Urquhart Castle, Tennis Festival and Soccer Aid

What a week! On Wednesday we had our exciting trip to Urquhart Castle which was part of this term’s topic work. We took the Jacobite Cruise boat from Tomnahurich Bridge to Urquhart Castle and spent the day exploring the castle and learning about artifacts found around the site. There were lots of tourists about and we learned it is one of the most popular places for tourists in the area to visit.












On Thursday we went to Bellfield Park for a Tennis Festival organised by Lizzie and Mike. Central Primary and Hilton Primary were also there and we had great fun playing lots of tennis activities and challenges!









Today we had a Soccer Aid activity morning; all classes were mixed into 18 teams and our school field was laid out with different activities, all football related, for us to have a go at! Ruthven House and the Caley Thistle Support Team organised it all and we had the Nessy mascot paid us a visit too!

Design Challenge & Sporting Success

As part of the’s term’s project we were set a fabric design challenge to make something child friendly for holiday accommodation. The entries were imaginative, exciting and all things we would love to find in a tent, caravan, B&B or hotel when we are on holiday! Here we are posing with our fabulous work!

Elle won the weekly hockey trophy at her training session last week! Well done, Elle! 

This weekend, Jayden, Mia and Elle all received medals for participating in the Perth Gymfest. Well done girls! You always make our school proud when you represent us in gymnastics! 

Jayden is part of a cheerleading team and recently she was awarded two medals for cheerleading competitions – Ice Extravaganza and Cheer Festival! Congratulations Jayden. We are very proud of you! 


We had a wonderful town trip on Friday! First we took the service bus to Inverness city centre, then we walked to the Town House for a tour from Deputy Provost Councillor Graham Ross, who wore his impressive chain of office,  and Agnes Swanson. We were so impressed with the amazing newly renovated building, function hall, council chambers and staircase not to mention the many huge portraits and other artifacts Councillor Ross pointed out to us. We were allowed to sit in the councillors’ chairs and Rowan sat in Provost Helen Carmichael’s seat! 

We then continued on to the Castle Viewpoint and the rooms information rooms there. Some of us were a little wary of the height we looked down from but we all went up to the Viewpoint! We divided into groups and while some visited the castle the rest of us went to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. We were fascinated with the variety of artifacts and art work. There was a special World War Two children’s hands-on display which we really liked.

To finish our trip we walked to Bellfield Park for a picnic lunch and a long play time! We had a great day out! Here are a few pictures we chose to share. 



Anti-bullying Workshop, Tennis lessons & Town Trip

It may be only 4 days long this week with our lovely May Day holiday on Monday but we have been super busy in P5! We completed our INVERNESS information posters, we took part in an anti-bullying workshop with a disability group and we had our first of 4 tennis lessons with Mike from the Inverness Tennis Club! It’s all go in Primary 5! Tomorrow we are off on our investigative trip to Inverness Town Hall, Inverness Castle and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery as part of our topic work on Inverness. 

P5 Term 4 Overview

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P5 Artistic Success!

As promised here are some photos of Rowan receiving his certificate as one of the runners-up at the ‘National John Byrnes Art Competition!

Well done, Rowan! 

Designer Eggs!

Today our creative eggs were judged and our top winners were – Lily with her swimming pool and swimmers, Kai with his World War Tank Eggs and Francine with her Minion display! Congratulations to all 3 winners! In second place we had Poppy with her sweet shop, Amy with her Harry Eggs Shop and Max with Bat Egg! Thank you to everyone who made the effort – it was really difficult for the 8 judges to come up with winners! Happy Easter everybody!


Huge congratulations to Rowan in our class who has been named as a runner up in the National John Byrne’s Art Competition! Rowan will travel to Paisley on Wednesday, 28th March to receive his certificate from John Byrne himself! His art will be displayed at the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery along with the other runner ups and the competition winners. Well done, Rowan! We are very proud of you!


This week we had a wonderful day with the Scottish Opera who prepared us for 2 performances of ‘The Dragon of the Western Sea‘ for Lochardil pupils and families. In the morning we rehearsed the movements all together in one workshop, then we divided into our 3 groups of Pirates, Indians and Africans to learn the choreography of each group. After lunch we walked to the Christian Culduthel Centre for a dress rehearsal for the P4s and P7s then we had our families as our audience in the final show! Our costumes were really colourful and helped us to act our parts with enthusiasm. The audiences gave us standing ovations and we are all very proud of ourselves! Thank you very much to the Scottish Opera for sharing their wonderful show with us!

P5 News

Elle took part in the Inverness 5K this weekend and raised £48 for Inverness Gymnastic Club equipment! She completed the run in 36 minutes 42 seconds and we are very proud of her! Well done, Elle!

On Wednesday, 14th March, the Scottish Opera are coming to prepare us for a performance of “The Dragon of the Western Sea!” We are all very excited about it and our parents show starts at 2.10pm. 

Next week we have Open Hour from 3-4pm on Tuesday 20th March for parents/carers to view our Rights Respecting Wall Displays based on themes from our book studies.


Our new STAR PUPILS for this month are – Harry and Kirsty! They received their awards this afternoon from Miss Melville for being conscientious workers, displaying excellent manners and behaviour and for getting 10/10 for their Creative Scot Fact File! Harry’s was about Alexander Graham Bell and Kirsty’s was on J. M Barrie. Congratulations to you both. Very well deserved!

Fundraising for the Highland Hospice!

Abi and her brother Josh (P5/6) raised £62.71 for the Highland Hospice by holding a raffle with prizes they bought with their own money! We are so very proud of you for thinking of others and displaying caring citizenship skills by thinking of others who are less fortunate than ourselves. You are both excellent examples of the behaviour we expect Lochardil pupils to aspire to. Very well done, Abi and Josh!



We have had an exciting day with Barbara Henderson, a local published author, visiting us! Our class have started her novel, PUNCH, and we are on chapter 3 already. This afternoon in a special assembly, we played Blind Book Date with Barbara! It was great fun! We dressed up as book characters and worked in teams of 4 to record our favourite books, authors, reading places, type of books and author’s craft. Here are some photos of us enjoying World Book Day.


Lily brought in some Chinese writing and artwork from her grandmother to share with us as it was the Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Dog. We are not sure if the writing is the right way up!



Friday – P5 SWIMMING

Just a reminder that P5 will be swimming at the Inverness Leisure Club for the next 8 school weeks on Fridays. Pupils are asked for a £2 contribution towards bus costs which can be paid in advance or weekly. On Fridays we will be having an early lunch from 12noon – 12.35pm. Thank you very much to all the parents/carers who volunteered to accompany us!

Star Pupils & Highland Schools Gymnastics Heats 

Max and Michael were our STAR PUPILS for January! Both boys show a positive attitude in tasks, are supportive of others, conscientious workers and very well-mannered pupils and are valued members of the P5 class. Well deserved, boys! Keep up the good work and exemplary manners!

Elle, Mia and Jayden had a busy day yesterday at the Highland Schools Gymnastic Regional Heats with the Lochardil Teams and Mia qualified for the May Scottish Schools Gymnastics Finals in Perth. Well done girls and all the best for the finals, Mia!

P5 Dancers & Gymnasts

Eilish took her Silver BATD (The British Association of Teachers of Dancing) medal and certificate to show us today. She had the dancing exam in the October holidays but was only awarded the medal and certificate at her dance class in North Kessock Hall on Friday. Well done, Eilish. We are very proud of you! 

This afternoon we watched the Lochardil gymnasts going through their routines in preparation for their qualification competition at the beginning of February. Their displays were quite spectacular and we wish them every success.

Term 3 Overview

Please find the P5 Term 3 Overview attached. If there are any questions you would like to ask there will be an opportunity at the Parent/Teacher meetings next week or contact Mrs Martin-Hodgson via telephone or note.

Learning-Overview-P5-Term-3 Jan 2018


We hope everyone had a great holiday and all pupils are well rested! They have already written New Year Resolutions and displayed them in class to remind everyone what they intend to do or change this year.

We had a wonderful afternoon on Friday at the Tennis Festival organised by Lizzie and Mike at the Inverness Tennis Academy. Here are some photographs they sent us.

Last Week of Term!

We have had a wonderful week beginning with the P5 Class Party on Monday! We danced The Military Two Step, The Canadian Barn Dance and the  Virginia Reel. We played Pass the Parcel, Festive Corners and Musical Arms and Knees! Our Festive Feast  was laid out in the P5 and P5/6 classrooms and we finished the party with a Dancing Competition to decide on the Disco King and Queen! Here are some photos of the afternoon.We also made some lovely Christmas Cards and a special craft item which I will not describe – as it may be someone’s gift!



The first 3 groups have presented their Christmas Craft Challenges and we are so impressed with the planning and work that has gone into it! There are advent calendars, felt tree decorations, a snowdog and a variety of other great ideas! Well done P5 pupils!


Our STAR PUPILS for November and December are Francine & Abi! Francine was voted by P5 for being caring, helpful, kind, loving, positive, supportive and hardworking and Abi was voted for striving and working conscientiously on all tasks, striving for high standards, being supportive and helpful to others and volunteering with a positive attitude in class! Well done girls – you deserve your STAR PUPIL AWARDS!

Christmas Craft Challenge, Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumpers!

We’ve had fun today wearing our Christmas Jumpers, enjoying a delicious Christmas Lunch and showing off our Christmas Craft! In the afternoon Broom House organised a Christmas Talent Show; Francine and Kirsty C represented our class with a medley of Christmas songs accompanied by Kirsty on the piano then everyone joined in the final song of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas!’

Open Afternoon

Just a wee reminder that you are invited to our classroom on Thursday 7th December as part of our school Open Afternoon from 2.00 to 2.45 p.m.

I look forward to meeting you all.


The class have been learning about Islam and the festival of Ramadan. Today, we received a visit from an Imam who told us all about his religion and answered our questions about Ramadan!

Bonfire Night Top Tips

This week we have written our Bonfire Night Top Tips in our writing lesson and the 3 people who did the best have compiled a list to share on our blog. Well done, Elle, Victoria and Ryan!

Bonfire Night Safety – Blog – Elle, Ryan & Victoria

Autumn Art

We are proud of the pictures we made with autumn leaves this week! Some pupils collaborated on a larger picture and others made individual pictures or bookmarks.


P5 Termly Overview

The P5 Termly Overview is attached for parents to have a better idea of the work and weekly routine of P5.

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Highland Dancing Champion

Eilish returned from holiday with a haul of medals and the Clauchan Shield from the Nevis Highland Dancing Competition in Fort William this weekend! Very well done, Eilish! We are very impressed and proud of you!


We have had 3 birthdays during the October holidays and 2 more tomorrow! Everyone is getting older and wiser in P5! This week we will be writing about our holiday highlights in our personal diaries and we have had some interesting stories this morning about holiday adventures! We are looking forward to an exciting term with our Customs and Celebrations topic.


Well done Tommy and Elle for each receiving a STAR PUPIL AWARD at assembly on the last day of term. Tommy received his for excellent preparation and delivery of his Eiffel Tower presentation last week and Elle was awarded hers for superior organisational skills, a conscious effort to do her best in all tasks and for a super presentation on Braille! Congratulations to you both. We are very proud of you!

Ryan received a Leaving Certificate from Mrs Kellacher as he is moving house and going to a new school next term. We wish you well and we will miss you, Ryan!



Today we held a FRENCH DAY and had great fun dressing ‘French’, sampling French bread, cheeses, jam, grapes and treats! We also played Guess the Grapes in the Box, Pin the Moustache on the Frenchman, Quelle heure est-il M. Le Loup and other activities. We would like to thank TESCO for donating a £20 gift voucherfor Mrs M-H to buy the food samples! Here is some photogrtaphic evidence of our day! 




Fighting Fit!

Abi came to school with a heavy, impressive medal this morning and we celebrated her weekend success! She took part in a Kickboxing Points Competition in Elgin and after 3 fights she came 3rd in the 9-11 age group. Next weekend she travels to Forres for a Kickboxing contact competition. Congratulations, Abi, and good luck next weekend!


It’s good to be active and this weekend we had some children who ran a 5K race at Park Run, cycled with family or took part in dancing activities. Well done to those who were active – you are all an inspiration to others!

It’s Open Morning tomorrow from 11am until 11.45am. Come and admire our writing work and classroom displays! 

We are having our FRENCH DAY on Friday, 6th October. Pupils may come dressed ‘French’ which means anything with  a French connection – red, blue & white, striped, chic, etc. No snacks required as TESCO is donating some French food for us to sample! 


All pupils have prepared and delivered a France or Food presentation this week and we have enjoyed some wonderful samples of food. Tarte Tartin from Ryan, homemade croissants from Kirsty M, homemade bread from Abi, chocolate brownies from Kirsty C, brioche from Max homemade cookies from Charlotte and Gummy Bears from Aidan! We have enjoyed wonderful powerpoints, lego models and great posters. here are some photographs of the presenters!







This week we are all delivering a presentation connected to our France & Food topic. Everyone was asked to prepare and present a 3 minute talk to the class followed by a question and answer session which is then assessed by the class on a matrix! So far we have had 12 brilliant presentations ranging from ‘Louis Braille‘ to ‘The History of Tarte Tartin. Here are Monday and Tuesday’s fabulous presenters. 



Tomorrow we have a very special presentation and interview session with Dr Goudie from Raigmore Hospital! He is coming to talk about what can go wrong with our digestive systems, which we have been learning about in Science lessons!

Please remember we have our OPEN MORNING next Tuesday, 3rd October from 11am until 11.45am. All parents very welcome to visit our classroom.



We have had a wonderful drama from Hopscotch Theatre this morning performing ‘Rights of the Child‘ which was all about SHANARRI  Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included. Rowan was one of the volunteers selected to take part in the rights demonstration in New York! 






Ryan is our first STAR PUPIL! He was awarded his certificate for making a determined effort to do his best in tasks, for supporting a new pupil and for doing so well with his writing and spelling! Well done, Ryan. We are very proud of you!



We are very proud of our Monet pictures! We made them by painting, crayon detailing and print pressing flowers. Here are a few photographs of the first few displayed in our corridor. 



Term 1 Overview

At the end of week 2 we realise we have been so busy we have not had time to blog! Our Class Charter is on display and we have all signed the agreement to respect it, we have started our Monet Waterlilies artwork and we all know a bit about the geography of France!


The P5 Overview is attached for you to have a better understanding of what we will be doing this term. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school or write a not in your child’s homework diary.

Learning-Overview-P5-term-1 2017


The sun is shining and we are smiling! It’s been a busy day in P5 catching up with old friends and meeting new ones! We are becoming familiar with our new classroom (Room 10) and have been working in teams of 4 to make team shields. We also shared our holiday highlights and Abi has been very successful winning 2 martial arts trophies!







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