P6 'Bruckers' brave the weather

Bag the Bruck
On Tuesday morning class 6 went to Scapa beach for a bag the bruck trip. It was windy and wet but we had wrapped up well. We went in two groups and we went on the bus to get there. Group one went first and then group two. Went to the far end and worked our way back, then group two arrived and worked towards them.
We found old bits of net and plastic. Some of us had to work in teams to get the bigger bits of rope out of the sand. We got 9 bags altogether.
Paige and Jack

Tour guiding at the Palaces


Tour Guiding
On Thursday we did a dress rehearsal on our junior tour guiding at the palaces. We had to put on lots of layers so we did not get cold. We did our warm up to get us going, 1st we had to wake up so we did a morning stretch, 2nd we looked in the pretend mirror and pulled a funny face 3rd brushed are teeth really well all around are mouth 4th we had a little grape chewed it all up and then we had a really big juicy apple. 6th we showed are bad JTG and are good JTG. 

After our warm up we went to the Bishops Palace and group one did their performance and group two and three were the audience. We then went back over to the earl’s palace and group two did their performance whilst group one were the audience and group three were up at their places getting ready to perform. Group two showed one half of the palace and group three showed the other half of the palace. 

Then on Friday was the big day it was actually the day we were preforming to our parents. It was group 1 in the morning and group 2 in the afternoon, it was kind of nerve racking thinking about it but when we got started everyone did a great job and had a good time and after we went to the st Magnus centre with our parents and had refreshments like tea, coffee, juice, sausage rolls, sandwiches, biscuits and we got certificates then we got our pictures taken with our certificates and in costume.

I think the parents enjoyed it very much and when the audience had to take part they did it very well they were really happy with us at the end. After a little while we went back to school and got ready for home. We are looking forward to our next performance. 

By Caitlin and Jennifer

Reading with P4

This term we started helping the P4s with their reading. Our book was The Firework Maker's Daughter and we partnered up with a P4 and read a page each. We think our reading has improved because we would normally not read aloud so this was also an opportunity to improve our reading as well as their reading. It also helped us with our confidence to read to a person in another class and it’s a good way to hear what other people think of the book. We need to know that they are hooked into the book by asking them questions like, 'What do you think the characters are feeling?', 'What do you think is going to happen next?', 'Why do you think the characters are feeling like this?' 

Here are some of the comments from the P6 paired readers:

'They seemed more confident as I continued to go down'
'I felt the reader enjoyed going to the library and reading the story and improved each week.'
'I'm more confident to go again because I know what it is like.'
'I was surprised to find out that some of the readers were at the same level as me.'
'I felt my reader improved with his expression and read more fluently.'
'It was fun because you got to read to someone you have never read to before.'
'It was interesting listening to younger children read to you. To start with they told me what the story was about, what had happened and what they think is going to happen. They understood the story well.'
'I think I am better at reading now that I have read to other people. It builds up your confidence'

Our dioramas


Yesterday we were making dioramas. We decided if we wanted to be in pairs or on our own. We decided an animal and its habitat. First the people who brought in boxes handed them out to other people. We then drew an idea that we hoped to achieve. Once we had our ideas we went to get research. Then we started by cutting a peep hole and also making our background to block the corners. We drew on the background and then set it in. then we stuck things to the bottom of the box before putting in sand or leaving it bare. Then we stuck things to the top of the box lid. We then cut a hole in the lid and put cellophane in it to make the lighting green or blue or silver. 
We all really enjoyed it and are pleased with our achievement. 

Fair Trade Fortnight - The Chocolate Trading Game

Yesterday we were playing the Fairtrade game. We all got roles and there was the cocoa farmers, the Fairtrade farmers, shoppers, shop keepers 1 and 2, the big chocolate factory and the Fairtrade chocolate factory.
                                           Cocoa farmers
Cocoa farmers don’t get paid for enough for what they produce. They would like a better deal they want to sell to Fairtrade cocoa factory’s but cant. Now let’s interview some cocoa farmers.
Q: How hard is life on the farm and why?
A: It’s really hard because we don’t get the fair amount of money we deserve!
Q: How do you feel about the price of cocoa beans going down?
A: terrible because we don’t get enough money!
Q: how do you feel about black pod decease?
A: Terrible because big chocolate factory won’t buy our beans only from surtian cocoa farmers!

                    Fairtrade cocoa farmers
The fairtrade farmers get a better amount of money because the cocoa beans they grow get bought for a good amount. Lets interview some fairtrade farmers.

Q: what are you trying to accomplish ?
A: we wanted to have a good and good payment that is why were fairtrade
Q: Do you just sell to fairtrade factories?
A: there is always argument between us but we mostly don’t
Q: do you ever feel your going to get scammed by not getting fair amount of money for your beans?
A: No we trust the people we sell to
Q: How do you feel about black pod disease ?
A: it doesn’t affect us because we made plenty last season

                                       Fairtrade factory
The Fairtrade factory buys beans from fairtrade cocoa farmers. They give them a fair amount of money. Now lets get on to the interview.
Q: How much do you pay for cocoa beans?
A: 5p per bean
Q: What do you think about fairtrade?
A: We think fairtrade is important because everyone should be treated fairly
Q: Do you always buy from fairtrade?
A: Yes we do
Q: How do you feel about black pod disease?
A: We don’t really like it because its bad for the farmers but its good for us because we get more money

Big chocolate factory
The big chocolate factory only buys from independent farmers. Lets start the interview.
Q: What is your aim?
A: more profit
Q: why do you want more profit?
A: decent pay and so our families can have a good living
Q: where do you get your beans and why?
A: Ghana because its better quality
Q: Why did you lower the prices?
A: we wanted more money
Q: don’t you get enough money?
A: well yes but we wanted more money to get more supplies
Q: do you ever consider cocoa farmers?
A: we only care about ourselves
Q:how do you feel about black pod disease?
A: it doesn’t affect us we bought plenty last season

                                Shop keepers 1
Shop keepers number 1 is fairtrade and sell fairtrade produts.
Now lets get on with the interview.
Q: Do you ever buy from big chocolate factory?
A: Sometimes only if they have a good price
Q; Why did you buy it then if someone wasn’t getting the fair price for it?
A: We don’t care about poor people.
Q: Why don’t you care?
A: We only care about our lives no one elses
Q: How much do you sell your chocolate bars for?
A: £1 per bar
                                        Shop keepers 2
Shop keepers number 2 sometimes sell fairtrade products. Lets get on to the interview .
Q: Do you always buy from fairtrade factory?
A: We sometimes buy from fairtrade factoreis but sometimes buy from big chocolate factory.
Q: How do you feel about black pod deacese?
A: It doesn’t really effect us because we can buy from both factories.

The shoppers work with the journalists to help them find out information about fairtrade. We interviewed them ourselfs lets see what they said.
Q: Do you only buy fairtrade chocolate bars?
A: Well I usually buy fairtrade chocolate bars because its fairer price for the farmers.
Q: Do you taste a difference from fairtrade and non fairtrade chocolate bars?
A: No but it feel better eating a fairtrade chocolate bar.

That’s all we have interviewed today but we think we will be doing another fairtrade game again.

Inventions to help us achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Our great global goal inventions

A few weeks ago two men came in and told us about the seventeen global goals. We were so interested in these goals and completing them that we set to work on making up our own inventions. First of all we all thought of our own ideas focusing on one of the global goals. Then we joined up with other people who had similar ideas or were focusing on the same goal. After a few weeks of creating our inventions we finally had the final piece. We showed it to the class and explained our ideas then answered questions and fixed any problems. Then Ms Mackay who inspired us to do these along with the men who came in put together a PowerPoint of all our inventions. We hope that in the future our inventions will be made and hopefully we can complete these seventeen global goals by 2030.

Look at this great invention!

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Today we learned about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 
If everyone works towards these the world should be a fairer place by 2030.

We talked about Fair Trade and footballs.
The BALA footballs are more expensive but because they are fairtrade we know they are made ethically. 

We already DO make a difference with things like Fair Trade and Bag the Bruck & Pick Up Three Pieces, but can we do more....?
Watch this space!

Celebrating Robert Burns

Robert Burns was born in Alloway on 25th January 1759. Every January on his birthday people all round the world celebrate by having a Burns Supper and reciting his poetry and singing his songs.
We are having an Assembly and our class will be reading two of his poems in dialect.

To practice for assembly use these links
To a Mouse
To a Haggis


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll take a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Our Assembly went really well, Lots of people said they enjoyed it. There was Highland dancing and fiddle music as well as our poetry and singing. Look in the comments below to see what we thought about our Burns Assembly.