Turn up the volume!

This week we learnt about volume and it was lots of fun. We used bottles and with these bottles we measured the capacity of them. We used water to do it. We estimated how much water each container held and discovered that sometimes pots hold more water than they look like. We love maths.

by Betsy and Ben


It’s show time

We have learnt a lot about the Celts so we are performing  a Celtic winter solstice tonight at the hall. I am the Oak King in the play and I have quite a big roll. I am the ruler of light. My brother rules over darkness. He is the Holly King. There is lots of music and dancing in the show. We hope you can come along.

Betsy P4


It’s all about the Celts

This term we are learning about them Celts. We made a timeline from 800BC to 2017 show Celtic events during this time. Celtic culture is still in Scotland today.



The Celts celebrated Samhain with a bonfire. Samhain means ‘summer’s end’ and was the Celtic New Year. The Celts divided the year into two parts – darkness and light. They believed that everything started with darkness and made its way into light.

The Celts believed that if you burnt your bad habits and walked around the fire clockwise you would start fresh for the New Year. We all thought of a bad habit that we would like to change and threw them into the fire.

At our Samhain bonfire we told stories about our ancestors. The Celts believed that the veil between this world and the other world was thinnest on the night of Samhain and our ancestors came back to visit us. They carved turnips and placed candles inside them to help guide their deceased loved ones  home. Now we use pumpkins after many Scottish and Irish people had to emigrate to America during the clearances and the famine. When they couldn’t find turnips to carve for Halloween, they used pumpkins instead.

The Celts believed that apples were a sacred fruit and used apple dookin’ to tell their fortunes at Samhain. We followed instructions to make chocolate apples. They were yummy. Apple dookin’ was great fun too (although a wee bit wet).


Here we are at our Samhain bonfire.


The Celts liked to wear golden and bronze jewellery. They wore torcs around their necks. We designed our own torcs with plastercine this week. Next week we will be making them with clay using our first attempts to guide us.


The Celts were fierce warriors who used weapons and armour made from iron. Here we are designing  our Celtic shields.


We love our new topic and are so excited about all our new learning.


A really wild last day of term

Today we had an extra special Friday as three very important visitors came into our school to teach us lots of new and exciting things.

First we met Jessie and Kerrie who are moth experts. Yesterday they set a moth trap outside in the school garden. The trap was a big box with a funnel on top and a light to lure the moths inside. When the moths are knocked into the box they cannot get back out. Luckily Jessie put some egg-boxes inside so they could a nice wee dark corner to sleep in. That’s where we found them this morning. We found lots of different species of moths. One of them looked exactly like a leaf!

Jessie taught us how to keep a biological record. It must include the 4 Ws – who, what, where and when.


After our moth morning, Ken, an Alaskan Park Ranger came to visit us. He is an expert on Grizzly Bears and we had so much fun learning about all the animals he works with in Alaska. Now we know what to do if we ever have a bear adventure.

Here is what we learned.

  1. If you meet a bear, make yourself look bigger by waving your arms in the air.
  2. Shout at it to let it know you are a human.
  3. Never turn your back and run or the bear will think you are a weak caribou and will want you for his tea!
  4. If the bear charges, charge back with one big step and say “Oh no you don’t bear!”
  5. If the bear still keeps charging the ranger will have some pepper spray in their belt. One little drop will make the bear run away crying. But don’t worry – it only annoys them for 15 minutes – just enough time to escape!


We saw some amazing photographs from Alaska and found that a 6 year old bear is fully grown. So if we were bears we would all be huge and would probably have cubs by now.


After Ken’s visit we were so inspired that we wrote some Grizzly Bear Kennings.  We hope you enjoy reading them.


A Beastly Riddle                             A Wild Riddle 

Sand digger                                    Grass guzzler

Clam clutcher                                 Meat muncher

Play fighter                                     River fisher

Back scratcher                               Mountainside digger

Gigantic charger                           Winter sleeper

Cub protector                                 Back scratcher

Who am I?                                      Who am I?


Ben, P2                                             Tadhgan, P2


A Furry Riddle                                A Furry Tricky Riddle

Champion charger                        Grassland ruler

Grass gobbler                                 Back scratcher

Cuddly cruncher                           Grass gulper

Fish fisher                                      Deep digger

Huge hunter                                  Chunky charger

Meat grinder                                 Cuddle giver

Who am I?                                     Who am I?


Betsy, P4                                        Maggie, P4

New beginnings together.

Welcome back to our new school year in 2017 with Ms Hollands and our new teacher Miss Fee. So far we have learned a lot more with our new topic Anywhere Island.

We  have  visited  our friends on Muck. We had fun  on the boat geting  spashed in the face. When we got their all the children were so nice it realy was a good day. Sadly we did not see any dolphins or whales this time.

Muck Boat

A few weeks ago  we went to the orchard to pick apples. Our apple trees are doing very well. The Red Devils tasted sour and scrumptious!



We  are having lots of fun  doing  our project about  our islands.  We drew our own islands and pinned down where we wanted it to be and then gave it a name. We also gave the island a way to make money. And right now we are learning about our animals.

You can see our work in progress here:


That’s all for now. Come back soon to read all about our very special Roald Dahl Day celebrations.

Maggie and Betsy P4





Our Smoothie Enterprise Part 1

A few terms ago we were selling cakes and me and Dylan came up with an idea where we would sell juice using Dylan’s and my juice machines. Unfortunately it never happened as I wasn’t able to to bring mine and Dylan’s stopped working.

But now, a few terms later our topic is Enterprise and the whole school decided to sell juice or smoothies again. At first it was going to be juice we were selling but after a few days it changed into smoothies.

So the first thing we did was write down all the things we needed to do or know to make a good smoothie business in a mindmap and write out all the different jobs. Then we were each were put in our own job group.


Me (Clyde) and Betsy were put in administration for the beginning and Maggie, Tadghan and Ben were put in advertising. In administration we had to phone different food companies telling them about what we were doing and asking them if we could get any free fruit. We managed to get some fruit from the CO.OP and possibly from Breckenridge.

We also had to phone Stuart (the person who runs the tearoom) to see if we could set up our stall there and we phoned Eddie to see if we could visit and ask him questions about his Bluebell business.


Meanwhile everyone else was doing advertising, making posters for the sale.

The next day we were all doing a smoothie survey to see if people would like smoothies, to see what type of smoothie they would like and to see how much they would be prepared to pay and how much smoothie they would want.


We all asked around seeing what people liked and what they disliked. In the end we added up all the answers and decided on what fruit we would use.




Paleontologists came to Eigg Primary

Paleontologists find fossils.  They dig in the ground and rocks to find left over Dinosaurs.  We had a visit from some paleontologists at Eigg Primary.  They were called Elsa, Paige, Dr Steve, Mark, and Tom. We learned a lot about Dinosaurs.

Most of the time Dinosaurs are just bones but sometimes, very rarely, paleontologists find Dinosaurs skin too.

Dinosaurs lived between 230 and 65 million years ago.  Dinosaurs live on the land.  Plesiosaurs live in the sea. Pterosaurs can fly.  Some of them are very big.  The biggest dinosaur is called Argentinasarus they found it in Argentina.  Microraptor is one the smallest Dinosaurs.

The paleontologists brought fossils with them.  They found fossils here on Eigg and we think they took them back to Edinburgh to give to a museum

Tadghan’s favourite is the Argentinasarus and Velociraptor.

Ben’s favourite is the Ornithomimus and Microraptor.


Fun Monday for Maggie and Betsy

Today is Monday and we have had a lot of fun at School.

This is Maggie and Betsy’s diary about the the best things of today.

Betsy’s best thing is – play  time  I  love   the  climbing  frame .

Maggie’s best thing today is – we played an amazing game called mushroom tig.  We loved it.

Eigg Primary School Fair


This is a picture of us all before the fair had started.  We made the banner.DSC01153

This picture is of Maggie and Finn on the cake stall.  Lots of people made cakes.


Here is a picture of me at my stall.  My stall was an animal game called”What is it?”, the raffle and a game called “How many counters in the jar?”


In this picture Mrs Hollands is at the plant and making stall.  We sold plants, seeds, cards and tea towels.


This is Tadhgan and Simon. Tadhgan had a “Guess the Name of the Penguin” game and an orange shy.  At Clyde’s stall there was a Golf game and a Ball in a Bucket game.

It was good fun and we raised £310. 71p for Nkhando School.



Raising money for Nkhando School

On Monday 16th May Eigg Primary held a fair to raise money for Nkhando Primary School who are having a famine because  of crop failure. We held a cake sale, a seed and plants sale, jumble sale and some game stalls like how many counters in the jar,  an orange shy and raffle.

We had to plan and prepare the stalls.  I was in charge of the jumble sale and tombola / bottle sale. I had plenty of fun and people were very generous. We made £310.71 thanks to islanders and visitors.