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ELC – Virtual Nature School

The Virtual Nature School are providing a variety of outdoor play and learning resources which can be used to support home learning. These materials are available through the Virtual Nature School and are signposted on Parent Club. There are:

·         Activity ideas and tips shared regularly on Facebook and Instagram

·         A downloadable nature diary which can be used to celebrate learning,  support reflection and improve literacy

·         A regular newsletter. Each edition answers a question asked by parents and helps to support discussions with children around outdoor play

·         A regular parent podcast focusing on myth busting and ideas to get outdoors. Episode 1 is tips for parents on dressing children warmly for outdoor play.

·         A regular practitioner podcast exploring outdoor pedagogy

·         Access to the Virtual Nature School videos which provide outdoor learning ideas or inquiries to start of the day’s learning .

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Reminder – Online Parent Appointments

A reminder that parent appointments for pupils in P1 – P7 will be held on line on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January between 3.30 and 6 pm.

Please remember to book an online appointment with your child’s class teacher before the booking system closes on Tuesday 26th January at 12noon.

For your convenience the information issued last week has been reposted below



In the event of the online system not working for your scheduled appointment, please be assured you will be contacted by phone the next day by a member of staff to arrange an alternative appointment, which may have to be a telephone conversation with the class teacher.

Dropping off for school

May we remind you that the school car park is for staff use only and not a designated dropping off point at any time during the day. (Disabled users exempt)

Please be aware of traffic/road signage at the school on Lochardil Road to ensure safety for pupils and community.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ELC -P1 & ELC Enrolment

Primary 1 and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) enrolment

The new school session starts on 17 August 2021.

Primary 1

If your child will be five years of age on or before 28 February 2022, they are eligible to enrol for Primary 1. 

Enrolment week for Primary 1 pupils will take place from Monday 25 January to Friday 29 January. 

If you wish to enrol your child for Primary 1, please do so during enrolment week. The online enrolment form will be available from Monday 25 January. 

*Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face enrolment in schools this session. Parents/carers with no access to the online process can request a paper copy of the enrolment form from their catchment school during enrolment week. 

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

Children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2019 are entitled to a funded Early Learning and Childcare place.

For Early Learning and Childcare places, enrolment week commences Monday 8 February and concludes on Friday 12 February 2021.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

Thank you.

Online Parents’ Evening Booking System

Good afternoon all parents/carers,
We are going ahead with our planned dates for Parents’ Evening appointments as arranged at the start of the school year. Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, we are hosting our appointments via an online booking system. Please see attached letter and guidance sheet on how you should book an online appointment for your child(ren).
In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe, well and enjoy your weekend.

Back in Kahoots

Our weekly Kahoot fun is back! starting Friday 22nd January

ELC -P3 Join Mrs MacIver LIVE at 10:00 every Friday

P4-7 Join Miss MacDonald LIVE at 11:00 every Friday

The Kahoot will be held on the Google Meet Link – posted on google classroom .

This is an optional activity to support social wellbeing and have some fun during this difficult time.

Join at or with the Kahoot! app. Miss MacDonald or Mrs MacIver will share the Game PIN that you will need on our LIVE google meet. You may find it easier to use a mobile to access the Kahoot quiz so you can still see everyone on the google meet but if you are working of a Chromebook or laptop you can just open a new tab. The google meet link will be the same each week. Hope to see lots of you there .

Highland Virtual Academy Support

Highland Virtual Academy Support

HVA COVID Support Teachers will be providing L&T support for literacy, numeracy and IDL. This will be for early, level 1, level 2 and level 3 and can be accessed by pupils in school or at home through YouTube.   The actual L&T session is pre-recorded.

This link will take pupils to the HVA YouTube channel where they can access the pre-recorded sessions

ELC – Christmas Party

What a great time we had today at our Christmas Party. It was so lovely to have everyone together in their bubbles and having fun at this special time of year! We played musical bumps, musical statues and corners and had yummy party food.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and everyone one of you for your support through the last two terms. Our new routines have been ever changing but it is made so much easier with your understanding and cooperation.

We hope you have the best holiday with your families. Stay safe and we will see you all in 2021!


As part of my Christmas present to P5, we got an Oxfam advent calendar. Each day we have opened up a gift which will help meets the needs of others in relation to food, water, healthcare, sanitation and education.
We have loved opening them and learning about the difference between needs and wants!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Lochardil’s Big Christmas Sign Along

Due to Covid19 restrictions, we have not been able to take part in our usual Christmas services, concerts and sing alongs. Here, at Lochardi, British Sign Language is our L3. We turned this unusual situation into an exciting, positive opportunity to develop and share our BSL skills .

We had great fun learning these Christmas songs and we really hope that this Big Sign Along brings you some Christmas cheer in what has been a difficult year.


Our Christmas lunch was great fun!

So was our Christmas party!

We are very proud of our Malawi inspired Artwork! We have been learning about the Rights of the Child, and the difference between needs and wants. We have been looking at the different ways in which society can help us meet those needs.

We had lots of fun completing a PE and maths based escape room challenge! Well done to Sarah, Sam, Tristan and Ava who managed to escape first!

Grace brought in running medals for us to see, which belong to her and her family. Well done Grace! You are a superstar runner!

Well done to Layla who has achieved her Grade 1 certificate in ballet!

Congratulations Roddy! He was nominated by the boys and girls in P5 to receive our ‘Star Pupil’ award at our virtual Christmas assembly! He was nominated by p5 for this award for being very hardworking, kind and helpful! Well done Roddy!

P5/4 Blog

What a fun party! Lots of games and lots of prizes!

Callan is upset because he couldn’t join in with his favourite dances!

The rest of them SAY they are not having fun….but can I draw your attention to the smiles on their cheery wee faces. Well…..some of them!

Pass the Parcel….with forfeits of course!

A HUGE Merry Christmas from myself, Mrs H and Mrs F. We will see all you wonderful children again after Christmas. Hope you have been good!!!!! (Don’t worry, I sent Santa very good reports about you all from school.) Happy Holidays!

Thank you message for all the food donations from Lochardil Larder!

Please see the presentation below for our thank you message for all the food donations from Lochardil Larder!

Up date from the Highland Council 21.12.20

As you know, the First Minister announced at the weekend that there will be some changes to the way schools return after the Christmas break.  Tomorrow (Tuesday 22 December) a letter will be issued to all parents and carers of children and young people in Highland schools to give you the key information about this.  Please do not contact the school today about the new arrangements, to allow School leaders and staff to focus on planning for the new term.

Easy Fundraising

Any support appreciated

As we are all likely to be doing more of our shopping online. A really simple and FREE way to support us during this difficult time is to sign up to easyfundraising. 

Every time you do your online shopping via easyfundraising, retailers donate money to Lochardil Parent Council and it’s completely free!

Please sign up by clicking below and download the app:

Scottish Government Announcement 19.12.2020

Please be reassured we will share further information and guidance on Monday & Tuesday next week in response to what this latest announcement from Scottish Government regarding new restrictions means for us at school and the continued learning for all our pupils after the Christmas holidays.

We are ready for this! We will ensure you as parents/ carers, and all our children, feel as informed and prepared as possible before we finish on Tuesday to start our festive break. We will update our Blog and through our usual communication channels to ensure everyone receives the key messages. Please also check the Highland Council website for up-to-date information for our area.

Remember we are a strong community and will continue to support each other to ensure we remain as safe and connected as possible during these uncertain times. Please be reassured we will continue this journey together working with each other for strength, support, guidance, and importantly to continue the education and wellbeing of our young people who are the heart of all we do.

Familiarise yourself with the latest Scot. Gov. guidance available on their website and through National/Local media. Thanks again for continuing to keep our school community safe during these times.

P1A Festive Fun!

The girls and boys really enjoyed taking part in a special Christmas Kahoot quiz which was organised by the P7 house captains. We also took part in a virtual Christmas assembly!

In class, we have been busy making and writing Christmas cards. Our sound this week was x so we made an x-ray of our hand!

Monday will be a dress down day as a thank you from the P7 house captains.

Join the CCC Nativity Trail

Culduthel Christian Centre have organised a family “Nativity Trail” around the area. There is a box at the church to collect the information to help you navigate around homes in the area to see pictures of the Christmas story displayed in windows.

Thank you to Rev Macleod and the CCC congregation for sharing this with us and supporting us with our Christmas service today.


It has been a fun week in primary 4, making our learning as festive as possible!

We have made beautiful 2021 calendars to hang in our bedrooms and in the process of creating clay snowmen. These will look AMAZING when completed!

Eddie has been up to more mischief in our class AND we have been enjoying our daily advent calendar.

In maths we have been learning to write the date in both short and long form. To do this we looked at the different months of the year and also learnt how many days are in each month.

After this, we looked at calendars and completed a fun partner task!

2 more school days to go, can you believe it!!!

P4 Christmas party

We had lots of fun playing many different covid friendly games at our party!! We managed to play pass the parcel using a number generator instead of passing round the object. This was just as much fun for everyone

A lot of sweeties were consumed!!!

ELC – Christmas Decorations

The children have been busy making and decorating tree decorations for our friends at The Mackenzie Centre and Ach an Eas.

The Mackenzie Centre have received a lovely delivery of brightly coloured gingerbread men and hearts which will go out in their Christmas care packages and Ach an Eas received personalised Christmas trees and stars.

ELC – Hamper & Donations

Usually in the ELC the staff would participate in Secret Santa. This year we thought we would use the money that we would normally spend on each other and give back to the wider community. The money was split equally between MFR Cash for Kids and Ach an Eas Care Home.

Two hampers of goodies were made up for the staff and residents at Ach an Eas, filled with sweets, biscuits, puzzles, crosswords, handmade decorations and personal care items and a donation of £82 was made to Cash for Kids.

Family Giveaway – 3 day event – open to all

‘inSpires’ at Inverness Cathedral are putting together a 3-day event – Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December (from 10am to 1pm each day).  We are offering FREE toys – board games, books, soft toys etc., which have been donated to us from individuals and MFR Cash for Kids. As well as this we will be able to give FREE FOOD BAGS, and WINTER JACKETS for children.

‘inSpires’ would love to see you … and hope that you can pop by and enjoy a festive mince pie and tea/coffee.  There is no need to register and we will open the doors from 10am to 1pm each day, Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 December.

Party time in P1B…

We have had such a fun, busy and exciting party day. The icing on the cake was a sack full of presents left by Santa Claus himself. How kind of him to take time to visit us – apparently he had been informed by Eddie Elf and Floppy that we had been working so hard that we deserved a little treat. We were ALL on the ‘nice list’ and ALL got a present AND an extra little box of Lego for the classroom!! Amazing!

Self-isolation Guidance

The Highland Council have asked all schools to share the following information with parents/carers.

Who needs to self isolate?

Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should isolate straight away and arrange a test via or, if you can’t get online, by calling 0800 028 2816.

People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away.

If the test result for the symptomatic person is negative, and they are not already isolating as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case, they can end isolation and return to work or school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away.

If the test is positive, the symptomatic person should remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset, or longer if certain symptoms persist. The rest of the household should remain in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. 

More information can be found here: –


P6/5 showed brilliant team work when playing dodgeball yesterday. I was very impressed with the way the teams made sure that everyone was included and taking part.

I love the facial expressions here. The boys were trying to figure out a tricky problem during problem solving.
We had a google meet with the ELC children yesterday. They performed their BSL Christmas song for us and shared their learning about nocturnal animals. Some of these children might be buddied up with some of our class next year.
Spreading some Christmas joy in the playground this morning.

Road Safety

Now that the dark & icy weather is definitely with us, this a good time to remind everyone of general road safety measures to keep everyone safe.

If driving children to school, please remember to park safely and sensibly by not parking on or near street corners, not to block driveways and not to stop on the lines outside the school gates.

Remind children about crossing roads safely and to take extra care when checking for traffic which cannot stop so quickly on icy roads.

Cyclists (and pedestrians) should wear clothing which is clearly visible to drivers, and bikes should be fitted with front and rear lights.

Be aware that roads may not have been gritted by the time your children are coming to school, so watch out for black ice and take extra care.

We want everyone to arrive safely for school so please remind children (and adults!!) of good road safety practices.

Let us all do our bit to keep everyone safe.

P3A Circuit Challenge

Yesterday P3A were given a challenge to see if they could make a bulb light up. They were given a battery, wires, a bulb and a bulb holder. Some of the children managed to light up the bulb really quickly. They really enjoyed this activity and next week they are going to make a switch to turn the bulb on and off.

End of Term 2

As we approach the end of our Term 2 we would like to confirm school will close to pupils on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and reopen for Term 3 on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Please continue to support our school to stay safe by adhering to the Scot. Gov. guidelines and remember F.A.C.T.S.  Thanks to everyone for looking after us and our community here at Lochardil Primary.

OOSC – 15/12/2020

Hi everyone!

Well, that’s us in our last full week before Christmas. In Out of School Club, we have managed out to the MUGA a few times, and have been playing games inside like Twister, Marble Run and Guess Who.

Miss Watson has made some Christmas crackers using some art sets (which were very kindly donated!) with some of the children. She hopes to get some more children involved this week.

Winter Hardship Payment

Families on low incomes in receipt of free school meals can apply for a COVID winter hardship payment from Scottish Government

Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for a £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment from the Scottish Government.

There are no restrictions on how families choose to spend the additional payment. The payment is per child not per household. However, P1-3 pupils receiving free school meals due to universal provision, not due to low income, are not eligible.

In Highland, the Highland Council will administer this payment on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible households do not require to apply for this payment, the Council will contact those families directly with payment details.

Households who think they are maybe eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment and have not received notification of an award by Monday 21 December 2020 should contact the Councils Welfare Support Team on or email

Who is eligible for free school meals due to low income?

Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment. Eligibility for Free School Meals based on low income, is where the household is in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610).
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but not in receipt of Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105 (as assessed by the HMRC)
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and an income below £7,330 (as assessed by the HMRC)
  • If you are 16 to 18 yrs old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, then you can claim for yourself
  • If you are an asylum seeker receiving support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

The payment for the £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment will be made prior to Christmas for those who were in receipt of free school meals due to low income on 30 November 2020.

Households who apply and awarded free school meals due to low income after

30 November 2020 will be eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment up until 22 December 2020. Those eligible families will be notified, and an award will be made no later than 15 January 2021.

A cash payment via PayPoint voucher will be made to eligible households. Vouchers will be redeemable at local PayPoint outlets. A small minority of households will receive payment via Post Office Pay-out and will be advised in their notification.

ELC – Panto Time

While the Rainbows were having lots of fun at the woods, the Buttercups enjoyed a virtual panto named ‘Robin Hood and the socially distanced men’. They loved watching it on the big screen and got into the panto spirit. The Rainbows will have the opportunity to watch on Thursday.

ELC – Transition

Our nursery 4’s have now started their Primary 1 transition. Although we are unable to visit the P1 classrooms, we have been able to visit virtually and engage with classes and teachers. We have been listening to stories, sharing likes and dislikes and we have shared our BSL songs.

ELC – Our Week

What a busy week we’ve had. The children have been busy learning and recording our BSL song, which we can’t wait to show you all!

We have also been practising our number recognition, pattern matching, making beautiful decorations to send to our friends at the Mackenzie Centre and writing letters to Santa ??

Good Luck Miss Cowie

P6 have been lucky enough to have Miss Cowie , a student teacher, working with us for the past seven weeks. It was her last day with us on Friday. We have really enjoyed having her as part of our class and we have had lots of fun learning with her. Thank you Miss Cowie and Good Luck in your teaching adventure .

from P6 and Miss MacDonald

P6 Party Reminder

Our Christmas party will be held between break and lunch tomorrow (Monday). We are looking forward to playing fun games, dancing and showing off our festive/party outfits. Remember to bring along a party snack for yourself, if you would like. Maybe a bag of individual crisps and a wrapped cake bar/sweet. You can also take juice in your usual water bottle. See you tomorrow!

P6/5 Christmas Party – Monday 14th December

Our Christmas party will be held between break and lunch tomorrow (Monday). We are looking forward to playing fun games, dancing and showing off our festive/party outfits. Remember to bring along a party snack for yourself, if you would like. Maybe a bag of individual crisps and a wrapped cake bar/sweet. You can also take juice in your usual water bottle. See you tomorrow!

P5/4 Weekly Blog

Nearly there! We made some lovely Christmas cards with beautiful new pastels.

In writing, we were doing instructions on how to make the said Christmas cards. We looked at instructions from books, and followed instructions on how to make a paper aeroplane. We then had a flying competition.

Have a look where Mia’s landed! She got the prize for highest…and longest in the air!

We’re loving social dancing!

And our class is looking more and more Medievally……

Party on Tuesday. Remember to provide your child with a nice party snack if you can.

So get ready to swing your party pants! Can’t wait!

The Rotary Club Santa Sleigh

Please see below times that Santa will be passing through our area. Remember to give him a big wave and cheer as he passes by.

LOCHARDIL    – Sun 13th Dec

16.00  – 16.30

Broom Dr, Laggan Rd , Balnakyle  Rd,  Drumdevan Rd, Torbreck Rd               

16.30 – 17.00

Darris Rd,  Balnakyle Rd , Stratherrick Rd , Ardness Pl                                                                 

17.00 – 17.30

Stratherrick Rd, Grigor Dr, Sratherrick Rd .                          

17.30 – 18.00

Lochardil Rd ,  Drummond Rd.  Broom Rd  

Pr 7 Lochardil Larder

A group of us have been working together to help count, sort and pack up the food donations we received after our dress up day in October. We covered boxes with Christmas paper, made salt dough decorations and covered the hampers with recyclable plastic cellophane to finish them off.

We were delighted to share 12 food hampers with Inverness Women’s Aid today and have 10 more ready for delivery to some of the senior citizens in the community next week. We will share out the remaining items to other families and the Inverness foodbank.

Thank you to everyone who donated food, which will make such a difference to families at Christmas.

We felt so proud of being able to help others. We enjoyed working together on this project. Anna, from Women’s Aid, was very happy to come along to receive our hampers today.
Some of the hampers ready to go.
Filling up Anna’s car ready to take to Inverness Women’s Aid

Our data handling and maths skills came in useful!

ELC – Christmas Cards

Children should only give cards within their class (Rainbow/Buttercup). They should be brought in this week to be left in their trays to quarantine for a 72 hour period and they will be distributed to the recipients next week.

Please handle this as you would your regular mail and adhere to government guidance on handling items.

ELC – Forest Session – Week 5

We had our cheeky resident Elf, Larry appear at our base camp today. He had left us a fun ‘pants trail’ around the woods so we got to explore parts that we havent got to yet. We had wrap pizza’s and hot chocolate/hot juice for snack and discussed all the things that we had enjoyed about our sessions.

Layton – ‘Going on the rope swing’
Lyra – ‘my marshmallows’
Lewis – ‘I liked when we played hide and seek’
Jenny – ‘I liked when I was on the log’
Finlay – ‘I love going to the log’

This was our last session before the holidays. Deatils of a new block will be put out in due course.

Rotary Club – Santa Sleigh

The Rotary Club Santa Sleigh will be in the Lochardil area on Sunday 13th December at 4pm to approx 6pm.

Further details of other areas and times can be found on the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden Facebook Page.

Due to Covid restrictions & regulations, the Rotary Club please ask that children & parents/carers should wait for Santa to reach them at the side of the road/end of a cul-de-sac etc and not rush forward to meet the sleigh. Also in line with the guidance, this year children will not be allowed on the sleigh with Santa.

The elves will be collecting for Rotary Club charities (with socially distanced buckets!!)

Please give generously and enjoy the festive cheer.

P1A Dates for your diary

Christmas lunch – A quick reminder that tomorrow is our Christmas lunch. Pupils are welcome to come to school wearing something festive such as a Christmas jumper or a Santa hat!

Christmas Party – The P1 Christmas party will be held on Wednesday 16th December (morning). We kindly ask that each pupil takes a small amount of party food from home for themselves only, not for sharing. They can also take juice in their water bottles.

Many thanks!

Distribution of Christmas Cards

Many children have asked about giving out Christmas cards and we have just had clarity that this will be permitted.

Children should only give cards within their class. They should be brought in this week to be left in a tray to quarantine for a 72 hour period and they will be distributed to the recipients next week.

Please handle this as you would your regular mail and adhere to government guidance on handling items.

P1 – P7 Christmas Party Information

As per the school calendar the class Christmas parties will go ahead on the following dates ;

Monday 14th December P6, P5/6 and P5

Tuesday 15th December P4, P5/4 and P3

Wednesday 16th December P2 and P1

Thursday 17th December P7

The parties will be held in your child’s class and they will not mix with the other class of the same stage as per previous years due to current guidelines.

We ask children to take a small amount of party food in a suitable container/bag to enjoy on the day. This is for themselves only and not to be shared. Please remember that we operate a strictly no nuts policy.

Children are permitted to take juice (not fizzy) in their water bottles on party day only.

We are looking forward to seeing the children in their party clothes (optional) and ready to have some fun (not optional!).

2D Shapes

The children in P2A have been learning about 2D shapes. They can identify, name and describe the features using appropriate vocabulary. Can you find any 2D shapes at home or on the way to school?