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P 4/5 16/17

P5 Visit to Eden Court

P5 attended a drama workshop in Eden Court followed by Puccini’s La Bohème Unwrapped.

  • The drama workshop was fun because we made up our own Viking names and actions for them.
  • I liked the opera because it was a different language (Italian) and it was really interesting.
  • It was fun listening to the opera because I didn’t know what would happen next and there was lots of action in it.
  • I liked the storyline of La Bohème and how they projected their voices when singing without using a microphone.
  • I really enjoyed the opera; it was really emotional in some parts. It was new to me and interesting.
  • Mimi was a good singer; she could still sing the same even though she was lying down.
  • I liked the drama Workshop with Louise, we were working with a partner to mime daily jobs the Vikings had and the audience had to guess what that job was.
  • I like the drama workshop when we split into two groups, one group was the raiders and the other was the monks. We had to do silent images called a tableau.
  • The opera was really dramatic, for example in the scene when she walked out and slammed the door, the music made it even more dramatic.

Holm Primary Playground Charter

A few weeks ago the Rights Respecting School Team were discussing how we could improve our school playground. Each representative asked their class for ideas and shared them at our meeting. From this we created common themes and worked with some PSAs to create our charter. The charter has created a shared set of values for our school and playground.

The RRS team decorated designs and the whole school voted. The winner was revealed at the assembly last week.

 

 

This was the winning design! The signs have been made and they have been popped up in our school; 1 in the playground and 2 on the field.

 

Snow White Performance

On Friday I went to watch the Snow White Performance by Highland Youth Theatre. The show was performed by pupils from Holm Primary and I was most impressed with the confidence and acting skills shown by all. Well done everyone, I loved coming along to watch this. I feel we may have a few stars in the making!

  • “I enjoyed doing the show because it was fun.”
  • “I enjoyed it because it was full of fun.”
  • “I loved seeing all of the dwarfs costumes and being Dopey.”
  • “I loved doing it because you got to wear different outfits. My favourite part was when I had to crack the egg on my head.”
  • “Come and try the shows, it’s really fun, you’ll make new friends and the teacher is brilliant!” 
  • “The reason I liked it was because the teacher is really kind and I would tell other people to go for it because it is fun.”
  • “I liked that I had a pillow attached to my suit because I was Sleepy.”
  • “I enjoyed when I was a dwarf and we came around the audience.”

 

P4/5 Electricity

P4/5 have been working hard learning all about electricity. To start with we looked at battery and mains electricity.
Next we learned how to stay safe around electricity.
We experimented with different conductors and insulators. “Conductors allow electricity to flow through them.” “Insulators do not let electricity through.”
We looked at electrical circuits. We know that for a circuit to work it must complete a loop.
We made games using all our electricity knowledge and shared them with other classes.

Here are some of the things we learned :
“I learned that if there is no battery the circuit wont work because it is not a full circuit.”

“I learned how to make a game using electricity. We used wires, buzzers, batteries and bulbs.”

“I enjoyed making my game at the end of term and I liked showing it off to the other classes. I liked deciding what our game would be like and experimenting with the equipment.”

“I liked checking to see if circuits worked or not.”

“I liked using Peppa and the energy balls to learn about circuits.”

“I liked guessing to see if circuits worked and then checking them after.”

 

B Block Easter Activities

On Monday 3rd April B block had an afternoon of Easter activities.

In Mr Henstridge’s classroom, the children were beavering away making beautifully crafted Easter baskets meanwhile in Mrs McAra’s they were delicately decorating biscuits like Easter chicks to fill the baskets.

Whilst this was happening Mrs McHardy’s classroom had an origami Easter card making session, where the Chick’s mouth opened and closed and in Mrs Gibb’s classroom, the children’s imaginations were going wild whilst making decorative, colourful Easter bonnets.

It was fantastic seeing creative minds at work.
“I enjoyed going around the 4 classrooms doing the different things. My favourite activities were making the baskets and decorating the biscuits.”

“I liked rotating around the classrooms because all the activities were really fun.”

“I really liked the origami card station because when you open it up the chicks mouth opens.”

” I loved using my imagination to make an Easter bonnet. I put ears on mine like a bunny.”

B Block would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Easter and we look forward to welcoming the children back after the holidays.

 

World Book Day 2017

B Block spent Thursday afternoon celebrating World Book Day. Each classroom had a different book related activity…

  • In Mr Henstridge’s class children were drawing a picture from Roald Dahl description. The children drew the BFG, Mr Twit, Miss Honey or Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spike.
  • In Mrs Henderson’s class children listened to the story “Where the Wild Things Are”. Then they followed this up with a range of drama activities.
  • In Mrs Gibb’s class children used their imagination to make up stories using props.
  • In Miss McHardy’s class children talked about their favourite book with their peers.
  • We also had an opportunity to visit the Travelling Book Fair and some of us bought a new book.

Reflections from the afternoon included:

  • “I liked making stories using materials.”
  • “I liked talking about my favourite book.”
  • “I liked drawing the picture of Miss Honey. I did not not managet o guess it was Miss Honey until the end.”
  • “I enjoyed making up short stories with the props.”
  • “I learned about a new book called ‘Wild Things’. I liked the ending because we thought it might be a dream.”
  • “I liked doing the Wild Things, it was an imaginative story.”
  • “I liked drawing the characters from Mr Henstridge’s description.”
  • “I enjoyed making stories and characters. It was fun guessing the characters.”
  • “In the play I was a sassy girl. I had a mirror and a fluffy coat.”
  • “Making a play was really fun.”
  • “I liked reading our own books and sharing with a partner.”
  • “I liked showing emotions in drama.”
  • “We used our imaginations to be wild things and a forest.”
  • “The thought tunnel was amazing. I was Max and the Wild Things shouted at me. I felt weird.”
  • ” I loved the whole afternoon!”
  • “It’s been good fun making our own stories”
  • “It was fun because we got to make our stories by acting and working together.”
  • “This was my favourite station because we got to make up our own drama story.”
  • “Stories- you get to make your own story and use different props.”
  • ”It helps us with our imaginations and writing in class.”
  • “It’s fun because we learned new words and helps us with reading.”

‘Holm’s Got Rhythm’

What a fantastic week of learning in our school. There has been lots of really engaging activities that the children and staff have enjoyed completing to help us find out about sound. Please click on the link below to watch a PowerPoint filled with some of this week’s highlights. This was shared at the showcase today.

Holm’s Got Rhythm!’ Blog

 

Science Week – Primary 2 and Primary 4/5 Buddies

Here is what the Primary 2s from Miss Giblin and Mrs Gibb’s classes and the Primary 4/5s from Mr Henstridge’s class have been learning about sound during Science Week…

Monday:

‘We had to listen to sounds outside and inside. I heard the fence and it was rustling.’ Seth

‘I heard my own heart beat and I think it was making a thumping sound because it pumps blood around my body.’ Oscar

‘I heard the wind outside.’ Isla

‘I heard birds singing and they made a chirp sound and it was a soft sound.’ Kamilla

‘We listened inside and outside we heard people talking.’ Adam

 

Wednesday – Homemade Instrument Sharing

‘My instrument was a shaker and I made it with a bottle. I filled it with rice and covered it in blue paper and stuck diamonds on.’ Lily

‘I liked Grace in P2s instrument because she made a drum kit out of tins.’ Kamilla

‘I liked all of the P4/5 instruments especially the guitars!’ Daniel

Thursday: Working Together To Make a Tune

‘I liked being in the band and getting organised into the right groups.’ Anna

‘I liked playing my instrument because it was really fun doing it with our buddies.’ Hamish

‘I liked banging my own drums because it was really and they sounded good.’ Grace

‘I enjoyed playing the musical instruments because we all got to do it together.’ Lewis

‘I enjoyed hearing the other children playing their instruments.’ Katie

Friday- The Showcase

‘I had to go and tell the audience the answer and ask them to join in. It was really fun.’ Thea

‘I enjoyed doing the song especially at the end because everybody joined in.’ Hamish 

‘I liked everyone’s songs.’ Katie 

‘It was fun because they were all nursery rhymes and all classes had a chance to play them.’ Sophie 

 

Science Week Reminder

Please find information for ‘Holm’s Got Rhythm’ Science Week in the link below. There is a homework task to be in for Wednesday 15th February.  Be sure to check back on the Blog throughout next week to find out about our learning.

Thank you for you continued support.

Science Week Information

P5 Visit to UHI – Coding 1&2

On Tuesday 7th February 2017, P5 visited the University of the Highlands and Islands STEM Hub for a fun day of science learning!

Activities:

Coding 1

Pupils were introduced to the basic concepts of computer programming. Taking part in hands-on activities pupils learned about the importance of logic and quality of information in programming. Pupils also had the opportunity to have a go at programming themselves using techniques such as loops and procedures working on giant touchscreen computers.

Coding 2

Building on the knowledge gained in session one, pupils were introduced to block coding. At the end of the session each team of pupils produced and showcased their own game.  Some games included a scoring system, some text and an interactive component.

  • It was fun making our own computer game because you could pick your own characters, background and what they say and do.
  • It was fun learning something new, giving the computer instructions to do things.
  • We learned a lot about coding, we did different ways of coding for example ‘Lightbot’, ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Scratch”.
  • It was interesting learning about all the different instructions that you can give to the computer.
  • It was interesting learning something new on the computers and it was fun how we got to do unique games.