We held an Ancient Greek Olympics at our parents open afternoon on Monday. After the opening ceremony – procession, opening speech and athletes pledge, the 5 city states of Troy, Athens, Sparta, Corinth and Rhodes competed across 5 different sports that were originally held at the ancient Greek Olympics. The only difference at the Pencaitland games were that females were allowed to compete and watch and that athletes took part fully clothed! First up was the 1 Stade (sprint), then came boxing, the discus, chariot racing and finally the 4 Stade (long distance running in full armour). After all that there was just time for the prize giving, closing speech and a traditional Greek feast.
And on Today we started our Guitar Hero topic. We are in bands and have started to design band logos and costumes. We also got a chance to practice on the game because there were some of us who had not tried it before.
Jamie & Alex.
Were just some of the descriptions of the P7 show held on Thursday 31st May. Their play told the Primary 7 version of the traditional Snow White tale. The rest of the school enjoyed the dress rehearsal in the afternoon and everyone from P1-P6 had a great time. Having experienced the buzz of performing to a real live audience, the evening show to parents and families rose to even greater heights. The evening will live long in the memory of both the performers and those who watched!
Teams from P6 & P7 attended the Meadowbank athletics tournament today and did the school proud. Each pupil gave their all against 13 other schools, many of them because of their size, having considerably more pupils to draw on. The teams competed in long jump, high jump, cricket ball throw, 80m, 150m, 600m and the 4 x 100m relay. Everyone had a great time despite the cold and damp weather.
One day we are at Ross High and the next we are whizzing over to Glasgow to visit the Science Centre. It was a whistle stop tour – no time for hanging about. Once we arrived we dropped of our bags and coats and dashed up the escalator to the 1st floor. We were able to run around trying out all the different hands-on activities – there were loads to have a go on. After 25min we had to go back down the escalator and into the big 3D IMAX cinema. We watched a 3D film about the Hubble telescope and space and there were lots of cool 3D effects. After that is was straight to lunch (we’d had no snack) and we were starving. We got a chance to go into the shop and buy stuff and then it was up to the 2nd floor for even more hands on activities! Finally we went into a lab (with real lab coats and science goggles) and we had to catch a criminal by checking fingerprints, looking at DNA patterns and doing an experiment with stuff found on the culprit’s shoes. It was a fantastic day.
We have been learning a lot this year about staying healthy. Mr Cain has been teaching us about the dangers of smoking, drinking and taking drugs. We have also learned about the things that make up a healthy diet. We have had to make our families a healthy meal at home as part of our homework. As part of all this today the class went up to Ross High to do some healthy cooking with some of the older high school pupils. We were split into 2 groups but both lots of us made the same thing – yummy bannana and chocolate chip muffins. The Ross High pupils helped us measure out, mix and use the hot ovens. It was great to see Ross High and do something as fun as cooking. We hope everything will be that fun when we go up next year. The older pupils were very friendly and chatted to us as we worked. They weren’t as scary as we thought. We all made about 12 muffins to take home or eat later.
Patrick & Jamie
We have been healthy all this week because it is HEALTH WEEK. This week we did
Monday – walked round school, did some Tae-bo, had a workout from a Lepra lady and designed a healthy smoothie for a school competition. Tuesday – did the walk through the woods to see it is okay for the school to do it later in the week, got a first aid lesson and in art made some silhouettes containing things that make us happy. Wednesday – walked round the school, learned all about obesity and diabetes and made some smoothies. Thursday – Whole school walk through the woods, more Tae-bo, boxercise with Nicole’s Auntie and wrote instructions for a sport. Friday – PHAT Friday featuring lots of healthy activities.
We have been really busy with two things this week – our drugs topic and rehearsing for the show. We had a dress rehearsal for the show on Monday and another run through on Thursday as a man was trying to get the new sound system to work properly. In our drugs topic we had a marketplace where different groups researched different drugs and then went round other groups giving them information on their drugs. In the end everyone had notes on 8 different drugs. We also made anti-drugs posters and had a policeman in from Tranent to talk about drugs. In PE we carried on doing trials for the Meadowbank sports day and in writing we continued with our P7 profiles. In maths we started to go over fractions again and did more problem solving.
The time is flying in – that’s two weeks done already. This week we have started our show rehearsals in earnest with some mums coming in to take out small groups to practice their lines. We also had a try out of all the costumes (which are looking quite good really). In our drugs topic this week we focused on alcohol and what dangers this posed. We watched some video’s, talked through some scenarios, looked at drinks bottles for information, sketched some drinks labels and looked at the effect on the liver and other organs. In maths we carried on looking at sequences and in writing we started on our P7 profiles. In art we did some drinks-inspired splatter painting. In PE we are continuing to try out for the Meadowbank sports team. We did High jump with Mrs Clapperton and sprinting with Mr Cain. We also had a lady in to talk to the school about the Lepra charity. we will be fund-raising for this charity during health week.
by Lucy Robertson
Hi everybody, it’s Robert reporting (again). It’s the first week back after the Easter holidays and we’re all looking forward to what we’ve got coming up this term. We have just started a four week long project on Drugs, Smoking and Alcohol, and later on this term we are going to be doing: Keeping Myself Safe (part 2), Guitar Hero, P7 Show, The Ancient Greek Olympics, and Health Week. We’ve had a short week and most of what we’ve been doing has been learning about cigarettes and the dangers of smoking. We’ve learned a lot about them. For example, did you know that every cigarette you take shortens your life by 14 minutes! Cigarettes contain chemicals such as sewer gas, toilet cleaner, vinegar, and even a little bit of poison. On Thursday, we had our first proper rehearsal for the P7 show without scripts and quite a few people were struggling to remember their lines after the holidays. Sorry, but I’d rather not tell you what the show is - we’re keeping it under wraps for now.
Once again this is Robert, signing out.
The parents evenings were this week but I think everyone did really well so well done p7!!!!!!! We were doing the sponsored silence this week to raise money for our school show. Amazingly everybody kept quiet for the whole hour and we raised the maximum amount of money. We read our “The Monsters Feast” stories that we have been working on for the past 5 weeks to the P1′s. I think they loved all the stories and we certainly all liked writing the them too. We also did some weeding and tidying up some of the plots in the garden and planted some wild flower seeds. We even got some good compost from the compost bins so that the other classes could plant their stuff. We have been carrying on with algebra in maths and we all find the inequations easier than the equations. We had a french taster from the lady that runs the French club, started to learn about the New Testament, had a happy assembly with the P6′s (we told them about our “be the boss” competition and they told us about their great egg race), we walked around the school for Sport Relief on Thursday and the winning group for the Be The Boss competition got presented with their “£1 million” cheque at assembly!
This is Michael and Robert, signing out!!!!!!!