Primary 1 have had a busy week learning about the stories of Hamish McHaggis.  He travels around Scotland in a Whirry Bang, a wonderful little vehicle that can fly!  The children drew some Whirry Bangs and spent some time creating their version using construction materials.  They listened to the story of Hamish McHaggis and the Search for the Loch Ness Monster and then created some monster shapes in the playground using chalk.  They had to estimate which was the longest one and then they were helped by some friends from GM3 to measure their monsters in metres.  The longest Nessie was created by J-J, Archie, Haylee and Grace and measured a fantastic 11 metres long! Well done everyone and thank you Esther, Elena and Kirsty for showing the Primary 1 children how to measure their monsters.

Mrs MacInnes

Following on from last week’s very interesting assembly about internet safety which the Technology Team delivered so well, Primary 1 have been learning more about keeping safe whilst they are online.  Today they learned a song which gives very good advice about asking a grown up for help.  Here is a video of Primary 1 singing their Internet safety song

Mrs MacInnes

We had a fantastic day on Wednesday last week where we spent time doing different types of unstructured play across different areas of the school. The children played in mixed groups of p1-7 and it was fantastic to see some of the older children engaging with younger pupils and taking the time to play with them too.

Teachers and support staff also enjoyed having the chance to be creative/play games with the children also.

We didn’t manage to take many photos as we were so busy having fun playing, but here are some photos we did take during Global Day of Play 2019!


Primary 1 went out this morning to collect some icy snow and put it in jars.  They then wrapped one of the jars in cotton wool and guessed which jar of snow would melt first.  Seventeen people thought the snowman jar wrapped in cotton wool would melt first because “we get warm when we put our coats on”.  Throughout the day we kept checking to see what was happening.  At break time the uncovered snowman had melted a lot and the covered one was still very icy.  After lunch the uncovered snowman had completely melted but the covered one was still quite a large icy block.  We checked for the final time at 3 o’clock and much to everyone’s amazement the covered snowman jar still had some ice inside it!  The jar was very cold and even the cotton wool felt cold. There was a lot of talking about insulation to keep things cold or warm.  Hopefully everyone will stay warm at the weekend and enjoy what is left of the snow.

Mrs MacInnes

Primary 1 took advantage of the snow this morning and went outside with their P6/7 buddies to have a go at building snowmen.  Unfortunately the snow wasn’t really suitable for snowman building but there was lots of creativity shown and a variety of snow sculptures started to appear.  We had a tiny snowman and his little snow house and a snow plesiosauraus amongst other things!  It is always fun to work together outside, especially when the sun is shining.

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P6 didn’t let the snow stop us today as we went hunting for angles in the environment. We found a mixture of acute, obtuse, right, straight and reflex angles! The children quickly realised that there are angles everywhere if you know what to look for (especially in the tree branches)! Here are some photos of the angles we found and a few we drew in the snow too.

Miss Young



P5 enjoyed the opportunity to learn in the snow today, this linked in really well with our Antarctica topic. They learnt about negative numbers by measuring the temperature, some pupils experimented with melting and freezing and used salt to speed up the melting process. Other groups made angles in the snow and used a large outdoor protractor to measure the degrees. They all finished off with some unstructured play and made some snow sculptures. Mrs Amos.


P6/7M looked at the art of Chuck Close this week and created their own version of his art. Working together they took responsibility for a section of the picture, decorating it anyway they wanted but making sure they used a combination of light and dark colours to produce the face. We are quite impressed by the way it turned out!

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Millbank Primary School
Millbank Crescent
IV12 4QB
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