Schools Out…

Schools are officially closed from the 20th March until futher notice due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  This means much of your child’s learning will continue at home with the support of their family.  Teachers will be available online via Seesaw in the weeks to come to support you with ideas and acitivities to maintain a semblence of normality, in what are decidedly not normal times, unless they are busy in school looking after vulnerable children and key worker’s children.

Here are some top tips to help you in the coming weeks:

Parent Council Minutes – 12th November 2019

Bowmore Primary School Parent Council Meeting Minutes

12th November 2019

Present: Maureen Macdonald , Arlene Mckerrell, Lynn Campbell, Jane Deakin, Gemma
Donachie, Neill, Marcin, Susan Main, Marcin Paradowski, Neil Woodrow

Apologies: Jane Hanlon, Claire MacGregor, Leanne McTaggart

a) Seesaw App: Maureen reporting a majority of positive feedback from
parents following the roll out of the new system. Parents will be receiving
an email and text about GDPR.
c) Children in Need fundraiser on Friday 15th November with a Bake Off and
Coffee Morning
d) November: Early Years Inspection followed by Learning and Development
e) 25th November In Service day for School NOT Nursery
f) Christmas Events:

b) Gaelic Medium Education celebrates 30 years in Bowmore this year. In
recognition hosting 4 days of Gaelic Celebration:

2nd December Coffee Morning

3rd December Bilingual Bingo

4th December Gaelic Learning Day

5th December Celebration Ceilidh

Christmas Dates

13th December Nativity

16th December Carols by Candlelight at the Round Church 6-7pm

18th December Christmas Lunch – Invitations to Parent Council and Comann nam Pàrant

18th December Bowmore Christmas Disco 7-8.30pm

19th December Christmas Party

g) Agreed by all for Parent Council to fund gifts for younger pupils and
selection boxes for P4+ children, the school will source the gifts. CNP will
be contributing for Gaelic Medium pupils.
h) New Pitch – Confusion over access and cost of using the new resource.
Discussed the possibility of equipment for the children to use in this space.
School has recently purchased a Tag Rugby set.
i) FANTASTIC NEWS that the Parent Council has been awarded £10221.75
from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Discussions on what these funds
can be used towards. As in the application money is to be spent on what the
majority would like, which falls to outdoor play equipment and technology.
5 x iPads @ 300 makes £1,500 2 x Kapla boxes @ £200 makes £400
Nursery outdoor area: we saw the multi-level water table was just under
£3000. Then leaves £5321.75 to purchase for the outdoor school
playground, which can be discussed.
j) Arlene Mckerrell £1000 Sensory Equipment agreed – funding from existing
funds in account. Jane Deakin to review ‘Wish Lists’ on file from other
k) Future Fundraising: Feis Fun Run Wednesday 27th May. Auction Mart
catering – bacon butties etc

Potential cuts to funding which provide swimming to the schools of Islay.
Being surrounded by water and having a vast fishing community, I’m sure
you would agree it is highly beneficial for our children to have the chance
to learn to swim.

There is a questionnaire and a petition we would like to get you all to sign.
This will be at the Gaelic College along with copies of the questionnaire
from Wednesday, or both are available at the swimming pool.

Future dates agreed:

Thursday 2nd April Easter Disco

Tuesday 23rd June Prom

Next Meeting: Tuesday 28th January 2020 6.30pm

Bowmore Primary School Parent Council Members

Chair Person: Lynn Campbell

Vice-Chair Person: Gemma Donachie 

Secretary: Jane Deakin

Treasurer: Marcin Paradowski

Teacher Rep: Arlene McKerrell

Find out about the purpose and role of a Parent Council here.  Click on the link below:

Being Good Digital Citizens

At Bowmore Primary School, it is important to use that our children have the knowledge and skills required to be good digital citizens.

The internet and digital devices offer a huge range of positive experiences for children and digital devices surround children from a very young age. It is important that we build positive and open relationships with our children and that we take an active interest in what they are doing online. Below are some online safety guides which will offer you some support.



The following website have a huge range of resources to support parents and carers:

Parentzone: Digital parenting magazine (free copies for schools and some organisations working with children, young people and families):

Childnet screentime guidance 

Parent reviews of apps, games, films, books etc

Internet Matters website – Helping parents keep their children safe online

CEOP resources for parents:

Mencap guide for parents about learning disability, autism and internet safety:

UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) leaflets for foster carers and adoptive parents:


Swimming Sensations At Bowmore Primary School

At  the  weekend  some  people  in  Bowmore  Primary  School took part  in  Islay and Jura Dolphins swimming gala. Lots of children won ,medals. trophies and other awards. We are very proud of our pupils as they have been training very hard. Well Done!


Written by Ava, Primary 4

Robot Alert in P3,4&5!

Primary 3,4,5 have enjoyed the new  Robotics topic and we have been having lots of fun. We have got to experience lots of new things, everyone in Primary 3,4,5 loves robotics, its great. Every class in the school have been using the new technology, so far we have used Spheros and Code-a-pillars. we have got to use Kodu and scratch, we have learnt all about algorithms and determination wile using Kodu and scratch. We made our own algorithms on scratch and also got to make a game.


Creative Coders

We are so excited to have been successful at securing The Digital Xtra Grant. The money received will be purchasing robotics equipment for Islay and Jura schools. Through teaching robotics, our children will learn to create algorithms, apply their maths skills, problem solve, use their intiative, collaborate, tinker with new and fun equipment and much more!

Our Creative Coder boxes are ready to be used by all schools across the cluster.

Primary Science Teaching Trust Conference

Our whole school focused on a plastics topic to increase our understanding of plastic pollution, we worked alongside Port Ellen Primary School on this topic. We conducted numerous beach cleans, collected data and shared this data with others. We also discussed how we, as a school could reduce plastic waste and we encouraged everyone to use a reusable water bottle and to recycle their plastic.

Following the success of our topic, we were invited to Edinburgh to present our findings at the Primary Science Teaching Trust Conference. Three children represented our school, they spoke confidently and informatively about plastic pollution and they presented the data that they had collected from across our island.

Emotion Works

Primary 1 and 2 have been learning to use emotion words to describe what different characters are feeling throughout a story. We read Room on the Broom and used the emotion works symbols to help us to explain what each character is feeling.

Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence aims to equip children with the skills, confidence and knowledge needed to succeed in life.


‘The world is changing fast, we are preparing our learners for jobs that don’t exist , use technology that hasn’t been invented and to solve problems that we can’t imagine yet’ (Education Scotland, 2010)


There are eight curricular areas:

  • Expressive arts
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Languages (including English, Gaidhlig, Gaelic learners and modern languages)
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and moral education
  • Sciences
  • Social studies
  • Technologies

These are taught through the four contexts of learning:

  • Curriculum areas and subjects
  • Interdisciplinary learning (Topics where we link in three  or more curricular areas)
  • Ethos and life of the school (ChangeMakers, Clubs, School Captains etc)
  • Opportunities for personal achievement. (Sharing achievements at assembly and through Seesaw, personal targets etc)

Teachers plan for lessons to be challenging and to be relevant to the children. It is also important that children have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding in different contexts.

Levels with the Curriculum 






This diagram shows a broad guide to how the curriculum is split into different levels. It is very important to us that all children work at their own pace and that their learning is pitched to the level that they are personally working within.

Active Learning 

We aim for all of our learning to be exciting and relevant to our children. Active learning can be going on school trips and outdoor learning however active learning is also teaching our children to be inquisitive, to problem solve, to research and to work together rather than being fed information.