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David Balfour

Our new topic is David Balfour. He was very important in Shapinsay and we want to find out why. We have talked about what we already know and what we would like to find out. Hopefully we can visit Balfour Castle and other important places.

Some of us have been trying to draw Balfour Castle accurately.


We want to make models of some of the farms in Shapinsay. We made a plan to help us.

We have decided to try to make our role play area into a room from David Balfour's time. He lived in Victorian times. Ian is helping us make the fire place.


We have been learning about the story of Christmas. We made a display of the Nativity by drawing the people and animals. Then we wrote the story from each perspective.


In Art we made Christmas trees from hessian and felt with Miss Angier.


We have been learning about the Jewish festival of light - Hannukah. We read the story of the Maccabees and learned about the miracle of the oil.

P3 researched how Hannukah is celebrated.

We made latkes using potatoes, eggs and flour. Then Ian fried them for us - Hannukah food is usually fried to remind Jewish people about the miracle of the oil. They were yummy!

We listened to Hava Nagila while we were eating - it is a Hebrew song that means "Let's Rejoice".

Independent Learning Time

We work hard in ILT - here are some of the things we've been doing.

Using loom bands - we have been making lots of things and we have also taught Miss Clements and Ian how to make things too.

Experimenting - we are trying to make crystals. These form in the same way as stalactites in a cave (like our role play area). Nothing has happened after one day - we are not sure how long it will take!

Making a fireplace with the nursery children - we did well with the brick pattern.


We have been learning how shadows are made. We made shadows using the projector and we realised that shadows are made when an object blocks the light. What shadow shapes can you make?


We have been learning about the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali. We have learned about the story of Rama and Sita, made diva lamps from clay and designed Rangoli patterns. We also made samosas (see the latest news page).

Then we worked together to make a display our some of our favourite pieces of work:

Testing Reflective Materials

Now it is dark when we leave school we are all wearing our reflective jackets, but none of the toys had one so we tested different materials to find out which ones would be best and made them some jackets to wear so that they would be safe too.

We had to choose materials and test them by shining torches to see if they were reflective. We had to make sure our tests were fair too and that we answered the challenge.

It got a bit messy but we had fun too!

Seeing in the dark

We have been experimenting to see whether we can see in the dark. We had to try reading our names in different places. We found out that we could see our names in the classroom and under the table with the cloth over it, but not in the dark cave.

We found out that you can't see anything at all in the dark. This is because light from a light source bounces off objects and then into your eye so you can see it.

We also wanted to know whether carrots can help you see in the dark. We looked it up and found out that carrots contain Vitamin A which can help you to see better in dim light if you don't have enough Vitamin A already. Nothing can help you see in the dark other than a light source though.

We found this song too - we liked it! View it by clicking here.

Bonfire Night

Our theme this week is Bonfire Night and we have been doing lots of activities.

We made firework sound effects in music - we made screeches, pops and lots of bangs!

We have done some great firework art with Miss Angier in art - we used different things to create different effects.

The firefighters came in to talk to us about how to stay safe at the bonfire and around fireworks.

We practised how to hold sparklers safely.

We have been finding out about the story of Guy Fawkes and we did our own retellings of the story. You can see the powerpoint we used to help us by clicking here. We had an interesting discussion about who was most wrong - King James for telling people what to believe and how to worship or Guy Fawkes and the other plotters for trying to kill the king. What do you think?


Did you know that the festival of Halloween is to do with light and dark? We have been doing some great activities!

Making spooky sound effects in music

You can hear our compositions by clicking here.

Dressing up

Carving pumpkins

Making potions (we made a potion to make Miss Clements rich - we have suggested that she buys us Halloween sweeties for trick or treating!)

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