Category Archives: P7A 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!

Pr 7 Upcoming events

IRA Transition Sports Event; Tuesday 10th March 2020. 10am – 12. am

Please wear sports clothes under school uniform and bring a water bottle/snack.

ARCHIVE CENTRE: WW2 Workshop Friday 6th March . 9.30 am – 11.00 am

We will be leaving at 8.50 promptly and it would be helpful if pupils can come to class to register and order lunches at 8.45 am.

SCOTTISH OPERA: Culduthel Christian Centre – Tuesday 17th March 1.30 – 2.00 pm

We have been invited to be part of the audience for the Pr 5,6 dress rehearsal perfomance

OPEN MORNING: Wednesday 11 March 9.20 – 10.00 am Literacy Focus

P 7A Parent Appointment letter

Parent Appointment letters were sent home yesterday via schoolbag mail. Please return next week.

Appointment times will be on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th from 3.30pm onwards.

Thank you.

We are back into the routine and look forward to our World War 2 topic using our Chromebooks for homework a bit more now we have them at home.

Thank you to everyone for providing a case for the devices.

Pr 7A Horrid Herod at the Craigmonie!

We were deilighted to share our Christmas play with the 6,7,8 Club yesterday. We were their Christmas entertainment as they enjoyed their meal.

“We were good at our lines.”

“We enjoyed doing something different.”

“We should phase the music in and out a bit more instead of stopping it so quickly.”

Well done everyone – a great performance. Thank you to the 6,7,8 Club for making us feel so welcome and for the box of sweets we will be sharing later!

Pr 7 Transition Ceilidh /Lochardil Party

We have been invited to the IRA for a Ceilidh on

TUESDAY 17th DECEMBER. (9.30 am – 10.45 am)

Clean , non marking indoor shoes should be worn . Pupils can take a water bottle. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

We have issued our Party Food letter via school bag mail. Thank you for supporting us with a few treats. Please remember we are a nut free school.

Pr 7 Party THURSDAY 19th DEC 1 pm – 3 pm

Pr 7A NSPCC Workshop

We enjoyed welcoming Mr Darcy back to Lochardi today. Pr 6 and Pr 7 classes enjoyed follow up workshops to the Speak Out, Stay Safe Assembly we had the other week.

We were reminded about how to share our worries about issues that may be affecting us. We talked through scenarios about neglect and various forms of abuse.

Article 12: All children have a right to give their opinion when adults are making decisions which wil affect them.

Pr 7A Open Afternoon timings: a new update

You will be aware that the school has rearranged the date for the next Open Afternoon.


Pr 7A would like to share our RME/Expressive Arts focus with you. Come along and enjoy our “Horrid Herod” Christmas play.

To enable you to visit other classes and stages, we are arranging for our Open Afternoon to be from

1.20 pm – 2.00pm.

(Rest of the school from 2.00 – 2.40 pm)

Apologies for the changes.

We look forward to having you along

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!

Pr 7A Anti Bullying Week

Change starts with…

Confidence, happiness, love and being encouraging (VSCO group)

Change starts with…

Kindness, care, support and sharing  (The Oofed F.B.I.)

Change starts with…

Respect, responsibility and caring (Fantastic 4)

Change starts with…

Love, respect, pride and confidence (Boneless Pizza)

Change starts with…

Friends, talking, sharing, including and caring  (Minecraft Dudes)

Change starts with…

Us, family, staff and the world  ( The Winning Wonders)

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

P 7A Remembers

Thank you for your support with the Blythswood Shoe Box appeal. The boxes were collected on Friday and will make Christmas vry special for many families. It is good to remember and help those who don’t have what we enjoy.

Thank you to the girls for helping to decorate our school hall for our Assembly as we thought about Remembrance Day again

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!

Pr 7A Reminders

Photograph orders to be returned by Friday 4 October

Learning Pathways Numeracy to be returned by Wednesday 9 October

Christmas Card to be returned by Monday 7 October

Open Morning Tuesday 8 October 11.00 – 11.45 Come along and see some of our work in our jotters and on our Chromebooks. We will be also be sharing some of our Health and Wellbeing Substance Misuse learning. All welcome!

Pr 7A Brownie Points

Well done to everyone for receiving such positive comments from Mrs Finlay yesterday. It was lovely to come back to class after my meeting to hear how well you had done. Her words were similar to the feedback I had given you at the start of the week too. Hope you enjoyed the reward!

Revised Chromebook Agreement

Highland Council have revised and reissued the Chromebook Agreement that was sent home to p6s and p7s at the beginning of term.  The revision brings the agreement in line with current guidance, particularly around charging devices at home.  As these have been signed and returned already this term, no action is required.  Here is the revised agreement for your information.

Pr 7A Kakatsitsi Drummers

We had a loud and exciting start on our return to school today!

A drumming group from Jamestown, Ghana were showcasing their fantastic skills.

“It was cool how they played the instruments and used everyday materials to make them from e.g. cow skin, seeds, grasses” Gold group feedback

“We liked how they didn’t just show you but they gave us something to do and we had to join in.” Platinum group feedback

” Very interesting to find out how the drums were made and learn more about their culture.” Titanmium group feedback

“It was fantastic how they changed the sound with their feet.” Tungsten group feedback

Pr 7A 13.9.19

We had a great first session at World of Work. We looked at the engineering and technology around prosthetic limbs. We designed and created our own robotica arm and relected on the skills we used e.g. setting goals, cooperation, problem solving, explaining . Thank you to our parent helpers for their time and support.

We are sending home our first Key Assessment Task. We would appreciate it if we could have it returned by Wednesday 18th September. KAT 1 has a Health and Wellbeing focus. We hope you enjoy sharing our work.

Have a lovely long weekend!

Pr 7A 6.9.19

Just a reminder for next week…

Packed lunches only for Thursday 12 September please. We leave for World of Work at 11.45 am so need an early lunch. Canteen lunches not available that early.

We require one adult helper for that visit. Please let us know if you can help.

PE – Wednesdays and Thursdays. Full change required.

We have been workiing on our Alcohol leaflet which is part of our Health and Wellbeing key assessment task.

We played touch rugby with Mrs Chisholm and studied areodynamics with Mrs Scotson.

Term 1 Week 2 30.8.19

We had a big Lost Property clear out this afternoon. Bags of items had appeared at the end of last term. One of our Pr 7 jobs is to sort Lost Property every week.

Our reading group routine was established this week and we are getting into our new books. Ask us about our unusual group names!

Great start to spelling and getting homework done on time. Keep it up.

The Tungsten group were our group winners this week and we have also had a few successful “Secret Students”.

Pr 7A Welcome Back

We have all settled in and are geting into the school routine.

An overview of our plans wil be added to the blog at the end of this week to give you a bit more information about how what we will doing over the term.

We all enjoyed supprting our buddies last week. It was lovely to meet their parents and give them a “Welcome to Pr 1” card we had made. We will keep an eye on them in the playground for the next few weeks.

We have made our class charter and have our new homework jotters covered and ready for action!


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!”