A big welcome to the Primary 2 blog! We hope you all had a lovely summer. The children have settled in nicely to their new class and they’ve been working very well together.
We will be updating this blog with a Termly Overview next week, which will hopefully give you all the information you need.
Looking forward to an exciting term ahead!
Mrs Fraser and Mrs Beattie
We wish you a very warm welcome to P3 life! This week we made our class charter using our rights and we chose our class reps. Photos to follow next week.
Our project this term is an Enterprise Activity. To help prepare us, we had a team-building afternoon where the aim was to build a bridge to hold a toy car. Each team member could only touch their material and together plan and build the bridge. Every team was successful in the build and could talk about how they got on working as team.
This week the upper school started Explore classes: our new outdoor learning lessons (p3/4 will have this next week). All 250 kids had the chance to say what they thought Explore should be about and what they wanted to learn. All the classes started making class totem poles! To quote one P5, “This sounds amazing!”
We have had a brilliant first week back. We are really enjoying our class novel ‘The Secret Island’ and we have been improving our summarising skills. We thought our weekly poem ‘The Veggie Lion’ was really funny and we had a great time creating our own versions of it. Thank you to Lily and Ayla for bringing in your ‘About me’ bags. We are loving getting to know each other better!
Callum was our ‘Star of the Week’ for fabulous concentration, hard work and effort. Well done Callum!
We have loved having a secret student every day too! Who knows who the secret student will be next…?
Thanks for a great week everyone.
Letters went home with regards to our ‘Hopes and Dreams’ meetings next week. Please get in touch if the times do not suit or if you have not been given an appointment but would like one.
Lochardil ELC is excited to introduce to you our new story bags.
Each child will be given the opportunity to take home the bag where they will be able to share a story and some activities with their families.
Please return these by the date given and in the condition that they were provided.
Well we survived week one ! We has lots of fun today ! We challenged each other in a game of basket ball and netball and we started to learn a new morning motivation song (we had a little boogie too). We got stuck into our reading books and created comic strips to summarise and retell our stories so far and we got brand new photos for our lunch orders (these were very cute P1 photos and everyone has grown up so much) . I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and look forward to meeting everyone who has requested an appointment, next week. If you’ve not received a slip with an allocated time please just send me a message and let me know.
Today was a great first day. We created our class charter (Still a few bits to add). Here is our promise to each other, created by the children.
“We promise to respect everyone and their rights and to listen and offer help when we can. We will believe in ourselves and motivate each other, taking pride in all we do. Our teacher will keep us safe, Educate us and help us to have fun whilst we learn . We promise to be kind and nice and love each other. We will say sorry and forgive whilst being honest . We will care for each other and include other people. We share responsibility of helping our classroom be a happy place . The year ahead is exciting . We will be friendly, kind and always challenge ourselves to be the best we can be. We won’t stop until we are proud”
Our promise to each other was made up from words, actions and ideas that the children thought were important to having a good classroom ?
A warm welcome to our new children joining Lochardil ELC and welcome back to our returners. We hope you all had a fun break. We were enjoying hearing all your lovely stories today and cannot wait to hear more this week. Just some reminders to please make sure all items (clothes, shoes, toys etc) are labelled and that there is a new toy tub, where we would like children to place their own personal toy/teddy in to be kept safe. The staff and children loved being visited during break and lunch by our Primary 1 friends.
Today we have been confident at exploring and investigating all areas and resources in the ELC.
The Inverness Courier will be in school to take the P1 photo for the supplement on Tuesday the 27th August 2019. The Supplement will be published on 27th September, an order form will come home in your child’s school bag which will allow you to order a copy of the paper and a print / digital copy of the photo. Complete the tear off section and return with money enlosed. Please ensure cheques are made payable to the Inverness Courier.
Just a quick hello and welcome back to all Primary 6B pupils and parents. I am looking forward to our first day in P6B tomorrow. Please can all pupils bring their smile and best self . We will be updating our dojo page and the blog with a Termly Overview next week.
Keep your eyes on our class dojo and blog for daily and weekly updates. Hopefully this will give you any information you need, but if you would like to speak to me personally about anything regarding your child, just phone the office, and they’ll put you through directly to my class phone or just ping me a dojo message. I will be offering voluntary “Hopes and Dreams” meetings, next week which will give us the chance to meet in person and identify your child’s hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
I look forward to seeing all pupils at 0850 tomorrow .
Just a very quick welcome back to all Primary 5B parents. I will be updating this blog with a Termly Overview next week.
I generally put all necessary info on the blog, as much as I can, every Friday. Hopefully this will give you everything you need, but if you would like to speak to me personally about anything at all affecting your child, I’m here most days till 5 and am here early in the morning, so just phone the office, and they’ll put you through directly to my class phone.
As I say, more about the coming term next week. Very exciting!
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Thank you so much to all parents and carers who made it along to the singalong today. It was such a lovely morning celebrating the children’s hard work throughout the year. We wish all those off to Primary One, good luck and we look forward to seeing our returners after the summer.
Thank you again from all the staff and happy holidays ?
We have been practising our debating skills! The children prepared the speeches really well and delivered them confidently. The questions and answers created brilliant discussions too. Well done everyone!
P6 have created their own school political parties and developed their own political manifestos for how they would improve the school with a given budget. They have been campaigning really hard and we had a fabulous mock election in Friday. Thank you to all who came to vote. Congratulations to L.S.S. who were our winning party! All our political parties had fabulous ideas for improving the school, which are being passed on to Mrs Kellacher. Well done everyone!
Some photos to share from our very exciting but very exhausting trip. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us, and for all of you for getting them there on time! They were so well behaved the whole day. I’m very proud of them all!
For the last few weeks Primary 1 have been looking after our caterpillars. Over this time we have them grow very large after munching on lots of food and we got to see them make their chrysalis. Over the weekend our caterpillars emerged as butterflies. After a lovely few days getting to watch them and making sure we fed them lots of lovely fruit we set our butterflies free in the secret garden. It was amazing to see them spread their wings and fly up into the sky!
What a lovely way to end an absolutely fantastic year in Primary 1A. Thank you for all your hard work and we wish you a lovely holiday and all the best going into Primary 2!
For our final Ach an Eas visit of the year the children and residents were delighted to head out for another trike ride with Cycling Without Age. We took a trip to Whin Park to feed the ducks and went along the canal to try and spot some boats. We have had so much fun on these trips and are so thankful to Cycling Without Age for allowing these trike rides to go ahead. We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with Ach an Eas in the new school year!
What a fantastic response we had to our health and well-being event last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and being able to share these experiences with parents and carers. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it along and join in the fun.
There are lots of photos that will be added so be sure to check back for updates !!
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to make it along to our last session today. It was so lovely to have you with us and for the children to show you first hand what we get up to !! For those who couldn’t make it, we went on an animal/colour hunt around the forest, matching up each animal to the correct colour on their charts.
Please see the letters below regarding the class structure for Session 2019/2020 which some pupils received today. The rest of the classes will receive their letters tomorrow. Apologies that this may have caused some confusion.
A huge thank you to all pupils, staff, parents, families and friends who joined us at the Lochardil School Summer Fun Day on the 22nd of June. The sun shone, fun was had and money was made…..lots of it! The day was a great success and we raised £2,136.01 for the Parent Council Funds. This money will go directly towards projects and initiatives to benefit the children at the school.
A special thank you to Pam O’Hara and all the parents and teachers who volunteered their time and energy to help organise such a super day.
Our cooks in the canteen would like to let all parents, carers and pupils know that there is a slight change to the lunch menu tomorrow. Instead of the Quorn Sausage Pasta option, it is now Veggie Burgers with Roast Potatoes.
As you will be aware, tomorrow is our last visit to the forest before the summer holidays. We would love to invite parents/carers along to join us for the last hour. We will leave as normal in the morning and get set up then we invite you along from 10-11 am where we will have a fun activity for everyone to participate in.
We look forward to seeing you all then. Hopefully it stays dry !!
On Monday 1st July –
‘Meet the Teacher’ for P2-P7 – we are now in a position to visit our new classes and meet the new teacher in the morning between 9.10am and 10.25am. Please go to normal classes as usual then the transition will take place from there. An information and confirmation of class allocation letter will go home via school bag mail after the visit on Monday. Have fun and be the best you can be!
‘Lochardil’s Got Talent’ – Ruthven House Captains and Vice-Captains have organised a fun get together in the afternoon to share and showcase some of our finest talent and promote our postive culture, ethos and appreciation of each other. We look forward to the performances. Good luck all!
Have a lovely weekend.
Over the past 4 weeks we have had a Friday focus on outdoor learning and Primary have absolutely loved it! We have reading and listening to stories outside. We explored the secret garden and tried to find things using our five senses. We were outdoor detectives as we went on bug hunt where we made friends with Sammy the Snail. We also used chunky chalk to practise our reading words out on the playground before finishing with a bubble party!
We have loved using the outdoors to help us learn new things and we can’t wait to keep exploring when we return after the summer holidays!
We would like to say a massive thank you to Yvie’s mum and dad and Felix’ mum for getting our sensory room started with their donation of balls for the ball pit. We have now started to transform this space and we will update you with pictures once the room is complete.
This week, both P5 and P5/6 have been investigating natural dyes as part of their topics. We created three dyes using beetroot (red), Onion skins (yellow) and Red Cabbage (purple) and tried tie dye with cotton material. The results were really surprising, with the onions skins producing the most striking results! Great creative outdoor learning guys!
Primary 5 finished off their Great Outdoors topic today with a visit from Duncan from Cairngorm Creatures. He brought some fascinated creatures with him for us to learn about and handle. We learned that Giant African Land Snails have 200 teeth that act like a cheese grater, that bearded dragons have a third eye on top of their heads to look for the shadows of birds above them, and that corn snakes don’t eat corn, and taste the air with their tongues. Although some young people were a bit nervous, everyone at least touched something, even Mrs Scotson who conquered her fear of snakes.
The Primary 7 pupils would like to invite their P1 buddies to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Monday 1st July. P7 pupils will be bringing in their teddies and their favourite book to share, along with some juice and biscuits as part of the picnic. It would be great if all the P1 pupils could please take in their own teddy bears and one of their favourite story books on Monday too!
Yesterday at Ach an Eas the children and residents enjoyed decorating biscuits using royal icing and a selection of yummy sweeties! They then enjoyed eating their tasty creations before playing a game of pairs!
Apologies for the late post. This is from our last visit to the Mackenzie Centre last week where the children played ball games with the attendees practising throwing and catching, aiming the ball into a basket and skittles !! Then we had more singing before saying our good byes. The children have throughly enjoyed their visits and we cannot wait to visit again soon.
What a great morning we had in the forest today. The weather did not put us off at all !! The children just love to explore the whole forest and they took us to the other side where we had been on our very first week !! They were all so pleased to see that the shelter they had discovered back then was still standing and they had a rest inside. Some used their imagination to think who the house might belong to.
Jacob said – ‘it’s a bear house’
Eva-Jorge said – ‘they’ve gone to get their porridge and have a little walk’
Calum found a caterpillar on the path so he gently picked it up to show the children. They were able to see how different this one looked to the ones we had in nursery. We popped it on a leaf so it would be ‘safe’ before moving on.
After snack we went in search of muddy puddles. We found the muddiest one of all and the children were brave enough to jump off of the bank to see who could make the biggest splash. The teachers even joined in too.
Next week will be our last Forest Session if this term and we are looking forward to parents/caters joining us for the last hour (10-11) for an animal hunt. We hope you can make it.