Category Archives: P5A 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!

From stage to screen

As we are unable to watch the Lion King on Stage we plan to watch it on the big screen. On Wednesday we we watch the movie on the big screen in our hall. Pupils can take a cushion and blanket (not bedding) along with some individually wrapped snacks. They can also bring a game or toy to school on Wednesday. We have been looking forward to our day out for a while so we are converting it to an Day in, instead. #positivity The film is a PG. if you would prefer your child not to watch it please get in touch with the class teacher.

P5a – Scottish Opera

Rodger from Scottish Opera came to complete a singing masterclass with us all. He taught us how to improve our timing and dictation. The children have worked so hard to learn the words and tunes of the songs and they have done a fabulous job! Well done everyone!

P5a – Achievements

The pupils of P5 have had lots of fabulous success outside of school these last couple of weeks. Lily achieved her skiing Yeti 1 award, Katie was awarded 1st place at her squash tournament, Erin was awarded first place and Grand Champion for her duet at her cheerleading competition and she won a medal for her solo too. Alana and Lillie M won first place for their Hip Hop group dance and Alana won awards for her cheerleading group dance and her Pom Pom group dance. Well done everyone! Please let me know if there are any other achievements that I am yet unaware of ?


Star of the Week

Congratulations to Ryan! He was our Star of the Week for his fabulous writing! Well done!

Pupil of the Month

Congratulations to Freya! She is our Pupil of the Month for her hard work and improvement in writing lessons. Well done!
A huge well done to Freya as well for her contribution to Lochardil Gymnastics team! Great work!

Chinese prints

We have been learning about Chinese silk printing. We created our own stencils and mixed different colours of paint to create our own Chinese pattern prints.

Pancake Day

We celebrated pancake day by eating pancakes and by summarising a non fiction text about the history of Pancake Day and the different ways it is celebrated in different countries. We developed our summarising skills along with learning about the meaning behind Pancake Day.

Feis Rois
We learned the ‘Skye Boat Song’ with Feis Rois. We also learned about chords and dynamics too.


We had a visit from Dawn from MFR Cash for Kids on Wednesday. We learned that there are lots of different jobs you can do within MFR, but that Dawn enjoys being involved in MFR Cash for Kids the most. We learned that MFR Cash for Kids helps local children in lots of different ways, but they prioritise food, shelter and clothing. Thank you for coming to speak to us and giving us fabulous gifts too! We loved the inflatable microphones!


Thank you to all who joined us at Eastgate. We hope you enjoyed the performance! A huge thank you and well done to all the boys and girls of P5 for their fabulous performance. Everyone managed to get up in stage and sing, despite a few nerves, which is hugely courageous. You all sang beautifully too! We raised a fantastic £104 for MFR Cash for Kids and Mission Christmas! A huge thank you to Inverness Taxis ( @InvernessTaxis ) for showing true Christmas spirit and kindly providing our transport free of charge.


It is December and we have a very special advent calendar in our classroom. Instead of chocolate, it provides a gift to help children who are struggling to get their rights of education, healthcare, shelter, food and water. So far, our doors has revealed the gifts of a measles vaccine, pencils, a mosquito net to prevent malaria and vitamins for undernourished children.


We had a visit from Vincent, from the SSPCA.
He taught us about the work of the SSPCA and brought along owl robots for us to build and programme. Fabulous learning for our STEM skills and great fun too!
Oscar was delighted to meet Oscar the Owl!

Here a few things we learned about the work of the SSPCA
That the most common animal helped by the SSPCA are seagulls.
Most SSPCA workers go to college or university to complete a course to help them learn about animals and how to look after them. Vincent studied Zoology.
Seals can be the most dangerous animals to help, as they are likely to bite and cause an infection.
The SSPCA help domestic, wild and farm animals.


Congratulations to Erin, who is our Pupil of the Month! She is our Pupil of the Month for her fabulous teamwork and gymnastic skills while creating a group gymnastic routine in PE. Well done Erin! She also won a trophy at the weekend for her fantastic dancing!

P5a – Children in Need!

All of our amazing P5 pupils are our Stars of the Week this week for their fabulous fundraising efforts. They organised, ran and managed all the fundraising activities brilliantly and we raised an incredible £786.58. A massive thank you to everyone who donated items, money and their precious time to help us. We really appreciate it!

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

P5a – Blythswood

We had a visit today from Elma MacKay who works for Blythswood. Mrs MacKay has recently visited Eastern Europe and she was able to tell us all about the people she met there and what Blythswood are doing to improve their lives. She also spoke about the work Blythswood do locally to help those in need. We learned about the history of Blythswood, what her job involves, what skills you need to work for Blythswood and how we can get involved and support their work. We would like to say a huge thank you to her!

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

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

Campfire Cooking

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!).
  • Fill with butter, jam or chocolate spread.

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!

P5a – Bread making

P5a wanted to learn how to make bread. We learned that the ingredient called yeast makes the dough rise. It needs sugar and warm water to work. We made dip of different flavours to try with our homemade bread. Our favourite flavour was chilli! ? It is believed that chilli originated from Mexico.

P5a- International Food

We have been learning about international food. We have been learning how to prepare food safely and we wanted to learn how to prepare vegetables and how to make homemade soup. Today we made vegetable soup and had great fun tasting a variety of foods and flavours from a variety of countries. Spicy food is a favourite in P5a!

P5a – Kakatsitsi performers

We had a wonderful visit from the Kakatsitsi performers this week. They are from the Ga tribe in Ghana, where they speak over 50 languages including English, French and Ga. They taught us a traditional fishing song and taught us how to play the drums and shakers. We learned that when you change the position of your hands, you can change the sound the drum makes. They call this tone, bass, slap and tips. We loved having a go ourselves! Playing the drums was our favourite part.


Congratulations to Cameron, who was our ‘Pupil of the month’ for his fabulous maths work. He puts so much effort into all of his work and has fabulous concentration! Well done Cameron!

P5a are concentrating on invasion games in PE just now. We have been developing our spatial awareness and having great fun too!


This week has been a very busy and fun week!

We have been learning how to keep ourselves and each other safe during food preparation. We have created information posters, with our own individually designed mascots, to communicate what we know about food hygiene and safety and we are very proud of the result. We are very excited to put our knowledge into practice next week as we begin to design and create our own recipes!

Congratulations to Maria, who is our Star of the Week for her fabulous information poster. It was really informative and beautifully presented. Well done Maria!


We have had a fabulous and busy week in P5a. Our highlights have been learning about food hygiene and safety, increasing our heart rates while having a great time in PE, learning about place value and learning how to use our Chromebooks.

Congratulations to Andrew, who was our ‘Star of the week’ for his fabulous reading work. Well done Andrew!


This week the upper school started Explore classes: our new outdoor learning lessons (p3/4 will have this next week). All 250 kids had the chance to say what they thought Explore should be about and what they wanted to learn. All the classes started making class totem poles! To quote one P5, “This sounds amazing!”