Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) are important areas within the school curriculum. We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Colin Nisbet, OIC Education Support Officer, STEM. Colin visited the Lower Primary department last week. The pupils had fun investigating how much water they can drop onto a 2p piece.
Celebrating the Paralympic Games
Lovely to see our S1 and S2 pupils working on their display to celebrate the Paralympic games.
Happy New Year!
A letter is being sent to our parents and carers later today which show the design of our two new face masks. Our S3 pupils have been given the enterprising responsibility for their marketing and promotion.
They have produced a survey for all parents, staff, and pupils from P7-S4 to answer. We are asking pupils in P7 to participate in the survey as when they move to secondary they may be required to wear a face mask as currently, all secondary pupils are required to do.
If you wish to participate in the survey, please use the following link.
The survey has been included at the end of the letter sent to parents and carers if you are unable to access it online and we ask that you only complete one survey per person, Thank You.
The Mask on the Left will cost £5.50 and Mask on the Right will cost £7.50 due to the extra embroidery work involved. Any profits from the masks will be donated to charity.
The S3 pupils have chosen 2 charities and pupils in P7-S4 together with staff will be asked to vote for their preferred charity.
If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01857 677353.
Our Lower Primary pupils had a wonderful experiance celebrating La Fete des Rois today.
La Fete des Rois is a celebration in France that takes place on January 6th. The celebration includes a King, a Queen and, of course, a cake.
Mia found the hidden lemon rind in the cake and was the queen for the day. She chose Alfie as her king.
The classroom was decorated with bunting and Camembear and Madame Rendall were invited to hear the pupils sing J'aime la galette.
Our model airplanes are nearing completion. Thanks once again to Cooke Aquaculture for the generous grant which allowed us to purchase these sets.
The pupils have enjoyed the experience, and it has been a productive and creative way to end Christmas term 2021. Thanks to Dr James Hill for ordering the sets, and applying for the grant.
Shelter making, fire lighting, whittling stick men and hot chocolate making on a crisp winter's day in Euan's wood. The whole nursery and pre-school session was spent outside! Much fun was had by all.
Mischief has been happening in the Westray School this week. Mr Hawkin's came to Westray on Tuesday to find his office had turned into Santa's Grotto. There was nearly nothing left unwrapped. Post-It notes, pens, mugs, pictures on the wall...Nothing was safe from the wrapping paper.
It was Christmas lunch day at Westray Junior High today. Primary Pupils sparkled in Christmas attire or party clothing. Secondary pupils were given the choice to come dressed up as a theme.
Our Christmas Jumper Swap Box area is ready, and will be open from Monday 29th November until the end of term. If you have any old Christmas jumpers that you want rid of, please donate them to our box. If you fancy a change of jumper, have a rummage in our box. We ask that you use hand sanitiser before having a rummage, and that only one person at a time in the school entrance (two if from the same household). No monetary donations are being asked for. We also cannot guarantee availability of jumpers or sizes.
When we do learning through play there are lots of different areas in our classroom that we can go and play in. The areas are set up with fun things we can do to do with our book of the week.
We do "Plan, Do, Review". First we plan what we are going to do, then "do" is doing it, and "review" is people going around and looking at what you've done and speaking about what we've learned. Mrs Harcus gives stickers to some people that say "Ask me about... " and when we review we explain what we've been doing and all about our area. When we say what we've done the rest of the class have to listen carefully and see if they are going to want to do it next time.
This is the book nook, there's lots of questions on the walls for you to think about the books that you are reading. This is a picture of some of us sharing the book and reading it out to each other.
This area is the construction area. I've never been there yet but what I think it is is people build things with connex and lego, things that are in the book. Like for Sam's duck we could build a shed for the duck to fit in, and for Uan the Lamb that we are doing now you could build anything to do with it. This is a picture of Davy who has built a sheep.
In the art area Mrs Harcus brought in some things like sand, seaweed, this fluffy stuff, and you could make clouds or the sheep with the fluffy stuff, and with the sand you could make the beach. Courtney did something different, she did her lamb in a field. Carys made the island all stormy, because in the book it was mostly all the time stormy, and the lamb in the field was abandoned. She made big black storm clouds with the fluffy stuff and painted black over them.
This is the writing area and there's jotters here that says Characters and Action and Setting. The setting is where the story was placed, so you can draw or write about different settings, and the characters is where you write about the characters. And we haven't learned about the action yet, but I think it might be what they're doing and what happened.
Before we start we write a little plan. And then at the end we write about what we did, and we think about things like what we learned, and "could I have done things differently?" and "how do you feel about what you did?"
I was in the book nook, and I was one of the ones that Mrs Harcus gave a sticker to today, so I had to share my reflections with the class. I was reading Spooky Poems, and I thought it was really fun doing the writing there, and I would definitely go again!
On the bottom you can write what you think you're going to do tomorrow, so you could go to any place you want and do anything you want! I will be going back to the book nook!
by Ailidh Rendall, Middle Primary
This blog is written by the staff and children of Westray Junior High School in Westray, orkney.