We enjoyed a Turkish ‘mezze’ meal at Aspendos yesterday as part of our Middle East topic and most of us thoroughly enjoyed trying out different food! We would like to give a big ‘Thank You’ to Mustafa, the restaurant owner, who served us all.
STAR PUPILS & WEEKEND WONDERS!
Amy, Lauren & Francine were all awarded STAR PUPIL AWARDS on Friday for wonderful work, positive attitudes and individual achievements in class this session! Well done girls!
Our weekend stars this week are Emily, who moved up to Premier Level in Highland Dancing. On Sunday she got a 2nd position, 5 x 3rd position and 1x 4th position in a competition at the IRA. Francine sat dancing exams with the Highland Youth Theatre at the Spectrum Centre and gets her results next week. Lauren moved up a level in Squash with the Inverness Squash and Tennis Club and Beth played her cornet in the adults’ Brass Band at the Empire Theatre in Eden Court! You are all STARS!
Fun Tennis Festival and Bearded Dragon Visit!
What an exciting day we have had! First we braved the rain and walked to Bellfield Park to take part in a Fun Tennis Festival with Crown Primary. It was lovely to see Mrs MacDonald there who used to be our acting headteacher! Luckily the rain stopped and we had a great time with Mrs Burke and her team! A huge thank you to Mrs Clayton and Mr Lemon who were our parent helpers for the morning. We really appreciate your support as without parent helpers we would not have been able to participate in the festival.
In the afternoon we had our final 3 Middle Eastern Countries presentations and as part of Lauren and Emily’s Jordan presentation we had a visit from Uncle Scott and his bearded Dragon!
OUR MARTIAL ART MARVEL!
Abi took part in a Martial Arts competition in Elgin this weekend and returned with a heavy bronze medal for winning her 2 fights in the 9-11 age group! Well done, Abi.
JUNIOR JOBS DAY
Today was Junior Jobs Day at Lochardil and we had 2 sessions; one with Stevie and Anne from Aquascot and the other was with Stuart who works for SSE – Scotland and Southern Energy. Both presentations were very interesting and we learned a lot like how important health and safety is in fish processing and that doing an apprenticeship after secondary school is a good option to going on to university. Here are some photographs of our learning experiences today.
Eve is part of the National Youth Choir of Scotland group and goes every week to Millburn Academy for lessons. This week sang at a concert at the CCC with her choir and at the end of it singers were awarded certificates to celebrate achieving their Bronze One Awards. Well done Eve, our singing star!
STAR PUPIL & GYMFEST FUN
Our star pupil this month is Emily for striving for high standards, taking great care with presentation and for being a great ambassador for the school with her Highland Dancing success! Well done Emily!
Grace took part in GYMFEST in Perth last weekend and everyone received a medal for participating. Grace has been training with the Lochardil Gymnastic Team since the beginning of P4 and has competed in several competitions and represented the school very successfully. Her medal collection is growing every term! She likes to practise front walkovers and round-off flips!
The Middle East
We are learning lots about the Middle East and we can locate most of the countries on a World Map! We have all started to research and prepare our partner presentations about one of the Middle Eastern countries and we have been learning about Islam this week. We would like to thank Adnan for coming to talk to us about his religion. We know about the 5 pillars of Islam and we have been trying on Islamic outfits to understand a bit more about what life is like in the Middle East.
Here are some of the P4/5 pupils wearing a dishdasha (men’s white ‘dress’, ghutra (scarf), agal (black cord), abaya (black cloak), hijab (head cover) and niqab (veil)!
Sean and James took part in the Cairn Cup at Millburn Academy and won the Cairn Cup Trophy for Lochardil! They only conceded one goal and one game but won 6 games in total. 15 schools took part in the competition so it was quite an achievement to win! Well done boys!
Yesterday Sean took part in the Scottish Soccer Sevens Finals in Glasgow as part of the P5/6 team and the Lochardil boys came second out of the whole of Scotland. We are so very proud of them all. What great ambassadors for Lochardil Primary School! The boys had a trip to Hampden after their competition! ‘This is the best stadium in the world!’ said Sean.
Scottish Opera ‘Tam O’Shanter’
Today the P4s went to the CCC to watch all the P5s and P6s perform Tam O’ Shanter with the Scottish Opera. We thought they did a brilliant job and here are a few pictures we took!
Term 4 Overview
Please find the Term 4 Overview attached
Today we came to school with wigs or wacky hairstyles to raise money for the Little Princess Fund which makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to cancer. We are donating a £1 each and there are fun stall at break time to raise more money. A P7 pupil, Ellen, is getting her hair cut today and donating it to the Trust. Well done, Ellen!
Lauren took part in a Squash competition and won 2-1 in her match! This means she moves up a level at the Inverness Squash and tennis Club! Well done, Lauren!
Emily took part in the Highland Dancing European Championships at The Inverness Leisure Centre and received 7 medals in total! Fabulous achievement. Emily!
We have just had a great trip to the Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre! The staff complimented us on our good behaviour and super knowledge about the Jacobites and the battle on 16th April 1746 so our teachers are delighted with us too! Win-Win! We did lots of fun activities like learning how to attack like Jacobites with a Highland Charge and how to shoot like a Redcoat in an organised formation! We also had great fun dressing up in 1745 outfits and doing a quiz with Jon, our guide and Jacobite tutor. We would like to thank Catriona and Jon from the Culloden Battlefield for looking after us so well on the visit and Miss Munro and Eve’s mum for accompanying us on the trip. Thank you. Here are some photos from today.
Abi is our Star Pupil for March. She has a positive and determined attitude towards set tasks, displays exemplary manners and is friendly with everyone! We are delighted Abi is in our class!
Sean was our February Star Pupil and we were so busy displaying his picture in our classroom Celebration Wall, we forgot to feature him on the blog! Here’s your photo, Sean! Well done for your positive attitude, enthusiastic manner, football successes and high standards of work!
This week Beth took her Cornet Grade 3 exam and she achieved a Merit Award and score of 81%. Very well done, Beth! We are very proud of you.
Yesterday Sean travelled to Dundee to represent the school as part of the P5/6 Football Team and they won the North of Scotland Soccer Sevens Tournament! This means the team will be going to Glasgow in May to take part in the Scottish Soccer Sevens! Good luck, boys!
Today we say Goodbye to Miss Butler! She has taught our class Science since August and we have thoroughly enjoyed her activities. Miss Butler you will be missed!
RED NOSE DAY FUN!
We have had an exciting Red Nose Day completing the Comic Adventure Crossword! We watched the video clip about Hassan from Sierre Leone and played the Comic Adventure games as we discovered all about the different noses like Snootankhamun, Snorcerer, Sneezecake, DJ Boogie and Frankinose! Everyone at school came dressed in red and donated some money towards Red Nose Day and our class alone donated £20. Today we learned about why it is important to support charities and what kind of things they do to help others. We’re happy to do our bit.
McRobert Cup Success!
Grace, Megan and Sean were part of the group from Lochardil Primary School that took part in the McRobert Cup yesterday at Bught Park. They brought back medals, a cup and success stories from their day! Sean came 12th in the P4/5 Boys’ Race and was part of the winning team effort which won gold and the cup! Grace and Megan were 5th and 19th respectively in the P4/5 Girls’ Race and did our school proud! Our runners reported 42 schools took part and there were over 160 pupils in each race making their achievements all the more special! P4/5 are so very proud of Grace, Megan and Sean for representing our school!
This weekend Grace took part in the Scottish Schools Gymnastic Finals in Perth and was awarded a medal for 2nd overall in performance! That means she is the second top Scottish gymnast in her age group and level in Scotland! Fabulous achievement, Grace!
Beth was also busy in Perth at the weekend. She took part in a Brass Band Competition at the Perth Concert Hall as part of The Highland Future Brass band and was awarded a Silver Plus certificate! Very well done, Beth!
Sean and James were successful in winning the P4/5 Winter Cup in an exciting final at Milton Pitches this weekend! They received a trophy and individual medals. We are very proud of you boys!
This week we have had several science workshops and today we had SPACE WORKSHOP led by Marie from the UHI. We learned a lot about the size of planets and their distances from the sun. Here are some photographs of us using toilet paper to represent the distances to scale.
P4/5 RECYLING COMPETITION & INTERNET SAFETY DRAMA
Our class recycling competition winner is Abi! She made a lovely storage cupboard with a unique closing system of ribbons and colourful pegs. Well done Abi! You deserve the lovely Easter Egg! All entrants received a little prize and posed with their entries for our blog. Thank you to Mrs Murray for being our guest judge.
Today we looked at the Ten Top Tips for Internet Safety on www.safetynetkids.org.uk and then we did drama sketches of what could go wrong. Here are some of our drama groups acting out their ‘Internet Disasters.‘
WORLD BOOK DAY
Today is World Book Day and we are having great fun! This morning we did a ’round robin’ around 3 other classes and did different book activities. Mrs Prentice was quite scary as Cruella De Vil!
In our class we looked at The Gruffalo in Scots and discovered we already knew quite a lot of Scots words. We watched it being read on the internet and sang along to the Gruffalo Song.
This afternoon we are doing art based on a book character and tomorrow we are going to practice being editors with the book reviews we wrote this week. Next week the Book Fair is coming to Lochardil Primary School and we can spend our £1 tokens if we haven’t already spent them. Our class time is Friday 10th at 11am.
Inverness Music Festival Success!
Beth played ‘Can you feel the Love Tonight?’ on her cornet at the Inverness Music Festival earlier this week and was commended with a score of 84%!
Grace and Isla(P5) played ‘Donkey Riding’ as a duet on the piano and they were also commended, scoring 85%!
Well done, girls! We are so very proud of you all!
P4/5 FRENCH DAY
We have had a wonderful day focusing on French all day long! First we presented at assembly sharing a few French phrases and singing a French song, then we learned names for food followed by a sampling session! We had croissants and 3 different types of French cheeses, slices from a baquette, grapes and delicious pain au chocolate! We learned lots of new vocabulary and even did a mental maths session in French! We finished with a little French sing-a-long with some songs on Youtube. Now, we need to practise our phrases more at home! Bon weekend tout le monde!
Bonjour! P4/5 have decided to have a FRENCH DAY next week on Friday, 24th February! We will play French games, sing songs and present some of our French knowledge at assembly. One of our activities will be to taste some typical French food like croissants, pain chocolates, grapes and cheese and pupils are asked to contribute 50p towards Mrs M-H’s shopping bill if they can. Thank you for your support with this. Pupils are encouraged to ‘dress French’ for the day and to have lots of fun! We shall post a blog to share our ‘French Day’ with everyone.
Feis Rois Fun!
Yesterday was our last Feis Rois session with Lilian and Christina! We have had great fun learning Gaelic and Jacobite songs with these ladies. We showcased our effortss to the p5 class and they showed us what they had been learning in their sessions. Here are some video clips to get an idea of what we did.
Our apologies – the video clips were too big too attach! We will discuss with the technical adviser and try to get them adjusted!
More Sporting Success!
Emily won 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Highland Dancing Medals plus a trophy for National Winner at the Lee Allan Highland Dancing Competition at Charleston Academy last weekend. We are very proud of her success!
Sean and James took part in a 7 aside primary 4/5 Footsal Tournament at the Inverness Leisure Centre and they came 2nd out of 14 teams and each member of the team received a medal! The team were also awarded a trophy for their football skills. Well done for representing Lochardil School and making us proud, boys!
The Lochardil Gymnasts took part in the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Highland Regional Heats on Sunday and the team Grace was in came in Silver position!
Grace took in 3 silver medals to show the class – one for Floor, one for Overall and the 3rd one for the Team. Now they qualify to go to the Finals in Perth! Very well done everyone who took part on Sunday.
Star Pupil & Feis Rois
Our January Star Pupil is Grace for her positive attitude, good manners and consideration of others and for consistently striving for and achieving high standards of work! Very well done, Grace. We are proud of you!
Today we had our 4th Feis Rois with Lilian and Christina. We are learning Jacobite songs with them and have great fun doing the actions with the songs! Here are some photos of us enjoying today’s Feis Rois session.
Yesterday Sean took part in the Primary North Schools Soccer 7s Qualifier at Millburn as part of a P5/6 team and they came top out of the 8 teams there! Their team won all 7 games, scoring 20 and only conceding 2 goals! Now the boys will go to the Regional Final in Dundee on 30th March. Very well done boys and good luck in Dundee!
Grace was part of the Lochardil Gymnastic Team who practiced their routines for the school today. They will be taking part in the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Highland Regional Heats on Sunday 5th February with a much bigger audience. We wish all the gymnasts well in Sunday’s event.
We’ve had a busy few weeks at the start of Term 3! In maths we’ve worked on length, perimeter and area and now we have started fractions. Last week we wrote Winter Kennings poems which are poems with only 2 words on each line! Most of us have typed them out and glued them onto our Winter trees paintings and we hope to get the rest published by the end of this week.
Feis Rois tutors Lilian & Christina are teaching us about Scottish Language and Songs through fun activities every Wednesday for 6 weeks. P5s finish their 10 week swimming block at the end of January and we would like to thank the parent helpers who have accompanied us. This term while the P5s have been away swimming P4s have been doing some yoga for their exercise. We are really enjoying it!
Our topic this term is The Jacobites and we have already started learning about who the Jacobites were and the Jacobite timeline. As part of our study hope to visit Culloden later this term and when details are confirmed we will inform you of the date.
Parent / Teacher Interviews will be on Wednesday 1st February and Thursday 2nd February and all parents who requested an appointment have received their interview times.
Please find the term 3 Overview attached.
Mrs Martin-HodgsonLearning-Overview-P54-Term-3 Jan 2017
End of Term Fun & Games
On Wednesday afternoon we had the P5 PARTY and it was great fun to party with the other P5 pupils! Here are a few photographs for you to enjoy!
Ach-an-Eas Care Home
We walked to Ach-an-Eas Care Home on Thursday, 22nd December to entertain the residents with Festive Songs and Dancing. They clapped along and applauded our performances and the cook treated us to homemade shortbread and cupcakes which we really appreciated!
We had 2 Star Pupils in December – Sophie and Libby! Sophie goes out of her way to help others, she tries hard in all work tasks and has a very positive attitude. Libby also tries her hardest in tasks, she has good manners and is always very polite and she danced beautifully in our entertainment shows. Well done to both girls!
This morning we had the P4 PARTY! We played lots of great games like Pass the Parcel, Festive Corners and Musical Arms and we did lot of Scottish Country Dancing! Our P4s were really good at the dancing as we had learned all the dances for our St Andrew’s Day Celebration in November. Here are the photographs we chose to share on the blog.
It’s Almost Christmas!
It’s almost Christmas and we are preparing for our Christmas parties by learning more Scottish Country Dances! Here we are practising The Gay Gordons!
Today is Christmas Lunch Day so that’s why we are wearing our Christmas jumpers!
We have been busy making a special surprise for our families which we cannot share with you yet and some lovely decorated Doves to hang in our Christmas trees at home which we are proudly posing with below!
We are still needing some parent helpers to accompany us this Friday both with the P5s as they go swimming at 9.30am and to the CCC for our Christmas Assembly at 12.45pm so please contact the school if you can come along with our class on either of these outings. Thank you.
A Busy Week!
We have just returned from entertaining the 6,7,8 Club at Green Drive Hall at their Christmas Celebration! They loved our festive songs, dancing and solo performances! Unfortunately we forgot the camera so we have no evidence of our lovely Christmas jumpers and headgear to share with you!
Yesterday morning parents were invited to our classroom and we shared our Rights Respecting activity about how Lochardil respects our rights with regards to ‘quality education‘ and ‘gender equality’. All our visitors seemed impressed with our work and classroom and we enjoyed sharing our work with them.
We have two ‘stars’ this week in class! Elisha was awarded her 3rd Blue Peter Badge for making a life size picture of Lizzie! Well done, Elisha!
Amy received a certificate for doing so well in swimming and she is now in the ‘Breast Stroke‘ group! Well done, Amy!
What a day we have had in P4/5! It started with us showing and sharing at assembly. Then Pudsey turned up to collect our Children in Need cheque! Most of the P5s went swimming but James, Sean, Holly, Grace and Sophie went to the IRA to take part in the Inverness Primary Schools Tennis Championships and they came back with the trophy! What a fabulous end to the week! And Lauren’s Gran sent us a thank you card with delicious chocolate coins as a thank you for our show on Wednesday!
St Andrews Day Show!
Our show went really well! We are quite delighted with the super turnout of Senior Citizens and how much they appreciated our performances! We think they really enjoyed our famous Scots quiz most of all. We had fun coming up with the clues. This was a great way to learn about St Andrews Day and share our learning with an audience.
We would like to thank Mrs Stephens and Mrs Hutchison for preparing and serving the refreshments, Mr Grant for getting the hall performance ready and Ellen & Eva from P6/7 who were in charge of the music. Here are some photos to admire!
A huge thank you to Josey and Connel, our Feis Rois tutors who have taught us Scottish songs, rhythm games and Country Dancing for the past 6 weeks! We have had loads of fun with them and they have helped us to prepare for our St Andrews Day Show today! Thank you both very much!
Emily was given a certificate for dancing at Eden Court this morning as part of the Fraser Dancers at the European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry! Congratulations Emily!
We had a marvellous Monday morning! We walked to Eden Court to watch Inside Out as part of the Into Film Festival! The film is all about 5 dominant emotions inside a girl’s head as she struggles to come to terms with moving home. It helps us to understand when we feel ‘out of sorts’.
Children in Need
Today we had great fun dressing down and wearing spots to raise money for Children in Need! At break and lunch time the P6s organised a Bake Sale and activities to raise even more money and in total they managed to raise more than £600!
We are busy preparing for our St Andrews’s Day Show for senior citizens on the 30th November and this afternoon we made a long list of Famous Scots to decide which ones we will include in our quiz! We are getting excited about performing for an audience! We will post pictures of our show on the blog.
At our Achievers Assembly this afternoon Kirsty was presented with a Star Pupil Award for working hard and achieving high standards and for being supportive of others. Very well done, Kirsty!
At the weekend Emily performed Highland Dancing at The Big Dance Show 2016 at Eden Court with the Fraser Dancing School to great applause! Very well done, Emily. We are proud of you!
On Friday, 11th November, Kaitlin took her great-grandfather’s World War One medals to show us and shared what she knew about him and the war. It was really special especially on Remembrance Day. Thank you for sharing great-grandfather John’s medals, Kaitlin.
We are getting ready for our St Andrew’s day Celebration for Senior Citizens on the 30th November at 2pm in the school hall. Invitations will be sent out later this week.
Senior Citizen Interviews
This afternoon we had 5 very interesting ladies who volunteered to be interviewed by us about their community and lifestyles as Senior Citizens. We learned a great deal from them and thoroughly enjoyed the tales they told us. Here are the interviewees with our interview groups! Thank you very much Mrs Ross, Mrs Murray, Mrs Ingram, Mrs Sinclair and Mrs Kelbie.
Beth took part in the Highland Brass Band Competition at Gordonstoun this weekend and her band, The Highland Future Brass Band, were awarded the Gold Medal! Now they get to play in Perth next year! Congratulations, Beth and a huge well done from P4/5 and Mrs M-H.
Lauren received a Blue Peter Badge for drawing a picture of Lizzie, the Blue Peter presenter, running the London Marathon! Well done, Lauren!
Term 2 Learning Overview
HOLIDAY STAR & FANCY DRESS DISCO
Beth received her 3rd Blue Peter Badge during the October holidays for drawing a picture of a Blue Peter badge! She already has two badges from Summer 2015 for climbing at the Aquadome with her sister and making a cushion! Well done. Beth! You are our Holiday Star!
What a lovely surprise Mrs Martin-Hodgson had today when one of her delightful pupils gave her this lovely ‘Cracking Teacher‘ trophy and a stick of rock from Blackpool! Thank you very much – it certainly put a smile on her face!
END OF TERM ONE
Yesterday we completed our Health Advice Leaflets and here are our STAR WRITERS! Everyone did such an amazing job that we were all STAR WRITERS!
The P4/5 pupils and Mrs Martin-Hodgson voted BETH for SEPTEMBER P4/5 STAR PUPIL. We said she gets on with her work quietly, works well and is kind, caring, helpful and responsible in class. All true! Very well deserved, Beth!
WE ARE VERY ACTIVE IN P4/5
This term as part of our Healthy Bodies project we have completed a 2 week EXERCISE CHALLENGE which we recorded every school day for a fortnight. We jogged, skipped, danced, did non-stop exercises and even tried yoga! We think we are getting fitter which is really good for our health!
Grace took part in a Gymnastic Competition in Alness as part of the Inverness Gymnastic Club. Her team were awarded 2nd position overall! Well done, Grace!
Emily won 8 medals at the Dufftown Highland Dancing Festival! Emily practices 3 nights a week with The Fraser Dancers. Well done Emily!
GORDON BENNET CUP
As part of the P4/5 Football Team two of our boys took part in the Gordon Bennet Cup last weekend and they came 3rd! It was held at the Inverness High School and about 16 teams took part so the Lochardil team did very well indeed! Well done boys – we are proud of you!
P4/5 BROWNIE SLEEPOVER
7 of our girls had a Brownie sleepover this weekend! As part of their Olympic Theme they made Mexican Eyes and Friendship bracelets. They took them to school to show us and posed for a photograph! Well done girls!
Louis was awarded a STAR PUPIL certificate at assembly today for listening well, working hard, showing good manners and conscientiously carrying out his class duty! Congratulations, Louis!
BLUE PETER BADGE!
Elisha has just shared her wonderful news about receiving a BLUE PETER BADGE for writing a story titled “The Wishing Hat“! Congratulations Elisha! We are all looking forward to her reading her story to the class.
Successful Learners and High Achievers!
Today 14 pupils were announced as STAR WRITERS for their descriptive writing about a friend or family member! Great adjectives were used and most pupils remembered how to punctuate sentences correctly with capital letters and full stops. Here are our proud Star Writers!
Elisha took part in the Big Friendly Read over the summer and was awarded a certificate and medal which she proudly took to school to show us! Well done, Elisha!
Shaw recently took part in a karate competition and was awarded his Orange belt with 2 red tabs which he tells me means he is closer to Yellow level. Well done, Shaw!
Today we have learned the names and locations of our main organs and took part in an activity to demonstrate our learning. Most pupils placed their organs in the correct position! We might recap it tomorrow to make sure we all know it!
Please find the Term 1 Overview attached which outlines the main curricular outcomes for pupils and clarifies details like when the pupils require their PE kit.
Week One in P4/5
4 days of glorious sunshine and school! We are all settling into the new class and getting used to the new routines and expectations already! This week we have worked collaboratively to come up with our personalised Class Charter and this morning we all signed our agreement. Here we are giving our thumbs up to our finished charter!
We all know our reading and numeracy groups and what our project is about so we are ready to go next week! Our new homework jotters will be brought home next week.
P4/5 have PE on Tuesday and Thursday morning and are expected to have a change of shirt and shorts for the lesson. Suitable footwear is required – when the weather is fine we will be outside and on other occasions we will be in the hall.
Pupils are encouraged to have a bottle of water in class and can replenish their bottles from the sink in class when required.
Wishing everyone a good weekend!