Kirkhill Primary School

Fairtrade cafe and assembly

P6 held a Fairtrade cafe and assembly on Monday afternoon and it was a great success.

We all enjoyed sitting with our families, chatting and sharing our facts about Fairtrade.  We also enjoyed some delicious baking made with Fairtrade ingredients.

Thank you to everyone that helped; setup, bake and tidy up.  It was much appreciated.

Thank you also you the donations for our free raffle.

We hope you enjoyed the afternoon and you will try to put some Fair in your break.

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We have been learning about earthquakes as part of our topic.  Today we made model structures to see if they would stay standing during a quake.

We used cocktail sticks and marshmallows and created structures of all shapes and sizes.

Our strongest structures had triangles in them.

The taller we built them the more likely they were to wobble or topple.

Hexagon base worked well for a taller structure.

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Avalanche Experiment

Primary 6 were learning how avalanches are caused. Weak layers of unstable snow give way when stronger layers of snow form on top.

We recreated the weak layers using rock salt and coconut and the strong layer was flour. We tipped the slope to an angle of approx. 38 degrees and watched what happened. The total contents slid off! We were hoping to see a slab give way as you would see in a real avalanche.

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Volcanic Eruption

Today we made our own model volcanoes and did an experiment to make them erupt.

We built our models from old plastic cups/ tubs and created a volcano from foil. Next we painted our volcanoes.

For the experiment we mixed 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with 1 cup of vinegar and some red food colouring.  We watched as the mixture bubbled, grew and spilled over the volcano just like lava.



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This afternoon we have been busy learning about volcanoes for our topic on natural disasters.

We found some extraordinary facts, for example, there is an underwater volcano taller than Everest!

You can find out more using the links at the bottom of this post.

We also created our own volcano paintings inspired by the artist Nick Rowling.

Earth – tectonic plates

How volcanoes are formed


Volcanic Scotland

BBC Volcanoes

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Satellites and Space X

P6 had a great time this morning learning more about space, especially the history of space travel. Lauchie’s dad was able to help us to understand more about space rockets and satellites and their purpose. It was excellent to have things explained so clearly.

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Symmetry tiles

We are working on creating symmetrical pictures using our names.



Firstly we practised writing our name on the folded triangle.  When we had it right we wrote our name on the first triangle in a forward direction.  Then we black penned over our writing and we traced it onto the other 3 triangles.  Next we black penned over all the triangles.  Finally we coloured in the letters then coloured the background so it was all symmetrical.

I found it interesting… to look down on it and it looked weird and you could see lots of shapes.

I found it tricky… tracing the letters.

By Lydia

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