Author Archives: Lochardil Primary School

ELC- Ach an Eas, 11th December 2019

We braved the weather this morning to head to Ach an Eas for our last session of this block. The children and residents were busy making Christmas cards for each other and their families. Summer helped to deliver a little Christmas gift to the staff and residents. Miss Kelman had a chat with Rosetta who said “Will you tell the parents that the children are a credit to them, and to you. They are so lovely. I love bairns, it lifts me” when they visit and “the residents adore them.” It was lovely to hear such an amazing feedback from one of the residents about our visits to their home.

ELC – 11.12.19

Dates to Remember ? Monday 6th January – Schools back ?

Tuesday 21st January – “Coffee and Chat” – Parent Focus Group time TBC ?

W/B Monday 27th January – Primary 1 enrolment week ?

Friday 31st January – Literacy family event “Books and Buns” 1:15pm – 2:15pm ?

W/B Monday 10th February Early Learning and Childcare enrolment week ?

Monday 17th February – School Holiday, School Closed ?

Tuesday 18th February – School Holiday, School Closed ?

Wednesday 19th February – In-service day – School Closed ?

Thursday 19th March – Parent Council AGM 7pm ?

Thursday 26th March – Family learning event (Numeracy) Time TBC ?

Friday 27th March – Last day of school for the Easter Holidays ?

Monday 13th April – Easter Monday – School Closed ?

Tuesday 14th April – Schools first day back ?

Friday 8th May – May Day Holiday – School Closed ?

Monday 1st June – School In-service day – School Closed ?

Thursday 4th June – Family HWB event time TBC ?

Thursday 11th June – School Sports Day – P4 – P7 9.30am – P1 – P3 1.30pm ?

Friday 12th June – ELC Sports (AM and PM) Times TBC ?

Thursday 2nd July – Last day of school closed at 12pm

P1 & P2 Nativity

Thank you to all who came to watch our Nativity. We had such good fun and hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.


The children are looking forward to the end of term Christmas service and we require parent helpers to accompany the class to the Culduthel Christian Centre on Thursday 19th December at 9.15am. A slip, to be returned to the class, has been popped into your child’s reading folder for completion if you are able to help. Many thanks.

ELC – 10/12/19

Reminder to wear christmas clothing tomorrow Wednesday 11th December for christmas lunch. Also we are closed Thursday 12th december.

If anyone has had their child go home in nursery clothes could you please make sure you return them asap as we are running low, thank you. Also in relation to clothes, please could you put your child’s name on every item of clothing, shoes, gloves, bags etc, as a few things have gone home with the wrong child/things have gone missing. Thank you!


Thank you so much to everyone who came to see us in our Nativity over the last 2 days – we have all had such a fantastic time! The children have all put so much effort in since the start of term and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them, as I’m sure you are too.

A reminder that tomorrow is school Christmas lunch and pupils can also wear a Christmas jumper to school if they wish. We also have our open afternoon on Friday (13/12) from 2-2.45pm. We are looking forward to seeing lots of faces in to join us for this as well.

Finally, another big thank you for all of your continued support so far this year!

Miss Cockburn

Pr 7A Horrid Herod at the Craigmonie!

We were deilighted to share our Christmas play with the 6,7,8 Club yesterday. We were their Christmas entertainment as they enjoyed their meal.

“We were good at our lines.”

“We enjoyed doing something different.”

“We should phase the music in and out a bit more instead of stopping it so quickly.”

Well done everyone – a great performance. Thank you to the 6,7,8 Club for making us feel so welcome and for the box of sweets we will be sharing later!

Pr 7 Transition Ceilidh /Lochardil Party

We have been invited to the IRA for a Ceilidh on

TUESDAY 17th DECEMBER. (9.30 am – 10.45 am)

Clean , non marking indoor shoes should be worn . Pupils can take a water bottle. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

We have issued our Party Food letter via school bag mail. Thank you for supporting us with a few treats. Please remember we are a nut free school.

Pr 7 Party THURSDAY 19th DEC 1 pm – 3 pm

P1A Nativity Information

P1A are very excited about our nativity performances next week! In order for the girls and boys to change into their costumes in time for the 09:30 start we will be letting the children come in to class from 08:50 (when the first bell rings) on both the Monday and Tuesday. This is entirely optional and if you are not able to make it in for that time then please do not worry!

School Christmas lunch will be held on Wednesday and the girls and boys are welcome to come to school in their Christmas jumpers!

Homework – there will be no reading homework next week due to the nativity performances. Letter formation and number homework will be given out as normal.

Election Day – a quick reminder that the school will be closed for all pupils on Thursday 12th December.

Open afternoon – our open afternoon will be held next Friday from 2:00pm – 2:45pm.

This week, we have been doing lots of addition activities and have written the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’.

P5B Weekly Blog

Feeling very Christmassy. The children decorated the classroom! Very tasteful…

We finished the Dragon Eyes. I was really impressed by the children’s attention to detail, and clever use of colour. They look a bit real and quite spooky!

We sprayed the clay angels silver or gold. Even spray painting needs careful preparation, but the children were very good and listened carefully to the safety instructions. And some of them even managed not to spray me…

Don’t forget to join us, if you can, on Friday 13th at 2:oopm. We will sing a French Christmas Song for you and you can help us to make beautiful snowflakes. See you then!


We had a visit from Vincent, from the SSPCA.
He taught us about the work of the SSPCA and brought along owl robots for us to build and programme. Fabulous learning for our STEM skills and great fun too!
Oscar was delighted to meet Oscar the Owl!

Here a few things we learned about the work of the SSPCA
That the most common animal helped by the SSPCA are seagulls.
Most SSPCA workers go to college or university to complete a course to help them learn about animals and how to look after them. Vincent studied Zoology.
Seals can be the most dangerous animals to help, as they are likely to bite and cause an infection.
The SSPCA help domestic, wild and farm animals.


Last week, Maria, Katie and Josh spoke to us all about the tennis competition they competed in. Well done to the three of you!

Last week, Andrew was on stage performing with his drama group. They performed Snow White. It was such an enjoyable performance and Andrew did a brilliant job!


Congratulations to Erin, who is our Pupil of the Month! She is our Pupil of the Month for her fabulous teamwork and gymnastic skills while creating a group gymnastic routine in PE. Well done Erin! She also won a trophy at the weekend for her fantastic dancing!

Digital Learning and E- Safety Parent and Carers Workshop

We will be hosting an Information evening on Thursday 16th January 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.

P1 and P2 Nativity

After 5 weeks of hard work, the big day is nearly here. We are all very excited to perform our Nativity to all the parents, carers and grandparents coming to one of next weeks’ shows. As our morning performances are starting at 9.30am on both Monday and Tuesday, we will be taking P1 and P2 classes in at the first bell on both of these days. This bell rings at 8.50am so it would be greatly appreciated if your child could be in their line at this time in order for us to get ready.

A reminder that doors will open 10 minutes before each performance starts, and you must have your allocated tickets with you to gain entry.

We look forward to seeing lots of friends and family at one of the performances next week, and we hope you are as excited as we are!

P1 and P2 teachers.

P2B Updates

It has been a very busy few weeks in P2B with lots of exciting things going on. We have been learning how to tell the time in maths using o’clock and half past, as well as practising our letter formation for the first half of the alphabet (a-m).

We had our final nativity rehearsal today before the big event next week – all of the children have been working very hard and are very excited for family members to come and see our performances!

Our 3rd and final tennis session is tomorrow (05/12), so please ensure a PE kit is taken into school for this.

Once again, a big thank you to everybody who has provided costumes, party food and everything else at such a busy time of year – it is really appreciated!

Miss Cockburn

ELC – Wee Mac’s

We had such an exciting day at Wee Mac’s today. Not only did we have a new group of children who were able to explore the resources and surroundings, the weekly fire pit with marshmallows, but we were able to join the clients of the Mackenzie Centre for their annual Panto visit, ‘Handsome & Gretel’. The children were so engaged and really loved the performance. 

ELC- Ach an Eas, 4th December 2019

This morning the children headed down to Ach an Eas to perform our Christmas songs. They were super sensible when walking with their partners to and from the care home. The staff are so proud of the children as their singing was amazing! The residents loved joining in with the familiar songs, especially our last song ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. The staff provided us with a delicious snack of sandwiches and biscuits before walking back to nursery.

Pr 7A NSPCC Workshop

We enjoyed welcoming Mr Darcy back to Lochardi today. Pr 6 and Pr 7 classes enjoyed follow up workshops to the Speak Out, Stay Safe Assembly we had the other week.

We were reminded about how to share our worries about issues that may be affecting us. We talked through scenarios about neglect and various forms of abuse.

Article 12: All children have a right to give their opinion when adults are making decisions which wil affect them.

Broom Goes Pants!

Each term the House Captains host a whole school event.

The Broom House Captains are highlighting the need for all children to have an education. Some children can’t go to school because they do not have any underwear.

Broom would value your support for a Scottish charity called “Smalls for All”. The charity collects underwear and distributes to communities where this is a problem.

Donations of new pants would be welcome please.

The collection box wil be in reception until the end of term.

Pantastic Pantolympics! MONDAY 9 DECEMBER Sports activities with a pants linked theme!

Join the Broom House Captains for some fun in the MUGA at breaktime and lunchtime.

Thank you for your support

Article 28: All children have the right to education.


Christmas lunch – Christmas lunch will be on Wednesday 11th December. Please return your slip if your child would like to order a Christmas lunch.

Phonics – our sounds this week are w and v.

Show and Tell – could the Whizz Kids and the Bright Sparks please take in something for Show and Tell.


Forest session – Monday 9th December. This is the last forest session for the Monday AM Rainbows in the woods and we would like to invite parents to come and join us on our last session. If you wish to come and join us please meet at Lochardil woods for 9am Monday 9th December. Hopefully see you there.

ELC – 03/12/19

ELC Christmas Party Friday 20th December 9:30am – 11am OR 1pm – 2:30pm. If your child attends on a Friday their regular slot will remain the same. However, if you child does not attend on a Friday they will be invited in, please see note in your child’s tray 🙂

A Christmas party food list has been pinned up on the wall to the left of the lunches; we would appreciate if you would sign up to taking in an item please.

Also a big thank you for coming along to our MacMillan Coffee Morning we are delighted to tell you we raised £90.44. Thanks again!

ELC – Mackenzie Centre – Week Two

Another great couple of days at the Mackenzie Centre this week. The children enjoyed toasting marshmallows over the fire pit, making mud pies, using the exploration table, playing games in the hut, dancing, singing with the clients in the Mackenzie Centre and even a bit of meditation !!

We are looking forward to taking a new group of children next week and showing them what we do at the Mackenzie Centre.

ELC – 29.11.19

A reminder that next Wednesday 4th December all Wednesday AM children will be going to Ach an Eas for Christmas sing along. Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper.                Also Wednesday the 11th December the children are performing their Christmas songs at the Culduthel Christian Centre at 11:40am. Children are invited to wear Christmas jumpers.                                                                                                                                                                          At the end of this week children have been getting into the festive spirit by helping put the Christmas trees up. Please remember to have a look through our lost property box.              Have a lovely weekend 🙂 ?

P5B Weekly Blog

Last week we had a lot going on but I didn’t blog so I’m going to do both weeks now. We were at Eden Court for a showing of Wonderpark, and then it was time for the Unicef Rights of the Child 40 year celebrations. With the children dressed up so beautifully, we had lots of cool party games. My activity naturally involved food! The mars bar game was frustrating but fun!

Robbie attempted to show us a card trick, but has still to perfect it!

We started on dragon eyes in art. You can use all sorts of colours for this and the children went wild with imaginative markings.

This week has been fun too. The children did a great listening job when they watched me demonstrating how to make a clay angel. They look very individual and cute. Very angelic!

We were visited yesterday by the man from the RSPCA. He was very interesting and he brought robot owls. What’s not to love!

Please note that events beyond my control have meant that the open afternoon has been changed to the 13th. Sorry if this has caused you inconvenience. 2:00pm start.

P7B – Forest Schools – 29/11/19

Today P7B had a different start to their Friday morning. We joined Miss MacNeil from the ELCC for a Forest Schools session in Lochardil Woods.

We were learning how to light fires with flint and steel, and looked at what materials work best to create a strong fire. We also got to use our literacy skills and create stories from the point of view of an ant. We use our surroundings as inspiration and came up with some super ideas.

We are looking forward to our next two sessions with Miss MacNeil over the coming couple of weeks.

Sports Volunteers Wanted

Do you have skills or an interest in a particular sport? Tuesdays are going to be Football Free Field days . A number of staff are going to be running sports stations at lunch time that children can take part in. If you would be willing to come into school and share your skills on a Tuesday lunch time, please get in touch with Mrs Fisher (PSA) to find out more.

Out Of The Box at The CCC

“Out of the Box” are putting on a Christmas musical, with puppets, at the CCC on Wednesday 11th December 2019. It is from 6pm to 7pm. Everyone is invited to stay for the free performance.

ELC – Story Bags

Could we kindly ask that all story bags are returned by the date stated in the book.  Due to the Christmas stories included we are hoping that we can give all children the opportunity to enjoy them at home with their families.  If they are not returned in time, this could mean that another child will miss out.

If you have any queries, please speak to Miss Paul.  Thank you for your understanding.

P1A Important Information

Open Afternoon – the date of our open afternoon has changed and will now be held on Friday 13th December from 2:00 – 2:45pm. The focus of this open afternoon will be RME.

Nativity Performances – we would like to remind you that order slips for the nativity performances need to be returned by tomorrow (Friday 29th November).

Show and Tell – it’s the turn of the Clever Clogs!

Phonics – our sounds this week are j and z. Please see the photo of our jellyfish!

Maths – we have been super busy learning how to add. We are also learning how to write out our sum using the correct symbol.

Nativity Updates

A big thank you to all who have provided costumes for the Nativity. We are still waiting on a few so if these could be taken in ASAP that would be great. This only applies to those who received a letter home regarding costumes as we have these in school for some roles.

As we are beginning to organise and distribute tickets, we would be grateful if all ticket slips could be returned by tomorrow at the latest (29/11). As tickets are on a first come, first served basis with a draw for any spares, it is unlikely we will be able to provide tickets for late returns. Please also check your child’s bag in case any slips have been left in the bottom rather than being handed in.

Thank you, P1 and P2 teachers.

Lost Property

Lost property has been cleared out today from Terms 1,2.

All named items will be returned to pupils. Of the 37 Lochardil sweatshirts and polo shirts in the Lost Property boxes, only nine were named. The unnamed items are washed and sold at our “Uniform Shop” which runs on our Open Parent Sessions.

The Blysthwood Clothes and Recycling bank in our Staff Car Park received several bagfuls of jackets, t-shirts, trousers and hats.

PLEASE put names on clothing and lunchboxes.

It will help to reduce our waste and save families money.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Pr 7A Open Afternoon timings: a new update

You will be aware that the school has rearranged the date for the next Open Afternoon.


Pr 7A would like to share our RME/Expressive Arts focus with you. Come along and enjoy our “Horrid Herod” Christmas play.

To enable you to visit other classes and stages, we are arranging for our Open Afternoon to be from

1.20 pm – 2.00pm.

(Rest of the school from 2.00 – 2.40 pm)

Apologies for the changes.

We look forward to having you along

P3/4 26 November

The children are learning how to measure length, width and height in maths today. They took their metre sticks and half metre paper strips out into the playground to record the measurement of lots of different objects. They worked really well together and drew some long snakes.

ELC – 26/11/19

Last week and this week, the children have been looking at form of transport in relation to the Police. The children have marked/written on the Police floor book to show different types of transport that police use. We have also been discussing how to travel safe, beside the road, in a car etc., and the children created their own zebra crossing and traffic light to role play how to travel safely.

ELC – ‘Wee Mac’s’ Session 1

What a fantastic first morning we had at Wee Mac’s. The children had a great time exploring the great outdoor space and new resources that we have there. From tent building to the mud kitchen, sandpit to fire pit, learning rules and interacting with clients that attend the Mackenzie Centre and singing Christmas songs. The end of the day bought us to story time around the fire then inside for lunch. We can’t wait for next week !!

ELC- Ach an Eas, 20th November 2019

This week the group enjoyed another fab session with Spokes for Folks. We headed out with the same residents as last week. We started off going along the river and across the bridge to Whin Park, where unfortunately there were no ducks! After a quick spin around the pond we went along the new bypass and headed back to Ach an Eas. Our amazing pilots managed to tackle Stratherrick hill and dropped us off at the school entrance!

P1A Nativity Performance Information and Book Bags!

Letters went home today about purchasing tickets for the nativity performances. These are done on a first come first serve basis so please return your slip as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The girls and boys received their book bags today as part of Scottish Book Week. We hope you enjoy the books and activities that were included in the bag!

P1A had lots of fun celebrating UNCRC 30th birthday! Please see the photos!


We have started thinking about the C word this week by starting to read The Christmasauraus by Tom Fletcher. Children are welcome to read along in their own copy if they wish. (If anyone’s interested, it’s £4 in The Works.) The children have chosen some Christmas songs they’d like to learn this year too.

After hearing the story of Rama and Sita the children designed their own Mehndi patterns which Hindu’s would wear at Diwali. Aren’t they amazing! Next week I will bring in some Henna paste to try some of the designs out in class.

We read Pudsey’s Great Fundraiser story this week and the children decided the message in the book was:

“Sometimes you get things wrong a few times before you get things right. “- Ava M

“If your ideas don’t work out, ask a friend what they think.” – Liam

P2A – Updates


There was a lot of fun to be had in Lochardil Primary today!  P2A enjoyed taking part in the activities to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you for all your donations.  A huge amount was raised for a very worthy cause. Well done everyone!

It’s that time of year again….. nativity rehearsals are well underway.   A letter went home today about costumes for the nativity performance. Please note, not all children will receive a letter as some costumes will be provided. 

Also, Learning Pathways went home today, please return by Wednesday 20th November.

The school will be celebrating 30 years of Children’s Rights! On Wednesday 20th November the children are invited to come to school in party clothes. We will attend a special celebration assembly and we will also be doing some party games in class!

Please note the school will be closed to pupils on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November for In-service training.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Beattie

P5B – Weekly Blog

Last week we were visited by Elma from Blythswood. It was a very interesting and inspiring talk, and the children had a lot of questions about the work of the Foundation, and about Elma’s job. Sorry I spelt it wrongly in the homework! Thought I was doing well, then to my horror the kids started to come in and tell me off! My excuse is that I taught a girl called Blythe with an ‘e’, who was named Blythe because her great-grandfather either founded Blythswood, or was a co-founder. I do apologise. Quite a few of you spotted the ‘deliberate’ mistake! Take a house point!

The children have been working hard on the first of this term’s Key Assessment Task. It is a writing task and the children will bring home the cog sheet today, with their story. Please try to remember to return the sheet with the parental comment filled in. Thank you.

We have been making firework pictures with salt and coloured paint. They were great fun to make, but unfortunately they don’t really have staying power, as the salt starts to react with the paint by sucking all the colour out of it. I took pictures whilst they were still with us!