Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Kim also showed everyone how to put up a teepee in the traditional way and all about the pole values which are considered as it is constructed.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
At the museum the class were allowed to look at some of the artefacts brought back from Canada many years ago. The class were allowed to handle snowshoes, model kayaks and a the tip of a spear used for hunting seals and walrus from a kayak. Gloves had to be worn to protect the objects which are very old and fragile.
Also at the museum was a replica of the inflatable Halkett cloth boat John Rae used in his explorations in northern Canada...
The class also visited Login's well where the HBC ships took on board fresh water before the long trip across the ocean, and the gun, which was fired to let everyone know when ships were returning from the Nor' Wast.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
The early years classes will be linking with schools in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and comparing 'Island Homes'. P2 will be continuing their link with Australia and sending Peter Puffin for a visit. While studying Fairtrade P3 will use a weblink to Ghana, and for their Rainforest project they will get in touch with a school in Cameroon, the home of the Baka Forest People. P3/4 are looking forward to finding out about the children at a First Nations school in BC, Canada and comparing our experience of a living in a maritime environment through the topic of 'Coasts'. P5 will be in touch with a school in Bergen, Norway and be looking at cultural and historical links between Orkney and Norway both at Christmas time and through their topic, 'Vikings'. P6 are already in touch with a school in Colorado and through ePals will be finding out more about the geography of the area for their topic, 'Mountains'.
P7 will be finding out about Orkney's links with the Hudson Bay Company and the First Nations of Canada, as well as John Rae and his Arctic explorations. The impact of climate change on the Arctic and our responsibilities as global citizens are issues which they can explore using our established link with Ataguttaaluk School in Igloolik, Nunavut.
International Education does not have to involve contact with a link school but can be achieved through investigating social, cultural, and historical links, comparing aspects of everyday life and culture and issues such as Fair Trade, food miles and global health. These opportunities occur throughout the curriculum and over the school session.
We hope to use our class blogs as a primary point of contact for our link schools who have internet access. However we will also be using traditional methods to exchange letters and parcels alongside email, video-conference and involvement in online education communities such as ePals and Rafiki.Kidogo. As well as following the individual class blogs you can follow what the whole school is doing here, where we will publish sample activities from each of the classes.