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Weekly News – October 2nd


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. 


School News 

Family Covid-19 Update (D&G Council) 

Please check your email for the latest Covid-19 Family Update from Dumfries and Galloway Council. A file can also be downloaded from the school website by clicking here

Speech and Language Therapy Information  

Please click here to see information about Speech and Language drop-In sessions at Gardenhill. 

Rainbow Snake 

Firstly a big thank you to M-L and H Ross who, while out a walk, very kindly tidied up some of the painted stones that had gone under the hedge. Thanks for your kindness girls 😊 

It is planned, over the next few weeks, to make a permanent feature of the painted stones. The school has been given permission to create a snake shape alongside the black fence at the front of the school. 

The plan is embed the stones in a snake shaped trench that will be filled with concrete. Weather permitting it is hoped to do this on the morning of Saturday 10th October. Help has already being offered by two parents and Mr Tyson will confirm next week if the work will go ahead on the 10th and what other help may be required. 

Any small donations towards the cost of the materials would be most welcome. Please pop coins in an envelope which can be handed in via pupil post – thank you. 


Class News

Primary 1a and 1b 

 Another busy week in Primary 1! 

This week we have been consolidating the six sounds we now know – s, a, t, p, i, n. We’ve been working hard at forming our letters correctly and blending sounds together to make simple words.  

We’ve continued to look at repeating patterns and we’re having great fun creating these patterns at school and at home! We can’t wait to share all of our Pattern Homework Challenges next week! 

We looked at simple charts this week – we made charts of the smells we liked and disliked last week and discussed the results. It was easy to see which smells we liked the best – sweeties! In P1a, we also made a chart about how tall we all are. We measured ourselves with string and put them all on the wall together so it was easy to compare our heights.  

Finally, we are continuing to love our time in the Nature Garden. We are being inventive in our imaginative play and in what we’re building! There’s a selection of photographs to share this week too. 


 *Pattern Homework challenges due on Monday (5th) – please use the email addresses to send in your patterns, or slip the pattern you’ve drawn into your homework packet. 

*Please send children into school wearing weather appropriate clothing on Thursdays for PE and on Fridays for Forest Fridays – the weather is changing and since we are outside for long periods, we don’t want to get cold! Thank you. 



Primary 2 

In Maths this week we have been looking at 3 D shapes and their properties. We explored how many edges, faces and corners each shape has. We then looked to see what 2D shapes we could see in cubes, cuboids, spheres and cones and we were surprised to see the triangles, squares, rectangles and circles in each of the 3D shapes. 

Sophie – All shapes are different sizes corners.
Emily – I like playing the shape monster game.
Anja – 2D shapes are flat.
Harper – We can use 3 D shapes to make models. 

In Language we are continuing to work hard to learn our spelling words. We have also been looking at the alphabet and have been matching the names of the letters with the sounds they make. We also have been practising writing letters with flicks to help us when we start to join our letters later in the year. 

We have also been looking at the colours our emotions make us feel. We decorated a picture of our face showing the outer half on one side and how we feel on the other side. We all worked hard and made some super faces with lots of detail. 

Lilly – I liked telling everyone about the inside of my face.
Sandy – I liked telling everyone about my hobbies. 

As the weather is getting a bit colder please could the children wear warmer clothing for PE on a Monday, Thursday and Friday.  


 Primary 2/3 

In maths this week we have been working on numbers and counting. We have been counting up and down and finding numbers before and after. The Circles maths group have been learning to describe numbers using tens and ones. 

In language we wrote a description of Problem Poodle trying to include information about size, colour and texture. 

We did a Rainbow group challenge which focused on working together and using our listening, talking and sharing skills. 

Leland – I had fun hunting for rainbow colours.
Chloe – I like doing different things each day.
Grace – I like colouring with my friends.
Mya – I enjoy counting in tens.
Beth – I liked our Kandinsky painting. 

Please send children into school wearing weather appropriate clothing on Mondays and Tuesdays for PE and on Fridays for Forest Fridays – the weather is changing and since we are outside for long periods, we don’t want to get cold!  

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 


 Primary 4 

 For art this week we worked on our printing skills. We made an autumnal hedgehog using a fork to print the spines. We added a smile, a googly eye and a little nose. After this we headed to the nature garden to write our names using leaves and our initials using sticks. During outdoor play in the nature garden we set up wooden planks across a ditch and tested our balance. We all had a go on the tire swing too. 

This week is Maths Week Scotland. P4 took part in the National Sumdog Contest which finished on Thursday night. 6,240 classes across Scotland entered the contest and P4 finished in 835th place with a score of 240 beating both P7a and P5a at our school! Well done P4, I know a lot of you were playing at home this week. In class we have been taking part in BBC Scotland audio ‘Rainbow’ quizzes every morning. Not only has this tested our number knowledge but also our listening skills. We had some fun games of math’s scrabble. We also completed a mathematics focused STEM challenge today. 

For our Emotion Works topic this week we are learning about what the red cog is and what it represents. We have talked about body sensations and know the words and phrases to locate and describe them. We have also thought about how the red cog relates to the other cogs we have covered so far. 

Nature garden every Monday afternoon. Please bring outdoor shoes or boots and warm and waterproof jacket. P.E outdoor every Wednesday and Thursday. Please dress 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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