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Frozen Planet visit update. February 18, 2012

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To all the wonderfully clever and interesting children of Keills School

Your thank you letters are the best things I have had through the post in many months.  Thank you for going to so much trouble to write them.  I loved your illustrations too.  It is very interesting to see which parts of the talk you liked the best.  I will take my big gloves and boots to more talks in future.

Good luck with your polar lands project and keep up your interest in the world around you and the animals which live in it.  You are really lucky to live on Islay, surrounded by great wildlife.

Best wishes

John



Big Schools Bird Watch Update. February 6, 2012

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Bird watching from the windows in Scott's Hut.

Last week Mary and Crystal from the RSPB came to help us with our Big Schools Bird Watch. We worked in groups to spot birds from the classroom ‘hides’ and Mary and Crystal were able to help us identify the different species.

Crystal helped us to identify the different birds.

We saw 9 different sorts of birds including chaffinches, sparrows, starlings and jackdaws. We will put the records onto the RSPB website. Crystal also saw a mystery bird – a sparrow with a very dark front – which she thinks might be a Spanish sparrow. We wondered what it was doing on Islay. We would much prefer to be in Spain at the moment!

Thank you to Mary and Crystal for helping us.

Recording our results.

Sing, Dance and Play with Feis Oigridh. February 6, 2012

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As part of our Crofting Connections and Gaelic projects we have been singing, dancing and playing musical instruments with Clare, Paula, Ciara and Miss McKellar. They came to visit the Wee Class and the Big P5-7’s to show us some of the things that children can join in with at Feis Oigridh on Islay this month. We made up a new dance which we called the Keills Wedding Reel. It looks quite tricky but the children worked hard to keep counting and clapping 8 beats at a time, and Clare’s singing helped us to keep in time too.

The dancing was too fast for the camera!

On their second visit, Clare brought her accordion and also taught some children to play percussion instruments. Ciara taught the rest of the Wee Class to play a simple tune on the penny whistle. It was amazing when we put the whole thing together and the Wee Class, Clare and Ciara, played while the Big P5-7’s danced – WOW!

Clare and Ciara, accordion, percussion and penny whistles!

Feis Oigridh is on at the Gaelic College from 15th to 17th February and is a great opportunity for children to try out different instruments, learn new songs and have a dance! Go and join in!

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