Castle Douglas Primary and Early Learning and Childcare Centre

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August 28, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Weekly News – August 28th

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 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 session, 

Please have a read and a chat together about what we have been up to this week. 


Primary 2/3  

We have had a busy couple of weeks and have settled well into our new routines. The children were all delighted to be able to work and play with their friends and classmates again. We have started to discuss the school rules that help us all stay safe. In class our topic for the term will be Good to be Me where we talk about our emotions and how we feel and there are group challenges to work on as a team. In Maths we have worked on pattern and shape and we have started mental maths activities. The children have done some lovely art work with cut out shapes inspired by Henri Matisse. 


Wear gym kit on Mondays and Tuesdays and this stays on all day. 

We will be going to the Nature Garden on a Friday afternoon so please wear suitable clothing and wellies. We aim to get outside in all but the most extreme weathers! 


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


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


Primary 4 

This week during our Emotions Works topic we have been sharing our knowledge of words to describe emotion. We talked about our ‘feel better strategies’ such as going for a walk or listening to music. We can use these strategies if we are feeling an uncomfortable emotion.  

In maths we have been focusing on number word sequences. We have been practicing our forward and backward number word sequences using games. 

We have been working on our handwriting, identifying our ascenders and descenders letters. We have been checking our writing to make sure our letters are the correct height and that they are sitting on the line. 

On the computer we have been logging on and accessing accelerated reader and Sumdog. 

Although the weather has been rather rainy, we enjoyed two playground games sessions taking part in team races and a skipping challenge. We have been getting lots of fresh air each day during our daily mile. We built dinosaur homes in the nature garden, using different natural materials. We even found a baby frog while we were there! 


Nature garden on Monday afternoon. 

P.E outside every Wednesday and Thursday. 


Other Class Media Feeds 


Primary 5a – 

Primary 5b – 

 Primary 6a – 

 Primary 6b – 

 Primary 7a – 

 Primary 7b –    

August 21, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Weekly News – 21st August

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 ion a Friday or share class Twitter or Facebook posts during the week.
Some of our classes are setting up their digital sharing (Facebook page or Twitter) and will begin sharing very soon. There will be a list of links ready for next week.

In the meantime please have a read and a chat together about what we have been up to this week. 


Primary 1a and 1b 

The children are all settling in well their new setting. Miss Conacher and Mrs Baird are very proud of how well they are all doing. 

We have had such a busy week learning so many routines to keep us safe and happy in school. We have begun to talk about our school rules of being Ready, Respectful and Safe and what this means for us. We also learned about our special dojo monsters who really like us to get points for them!!! The buddies have been helping us in the big playground and with lunches in the hall.  

In class our topic for the term will be Myself and My Family, and we look forward to finding out all about one another.  

This week we started with our reading books- we met Kipper, Chip and Biff and heard a bit about them. Kipper had his first day at Nursery school, and Biff and Chip learned to play swing ball. 

Shortly we will be starting our maths programme which is called Ten Town – first up is Zero Pond, quickly followed by King One!! 

Wear gym kit on Thursday and this stays on all day.
Suitable clothing and wellies for the Nature Garden each Friday, along with a change of clothing/shoes please. We aim to get outside for at least part of the morning in all but the most extreme weathers!!
Keep us up to date with any changes to lunch choices please 


Primary 2

The children in P2 are all settling well into their new class with different routines. They are all working hard, trying their best and having fun. They have really enjoying seeing all their friends and playing. 

We have been busy learning about ourselves and our class. The children have been following new routines and have been looking at our school rules to keep us safe. They have also done some counting and sound work this week. We are very good at recognising our sounds and our numbers. Well done everyone. 


PE is on a Monday, Thursday and Friday. 

We will be going to the Nature Garden on a Friday afternoon so could we please bring suitable clothing for the garden and the weather? 


 Primary 4 

We have had a great week settling back into school, learning new routines and getting to know our each other. We created bright and colourful ‘all about me’ rainbow clouds to share our favourite things and designed 3D butterflies.

We read funny David Walliams stories and took part in activities to check our understanding.

We have spent lots of time outdoors exploring the nature garden, enjoying playground games and using our senses. We also revised our school rules and thought about what it means to be ready, respectful and safe this term. 

It has been so lovely to see the class having fun, making new friends and working hard.

Well done P4. 



Nature Garden on Monday afternoons. 

P.E outside every Wednesday and Thursday. 



August 19, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Review of P1 and P2 Afternoon Arrangements

Dear P1 and P2 Family

Review of Afternoon Collection Arrangements

We have been reviewing the morning and afternoon dropoff and collection arrangements and would like to try a change for the afternoon collection from tomorrow (Thursday). We are aware that, for P2 families, in particular, it is very busy leaving the bottom playground as the older classes leave.

In the afternoon, instead of coming down to the bottom playground P1 and P2 parents are asked to meet children at the front of the school. Classes will be brought out from the hall doors. P1a will come out the right hand door looking at the hall (the one nearest the main door) and brought round to the area where the wooden benches are to be met. P1b will leave from the left hand door and met in the area near the MUGA / Learning Centre covered entrance.

At 3pm P2 will be brought out from the right hand door into the bench area at the front of the school.

Parents are asked not to come to the hall doors and to keep the area in front of the doors clear so staff can bring children out to be met in the wider space.

Meeting older Siblings

There a few P1 and P2 families who have been meeting older siblings in the bottom playground after collecting a P1 or P2. It would be good if older siblings could make their own way up from class and be met at the Bottle Shed for example. However if any older siblings are uncomfortable with this then we will arrange for a member of staff to walk children up to the green gate and over towards the main entrance.  Specific arrangements will also be made for collection of older children with Additional Support Needs if needed – please do contact me to discuss.

Please let teachers or myself know tomorrow morning if you would like a member of staff (probably myself) to meet older siblings and bring them up to the front of the school or if you are comfortable making your own arrangement to meet up near the green gate / bottle shed.

Older pupils who collect a younger P1 or P2 should make their way out of the bottom playground and come over to the bench area outside the hall to meet up.

We are hoping that the above will help with social distancing at 3pm as well as making it easier for P1 and P2 families to collect children without the need to walk all the way down to the bottom playground. The above is what we were planning to do for poor weather days and it would be good to try it out and see if it is better than the current afternoon arrangements. Your feedback is most welcome.

Morning Arrangements

The morning arrangements will remain the same i.e. coming down to the bottom playground and be ready to come into school at 8:50 (P1) and 9:00 (P2). There is less congestion in the morning and the bottom playground is a much safer place away from the car park for our learners to play and run about while waiting for their bell.

Thank you for your help and understanding as we review how we can keep our school community as safe as we possibly can.


Best wishes
David Tyson

June 16, 2020
by Mr D Tyson

Return to School – Authority Information

Dear CDPS Family

Dumfries and Galloway Council has confirmed plans for the reopening of schools in August. Staff will return for In-Service training on 10th and 11th August and first group of learners on 12th.

Please click the link below to open a letter from Dr Brydson, Director for Education which gives more details.


15 June 2020 – Letter to Parents & Carers – Reopening of Schools in D&G

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