Kidnapped book inspires sense of adventure in kids

Left to right, back row, Nicole Brown P6, Shaun Boyle P5,  Gracie Paterson P7, Finlay Robb P5,  Caitlyn Turner, P7, Melissa Paterson P5 and Blair Watson P5.
Front row, Madison Turner P5, Blair Easson P4, Tessa Paterson P4 and Hope Wilison P4.
Left to right, back row, Nicole Brown P6, Shaun Boyle P5, Gracie Paterson P7, Finlay Robb P5, Caitlyn Turner, P7, Melissa Paterson P5 and Blair Watson P5. Front row, Madison Turner P5, Blair Easson P4, Tessa Paterson P4 and Hope Wilison P4.
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Around 30 townsfolk turned out to view an exhibition held by St Joseph’s Primary School pupils at Tower Street’s Pop Up Shop on Tuesday.

The two-hour exhibition showcased P4-7 pupils’ project work from this term which has been influenced by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 adventure story, Kidnapped.

Shaun Boyle P5, Finlay Robb P5 and Blair Watson P5.

Shaun Boyle P5, Finlay Robb P5 and Blair Watson P5.

Eleven pupils, influenced by the journeys of the two main characters , David Balfour and Alan Breck, created maps and journeys of their own, reflecting their interests, such as mountain biking, nature and vegetarian food.

For the project, the pupils created business logos and posters for adventure tours and made suitcases containing their chosen items for the journey.

P4-7 class teacher, Pete Carthy, said: “It was a great day, the children loved it, and the experience.

“In the end, we had about 30 people visiting the shop, including local community police officer PC Karen Ballantyne, SNP councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol, Father Jeremy Milne from St Joseph’s RC Church, the headteacher, parents and grandparents.”

Left to right, back row, Shaun Boyle P5, Finlay Robb P5 and Blair Watson P5.
Front row, Tessa Paterson and Hope Wilson, both P4.

Left to right, back row, Shaun Boyle P5, Finlay Robb P5 and Blair Watson P5. Front row, Tessa Paterson and Hope Wilson, both P4.

Moira Robertson, the school’s headteacher, said: “This has been such an exciting and motivating project.

“Our children have developed digital literacy skills, enterprise, and demonstrated the application of a whole range of other transferable skills.”

Tessa Paterson and Hope Wilson, both P4.

Tessa Paterson and Hope Wilson, both P4.

Blair Easson P4, Gracie Paterson P7 and Hope Wilson P4.

Blair Easson P4, Gracie Paterson P7 and Hope Wilson P4.

Melissa Brady, P5, shows off her project.

Melissa Brady, P5, shows off her project.

Nicole Brown P5 and Blair Easson P4 with one of the suitcases.

Nicole Brown P5 and Blair Easson P4 with one of the suitcases.

Caitlyn Turner P7 and Madison Turner P5.

Caitlyn Turner P7 and Madison Turner P5.