Author Archives: Paula Maciver

Pr 7 update 11.12.18

Just a reminder that our Open Afternoon times are a bit different to the rest of school. This is just to allow parents/carers to visit other classes if they need to.

Room 16 1.30 pm – 2.15 pm Horrid Herod

Wear your Christmas jumper on Thursday if you have one! 

We still require some parent volunteers to escort us to the Inverness Royal Academy on Thursday 13th December at 9.20 am – 11.00 am for the Transition Ceilidh.

We would also welcome helpers for the Culduthel Christian Centre end of term Christmas service. Leaving at 9.25 am  and returning for about 11 am. Thursday 20 Dec.

Party food letters have been given out and we are looking for helpers with the Yearbook. Applications are welcome for Monday 17th December. Mrs K Marshall will be supporting this in the New Year. Job roles are being given out today.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

P5/6 Parent Helpers Needed

We are looking for parent helpers to come to our end of term service, at the CCC , with us on Thursday 21st December. We will be leaving school about 0930 to arrive for 10am. If you are able to help, please let Miss MacDonald know by Friday 14th December. Thank you !

P5/6 Christmas Parties

Letters about P6 Christmas party went home today and P5 will be issues with theirs tomorrow . 

We would be grateful for any donations of food . If you are able to provide the highlighted items on the letter sent home then that would be great. Any food items should be sent to the classroom by the morning of the party . NO NUTS. 

Children may come to school in their party clothes next Monday. 

Thank you

P6 – Monday 17th December 0900

P5 – Monday 17th December 13:20

P1 Enrolment & 3yr/4yr old ELC Enrolment

Dates for your diary!

Enrolment for pupils entering Primary 1 in August 2019 will take place week commencing 28th January 2019.

Enrolment for 3yr & 4yr old children entering Early Learning & Childcare in August 2019, January 2020 or April 2020, will take place week commencing 25th February 2019.  Remember if your child already attends our ELC, you must re-enrol for their next stage (i.e. 3yr old to 4 yr old, 4yr old to P1)

Online enrolment, via the Highland Council website, will be available during enrolment week.

 

 

 

 

P2 Open Afternoon

You are all warmly invited to the  Open Afternoon on  Thursday 13th December in Room 1 at 2.00pm till 2.45pm. We have some fun activities planned and look forward to seeing you.

P2 Maths

We are learning subtraction in our maths lessons. Here are some photos of us using interactive resources to help us know our subtractions to 20 really well.

P4/5 Blog

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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We made a paper chain tree for the door of our class. 

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We also moved our scenery to the stage. It was very heavy, but many hands make light work.

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The final pieces of work on the scenery before we shifted it….

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We also made a huge bauble with our lovely Mrs H’s help. She even brought in the lights for round the edge.

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That’s all for now, except to say……can’t wait to see you all on the panto days!

And some random Christmassy pictures!

 

 

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Learning Pathway 3

Today the third learning pathway which had a focus on Religious and Moral Education and Expressive Arts was sent home inside your child’s reading folder.

It contains the learning pathway comment sheet, alongside a photograph of your child with their finished work.

Please ensure that the learning pathway is completed and returned with the photo evidence by Monday the 10th of December.

There are also a couple of people who have not returned our Bonfire night writing evidence sheet from our previous KAT. I ask that you please return this alongside the new learning pathway on Monday.

Many Thanks and have a lovely weekend!

Miss Munro 🙂

Our week in Primary 5

This week we painted our Islamic Art.  We used lots of bright colours. 

We also made mosques out of card.  We made them by folding, cutting and gluing.  We did volume in maths.  We did textbook work and practical work.  We did writing about the Greatest Gift.  Class royalty was Calum and Flora because they for the most dojos in a week.  We also watched the pantomime and the nativity. By Calum and Morgan.

ELC – Christmas Sing-a-Long

The Children have been practising so hard for our Sing-a-Long at the end of term and they can’t wait to perform for you.

We are still waiting on some slips coming back to advise if your child will be present and how many people will be attending to watch.  If you have not returned yet, please could you do so ASAP.  If you need another slip, please collect one from the ELC office.

Thank you.

P3 Science

P3 have been learning about freezing and melting. Yesterday afternoon we used thermometers to measure the temperature of icy water and found out that water freezes at zero degrees celcius!

P2/3 Christmas Parties

5/12/18       Just a reminder of the Christmas party arrangements.

On Tuesday 18th December 2018 the P3’s will party with P3 next door.

On Wednesday 19th December 2018 the P2’s will party with all the other P2’s.

Letters will follow with catering plans.

P2/3 Christmas Service

 

5/12/18    We are looking for  2 parent helpers to join us on Thursday 20th December 2018 to go to CCC for our Christmas service. The service starts at 10am so we will be leaving by 9.30am.

ECO Team Food Waste Audit 5.12.18

We helped Freya and Duncan from Highland Council Waste Team to carry out a food waste audit. Everyone took their food waste to the bins outside the dining hall. We sorted the waste into different bins and weighed the waste when we were finished. We will have another meeting with Freya once our results have been analysed. This will help us to find more ways to reduce our waste. Well done ECO team – it was a chilly job you had!

Science in the Atrium – Quantum Wonderland

Science in the Atrium Poster 24 Aug 18 v3KM

Science in the Atrium is here again – the last in the series for this year with something really special.

Quantum Wonderland by Professor Erika Andersson from Herriot Watt University, based on one previously given at a New Scientist “Quantum” event in London in 2017.

One might think that quantum mechanics is irrelevant to our daily lives, that it will only matter at the fuzzy scale of individual atoms, in elaborate experiments dreamt up by crazed scientists and performed in highly specialised laboratories. Nothing could be further from the truth! We are all using quantum mechanics in our daily lives. Without quantum mechanics, we would not have computers, mobile phones, lasers, MRI scanners, or GPS. But quantum mechanics also continues to be a source of fascinating, mind-bending paradoxes and philosophical puzzles. This talk will attempt to offer you a glimpse of the Quantum Wonderland, and what we might be using new “quantum technology” for in the future.

 

ELC- Ach an Eas, Week 4

Yesterday at the care home we spent time making salt dough Christmas tree decorations. The children and residents made some to decorate the care home’s tree and some to take home. As Ach an Eas have not yet put up their decorations we improvised with this Winter tree. Once we had cooked our salt dough we painted them in festive colours. Our elf also fancied doing a bit of colouring!

Developing the Young Workforce Business Directory

We would be delighted to add new names to our Business Directory. This helps the school to link with the community and develop our understanding of the skills needed for the workplace. Please see the attached form and contact the school with relevant details.Thank you for supporting our Developing the Young Workforce curriculum in this way.

Business Directory Request Letter Dec 2018

P6/7 Open Afternoon

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P6/7 would like to invite you to our Open Afternoon on Thursday 13th December @ 2.00pm – 2.45pm.

This term we are focusing our Learning Conversations on Expressive Arts and have decided to hold a crafting session to tie in with this.

Come along to join us in with some Christmas crafts and to see some of your child’s work from this term!

We look forward to seeing you there.

ELC – Christmas Party

As previously mentioned our Christmas parties will be held on Thursday 20th December, morning and afternoon.  All children should have had a note home about these.  Children who do not normally attend on this day will have had a slot allocated for them so they can come and celebrate too.

With this in mind, we have put up a list up in the corridor for food donations for parents/carers to sign up and bring something in.  If you would like to donate something, please put your name on the list next to your chosen item.  We will start collecting these items the week commencing 17th December.

All donations gratefully received.

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IRA Christmas Fayre

Thank you to the pupils from Lochardil Industries who came along to help sell our Rocks and Crosses game. We sold quite a few and appreciated the generosity of the community and the IRA for giving us a table to use.

P4/5

No blog this week as we are immersed in…………….PANTO!

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P3 Maths

We have been learning about symmetry! Here we are using mirrors to check if our stars were symmetrical. Can you spot any symmetrical shapes at home?

 

ELC – St Andrews Day

We have been learning all about St Andrew and Scotland this week.  From where and when he lived, what he worked as and what traditions we do on this day.

Angus J said ‘it’s St Andrews day’

When looking at the kilt, Innes said ‘it’s tartan’ and Scott said ‘it’s a sporan’

Lia said ‘do Scottish dancing’

When talking about Scottish food, Shona said ‘I like oatcakes with butter and cheese on it’

Some children came dressed in Tartan and we had shortbread at snack time.

P1B Numeracy

We have been doing lots of active learning in our numeracy lesson today.We explored numbers to 10 with the numicon equipment and used the ten frames to put numbers in sequence and muddle them up for our partners.

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P1/2 Christingle Crafts!

P1/2 have been learning about the Christian festive celebration of Christingle.  Unfortunately we have not made the version that you can eat, but we enjoyed making our Christingles out of various art materials we found in school!  We are going to continue our learning on Christingles and write about what we are thankful for in our lives, especially at this time of the year in the run up to advent.

Thank You from Mrs MacIver!

I would like to say a massive thank you for all the lovely cards, flowers and and gifts that I have received on my return to work this week.  I feel truly humble and grateful for all of the support and kindness I have received from parents and indeed your children!  Lets now look forward to the excitement and wonderful learning opportunities that the remainder of this term brings!

Many thanks once again,

Mrs MacIver 

Primary 1B at forest school

What a fabulous time we had yesterday out in the woods. Mrs Reid kept us busy and we were having so much fun that we didn’t even notice how cold it was. I think the biscuits, brioche rolls and hot chocolate probably helped with that!! The children were very good at following all the rules and they really enjoyed exploring the woods to find materials to make a home for a hedgehog. Thank you to Mrs Reid and Mrs Carlisle for a super morning – we can’t wait for next week! 

Please remember to have children in line at 8.50a.m again next Tuesday and ensure that they are suitably dressed for very cold and possibly, wet conditions. Thank you.

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ELC – Forest School (Week4)

Today we had a brilliant Gruffalo themed forest session! We read ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson at snack time and did lots of activities based on the story. The children turned in to “owls” (or “just birds”), using their seats/mats as wings as they flapped about our base camp. Some children participated in building a “log pile house” for the snake in the story. After tidying up, we went on a search for the Gruffalo himself and explored the woods. We moved in different ways, pretending to be all the animals featured in the story. Unfortunately we didn’t find him today… maybe next week!

P3 Information Detectives

P3 Information Detectives

Today we worked with a partner to report information we have found out about Antarctica. We then gave each partner a star and a wish for how well they reported the information.

P3 – Roots of Empathy

This week Primary 3 have been discussing why babies cry.  We know that crying babies are not “bad” babies; they are babies that have a problem that they need help with.  We made a book of reasons why a baby might cry.

We are all very excited to see Baby Isla again next week!

P5/6 Are Shaping Up Well

We are shaping up pretty well in P5/6.

Today we learned about 2D shapes and their properties. We made these “lift the flap” posters to help is remember. We learned lots of new words, terms and facts such as: 

Parallel lines

congruent sides 

angles 

properties of the shapes

We also learned about 3 different types of triangles :

3)equilateral 

2)isosceles 

1) scalene 

We did very well remembering what we learned about the other polygons. 

Why don’t you text us to see if we can remember : what do you call a shape with…

4 sides ? 

5 sides ?

6 sides?

7 sides?

8 sides?

9 sides?

10 sides?

P3 Symmetrical Stars

P3 Symmetrical Stars

We are looking at the importance of stars in different religions. Today we were discussing the importance of a star in the Bible. We even managed to make the stars symmetrical!

ELC – Norovirus Information

We have received updated guidelines regarding the winter vomiting bug ‘Norovirus’.  A reminder to all parents/carers that if a child has been unwell, they are stay off for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness.  

If you require any further information, please see the leaflets located in the ELC cloakroom. 

Thank you.

Blythswood Boxes

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2018

Thanks to everyone who donated boxes to the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal this year.

Primary 6 have helped to load the Blythswood van. It’s great to think that these gifts are now on their way to make this Christmas extra special for those who receive them.

 

Football Success

Congratulations and a huge well done to our P6 & P7 team – Sam Thompson, Toryn Eaglesham, Scott Mackay, Gavin Thomson, Ross Macleod, Ellis Morrison, Michael Miller & Sean Kavanagh, who won the HIghland heat of the North of Scotland Soccer 7’s tournament at Millburn Academy on Thursday 22nd November – without conceding a single goal!

The boys will travel to Dundee in the Spring to compete against other regional winning teams from all over the North of Scotland, keeping up what seems to becoming a Lochardil tradition!!  This will be the third year running that a P6/7 team from the school has reached the this stage.

A massive thank you to the team coaches for all their hard work and for giving up their time to coach the boys.  Thank you also to Peter Thompson and Tony & Anna Miller who accompanied & transported the boys to the tournament .  They commented after the tournament that “the boys represented the school superbly, with excellent behaviour and genuine teamwork”.

Well done boys, Lochardil are very proud of you all.

 

Parking Issues – again!!

The school have received various complaints regarding the parking of vehicles in the school vicinity from both local residents & parents.

The safety of our children is at risk due to consistent inconsiderate parking on yellow lines, zig-zag lines, corners, at the bus stops and across people’s driveways.  Our children need to have a clear view of the road to be able to cross safely, and equally other road-users need a clear view of the road to prevent accidents happening.

We are very grateful to all parents and guardians who do park responsibly around the school. Not only does this keep our children safe, but it helps maintain goodwill from local residents to show consideration in how we park.

Could everyone please be “Park Aware” and keep our children safe.

ELC- Ach an Eas, Week 3

During today’s adventure to the care home the children made bird cakes with the residents.

“We used coconut oil and seeds to crush it together.”- Angus J

“I chosed a circle (mould) and put it in the freezer.”- Rory

We also had special visit from one of Santa’s Elves who popped in to say hi!

ELC – Spare Clothing

If your child has come home wearing nursery clothing, please can you wash the items and return them to nursery as our spare clothes are running low or if you have any child’s clothes you wish to donate to the nursery, this would be much appreciated. Many thanks!

ELC Lost Property – November 2018

Our Lost Property box is beginning to grow arms and legs! Do any of these items belong to your child? Lots of zippy hoodies, woolly hats and toys to be returned to their homes! Please remember to have a look through our box the next time you’re in. If they are not claimed before the Christmas holidays, the items will be donated to charity. Many thanks, the ELC team.

Children in Need 2018

Children in Need

Thank you so much to everyone who helped, donated and got involved in our Children in Need fundraising day.

The fabulous total raised so far is £686.02!

Well done everyone!

From Primary 6 and Miss MacArthur

 

Christmas Fayre – see you there!

Lochardil Industries are all set to sell our fantastic Rocks n Crosses game at the Inverness Royal Academy’s Christmas Fayre on Thursday 29th November 2018. (6.30 pm – 8.30 pm)

Come and say hello and use the chance to buy a few extra little pressies for Christmas. The money raised all goes to the Highland Hospice. Help support our entry to the Hospice Junior Apprentice competition.

Only £2. Great Value and fun

Hand made with care

 

P2/3 Novel

CLASS NOVEL

We are enjoying listening to The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out by Jill Tomlinson which is all about Otto a baby Emperor penguin. We have learned a lot of facts about Emperor penguins from this book.

P2/3 Topic Update

TOPIC UPDATE

We have been enjoying looking at polar animals and learning what it is like in the Arctic and Antarctic. We used thermometers to measure temperature and have made arctic foxes and penguins. Today we wrote facts in pairs about Arctic animals and listened to an informational song about penguins which we really liked, listen to it at home.   

p4/5

Just a wee extra post to show the lovely 3D cubes we made today. 

The keys to success were, stay focused, listen carefully to instructions and let each bit dry before you try to move it….as a few of us found out to our cost!

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P4/5 post 22/11/18

Preparations are well underway for our very exciting pantomime! The scenery group have been using their own designs and I have been drawing them much larger on the scenery boards, then we paint them and glue them. The costume group have been accumulating and designing costumes, and the hair and makeup group have been working hard on their creations too. It’s all coming together.

We had our first run through today………eeeeek!

It’ll be alright on the night….

Tables wise, we have been working on the ‘4 times,’ so I’ve given most children the 4 times tables race for homework. Thanks to everyone who managed to do the assessment from last week. The words for spelling are all maths topic related. Tricky!

I also introduced the division triangle. This will hopefully let the children see the connection between the tables and division. They were trying examples out on each other.

Sophie and Lillie’s picture/diagram shows you what I mean.

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ELC – Road Safety Week

This week, the children have been learning about road safety.  In art we made our own pelican crossing, complete with traffic lights and the children have demonstrated how to cross the road safely.  Some children have been out on a walk and have used these in a real life situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our maths activity, the children have been matching different road signs.  When doing this they have been describing shapes colours and some have been able to identify their meaning.

Pr 7 Star Pupils

Well done to Scott, Ross, Kyle and Riley for their super help at the Fancy Dress Disco. Their DJ skills were great helping everyone to enjoy good music and dancing. They were well  prepared with games and suitable playlists for each stage disco. Of course, everyone did well and the event was a super success.

Fruit Cocktail – P2

Today, Primary 2 made a delicious fruit punch. They enjoyed chopping, cutting and peeling the fruit but the best bit was when they got to drink it! After all that hard work they then wrote their own recipes.

Mrs Beattie  

Black and White Kitten

Good morning,

There is a young black and white kitten in the school playground.  We think she has recently had an operation as her side is shaved.  Please let us know if it is your kitten?  She has been hanging around for a couple of days now.

Thank you 🙂

P7 Art

P7 have created some amazing artwork which has been inspired by Hokusai’s piece of work ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa‘.

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Last weeks Diwali Lanterns – P1A

As part of our seasons and celebrations topic this term the Primary 1s have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights!

We learned that when they celebrate Diwali, people like to decorate their homes with lanterns. So we had a go at making our own.

Primary 1A – Last Forest School

On Tuesday (20th) primary 1A had their final forest school. Despite it being a bit more chilly this time around the P1s returned to school full of stories about the fun things they had been getting up to.

A big well done to all the P1s for their fantastic behaviour during forest school and always being well prepared and wrapped up warm.

Please remember next Tuesday is back to a normal school day so we wont need our snow suits! 🙂

Miss Munro 

 

P1 and P2 Nativity

As you will be aware we have started rehearsals for the P1 and P2 Nativity. A letter has gone home with the performance dates and you should return the slip requesting tickets as soon as possible. The P1s are angels and the P2s are shepherds and we would very much appreciate your help with the costumes. A letter has gone home detailing the items to bring in to school though please note for some of the P2 pupils (the main characters ) the school is providing  their costumes. The children know who need to bring in costumes.

A letter for those wishing to have Christmas Lunch has also been sent home and the slip should be completed and returned to the school.

Primary 1 BookBugs

On Monday the Primary 1’s had a lovely visit from one of the librarians from Inverness Library.  We talked about what we liked about reading and which book was our favourite.

All the primary 1’s will receive there Bookbugs reading bag full of lots of goodies home with them on Friday.

 

ELC – Forest School (Week3)

Today we were a bit unlucky with the weather, but it didn’t stop us from having fun! We enjoyed some lovely toasted bagels with jam and butter for snack, and some children even tried the bananas we cooked on the fire with chocolate inside, yummy! They are becoming more aware of the fire and how to stay safe around it, using new vocabulary such as “embers”, “smoke” and “sparks”. While exploring the woods, we came across a pair of gloves belonging to our friend in Primary One so we brought them back to school for her. Sarah also found a spider on the fallen tree that she “looked after carefully” when showing her friends.

Pr 7 Mr Soden’s Visit 20.11.18

We enjoyed a super afternoon with Mr Ian Soden as he shared information about energy use, why we need to make changes to our energy choices and the options we have with renewable energy.

He told us about the different projects his company (Dulas) get involved with and their developments with renewable technology e.g. solar panel fridge for vaccines.

The “Hydro” group won the prize for the quiz.

Thank you to Mr Soden for coming along and helping to remind us about our responsibilities to choose the right energy saving behaviours to help make good habits in our everyday life.

Well done Team Hydro.

Ach an Eas- Week 2

This week we decorated melted snowmen biscuits with the residents. The children and residents took turns to make the icing and decorated their biscuit using marshmallows, breadsticks and smarties. Whilst tasting their finished product they enjoyed a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows! The children are beginning to build friendships with some of the residents.

Ach an Eas-Week 1

The children enjoyed their first visit to Ach an Eas Care Home. We spent time creating some leaf rubbings to show the residents. We also threw a tea party for one of the ladies who celebrated a very special birthday the week before. She turned a hundred and four years old! Keep your eyes peeled for more of our Ach an Eas adventures!

ELC – People who help us

We have been learning about the people who help us and different job roles within our community.  Some children took a visit to the pharmacy on Thursday and to DC Hair Design and Lochardil House Hotel on Friday.  The staff were so lovely, describing what they do and how they help people in different ways.

Underpants, race tracks and painted faces

This week , Primary 5s blog is brought to you by George M and Lilly.

This week we were at the cinema to see CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. We went with the Primary 2 class. On Tuesday we prepared our writing  on World War One. On Thursday we learned about perimeter and area.  We learned that perimeter is the outline and area is the inside of the perimeter.     In maths, we also learned a new game.  It involves speeding round a race track answering times table questions.  Record holders:  Lilly with  15 seconds for the 5 times table and Hamish with 50 seconds for the 2 times table. On Friday it was dress down day for Children in Need.  Here are a list of stalls we have – beat the goalie, nail painting, lucky dip, bake sale, facepaint, raffle, button stacking and Pudsey.  It was a really fun day.   Thanks for reading. Bye!

Children in Need 2018

Children in Need 2018

An amazing £607 was raised today! A massive thank you to everyone who donated, helped and joined in with all the fun. A great time was had by all!

Primary 6, you did a fabulous job of organising and running all of the activities! Well done everyone!

 

P4

I can’t believe that’s another week over already! We have had a very busy week. In maths we are continuing with long division. We found this quite tricky to begin with but with lots of practice we are getting there!

 

We went to the cinema this week to see The Giant Pear which everyone really enjoyed. There were a lot of sore legs after the walk back and some very tired children in the afternoon!

 

In PE we have been learning the skills required to perform a chest and bounce pass. We enjoyed practising different drills and will be using our new skills in a game next week.

 

 

Dress down Friday was a success and we even had the real life Pudsey in our class 🙂

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Miss Graham 🙂

 

 

Primary 1A Learning Pathways

We are all exhausted today after our fabulous trip to the cinema this morning. The children and staff all had a super time watching the Giant Pear. We also did lots of fun activities at lunch time to celebrate Children in Need, which included having the opportunity to get our faces painted!

The second learning pathway which is on writing went home in your child’s reading bag this afternoon.

Like the first learning pathway we would very much appreciate it if you could take the time to have a conversation with your child about their learning and complete the home comment section of the learning pathway and return it to school for next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

See you all on Monday!

Miss Munro 🙂

P4/5 weekly blog

Hi …………Before I forget!

This week’s maths homework will be on SUMDOG

As with a lot of these technical things…the kids know how to use it better than I do!

However, I have managed to put an assessment on, (I think) and they have had a practice at how to access it in class. 

Sumdog should work on anything with internet connection even phones. If there is an issue with access, please let me know and I’ll let your child do it on the ipads at school.

Your child should have either brought home their username and password, or memorised it, as they are fairly simple.

We have been continuing to hammer away at time! Digital, am/pm, minutes to and past and even in some cases, 24 hour. Phew!

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We also went to the cinema this week. The film was interesting as no one had seen it before. The Giant Pear was a real adventure, as you can see from our very much posed photographs!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA