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UNIKIDS “Survive beyond 5” 3.10.19

We met today to share the Baby Cards from each class. Our cards are being sent away to our local MP and MSP along with a letter to ask for support with the UNICEF “Survive beyond 5” campaign.

       Did you know that 5,000,000 children around the world will not live to see their 5th birthday? Essential medicines, vaccines and immunisations are not available to many babies and children. Diseases and illnesses which are fairly  easy to prevent through medication are proving fatal for them.  

     Immunisation helps to strengthen a child’s immune system to fight diseases like polio, measles, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tuberculosis (TB) and meningitis.

UNCRC Article 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.

UNCRC Article 24:  Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

We hope our government can

  • Raise awareness of the issue
  • Provide extra money or funding to agencies who work to promote children’s health eg UNICEF/Save the Children
  • Provide extra money or funding for immunisations and essential resources
  • Liaise with other governments to promote the very best health care for all children.


10.9.19 – The children in OOSC watched a video of a family in Malawi, they found out about their way of living and what toys they have to play with. Before we watched the video the children were asked to write on a post it note what was important to them, after the video was finished they were asked the question what do they think is important to the children in Africa. Some of the answers of what is important to them were: my family, my friends, dogs, ipad, my bike, a life, pokemon cards, my cat, Mum and Dad, to be safe. Some of the answers of what is important to the children in Africa were: food, water, a home, friends, to be who you want to be, to have toys, to go to school, toilet and to have a life. The children then used lots of different materials to create their own toys such as a football, a house, cars and robots.

Pr 7A Reminders

Photograph orders to be returned by Friday 4 October

Learning Pathways Numeracy to be returned by Wednesday 9 October

Christmas Card to be returned by Monday 7 October

Open Morning Tuesday 8 October 11.00 – 11.45 Come along and see some of our work in our jotters and on our Chromebooks. We will be also be sharing some of our Health and Wellbeing Substance Misuse learning. All welcome!

Pr 7A Brownie Points

Well done to everyone for receiving such positive comments from Mrs Finlay yesterday. It was lovely to come back to class after my meeting to hear how well you had done. Her words were similar to the feedback I had given you at the start of the week too. Hope you enjoyed the reward!

ELC – 03/10/19

Dear parents/carers of our ELC Children We value our partnership with parents/carers to help us improve our service. Please follow the link below to complete a questionnaire by selecting the appropriate answers and feel free to add any comments in the box provided. We would really appreciate your participation with the questionnaires to enable us to develop our service. All responses to be in by Thursday 10th October 2019.

Many thanks ELC Team

P2B Information

Miss Cockburn will be off tomorrow (04/10) and Monday, and Mrs Paterson will be in on these days instead. Miss Cockburn will then be in next week from Tuesday to Friday.

In P2B, we are also going to be collecting milk bottle tops to use with a variety of activities in our class, therefore, if anybody has any spare lids we would appreciate these in any colour.

Show and Tell is being done in groups from now on as so many children are keen to bring things in for this. Tomorrow, it is the turn of Group 2. This is the second half of the register, which is surnames from Mi to W.


P7B – Open Morning

A wee reminder to all parents and carers that our first open morning of the 2019/20 session will be held on Tuesday 8th October from 11 – 11.45am. Pupils will be sharing their learning on our health and wellbeing topic ‘Substance Misuse’ and there will also be opportunity to have a look at our jotters to see the wonderful work we have been doing this term.

Hope to see many of you there!


Did you know you can raise money for Lochardil Parent Council – Inverness simply by doing your shopping online. When you use easy fundraising to shop with any of their 4,000 retailers, the retailer makes a small donation to say thank you and they send those free funds to us!

Some of our Digital Dynamos will be on hand at our Open Morning on Tuesday to give you more information and help you sign up.

Join the fundraising revolution at :

P2B Bridge Building

Today in P2B we have been looking at bridges as part of our topic. We spoke about different kinds of bridges, and what these may be made from, before building our own. Each group had a different material. Once these were finished, we discussed why some blocks worked better than others and how we can make them better next time. Take a look at some of our creations below!


Phonics – our sounds this week are m and d.

Show and Tell – it is the turn of the Brain Boxes and the Super Stars!

Science – we have been learning all about the 5 senses. Today, we learned about our sense of touch.

We also have an unusual egg in our classroom! The girls and boys have been busy making predictions about what might hatch out of the egg!

ELC – 01/10/19

We would like to thank everyone who has had the story bag. The children and their parents have worked hard in creating their own characters from the stories. This is their hard work displayed on our Story Bag wall.

Lost Property

A little reminder to please check our lost property…here is what is in it so far :)?

ELC- Ach an Eas, 1st October 2019

This morning the children and residents had an exciting trip on the bikes with ‘Spokes for Folks’. We wrapped up in blankets and set off to Whin Park to feed the ducks! We were very lucky that the sun came out for us during our trip! Erin said “I liked going to Inverness and going on the bike.” Check out ‘Spokes for Folks’ Facebook page to see some more of our adventure!

P3 MacMillan Coffee Morning

The 100 square winner was no 52, chosen by Mr Grant. Can you guess why?

Well done, to Lily MacBean who won a mud kitchen!

Thank you to Mr Willie Matheson for donating the mud kitchen.

The “Dunk the Biscuit in the Tea” competition was won by Antek!

A big THANK YOU to Robert and Andrew at the Ness Walk Kiosk for donating the prize.

More pics to follow….

P5B Weekly Post

We have been trying to look at using effective vocabulary this week. We were coming up with suggestions as to how to make the exact same passage seem both joyful…and ominous…..! The children thought of the best adjectives and adverbs that they could.

We were putting counters on the stations of the tables, and working on the ‘Tricky Ten.’ The tricky ten are:











Please have a wee go at practising these if you have time.

Finally, we are working with mixed media to create some lovely fruit and veg images. One day, after Christmas maybe, we might get them finished…..! Seriously though, the children are taking a great deal of care with them, and some of them look fantastic!

You can see some of our work on the Open Morning. Tuesday 8th October 11:45-12:25


ELC – MacMillan Coffee Morning

Our annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan will take place tomorrow in the Buttercup Room from 9:30 – 10:30am.  Parents and carers are more than welcome to attend with children to look through their Learning Pathways with them. 

We are also still accepting donations of baking which can be brought into the Buttercup room either today or tomorrow morning.  Please remember the ‘No Nuts’ rule.  Thank you to all of those who have already donated.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

ELC – 25/09/19

Dear Parents/carers of pupils in school, ELC & OOSC

Nuts & nut products. Please be reminded of the school policy of absolutely no nuts or nut products to be eaten or brought in to school. This includes items such as cereal bars, peanut butter, chocolate nut spread etc. Please also be aware that some products state on the packaging that they are made in factory where nuts may be present.

We have children in school with severe nut allergies where they only need to be in the vicinity of nuts and they can have a severe reaction. We all have a duty of care to ensure that they are not put in any danger.

Yours sincerely Mrs A Kellacher

Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring a safe environment where all our children are kept safe and healthy.

Christmas Card Fundraising

We have organised an exciting Christmas Design Fundraising Project for this Autumn term!

Your child has been busy having Christmassy fun, designing and decorating a Christmas picture in class. The Christmas designs will be professionally printed and can purchased on a range of products including Cards, Tags, Wrapping Paper and Gift Mugs.

Artwork will be sent home by the class teacher this week.  When returning the artwork it must be attached to the order form with the arrow on the form circled indicating the top of the work. Please keep designs flat and damage free, as marks will show on the final print.

Orders and payment must be made online using the unique code located at the top of the pupil order form. Please refer to your order form for further instructions.

 Where orders have been placed, all artwork must be returned to school by Monday 8th October.

Cards will be delivered by the beginning of December.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

Lochardil Primary School Parent Council

Silent Auction

P3 are running silent auction starting on Wednesday 25/09/19 until Monday 30/09/19 at 12pm.

You can place your bids in a box at reception.

All proceeds will go to MacMillan Cancer Support.


There’s more….

You can win this fabulous, newly made…..(painted by Mr MacLelland) mud kitchen!

Simply buy a square for £2 at reception.

Good luck everyone!

Thank you from P3!

ELC- Ach an Eas, 24th Sep 2019

Today at Ach as Eas the children were excited to make pizzas with the residents. Harrison said “we made it with cheese, tomato sauce, some ham and dough.” It went in the “oven” to cook and “then it was so hot no one could touch it.” He then said “it tasted good.” Whilst our pizzas were cooking the children demonstrated good turn taking skills as they played some table top games; pairs and shopping list. We finished off the session by singing some songs in the lounge.

P1A Information for this week

Phonics – we have started learning the h sound and will be moving on to the r sound later in the week. Some of the Jolly Phonics songs are no longer available on Youtube due to a copyright issue. If you would still like to use them at home the full Jolly Phonics alphabet song is still available (see below).

Show and Tell – it is the turn of the Whizz Kids and the Bright Sparks!

School photos will be taken on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Our P1 photo will be printed in the Inverness Courier on Friday, make sure you get to the shop early for a copy if you haven’t ordered one!

Also a quick reminder that the P1 parent information evening will take place on Tue 1st Oct from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

No Nuts!!

Nuts & Nut products

Please be reminded of the school policy of absolutely no nuts or nut products to be eaten or brought in to school. This includes items such as cereal bars, peanut butter, chocolate nut spread etc.  Please also be aware that some products state on the packaging that they are made in a factory where nuts may be present.

We have children in school with severe nut allergies where they only need to be in the vicinity of nuts and they can have a severe reaction.  We all have a duty of care to ensure that they are not put in any danger.

Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring a safe environment where all our children are kept safe and healthy.

ELC – 24/09/19

Flu Vaccine.

This autumn/winter, the flu vaccine will be offered to all children in Scotland aged 2-5 years (and not yet in school) at their GP practice (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2019 to be eligible). It is also offered to all primary school children at school. For more information visit

This week chilcdren are continuing to vote for what they would like to learn about by mark making on the mindmap, some children showing good writing skills.

Forrest Session.

This week in the Forrest, children were introduced to fire pit. The children showed good listening when finding out how to keep safe around the fire. When exploring the woods the children confidently identified signs of Autumn and used their creativity skills to make their own stick men.

Revised Chromebook Agreement

Highland Council have revised and reissued the Chromebook Agreement that was sent home to p6s and p7s at the beginning of term.  The revision brings the agreement in line with current guidance, particularly around charging devices at home.  As these have been signed and returned already this term, no action is required.  Here is the revised agreement for your information.

P5a – Kakatsitsi performers

We had a wonderful visit from the Kakatsitsi performers this week. They are from the Ga tribe in Ghana, where they speak over 50 languages including English, French and Ga. They taught us a traditional fishing song and taught us how to play the drums and shakers. We learned that when you change the position of your hands, you can change the sound the drum makes. They call this tone, bass, slap and tips. We loved having a go ourselves! Playing the drums was our favourite part.

Olympian Artists in P6B

We have been learning about the Ancient Greek Olympics. It started as a religious ceremony to honour Zeus, the king of the gods. We looked at some pictures of Ancient Greek pottery that depicted scenes of Ancient Olympians and we had a very creative morning making our own. We even incorporated some of the Greek Alphabet into our designs. They show sports such as: athletics, discus, carriage racing, boxing, javelin and wrestling. 

ELC – 19/09/19

School Photographs.

There will be school photographs (individual and sibling photos) Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September. ELC children will receive a letter on Monday the 23rd September with a time slot. If your child does not attend on a Monday, please await a phone call with this information. Consequently, if your child does not attend on a Wednesday or Thursday, their allocated time slot will be Wednesday 25th at 9:05am.

P.3 Fundraising Visitor

This afternoon we enjoyed meeting with Ina Davies, Manager at the new Marriott Hotel at Inverness airport. She met with the hospitality team and the book team to answer questions and give advice from both her successful fundraising events and planning functions in hotels.

We are getting very excited about our own event next week!


We are participating in this new promotion and there is a box at reception for any stickers you recieve when shopping at Aldi. We have 2 posters to fill with 300 stickers. The completed posters are then sent away by 18 November. We are then entered in to a prize draw to win £20,000 cash prize. We will receive a sports kit for taking part.

There are lots of suggestions on the poster to encourage us to eat well, get moving and challenge us to try out new things to keep us all healthy.

Thank you for supporting this.

The posters will be on display in the dining hall. Box at reception for the stickers. The ECO team will help to collect and manage the collection as part of the HEALTH AND WELLBEING focus for our action plan.

Lochardil ECO Team (L.E.T.) Thank you TESCO!

We have received more of the items we have ordered using the money we got from the TESCO Bags of Help Scheme. This has been such a help for us to add and refresh our resources.

We have added to our gardening tools and we have a class set of clipboards which are really useful for outdoor learning activities.

Please support our gardening work by volunteering and carrying on the super work established by a great team of parents and community friends over the years. Be part of our team!

ELC – 18/09/19

Last Friday we were lucky to have a visit from Amy from Fit Kids who taught us different yoga positions and all children showed good body control and even the teachers enjoyed themselves 🙂


This week the children are given the opportunity to vote what they would like to learn about next from the What The Ladybird Heart story, choosing from Farmer or police. Children are showing good mark making skills when voting on the mind map.

African Drumming

Today we had the opportunity to listen to African drumming and showed good listening when learning different rhythms.


P1A began the week watching a performance by the Kakatsitsi Drummers from Ghana! They told us all about the different types of drums they played. We had good fun clapping along with the beat of the drums!

There will only be one reading book going home this week and our sound will be e. The number and letter formation homework booklets will be handed out as normal on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Show and Tell this week will be for the Clever Clogs!

Thank you to everyone who has returned their Learning Pathway. We kindly ask that you take the time to add a short comment to the home learning cog before returning to us.

African Drumming

Today we took part in a fun drumming workshop with a band from Ghana called Kakatsitsi Drummers. Here are some comments from the children and some photos.

“That was awesome” – Antek

“It was exciting!” – Ben

“I Liked the noise” – John Hector

“My hand was hurting afterwards.” – Ioan

“I thought it was really good.” – Nathan M

Pr 7A Kakatsitsi Drummers

We had a loud and exciting start on our return to school today!

A drumming group from Jamestown, Ghana were showcasing their fantastic skills.

“It was cool how they played the instruments and used everyday materials to make them from e.g. cow skin, seeds, grasses” Gold group feedback

“We liked how they didn’t just show you but they gave us something to do and we had to join in.” Platinum group feedback

” Very interesting to find out how the drums were made and learn more about their culture.” Titanmium group feedback

“It was fantastic how they changed the sound with their feet.” Tungsten group feedback

Gardening Group

A message from our diligent gardners, Maria and Karen.

We are looking for new parents that would like to take over the Friday growing vegetable session!

Over the past 2-3 years, we have been running some vegetable growing sessions during the summer season in the small garden with raised beds at the back of the school.  It has been a lot of fun and satisfying to see the kids really enjoy it!  All very informal, no pressure, we just go when we are able or suits.  Now that our children have moved to secondary it would be great to find other parents that we can help get into this fun and relaxing activity.

We meet on a Friday at 12:30 luch break time but of course there is scope to change the day if new helpers wished.  Should you be interested please contact or .  Many Thanks in advance.

P1A Phonics

P1A have been learning about the sounds c and k. They both have the same action. Please see the link for the songs if you would like to have a go at home.

Today we had lots of fun working together to sort out pictures according to the sound that the word started with!

A quick reminder that the girls and boys are not in school on Monday or Tuesday, so we will see you all on Wednesday morning!

Very busy p5B week!

We were up to loads this week……read on…

We were reading fabulous books, and working on rounding and estimating.

Our art work this week was copying fruit and veg in minute detail. Next week we will colour them in, using a variety of media. Much more successful than our bowls….BUT we do have clay now!

We played netball on Tuesday in our MUGA gym session, which was great fun. Great game netball!

Robbie was such a star. He got this trophy for being the Scottish 8-9 year old Trial Bike Champion! Congratulations Robbie. A lot of commitment and skill, and very dedicated parents!!! We are very proud of you Robbie!

In French we were doing colours in French and BSL. The children had to give me the French and the sign, when they pulled a colour from the feely bag. It has been fun revising french, and adding the BSL sign. It’s another tool to help the memory perhaps?

For Golden Time a lot of the children like to dress up…….here are some of the crazy kids!

Finally, our first winner of the Pupil Achievement Award is…..Keira Robertson. Well done Keira!

I Can – P6B Challenge gender stereotypes

We have been talking about Global goal 5 (Gender Equality) there was lots of discussion about “boys things” and “girls things” and how society categorises activities, hobbies and clothes etc into boys and girls. We spoke about how WE CAN like anything we want to and people shouldn’t be bullied,discriminated or questioned just because some else doesn’t  agree.

P2B – Week 4

It has been a very busy week in P2B with lots of new learning. We have been learning how to count in 2s and 10s, as well as making our own food chains as part of our ‘Moray Firth’ topic. Take a look at some of our work in the pictures below! I hope you all have a great long weekend, ready for lots more hard work on Wednesday!

Miss Cockburn



Congratulations to Cameron, who was our ‘Pupil of the month’ for his fabulous maths work. He puts so much effort into all of his work and has fabulous concentration! Well done Cameron!

P5a are concentrating on invasion games in PE just now. We have been developing our spatial awareness and having great fun too!

Pr 7A 13.9.19

We had a great first session at World of Work. We looked at the engineering and technology around prosthetic limbs. We designed and created our own robotica arm and relected on the skills we used e.g. setting goals, cooperation, problem solving, explaining . Thank you to our parent helpers for their time and support.

We are sending home our first Key Assessment Task. We would appreciate it if we could have it returned by Wednesday 18th September. KAT 1 has a Health and Wellbeing focus. We hope you enjoy sharing our work.

Have a lovely long weekend!

P7B – World of Work: Bionic Arm

Today we visited Skills Development Scotland for our first ‘My World of Work’ session.

The focus of today’s visit was based all around the advances assistive technology related to prosthetic limbs for people with disabilities. We discussed the types of jobs that might be involved in this line of work; these included engineers, doctors and biologists.

We then got to have a go at building our own bionic limb, using Lego and computer programming. It was a challenge but with a bit of team work and imagination we think we did a pretty good job! Thank you to Julia’s mum for assisting us on the trip.

ELC – 12/09/19

Good afternoon, Please find attached the booking, registration and all about me forms to book into the October holiday club at Milton of Leys Primary School. Closing date for the forms to be returned to the MOL ELCC email by Friday 20th September. All forms must be completed and returned before this date or bookings cannot be accepted. Kind Regards Clare Mackenzie Childcare Manager Lochardil Primary School Lochardil Road Inverness IV2 4LB Tel: 01463 230250

Lochardil Eco Team 12.9.19

The ECO team went round the school today to find suitable places for our new bins. The bins were funded from part of our TESCO Bags of Help money. We reviewed our Litter Policy and hope to come up with a reward incentive for picking up litter.

We also gave each class a pile of scrap paper from the office. We are all stocked up now for our new term ahead.

ELC- 11/09/19

This week all children have investigating different objects in the nursery discussing what shape they are. We have also introduced talking tubs to encourage the children to discuss what they would like to learn about from What the Ladybird heard story.

ELC – Picture of the week

Molly “My bunny”
Alfie exploring different colours.
Struan “My ladybird has four spots”