Castle Douglas Primary and Early Learning and Childcare Centre

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Weekly News – September 25th


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 sessionMany 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 

We have now learned our first 6 sounds –s a t p i n and most of us are fairly confident in recognising and using these sounds. It’s been super exciting to find out that we can now begin to put these sounds together to make words – such as sat, pin and tap. We do like Inky Mouse!  Over the next 2 weeks we will be consolidating these sounds through lots of fun activities in class.  

In Maths we have continued to work on our numbers- this week we heard the story of Fiona Five who does all sorts of super sports to stay healthy and fit. We have done some really good writing of our numbers and are learning what 5 means with lots of games and activities. We are continuing to learn about repeating pattern and have used a variety of resources to show our understanding of these. On Thursday we all had fun identifying various smells (using our ‘n’ose) and each choosing our most and least favourite which we then recorded on a bar graph so we could see and discuss the results. 

In Reading lots of us have been great at reading our character names, along with the new word ‘and’. Once we are confident at this we will be getting books home that have words in them! We can’t wait. A big thank you to all the families who are supporting our homework programme- the benefits and difference it makes to your child’s progress is huge.  

In class we have been talking a bit about our emotions, using a resource called Emotionworks. In P1B we read a story about the Colour Monster and will be focussing on different feelings and emotions over the next few weeks. P1A learned about Little Pots of Happiness. 

We have had lots of time out of doors this week, and have been focussing on developing our listening skills. In the Nature Garden we made patterns.   

The children have mostly coped really well without their buddies this week, and it is good to see them becoming a bit more independent now that they have been in school for almost a term. Routines and rules are reinforced daily and we know you will also be doing this at home. 


Homework Bags must be returned on Friday unless your child is off school. 

PE continues to be out of doors meantime so please ensure your child has appropriate clothing as we move into the colder weather. It was very chilly on Thursday this week!!! Windows are also being kept open in the classrooms. 


Primary 2 

We have had another busy week class and we have been learning lots of new things. 

In Number we have been learning about 2D shape. We have been looking at flat shapes and the number of sides and corners each shape has. We have been looking around to see if we can see flat shapes in the classroom. We found loads and used tally marks to record our answers. 

In Language we have been working hard in spelling to learn our new words. We have also been looking at the alphabet and the letter names and sounds. 

We have been looking at the different ways we can move in PE and then we had to work to produce a series of movements followed by a finishing off shape. 

We have been talking about our feelings and how we feel when we are sad, happy, excited and shy.  


 Primary 2/3 

 This week we have continued to share stories which focus on our emotions. We enjoyed reading The Koala who Could and we have started to use the Emotion Works cogs to discuss feelings and our behaviour when we feel a certain way. 

In art we learned about the artist Wassily Kandinsky and used our skills with watercolours to make our own concentric circle pictures. 

In language we have been building descriptions together of different toys in class. The children are thinking of lots of interesting words to describe shape, size, texture and colour. There has been lots of great reading this week and good efforts to learn ‘look and say’ words. After discussing what we were proud of last week this week we talked about something we would like to get better at and wrote them in stars to go above our pegs.  

In PE we are working on team games and listening skills 


PE continues to be out of doors at the moment so please ensure your child has appropriate clothing as we move into the colder weather. It is getting very chilly in the mornings. Doors and windows are also being kept open in the classrooms.  

If you have not already done so please send in an old t shirt or shirt which could be used as a painting shirt as we cannot share these with other classes this year, thank you. 


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

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



This week in the nature garden we looked for autumn leaves and spoke about their colours. We collected the leaves and made a tiger’s mane. For P.E this week we used the MUGA and played a tag game. We ended our session with an energetic relay. During our Emotion works topic we looked at our facial expressions in mirrors to explore how our behaviour shows our emotions. We acted out a range of positive and negative emotions, noticing how our faces changed. 

In maths, the Calculators have been working on near double strategies such as compensation and transformation. The Compasses have been solving missing add ends and partitioning. The Coins have been practising their counting on strategy and the Calendars have been working on number bonds to 10. We explored multiplying by 2 and the idea of doubling. We began to start thinking how we can apply this to 2 and 3-digit numbers. 

Maths Week Scotland (25 Sep 2020 to 1 Oct 2020) 

Next week is Maths Week Scotland and P4 have entered Sumdog’s National Contest. To take part, simply play Sumdog maths games at home. We will also work on this in class during ICT time. Scores are based on accuracy, and questions are tailored to your level so that everyone has a fair chance. The contest runs from 8am on Friday 25th of September to 8pm the following Thursday – but you can play at any time during this period. As a reward for taking part, everyone who answers 100 questions will receive an item for their Sumdog House. There are also certificates of achievement for the first-place class in Scotland, leading students and daily winners. 

Nature Garden every Monday afternoon. Please remember a change of shoes and a warm/waterproof jacket. P.E outside every Wednesday and Thursday. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather on these days. 

Upper Primary Class Media Feeds 

Primary 5a – @p5a_r 

Primary 5b – 

 Primary 6a – 

 Primary 6b –  @mr_coulthard 

 Primary 7a – 

 Primary 7b –   @P7andMrWhan 

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