On the 29th of January, Bill Inglis the historian came in to P6/7 to give us a talk about battles near Dunblane. The talk was transfixing and the class learned lots about what went on on the side of the Jacobites. He talked about the enemies of the Jacobites, the Redcoats and about how the Scottish lowlanders detested the Highlanders because they stole livestock and they were savage. The whole class loved the talk and have found out lots of exciting information.
On the 8th of January Mr Smith from the Smith Museum came in to set us a challenge. The whole school will be learning about the history of Dunblane over the last 2000 years. The children of P1/2/3 will be taking an interest in important buildings of the past. They will investigate three particular buildings of their choice. The P4/5s are learning about important people. As for the P6/7’s, they will be thinking about battle sites near Dunblane.
We all can’t wait to start as we are all very excited!
By Mia, Phoebe-Rose and Jonathan.
P6/7 have had an exciting past few weeks when Angela Hunter came to the school to give the senior pupils dance workshop sessions. The workshops are called “Think Dance” and every Wednesday P6/7 make their way down to the hall to practice and learn new dance skills. They were told to choreograph a dance on the theme of detectives – a robbery scene and an investigation scene. The dances will be performed at the Macrobert along with a lot of other schools and their performances. So far everyone has come up with their robbery dance in groups of about 7 or 8, and after Christmas everyone will join together to design the investigation dance/drama. Incorporated in these dances are lifts, rolls, cartwheels, jumps and much more… Everyone is really enjoying it and can’t wait to get on stage and receive their free t- shirt personalised to St.Mary’s.
Here is what the class thought…
Olly: “Think Dance is great fun and I am really looking forward to the performance”
Eve: “I enjoy choreographing sequences with my friends and learning all the lifts and rolls.”
Ruby: “I really enjoyed working with my friends, and the dance is really taking shape”
Everybody is having a great time doing “Think Dance”, and has improved loads since we started.
by Sophie P
Primary 6/7 have enjoyed a busy start to their topic work focusing on WWII. So far Mrs Boldt (who is Mia Shanks’s gran), came in to tell the children of her time in Germany during the Nazi invasion. The boys and girls were sucked in to her story and could have listened all day because it was so interesting.
Mr Smith from the Smith Museum came in to the class room to be a scary teacher from 1939. He made everyone recite the alphabet, lakes in America and the continents of the world. The tables in the class were set up in twos and children had to sing the national anthem. The hardest lesson of all was to remember all King Henry VIII’s wives.
Another fun lesson followed in the same week when S6 pupils from Queen Victoria school demonstrated a drill activity during P.E. This included marching, saluting and turning. This had to be done in sync while shouting timings. Although this was fun it was hard work and repetitive.
By Sophie Wood & Ben Tullis
On the 24th of April P7 went up to the high school for SOUPER DAY. Souper day is where we need to dress up any vegetable of your choice. The P7s who are going up to Dunblane high school made a DJ turnip the music, a goat, a monkey, spudheart, hula dancer and a sheep. We went to the high school in a hurry thinking that it started at one o’clock but it actually started at 1:45 so we were 45 minutes early. We didn’t know what to do until Miss Hook took us to the LRC room where we waited for 45 minutes. Some pupils kept us amused by talking to us and telling us jokes. After that we went to the home economics department where we put down our vegetables we were then taken in to one of the kitchens. We had Mrs Nairn as a teacher who helped us make Lentil broth. It was quite a challenge and Rory and David forgot to put their electric cooker on. After we finished we were told who came first in the best dressed vegetable competition. We had a winner in our school and it went to Kirsty who made a goat. We are all very pleased with her for winning.
On the Friday the 20th of April zoo lab came to talk about different subjects. Primary 1 and 4/5 learned about habitats of animals and the p6/7 learned about the rainforest. Primary 1and 4/5 all really enjoyed holding the animals. They got to hold a snake, giant African land snail, rats but they couldn’t hold the tree frog because the oils in are hands would burn the frogs skin. (the frog was called Tub Tub) In primary 6/7 Ross talked to us about what we would need to survive in the rainforests, each table had to chose a machete, flare gun, mosquito net, mirror, lighter and rope after that you had to chose what you would do if you came up against a jaguar. After that you had to a choose what camp design you would have. Then to finish off we had to choose what was the animal that killed the most people each year? The answer was the mosquito.
Every one in the school really enjoyed the talk from zoo lab and learnt a lot from Ross.
By Hamish G.
In primary six seven, there was set homework for them to make a shoebox artefact. They had to make, draw, or create an artefact that will fit into a shoebox. It was their choice what to do. Kirsty made a Morse code machine, Sophie made a pocket watch, and Madeline made an old blueprint. They had to have information with it. Everyone made their artefact very well and they were all very impressive! They had a lot of fun making them too!
On the 22nd March P6/7 went to the Laighills at 9:30 to do the orienteering festival. The weather was absolutely outstanding and everybody was roasted. There were five groups: CRAGS, BOULDERS, CONTOURS, COMPASSES and PATHS and there were five activities. All of them used the entire park, including the skate park, football pitch and just the normal park with all the slides and equipment.
When we got there we lined up beside the other schools and then we were all called round and put into the different groups. We left all of our water bottles, jackets and our snacks where we were lined up and we went to our groups.
When we all arrived at the different groups we were told what to do, given a pencil and some paper, and a map and we were set off and left to do the course in our group. When you finished the course you came back to the group leader and got a new map. We all got a chance to do all the different activities and they were all lots of fun. When we came back to school we were all exhausted.
The primary 6/7’s homework for one week was to learn a Robert Burns poem. The choices for the poem were, The Selkirk Grace, The Farewell, Address to a Toothache, To a Haggis, To a Louse and To a Mouse.
They all had to perform their chosen poem in front of the rest of the class.
Everyone was quite nervous but managed to get through it. They all did a brilliant job but the winner was Rory who did To a Haggis.
The two runners up were Rosie and Eilidh!!!!!!
WELL DONE TO EVERYONE YOU ALL DID GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!