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Orkney Class

Welcome to Orkney Class!

Orkney Class Team (2020/21)

w/c 1st March

How exciting to see you all back from the 8th March!

For students that have been away from school for some considerable amount of time, please have a look at the 'At Home Hub' for resources and social stories about coming back to school. We are really looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, queries or concerns please contact us via the school office or the class email address below. 

This weeks planning is up for you to look at and access what you can. We have a week of exciting events including National Careers Week and World Book Day. Don't forget to take a picture of yourself reading in the most strangest places in order to enter our competition and win some prizes!

Monday's teams virtual meet will be a guess the story character game to support World Book Day. 

Jess, Fiona and Charlotte  


World Book Day

World Book Day is Thursday 4th March, we are asking all staff and students to dress up as their favourite book or film character, even those working at home. We would LOVE some photos of you dressing up. We also have the 'strangest reading place' competition, with a winner being announced for each class! We are asking students to take a picture of them reading in the strangest and funniest place. Please send in entries by  Monday 8th March to either our admin or via the class email address. 




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! 


Happy home-learners!


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.