Well done to everyone for a super sports day today. Congratulations to our Sports Champions: Imogen, Evie and Scott as runners up and Beth and Sam taking home the Sports Champion Trophies. It was lovely to welcome back Mrs Reed to present the medals. Thank you to Mrs Macdonald and Mr Grant for helping to make the event a success.
Today the whole school took part in Junior Jobs Day, where people and businesses from our community come into our school to teach us about the world of work and different skills and abilities we might require for our future jobs and careers.
First we had Maggie Thompson from the Calman Trust. Her job is to train up young people to work in the Cafe Artysans. She told us all about the different skills that you need to have to work in a customer focused job; confidence, good language skills and patience to name a few.
In the afternoon we had Mrs Lowe from the nursery come to talk to us about being an Early Years Practitioner. She talked about her training, her day-to-day job and what skills we would need; patience, caring nature and being able to work as part of a team.
We noticed that although the jobs we learnt about were very different they both required similar skills. It has made us realize that the skills that we learn in school will help us in the world of work. Thank you again to our visitors!
Primary 7 had a fantastic couple of days away in Edinburgh this week. We had an action packed schedule which included the National Museum of Scotland and having a go at Europe’s largest climbing wall in Ratho.
The most exciting part of our trip was our visit to the Forth Bridges. We learnt all about the the role and the skills needed to be be a civil engineer. Most excitingly we got to walk across the Forth Road Bridge which saw us clocking up 3 miles and 8000 steps.
Lastly a big thank you to Mrs Veal and Miss Ross for accompanying us on the trip.
A huge well done to our Rotary quiz team last night who were competing in the second round in Nairn after their victory in the first round earlier this year. We were delighted to come 3rd place! Great team work was shown and we had a lot of fun. Wishing Crown Primary all the best in the finals later this month.
In Primary 6/7 we are always looking to find different ways to learn to keep things fun and exciting. This week we have already enjoyed making 3D shape models. We drew the nets of the shapes and wrote facts about each of the shapes before constructing our models.
We also enjoyed a sensory activity linked to multiplication. We had to search in the beads to find four numbers and arrange these to make a multiplication sum. Our partners checked our answers using a calculator.
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!
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:
On Friday P6/7 visit World of Work for out 5th time this year.
This session was brand new and allowed us to create our own computer game characters, learning the basics behind design and how to incorporate them into a game. We had a great time as many of us are very interested in computer games and it was great to experience how our favourite games are brought to life.
Thank you for the support today. We have raised about £208. The amount and quality of the baking was fantastic – plenty to tempt and feed everyone. The stalls went well and we all shared our talents and skills. We can cost out our Edinburgh trip as we include the Disco money with today’s amount.
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 alongfor 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.
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.
This week we had our first Bible Alive session which focused on the first part of the Old Testament. We learnt about what Christians believe happened in the beginning and looked at stories such as Adam and Eve and Noah’s Ark. The best part was that some of us even got to dress up as some of the biblical characters (see below for Rowan’s interpretation of Noah!). We are looking forward to the next 6 weeks.
While the primary 6s were busy the primary 7s teamed up with the primary 5s from P5/6 to work on an enterprise project for Blythswood, who are raising money for the fire services. P5 and P7 were busy generating ideas for their venture and have come up with an excellent product to sell. Once we have signed up we will receive £25 from the charity to help us kick-start our business. We hope to raise as much money as possible in the 4 weeks we will have to run our business. Keep your eyes peeled for more information soon!
P1/2 were absolutely thrilled to have the pupils from P6/7 come to visit them to share their lovely Christmas stories they had made especially for them. Thank you P6/7 for creating a lovely Christmas atmosphere in the infant end of the school!
Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a great time with their loved ones over the festive break (and ate as much chocolate as I did!). We had a great first day back and are already getting stuck into the hard work.
Term 3 has arrived so quickly and it is already shaping up to be a busy one! The learning overview will be uploaded onto the blog at some point next week. In the meantime here are a few notices to keep you in the loop of what’s going on this week:
Parent Interview letters went home in bags today and should be returned by this Friday (11th January) to allow us to try and arrange an appointment that suits you.
Primary 7 parents please check bags as order forms for the much anticipated leaver’s hoodies went home today – these are due back in on Monday 14th January to ensure they will arrive in time for Loch Insh (or even sooner).
Primary 6 pupils will be taking part in ‘Bible Alive’ for the next 7 weeks, starting this Thursday afternoon. An information leaflet will be going home tomorrow. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Reminder that Rose Bowl projects are due in before the Easter holidays so work should be well underway. This term we will be looking at how to create features such as glossaries and bibliographies which are to be included in the projects.
We also have our 4th session of My World of Work coming up next Thursday – thank you to all the parents who have managed to help out on our trips so far!
Primary 1A were so lucky today to have the Primary 7’s come and visit us to read their very own Christmas Stories. The Primary 7’s have been working so hard to write fantastic stories for today and the Primary 1’s absolutely loved them!
What a lovely way to round of the end of term!
Thanks again to all the Primary 7’s for your fabulous stories!
Today the Primary 7s attended a ceilidh at the Inverness Royal Academy. It was a great opportunity to mix with people from different schools (and our future classmates). We got to show off our Scottish Dancing skills and, of course, we had lots of fun!
It was great to get to have a quick peek at the school and everyone is now looking forward to the next transition event!
A big thank you to all who made it to our open afternoon this week. We loved doing Christmas crafts with you all and it was great to see you all getting involved (hopefully not too covered in glitter and PVA glue!). Thank you!
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!
In the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, and as part of our art for our World War One topic, P6/7 have been busy making poppies to be included in our whole school display.
As we are an ECO friendly school we chose to use recycled plastic bottles to create our poppies. Once we had carefully cut out our desired poppy shapes we used acrylic paint and sharpie to create our realistic looking flowers. We think they are really eye-catching and will be a great addition to the display.
When we tweeted our pictures we even got a retweeted from Poppy Scotland!
Last term P6/7 were studying the Titanic for our topic and this week we has a fantastic day rounding off our learning with a whole day workshop experience from Titanic Honor and Glory.
We recreated the story of the Titanic, from the building of the ship to the tragic sinking, through a range of curricular areas. We loved dressing up and dramatising important parts of the story; this helped us to fully immerse ourselves in the story and understand the events and emotions felt by those involved that much more.
We also took part in art activities, learnt about some of the science behind the how the ship worked and played lots of fun games. We even got to handle real artefacts from the real ship, including part of the second class staircase banister and a very rare S.S Titanic plaque from one of the lifeboats which transported survivors to the Carpathia!
Sean, who was leading the workshop, was super impressed with our “enthusiasm and exceptional knowledge of the topic” (direct quote!).
We would like to thank Sean for a fun filled day full of learning!
We have started a 6 week transition programme called Resilient Kids. We work alongside Donna and Jackie from the Inverness Royal Academy. We look at our emotional literacy/wellbeing and how we can cope and deal with the changes ahead. We talk about our emotions and discuss possible scenarios or pupil experiences which may cause problems/dilemmas and feelings linked to these.
Resilient Kids is a Highland Council publication and we have used it successfully in the school at key transition stages.
If you have any questions or wish to know more about the resource, please let us know.
A huge well done to all our Primary 7 pupils who spent a lot of time planning and organizing this year’s fancy dress disco. The stalls were all so creative and interactive and the DJs kept the party going all night.
A special thanks to the members of staff who gave up their free time to help make our night a success.
Today we took part in a reading challenge where we had to engage in 20 minutes of silent personal reading. The whole school took part in the challenge as part of the Ness Book Fest event this week. We enjoyed the challenge as it gave us an opportunity to relax with some of our favourite books.
We spent the afternoon running around in circles as we completed our sponsored run. Everyone worked incredibly hard to achieve their personal goals, whether they chose to walk, jog or run. There will definitely be some tired legs tonight! Well done everyone!
As part of our Titanic topic we have been learning about some of the technologies that they had on the ship, and in particular Morse Code.
This week we got the opportunity to use a real morse code machine (a big thank you to Michael’s dad who allowed us to borrow his equipment). We practised using the morse code alphabet and wrote secret messages for our friends to decode. We couldn’t believe that people used to send messages this way!
At our workshop we were learning how to write code and completed a number of challenges using a Sphero robot. We had to make it go in a straight line, make is dodge obstacles and then code a dance for it to do!
This week we have been studying the artwork of famous American painter Wayne Thiebaud. He is famous for his colourful paintings of popular items; he especially liked painting food.
The style of art he creates is called realism and he was able to make his paintings come to life through his use of shading to make the pictures appear 3D.
We chose to try out our own art work based on his famous cake paintings. We used chalk pastels in vivid colours to capture the pop art style he used in the 60s. We used black and white pastels to shade light and dark.
This is the original painting that inspired out work
And here our some of our own cake pictures; we think we did an excellent job! Good enough to eat!
We have really enjoyed our visits from Sandra so far. She works for Feis Rois and has been teaching us about Gaelic music and rhythm through songs. We love her harp and she has even let us have a go! We are looking forward to welcoming her back next week and next term to continue our learning.
An ancient Inverness ceremony – the Kirking of the Council – took place on Sunday, 9 September 2018.
Staff and Members of The Highland Council along with guests from the University of the Highlands and Islands and community councils joined the parade, led by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) pipes and drums, and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band along with uniformed youth groups and school representatives. Also attending was the Mayor of Inverness’s twin town, St Valery en Caux, France, Mme Dominique Chauvel, and her deputy.
Our House and Vice Captains enjoyed being part of the celebration and represented the school with pride and excellent behaviour. Well done
Yesterday we spent the afternoon planning our cabins and making a list of materials to bring in. Today we started work on our model Titanic shoe box cabins and they are already looking amazing! From mirrors made of CD’s to hand knitted carpets, the imaginative ideas are certainly flowing!
Keep checking the blog for updates on our fantastic designs! Have a great weekend!
Our topic this term is Titanic – The Unsinkable Ship. This week we have got stuck into learning about the social classes and their accommodation on board the ship.
Each pupil was randomly given a 1st, 2nd or 3rd class ticket and had to find their “accommodation” in the classroom.
The first class pupils had plenty of room to work and were treated like royalty by the teachers; they were given refreshments, their work was written by the teachers and they were being fanned down as it was a hot afternoon!
The second class pupils were treated as always and had a good amount of room to work. They didn’t get much special treatment but they were treated well and offered basic refreshments.
The third class pupils found themselves crammed round a small table and were given very little attention from the teachers. The first class passengers took chairs and other resources from them and they had to make do with what they had.
The pupils really enjoyed getting a small insight into how life and where you ranked in society affected how you were treated in the early 1900s – we were shocked that so many people were treated in ways that we now found unacceptable and were a clear violation of rights.
Here are some quotes from some of our “passengers” after their trip on the Titanic:
“It was luxurious and I wouldn’t have wanted to go to any other class” (Lauren – 1st class passenger)
“I would rather jump in the ocean that live in 3rd class” (Elisha – 3rd class passenger)
“I was comfortable – not amazing but it was enjoyable” (Sean – 2nd class passenger)
“I had to give my chair up for someone in 1st class and had to sit on my knees. it was unfair” (Libby – 3rd class passenger)
“I enjoyed ti but felt bad for 3rd class and when Libby had to sit on the floor” (Francine – 1st class passenger)
On a side note, to clarify spelling homework, children should look, cover, write, check their spelling words twice (more if necessary) and learn the meanings of the words as well as this will be tested. Apologies if there was any confusion regarding this.
Well done to Mackenzie who took part a triathlon at Culloden Academy at the weekend. He set some great times for each event and finished with an overall time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds. Well done!
Welcome to the P6/7 Blog!
It was great to see everyone return to school after a long, hot and enjoyable summer. This week we have spent time getting to know each other and settling into our new classroom and routines.
Our P7s have been busy with buddy duties and what an excellent job they have done! It has been great to see how well they have taken on this responsibility and have certainly helped our littlest learners settle into life at primary school.
Next week I will post a detailed overview for the term but here are a few points about the upcoming term to get us started:
Our PE days are on Monday and Wednesday – please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate clothing and footwear and that they have plenty of water
an information letter about homework went home in school bags at the beginning of the week – spelling homework will be sent home on a Monday and words and meanings will be tested on a Friday, numeracy and math homework will usually be sent home on a weekly basis and will commence in week 3, other homework related to our topic will be set when appropriate throughout the term
Please ensure that homework jotters are covered with wrapping paper, etc as this protects the jotters as they travel to and from school – please do not go to any expense!
An upcoming project in our class requires each child to have a shoe box – if you have any spare lying around the house it would be greatly appreciated if you could send these in; thank you to those of you who have brought one in already.
We have had a great first week and I look forward to working with your children over the coming year.
If you have any urgent queries please do not hesitate to contact me through the school office.
I hope everyone has a well deserved, restful weekend. See you all on Monday!