As well as trying to catch Miss McLean’s Pr 7B class on the SUMDOG leaderboard, we are enjoying some outdoor maths this week. We played Ladders with a maths “twist” which ended in a draw. A tie-breaker was required!
We split into 2 groups. One group were recording and researching data (Is Faster Better?) using the cars in the staff car park. The other group were measuring and analysing speed and distance relative to our heights, shoe size and stride length. (Make a Bolt for it)
We are ready to share our Wee Flags for Change with Highland One World Group as they prepare an exhibition at Eden Court to celebrate the Sustainable Development Goals. Every stage of the school from ELC to Pr 7 has taken part. We made a pledge to help achieve the Goals and wrote our promises on the back of the flags.
From Monday 5th October we will be serving 1 hot meal option and 1 cold option for school meals.
This is a week earlier than originally planned as we shared at the start of term we would be serving hot meals from Term 2 onwards for here at Lochardil Primary.
All classes will transition to eating lunch back in the dining hall from tomorrow (Tuesday 29th Sept). This will still consist of a ‘Grab & Go’ option for this week and packed lunches.
Please support all children with independent learning skills such as using cutlery, opening packaging etc., table manners, and ensuring they recycle any waste where possible. This will support a smooth system for dining to operate.
Please see the attached temporary 4 week menu for Lochardil Primary.
As we are still unable to visit our friends at Ach an Eas, we have been busy getting some bits together to send to them. We thought it would be a lovely idea to supply all the things they need to have a tea party. So with a little help from the children, Miss Kelman has done a fantastic job of creating bunting, making cards, getting their favourite biscuits and taking pictures so the residents can see what we have been up to !! She has also prepared a wee art activity to match the one that we have been doing in nursery alongside our Rainbow Fish book study.
We hope to be able to share photos with you all of their artwork and enjoying themselves at the tea party !!
Absolutely fantastic learning this week in nursery. From talking about feelings and how sea-life might feel if their homes were full of rubbish. To where rubbish should go and why. We talked about the big word ‘Pollution’ and will be moving on to talk more about this and what happens when our rubbish gets taken away.
All of the things we have talked about and learnt about has come from our book study on The Rainbow Fish. The children have shared their own thoughts and feelings and the staff have loved seeing what ideas the children have and where we will go next !!
We were learning about the Sustainable Development Goals today. We thought about all the ways we could help our world become a better place. There will be a display of the flags at Eden Court in October.
We were up to a lot this week as usual. Here’s a taster…
The children used chalk to create these spooky White Witch’s castle pictures. They look effective against the black.
We used a game called Target Boards to practise numeracy.
Although they look a wee bit like slices of pizza (!) these are actually Lions! The bunting is for the school bunting for change challenge. We chose to do Aslan from our topic book on one side of the bunting, and the red flower adopted by the people of Belarus on the other.
We were thinking that the people of Belarus had a bit of a problem with a dictator in charge…who won’t be moved…just like the White Witch!
Our topic, based on “The Nowhere Emporium”, is full of emotions. The week we explored different scenes in the book and looked at the different emotions the key characters were feeling during these. We discussed the different body sensations and behaviours that we might feel when experiencing these emotions, and came up with strategies to regulate ourselves when these emotions become out of control.
One Point Perspective Art
This we we finished a 3 week art project using one point perspective. We created a street scape using the technique, and also used some shading using coloured pencils to add further 3D effects to the buildings and tress. Take a look below at some of the fantastic pieces of art!
We got going today with this competition and are very keen to do well! The maximum number of questions per pupil is 1,000. It closes at 8pm on Thursday 1 October. This has been set as homework for next week too. We hope we get a good placing on the leaderboard!
This week will see us finishing our class novel, and topic focus for the term, “The Nowhere Emporium” by award winning Scottish author Ross Mackenzie. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the novel, with many asking if we can read the next instalment, “The Elsewhere Emporium”.
The book that we have just read is the first in a 3 part series. I have purchased the remaining two books for our class library for pupils to read in class. I thought it might be useful to post the names and covers of the two sequels on the blog in case your child is looking for a new book to enjoy at home!
The office bearers have agreed to remain in place for another year to support the school and community during the Covid 19 situation. We are very grateful to our parents/carers for this. The 1st virtual meeting of this session will be held on Wednesday 30th September at 7pm using Google Meet. You are welcome to join us for the meeting. The link will be shared the day before the meeting. Thank you
P2B have been doing a lot of good work on our emotions since we have come back to school. Here we are using the emotion works 5-cog model to break down each emotion into the correct coloured cog. Lots of discussion on what triggers each of the emotions; what each emotion feels like inside our bodies that nobody sees; what each emotion looks like outside our bodies and what we do when we feel a certain way; and finally what we can do to make ourselves feel better with some of the emotions we may have.
We have been continuing to work on our counting and number recognition, as well as practising our number formation.
We have also had lots of fun with the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’. We came up with our own actions for retelling the nursery rhyme, then we made our own versions of Hey Diddle Diddle using a story map to help us!
The girls and boys have also been busy learning how to blend their sounds together!
Please could you return any outstanding annual data forms and emergency contact forms to the school as soon as possible.
It is of vital importance that we have this information for each child to keep our records up to date and hold a file of emergency contacts should we ever need to close in an emergency. Many thanks in advance.
Over the last week, we have been playing outside a lot. We found some worms in the field, a big one and a ‘baby one’. We had a chat about worms, where they like to live and what other creatures live in the ground. The boys were also playing a bit of football, and catch as well.
We were able to understand some more about the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers through playing the “Refugee” game. We each had a different situation to have dealt with and why we needed to escape to safety. We then had to make our way around the board facing setbacks, helping hands and even disasters. We picked 6 items we could take with us for our luggage but some of us lost everything as our boat capsized at the start.
To link in with Maths Week next week our class will be taking part in the Sumdog national challenge. Schools across Scotland compete, and there are some great individual and class prizes to be won.
Please ensure that your child brings their Chromebook to school every day, fully charged in order to take part. This is also a reminder that Chromebooks should be brought to school charged fully every day.
The children have been having fun learning about measurement. Today we were using different sized containers to find out if they held 1 litre, more than 1 litre or less than 1 litre of water. Here are some photos to enjoy.
we have been working on creating detailed “show don’t tell “ descriptions to use in our writing. Last week we were thinking about the feelings: love and hate. We worked together to create a list of things we love and a list of things we hate, on padlet by writing “what sentences” eg: What I love about ……..is…… or What I hate about …….is …… Then we helped each other to think of really good descriptions to fill in the blanks . We put our favourite ones on our working wall and used these to help us write an opposites poem. and are going to use these to write an opposites poem. We will share these soon.
This term, our PE focus on a Wednesday is basketball. We have enjoyed having use of the MUGA to practise our passing, dribbling and shooting skills and are now beginning to play some short games in teams. There has been some really great teamwork displayed this week; not to mention some healthy competition!
REMINDER the PE is still to take place outdoors under current government guidelines. As the weather begins to get colder and wetter please ensure that your child come to school with a PE kit, appropriate footwear and a jacket.
Art and Design
Our current art and design focus is how to create depth and 3D elements into a picture using one point perspective. We started last week by drawing a number of 3D shapes so that we could get used to the technique.
This week we were able to draw a one point perspective street scene. Although some of us found it quite challenging we are all really proud of our final results (have a look at a couple of these below). Next week we will be using watercolours to paint our pieces.
Well done Clara! Clara is our Star of the Week for her fabulous descriptive writing! We were writing our own versions of the story ‘The King is the Fishes,’ and Clara used amazing similes and adjective phrases to describe her characters and setting. She did a great job of describing her characters emotions too! Well done Clara!
We have been working hard at developing our knowledge of place value in P5! We were partitioning numbers outside, using outdoor materials and practising number patterns. Well done boys and girls! Your work was fabulous!
We thought about all the ways we could help our world to become a better place. We made some bunting to share as part of the Wee Flags for Change campaign after finding out about the Sustainable Development Goals. There will be a display of the flags at Eden Court in October.
We raised our awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals today by making some bunting for the Wee Flags for Change event. This is aimed at helping us to make a pledge to achieve change by 2030. The 17 SDG’s are a way to help and protect our world. We chose an SDG we had a strong connection with and wrote our promise on the back of the flag. There will be a display at Eden Court in October.
I am so pleased to be able to share that Loch Insh refunds have been issued today. If your child has a sibling still at Lochardil school you will find an envelope home with them today otherwise they have been posted for your attention. If you have not yet returned the form requested on the 13.08.20 please do so or get in touch with the school office directly. Apologies once again for the delay and thank you for your patience.
Sorry but someone has to mention it… Christmas !! ???
The children will be bringing home their Cauliflower Cards design sheets. Please complete these at home and order through the website before returning the completed form to nursery. The deadline for these in order to receive in time for Christmas Card delivery is Friday 23rd October.
If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.
Just a reminder that key workers will be sending out weekly/fortnightly emails to parents documenting learning pathway observations and personal learning steps. Other important information may be shared this way also so please do check inbox’s and spam folders.
Please also check the google classroom for home link tasks that we would love for you all to get involved with.
If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.
We have been talking about things in the sea that shouldn’t be there and how we can help to keep rubbish and other things out of the water. We are aware that some things cannot be reused but yesterday we did our bit of recycling after afternoon snack. Taking our yoghurt pots we took them up to the blue bin to be taken away and made into something else. We could also see the what other things could be recycled.
The whole nursery enjoyed seeing the spitfire in the sky today. Although it didn’t fly right over the school like we had hoped, we loved watching it circle in the distance and fly off to its next destination!
The children have been working so hard on designing their own indvidual scales, colouring, writing and taking beautiful pictures! We are so proud of what they have done to make our class charter a wonderful bright wall display.
Our class charters talk about our rights. We have featured the following articles;
Article 19 – The right to be safe Article 27 – The right to a home Article 28 – The right to go to school Article 31 – The right to rest and play
The children are enjoying seeing their work and their pictures on the wall and discussing the meanings of these rights and more.
Mrs Munro and Mrs Scotson have been busy today putting finishing touches to our wall displays. It is brilliant to see all your amazing and colourful work up on the walls! Our classroom is now feeling like our own, a warm and welcoming place to belong!
We have been working very hard at our 3 times tables. We have been doing this in lots of different exciting ways. This was one of our favourites. Look at all those smiles…
This week we finished our class novel. It seems that everyone really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. We are developing our confidence in talking about our feelings and have made real life connections through the characters feelings.
As part of our writing task we created a new chapter of the story.
Take a look at our clay owls.. We will spent time this week painting them. Don’t they look great!
In numeracy this week we have been working hard on our rounding skills.
We have been rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.
We took part in a live lesson for Ronald Dahl day with was very exciting! Following on from this we did some tricky Roald Dahl problem solving, comprehension on Roald Dahl’s life and created our own mouse characters.
Congratulations to Rohan! He is our Star of the Week (11.09.20) for his fabulous maths work this week! He put in so much hard work and effort into rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100! He didn’t give up, even when it got tricky! Well done Rohan! You should be very proud of yourself!
We are loving our class novel ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe!’ We are desperate to find out whether Peter, Susan and Lucy will make it safely to the stone table to meet Aslan! We are also very excited to find out what happens to Edmund as he enters the White Witch’s house! We have been creating the magical world of Narnia in our classroom! The forest is looking great and we had so much fun making it! Well done boys and girls!
We are very proud of our finished emotion portraits! We learned that colours are linked to our emotions.
Congratulations to Sarah, who was our Star of the Week 04.09.20 for her fabulous reading work! She worked hard to read new and unfamiliar words in her new reading book! Well done Sarah! You have done brilliantly!
We watched a Roald Dahl Day special by Puffin Schools presented by Radzi Chinyanganya. There were games, a reading by Stanley Tucci (!) and the children got to copy the work of illustrator Dapo Adeola in a live drawing session.
We also did problem solving with Roald Dahl characters. It was a competition, and Ava M and Orchid won! Great job girls!
All the children have been so busy this week adding to our class charter. We are beginning to talk about our rights and what the class charter means. We are looking forward to showing you the finished product next week!
We have now got our new session google classroom up and running. All children will have received an invite to join via email. Please log in using the deatails supplied to you. We have lots of home link activites (as we cannot send things home just now) and family engagement information.
If you are having issues logging in, please let us now and we will be able to assist.
We will be using the google classroom along side the blog. We have the first home link activity and family engagement task up today.
We cant wait to see the classroom filling up with your fantastic pictures.
Bike To School Week is a week-long programme of activities that celebrates all the fantastic things schools are doing to promote cycling to school. It takes place between 28 September and 2 October 2020.
As pupils return to school and nursery following lockdown, active travel is more important than ever to help pupils get to school safely and healthily.
We will do a tally daily, to see how many children took part in the challenge.
P6 watched Pixar’s short film: Piper and evaluated the emotions of the main character using @EmotionWorksCIC . We made Emotional Rollercoasters ? to show the triggers and behaviours related to the characters emotions.
We have been enjoying Out of School Club over the last week.
We have been doing some dance routines to Youtube videos, building towers almost as tall as ourselves, and playing outside. Luckily the weather has been holding out for us!
We will be giving consent forms over the next few days. These include important information about allergies, consent for photographs to go online (like this blog) and emergency contact information – please fill these out and return them to us as soon as possible. Thankyou
At Lochardil we encourage all pupils in Primary 1 – 7 to wear school uniform as normal, but would also advise to wear additional layers of clothing as the weather gets colder. An additional jumper or fleece can be kept in their schoolbag for use in the classroom if required.
We thank you all for your continued support as we find our way through this unprecedented situation.
The children have loved talking about the characters in our story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and how they feel. They have their own ideas about why they might feel the way they do and have made amazing contributions to our mind map.
Next we will be talking about our feelings and what makes us happy or sad.
We have been reading the book “Wonder” and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. It made us think about how little we can tell about a person, just from their appearance. It is what is inside that really counts. We thought about our strengths, passions and qualities we would like other people to notice and surrounded ourselves with them.
We have loved getting to know each other a little bit better over the past few weeks in P6. Pupils brought in a few items that were special to them to share “All about me”. Here are some of our class with their favourite thing that they brought in.