Visit Report : Urafirth Primary School

School: Urafirth Primary School
Location: Shetland
Date: 19/09/2018
Duration: Full Day
Modules: Earth, Sun and Moon : P1-3
Solar System : P1 – P3
Stars and Constellations : P4 – P7
Space Exploration : P1 – P7
Hunting for Asteroids : P4 – P7
Nature of Light : P4 – P7
Introduction to Gravity : P4-P7
Pupil Participants: 24
Adult Participants: 3
Visit Activity:


Day two of our Shetland adventure, and today found us at Urafirth Primary School in the community of Hillswick. It turned out to be a modern, light and airy school located right on the coast of St Magnus Bay. With just 24 pupils in P1 – P7, we were able to work between P1-3 and P4-7 groups and had enough time to get to know the children as we shared our knowledge of the Solar System and the Universe. P1-3 focused on the Solar System in the morning, whilst P4-7 looked at ‘Stars and Constellations’, the ‘Nature of Light’ and an ‘Introduction to Gravity’. Both classes joined for a ‘Space Exploration’ talk before lunch, whereupon we were treated to a lovely roast dinner and fresh scones. They pupils certainly eat well in Hillswick. In the afternoon, we only had time to run a ‘Hunting for Asteroids’ PC-based activity with the P4-7 group, before we had to pack up and rush back to Lerwick to catch the Orkney ferry, which had decided to leave one hour early to to an approaching storm. As it was, we still crossed the North Sea in severe gale force 9 conditions, which made for a rather lumpy crossing. Thankfully, neither of us were put off our dinner (some of the few that weren’t), and we safely made it to Kirkwall around 11pm.