Visiting maths students in P6A

Over the past couple of weeks, P6 & 7 have enjoyed some interesting maths lessons, which have been delivered by visiting maths students from the University of Edinburgh. In P6A we have been exploring square numbers and their connection to parabolas. With one more lesson to go, we’re looking forward to seeing what comes next!

What Kind of Edinburgh?

What Kind of Edinburgh?


Great new blog from Children’s Parliament on their ‘What Kind of Edinburgh?” project. Sciennes is very proud to participate in this innvoative and ambitious scheme to give young people a voice, reaching a high level through ‘Project Champions’:

“Some of the Project Champions are coming from the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland. Some of them are people that make decisions about children’s services and schools, some others work in our communities and have the possibility to make important changes in the places where we live.”


A fab day out at Edinburgh Zoo 🐧🦁🐒

On Monday 29 October, Primary 6 enjoyed a sunny day out at Edinburgh Zoo. As part of the pupils’ Living and Growing topic, they attended the Cycle of Life workshop led by the wonderful staff in the education centre.

The staff spoke to the children about how some animals find a mate, how they reproduce and how they look after their young. We also had an interesting discussion about the changes animals go through during puberty and got to see a video of a baby elephant from inside the womb. Mr Hutchison, Mr Mitchell and I were all very impressed with how engaged the three classes were and how mature they were during the discussions. Well done, kiddies.

After lunch we had a lovey afternoon power walking our way to the top of the zoo to see the big cats and the zebra. Our favourites, however, were the chimps and the monkeys, who we could have watched all day!

Thank you, P6, for a lovely day out, and special thanks to Calum’s mum, Bethan’s mum, Eddie’s dad and Jennifer’s gran for coming with us.

Today’s Team Tennis Challenge – P6A –

Today P6A took part in a fantastic opportunity developing their skills in a team tennis challenge led by Ryan Harrower and his tennis development staff. The class worked with coaches to develop their imagination, agility and racquet skills, and had a lot of fun doing so.

The kiddies set a fantastic example and represented the school beautifully. It was a pleasure to see them all so happy and engaged, and working so well with one another. Story time was a nice quiet one too, with so many worn out bodies!

Muy bien, niños. Happy weekend.

P6 Construction Challenge

This afternoon P6 took on an engineering challenge: to construct a European landmark using just newspaper and tape. In mixed class groups they set about selecting a landmark and coming up with a plan for its construction. We think they did a fab job and were very impressed with the teamwork on display. Well done, P6. 👏🏻

Maths Week Scotland. P6A

Despite a busy week this week, today we found a bit of time to take our maths work outdoors. We’ve been developing and consolidating our knowledge of multiples and factors recently so decided to play a little hopscotch… with a twist. Instead of simply counting the numbers, we used the game as an opportunity to practise finding the multiples of numbers we find more challenging. The wind made balancing a little tricky, but we enjoy an extra challenge in P6A 😀

Cycling Adventures in P6A

P6A had a fab day today putting their bike handling skills to the test on a cycling adventure to Colinton. We took off from school and cycled through The Meadows, along the Union Canal (stopping off for some bramble picking to refuel) until finally reaching our destination: Spylaw Park. All in all the kids managed a 10 mile round trip, which is very impressive, and were an absolute joy to be around.

Thanks for a great day out ❤️

(It was actually ten miles- I forgot to restart the recording- whoops!)