Sports Day

At sports day it turned out to be a good day to have races. We had the three legged race and of course the relay and much, much, more. I really enjoyed the three legged race because me and Reece won for the second time in a row. In the relay all the houses took part and Orsay won all three relays. In the senior championship Bailey and Anna won the trophy. I thought sports day was great.
By Calum and Robbie

The Land Of Me

Lots of exciting things have been happening in P1/2 since Easter. We found a map of The Land Of Me in our classroom and we drew what we thought the places on the map might look like. We then worked together to plan how we could recreate each of these areas within our classroom transforming it into The Land Of Me.
We had to be very organised and collect lots of materials.
We invited our mums and dads to come and help us make The Land Of Me on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Everyone was very excited as we worked together making, painting, building and designing. It was great fun having so many of our mums and dads working with us.
We worked really hard and our classroom looks fantastic! We even have a real forest and a cave which we can play in.
Some of the animals who live in the Land Of Me have come to stay in our class for a wee holiday and want us to teach them all about the wildlife of Islay so we are going to be very busy!

Science Week

It was science week last week, primary 4 to 7 were doing a lot of science on the 17th March. We were trying to solve Japan’s horrible earth quake by trying to separate a handful of the dust from the quake. It was so hard! We were learning how to separate mixtures. I have learnt so much from how to separate mixtures. It was so fun!

By James and Ellen

Creation Stories

This term we are learning creation stories and doing puppet shows and shadow puppets. One of the creation stories is about how the world came from an egg, a dog breaks out of the egg and he holds up the sky, his tears fill the streams and rivers and seas. Another creation story is how the turtle carried the world, we are using shadow puppets to act the scenes out, well there was a sky city up in the clouds and there was a hole in the sky and sky women fell down and nearly drowns but then 2 swans flew up and caught her, then some animals went under the water but couldn’t bring any mud up, then the grandmother toad went under and brought up mud and place it on the turtles back. Now the puppet show, there is 5 puppets one is called Bob that is very crazy because he makes weird noises, there is Jim who is the clever one and does all the research, there is Killer who wants to eat the humans so him and his gang can RULE THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!, Fred talks very slow because he is the thickest out the lot and finally Zob is the one that has a deep voice and always says dude after every word he says. They want to find out about all the different creation stories.

Ruby (P5)

How to make a shadow puppet

How to make a shadow puppet.
First you draw any animal or any sea creature then you cut it out. Then you can get a bit of clay or any soft object to pot under your thing.
After that you get a pencil then you pop the holes out of your object.
Finally you put your object in front of a Projector or a screen.
by Alicia

Comic Relief

On the 18th March 2011 was comic relief day or some people call it red nose day. Port Ellen Primary School did loads for red nose day. The first thing we did was have a Glow meet with schools all over Scotland. We had a bit of a difficult time because every one kept moving the pods so we only had our turn then we turned off the camera and returned to our red day. Every one dressed up as some thing red just by wearing some thing red. We then had a beach clean in the afternoon and every one went in to groups. I was in group 1 and we went first to go round the street to get money from people for red nose day while every one else cleaned the beach. Aileas and Erin were really good at stopping cars and getting money of them.

All together we raised a whopping £700.

By Emily Logan p5

P1/2 Circus

P1/2 had a circus on Tuesday 22nd March for their end of topic.

Darren was a snake charmer and the hula hoopers were Katie, Sturan and Bronagh. There was lots of gymnastics and a lion tamer. The clowns were extremely funny. It was very entertaining and at the the end they started spraying water at us and other stuff. It was fantastic!!!

By Eilidh

HMS Vanguard Submarine

On the 23 of March some people came in to talk to us about submarines. There was a lot of information. The royal navy submarine was the same length as a football pitch. They had no phones so they could not contact their family. And they had to share a bathroom, and a bed, but not at the same time! I think it would be not good to be in a submarine. Because they didn’t get to contact their family. The royal navy helped us with our round house. They painted our benches brown. We got some gifts from them. We got a hat and a picture of their submarine and a sticker. I thought it was brilliant.
By Alicia

Our Circus Show

On Tuesday 22nd March P1/2 held their very own circus show. To prepare for our show we brought in colourful clothes to wear for our costumes and we made hats. We made posters and tickets so that everyone knew about our show. Tink and Jeremy came to help us rehearse for our show and we worked really hard to make it the best it could be.
We were feeling very excited about performing our circus act especially once we got into our costumes and got our faces painted!
The whole school came to watch and they all seemed to love it!
Ronan, Julie and Ellie were clowns.
Mirren, Eva and Caitlin were acrobats.
Finlay was a juggler.
Bronagh, Struan and Katie were hula hoopers.
Ross worked with Jeremy to be a Ring Master and he was also a scary tiger.
Darren was a snake charmer!
Ruaraidh thinks it was great fun doing our circus show.
Bronagh liked performing her act and says it made her feel good.
Ronan felt nervous but he enjoyed it!

The Chinese Creation Story

China’s creation story is about a dog called Pangu. Pangu was in a egg and like all normal animals in eggs he broke out with an axe, the gooey stuff spilled out and became the earth. Pangu created the world.  Pangu’s hair was the stars, his eyes were the moon and sun, the plants were made of his skin and the rain, the sweet rain was made of spit.

By Scott

Swimming Gala

At the swimming gala we had a lot of races including front crawl, backstroke, obstacle course and the relay. Orsay got in the lead early by winning races and stayed there and won the gala in points, but came second in the relay with Texa coming in 1st in the relay and Nave came 3rd in the relay. In the points Orsay came 1st Texa in 2nd and Nave in 3rd.

By Calum

OKAY Museum Exhibition

On Tuesday 8th march 2011 p45 held a museum exhibition. It started at 1:30 to 3:00. We held it because our topic was on history. In the morning Bowmore P56 came over to look at our museum. We all had had a different table to work at. I was at the information desk with Eilidh. We were selling bookmarks,delft tiles and leaflets. There was a desk that you could go to try old food like Dundee cake,oatcakes with goats cheese and venison and there was viking bread. I had a bit of Dundee cake and it was very nice. We had interactive displays and timelines, toys, bedrooms and kitchens from the past. P6/7 did a World War 2 display as well. A lot of adults came to see our museum. I had a great time.

by Reece Bowman.

World Maths 2011

On the 1st of March 2011 it was World Maths Day. Everyone at Port Ellen Primary took part , we challenged children from all over  the World on the World Maths Day website.  At the end the best pupil and with the highest score was Reece Bowman with a grand total of 558.  You could get anyone from any part of the world you could get someone from China , Japan , Hong Kong or even Hungary and maybe if you were lucky you could get one of your friends. I once got My friend Helen and Emily and Maisie and Reece. My total was 273 but I could of done better.

By Ruby Miller(P5)

World Book Day

On Thursday 3rd of March we had world book day. Everyone dressed up as their favourite character out of a book and also brought books in to school. Some people came dressed in their character but some got dressed in school. Every one had a great day. Primary 4/5 did a quiz sheet with a partner, there were lots of different questions on different books, one of them was what flattened Stanly out of the book Flat Stanly. At the end of the day we all got our pictures taken with the whole school dressed up including the staff who were also dressed up the photo was taken and we went home. It was a FANTASTIC day !!!!!!

By Emily P5

Eco Drama

Eco drama came to school.  In the morning it was bag girl, she showed us super hero moves like  ZIP, ZAP, BONG  and her special move Ka-pow.  She went over the 3 Rs.  We did lot of games.  We had to knock down a monster.   In the afternoon they did a show.  The show was about how isle of Eigg got renewable energy.   After all that we got a photo with a van.  The people that did the show are called Eilidh and Alaster.  It was funny!!

By Eilidh

Visit from Andy MacDonald from the Islay Energy Trust

We had a very interesting afternoon with Mr MacDonald learning about the various renewable energy projects in and around Islay. We watched a slide show and video showing where the proposed Tidal Array for the sound of Islay where 10 sea turbines will be able to create electricity for the whole of Islay! We also discussed wind power, solar energy and hydro power.We learned a lot of interesting facts for our Energy Around Us topic.

World Book Day in P1/2

It was world book day on 3rd March and we all came dressed up as our favourite book character.
Mirren was Six Dinner Sid.
Ronan was Bumblebee
Ross was a caveman from Dinosaurs love Underpants.
Kaitlyn was the witch from Room on the Broom.
Ruaraidh was a duck from Ping.
Murray was Darth Vader.
Jasmine was Cinderella.
Katie was Little Red Riding Hood.
Natalie was Katie Morag.
Finlay was Horrid Henry.
Eva was a snow angel.
Ellie was Snow White.
Julie Ann was Beauty from Beauty and the Beast.
Kaya was a fairy.
Bronagh was a princess from The 12 Dancing Princesses.
Struan was Augustus the Tiger from Augustus Lost His Smile.
We made story hats and bookmarks and drew our favourite characters. Our buddies from P4/5 came to read to us. We even made up our own stories. It was great fun!


Schools on Islay had the pleasure of hosting a visit from the Eco Drama group this week, who presented an ecological fable inspired by the true story of Eigg, a self sustainable island not far from here. Through interactive storytelling, live music, eco gadgets and numerous characters, Eco Drama brought to life a story about climate change, positive thinking and community spirit. Children were able to learn how the Isle of Eigg has become energy self sustainable using hydro cars, boats run on candle wax and solar and wind powered electricity generators. A lively and engaging performance enabled children to really understand the issues involved, and a hilarious time was had by all. They even traveled here in a distinctive van run on chip fat from the ferries! Port Ellen would like to thank those involved for bringing an us an enjoyable and thought provoking experience. Wouldn’t it be great if Islay could become energy self sustainable too?

World Maths Day In P1/2

To celebrate World Maths Day P1/2 took part in lots of activities relating to shape. They went on a shape hunt around our school grounds, taking photos of things that were different shapes. They then used these photos to create an information book about shapes which included facts about each shapes features. We even worked together to create a shape powerpoint which includes interesting shape facts and some of the photos they took.

Our Rhyming Morning

All the boys and girls in nursery, P1/2 and P2/3 came to school today dressed up as their favourite nursery rhyme character. There were lots of wee willie winkies, a little pig, Miss Polly and her doctor and even an old woman tossed up in a basket!
Mummys and daddies and grannies came and worked with us on lots of fun activities.
In the hall we played drama games to do with nursery rhymes.
In the nursery we played games to do with rhymes.
In P1/2 we made rhyming hats.
In P2/3 we were rewriting nursery rhymes.
Here are P1/2s thoughts about this morning.
Ross – I liked making up funny rhymes.
Ronan – I liked doing things with my mum.
Finlay – I enjoyed listening to nursery rhymes.
Struan- I liked playing with Old Mcdonalds farm.
Murray – I liked that too.
Kaya – I enjoyed playing with the playdough.
Natalie – I liked watching the video clips of us doing rhyme work.
Bronagh – I liked having the juice and cakes.
Katie – I like coming to school dressed up.
Mirren – I liked when playing with the farm.
Ellie – I liked coming to school in my dress.
Ruaraidh – I liked playing with the boat in the water.
Kaitlyn – I liked everything
Julie Ann – So did I!

Applying for jobs in P1/2

All the boys and girls in P1/2 have been busy applying for jobs in the Port Ellen Circus. Job vacancies in the circus include clowns, acrobats, jugglers, tight rope walkers and a ringmaster.We had to pick which job we wanted to apply for and then we had to fill in an application for saying why we think we would be good at this job.
Ruaraidh applied to be an acrobat because he is good at hula hooping.
Ronan applied to be a clown because he thinks he is funny.
Finlay applied to be a ring master because he has a big loud voice.
We have to wait to see if we get a job interview – fingers crossed!

Museum of Scottish Scientists

P45 have been researching famous Scottish scientists from the past and creating power points about them. We have lots of famous scientists and engineers who have helped to change the world we live in for the better. We have even made a virtual museum you can visit to find out more about them. Visit the My Museum Glow page to find out more.