Our Weekly News December 14th

Our Weekly School News – Sharing our learning with the school Community. 

 Christmas Card Competition – well done to Lacey Davies in P5 who is a runner-up in our Westminster MP’s Christmas Card competition.  

Listen out to West Sound’s Breakfast Show next Tuesday and possibly Wednesday when recordings of some of our classes singing Christmas Songs will be played 🙂 

The school now also has a Twitter page and it is hoped to make regular tweets on class and school activities. Search for us using @castledps 

The Reading Ambassadors’ Booksale was a success and lots of people left excited to read their new book. 

Here are some photographs from our Infant Christmas Celebration earlier this week.

 

 

Families are invited to read and chat together about what we have been learning this week in some of our classes. 

Primary 1a 

We’ve had a very busy week in P1! We worked so hard towards the school show and hope you enjoyed our performances! Our favourite song was definitely Boogie Woogie Blitzen! 

During the week, we’ve also been taking part in other Christmas activities. We have been practising wrapping presents, writing some Christmas cards and making decorations. 

We’ve really been enjoying receiving Christmas stories from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer! Every day a new story arrives for us to read as a class. It’s making the wait for Christmas just a little bit easier. 

Reminders
Our Christmas Craft afternoon is on Tuesday at 2pm. If you are hoping to attend, please sent back the RSVP slip. 

 

 

 

 

Primary 1b 

What a busy and fun filled week we have had! I want to say a HUGE well done to all of the children for their hard work and fantastic singing and dancing at the Christmas Concert. I am proud of all of them – superstars!  

We have enjoyed making Christmas art in the classroom – making baubles with tissue paper and gems and Christmas trees with sticks.   

Conall: “I like playing football with Zane, Zach and Kai and Ziya and Floyd.” 

Zane: “I like playing football with Conall’s game and I like seeing Santa! I like playing with Elliot, Conall, Ziya, Zac.h” 

Kai: “I’m going to see Santa at the Fire Station.” 

Ellie: “I love playing outside, I love playing with Lego and I love playing football.”  

Charlotte: “I like playing with Mya and I like learning with Mrs Thompson.” 

Flynn: “I like playing with Eddie, Zane and Brodie and Archie.” 

Mya: “I like playing with Charlotte, Willow, Beth and Tiffany. I like playing in the builders yard.” 

Hannah is taking home Ben the Bear for the weekend – have fun Hannah and Ben! 

Reminders 

Tuesday 18th at 2pm – Christmas Craft afternoon. 

 

 

Primary 3 

We have had a very busy week in P3! The pupils were history detectives on our town walk and were learning about how Castle Douglas has changed over the years. We were developing our map reading skills and using signs and pictures to look for clues.  

Ewan  “I liked going to the Fire Station to see the old fire engine.” 

Fallon “I learned that the swimming pool used to be a drill house.” 

Kahlen “I learned that horses used to pull the postman’s cart.” 

Alexander “I liked standing where the railway track used to be.” 

Harrie “I learned that the path near my house used to be train tracks.” 

We have been learning how to ask good quality questions and how to use a question mark in our writing. This week we had a lovely visit to Hanover court to speak to the residents and develop our talking and listening skills.  We shared some of the lovely songs we have been learning in music with Mrs Teale.  

Lewis “I tried to make people happy by singing to them.” 

Rose “I made people smile because I asked them good questions.” 

Ferne “I gave someone a handshake and I answered and asked good questions.” 

Imogen “I was kind because I made the ladies happy.” 

Harriet “I had good manners.” 

Milly “I liked having conversations with the people and learning more about them.” 

In I.C.T we are currently making a short film about what we are thankful for at Christmas time which we hope to share with all our visitors next week.  

Reminders 

Monday 17th December P3 and P3/4 Christmas party, please bring clothes in a labelled bag.
Wednesday 19th December P3 and P3/4 Christmas sharing afternoon. 

Primary 3/4 

What a busy week we have had!  

We started off the week with a lovely visit to Hanover Court to visit the residents and spread some Christmas cheer. We shared some of our wonderful Christmas songs that we have been learning in music and developed our listening and talking skills by asking the residents some super questions.  

Alex – “At Hanover we sang lovely Christmas songs. They sent us a lovely thank you card” 

Caitlin – “We took some chocolates and biscuits with us to share with the residents”.  

Coby – “We had a lovely chat with the residents. We had to ask good questions”.  

Fern – “I handed out the chocolates”.  

Ruby – “My question was how do you like to spread Christmas cheer”.  

 

On Tuesday we visited the church to see our artwork and look at the Christmas trees that are displayed. We had a wonderful time and are working hard to learn our songs in preparation for the Christmas service on Friday. We are really looking forward to going back.  

“Emma – “I enjoyed unscrambling the nine letters we found to make a word”.  

Zak – “I liked looking at the lovely Christmas trees”.  

This week we also went on a walk around the town to see how Castle Douglas has changed. We were super detectives and used the clues around us to look for evidence of change.  

Ruby – “The swimming pool used to be the drill hall. The soldiers would train there”.  

Kaidi – “I learned that there is evidence of the past all around us like signs and street names.”  

Fern – “We can also find evidence of the past by looking at brickwork”.  

Coby – “We found two brick signs when we left the school. These were from the old school and the girls and boys used to line up there”.  

Lucca – “There used to be a train station where Tesco is. We looked at the bridge that the train would go under”.  

We have also been preparing a Thankfulness at Christmas film in ICT. We can’t wait to share it with you.  

Reminders 

Monday 17th December – P3 and P3/4 Christmas party, please bring clothes in a labelled bag. 

Wednesday 19th December – P3 and P3/4 Christmas craft afternoon.

Primary 4 

On Monday we visited the church to see our art work and the decorated Christmas trees on display. We found out about what happens in the church at Christmas time. We have been singing our Christmas songs and look forward to visiting the church again on Friday for the Christmas service. We brought our mischievous elves to school and wrote an adventure story about what they have been up to. We had to write about something that goes wrong but gets sorted out in the end. With P4/5 we have learned the military two step and the dashing white sergeant in P.E ahead of our Christmas party on Tuesday. We have made paper strip trees in art, measuring, cutting and weaving paper to create triangles.  

Thank you to all the P4 parent helpers who accompanied the children to the Church on Monday.  

Reminders 

Christmas Party – Tuesday 18th at 1:30pm. Please bring your party clothes to change into after lunch. 

 

Primary 4/5 

This week we have been busy selling the last few Christmas Chorus CDs. It has been a great success and the final amount raised is now over £600. Thanks again to all who purchased it.  

In maths we have continued to learn about fractions. We now know how to place fractions on a number line in the correct order.  

In PE we have learned the Military Two Step and the Dashing White Sergeant with P4/5, in preparation for our Christmas Party next week. 

We have also been writing letters to Santa Claus. We had to include an address, a greeting and a closing farewell.  

Shea – It was fun learning the Scottish dances in PE.  

Charlotte – I’m so happy we made so much profit with our CDs but I feel quite sad that it is all over. 

Murray – I have enjoyed dancing with pupils from other classes.  

Brooke – I know how to lay out a letter the correct way. 

Lhlyaijana – I remembered to include all the important information in my letter to Santa. 

Reminders 

 Christmas Party – Tuesday 18th at 1.30pm. Please bring your party clothes to change into after lunch. 

Wednesday 19th – Visit to the Church to see the decorated Christmas trees – remember to bring an appropriate coat as we will be walking there.  

  

Primary 5 

This week we have looked at Christmas television adverts and how different companies use a variety of product placement, themes and key messages to influence their audience. We will design our own Christmas adverts next week with a focus on persuasive writing. We have continued our work on fractions with Miss Mackintosh and measurement with Mrs Starkey in numeracy. We had a visit from Mrs Mckechnie from the Scottish Government Building last Friday which was great fun and we took part in our own debate, created manifestos and voted for a political party. In P. E. we have been learning the Canadian Barn Dance. We have also written Christmas cards with meaningful compliments and grateful messages and have been making snowballs. Next week we will look at the results from our survey of what people think about living in Castle Douglas.

What children have learned from our topic this week:

Lacey “I learned that the Scottish Parliament is in Hollyrood in Edinburgh. We also learned that you have to be 16 to vote and there are five main political parties. My favourite part was when we had to think of things to say at the vote.”

Rebecca “I learned how to debate and how to vote. My favourite part was when we were doing the debate.”

Shannon “I learned how to debate in a nice way.”

Douglas “I learned about if something is devolved or resolved. My favourite part was when I smashed the hammer as presiding officer.”

Anna “I was the leader for the political party for Animal Welfare. We learned how to debate and how to vote. I loved being the leader.”

Ruby “I learned what political party logos look like.”

Jack “I learned how to vote and my favourite part was the car races which explained how the voting system works.”

Eilidh “There are five main parties for example labour and SNP. My favourite part was when we had parties and we voted for our favourite!”

Summer “I have learned that you have to do a cross when you vote.”

Skye “I loved voting.”

Erin “My favourite part was when we were in groups and we had to think what we would do if we had to make Scotland the best.”

Well done to Alper who has recently started at a boxing club.
Congratulations to Eilidh and Isla who have received new belts in karate. 

Reminders 
Our Christmas party is next week on Wednesday 19th December at 1.30pm. Children should dress as normal for school and take their party clothes with them in a bag. 

 

Primary 5/6 

Please see our Twitter feed for our class news 🙂  https://twitter.com/mr_coulthard 

 

Primary 6/7 

 This week we have been learning about the importance of budgeting. We made our Christmas Card this week also to send to our loved ones! We also visited the church to see the Christmas Tree Festival.
Abbie W has moved up a level at swimming lessons and can now swim in the deep end. 

 

 

Primary 7  

Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

 Sam – We have learned how to do harder division sums this week. 

Deacon – I enjoyed helping with the Christmas lunch. 

Andrew D – I enjoyed learning about how many watts are in different appliances.  

Elise – I enjoyed helping with the infant concert on Wed afternoon and Wed evening. 

Neave – I enjoyed making cards for our trip to Bothwell house next week. 

Ryan K – At horse-riding I got a rosette as a gift for doing a good job. 

Ryan – I worked hard on my maths and got dojo points.  

Jayden – I really enjoyed dancing on Tuesday and can’t wait for our party on Monday.  

Bob – Isla L and I are learning how to play Christmas songs on the guitar. 

Well done to Neve and Morven for getting their Accelerated Reader target this week.  

Reminders 

P7 party – Monday 17th Dec 6.30pm – 8.30pm.  

Trip to Bothwell House – Tuesday 18th Dec 10am  

Visit to the church – Wednesday 19th Dec 1.30pm 

 

 

 

 

Our Weekly News – December 7th

Our Weekly School News – Sharing our learning with the school Community

Please have a read and a chat about what some of our Classes have been up to this week.

The Reading Ambassadors have been working hard to organise their Secondhand Book sale on Monday. The pictures show us sorting out all of the donated books.

The Homework Club and Global gang were delighted to receive a very generous cheque from the Co-op who raised £250 by holding a tombola and bake sale for our school funds. We plan to buy a portable cooker to use at Homework Club and in the classes. Thank you very much to all who helped to raise this fantastic amount.

 

Primary 1a 

Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

We’ve had lots of fun this week. Here’s some of the things we’ve enjoyed! 

Riley: I’ve liked playing with the junk. I made presents for Dad. 

Darla: I’ve been playing with Murry. 

 Miss Potts: I’ve enjoyed listening to the children’s beautiful singing when they have practised. 

 Luke: I’ve enjoyed playing with the microphones. 

Amelia: I like the post office in our class. Playing with the till. 

 This week we visited the Church to look at the Christmas trees. We met the new Minister and enjoyed looking at all the different designs on the trees. Thank you for letting us come along! 

 Jillie: I liked seeing the Christmas trees.  

 Ethan: I had a pen. We had to find all the letters on the angels. 

 We also wrote letters to Santa and posted them on our trip. We hope we get some replies! 

 Charlie: We sent our Santa letters. We went and posted them in the box at the Church. 

 Reminders 

Christmas Craft Afternoon – Tuesday 18th December at 2pm. Don’t forget to return reply slip if you haven’t already.  

Christmas Show – we look forward to performing for you on Wednesday! 

 

Primary 1b 

Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

We would like to start by saying a BIG thank you to Akie and Barbara who joined us last Friday for an afternoon of Lego! Akie showed us all the fantastic builds he had made; a replica of their house with a lego Ziya in his bedroom, a motorised vehicle and the Nativity scene. The children worked in groups with Akie to follow instructions and each build their own lego Rudolph to hang on their tree. We were also given some lego decorations to hang on our class tree. The children had a wonderful afternoon – completely engaged in building and constructing.   

Beth: “I liked making my Rudolph” 

Ziya: I liked my Mum and Dad coming in and I liked helping other children make their Rudolph” 

Zach: “I liked making a Captain America plane” 

Conall: “I liked building my Rudolph” 

Mya: “I liked buildng my reindeer” 

Kai: “I liked making Hulk” 

Zane: “I like playing with Zach and Joshua” 

Ellie: “I love playing with everything!” 

Charlotte: “I like learning things that I don’t know” 

William: “I liked being the teacher” 

Tiffany: “I liked practising the songs” 

The children have been working extremely hard practising for the Christmas show. They are ALL superstars!  

Elliot is taking Ben the bear home this weekend – have fun Elliot and Ben! 

 

Christmas Craft Afternoon – Tuesday 18th December at 2pm. Don’t forget to return reply slip if you haven’t already.  

 

Primary 2/3 

Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

We have been doing a lot of Art this week to decorate the hall for our Christmas concert. 

Zoe ‘ We made snowmen and snowflakes to stick up in the hall.’ 

Jack J ‘We have been practising our Christmas songs in the hall on the stage.’ 

Cooper ‘We made chains to decorate the class.’ 

 We have recently started doing small activities at the start of each day in what we call our Morning Groups.
Darcie ‘I like when we get to go on the computers.’ 

In maths we have started to learn about symmetry.  

Alexander ‘We have an advent calendar each morning and we have been getting letters every day.’ 

We don’t know who the letters are from but there is a little door on the wall so we think that is how they are getting into our class! 

Reminders 

Monday 10th December – book sale in the afternoon, all books 20p. 

Wednesday 12th December – afternoon and evening performance of our songs. 

Thursday 13th December – walk to Castle Douglas Parish Church to visit the Christmas Tree Festival.  

Primary 3 

In Art and Design this week, we have been creating Christmas trees using different shades and strokes of oil pastels. They look fantastic in our classroom! 

We have been learning about vowels in Literacy this week. We enjoyed singing a song with the ‘Vowel Owls’ and we identified the vowels in different words with a partner.  

As part of our Santa Claus comes to Castle Douglas topic, Mr Tyson came to talk to us about the history of Castle Douglas in preparation for our walk next week. We are looking forward to developing our map skills and learning new facts.  

Reminders 

Monday 10th December – walk to Hanover Court to perform our Christmas songs. 

Monday 10th December – History of Castle Douglas town walk 

Tuesday 11th December – walk to Castle Douglas Parish Church to visit the Christmas Tree Festival.  

Wednesday 19th December – Christmas Craft Afternoon at 1.30pm.  

 

Primary 3/4 

This week we read The Kind Christmas tree. 

“We thought of adjectives to describe the Kind Christmas Tree”. – Emma 

“We created Christmas Tree pictures in the style of Paul Klee”. – Ruby  

“It is an abstract piece of art”. – Caitlin 

“We created different shades of colours by changing the pressure of the pencil”. – Fern 

“We looked at the colour wheel and we had to pick three complimentary colours”. Coby 

“We are working on symmetry in maths. We made a symmetrical picture of a gingerbread man” – Kaidi 

“We have to use a mirror to help us” – Tika  

“We have started learning Scottish Country Dancing in PE.” – Alex  

As part of our Santa Claus comes to Castle Douglas topic, Mr Tyson came to talk to us about the history of Castle Douglas in preparation for our walk next week. 

Reminders 

Monday 10th December – walk to Hanover Court to perform our Christmas songs. 

Tuesday 11th December – walk to Castle Douglas Parish Church to visit the Christmas Tree Festival.  

Thursday 13th December – History of Castle Douglas town walk.  

Monday 17th December – Christmas Party – Please bring party clothes in your bag.  

Wednesday 19th December – Christmas Craft Afternoon at 1.30pm.   

 

Primary 4 

In maths P4 are continuing to compare, describe and show number relationships, using appropriate vocabulary and the symbols for equals, not equal to, less than and greater than. We had fun applying our skills on the Promethean board.  

We have completed our hockey block in PE and enjoyed showing off all the skills that we have been developing when playing team games.  

We have started exploring Christmas as part of our community celebrations topic. The class sorted cards into wants and needs. We talked about why other people may not have everything they need to live. The class decided to plan a way to help a local charity meet the needs of people in the community at Christmas by making a Christmas card. To do this we used 2Publish software in ICT. The children had to create, edit and print a card.  

Wider Achievement 

Kianna has moved up to level SS5 at swimming. 

Rylan started cubs and made his promise. 

Reminders 

Please return your curriculum swimming letter. 

We are visiting the church on Monday 10th. 

 

Primary 4/5 

This week in P4/5 we shared The Christmas Chorus CD with the rest of the school at our assembly. We all worked very hard to learn our lines and share how we made our CD. We have nearly sold 200 and have made a fantastic profit of over £530. 

Shea – Lydia won the CD design competition, well done! 

Jesse-Leigh – I had fun performing at assembly, everyone thought we did well. 

Charlotte – I was nervous to begin with but became more confident as the assembly went on. 

Elle – I was confident at speaking out to an audience.  

Freya – I was nervous because I had to go first.  

Callum – I am proud at the amount of CDs we have sold. 

Shea – I am surprised but pleased at how much profit we have made so far.  

Wider Achievement 

Charlotte and Freya have been awarded a medal for their participation in football. They both attend Threave Under 9s Girls Team.  

Callum and Shea did their Promise at Cubs this week. They received some new badges too.  

Reminders 

Please remember to return swimming letters.  

 

Primary 5 

P5 have been continuing their work on fractions. We have also discussed Christmas adverts and how companies promote their products. In social studies we have looked at the timeline of how Scottish parliament came to be what it is today. This week we joined P5/6 to practise the ceilidh dances we have learned so far – Dashing White Seargent and Military Two Step. Next week we will learn Canadian Barn Dance. In art with Mrs. Starkey children have been working on painting and blending.  

Reminders 

Please use this link to access and take part in the survey we have created investigating what members of the community think about our local area – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K29FWJW  

 

Primary 5/6 

Primary 5/6 Twitter Page 

P5/6 would like to find out if Twitter would be a good way to share class news and activities rather than using the School’s Weekly News Facebook page. 

Families would need to download the Twitter App on to mobile devices and then follow P5/6 on Twitter. Search for our page: “P5/6 and Mr Coulthard @mr_coulthard” to see regular learning updates, achievements, photos and class reminders. Feel free to also follow the school’s twitter page at “Castle Douglas P Sch @castledps”. 

The class would like to try this for the next few weeks and then ask for your thoughts on what is the best way to share our learning with you. 

Thanks, 

Mr Coulthard 

 

Primary 6 

“We have been creating artwork using blending and different shades.” (Lacey) 

“In PE, we have been working on Scottish dancing. We have done the Military Two Step and the Dashing White Sergeant.” (Rhianna) 

“We have been learning about climate change and greenhouse gases. We looked at how to reduce our Carbon footprint.” (Tommy) 

“In Maths, we were learning about how to calculate area and perimeter.” (Molly) 

 

Primary 6/7 

This week we have been learning about budgeting. We have been learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide money calculations. 

Holly “We have been counting money and making the same amount in as many different ways as possible. We have also been seeing how much change we get back.” 

Melissa “ I have been learning about decimal fractions.” 

Miriam “In maths this week we have been learning about frequency tables.” 

As part of our topic we have been learning what to do in an earthquake.  

Reminders 

We are planning to visit the Church on Thursday 13th December at 1.30pm. We would really like a parent helper to come with us. If you would like to join us please let Mr Whan know!

 

Primary 7 

Sophie – We have been dancing in P.E in preparation for our Christmas party. I danced with Sam and Rory T. 

Sami – We made Rudolph Christmas cards. We got to use glitter and stars.  

Mia – We made party invites for all the staff in the school to invite them to our party. I invited Mrs Findlay. 

Jayden – In maths, with Mrs Campbell, we have been working on perimeter. For a square you measure one side and times it by four. 

Sam – I am proud of myself for being quick with my tables and I enjoyed doing long multiplication this week.  

Ollie – In RME we have been learning all about the Christmas story. I am looking forward to finding out about Christmas around the world.  

Well done to Neave, Deacon, Jayden and Hannah for achieving their Accelerated Reading target this week. 

Reminders 

Our Christmas party is Monday 17th December from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Return slips for how the children will get home afterwards are to be handed in. 

We are visiting the church on Wednesday 19th December at 1.30pm. Any parent helpers are very welcome. Please let Mrs Milligan know if you can help. 

 

 

 

P6 Outdoor Education Videos

Click here to link to two short videos which were filmed by the Outdoor Education staff during our P6 November activities.

 

Our Weekly News – November 30th

Our Weekly School News – Sharing our learning with the school Community

School Car Park. 
Parents are asked, when dropping off in the car park, to please ensure that children go the shortest route to the nearest pavement area and not across the car parking area where cars are travelling. Thank you for your help with this. 

 

Home Learning Survey
Please click on this link to go to a short survey about the recent family maths home learning activities. 

Our November Pupils of the Month.

Class news  

Please have a read and a chat about what some of our Classes have been up to this week. 

Primary 1a
This week we’ve been finishing off our Julia Donalson topic by reading Stickman. We’ve been retelling stickman in the outdoors, measuring different sizes of Stickmen and making our own Tree Houses. We used our counting skills to find sticks with the same amount of branches as the people who live in our house. We have drawn the members of our family and attached them to our branches, making our Tree Houses. Photos taken by Darla.

Iris: I’ve liked drawing my pictures of my family and putting them on my family tree!

Murry: I liked putting stuff on my family tree.

We’ve learned lots of new sounds recently and have enjoyed learning the sound and how to form them in different ways. Jelly was definitely a favourite for ‘j’, we made lovely lollipops for ‘l’ and drew letters in foam for ‘f’. A huge thank you to all of our Stay for a Sound visitors – we loved welcoming you into our class!

Darla: I liked when the Mums and Dads came to do the sounds. We did the playdough letters.

Skye: I like the jumping game we play for sounds.

Miley: I like sounds too!

We’ve also been looking at shape and measure in Maths, and practising hard for our Christmas Concert! Look out for tickets in homework bags.

Wider Achievement

Well done to our P1a Pupil of the Month, Riley! Keep up the hard work!

Reminders

Our class Storytime session is on Wednesday 5th December at 2:30. All are welcome to join us for a lovely Christmas story.

Primary 1b 

Inspired by the ‘Stickman’ story we made a class tree house! Everybody drew a picture of themselves, wrote their name and all the pictures are hanging on the tree. We are looking forward to having a go at making more of our own stickmen – Ziya and Brodie worked with the branches and string to make their own.  

Our sounds this week were ‘l’ and ‘o’. We all designed our own fruit lollipops and we all decided that the letter ‘o’ was a nice one to write!  

In Maths we have been continuing to explore measure and compare objects; biggest and smallest.  

Zane: “I liked playing with the lego with Flynn, William, Conall and Angus. We built a spaceship and a helicopter and a house” 

Angus: I liked doing police game with Elliot, Ziya, Zane and William” 

Kai: “me, Angus, William, Conall, Eddie, Zach, Zane, Elliot, Ziya like playing police. Flynn and Angus too” 

Mya: “Willow and me like playing babies” 

Charlotte: “we’ve been writing our names” 

Ellie: ”I love playing with everybody” 

Elliot: “me, Ziya and Flynn were building lego” 

Conall has taken Ben home this weekend – have fun Conall and Ben! 

Reminders
Our class Storytime session is on Tuesday 4th December at 2:30. All are welcome to join us for a lovely Christmas story. 

 

Primary 2 

This week we have been learning about grid references and how to plot points to make a fish and a bird. 

Ethan says he has liked doing this because he is good at it. 

We have also been learning about the water cycle and how rain is made. We watched a power point which helped to explain what happens and then we completed work for the water cycle on the board. Well done P2. 

Wider Achievement
Well done to our P2 pupil of the month Miya-Lilly. 

Reminders 

Please could everyone remember to bring their party clothes for the concert by Thursday 6th of December. 

 

Primary 3 

This week, we have been exploring symmetry. We have used mirrors to find different lines of symmetry on objects around the classroom and we have been making symmetrical pictures using loose parts.  

Eli – ‘Butterflies are symmetrical’ 

Lewis – ‘We used mirrors to find the line of symmetry’. 

We have been busy making invitations for our Christmas Craft Afternoon – they will be coming home soon! 

Imogen – ‘An invitation tells you that something is happening and that you are invited to come’. 

Cara – ‘An invitation tells you the time, the date and the place’.

 

Primary 3/4 

Jake – “This week the maths we did was quite tricky but it was fun!” 

Connor – “I enjoyed researching Scottish castles in ICT. We have made a tourist information leaflet about lots of Scottish Castles.”  

Nikola – “I enjoyed dancing in PE” 

Kyle – “We watched a part of shrek and we had to talk about what we saw about castles and knights” 

Kaidi – “I enjoyed making the Rudolph cards for Carlingwark House” 

Ruby – “I liked making the art for the church. We had to blend colours from dark to lights to make the night sky”.  

Fern- “I have enjoyed cutting out the angels during art”.  

 

Primary 4/5 

This week we have been preparing for our assembly.  

Lily – It is hard to learn the words off by heart but I am trying. 

Freya – I nearly know my words now. 

Charlotte – You have to speak nice and clearly so the audience can hear what you are saying. 

Lhlyaijana – You need to speak out and look at your audience. 

Hugo – I am trying to be confident.  

In maths we have started learning about Fractions. 

Callum – Fractions have to be equal in size. 

Maxi – I’ve learned that the number on the top of a fraction is called the numerator. 

Alannah – The bottom number on a fraction is called the denominator.  

Lhlyaijana – The bottom number tells us how many parts the shape has been split up into.  

Skye – If the bottom number is a 5, then the shape has been split up into fifths.  

Reminders
Our class Assembly is on Wednesday 5th December at 1.30pm. Please can all mobile phones be switched off as they in interfere with the microphones. Thank you.  

 

Primary 5 

This week we have made Christmas angels for the church. We have continued work on fractions and have been finishing off our letters to local councillor Mr Iain Howie.  
 
P5s topic this term is ‘Local and National Government’. Pupils have worked in pairs to design a questionnaire about their local area using computers. They have voted on the best questionnaire as a basic introduction to voting. Pupils will use this questionnaire to survey pupils, staff, parents and members of the local community using survey monkey.  
 
Please complete the questionnaire using the link below which has also been sent out to the children through OneDrive. The survey is open to anyone who lives in Castle Douglas, both children and adults, and is completely anonymous. 
 
Responses must be in by Thursday next week.  
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K29FWJW 

Next week, children will use the results of the survey to come up with their own political party manifestos. 
 
Wider Achievement 
Well done to everyone who took part in the wider achievement assembly.  

Reminders  

Please use this link to access our survey – responses must be in by Thursday next week. Anybody in Castle Douglas can take part. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K29FWJW 

 

Primary 5/6 

 P5/6 have started their new class novel. After a close vote, the pupils decided that they would like to hear “Awful Auntie”.  

We began our rainforest PowerPoint presentations this week which are already shaping up to be very impressive.  

In Science, P5/6 explored what objects make high pitches and what make low sounds. We found that drums, whistles and guitars all make different noises for very different reasons.  

Things became very tense as pupils braved “The Hotseat”. The pupils listened to a section of text, devised their own questions and tried to outsmart the contestants.  

Wider Achievement 

Well done to Duncan who has successfully completed his swimming training. 

Horse rider Rosie took home another trophy in her latest competition. 

Jazmin won her church dance competition. Well done! 

Primary 6 

“We have been comparing different types of air masses.” (Michalina) 

“The Arctic Maritime brings cold and wet weather to the UK.” (Logan) 

“The air masses with the word ‘continental’ in them bring dry weather and they travel across land.” (Mylie) 

“The air masses with the word ‘maritime’ in them bring wet weather conditions and travel over water.” (Ellie) 

“We were creating angels for the Church.” (Lacey) 

“On Wednesday, some of us were making Strawberry Cheesecake. It was tasty! (Teigan) 

Primary 7  

This week we have been very busy in class. In maths we have been working on tricky multiplication sums. We have been consolidating our addition and subtraction strategies in mental maths. With Mrs Campbell we have also been working on perimeter which has been fun.  

We have been working in groups for our energy topic this week. We have been researching facts and information to display on a poster to share with the class.  

We completed the second last session of our Magix music maker programme on Monday. We are all very excited to complete our songs, transfer them to CD and share them with everyone.  

Well done to Deacon and Ollie for achieving their Accelerated Reading targets. 

Well done to all the pupils who received their Bronze certificates this week too.  

 

 

 

 

 

Lois and Lotti’s Carlingwark Memories

P6 Carlingwark Adventure

On Thursday and Friday all P6 girls  went to Carlingwark.

Day 1

We did orienteering and mountain biking and  we  really enjoyed it.


Lotti thought “ the experience was great and it was a lot of fun”.
Lois thought “the experience was fun and a lot of challenges during the trip”.

The main challenge was climbing Criffel is a big hill near Dumfries and is 597 m high . We also got another challenge at Criffel it  was  the tunnel  with water. At the end of the tunnel there was water that would have went up to Lois’s collar bone and Lotti’s   waist.

This shows how steep our walk up the hill was.

We stopped for almost as long as we walked!

The Pipe Challenge.

On the summit 🙂

Teamwork in action!

Lotti’s fear was staying over night but my friends were there to help me. We shared dorms with each other and Ellie, Amy, Rosie and Jazmin.
On Thursday night we went on a night walk to Threave Gardens. On our walk we found the schools Geocache the one that we found was Swifts  so that meant it hasn’t been found but eagle, deer and hare has been found. We had a great time on the walk at night.

The mounting biking was tricky but fun.

We really enjoyed it and we would do it again. We would rate it a 10/10.

Our Weekly News – November 23rd

Our Weekly School News – Sharing our learning with the school Community

Please have a read and a chat about what some of our Classes have been up to this week.

Primary 1b

Class Activities and Pupil Comments

This week we have been reading ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson. We are working on making our own stickmen and retelling the story outside. We found Jacob’s stickman near Angus, William and Tiffany’s birthday cakes – he must like chocolate cake!

We have been learning 2 new sounds ‘j’ and ‘f’ and had great fun getting messy in jelly, foam and printing with fruit! We enjoyed having some of the parents and families in for ‘stay for a sound’ sessions – the children were excited to show the adults all of the language activities and particularly enjoyed playing splat the sound with them.

In Maths we are exploring measure; measuring objects and people. In the builders yard the children have been using metre sticks, rulers and measuring tapes when designing and building houses.

Brodie: “Eddie and me are making a haunted house and a haunted car”
Hannah: “ When I was making my lego, Flynn put William’s creation on it”
Zane: “Me and Max were sharing and playing with his toys outside – its Marvel toys and also I like doing our phonics”.
Tiffany: “I like doing our homework and learning our new letters”
Mya: “Willow and me were playing outside”
Ellie: “I love playing with Hannah”
Angus: “I have a Harry Potter lego set for my birthday from Uncle Chris”
Joshua: “I like playing with my friends”
Willow: “I like learning letters”
Beth: “I like making you, Mrs Thompson cards and pictures”
Beth: “I like learning the new sounds and doing the actions”

Brodie is taking Ben home this weekend – have fun Ben and Brodie!

Primary 2/3

Class Activities and Pupil Comments
We have been learning lots of new songs for the Christmas concert. We have also started to practise dances for our party in PE.
Aiden ‘I like doing the Santa dance.’
We wrote stories this week using story spinners to give us ideas.
Zoe ‘ I liked writing the story because I like reading stories.’
We finished our wet on wet wax resist pictures and enjoyed using the water colours to create different types of skies.
Abbie ‘ I liked the new board games.’ These were spelling games which are part of our morning routine.

Primary 3

Class Activities and Pupil Comments
This week, we have been building our own Castles outside. We worked as part of team to include the different parts we have been learning about – such as a portcullis, a drawbridge and battlements. We used different outdoor materials and we then labelled our castle.

In ICT, we have been exploring the use of a search engine. We have been using key words to find out about different Scottish castles and we worked with a partner to produce a simple fact sheet for Edinburgh Castle.

Primary 3/4

Class Activities and Pupil Comments

Ruby – “I enjoyed writing an advert for a knight”
Lydia – “I liked learning about tiling. We designed a new bathroom”
Tika – “I enjoyed thinking of shapes to make my tiling picture”
Nikola – “I really enojyed dancing this week. I was dancing with a ribbon”
Cameron – “I liked finding information about a Scottish Castle on the computer”
Alex – “I enjoyed doing maths this week. It was fun”
Kaidi – “I enjoyed labelling the parts of the knight’s armour”
Coby – “I enjoyed doing the really hard SAMSON sums”
Fern – “I enjoyed using different colours and shapes to make my tiling picture”

Wider Achievement
Coby is going to show off his football skills to some professional footballers this weekend!
Fern has been painting her new bedroom. She managed to paint half of it all by herself. Well done.

Reminders
Homework folders should be brought to school every day.

Primary 4

Class Activities and Pupil Comments

P4 have been taking part in lots of fun activities to apply their fractions skills. This week we explored tenths, fifths and thirds. We used ICT to enhance our learning when comparing fractions and working out fraction problems.
Rylan: “I enjoyed playing the Auntie Pasta game and finding the correct slice of pizza”.
Emily-Rose: “My favourite was the Lego as I had to fit all of the correct bits together”.
Freya: “I was excited when I flipped the tiles over and I had got them all right”.
Fraser: “The dominos game was the best, I liked the competition with my partner”.

Reminders
Vlogger team – Please have visited all of the maths websites by Thursday 29th.

Primary 4/5

Class Activities and Pupil Comments

This week we have been learning how to burn music onto a blank CD for our enterprise project.
Murray – It was really fun. We split up into pairs to burn the CDs. Callum and I got lots done.
Brooke – I learned how to burn CDs without making mistakes.
Oliver R – It was quite tricky at first, but with some help I got the hang of it.
In maths we have been working on our subtraction skills. This week we have been learning how to ‘borrow’
Brooke – borrowing is quite hard, I think I need some more help.
Lily – If a number is too big to subtract you have to borrow from the tens column.
Wider Achievement

Freya started football club this week. She loves it already!
Callum and Maxi won a competition at Cubs.

Reminders
Please remember to learn words for our class assembly.

 

Primary 5

Class Activities and Pupil Comments

Primary 5 had a fantastic time at Dumfries Museum last Friday. We learned about how journalists of the day reported on World War One and portrayed it to those back at home. We learned about the importance of propaganda and the maintenance of morale in a wartime situation, the difference between the truth of what happened and what we now call “fake news”. We investigated in class groups some of the objects and photographs related to the exhibition. We explored the exhibition further to discover connections with what happened then and what happens now. This week we have learned about money values in maths with Miss Mackintosh and finished chance and uncertainty with Mrs Starkey. In literacy we have used active spelling in class and have started doing ‘book detectives’ which is a form of reciprocal reading.

Wider achievement

Well done Reece, Ruby and Skye whose gymnastics club won club of the year.

 

Primary 6

Class Activities and Pupil Comments
“P6 boys went to Carlingwark on Monday and Tuesday. We climbed Criffel. It was very challenging and it was also good fun.” (Jack)

“On the Tuesday, we did orienteering. We had to stable cards and you had to collect as many as you could.” (Cameron)
“On Monday night, we did a night walk around Threave and Castle Douglas. It was a challenge because we couldn’t use a torch!” (Fraser)
“Mountain biking was fun and a challenge!” (Jamie)
“In class, we were investigating how rain was formed and we carried out two experiments.” (Jake)
“We made our own wind vanes.” (Lewis)

Primary 6/7

Class Activities and Pupil Comments
Holly “ Our new topic is Natural Disasters”
We have added lots of facts about our learning to our learning wall including, the facts that families sent to us at the beginning of the week!

Aillie “ We made the structure of the earth using Oreo Biscuits, chocolate spread and smarties”.

Jaimie-Leigh “ Today we have been learning Scottish Dancing with Primary 7” We have attached photos of this to our weekly news.

Primary 6 pupils had a great time at Carlingwark.

Lucas “My favourite thing was mountain biking. It was really fun.”
Noah O “ My favourite activity was the hill walk.”
Kalim “I learned how to map read when in Dalbeattie forest”

Wider Achievement
Brooke and Noah S have joined Dance Club.
Adam took part in a swimming competition at the weekend and won two of his races. Well done!

Reminders
A reminder that all children should bring their P.E. kits on Monday. Kits should be in school every day please.
Primary 7

Class Activities and Pupil Comments

Jayden – Today in maths we were doing tricky multiplication. It got easier once we got the hang of it!

Rory T – In maths we completed assessments and I got them all right! It felt good.

Elise –I was also proud of my maths assessment this week.

Charley – We’ve been learning about renewable and non-renewable energy. Renewable is better for the environment

Sami – In art we have been making angels for the church.

Tiana – In P.E we have been doing benchball. It was good doing the nominated person.

Katherine – We were doing our Big Writing assessment this week. It has taken a long time to finish it.

Tiana & Connor – We are proud because we got our Accelerated Reading target.

Family Learning – Maths Activities at Home

We are launching our Family Learning at Home webpages today and invite all our CDPS families to have a go at the maths activity chosen by each class and/or group.

There’s a quick  link on the Website Welcome post to the Home Learning homepage or click here.

More information about November’s activities (with class links) can also be found below.

 

Dear CDPS Family

Family Engagement – Sharing Learning Together at Home

Parents are the first, and most vital, teacher any child has. While schools give children a great education, learning doesn’t start and stop at the school gates. Doing fun things with your children is one of the great things about being a parent. You can make a huge difference. Research shows that children do better at school and throughout life when parents take part in their learning.

To help with this, our school is working on developing a bank of activities for families to access and share at home. The activities are not extra ‘homework’ but opportunities for families to find out more about what is happening in school by having a go at activities that do not require much preparation or resources and will support the work being taught in class. The activities are not for children to do on their own but together with one or two other family members. It’s all about talking and helping each other.

The activities are optional but there is strong evidence of the positive impact on pupil attainment when families are engaged together in sharing learning and we would encourage every family to have a go at the maths activity for this term.

The activities are found on our School Website. https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/dg/cdps/

There is a quick link to the activities in the Website Welcome Message or please use the Family Learning and Engagement menu on the right hand side of the website.

Families will be directed to the relevant activity by email and Facebook post or a paper copy will be sent home if no internet access at home.

From the Learning Together – Home Learning Ideas and Activities page you will find general information as well as links to Family Learning Ideas (right hand menu). This session we are developing maths and numeracy activities.

Early Level is mainly for Nursery and P1 age, First Level is mainly for P2-4 age, Second Level is mainly for P5-7 age and families will be directed to the activities that match your child’s pace of learning.

We hope that families enjoy having a go at the November’s Home Learning activity and we will be asking for your feedback on
– how easy (or not) it is to access the activities from the website.
– the suitability of the activities for home engagement. (The activities should be too time consuming or involve a lot of preparation).
– any problems you may have met doing the activity.
– suggestions for similar activities
– suggestions for other learning that your family would like to have home activities for.

It is planned to share at least two activities each term but families are welcome to browse through all the activities and suggestions to be added (particularly with a local context) are very welcome.

Please go to the next page for class maths activities to try in November. Primary 1 are asked to wait until 26th before starting theirs.

 

Read, Write and Count for Primary 1-3 Pupils
The Scottish Book Trust is giving every P1-3 pupil in Scotland a pack which contains reading and writing resources for you to enjoy and keep at home. The Family Packs will also be coming home today.

Click on a link to take you to the home learning website.

Activity – click on the bold link and then scroll down the activity webpage.

P1a and P1b – Measurement – Activity 1 – How Tall Am I?

 

P2 – Probability – Activity 1 : Could it Happen?

 

P2/3 – Shape – Activity 3 : 3D Objects at Home

 

P3 – Shape – Activity 3 : 3D Objects at Home

 

P3/4 – Shape – Activity 2 : Robot Challenge

 

P4 – Fractions – Quarters – Activity 6 : Bob and Betty

 

P4/5 – Fractions

Circle Group – Activity 4 : Half Number Line Game

Rectangles  – Activity 7 : Quarter Number Line Game 

Triangles –  Activity 11 : Coin Collections

Squares & Hexagons Activity 13 : Coin Collections

 

P5 – Fractions

Choice from

Activity 15 – Sorting Objects or for a more difficult challenge try

Activity 1 – Fraction Facts

 

P5/6 – Position and Movement  – Activity 5 : Co-ordinate Map

 

P6 – Shape

Circles Group – Activity 2 : Robot Challenge

Pentagons/Triangles/Squares – Activity 1 : 3D Objects at Home

 

P6/7 – Shape

Squares and Rectangles –
Activities 1: 3D Objects at Home and 4 : What is that Shape?

Triangles and Pentagons – Activity 2 : Cube Nets

 

P7 –  Shape – Activity 3 : Shape Robot.

 

Our Generous School Community

Thank you so much to our generous Nursery and School Community.

In the past few weeks families, staff and friends of the school have donated £125 to the Poppy Appeal, £1177 to Children in Need and the Pupil Councillors helped fill sixteen shoeboxes full of toys, toiletries and household items (there are still three more big boxes full of items to put in shoeboxes!) for the Rotary Shoebox Appeal.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Our Weekly Class News – November 9th

Our Weekly School News – Sharing our learning with the school Community

Please have a look at what some of our Classes have been up to this week.

 

Primary 1a 

Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

 This week we have read ‘The Everywhere Bear’ by Julia Donaldson. Alongside this, we have been designing our own teddy bears using different materials and writing to our class bear, Ted. We are looking forward to taking Ted home for the weekend and sharing our adventures together with the class. 

Riley: I liked having milk and muffins for ‘m’.
Lola: I really want to take Ted home. I want to play with him.
Kendyl: I like playing with teddies.  

In maths we have been learning about 2d shapes. We made some wonderful Shape Monsters and loved going to the hall and working in groups to create shapes with our bodies.  

We really liked wearing our Pyjamas on Friday. We took part in various Children in Need activities, shared our families favourite toys from their childhood and talked about our dreams. Lots of fun learning this week! 

Owen: I liked the assembly. I liked the song.
Kaci: I liked the Pudsey song as well. 

Reminders 

We have a Book Fair slot on Monday afternoon.
Thank you to everyone who sent back ‘Stay for a Sound’ slips. Please find times and dates in the reading folders. We look forward to seeing you next week.  

Primary 1b
 Class Activities and Pupil Comments
We have enjoyed reading our Julia Donaldson book of the week ‘The Everywhere Bear.’ Alongside this we made our own material bears; exploring different materials. We also wrote to our class bear, Ben telling him all about ourselves.  

In Maths we have been exploring 2d shapes; naming them and identifying properties. We used our bodies to make 2d shapes in groups and made some really funny shape monsters! 

Conall: “We’re wearing our jammies.”
Zane: “It’s children in need and it’s jammies day.”
Tiffany: “We bought teddies to school.”
Charlotte: “We’ve been reading ‘The Everywhere Bear.”
Brodie: “Julia Donaldson wrote it.”
Beth: “Ben the Bear is going home today.”
All the boys and girls will have the opportunity to take Ben the bear home for the weekend.  Beth is taking Ben home this weekend. Have fun Beth and Ben!  

Reminders 

*Thank you to everyone who sent back ‘Stay for a Sound’ slips. Please find times and dates in the reading folders. We look forward to seeing you next week. 
*Thank you to those who sent in photographs and information for the toy homework. We enjoyed sharing these as a class.
*We had a book fair slot on Monday afternoon. 

 

Primary 2 

Class Activities and Pupil Comments
We have been learning about the Four Seasons. Clay likes to get in his dinosaur paddling pool in the Summer. Frankie likes to jump and play about in the leaves in Autumn. Floyd likes it when it snows in winter because he likes to make a snowman.
We have been learning about tiling this week in Maths. Robyn and Dorota used hexagons to make an excellent tiling using three colours.
We have been looking at new words likely, unlikely and impossible and where we can use them. It is impossible for Elsa from Frozen to come to my class, Ferne said it was likely the ice cream van will come to my street and Oona said it is unlikely to snow tonight. 

 

Primary 2/3  

Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

This week we have been learning about the water cycle as part of our topic. 

Zoe ‘Water turns into a cloud when it goes into the sky then comes back down as rain.’
Kyle ‘Water keeps going round in a cycle.’
We learned anew song about snowflakes this week.
Alba ‘I love this song I knew it when I was little.’ 

 Darcie ‘We have been using 2go and it is fun making pictures with the colours.’
We have also been using the Beebot for some of our topic work this week.  

We have been trying some different activities first thing in the morning and the children move to a new one each day.
Jack J ‘I like the magnetic one.’ 

Reminders 

Please could PE kits come in on a Monday morning.
Our visit to the Book Fair is on Monday morning. 

 

Primary 3 

Class Activities and Pupil Comments
This week we took part in World Kindness Day on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness. We have our own kindness challenge to complete over the next week; hopefully the kindness elf will visit your home! 

We have been learning all about an artist called Paul Klee, we have looked at his paintings and we are learning to give our own opinion on a piece of art. This week we created Paul Klee Castle and Sun pictures.  

Rose “Paul Klee’s family liked music more than painting and he did his pictures by using shapes and different colours to make it look interesting. I like my painting because I like the colours”  

Eli Russell “I liked his art because it was arty and I liked the shapes” 

Kahlen “Paul Klee was born in Switzerland. I liked his good colours and how he didn’t make his pictures the right colours all the time” 

What have we really enjoyed this week…… 

Caleb “ I really like our new Jolly jobs, my favourite is the space number job.”
Lewis “I really liked our takeaway mental maths because it’s easy.”
Ceyda “I like the castle and I liked painting.” 

Reminders
Monday and Thursday are our PE days.
Wednesday is our chance to visit and buy from The Book Fair. 

 

Primary 3/4
Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

This week we have been learning about a famous artist called Paul Klee.
“He painted 10,000 pictures” – Lucca
“We made our own Castle and Sun pictures” – Fern
“Paul Klee was in World War One” – Caitlin
“Paul Klee used different colours and shapes in his work. They looked a bit weird. Some were scary” – Alex
“He made abstract paintings” – Nikola
“When we made our own pictures it was very messy” – Emma
“I liked my picture because it was bright and colourful” – Ruby 

We have been working on shapes in maths.
“We went on a shape hunt to see what shapes we could find in the classroom.” – Kaidi
“We had to try to make different shapes from playdough and sticks. It was quite difficult.” – Coby
“We were building towers with the different shapes.” – Caitlin
“We drew and cut out different 2d shapes to make a picture. I made a dinosaur.” – Kaidi 

Primary 4
Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

In maths we have been learning about fractions and how to order them on a number line. We also took part in the Sumdog ‘Dumfries and Galloway Maths Contest’ finishing in 16th place (54 classes took part).
In P.E we practised the dances we will be doing at the Children in Need assembly. Our focus was our body awareness and coordination.  

When watching Newsround we found out that Stan Lee, the creator of some of the world’s most popular superheroes, had died. He also wrote and developed all of Marvel’s comic covers until he retired. Taking inspiration from this, we decided to create our own imaginative comic strips inspired by Stan Lee’s iconic characters. We then wrote our own superhero stories to accompany our illustrations. 

Wider Achievement
Holly took part in a vault and floor competition at gymnastics on Saturday. She scored highly for both her floor and vault routine. Well done!  

 

Primary 4/5
Class Activities and Pupil Comments

In maths we have been learning how to subtract.
Murray – It is a bit difficult but with practise we will be able to work it out.
Alannah – I find subtraction fun.
Shea – I thought the sums were difficult to begin with but now I understand how to find the answer. Ollie – I am starting to ‘get’ it.

This week we have handed out the order forms for The Christmas Chorus.
Freya – We have had lots of orders so far. It is fun collecting in all of the order folders from each class to see how many we have sold.
McKenzie – We have been counting up the money.
Brooke – We’ve also made invitations for our CD launch day. Look out for these next week.

Wider Achievement
Lily took part in her ballet show at the weekend.

Reminders
Please remember to bring in Christmas hats or tinsel by Thursday 22nd November.

 

Primary 5
Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

We have learned about money this week looking at using decimal fractions in everyday situations and started work on simple fractions. We have also been learning about chance and uncertainty and started work on angles with Mrs. Starkey. 

In literacy we have continued our work on poetry techniques and finished writing our acrostic poems based on World War One. Some students started looking at blackout poetry.  

We were privileged to be visited by Barney’s Grandpa, Mr. Douglas Whitelaw, who used to be provost of our local area. He spoke to us about his time as provost and showed us some photos and then we had a Q&A session afterwards. 

In PE we have started learning about Scottish Country Dancing to prepare for our Christmas party. In art we have been learning about Georgia O’Keeffe and blending. For topic as an introduction to voting we did a secret vote on the best questionnaire made in the class for using to ask local people what they like and what they think needs improved in Castle Douglas. We voted based on question relevance, meaningfulness, questions to make people think and numbered questions. Alper won our quote of the week last week which was, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland. 

 Wider Achievement
Eilidh and Niamh performed with NYCOS choir at Dalbeattie school on the 8th November as part of a World War One remembrance event. The pictures are from the NYCOS Dumfries Facebook page. Well done! 

Reminders
Any parents who would like to share wider achievement photos please send them to Miss Mackintosh on Class Dojo via ‘messages’ 

Primary 6
Class Activities and Pupil Comments

“We have started using the Green Screen and made a short video about the different climate zones that we’d been learning about.” (Mylie)
“P6 have been learning about rainfall. There are three types of rainfall: Convectional, Relief and Frontal.” (Jake, Fraser, Logan & Michalina)
“We were working on positive and negative coordinates. We learned about the X and Y axis and we had a think about when we would use coordinates.” (Seren & Rosie)
“I learned that climate is the average weather over a long period of time and weather is short period or daily.” (Eilidh)

“In PE, we have been continuing with our running and working on keeping a pace.” (Rhianna)
“Mr Tyson set us a challenge question and got us thinking about why the hottest areas were not on the equator even though the sun shines closest here.” Lewis
“The Polar climate zone is the coldest and temperatures can reach –60 degrees Celsius.” (Carlie) 

 Wider Achievement
Lois, Ellie and Megan took part in a ballet show last weekend – Well done!
Eilidh moved up a swimming group to the “Club Ready” group – Well done!

Fraser played rugby in Moffat at the weekend- Well done!  

Reminders
Boys are at Carlingwark Monday and Tuesday.
Girls are at Carlingwark Thursday and Friday. 

 

Primary 6/7
Class Activities and Pupil Comments 

This week Primary 6/7 have been learning more about children in need. We have been selling Pudsey merchandise during the week and have really enjoyed this. This morning we led the Chidren In Need assembly and had lots of fun organising and taking part in the whole school Zumba sessions. 

Reminders- Our slot for the book fair is on Tuesday. 

Primary 7
Class Activities and Pupil Comments  

At the World War One workshop this week I enjoyed looking a the the weapons. They were very heavy and long. – Rory L
I liked the First Aid station at the workshop because we bandaged up Mia. – Rory T  

Yesterday we found out about a soldier who sketched a tree stump. A replica tree stump was then made, and a soldier hid in it to find out information from the Germans. – Charley
I really enjoyed building the jigsaw, it was so tricky! – Jayden.
I had fun playing the WW1 game L’attaque. – Sam 

We each built a huge base and used small soldiers. We attacked each other’s base. – Daniel G
I enjoyed looking at the coins. I learned that a crown could buy a weeks’ worth of food. – Ryan K
I found out that WW1 bombs were made heavy so that when the exploded shrapnel would fly everywhere. – Elise.
I enjoyed playing the Flying Circus with Tony. It was interesting to see how the planes attacked each other. – Isla A
It was fun and tricky using the quill and ink. Sometimes it smudged and too much came out. – Hannah.
I think I made a good start to my big writing assessment and I’ve set myself up for an exciting story. – Ollie. 

Wider Achievement
I did a dancing show with Mia for three nights. Mia won Dancer of the Year! – Tiana. 

 

 

 

P6 Have a Go at Green Screen!

Primary Six have started using the Green Screen. We are going to use this for a number of activities in class so watch this space! A group from Primary Six trialed a video to share our learning about different climate zones. Take a look and see what you think! “We enjoyed creating the video and it was really easy to do!”




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