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.
Thank you to everyone who bought a book at our Book Fairs! We have just received an order based on commission from the Fairs, of full sets of group readers, as well as books for our Nursery. The children (and teachers!) are itching to get their hands on them!
A drop-in session will take place at Holm Primary School on Wednesday 15 January 2020 from 2.30 – 5 pm where there will be an opportunity to see the plans for the new Ness Castle Primary School. All are welcome.
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.
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 www.bellfieldparktennis.co.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Lots of our classes contributed to our beautiful Christmas tree display this year. Each child wrote a wish for the world in the centre of their star. And the tree is decorated with our global goals and emotion works cogs.
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.
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!
It all looked a bit odd but lots of fun in the MUGA today as the Broom House Captains organised some events to link with our “Pants” appeal. Please donate some packets of children’s pants to help the Smalls for All Charity. We can help give children the education they are entitled to.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 5th December on our open afternoon 2.00pm -2.45pm we invite P7A parents to enjoy our performance of Horrid Herod before hand from1.30pm until 2pm. This will allow you to visit other classes should you need to.
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
We are very lucky this term as we will be receiving some tennis coaching every Friday for the next 4 weeks. Please ensure your child comes to school with their full PE kit and a change of indoor shoes.
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.
Thank you to everyone who collected the stickers from Aldi recently. We have managed to fill the poster with 300 stickers! We will be entered into a prize draw to win £20,000 for our school and we will receive a Sports kit too. The ECO Team appreciate your help.
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.
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.
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.
Well done to Lily, Freya, Katie, Erin and Ayla who spoke at our assembly today about the work of Blythswood and our fundraising plans for Children in Need. They all spoke so confidently and clearly. Well done!
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.
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!).
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.
In the lead up to Remembrance Sunday on 11th November poppies will be available in school, by donation, from Monday 4th November. P7 pupils will visit the classes each morning to allow pupils to donate and receive their poppy.
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.
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.
We have used some of the £100 Parent Council Money given to each class, to buy books to refresh our class library. Our selection has come from local some charity shops. We look forward to some great reads.
Today at assembly all children showed good sitting and listening to Mrs Kellacher. Alfie was very happy and proud to receive the Pupil of the Month certificate as he has been showing good progression and doing his best, we are very proud of him. We wish you all a safe and fun holiday, see you in two weeks :).
Please use the link below to access the consent form for this activity. Completed forms should be returned to the school office by Thursday 31st October. Due to the restricted amount of places available, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis
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!