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Crofting Connections on the small screen
Posted: 02/09/2013

Two of our Crofting Connections schools have been working hard not only on Crofting Connections projects but they have been involved in putting together a great video to showcase their learning about Scottish crofting to the world.

Small Isles primary on Jura and Keills primary on Islay under the leadership of cluster head teacher Kathleen Johnston have been concentrating on some very different aspects of crofting.

Small Isles pupils have been finding out about the history of crofting in their community by running community cafes with the help of a local oral history group, Jura Lives. The children invited local people in to chat to them about crofting the land, crofting at home, life as a child and crofting culture.  You can see at the link below how much the community enjoyed the opportunity to pass on information about their childhood to the younger generation.  The children made audio recordings and gathered evidence towards an exhibition which travelled as far as Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow as well as local events on Jura.

Small Isles Jura Kelvingrove exhibition group

Keills primary took the scientific approach by analysing soil types, fertility, micro-organisms and soil pH.  They looked at how the quality of soil impacts on what we grow, they grew some traditional crops and recorded progress from planting to plate on their ‘potato wall’.

The teachers tell how they feel Crofting Connections really helps bring the curriculum for excellence alive in the classroom AND in the community.

Watch it here in the teachers and pupils own words - scroll down to Crofting Connections class movie http://www.classmovies.co.uk/Otherpages/Portals/EdScotPortal/tabid/366/language/en-AU/Default.aspx