Mrs MacInnes

It has been a very busy first 4 weeks for Primary 1 as they settle in to school life. They are learning all about being independent and making new friends. The P6 Buddies and the P7 Junior Leaders have been a huge help in getting the children settled and are a fantastic support in the playground and the canteen. Thank you all very much!

Primary 1 love to play and invent new games with the toys and equipment we have at school, outdoors and indoors. We have been on a bear hunt in the school grounds, explored the garden and outdoor classroom, built many models and drawns dozens of pictures. We listened to Gordon, the storyteller who came into school as part of the Book and Arts Festival and loved his stories about the Lady of the Sea and about the Jellyfish and the Monkeys. Everyone loves listening to stories!

Here are a selection of photos which show some of the things we have been doing over the last 4 weeks.

The first two weeks of the Summer Term have been a super busy time for Primary 1. The children have been exploring the school grounds hunting for all the different signs of Spring and love finding out about all things to do with nature. “I love nature,” was the quote of the week during week 1 and during week 2 there was the excitement of planting lots of seeds, some for our school garden and some to take home. Primary 1, along with P1/2 and GM 1-3 are taking part in Virtual Pumpkin Planting which is being hosted by Loch Ness Pumpkins. On Thursday, the class planted their pumpkin seed whilst Barbara from Loch Ness Pumpkins gave us step by step instructions. We have our fingers crossed that our pumpkin grows well! As well as learning all about plants, the children have been continuing to impress us all with their phonics, writing, maths, co-operative skills and also with all the amazing pictures and models they keep creating. Well done P1, you are all superstars!

Primary 1 had a super fun day today thanks to the group of Primary 7s who, with the help of Mrs Laws, organised lots of fun activities for them to take part in. The children really enjoyed having a go at designing red noses, tried a fun wordsearch for the first time, took part in a very enjoyable Kahoot quiz, listened to some very funny jokes and had some free play on the field. All of these were lots of fun but the favourite activity today was the red nose scavenger hunt which spelt out the phrase “Keep Smiling” and that’s just what we shall do! Thank you Mrs Laws and P7 for keeping us busy all day and many thanks to our families for their donations to Comic Relief. Have a really lovely weekend everyone.

P1 have had a really exciting day filled with dancing, party games, party food and best of all, the huge surprise of a letter, video message AND presents from Santa! All the children had a wonderful afternoon and I would think they will be quite tired tonight! Have a super weekend everyone, only 7 more sleeps until the big day! 🎅🎄🎁 

Happiness Day was such a fun day in Primary 1. We started with an online quiz created by Mrs McPherson with questions all about happiness and Christmas. All the classes with children in primaries 1, 2 and 3 took part and after being in 3rd or 4th place throughout the quiz, after the final question P1 were just delighted to find out that they had won the quiz! The rest of the day consisted of games, art activities, a circle time with Miss Allison and a long play session on the field. It really was lots of fun and the children certainly looked and sounded very happy all day.

Primary 1 have had a really lovely week of activities based around books to celebrate Book Week Scotland. On Monday, they were delighted to hear the lovely story of “The Girl Who Stole the Stars” being read to them by the author and illustrator, Corrina Campbell. Thank you Corrina for coming to our school to read your story and especially for letting us join in with actions while you were reading the book.

During the week Miss Allison has based lots of activities around the non-fiction book, “My First Book of Birds” and the children have thoroughly enjoyed them. They went on a bird hunt, made some bird feeders to hang up on trees around the school, created a beautiful collage bird, wrote amazing imaginative stories about bird adventures and built some super birds’ nests. They have also listened to the other stories from the Bookbug bag; “Brenda the Sheep” and “This is a Dog”, both of which they enjoyed very much. They listened to the Gaelic version of “This is a Dog” too and were delighted to learn some new words. It has been a super busy week but has been such fun too!

It has been a very busy and happy week in P1. We have been outside frequently and have enjoyed lots of fun learning activities about Hallowe’en. The children helped to carve our class pumpkin and enjoyed using their senses to describe how the pumpkin smelt, looked and felt. The pumpkin art the children created is really effective! They have been busy learning about more and less in maths and today went on a Hallowe’en scavenger hunt and used tally marks to record what they found. Lots of fun was had trying to match objects in the garden to different colours and we ended the week by enjoying the movie version of a favourite story, Room on the Broom. I hope everyone has a really happy and safe Hallowe’en weekend.

Primary 1 have been enjoying story time with our buddies. Of course this year our time with buddies is very different and we are so lucky that the buddies and prefects have been recording stories for us on their Chromebooks and then sharing them with us on our shared classroom. Technology really can be so helpful!

I do hope that everyone has a really happy and healthy October holiday and will look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 26th October.

P1 had a fantastic day of learning activities outdoors today. We would like to say a huge thank you to P7 pupils and teachers for all their hard work organising everything so well and for the lovely variety of activities. To tie in with Maths Week Scotland we had a shape hunt and some data handling to do and I was really impressed with the information the P1 children could tell me from the bar chart they made. These activities, along with dancing, yoga, art, races, hunting for nouns, verbs and phonics meant that everyone had a brilliant day! Very well done P7, your leaderships skills are impressive and you gave P1 a very happy time for their first activity day at Millbank. #MathsWeekScotland

It has been a busy two days for Primary 1 and we have been making the most of the lovely weather by taking our learning ourside. This week it is Maths Week Scotland and we are focusing on our number of the day. Monday’s number was 7 and Tuesday’s was 8. The children had lots of fun working out as many ways as possible of finding the number. They used a lot of different resources and the photos show a selection of all the interesting ways they have shown their understanding of the numbers. The children also spent some time having fun with the water tray whilst exploring what the words full, half full, empty, more and less mean. They had the perfect weather for having fun filling, emptying and splashing!

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