Did you know you can raise money for Lochardil Primary School and Parent Council, by simply doing your shopping online? When you use easy fundraising to shop with any of their 4,000 retailers, the retailer makes a small donation to say thank you and they send those free funds to us! This will support our parent council and our school to buy a range of resources to continue to deliver exciting educational learning experiences.
Parents encouraged to ensure children receive flu vaccination
NHS Highland is encouraging the parents and guardians of all children aged between two and five to ensure their child receives the flu vaccination this year.
The flu vaccine is offered to all children in this age group (on 1st September 2020), who are not yet in primary school, through their GP practice.
Vaccination will help protect children against flu which can be a serious illness, even for healthy children.
Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s Director of Public Health, said: “We would strongly recommend that all children aged between two and five living in Highland receive their flu vaccine this year.
“Immunisation will reduce the risk of children spreading flu to their friends and family, and vaccination will help GP practices and hospitals across NHS Highland avoid the additional pressure that a spike in seasonal flu would add on top of pressures caused by Covid-19.
“Practices across NHS Highland have sufficient vaccine available to immunise children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their GP to arrange appointments for their children. Almost all children can have the flu vaccine as a simple, painless nasal spray which is safe and effective.”
This week we have been learning our BSL signs for our nocturnal animals. The children were able to demonstrate what animal were which when looking at pictures. We then went to explore the woods, looki for signs of animals and played on the tree swing.
Our next two sessions are scheduled for Thursday 3rd and Thursday 10th December. These will be the last sessions before Christmas.
We are aware that some of you have muddy children coming home after school each day.
Every year at this time we have to stop using the field for playing on due to its condition and give it time to recover. However, at present we need to use it to allow all the children space to play and remain safe within their year group bubbles.
We are currently looking at ways to avoid using/ spend as little time on the grass pitch as we can while still allowing everyone sufficient space to play. Space within our grounds is a challenge due to our large pupil roll, but with Covid-19 mitigations this is an additional pressure.
From tomorrow our infant classes will not have access to the grass pitch and will be allocated space in the front playground, in an attempt to support learning to continue smoothly in the afternoons, keep our school clean, and also reduce washing mess at home!
We ask our older pupils to try to avoid mud patches and be aware of where they are playing. We will keep you posted with updates.
In the meantime, it would be very useful if you could provide your child with a change of clothes in their schoolbag in case it is required, and any clothing that has been loaned please return asap.
Also, we continue to ask that every child comes prepared for the weather conditions and wear appropriate clothing i.e. jacket, particularly as we move into Winter.
Congratulations to Lewis! He is our Star of the Week for his fabulous maths work! He has been working really hard at division and calculating fractions and has really improved his confidence! Well done Lewis! We are very proud of you!
We have been learning British Sign Language and it is great fun! Here are P5 practising how to sign ‘Do they know it’s Christmas Time?’ Well done everyone! You are doing really well! Keep up the great work!
Another busy week over in P3A. In maths we have been revising the 2 and 5 times tables. We loved listening to the counting in 2s , 5s and tables songs. In reading we were looking at the difference between a fact and an opinion. We were also looking at the days of the week and months of the year. We enjoyed listening to The Lorax and created some lovely collage pictures based on the story. For PE we are still doing our daily run, circuits and team games. In topic we talked about recycling and the problems that plastic can cause if it gets into rivers, seas and oceans.
The telephone issues were unresolved yesterday and the system may be unavailable again this afternoon. If you phone the school and cannot get through on the main school number, please hang up and redial the school mobile on 07788 387590.
We can also be contacted on the school email address email@example.com
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal! Thanks to your kindness and generosity we have collected 61 boxes along with donations of money and gifts. It is really appreciated!
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Children in Need today! So far we have raised an amazing £533! Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness. We had so much fun and it was really lovely to see our friends in other classes virtually during our school quiz!
Knocknagael Ltd, a local community group, is working to turn an empty field at Knocknagael Farm on Essich Road into a ‘green hub’ to get more people growing and eating local produce. Ideas for the site include a community garden and orchard, allotments and food growing areas, wildlife-friendly hedgerows and outdoor walking areas. This will only happen if the community supports it: fill in a survey at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Knocknagael to help shape plans for the site or register interest in getting involved.
We still have a limited amount of Poppies available at the school office until Wednesday should the children wish to bring money to donate. If they let the teacher know they have a donation we will arrange to get the poppy up to class.
Lots of fun in PE this week. We were playing with the parachute and having a tug-o-war. It’s amazing what you can find in the gym cupboard when you really look.
The children have requested that we continue with netball, as they were just getting really good at it. Usually we would be doing social dancing this term, but because of corona we have to do PE outside, and netball is more suited to this. HOWEVER I will somehow slip in a Dashing White Sergeant if it kills me!!!
We were trying out the confusing homophones to, two and too in class and at home.
We were also practising the 5 times table using a game called ‘ladders’. Fast paced and competitive, you’re lucky to come out alive!
Thank you to Mrs Fisher for all the lovely photos. What a beautiful autumnal day!
Please find attached, the Termly Overview for our class.
As it was bonfire night this week we have been discussing why we celebrate bon fire nught, fire safety and how we can keep ourselves and others safe if we are around a bonfire or watching fireworks. In an outside art activity the children had great fun making their own firework painting by flicking lots of different colours onto the paper.
Leading on from our Autumn talks, the children have been discussing what nocturnal means and what animals they might only come out at night.
The children have been busy learning numbers and matching the pictures to the written numbers and sequencing them into the correct order.
At gym we have been practising jumping with two feet togther and from hoop to hoop in different directions.
Bikeability is the road safety training program that pupils in our P6 classes receive each year.
Through Cycle Training Assistance (CTA), Cycling Scotland train volunteer parents/carers to deliver the training to pupils.
Training for pupils has been on hold due to the current situation, but we have just been told that this training for pupils can get started again and we are looking for some new faces to assist the current parent/carer trainers. (Your child does not need to be in P6 for you to volunteer!). The course is normally delivered to the pupils over a few weeks during school hours.
Could you spare an hour or so each week to help deliver this vital training for our pupils? If so, please contact the school office AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
A huge thank you to all of you who have donated to the Blythswood Showbox Appeal. Please can we have all donations in by tomorrow. We are very grateful for any donations, whether it is a filled shoebox or items that can be included in a shoebox.
Today was Outdoor Classroom Day and P6/5 spent all day outside. First, we had PE, then we studied the Robert Louis Stevenson poem “From a Railway Carriage” and used our school grounds as inspiration to write our own “From a Classroom Window” poems. And this afternoon, we planted our new fruit bushes into planters before they go outside and enjoyed our class novel with some hot chocolate! Learning feels so different in the fresh air, and such a beautiful day to enjoy it.
Today (Monday 2nd Nov) Highland Council shared updated guidance on school safety to take account of the Scottish Government’s new approach to suppress coronavirus (COVID-19). It states “Face coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to any school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.” We are so appreciative of your support to continue to keep our school and community safe during these times, and thank you all in advance for following the guidance.
Today P6/5 watched a very tense clip from The Cube and thought about how the participant, Sam, was feeling at certain points during the challenge. We used the Emotion Works 5-cog model to support our discussions. We thought about the triggers for Sam’s emotions, body sensations that he might have felt, behaviours that we could see and regulation strategies that Sam could have used to keep calm.
I love this video of the reactions to Sam’s final try at the challenge. We talked about the body sensations that we felt while watching.
Our new topic is winter festivals so we have linked lots of our learning to Halloween. We have been learning about the origins of Halloween and how it is celebrated differently around the World. We even had kids super keen to research more Countries!!
We started symmetry this week, using mirrors to find symmetrical items around the class.
Through exploring, we found out that some items can have more than one line of symmetry.
We created our own symmetrical Halloween themed pictures.
Take a look at our spooky ghost leaves!
As part of our learning in Health and Wellbeing, we have been looking at bullying.
We are learning to understand what bullying is, being able to recognise it and take action. This led to many conversations about ways we can spread kindness.
We created some fantastic Halloween themed sentences using alliteration and are all now feeling confident with using this technique in our writing.
Here we are testing each other’s fitness stations out. We enjoyed because we got to create the fitness activities ourselves.
We have had a great day today for dress down/ fancy dress day. Look at how generous we all are in P4, kindly donating to our local food banks
Pumpkin drive (Halloween version of a beetle drive) ?
We have a limited amount of poppies available at the school office for a donation to the Sottish Poppy Appeal 2020. Should your child wish to make a donation they will be distributed on Thursday and Friday of next week. If monies could be taken into class on those days we will get a poppy up to the class.
It was great to welcome everyone back this week after the October break. We have had a busy first week back with lots going on. The learning overview for this term will be on the blog next week.
This week we had great fun planning and creating some seasonal stalls to play in our classroom. We missed out on organising the Fancy Dress Disco this year but had plenty of fun today in our own class playing the games that we created. Have a look at some of the super stalls below.
This week we also started our new topic ‘Substance Misuse’. We started by sharing what we already new about the topic and then shared any questions we had and would liked answered as we learn about smoking, drugs and alcohol. We started this week by focusing on smoking and vaping and we were shocked to learn about all the health issues that can occur if you smoke.
This week Tempest were in school to take individual and family photos. The proofs and order forms have gone home in school bags today. We would really appreciated, where possible, if payments could be made online for any orders to reduced the handling of cash.
An envelope will come home in your child’s bag today with the Tempest order form. Should you wish to place an order we would encourage you where possible to place your order online to limit handling. Full instructions of how to do this are provided on the order form. You can visit www.tempest-orders.co.uk with your reference number and web access code to place an order. Please complete your order by Friday 6th November to ensure free post and packaging back to school. After this date you will be subject to a delivery fee.
At this time of year our P7 pupils would normally organise a Fancy Dress Disco for all pupils and ELC.
Due to current restrictions this cannot go ahead this year, so instead, for a bit of fun we are inviting pupils to dress up or dress down this Friday, 30th October (football tops are allowed!)
In place of the usual monetary donations we would like to support a local food bank by asking for donations of food items – anything that has a long shelf life (use by date) is ideal – tinned foods/cereals/pasta etc.
If you are able, please consider donating something for the food bank.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a super break. Week 1 updates and reminders – thank you for all your ongoing support.
Photos tomorrow (Oct 27th) and Wednesday (Oct 28th).
Family groups on Tuesday and Individual photos on Wednesday.
BOOK FAIR from Thursday 29th Oct – Tues 3rd Nov. If any pupils wish to order something from the book fair can they please send in cash or a cheque in an envelope and on the front of the envelope details of their order, name and class. Their orders will then be available for them to collect at some point that day. The leaflet is being shared online. Classes will not be visiting the Bookfair as in previous years.
DRESS DOWN/UP DAY
As we are not able to run our Fancy Dress Discos this year, pupils are invited to come dressed up/ come as you please on Friday 30th Oct to enjoy the seasonal spirit and support our health and wellbeing culture. A food donation e.g. tins/ cereal/ items with a long shelf life etc. would be appreciated instead of bringing in £1. The school could then offer the food items to the local food bank or be used locally.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOXES
Could all shoe boxes be handed in by Friday 6th November. The pupils have received their leaflet today with all the relevant information. (One shoebox per family)
Due to the Covid Pandemic Restrictions Lochardil Parent Council faces new challenges with regards to fundraising.
This term we would really appreciate your support with the Christmas cards the children are designing themselves. Last year this raised approximately £500 for the PC funds which was excellent but we’re hoping to smash that target this year! Look out for the form coming home with your child and follow the instructions to place your orders online.
Another way that Lochardil PC can raise money is through ‘Easy Fundraising’. This is a scheme anyone can sign up for. Every time you shop online at a wide variety of retail outlets (including eBay, John Lewis, M & S, Sainsbury’s, booking.com and many more), a donation is made to the school. Please visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and support ‘Lochardil Parent Council – Inverness’. One you have registered it is a very simple system to use and basically boosts our funds throughout the year. Please consider using this service and encouraging Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and friends to register too, as we recognise in the current climate and the run up to Christmas, more shopping will be done on line than ever before.
We have a Parent Council Fundraising Subgroup. This small group of parents have been looking at fundraising ideas during the covid pandemic, like online quizzes or a virtual scavenger hunt. Claudia would please like parents to email her any fundraising ideas or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an ethos within the Parent Council that money raised will be spent that academic year so it can directly benefit your children at the school. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Have you been down to Eden Court to see our Wee Flags for Change on display? Can you spot your flag amongst 1000+ flags? These look amazing all together, each individual flag is part of something much bigger!
We have been learning ways in which to manage our emotions and choosing ones which suit us!
We have been learning that CS Lewis was a Christian and many of his books were inspired by stories from the bible! Here are the characters from the bible who are represented in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!
We have finished our posters about our beliefs and we are very proud of them! We have been exploring our own beliefs and learning to respect the beliefs of others.
We are very proud of our ‘the Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe!’ display!
Congratulations to Sarah and Lily! They are our Star Writers for their fabulous biographies about CS Lewis! Their biographies contained brilliant facts, written in their own words! They were also written in chronological order and in formal language! Well done girls!
Congratulations to Sarah and Ava! They are our Stars of the Weeks for their fabulous detailed artwork! Because it was so detailed, it look them a long time and it was hard work, but they stuck at it and the results were fabulous! Well done girls!
It is proposed that Tempest will visit the school on Tuesday 27th October for family group photographs and on Wednesday 28th October for individual photographs. This of course is subject to government guidelines.
What a busy term we have had getting to know each other and taking part in lots of fun, educational activities
We have continued to develop or addition and subtraction strategies. Last week we were using chimney sums to help us add and subtract bigger numbers. P4 absolutely LOVED this and were asking for more.
We have been developing our French vocabulary weekly and recently have been going over our numbers and greetings.
We took part in the Ness book fest and managed to read silently for a whole 20 minutes!!! Feedback from the kids was great. They loved the peaceful environment to enjoy their stories.
Our fun phonics groups have been working super hard revising their sounds and taking part in lots of fun activities with our super PSA, Mrs Macdonald.
As part of our health and well-being lessons we have been learning all about kindness and self esteem. We had to write down all the things we love about ourselves, what we are good at and what makes us unique!
Miss Graham came back to a lovely message on her computer from the class so it was only right that I gave the class a nice surprise with my note the next day.
I meant every word!
Take a look at our fabulous artwork inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow Rose. Isn’t it great!
We are appealing to all our local community for support. We would like to remind everyone to please park considerately when dropping off and/or picking up around the school area, and also following the Scot Gov. guidance on social distancing.
Unfortunately, some of our local residents are again experiencing issues in the streets nearby the school including cars being parked across driveways, on corners, near crossings etc., and also people not social distancing or where this is not possible there is no use of a face covering (for those that can).
As a school we value the positive relationship we have with our immediate school community and also local community members and as a Gold Rights Respecting School we would hope that parents/carers and children alike respect the rights and property of others and that there is mutual respect and consideration shown at all times.
Highland school pupils asked to self-isolate from school during term time, through Test & Protect, who are eligible to receive means-tested free school meals, will receive vouchers to cover their isolation period.
The Council will automatically pay £15 per pupil per week. Vouchers are paid to P1-3 pupils in receipt of school clothing grants and P4-S6 pupils in receipt of free school meals.
Highland Council’s Welfare Support Team can support low income families who may be eligible to apply but have not already claimed free school meals and school clothing grants.
We love having a story read to us every day and we also like to have a wee quiet read by ourselves sometimes.
We really enjoyed the story ‘Cock-a-doodle Don’t You Dare’ which we read this term for our book study. Poor Robbie the Rooster found it hard to crow and all the animals on the farm made fun of him. However, his friend Steve the Swan helped Robbie and we liked that the story had a happy ending. The power of friendship…
A form has been given to your oldest / only child today should you wish to order any school uniform. Please return any orders in a sealed envelope with the correct amount of money or cheque made payable to Lochardil Primary School by Friday the 9th October.
We had hoped to commence our hot lunch service next week however we will now commence this in term 2 as originally planned. Thank you for your continued patience on this matter to ensure the children’s safety.
Pr 7A are enjoying some independent reading time this morning to support the Ness Book Festival. We use EPIC books on our Chromebooks or enjoy a book from our class library. A book can take you anywhere! Let’s celebrate our love of reading.
Well done to all the classes who took part in the Sumdog competition this week. We have been placed 27th out of 3, 428 Scottish Schools! There were 56, 587 pupils who took part and answered 11, 021, 562 questions correctly.
Everyone put in the time and effort to get us up the leaderboard. A great way to finish our week!
As well as trying to catch Miss McLean’s Pr 7B class on the SUMDOG leaderboard, we are enjoying some outdoor maths this week. We played Ladders with a maths “twist” which ended in a draw. A tie-breaker was required!
We split into 2 groups. One group were recording and researching data (Is Faster Better?) using the cars in the staff car park. The other group were measuring and analysing speed and distance relative to our heights, shoe size and stride length. (Make a Bolt for it)
We are ready to share our Wee Flags for Change with Highland One World Group as they prepare an exhibition at Eden Court to celebrate the Sustainable Development Goals. Every stage of the school from ELC to Pr 7 has taken part. We made a pledge to help achieve the Goals and wrote our promises on the back of the flags.
From Monday 5th October we will be serving 1 hot meal option and 1 cold option for school meals.
This is a week earlier than originally planned as we shared at the start of term we would be serving hot meals from Term 2 onwards for here at Lochardil Primary.
All classes will transition to eating lunch back in the dining hall from tomorrow (Tuesday 29th Sept). This will still consist of a ‘Grab & Go’ option for this week and packed lunches.
Please support all children with independent learning skills such as using cutlery, opening packaging etc., table manners, and ensuring they recycle any waste where possible. This will support a smooth system for dining to operate.
Please see the attached temporary 4 week menu for Lochardil Primary.
We got going today with this competition and are very keen to do well! The maximum number of questions per pupil is 1,000. It closes at 8pm on Thursday 1 October. This has been set as homework for next week too. We hope we get a good placing on the leaderboard!
The office bearers have agreed to remain in place for another year to support the school and community during the Covid 19 situation. We are very grateful to our parents/carers for this. The 1st virtual meeting of this session will be held on Wednesday 30th September at 7pm using Google Meet. You are welcome to join us for the meeting. The link will be shared the day before the meeting. Thank you
We have been continuing to work on our counting and number recognition, as well as practising our number formation.
We have also had lots of fun with the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’. We came up with our own actions for retelling the nursery rhyme, then we made our own versions of Hey Diddle Diddle using a story map to help us!
The girls and boys have also been busy learning how to blend their sounds together!
Please could you return any outstanding annual data forms and emergency contact forms to the school as soon as possible.
It is of vital importance that we have this information for each child to keep our records up to date and hold a file of emergency contacts should we ever need to close in an emergency. Many thanks in advance.
We were able to understand some more about the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers through playing the “Refugee” game. We each had a different situation to have dealt with and why we needed to escape to safety. We then had to make our way around the board facing setbacks, helping hands and even disasters. We picked 6 items we could take with us for our luggage but some of us lost everything as our boat capsized at the start.