P6 had great fun last Thursday afternoon when we took part in a Shinty Taster Session with Ian. We didn’t really know much about shinty and we learnt that it is very different to hockey. A shinty stick is called Caman and the ball is not as hard as it looks, thankfully! After a fun warm up we took part in some activities to practise some basic skills including standing in the ready position, dribbling, blocking and passing to each other. We are really looking forward to our next session next Thursday and some of us are really looking forward to joining the shinty after school club when it starts.

Last Friday the class enjoyed a fantastic day of programming their robots, measuring and problem solving.

Congratulations to Abi, Beth and Jasmin on winning the competition and managing to get their programming of Lupe just right! Connor and Mason were a very close second with Ion and Sophie and Rhea another 0.1cm behind them with Momo.

They all worked exceptionally well in their groups and were great ambassadors for Millbank Primary School. A highly educational and fun day in many ways!

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.


We have had a busy start to P5, getting back into the swing of daily routines and learning.

In our numeracy we have had a focus on addition and subtraction using formal methods and setting them out correctly. Everyone has really worked hard on this! In our problem solving we had been looking at using guess and check/trial and error and creating grids to help us solve problems.

In our writing we looked at a warning story called Kassim and the Greedy Dragon, we looked at the structure of this and then used our own ideas to write our own warning stories.

We had a STEM challenge to see who could make the tallest tower out of some A4 paper and Sellotape. The winner was a whopping 78cm! We had to think about making a solid and wide base to start with and came up with some very interesting designs, some more successful than others!

We choose to have a look at the Titanic for our IDL this term and have been learning lots about that. We had great fun learning about buoyancy and designing our own boat hulls out of foil. We had a competition to see which boat could take the most weight before sinking.

This week, as part of the Book and Arts Festival, we had a visit from Toad who talked to us about Storm’s arrival on Sunday and helped us make sea creature masks for this. We looked at lots of models of different sea creatures and then used them to create our own fab sea creature masks.

Here are some pictures:

P7 really enjoyed having author Barbara Henderson in today to talk about her books and how to be a successful writer or blogger. She was really inspiring and enthusiastic, using drama and active learning to engage the children. P7 were fab and set a great example for Millbank 🙂 Mrs Amos

Gardening club met yesterday for the first time in 18 months to say goodbye to our 4 P7 gardeners. We finally got to try out the fire pit and it was really lovely to see everyone again. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we can re-start gardening club😁


The P7 leavers assembly is available on Google Classroom for you all to watch. Please ask your child to login using their Chromebook details. Enjoy.

The P7s had a super day at Fairburn and they all behaved so well and set a great example for Millbank. Well done to them all 😃 and a lovely day for it too 😀.

P5/6 still enjoyed their sports afternoon even if it was slightly different to usual.

Well done for creating your own potted sports!

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Millbank Primary School
Millbank Crescent
IV12 4QB
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