We have just finished our topic on Mary Queen of Scots. We were all really keen on this topic and we had a great trip to Falkland Palace too where we got to dress up as people from that time and even played tennis on the same tennis court Mary had used! We also saw what people ate in those days and found out about how smelly everyone would have been because they never cleaned their outer clothes and washed their inner shirts in wee to keep them soft.
We have found out the whole story of Mary Queen of Scots and she had an interesting and exciting life with several murders in it!!! We have found out the answers to most of the questions we had about her at the start of term and it is a shame how her life went with ending up in prison for 19 years and then getting her head chopped off. We can't work out if she knew what she was doing or just got carried along because of the men she married, but she certainly made a lot of bad decisions.
In science with Mrs Ford we have been doing experiments with materials and investigating their different properties like seeing how they conduct heat and electricity. It was interesting to find out how that linked up with real life like why when you buy takeaway hot drinks they come in polystyrene cups.
In maths we have been finishing off learning different ways to do adding, subtraction, multiplying and dividing and it has really helped some of us to have different ways we can use to work things out. For adding, taking away and multiplying the new ways are sort of similar to the old ones except the numbers are split up into their parts first and that makes it easier for some people to understand. The "Big Seven" way of dividing is really different from the old way though but it is very easy to understand and some of us can do dividing now when we could never do it before.