On Friday 13th October P6, P6/7 and P7 had a lovely visit from Rania, Athena’s (in P2) mum. She came in to teach us about Greece which links to our countries and continents topics. She helped us understand that not all Greek people nowadays believe in Greek Gods. She also told us some magestic stories! Here are some of the most interesting things we learned from Rania:
- Greek people drink lots and lots of coffee
- In the olden days, the women couldn’t go to the markets or go to the Olympic games
- The story of Daedalus and Icarus
- The story of Theseus and the Minotaur
- Half the Greek population live in the capital city, Athens
- 1,600 islands to choose from – they are spoilt for choice!
- Greek people don’t just have birthdays – they also have name days
- Olive oil is used for lots of different things
- Rania grew up in Athens and she spoke in Greek for us!
Thank you so much to Rania for coming in today to talk to us all!
Written by Arianna, Ellie, Jessica, Fintan, Emily, Helen, Issy and Freya (P6/7)
On Tuesday, some children from primary 6 & primary 7 went out with Gus and Olivia from Earth Calling. We learned lots about our local environment, made bramble smoothies, painted our faces with brambles and some of us even held a bee! Here are some photos. What a wonderful group to spend the morning with, well done!
Yesterday Hannah, a sixth year student from Queensferry High School, came into our class to teach us about atoms and bonds. She gave us fruit pastilles to represent atoms and straws to represent bonds and we had to make chlorine, water, carbon dioxide and methane. The best bit was getting to eat the fruit pastilles after we had successfully constructed these elements! Thanks again, Hannah!
Huge well done to Ciara whose article features in this week’s edition of The Week Junior! She decided to write in about her experience of attending the Queensferry Crossing Opening Ceremony and the magazine have sent her a letter to congratulate her as well as a Roving Reporter badge. Let’s see if any other roving reporters from Echline make it into The Week Junior in the future!
As part of our Continents and Countries topic, P6, P6/7 and P7 are studying Antarctica with Mrs McLoughlin. We were very lucky today as we had a visit from Dr Gavin Francis, who was a doctor on the British Antarctic Station for 14 months. He had some amazing things to show and tell us about life there! Here are some of P6/7’s most interesting things we learned today from Gavin:
- Some icebergs are the size of whole countries (like Belgium)
- There is no night time in the summer and no daylight in the winter
- The average temperature is -50 degrees
- Around 60,000 penguins live there
- If you stay outside for too long your breath freezes
- The hole in the ozone layer was discovered where the base was, in Halley
- Climate change is affecting the penguin population because if the ice breaks away too soon and the penguins adult feathers haven’t grown yet, the penguins die
Thanks very much to Gavin for his time today coming in to speak to us and helping us with our projects.