We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a change in date for Mull (see below)
GET EXCITED ABOUT SCULPTURE AND 3D Delivered by Sian MacQueen
During this session we will show you how to introduce sculptureContinue reading »
A fun and informal technology day – starting at 10am prompt and will include a short presentation by a technology specialist. There will be a range of exciting hands-on technology workshops, led by primary pupils from Helensburgh schools. This event is open to primary pupils and parents/guardians. Please note that all pupils must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Speedy runners from Rhu scooped top prizes in the Duchess Woods Cross Country relays.
In the Primary 6 girls race Sasha Walker, Louisa Brown and Roisin Kavanagh all put in top class performances and galloped home in first place to take the gold medals. While the nippy boys team of Ross Carmichael, Max Brannan and William Harrison put up a strong performance against toug competition to secure third place. However, their combined times put them in the top spot for winning the overall Primary 6 shield.
This term we have planted some very special seeds as part of our science space topic. We received two packs of rocket seeds from the Royal Horticultural Society, one of which has been taken up to space to the ISS by the British astronaut, Tim Peake. We have planted both packs of seeds and we want to find out what effect being in space has had on the seeds. As we don’t know which of our packs went to space we will have to record their growth pattern and send off the information to RHS.
Billy Bratton, David Simpson and Stewart Martin represented Rockfield Primary Chess Club at the Delancey UK school’s chess challenge Megafinal 2016 in Airdrie on Saturday 24th April. The three primary 4 boys successfully gained some good wins and draws during the tournament as well as making some new friends. Lots of fun was had by all.
At Rhu Primary School, Primary Two have been developing their pioneering skills in Ardenconnel Woods. They have learned to forage for natural materials and use them to build a den for the local fairies. They plan to use these skills to make a camp as part of their Viking topic.
The Selkie Class at Parklands School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Continue reading »
The Kodu Twilight Session with Gary Clark that was planned for Tuesday 10th will be postponed until next session. This is to allow teachers in the HALCO area that are interested in coding and computer science to attend the Introduction to Computing Science workshops instead. This is a really exciting opportunity provided by Education Scotland and we urge anyone interested in coding to attend.
The remaining sessions will continue as planned:
Tuesday 3rd May – Socrative & Nearpod
Tuesday 17th May – Tickle App with Sphero
There are still places available so if you are interested in attending please email us to book a place: email@example.com
Dunoon Primary School Choir performed their version of ‘Juke Box’ last night April 26th to a packed audience in our school hall. Mrs Hamlet our superb dedicated music teacher had prepared a fantastic, modern programme for our pupils to sing aided by Mrs M Peek and Mrs A Macdonald.
The choir sang their hearts out to tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000 eras! Songs like ‘Catch a Falling Star, I’m A Believer, Thank You for the Music and Bring Me Sunshine were popular with the community in the afternoon show.Continue reading »
Taynuilt Nursery children brought a variety of bikes and scooters to Nursery as part of the Big Pedal Week and also used the Nursery bikes and scooters on our Wednesday Gym session. This will be done again this week so hope the sun shines on us all again!
Pupils and staff of Barcaldine Primary School have been making use of the Sustrans cycle track, on a daily basis, as part of the Big Pedal fortnight. Today the local pre-5s, and parents, joined us for a long cycle and a picnic in the sun. The children were such confident cyclists that poor Mrs.Watson, who was supervising come of the younger children, had to run all the way to keep up! We are looking forward to another week of cycling, tricyling and scootering next week.Continue reading »
The 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;
Pupils at Tayvallich PS have been learning how to save a life. On Tuesday 19 April Mr. Andy Craven talked to the P4-7 children about the correct methods of dealing with cardiac arrest. He discussed protocols and the children were made aware of the physical signs of a person who was unwell and suffering cardiac arrest.
Primary 6 pupils from Glassary and Tayvallich joined together on a lovely sunny day to be trained as Young Leaders by Active Schools Co-ordinator, Eilidh MacPherson.
They brainstormed the personal qualities and skills that they would need to be effective sports leaders. Great fun was had by all when trying out the games and then planning how to deliver these games to groups of younger children.
At the end of the day the P6 pupils had a go at teaching some fun active games to Tayvallich’s P1-4 class. Continue reading »
OBAN Corran Halls
Thursday April 21, 4-6pm
Music activities to support health and wellbeing outcomes.
Learn practical activities to promote: confidence, listening skills, leadership and collaboration.
For more information or to book: Jenny.England@argyll-bute.gov.uk
April 1st 2016 was Autism Awareness Day in Dunoon Grammar School. The Learning Centre pupils prepared a Power Point presentation to show at house time and made a whole army of gingerbread cookies to sell on the day. The whole school was invited to design jigsaw pieces which were joined together for display in the Forum, showing that DGS supports Autism awareness. The event was a great success so well done to everyone involved. A total of £120 was raised for our local autism support organisation: Autism Argyll.
The children, staff and parents of Kilcreggan Primary School had a great end to the Spring term trying out new skills. Using our skills as Confident individuals, we took creative risks! We were organised, managed our emotions and challenged ourselves to ‘Go for it, Finish it!’ Activities that were on offer included crochet, origami, cake decorating, K’nex challenge, yoga, fimo modelling, using ipads to create games, creative music and decoupage. The children worked in vertical groupings working and supporting each other.
This week the whole school have been involved in lots of physical activity including karate, shinty, orienteering, tennis, fitness dance and yoga. The older children also had presentations from Police Scotland, local Health Visitors and the assistant manager from the local Oxfam shop who all gave very interesting talks with very important messages regarding physical and emotional wellbeing.
The final version of the PE progression framework which has now been completed, as yet it is not on the Education Scotland website as it is being upgraded. Any questions, queries or comments round the framework please get in touch with Rona Young, PE Co-ordinator – Rona.Young2@argyll-Bute .gov.uk
Please note there are some alterations in the Cognitive Skills section.
On the 23rd of March Southend Primary School held an Open Afternoon to share their learning with parents and carers. There were five stations, and we were each in charge of one of these, using our knowledge to teach parents and carers. These stations included, Reciprocal Reading, Garageband, Origami bookmark making, screen printing and food and health. At the Reciprocal Reading station the parents were given the roles required for this and had to carry out that specific role when reading the text. Continue reading »