The Seals News

Visiting Balfour Castle

We went on a trip to Balfour Castle. We all really enjoyed it!


We have been learning how to be computer programmers. We really enjoyed it and can't wait to do more! We managed to give the computer the right instructions to make it do what we wanted it to do.

Some of it was hard but it was great when we succeeded!

David Balfour

We have been finding out about David Balfour. We are making our role play area into David Balfour's house which means we need to find out about how the Victorians lived. We made tiles for the fireplace in Art and Ian helped us make the fireplace itself.

Farming in Shapinsay

This week our focus is the farms in Shapinsay. We have been doing lots of different things.

Finding information about farming using books and the internet:

Making a model farm (Waltness Farm in Shapinsay):

Making farm animals that we find in Shapinsay:

Exploring farm games on the internet:

We found these websites about farming in Shapinsay.

Beef farming in Shapinsay

Balfour Castle

Combining in Shapinsay

Cattle Shipping

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:

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