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.
Just a reminder that the Open Morning is on Wednesday 11th March from 9.20 to 10.00 am and we look forward to seeing you. Also, as part of our topic we have arranged a school trip to Brodie Castle on Tuesday 24th March. A letter will be sent home soon with further details.
The children have been investigating magnetic materials this week in their Science lesson. They made some good predictions on which ones were attracted to a magnet and discovered that not all metals are magnetic.
What a wild day it was for our workshop but we managed some outdoor learning before the weather became too bad. The children were learning about climate change and enjoyed making a timeline to show how scientists think our planet has evolved changes from the beginning of time. Then we came indoors and pretended to be carbon atoms. Rachael and Kelly played a game where we discovered what happened to us with different events.
Thursday 6 February is Inside out for mental health day. The idea is that you wear your clothes inside out to make people stop and consider that others may look OK on the outside despite feeling distressed or upset on the inside.
Today we were finding out about a trebuchet. We learned it was a medieval weapon used to sling stones to break down walls and to sling other things, such as the corpses of diseased animals over the castle walls .Then we used lollipop sticks and elastic bands to make a catapult. It was tricky but everyone had a go.
Thank you to everyone who has started to bring in boxes for our castle modelling. I have searched my stocks and found some spare boxes which can be used by anyone who needs a shoe box. I will provide tin foil and lollipop sticks too. All we need is smaller boxes and tubes for towers and any items they want to bring in for other features the children might want to add. I plan to start the castles on Tuesday 28th January . Happy hunting!
As part of our topic the children have been set the challenge of making a castle. Today they looked at the different features of a castle and made a design of their ideas. The plan is to build the castle at school, so we would be very grateful if you could send in any old cardboard packaging such as biscuit boxes, kitchen roll tubes, etc you are throwing out. It would be great if every child could bring in a shoe box sized box for the basic structure too. The criteria for the model is that it has 4 walls, at least one tower and a moving drawbridge or portcullis. I’m looking forward to seeing their Cool Castle!
Today the children were finding out about the properties of materials .Mrs Sutherland made a bag from paper and asked the children to fill it with water. They were able to explain that the paper bag was not waterproof and let the water pass through.
The P4s had a brilliant time making their own Buzz the Wire game to finish off their science topic ‘Electricity’.They have enjoyed learning with Mr MacKenzie and we thank him for all his support.The P3s were looking at different objects to explore what materials they were made from then went on a material hunt around the classroom.
The children are learning how to measure length, width and height in maths today. They took their metre sticks and half metre paper strips out into the playground to record the measurement of lots of different objects. They worked really well together and drew some long snakes.
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!
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!
This week, classes in Explore have been making things over the campfire. The classes learned about fire safety and used their weighing and measuring skills to make Dampers – sweet bread – over an open fire.
In case you would like to make this tasty bonfire treat, here is the recipe.
250g self raising flour
40g Caster sugar
100 ml water
First, put the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add the water a little at a time and mix well.
Use clean hands to knead the mixture and bring it together, adding more flour or water as required.
Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Find a 50cm stick and cover the end in tin foil.
Take a small amount of dough, make it into a sausage shape and coil around the top of the stick.
Bake over hot embers for 10 to 15 minutes until it is golden brown and solid to touch. Alternatively, these could be baked in the oven (without the stick!).