In term 1, P6/7 did a project on Red Deer.
Through the project we were able to learn about animal groups in detail including the life cycle of a red deer, looking at and creating food chains, as well as learning many interesting facts about them. We looked at a red deer skull and learnt about how the skull is designed to help the red deer survive in the wild. We also used this as an opportunity to learn about Charles Darwin.
For art we painted red stag portraits concentrating on using paint and texture to show shape and form. We created a Highland paint palette, choosing colours that suited our local landscape. We named the colours with suitable "red deer" or Highland names. We learned about and looked at the famous painting "Monarch of the Glen" and discussed what we liked about the painting.
For ICT the class created impressive leaflets about red deer. This allowed the children to showcase their ICT skills, as well as their red deer knowledge.
We were also lucky enough to visit a deer farm to see red deer up close and then drew maps of "the perfect deer farm" in class. The following day we made and cooked venison burgers with Kirsten Gilmore from the "Mountain Cafe". They were delicious! Our topic culminated with a visit from Mr. Kinnear, from Alvie Estate, who spoke to the class about deer stalking. This gave the class the opportunity to show how knowledgeable they had become about red deer.
Our project is now being uploaded onto the SNH website for other people to access for ideas.