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P6B Class charter – a promise to each other

Today was a great first day. We created our class charter (Still a few bits to add). Here is our promise to each other, created by the children. 

“We promise to respect everyone and their rights and to listen and offer help when we can. We will believe in ourselves and motivate each other, taking pride in all we do. Our teacher will keep us safe, Educate us and help us to have fun whilst we learn . We promise to be kind and nice and love each other. We will say sorry and forgive whilst being honest . We will care for each other and include other people. We share responsibility of helping our classroom be a happy place . The year ahead is exciting . We will be friendly, kind and always challenge ourselves to be the best we can be. We won’t stop until we are proud” 

Our promise to each other was made up from words, actions and ideas that the children thought were important to having a good classroom ?

Welcome Back :)

A warm welcome to our new children joining Lochardil ELC and welcome back to our returners. We hope you all had a fun break. We were enjoying hearing all your lovely stories today and cannot wait to hear more this week. Just some reminders to please make sure all items (clothes, shoes, toys etc) are labelled and that there is a new toy tub, where we would like children to place their own personal toy/teddy in to be kept safe. The staff and children loved being visited during break and lunch by our Primary 1 friends. Today we have been confident at exploring and investigating all areas and resources in the ELC.

P1A Week One Information

We hope all of the boys and girls in P1A enjoyed their first day of school! We got to have lunch with our P7 buddies and listened to a story about a little boy’s first day at school.

Our PE lessons will take place on Wednesday and Friday morning. Could all pupils please bring suitable clothing and footwear, which can be kept in a bag on your child’s peg.

The Inverness Courier will be visiting to take our P1 photo on Tuesday 27th of August at 1:30pm.

P1 Courier Supplement

The Inverness Courier will be in school to take the P1 photo for the supplement on Tuesday the 27th August 2019.  The Supplement will be published on 27th September,  an order form will come home in your child’s school bag which will allow you to order a copy of the paper and a print / digital copy of the photo.  Complete the tear off section and return with money enlosed.  Please ensure cheques are made payable to the Inverness Courier.

Welcome to P6B

Just a quick hello and welcome back to all Primary 6B pupils and parents. I am looking forward to our first day in P6B tomorrow. Please can all pupils bring their smile and best self . We will be updating our dojo page and the blog with a Termly Overview next week.

Keep your eyes on our class dojo and blog for daily and weekly updates. Hopefully this will give you any information you need, but if you would like to speak to me personally about anything regarding your child, just phone the office, and they’ll put you through directly to my class phone or just ping me a dojo message. I will be offering voluntary “Hopes and Dreams” meetings, next week which will give us the chance to meet in person and identify your child’s hopes and dreams for the year ahead. 

I look forward to seeing all pupils at 0850 tomorrow . 

Chloe MacDonald 

P6B Class Teacher 

P5B Weekly Blog

Just a very quick welcome back to all Primary 5B parents. I will be updating this blog with a Termly Overview next week.

I generally put all necessary info on the blog, as much as I can, every Friday. Hopefully this will give you everything you need, but if you would like to speak to me personally about anything at all affecting your child, I’m here most days till 5 and am here early in the morning, so just phone the office, and they’ll put you through directly to my class phone.

As I say, more about the coming term next week. Very exciting!

Thanks

Anne Prentice

Free event – Royal Society of Edinburgh@Inverness

Please find below details of the next RSE @ Inverness FAMILY Event

FASCINATING FUTURES is taking place at Eden Court Theatre later this month. FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO ALL! FULL PROGRAMME ONLINE SOON – BOOKINGS FOR WORKSHOPS NOW OPEN! AS PLACES ON SOME ASPECTS ARE LIMITED, PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT USING THE OPTIONS BELOW….

Booking Details – www.rse.org.uk/events            Public_Engagement@theRSE.org.uk        Tel: 0131 240 2780

 

We look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to share this with family, friends and colleagues!

ELC – Thank You

Thank you so much to all parents and carers who made it along to the singalong today. It was such a lovely morning celebrating the children’s hard work throughout the year. We wish all those off to Primary One, good luck and we look forward to seeing our returners after the summer.

Thank you again from all the staff and happy holidays ?

Thank you

A HUGE thank you to all the parents/carers of P1A and P1B for all the lovely gifts we have received. We have thoroughly enjoyed our year with your children and wish them all the best for Primary 2.

Have a super summer, enjoy time as a family and hopefully, the sun will shine!

Mrs McArthur, Miss Munro and Mrs Sutherland.

P2, Food Glorious Food

The children enjoyed preparing and eating their healthy wraps! It was the perfect way to finish off our ‘Food Glorious Food topic’. 

They’ve been a fantastic class! 

I hope you all have a lovely, relaxing holiday.  Enjoy. 

Mrs Beattie x

P6 – Debating

We have been practising our debating skills! The children prepared the speeches really well and delivered them confidently. The questions and answers created brilliant discussions too. Well done everyone!

P6 Mock election

P6 have created their own school political parties and developed their own political manifestos for how they would improve the school with a given budget. They have been campaigning really hard and we had a fabulous mock election in Friday. Thank you to all who came to vote. Congratulations to L.S.S. who were our winning party! All our political parties had fabulous ideas for improving the school, which are being passed on to Mrs Kellacher. Well done everyone!

P4/5 New Lanark Trip

Some photos to share from our very exciting but very exhausting trip. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us, and for all of you for getting them there on time! They were so well behaved the whole day. I’m very proud of them all!

Butterflies in Primary 1!

For the last few weeks Primary 1 have been looking after our caterpillars. Over this time we have them grow very large after munching on lots of food and we got to see them make their chrysalis. Over the weekend our caterpillars emerged as butterflies. After a lovely few days getting to watch them and making sure we fed them lots of lovely fruit we set our butterflies free in the secret garden. It was amazing to see them spread their wings and fly up into the sky!

What a lovely way to end an absolutely fantastic year in Primary 1A. Thank you for all your hard work and we wish you a lovely holiday and all the best going into Primary 2!

Miss Munro and Mrs McArthur 🙂

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ELC- Ach an Eas, 2nd July 2019

For our final Ach an Eas visit of the year the children and residents were delighted to head out for another trike ride with Cycling Without Age. We took a trip to Whin Park to feed the ducks and went along the canal to try and spot some boats. We have had so much fun on these trips and are so thankful to Cycling Without Age for allowing these trike rides to go ahead. We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with Ach an Eas in the new school year!

Karate Alba Federation Summer Camp 2019!

Karate Alba Federation are running a summer camp during the school holidays, running the week of Mon 5th – Fri 9th August. It is sure to be a fun filled week of games, arts and crafts and much more!

Please note that NO Karate experience is required to attend the camp, beginners are very welcome.

ELC – Health and Well-being Event

What a fantastic response we had to our health and well-being event last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and being able to share these experiences with parents and carers. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it along and join in the fun.

There are lots of photos that will be added so be sure to check back for updates !!

A Thank You from the Lochardil Parent Council Committee!

A huge thank you to all pupils, staff, parents, families and friends who joined us at the Lochardil School Summer Fun Day on the 22nd of June.  The sun shone, fun was had and money was made…..lots of it!  The day was a great success and we raised £2,136.01 for the Parent Council Funds.  This money will go directly towards projects and initiatives to benefit the children at the school.

A special thank you to Pam O’Hara and all the parents and teachers who volunteered their time and energy to help organise such a super day.

From The Parent Council Committee

ELC – Forest Session – Final Visit

As you will be aware, tomorrow is our last visit to the forest before the summer holidays. We would love to invite parents/carers along to join us for the last hour. We will leave as normal in the morning and get set up then we invite you along from 10-11 am where we will have a fun activity for everyone to participate in.

We look forward to seeing you all then. Hopefully it stays dry !!

Monday Funday!

On Monday 1st July –
‘Meet the Teacher’ for P2-P7 – we are now in a position to visit our new classes and meet the new teacher in the morning between 9.10am and 10.25am. Please go to normal classes as usual then the transition will take place from there. An information and confirmation of class allocation letter will go home via school bag mail after the visit on Monday. Have fun and be the best you can be!
‘Lochardil’s Got Talent’ – Ruthven House Captains and Vice-Captains have organised a fun get together in the afternoon to share and showcase some of our finest talent and promote our postive culture, ethos and appreciation of each other. We look forward to the performances. Good luck all!
Have a lovely weekend.

Outdoor Learning!

Over the past 4 weeks we have had a Friday focus on outdoor learning and Primary have absolutely loved it! We have reading and listening to stories outside. We explored the secret garden and tried to find things using our five senses. We were outdoor detectives as we went on bug hunt where we made friends with Sammy the Snail. We also used chunky chalk to practise our reading words out on the playground before finishing with a bubble party!

We have loved using the outdoors to help us learn new things and we can’t wait to keep exploring when we return after the summer holidays!

Miss Munro and Mrs McArthur (P1A & P1B).

Natural Tie-Dying

This week, both P5 and P5/6 have been investigating natural dyes as part of their topics. We created three dyes using beetroot (red), Onion skins (yellow) and Red Cabbage (purple) and tried tie dye with cotton material. The results were really surprising, with the onions skins producing the most striking results! Great creative outdoor learning guys!

Primary 5’s Close Encounter!

Primary 5 finished off their Great Outdoors topic today with a visit from Duncan from Cairngorm Creatures. He brought some fascinated creatures with him for us to learn about and handle. We learned that Giant African Land Snails have 200 teeth that act like a cheese grater, that bearded dragons have a third eye on top of their heads to look for the shadows of birds above them, and that corn snakes don’t eat corn, and taste the air with their tongues. Although some young people were a bit nervous, everyone at least touched something, even Mrs Scotson who conquered her fear of snakes.

P1 & P7 Buddy Event – 01/07/19

The Primary 7 pupils would like to invite their P1 buddies to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Monday 1st July. P7 pupils will be bringing in their teddies and their favourite book to share, along with some juice and biscuits as part of the picnic. It would be great if all the P1 pupils could please take in their own teddy bears and one of their favourite story books on Monday too!

Let’s hope the sun will shine!

ELC – Mackenzie Centre – Week 4

Apologies for the late post. This is from our last visit to the Mackenzie Centre last week where the children played ball games with the attendees practising throwing and catching, aiming the ball into a basket and skittles !! Then we had more singing before saying our good byes. The children have throughly enjoyed their visits and we cannot wait to visit again soon.

ELC – Forest Session – Week 6

What a great morning we had in the forest today. The weather did not put us off at all !! The children just love to explore the whole forest and they took us to the other side where we had been on our very first week !! They were all so pleased to see that the shelter they had discovered back then was still standing and they had a rest inside. Some used their imagination to think who the house might belong to.

Jacob said – ‘it’s a bear house’

Eva-Jorge said – ‘they’ve gone to get their porridge and have a little walk’

Calum found a caterpillar on the path so he gently picked it up to show the children. They were able to see how different this one looked to the ones we had in nursery. We popped it on a leaf so it would be ‘safe’ before moving on.

After snack we went in search of muddy puddles. We found the muddiest one of all and the children were brave enough to jump off of the bank to see who could make the biggest splash. The teachers even joined in too.

Next week will be our last Forest Session if this term and we are looking forward to parents/caters joining us for the last hour (10-11) for an animal hunt. We hope you can make it.

ELC – Primary 7 Summer Disco

WHERE:     LOCHARDIL SCHOOL

WHEN:       THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019

Nursery & Primary 1:                    5pm – 6.15pm

                                           Primary 2 – Primary 4:                  6.30pm – 7.45pm

                                           Primary 5 – Primary 7:                   8pm – 9.15pm

Entry Fee: £4.00 per pupil. This will include drink, snack, tattoos, wristband and prizes.

The Parent Council has arranged for an End of Term School Disco for Lochardil Primary School & Nursery Pupils.

All pupils should be dropped off/ taken into the disco through the main office door.   All children must be collected at the end of their disco at the canteen rear doors (this is to avoid congestion at the office entrance). As there will be temporary tattoos available, please make sure your child knows if he/she is allowed.

No tickets will be issued – money should be taken along on the night. Collection buckets for money will be at the entrance to allow pupils to get in quickly.

P6 – Learning about the outdoors

Primary 6 have been helping to look after the living things growing in our poly tunnel. We planted a variety of vegetables and flowers and learned how to repot a plant correctly too.