Term 3 News (January - March 2012)
Its that time of year when people travel miles to visit......
.... to hunt for chocolate eggs.
Making Easter Baskets
We are enterprising again. The timetable is being made and is being checked.
In the Nursery......
We went out to see the lambs. We picked up a few people on the way, as you can see from the photos.
In the classroom......
We had many people in the school for our fund raiser. The youngest resident came as well as a few more experienced ones!
P1 made Onomatopoeic Monsters, wrote an onomatopoeic story and recorded the sounds. We also made the monsters.
We had a visit from Jen Hadfield (Shetland's Reader in Residence). She helped us to write and perform onomatopoeic poetry based on the sounds that you can hear in Fetlar: the sea, the ferry, birds etc.
Making the sounds:
Then we performed the poem.
Take it away!
P1 are learning to subtract from 5 and 10 using animals and anything else we can lay our hands on!
Making sounds with air!
P1 were encouraged to make sounds. It might have been a might idea!
Sound - its a vibration!
P4 have been learning about vibrations, by doing the ruler experiment. We could see it moving!
In the Nursery...... (200312)
The Three Little Pigs
We made puppets and invited P1 into the Nursery so we could re-tell the story.
Making the house of sticks.
Nursery have made the 3 houses that the 3 pigs built in the story. This is the model of the house of bricks and the Big Bad Wolf of course!.
Our display of Work
Nursery Pupils and their Early Years Workers have been really creative this term!
In the classroom....... (150312 - 200312)
Sound without Vision
We are learning about sound and how sound travels through (and along) objects. We made a string telephone to see if it could work....
....surprisingly it did, as the above response to the secret message shows.
We are learning about Vibration and increasing volume.
We were surprised how well this worked. We could also feel the air moving inside the cup on our ears as we heard the sounds.
We attached a second set of cups to our line so that we could talk to more than one person at once. We could also hear 2 people at once down the string.
In the classroom...
P1 are starting to subtract (or take away). It takes a lot of thought!!
We made lots of things for Mothers Day: Cards (on the computer), Flower vases & Jewellery boxes.
Upper Primary also made candles.
Lower Primary Learning
P1 are sequencing numbers and learning the 'ai' sound. We are reading words such as: main pain and train.
Upper Primary Literacy
We've produced an information book and a timeslip story as well.
Things are being made.......
But no more details (yet)!
So we're not showing you anything else.
Hence this picture (which is something to do with it).
Upper Primary are making a sound powerpoint.
The other primaries are making instruments and creating sounds. The sound was quite amazing!
In the Nursery ........ (130312)
Lots of construction has been going on as we made big towers & planes.
We're investigating sound this week as well.
In the classroom.... (080312 - 130312)
Upper Primary were learning some strategies when playing Hnefatafl from the Grand Master, Peter Kelly.
Words, words, words
We were making words by sounding out the letters in P1 this week.
Work has commenced on the Summer 2012 version of the Easy to Understand Fetlar Ferry Timetable.
Our Enterprise Tsar is having to work quite hard decoding it!
In P1 we are finding out how we make different sounds
In the Nursery....... (060312)
Nursery pupils are looking at light and colours this week. They have made a cave and went exploring with torches.
Making colour patterns
Nursery are making a 'Welcome to Fetlar Nursery' sign or, as they call it, a 'Hello' sign.
In the classroom.... (010312 - 060312)
We had a visit from the Shetland Museum with a box of artefacts that prove that the Vikings came to Shetland. We also had copies of Viking tools, clothing and brooches.
St David's Day
Our Welsh Dragon is now finished. We're very impressed with how it looks.
In the classroom.......
St David's Day Preparations
We're making a Welsh dragon for our St David's Day celebrations. We've had to measure it and increase it in size before working as a whole school. We have added its claws and wings in various types of media. Its looking good!
We're colouring in mini Welsh flags for our table top decorations.
Reader in Residence
Jen Hadfield, Shetland's Reader in Residence, came up to see us on Thursday 23rd February. Upper Primary had made story books based on the Norwegian story of The Thick Fat Pancake which we read to Jen. She was really impressed with them!
Jen helped Lower Primary read a poem about the Loch Ness Monster. P1 then illustrated it.
Upper Primary wrote poems based on the character of the Pancake.
In the Nursery...... 280212
We have been working on the dragon as part of our link to St David's Day.
We also made a sun for our Spring display and some monsters out of play-doh.
News from February 2012 -
In the classroom......
Upper Primary are typing up a version of The Thick Fat Pancake. One version is for P1, whilst the other version has been turned into a Welsh Folk Tale.
Our Number Jigsaw
P1 are working together to make our number jigsaw. We had to take turns.
Making Pancake Cards
P1 made pancake cards to say thank you for the pancakes (as part of our celebrations topics).
We all had pancakes with Kiwi fruit and Banana.
We're looking at Mardi Gras this week as it is 'Fat Tuesday' on February 21st. We have made masks for a Carnival & learned that Carnival means without flesh. We know that Mardi Gras is the day when people use up all of their fats before fasting in Lent.
We learned that there are 3 colours associated with Mardi Gras: Purple, Green & Gold.
Nursery Update 210212.....
The Nursery bairns are looking at water this week. They are floating & sinking boats as well as pouring & playing with water
We also made food in the kitchen and put jigsaws together.
In the classroom....
Up Helly Aa
Uyeasound Up Helly Aa was held on February 17th and all pupils made shields and helmets to become Fetlar's Viking Princesses.
Click here to see pictures of this event.
What's in the North Isles?
We are making a wall display of things you can see or visit around the North Isles.
This is in preparation for the return of Fetlar Primary School's Easy To Understand Timetable & Tourist Guide this summer.
At the time of publishing this news page Unst & Yell weren't finished.
Peter Kelly, who is a Grand Master of Hnefatafl, came in to talk to the Upper Primaries about Hnefatafl.
Hnefatafl is a bit like Chess, but only a bit like it. Its a game of strategy played by the Vikings and now being learned by the Upper Primary bairns.
We had a parent in playing games with the bairns one lunch time.
We are learning to add with bears (and write our answers down).
In Upper Primary
Half of Upper Primary is halving shapes, whilst the other half is studying a poem for mood and tone.
Friday 10th February was Viking Day in Fetlar Primary. We made boats, researched Viking facts and looked at Viking finds.
We also made Viking Talismans (or good luck charms).
Nursery Update 140212.....
The Vikings are sailing in their Galley.
School Update 090212
Ready for Up Helly Aa
We are making a Viking Galley for the wall as part of our Up Helly Aa celebrations. We are trying to get things ready for Uyeasound's Up Helly Aa in Unst on February 17th.
More pictures will follow shortly.
Lots of serious work
Writing diaries of Lerwick Up Helly Aa
A new pup
There were lots of visitors in Fetlar at the weekend for a big wedding celebration.
This is one of the youngest visitors - the peerie pup had never been to Fetlar before. The pupils loved him.
Nursery Update 070212....
The Nursery pupils have been looking at the story of Goldilocks this week. We looked at the story on the whiteboard and then painted Goldilocks and the 3 bears, before making music to go along with the story.
The Nursery bairns discovered what happens if you add sand to water. They said it 'goes in'. But they liked making sand pies with the wet sand afterwards.
The Primary bairns wanted to make sand pies as well.
As always in the Nursery, the medical reception desk is always busy with our professional telephonist answering the phone!
News from January 2012 -
Nursery Update 310112:
P1's were showing the Nursery bairns how to draw.
Our Nurse came in to look at our bandages and tell us about how our bodies work.
Look at my skull!
Our baby ward.
In the classroom.....
More Celebrations: Weddings
We are looking at Wedding celebrations this week from different faiths & all around the world.
We have discovered many wedding traditions that are similar. The dress or outfit is one of the most important things in all countries and traditions.
Our Celebratory Meal
In the week beginning 23rd January there were 3 main festivals or celebratory events: Chinese New Year (23rd), Burns Night (25th) & Australia Day (26th). We prepared our meal with suitable decorations for all these events: Australian Flags, Dragons, Saltires, mini-dragons & a piper.
We had a scottish meal: Scotch Broth; Haggis, Neeps & Tatties and Shortbread. We also had a Scottish drink: Irn Bru. The meal was prepared by the children but with some parental help.
Chopping, paring & preparing for our meal.
Mashing tatties, neeps & carrots.
It was nice!
We also made a Chinese Dragon for our Chinese Dragon Dance (with authentic Chinese music).
24/01/12 In the classroom......
We're celebrating Chinese New Year. We are making a dragon's head, body & tail ready for a performance on Friday 27th as part of the Chinese Spring Festival.
Its the Chinese Year of the Dragon so we have made zodiac Mobiles and looked at the story of how each year was given its name.
Nursery Update 160112
Its been a busy week for the Nursery. They have been healing lots of sick people, putting on plaster casts and administering pretend injections (known as ow-ows).
We had a delivery of fantastic resources from the Bruce Family Hostel in Lerwick (via the Baltasound Nursery). They really got all the pupils thinking and healing.
In the Library Van
About every 3 weeks the Library van comes to the school and we get to choose some books.
In the classroom......
Lots of number practise has been taking place in the school this week.
We having been researching Rabbie Burns in preparation for Burns Day, whilst P1 have been learning about different festivals.
We have also been making & designing our own tartan inspired patterns for Burns Day. we have used pastels, strips of card and computer software to make our patterns. All of us had fun!
In previous years it has usually snowed by mid-January so we decided to do our 'Winter' topic early this term. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas. So our plan to build a snowman has had to be put on ice!
Instead we have painted Winter pictures, used playdough and healed the animals.
In the classroom....
Is that my cup?
We have all handpainted cups in Art this week.
We have been given some scooters. Any one can scoot!!
Researching Upcoming Festivals
P1 have made a book showing what food and items they would use to celebrate a birthday. Pizza was popular!
Upper Primary researched some Cultural (& religious) festivals and produced a short information book on each one.
Glorious 12th (of January)
The 12th is the day that our P1s received their new 'books with words'. They are very enthusiastic and know the charcters of the Oxford Reading Tree
Our theme this term is celebrations: Religious, Cultural & Family celebrations.
We have been looking at Religious celebrations this week including marriage in both the Christian & Hindu faiths and Baptismal ceremonies in Christian faiths.
We learned that there are at least 3 different ways to be baptised.
Nursery & Primary!
The Primary Pupils and the Nursery went outside to play with the Big Blue Ball, after measuring the sand and operating the till!
The Nursery re-opened in Fetlar on January 9th. The boys enjoyed their first day. They cured sick animals, cut up lots of paper and sorted things out.
The sand pit is always popular with pupils of any age.
We're celebrating festivals from around the world. Today was the Ephinany - the arrival of the Three Kings. Its a big carnival in Spain and in parts of South America.
As you may have guessed from the pictures above we had 2 'visitors' in the school.
A photo of the finished collage of work will appear here soon.
Happy New Year! But 2012 hasn't started that well in the school as our heating has gone wrong - so there was no school on January 4th or 5th! But we were back in a warm building on the 6th!