The Seals News

Visiting the Smithy and Heritage Centre

We went to visit the Smithy and Heritage Centre.

We had lovely food at the Smithy - thank you! Fiona also told us all the skills you need to run a cafe like the Smithy.

Then we went upstairs to see the Heritage Centre. First we saw all the things that are for sale - made by people in Shapinsay.

Then we looked at all the things on display in the museum part. It was really interesting!

P1 - 3 would recommend a visit to both the Smithy and the Heritage Centre.


Learning about Shapinsay

We are learning about Shapinsay.

We used the big map of Shapinsay to find our houses. It was quite tricky!

Our role play area is a cafe - and we have made it like the Smithy in Shapinsay.

Even Camembear is enjoying using our cafe!

A new year

This session our first topic is about our community in Shapinsay.

Animals talks

P1 - 3 children each chose an animal to talk about. They then decided how to present their talk. We invited parents and families in to come and listen, and the big class came in as well.

Here are some videos of our practices for those who couldn't make it - apologies for the rather wobbly filming!





P3 trip - football and the Wireless Museum

P3 children went to Papdale School to play football with other schools. 

On the way back to the boat they went to the Wireless Museum, which they would recommend if you haven't already been there.

More visitors

Mark and Ellie came to speak to us today. They work for Orkney Islands Council and help to make sure that animals are looked after. Ellie talked to us about dog fouling - it's important that dog owners pick up after their dogs.

Mark told us about all the animals that he used to see in Zimbabwe. It was really interesting. Thanks to Mark and Ellie for coming in!

The Bird Hide

We wrote a letter to Paul, the RSPB warden, asking if he could take us to the Bird Hide in Shapinsay and talk to us about the birds there. He wrote back and said that would be great, so we all walked up to the Bird Hide. Paul had lots of pairs of binoculars and we saw lots of different birds which we recorded on the blackboard at the hide. We even saw a Sedge Warbler which has flown all the way from Africa!

A visit from Gemma

Gemma came in to talk to us about her job at the Vets. She told us what she had studied to do her job. She also checked Patchy's leg and trimmed the guinea pigs' claws (they didn't like that much) and answered our many questions! Thank you Gemma! We took lots of photos ourselves, and afterwards we learned how to take the memory card (carefully!) out of the camera and print photos from the laptop to stick into our Learning Logs.

Visits to Northvet and Petmania

We went to visit Northvet and Petmania in Kirkwall to help us find out more about animals.

When we got back to school we wrote recounts on the laptops and learned how to insert photos into our work. We remembered that recounts should be past tense, in chronological order and should include detail. You can read some of our work by clicking the links below:

Recount 1

Recount 2

Recount 3

Branching Keys

We learned how to use branching keys to sort animals by asking yes and no questions.



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