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Ms C Breyley

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Burravoe Primary School
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01595 807088

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September 2008

Tuesday 30th September: Today Jerry Edwards, who is our QIO, came for his termly visit; he came to talk about Curriculum for Excellence and how much work we have done towards it so far. He was very impressed by how much everyone understood about their learning.
Monday 29th September: This afternoon Andy Ross came in to talk to Ms Breyley and to bring his terrapin, Peter to show us. Peter was very sleepy because it was quite cold but Andy still picked him up with a thick glove because he can bite very hard! Andy told us about where he came from, how he keeps him and what he likes to eat. He is like our snails in that he needs calcium to keep his shell in good condition but unlike the snails, to which we give cuttle fish, terrapins get their calcium from the bones of small animals or the exoskeletons of insects.
Peter the terrapin Peter the terrapin
Friday 26th September: Whilst Ms Breyley has been away we have been doing a mini project about sheep with Mrs Underwood. She brought in her spinning wheel so that we could all have a turn and some of P7 were able to make their own drop spindles - they wanted to do this after trying them at the Picts workshop last week.
children working with own drop spindles spinning with drop spindlesMrs Underwood spinning
Wednesday 24th September:Today Ms Breyley gave a presentation about our work in Glow at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow. The Glow development team were very impressed and asked if one of them can join our Glow group. Ms Breyley also got the chance to see what other Local Authorities are doing and to hear some international speakers talk about the latest developments in Education.
Tuesday 23rd September: Today Elsie has gone on holiday and so Marina, who is usually our knitting instructor, is going to cook our lunches for the next 2 weeks. We are very lucky that everyone here can turn their hand to lots of jobs!
Friday 19th September: Today we had a fantastic school trip. P4-P7 went to visit the Lerwick Port Authority . We were met by Gary Cooper, the Health and Safety and Systems controller; he introduced us to Callum Grains who is The Harbour Master. It was Gary who showed us around. First we went for a trip on The Knab, which is the pilot tug, the crew took us to look at the Norwegian Jewel, which is the largest cruise ship ever to have come to Lerwick, and then we went up to look at The Shetland Museum from the water and up to the Northlink ferry berth. Afterwards we went into the Port Authority control room where the port controller showed us all the equipment he uses to keep the port traffic moving safely. He answered all our questions and it was extremely interesting. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made us so welcome and was so kind.

all of us on The Knab
Gary took this photo of us on The Knab as we went around the stern of the Norwegian Jewel.

all of us on Knabus with crewwith Gary Cooper

on the KnabGary Cooperin port control office with Ian Tulloch


We went for a walk around Lerwick to look at some of the old buildings then we walked to the Museum to have lunch and then to see the St Ninian's Isle Treasure and to do a work shop about the Picts. Thank you to Stephen who led the workshop for us.

everyone in museumStephen demonstrating spinningP7 making Pictish style pots

P7 dressed as PictsP4 grinding oatsP4 P5 with Pictish stonesPictish women!P7 spinningsome of the treasure

Monday 15th September: This morning Christine de Luca came to talk to the older ones about her new book. She has translated Roald Dahl's book, George's Marvellous Medicine, into Shetland dialect. She gave us all books and CDs.
Christine de Luca's visit P7 Christine de Luca's visit Christine de Luca
Friday 12th September: This morning, for the first time, we all had a laptop out - P1 are getting used to putting in their username and password and using Education City. Everyone else was checking emails and updating their Glow pages.
P1 using laptops P7 using laptops P2,3,4,5
Wednesday 10th September: This afternoon we went to the Old Haa to see Pauline Welsh's textile exhibition.
Pauline's textiles
Later on, Anna, from the RSPB in Fetlar, came to ask us what we felt about our local landscapes. She is doing a research project about environmental education. She had made a wooden jigsaw and we drew our ideas onto that.
Annaworking with Anna jigsaw
Tuesday 9th September: This morning, Mrs Underwood was talking to us about Christian Baptism so we went over to St Colman's Kirk to see the font and the Baptism records.
visit to the Kirk in the Kirk
Monday 8th September: Our carrots won first prize on Saturday so we are very pleased. Lots of us won prizes in different classes including in the knitting and art and craft sections. Feionne won a first prize for her caddy lamb.
Friday 5th September: Tomorrow is Yell Show and we want to enter some of our tatties and carrots into the vegetable section so we looked for some winning specimens!
harvesting tatties and carrots tattie
Thursday 4th September: Today P1 came to swimming and PE with us for the first time. They were all very good and had a great time!
Wednesday 3rd September: Today the plumbers came to see what they could do to improve our hot water supply; they have decided to give us a new boiler so we are very pleased!
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