Thursday, 21 April 2016

War Memorial Condition Survey (20/04/2016)

On the 20th of April the S3’s went outside in a History lesson with Mrs Barber. We were asked to contribute to a survey from the Historic England Education Team.  Our job was to assess the condition of the War Memorial on Stronsay as part of a national survey on war memorials. For the centenary of the First World War, Historic England Education Team are running a programme to help raise awareness of our nation’s war memorials and ensure as many of them as possible are  in good condition by 2018.
We were sent pages with questions to fill in about the condition and whereabouts of our war memorial. Some questions involved what the memorial was made out of and the type of lettering they used to write the soldiers names.  We then had to put the information we had just found out on their website to update the records for Stronsay.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Viking activities and ... Viking feast!

Here are some photos from our visit to St Catherine's beach today with upper and lower primary (although only 2 of lower primary due to illness mostly).  We re-enacted the Sanday scar burial and used materials from the beach to represent the burial goods (the big orange basket was supposed to represent the shield - it was the only large round thing we could find).  We then had a carousel of three activities:  drawing memorial stones with runes and pictures, playing a Viking board game using natural materials as pieces and beach archaeology using grid references and careful searching to reveal Viking artefacts.

There are also pictures from a Viking feast we had earlier in the week.  On the menu was milk or non-alcoholic mead, soda bread, cottage cheese, honey, butter, beef stew with carrots, parsnips and leaks and for dessert we had oatcake with jam and stewed fruit.  There are pictures of Lower Primary cooking the food and of Upper, Lower Primary and Nursery feasting together with the table set up as a longship and our model longships decorating the tables.  Mikey said, ' made us feel like Viking gods!'. I think that meant he enjoyed it.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Shabbat in the Upper Primary (18/03/2016)

 As part of our RME topic in upper primary we have been learning about Judaism. As part of this project we held a respectful Jewish Shabbat on Friday 18th of March. Shabbat is a weekly Jewish festival which starts at nightfall on Friday and ends at nightfall on Saturday. It is a day of rest and represents the Lord creating the world in 6 days and resting on the 7th day. They also remember and celebrate Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. They celebrate with candles, blessings, wine or grape juice, special Challah loaves and they all gather together in celebration. Challah loaves are special bread made each week for Shabbat; a very special ingredient is honey as this represents the holy manna bread dropped from heaven for the Israelites while they travelled through the desert. We made Challah loves and invited lower primary to share with us in our celebrations. We also each made a piece of felt which we cut and made into a small skull cap called a kippah these are the caps worn by Jewish men when they attend the Synagogue. We wore our kippahs during our Shabbat.