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PTA – Ready Steady Cook

Ready Steady Cook

Cycle Maths Challenge

Bike 2On Sunday 4th September the stage 1 of the Cycle Tour of Britain will be finishing in Castle Douglas.

We would like to invite the school community to join us in creating a Maths Challenge about Mr Tyson’s bike! Our challenge is to create as many maths questions as possible about the bicycle. Questions can be for Nursery children all the way through to Primary 7.

e.g. For younger pupils How many wheels does the bike have? (Counting skills) What shape is a wheel? (Shape recognition).
For older pupils If the radius of a wheel is 10cm how large is the diameter? (Shape) Where parts of the bike (a) and (c) meet – estimate the size of angle and say whether it is acute or obtuse. (Angle)

Please post your maths questions here or on our website (leave a comment) or write them on a piece of paper and it can be handed in to class teachers.

Our next challenge will then be to try and answer all the questions!


School Newsletters – Survey

Dear CDPS Family


We would like to explore with you different ways of sending out school newsletters. Sending information electronically would be very helpful as it would allow the school to send out information quickly and greatly reduce our photocopying costs.


Newsletters could be received via Facebook page, School App, School Website and also by email.


It is appreciated that not every family will have regular access to the Internet and paper copies will always be made available.


The eldest child in each family will be bringing home a reply sheet today which asks for a family response on how to receive newsletters. Could I please ask that this form is returned by Thursday 25th as we have a large newsletter to go out on Friday.


Your family’s response can also be made electronically by posting your family’s name and preference

in a) Facebook post reply

  1. b) School website post (click on comments tab)
  2. c) Send an email to gw08officecastle@glow.sch.uk



Thank you

D Tyson


Welcome to the New Session

Welcome to the new session and especially to our new P1s who have also settled in very well.
We had an assembly on Friday and it was great to see so many smiley faces and sea of gold and black uniforms.

We will be starting our weekly class news again over the next few weeks to keep families up to date with what has been happening in school.
School events can also be viewed by clicking on the Facebook diary post link, school website and from the School App.

This week we have an information evening on Tuesday at 6pm for P7 Kingswood families for any last questions about next week’s visit.


School Netball Team

Well done to our Netball Team who represented the school over several weeks in the Primary Netball League and came a great 2nd overall! Thanks also to Miss Niven and Miss Dooley for their coaching over the year.


Nursery and P1 Olympics!

Children in Primary 1b and  Nursery competed in a Mini-Olympics event on Tuesday the 21st of June. The children had a go at different Olympic events including hurdles, sprint races, gymnastics, basketball, hockey, javelin, discus and shot putt. All children tried their best and really enjoyed the afternoon. The children were presented with medals and enjoyed fruit from countries around the world as a reward for their hard work.

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Weekly News – June 17th

This Week’s News

Congratulations and best wishes to Mrs Hart, P1a Teacher, and family on the birth of baby Alfie earlier this week.
This week in P1a we have been learning how to brush our teeth.
Kianna – “We made giant toothbrushes.”
Freya L – “You need to brush your teeth for 2 minutes each time.”
We have started to make piggy banks out of milk bottles. We can’t wait to finish them.

P1b have had a very busy week practising for their assembly next Friday. We have started our new topic about the Olympics. We are looking forward to our Olympic afternoon with Nursery on Tuesday.
Riley – “We have been counting to 100.”
Oliver – “Running and table tennis are in the Olympics.”

This week in P2a we have been learning about food chains and we learned some new words. We are going to find out if eggs float or sink in different kinds of water. Emma’s dad is going to come and tell us about his job as a fisherman.

In P2b we designed logos for the Rio Olympics.
Olivia – “They are colourful.”
Yvie- “We had to make the picture big and clear.”
Erin – “I like doing division.”
The square and rectangles have worked on multiplying and sharing.”
Ellie-Jay joined our class this week.
Ellie-Jay – “I have new friends already.”
We designed waterproof suits for a deep sea diver.
Anna – I used tin foil for the top half because I thought it would be waterproof.”

P3 have made Father’s Day trophies. Amy moved up a level in swimming and so did Oliver. Cian has finished swimming. The class took part in a times table treasure hunt.

In P3/4 we have been writing our final “Big Writing” assignment for the session. It is a narrative/ descriptive story.
Thanks to you all for your support during my time in P3/4. It has been fun and a challenge! What a great class and wonderful children. Hope to see you next session – Mr MacIsaac

P4 This week the class have been looking up facts about their favourite sports stars and writing exciting letters to them. They have also enjoyed their last session of Let’s Cook and would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who were involved.

This week P4/5 have been busy with their Big Writing assessments. We wrote a diary entry based on Mr Mingin by David Walliams. We have also been learning about internet safety this week. Well done to Ryan K for completing his block of horse riding lessons and also Mia for doing so well in her dance exam.

In P5/6 we have been writing imaginery stories in Literacy and we have been learning about Frequency tables and the skills needed to create them. We have also researched different theme parks and why customers visit them as we have begun our new topic on theme parks this week. We are all really excited to learn more. A reminder that our Junk modelling homework challenge is due next week.

This week in P6/7 we have been rehearsing for our show. Tickets are on sale now. We are all enjoying working on our personal Olympic projects where we are developing skills in lots of different areas.
Well done to both our boys and girls football teams who both reached the final day of the Stewartry’s Paul Jones tournament on Saturday.

After a series of games the girls reached their final which they won in extra -time – very Well Done! The boys’ team did not qualify for the final this year but had done really well in the weekly games conceding only 3 goals in 17 games. Thank you to all the pupils who have attended training and did so well in tournament and also to Mrs Tait and Mr McClune for the time and commitment they give to coaching the Teams.

A reminder that the school welcomes news on Wider Achievement – ‘big and small’ activities and achievements that happen out of school, e.g. a pupil has baked a cake for the first time, can now tie their shoelaces, swam a length of the pool, won an award for a sport, etc

Please send in an email (photos also welcome) or a note so we can add wider achievements to Good Work folders. Pupils in p4-7 can add photos and comments directly in to their My Merit (online portfolio) pages.

Next Week’s News
It unfortunately looks as though we are due to be hit by heavy rain on Sunday night and into Monday morning which will mean the Sports Field will be too wet to use. According to the BBC and Met Office websites the rest of the week looks to be dry. Our P7s are away Tuesday to Thursday so we hope to have our Sports races on Friday morning.
P4-7 races will start at 10am and, following P1b’s Assembly, our P1-3s will join them on Sports Field for their races starting at 11am. We will end up with Parent Races and Inter-House relays before having a Picnic Lunch.
There will be a normal school lunch on Monday 20th.
P1a – Class town walk Tuesday afternoon. Move up afternoon on Wednesday and move up morning on Thursday. Have fun meeting your new teacher.
P3/4 – We hope Miss Dooley is going to be back with the class on Move up day on 22nd –23rd June.
P7’s are at Castle Douglas High School Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd June for their Induction Days.

Coming Up 13th – 17th June

Fingers crossed the weather holds for our Sports Morning on Monday 13th June  – Please wear your PE Kit. Children are welcome to wear House colours if they wish – Deer (blue), Eagle (green), Hare (red) and Swift (yellow).

The Sports Activities start at 9:45 am with P4-7 races and P1-3 activities. There will then be a short break before P1-3 races and P4-7 activities.


P6 and 7 pupils then have the opportunity to take part in the Long Distance race, followed by Mums and Dads race and then the Inter-House relay.

After the Sports Trophy has been presented to the winning house all the children will go back to class for handwashing, collect lunch and then return to the Sports Pitch for ‘The Big Picnic’ and families are very welcome to join in this too.

P1b Farm Trip on Friday 17th June (Helpers needed) and Assembly on Friday 24th June.

P5 reminder – Big Writing Assessment this week.

Weekly News – June 10th

This week in P1a we have been learning our number stories to 9. Kianna “9+0=9” Isla “2+7=9” Gary “5+4=9”

We went a visit to Tesco. Ben “We tried some cheese.” Katie “We went in the big freezers brrrr!!” “The big lorry reversed in to the depot and we saw lots of milk coming out.”

P1b have been learning all about healthy foods. We went on a visit to Tesco to learn  all about where our food comes from.  We had great fun.

In P2a we have been learning about the two times table. We have been doing experiments about floating and sinking.  Rudy learned some materials float and others sink.  Emma learned a lollipop stick floats.  We had a sports practice. Eilidh “I liked the egg and spoon race”

Our challenge in P2b this week was to make boats which could float and hold shells. Yvie, Kai, Jessica and Lacey managed to get theirs to float and hold 5 shells. Well done!!!  We also did an experiment to see if an egg floated or sank in fresh and salty water.  We made predictions and tested them. Barney – “I think it will sink in salty water.” Yvie – ” I think it will float in salty water.” Coll thought it was really interesting.

P3 have learned about the story of Medusa and they made Medusa masks. The class have been writing letters and learned about the Greek alphabet.  In Maths we have been learning about Data Analysis.

In P3/4 the class has completed the “Wellie project”. They look fantastic!!!  We have been singing with P5/6 and are sounding better every day.

This week in P4 we have been starting to research Olympic athletes. We have also been preparing for Sports Day and are becoming pros at the sack race.  On Thursday, Mr Tyson brought the Galloway Mountain Rescue van and allowed us to see/try some of the First Aid equipment.

P4/5 have been busy this week examining graphs. We have also been taking photos and uploading them.  We have also been classifying animals.  We were surprised to learn that a dolphin was a mammal.  Caitlin, Craig and Erin took part in a bike skills session which they thought was really fun.

P5 have travelled a staggering 3600 miles in their Daily Mile Challenge and have now reached Washington DC. They had fun at their first tin whistle session and hope to show some videos of this soon.

P5/6 in Maths this week have been working with data and having fun learning about frequency tables. We have been planning an imaginary writing piece and have enjoyed thinking of ideas to use.  In topic, Kacey enjoyed learning about Oman and the United Nations Convention of Childrens Rights.  We all enjoyed making Mr Stink out of indoor materials.  We enhanced our communication and teamwork skills.

This week in P6 Anna and Ruby did a fencing demo and Tessa and Leah played against Annan and won a medal.

In P6/7 we have been practising for our play . For PE we’ve been playing rounders.
P7 did their solo talks for the High School teachers. We had to talk for at least three minutes on someone who has inspired us.


A reminder that the school welcomes news on Wider Achievement – ‘big and small’ activities and achievements that happen out of school, e.g. a pupil has baked a cake for the first time, can now tie their shoelaces, swam a length of the pool, won an award for a sport, etc


Please send in an email (photos also welcome) or a note so we can add wider achievements to Good Work folders. Pupils in p4-7 can add photos and comments directly in to their My Merit (online portfolio) pages.

Parentzone Scotland Update

Parentzone Scotland

Parentzone Scotland is a one-stop-shop for information and advice on education and learning in Scotland.

New content has been added to Parentzone Scotland on a number of topics including: Gaelic Medium Education; brain development in the early years; Children’s Rights; School food and drink; Families and Community Connections and Restorative Approaches.


Online Safety Training for Parents

respectme, is offering FREE practical Online Safety Training for adults in Glasgow city centre on the 5th July and 10th August between 10.00-12.00 noon. Find out more information here.


Active Play

Active Play is a Go2Play initiative which uses play and structured games to deliver fun, active, and inclusive play sessions for children. These are designed to increase their activity levels and movement skills – all whilst having fun.


When a child can’t go to school

This new factsheet explains children and young people’s rights to education and support when they are absent from school due to ill health or unable to attend for other reasons.


Find out about the latest updates on additional support for learning here


Helping Children Learn

This new publication for practitioners to help non-resident parents get involved in their child’s education may also be of interest to parents.



Let’s Talk about Maths

A group set up to encourage greater enthusiasm for maths amongst children and young people; their parents and carers and the wider public and challenge the negative attitudes towards maths across Scotland wants to hear the views of parents and young people.


Further information is available here and in the published interim report.



Read, Write, Count

The Read, Write, Count website is for parents of young children. It is packed with ideas that make children happier and more confident – giving them the best start in life.


The first Read, Write, Count bags for Primary 2 and Primary 3 children will arrive in schools in autumn 2016, around the same time as the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. The new bags will give parents and children the resources and confidence they need to have fun reading, writing and counting at home. Visit Scottish Book Trust’s website for more information about the bags.


‘Speaking your Language’

Find out how Primary 1 teachers are helping parents share in their children’s language learning journey in and out of school.

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