We are settling in to our newly refurbished ELC room well. We have discussed with the children what we need to do to take care of our new room, they have given us lots of ideas and we created a small wall display of their work.
We are also learning about the body, the children were asked what they wanted to learn, we had a vote and the body won.

Attached are some recent pictures of the children having fun learning!

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!

Abair spòrs a bh’ againn airson Latha Na Cruinne! Bha sinn cho fortanach gun robh a’ ghrian a’ deàrrsadh gum b’ urrainn dhuinn an leasan againn  a dhèanamh a-muigh!  Mar chlas dh’ aontaich sinn gum b’ urrainn dhuinn tuilleadh a dhèanamh mar chlas gus ar saoghal a chumail fallain!  As dèidh làimhe chosg sinn beagan ùine sa ghàrradh àlainn againn airson ealain a dhèanamh air nàdar a bha mu thimcheall oirnn!

What fun we had for Earth Day!  We were so fortunate to have the sun shining that we were able to do our lesson outside! As a class we have agreed we can do more to keep our earth healthy. After that we spent some time in our school garden sketching the nature we saw around us.

A busy few weeks since returning from lockdown…

Inspired by Billy Monger and his fantastic work for Comic Relief, we enjoyed making some prosthetic hands.

Another STEM activity with some bridge building…

Spring art and the messy job of making our Easter bunny egg cups!

More STEM as we all had a go at as we had a go at creating our own vases for our Easter cards. Here are some of our prototypes…

and here are our finished cards.

Happy Easter everyone!

This term we have been reading a book called The Boy Who Grew Dragons and doing lots of growing and dragon related activities. We fixed the pond and put some frog spawn in it but we’ll need more and a net to cover the pond against predators… We have planted loads of seeds and wildlife friendly plants as well as some cress heads and beans that the children can choise to take home. Our dragon mixed media pictures are fabulous and the papier mache dragon fruit and dragon fruit tree was a labour of love! We will finish the book after easter so we still have some time for more dragon activities😁

The dragon fruit tree
Papier mache dragon fruit, aren’t they brilliant!
Some fabulous dragons and descriptions!
Daily mile runners.
Colour co-ordination from Maggie.
Amy doing the limbo.
A super skipping Arran.
Painting the dragon fruit.
Harrison in our new rainbow library.
The marble run, how many will fit in!
A dino trail.
Outside maths.
More outside maths.
Any frogs yet? Sadly something has eaten the frog spawn…
Euan’s mammoth dragon!
Donald’s and Scott’s dragons and eggs.
The cress has started sprouting.

Hello, Miss Douglas here! I have really enjoyed my first 4 weeks in P1/2. We have been very busy and I hope everybody has had lots of fun!

In numeracy, the children have been practising their measuring skills. For volume, Miss Douglas put some rice in the tuff tray for the children to fill things up with, which proved extremely popular. For length we managed to go outside one day to measure different things in the playground including the length of the field using the trundle wheels.

For our literacy lessons, the children have been working on using capital letters and full stops in the correct places in their sentences, as well as learning new sounds and trying to use describing words in their writing.

The Katie Morag class topic has given the children the opportunity to practise basic map reading skills, as well as producing beautiful pieces of artwork such as their paper weave kilts.

I am really going to miss everyone over the holidays, but don’t worry as I will be back on the first day of next term for six whole weeks.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and restful holiday!

Miss Douglas

Capacity tuff tray

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.

It was lovely having everyone back in school today so we took the opportunity for friends to work together and create some amazing dragon pictures from natural materials. Not only was everyone being super creative but they also demonstrated some great teamwork – working together on their dragon masterpieces! Well done everyone! 😃

Primary 1/2 have settled back into the school routine really well. We have been having lots of fun in class. We started last week with a mini topic on the Julia Donaldson story – What the Ladybird Heard, we learnt about some minibeasts and enjoyed doing activities around this. The children also learnt about sorting information using a venn diagram and about directions. We created an amazing display with all the artwork of the farm, animals, wanted posters of the bad guys and our paper mache ladybirds.

This week we are really lucky to have a student teacher started in P1/2. Miss Douglas is going to be with us for the next 4 weeks and then another 6 weeks in the summer term. We have just started a topic on Katie Morag, we have loved reading some of the stories and recreating the Isle of Stuary and the places on it.

Paper mache balloons for ladybirds
Weaving spider webs
Caterpillar sounds
Directing the beebot around the farm
The fine prize cow
Counting in 5s
Counting in 3s
Miming for Feel-Good Friday
The Isle of Struary for Katie Morag
Making the village for the map
The jetty
Post office and Shop
Granny Island’s

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! 🎅🎄🎁 

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