Crofting Connections schools in north Skye had a concentrated fortnight of learning about crofting in the area in both Gaelic and English medium.
In May, Pam and Brid were invited to experience Crofting Connections in the north of Skye. Both Staffin and Kilmuir primary schools have been part of the project since phase 1 and continue to do great work linked to their local community.
Both schools have been studying the traditional crofters’ diet; learning about traditional food processing and collecting local recipes. Kilmuir pupils will be producing a recipe book at the end of the term.
The Gaidhlig medium pupils in Staffin shopped for the ingredients for bannocks and oatcakes in their local shop in Gaidhlig and prepared some for Pam and Brid to sample.
The livestock of crofts and in particular sheep is also being studied in both schools. Staffin pupils interviewed local crofters to find out about numbers, and the shephard’s calendar in North Skye. They are able to compare the data they collect to that collected by previous classes in 2003 and 2012 - a valuable lesson in modern changing practices in crofting.
Wool products and what to do with them was also explored using some local experts and Crofting Connections resources.
Many other topics are being covered including peat harvesting and management, crofting work, housing and lifestyles. The school archives in Partree and the crofting museum near Kilmuir are proving invaluable resources. Kilmuir will also write a drama based on the crofters struggle through the clearances and the school will host an end of term day in the flavour of what a school day would have been like 100 years ago.