Category Archives: P1A Blog 2019-2020

Lochardil LockDown Bee Happy Stone Display!

One of our extremely talented Lochardil Primary Parents has been very busy creating this beautiful “Lochardil Lockdown – Don’t Worry Bee Happy” outdoor display right outside the school gates!

Some children have already been very busy painting stones at home, and what a fantastic job they have made. It is lovely to see such bright and colourful creations making us all smile during lockdown.

We think the stones are looking a bit lonely and thats where you guys come in – our fabulous Lochardil Primary Pupils and Families! We want you to add to our lovely display by getting your hands on some stones and taking the time to paint or colour them in whatever way you choose – and when you are out on your daily walk make sure to add your stone to our collection.

Let’s see how many amazing colourful stones we can get displayed in front of our school gate to make sure that we keep each other smiling during Lockdown.

Have a lovely long weekend!


Open Morning – our open morning, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been postponed. We will let you know when a new date and time has been decided.

Sports Relief – on Friday the school will be raising money for Sports Relief. Children are welcome to come to school in sports clothes for a donation of £1. A Zumbathon will also be taking place on Friday lunchtime with Mrs Fisher!

Show and Tell – it will be the turn of the Clever Clogs!

Learning Pathways – all learning pathways are due to be returned by Wednesday 11th March.

P1A Visitors

P1A have had two visitors this week to talk to us about how they help us. On Wednesday we had a talk from Michelle who works as a physiotherapist. She told us how physiotherapists help mend the parts of our body that move, like our wrists and knees.

Today, we had a visit from PC Grant, our community police officer. He told us how police officers help people in our community and gave us some super advice on how to keep ourselves safe. We also got to have a seat in the back of the police van!

Learning Pathways – our learning pathways for reading have gone home today. Please return these by next Wednesday.

Gym Shoes/Gym Kits – this afternoon we tidied out our cloakroom so we have sent home gym kits and gym shoes.


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

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

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

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

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

P1A Visitor

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

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

P1A Homework Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


This week, in the run up to Burns Night, we will be learning about Robert Burns. We will celebrate Burns Night by having our very on Burns Supper on Thursday afternoon! This will give the boys and girls the chance to taste some traditional Scottish food, to hear some Burns poems and to perform the Scottish dance that we have been learning in gym. The children are invited to wear something tartan or something blue to school on Thursday.

Phonics – our sounds this week are ee and th.

Show and Tell – keep an eye out for the note in the red reading record!

Tennis – our 3rd tennis session will take place on Friday morning.


Our topic for this term will be Scotland. The boys and girls have been looking at maps of Scotland and have been learning the names of some Scottish towns and cities. We have also learned about the Scottish flag and have designed our own tartan!

Phonics – our sounds this week are sh and oo.

Show and Tell – the class have new seats but we have decided that the girls and boys who sat at the Brain Boxes and the Super Stars last week will do Show and Tell this week (keep an eye out for the reminder in the reading record!).

Tennis Coaching – the class have started a 4 week block of tennis coaching. This will take place on a Friday morning.

Parents Night – please return your slip to book a parents evening appointment. We will try our best to accommodate suitable times and days for everyone.

P1A Welcome Back!

Welcome back to term 3! We hope you all had a lovely holiday.

Phonics – our sounds this week are qu and ch.

Homework – reading homework only this week. Letter and number formation homework will begin as normal next week.

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


We will be visiting the CCC for our Christmas service on Thursday morning. A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered to be a parent helper. We will pop a note in the reading record to let you know final arrangements. We kindly ask that all pupils wear suitable clothing for walking to the CCC in winter conditions.

Homework – our homework is back to normal this week with reading, maths and letter formation as usual.

P1 Christmas Party

A wee reminder that our Christmas party will take place on Wednesday the 18th of December in the afternoon. Children should come to school dressed in their party clothes or if you prefer they can change after lunchtime.

As you will know we rely on your wonderful party food donations for our upcoming Christmas Party. At the moment we have yet to secure enough food donations to go comfortably around all the children in P1. It would be a shame for us to have to go ahead with the party without the nibbles to fill us all up after our dancing and party games. Therefore, we ask that those who have yet to bring in a party food donation, if you are able, please do so by Tuesday the 17th of December.

A big thank you to those in our class who have already donated food and nibbles. We very much appreciate your help with making our Christmas Party as special as possible!

P1A Nativity Information

P1A are very excited about our nativity performances next week! In order for the girls and boys to change into their costumes in time for the 09:30 start we will be letting the children come in to class from 08:50 (when the first bell rings) on both the Monday and Tuesday. This is entirely optional and if you are not able to make it in for that time then please do not worry!

School Christmas lunch will be held on Wednesday and the girls and boys are welcome to come to school in their Christmas jumpers!

Homework – there will be no reading homework next week due to the nativity performances. Letter formation and number homework will be given out as normal.

Election Day – a quick reminder that the school will be closed for all pupils on Thursday 12th December.

Open afternoon – our open afternoon will be held next Friday from 2:00pm – 2:45pm.

This week, we have been doing lots of addition activities and have written the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’.

P1 and P2 Nativity

After 5 weeks of hard work, the big day is nearly here. We are all very excited to perform our Nativity to all the parents, carers and grandparents coming to one of next weeks’ shows. As our morning performances are starting at 9.30am on both Monday and Tuesday, we will be taking P1 and P2 classes in at the first bell on both of these days. This bell rings at 8.50am so it would be greatly appreciated if your child could be in their line at this time in order for us to get ready.

A reminder that doors will open 10 minutes before each performance starts, and you must have your allocated tickets with you to gain entry.

We look forward to seeing lots of friends and family at one of the performances next week, and we hope you are as excited as we are!

P1 and P2 teachers.


Christmas lunch – Christmas lunch will be on Wednesday 11th December. Please return your slip if your child would like to order a Christmas lunch.

Phonics – our sounds this week are w and v.

Show and Tell – could the Whizz Kids and the Bright Sparks please take in something for Show and Tell.

P1A Important Information

Open Afternoon – the date of our open afternoon has changed and will now be held on Friday 13th December from 2:00 – 2:45pm. The focus of this open afternoon will be RME.

Nativity Performances – we would like to remind you that order slips for the nativity performances need to be returned by tomorrow (Friday 29th November).

Show and Tell – it’s the turn of the Clever Clogs!

Phonics – our sounds this week are j and z. Please see the photo of our jellyfish!

Maths – we have been super busy learning how to add. We are also learning how to write out our sum using the correct symbol.

Nativity Updates

A big thank you to all who have provided costumes for the Nativity. We are still waiting on a few so if these could be taken in ASAP that would be great. This only applies to those who received a letter home regarding costumes as we have these in school for some roles.

As we are beginning to organise and distribute tickets, we would be grateful if all ticket slips could be returned by tomorrow at the latest (29/11). As tickets are on a first come, first served basis with a draw for any spares, it is unlikely we will be able to provide tickets for late returns. Please also check your child’s bag in case any slips have been left in the bottom rather than being handed in.

Thank you, P1 and P2 teachers.

P1A Nativity Performance Information and Book Bags!

Letters went home today about purchasing tickets for the nativity performances. These are done on a first come first serve basis so please return your slip as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The girls and boys received their book bags today as part of Scottish Book Week. We hope you enjoy the books and activities that were included in the bag!

P1A had lots of fun celebrating UNCRC 30th birthday! Please see the photos!

Children in Need 2019

A massive than you to everyone who donated money, items and their precious time to help our fundraising efforts for Children in Need. We raised a fabulous £786.58! Mrs Prentice and Miss MacArthur would also like to thank the P5 pupils and P7 volunteers for all their hard work organising and running all the fundraising activities. Well done everyone!


P1A had lots of fun taking part in activities to raise money for Children in Need. A big thank you to the P5 classes for organising all of the activities!

As next week is a 3 day week, we have decided not to give out any reading or letter/number formation homework. The school will be closed to pupils on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November for all pupils.

UNCRC 30th Birthday Celebration – The school will be celebrating 30 years of Children’s Rights! On Wednesday 20th November the girls and boys are invited to come to school in party clothes. We will attend a special celebration assembly and we will also be doing some party games in class!

Donations Required – a letter went home today about costumes for the nativity performance. We kindly ask that pupils take in 2 lengths of silver tinsel for their costume.

Learning Pathways – Learning Pathways went home today, please return by Wednesday 20th November.

UNCRC Birthday Celebrations!

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the United Nations Rights of the Child, please enjoy a special day at school on Wednesday 20 November.

Come to school in your party clothes if you want to dress up!

Play some fun party games

Enjoy a special Celebration assembly with UNIKIDS.

Let’s have some fun as we remember all the UNCRC articles that we enjoy.

Children in Need 2019

Children in Need is on Friday and P5a and P5b have organised lots of fun activities and games to raise money for this fabulous cause. There will also be a ‘Dress Down Day’ on Friday for a donation of £1. There will also be a bake stall and raffle. Any donations of baking (no items containing nuts please) or items for our raffle would be gratefully received. Please send in any items of baking, or prizes, into school by Friday. Thank you very much!

From P5a and P5b

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Blythswood Shoebox Appeal! We have collected a fantastic 52 boxes this year. These gifts are really treasured by those who receive them.

From Primary 5a

Blythswood Shoeboxes

A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to the Blythswood Shoebox appeal so far. Please can we have all donations into school by Friday. Thank you very much!

From P5a and Miss MacArthur


We have been learning about Bonfire Night and have made some beautiful pictures of fireworks!

Phonics – our sounds this week are U and L.

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

Wet Weather – as the weather has turned a lot colder since coming back after the holidays, we kindly ask that all pupils come to school with suitable clothing and footwear for being outside in the unpredictable Scottish weather!

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

P5a are organising a collection for this year’s Blythswood appeal. We would be very grateful if we could have all shoeboxes handed into school by the 08.11.19.

Leaflets about the shoebox appeal, including a checklist of items, were sent home this week. Please let us know if you need any more information or anymore leaflets.

Thank you so much for your support!

From P5a and Miss MacArthur

A Spooky Week in P1A!

Welcome back to term 2! We have had a busy week doing lots of spooky activities in the run up to Halloween. The girls and boys have made potions in the witch’s cauldron, using this to help them write a recipe for a potion! In science we have been learning about the sense of smell.

Phonics – we have been going over sounds that we learned at the start of last term. We will start our new sound on Monday.

Book Fair – Our class will visit the book fair on Monday morning. If pupils would like to buy anything they can take a small amount of money along with them (please put money in a small purse or wallet). The book fair will also be open for a short time after school for pupils who wish to buy something.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

This is an advance notice that we will be supporting this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us in the past. Last year we collected 55 shoeboxes and we would love to make this an extra special Christmas for those in need again this year.

This year Blysthswood will be collecting our filled Shoeboxes on Friday November the 8th. We would be very grateful if all donations could be handed into school by then. A checklist of suitable Christmas gifts to include in your shoebox will be going home on the first week of term.

Please help us to spread love and hope this Christmas.

Thank you!

P1A Open Morning

We look forward to seeing you at our open morning on Tuesday 8th October from 11:00 – 11:45 am. The theme for our open morning will be health and wellbeing.

Phonics – our sounds this week are g and o.

Christmas card designs are due back to us by Tuesday 8th October, so there is still time if you want to order something! We also ask that Learning Pathways are returned, with a short parent/carer comment, by Wednesday 9th October.


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!

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.


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.

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!

P1A What is happening this week.

Homework – We have started giving out the Letter and Sound formation booklets. These are to be completed on a Monday night (1 page) and handed in on Tuesday. The Number formation booklets will go home on a Tuesday night (complete 1 page) and should be handed in on Wednesday.

Show and Tell – It is the turn of the Brain Boxes and the Super Stars this week! We are looking forward to seeing what you take in on Friday morning!

Phonics – We have started our new sound, n. We will be learning the c and k sound later in the week! Please see the link to the n song if you would like to practise at home.

P1A Science

We have been learning all about germs and how we can help to stop them spread by washing our hands properly! To show how germs spread we covered our hands in glitter and had to shake hands with each other. This quickly spread the glitter round the class, the same way germs would be spread! We also practised washing our hands correctly.

P1A Show and Tell

The class will begin Show and Tell on Friday! This is a great opportunity to develop our listening and talking skills.

Each Friday morning a different table will get the chance to bring in a small object from home which they can talk about to the class. We will let you know if it is your child’s turn by putting a note in the homework pack. This week will be the turn of the Whizz Kids and the Bright Sparks!

The object could be a favourite book or toy. We kindly ask that valuable items and electronic devices are not taken in for Show and Tell.

Miss Ross and Miss Munro

P1A Homework Packs

Just a note to say that the pupils will not get their homework packs home on a Friday. So do not worry if one did not come home in the schoolbag today!

Phonics – we have had a busy week practising our new sounds s,a and t. Check out the apples and turtles that we have made!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Ross and Miss Munro

P1A Homework Packs

We hope you all enjoyed sharing the reading books that went home yesterday! We ask that pupils take in their homework pack every day, making sure that they include the reading book, word booklets and red jotter. This will mean that we can keep you up to date with the reading activities that you will need to do at home.

We also have a number of items of lost property that have not been labelled. If you are missing anything please pop in to see us or check the lost property boxes at reception.

Many thanks!

Miss Ross and Miss Munro

Primary 1 Phonics

We have started learning our initial sounds during phonics activities in primary one this week. So far we have covered the ‘s’ and the ‘a’ sound. We have practised our new sounds using our jolly phonics songs and actions. A list of the sounds and actions can be found in your child’s read reading record. You can access the jolly phonics songs we have been using by clicking on the following links:

Jolly phonics song for ‘s’

Miss Munro and Miss Ross