P5 Maths Channel

There is a new widget on the sidebar which shows the new P5 Maths Channel. There you will see some of the short videos which we made to show our understanding of a few of the maths concepts we were learning about in term 1. Explaining the concepts and making videos at the end of a topic is a good way of getting a clear understanding of our learning. It also allows us to share what we do in class with everyone at home. Stay tuned for addition and subtraction!

Remember to Save Energy!

Everyone can turn the lights off!

Do you have an XBox? Fraser will remember to turn his off when he is not using it.

We have been thinking about ways to save energy at home and to help us we have made reminders to place around the house. We can take responsibility for turning off many of the electrical devices we use.

Don't leave your TV on stand-by!
Some great ideas!
 Do you only boil the water that you need in your kettle? 
Can you spot a clever sign designed specially for the light switch!
Switch it off and save energy!
Don't forget!

Stick them up!

Switch off and smile, because...

You'll be saving energy, which means...

saving the planet AND smaller bills!
Great graphics!

We can all save energy!

Spelling Stars

Everyone shares the cup!
 This term we have had a weekly spelling 'B' culminating in a written spelling test this week. In our teams we have been helping each other learn the words, so it was only fair that the team with the most points this week shared the team 'cup'!

Individual star spellers!
Those who got full marks today had their achievement recognised with a certificate - well done!

Our trip to the Power Station

We went to the power station to have a look around and find out what happens there. We see the depot at the edge of the Peedie Sea every day but most of us had never been inside.
It was amazing to think that not long ago the station had employed about 30 people and the huge 7000 horsepower engines had supplied power to Orkney. Now it is used if there is a need for an emergency back up, but the engines have to be run every month, to make sure they are working well.
These days we use much more electricity and our power now comes from the national grid which Orkney is conected to by a cable running across the Pentland Firth on the sea bed. You can see a picture of undersea power cable at the end of the slide show.
We found out why the depot is next to The Peedie Sea and saw where the fuel is pumped into the tanks from the harbour. Now we know why the location of the power station is so important.
While we there there we saw men training to be able to fix faults on the line. They were all wearing special safety equipment. We found out how insulators and conductors are used in pylons and power lines and poles - and why birds can sit on the lines and not get hurt!
Jack's dad made sure we understood how dangerous electricity could be and how to keep safe and what to do (and not do!) in an emergency.
Many thanks to Jack's dad for organising our trip for us.

Play Rehearsals

Hi boys and girls.
I have been trying to put the photographs from Friday's drama session into a slideshow but my laptop is not playing nicely with me!  I promise you that they will be up very soon so you can share what you have been doing with your families.  You all worked so well and gave each other valuable feedback too.
Watch this space...
Mrs L