Oct 232018

Nursery focused on Italy, with a real chef making pizzas, P1 Germany with saurkraut and frankfurters, P3/2 Switzerland with cheese and chocolate, P5/4 Portugal with custard tarts and of course P7/6 France – we had pétanque with positional language, a cafe with croissants, pain chocolat, cheese and sausage, home made French World Cup football swap cards and Lotto!

Each class had food to taste, games and activities and a song or some target language phrases. The children learned about the host country in their own classes in the morning and in the afternoon took turns to be Ambassadors and show children ‘around Europe’. Click HERE to see more photographs.

Sep 102018


The comic, “Na Gaisgich” was written by primary seven pupils from Islay, Jura, Mull and Tiree as part of a transition project for going into secondary school. The pupils were all learning Gaelic as a second language at school and were able to create the comic as a result of funding from the Scottish Government. The book is based on folklore and fables from the islands, and all ideas were collaborated to form the final product. Social Enterprise Company, Magic Torch Comics, travelled to each of the islands involved to deliver workshops to enable the children to adapt the stories, characters, illustrations and plots into comic strips. The comic is accessible to all as it is written in Gaelic and English. Click HERE to discover the comic.


Aug 162018

To discover the latest edition of the Argyll & Bute 1+2 Languages Newsletter click  HERE.  This contains all the most recent updates on resources, training and innovative language projects.

Update: the deadline for the Open University course designed for primary practitioners to learn French, Spanish or German has been extended to the 24th August 2018.

Mar 132018

The Argyll and Bute Sumdog Competition begins on Friday 16th March and will run until Thursday 22nd March so make sure all of your pupils are signed up and ready to go.  A trophy is up for grabs – and a lot of glory of course – so we cannot wait to see all of our schools taking part.  Tweet about your progress using #A&BSumdog or email Maria.Mcarthur2@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

Dec 192017

On Tuesday 5th December, senior pupils extended a welcome to their grandparents, wider family members and senior members of the Colgrain Community. Our Senior Citizen’s Tea Party is organised and run by the pupils themselves. Attendees were entertained by Pre-5 and Primary 1 pupils singing Gaelic and French Christmas songs and P7 pupils played the chime bars and sung too.

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Dec 082017

Welcome to our exciting pupil led blog!

In November 2017 pupils from each of the 13 establishments in Cowal met together to discuss how we could share news about some of the brilliant things that are happening for pupils aged 3 to 18 across Cowal. The result is this new blog which is written entirely by pupils writing about their own schools. Many thanks to all of our pupil journalists and photographers. Well done to Macy Law from Toward Primary School, who won the competition to design the name and logo for our blog, now named “Pencil Point”. View this blog via the below link:

[Update 06/03/2018: The blog is now located at: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/pencilpoint/]


Sep 042017

This week, the Primary 7 and Primary 6 pupils put themselves forward to be nominated for Clan Captain or Vice-Captain. This involved writing a short speech explaining why they wished to be nominated and what they will do this year to improve the school and support the children in their clans.  On Thursday afternoon, we had a Clan Afternoon to carry out the vote.  All of the children spoke very well and there were lots of good ideas to support the school. Continue reading »

Feb 032017

Lots of work has gone into uploading new materials onto the Numeracy section on our Argyll and Bute blog – SALi.  There is a host of information, particularly for teachers, on Mental Agility and for developing your skills in using Number Talks – the new resource provided for all schools in Argyll and Bute.  There is lots of material to use for your own Continuouse Lifelong Professional Learning, along with links to interesting resources.  New materials are constantly being uploaded and if you have anything that you would like to share, please contact the Acting PT for Numeracy – Maria McArthur.


Jan 132017

Sharing Good Practice event – Taking Citizen Science Outdoors to support your Teaching and Learning
Battleby Conference centre, Perth, Thursday 16th March 2017

Please click on the link below to access information and a booking form for the forthcoming free event which is for teachers, teacher trainers and trainee teachers, decision-makers and influencers involved in learning and the environment, professionals involved in outdoor learning and in learning for sustainability, academics and anyone working with young people in the outdoors. For flyer and booking form please click: HERE
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Oct 272016

jlb-nursery-open-day-4Many parents joined us to experience the learning environment that their child enjoys at nursery. With a focus on ‘skills for life’ parents joined their children as architects and builders making a fantastic den. They could show off their cooking skills while making gingerbread men in the muddy kitchen or be a teacher, author or musician for the day while exploring natural materials to make some fantastic story stones and instruments for our music and literacy area. In the cosy shed the children enjoyed choosing stories to listen to.
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Aug 232016

Blog PictureTake a look at the recent edition of the Argyll & Bute 1+2 Languages Newsletter. This latest edition is full of useful information for practitioners. You can learn about all the resources for teaching languages which are available within the authority. You can also find out who can provide training and support for teaching languages.

Please click here to see the 1+2 Newsletter

Jun 152016

Kilcreggan Solar 1 OvensPrimary 5/4 pupils at Kilcreggan Primary have been creating Solar Ovens from everyday materials. Pupils had been looking at how technology has developed over the past 90 years and thinking about designing some technology for the future. Their discussions led them to think about how people might cook in the future.

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Jun 092016

Port Ellen Orienteeing 1  June 2016On Wednesday 1st June P3/4 and P5-7 children from Port Ellen Primary were joined by classes from Port Charlotte and Bowmore Primary Schools for a festival of orienteering organized by Lynne Walker of the Scottish Orienteering Association and Rona Young, the PE Development Officer from Argyll & Bute Council.

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