Author Archives: Paula Maciver

Football Club at Lochardil

A message on behalf of Mr I Soden regarding school football club here at Lochardil:

The school football club is back training at the school this term. We train each Saturday at the following times:

P4/5 09.00 – 10.00

Girls 10.00 – 11.00

P2/3 11.00 – 12.00

P6/7 12.00 -13.00

Come along and play with your pals for the school!

P6 – PE

P6 – PE

We have been practising our relay skills in preparation for Sports Day and learning how to improve our running technique. We are loving the great weather and being able to make the most of our outdoor learning environment.

P6 – Fun with outdoor measuring

P6 – fun with measuring

We are learning how to convert metric units in P6. We have been revising our measuring skills by measuring a variety of objects, found both inside and in our outdoor learning environment. P6 challenged themselves to find out the perimeter of the school too!


Children’s Devices Guide for Parents

Children are using smart devices from a much younger age than ever before. Therefore it’s essential we talk to our children about how to use them safely. There are many positive benefits to the new technology at our disposal these days – but there are plenty of downsides too. As a parent or carer, it’s important you understand these risks and how you can take steps to protect your family against them. Please find useful information from National Online Safety (NOS) below:

Live Streaming Guide for Parents

Live streaming opens up a world of excitement for children, where they can watch live concerts, their favourite celebrities and bloggers/vloggers, connect with their friends, watch live gaming and much, much more. Whilst there are many positives with live streaming, it creates a worldwide platform for unsuitable content to be streamed and creates a host of dangers for children, Please find a guidance leaflet from National Online Safety below:

7 Conversation Topics about Online Safety for Parents!

Talking about the online world with your child can be difficult, and some topics can be particularly awkward; for you and your child! As a result of this, we would like to share a series of 7 questions from national online safety (NOS) that will help you start an initial conversation with your child, so you have a better understanding of what they do online and how you can protect them. Additionally, it’s important to note that regular conversations with your child about the Internet will help your child to build confidence when talking about online issues, and therefore help to build trust too.


Literacy Café

Please join us for our Literacy Family Learning event in Lochardil Primary School on Wednesday 15th May from 6pm-7pm.

During this time we will be sharing the strategies we use for the teaching of spelling in Lochardil, which we base on the Wraparound spelling programme. You will be able to experience a mock lesson, with examples of learning activities, and see how these spelling strategies can be used to support and challenge learners. Examples of children’s learning will also be on display. We will be joined by our Literacy Development Officer, Laura McGinlay, so this is an excellent opportunity to share her expertise.

Refreshments will be served and during this time please feel free to ask any questions you may have about the teaching of Spelling in Lochardil and how you can best support your child’s learning at home.



P2 Maths

In maths , the children are learning about fractions and have made a display of their work. They folded some shapes in half and then coloured each half  a different colour. Doesn’t it look brilliant?

ELC – Vision Screening

If your child has a date of birth between 01/03/14 and 28/02/15 or older, they will be eligible for an Orthoptic Vision Screen to be done at Nursery.  Dates for these are to be confirmed at the moment.

Consent forms for this have been put in trays today.  Please could you fill out and return as soon as possible if you wish for your child to be included in this screening.

Thank you.

ELC – Upcoming Stay and Play Dates

Our next sessions for stay and play are detailed below.  Please sign up to a slot at any point during your childs normal attended hours by using th form on ELC information board in the hallway.  Thank you.

Monday 29th april

Wednesday 1st May

Thursday 2nd May

Thursday 9th May

Friday 10th May

Monday 13th May

Tuesday 21st May

Friday 24th May

Wednesday 29th May

Thursday 6th June

P3 Resilient Kids Together

P3 Resilient Kids Together

We started work on Resilient Kids this afternoon. We are working on building relationships and managing feelings.

In trios we did some drama activities  that showed feelings in different situations.

P2 Welcome Back

Welcome Back to Term 4. I hope you all enjoyed the brilliant weather in the holidays. It was lovely hearing all about the children’s adventures.

Please remember to send a change of shorts and t-shirt in for gym as soon as possible.

Homework has started this week and I have put the maths homework on Sumdog. The children know what to look for and they have till Sunday to complete it.


P3 Healthy Heroes

P3 Healthy Heroes

We have been discussing our new topic. 

We made a record of –

What we know already,

What we want to find out.

How we are going to find out.

Happy Easter from P1A

Primary 1A had a lovely last day of term doing lots of Easter Activities!

We were concentrating really hard this morning painting our own eggs to roll down the hill for Easter.

A huge well done to all of primary 1A for working extremely hard this term and being a joy every single day!

Have a lovely Easter and do lots of thing that make you smile!

Miss Munro

P6 – Topic talks

P6 – Group Presentations

P6 have been preparing group presentations based on our topic ‘A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.’ They prepared fabulous resources and interactive activities for the class to participate in. Well done everyone!

P4/5 World Fair

Well done to primary 4/5 for a really lovely morning of work. The World Fair was very good, and we received  positive feedback from the classes who came along to see it.

The children displayed their research very effectively, and they did the signing well.

The children of all ages who visited us, were kept interested by the information, food, costumes and fun that the children had on show for them. Thank you to everyone who helped supply some of the fascinating objects and food for the children’s stalls.

It was a long day, but those fabulous children, kept their enthusiasm up, right to the bitter end! I’m super proud of them.

Myself, Anthony and Robert took a lot of pictures, so here they are!!!!

Very bright and colourful!

Have a lovely Easter break, and we’ll see you back on Tuesday 23rd April, ready for the final term, when we’ll be looking closely at the extraordinary life of Robert Owen and his father-in-law, David Dale. 

I feel a trip coming on……..!

P.S. Can you spot the difference between the original art work, and Robert and Anthony’s copy! They’ve got a future in art fraud I think!!!!



ELC Forest Session

We would like to thank all the parents who braved the rain and joined  us for a wee look at our Forest session, we hope you enjoyed it.

Over the past 5 weeks the children have explored Lochardil woods. We have gone on many Bear Hunts and we have also taken part  in building and cooking on the fire. The children have also explored ‘Lochardil Forest T.V’  where the children have sang songs such as ‘Shotgun by George Ezra’ and discussed their encounters with the “big black sausage bear” .

We would like to thank the children for the amazing adventures they have taken us on.

ELC – Easter Sing-a-Long


The children had so much fun performing their Easter songs to all of their favourite people this week !! 

We were so proud of each and every one of them for remembering the words and actions. We had lots of songs to learn !!

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. For those who were not able to be there, we have some videos to share with you.

Happy easter to all… we hope you enjoy your holidays !!

Trip to the Culduthel Christian Centre

A quick reminded that at 1:00pm tomorrow afternoon we will be walking from the school over to the Culduthel Christian Centre for our end of term Easter service.

We have some more rain forecast for tomorrow so please make sure that children come to school in appropriate footwear and with a waterproof jacket.

Parent helpers should report to reception just before 1:00pm – a big thank you to all those that have given up their time to accompany us on our trip tomorrow!

Please come to school with your best singing voices ready!

Miss Munro 🙂

ELC – Easter Egg Hunt – POSTPONED


Due to the unexpected weather conditions, we have had to make the decision to postpone our Easter egg hunt.  As this was an outdoor event, we can no longer ensure everybody has fun like we had planned.

We will reschedule for Thursday 25th April.  Times will remain the same as stated originally. If you or your child can no longer attend, please let a member of staff know.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

P 7 Fort George 2.4.19

We had an interesting visit to see some World War 2 artefacts at Fort George. We chose our favourite item from each case and explained why it was of interest to us. We liked the medals, the box from Hitler’s desk and seeing the helmet with the bullet holes in it.

Thank you to our parent helpers for supporting us.








ELC – Easter Egg Hunt


If you have not returned your slip for the Easter Egg Hunt this Thursday, please could you let us know if your child and an adult will be attending as soon as possible.  If your child usually attends on a Thursday anyway, please advise if a parent/carer will be coming in to join them. If your child does not usually attend and has been invited to either session, please let us know if they will be joining us as we have Easter treats to give out at the end ? and we would like to ensure they receive this even if they are not coming. It will also help to know if an adult is or is not attending when we are assigning children to staff.

Thank you.

Primary 1A and Primary 1B Easter Egg Hunt

Primary 1A and Primary 1B had a fantastic time this morning searching for the Easter eggs hidden around the playground. A big thank you to Ashie House group for organising such a fun day for us all!

We made the most of the sunshine before lunchtime by going on a science hunt outside. We were able to identify lots of different materials such as wood, metal, plastic and rock.

We had a great time playing on the trim trail before we had our lunch.

Easter Fun

Thank you so much to Ashie house captains for arranging the Easter Egg hunt today.  All the classes had a great time and as all the classes had different numbers of eggs to find, we won’t know the results until tomorrow.  What a beautiful day to be outside too.

Easter Tennis Camp

Easter Tennis Camp


We will be running our Easter tennis camp at Bellfield Park from 15th – 19th April, for children ages 5-16yrs.  The camp runs from 10am to 2pm everyday so please bring a light lunch and a drink to keep you going.

We offer tennis coaching led by our fully qualified coaching team, supervised park time, mini golf, football, unihoc and many other outdoor games.


The cost is £20 per day or £80 for the week.  Payment is required at drop off by cash or cheque or by bacs transfer before the camp starts, details provided on request.


If you would like to book a place please contact Lizzy on 07983116947 or email


Hope to see you there!

P1B – role-play

Today we had lots of fun and lots of laughs re-enacting emergency situations at Loch Ness. We now know that in an emergency, we should  dial 999, give the operator our name, tell them where we are and also what has happened.

P2/3- Viking Bread

Today we made Viking bread.  First we mixed flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and  warm water together. Next we had to knead it for a while which was hard work. Then we sprinkled oats on the top and baked it for 40 minutes. Finally we got to take some home to try. I hope it’s tasty. Another 2 groups will make their bread tomorrow.



Ashie House Group Easter Egg Hunt – Tomorrow.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd April) Ashie House group have organised an Easter Extravaganza!

All the classes will be taking part in an Easter egg hunt where we must count the number of hidden eggs in the playground. Primary 1A and primary 1B will be taking part in the egg hunt together before break time! 

On Wednesday afternoon the Ashie house captains will announce the winner from each class. 

As part of the Easter egg hunt children are encouraged to wear bright colours to school tomorrow! 

Good luck and happy egg hunting! 

Miss Munro and Mrs McArthur 🙂 

P2 – Maths

Primary 2 have been learning all about area.  Today we were using cubes to measure the area of different shapes.   It kept us very busy!

A week in P5

On Monday we did physical education.  We did gymnastics. We went on the vault and our gymnastic teacher Miss Barkely told us what to do. Last week we did our rights poem because it was national poetry day. On Thursday, 2 people came in called Calum and Irene.  They were telling us about traditional music and Feis a Bhaile.  It was really fun.  We made fish out of the plastic left over from our tartan and we watched a live lesson on plastic in our oceans.

By George M and Layla.

P4/5 weekly post

An interesting week for primary 4/5 as ever!

We have moved on to statistics and data handling in maths. We went outside to collect selected leaves from the playground. We put them together and learnt the term ‘Raw Data.’ The children had to stand up and count how many of each leaf there were from this.

We then realised that this way of counting big amounts, is slow and unreliable, so organised the leaves into a graph. Bundling them into 5s helped to make us quicker at counting too.

We did more BSL this week. Katie and Lucy are demonstrating part of the signs for each colour in the photographs. Ask your children to demonstrate the full signs.

We played a game for dojos, where you had to jump onto a colour when the music stopped, then a child with their eyes closed, would do a colour sign. If you were on that colour, you got the points.

In writing we are taking a couple of weeks to do a persuasive essay. Our subject is……..’Should glitter be banned?’ It has certainly got the children talking. To give the opposite view from the environmental one, we invited a  ‘DEVIL’S ADVOCATE!’ Poor Mrs Kellacher had to come and speak to the children all about her glitter addiction. Just to get a balanced view!

But she very kindly judged our Cartesian Divers. She didn’t know whose was whose! The winners were Lexie and Samuel. Super job you two!

Happy Mother’s Day when it comes!



P3 – Parent Helpers Required

P3 are looking for parent helpers to join us for the Easter service at the CCC. The service will be held on Thursday 4th April. We will be leaving the school at 1pm and will return at approximately 2:30pm. If you are able to help us, please contact Miss Melville or Miss Ross.

Primary 6 – 3D Shapes

Primary 6 – 3D shapes 

Primary 6 have been learning about the properties and nets of 3D shapes. They have come up with lots of fantastic and creative ways to present their learning of 3D shapes and their properties. Well done everyone!


Get ready for the new school year NOW! – School Uniform Orders

NOW is the time to order school uniform ready for the start of the new school year in August 2019!

An order form was sent home in the school bags earlier this week and orders should be returned to the school by Friday 29th March. A copy of the form can be downloaded here if your child has lost theirs!!  2019-03-25 Uniform order form

We have very limited space to hold stock of uniform in the school, so ask that you please order uniform for your child now.  If you are not sure of sizing please come in to the office and ask to try on the different sizes.

We do not charge as much as the schoolwear shop for items of uniform with the Lochardil logo , and the small profit that is made from the sales is used to enhance the learning and teaching of our pupils.  Mrs Fraser & Mrs MacDonald at the office kindly sort out the orders for us to keep the cost to you to a minimum.




ELC – Pick up and Drop off times

We politely ask parents to be mindful of the times of drop off and pick ups.  Our staffing rotas are done around the amount of children in at certain times therefore if you are dropping off earlier or picking up later than your child’s allocated times this will affect our staffing ratios.

You may also incur a charge for extra time if this happens continually.

If you are unsure of allocated times, please speak to a member of staff who will be able to check this for you.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ELC – Easter Egg Hunt

A polite reminder to return your permission slips for our Easter Egg Hunt next Thursday.

We would also like to remind parents that due to high numbers, unfortunately we can only accommodate 1 adult per child and we are unable to accommodate siblings, this also applies to pram’s and buggy’s due to the terrain on the field and playground.

Thank You. 

P2/3 Fruity Fractions

We are looking for 2 parent helpers who are free next Thursday morning, 4th April 2019, to join us walking to CCC for the Easter Assembly.  

We have been cutting apples and oranges into fractions  – halves and quarters.

P2 have been making  things from snails to sausages, with play dough, and cut them into halves and quarters. 



P3 Feelings

P3 Feelings

Cameron shared his feelings book today. We discussed all about a time we felt embarrassed and how we dealt with the situation.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 25th March 2019

To begin our Easter celebrations at Ach an Eas we made some chocolate nests with the residents. The children demonstrated good turn taking skills as they participated in adding the ingredients to the bowl. Whilst our nests where chilling in the fridge we popped in to visit the two Mary’s in their rooms. The children enjoyed singing the ladies some songs, in particular Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.


Terracotta Army for P5/6

We had great fun making our very own Terracotta Army this morning. We will share pictures of our clay warriors when they are all dry. We also got our Terracotta Warrior portraits displayed but are a few short. If anyone took theirs home to finish please take it into school so we can add it to our gallery.

You Are Important!

P5/6’s  latest door display makes sure that every pupil and adult who enters our block is reminded just how important and special they are. #valueyourself #love #confidence #pride #youareimportant #successforall #Valued


Pr 7 Archive Centre World War 2 Workshop 26.3.19

“It was interesting to find out how old the documents were.”

The oldest archive is from 1299. We saw behind the scenes about how damaged archives are restored and kept.

“The role at Central School doubled with the number of evacuees who came. 245 evacuees. The children knitted vests and socks for poorer children of Europe. They collected over 22,500 books for the troops. An amazing war effort.

We looked at letters, photographs, school records, newspapers, government advice brochures and Inverness and District records of homes and owners. It was a very informative place to visit.

Thank you to Lorna for her help with the workshop.


P2 Maths

Today, we have started multiplication and have been learning about sets. The children were making sets with different materials.


The End of Term Service is on Thursday 4th April at 1.30 and we need 2 or 3 parent helpers to accompany us. If you have some spare time we would very much appreciate your help.

P2/3 Poetry

On World Poetry day we listened to some funny poems by Shel Silverstein, we made up a class poem about our rights and worked with partners to create our own poems. 


P3 Our Rights Poem

P3 Our Rights Poem

We wrote poems for World Poetry Day last week.

We put some of our ideas together to create a P3 class poem for adding to the Poet Tree Display in reception.

P4/5 Weekly Post

Last week the computers were down, so I’ll share some of last week’s photos too.

Red Nose Day was a hoot. Lots of red nose high jinks and some very good balancing acts…

We have found a good use for the old hose box outside Miss Graham’s class. We’ve put in a french display of classroom objects! Have a look next time you’re in.

Our project stalls are really coming along, and the children have been busy making flags and works of art. How cool is Murray’s tribute to Charles Rennie Mackintosh? What a fabulous job!

For National Poetry Day the whole school has been making up class poems. Ours was  a ‘Haiku’ which is a Japanese form of poetry which has the form – 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the next and 5 again in the last. The children made this one up as a class about The Rights Of the Child.

Here are some of the other classes’ poems too.

Thank you so much for your help with the Cartesian Divers. They look great, and very child made. Super inventive ideas.

Finally a couple of poems that we read during the week. We were reading the final dramatic chapter of Iron Man by Ted Hughes, and realised that the poem we read was by him too. And a cat poem by the brilliant Eleanor Farjeon….for balance!




Primary 1A Star of the Week!

Primary 1A star of the week this week is Charlotte. Charlotte has been working hard on using her sounds to help her spell words all by herself when we are doing writing. Her confidence in doing this is always increasing as she always tries her very best.

Keep up the super work Charlotte! Well done!

We also had a go at trying some Fair trade chocolate today. We talked about how it was important to look for the fair trade logo when we are shopping to make sure that people from other countries are paid a fair wage for the products they sell. 

Pr 7 Loch Insh and IRA reminders

Loch Insh Parent Information Evening 6 pm – 7 pm TUESDAY 26th March 2019

A kit list and information booklet will be given out  at the meeting and this will also be posted on the Blog for future reference. If you cannot attend then the information will be sent home via schoolbag mail on Wednesday. 

IRA Transition Sports Event THURSDAY 28 MARCH 10 am – 12 pm. 

Pupils must have a change of indoor shoes and a full PE kit. Water bottle and snack may also be taken. It is recommended that gym kit is worn underneath school uniform for convenience. Changing rooms are not available.  

Pr 7 celebrations! 22.3.19


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Well done to Ross, Gavin, Sam, Rorie and Scott who were part of the Winter League Football team on Tuesday evening. They returned with  a winners trophy and winning smiles!

Sam, Ross and Beth took part in the MacRobert Cup Cross Country event on Wednesday. The boys came 5th and 2nd and shared their medal success very modestly. Well done to the whole team.

We have received the items we had ordered from the £100 the Parent Council have given us. Maths equipment has been “topped up” and we have a Sphero Bolt to use for our coding and programming curriculum. Thank you to all the support we benefit  from through Parent Council  fundraising.

We celebrated World Poetry day with writing Diamonte and Terza Rima style poems with a World War 2 theme. We also created a whole class “Performance” poem about Children’s Rights and The Sustainable Development Goals.

5 P of SDG 21.3.19

Free Family Learning Event P1 – P7 ICT FC v Falkirk FC Saturday 30/03/19

As part of our continued work on Health & Wellbeing within our school and community, we are delighted to offer a Family Learning Experience on Saturday 30th March at 3pm to attend the Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC v Falkirk FC game.  We are grateful for the support and offer of this opportunity from our partners Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club.  Please let class teachers know by Tuesday 26th March if you would like tickets to attend.  When numbers are confirmed more information will follow.

P2 – Weight


Primary two have been using a balance to compare weights.  They were making predictions about how many cubes they needed to make it balance.   They weighted one water bottle and it took 140 cubes to make it balance!   

Cross Country Success at the McRobert Cup

A team of P2 – P7 boys and girls took part in the Cross Country at Bught Park yesterday competing for the McRobert Cup.  There were 3 sections – P2/3, P4/5 & P6/7.  Everyone ran really well, with some individual and team successes.

Congratulations to Ross Macleod(P7) who was second overall in his age group, and to Sam Thompson (P7) who was 5th in the same race.





Our P6/7 boys team won silver overall.  What an achievement!




Iain Macleod from P3 came first in his race.  Well done Iain – what a superstar!




Everyone did Lochardil proud with their positive attitude and behaviour, even if they hadn’t won a medal.

Football – Lochardil win the P6/7 Winter Cup 2019

Report from Tony Miller – Team Coach

Congratulations to the P6/7 team of boys who triumphed in the Winter Cup final against Kinmylies Warriors on Tuesday evening (19th March). The boys played fantastic football, working as a team and remaining composed in a high tempo match for the Cup. The game ended in a 7-0 victory to Lochardil with lots of stunning goals to celebrate.


What made it even more special was John Robertson and Scott Kellacher coming along to watch the game and present the Cup and medals. Fantastic to see the support from ICT who both commented on how impressed they were with the quality of the game.


A huge well done to all the boys that played in the final match and the preceding rounds of the tournament.

Gavin Thomson, Scott Mackay, Sam Thompson, Ross MacLeod, Sean Kavanagh, Rorie Soden, James Young, Toryn Eaglesham, Ellis Morrison, Michael Miller, Rowan Urquhart.

………… and congratulations from the school

Wow!  What a victory!!  Well done to all the players involved.  Lochardil is very proud of you, not just for winning, but also we are delighted to hear about your good conduct both on & off the pitch.

Out thanks also to Mr Miller and all the other football coaches for giving up their time to coach our teams. 


P2/3 McRobert Cup


Here are a happy Grace and Orchid after they ran in the McRobert Cup competition today. The girls said they had lots of fun, with Grace coming  in 5th and Orchid coming in 13th out of millions of runners! Well done girls! 

The rest of us were active in the gym working on jumping using our ankles to spring up and our arms to get us jumping higher. Some of us had to work on the squishy landings! 🙂 

Here are a couple of video clips.

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P2 March 20th

Isla, Niall and Niamh really enjoyed representing our school today. They did really well at their long distance running competition and they were still ready to run when they came back.

After our reading lesson the children started to use the new resources to spell some words.

P6/7 – McRobert Cup Success

Well done to all Emily, Sean and Eve who took part in the McRobert Cup today.

The boys P6/7 team took home silver medals for their team!

Everyone who took part represented the school in a positive manner and did themselves proud with their efforts and team spirit.

P3 Team Work!

P3 Team Work!

We had amazing team work at our gym session this morning.

P3 Team work is simply the best!