Term 4 LAST WEEK!
Great to have such positive feedback from everyone after the 3 day IRA transition event. Lochardil will feel very small and probably a bit dull after all the excitement and buzz of meeting new staff,making new friends and negotiating the building. Buddies to look after you now.
Our final week will involve a lot of sorting out and tidying up, so please come prepared with a few spare carrier bags!
We have a Pr 1 farewell buddy event on Tuesday afternoon (weather permitting!)
Wednesday afternoon is the talent show.
Thursday is our Leavers Assembly at 10 am – 11.30 am
Friday – 12.00 finish after lots of polo shirt signing!
We require some helpers to walk us along to the IRA so if you were free we would appreciate your help. We will be leaving at about 9.00 am.
Well done to our Sports Champions today! Sandy and Sophie take home the trophy while Max and Julia get the runners up medals. A superb effort by everyone today and great to see the support from families. Lovely to have had Mrs MacLeod along to present the awards.
Term 4 Week 7 updates
Well done to Marcus, Freya and Eva who were among the winners at the IRA on Friday afternoon. They had some of the best results for the treasure hunt activity and they each received a special mug as a top prize. We enjoyed the range of maths challenges and puzzles offered and it kept us all thinking hard! Thank you to the Maths department at the IRA who had us all well organised and sorted out!
We look forward to welcoming back Laura Baird from the Geography Dept next week.
Homework – Refugee news report summary
Story writing – Imaginative – write a story which demonstrates some of the forms of irony we will be looking at in Grammar skills. (e.g. situational, verbal)
Remember – School closed to pupils on Thursday 8 June due to Election
Thank you to everyone who managed along to the Open Morning on Friday. We appreciated your support.
IRA Transition days – Please wear your usual purple Lochardil School Uniform. Some were wondering what the dress code is for the three days.
WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE 9.30 am – 11.30 am (approx)
Grassy area round at Dornie Place/next to our school pitch.
Can you help please?
We would welcome any help to escort us to the IRA on Friday 2 June (leaving at 12.30) There would be no need to stay or come on the return journey as pupils are being dismissed from the Academy.
Scottish Opera Unwrapped Wednesday 14th June. Leaving at 12.15 and returning about 2.35 pm. Venue is Eden Court. La Boheme. Early lunch straight after sports. Thank you for your help over the year on all our outings. You have enabled us to take part in lots of enhanced curricular experiences.
Term 4 Week 6 Updates
Junior Jobs Day was an interesting event with World of Work and A and I Quality Butchers coming in to share information about what their job involves, skills required and demonstrating equipment. They were interesting sessions and we appreciated the time taken by everyone to come along and help with this. We appreciated all the extra free gifts we received too!
We were proud winners at the Inter School sports with some medals achieved for shott putt, high jump and long jump. Thank you to Sam U, Elliot, Ivan, Charlie, Helen, Freya and Rhona who were great reps for the school and did themselves proud. (Sam B was a willing reserve but not required on the day)
We would welcome some more volunteers for the Scottish Opera Unwrapped at Eden Court on June 13th. Please let us know if you are able to help. Thank you.
Homework – Crossword and Punctuation sheet.
Friday 2 June 2017 – Open Morning 11.00 – 11.45 a.m. Loch Insh DVD to be shared, Personal Projects on display and some sharing about our novel Divided CIty.
Term 4 Week 5 Updates
Synonyms and Suffixes worksheet
(Our revised homework didn’t work out too well so after a trial we are going back to more traditional homework for a few weeks)
IRA Transition. We look forward to meeting 2 members of the guidance team from the IRA this week. They will come to chat to the pupils and answer any questions they may have.
Masterclasses start this week. Pupils have opted for an activity to try out on Wednesday afternoons.
Developing the Young Workforce – JUNIOR JOBS DAY Friday 26th May. Pr 7 will be taking part in 2 workshops led by World of Work and a local butcher. All classes will have a visitor along to describe their work, the skills they need and to demonstrate aspects of their job.
The pupils received very positive feedback from Mr O’Parka at the end of their guitar and drumming sessions. Many showed potential for a new interest and hobby.
Inter School Sports Saturday 27th May 2017. Thank you to those willing pupils who have volunteered to take part. Come along and support our team if you have a spare few hours next weekend!
Central Belt Visit
History came alive for us at Bannockburn with a super visit to consolidate our learning about Wallace and Bruce. The experiences offered were very interactive and engaging. The Climbing Arena at Ratho helped us to burn off some energy after sitting about in the bus for a while and we scaled walls and abseiled with confidence. Dynamic Earth was a reminder to us about how amazing our planet is.
Another successful visit with a group of enthusiastic and well behaved pupils! Well done to everyone. A special thank you to Mrs Rodgers and Mrs Fraser who gave up their time to come and help us.
Central Belt Information
Bus leaving at 6 a.m. Home on Friday around 6.30 p.m.
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.
Homework Term 4
Term 4 Weeks 1,2
As ever, we’ve been really busy with new and familiar things on the go. Half of us have had Christians against Poverty Financial Education Workshops. We all went to World of Work for another session (thank you to parent helpers again!). We had a Road Safety workshop and a crazy hair day to support the Princess Trust. Ellen in Pr 6/7 had her long hair cut and donated to make a wig for the cancer charity. Homework has changed and we are trying to have a more practical approach. Try something different each week.
Well done again to our quiz team who were taking part in the Rotary Quiz second round event in Forres last week. Aviemore were the overall winners, but we scored highly against stiff competition.
Bannockburn and Edinburgh
Following on from the success of Loch Insh, we hope to head away for our next visit on May 18th/19th 2017. The approximate cost of this will be about £30 and some extra money for lunch and spending. More details to follow in Term 4.
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.
Mrs M Murray and Miss C MacDonald
Term 3 Week 12
I’m a Pr 7 – Get me outta here! It is Loch Insh week! Yeah!
Please remember to put your name on all your belongings. You must have a named water bottle, packed lunch box or bag and a rucksack for carrying change of clothes/towel to and from your room to the activity area. (Your school bag will be ideal)
Bring any medicines with you on Monday morning and hand to staff. Medical forms are available at reception if required.
Packed lunch needed for Monday please.
Remember no mobile phones/MP3 players/ipods/electronic devices please
Bring your luggage to the dining hall – come in through the fire doors round the side rather than through reception please.
Bus leaves at about 9.50 a.m..- 10 a.m.
We will let the school know of our safe arrival.
We are due back at 2 p.m. on Friday 31st March. Pupils will be dismissed from school upon return. All children must be collected at the school.
Thank you for supporting us with our Pr 7 residential experience. The forecast is fair and we have a great week all planned.
Term 3 Week 11 – What a busy week!
Thank you to everyone who managed to get their personal projects in on time. So great to see the variety of interests and experiences that are relevant to everyone.
We had lots on this week! We found the visit from the IRA Sixth year pupils very helpful. Thank you to Mr Fyffe and pupils for taking the time to come along and answer all our questions.
The MacRobert Cup was on Wednesday morning at the Bught Park. Well done to our Cross Country runners and a special congratulations to Max who came 7th in his age group.
The Badminton team brought back medals again as they played at the UHI on Thursday.
Our Hoodies came and we love them!
We completed our Press and Journal “Young Journalist” Competition entries.
Julia’s dad, Mr Ferguson, shared a presentation about the Cairngorms National Park. Loch Insh is situated within the Park and it was interesting to find out about the difference National Park status has on an area.
Red Nose Day raised £270 – thanks to Max and Eva for helping to organise this event as House Captains of Duntelchaig.
Finally, we said our best wishes to Miss Butler who will be starting a new job after Loch Insh and we will no longer have her in to teach Science, PE, Art and RME on Fridays. We thanked her for all her hard work and look forward to seeing her at Loch Insh next week for her final day with us.
Science CREST Awards
Thank you to MIss Butler for supporting everyone to help achieve their CREST Science awards. Certificates were given out last week after a variety of scientific investigations and explorations were carried out.
Lucia and her Cheer team received an enormous trophy for a recent competition event. her team were first and got Grand Champs! They got the best cheer score out of all the Juniors and Youths.
We had a very explosive visit to the IRA for our Chemistry, Biology and Physics workshops. The finale included all sorts of burning and banging! Thank you to our parent helpers for their time and to the IRA staff who gave us such a positive scientific experience!
Pr 1 B came along to carry out a science investigation with straws and balloons. Lots of fun for all of us. Thank you Miss Butler!
Term 3 Week 10 Updates
Homework for weeks 10, 11 is to get your personal project done! The date has changed (March 3rd/17th) but as long as it is in for March 24th before Loch Insh, that is the main aim. One or two have asked for extensions due to their choice of topic so please let us know if you need extra time for any reason.
Letters for Science Week and Loch Insh were issued on Friday 10th March so check bags if you haven’t seen these.
Book Fair – Pr 7 Book Fair Managers have chosen winners for the competition they set. All going well. Last chance to buy books on Monday.
Thursday 16th March – Open Afternoon. Safer Internet theme. 1.30 pm – 2.15 pm All welcome.
IRA Science week workshops
Just a reminder about needing a packed lunch for Monday. We return from the IRA at 1.45 pm so a very late lunch. I have advised pupils to have a more substantial snack at breaktime to keep them going. We look forward to some chemistry, biology and physics activities.
Photo shoot out and about!
Our Unikids rep, Marcus, Max and Charlie were involved in a photo shoot today to promote community partnerships and our work on children’s rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.We were along at Tulloch stadium and then the Coop at Inshes.
. Our Learning for Sustainability work was being photographed by Highland One World Group and IDEAS network (International Development Education Association of Scotland). The images will be used to promote and celebrate our work further. We also hope to try the 90kg Rice Challenge – more on that to come!
Our School Values
Each class has been asked to decorate our classroom doors with our School Values – love, confidence, pride, respect and responsibility. Eva and Mia took all the photos and Max and Eva edited them. Great team work!
Star Pupil February
Sandy was nominated as our Star Pupil. Well done. You are a positive role model and always work well.
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.
Term 3 Week 9 Homework
Spellings (x2) words with a “ture” ending. Link as many of your spelling words as possible into a paragraph about Waste Week and how we can reduce, reuse and recycle items. Draw a caricature of a famous person.
Story writing – Instructions. We are designing a board game for our Safer Internet Open Afternoon on Thursday 16 March. Come along and play our new games and check our written instructions are helpful!
Remember the Parent Workshop in the hall about keeping your child safe online. Mr John Darcy from NSPCC is hosting this. Thursday 16th March 2.15pm – 3.15 pm in the Hall. It will start straight after the Open Afternoon is finished.
Rotary Quiz Success
It was a tie breaker decider which brought the Rotary Quiz shield back to Lochardil on Thursday evening! Our amazingly knowledgeable team kept their cool and led us to first place! Well done everyone. We go through to Round 2 in Forres on Tuesday 25th April so lots of time to keep practising.
Jonah, Ivan, Craig, Sophie and Freya
World Book Day
We all made a great effort for World Book Day and enjoyed sharing book activities. We read a short story by Roald Dahl called Lamb to the Slaughter. We swapped round 4 teachers and managed 4 book linked activities including a “Guess the Teacher” Shelfie!
We had a Fairtrade Break with hot chocolate, tea or coffee on offer! Jonah even brought in his own mug for a special brew! We have written Fairtrade poems and considered the benefits of Fairtrade to the farmers, retailers and consumers.
Term 3 Week 8 updates
Homework – spelling (x2) complete sheet with missing words
Waste Week – Make something out of rubbish. Recycle some items you would be throwing out and create something useful for using again. Part of our ECO Waste week event (March 6th – 10th) Bring in your completed design by Friday 3 March please.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT -Put Fairtrade in your break. We will be organising tea, coffee and hot chocolate at breaktime to participate in Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb 27th – March 12th)
PRESS and JOURNAL Junior Journalist Competition. We will be starting to look at newspapers and reporting as part of the preparation for this competition. Details to follow. Our story writing and writers craft will be based on newspaper articles.
Loch Insh room arrangements have been shared and we await details of the recommended clothing for each activity.
SCIENCE WEEK – letter coming home about an upcoming event at the IRA. Parent helpers required please.
WORLD BOOK DAY – Remember to dress up as your favourite book character on Thursday 2 March. Lots of book linked experiences for that day!
World of Work 5: Cracking Cryptography
Another interesting session at Skills Development Scotland today. Alessio was running Cracking Cryptography for the first time and we had a great try at encrypting and decrypting our messages. We had to work out a message from Alessio – “force” application was required! Thank you to our parent volunteers for assisting today. The workshops are gaining in popularity and there were no free T-shirts or lego kits to give away today as we have been so often! We are now very skilled in a range of coding and programming activities.
Well done to Jessie who was nominated as our Star Pupil for January. She shows all aspects of the school values – pride, respect, responsibility, confidence and love.
Further congratulations go to Sophie, Ivan and Jessie for picking up a wonderful collection of medals at the Gymnastics competition on Sunday. Lochardil was in first place for the third year in a row so an excellent standard being upheld. Sophie also competed in a badminton tournament on Saturday and received several bronze medals for her efforts.
Sandy was in Ireland gaining further experience with his skills too.
We are proud of all your achievements! Well done!
Term 3 Week 5 Updates
“Be the change: unite for a better internet”
FEb 7th 2017: Safer Internet Day – Write out 10 top tips for safe use of mobile phones and using the internet safely. We will be looking at Safer Internet use in school with a presentation from PC Boundy. We are using this as our story writing theme this week too. Create an information leaflet for a child or parent giving advice about keeping safe online and when using a mobile phone.
Amazing amount raised from 20p cakes. Thank you to everyone who supported us.
Bring on Burns
We got a perfect day for our Creative Writing experience today. Our excellence with team work shone through again as we worked to make up team names, sentences using Scots words and a present a poem we had written. The stimulus for the poetry was a walk around the battlefield with lots of details being provided by our super guide. We then watched the video re-enactment of the battle and looked at artefacts from the battlefield.
Well done to The Jacobite Lads, The Pink Fluffy Eejits, The Bonnie Boys, The Lassies of Lochardil, The Highland Coos and Jobbies Tae Ya teams. Good fun and creativity was enjoyed by all.
Thank you to our parent volunteers who enjoyed their time with us.
Term 3 Week 4
Spelling words (x2) Parent Interview this week. Write a paragraph about your strengths and next steps for learning. If you were the teacher what would you be saying to your parents?
WED 1 FEB – Creative Writing at Culloden Battlefield. Please bring a packed lunch/snacks/water and suitable clothing for being outdoors.
PARENT INTERVIEWS – Wed 1st Feb and Thurs 2nd Feb Room 10
IRA TRANSITION PARENT INFO MEETING – Thurs 2nd Feb 7 pm at the IRA
LEARNING JOURNEYS (Social Studies) Out on Wednesday and back by Friday please
Our first session with Miss Macdonald was lots of fun creating artwork using natural materials.
Another interesting and challenging session at World of Work. We had to programme our “Satellites” and work with an ultrasound sensor. Great teamwork again and maths skills all being developed. Thank you to our parent helpers who accompanied us.
Bake Off Success!
A superb effort today for a fantastic Bake Sale. We managed to supply every class with a high quality selection of cookies, doughnuts, meringues, traybakes, tablet, fairy cakes, muffins, sponge and shortbread! The choice was huge. Thank you to everyone who managed to donate such wonderful goodies. The total is still to be confirmed but we are around the £!50 mark. Amazing for selling so much at 20p.
The amount will be offset against our Edinburgh costs and we hope to get some money rebated for the bus to Culloden.
Thank you for all the returns for the various activities going on! If you think you have missed anything then please let us know. Once again we value all the offers of help for our various visits.
A few IRA Language choice forms to be returned (Due on Jan 19th) If the form has gone missing just write a note stating a French or Gaelic preference.
Parent Interviews on Feb 1st and 2nd: times will be issued this week.
Loch Insh meeting – Tuesday 24th Jan 6 pm in the hall. Thank you to the Parent Council who have agreed to give each child £10 spending money for the trip.
Culloden Creative Writing £7 due for the bus. (It is hoped that we can claim back some of the amount for costs. This money will be used to offset Edinburgh costs)
Ready , Steady, Bake! Bring in as much baking as you can for Wednesday please!
World of Work Workshop 4 SPACE JUNK – Please bring a packed lunch as we have an early lunch on Wednesday as we leave at 11.45 am. Workshop 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
STAR WRITERS – We looked at using I- SPACE as a way to improve our sentence structure/openers and this was really taken on board very effectively. The “Hatched” story start was a good stimulus for most and some great pieces of writing were produced.
This week we will continue to focus on using I- SPACE. We are looking at themes in writing. After considering some example pieces and recognising the themes, we will be given a selection to choose from and create our own imaginative story with an identifiable theme.
We are underway with our Yearbook. If you have any old class photos/sports day/special events they have been involved with over the years we would welcome them to possibly include in the Yearbook. All items will be returned.
Baking for Burns
We loosely adapted Tae a Haggis and are going to deliver some posters round the classes to advertise our trip fundraiser on January 25th – Baking for Burns! So much for a healthy start to the New Year!
First Aid Workshops
Kirsty Jarvie from the British Red Cross provided helpful workshops for us today. 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.
Term 3 Week 2 Updates
Spellings (x2) Write out 6 sentences using your words and starting each sentence in a different way (I – SPACE) We will go over this in class.
Baking for Burns – Wed 25th January. Plan for some baking please! This will be our last fundraising event towards our Edinburgh visit. We will charge 20p per item and take a selection of baking to each class for selling.
Storywriting – Pobble 365 “Hatched”. Imaginative story to be continued. Picture stimulus and start given. Use of I-SPACE openers to be included throughout writing.
Parent Council Wednesday 18th Jan at 7.00 pm. All welcome.
Remember to return your Hoody order form with payment please by next week. Thankyou.
Bus to Culloden Battlefield – Creative Writing Workshop £7
Lots of letters and forms coming home this week in the schoolbags! It is all go already!
Loch Insh/World of Work/Culloden Creative Writing/Hoody Order form/SHaRE overview/Thank you note from Mrs Murray for Christmas gifts/French or Gaelic choice option from IRA. Hope it all got to you.
A belated congratulations to Freya! The class nominated her as our December Star Pupil. She received her certificate on the final day assembly. She shows a calm, hard working attitude and is a support and good example in class. Well done.
Catch up on what is happening in Pr 7 this term on the Termly Overview.
As we come to the end of another year and term, I wish to say thank you for all the support shown to us as a class. We are out and about a lot to provide a very enriched curriculum beyond the classroom. These experiences depend on parent helpers and we do acknowledge those who are able to give of their time to help us.
Time is passing so quickly and we are already talking about our Leaver’s Book and Leaver’s Assembly (just trying to be organised!) but don’t want us to focus on that part of Pr 7 yet!
Best wishes to all our families for a lovely Christmas and New Year.
We were delighted to conclude our topic work this week with a visit from Mr Soden who works in the Renewable Energy sector. He reviewed and extended our knowledge about Energy and Climate Change and explained what his company were involved in. The inter house quiz kept us focused!
It was interesting to find out about what is being developed using renewable energy. He mentioned his company’s involvement in the creation of solar fridge freezers. These help to keep vaccinations at the correct temperatures in areas of the world where power and energy is limited. This innovation helps to reduce infant and child mortality rates.
We valued his expertise and he helped us understand the scale of work of a local company impacting at a national and international level.
What a great time we had at our Christmas Party on Tuesday 20th December. We played games and danced the evening away. Everyone looked very smart and glamorous. It was a great night. Thank you for all the contributions towards the party food. Pizza was yummy!
Cheerful Chesters Carol Singing
We were given a lovely welcome from the Cheerful Chesters Group at the Lochardil House Hotel on Monday 19th December. We shared some Christmas carols and songs followed by the presentation we gave at the Old High Church. Thank you to our parent helpers who came along to assist. We also appreciated the Smarties we were given from Santa!
IRA Transition Ceilidh
It turned out to be fun after all! We met Mr Dunbar, a PE teacher and saw many familiar ex pupils from Lochardil. We danced with lots from other schools and enjoyed having the chance to make our own way home from the IRA.
Christmas Jumper Day- festive fashions
Carol Singing at TESCO
Well done to everyone for a great physical and musical effort today! After walking for an hour we sang and bag packed for an hour. Shoppers were so generous and really encouraged us with their smiles and bucket donations. We raised £250 and are making a donation of £75 towards the Clic Sergent charity. In the past our Choir have always sang at TESCO for this charity and we thought it would be good to continue with this. Many thanks again to all the willing parent helpers who came along today. You help to make our visits possible!
Term 2 Week 8/9 updates
No spelling homework this week or next.
THURSDAY 15th December – Christmas singing at TESCO. Please make sure you come prepared for a long walk! Bring a snack and water to keep you going. Aiming to be at TESCO for 10.15 and leaving about 11.15 am. Look festive if you can – tinsel, Santa hats, Christmas jumper if you have one. Parent Helpers still required (x2 is possible please!)
THURSDAY 15th December. Christmas lunch – eat with your buddy. Pay on the day.
FRIDAY 16th December. IRA Transition Ceilidh Bring water, indoor shoes and wear your Christmas jumper again! Most are getting dismissed from the IRA. Some pupils still to let us know their arrangements.
Bring in your £1 if you fancy a slice of pizza at our party! Order being placed on Monday so get it in on time.
MONDAY 19th December – Entertaining the Cheerful Chesters at Lochardil House Hotel. Get the Christmas look going again!
TUESDAY 20th December – PARTY TIME!! 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Thank you to everyone who came along and shared in our Rights Respecting event. We enjoyed sharing our news report and we hope you were able to understand a bit more about why Children’s Rights are important to us.
McDonald’s Topic catch up!
We were delighted to welcome Mr Ross Donaldson to our class today to help us answer our research questions. He spent time with each group (8 lots!) and was very informative and supportive. He was very well prepared and all the groups gained some important information to help with their group presentation. Feedback from Mr Donaldson included some angles of sustainability that we didn’t ask about and could be developed further eg recycling. He is going to send us further notes about those aspects.
After our group presentations to each other, we can then complete our value lines and come to an informed decision about our big question – Is the new McDonald’s “Drive Thru” a good or bad thing for Inverness? We will let you know about our overall decision.
Spellings (tion ending) Write words out twice and complete the sheet with tion words.
Tuesday – Mr Ross Donaldson from McDonalds will be helping us with our topic research.
Wednesday – Open Morning 11.00 – 11.45 Tea, Coffee and biscuits available but no donations – just come along and enjoy a browse round and a blether! Learn more about Children’s Rights.
Friday – UHI Coding session. Organised by Miss Butler. Leaving at 12.40 pm so an early lunch. No home dinners please. Some still to pay £2.
We are discussing our plans for our Christmas Party!
The Kitchen extension looks almost finished now and we look forward to using our new facility soon.
Christmas DInner – Thursday 15th December. Christmas jumper day too!
We are delighted to have made around £200 – £250 from the Nail Bar and Jam Jar Tombola stalls. This money will help to offset some of our costs for our proposed Edinburgh trip. A big thank you to the pupils who ran their stalls and for the donations received.
Yearbook Editor Applications
The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 December. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their form. A short leet will be made and informal interviews will take place next week.
Moray Firth Radio Christmas Mission
Helen and her willing team have decorated a box for the toy donations. The box is at reception.
World of Work 3 – Animation skills
This proved to be a very popular session today with some great designs planned out and tested with great results. Once again, everyone was on task and worked efficiently with their partner or in a trio. Lots of “soft skills” being developed:cooperation, communication, compromise, problem solving and showing a supportive attitude.
Our T shirt winner this time was Craig! What a positive start to your time at Lochardil. Thank you to our parent volunteers for their help again.
Term 2 Week 6 Homework and overview
Spelling Write out words twice (post prefix) Research and write 10 facts about St Andrew
Learning Journeys for December out on Wednesday 30th and returned by Friday 2nd. Literacy focus
World of Work session 3 30.11.16 Please bring a packed lunch as we are leaving early for a 12.30 pm star
Personal writing – Why my rights are important to me
Advance dates – newly added!
UHI Session 3 Coding: Friday 9 December
Entertainment for “Cheerful Chesters” Group (Chest, Heart and Stroke group who meet weekly at Raigmore Community centre to provide exercise and friendship) following their Christmas lunch at Lochardil House Hotel on Monday 19th December.
Details to follow.
Ready for the Fair…
Our beautifully designed stall signs are ready for action! There are now over 100 jars for the Tombola! Thank you for all the contributions of all sizes:from the petite spice jars to jumbo sized coffee jars!
See you on Saturday!
Book Week activities
Well done Book Quiz team! Ivan, Sandy, Jess and Freya were a formidable force at the IRA Book Quiz this week. Lochardil came second place with just 2 points difference between the winners, Hilton. The Bingo round was not favourable to our points total but we did have the most number of correct answers! Thank you for taking part and being positive ambassadors for the school again.
We had a lovely time with our Buddies today as they shared their reading books with us and took advantage of us helping to read a story to them. Some of us took in some of our favourite picture books to share and others picked a book from the class library. The Pr 1’s are working hard at their reading and we loved seeing them again. Thank you to the Pr 1 staff who fitted us in to their busy week.
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.
Ding Dong Christmas Lights On!
Thank you to the talented pupils who really shone at the Family Service! Everyone loved their sketch and song. What super ambassadors for the school. Well done everyone! (Great Christmas outfits!)
Term 2 Week 5 Homework and updates
Spellings (x2) cent/kilo/milli prefixes. Remember to write list words twice
Write about a news report which is of interest to you. (minimum 150 words – maximum 200)
We would love to receive more jam jars to help support the stall. All money collected goes towards our trip costs. We have 52 but think we need more. Please make up a jar and bring it in.
Raffle donations welcome – wine and cheese
Writing – We are making an invitation for our Open Morning with a Children’s Rights theme.
Please note that our Eden Court Cinema visit has been cancelled and we will no longer be attending on Thursday 24th November.
We wish our Book Quiz team every success on Wednesday as they defend the title against the other IRA feeder primary schools. No pressure – just try your best and have fun. The venue is the IRA library. Freya, Jessie, Sandy and Ivan are representing Lochardil.
DING DONG Christmas
Some of our Pr 7’s have bravely volunteered to present a short drama with a Christmas theme at the family service which follows the switching on of the Christmas lights on Sunday 20th November. Please join us at the Old High Church at 6.30 pm to share in this local event. Thank you to the pupils who have given up so much of their own time to plan, rehearse and prepare this by themselves.
World of Work 2
We had some collaborative and engineering skills coming together at the Design a Wind Turbine workshop. Some excellent designs were created from thousands of lego pieces and then we tested them to see what power output we could generate. Team building and renewables coming together! Well done to everyone for supporting your group.Reece won the T shirt this time! As ever thank you to our willing parent helpers.
Term 2 Week 4 Homework
Spellings (x2 ) “Super” prefix Word search
Storywriting – Write a report about Renewable wind energy.
Cinema on Wednesday and World of Work on Thursday.
Friday is Children in Need – Dress Down Day! Wear something spotty. £1 donation. Stalls being run by Pr 6. Bring some money to support this cause.
Jam Jars, Cheese and Wine for the Christmas Fair – donations are welcome.
We have enough helpers for our trips – thank you for those who are able to help.
Term 2 Week 3 Homework
Spellings (x2) Write 6 extended sentences using as many of your words as possible. However do not write your words in the sentences – leave blank spaces. A partner has to select the correct word(s) to complete your sentences and fill in the words for our Spelling game.
Story writing – Character analysis. We are watching the 1967 version of The Jungle Book. We will be looking at how to develop character analysis writing.jungle-book-character-study
- Identifying the type of character eg protagonist, minor, stereotypical
- Describing the character
- Discussing the conflict in the story, particularly the character’s place in it.
Any last minute Blythswood Shoe Boxes are very welcome. Only 3 given in so far. A donation of any small items which could go towards filling a box would be helpful if you weren’t able to do a whole box.
Jam Jar Tombola.
Wine and cheese for the Christmas Fayre hampers
Learning Journeys to be returned.
Vue Cinema £1.50 for bus (going on Nov 16th)
Helpers for Nov 17th and 30th for World of Work sessions on Church Street
Christmas Fair Sat 26th November
HAMPERS FOR RAFFLE P7 Cheese and WIne donations appreciated!
We are repeating last year’s raffle of various hampers at the Christmas Fair. Last year, thanks to your generosity, we were able to raffle 14 hampers stuffed with handy goodies in time for Christmas. That meant many tickets bought had 2 or 3 chances to win a hamper with the added bonus of making a great contribution to funds which were spent on the school
We need your help to make this a success again!
The themes for the hampers are:
Cheese and wine hamper- for cheese, please donate on Friday 25th November and staff will keep in fridge in staffroom. Nursery Rainbows, P7, P3
Ewan still requires lots of jars to make his stall a success. We have been given the opportunity to keep the proceeds from the stalls run by Pr 7’s (Emily organising a Nail Bar) for our Edinburgh trip. We appreciate this generous offer from the Pupil Council. Let’s support this event. Filled jars to be in for Nov 23rd please. Thank you.
The Book Fair has arrived and is all set up. It is being run by Sandy, Ivan, Eva and Kate. We receive commission for the school which goes towards new books. The bookmark competition had lot of great entries. The winners receive a £5 book token.
World of Work session 1
We had a really hands on workshop yesterday and enjoyed combining so many maths and technology skills as we programmed our Lego model to pick up a plastic block. This was simulating the skills needed to create a machine which may be able to help clean up the oceans which are so full of plastic debris.Jessie got the T shirt in the Random Number game!
The facility is first class and free for Pr 7 – S3 to make use of. We are booked in for 2 more sessions with some new skills being developed.
As we walked past Primark, there was a flurry of excitement with lots of raised voices…Mrs MacLeod was spotted coming out of the shop. Always good to add in some celebrity spotting!
As always, thank you to our parents helpers who came along with us.
The amazing total for the Dress Up Disco is £958.42! It is an excellent achievement. Well done to everyone for helping to make the event such a success. The support from all those who attended and helped was very much appreciated. Fantastic team work.
World of Work Workshops 2,3
We are booked in for 2 more STEM workshops at World of Work at 1-3 Church Street. We require 2 parent helpers to escort us on those visits. Please let us know if you are available to help.
THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER – 10.00 am. – 11.30 am Leaving school at 9.15.
WEDNESDAY 30th NOVEMBER 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm Leaving school at 11.45 am
Term 2 Week 2
Hope we all found your career survey of interest and not too time consuming! A wide variety of professions coming up so plenty of time to build up the skills set for the future!
Lots of info on our Learning Overview and some key dates and events for Pr 7. Another busy term ahead!
Spelling x2 and activity: Match the definitions
Story writing – Poetry. Considering the life of Malala Yousafzai (from Friday’s Citizenship/RME lesson) we will work in pairs to write a poem from her point of view about what her life has been like so far. The themes link to Quality Education 4 and Gender Equality 5(Sustainable Develop Goals) Articles 13, 5 of UNCRC
A packed lunch is needed for Wednesday and Friday this week as we are out of school. The kitchen cannot guarantee we would all be fed in time if we were opting for School lunches so it is easier if we bring a packed lunch to eat in school before we go.
BOOK FAIR – Bring in money for Wednesday to buy your books.
SHOEBOXES – Bring in for Friday 4 Nov
JAM JAR TOMBOLA – by Nov 26th please
Amazing! Well done to all the Pr 7’s for making it such a great night for everyone. We loved the songs and games that you chose for the hall disco and your own singing Karaoke was a treat! The stalls were so busy with everyone well organised and so welcoming. The variety of ideas was interesting and all the plans came together. We have raised a large sum of money which will be a great help towards our school trips. Thank you to everyone for all your energy, enthusiasm and enterprising spirit!
Sorry no pictures – see main blog for general photos from all the discos.
Term 2 Early reminders…
Welcome back to everyone especially Ross who joins us as a new pupil in Pr 7. Hope we all like our new seats and feel ready for more exciting learning.
Lots of things on the go already.
Please remember our DISCO on Thursday 27th October. If you are able to stay for the whole evening then make sure you are fed and ready for a long night! The first disco is at 4.45 pm so be back at school for about 4.30 pm please.
If you are helping with a stall then come along for 5.30/5.45 pm if possible. The next disco is at 6.15 pm. The finishing time is 9.00 pm so make sure you are clear about arrangements for getting home. We will need some tidy up time so we will be getting away from the school about 9.15pm. Just come along for as much time as you can manage. Fit in around your family routine. We understand that not everyone can manage for the whole evening.
BOOKMARK COMPETITION – Fancy winning a voucher for to spend at the Bookfair? Design a bookmark. Entries in by Wed 26th Oct.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOXES – Bring in for Friday 4 November please
JAM JAR TOMBOLA – Fill all those empty jars and bring them in for the Christmas Fayre.
BOOK FAIR – Nov 2 – Nov 7th. Pr 7 time for buying books is FRI 4 NOV so bring your money if you fancy a new read!
WORLD OF WORK – Wednesday 2 Nov. Please take a packed lunch that day. We will be leaving about 12.10 pm. Take a jacket. Some forms still required to be signed and returned.
SCOTTISH OPERA UNWRAPPED – Friday 4 Nov. Bring a packed lunch again – thank you.
JUNGLE BOOK 3D – Vue Cinema. £1.50 for bus costs.
La FAMILLE BELIER – Eden Court
CHRISTMAS FAYRE – Sat 24 Nov.
Mia was nominated as our Star pupil. Well done to her for all her hard work and settled manner in class. She has a helpful manner and can be depended on.
UHI Technology Skills visit
We enjoyed another session at the UHI today. We worked on programming our own computer game. We tried to follow a tutorial to guide us through some basic steps and then we had the opportunity to develop our own ideas. We were able to create games with scores, hide and seek type challenges, games to practise hand eye coordination etc.
Further experimentation can be tried on Scratch programming.
Curriculum for Excellence Technologies Second Level Outcomes
“As I explore and experiment with the features and functions of computer technology and I can use what I learn to support and enhance my learning in different contexts. TCH 2-04a“
“Using appropriate software, I can work collaboratively to design an interesting and entertaining game which incorporates a form of control technology or interactive multimedia. TCH 2-09a”
Unfortunately the digital camera we had with us today has broken and we are unable to extract any pictures from it at the moment! Technology does have its ups and downs!
Thank you to our parent helpers for accompanying us today.
Term 2 Week 1 Homework
My World of Work Skills Development Scotland. This activity supports our visit to Church Street and facilities offered as part of our workshop.
Discover your strengths and why they help you in your career. Have a go at the survey and post some of the recommended careers that may be suitable for your talents, interests and assets on our Pr 7 blog page.
Spelling words x2
Story writing – Genre;Personal Choose one from the choice to write about.
Write about a time when you tried to help and ended up making things worse.
Describe a car or bicycle accident you were in.
Write about a time you embarrassed your parents or vice-versa
Write about the funniest thing that ever happened to you.
Disco arrangements for pupils will be confirmed.
It was so lovely to welcome everyone along this afternoon to Room 10. We appreciated your positive encouragements and comments about our work. Thank you for coming along to support us.
Thank you to Mia, Lewis, Stephen and Teagan who made up some great story summaries for their Book Review
Walls are going up…
Science – making circuits