Just a wee note to say a BIG Thank You to the kind, thoughtful, generous and above all supportive parents I have had the pleasure of meeting, and working with, this year in P1A. Thank you Mums, Dads, boys and girls, for the lovely gifts you gave me….I think you made all of us cry…happy tears!

Wishing you all a great Summer and look forward to working together again in the future.

Kind regards

Mrs MacLelland 



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On Wednesday the 8th of June 2016, the school held its annual picnic lunch. This year the theme was the Queen’s 90th Birthday. For this occasion P1A  made and decorated crowns to wear for the picnic lunch. The canteen staff served a delicious buffet. 

We also baked and decorated a delicious cake with butterflies in the royal colours!IMG_3266

New additions in P1A!

After a few long weeks of checking our chrysalises, all of our butterflies have finally arrived!  We have loved watching the life cycle of our butterflies, starting as tiny caterpillars less than a month ago!  We are looking forward to releasing them on Friday and having a little butterfly tea party with them.  

P1A and Miss Cameron




Our afternoon

We had an afternoon full of fun today when Jack and Benny from Generation Science came to visit.  As well as being really funny, Jack and Benny taught us a lot about night and day.  When asked what we learned today, we said:

Andrew “lots about the Earth, Sun, Moon and Scotland”

Caelan “that the Earth orbits the Sun”

Amy “the Sun always stays still”

Tyla “where Scotland is on a map”

Lewis “I didn’t know that the Earth has lots of different colours on it”

Lillie “the Earth takes a year to go around the Sun once”

Russell “that it is not the same time everywhere in the world”

Thank you Generation Science for such a fun and factual afternoon!

P1A and Miss Cameron


This week we were investigating water.  This is what we already knew.


  • It’s called H20.
  • It’s good for you.
  • It’s wet.
  • It’s healthy.
  • It washes things.
  • It helps your teeth.
  • You need to drink it to stay alive.

We learned that water can change state….from liquid to solid….from liquid to gas …from solid to liquid….by doing some experiments  melting, boiling and freezing water.  Ask your child about it.


Next week we are investigating how mini beasts move and learning  more about Stag Beetles.

Have a great weekend. 

Mrs MacLelland



Our Week

Mrs MacLelland and P1A have been busy scurrying about this week! Here’s some of what we’ve been up to.


  • Learning about symmetry in and around the school. We painted symmetrical butterflies….aren’t they amazing?


We created symmetrical designs using different materials….all by ourselves! Here are some of them.

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  • Enjoying Anansi the Spider stories. We even made our own book re-telling our favourite parts of the stories. This was our second book!


  • We had already made a Spider Fact book last week, sharing our learning about Spiders.


  • It took 3 days to make our spiders in webs…don’t they look fantastic?

I felt like a spider!……Ayla

It was complicated! ……Tyla

It was hard!……Ross and Jay

It was easy!…..Lillie and Kieron


  • In Science we learnt why spiders don’t get stuck in their own webs ….ask your child!

I think spiders are clever…..Russell

Spiders are intelligent….Ross

I think spiders are cool!…Cameron

  • Nursery children joined us for P.E this week as part of their transition and the boys and girls did a fabulous job of welcoming and looking after them. I was really proud of them.
  • Congratulations to Ross who was our April Pupil of the Month !

Thank you P1A, I had a great week with you all!

Mrs MacLelland


P1A Learning Overview Term 4

Welcome back everyone to P1A! I hope you all had a relaxing and fun Easter break.  P1A have had an excellent week thus far and are looking forward to a very busy last term in Primary 1!

In term 4 our regular weekly timetable will continue as follows-

Monday – Normal routine.

Tuesday – P.E in the morning. Gaelic with Miss McArthur (Alternate weeks) before lunch.

Wednesday- Mrs McLelland covering class all day.

Thursday- Normal routine.

Friday- P.E in the morning.  Show and tell in the afternoon.

Homework – Homework will continue as follows with reading being carried out on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and words carried out on a Tuesday and Thursday.  Any additional homework  will be given out on a Monday to be returned by Friday and will be based on an area that has been covered in class.

At Lochardil developing global citizens through Learning for Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. We continue to use Rights Respecting Schools as a focus for our work.  This term the rights we will be looking at include –

April – Article 7: Family

May – Article 31: Relax, play, range of activities

June – Article 12: Children’s voice

Below you will find the key learning experiences that P1A will be working on through out term 4.  These include a variety of activities designed to encourage your child to learn new knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. I have included the 3 core learning areas and also our class topic to provide you with a general picture of what is happening during this important final term. By the end of this term I would expect most children to have achieved the targets listed below, and for all children to have achieved their full potential.

Literacy (including reading, writing, talking and listening)

By the end of Term 4, most children will be able to:

  • Listen for an identify rhyming words
  • Listen carefully in order to ask and answer questions about stories
  • Begin to read a wider variety of texts, using these to learn new things
  • Use expression when reading aloud to make it interesting for my peers
  • Form letters accurately
  • Attempt to write independently using phonics knowledge
  • Begin to use full stops, capital letters and other types of punctuation
  • Use imagination to create alternate ending to well known fairy tales.
Numeracy and Mathematics

By the end of Term 4, most children will be able to:

  • Use appropriate language to estimate, compare, order and measure length, weight and volume using a variety of materials
  • Recognise symmetrical patterns in the environment and create own symmetrical images using a variety of techniques.
  • Use pictographs, tally charts and other forms of display to interpret data.
  • Carry out surveys and create own tally charts, graphs and tables to collect and organise data.



Health and Wellbeing-

By the end of Term 4, most children will be able to:

  • Work as part of a team during physical education, demonstrating good sportsmanship.
  • Describe their feelings and identify ways in which they and others can get support in a range of circumstances.
  • Identify their rights and the responsibilities they have in order to ensure that themselves and others have these.



Interdisciplinary Studies-

By the end of Term 4, most children will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the environment and all that lives in it.
  • Use nonfiction texts, websites and other resources to learn new information, making use of technology to record their learning,
  • Understand what plants need in order to grow.
  • Identify plants basic parts
  • Use imagination and subject knowledge to design individually and collaboratively.
  • State the features of certain mini beasts.



This term our topic will be “Our Environment”, with a particular focus on minibeasts and plant life.  We hope to carry out planting and learn about the impact that we each have on the environment.  Further, we will learn about all about minibeasts, with P1A encouraged to guide their learning by asking questions and making suggestions.  If you have any resources which you believe may benefit our topic, such as books or resources based on minibeasts, plants or the environment, P1A would be delighted to see these!

If you have any concerns, or would simply like to discuss or share any aspect of your child’s learning then I encourage you to get in touch.  You can do so by writing a note in their reading diary, contacting the school to arrange a meeting or grabbing me for a quick chat at the beginning or end of the school day.

Miss Cameron


Firefighter visit

Thank you to the wonderful firefighters from the Inverness Fire and Rescue Service who came to visit P1A during the last week of term.  P1 had an absolutely fantastic time and learned all about the uniform and equipment that firefighters need.  As well as this, P1A asked several excellent questions in order to find out how a person joins the fire service and what skills and attributes they must have to be successful.  However, all children agreed that the highlight of the fire service visit was when they were taken outside to have a go of the firehoses!

Spring has sprung!

P1A noticed a change in the weather today and were excited to finally see some much needed sunshine!  With art planned for the afternoon, they decided that it was the perfect opportunity to do a bit of learning outdoors!  Set with the challenge of creating a natural collage using  materials found in the playground, the children worked brilliantly with their peers, making very creative collages before moving on to create some sculptures.  Here are some photographs of them from this afternoon.


As well as working well collaboratively during outdoor learning, P1A continue to work extremely well together when carrying out tasks in class.  Below are some photographs of pairs and trios searching a non-fiction text (a newspaper article about dolphins), looking for words containing a f, th or ph sound.  Working together, each pair had to highlight each sound with a different colour, then attempting to write each of the words containing these sounds in the correct sound column.  The children were surprised by how many of the words that they were able to read and understand in such a tricky text!

Finally I would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents and guardians who managed to attend the open afternoon last week.  It was lovely to catch up and I hope that you all enjoyed seeing the learning that has been going on in P1A.  If for any reason you were unable to make the open afternoon and would like the opportunity to visit the class or catch up on any aspect of your childs learning, feel free to get in touch and this can be easily arranged. 

Many thanks,

Miss Cameron

A little update on P1A

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents and children who visited last week for the parent/teacher interviews.  It was lovely to make contact and share each child’s learning both at school and home.  I would like to thank you all for your continued support this year, it is very much appreciated.  Please remember that if you have any queries regarding your child, you can arrange an appointment or catch me for a quick chat at the end of the school day.

P1A have had a very busy week and have continued to work extremely hard at all times.  They enjoyed a great tennis coaching session on Tuesday morning.  These sessions will continue instead of our usual gym on Tuesday the 9th February and Tuesday the 23rd February.  They also received a visit from a doctor on Wednesday morning.  They loved asking the visiting doctor lots of questions and have since turned their home corner into their very own doctors surgery.

Please find below some photographs of P1A consolidating their number bonds to 10 whilst practising writing their addition number sentences.  All children worked extremely well in their pairs and should feel very proud of the progress that they are making.



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Busy, messy learners!

In P1A we love learning our new phonics sounds through active craft and play based activities!  I am always amazed by how well the children focus and challenge themselves, often surprising me with the words that they come up with!  Well done P1A, you have made a great start to Term 3 and should all be extremely proud of yourselves.

Here are a few photos of the class carrying out various phonics sound activities.


P1A Learning Overview Term 3

Welcome back to another busy term in P1A, I hope you all had a lovely festive period.  The boys and girls in P1A have returned to school raring to go and have already impressing us all with how much they have remembered and grown over the holidays!

Below you will find an overview of this term.  As well as sharing what your child will be learning this term, the overview will also give you a brief insight in to how the class is run on a day to day basis, routines particular to our class, and expectations set.

Monday – Normal routine.

Tuesday – P.E in the morning.  Nursery children visit P1A for transition.  Gaelic with Miss McArthur (Alternate weeks) before lunch.

Wednesday- Mrs McLelland covering class all day.

Thursday- Normal routine.

Friday- P.E in the morning.  Show and tell in the afternoon.

We have our class house points system and Golden Time on a Friday to work towards.  Children are awared house points for working hard, being kind and positive behaviour.  P1A are always keen to achieve Star Writer for their lovely writing in class.  On Friday all children are given the opportunity to share their achievements both outwith and within school during our class Show and Tell.

At Lochardil we place importance on developing global citizens through Learning for Sustainability. We are currently using Rights Respecting Schools as a focus for driving forward our work.  Each month we focus on a different Right of the Month.  For this term the rights we will be looking at include –

January-   Article 24: Health

February – Article 17: Safety of information

March-     Article 28,29: Education

Below are the key learning experiences that the class will be working on through a variety of activities designed to encourage your child to learn new knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. I have shared the 3 core learning areas and also our class theme to provide you with a general picture of what is happening during term 3 within our class. By the end of this term I would expect most children to have achieved the targets listed below, and for all children to have achieved and attained as the best they can.

Literacy (including reading, writing, talking and listening)

By the end of Term 3, most children will be able to:

  • Blend sounds to form new words with increased independence.
  • Form all letters accurately and neatly.
  • Write common words with growing independence.
  • Predict the ending of a story and suggest alternate endings.
  • Ask and answer questions confidently.
Numeracy and Mathematics

By the end of Term 3, most children will be able to:

  • Use a simple calendar to beome familiar with the days of the week and months of the year.
  • Read whole hours (o’clock) on a clock face.
  • Add and subtract two numbers within 10 and beyond.
Health and Wellbeing-

By the end of Term 3, most children will be able to:

  • Describe their feelings and state reasons for these.
  • Identify the rights to which we are entitled and accept the responsibilities that go with them.
  • Inprove their skills and techniques in P.E, with a focus on travelling and balance.  Improve their level of performance in gymnastics.
Interdisciplinary Studies-

By the end of Term 3, most children will be able to:

  • Describe the different roles that members of the community play and discuss the way in which they help us.
  • Show ways of getting help in emergency situations.
  • Describe the ways in which they can keep themselves and others safe.

Our topic this term is People Who Help Us.  Last term we had the chance to meet and learn about the police and their job.  This term we are going to look at other people in the community who help us.  We hope to turn our home corner into a hospital, police station or fire station.  If you have any resources for this topic then we would absolutely love you to share these with us.

We will keep you upto date via our class blog.  If you wish to contact me then feel free to write a message in your child’s reading diary, contact the school to book an appointment or grab me for a quick chat at the end of the school day.

We look forward to another exciting term in P1A!

Miss Cameron


Christmas lunch

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at Lochardil Primary!  P1A had a wonderful Christmas lunch today and loved listening to Christmas music as they filled their tummies with lots of turkey, chipolatas and yummy desserts.

Thank you to all parents for brightening up our day with all of the lovely Christmas jumpers and accessories worn by the children.  P1A are well and truly in the Christmas spirit!

Thank you Duo B!zart

On Wednesday Lochardil Primary was visited by Duo B!zart, a Belgian piano duo made up of Andre Roé and Geoffrey Baptiste.  The children were amazed by the duos talent and enjoyed hearing well-known fairytales, such as Cinderella, being told through the music of the piano.  Most of all, P1A stated that they loved the challenge of guessing which piece of music represented which fairytale.

Thank you Duo B!zart for a wonderful morning.  A further thank you to P1A for being such an enthusiastic, engaged and well behaved audience!



P1A Special Visitors!
P1A have been very lucky this week.  As well as a football coaching lesson and a visit from some of the Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC players, they have also had special visitors come into their class as part of their “People Who Help Us” topic.

Chief Inspector MacLelland visited P1A yesterday morning to tell them all about his job and how he helps people in the community.  During his visit, the children got the chance to look at and try on Chief Inspector MacLellands uniform, they just couldn’t believe how heavy it was!

P1A wish to say a huge thank you to Chief Inspector MacLelland for taking time to visit them and help them learn more about the job of a police officer.

Visit from Police Constable Watson, Police Constable Polworth, Logi and Whiskey!

Following on from Chief Inspector MacLellands visit yesterday, P1A were visited by Police Constable Polworth and Police Constable Watson this morning!  P1A were absolutely delighted when they discovered that Police Constable Watson had brought his wonderful police dogs with him, Yogi and Whiskey.

After lots of learning in the classroom P1B joined P1A outside, whereby they were all given a lovely opportunity to watch Yogi and Whiskey in action and to arrest Mrs Aitchison (sorry Mrs Aitchison!).  All of the children loved getting a chance to sit in the back of the police van and listen to the sirens.

Football coaching
Here are some photographs of P1A showing off their skills during their Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club coaching session on Tuesday morning!

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P1A loved the coaching session and are extremely grateful for the lovely opportunities that ICT have given them.  They particularly loved a previous visit whereby they all had a chance to hold the Scottish Cup trophy!

Thank you ICT!


P1A posing before their Tempest photographs.

P1A posing before their Tempest photographs.

Welcome to the P1A blog!

P1A are delighted to finally have our class blog up and running.

We have had a great start to Term 2 and are really looking forward to sharing our learning and achievements throughout the rest of our time in P1.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitant to get in touch.  You can do so by writing a note in your child’s reading record or by arranging a meeting.  I will be more than happy to help 🙂


P1A and Miss Cameron