Category Archives: P5/6

Natural Tie-Dying

This week, both P5 and P5/6 have been investigating natural dyes as part of their topics. We created three dyes using beetroot (red), Onion skins (yellow) and Red Cabbage (purple) and tried tie dye with cotton material. The results were really surprising, with the onions skins producing the most striking results! Great creative outdoor learning guys!

P5/6 Victorian/HWB Open Afternoon

Thank you to everyone who came along to share in some inter generational learning and fun this afternoon. We have been learning about the Victorians this term and yesterday we were learning about D-Day so as part of our open afternoon we :

*Created war medals to show our empathy and gratitude for the sacrifices that the Veterans of D-Day gave for us.

*Shared some family fun in exploring a range of Victorian games and toys which helped us to think about how lucky we are to have the right to play and rest, something Victorian children were not entitled to.

*Worked together to develop our digital and problem solving skills in order to complete a QR Code Quiz. Completing the quiz helped us to learn a bit more about the impact that victorians and the industrial revolution had on life as it is today.

*Tried Mrs Prentice’s home cooked gruel which helped us to empathise with the Children and families who would have had to eat something similar in workhouses and factories.

*Took the opportunity to have a mindful moment and be inspired by the artwork of William Morris to create our own prints and patterns.

*Tested our patience and perseverence learning how to create the popular string problem, “cats cradle”. This was something that was very popular in the Victorian times as it was inexpensive and helped children to develop concentration and problem solving skills.

D Day

This afternoon we learned a little bit about the D Day landings. Tomorrow afternoon we are going to be designing our own medals ? in memory of all those affected . 

Open Afternoon in p5/6

You are invited along to our open afternoon this Friday between 2pm and 2:45pm. There will be lots of activities happening between our class and Mrs Prentice’s class that will share our Victorian learning with an overarching health and well-being theme . 

It’s Ok to not feel Ok

Pupils in P5/6 have been thinking about what the phrases “I’m ok” and “I’m fine” can mean. We thought of situations where we said “I’m ok” but that was not what we meant. We used the @EmotionWorks cogs to help us. #mentalhealthawarenessweek #ItsOKtonotbeOK #GlobalGoal2 #Imhere 

Sunflower Planting

We planted some sunflowers today. We have put them onto our windowsill and will take turns watering them every day. We hope that they will grow in time for the summer holidays. Some of the pupils from P6 joined us .


P5/6 Update and Term Overview

Click here to view  our term 4 overview: Term 4-2


Just a little note about our trip on Tuesday. Children do not have to wear school uniform, instead they should wear appropriate clothing for being outdoors (depending on the weather). No football strips please. Everyone needs to have appropriate footwear(preferably boots or wellies) and a waterproof jacket. Please bring a rucksack to carry your packed lunch, a water bottle and any other essentials. We are only on the bus for a short time as children should not bring electronics with them. As we are outside all day there is a possibility they could get wet or broken. We have been challenged to take litter free packed lunches with us. Have a think about how you can reduce, reuse or recycle. Any questions then please let me know. May you have a lovely long weekend. 

Miss MacDonald

Thursday 2nd May 2018 

This morning we were practising our research and note taking skills we used the I-pads and chrome books to help us find information about New Lanark and Robert Owen. We made a list of key words that we used to find the information we needed and we shared our favourite websites. We made a list of all the sources that we used to get our information and wrote down our favourite facts in our jotters. Did you know that Robert Owen opened the first ever nursery school in the Uk at New Lanark?

We had lots of fun in PE today, despite not being able to get onto the pitch, due to the weather. Today we were practising long jump and working on our leg and core muscles. We really enjoyed the tea towel races where we had to use or leg muscles to help us moved along the floor. We had lots of laughs practising our squats at the ball seat station too.

Be A Flower

A flower does not compete with other flowers. It just blooms. 

Our new door display reminds us of all the spring flowers and helps us to remember that we are all unique and have different talents and challenges but we can all achieve and grow beautifully. 

Terracotta Army for P5/6

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

You Are Important!

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


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.

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!

Attention All Parents!!

Important E-safety Information for Parents

It has become apparent in a number of classes across the school, that there has been a significant amount of discussion regarding the ‘Momo Challenge’.  As a school, we are keen to promote digital safety and encourage our pupils to stay safe whilst online, at both school and home, by making responsible choices.  This also encompasses our core values as a school and we therefore try to promote and encourage our pupils to share concerns and be responsible in their online usage.

Many parents/carers may already be fully aware from national media coverage that this is a challenge presented on certain social media outlets that many of our children use frequently.

We are always working hard to ensure online safety, and in light of current topics in the media we have attached some parent information as support below for you to peruse:

What Is the Dangerous Momo Challenge on Social Media? (Parent Video)

We hope you find all of this information useful in supporting your children and all our pupils and ultimately keeping them safe online.

The Lochardil Team.

Book Fair March 6th – 11th

Celebrate World Book Day on March 7th with a new book from the Scholastic Book fair. 

March 6th – 11th. Books are in the open area outside Room 10. 

Pupils can buy books through the day or after school until 3.15.

COMPETITION TIME! Win  a £5 book token to use at the Book Fair. Bring in a photo of yourself reading  a book. Prizes go the most unusual location/place/idea!

Entries to the office by Tuesday 5th March. Have fun reading out and about or even upside down!


World Thinking Day


World Thinking Day is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout and Guide Movement. It is a day for all Guides and Scouts to think of each other and to celebrate being part of an international movement. World Thinking Day remains one of the most important dates in the guiding calendar, and every year the theme of the event encourages members to think about the big issues affecting them and their global community. This year the theme is leadership.

On February 22nd, we would like to encourage all children involved in Guide and Scout organisations to wear their uniform to celebrate this special day.

P5 and P6 Pupils – Scottish Opera

Just to let you know we have been able accommodate all requested tickets that have been previous asked for, for our performance tomorrow . At this point we are expecting a full house so will not be able to accommodate any further ticket requests. We will not be handing out paper tickets so please just come along  for a prompt start at 2:15pm and enjoy the performance . If children have been given permission, they will be able to be dismissed from the CCC. If we have not received permission, children will return to school for around 3:15.

Happy Chinese New Year P5/6

Happy Chinese New Year ? 

???? / ???? (G?ngx? f?cái)

‘Happiness and prosperity!’

Today is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). It is the oldest traditional festival in China.Many existing customs and activities of the festival can be traced back to the story of the Monster Nian, which helps to explain why and how the festival is celebrated. P5/6 learned about the story and wrote their own editions of “The Legend of The Nian Monster,” We also did some Chinese problem solving and celebrated with fortune cookies. We also learned about how the Chinese Zodiac was formed and which year we are part of .




TESCO Tokens – Lochardil comes first!

We are delighted to share that Lochardil has received the most number of tokens in the recent round of  the TESCO Community Awards Bags for Life Scheme. Our Wise About Waste application should now be more achievable and we look forward to using the money (£4,000) effectively.

A big thank you to everyone who supported us.


P5/6 Week 1 of Term 3

We have had a great first week back. Behaviour , effort and listening have been fantastic this week! 

We have introduced a secret student jar. At the end of each day a name is picked from the jar. If that person has been responsible, respectful and hard working, all day, they get a small sweet or prize. 

This week we have been very busy! In maths we have been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. It’s tricky but we are all getting the hang of it . We also completed our Key Assessment Task that will be issued with our Numeracy learning pathway. Mrs MacDonald was  VERY impressed at everyone’s effort, perseverance and concentration during the challenge. Everyone did great and should be super proud ! It was very challenging and we had to take our time because we had to read the scenario very carefully and pick our key information in order to answer the questions. 

In literacy we have been up levelling our sentences using Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (VCOP). We have also been taking some time to practice our joined hand writing. 

Primary 6 were intriguing by their first session of Bible Alive .

Our new topic is China.  We have created our topic cover pages and learned some interesting facts . We also found out about China’s one child policy and how it recently changed. We identified lots of links to our rights and global goals during this learning including : Goal 5 Gender Equality and Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. 

At the start of the week, we set personal and class “word goals” for this term, linking with our right to be supported to live and grow and Global Goal 3 Good Health and Well-being . 

On Wednesday, next week we are excited to be getting tennis lessons , so we need to remember to bring our PE kit on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

As you can see we have had an action packed, busy week so I hope that you all have a fabulous chilled out weekend.




Happy Holidays P5/6

Happy Holidays! 

I would like to just take this time to thank each and every one of you for all the thoughtful gifts, cards and kind words this Holiday season. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel. Thank you for all your support that you have given to myself, our pupils, our class and our school. 

I am so privileged to work with such wonderful pupils and their amazing families. It has been an  action packed term, full of emotion, for us here at Lochardil.  All the pupils have achieved so much and created a lot of happy memories.   

I hope that every one of you has a very safe, fabulous and happy holiday. May each of your celebrations over the next few weeks be full of joy, laughter and great memories.

We have no official holiday homework but I have set up a few Sum Dog maths contests that children can take part in over the holidays. 

 Again, thank you so very much for all you do we have a great team in P5/6 .  I look forward to seeing everyone again at 0850 on Monday 7th January. 

Miss MacDonald 🙂


Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumpers!!

Just a quick reminder, the children will be receiving their Christmas dinners in the dining hall for lunch tomorrow if they have ordered them and all children and staff are encouraged to wear their finest Christmas jumpers if they so wish!  Please do not go out to buy a jumper especially for the occasion, it is the company and the wonderful atmosphere that we are all looking forward to tomorrow!

Many thanks, The Lochardil Team

Panto Success

SUPER PROUD of all the pupils involved in our panto. You pulled off an amazing performance today ! All that practising has been worth it. If you’re coming to tomorrow morning’s performance you are in for a treat ! 

Thank you so much to everyone who came to support the pupils today.

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

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 


properties of the shapes

We also learned about 3 different types of triangles :



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?

Instigate Positivity P5/6

Today we were talking about anti bullying week. Some children identified that a lot of people get bullied for the way they look, features and differences they have. We discussed how we are all unique and spread some positivity by sharing what we like about our bodies. Can you guess what everyone likes about themselves ? Some comments included: 

“I like my big brain because it helps me be smart “ 

“I like my feet because they help me play sports” 

“I like my eyes because they are different colours.”

“I like my heart because it’s kind and gives me life.” 

#bodypositivity #antibullying #unique #Differentisgood

P5/6 Sum Dog Success

Mrs Kellacher received a letter from Sum Dog today to congratulate our school on taking part in the Sum Dog maths week challenge ,before the holidays, with Lochardil pupils answering more than 5000 questions with an average accuracy of over 85%.
We are very proud to announce that P5/6 were the class with the highest score in our school. Keep up the good work!

P5/6 newsflash

This week in reading we’ve being learning inferencing and predicting, and in maths we’ve learned about money. We subtracted,added,divided and multiplied money. We’re starting our rehearsals tomorrow, for our pantomime Cinderella .

I (Archie) am delighted to have been invited to the ACU BRITISH CHAMPION PRESENTATION because I got fourth place in the ACU British Championship this year. The presentation is in Birmingham  in January.

by Aidan and Archie ( this week’s bloggers)

P5/6 Term 2 Overview

Welcome back to a very chilly, autumnal term 2, in P5/6. It was great to see everyone back today. You all seem to have grown over the two weeks! This is a very exciting term in our class.

We are super excited to share that we will be working with Mrs Prentice’s class and Miss Graham’s class to produce, direct and perform a pantomime for our IDL topic , this term. Our topic is called Lights, Camera, Action !  It is a great chance for us to work with a range of other pupils and develop our skills, confidence and knowledge in expressive arts. We all got to chose today which groups we would like to be in : scenery and background, costume design and making, hair – make up and props.

As well as being part of our home base teams we will all be given the opportunity to have an acting, singing or stage management role in the production. We hope you will all be able to come along in November to watch the show. More information to follow.

Please follow the link below to access our overview of this term.

 Term 2 overview

Fancy Dress Disco 30.10.18

Come along to our Fancy Dress Disco


ELC – Pr 1               5.00 – 5.45 pm

Pr 2, Pr 3                 6.15 – 7.15 pm

Pr 4,Pr 5, Pr 6         7.45 – 9.00 pm

£3 entry

Please collect  your child from the hall. 

P5:6 Holiday HWB Challenge




P5/6 October Holiday Challenge : Make the world a better place

Your holiday assignment this term is designed to ensure that you make the most of the time off school, whilst at the same time giving you an opportunity to develop your skills and improve your HWB.

Your Challenge:

Over the holiday, your mission is to complete 2 or more of the challenges listed below. Have a look at the challenges now. If you have already completed some, ignore those and concentrate on the other ones. 

Try to select challenges that won’t be too easy for you to complete: the ones that you think are harder are more likely to be more rewarding. You don’t have to complete all the challenges listed, but give as many challenges as you can a try. ??


??It’s sometimes easy to think that growing up is all about school, and that school is all about grades. The “to do list” presented overleaf is a challenge to all Year Seven students: try and complete every one of these thirty challenges before your thirteenth birthday. Each one is important. Each one will help you on your journey to becoming an adult, and help you live a happier life. ??Growing up in the twenty first century isn’t easy, and there are lots of pressures on your time that can sometimes distract you from doing what you are supposed to, but completing the challenges on this list will help remind you what is important…


??Recording Your Experiences:

Once you have completed your selection of challenges, you could pop a video or post in class Dojos to share what you did, what happened and how it made you feel. 

??For Parents:

I hope that students find the challenges listed both beneficial and rewarding, as well as memorable. The challenges should all be possible with little or no input from adults, and with little or no resources. If parents or siblings want to join in, then all the better!


?Tell someone how much they mean to you . 

?Do a household chore without being asked.

?Dream about your future and decide what you need to do to get there.

?Read a book by an author you’ve not heard of.

?Take some time to relax. 

?Sort out what you don’t need and give something to charity.

?Speak out when you see something you don’t think is right.

?Walk a journey that you would usually take by car. ?Write to your MP, about an issue you think is important. ?Put on your welly boots and splash in a puddle with your family or friends. 

?Make a hot drink for you and your family. 

?Spend some time outside every day. 

?Write a list of things you would like to accomplish by the time you are 12.

?Make s gift for a friend to make them happy.

?Hand write a letter to someone special and post it.

?Switch off your on-line presence and avoid all electronics or internet for 1 day. 

?Make a list of all the positive things that you can be thankful for.

?Talk to an older relative about your family history.?Pick up someone else’s litter.

?Carve a pumpkin. 

?Bake a cake for someone.

?try a new food you have not tried before. 

?Learn to play a song on a musical instrument.

?Skim a stone.

?Make a list of 10 things you like about you.?

?Talk to an older relative about when they were young.

?help cook your favourite meal.

?Research a charity and organise a fundraising event.?Learn a magic trick.

?listen to some new songs . 


Remember: the more challenges on this list that you complete, the happier you are likely to become. Make the world a better place

P5/6 Floods of Fun

P5/6 had great fun this afternoon testing our sustainable houses to see if they were able to withstand a flood. They all survived! Now  we need to alter them to survive a volcanic eruption?look at these little faces #havefunlearning #qualityeducation #learningforsuatainability 

Reporting to you from P5/6

?P5/6 have been working together to build a sustainable city. We had to think about how we could protect our buildings from Natural hazards such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes ?

Today we took #learningoutdoors and became reporters .There were reports of droughts, floods, hurricanes and tsunamis in Legosville.Each gave a detailed insight into the impact of the disaster and how lives, rights and #GlobalGoals had been affected. #DYW  #UNCRC #ResponsibleCitizens

Science Fun

We had lots of fun in p5:6 making our own Volcanoes today ! We learned about chemical reactions using acids and alkalines. We also learned how to write a scientific report. Jake taught us all about pyroclastic flow?


Read All About It


P5/6 have been learning about the features of a newspaper and we wrote our own newspaper report about the disaster of Pompeii. We really enjoyed exploring some newspapers to get inspiration for creating our headlines .

And Breathe

Our P6 pupils learned a lot about yoga, last year, with Mrs M.H.  They asked if they could share their learning with the class as a tribute to Mrs. M.H. This was a lovely idea ! Over the last two weeks , Mia, Harry, Jayden and Lilly have been  Hey teaching us how to use Yoga to be more aware of our bodies, breathing and mind. 

We have had lots of fun trying out some of the more challenging moves and it is teaching us to be more mindful. 

We enjoyed it that much that we now plan to incorporate weekly yoga sessions into our timetable.


It’s been a fabulous first week in P5/6. It has been great getting to know everyone and having a little insight into eachother’s lives through our info bags.  We have also got out class charter displayed. We created this on our transition day . 

Our PE days will be Monday and Thursday. Miss Barclay will teach us P.E. I will be posting an overview of the term,  next week.

 I am looking forward to meeting some of you on Tuesday and Wednesday . If you requested an appointment, I have sent a little note home in school bag mail to confirm . 

Some of the parents/carers are linked up to our class Dojo which is fab. I will send out notes next week with sign up details. This will enable you to contact me direct and keep update with your child’s school day.  If you have any questions please feel free to message me or call during school times. I will also be around at the end of each day . 

Have a great weekend .

Miss C MacDonald

Class Teacher



Express Yourself

P5/6 were inspired by Russian-born French Expressionist painter Wassily Kandinsky. We worked together to recreate one of his most recognisable pieces of artwork : Farbstudie Quadrate . We explored the concept of warm and cool colours. It was quite tricky using a compass to help us draw a circle !