WW1 Projects

A huge Well Done to all pupils in P6 (and any helpers at home) for the fantastic effort that went into the personal projects. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about all aspects of the war from each other and the research that has been conducted at home.

Pupils presented their projects in a variety of ways including posters, booklets, leaflets and power point presentations. The projects have included fascinating detail and have been carefully thought out.

We have learned all about distant relatives who served in The Great War, how to protect our feet from Trench Foot, how women served in the WLA, that there are ‘male and ‘female’ tanks, how women got the vote after the war and many many more interesting and fascinating facts. We will keep you updated.


Mavis is our class mascot.  Mavis has enjoyed visits to the homes of several of the pupils in the class and The Glasgow Science Centre.  Here is a photo of Mavis with Macastory.


As part of our WW1 topic we have been learning all about coding and methods of communication.

Morse code has been the most popular code attempted so far.  P6 have been sending secret Morse Code messages to P5 who are currently studying The Titanic.

Semaphore is visual communication system which uses flags as a way of conveying information over a distance. The information is encoded by the position of the flags.  Pupils each made their own flags and have been using them to form the alphabet and to make messages. This has been fun and challenging at the same time.

We are looking forward to learning more codes and learning more about the secret codes that were used and solved during WW1.



WW1 Project

P6 are engrossed in their WW1 topic.  The project was kicked off with a performance and workshop by Macastory, pupils thoroughly enjoyed this experience.  P6 have since been working extremely hard on developing their own script writing skills and have produced their own short plays based on the Christmas Day Truce.  We hope to be able to premier these performances soon.


P6 Greatrex

P6 have been offered the chance of a lifetime, to perform at the new (opening soon) Corn Exchange museum in Dalkieth, that will feature John Greatrex and how he foraged money! (And almost got away with it).

When P6 were told (in the middle of assembly) they were shocked, surprised and of course exited to know that you were going to be watched by over 60 people at a time. They also knew that they would be perfect for the job since they are such show off’s!

The offer also came with a professional drama teacher called: Matt Dunn, who is amazing at his job. He is also a professional script writer. The of the performances will take place on the 11th and 12th of May. A dress rehearsal is also included on the 10th of May.

All the dates that are given are in the time line of 2016. P6 are to rehearse as much as possible. Greatrex is massive deal so we’d appreciate it if all parents/carers that have a P6 St. Andrew’s child within their household to show lots of support. The teacher of P6, Mrs Rice says it a fascinating story. On behalf of P6 we would like to say how excited we all are!


By Katie Allan & Talitha Nicholas

Euro Quiz

This year P6 took part in a competition named the Euro quiz, on the 5th of March 2016. The Euroquiz is a competition for schools all around Scotland! We took part in the Midlothian heats. We came 3rd out of 15 schools.

The team were told to be at school for 8:30am. They did a great job arriving on time despite this early assignment. The competition took place at Stobhill Primary School from 9am-12pm. Just so that you know, the Euro quiz members were: Fraser, Ella, Erick, Kristy, Emma S and Katie. They worked extremely hard learning and memorizing their European facts, which meant lots of indoor breaks (for them) and loads of paper lying around the classroom! Once again a big Well Done to our Euro Quiz team.



Choir Performance

On Friday the 11th of March St Andrew’s school choir performed at the Dean Tavern in Newtongrange. Miss Bryce who runs the Choir group attended the event with Mrs Matthews and Mrs McCallum. Mrs Matthews was very proud as our choir got a standing ovation! They sang True Colours , Punk Rocker  and 500 miles.

The following children are members of the choir: Emma Sroka P6, Aimee Swan P5, Caitlyn Murdoch P5, Caitlyn Macdonald P6, Josh Sessions P5, Demi Macdonald P7, Ella Annor P6 and Phoebe Macdonald (P7).

I spoke to Aimee Swan and she said: ‘ We got a massive applause it was so loud!’ A big thank you to Miss Bryce, the talented leader of the choir. She said: ‘The audience loved it so many people were standing up showing their appreciation for our singing’! We would also like to thank Jake Herriot for organising the event.


Picture to follow!



By Katie Allan (P6)

This Week In P6

This week in P6 we have been:

  • Learning about Banking and Budgeting- learning about needs and wants for our class fund.
  • We met with creative team for Greatrex project and we were measured for costumes.
  • We made up fictional families and talked about them in French.
  • We went skiing with P7.