Seachdain na Gaidhlig (World Gaelic Week)
We had a visit from Jack who brought along his pop-up cinema for World Gaelic Week. We watched the beautiful film Oran Na Mara (Song of the Sea) in Gaelic with English subtitles. The P1-P4 class then did some lovely film-making of their own connected to the film and their Gaelic learning.
A visit from The Orwell Society
P5 – P7 have teamed up with The Orwell Society this year to study the link that the famous author has with our island (famously, he wrote 1984 in the house where two members of the school – Charlie and Coco – live). George Orwell’s son, Richard, came to chat to us about growing up on Jura alongside his father, including an escape from the fearsome Corryvreckan whirlpool. They kindly presented us with some gifts too. It was a lovely visit.
Children in Need Fundraising – October 2022
The P5-P7 class planned a non-stop 6 hour football match on the school playground for Children in Need. We raised a whopping £1,250 for charity by making sure the match did not stop at any point at all. There were some tired but ultimately happy faces with parents joining us throughout the day to spur us on in our efforts.
On Stage at the Jura Music Festival 2022
Giles, our wonderful music teacher, saw to it that our children OPENED the festival this year with a drumming and singing performance. It was truly magnificent with a packed Jura Hall giving the children a huge ovation.
Jura Music Festival 2022
We were delighted to have Ian and Jo, the storytellers, in school to do some fabulous work on shadow puppetry, storytelling and music as part of our links with the Jura Music Festival. Here are some pictures of us enjoying our learning.
Islay and Jura Tag Rugby Festival
Mr Pye’s class were delighted to attend a Tag Rugby festival recently. It was great to meet children from other schools once again, have plenty of fun and scores some tries. We were very impressed with how the team played.
We love P.E and getting active. Check out these pictures of Mrs Welch’s class doing some amazing gymnastics. Brilliant balances!
Burns’ Celebrations 2022
Small Isles went “Blue for Burns” in a themed day to celebrate our beloved Scottish poet. Mrs Welch made sure we had great fun Ceilidh dance and our kitchen cooked some “Haggis, Neeps and Tatties” for those who enjoy the traditional food.
P5, P6 and P7 were grateful to be invited by the owner of the Ruantallain estate to engage in a woodland project that he has set up there. We learnt lots about different types of trees, conservation and are looking forward to getting involved planting newer trees later in the year.
Exciting Coding Equipment
We have been lucky to purchase some exciting new coding equipment at Small Isles Primary School to further enhance our “STEM” learning. Here are some pictures of Mrs Welch’s stars getting to grips with “Botley”.
Mr Pye’s class were delighted to welcome Angela from Heartstart for some vital, life-saving training. We learnt about the recovery position, choking, severe bleeding, cardiac arrests and how to use a defibrillator. Thank you for visiting.
COP 26 – 2021
As part of our engagement with the Climate Summit in Glasgow (not that far away from us – as the crow flies) we spent a whole week looking at renewable energy, species affected by climate change and then designed our own posters to display during a “Climate Protest” on the Friday outside school. Well done, eco-warriors.
Children in Need 2021
We are very proud of our children’s efforts raising such a fantastic sum of money. Here they are in action on Corran Sands as part of our Big Beach Clean.
A spooky set of pictures as our children once again rose to the challenge of creating costumes, carving pumpkins and enjoying Halloween activities here on Jura.
Chat with Lama Rinchen
The children were delighted to be joined by Lama Rinchen, who was resident at Holy Isle on nearby Arran for a chat about Buddhism for our R.M.E topic. We found what she had to say fascinating and were really grateful she took the time to answer questions about meditation, Buddhist practice and philosophy.
Boat Trip 2021
For an end of year treat, the children were lucky enough to go out on Nicol’s new Jura Passenger Ferry. We saw sea eagles, the lighthouse in the Sound of Jura and had a generally fabulous time.
Outdoor Adventures 2021
Some fabulous outdoor learning with children building firepits, toasting marshmallows and generally being amazing.
World Book Day 2021
A selection of our favourite costumes and creative characters from the day.
Parents Maths Quiz
As part of “Maths Week Scotland”, we invited our parents to join us digitally to complete some fiendishly difficult questions written by the best mathematicians we know… the children.
Maths on The Beach
Any chance to use our wonderful outdoor resource that is the beach… we will take it. Here are some fabulous photos of measurement tasks taking place.
We have been learning about the story of Moses in our RME Judaism work and took part in a Passover Seder with traditional words and foods that would be found on the Seder plate.
Spooky goings-on at Small Isles as the children gave us quite a fright with their scary costumes. We even had time for a spot of pumpkin carving.