ELC – Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic – Friday 25thJune

10:30am – 11:30am

With Friday 25th June being our last day of term we would like to invite all children and their favourite teddy bear along to our teddy bears picnic.

If your child does not normally attend on a Friday, they are invited to join our last day of fun. We will remain in our current groups/bubbles and the picnic will take place outdoors, on the school playing field.

All children who are invited in on the day must be collected at 11:30am.

All children who attend ELC on a Friday must be collected by 12pm as this is when the school will close.

Many thanks

ELC Team

Digital Drop In Open Morning – Parent Feedback

We really hope you enjoy taking part in ‘Lochardil’s Digital Drop-in Day’ today and seeing your child’s learning in Health and Wellbeing across this final term. Hop onto their google classroom to have a look at what your child’s class have shared today.   We would be ever so grateful if you could complete this quick exit poll, so that we can gauge your valuable opinions and ideas, on how we can make our school even better than it already is!

Many thanks in advance,

The Lochardil Team!

P6 Digital Drop In (Virtual Open Morning)

Good Morning,

Welcome to our first virtual open morning. (All info and attachments also on google classroom)

Today we would like to share some of out Health and Wellbeing and IDL work with you. We have been learning all about our planet this term. We have had lots of discussion about real world issues such as Climate Change, diversity, economics and culture. In our video Love Can Change The World , we explore some of these issues and think about ways to make our world a better place, achieve our Global Goals and ensure everyone and everything in our world is respected.

We have had great fun being back together, learning this term. In our Explosive Learning video you will see a little bit of our active learning that has been happening in the last few weeks. We really enjoyed making these videos where everyone got to be included.
I really hope you have enjoyed taking part in ‘Lochardil’s Digital Drop-in Day’ and seeing a little bit of your child’s learning across this final term. I would be ever so grateful if you could complete this quick exit poll, so that we can gauge your valuable opinions and ideas, on how we can make our school even better than it already is!

Many thanks in advance,

Miss MacDonald

Love Can Change Our World – https://youtu.be/XReamMt0vwo

Explosive Learning – https://youtu.be/yMkVn-Zgs3M

Parent Exit Poll – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezuMEkx0Ivs1ja8soykg_WgMQzVlUwSshL4Ne6iSSVgmRQaA/viewform

P6/5 Open Day – Our Planet is Changing

Welcome to our Online Open Day!  This term, our class has been learning about Our Planet.  We have looked at what our planet is make of and found out about the different habitats that take up our earth’s surface.  We have also explored climate change and our impact on our planet.

Here is a video our class has created, entitled Our Planet is Changing.   The video includes both negative and positive ways our planet and it’s inhabitants are being impacted and are changing.  We also thought about our emotions when we consider the future of our planet. We hope you enjoy it.

P5 – Virtual Open Morning

P5 have made a slideshow for you to share what they have learned this year with regards to their health and well-being. We have included some activities for you to take part in too! We hope you enjoy them!

The slideshow has been posted on our Google Classroom. Click on the following link to find it! You will be able to watch it any time that suits you. An exit poll will also be posted at 10 am and we would be very grateful if you would leave us feedback too.


Thank you!

Love from P5 and Miss MacArthur

P6/5 – Scotland vs Czech Republic

P6/5 had a great day celebrating Scotland’s first match of Euro 2020 (even if the score was disappointing)!

They had a go at spelling the names of competing countries, used the match schedule to continue our time topic in maths and explored emotion behaviour cogs. The children thought about the emotion behaviours that we can see when football teams are scoring goals or when they lose in a final. We had lots of chances to discuss our own body sensations while we were watching the game – there were certainly lots of highs and lows.


We have been learning about all the different food groups and what a balanced diet means!

We have completed our animals, adapted for survival! We are preparing and practising talks which describe our unique animals to present to the class!
We have created our own success criteria, so we know what will make a great talk!

I was not in last Friday, but Miss MacLeod very kindly sent me this lovely photo of Grace! She was our Star of the Week for her fabulous topic work and her great sportsmanship during Sports Day! Well done Grace!

Fraser was our Star of the Week this week for his fabulous team work! He is always so kind, helpful and supportive to others in his group!

Virtual Open Day Tuesday 15th June

We have really missed being able to invite you in to share our learning this year. Tomorrow all classes will be taking part in our first ever Virtual Drop in Open Day where they will be sharing a snapshot of their learning with you. Keep an eye on our google classrooms and drop in on them at a time that suits you to see what everyone has been up to. We will also share a Google form questionnaire to gather your feedback which we would be grateful if you could complete. Thank you for your ongoing support .

P5 – Virtual Open Morning

Tomorrow we will be having a virtual open morning with a health and well-being focus!
We have created a Google Slideshow to share with you some of our learning with regards to our physical health, emotional well-being and mindfulness.
We have really enjoyed creating the PowerPoint for you and we hope you enjoy watching it and taking part in some of the activities too!

Our Virtual Open Morning Google Slideshow will be posted at 9am tomorrow on our Google Classroom. You will be able to see any time after that, at a time that suits you.

ELC – Euro 2021 Dress Down Day

To celebrate the Scotland Men’s team playing in the Euro 2021 tournament this year, their first major tournament in almost 22 years, we plan to have a dress down day! Football tops are permitted if you wish, and if you do not have a football top then please feel free to wear anything you like on Monday 14th June, as Scotland take on the Czech Republic whom we also will be supporting!  Exciting times for our nation!

Message for P6

Send you some love this sunny Friday afternoon. Reports have been sent home today. Please feel free to let the children read their own report once you have read it.

?? On Monday Mrs Kellacher has agreed that we can enjoy the experience of Euro 2020. Pupils may dress down or wear their favourite football strip ??

Have a great weekend ??

Pre Loved Uniform

We have a small selection of pre loved uniform with plenty life left. Email lochardil.primary@highland.gov.uk with your requirements and we will let you know if we can supply. £2 for a school sweatshirt/cardi and £1 for a polo shirt for school funds. Thanks in advance.

Easy Fundraising

Just a little reminder that you can turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations that raise money to support our Parent Council continue to help make our school a fabulous place.

How does it work?

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for our school. How? Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. The retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.

Please consider using our link to help raise finds for our school if you are shopping online. All support is greatly appreciated.


ELC – Sports Day

What a great afternoon we had for our sports day. All the children were amazing and we had so much fun!

Videos have been uploaded to our private Google Classroom. Please log in using your child’s google email address to view.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!

OOSC – 04.06.2021

Hi all,

Over the last few weeks, we have enjoyed playing with a tin can game, throwing beanbags to win points!

We have also been outside all this week due to the lovely weather – let’s hope it continues!

Please remember to re-register your child for Out of School Club / Breakfast Club for next term, and pop some suncream in your child’s bag if you want us to apply it in OOSC.



Sports Day was great fun! We have videos and photos of the races themselves and we are working on a way of sharing them with you all!

Tomorrow is Miss MacLeod’s last day with us.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to her for her successful placement! She will begin her career as a teacher in August!
Good luck for your new job Miss MacLeod! Your new class in August will be very lucky to have you!
We would also like to say a huge thank you to her for all her hard work and for all that she has taught us!
We will miss you!

Important Campus Information 03.06.21

Overnight on 2 – 3 June one of the classrooms on the top floor of our main building was flooded. This has resulted in two classrooms being put out of use while repairs are being carried out to the extensive damage caused. Two classes of pupils are currently being displaced one will be situated in the gym hall and the other in the dining hall for the time being. These alternative arrangements may be in place for the next 3 weeks until repairs are fully carried out. We apologise for any inconvenience due to these unforeseen circumstances.

We will communicate with parents/carers of both classes directly and continue to update as we have further updates. Please feel reassured we intend to ensue there is minimal disruption for all our children to ensure they continue to learn and achieve as planned, and feel safe and happy within their temporary provision here within their school.

Thanks for your understanding and support as always.

Audrey Kellacher

ELC – Sports Day

A reminder that our sports day will be on Friday 4th June. Please could children wear suitable clothing and footwear as we will be on the field. We hope to have more of today’s weather so please ensure children have sun cream applied in the morning and their own in nursery so staff can reapply if required.

Children that do not usually attend on a Friday are welcome to join us and should arrive at 1:45pm.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, we discourage crowds gathering along the school fence. Races will be recorded and uploaded to our private Google Classroom. Please let a member of staff know if you would prefer for your child not to be recorded.

Thank you.

Celebration of Sports Day and June Calendar.

Celebration of Sports Day

Our annual Sports Day is planned for P1-P7 this Thursday 3rd June and ELC on Friday 4th June.  We are excited to celebrate our HWB and sporting talent, and also more importantly have fun!  Due to the current Covid-19 situation there will be NO opportunity for parents/carers to join us this year as you are aware.  We discourage any gathering opportunity in a bid to reduce the transmission of the virus within our community, and if we find any spectators starting to observe we will need to stop for safety and perhaps move indoors.

So… please remember gym clothes, suncream, a water bottle, and sportsmanship for Thursday/ Friday.

We will film aspects of the Sports Day for each class and this will be made available on the Google Classroom for you to enjoy alongside your child at a later time.  Enjoy

ELC – Sports Day

Our sports day will be held on Friday 4th June on the school field. Due to ongoing covid restrictions, we will unfortunately be unable to invite parents/carers in to watch. We will however be filming the races and uploading them our private Google Classroom (please advise if you would prefer for your child not be filmed).

If your child does not usually attend on a Friday, a letter will be sent home today with the details as we would love for them to join us. Please check your child’s bag for this information.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

P6 Climate Zones

In P6 we have been learning about different climate zones of the world for part of our topic. We have broken off into groups and are each working on a display about our chosen climate zone. They are beginning to look fabulous already. We have the north and south frigid zones, the north and south temperate zones and the tropics. Keep your eyes peeled for the finished displays.

*REMINDER* Registration for School Age Childcare (SAC) (Out of School Club and Breakfast Club)

Just a reminder for all parents to require School Age Childcare (SAC) – formally known as Out of School Club and Breakfast Club to register their children for next term.

All children need to be re-registered for each school term, and each child needs a separate form.

The Google form can be found at https://forms.gle/vbZ7qndgCxFy2NqNA

Thank you


We are delighted with the conservation areas we are creating! We have being learning about how ecosystems depend on each other and the importance of protecting habitats!

Congratulations to Layla and Joshua!
They are our ‘Stars of the Week!’
Layla is our Star for her fabulous reading and maths work! Her confidence is growing as a result of all of her hard work which is so lovely to see!
Joshua is our Star for his fabulous maths work! He has been working really hard on Times Tables and percentages!

P5/4 Weekly Blog

As usual, we have been up to lots of things this week. Mostly we have been revising all the things we have learnt this year, but we have had time to do some other shenanigans too!

We were learning a new trick shown to us by Goblinda!

Playing ‘The Noisy Game’ to practise our tables…

Making a Mouse Coding Challenge, for our Escape Room…

…and continuing this amazing suit of armour, by Cameron and friends!

We are hoping to take a Corona friendly trip to the park for a picnic at the end of term. Hopefully on the 25th May, for all who would like to walk down with us, or meet us there. More details to follow.

Out of School Club 21.05.2021

Hello everyone!

This week, we have spent some time outside where some of the girls did some litter picking in the back field – photos below on how much they picked up. Massive well done girls!

We have also been enjoying some quiet reading time, using the air hockey, drawing and crafts, and construction.

Registration for School Age Childcare (Out of School Club and Breakfast Club)

Just a reminder for all parents to require School Age Childcare (SAC) – formally known as Out of School Club and Breakfast Club to register their children for next term.

All children need to be re-registered for each school term, and each child needs a separate form.

The Google form can be found at https://forms.gle/vbZ7qndgCxFy2NqNA

Thank you

Best Start Grant

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1.

It is open to people who get tax credits or certain benefits and are a parent or carer of a child born between between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017.

People are encouraged to apply online at mygov.scot/beststart or by calling 0800 182 2222

If eligible you can also apply for Scottish Child Payment and other Best Start Grant payments at the same time.

Pr 7 Celebrating Success 18.5.21

We celebrated Green Mental Health Week with some poetry. We looked at the structure of Pantoum and Terza Rima poems and tried our own versions with a Nature theme. We learned how taking notice of nature is good for our wellbeing.

Well done to Cole, Kyla, Freya and Julia who received a £5 Simpsons Voucher from the Dowling family. This was for the woodland creatures art work linked with the mural Mr and Mrs Dowling were designing for their garden wall. Two Local artists who were involved in creating the mural, chose some “winners” from each class and the Dowling’s donated prizes. Thank you to them for involving pupils in this local project.

ELC – Wear Yellow Day

This years Wear Yellow Day in aid of the Highland Hospice will be on Friday 28th May.  We invite children to wear sunny and bright colours to help us celebrate this amazing charity.  Donations are welcome and can be given to staff at the door in an envelope.

If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.

Thank you.

Prize winning artists – congratulations!

Well done to all the pupils who received some very special prizes from the Dowling family today. They have kindly donated gift tokens, art books, craft kits and colouring pens to encourage our aspiring artists. It was a super project to be involved in. Make sure you take the time to view the mural on Green Drive – it’s well worth a detour!

Green Drive Mural May 2021

It was such a pleasure to get some feedback form Susan and Heather last week.

“My name is Susan McCreevy and I’m one of the artists that painted the mural for Alasdair Dowling. 

I thought I’d let you know how impressed Heather Afrin and myself were with the wonderful drawings produced by the children at your school. 

I have attached some photos of the completed mural, it still has to be varnished before being displayed in Alasdair’s garden for the children to see it.

It was a pleasure to be involved with this lovely project and we hope it will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Please make some time to view the mural in place at Mr and Mrs Dowling’s residence on Green Drive. The Dowling’s have a long association with the school and we were delighted to take up their invitation to draw some local wildlife for their mural.

Primary 5/4 Weekly Blog

The children were planning a holiday for myself and Miss Graham, as part of our unit about money. They had us going to all sorts of lovely places in Europe. From Edinburgh to Bristol in the UK, and from Greece to the Faroe Islands in Europe. The activities they planned for us ranged from bungee jumping from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to a helicopter flight over Paris. And what a lot of super restaurants they found! I was getting hungry just looking at the menus. Most of them got the holidays for under budget, so lots of spending money too!

We did some desk drumming this week. It was a lot of fun!


Small groups have been working together to programme Marty to go round an obstacle course.

Jack is relaxing during his 10 min King of the Class reward for getting the most dojos last week. Although he has chosen to be more of a sheriff!

We had great fun making up our ‘Regulation Playlist,’ for Mental Health Week. These are songs that help you to regulate your moods. Enjoy making some of these for homework!


We have been practising our throwing skills in athletics! Javelin and shot put is great fun!

We have been learning about sustainable ecosystems and we are designing our our conservation areas!

Congratulations to Abigail and Eilidh! They are both our Stars of the Week!
Abigail is our Star of the Week for her fabulous descriptive writing!
Eilidh is our Star of the Week for her fabulous effort and concentration in reading tasks this week!
Well done to you both!!

Registration for School Age Children (SAC)

Registration for School Age Childcare (SAC) formally known at OOSC for session 2021-2022 is now open. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you are booking for multiple children you will need to complete an individual form for each child. You will find the registration on the following link:


If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thank you.


We had a visit from our Active School Coordinator this week and it was great fun!

Congratulations to Ava and Rohan! They have put so much hard work and effort into their work on equivalent fractions this week and they are both Stars of the Week! Well done to you both!

P7B – Thank You!

To P7B pupils, parents and carers,

It has been an emotional day saying goodbye to everyone in P7B! I am sorry not to be with you all until the summer but know that you will have a super last 8 weeks with Miss Sutherland.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you all this year. It may not be the Primary 7 year that we had all hoped it would be but your hard work, enthusiasm and positivity have made it a year to remember. Whether we were in class or at home, you all worked hard and made this year an enjoyable one!

I have no doubt that you will continue to work hard for your remaining time in P7 and as you move on to secondary school. And I will be back to visit you all before the summer holidays to say hello and introduce you to baby!

Thank you all for the very thoughtful gifts; I am overwhelmed by your generosity and appreciate it very much. Hope to see you all soon.

Thank you

Miss McLean

Pr 7 Lifestyle Survey 2021

We ask P7, S2 and S4 pupils to complete our Highland Lifestyle Survey every 2 years. We have been using the Lifestyle Survey since 2009 and so have a good amount of trend data. This year in particular it would be really helpful to have the survey completed by as many pupils as possible. It will give us good information about the impact of COVID as we will have comparative data from 2 years ago.

The survey isn’t compulsory and pupils can opt out. However, it is helpful if they are encouraged to participate and we have as full a return as possible. S2 and S4 pupils can make the decision about taking part themselves. Parents/carers have the option of withdrawing their child from the survey and to enable this the attached letter should be sent out a week before the P7 pupils are to complete the survey.  

The survey is lengthy (80+ questions covering many aspects of lifestyle and wellbeing) and some pupils who have literacy or learning difficulties can be supported to complete it if appropriate. However it does require a reasonable level of understanding and so may not be suitable for pupils with severe learning difficulties.

The survey can be completed during the school day or the link can be provided to pupils to complete in their own time. Ideally, completion will be during the school day as questions can be clarified for those pupils who may require help.

The survey is anonymous and no pupil will be identified from the data they provide.

Please complete the attached form if you NOT wish your child to take part in this survey. Thank you for your help with this.


Thank you for all the uniform orders. Unfortunately I have two orders that were paid in cash with no name – could they be yours ? Please email lochardil.primary@highland.gov.uk so we can check and get the order to it’s rightful owner when it arrives.

There is still time to return the order form tomorrow Friday 7th May 2021 for delivery June 2021.


Trust walks!
We have been working on team work and communication skills in PE and it has been great fun! The boys and girls did a fabulous job of giving clear instructions and showed brilliant listening skills too!

Congratulations to Daniel and Harry! They were both ‘Stars of the Week’ for their brilliant hard work, concentration and effort in Numeracy!

Politics in P6

Our class political party campaigns are well underway. Each group have written their own manifesto (check them out on google classroom), recorded a political party broadcast and have started to create campaign posters and badges. Our next step is to create some information leaflets that summaries our priorities before our Election Day on Monday.

P6 Active Schools Tuesday

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. We are lucky enough to have our active schools coordinator visiting our class each Tuesday this term to help us keep active.

Our scheduled time is 0850-0930. It would be great if pupils could arrive at school in their PE kit (if possible) and bring their uniform to change into afterwards.

Miss M P6

Primary 5/4 Weekly Blog

We have been having a lot of fun with the Scottish Opera’s ‘The Last Aliens!’ as the choreography is fab. We can still only whisper sing though!

There was a terrible crime in our class this week, Ziggy the monkey was kidnapped! Fortunately he had time to leave us some clues as to whodunnit!

We were looking at ‘Greater than’ and ‘Smaller than’ in Algebra.

The children showed off their magic skills this afternoon. Superb!