Orcadian dialect plays

P5 – 7 have been writing and directing their own plays. Each play had to have at least one Orcadian character who used Orcadian dialect. The younger class came to watch the plays and to see if they could spot the Orcadian characters.

P1 – 4 ICT

P1-4 are making PowerPoints about different jobs in Shapinsay and Orkney. They wrote to lots of people to find about the jobs, and are now putting the information in PowerPoints. P4s are doing a great job at helping the younger children.

Outdoor Education

This week we have been very lucky and have had some outdoor education instructors with us.

The P1 – 4 children got the chance to do some orienteering:

and some firelighting with the Nursery children:

The P5 – 7 class all had a go on the mobile climbing wall:

They also tried stand up paddle boarding:


and raft building:



Well done to everyone for a very successful Bikeability week. The younger children did Play on Pedals, P3-4 did early Bikeability skills, P5 – 6 completed Level 1 Bikeability training and P7 completed their Level 2 training.

May 2021

The final term at school for this session is now underway, and we are hoping that the weather is kind to us so that we can be outside as much as possible!

Our philosophy for this term is based around the book “If the World were a village” and we will be discussing things like language, religion, food and wealth.

We will be continuing our health and wellbeing work around the Zones of Regulation, and will be working together with loose parts resources (hopefully outside). We also hope to do Bikeability and Play on Pedals this month.


This month the Nursery children will be taking part in Play on Pedals during Bikeability week. We will still be spending lots of time in our outdoor spaces. This term we will be using the Care Inspectorate Wellbeing indicators to evaluate our practice. During May our focus will be on Being safe, Achieving and Being healthy. 

P1 – 4 

The P1 – 4 children are continuing to learn about plants in Science, and will be doing some more planting. In RME the children are learning about Islam. We are also learning more about the jobs that people do in our community, and hope to talk to people about their roles. In writing we will be writing letters, writing interview questions and taking notes and then writing reports about the jobs that people do. In music we will be looking at rhythm this term, as well as continuing to become more confident with keyboards. Technologies work will involve learning to make a range of simple mechanisms.

P5 – 7 

In music this term the children are continuing with guitar and drumming, alongside strings lessons for some pupils. In keyboards they are starting to compose their own tunes, using correct musical notation. The P5-7 science topics this term will include learning about plants and practical investigations involving forces and motion. RME work this term will be about Christian beliefs and values. Art lessons include learning about the work of Henri Rousseau and producing a collaborative piece based on one of his paintings. The children have learnt how to make paper and have enjoyed experimenting with adding a variety of inclusions.


Welcome to the Shapinsay Community School website.

We are a small school, with 20 children from Nursery to Primary 7 currently at the school. The children are taught in 3 classes; Nursery / Preschool,  P1 -4 and P5 -7. The school is the only school on the island of Shapinsay which is part of Orkney.

Shapinsay School is a community school and we enjoy being part of island life.

We are proud of our school and we hope that you enjoy finding out more about our school and our community.

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