Friday 31st May: This afternoon the nursery came to visit us; it was a lovely day so they were able to play outside as well as having a look at everything in the school.
During after school club, we planted some more trees - we are very grateful that we had some help!
Wednesday 29th May: Today the weather was beautiful so it seemed a good day to plant our cereals; this year we are growing four different varieties: two modern ones and two traditional. We have put in Shetland aets and Firth oats and bere and Garner Barley. We planted a square metre of each - we put in 100 seeds per metre. We are keeping a record of our growing. We had to count the seeds we had been sent and then we checked that we knew what a square metre looked like.
This year we are going to try growing peas in the ground and not just in pots. P1 planted them today. We planted some carrots as well. We hope we can get some good crops so we can sell them later in the year!
Tuesday 21st May: This week is Walk to School Week: we can't all walk to school so instead we all went for a long walk this morning. We set off with a challenge to try and find something: fragile, tiny, gigantic, living and something tangled. We finished our walk by planting some tatties in a local polytunnel to see how they grow there compared to outside in our veg beds.
Monday 20th May: Over the weekend Ian has dug over our tattie beds and added some manure for us so today we planted our tatties. We have 6 different kinds; most of them heritage varieties. We used our measuring skills to make sure we had them the right distance apart and planted them to the right depth.
When we'd planted the tatties we put in some lettuce seedlings and seeds and planted out the peas we had started indoors.
We planted up some flowers as well so we'll have some colour for the summer.
Thursday 15th May: P1 and P2 were able to plant some seeds straight into the soil today - the first ones we've managed this year! They put in some beetroot.
Wednesday 14th May: This afternoon we had our first proper practice of Stuck, our puppet play. It went really well! We don't want to give too much away but here are a couple of hints!
Monday 13th May: This morning everyone went out on The Swan. P1 and P2 went out first and then everyone else went on the second trip.
The lovely photos below were taken for us by Margaret - thank you Margaret!
While the peerie ones were out on the Swan everyone else was joining in a Glowmeet with staff from Education Scotland and a storyteller from Glasgow, Wendy Wolfson; it came from the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and is part of the Look Capture Create Project. We listened to Wendy telling a story based on some Johanna Basford drawings and then we helped crowd source ideas for another story which we are going to develop and write later in the week.
Friday 10th May: Today we had another new bird to our bird table; this time it was a collared dove. This afternoon we put some plants into the garden for the first time this year.
Wednesday 8th May: This afternoon we have been busy working on our puppets for our version of Stuck by Oliver Jeffers.
Tuesday 14th May: We have been thinking about a new project we are going to starting on called Look Capture Create; it is being run by Education Scotland in conjunction with the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre. It is based around an exhibition by the artist Johanna Basford. We are going to be learning more about biodiversity and about pattern. This morning we walked down to the Old Haa to see the current exhibition; we wanted to look particularly at Charlie Inkster's photos of local wildlife.
Afterwards we went out into the garden to see how may natural patterns we could spot there.
Friday 2nd May: Today we did more preparation for planting; we have emptied all our pots ready for planting up some carrots and other vegetables. We have received some cereal seeds from Crofting Connections but it is still to cold to do any planting.
Thursday 3rd May: We feed the birds every day and house sparrows, starlings and rock doves are regular visitors to our bird table; for the last few days we have been very pleased to have a male siskin coming every day. We managed to get pictures but only through the window!
Wednesday 1st May: Today we carried on working out how we are going to turn Stuck by Oliver Jeffers into a puppet play; we have written the outline script and worked on some of the background details.