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Weekly News – March 17th

Please scroll down for news and photos of some of these week’s class activities.

Class news 

Primary 1

This week, we’ve been investigating number stories to 10.

Lewis shared “6 and 4 are partners.”

Kahlen said “5 and 5 make 10.”

Milly added “We can’t flip this sum because it is the same.”

“1 and 9 equals 10.” says Rose

Imogen and Caleb explained 2 and 8 are partners to 10.

They worked well together.


Primary 1/2 

We have been exploring addition this week.  We can add numbers using different strategies and we are enjoying doing lots of activities and games.


Primary 2b

We have started learning to tell the time using half past as well as o’clock.

In topic we have been doing activities for and learning about the water cycle.

We have started selling Red Noses around the school.

We have also designed our own Red Noses.

Primary 3a 

This week P3a have been focusing on our 2 and 4 times tables and learning how they help us with our division work.

We have also been creating similes.

In French we have been counting up to 31 and learning the months to help us say the date.

Elle has been able to stitch a snake while at Stitchclub.

Kyla moved up a group in swimming and Curtis was able to dive to the bottom of the pool.


Primary 3b

We are learning to divide by 10 in mental maths.  We are working hard to recognise quarter to and quarter past.  We have been writing personal stories about the fair and the farm.

Lucy, Erin, Holly, Jessica all said their Brownie promise this week.

Barney, Anna, Georgia, Jessica and Josh are all moving up a group at swimming.

Anna, Lucy, Yvie, Lacey and Holly have all achieved their Accelerated Reading Target this term.

The smoothie bike is in school.  We are hoping for a turn next week.


Primary 4

This week we have learned about how Vikings travelled and how they designed their ships.  We have worked really hard on our own Viking Longship pictures, using a range of mixed media.

We also really enjoyed using the Smoothie Bike this afternoon – they were so yummy!

We are getting really excited for our Viking Hillwalk!  Please can any slips be brought in by the end of next week.  Thank you!

Primary 5/6

We had our 2nd visit from Pitch, Pulse and Magic.  This week we heard a string instrument.  Jack, Sophie and Dylan played Hot Cross Buns using glasses of water as their instruments.

We also had our class assembly this week.

We will start organising our collection for the food bank next week.  We hope to solve our murder mystery next week too!

Pitch Pulse and Magic Clip – Click here for video

Primary 6/7

In ICT we have used our research skills and computing skills to produce fact files of famous people in World War 2.

In PE we have been having a badminton competition with this weeks ‘champions’ – Ben and Martin.

In topic we have been designing WW2 games using equipment they would have had in the 1940’s.

Alistair – “I have enjoyed using time, distance and speed formulas in maths.”

Kieran – “In PE I have been practising my badminton and I am getting so much better.”

Primary 7 

This week pupils have been focusing on measure, specifically length, with Mrs Luebke.

Naomi – “I liked using the trundle.”

Leah – “I estimated the length of the wheel pegs well.”

We performed our Bollywood dances on Friday with P2.

Mackinley – “Watching and helping the P2’s was funny.”

We have continued to develop our Rugby skills with John.

Logan T – “My reactions were good on Thursday.  I scored a try.”

In topic we have been making comparisons between India and the UK.

Andrew – “I was amazed to see the difference between how we live.”


Reminders for Next Week

Non Uniform Day next Friday 24th – Dress in bright colours for Red Nose Day

P1 – Wednesday 22nd March, make a model morning 9:15am gym hall.

P1/2 – Easter Open Afternoon at 2:15pm in the hall on Friday 24th.  Let us know if you can join us in the diary please.

P6/7 – Local Sumdog competition has begun.  Please log on if you can.

Final week of Rugby on Thursday, remember your kit.

One week to go to complete your topic projects.  If your shelters are finished, please bring them into class.


Community News 

Cyclo-cross Event – Lochside Park, Castle Douglas 19th March. There are under 8, under 10 and under 12, under 14, under 16 and adult categories. Entry needs to be online before the event.

Stewartry Wheelers are looking for volunteers for their cyclo cross race on Sunday 19th March at Carlingwalk, this is the final round of the south west winter service and should be an exciting day so please get in touch if you can spare a few hours to help marshall with one of our most popular clubs. To help out please contact Lynn at CD Cycles http://www.cdbikes.co.uk/ or facebook Jennifer Oliver https://www.facebook.com/groups/251023688292744/




Weekly News – March 10th

School News

A reminder that we have an Open Evening, this Thursday, 16th March 5:15 – 6:45pm which is an opportunity for children to share work and achievements with their family.

It is Comic Relief Day on Friday 24th March and Primary 2 are going to be holding their joint assembly and running activities during the morning in the hall. It is going to be a non-uniform day and we are asking the children to come dressed in bright clothes on the day. We would appreciate any donations towards this and the activities in the hall. We will be selling red noses around the school from Monday 13th March at the cost of £1.

Class news

Primary 1

Zane was our Hero Handwriter this week so well done to him! We have been sorting dinosaurs into Herbivores and Carnivores. Congratulations go to Milly who passed a dancing exam.


Primary 1/2

This week we have been learning to tell the time. We created our own clocks and we have been learning how to tell ‘o’clock’ and half past.  Ask us the times at home!

Primary 2a

We have been learning about symmetrical patterns.

We have been looking at lots of weather instruments and what they tell us about the different weathers.

We are going to find out how much rain falls, what direction the wind is and what the temperature is next week. We will then record our results on a simple bar graph.


Primary 2b

Ria is our pupil of the month for super reading. We have started to practise our songs for assembly.  We will get our words home next week.

We have been working on trying to get quicker at mental maths – doing adds and take aways to 10 as quickly as we can.

We have been having fun doing Art raindrops with Mrs Harris.


Primary 3a

This week in P3a we have been learning to divide by 2 and 4. We have also been practising the times tables to match these.  We have also been carrying out experiments to find out about magnetic materials.

Skye passed her Highland Dancing exam. Curtis learned the dolphin dive and Milly moved up a swimming group. Well done all!

There are also some photographs from last week’s Iron Man Outdoor Art to share.


Primary 3b

We started our new topic forces and magnetism. We know that pull, push and twist are all forces.  We were writing descriptive personal stories on “The Fairground”.  We are learning the 5 times table.


Primary 4

We have started a Viking art project which uses lots of fun arty techniques. We will be designing our Viking ships for these pictures next week.  We have also started reading How to Train your Dragon in class and we’re really enjoying it so far.

Thank you for all the cereal boxes – we’ve got all that we need now!


Primary 5

“We are learning about Mary Queen of Scots” – Mia

“We are learning about time in maths.” – Mya

“We made a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots.” – Rory L



Primary 5/6

This week we have continued using our 5 senses to investigate ‘The Murder’. We have explored the structure of the ear and the eye.  We reacted the white powder found on the murder scene with acid and were learning to hypothesise and predict.  We explored the importance of variables in Science too. As part of our health and wellbeing topic we are learning basic first aid skills.  We have learned about making 999 calls, CPR and putting someone in the recovery position.

Primary 6

We have been preparing for our class assembly. We have been learning more about similes and metaphors through popular pop songs.  We have been focusing on our 5 times table to help us with our time work.  We have been working on 12 and 24 hour time.  We recorded music during a music lesson.

Morgan finished her snake in Stitchclub. Marisa has improved in her swimming.  Josh faced his fear of singing in front of an audience.  Ava got top marks in her Highland Dancing exam.


Primary 6/7

Continued with Rugby coaching.


P7’s have been working hard on INCA’s tests.


P6/P5/6/P7 and P6/7 have been writing setting.


In French we were learning how to talk about families.


In PE we have been developing our Badminton skills and playing competitive games.


In topic we have been reading Carrie’s War as the Evacuee storylinks to our World War 2 topic.


Primary 7

This week in P7 we continued with our Bollywood dancing. We are working with pupils in P2.  It is lots of fun.

In Maths we have been discussing money – safety, internet versus store and needs and wants. We have also started our measurement block.

Well done to Matthew for this success in Chariot racing last weekend.


Reminders for Next Week


P1 A reminder that the return slips for the ‘Make a model’ morning are to be returned by Friday 17th March.

P1/2 – Please RSVP in home diaries for our Easter Open Afternoon on 24th March.

P5/6 – Class Assembly Friday 17th March.  All welcome

P6 – Reminder that New Lanark trip letters and money is due please.





Well done to our Class Pupils of the Month

P1 – M for trying very hard and lots of effort.

P1/2 – K for being a super listener and a very neat worker. K has been trying so hard with her sounds and numbers.

P2a – I has worked hard to use the stories of 11 and 12.

P2b – R is putting lots of effort into reading, not just books but instructions and notices too.

P3a – R for super attitude to work and caring for others.

P3b – K for working hard and improving her reading.

P4 – N for trying his best especially with his Scottish animal research about adders.

P4/5 – M for very positive attitude and settling in so well to his new class.

P5 – S for nurturing and supporting others in the playground.

P5/6 – B for remaining on task, working hard and getting involved in all class activities and all with a smile.

P6 – K for overall positive attitude but especially for work on percentages.

P6/7 – R for excellent effort in all tasks, positive attitude and mental maths work has been super.

P7 – Anna for great effort especially for reading session, preparing feedback and for Persuasive Leaflet writing.

Special Mention to D (P7) for hard work in getting over £1000 of new Accelerated Reading books ready for the library.

Thank you to K and E for telling us about Rainbows, L for Karate, T for Riding for the Disabled activities and O for Ballroom Dancing.



Weekly News – March 3rd

Class news

Primary 1

We built dinosaur dens in outdoor learning this week. We worked in small groups to build our dens using only the materials from the nature garden.

Ewan – “I liked getting food to put inside the dinosaur house.”

Kahlen – “We had to share the sticks.”

Noah – “I used leaves to make the bed.”

Well done to Milly who is our new pupil of the month.

Primary 1/2

For World Book Day on Thursday, we all brought in our favourite book to share with the class. We were developing our listening and talking skills as well as trying to ask different questions about the plot, characters and setting.

Primary 2b

This week we have been learning about Healthy Eating with Mrs DeSilva. We sorted foods into different groups.

We designed and made weather symbol posters in pairs. We had to make the posters easy to read and colourful.

For World Book Day we read ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and made wild thing masks.

Alex – “My Wild Thing is called Scary the Hairy Canary”.

Charlie got a rosette at Horse Riding.


Primary 3a

This week we carried out an experiment to see what surfaces had the most and least friction. We have also started to learn about division and all have been very successful when dividing by two.

This week we also went into the playground and used any materials we could find to make our representations of the Iron Man as we have began to read the book to go with our topic.



We started reading a new class novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Our new topic is forces and magnetism.  We are learning our 10 times table.


Primary 4/5

Catrina – “I learned tennis skills in PE.”

Harris – “I enjoyed making Mardi Gras masks with Miss Gainford.”

Jaimie-Leigh – “I’ve learned about fractions. I know about quarters and halves.”

Primary 5/6

We have been interviewing suspects for our murder mystery. We think a lot of the evidence is pointing towards Mrs Green but further science investigation will tell us more.

We have been learning about Shrove Tuesday and a group made us pancakes during Golden Time. They were yummy!

Harry and Casey took part in Cross Country this week. They both did very well.  We wish Caitlin all the best for her first performance of Oliver on Saturday.

Primary 6

This week we had our Pupil v’s Teachers football match, bake sale and sewing stall. We raised £287.41 for Carlingwark House.

We have been learning how to find a percentage of an amount – this has been challenging, but it is good fun.

The story we are reading is getting very exciting – we have been reading the Street Child.

18 pupils from P6 took part in the Cross Country race and did really well.


Primary 6/7

We have had Rugby coaching from the Stewartry Rugby Development Officer. This will continue for the next 3 weeks.Congratulations to all P6/7’s that went to the Cross Country festival.
In Maths we have been learning how to calculate distances if given time and speed.
In Art we have been drawing our own World War 2 characters.

Primary 7

P7 pupils have been very busy creating and performing Bollywood dances. Jack says “It was fun learning some Indian dance moves.”
We enjoyed improving our Rugby skills in the first of four sessions with John Muir on Thursday. Star says “We created a big wall to stop the others getting through.”
We brought our favourite books to school for World Book Day and took part in some activities. Molly M says “We made some really cool and colourful bookmarks.”
Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in Cross Country – Ruby 2nd, Anna 3rd and Charlie 2nd.

Reminders for Next Week

A reminder for the children attending Oliver to please return as soon as possible your permissions slip to Mr Whan. Thank you

P1/2 – Please can all children ensure they have PE Kit at school.

P6 – Friday 10th March at 9:15am Class Assembly

P7 – Rugby kits for the MUGA on Thursday. Project books in for Thursday.  Half way check up.  National Sumdog Competition runs until Thursday.  Log in and have a go!

P3b – Food and Farming – What we have learned.

Primary 3b have been very busy finding out food and farming this term. Please click on the Comments button at the top of this Post to find out what the pupils learned from their topic.

P1 Designed their own Dinosaur Dens.

Our P1 class use their imaginations to create dens for Dinosaurs in the Nature Area. There were lots of different designs – different sizes and even one up a tree so the beasts couldn’t eat the dinosaur eggs. The dens had lots of features including comfy beds made from leaves, a kitchen and special doors to only let dinosaurs in. Lots of creative listening and talking 🙂

P6 and 7 Cross Country

Our P6 and 7 pupils had the opportunity to take part in the Active Schools Cross Country event held at Stewartry Rugby Club.

Click on a photo to open up a slideshow and please also click on the Comments link at the top of the post to find out what our pupils thought of the activity.

March Newsletter

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Football Fun P6 v Teachers

Football Fun P6 win 5-4!

A few photos of today’s football game organised by P6 pupils as part of their ‘Small Acts of Kindness’ wellbeing activity. We had a non-uniform day – wear blue to support P6 team and red to support Staff Team. At breaktime P6 also sold home made cakes.

An entertaining game with some great goals (mostly from P6!) and lots of football drama with a penalty, yellow cards and even a sending off!

All the money raised from today will be donated to Carlingwark House.

Thank you to everyone for their support.

(Click on a photo to start a slideshow)

Scots Achievement Assembly

We held a ‘ Scots’ Achievement Assembly on Thursday when the winners in the Verse and Art class competitions shared their work and were presented with certificates. Well done to everyone who learned a poem and tried their best. Special mention to the following winners.

scots-2 scots-3 scots-4 scots-5 scots-6

Primary 1 – Skatin’

Verse – Nicole and Fallon   Art – Ferne
Primary 1/2 – Wee Rid Motor

Verse – Coby      Art – April


Primary 2a – The Elephant

Verse – Callum    Art – Freya L


Primary 2b – The Crocodile

Verse – Amelia     Art – Ben


Primary 3a – Sair Teeth

Verse – Milly    Art – Emma


Primary 3b – Twa legit Mice

Verse – Erin  Art – Jessica (Nessie)


Primary 4 – Magic Pizza

Verse – Lois    Art – Eilidh


Primary 4/5 – A Dug a Dug

Verse – Miriam    Art – Noah

Firework aff the Castle

Verse – Rosie    Art – Teigan


Primary 5 – The Boy in the Train

Verse – Rory T   Art – Rachel


Primary 5/6 – Wee Kirk Mouse

Verse – Ryan K     Art – Ryan P

Address to a Haggis

Verse – Craig    Art – Lewis


Primary 6 – Address to a Haggis

Verse – Nicole    Art – Carla


Primary P6/7 – Address to a Haggis

Verse – Abbie    Art – Madison

Tam O’Shanter

Verse – Kacey    Art – Robyn


Primary 7 – Tam O’Shanter

Verse – Ruby    Art – Naomi

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