Primary 3 enjoyed a great day out at Hagbrae Farm in Gorebridge on Thursday. It is a working organic dairy farm and we were able to impress Julie the farmer with all of our knowledge from our Food and Farming topic in class. We saw lots of huge farm machinery cutting and storing the grass to make silage for the cows to eat over the winter, got to help feed some baby lambs and were very lucky to be allowed to go into the milking parlour and watch the cows being milked. We think living on a farm looks like great fun, but a lot of hard work!
Yesterday, all the children in Primary 1 went to Holyrood Palace for a spring walk.
We were very excited to be together, and the weather was beautiful!
First we were taken into the special gardens, which aren’t open to the public at this time of year, and saw where the Queen’s garden party is held each year.
We got a chance to pretend to be soldiers looking after the palace.
We looked out for signs of spring.
We saw some beautiful spring flowers, and got very good at identifying crocuses, daffodils and snowdrops.
Next we were taken into a secret wood, where the Queen has her cup of tea in the morning when she comes to stay. We were very quiet as we listened out for birds and looked for signs of nest building.
Finally we looked for buds and blossom on trees and added them to our pictures. We were lucky enough to spot a squirrel jumping through the trees.
We had a lovely trip, and can’t wait to go back next season.
Thanks to all our helpers for joining us on such a lovely day.
We have explored our playground from top to bottom, so today Primary 1 went on an adventure to Holyrood Park.
We had SO MUCH FUN exploring our environment.
We stopped to look at what we could see. We waved at the palace in case the queen was visiting.
The first thing we did when we were sent off to explore was look at this patch of mud. We realised it felt a bit more like sand.
We dug holes in it.
We found treasure! We thought it might have something to do with Mrs Pender being a bit magical.
We found lots of beautiful and interesting objects. We found a stick that looked like it could be a fairy house. We thought this might be a tooth belonging to a dinosaur or a tiger!
We dug for worms.
We wrote our names with sticks.
We played games with sticks – they have so many different uses! These ones had magical powers.
Then we went on a bear hunt. We found numbers on the trees that we thought might be the bear’s door number. We made sure that the bear wouldn’t follow us back to school by doing some loud roaring (and hiding behind this tree for a while.)
We had such a fun afternoon, and arrived back at school dirty and delighted.
What will we discover next time?
Primary three were excited this week as there was a visitor to our classroom. Mrs Brusatte’s husband happens to be a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh and he came in to talk to the class about his work, job, discoveries and dinosaurs in general. The class had great questions and were excited to touch some real fossils from a dinosaur leg bone!