Sep 262018
 

All local pirates celebrated International Talk Like A Pirate Day by kidnapping all the staff and the children, and taking over the school.
They spent the day practising their pirate vocabulary, discovering their pirate names, designing pirate flags to match their desperate characters, making floating pirate ships and building pirate ships from large boxes so they could sail across the briny deep. There were songs and stories, the making of ships biscuits and a hunt for a lost treasure chest.

We are please to say that all staff and children were returned safely the next day, though strangely tired!

Sep 262018
 

The delights of a rural school where the pupils sow, nurture, harvest, prepare and distribute the harvest from the school grounds. The pupils of Minard Primary school made plum and apple crumble to give away to members of the community along with harvested parsley, carrots and leeks. The gifts were delivered almost as soon as they were gathered from the gardens. The feedback from our small community was excellent with several pots of soup on the go locally that night.

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Sep 262018
 

The upper primary classes at Sandbank Primary enjoyed a fabulous day at Benmore Botanical Gardens where they took part in fun, outdoor learning activities inspired by the book ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

The children were split into two groups. One group worked with the poems in the book and had to guess the subject of the poems by a series of clues in a bag.

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Jun 192018
 

Minard and Furnace Primary Schools had a fantastic shared Summer trip out with a Mini beast hunt at Bellanoch on the Crinan Canal. This was at the end of our Nature detectives and Minibeasts topic. Oly and Pete from the Heart of Argyll wildlife Project took the pupils and staff on an amazing quest for wildlife and flowers in the wild grass verges of the canal. It was amazing what we found from spiders to caterpillars and even some unidentified egg-like items. Oly and Pete have promised to let us know what they are.

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Jun 072018
 

Whilst Dunbeg Primary School is treasured by its local community; its grounds are a treasure in their own right. Over the past seven months pupils, staff and parents have begun to develop them as an accessible, fun and exciting place to learn.
August 2017: The wetland/woodland area hinted at past projects but was thoroughly overgrown and boggy. An inspiring place however with clear educational and well-being potential!

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Apr 182018
 

The next Argyll and Bute Sumdog competition begins on Friday 20th April and will run until Thursday 26th April. Last time over 2000 students across Argyll and Bute took part in the competition and answered an amazing 553, 351 questions correctly – can we beat this score? Clachan Primary took 1st place, P5-7 at Craignish Primary came 2nd with the P6 class at Dunoon Primary coming in 3rd. Who is up for the challenge of overtaking these worthy winners? Sign your class up today and make sure all of those log-ins are ready! Looking forward to seeing how well you are all doing and remember to tweet your successes using the hashtag #Sumdog and to share it here on SAL.  Good luck!

Argyll and Bute contest

 

Apr 132018
 

Are you interested in developing your skills in delivering music in the classroom?
CAST are launching Get Creative, a music resource aimed at all primary teachers, packed full of
creative ideas, activities and learning outcomes to enable you to deliver musical activities with your
class, regardless of your musical experience.

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Apr 112018
 

We are delighted to announce that Clachan Primary School have been awarded their 6th Green Flag. This shows we have been an Eco School with Green Flag Status for 10 years! Well done to all involved.
Here is the report we received;

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Apr 102018
 

On Tuesday March 13th Minard school teamed up with Furnace and Achahois Primary schools for a joint rugby training session at Achahoish school with Allan. The pupils continued their introduction to the skill of rugby started at a similar session in the autumn at Furnace with tag rugby. The children all enjoyed the day especially the lunch J

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Feb 262018
 

Drumlemble Primary have had a fun filled week in the lead up to Mrs. McIntosh’s last day prior to commencing her maternity leave.

The children have been partaking in lots of outdoor learning focusing on the subject of Wood, sometimes even catching the sunshine.

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Feb 192018
 

The Southend Tufty Club came on their second visit to the school, this time to hear the children perform their work on Robert Burns.   

After tea, coffee and shortbread, made by the children, the ladies worked alongside the children helping with their art lesson. 

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Feb 192018
 

The pupils were involved in planning and organising this trip to Glasgow where they had opportunities to experience an environment very different to their own.

The children had contextualised opportunities to develop skills for learning, life and work which were tailored to their particular needs. There were also opportunities to develop literacy, numeracy and health and well-being, in particular the use of money and telling the time.
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Feb 192018
 

Furnace Primary 4 boys came along to Minard Primary School to join in an outdoor Maths session.  The subject was angles and the boys searched the grounds recording the different types of angles they found in the most unusual and unexpected places. They looked for right angles, acute angles, obtuse angles and straight angles writing them down on a tally sheet.
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Jan 302018
 

The children of the Drumlemble Pre5 unit have had a fun filled week listening to Scottish music, learning a Robert Burn’s poem ‘The wee rid car’, designing their own tartan kilts and making thistles.

They also made traditional Scottish shortbread to have for snack
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Jan 302018
 

Drumlemble Primary held a Poetry Competition in honor of Robert Burns day.   The competition proved to be a fabulous event, with the children all trying extremely hard to master the Scots language whilst reciting a Scottish poem!  Parents and teachers had the difficult task of choosing winners.   The children were judged by the teachers on eye contact, diction, expression, volume and recital.   The event was completed with some Scottish dancing which the parents were invited to join in and a rendition of Auld Lang Sang
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Jan 302018
 

Pupils in Primary 6 and Primary 7 in Rockfield Primary have recently been involved in a very exciting project which sees them work in partnership with Scotland’s Urban Past, a flagship Historic Environment  Scotland community engagement project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This project will see Scotland’s Urban Past work in partnership with Oban TSI (Third Sector Interface)and Rockfield Primary to provide oral history training, filming and story boarding training which will enable the pupils to interview older members of the community about growing up in Oban. These interviews and story boarding ideas will be collected and used to create a film. Watch out for the premiere at a cinema near you!
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Jan 252018
 

 Astronomy for Remote and Island Schools came to Bunessan Primary this week.   They ran workshops for the children all day and then stayed on for a Community event in the evening.  It was great to have real astrophysicists/astronomers in school at the start of lots of work we are going to do this term on Space.  The whole school was buzzing with energy and excitement as the children worked with real scientists covering a huge range of subjects, including Earth, Sun and Moon, the Solar System, Constellations and the Nature of Light.

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Jan 252018
 

Dunoon Primary now has a Building Construction Safety Committee who are meeting on a regular basis to ensure a high standard of building safety is maintained in our school. The delighted pupils were presented with a high vis vest, a hard hat and safety goggles.

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Nov 022017
 

Pupils in Primary 5 – Primary 7 were lucky enough to have class visits from representatives of Scottish Water. They provided a range of different activities for the pupils to try, including games and experiments. They were also able to provide very important information on a range of water related topics including –
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