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Primary 5/4 Weekly Blog

Last week’s blog wasn’t working for me as my google account went bonkers. However, I caught up on Monday so last week’s pictures etc will be there if you look at the p5/4 blog.

We shifted topic from ‘time’ this week, and had a look at ‘angles.’ The children are using a right angle measure that they made themselves, to find right angles in the room.

We were looking at Op Art in class, and made an optical illusion of our own.

You will be delighted to read our battle scenes that we have been working on all this week. The children are trying to tick ALL the writing boxes, for this piece of work that’s going home!

Have a lovely weekend!

Guidance from Highland Council – Flu Vaccination

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.”

Further information about flu vaccination for pre-school children is available on the NHS Inform website at

ELC – Forest Session – Week 3

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.

Muddy weather!

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!

P3A Weekly Update

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.

Telephone maintenance – Wednesday 18th November

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding

Pre Loved School Uniform

We have a large selection of pre loved school uniform to sell for school funds at £1 an item.

If you let us know what you require by email to we can make a bag up to send home with your child.

Bags will be made up on a first come first served basis.

Payment should be handed to the class teacher in a clearly named envelope for the attention of the school office by cash or cheque ( made payable to Lochardil Primary School).

We have the following items available in various sizes ;

White polo with logo

Purple polo with logo

School logo sweatshirt

School logo cardi

Knitted cardi

Skirt/pinafore/girls trouser

Boys trouser/ school shorts

Thank you in advance.

OOSC – 13.11.2020

Hello everyone! Hope you are getting on well.

We have been doing some really amazing pictures with chalks and oil pastels this week which the children have really enjoyed – apologies for any messy uniforms!

Brilliant dolphin picture, Janet!
Working hard!
Kenny! There’s red handprints on your jumper!
Cool building with the plus plus blocks, boys!
“I am doing mummy and daddy”
Lily was pleased to find a woodlouse!

Thanks all, keep safe.

OOSC staff

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

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!

Children in Need

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 Community Project

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 to help shape plans for the site or register interest in getting involved.

Parent Council Meeting

Our next Parent Council meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November.

Due to Covid restrictions, we will host a video meeting through Google Classrooms.

If you have any comments, queries, concerns or feedback please contact or

Look forward to seeing you there

From the Parent Council Committee

Primary 5/4 Weekly Blog AND Termly Overview

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.

ELC – Our Week

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.

Your school needs you!

Bikeability Training – volunteers required

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.

Please help keep our children safe on the roads.

Thank you.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

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.

Thank you!
From P5 and Miss MacArthur

P6/5 – Outdoor Classroom Day

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.

Tempest Photographs

We hope you are pleased with your child’s photograph which was sent home last week.

Did you know………………… by buying your child’s school photograph, you are helping the school?

For every photograph order placed, the school receive a commission, which we then use to enhance learning and teaching experiences in all classes.

Please remember, to avoid paying a late return fee, that the cut off date for online/envelope orders is Friday 6th November.

Due to Covid-19, where possible, please use online ordering to minimize all transfer contact.

Thank you for your support

ELC – Face Coverings

As you may have already read, the Highland Council have issued updated guidance on school safety to take into account 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.”

With this in mind, may we politely ask that face coverings are worn for drop off and pick up to the ELC building and when walking through the school grounds, unless exempt from doing so.

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.

Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Parents/ Carers

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.

P6/5 Emotion Works – The Cube

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.

P4 learning

We have had a great week back after the holidays. 

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) ?

Have a lovely weekend! 

The Scottish Poppy Appeal 2020

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.

P7B – Term 2 – Week 1

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.

Friday Fun

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.

New Topic

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.

School Photographs

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.

Tempest Photo Order

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 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.


With Autumn taking hold and Winter very nearly upon us, it is even more important for children to be equipped for the ever changing weather conditions.

Please ensure your child wears suitable footwear for the weather and has a warm jacket with them each day. Please also discuss the importance of keeping warm and dry with your child.

Children should also carry a change of clothing where possible, including a spare pair of socks and indoor shoes.

Welcome Back P6/5

It has been lovely to see lots of smiley faces back in school after the October break. P6/5 have got straight back into the swing of things, with lots of hard work already this week.

Our new topic for term 2 is ‘Scots who changed the world’.

P6/5 have had group discussions to decide who they would like to learn more about.

This week we have started to learn about Mary Seacole. She looked after wounded and sick soldiers during the Crimean War. Her Dad was Scottish and her Mum was Jamaican.

The children worked in groups to research the work of Mary Seacole and then made posters to share their learning.
I am always so impressed with how well this class work together on projects like this. Excellent co-operative learning and team work!

We studied the work of expressionist artist Alma Thomas and created our own art inspired by her colourful style. Alma believed that creativity should be independent of gender or race.

Busy creating masterpieces!

In PE, P6/5 enjoyed skipping to music. There was lots of competition to see who could skip for the longest without stopping.

Blythswood shoebox appeal

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

Primary 5 are organising this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal!

The Blythswood Shoebox appeal helps make Christmas a special time to those in need.

You have been given a leaflet, which tells you all about the Blythswood Shoebox appeal, how to make your shoebox and a checklist of things to include.

There are extra leaflets available at the office for anyone who needs.

We would be very grateful for any donations of filled shoeboxes, or any items which could help to fill a shoebox.

Please hand in all items and shoeboxes by Friday the 6th of November.

Thank you very much!

Love from Primary 5!

ELC-P7 Friday 30th October – Dress up or dress down!

At this time of year our P7 pupils would normally organise a Fancy Dress Disco for all pupils and ELC.

Free Fancy Dress Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on Clipart  Library

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!)

Donation clipart food bank, Picture #2620285 donation clipart food bank

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.

Pr 7A School Photographs, Book fair and Dress Down Day

Welcome back! We hope you all had a super break. Week 1 updates and reminders – thank you for all your ongoing support.

School photographer

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.


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.


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)

Lochardil Parent Council Fundraising

Lochardil Parent Council Fundraising

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, and many more), a donation is made to the school.  Please visit 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

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.


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!

P4 learning journey

We made it to the holidays! 

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! 

Here we are in PE working on our fitness

Car Parking around the school area

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.

Thank you for your continued support.

Highland pupils, eligible for free school meals, to receive vouchers if they are asked to self-isolate

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.

They can be contacted on 0800 090 1004 or by email to

P1B love books!

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…

Pr 7A Maths Week Scotland

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)

School Meals Update

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.


In Primary 4 we have started our learning journey in addition and subtraction. We have been looking at a range of different strategies to help us when adding and subtracting big numbers. 

We have also enjoyed doing the daily 10 to develop our mental math. 

In PE this week we were working on our hand eye coordination and throwing skills. We had to take our time to get the beanbag into the hoop and earn points for our team. 

This was great fun! 

We completed our first session of resilient kids and everyone loved it. I keep being asked when our second session is! 

We looked at positive and negative emotions and related these to real life contexts. 

In these photos you can see us using facial expression to show different emotions. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be doing a lot of work on kindness. We have discussed the positive emotions we feel from being kind. 

We have even created our own posters to display in the school, showing others how they can spread kindness. 

Pr 7A Invite to Parent Council Meeting

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

P1A What We Have Been Learning

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!

Pr 7A Refugee Safe Place Game

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.