Category Archives: Workshops


Jenny cast map 1We would like to remind you of the following free fully funded CAST CPD twilight coming to a venue near you soon…….
If you have already booked in, see you there and if not there are places available so just email
There’s a change in date for Mull (see below)
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Islay Rock Map

Islay Rock Map 1The pupils of Port Charlotte Primary school have been learning about the fascinating geology of Islay. We were very lucky to have the help of local geologist David Webster for our project. David took us on field trips to every corner of the island and we learned lots of interesting facts about Islay’s geology and how the rocks which make up this amazing island were formed;

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Author visit in Mid-Argyll

Furnace and Minard author visitOn Thursday the 31st of March children from across Mid-Argyll in P4 and 5 enjoyed a workshop with children’s author, Emily Dodd.

Emily, whose books include, ‘The Mouse and the Grouse’ and ‘Can’t Dance Cameron’ worked with the children on how to write a good story. She used the two book characters, ‘Book Buddy’ and ‘Reading Rhino’ that the children in Mid-Argyll had voted on for our recent Reading is Fun competition.
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ASN PE Event 19th March 2016

3128164-bluish-gymnastics-iconPlease find below information about the Education Scotland ASN PE event on Saturday 19th March.

Additional Support Needs Physical Education Event – 19th March 2016
Isobel Mair School, East Renfrewshire, G77 6NB
ASN Event programme

Directions to Isobel Mair School
Please complete the sign up link HERE AND the workshop link – Workshop Choice Survey monkey is – HERE

Clachan and Skipness are Ocean Explorers!

SAMSOn Tuesday the 23rd of February, the pupils of Clachan and Skipness Primary Schools had a fascinating visit to the Ocean Explorer Centre.

We have been learning about marine biology and RV technology in our recent IDL and during our personal learning time, so it was exciting to get a behind the scenes tour of the research at SAMs. Continue reading Clachan and Skipness are Ocean Explorers!

Happy,Healthy Me workshop at Castlehill

Castlehill health 1Primary 1 and 1/2 invited their preschool friends over to join them in their Happy,healthy me workshop. The children are learning to make healthy choices and were involved in a range of activities including ; making fruit salad, golf and football taster sessions. Catherine McTaggart the school nurse spoke to the children about healthy eating too. What a good start to the new year !

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P6/5 work with Dunoon Community Radio

DPS Community Radio 1As part of this term’s enterprise project to set up and run a 60s themed pop-up shop, the children in P6/5 contacted the local radio station to see if they could record a radio advert. Victor and his team were only too willing to help and the class have had two fantastic workshops to learn about the necessary information to be included in the advert and the recording process. Yesterday, the children were very excited to record their advert and Victor and Dave will now take this back to the studio and add the 60s backing tracks before the advert is launched.
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Drumlemble & Carradale Primary Schools – 2015 Campbeltown Museum Exhibition

Drumlemble  & Carradale CM Primary School Exhibition 2015 2In late spring of this year, pupils from Drumlemble and Carradale Primary Schools took part in an innovative project created and delivered by the Kilmartin Museum education team. The main focus of the project, was the Campbeltown museum objects of the Iron Age/Early Historic period. The pupils enjoyed many days of input from the team and field archaeologist Roddy Regan as well as professional workshops with Lucinda Hopkinson, Sian MacQueen, Philip Price, Mandy Haggith and Jenny England.

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Robots in Skipness

Skipness Lego photo compressPupils at Skipness Primary School have been building and programming Legomindstorms robots as part of their Technology IDL. They held a workshop for parents and members of the community where they showed people how to build and programme the robots. They also shared talks and films they had made as well as Comic Strips featuring the robots. A fun afternoon was had by all!

Strone Primary School get crafty!

Strone PS get crafty 1On Friday 25th September we took six pupils from the P5-7 class to a Textile Workshop with artist Deirdre Nelson at the Burgh Hall Pop Up Gallery in Dunoon, as part of Craft Scotland’s Meet your Maker campaign. Deirdre showed us round the exhibition of textile art at the gallery, and then we were given the chance get creative, using embroidery techniques to make pictures of the local area.

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Dunoon Primary wins prizes at Strathclyde University

DPS reallysmallscience verion 3Pupils from Dunoon Primary School were invited to the reallysmallscience on tour celebration event, at the University of Strathclyde, on the 17th of June. Primary 7 pupils, Siobhan Simpson and Leagha Campbell lifted the trophy for the best 3D entry for the ‘science in everyday life’ image competition. P7 pupil, Lucia Westwood-Phillips also received a medal for her drawing entry to the competition.

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Vocal workshop at DPS

DPS Vocal Workshops 1P3, P4 and our Pre 5 pupils were delighted to take part in a Vocal Workshop, organised and led by Miss McChesney, music teacher from Dunoon Grammar School and some of her fantastic pupils! The children learned some new songs, harmonised in groups with actions and dance moves. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. What a wonderful way to improve and add to their performance skills. An excellent opportunity to work in co-operation with enthusiastic and supportive secondary school pupils. Continue reading Vocal workshop at DPS

St Andrews Digital Art Programme Creates a Dragon Invasion!

St Andrew's dragon at mountstuartPupils at St Andrew’s Primary have been helping to pilot digital art projects using They have been improving their creative technology skills to search, store, manilpulate images and tell stories. St George’s Day on Thursday inspired a dragon invasion across Bute for P4/5. This dragon was spotted by Erin, of Mrs Spencer’s P4/5 class, on the lawn at Mount Stuart another was seen by Emma attacking an ogre at the Winter Gardens!

The BarrowBand

Ardrishaig PS BarrowbandDid you know broccoli comes from Italy? Or that carrots came from Afghanistan? Primary 1-4 pupils in the Mid Argyll area learned these and many other interesting facts about fruit and vegetables thanks to The BarrowBand. The BarrowBand’s goal is to ‘inspire a new generation of people (especially children) to love, understand and demand fruit and vegetables as part of their diet and lives.

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Dunoon Primary Celebrate the International Year of Light

DPS Glow in the Dark Science 2Dunoon Primary Celebrate the International Year of Light The reallysmallscience group, from Strathclyde University, helped pupils at Dunoon Primary to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015.
Classes took part in ‘nanoglow’ fluorescent workshops to learn why light is so important and discover natural and everyday items that glow. Pupils then used invisible ink pens to write secret messages and produce their very own glowing artwork.
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BBC 10 Pieces Take Over Day at Lochgilphead Primary School

Lochgilphead Ten Pieces 1A fantastic day was experienced by pupils and staff when members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a BBC film crew took over Lochgilphead Primary School for the day! Pupils from Kilmartin Primary and Ardrishaig Primary also joined us for the day. A huge variety of activities took place with children participating in a whole school assembly, singing workshops, as well as musical and non-musical response workshops.

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Rich World, Poor World at Tobermory High School.

S1/2 spent the day considering the topic of”Rich World, Poor World” in their latest RME conference. Over the morning they looked at some of the issues facing those in the world today. They started by dividing the world’s wealth between them (some had a lot more than others) and considered some of the factors which determine whether or not you have enough to eat. The group explored human rights and made a quilt to illustrate them . Paper chains were created to show what barriers there are for some and how these could be broken.
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