Author Archives: Paula Maciver

P3 Science

P3 created colourful rain in science. Ask us how we did it! We have also completed our quiz for Science Week!

P6 – Visit from Mrs Knight

Primary 6 – Visit from Mrs Knight

We had a fantastic visit from Mrs Knight, from Scottish Water. She taught us all about her job. She taught us about the way in which water is transported to and from our homes, how water is purified and the ways in which we can help keep the process running smoothly. As we have been learning all about the water cycle in Primary 6, we found it all really interesting.


P6 – Edinburgh Trip

P6 – Trip to Edinburgh

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our information letter with regards to our upcoming planned trip to Edinburgh. If you have not yet returned your slip, please will you return them tomorrow so that we can confirm our bookings.

P1/2 Hunting for Science Clues

P1/2 had a visit from the P7 buddies today who helped them hunt for science clues around the school as part of Science Week.  We had a a great time running around trying to locate the correct answers to Miss Ross’s science quiz.  Many thanks to Miss Ross and the P7 buddies for helping us!

P1B – open morning

A huge thank you to all the parents/carers/grandparents who came to help us build our castles today!  Everyone was so focused and engaged during  the process  and some amazing castles were constructed. I think there were maybe even some dads who wanted to stay rather than  go back to work!!

They will be coming home to you soon but we are going to try and paint them first. Another messy job, but lots of good fun...

P2 Open Morning

What a lovely morning we had with all the families visiting today. The children were so excited and enthusiastic showing their families their hard work.



P4 have been working hard learning about all of our rights. We created posters to show what these mean and look like for us..


We had fun today practising the Red Nose Day song.

P4 open morning

Thank you to all the parents that attended our open morning today. We were building bridges out of straw that had to hold 1kg of weight. I am so pleased with how well everyone did 🙂

We had a discussion afterwards to see why our bridges worked so well/ not so well and had a competition to see who’s the last bridge standing was. This was very exciting!

P6/7 – Maths Is Fun!

In Primary 6/7 we are always looking to find different ways to learn to keep things fun and exciting. This week we have already enjoyed making 3D shape models. We drew the nets of the shapes and wrote facts about each of the shapes before constructing our models.

We also enjoyed a sensory activity linked to multiplication. We had to search in the beads to find four numbers and arrange these to make a multiplication sum. Our partners checked our answers using a calculator.

Highland Children and Young People Allied Health Professionals (AHP) enquiry line 12th March 2019

Every Tuesday between 2pm and 5pm there will be AHP’s available to answer questions you may have.

AHP’s are Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, and Speech and Language Therapists.

The enquiry line is for all young people, parents, carers and professionals in Highland Council area to access.

Please call them on 07785477686


P2/3 French Partnership

We received cards with lovely messages from our partner school. With a little help from my friend Aimee, who is a secondary Modern Languages teacher, we translated them!  The boys and girls were thrilled with their messages! We received a lovely Eiffel Tower keyring from Teddy! He brought a Nessie one with him to France at Christmas. 

Teddy travels between the 2 countries too and he carries a USB in his backpack.

We are learning colours, simple greetings and number to 20 in French. Here are our letters ready to go. Teddy has video clips and photos from Burns Day to show this time. 



Just a quicky…

We were working on coordinates. The brilliant game of Battleships is a great way to practise. The children should know how to play now! 

The children were thinking about the traffic issues around our school, and how to solve them.

Please try to have their Cartesian Divers ready for Monday if possible. 

Open morning is Wednesday 13th 9:15-10;00. The children will be doing a science/technology task.

On Red Nose Day  it’s a dress down day. Merchandise will be available form Monday. We will also be visiting the Book Fayre on Monday, so remember money and tokens if your child wants a book.

Our Fair Trade art has turned out well, but we need some Fair Trade product packaging to fill the baskets. If you have anything, please give it in.





Primary 1A Star of the Week

This week Primary 1A star of the week is Angus Mackenzie! Angus always makes sure all of his friends have someone to play with and he is always looking after others. He has also been working very hard to achieve his next belt in Taekwondo!

Very well done Angus!


Just a wee reminder that next Wednesday morning is the Science open morning at 9:15am. We will be junk modelling so if you have any clean recycling please bring it to school on Monday.

On Monday afternoon we will also be visiting the book fair! We will be spending our time looking at all the different books but if your child would like to purchase a book please ensure they have money with them on the day.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Munro 

Fairtrade – P1B

We were finding out about Fairtrade today. We tasted some yummy Fairtrade chocolate and delicious bananas. We will be looking out for the  Fairtrade logo next time we are out shopping!

ELC – New Interest

The children have been busy voting for what they would like their next interest to be.  We had a choice of Space, Spring or Dinosaurs and by writing their name or mark making on our voting sheet, the subject with the majority of the votes was SPRING !!

If the children would like to learn more about space or dinosaurs, there will be this opportunity  within personal learning steps with key workers.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 5th March 2019

This week at Ach an Eas the children were very excited to make pancakes with the residents. The lovely staff at Ach an Eas prepared an amazing selection of toppings for the children to enjoy.

P3 Maths

P3 have been estimating and measuring length. The class had to find things that were 1 metre long. Here we are measuring with our metre sticks!


ELC – Comic Relief

As you may be aware the school is participating in a dress down day for Comic Relief on Friday 15th March.  As everyday in nursery is ‘dress down’ day, we are requesting for children to fill the ELC with RED by wearing anything red you may already have !!

A donation of £1 is requested which will be put together with the school for a grand total.

Thank you.

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A Taste of China for P5/6

P5/6 had a great afternoon on Tuesday when May and Ken who own “A Taste of China” takeaway came in to let everyone sample some Chinese food and learn how to make their own spring rolls.  They also learned how to use chop sticks.

P2/3 Next Week

Class photographs  are taking place on Tuesday 12th March 2019.

The open morning on Wednesday 13th March 2019, is from 9.15am till 10.00am. There will be a science focus.

Red Nose Day is on Friday 15th March 2019. There will be some fun activities happening!


7/3/19    World Book Day

Today we played a game called Who Am I? Each person was a book character. It was good fun trying to guess who we were!

Can you guess which book character everyone was today? There were some fabulous costumes!

Thank you so much to you all for the wonderful pictures, models etc you have made for the Viking class talks this week.  I have heard 7 fabulous talks. Great job everyone! (There should be a wee feedback sheet in the schoolbags.)

P1/2 – VIP Fairyland Visitor!

P1/2 have been extremely excited these past two weeks as they have been receiving letters from a friendly dragon who lives in Fairyland!  The dragon has given us a mission to help him save Fairyland by bringing it to life in our own classroom.  We started by reading Jack and the Beanstalk and making our very own beanstalk in the classroom, complete with Giant’s boot prints coming through our ceiling!  The dragon was so impressed with our hard work sequencing the story of Jack and the beanstalk and making our fantastic display that he left us some Golden Eggs as a treat in his last letter!!


P1/2 Celebrating World Book Day 2019!

P1/2 had great fun celebrating World Book Day today.  Lots of us brought in favourite books and dressed up as our favourite book characters!  We chose to read an award winning book titled, “There’s a Pig Up My Nose!” which we all found very funny indeed and then we made some pig masks of our own.

P6 – LORAC Awards

P6 LORAC Awards

Primary 6 organised and ran our World Book Day Reading Awards ceremony today and they did a fabulous job!

There are so many brilliant books nominated for awards that we can’t wait to try now!

J.K. Rowling

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” JK Rowling


Primary 1A – World Book Day

Our theme for World Book Day this year in Primary 1A was to celebrate being unique and how our differences make us special!

We read Elmer the Elephant and we talked about why Elmer might have wanted to be like all the other elephants and how they showed him that it was okay to be different and how it made him special!

We wrote about things that we thought made us special and unique and then we made our very own Elmer the Patchwork Quilt Elephants! They look fab! I will post the finished products tomorrow morning when they are all finished!

Primary 1A had some super outfits on today and it was lovely to see everyone sharing their favourite books!

Happy Thursday!

Miss Munro 🙂


P1B World Book Day

Have a look at all the wonderful costumes the children wore for World Book Day.What a great day we had designing a book token for a national competition. Also, we won the nomination for the Best Book at the LORAC award ceremony.

















P3 World Book Day

This afternoon P3 had a special assembly for World Book Day. Some girls and boys came in dressed as their favourite book character. Check out our photos!

P1/2 – Recycling Materials Wanted!!

P1/2 are going to have a go at being engineers and will be building their own Fairyland castles out of recycled materials!  We would be very grateful if you could send in clean cardboard/small boxes/plastics etc.  (the things you would put in the blue bin) by next Tuesday 11th March.  We would then really appreciate your help during the open morning on Wednesday 13th March from 9.15 – 10.00am, to build our castles.

Thank you,

Mrs MacIver and P1/2

Pr 7 World Book Day

We attended the LoRAC Award Ceremony organised by Pr 6, read some of our class novel, read our own books and tried a quiz. Alba and Katherine won. We read “A Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl. which we loved!

P6/7 – Open Morning

Reminder that our open morning takes place on the updated day of Wednesday 13th March from 9.15 to 10.00. We will be sharing all of the learning we have done for our ‘Natural Disasters’ topic.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next week.

P6/7 – Rotary Quiz Champions

A HUGE well done to our Rotary Quiz team (consisting of Gavin, Rorie, Sam, Reese and James) who came top of the leader board last night with 104 points out of 120!

The quiz consisted of 10 rounds, ranging from literature to science. Our team demonstrated great cooperative skills and worked together to beat 12 other school teams.

They are delighted to be taking the shield back to Lochardil and are looking forward to the regional competition later this year!

Pr 7 Fairtrade Fortnight Come On In

We have been celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee today at breaktime.

We played a Fairtrade Banana board game and wrote Acrostic poems.

We are also writing a paragraph about the benefits of Fairtrade to farmers and consumers for homework.

World Book Day Quiz

Primary 5 are in the middle of a World Book Day Quiz.  Can you name these famous children’s literature characters?

World Book Day is tomorrow.  Children are welcome to dress up as their favourite book character but it is optional.  We will also be announcing the winners of the LORAC Awards – Lochardil Primary’s favourite authors, books, poems and digital literature.

Bookfair Photo Competition Winners

Congratulations to our winners! Book tokens to spend at the Book Fair are being shared out to some very keen readers!

Emily and Lauren from Pr 6/7 – playing squash

Clara Pr 3 – up a tree

Roddy Pr 3 – brushing his teeth in the shower

Ava    Pr 6 – at her Judo class

Thank you to everyone who took part.

BOOKFAIR OPENS TODAY. Use your World Book Day Token and enjoy a great story.

Shrove Tuesday

Today in Primary 1 we talked about Shrove Tuesday being the beginning of the Christian festival of Lent. We talked about what type of things we could give up for lent and to celebrate we tried some yummy pancakes! Our bellies were very full by the end of the day!

Happy Pancake Day! 🙂

P2/3 Viking Artwork

We have been enjoying our topic on the Vikings this term. Here are a few photos of some of the amazing artwork we have done. You will be able to see all the work we have been doing on the Vikings at the open morning next week.

P2 Pancake Day

What fun we had measuring and mixing today and we didn’t make too much of a mess. The children were all keen to have a try of our baking. We made pancakes and crepes suzettes and the children were all willing to have a taste.

Collaborating with Chromebooks Information Evening for Parents – 27.03.19

The Digital Dynamos pupil group would like to invite all parents/carers to their ‘Collaborating with Chromebooks’ Information Evening on Wednesday 27th March from 6-7pm in our school gym hall.  

The Digital Dynamos will be presenting throughout the evening and everyone will get a chance to use, learn and play with our new Chromebooks and Chromebook tablets, as well as other mobile devices we have available at school.  More details are intended to follow regarding this exciting family learning event!

Red Nose Day Activities by Duntelchaig House Group – 15.03.19


Duntelchaig House Group will be:

Smile Raising

Laugh Raising

Giggle Raising

Fund Raising!

Children if they wish can take part in design your own Red Nose Competition. 3 categories ELC-P2, P3-5 & P6-7 (boxes for entries to go in reception) House & Vice Captain will decide the winners on Friday 15th March and give out prizes
At breaktime Red Noses on sale Monday 11th March to Thursday 14th March outside main door £1.25 each (this is the price we have to charge)
The Lochardil Red Nose Day Singalong. If you wish classes can learn the song (online) and try to all sing along on Friday 15th.  The house captains will come around on the Friday if you wish your class to be filmed singing!
Dress Down Day Friday 15th. Wear what you want (no football tops please) for a donation

Art and Exercise

This week, primary 5 have been getting active with the last of our tennis coaching sessions. Some naturally talented young people in our class – Mrs Scotson not included!

We also did some art this week and created these lovely cityscapes of Inverness in front of the northern lights


P6 – LORAC Awards

To celebrate our love of reading we are organising and running ‘Lochardil’s Official Reading Awards Ceremony’ The LORACS for short. We have asked the school to vote for their favourite fiction books, non fiction books, poems, authors, illustrators and digital texts. There are lots of reading material out there that we love and we are so excited to have our awards ceremony on World Book Day! The presenting team are busy writing scripts, the design team are busy creating the necessary props, adverts and designing the awards themselves. Our technical team are busy using their ICT skills to enhance the show with their PowerPoint, videos and soundtrack. We are getting very excited!


Thank you – P1B

Thank you to Marley for bringing in his favourite book today, Stickman, and for sharing it with us.

Today is Saint David’s Day and as Gregor’s mum is from Wales, he wanted to celebrate this day by wearing his Welsh rugby shirt to school and sharing information with the class about St. David. A huge thank you to Gregor also. 


Well done to Anna who received the ‘Pupil of the month’ award at assembly today. Anna always works hard in class and is a very kind and caring friend. Thank you Anna!


p1B at gym

Keeping fit and healthy and having lots of fun! 

ELC transition – numeracy

We love being super role models for the ELC boys and girls when they come to visit.

Fruity Friday

A huge thank you to John, the chef at Busy Bees Nursery, who donated two big boxes of apples and bananas after his fantastic demonstrations at our Health and Wellbeing event on Wednesday evening.  The boxes were at reception today for pupils to help themselves to.

Have a great weekend.

Literacy activities in P1B

Primary 1B love learning! Have a look at how hard we work when undertaking our literacy tasks. And you thought all we did was play…