As part of the nursery transition programme, Campbeltown Nursery joined Primary one and two at Castlehill Primary for a “Happy Healthy Me Morning”. They participated in a wide range of activities which included Zumba, golf, healthy eating, fruit tasting and dental care. A fantastic morning was had by all.
In the last week of term, the Colgrain Primary School Pupil Council organised a ‘dream job’ dress up day. All pupils from Pre-5 to P7 thought about what they would like to be when they grow up and came to school dressed in that role. This event coincided with the finale of our STEM term. Thanks to the generosity of our pupils, we raised £244.38. This money has been shared between Save the Children and the purchase of new playground equipment.
During Term 3 at Colgrain, the pupils from Pre-5 to P7 worked together to plan a whole school STEM topic. With the key focus of ‘developing our young workforce’, our pupils chose a variety of aspects of STEM to investigate. We worked closely with partners in the community to bring our learning to life. We welcomed Helensburgh Toyota, Royal Navy chefs, Lt. Cdr. Pinder and a number of parents to school to work with us.
The Argyll and Bute Literacy Experience (ABLE 2) is now live. With information for parents / carers, learners and for staff it’s the place to go for support and resources on all things literacy related. Learners from school age to adult will find useful links and resources while parents and carers will find advice and help to support them on all stages of their child’s journey from pre-birth to Highers and Advanced Highers. Staff will find examples of good practice, links to useful websites and guidance on a range of strategies from reciprocal reading to supporting learners with literacy difficulties within the classroom. The website isn’t yet fully populated so there will be some gaps, but please leave feedback and comments or email Clare Bryden, PT Literacy and let us know what else you’d like to see included. To access this site go to: HERE
Children and staff at Gigha Primary School and Pre-Five Unit hosted an afternoon tea comedy club experience for all members of the community. P4 – P7 amazed us with their three minute stand-up routines – some real comic talent in their delivery. Our favourite was, ‘What’s pink and fluffy? Pink fluff!’ Neighbours and friends chipped in with their favourite jokes – there were some real howlers, including the inevitable ‘Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side!’
St Andrew’s Primary School marked World Book Day 2017 by having a Bedtime Story Day. The school’s Pupil Council organised the day that included the pupils (and staff) wearing pyjamas! The pupils were busy with lots of different literacy based activities including shared reading, where pupils from older classes read bedtime stories to younger children and younger children showcased their reading skills for their older peers. Pupils also had the chance to buy a new book at the book fair organised for the day.
STEM has been a learning focus for pupils of Dalintober PS & ELC. Lots of activities and investigations took place with input from local STEM Ambassador, Joanna Holbrook, and various other partners. Pupils learned about, amongst other things, life cycles and how they can be recorded, drones and coding, buildings and structures and DNA. The focus ended with a whole ELC/school ‘Sharing Our Learning’ assembly.
On Friday 3rd of March Strachur Primary School celebrated World Book Day. The children (and staff!) dressed up as characters from books and everyone brought in their favourite book to share with their class. In the afternoon we paired up and read to one another. We had fun talking about books and reading new ones. All children received a voucher for a free WBD book or £1 off a book of their choice. What a fun day!
This year the pupils of Minard and Furnace came together to celebrate World Book Day with an afternoon of reading related activities including a second hand book sale, shared reading activities. We were fortunate that local story teller Margaret Renton also came along to read to our pupils and share her enthusiasm for literacy. Parents and carers came along for a cup of tea and our toddler group took part in the reading activities with glee.
This year Dunoon Primary Learning Centre and Nurture Group performed “The Nativity” to parents, friends and the other pupils and staff in the school. All of the children took part, trying very hard to learn their lines and the words and signs for lots of songs. A special mention must go to P6 pupil, Kenzie, whose narrating was outstanding during all performances. Parents particularly enjoyed solos performed by Aaron, Christopher, Alexander, Ciaran, Malakai, Ty, Evie and Bonnie. The final performance was so good that Santa flew in to deliver some special presents! Afterwards, parents and children enjoyed some tea and cake before the children went home to get ready for Santa arriving at their own houses.
Inveraray Primary School was the first school in Argyll and Bute to gain Green Flag status as an Eco School back in 2003. We are pleased to share the good news that we have once again retained our Green Flag status through our Crofting and Kenyan Connections work which includes the whole school and the nursery.
Christmas time was a time of great celebration for the infants P1-P3 at Dunoon Primary School as they practised for and presented the most wonderful version of ‘Lights Camel Action’! Susan McEwan produced and oversaw the whole show and what a show it was! The smiles at both the afternoon and evening showing from friends and families were indeed confirmation that the Nativity was a complete and roaring success.
Dalintober PS & ELC were delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Dalziell as part of the school’s commitment to developing the acclaimed ‘Better Movers & Thinkers’ programme across the whole school and ELC. Dr Dalziell is highly regarded for his work and research in this area and worked with the staff and pupils on the theory and practice of BMT and the marriage of healthy, active bodies and healthy, active minds – we look forward to welcoming him back in March.
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
We are very proud of our children who took part in the nativity plays in December. We had a Pre-5 nativity and a P1-4 nativity this year. Everyone was very excited and the singing was brilliant. Some children had lines to say and they did very well. The narrators kept the story moving along and everyone enjoyed wearing their costumes and using their props. Thank you to Reverend McCulloch for having us at the church and to Sheena Dowse for filming.