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P7s from Ullapool Primary School have been busy this week, exploring Isle Martin on Wednesday and formulating session plans today in preparation for the Share Day.

On Wednesday we explored words, starting with a search for nature’s opposites through descriptive words such as “hot” and “cold”, “loud” and quiet”, “rough” and “smooth” and challenged each other to guess these based on discovered objects.

Trying to guess the opposite words of nature objects. © Vickii Campen/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Trying to guess the opposite words of nature objects. © Vickii Campen/Scottish Wildlife Trust

We went back in time to the Victorian age at the Old School and got a feel for what school life might have been like back then when it first became compulsory, before stepping into John Muir’s shoes and acting like a Victorian Explorer, naming discoveries from the natural world around us as if for the first time.

Mission: Explore like a Victorian. Naming nature discoveries based on their characteristics © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Mission: Explore like a Victorian. Naming nature discoveries based on their characteristics © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust

Then we stepped into modern shoes and did some documentary style recording using the tablets.

Documenting nature in the 21st Century. © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Documenting nature in the 21st Century. © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust

In the afternoon we explored The Lost Words, had a discussion about the removal of nature words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary and wrote our own acrostic spells.

Reading spells from The Lost Words book. © Vickii Campen/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Reading spells from The Lost Words book. © Vickii Campen/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Writing a spell. © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Writing a spell. © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Writing spells on Isle Martin © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Writing spells on Isle Martin © Katrina Martin/Scottish Wildlife Trust

At the end of the day, the P7s were presented with their own copy of The Lost Words, following a successful CrowdFunding campaign by Jane Beaton which raised £25,000 to get a copy of the book into every school.

Kat and Fiona presenting Ullapool Primary School with their copy of The Lost Words book. © Vickii Campen/Scottish Wildlife Trust
Kat and Fiona presenting Ullapool Primary School with their copy of The Lost Words book. © Vickii Campen/Scottish Wildlife Trust

Katrina Martin

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