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Thursday 16th Jan. Parent Evening E Safety Workshop Reminder

Just a reminder that we are hosting an Information evening on Thursday 16th January ( THIS WEEK) at 6pm, in our hall. The workshop will be looking at how to keep children and young people safe online, whilst also embracing the many exciting opportunities for digital learning.

This session will be a chance to explore some of the current threats and challenges that exist online but also look at a bank of resources which can be used to help improve digital parenting. Please arrive for a 6pm start. No need to book.

Broom Goes Pants and says “Thanks”!

The Broom House Captains would like to say thank you for the donations we received for the charity “Smalls for All” as part of our House event last term. We can send away 15 packets of underwear to their office in Livingstone.

We hope that we have raised awareness of the different situations which children face and help us to appreciate and value the lifestyles we enjoy.

UNCRC Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.


Welcome back to Term 3! I hope you all had a lovely time over the holidays.

Homework this week will be reading, and Sumdog if you can access this from home. Spelling and regular maths homework will commence next week.

We are back to PE as usual on a Wednesday and Friday so please do ensure your child has a FULL PE kit with them on these days, including a change of shoes.

Show and tell will take place again each Friday, with the class being split into 3 groups:

Group 1 – Surnames from A – Macd.

Group 2 – Surnames from Mack – P.

Group 3 – Surnames from R – Z

This week, it will be the turn of Group 1. If your child wishes to bring something in for show and tell on their week, please ensure nothing breakable or valuable is taken in.

As always, should you have any questions/queries/concerns, feel free to contact me.

Miss Cockburn.

Bellfield Park Tennis Club

Over the last couple of months Bellfield Park Tennis Club have visited many schools coaching indoor mini tennis.  We had a great time and would like to offer some classes for children aged 5-9yrs at various venues around the city so everyone can have a go.  Classes are discounted for members but open to all and if you would like to know more about our membership and our club just go to our website

Venue Day & Time No. of weeks Dates Cost
Inshes Primary School Mon 4-5pm 5 13/1/20 – 10/2/20 £20 n/m £18 m
Charleston Academy   Mon 5-6pm 5 13/1/20 – 10/2/20 £20 n/m £18 m
Inverness Royal Academy Tues  6-7pm 6 7/1/20 to 11/2/20 £30 n/m £28 m
Holm Primary School Wed 4-5pm 5 15/1/20 to 12/2/20 £20 n/m £18 m
Avoch Primary School Wed 6-7pm 5 5/2/20 to 4/3/20 £20 n/m £18 m
Cradlehall Primary School Thurs 5-6pm 5 16/1/20 to 13/2/20 £20 n/m £18 m

All equipment is provided at sessions please just bring a drink.  The coaches will work on skills, balance and coordination but the main aim is to have FUN!

To book your place email stating which venue you would like to attend and I will forward the link to book and pay.  If you have any queries at all please get in touch with us.  Hope to see you soon. 

Primary 5B Last Post of 2019!

Lots of photos so here we go!

Human Decimals…..good prop for multiplying decimals!

Thank you so much to all who came and helped us with our snowflakes!

We had a super party and the children looked so beautiful!

We had lots of fun sledging in the snow!

So have a wonderful time over the holidays! Festive Cheer from p5B!

Kelpies, Sulkies and Dragons – National Trust for Scotland

Are you looking for something magical to do on Hogmanay?

Between December 31st and January 2nd Abertarff House on Church Street, Inverness, will be having a special storytelling event on for children ages 3 to 8 covering some of the mythical creatures told in Scottish folklore; Tame the infamous Kelpie, take on a mighty Scottish Dragon, and transform with the beautiful Selkie.

If you wish to attend you can book online at

ELC – Wee Mac’s – Week 4

We had a such a lovely day at Wee Mac’s this week. We were so lucky to have a visit from Spokes for Folks who came and took us and a couple of the Mackenzie Centre clients to it and about and thank goodness the rain stopped long enough for us to stay dry !! They wool us to the Drummond duck pond where we were able to feed the ducks who came right over as soon as they saw the bikes. When we arrived back it was time for story and lunch. The children have been fabulous with engaging with the clients and enjoying their time together.

P1 & P2 Nativity

Thank you to all who came to watch our Nativity. We had such good fun and hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

P3/4 Science

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.


Thank you so much to everyone who came to see us in our Nativity over the last 2 days – we have all had such a fantastic time! The children have all put so much effort in since the start of term and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them, as I’m sure you are too.

A reminder that tomorrow is school Christmas lunch and pupils can also wear a Christmas jumper to school if they wish. We also have our open afternoon on Friday (13/12) from 2-2.45pm. We are looking forward to seeing lots of faces in to join us for this as well.

Finally, another big thank you for all of your continued support so far this year!

Miss Cockburn

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


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.


Last week, Maria, Katie and Josh spoke to us all about the tennis competition they competed in. Well done to the three of you!

Last week, Andrew was on stage performing with his drama group. They performed Snow White. It was such an enjoyable performance and Andrew did a brilliant job!


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!

Just a reminder that school will be closed to all pupils from ELCC – P7 on Thursday 12th December as we are being used as a poling station.

Our open afternoon will be held from 2:00pm-2:40pm on Friday 13th December.

Digital Learning and E- Safety Parent and Carers Workshop

We will be hosting an Information evening on Thursday 16th January at 6pm, in our hall. The workshop will be looking at how to keep children and young people safe online, whilst also embracing the many exciting opportunities for digital learning.

This session will be a chance to explore some of the current threats and challenges that exist online but also look at a bank of resources which can be used to help improve digital parenting.

Broom Goes Pants!

Each term the House Captains host a whole school event.

The Broom House Captains are highlighting the need for all children to have an education. Some children can’t go to school because they do not have any underwear.

Broom would value your support for a Scottish charity called “Smalls for All”. The charity collects underwear and distributes to communities where this is a problem.

Donations of new pants would be welcome please.

The collection box wil be in reception until the end of term.

Pantastic Pantolympics! MONDAY 9 DECEMBER Sports activities with a pants linked theme!

Join the Broom House Captains for some fun in the MUGA at breaktime and lunchtime.

Thank you for your support

Article 28: All children have the right to education.

Sports Volunteers Wanted

Do you have skills or an interest in a particular sport? Tuesdays are going to be Football Free Field days . A number of staff are going to be running sports stations at lunch time that children can take part in. If you would be willing to come into school and share your skills on a Tuesday lunch time, please get in touch with Mrs Fisher (PSA) to find out more.

Out Of The Box at The CCC

“Out of the Box” are putting on a Christmas musical, with puppets, at the CCC on Wednesday 11th December 2019. It is from 6pm to 7pm. Everyone is invited to stay for the free performance.

Lost Property

Lost property has been cleared out today from Terms 1,2.

All named items will be returned to pupils. Of the 37 Lochardil sweatshirts and polo shirts in the Lost Property boxes, only nine were named. The unnamed items are washed and sold at our “Uniform Shop” which runs on our Open Parent Sessions.

The Blysthwood Clothes and Recycling bank in our Staff Car Park received several bagfuls of jackets, t-shirts, trousers and hats.

PLEASE put names on clothing and lunchboxes.

It will help to reduce our waste and save families money.

Thank you for your cooperation.


We have started thinking about the C word this week by starting to read The Christmasauraus by Tom Fletcher. Children are welcome to read along in their own copy if they wish. (If anyone’s interested, it’s £4 in The Works.) The children have chosen some Christmas songs they’d like to learn this year too.

After hearing the story of Rama and Sita the children designed their own Mehndi patterns which Hindu’s would wear at Diwali. Aren’t they amazing! Next week I will bring in some Henna paste to try some of the designs out in class.

We read Pudsey’s Great Fundraiser story this week and the children decided the message in the book was:

“Sometimes you get things wrong a few times before you get things right. “- Ava M

“If your ideas don’t work out, ask a friend what they think.” – Liam

P5B – Weekly Blog

Last week we were visited by Elma from Blythswood. It was a very interesting and inspiring talk, and the children had a lot of questions about the work of the Foundation, and about Elma’s job. Sorry I spelt it wrongly in the homework! Thought I was doing well, then to my horror the kids started to come in and tell me off! My excuse is that I taught a girl called Blythe with an ‘e’, who was named Blythe because her great-grandfather either founded Blythswood, or was a co-founder. I do apologise. Quite a few of you spotted the ‘deliberate’ mistake! Take a house point!

The children have been working hard on the first of this term’s Key Assessment Task. It is a writing task and the children will bring home the cog sheet today, with their story. Please try to remember to return the sheet with the parental comment filled in. Thank you.

We have been making firework pictures with salt and coloured paint. They were great fun to make, but unfortunately they don’t really have staying power, as the salt starts to react with the paint by sucking all the colour out of it. I took pictures whilst they were still with us!

The children have been working hard with Mrs Scotstoun to devise their fundraising stalls for Children in Need. Thank you for all your help with this. Whatever form your help took!

Grand Total ……….Nearly £790!!!!

Finally, for those of you who need time off work etc, the time for the Open Afternoon is 2:00pm on the 5th of December.


NSPCC and Unikids 14.11.19

We can display our certificate from the NSPCC following our Speak Out, Stay Safe Assembly this week. We also welcome the NSPCC mascot, Buddy, who will be watching us in reception! We liked our Buddy stickers.

Let’s remember we have the right to speak up about matters which affect us. (UNCRC Article 12) We know who to go to if we need help.

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.

Cross Country Competition Postponed

Unfortunately the SHSAA Cross-Country Championships to be held on Thursday 14th November has again been postponed.

We have received the folowing information from the organisers:-

After the recent wet weather the Bught Park is too wet and muddy for the event and it is not set to improve over the course of the week. It has been advised by the ground staff, committee officials and event organisers that it would be safer to postpone the event. We do not wish to risk the safety of any of our competitors. The event will be rescheduled and will take place towards the end of February. We will be in touch in the new year with a new date.

We will keep parents/carers and pupils updated when we receive further information.

What’s A.U.P Doc?

The Digital Dynamos have been working hard to create a child friendly version of our acceptable use policy. We have thought about how this links to our rights as well as giving information, suggestions and advice. We would like your support to ensure that this A.U.P is followed both at home and in school to ensure that we are all safe.

See pictures below. These are being printed and given out to each class in a leaflet format. We have gone over this at assembly and shared with both staff and pupils.

Parents of ASN Pupils Consultation Meeting Links

Please see attached Parent / Carer and pupil surveys to be completed by Friday the 6th of December 2019.

Please note that the meeting scheduled for ASN consultaion on the 27th November 2019 at Milburn Academy has now been moved to the Inverness Royal Academy on the 2nd December 2019 a letter of invite to the new date and venue will follow.

Primary Pupil Survey

Primary Parent Survey

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

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.

P4 blog

We linked our maths lesson to our class novel. We have been busy reading Fantastic Mr Fox, who hosts a feast. As we have been learning about money, our task was to budget for a feast with our class. We had £50 to spend.

This is Mr Fry. We enjoy adding to his beard when we are practising our common words.

Enjoying our 10 minutes of Mindful Monday’s

This was us busy at our calculator work. We had to input different amounts of money. We are getting better at remembering when we need to use a 0 and when we don’t.

Deep in thought working on our target boards. These are helping with our mental math skills. We tried to challenge each other and turn it into a bit of a competition.

Cross Country competition postponed

We have been advised that the P6 & P7 cross country competition postponed from before the October break and due to take place this week, has now been further postponed until Thursday 14th November 2019.

Pupils who have been selected to represent the school will receive an updated permission form tomorrow and this should be returned to the school office by Friday 1st November.

P3 – Welcome to Term 2

Bonjour! Welcome back to our next term. Hope you had a good October break. I spent a week of mine in Paris and Versaille, visiting our partner school, Ecole Des Sources, in Linas, Versaille. The French children loved the Nessie toy, storybook and shortbread we gave them. Our children also made a Scotland flag from recycled materials for them. They are excited to hear about and see pictures of what life in Scotland is like and I am excited to use French more in the classroom!

Mrs Wilson and I have changed our days slightly so from this week on, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be Mrs Wilson and I will be doing Thursdays and Fridays.

We will be sharing our learning overview with you later this week.


Just a reminder to come along to the Dress Up Disco !

October 30th 2019

ELC and Pr 1 5.00 pm – 5.45 pm

Pr 2,3,4 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Pr 5,6 7.15 – 8.15 pm

Please come in at the middle door. Entrance £3 Glow Bands 50p

Collect your child(ren) from the Hall and exit via the Fire Door from the Hall.

Funds collected go towards the Pr 7 Loch Insh residential trip.

Thank you for your support.

P5a – The power of yet.

We took part in the BBC Growth Mindset and Well-being lesson live, where we have been learning about the power of YET and having a positive mindset. Let’s focus on what we will be able to achieve one day, with some hard work and effort!