Red Nose Day

The Sports Committee organised fundraising activities for Red Nose Day today.

Red noses were on sale and they organised activities in the GP for everyone to take part in.

The P1-3 classes also enjoyed singing Put A Nose on it at their assembly.

A grand total of £590 was raised from selling noses and the activities.

A big thank you to Mrs Redfern, Sanna Aitken (Active Schools) and our sports committee members for all their hard work. Thank you to everyone who donated and took part.

Primary 5 science experiment

This term, both Primary 5 classes have been learning all about the environment and recycling.

We were learning about the difference between bio-degradable and non bio-degradable materials. As part of this, we carried out an experiment to see if we could make a bio-degradable plastic, using natural materials. The pupils had to predict what they thought would happen and then write up a report about what happened. Everybody really enjoyed this hands on experience.


When we poured the vinegar into the milk it curdled…yuck!
We had to strain the mixture through tights.
Pupils writing up report

Some of P5n with the finished result.

Fishy Business in P4N!

P4N has been up to some fishy business this term! We started off at the museum, finding out about Shetland fishing in the past. We looked at a sixareen and learnt how fishermen used longlines to catch fish.  Sixareens were clinker built, open boats with a sail and oars.

In class, we made a timeline to see how boats in Shetland have changed over the years from Viking longships to modern trawlers. We compared old fishing methods and boats with a modern trawler when we were shown around the Antarctic II. There are no oars or sails on this boat! It has a huge engine and massive nets to catch the fish. We were amazed how much technology there was on the bridge to help find the fish and operate the boat safely.

Frankie’s Fish Shop came to our classroom and showed us some of the different kinds of fish caught around Shetland. We had great fun meeting some weird sea creatures, like lobsters and monkfish.  Frankie staff taught us about sustainability and even cooked up some ling, catfish and mussels for us to eat. It was delicious!

All our experiences helped us create an imaginary “toonship” with crofting/fishing characters. We wrote recounts of our tour around the Antarctic II then typed up neat copies on the computers and inserted photos. We created flow diagrams on computers to show the journey of a fish from the sea to our plate and labelled a diagram of a fish.
So, a very big THANK YOU to everyone from the Shetland Museum, Frankie’s Fish Shop and the Antarctic II for helping to bring our learning to life.

Bell’s Brae Primary Netball Team

We are so proud of our Primary Netball team who were awarded the Sportsmanship Award as part of the Shetland Primary Netball League. The girls have taken part in a number of matches against teams from all over Shetland and have been great representatives of Bell’s Brae.

Here they are at training on Monday accepting their certificates and trophy! 🙂