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P7, Braehead Primary School in South Ayrshire made its focus music and Robert Burns, as the class set about finding out about George Wyllie.

Their paper boats, being held up for us by Cameron, Jack, Aaliyah, Annie and Raymond, were all made from the sheet music for 'Auld Lang Syne'.

The pupils made their boat for the exhibition, as well as a flotilla of boats of all sizes, from the music for the famous song, written by Burns - himself from Ayrshire man.

The class boats were inspired by George Wyllie's Paper Boat and make the link to Burns, just as Wyllie himself had done in many sculptures, including his Burns Line, a boat with a cargo of shortbread tins, all featuring Burns and inscribed with another quotation from him...

"Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others, this is my criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large; or any individual in it, this is my measure of iniquity."
Robert Burns

Criterion referenced learning? It should be. The Burns Line is now in the Burns Museum in Alloway.

'Auld Lang Syne' is a sung that is sung the world over, and the pupils thought it was a good way to represent the Paper Boat taking Scottish culture and ideas across the world.

Their boat went on display at the exhibition but the flotilla they also made of wee 'musical boats' was put them on display in County Buildings in Ayr, where there was a lot of good responses from visitors.

The Braehead flotilla 'launched' last week in Ayr by Provost Helen Moonie and the pupils.

P7, Braehead PS prepares its 'Auld Lang Syne' paper boats

Provost Helen Moonie launches the Braehead flotilla in County Buildings

Braehead PS pupil welcomes Cabinet Secretary to the Boat Shed

Braehead PS to visit the exhibition

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