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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.



Classifying animals

We learned that animals can be split into 2 main groups - those with a backbone (vertebrates) and those without a backbone (invertebrates). Vertebrates can be split into 5 main groups - birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. We made a display to show the different groups and which explained what animals within each group have in common.


We learned that animals live in different habitats. We thought about which animals lived in which habitat by playing a sorting game. Then we chose 4 habitats to illustrate. At the end we discussed how animals are adapted to live in different habitats.

We learned how to play golf

Kirsty Spence from Active Schools came to school from Kirkwall, to teach P1-7 some golf skills. It was a lot of fun. 

Carnival of the Animals

In music we have been listening to Saint-Saen's "Carnival of the Animals". He used instruments to create different animals. We listened to some of his compositions and tried to work out how he had created the different effects. Then we all thought of an animal and chose an instrument that we thought could make that sound. Here are our sounds - can you tell what animals they are?



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