Castle Douglas Primary and Early Learning and Childcare Centre

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November 20, 2011
by Mr D Tyson
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ELC (Nursery)




November 27, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Weekly News – November 27th

Our Weekly School News – Sharing our Learning with the School Community.

Each week we try our very best to either upload a weekly class summary on a Friday or share learning through class Twitter or Facebook posts during the week.

There are links below to the Social Media platforms that some of our classes have chosen to try out this session. Many of the posts and tweets are also shared on our school website.

Please have a read and a chat together at home about what we have been up to this week.


Primary 2

We have had another busy week at school.

In Music everyone has been trying hard to learn the signs for our Christmas Song and play our percussion instruments.

In Maths we have been continuing to work with numbers. We have been ordering numbers from largest to smallest or from smallest to largest. We have been counting forwards and backward from different numbers too. We have also tried to make sure our numbers are written correctly.

We all did well in our spelling quiz this week and we were trying to write the letter h correctly on the line making sure we wrote it in the correct way.

In PE we were following instructions using different ways of travelling. We were pretending to be bee bots and we had to do what the computer said. Next week we are moving onto becoming the computers ourselves and giving each other instructions on how to move.


Please remember to wear bright colours or a Christmas jumper on Wednesday.

Primary 2/3


We have had another busy week. We have worked very hard in Music and our classroom practices to learn the signs for our Christmas song, we hope you are going to enjoy i.We have also been busy creating artwork to decorate the hall for Christmas connected to the theme of our song.

Willow – I liked painting my angel

Oscar – I like playing with my friends and trying to make a house in the Nature Garden

Jaxon – I liked making the stars

Adam – I liked getting the book bag. I liked the story about going into space

Hunter – I read the book about trees

Chloe – I copied the words from my book

Zach – I liked making the stars and cutting them out

Mya – I liked making the angels

Beth – I enjoyed my reading book, I liked when they floated about

Halle – I played the card game at guessing what they were acting, I was a unicorn

Kaelib – I liked playing cards, I won



Please remember to wear bright colours or a Christmas top on Wednesday.


Primary 3 is sharing their learning using a Twitter feed –  @p3cdps

Primary 3/4 is sharing their learning using a Twitter feed –  @p34cdps


Primary 4


Upper Primary Class Media Feeds


Primary 5a – @p5a_r

Primary 5b –

Primary 6a –

Primary 6b –  @mr_coulthard

Primary 7a –

Primary 7b –   @P7andMrWhan

November 27, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Virtual Christmas Cards – Invitation!

Message from Swift House Captains

Since we can’t have our usual Christmas card deliveries in school this year we thought it would be nice to do a virtual one.

We would like to invite everyone in Nursery and P1-7 to take part by sending in a short video clip sharing a Christmas message to either your class or to everyone in the school. Please be as creative as you like J

We will then put the clips together to share with classes.

Can all video clips please be sent in by next Friday, 4th December to

Could you please let us know in your email

a) Name and Class

b) Whether the video is for class or whole school

We may also make a video to share with the school community.

Could you also please let us know

c) If you give permission for your clip to be used in a school video on the School Facebook page and Website.

Thank you

Eilidh, Lacey, Oscar and Charlotte


November 20, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Weekly News – November 20th

Our Weekly School News – Sharing our Learning with the School Community. 

Each week we try our very best to either upload a weekly class summary on a Friday or share learning through class Twitter or Facebook posts during the week.

There are links below to the Social Media platforms that some of our classes have chosen to try out this session. Many of the posts and tweets are also shared on our school website.

Please have a read and a chat together at home about what we have been up to this week. 

 Primary 1a and 1b 

Another couple of busy weeks in Primary 1!  

We have been working hard learning our new sounds – h, r, m and d. We have enjoyed making houses out of different 2d shapes, making maps, forming letters with playdough and marbles, and designing dinosaurs! We love listening to the Jolly Phonics stories and finding words beginning with the different sounds. Our homework is looking great, with lots of lovely letters and pictures – thank you for your hard work! 

 We have also been enjoying more Julia Donaldson stories. ‘Night Monkey, Day Monkey’ and ‘Superworm’ have been recent favourites. 

We have been taking part in some science experiments – some successful, and some not so much – but lots of fun all the same! P1a loved creating moon rocks last week and watching the reaction make them fizz and pop!  

In maths, we’ve been starting to look at measure. We had lots of fun measuring ourselves and our partners using different objects (non-standard units). Look out for the Measure Challenge in our homework next week! 

As always, we have been having lots of muddy fun in the nature garden! A particular highlight was roasting marshmallows on the fire with Mr Tyson.  

Please send in the homework packets on a Friday.
The weather is getting colder – please make sure your child is wrapped up on Forest Fridays. 


 Primary 2 

This week has been another busy one in Primary 2. 

 In Maths we have been looking at number and counting on and back. We have been looking at numbers before and after and we are now good at this. We are moving onto counting on two more or two less than a certain number next week. 

In Language we have been working on our spelling words this week and we are now able to write our words confidently during our quizzes. We also listened to a story called Mrs Jolly’s Brolly and we were trying to think of words to describe the main characters. We used these words to help us draw what we thought the characters would look like. We then broke the story down into four parts to encourage us to use the time words to describe when things happened. 

In our Topic work this week we have been looking at the weather and it has been a good week for us to see the different weather there is in Castle Douglas. We learned about the countries that make up the British Isles and their capitals and we are now trying to do a weather forecast for ourselves. Some of us have managed to use the map and tell everyone in class about the different kinds of weather. Well done.  


As the weather gets colder please could everyone bring a warmer top to wear in class? It does not have to be a school jumper and any warm top from home will be fine.
PE is on a Monday and Thursday outside and on a Friday it is inside. Please could you bring indoor shoes for PE on a Friday. 


Primary is sharing their learning using a Twitter feed –  @p3cdps 


Primary 3/4 is sharing their learning using a Twitter feed –  @p34cdps 


Primary 4 

In maths this week we have been working in groups on number. We have been regrouping, partitioning and using our knowledge of near doubles. We have also started rounding to the nearest 100. We took part in the D&G Sumdog maths challenge. We finished in 47th place with 267 points. Well done P4, we were also the first CDPS class! 

We have been writing descriptions about a pirate ship. We used our description bubbles to focus on size, colour and number. 

For art we painted some beautiful winter scenes. We painted the moon and then blended blue and purple paint from light to dark. We made tree silhouettes and layered them against the sky. 

We made wellbeing wheels as part of our Emotion Works blue cog learning. We understand that everyone experiences emotions in different ways. The blue cog is about feel better/emotion regulation strategies. We found out how the blue cog relates to the other cogs in the model. We decided on 8 uncomfortable emotions and 8 regulation strategies that would make us feel better. We spun the wheel to match them up. 

In P.E we worked on pendulum passing in teams for rugby. Outside we enjoyed some sun while playing football, skipping and relays. 

Warmer tops may be needed in class. This does not need to be a school sweatshirt or cardigan. Any warm top from home is fine to wear so please don’t worry if there is not a school sweatshirt available.  

Change of shoes or boots and a warm jacket needed for the nature garden every Monday afternoon. 

PE every Wednesday (inside) and Thursday (outside). Please come to school in your PE kit and dress for the weather on these days. 

Wider Achievement – Poppy Appeal

A and G in P4 climbed Screel last Saturday and have raised over £1000 for the Poppy Appeal Scotland! Well done boys – a fantastic effort and very thoughtful too.


Upper Primary Class Media Feeds 


Primary 5a – @p5a_r 

Primary 5b – 

 Primary 6a – 

 Primary 6b –  @mr_coulthard 

 Primary 7a – 

 Primary 7b –   @P7andMrWhan 


November 20, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Family Update – November 20th

Dear CDPS Family

Please find below details of both school and national information.

Equal Protection from Assault Act (Scotland)

On 7th November the Children (Equal Protection from Assault), Scotland Act 2019 became law. Please find attached an information sheet and posters for both adults and children which give more details about the Act.

Equality Protection Poster for Children

Equality Act – Factsheet

Equality Act – Information for Parents and Carers


Sharing Learning

Towards the end of this term we usually host Private Appointment meetings with parents and carers to share and review learning since August. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to hold these at this time. In the meantime staff are preparing a brief ‘Settling-In’ report which will have a focus on Personal and Social Wellbeing and will be emailed out to families later this term.  Parents are welcome to contact us, throughout the school year, if you have questions about your child’s learning.


Christmas Lunch – Survey

A reminder that we there is an online survey to help us plan for this year’s Christmas Lunch. Could I please ask families to click on this link and respond by 3pm on Monday 23rd – Many thanks.


National Book Week

Scottish Book Trust – P1 BookBugs and P2 and 3 Read, Write and Count bags

There has been a delay in the delivery of the P2 and P3 Read, Write and Count bags which are donated to every Scottish school by the Scottish Book Trust. They are due arrive next week and we will send them home along with P1 Bookbug bags when they are delivered.


Wet Weather Games

We welcome any donations of unwanted board games from home that could be used by classes inside during wet and windy morning and lunch playtimes.


Thank you.

best wishes

D Tyson


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