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P6B Happy Holidays

Thank you for all your support and to all the pupils for their hard work this term. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 28th October. Have a great holiday . Here is our blog written by Hamish and Morgan:

Monday we had P.E with Miss Barkley for the whole afternoon because Miss Macdonald was at a meeting. We played a game where we  had to throw the ball to someone on your team who was on the other side of the hall, on a bench and they caught the ball then you would go join them on the bench. The aim of the game was to get your whole team on the bench. Then the P7s came in and we played benchball with them.

On Tuesday we had an open morning for our parents to come in and see our work. We did a topic task about how different life in Sparta and Athens was. We had to think about what rights the children living in each place had or didn’t have. We also did a sheet about our emotions and talked to our parents about it.

Last week  we made baby cards for the uni kids to send to the government because kids in other countries are dying of diseases that we have the cure to.

Recently we started to do Successful learners and Effective Contributors each day.  We have an envelope that will have someone’s name in it and if they have been listening, have not been in trouble and have been responsible and respectful for that day we get 5 dojos and a little sweet. If the people do not get it, Miss MacDonald does not say who it was. 

Last week we did a workshop with  Scotish Ballet , If you look on class dojo there is some videos of us. 

We also did writing about heroes and villains. We used Hercules as a model text to help us write our story. 

In maths we did our  end of unit assessment on place value and we did amazing!

We are moving on to fractions/decimals/percentages . It is going to be tricky but we will try our best. 

 We also did French,  with Miss Cox where we learned about Birthdays, numbers and colours. 

As you can see we have had a busy time but it has been fun. We hope you enjoyed reading our blog and have a great holiday. 

                              By Morgan and Hamish 

P5B Blog

We have been working on communicating with our partner school in France the past two weeks. Myself and the lovely Mrs MacLelland are going to visit them for a week in Versailles. We will be sampling the local wine culture!

The children were working with primary 3 to make a film. Mrs Scotstoun and I are working on a way to upload this, but there is too much content. We’re trying to make a link… so watch this space. I will put the children’s letters in French on here. Can you translate? Ask the children to help if you get stuck! (or do like I did, and use google translate;-D )

The children used chrome books to write their letters. Great for typing skills.

Have a great holiday!

P7B – Last Week of Term 1

We cannot believe that the first term of Primary 7 has gone by so quickly. A big well done to everyone for all the hard work they have put in; let’s keep it up!

Fancy Dress Disco – This week we began to prepare for the annual P7 fancy dress disco. This is used to raise money to put towards P7 trips and is always a huge success. Pupils have come up with some really creative stall ideas and should continue to prepare for these over the holidays. Please do not go to any unnecessary expense! The discos will take place on 30th October- more details to follow in term 2.

Rose Bowl Projects – All pupils were issued with the Rose Bowl project guidelines on Monday. Every year we ask P7 pupils to create a detailed project on a topic of their choice. Support for aspects of the project such as bibliography and glossary will be given in class. Pupils should make a decision on their project topic and begin to research as soon as possible. Projects are due in the last week of term 3.

Open Morning – Thank you to all those who managed to come along to our open morning on Tuesday. It was great to see the pupils share their learning with you – they were very proud of their Google slides and forms. Thank you as always for your support.

World Mental Health Day – To recognize World Mental Health Day 2019 P7B took part in the BBC Teach live lesson about Growth Mindset and Wellbeing. We discuss how our wellbeing can fluctuate depending on what is happening in our lives. We discussed things that we could do to top up our wellbeing; suggestions included: chocolate, spend time with a pet, take a bubble bath. We also discussed the power of “not yet” and how we need to adopt a growth mindset; this is being able to tell yourself that you can improve, you may not be able to do something YET but you can still achieve your goals if you put your mind to it.

Loch Insh – Reminder that to secure a place for your child to take part in the Loch Insh Residential Trip, deposits of £90 are due by Friday 1st November.

I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and restful holiday and I will see you all in term 2!

Miss McLean

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

This is an advance notice that we will be supporting this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us in the past. Last year we collected 55 shoeboxes and we would love to make this an extra special Christmas for those in need again this year.

This year Blysthswood will be collecting our filled Shoeboxes on Friday November the 8th. We would be very grateful if all donations could be handed into school by then. A checklist of suitable Christmas gifts to include in your shoebox will be going home on the first week of term.

Please help us to spread love and hope this Christmas.

Thank you!

Messy Church at Culduthel Christian Centre – Sat 5th Oct

Message from the organisers:-

Last Saturday at Messy Church, we had a super afternoon with just under 100 folk coming along and we catered for about 130, including the team. There was a good buzz in the building as people explored various activities (making fruit kebab, button trees, lego challenge, face fainting, etc) throughout the first hour. During the celebration time in the beginning of the second hour, there was enthusiasm in the singing and children dancing to the music. Afterwards, everyone sat around tables in the foyer and enjoyed a good BBQ and desserts. Good conservations were shared throughout the event and the children who came along with their families had so much fun and would like to come back ? We are very encouraged in organizing the event.

Playground games & ICT equipment

We are delighted to let you know that the painting of new playground games is scheduled to take place during the October break – weather permitting of course!!  Look out for the changes when the children come back on Monday 28th October.

The new projector and screen for the gym hall (purchased from the fun run fundraising and school budget) is also due to be installed during the holidays.

We are excited these works are taking place and would especially like to say a huge thank you to the Parent Council & Forum for their contribution to these purchases. 


Acting Prinicpal Teachers

We are delighted to share with you that for the remainder of this school year, Mrs Anne Prentice, P5B teacher, and Miss Chloe MacDonald, P6B teacher, have been successfully appointed as Acting Principal Teachers to cover the currently vacant positions in our leadership team while Mrs Munro and Mrs MacIver are both on maternity leave.

Mrs Prentice and Miss MacDonald will be allocated ½ day (0.1FTE) each per week to focus on their leadership role. We will notify you in due course of day/time and who will be covering their classes during this time out of class.

If you have any queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact the school office in the first instance.

ELC – 09/10/19

This week the children have been discussing ‘How do the Police help us to stay safe? And most children confidently shared that,

“Police stop the traffic” Seth

“They can find your bike” Teddy

“They take you back to your Mummy” Lewis

“They can help us cross the road” Cori

The children have also been busy exploring the art area creating their own police hats.

ELC – 09/10/19

As you are aware, we are now exploring the Police role in the community and we were very lucky to have a visit from PC Grant and his Police van. All children showed good listening when finding out information on how police help us. The children also did great turn taking when getting the opportunity to go inside the van.

“The police keep us safe and find us if we get lost” Eliza
“Its a cage for all the bad guys”

Thank you for your feedback

Firstly, thank you so much to all those who attended our open morning yesterday. It was lovely to see such a buzz in each classroom once again.

And thank you to all those who have taken the time to fill out the online feedback form, sharing with us your thoughts about the year so far. There is still time to complete the form, even if you were not at the event. Simply click the button below.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 8th October 2019

Yesterday for the group’s last session at Ach an Eas the children and residents made musical instruments using yogurt pots, cups, “pasta and stones” (Maeve). They drew and wrote on label stickers to decorate their shakers. Finlay S said “I did a little bull and cows.” Maeve said she made a new friend yesterday called “Nan”. Before we left the care home we said “bye-bye and gave them a hug” (Harrison).

Enjoy-A-Ball – P1B

Some pictures from our Enjoy-A-Ball session in school this week.

open morning in P1B

Thank you to all the parents/carers who attended our open morning yesterday. It was lovely to see you all and I know the children were so proud of all their work and really enjoyed showing it to the ‘grown ups’! Thank you for your continued support.

P6B Open Morning – Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone who managed to pop along to our class this morning. If you haven’t had a chance, we would be super grateful if you could take a moment to fill out this short poll to provide us with some feedback (even if you couldn’t make it along today) everyone’s voice counts.

The poll can be found on the link below. This link is the same for all classes.


Thank you to everyone who took the time to come along to our open morning today – it was great to see so many faces in our classroom. All of the children really enjoyed having family members in to see them, and all of the work they have done so far this year.

This week, pupils will not have any spelling homework, but please do continue to read with your child every night if possible. There is no expectation that pupils should read their whole book every night, instead, choose a section of the book or focus on tricky words (try to vary the part of the book you read each night). Maths homework is a revision of everything we have done so far in P2, and as always, please ensure this is completed by Thursday.

Miss Cockburn

Cross Country Competition Postponed

Unfortunately due to the weather forecast for Thursday, and also the condition of Bught Park after the marathon at the weekend, the Primary School Cross Country competition scheduled for this week has been postoned until Thursday 31st October.

Pupils participating in this event wil be issued with a permission slip for the new date which should be returned to the school office by Thursday.

Open Morning

We are looking forward to welcoming parents and carers this morning for our open morning from 11:00 to 11:45!

As part of our open morning, we would love to hear your feedback to help us improve our school. Devices will be available in school for you to complete our online feedback form, or you can complete the form using the link below.

Thank you for your continued support!

P1A Open Morning

We look forward to seeing you at our open morning on Tuesday 8th October from 11:00 – 11:45 am. The theme for our open morning will be health and wellbeing.

Phonics – our sounds this week are g and o.

Christmas card designs are due back to us by Tuesday 8th October, so there is still time if you want to order something! We also ask that Learning Pathways are returned, with a short parent/carer comment, by Wednesday 9th October.

P7B – Geography and Police visits

Today we were lucky to have two different visitors in our class. 

First we were visited by Mrs Kish, a geography teacher from the IRA. She will visit us a few times throughout the year to give us an introduction to the subject. 

Today we were learning about map symbols and what they signify. We played bingo to help us learn them. We really enjoyed this and got quite competitive!

We look forward to welcoming Mrs Kish back later in the year. 

We also had a visit from Police Scotland to discuss drugs. We got to see replicas of different types of drugs and if provided a great opportunity for us to ask any questions we had. The police officer helped to reinforce the key message that drugs and peer pressure may be a situation we find ourselves in as teenagers and we discussed how to seek help if you find yourself in this situation. 

A great link to this term’s topic of substance misuse. 

Achievement Board – Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. You tried your hardest now here you are!

Here at Lochardil ELC we want to recognise and celebrate all of the children’s achievements big or small. Therefore, a new look achievements board has been created in our hallway and we ask for your help to make this shine!

Has your child recently learnt to ride their bike, taken part in a event/competition or achieved anything that has made them and you really proud?  If so, please let us know by either emailing us with a photo or your child can take along a medal/photo/trophy to show to their friends.

UNIKIDS “Survive beyond 5” 3.10.19

We met today to share the Baby Cards from each class. Our cards are being sent away to our local MP and MSP along with a letter to ask for support with the UNICEF “Survive beyond 5” campaign.

       Did you know that 5,000,000 children around the world will not live to see their 5th birthday? Essential medicines, vaccines and immunisations are not available to many babies and children. Diseases and illnesses which are fairly  easy to prevent through medication are proving fatal for them.  

     Immunisation helps to strengthen a child’s immune system to fight diseases like polio, measles, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tuberculosis (TB) and meningitis.

UNCRC Article 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.

UNCRC Article 24:  Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

We hope our government can

  • Raise awareness of the issue
  • Provide extra money or funding to agencies who work to promote children’s health eg UNICEF/Save the Children
  • Provide extra money or funding for immunisations and essential resources
  • Liaise with other governments to promote the very best health care for all children.


10.9.19 – The children in OOSC watched a video of a family in Malawi, they found out about their way of living and what toys they have to play with. Before we watched the video the children were asked to write on a post it note what was important to them, after the video was finished they were asked the question what do they think is important to the children in Africa. Some of the answers of what is important to them were: my family, my friends, dogs, ipad, my bike, a life, pokemon cards, my cat, Mum and Dad, to be safe. Some of the answers of what is important to the children in Africa were: food, water, a home, friends, to be who you want to be, to have toys, to go to school, toilet and to have a life. The children then used lots of different materials to create their own toys such as a football, a house, cars and robots.

Pr 7A Reminders

Photograph orders to be returned by Friday 4 October

Learning Pathways Numeracy to be returned by Wednesday 9 October

Christmas Card to be returned by Monday 7 October

Open Morning Tuesday 8 October 11.00 – 11.45 Come along and see some of our work in our jotters and on our Chromebooks. We will be also be sharing some of our Health and Wellbeing Substance Misuse learning. All welcome!

Pr 7A Brownie Points

Well done to everyone for receiving such positive comments from Mrs Finlay yesterday. It was lovely to come back to class after my meeting to hear how well you had done. Her words were similar to the feedback I had given you at the start of the week too. Hope you enjoyed the reward!

ELC – 03/10/19

Dear parents/carers of our ELC Children We value our partnership with parents/carers to help us improve our service. Please follow the link below to complete a questionnaire by selecting the appropriate answers and feel free to add any comments in the box provided. We would really appreciate your participation with the questionnaires to enable us to develop our service. All responses to be in by Thursday 10th October 2019.

Many thanks ELC Team

P2B Information

Miss Cockburn will be off tomorrow (04/10) and Monday, and Mrs Paterson will be in on these days instead. Miss Cockburn will then be in next week from Tuesday to Friday.

In P2B, we are also going to be collecting milk bottle tops to use with a variety of activities in our class, therefore, if anybody has any spare lids we would appreciate these in any colour.

Show and Tell is being done in groups from now on as so many children are keen to bring things in for this. Tomorrow, it is the turn of Group 2. This is the second half of the register, which is surnames from Mi to W.


P7B – Open Morning

A wee reminder to all parents and carers that our first open morning of the 2019/20 session will be held on Tuesday 8th October from 11 – 11.45am. Pupils will be sharing their learning on our health and wellbeing topic ‘Substance Misuse’ and there will also be opportunity to have a look at our jotters to see the wonderful work we have been doing this term.

Hope to see many of you there!


Did you know you can raise money for Lochardil Parent Council – Inverness simply by doing your shopping online. When you use easy fundraising to shop with any of their 4,000 retailers, the retailer makes a small donation to say thank you and they send those free funds to us!

Some of our Digital Dynamos will be on hand at our Open Morning on Tuesday to give you more information and help you sign up.

Join the fundraising revolution at :

P2B Bridge Building

Today in P2B we have been looking at bridges as part of our topic. We spoke about different kinds of bridges, and what these may be made from, before building our own. Each group had a different material. Once these were finished, we discussed why some blocks worked better than others and how we can make them better next time. Take a look at some of our creations below!


Phonics – our sounds this week are m and d.

Show and Tell – it is the turn of the Brain Boxes and the Super Stars!

Science – we have been learning all about the 5 senses. Today, we learned about our sense of touch.

We also have an unusual egg in our classroom! The girls and boys have been busy making predictions about what might hatch out of the egg!

ELC – 01/10/19

We would like to thank everyone who has had the story bag. The children and their parents have worked hard in creating their own characters from the stories. This is their hard work displayed on our Story Bag wall.

Lost Property

A little reminder to please check our lost property…here is what is in it so far :)?

ELC- Ach an Eas, 1st October 2019

This morning the children and residents had an exciting trip on the bikes with ‘Spokes for Folks’. We wrapped up in blankets and set off to Whin Park to feed the ducks! We were very lucky that the sun came out for us during our trip! Erin said “I liked going to Inverness and going on the bike.” Check out ‘Spokes for Folks’ Facebook page to see some more of our adventure!

P3 MacMillan Coffee Morning

The 100 square winner was no 52, chosen by Mr Grant. Can you guess why?

Well done, to Lily MacBean who won a mud kitchen!

Thank you to Mr Willie Matheson for donating the mud kitchen.

The “Dunk the Biscuit in the Tea” competition was won by Antek!

A big THANK YOU to Robert and Andrew at the Ness Walk Kiosk for donating the prize.

More pics to follow….

P5B Weekly Post

We have been trying to look at using effective vocabulary this week. We were coming up with suggestions as to how to make the exact same passage seem both joyful…and ominous…..! The children thought of the best adjectives and adverbs that they could.

We were putting counters on the stations of the tables, and working on the ‘Tricky Ten.’ The tricky ten are:











Please have a wee go at practising these if you have time.