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Orkney Class

Welcome to Orkney Class!

Orkney Class Team (2020/21)

Week 3: w/c 18th Jan

Week 3 of home-learning already? Time is going quickly! 

The planning is up for you to have a look at and to give it a go. Please be reassured we only ask students to do what they can, we know its hard to learn from home for some of you. On the contrary, if you need more work please let us know too!

 We have some exciting news about a virtual challenge week run by MENCAP. Please check out the Virtual Challenge subpage below to find out more info!

As ever, we wish all our students and their families to be happy and safe :)



Please use the timetable, planning sheets and activities as you need. There is no expectation to complete all the home-learning however, we do encourage students to have a go at some of it. If you would like to send us work or photos of work that the young people have completed please use the contact form below or email we will aim to get back to you within 48 hours. 


We have created subpages below for you to easily find the activities and resources you need for the different subject areas throughout the week. Planning, activities and resources will be updated weekly; some activities may stay the same to allow students to practice skills. We have now added a link to the 'at home hub' whereby students can access additional activities, games and quizzes to support home-learning.

Home Learning

Please see the activities below for you to try at home. 

Take a picture or video of your completed work and send it to us using the class email address. 

We'll get back to you within 48hours with feedback on your excellent work! 



Contact Us


You can contact the Orkney Class Team via the email address below:  (Use if sending attachments) or by using the contact form below if general communication.


Please ensure all admin and safeguarding queries are directed to the below email addresses:





Contact Orkney Class

Hello and welcome to Orkney class! 


Our class is made up of 8 year 7 students and 2 year 8s. In Orkney class we work on getting to know each other and the school as well as learning how to express ourselves in different ways. As most of our class members are made up of new students we spend time on 'what it means to start secondary school' and how this is different to primary education. Moving from primary school is no easy task, students find out they have to do a lot more for themselves and are encouraged and supported to be more independent in all aspect of school life.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new and returning students and their families to Orkney Class. We look forward to working with you this year! 


Things to note:

  • Please check the website regularly for class updates and news
  • P.E day is Thursday; Due to Covid-19 restrictions students need to come into school dressed for P.E
  • Please supply students with a healthy snack each day e.g. cereal bar, fruit, yogurt
  • We recommend sending your young person in with a sports bottle for a drink of water throughout the day 

Class Topics 


Autumn 2020: Me and My school: Students will be learning about their peers and sharing information about themselves. We'll also be exploring the school including the residential department and the FE Campus (as social restrictions allow). As part of Geography we will be experiencing and exploring the Orkney Islands and the origins of St Andrews. 


Spring 2021: Ancient Egyptians: Students will be learning about who the ancient Egyptians were and what traditions they had, including making mummies! 


Summer 2021: Extreme Earth: Students will be learning about the natural disasters we have on Earth including floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes and earthquakes.