moved. We also found out that there would be a boy on the boat. The boy would do the cooking, keep the stove going, make the tea and the beds. As well as all this he would learn how to be a fisherman. It was thought to be bad luck to go on a boat for girls and women so they would stay on land and gut and pack the fish. Reaper
John Muir birth place museum was right next to the house he lived in. We got pieces of paper and wrote down facts that we found. We found them on timelines, computers, information boards and films. John Muir had a big family: he had two brothers, five sisters and a mum and dad!! At the age of 10 the went to America, he was 10 when he got on the boat but he was 11 when he came off (he John Muir had his birthday on the boat).
We are going up the law for a guided tour for the parents. There are three main rolls, an actor, narrator and tour guide. There are also three main locations, Early Settlements, Napoleonic lookout and World War lookout.
The tour guides will take the parents up to the three different locations and will also talk about some of the nature on the way. There will be three different set of tour guides which will take the parents up to the different locations.
The narrators will say what’s happening in each scene then the actors will act out what the narrators say, Some actors will have speaking parts and say a bit more.
P5 went to the Mosque last Tuesday in Edinburgh. We could tell it was the Mosque because of the crescent moons on top of the domes. We went into the big hall to hear about Arabic and how Muslims have to learn it, write it and remember it. It looked amazing! After this we went down to the washrooms, they had sinks and soap. We enjoyed looking at the writing that they wrote and a picture of a VERY busy Mosque.
We also went to the Synagogue on Tuesday. When we went inside the first thing most of saw was brilliantly coloured windows. After sitting down lots of things got passed around, including the yad. A yad is used to point at the Torah, their religious scroll. It was lots of fun. After this we went into a big hall!
Some Danish people came to our school and did presentations to introduce themselves. We learnt about Danish food, famous people, their home school, their capital city and holidays in Denmark. They did their presentations on their second day in Scotland, their first day at our school. We enjoyed leaning about Danish facts and FOOD!!!!!!
We went to the rock pools on Thursday 9th May and we had great fun. We went with Sam the ranger and our special Danish visitors. When we were with the Danish they were very excited because they had never ever been to North Berwick beach before. We enjoyed spending time with the Danish and they learned a lot of stuff about sea creatures.
When we went rock pooling the first thing we did was go to the lower shore where we found lots of sea creatures with the Danish like hermit crabs , mini crabs, large crabs and some of us even found eggs. Then we went to the middle shore and found fish.
We had lots of fun with the Danish when we went rock pooling!!!!!
At Wallyford on Friday 10th of May we went to the Lennox Book Awards. The three authors were Barry Hutchison, who we were championing, Lari Don and Lucinda Hare. There was going to be three different schools there but Macmerry dropped out so someone from Haddington took their place and did a summary of one of Lucinda Hare’s books. Wallyford made shadow puppets to bring Lari Don’s books to life. And finally we made book trailers for our favourite Invisible Fiends books. We were delighted when they announced that Barry Hutchison had won. Afterwards we met him, he was very friendly and generously signed our scripts. He’s going to put our trailers on his website along with a picture of us with him which you can see right here.
Yesterday 12 people from P5C got to go rock climbing for the whole afternoon and it was hosted by two people called Bill and Martin. It was based at the back of The Law on the rock face. The hosts Bill and Martin also taught us about how to put your helmet on, put on your harness and what the belay master does. We it was a fantastic time!
Today we learnt all about vibration and sound in Generation Science. We had lots of fun doing interactive games like showing that air is made up of molecules by lighting a candle on top of a pupils head and firing an air cannon to blow it out. It was 1hour. We also made a song using lots of different instruments. We will upload the clip to the blog as soon as possible.