Outdoor Education Day – 18th May

Thanks to the glorious Shetland weather, we were able to do all our planned activities today!  We started off at the Boddam play park to do an experiment on forces.  Then, in groups, we had to show forces at work using the play equipment.  After some time inside looking at Electricity with Mr Rose, it was back outside to do a spot of reading before we joined the rest of the school on our whole school walk.  A full day of learning and fresh air!

P1/2 Bucket Filling Assembly

Well done to P1/2 this morning!  You all performed brilliantly and should be so proud of yourselves!  Thank you to our super audience for so willingly joining in.  Thanks to our friends and families for helping us prepare at home and for supporting us on the day.  Thanks to John and Mrs Inkster too.  Can we do it all again?

Forces – Magnetism

We enjoyed another visit from Mr Rose on Thursday 11th May.  He spoke to us all about magnets and magnetism and the “invisible” force they use to attract certain types of metals.  We learned the word, “repel” and used the magnets to test out how this felt.  We had fun working with our partners and testing objects around the class.


Inara slowly moves her magnet closer until her paper clip is attracted to it.
We tested lots of objects around the classroom. We were surprised at some of the results we got.

Toys from the past

On Tuesday 2nd May we visited the Shetland Museum to learn about toys from the past. Yvonne showed us around and took us on a journey through time, starting with the Vikings. We saw miniature oil lamps which were thought to be used by children in their pretend games, just like children do today when playing with pretend kitchens etc.

We also saw examples of board games with chess like figures, dice and whistles. Most items were made from bone or stone but it was interesting to see that many things are still played with today, just made from different materials.

Then we moved on to seeing what it was like to live in an old croft house in Shetland. Children used small fish bones to make their own toys and pretend games. They also went guising, but wore very different costumes to those worn by children today!

After that we had a look at what life was like for wealthy people in Victorian times. Their toys were expensive and very different to the toys we had just seen!

Time for a quick snack and then we got to explore some toys from more recent times. It was great fun!

Thank you again to our parent helpers who joined us on the day.

Body Works Science Workshop

We had a great time last week learning about the journey food takes through our bodies. Everyone was surprised to learn that our small intestines are 6 metres long!

Later on we had fun exploring the different exhibits on offer. We tried out a thermal camera, a memory game, a multi tasking game, a body puzzle, an X-ray activity and much, much more! One exhibit even showed you what you might look like in 10 years time if you lived an unhealthy lifestyle! It was pretty scary!

Here is a pretend stomach full of food!
We played a small intestine race. Each person had to squeeze the ball through the small intestine, acting like the muscles pushing real food through the body.

This exhibit showed what happens to your lungs if you smoke cigarettes. It was much harder to pump air into the black lung.
It was great fun using this special magnifying camera.
The multi tasking game.
This machine let us listen to different people breathing. One person had asthma and we had to guess which one it was.
The memory game involved pushing a sequence of colours in the order shiwn. A new colour was added each time it the sequence which made it it’s tricky!

Leighton and George worked as a team to put the body back together again.

Great fun was had by all with the thermal camera.
The poor person in this X-ray had barbed wire stuck in their hands! Ouch!


Today, we were glad to see Mr Rose back in class to help us learn all about Forces.  We have been learning that forces are all around us, all the time.  We have been talking about gravity and the forces that we can apply to objects to make them move and change.  We are looking forward to planning, testing and writing up our own experiment soon.