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British Council Climate Project with Nepal

This week P7 will be bringing home a survey to help them to start their Climate Project. They will be asking long term residents of Shetland questions about environmental and biodiversity changes here over the last few decades. It will be really interesting to hear what they find out. The project information is below. Thank you for your help.

P7 and P6/7 (from August) are taking part in a collaborative project ‘Pairing Communities in Scotland and Nepal to tackle climate change’. This project that has been funded by the British Council. For more information, please look at the following link: https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/culture-development/our-stories/creative-commissions

• Collaborators: University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), Teach for Nepal, Midlothian Council (Scotland)
• Climate change theme: Biodiversity; Air pollution
Synopsis
This project will partner school children in Nepal – a country truly impacted by climate change but not as developed in terms of green behaviours, with communities in Scotland – a country dedicated to taking measures but not as obviously affected. Through the collaboration, school children from ten schools in each country will perform parallel environmental measurement experiments and share stories, actions and findings. The children will share experiences through video pen pal exchanges to explore which of their interventions are most successful and to learn more about each other’s climates.
Experiments and pupil-led field research will include testing air and water pollution levels, litter analysis and measuring CO2 levels, temperature and rainfall – working with older pupils to assemble and programme weather stations. The findings of their experiments will be used as the foundation for school and wider community level eco-committees to take action specific to the environmental issues most prevalent in their area.
The eco-communities across Scotland and Nepal will share their successes and challenges with the ultimate aim of finding the most innovative solutions – supported through the establishment of an annual prize. Pupils will also create artworks promoting sustainable messages and will work alongside comic artists, produce blogs and journalistic reports.

Friday 30th April

It has been another busy week. We have completed our map skills project and on Friday made up our own maps, which we’ll put up on the wall for display. We have been continuing our South Mainland topic (see Hayden’s lovely drawing)and in music Mrs Inkster has been teaching us the Unst boat song, which is sounding really lovely. In drama Izzy Swanson has been working on some south mainland stories with us. We spent all Friday afternoon doing the Voar Redd Up – thank you to Michelle for coming out with us. There was lots of rubbish, especially plastics to collect, but we also found a few mermaid’s purses, a rat (!) and Liam found an enormous sea slater.

RSPB Schools Birdwatch

Today Glen Tyler came to help us to complete the annual school grounds survey. We went out in four groups during the morning. We walked around the school grounds and then recorded what we had seen and submitted the results online. We also looked at last year’s results for the UK and Scotland. They were slightly different.

We saw house sparrows, starlings, a blackbird, herring gull and two mallard!

John Muir Day 2

On Friday 1st November, we had a great day exploring Kergord forest. Pete and John picked us up in minibuses and gave us waterproof clothes and rucksacks. We ran up across the field and into the woods. The first thing that we did was to sit still and listen to all the sounds around us.

After that John led us in a snake, under, over,  along and across the wood. We walked across the stream on logs and climbed up and through trees.

We went up to the house to have our lunch and then spend a while in groups making dens.

We went back up to the house to find out about fire making and then looked at everyone’s dens on the way down.

We really enjoyed all the activities and everyone put 100% effort into the day 🙂

BBC Radio Scotland Junior Historians

What a great day we are having, with Rhona Brudenell from BBC Scotland and Davie Gardner from Radio Shetland making a Junior Historian radio programme, about the Braer.

We are having lots of visitors in to talk to us and we have learned all about the Braer disaster. We have been learning how to ask good questions to find out the most interesting information.

The visitors today were Jonathan Wills, Helen Moncreiff, Jim Budge, Sheila Fowlie and Mary Blance.

Carla – It has been really good fun, we have learnt a lot.

Becca – It’s quite nerve racking peaking into a microphone.

Isaiah – I have really enjoyed listening to their stories, it’s been fun learning, like a treat!

Hari-Lou – It’s a bit odd, but exciting.

Robert B – I’m really looking forward to hearing it on the radio.

 

John Muir Day 3

On Friday 19th April, the P7s had their final John Muir day out with Pete Richardson. It was a beautiful sunny day and so Pete decided to take us up to Eshaness to have a wild cliff adventure.

He took us down onto a cliff beach for our lunch no.1 and then anyone brave enough could shuffle down another rock face and look into an enormous cave. There were puffins on the ledges and the kittiwakes were back on their nests.

We walked back up along the cliff a little bit further and then cut inland to the Holes of Scrada and the peerie broch.

Thanks Pete!