p67 learning overview t4

Those who wish to sing always find a song – Swedish Proverb

A very belated WELL DONE to Holly who blew everyone away with her stunning  vocal performance at the Inverness Music Festival.

Super 7’s

Report by Alistair Nixon and Reuben Douglas

On Tuesday the Junior 7s team went to Tory Glen Pitches in Glasgow to compete in the finals. The squad did very well to come 2nd overall. The team came 2nd out of 600 school teams from all over Scotland. In the first game they drew 1-1 and in the second game it was a 2-2 draw. After being 2-0 up the boys had to win 5-0 or more to go to the final but the other team had to draw. It was very tense until Alistair Nixon scored a spectacular goal. However he could have not done it without the great teamwork of everyone in the team. The boys got a 5-0 win which put then through to the final. The team were unlucky to lose to a great team they met in Dundee, called Fintry. Overall the p5/6 team had a great experience and all did very well. 

For those determined to fly, having no wings is a minor detail

Leon return from his Easter holiday holding this certificate. During the holidays, Leon completed an hour of flight instruction. HE FLEW A PLANE! Well done Leon! Keep going and you will have your wings in no time. 

Little Princess Trust Fundraising

We are all so proud of Ellen, one of our p7s, who has transformed her hairstyle in order to support the Little Princess Trust. Over 12 inches of Ellen’s hair has been sent away to make wigs for poorly children.  Thank you to Holly and Eva who were there to support Ellen every step of the way. We think Ellen’s new hairstyle is fabulous! 

Homework Task – week beginning 8th May

We are learning about Scottish Mythology this term and have already looked at some popular myths and legends. Your homework task this week is to post a comment on our blog to tell us about a myth or legend that you are interested in. It can originate from anywhere in the world but would be interesting if you knew about a Scottish myth or legend that we haven’t researched yet. You can also include a link to show us where you accessed your information. 

I look forward to reading your comments.


Pr 7’s Yearbook Appeal


We are at the stage of putting the Yearbook together. Could you please bring in a super cute baby/toddler photo to put alongside your profile biography. We need pictures for scanning by Wednesday 10th May.  You will get the photo returned. Thank you.

Pr 7’s Loch Insh

Dear Parent/carer,

We trust you have dealt with the unpacking and enjoyed hearing what we were up to last week on our brilliant Loch Insh adventure. It is a pleasure to say how well we participated in all the activities and made the most of the experiences offered. We worked together in our teams and gained a whole new skill set.  While we were all having such a great time, hope you adjusted to the change in the family dynamics and didn’t feel the week too long!

Hopefully the week away has given your child a new level of self confidence which will help with their resilience in the future as they face other challenges  e.g. moving on to the Academy.

The staff at Loch Insh looked after us so well and we have all taken away some great memories. There are some items of Lost Property which we will give out this week so hopefully all personal items should be back with you soon.

We took lots of photos and if you wish a copy then please provide a USB memory stick and we can get them uploaded for you.

The attitude, manners and behaviour of all the pupils was of a very high standard and we appreciate your support with this. Thanks are extended to the members of staff who came along to help make our week such a success.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Murray and Miss C MacDonald


We are looking forward to our Digital Safety themed open afternoon, tomorrow. Join us between 1:30 and 2:15 for all the fun . 

Well Done Callum – February’s Pupil of the Month

World Book Day 2017

We had great fun celebrating World Book Day. We visited p5-p7 and took part in different literacy activities. Here are some pictures of our costumes:


Welcome Back 

I hope you all enjoyed your well deserved long weekend. Some of you managed to find some great examples of packaging from things that were “made in China” to contribute to our class display. If you have not yet brought something into school that is “made in China” can you please bring it in for Monday.

Monday is the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. We will be learning lots about fairtrade throughout the world. We have been learning about persuasive writing and have created our own radio adverts. Next week we will be working together to create our own “radio station”. Keep your eyes on our blog as we may post some of our adverts for you to listen to.  Thursday 2nd March is World Book Day. We will be celebrating by coming to school dressed as our favorite book characters (if you want to).



Inverness Royal Academy is holding a major Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) event on the Thursday 9th of March with a focus on apprenticeships. This event is being advertised in the local press, on local radio and through social media and approximately 40 exhibitors will be in attendance.

All primary 6-7 and their parents are invited. It is a great opportunity for pupils and parents to come in and get a look round the new school. There will be interactive activities, giveaways and the opportunity for students to win a family pass to the Inverness Kart Raceway.

P6/7 had a great day out at Culloden Battlefield on Wed 8th February. The day started with a Scots words activity which allowed us to think about how many Scots words we already knew. Afterwards we had a tour of the Battlefield to gain some inspiration for the poetry session, followed by a film to remind us of the conditions at the battle. The day finished with a performance by each group of their own poem and then a look round the exhibition where we saw Bonny Prince Charlie’s very own sword, soon to be taken to the National History Museum in Edinburgh.

Thank you to the parents who helped us on this trip.  Here are some comments from some of the class about the trip:-

“I really enjoyed the movie, but it was quite grim” Alastair

“I enjoyed looking at the sword because it was interesting it was the real thing” Calum

“I really enjoyed having lunch outside” Matthew

“we got to see where the real battle was” Anna

Footballers of the Future




A huge well done to our footballers from P5/6 (especially our very own: Alastair and Reuben) who were the winners of the Millburn Soccer 7s on Monday 30th January 2017. This competition is the North Schools Soccer 7s Qualifier. The boys won all 7 games scoring 20 goals and only conceding 2. The boys now go on to play in the regional final on 30th March in Dundee.

Who thinks that we should win a BAFTA for best entrance ? Check out our amazing China inspired entrance to our classroom . The children worked independently to create this amazing scene.


 Well done to Adela who did a spectacular performance at The Highland Schools Gymnastics Competition , on Sunday , and helped the team to take home the Primary School shield for the third year . She also won a silver medal . Well done !


Tai Chi Workshop

Helene from Highland Healing Space came to teach our class a little bit of Tai Chi, today. The benefits of learning Tai Chi are numerous starting with balanced immune system, improving your muscle mass, working on your core, better mind/body connection, improved moods and better overall balance. We had great fun and found it quite relaxing. Helene told us all about the history of Tai Chi and its links with China’s culture. She even e-mailed to say how well we did and praised our behavior and effort. Check out Helene’s website for more information: https://highlandhealingspace.wordpress.com/tai-chi-chuan/group-classes/


Eco Assembly – Well Done to Harry

Well done to Harry , our Eco Schools Rep, for helping the Eco team to tell us all about the Global Goals at assembly,  on Friday. You delivered your part very well and we are all proud of you.

Eco Rep Assembly

Primary 7 to the Rescue

Kirsty Jarvie from the British Red Cross provided  helpful workshops for us.  We thought about how our choices about going to help someone, the skills to being a good first aider and how to deal with a  variety of accidents and injuries. We know how to treat burns, stop bleeding, checking for breathing and when to call 999. Maia and Holly were absent when we got our photographs taken. If you bring your certificates in to school we can get your photograph to display. Well done everyone!

17/01/17 – Beyond the Panda workshop

Last week we were lucky enough to have had a visit from Sandie who works with the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. While Sandie was here we learnt all about pandas, including: their life cycle,  what they eat , where they come from, where they like to live and how they produce babies. We got stuck into some really hands on activities, from classifying animals skins and looking at their skulls, to looking at different bamboo and even samples of panda poo. We learned lots of new Chinese vocabulary and even looked at some of the Chinese Symbols.

Beyond The Panda Workshop

Please click on this link to see our learning overview for this term. There are a few changes and lots of exciting things happening this term. Please accept my apologies for the delay in uploading this. We had a few technical hitches. p67 learning overview t3

We made it to the Christmas Holidays ! Well done to everyone (parents and pupils) for all your hard work, this term. Thank you for all the lovely cards and generous gifts . Have a fantastic holiday and we will see you back at school on Monday 9thJanuary

Carol Singing Success

Well done everyone ! You all sounded fab today! We raised over £160 for MFR cash for kids. Special thank you to Mrs Calder (p3/4 parent) who came along to help us. Here is a  picture of us in action:


Just a reminder that it is Christmas lunch and Christmas Jumper day tomorrow 15th December .

There will be house points for the best christmas jumper


WW1 Photos

Here are some photographs from my time in Belgium, visiting WW1 sites. This is only a small collection of photographs from a much larger collection. We will be having a look at these, and more, tomorrow and Friday. We will be looking at pictures that I took from:

  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Theipval
  • Newfoundland Park
  • Vimmy
  • Ypres
  • Tyne Cot
  • Passchendale
  • Sanctuary Wood.

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Topic Trip Photographs

We had great fun and leared lots of new interesting information, about the lives of people in Scoltand, during WW1, when we went to Inverness Museum and The National War Museum, in Edinburgh, Here are some photos of our learning.

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Class Talk Reminder

We will all be presenting our talk on WW1 on Tuesday 13th December. Your talk must be between 2 and 4 minuets. It can be about something we have learned about, so far, in our topic or it can be about an aspect of WW1 that you research yourself. Your talk must be supported by a powerpoint, powtoon or poster. Please remember to check the success criteria sheet if you get stuck. I cant wait to hear all of your talks. I am sure they will be amazing !

Miss MacDonald

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Book Fair Stars

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We had our Celebration Assembly last week and we recognised the hard work done by Kate, Eva, Ivan and Sandy. They organised and ran the Book Fair. Everything went to plan. They stayed after school to help and encouraged lots of creativity with a bookmark competition. All they need to do now is some maths to work out the percentage of commission we can receive! This money will be used to purchase reading and literacy resources from The Travelling Book Company.

thcajeogayOur next open morning will be held on Wednesday 6th December. Please come along to see what we have been learning and creating this term. Mrs Sutherland will be with the class on this day. We would be delighted if you can make it along between 11am and 11:45 am.


Here is our entry by, p6/7 for British Legion’s ‘Films of Remembrance’ competition which looks at the impact of conflict and the importance of remembrance through creativity, expression and research, demonstrating learning in a whole new way. The Children from p6/7 worked together to create this poem. vid00121

Please leave a comment with your feedback.

The winning class or group will receive a multimedia workshop at their school including TV and radio presentation interview techniques and the chance to be part of the BFBS Scotland Breakfast Show! Winners will also receive a recording of their work, individual medals and a special school trophy!

Broadcasting to service personnel, their families and friends worldwide, BFBS is a music, news, entertainment and community service providing bespoke content to the global Forces Community with a focus on Forces News and connecting the Forces communities around the world.

Please remember that we are going to see the Jungle Book on Wednesday. I apologise for the mistake in the letter, which said it was Tuesday.


Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Poppy Craft and Cake afternoon. You helped us to raise an amazing £258!

We will be donating some of our profits to poppy scotland and the rest will be kept for our class fund.

Well done to Ellie in p6 who won Mrs Joy’s amazing poppy cake and to Laura in p7 who won another fabulous cake, donated by Morag in Morrisons. Supermarket . Mrs MacDonald in the office won a box of chocolates and Reuben was delighted to find out that he had won the hand crafted wreath. There were also a number of winners who took home (today) hand drawn glasses and poppies. Here are some pictures of all the fun:

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Term 2 Overview


Thank you!

Thank you to all parents and carers who came along to our open afternoon. It was very nice to meet you all and your children really enjoyed showing you the amazing progress that they have made so far in p6/7.

Pupil Achievement!

Well done to Alistair, Callum and Nicky who took part in the South Highland Schools Athletic Competition, Today. You all did very well indeed! There were 180 boys who took part. Alistair achieved 36th; Callum 39th and Nicky 54th.


Jam Jar Tombola – Pr 6 and Pr 7 help required!

Ewan is running the Jam Jar Tombola stall at the Christmas Fayre on

29 thoughts on “P6/7

  1. Callum

    Glen coe was formed by ginormous glaciers! The biggest glacier was around one kilometre high, that’s higher than the worlds tallest building the bhurj khalifa.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Tallest_buildings_in_the_world.png(link to worlds tallest buildings chart.)
    The last glaciers to cover Glen Coe were there about eleven thousand years ago.
    The reason why I picked Glen Coe is because it is one of Scotland’s most famous glens and it’s a perfect U shape which means it’s easier to see the efects of the glaciers! I got the info from a YouTube video called,
    A breif history of Glen Coe and the channel is called 33Crazydude.

  2. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    I have not heard of this before but sounds very interesting. We can research this more. Thank You.

  3. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Well done Finlay, This is a very detailed and interesting piece of research. We may use this in class if that is ok with you?

    Miss MacDonald

  4. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    This sounds scary. I will be staying away from lakes and salt water wells.

  5. calum sutherland

    Boobrie is a water bird The creature haunts in lakes and salt water wells.
    it is said to be unpleasant water-bird that is generally only encountered by sailors and passengers at sea. These grotesque birds tend to prey on ships carrying livestock. The Boobrie’s hunting strategy usually consists of mimicking the call of a lamb or calf (or whatever animal the vessel is carrying). Should an adult animal then stray over to investigate, the Boobrie would grasp it in its horrid talons, drag it overboard and drown it.

  6. Finlay

    The legend of Sawney Bean.

    Sawney Bean is often considered a mythical figure.The legend of Sawney Bean first appeared in the British chapbooks (rumour magazines of the day), which today leads many to argue that the story was a political propaganda tool to denigrate the Scots after the Jacobite Rebellions.He left home with a vicious woman who apparently shared his inclinations.

    The couple ended up at a coastal cave in Bennane Head between Girvan and Ballantrae where they lived undiscovered for some twenty-five years. The cave was 200 yards deep and during high tide the entrance was blocked by water.

    Sawney and his wife later went on to have eight sons, six daughters, eighteen grandsons and fourteen grandaughters. the clan thrived by laying careful ambushes at night to rob and murder individuals or small groups. The bodies were brought back to the cave, where they were dismembered and eaten. Leftovers were pickled, and discarded body parts would sometimes wash up on nearby beaches.

    One fateful night, the Beans ambushed a married couple riding from a fair on one horse, but the man was skilled in combat, deftly holding off the clan with sword and pistol. The clan fatally mauled the wife when she fell to the ground in the conflict. Before they could take the resilient husband, a large group of fairgoers appeared on the trail and the Beans fled.

    With the Beans’ existence finally revealed, it was not long before King James VI of Scotland (later James I of England) heard of the atrocities and decided to lead a manhunt with a team of 400 men and several bloodhounds. They soon found the Beans’ previously overlooked cave in Bennane Head. The cave was scattered with human remains, having been the scene of many murders and cannibalistic acts.

    The clan was captured alive and taken in chains to the Tolbooth Jail in Edinburgh, then transferred to Leith or Glasgow where they were promptly executed without trial; the men had their genitalia cut off, hands and feet severed, and were allowed to bleed to death; the women and children, after watching the men die, were burned alive. (This recalls the punishments of hanging, drawing and quartering decreed for men convicted of treason while women convicted of the same were burned.)

  7. Cora

    Sawney bean

    Sawney bean was said to be the head of a 48 member clan in Scotland anywhere between the 13th and 16th centuries,reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1000 people.
    He was born in East Lothian and has fourteen children.
    He left home with a vicious woman who apparently shared his inclinations. The couple ended up at a coastal cave in Bennane Head between Girvan and Ballantre where they lived undiscovered for some twenty-five years. The cave was 200 yards deep and during high tide the entrance was blocked by water

    Here’s the link if you need it

  8. Cora

    Sawney bean

    Sawney bean was said to be the head of a 48 member clan in Scotland anywhere between the 13th and 16th centuries,reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1000 people.
    He was born in East Lothian and has fourteen children.
    He left home with a vicious woman who apparently shared his inclinations. The couple ended up at a coastal cave in Bennane Head between Girvan and Ballantre where they lived undiscovered for some twenty-five years. The cave was 200 yards deep and during high tide the entrance was blocked by water

  9. Eva Wight

    My myth or legend is a Fuath (foo-a) which is Scotland’s big foot. Legend says that they were big, furry creatures that are closely related to North America’s bigfoot and the Himalayan abominable snowman. They lived in caves in a place called Camusnagaul and had said to have been in the region long before humans. They talk Gaelic in deep sad voices and are extremely endangered. They don’t want anything to do with humans and want to live their lives in peace.

    This info was taken from the book ‘Highland Folk Tales’ by Bob Pegg

  10. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    I’ve not heard this before. Sounds interesting ! Don’t think I’d like to meet one of these. Do you have a link ?

    Miss Macdonald

  11. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    The spider above my desk did not inspire me at all, today ! ? Very interesting story though. We will be looking at this in more detail .

    Miss MacDonald

  12. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Do you know any castles near the border where these little guys may be hiding ?

    Miss MacDonald

  13. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Very interesting ! Do you have a link to the website for those who would like to find out more ?

    Miss MacDonald

  14. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Wow! I didn’t know about that stone. That’s very interesting ! Do you know where Macbeth’s castle was said to be ?

    Miss MacDonald

  15. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Maybe we should go on a school haggis hunting trip, Beth.

    Miss Macdonald

  16. Beth attwell

    My myth/ledgend that I am intrested in is the haggis that run on the hills of Scotland

  17. Harry

    Witch’s Stone
    Outside the police station in Forres is a stone marking the grave of one of the witches from Macbeth. The witches were rolled down Cluny hill in spiked barrels and then set on fire.

  18. niamh

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    Black Donald

    by Blair Colquhoun
    In Scottish folklore, Black Donald is the Devil. It is said that the Devil is good at all jobs except for one, tailoring, because when the Devil is among the tailors they close up shop so he has never learned to baste. He can take many disguises including an old man in a black suit but whatever disguise he takes, he’s always giving himself away because of his cloven feet which cannot be shod.
    So black Donald was said to be the devil and had many other disguises to be deceiving?

  19. iain stewart

    Da red cap or redcap also known as a Powrie or Dunter is a type of malevolent murderous dwarf ,goblin,elf or fairy found in border folklore.
    THEY are said to live in ruined castles found on the b order between Scotland and England.
    Red caps are said to murder travellers and dye their hats that is how they get their name.

  20. Callum

    According to legend Robert de Bruce was thinking of focing up against the English, however he saw a spider trying over and over again to spin its web and finally the spider completed the web and that inspired Robert De Bruce to keep trying!

  21. Ellen

    The stoor worm is a sea monster that was created by our spirit. Its breath is a noxious gas that is deadly to all living things. It looks like a massive worm with very big teeth so big that legend says Orkney and Shetland and islands were made by the worms teeth .

  22. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Great to hear that you enjoyed it, Beth. You all did a fantastic job. Well Done ! Miss MacDonald

  23. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Dear Ms Blyth

    We did speak about the projects as a class but at this stage the specifications have not been issued to the children. These will be issued with clear guidelines, next term. If you have any other questions please get in touch.

    Miss MacDonald

  24. Sally Blyth

    I understand p6/7 have a project to complete before end of march 2017 but I’m not aware of any guidance for this work to help completion at the expected level. It seems to be very open ended! Can miss MacDonald issue some parameters for parents/carers please.

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