We would like to introduce our new Out of School Axillary – Miss Watson. Big and warm welcome.
was really nice this week so we used this opportunity to spend more
time outside. Children had lots of fun playing football, running
about, drawing with the chalk, bouncing on the bouncy hoopers, just
enjoying the warmth.
Some children celebrated Burns Night with fun craft activity – creating their own tartan patterns; you can see them on our Art Wall.
had fun making cornflower messy play-dough (sorry parents 😉 )
Creativity is messy and we are very creative in the Lochardil After
School Club :))
every week children enjoyed our usual activities like drawing,
colouring in, playing with dolls and cars, dressing up and creating
amazing constructions from plus plus blocks.
We have had a busy week exploring different animals that hibernate and role playing different animals and hibernating ourselves in our new den. We have also done lots of number work this week, reading and organising the numbers into the correct order 0-10. Also this Friday we discussed chinese new year and we got to taste prawn crackers, “Tasted like fish” Ella.
This week we have been lucky to have two teachers come to visit our class; Miss O’Boyle from the English and Guidance departments, and Mrs Kish from the Geography department. These are great opportunities to help give us a taster of things to come when we move up to the IRA in August.
Miss O’Boyle visited us on Thursday and was helping to continue our learning about PEAR paragraphs, the format used to write critical essays in secondary school. We looked at a short poem about a cat and analyse it by looking at the similes, metaphors and alliteration that the author used. We learnt about connotations of words to help us understand the meaning of the poem.
This morning Mrs Kish visited our class and we were using maps to identify symbols. We also learnt how to read and write grid references. We really enjoyed our morning!
We have had lots of success outside of school in P5a. Brooklyn and Cameron have been selected for Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s under 11 team and Ryan has been selected for Ross County’s under 11 team. Lily had passed her Grade 1 exam and Tyla has had huge success with swimming. Well done to all of you!
As the sun has set on 2019 and we discuss new beginnings at the start of a new decade, we used paint and charcoal to create these sunset paintings. We looked at Paul Klee’s painting ‘Separation in the Evening’ to learn about tone before we created the background.
Today we used the ipads in our French lesson. First, the children thought up some rules for using the equipment safely and carefully. Then we used an app that could record our voice as we spoke French and make it sound very squeaky. It was hilarious playing it back.
Our topic this term is China and this weekend marks the start of the new lunar year on the Chinese Calendar. This year will be the year of the rat. On the same day, here in Scotland, we will be celebrating Burns night. This afternoon we joined with Miss MacArthur’s P5 class to have a cross cultural food tasting afternoon. We tried a selection of foods from Chinese and Scottish culture and like real food critics we rated and analysed each dish. Some people were surprised to find something new that they like. Most of us loved the Scottish Teacakes and the Chinese prawn crackers.
We have been learning about Money in maths. Today we put our skills to the test with monopoly. We identified many life skills and lessons that we learned from playing monopoly including:
cash handling and money management luck and acceptance – staying positive and making the most of the opportunities you get. building and maintaining relationships – monopoly can get very heated ? negotiation skills accepting change and taking risks
We now have some of our Australia work displayed. We have some pictures to finish off and articles to print but we have all worked so hard on this. You can read our articles on our chrome-books. Some people still have to finish off. This topic of work has enabled us to incorporate and develop : reading, writing, research, digital, creative, emotional and social skills, to name just a few. We will share our final display soon.
Today we were finding out about a trebuchet. We learned it was a medieval weapon used to sling stones to break down walls and to sling other things, such as the corpses of diseased animals over the castle walls .Then we used lollipop sticks and elastic bands to make a catapult. It was tricky but everyone had a go.
Parent’s evening slips were handed out yesterday confirming the date and time of your appointment. Hopefully you all got the slip, but if not, please double check your child’s bag. Anyone who can not find their slip, feel free to get in touch to confirm.
Our focus sound for spelling this week is ‘ph’.
In Maths, we are continuing to learn multiplication with a focus on the 2 times table before moving on to the 10 times table in the coming week.
We have also been learning all about Chinese New Year, why it is celebrated and how it is celebrated. We are making some brilliant dragon art – pictures to follow later this week!
Discovery Bags and Story Bags have started to go out. If you could please remember to return on the return date given and please make sure all items are taken back the same way they are given to you. Thank you!
A letter has been put in each child’s tray with details on our Books and Buns Session.
We will be hosting a family learning session for you and your child from 1:15pm – 2:15pm in room 12 next to the ELC Building. we will be providing parents and carers with an insight on how we conduct Book reading and story time with our children here at lochardil ELC. We will share with you how Books and Storytelling has many wonderful benefits such as building their confidence in speech, language and social skills. During the session you will have the opportunity to read with you child and enjoy some refreshments in an informal setting.
This week we have begun to discuss hibernation in more detail looking at different animals that hibernate and how they hibernate. We have created our own nests at the art area and have covered our climbing frame to make our own hibernation area. We have been role playing animals that hibernate by using puppets and dressing up costumes, knowing that “they sleep for a long time” Arran.
Will your child be 5 before the end of February 2021? Yes? Then it’s time to enrol them for school!
Enrolment takes place next week, Monday 27th – Friday 31st January.
Children who already attend our Early Learning & childcare will receive forms this week. Please check these carefully and then return them to the school office, in person, during the days and times stated on the letter. Proof of Council Tax is required at this time.
Children who do not currently attend our ELC should complete the enrolmnent form on the Highland Council website, or telephone the school office to request a form. Birth certificate and proof of council tax are also required.
If you live outwith our catchment area and wish your child to attend Lochardil, you must enrol your child at your catchment school . A placing request form to request a place at Lochardil should also be completed and submitted to the Area Education Manager.
This week, in the run up to Burns Night, we will be learning about Robert Burns. We will celebrate Burns Night by having our very on Burns Supper on Thursday afternoon! This will give the boys and girls the chance to taste some traditional Scottish food, to hear some Burns poems and to perform the Scottish dance that we have been learning in gym. The children are invited to wear something tartan or something blue to school on Thursday.
Phonics – our sounds this week are ee and th.
Show and Tell – keep an eye out for the note in the red reading record!
Tennis – our 3rd tennis session will take place on Friday morning.
To Celebrate Chinese New Year and Burns Night, the pupils in our class will have the opportunity to take part in a food tasting session on Wednesday afternoon, this week, where they will get to sample foods from both Chinese and Scottish culture. The children will have the choice of what they do or do not want to try. If your child has any dietry requirements or allergies, that I need to be aware of, please let me know.
Thank you to everyone who has offered to help with swimming. If you are able to help on the following dates or would be willing to be on our “emergency stand in” list please get in touch with Miss MacDonald.
Friday 6th March Friday 27th March Friday 24th April
Thank you to everyone who has started to bring in boxes for our castle modelling. I have searched my stocks and found some spare boxes which can be used by anyone who needs a shoe box. I will provide tin foil and lollipop sticks too. All we need is smaller boxes and tubes for towers and any items they want to bring in for other features the children might want to add. I plan to start the castles on Tuesday 28th January . Happy hunting!
This week the children have had a lot of discussions around animals that hibernate. We would be grateful if anyone has any resources relating to any animals that hibernate, for example, puppets, any material, books, toy, dvd etc.
We have also been very busy outside making bird feeders and hanging them in the nursery garden as we are aware “it’s cold for the worms to come out so birds will be hungry and we need to make them bird feeders” (Megan).
8.1.20 The children have been very creative using the plus plus blocks to construct models, shapes and characters. They have also been very keen to make slime ( sorry parents 🙂 ) and have had lots of fun playing with it, while others have enjoyed creating a race track for their cars using pipes and guttering.
The second week in Term 3 has already finished and P6 are getting enthused about many things on their timetable. P6 are practising for the Scottish Opera event in March where they will sing songs from Warriors (The Emperor’s Incredible Army). This week P6 have complete some fabulous artwork inspired by Andy Warhol.
Homework has been handed out today and pupils know that all homework is to be handed in by Wednesday the following week.
Just a reminder that if there are any outstanding KAT artwork, could you please ask your child to return them to school as soon as possible. Also there are still many places available for Swimming which will commence in February – the cost £20.
Our P6 pupils are due to go swimming,on Friday afternoons over 10 weeks, from the 7th February. However, unfortunately we have yet to secure any parent helpers. If we are not able to get parent helpers for each of these weeks we will be unable to take the P6 pupils swimming. If you are able to help for any of the dates, please get in touch with Miss MacDonald in P6B. Parents will not be required to swim, simply accompany and supervise the pupils.
Thank you for your support and cooperation in enabling us to provide an enhanced curriculum for our children here at Lochardil.
Yesterday we introduced a new group of children to Ach an Eas. The children and residents made some bird feeders to hang outside in the front garden of the care home. This ties into our topic in nursery this week about ‘Winter’. Whilst our feeders were in the freezer we had story time and sang some songs with the residents.
We had great fun developing our model work skills, creating our very own Terracotta Army. This term we are studying China and we are doing our Scottish opera on the Terracotta Warriors. We still have to decorate these but they are coming together.
Neil, our local scout leader came into school today to tell us all about the skills we could be developing and the fun and experiences we could be having by joining scouts. He forgot to bring in all his information leaflets so he is going to drop them off at school this week. He said that Scouts is on every Monday evening in Green Drive Hall from 7pm-9pm. Miss Mac Donald
What a busy first week and a half we have had this term! We are all working hard and learning lots of new things!
Our sound of the week is ‘oa’, and this week in maths we have been learning all about times tables. We started off learning about ‘sets’ and are now on to learning our 2 times table. If you have time at home, it would be great to practice this with your child up to ’12 x 2′.
We have had a bit of a mix up with polo shirts recently. We have had a good look in class so please do check all of your polo shirts at home to make sure you have your own, as we have had one go missing.
This week we have started to talk about animals that hibernate and at the art area we have made our own hedgehogs by using paint and forks to make spikes. We have also started having more jobs to do in nursery, we get to be a snack champion who gets to chop up fruit and prepare the snack table. We have an oudoor champion who has to check that our outside area is safe to play. Also the special helper now assesses the tidying in their base room.
Just a reminder that we are hosting an Information evening on Thursday 16th January ( THIS WEEK) at 6pm, in our hall. The workshop will be looking at how to keep children and young people safe online, whilst also embracing the many exciting opportunities for digital learning.
This session will be a chance to explore some of the current threats and challenges that exist online but also look at a bank of resources which can be used to help improve digital parenting. Please arrive for a 6pm start. No need to book.
As part of our topic the children have been set the challenge of making a castle. Today they looked at the different features of a castle and made a design of their ideas. The plan is to build the castle at school, so we would be very grateful if you could send in any old cardboard packaging such as biscuit boxes, kitchen roll tubes, etc you are throwing out. It would be great if every child could bring in a shoe box sized box for the basic structure too. The criteria for the model is that it has 4 walls, at least one tower and a moving drawbridge or portcullis. I’m looking forward to seeing their Cool Castle!
Our topic for this term will be Scotland. The boys and girls have been looking at maps of Scotland and have been learning the names of some Scottish towns and cities. We have also learned about the Scottish flag and have designed our own tartan!
Phonics – our sounds this week are sh and oo.
Show and Tell – the class have new seats but we have decided that the girls and boys who sat at the Brain Boxes and the Super Stars last week will do Show and Tell this week (keep an eye out for the reminder in the reading record!).
Tennis Coaching – the class have started a 4 week block of tennis coaching. This will take place on a Friday morning.
Parents Night – please return your slip to book a parents evening appointment. We will try our best to accommodate suitable times and days for everyone.
Thank you to everyone who bought a book at our Book Fairs! We have just received an order based on commission from the Fairs, of full sets of group readers, as well as books for our Nursery. The children (and teachers!) are itching to get their hands on them!
A drop-in session will take place at Holm Primary School on Wednesday 15 January 2020 from 2.30 – 5 pm where there will be an opportunity to see the plans for the new Ness Castle Primary School. All are welcome.
That’s our first week over, well done to all our new starts for settling in. When discussing winter , most children shared “it gets really cold and icey” , therefor we explored ice cubes in the water tray and painted them.
Happy new year and welcome back! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and restful break.
Term 3 has got off up a great start. Pupils have been focussed and hard working all week which has been great to see. Keep it up! I will post the term 3 learning overview on here next week so keep an eye out for that!
On Thursday morning we had Miss O’Boyle from the IRA English department come in to visit and give us a taster of critical analysis writing using the PEAR structure. We all successfully wrote a paragraph about our favourite food using PEAR. She will be back in 2 weeks time to introduce us to using PEAR to analyse poetry.
Parent appointment slips went home in school bags yesterday. Please ensure that these are returned by Tuesday 14th January indicating your appointment preferences so we can try our best to accommodate your requested day/time.
It sounds from the children like everyone had a super time over the festive period! I will put the Termly Overview with information about our class and dates for events, on the blog next week, but meanwhile I’m putting on pictures from this week’s work.
We were really delighted to receive visitors from Feis Rois. They taught us about tone and dynamics in music. And we had a go at some fun, nonsense songs with actions.
We were working in groups to create ‘scales’ for a Chinese dragon.
Learning about equivalent fractions is really fun and we’re using a cool resource called, ‘Maths Whizz’ to see how good we are…
The Broom House Captains would like to say thank you for the donations we received for the charity “Smalls for All” as part of our House event last term. We can send away 15 packets of underwear to their office in Livingstone.
We hope that we have raised awareness of the different situations which children face and help us to appreciate and value the lifestyles we enjoy.
UNCRC Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.
We did our start of unit assessment for Money ? this week. A lot of people in our class found the division questions really tricky. We started working on division practice today but If you can, please practise multiplication and division facts at home this week in order to boost confidence and understanding . #teamwork
the first Emperor of China, destined to rule his Empire forever. After all, didn’t he drink the Elixir of Life, a potion that promises immortality? Not such a great promise when that elixir turns out to be a deadly poison. Now the afterlife awaits, but even a dead Emperor needs an army. So, over many years, he’s gathered a vast hoard to watch over him after death – 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots, all armoured and armed to the teeth. And every one of them moulded from clay…
This term we will be working alongside the other P5 and P6 pupils in partnership with Scottish Opera to tell the true story of Emperor Qin’s incredible 2,000 year old terracotta army, and the clay warriors that continue to amaze and delight millions all over the world to this very day.
The timing of Scottish opera has worked out well for us as Our topic this term is CHINA ??. You will be able to come alongand see our performance in March. I will share dates for your Diary,in our term overview, next week.
In P6B We have been researching the Australian Bush Fires and reading news reports to help us write our own report, next week. Yesterday we made pictorial story maps to summarise one of the articles that we read .
Bushfires have been burning since September and haveintensified over the past week. People have had toevacuate dueto high temperatures and strong winds causing the fires to spread.More than 20 people havedied and habitats have beendestroyed. New South Wales has been worst affected.
To Dec £235 should have been paid keeping up with the payment schedule. Please ensure you have made the necessary payments. Please contact the school office if you require further details. Pupils are issued with a receipt as payments are received. Thank you.
Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to term 3!
We hope you all had a lovely holiday. The children have all come back refreshed after a very exhausting end to term 2! They have already been very busy and are enjoying getting back into the swing of things once more.
We are very lucky this term to be receiving some indoor tennis coaching. This will take place over the next 4 weeks, with our first session taking place this Friday. Gym kit (everything named please) will be required for this, so please remember to send this in if you haven’t already done so. Thank you.
Also, Show and Tell will begin this Friday for the Busy Bees and Clever Caterpillars. Next Friday will be the turn of the Fabulous Frogs and the Brilliant Butterflies and alternate Fridays thereafter.
Our learning overview for this term will be posted shortly. Watch this space…!
Today the children were finding out about the properties of materials .Mrs Sutherland made a bag from paper and asked the children to fill it with water. They were able to explain that the paper bag was not waterproof and let the water pass through.
Welcome back, we hope that you all had a lovely break. This week we have started to discuss ‘Winter’, speaking about the change in weather and how to keep warm. We have also been making our own winter pictures at the art area.