Author Archives: Lochardil Primary School

ELC – Forest Session 2

we had our second visit to the forest! It was a great action packed afternoon and all children loved it. We got a little bit muddy but a muddy child is a happy child and we could defiantly see that yesterday some of the children enjoyed making mud angels others showed more confidence as they explored in the mud jumping and splashing.

We then measured trees using ourselves we all found a tree and joint hand to see how many kids it took to measure the tree. Ryan “this one needs 4 children” We noticed some trees we could just put our two hands round because they were so small! Why not try this and get them to teach you on your next forest visit we’d loved to see your photos. They can be sent to Miss Paul. Maybe you even have a tree in your garden or way to school?

On our way back to our meeting point we found a tree we could swing in some children even managed to write letter using sticks and mud and acorns. What a great day!

Help required – Bikeability Training

Would you be interested in helping our pupils to learn about safe cycling?

on the roadsWe rely on parent/carer volunteers to help deliver Bikeability Training to our Primary 6 classes.

We have been advised of a training event for Cyle Training Assistants to be held at Milton of Leys primary school on Tuesday 17th March 9am – 5pm.  If you would like to attend this training, or would like more information about becoming a training assistant, please contact the school office who will be able to help.

BSL et Français P6B

We have been learning some BSL along with French. I haveposted some videos on our Google Classroom.Ask us to showyou and teach you what we have been leaning. Today we learned all about classroom objects in BSL and French. We had fun playing “Kims Game” to test our memory, team work and language skills.

P7B – World War 2 Visitor

On Friday we had a visit from Katherine, a retired head teacher who has a keen interest in all things WW2. Over her life she has collected many artefacts from the war and came to share them with us.

Using the artefacts we went through a timeline story of the war, from evacuees to D-Day. We had such a fun morning of dressing up, story telling and handing real items from the war. Have a look at some of our class dressed up as evacuees, soldiers, Nazi officers, RAF pilot and even Winston Churchill!


Book Fair – the class will visit the book fair on Wednesday afternoon. The children are welcome to bring in some money if they would like to purchase a book, we kindly ask that money is taken into school in an envelope or purse. The book fair will also be open for a short time after school.

World Book Day – World Book Day celebrations will take place on Thursday 5th March. The class will be taking part in lots of World Book Day activities and children are welcome to bring in their favourite book to share with the class.Children do not need to come to school dressed up.

Open Morning – our open morning will take place on Wednesday 11th March from 9:20 – 10:00am.

Homework – could homework packs be taken in daily as we need our reading books to complete our reading tasks in class.

Show and Tell – this week it is the turn of the Bright Sparks and the Super Stars!

P2A Update

A big well done to Aaron Ross who is our new pupil of the month!

P2A have been learning all about instructional texts and they’ve enjoyed a bit of role play using ‘bossy verbs’. Last week, the boys and girls got to make their own piece of toast for snack time. There was a lot of sticky fingers but they were able to confidently write their own set of instructions.

Mrs Beattie


Star of the Week

Congratulations to Ryan! He was our Star of the Week for his fabulous writing! Well done!

Pupil of the Month

Congratulations to Freya! She is our Pupil of the Month for her hard work and improvement in writing lessons. Well done!
A huge well done to Freya as well for her contribution to Lochardil Gymnastics team! Great work!

Chinese prints

We have been learning about Chinese silk printing. We created our own stencils and mixed different colours of paint to create our own Chinese pattern prints.

Pancake Day

We celebrated pancake day by eating pancakes and by summarising a non fiction text about the history of Pancake Day and the different ways it is celebrated in different countries. We developed our summarising skills along with learning about the meaning behind Pancake Day.

Feis Rois
We learned the ‘Skye Boat Song’ with Feis Rois. We also learned about chords and dynamics too.

P1-7 Clothing, Jackets & Changes of clothing

Could we please ask that children have a change of clothing in their school bags for those unforseen accidents and playground incidents.  Due to the very recent bad weather, we have used lots of the clothing we hold in school for such eventualities.  but we do not have enough, or indeed the right  to go round – or the space to store it!

If your child does come home wearing clothing (trousers, skirts, jumpers pants, socks etc) supplied by the school, could you please ensure it is laundered and returned to the school office as soon as possible. 

P3 Update 28/2/20

We have finished our Roman topic now and are starting a CS I – Cool Science Investigations one.

Reading will be on the following days – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

A big well done to 2 of our pupil reps who spoke at both assemblies today about Fairtrade. You did a great job Callan and Alex!

P3 Future Dates 28/2/20

Book Fair Visit

Our class are visiting the book fair on Friday 6th March. The £1 book token given out last week can be used there.

Open Morning

Our next open morning is on Wednesday 11th March from 9.20 – 10.00 am. There will be a literacy focus.

Class Trip

A letter will go home on Monday with information about our trip to the STEM Hub on Friday 20th March.

Book Fair March 4th – 9th 2020

Our Book fair is back!

Classes have signed up to come along to visit the Book fair. They can use their £1 World Book Day token. We have set up a competition for the classes and we will announce the winners on Tuesday. We have 5 £5 book tokens to give away.

The book fair will be open after school until 3.15pm.

Thank you for supporting us.

Pr 7A Bookfair Team (Brogan, Jayden, Josh and Harry B)

P1A Visitor

P1A had lots of fun when we had a talk from Dr Grant. He works as a surgeon at the hospital and came in to tell the boys and girls all about his job. He showed us the special clothes he wears and let us listen to our heart beat using a stethoscope. We also got to try using some surgical equipment. We learned all about how Doctors help to make people feel better. Check us out in our scrubs!

A big thank you to Dr Grant for coming to speak to us!

ELC – 28.2.20

Marks and Spencer’s have a competition on, where children are invited to draw their dream garden for the chance to win 80 seedling kits to plant at your local school. Also every £20 you spend you get a box of seedling. As we are looking at where our food comes from and how things grow it would be greatly appreciated if you wish to enter the competition or donate a box of seedlings. We are also looking for donations of milk bottles to help build our green house.

Congratulations to Louis for receiving pupil of the month certificate for being super caring and kind at Wee Mac’s, well done louis! We hope you have a lovely weekend

Pr 7 Upcoming events

IRA Transition Sports Event; Tuesday 10th March 2020. 10am – 12. am

Please wear sports clothes under school uniform and bring a water bottle/snack.

ARCHIVE CENTRE: WW2 Workshop Friday 6th March . 9.30 am – 11.00 am

We will be leaving at 8.50 promptly and it would be helpful if pupils can come to class to register and order lunches at 8.45 am.

SCOTTISH OPERA: Culduthel Christian Centre – Tuesday 17th March 1.30 – 2.00 pm

We have been invited to be part of the audience for the Pr 5,6 dress rehearsal perfomance

OPEN MORNING: Wednesday 11 March 9.20 – 10.00 am Literacy Focus

P3 Update


We have started measure in maths this week by measuring like the Romans did, in hands, and… avoiding the snow showers! Next, we will revise metres and half meters and move on to using cm’s.

The last class talk was about flint and steel by Ethan. Santa brought him the modern version and he showed us chert from Smoo Cave, Durness, that can be used to make fire too!

ELC – 27.02.19

Parents booking forms are now available on the MOL ELCC blog and Milton of Leys Primary blog. Parents will be required to complete a booking form, All About Me forms and Childcare Registration forms to enable their child to attend the Easter holiday provision at MoL. The deadline for parents returning forms is Friday 6th March 2020. with places confirmed by Friday 13th March 2020.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 20th February 2020

Last week the children split into two groups again for the second Spokes for Folks trip. Miss MacLeod spent time at Ach an Eas making music shakers with Eliza, Ella, Liam and some of the residents. Koen, Louis, Amelia and Sophie headed out on the bikes with Miss Kelman and Alec, Etta and Helen from the care home. We cycled along the river and up to the High Street. Alec enjoyed pointing out familiar shops to the children. When we pulled into the Care Home Louis said “that was a fun ride”.

ELC Forest Session 1

The children had lots of fun exploring the forest in the snow yesterday. We had hot chocolate and pancakes in the forest then enjoyed rolling down the hill in the snow. We found a new swing while exploring and enjoyed some muddy puddles.

Seth “this is lots of fun”

Eliza “I love it”

Alfie “be careful”

Selfies became a fun game!
Nobody wanted left out!
Jenny “and me”

Time for Maths

We had a carousel of activities today for maths. At station one we had to match written times for digital or analogue times. At station two we had to construct a timetable of events with matching times. Station 3 was a Sumdog numeracy challenge and at station four we worked on our logical thinking king skills. Ask us to see our “brain buster” challenge.

P1A Homework Information

Unfortunately, we have been unable to access our blog for the past few weeks due to technical issues but we are up and running now.

We have made some changes to the way we hand out P1A’s homework. Reading homework remains the same to be carried out daily and reading packs to be taken in every day. This is important as we use our reading books for our reading tasks in class. We are no longer issuing letter formation booklets as we have moved onto more formal handwriting in class. Maths homework will be handed out on a Monday to be returned for Thursday. Sounds and bronze words to be practised during the week at a time that suits.

We have made these changes as a result of parents evening feedback, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Show and Tell this week is the Whizz Kids and the Bright Sparks. Please just take in one item for show and tell.

Our new topic this term is ‘People who help us’. We are looking forward to our many visitors and hearing how they help us and people in the community.

The class will visit the Book Fair on Wednesday 4th March. We will also be doing special activities as a whole school to celebrate World Book Day on the 5th March.

We kindly ask that parents/carers check that all pupil’s have a snack for breaktime and have a change of footwear for indoors.

ELC – 25.02.20

This week we have started to explore where food comes from. We had a visit from a lady from The Royal Highland Education Trust Highland Countryside Initiative , showing us pictures of what happens on a farm. She also discussed how butter was made and showed us how to grind seeds to make flour. All children showed good listening and learned a lot about what happens on a farm. Today we made our own pancakes and we got to try them at story time being able to describe how they taste, “Mine is so yummy in my tummy” Eliza. We are also continuing discussions on spring and have been making our own daffodil pictures at the art table.

P5B Weekly Post

A couple of weeks to catch up on!

We had a week where we had a daily focus on mental health. We did some visualization on the yoga mats, and we had a go at writing ‘I am…. poems.’

We took part in a Health and Wellbeing event organised by the Ruthven House Captains. It was a lot of fun!

We are getting ready for our open morning ‘gallery’…

…and learning a lot about time!

We have been loving the visits from Liam and Alison from Feis Rois

Lots of fun!!!!

P2B Stop Motion

This afternoon in P2B we had lots of fun using stop motion. We had to make a story board to plan what our video would be about, before using the tablets to make our videos. Everyone took it in turns being a photographer and moving the props around. We had lots of fun and will definitely be making more videos in the future!

Beetle Drive

No unaccompanied children please. 

Baking donations & raffle prizes greatly received. Baking donations to be brought along on the day or handed into the office on Fri 28th February. Raffle prizes can be handed into the office anytime. 

If you can’t make it but want raffle tickets, please put your name and phone number and money into an envelope clearly marked for the Beetle Drive and hand into the office. (Tickets £1 a strip). 

P3 Weekly Update

In  our short week we have been very busy! Our class have been doing their bit for the environment by litter picking, in our house groups.

Counting the pieces of litter.

Class Talks

Class talks have been amazing! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped the children prepare. We have made a wall display you can see on the the next open morning.

Special thanks to Mrs Urquhart, Hollie’s mum, who took a virtual reality headset in to show us around Rome. It took all morning for 30 of us to have a shot.

Fun! Amazing! Fantastic! are some of the comments the children made. I was blown away by the experience….maybe we could fundraise for a set or ask Santa?!

Ashton away to look around the Colosseum.

Finally, on Friday Duntechaig house captains held a health and wellbeing day for us. It was indoors as the weather didn’t hold up. Everyone had fun and some exercise followed by a Time to Talk back in class.

Happy after exercising.

Pancakes for breakfast

Although Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) is not until Tuesday, February 25th, we decided to make our pancakes yesterday! We had lots of fun measuring out the ingredients, mixing them all in the bowl, spooning the mix onto the pancake maker to cook and then, the best part – eating the pancakes. YUM YUM!

Whole School Sports Event

Remember to wear your sports clothes tomorrow (footlball strips are included)!

Ruthven House Captains and Vice Captains have planned a whole school event to focus on wellbeing (including both physical and mental wellness.

“We are trying to promote that everybody has the right to their own interests and should be free to their own opinions.  Everyone should be treated the same despite their race, gender, religion, beliefs etc.  Every child has the right to play and exercise and to take part in activities.”

ELC- Ach an Eas, 13th February 2020

Unfortunately due to the weather our trip with Spokes for Folks was cancelled so all the children stayed at the care home to participate in a Valentine’s Day craft activity. The residents and children spent time decorating love hearts with tissue paper and a selection of buttons. The children kindly gifted some of their love hearts to the residents. We then had story time and songs in the lounge which was lovely as more residents could join us. Some of children demonstrated increasing confidence as they sang independently in the lounge.

OOSC 14/02/20

Children had fun taking part in balloon and baking soda science experiment. First we filled the container (plastic bottle) with vinegar, then we used the funnel and teaspoon to add baking soda to the balloon.

Then we attached balloon to container making sure we had a good seal. Afterwards we lifted up the balloon to dump the baking soda into the container of vinegar and we watched the balloon filling up.

The science, behind this balloon baking soda experiment, is the chemical reaction between the base {baking soda} and the acid {vinegar}. When the two ingredients mix together the balloon gets it’s lift! That lift is the result of the gas produced from two ingredients – carbon dioxide or CO2. As the gas tries to leave the plastic container, it goes up into the balloon because of the tight seal. As the gas has nowhere to go and is pushing against the balloon it inflates it! Similarly, we exhale carbon dioxide when we blow up balloons.

Some children celebrated Valentine’s Day with fun craft activity – creating their own Valentine’s cards.

As every week children enjoyed our usual activities like drawing, colouring in, playing with dolls, cars and creating amazing constructions from plus plus blocks.


As the children are off school until Thursday the 20th, there will be no homework next week. If you do wish to, please practise the 2, 5 and 10 times table with your child. There will also be no new reading book for Finding Nemo or Monsters Inc. next week.

I hop you have a lovely long weekend!

P2B Updates

In numeracy this week we have moved on to learning our 5 times table. All the children are trying very hard with their times tables and they are enjoying learning them. ‘Hit the Button’ is a great game to help practise them at home.

In literacy, our sound this week is ‘bl’. We are also having a big focus on letter formation in the class and spelling our common words. Continue to practise these at home also.

Our topic is well under way and over the past 2 weeks we have been learning all about different types of houses and maps. We created a giant map of the school in our classroom too!

Finally, a huge well done to Indi, Phoebe and their team who won these amazing trophies at a competition last weekend!

P3/4 Aigas Winter Workshop

What a wild day it was for our workshop but we managed some outdoor learning before the weather became too bad. The children were learning about climate change and enjoyed making a timeline to show how scientists think our planet has evolved changes from the beginning of time. Then we came indoors and pretended to be carbon atoms. Rachael and Kelly played a game where we discovered what happened to us with different events.

P3 Aigas Field Centre Visitors

Today Keri and Rachel from the Aigas Field Centre came to do a workshop with us on climate change. We enjoyed playing games that helped us understand a bit more about what climate change is. We all planted a conker which hopefully will grow into a horse chestnut tree as trees help to reduce climate change .

Enrolment for Early Learning & Childcare Session 2020-21

Enrolment for Early Learning & Childcare for Session 2020-21 takes place week beginning 10th February. 

Parents of children with birth dates between 01.03.16 – 28.02.17 (4 year olds) or 01.03.17 – 28.02.018 (3 year olds) should complete an enrolment on the HIghland Council website

If you are unable to enrol on line please contact the chool office to request an enrolment form. 

ELC- Ach an Eas, 6th February 2020

This week Miss MacLeod headed out on the Spokes for Folks bikes with three residents, Bethan, Eliza, Ella and Liam on an exciting trip to Whin Park. The children were delighted to share what they had been up to when they returned. Miss Kelman spent time playing ‘Winter Picture Bingo’ and ‘Ice Cream Pairs’ with Amelia, Sophie, Koen, Louis Py and some of the residents. We then played a game that Koen introduced us to- ‘Guess the Food’ where the children were developing their descriptive skills. We ended the session back together reading ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Next week Miss Kelman will head out on the bikes with her group.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 30th January 2020

Last week to follow on from our Scottish theme we made tartan pictures with the residents. We decorated strips of paper and threaded them through to create a tartan effect. We then spent some time playing with some table top games. One group played ‘ice cream pairs’ and the others played the ‘shopping list game’. The children were great at helping and reminding the residents when it was their turn in the game.

OOSC – 27.01.2020

We had a week full of fun in Out of School Club this week! We got the Hamma Beads out and the children were concentrating hard to make these lovely bead pictures.

Concentrating hard on our hamma bead pictures

We also enjoyed playing Twister!

Some of the boys also enjoyed building some impressive race tracks for the cars.

ELC – 06/02/20

Apologies, we haven’t managed to update you on what we have been busy with the past two weeks as the Blog system has been down. We have been super busy continuing discussions on hibernation and matched each animal to their correct habitat when playing our sorting and matching maths game. This week we are looking at why animals come out of hibernation, inviting children to discuss the changes in weather and season. Last week we explored Robert Burns and we were given the opportunity to try haggis neeps and tatties. We also tried on a kilt, discussing tartan and then we practiced some Scottish dancing.