Thursday, 25 March 2010


Well done to the P7 paddlers!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Wise Choices

On Monday 15th March the p7 classes had a chance to make new friends from other primary schools in Orkney. We took part in a drama workshop called Wise Choices, along with pupils from Evie, Flotta, Westray and Papa Westray. The workshop was run by the Youth Theatre company.
We played games that required lots of cooperation and action. It was interesting to work with pupils we didn't know and as the day went on we relaxed more and everyone became a bit less self conscious. The games all led to a focus on the dangers and effects of alcohol.
We had a relay game that was a group task and led to discussions about the importance of rules. We decided that there are good reasons for some rules and laws and learned who we should look to for help and advice if we need it. The activity that most of us really enjoyed was when we had to be the arms for someone else and perform an operation on a patient. Each group acted a scenario with hilarious results! There are some very active imaginations in p7!
All in all the day was informative and a great, interactive way to learn about alcohol abuse.

Young Leader award

Over the next two terms both p7 classes are taking part in the Young Leader award. Catherine Johnston from Active Schools is helping us through the scheme. We are learning what it means to be a leader and what skills we need to improve to be successful.

We started off with taking turns at leading in follow the leader and Simon Says. We discovered that one of the most important skills is good communication. It's also important to be really sure of the rules!
Over the course of the award we will learn how to organise groups for games and how to prepare for a games session with younger pupils. By the end of the project we will be expected to take groups from the younger classes and teach them games, doing all the organising, preparation and supervision ourselves.
It will be quite a challenge and hopefully will make the playground a more exciting and inclusive place to play.