Our Weekly News – September 6th

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

 School News. 

Permission letters for Flu Immunisation came home via Pupil Post this week. Please return responses as soon as possible – thank you. 

School App – an email and Facebook post describing how to download the free School App was sent out this week. The app has the potential to be a very useful and easy to manage home / school link and it would be great if as many families as possible were to use it. 

 

Class News 

We try our very best to upload a weekly post for each class but this is sometimes not always possible. Please have a read and a chat about what some of our classes have been up to this week. 

 

Primary 1a 

This week in P1a we’ve been starting lots of new things! 

We started the week by visiting Ten Town – the characters help us learn our numbers and teach us how to form them. They tell us little rhymes to help us remember how to write our numbers properly. 

Kaelib: “I like King One. I like his castle.”
Sophie:  “Thelma Three has to learn to do good things instead of being naughty.”
Joseph:  “Thelma Three is very sneaky.” 

We also started learning our sounds using Jolly Phonics. We’ve started with the letter ‘s’ and have loved doing activities to help us remember the sound. Geraldine the Giraffe also likes to help us remember words beginning with our sounds – we find her very funny! 

 Oscar: “We were doing the ‘s’. We made a snake.”
Sophie: “I like the giraffe video!”  

We’ve also been working hard on writing our names!  

We’ve been using class dojo. We each have a Monster who wants to get points for doing well. We get points for being ready to learn, following instructions and listening.   

Alfie: “We’ve been getting lots of Monster Points.”
Ellie: “I really like getting them!”” 

We wanted to tell you all the other things we’ve loved doing this week!
Grace: I liked cutting out things and gluing.”
Sam: “I played with Marcel.”
Jennifer: “We played on the football pitch at lunch time. We were on the balance beam.”
Leland: “I made a boat with my friends. I used cardboard boxes on top.”
Jessica: “I like colouring in.”
Lilly: “Going on the keyboard.” 

 What a great week!
Finally, thank you to all parents who attended our P1 Information Evening! 

 Reminders
Please send homework bags every day.
If anyone would like to change lunch choices – having now tried all three weeks of meals – please ask for a new sheet. 

 

 Primary 1b 

 Its been another amazing week in P1B! 

 K.C. “I love school!!!” 

 This week we have met our ten Town Numbers – Zero Pond, King One, Tommy Two and Thelma Three. Thelma Three is very naughty!
“Zero means nothing at all. It is empty. We have no fingers.”
“We can all walk like King One-straight and tall” 

 We have also begun to learn our first sound and its special song and action. It is “s” for snake. We were all able to think of a word with “s” at the start. Here are some of them:
Spaghetti, summer, spell, safe, sand, seaside, spider, sandwich, sunshine, stars. 

 We all made family trees and brought them into show our friends. We took turns to tell our friends all about our families and were able to talk and listen really well.
We have really enjoyed our play sessions with P1A and our yoga altogether in the hall.  

 P1B have been really good at remembering and organising all their things every morning this week!!! Well done everyone.  

 Wider Achievement
Sandy was awarded the Reserve Junior Champion Young Handler, with his shorthorn calf Kayla, and got a special Rosebowl trophy. We are very proud of him.
Harper and Anna B have started ballet, and really like it.
Finlay, Lewis and Kieran have joined the mini-kickers football.  

Reminders
Homework bags every day please.  

 

Primary 2/3

This week in maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been investigating their properties by building them from construction sets, making our own nets, playing games and building with them. 

 Benjamin – “We have been learning how many sides shapes have.”
Luke – “I played snakes and ladders.  I didn’t want to go on the snakes.”
Finlay – “I like when we lie down in Yoga.  You get nice and comfy.”
Skye – “I like building using polydron to build 3D shapes.”
Floyd – “I like building with the 3D.  I made a castle with a bridge.”
Eva – “I made a different tower.”
Owen – “I like making 3D with polydron and sticks.”
Miley – “I like the rolling ball game in music.”

We read the Tiger who came to tea.  We talked about what we would give a Tiger to eat.
Miley – “I would give it some bones.”
Ethan – “I would givie it some skulls.”
Kaci – “I would feed it hair.”
Eva – “I would feed it different kinds of meat.”
Cara – “I started Accelerated Reader.”

 

Primary 3

This week, in Maths, we have been exploring place value. We have been using materials to find out more about hundreds, tens and ones and we have been making the numbers with a partner. We have also been learning about 3D shapes and their different properties.

In literacy, we have been reading ‘The Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up’ by Jill Tomlinson. It is all about a hen called Hilda who is desperately trying to visit her Aunt on a different farm. It is a story about determination and perseverance and we have been predicting what might happen next.
Ethan – “Hilda tried to ride on the bin lorry – it was funny.”
Rory – “It was so funny when she got soaked with the hose.”
Frankie – “Hilda has been thinking of lots of different ways to get there.”

“What are you enjoying about Primary 3 so far?”
Evie – “I like doing my Spelling Spider.”
Taylan – ‘I like playing with the animals.”
Zoe – “My favourite thing about P3 is reading in the quiet corridor.”
Arran – “I love going to the computer room.”
Jorja – “I like doing Jolly Jobs in the morning.”
Robyn – “I like maths. We have been doing hundreds tens and ones”

 

Primary 3/4

Maisy – “Our topic is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I am really enjoying it”.
Rose – “I’ve enjoyed doing yoga in PE”.
Darcie – “I’ve enjoyed learning about place value”.
Alba – “I loved designing my own golden ticket in art”.
Ferne – “I liked learning about what makes us unique”.
Brooke L. – “I liked doing art this week”.
Gregor -”I found maths quite tricky this week but I’ve been working hard and now I’m getting better”.
Zane – “I learned a fun fact – that all cows are female. The boys are called bulls”.
Jack – “Maths this week was hard to start with but now I think it’s quite easy”.
Eamon – “In maths we have started place value. That means that all the digits in a number have a different value depending on their place”.  

Reminders
Please bring homework folders to school everyday.  

 

 

Primary 4

Our topic this term is Africa and we started with geography, finding out more about continents, the countries of Africa and the equator. We have also spent time learning about the different lands in Africa such as the, “Sahara Desert, Savannah’s and rainforest” (Milly) as well as the climate, “Africa is hotter than Scotland because it is close to the equator” (Coby).

We created some beautiful sunset pictures blending three different colours using paint. We neatly cut silhouettes of our favourite safari animals.

In maths we have been exploring number order and place value.

In P.E we have started rugby and we are working towards our target of linking two actions or skills together with control.

Reminders

Please remind children to share any notes from home in their homework diaries as these are not looked at every day.
P.E kits are required every Wednesday and Thursday.

 

 

Primary 4/5

This week in P4/5:

Nikola – “We started SAMSON mental maths this week. It was hard but we practised lots and now I understand it. “

Leo –  “I can now partition numbers into thousands, hundreds, tens and units.”

Lucca – “We have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shape.”

Blaine –  “In French I can say hello and how are you?”

Fern – “I enjoyed the new team game that we learned in PE.”

Ruby – “In art we were painting using our mouths. It was great fun.”

Wider Achievement
Leah has learned how to do a forward flip on her trampoline.
Lucca has been learning how to teach his new robot tricks.
Alex has started swimming lessons.

Reminders
PE is on a Monday and Thursday. Please remember full kits.

 

Primary 5

Shea – “We have been doing research in ICT about vertebrates.”
Lexi – “This week we have been doing P.E circuits.”
Amelia – “We have been doing spelling activities and a Newsround quiz.”
Anna – “I liked doing active spelling with the kinetic sand.”
Becky – “I am enjoying our topic.”
Rylan – “I loved playing the maths times table game.”
Alannah – “I liked painting backgrounds.” 

 Next week we are going to be starting a 5-week block of cricket. We are fortunate to have Rosy Ryan from Cricket Scotland coming in on Tuesdays to deliver fun sessions. 

 

Primary 5/6

This week we have been keeping up to date with the fires in the Amazon Rainforest and we created Poems, Songs and raps as part of a Critical skills challenge to try to encourage more people to help save the Rainforest. We also created our own Rainforest animals using oil pastels and chalks to blend light and dark tones.

“I have enjoyed our group task of writing our poems, it was fun and a lot of teamwork was involved.” – Lily
“I have enjoyed singing in Portuguese language.”- Kerys
“I enjoyed making my snake for the rainforest using oil pastels and chalk.” Callum
“I enjoyed singing the song that I made up “Fate of the world” to the class.” Hugo
“I liked learning about THTU in maths.” – Skye
“I liked using the screwdrivers to take apart the CD player.” – Alexander

Wider Achievement
Charlotte went mountain biking for the first time in Dalbeattie woods.

Reminders
PE is on a Tuesday and a Friday .
Our Class Assembly will be on Wednesday the 9th of October at 9.30am.

 

Primary 6

Please see our Twitter feed for our class news

https://twitter.com/mr_coulthard?lang=en-gb

 

Primary 6/7

P6/7 have been working on a Soap Box Derby theme this week while most of the P7s were on their Kingswood Residential Visit.

We have explored creating and using a database to manage information in our maths work. We created criteria for ten imaginary buggies and then used the information to sort and search.
Our language work this week has been a mix of listening and talking including creating a  green screen advert describing our buggies. Our writing focus has been to apply our skills when designing rules and posters.
We have designed a buggy on paper and also had a go at making a small version for our own class soap box derby. We had to measure accurately in millimeters before sawing the wood rods.  The next job was to build the chassis and we discovered how helpful glue guns are for getting materials to stick together. The final task was to add the bodywork and then we held our own mini Soap Box Derby in the classroom.

On Thursday we were challenged by Mr Tyson to develop our problem solving and team building skills when we had an outdoor learning day. At the start of the first task there were 22 individuals and lots of chat but not much listening. We didn’t manage to complete it but then we chose a captain who helped us to listen to each other and the task was much easier. The second task was for the group to make a circle by sitting on the next person’s lap. After a lot of trial and error and much improved sharing of idea we then were able to start and complete the task in under 5 seconds – Mr T was impressed 😊

Our good team work continued when we worked together to build a shelter which was large enough for everyone to be protected by only after solving the puzzle of getting the whole team through the trick spider web.

We then had a go at lighting some small pit fires before helping with a campfire and sharing some jokes, stories and dances.

 

Primary 7

Please see our Twitter feed for our class news

https://twitter.com/P7andMrwhan

Our Weekly News – August 30th

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

We try our very best to upload a weekly post for each class but this is sometimes not always possible. Please have a read and a chat about what some of our classes have been up to this week.

School News – our Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate Report was published on Tuesday and we are proud of the strengths that are identified in the Report. The Inspection Team also recognised the future developments we had already planned to continue to improve the learning across all aspects of our ELC (nursery) and School. The report can be downloaded from our website link.

Class News

 

Primary 1a

What a busy time Primary 1 have been having! We’re all settling in nicely, making new friends and learning the routines of the classroom! 
We’ve been enjoying lots of play, giving us time to settle into our new environment and get to know others. 
Sophie: “I like playing with my friends.” 
Joseph: “I liked playing Power Rangers with my friends outside!” 
Adam: “I’ve been playing with Jojo.” 
Grace: “Playing with Alfie with the hula hoops!” 

We’ve been introduced to some of the characters we’ll see in our reading books. 
Daniel: “Kipper, Biff, Chip.” 
We’ve enjoyed listening to stories about these characters and identifying their names. 

In PE, we’ve been playing games and doing some yoga. 
Ellie: “We did magic fingers and went to the farm in yoga.” 

Using loose parts, we’ve been creating dens for little toy animals.  
Jaxon: “Mine had places for the animals in. A croc was there!” 
Alfie: My house had a yogurt pot roof on top. It had grass for when it wanted to sleep.” 

We’ve also been enjoying time out the nature garden on Forest Fridays! 
What a great week! Well done to everyone for settling in so well! 

Reminders 
Family Tree homework sheet due Wednesday 4th September. 
P1 Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 3rd September 6-7pm. Please meet in the hall for a short presentation – there will also be time to see the classrooms and examples of class activities. 
Please label all your child’s clothing and send homework bags in every day! 

Primary 1b

Primary Ib have been really busy this week. We have all settled in really well to school, and have been discussing our rules all about being Ready, Respected and Safe. Here are some of our ideas: 

  • We are kind to one another. 
  • We say please and thank you. 
  • We stay in the classroom unless the teacher tells us. 
  • We walk and talk quietly. 
  • We share things with each other. 
  • We put all our things in the right place then sit on the carpet. 

This week we learned about our reading characters Kipper, Chip and Biff, and we now have some words to practise in our homework bags. 
We also went to the ICT suite where P3 helped us learn to use the computers, to the hall where we did some yoga and to music where we got to play a drum. 

Our topic this term is All About Me. 
We all love being in Primary One. 

Reminders 
Parents Information Evening is Tuesday 3rd September 6-7pm. 
Please send Homework bags in every day, and family tree homework by Wednesday 4th September. 

 

Primary 2 

We were working at counting to 20. 
Zach – “I thought it was easy.” 
Eddie – “I liked counting the Mr Men”. 
We listened to the story of Elmer. 
Ziya – “I liked when Elmer covered himself with berries and he looked like the other elephants.” 
Mya – “I liked when the elephants all became different colours.”  
Hannah – “I liked when Elmer went shouting through the jungle.” 
Conall – “I liked playing with my friend.” 
Darla – “I liked learning about number.” 
Willow – “I liked playing with my friends.” 

 

Primary 2/3 

We have all settled in really well to school and the new routines and places we work. We have been discussing our rules all about being Ready, Respectful and Safe. Here are some of our ideas: 

  • We listen carefully to others. 
  • We are kind and helpful. 
  • We have good manners. 
  • We move around the school quietly. 
  • We share and take turns. 
  • We look out for each other. 

We have been doing some group challenges to help us learn to work well with others. Our first one was to make a rainbow from things we could find in the playground. We worked  well together and made some great rainbows.
Kendyl – I found a yellow leaf. 
Luke – I found red berries and a blue candy packet. 
Benjamin – I found a red kit kat wrapper. 
Floyd – I found a blue ball. 

In art we have been looking at warm and cold colours.
Eva – I liked making the hot hands because there were lots of colours to use.   

Other activities 
Skye – I like doing all our writing. 
Finlay – I liked bouncing the balls and catching them. 
Miley – I liked when we did the banana yoga. 
Kendyl – I liked the whole thing of yoga. 

Primary 3 

We have had such a super first week in Primary 3! 
We each brought in three special items from home to share with the class. This helped us to get to know each other and we enjoyed learning more about hobbies, pets and favourite snacks!  

We have been reading ‘The Dot’ in class this week and we have been thinking about how important it is to ‘have a go’ and try something new, even if it seems tricky. We also read ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ and enjoyed hearing about how the giraffe overcame his nerves and doubts to try something new.  

We had a discussion about how we can tackle new things and sometimes, just making a start can be the hardest part! We are looking forward to ‘having a go’ at the new activities in Primary 3! 

‘Make a mark and see where it takes you.’ 
‘When there is a dot, there is a way!’ 

Reminders 
Spelling homework begins on Monday – please check Homework Diaries. 
Reading groups will also begin in class. 

 

 

Primary 3/4 

What a great start to P3/4 we have had. We have all been working so hard! 

Alba – “I’ve enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The treats sound delicious.” 

Ferne – “I liked doing art. We made a tissue paper background and we drew a self-portrait” 

Eamon – “I liked doing our all about me bags. We brought three things to school that would tell Miss McCall about us”.  

Taleah – “I liked to play with the dolls house”.  

Aiden – “I enjoyed doing some maths and getting faster at the mile”.  

Jack – “I liked drawing lots of pictures to describe me. They told everyone about my personality and how I am unique”.  

Alexander – “I started Sumdog this week. It is really fun”.  

Brooke L. – “I liked playing in our outdoor area. The sandpit is my favourite. I made cupcakes”.  

Reminders 

Spelling homework begin next week. Please bring homework bags to school every day. 

We have a few unclaimed jumpers with no names on already. Please ensure your child’s name is on all clothing.  

 

Primary 4/5 

What a busy week in P4/5 

Fern – “We have been learning about the rights that children have. We have needs and wants. A need is like a right.” 

Rhuben – “Everyone has rights. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what you look like, we are unique. We have been drawing self portraits to show how we are all different. We used mirrors to help us.” 

Blaine – “We have started our class novel. It is called The Boy at the Back of the Class. It is about a refugee.” 

Lucca – “Some people have to leave their country because of a war.” 

Ruby – “In PE we learned a new team game called Hop, Hoop, Showdown. It is really fun!” 

Leah – “In Maths we have been learning about thousands, hundreds, tens and units. It is called place value. Each number has a value.” 

 

Primary 5 

We have had a busy and enjoyable week. The class are settling into their routines and we are getting to know each other.
We are concentrating on fitness in P.E.  the pupils are showing great enthusiasm in circuit training!  
Our topic this term is ‘Living Things’ we have been learning about habitats.  

In literacy we have written letters to ourselves, to be opened at the end of the school year. The content includes our aims for the school year ahead.  

“I enjoyed drawing a rainforest habitat.” Isla McF  
“I liked drawing my tree habitat.” Ollie  
“I enjoyed writing a letter to myself.” Ria  
“I enjoyed the brain breaks.” Amelia  
“I enjoyed doing research on the computer about habitats.” Freya L 

 

Primary 5/6 

Primary 5/6 have had a busy week as they have completed a range of different activities.  

Postcards of Kindness 
This week we have been participating in Postcards of Kindness. This means that we have all created and wrote postcards to be sent to others as a way of spreading kindness. Summer and Emma said that this was their favourite part of the week. 
“We have wrote letters to elderly people who live in care homes.” – Lily 
“We chose a care home to send all of our letters to this term and will choose a different care home next term.” – Cameron 
“It is nice to be able to share our experiences with elderly people.” – Skye 

Topic 
We have started our new rainforest topic this week. With Mrs Hart we have been turning our classroom into a rainforest. We have also been learning about the different layers of the rainforest, the climate and which animals live there.  
“We have been learning about the amazon rainforest.” – Alper 
“I have enjoyed making the leaves that we are using to turn our classroom into a rainforest.” – Mckenzie 
“we have been learning about animals that live in the Amazon.” – Coll 
“I have enjoyed learning about different rainforests.”- Cameron 
“I found out that it takes 2 and a half years to walk from one side of the Amazon rainforest to the other.” – Emma 
“I enjoyed learning about the different layers of the rainforest and the animals that live there.”-Leo 
“Am enjoying finding information to create of rainforest weather forecast.” – Alper 

Music 
We have been learning different rainforest songs in music. I like the spidermonkey song.”-Maxi 
“I have enjoyed singing different songs in music.” – Cameron  
“We have been learning and practicing songs for our class assembly.” – Maxi 

Maths 
We have been completing assessments in maths this week. Hugo enjoyed completing his assessment. We are moving on to number processes and shape next week.  

Wider Achievement 

“I got 10/10 in my spelling test.” – Harrison 
“I can now drive a horse and carriage.” – Mckenzie S 
“I know how to do my bridge stand up.” – Emma 
“I have started guitar lessons.” – Charlotte 
“I have mastered my walk over.” – Lily 
“I can now kick a ball even further in football.” – Hugo 
“I scored a goal against my brother in football.” – Kerys 
“I started playing the clarinet and have to practise at home.” – Seth 

Reminders 
PE kits are required on Tuesday and Friday.  
Homework will be set on a Monday and returned on Friday. 

 

Primary 6 

Please see our Twitter feed for our class news  
 https://twitter.com/P6andMrCoulthard@mr_coulthard 

 

Primary 6/7 

In P6/7 this week we have been keeping busy. 

Lotti has enjoyed learning about Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. 

Jack liked doing My World of Work with Mr Tyson. 

Amy really enjoyed playing Capture the Flag in PE especially freeing people from jail. 

Rudy liked doing Circuits in PE, as it made you feel happy. 

Lexie enjoyed doing the pencil poem with Mrs Carlyle. 

Oscar loves doing pictures of the Moon Landing as he enjoys drawing. 

Wider Achievement 
Elle is going into her third year of choir. 
Amy has done Highland Dancing at the Kirkcudbright Tattoo. 

 

Primary 7 

Please see our Twitter feed for our class news https://mobile.twitter.com/P7andMrWhan 

Give us a follow and our Kingswood antics will documented here! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School and Nursery (ELC) Inspection Report

Dear Castle Douglas Family

The School and Nursery were inspected by Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate Teams in May 2019 and the report is published today.

There are links below to a letter which lists the outcomes from the Inspection, the  the Summarised Inspection Findings (SIF) from the Education Scotland website which gives more detailed information and Inspection Evidence Report (Pupil and Parent Questionnaires).

The report reflects the positive learning ethos we have in our School and Nursery. The Inspection Team have commented on areas of strength, some of which are being shared as ‘national examples of good practice’, and guidance on how we can continue to improve and meet the needs of our learners.

Thank you
D Tyson
Headteacher

Inspection Report August 2019 – Family Letter

Inspection Report August 2019 – ELC (Nursery)

Inspection Report August 2019 – School and Learning Centre

Inspection Report August 2019 – Evidence Summary

Memories and Happy Holidays

We said goodbye to our Primary 7s today. Our last assembly of the year was full of memories but also looking forward to new opportunities and challenges whether it is in our school in August or at Secondary school.

We hope everyone has a well deserved holiday and the sun keeps shining 🙂

End of Session News

Dear CDPS Family

 

Paul Jones Football

Well done to our football team who, over the afternoon games and final day at Kirkcudbright, lost only two matches in Stewartry’s Paul Jones tournament. Thank you to the team for their enthusiasm, parents for help with transport and to Mrs Tait and Mr Robb for the excellent coaching they have given over the year.

 

P6 – Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge.

P6 pupils have been given a series of Maths Challenges which they are welcome to try during the summer holidays. Solutions and workings will be published at blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count on Friday 26th July.

 

Staffing News

Mrs Milligan will be starting her maternity leave during the holidays and we look forward to hearing news of her new baby.

We will be saying goodbye on Friday to
Learning Assistants – Miss Johnson and Miss Osborne.

Nursery – Miss Kerr and Mrs Gowans will be leaving us to take up a new Early Years positions in Dumfries.

Teaching Staff – Miss Mackintosh (P5), Mrs Starkey and Mrs Thompson (P1 teacher). Mrs Thompson is setting up a charity with her husband making links between refugee camps and Scottish schools. Their exciting project focusses on meaningful connections for displaced children through education, play, art, nature and a sense of well-being.

I would like to thank them all for their hard work and commitment to the pupils and best wishes for the next step in their careers.

 

After the holiday Mrs Baird will be moving from Nursery to teach Primary 1 and we will be welcoming Mrs Potts (P3 and P5/6), Mrs McCulloch (P5) and Mrs Campbell (P6/7) to the teaching team. Mrs Michelle McBurnie also will be joining us as our new Nursery Manager.

 

Summer Holiday Dates

We go on holiday on Friday 28th June and pupils return on Wednesday 21st August.

Holiday dates for the next year are available on both the

School – https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/dg/cdps/holiday-dates/

and D&G Council – http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/article/15239/School-term-dates websites

 

Diary dates can also be found on our new School App and a link to download the App can be found on our website. Please delete the old ‘Jigsaw’ App if you still have it.

 

School and Nursery Inspection Report

I have been advised that the report from our recent Inspection will be published in August and will let families know when it is available.

 

Thank You.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our pupils for their hard work throughout the year and to all our staff for the commitment and effort they put in to all aspects of our school life.

Thank you to our families for the support given to the school over the session and an extra thank you for the additional help we have had in classes and for activities such as PTA, Parent Council, class visits, After-School Clubs, Golden Time and in the school library. Your interest and support is much appreciated.

 

On behalf of everyone in the Nursery and School I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and sunny summer holiday.

 

Thank you

David Tyson

Headteacher

Our Weekly News – 21st June

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

A reminder that any sponsor money should please be brought in to school as soon as possible. Thank you for your support with this fundraising activity.

We try our very best to upload a weekly post for each class but this is sometimes not always possible. Please have a read and a chat about what some of our classes have been up to this week.

Primary 1a

We had a wonderful time at Sports Day on Tuesday – third time lucky! It was lovely sunshine and a great chance to compete in some races with our friends. Thanks to all the parents who came and cheered us along!

Murry: We played some games. I liked the one when we jumped over the little bridges.
Lola: When we were doing the egg and spoon race.
Skye: I liked the different activities and we went round. My favourite one was the jumping over boxes.

We can’t wait for our Family Picnic next Wednesday! We wrote invitiations to ask our families if they’d like to come along and decided to send them by post! Our invites should have already arrived!
Poppy: We went to the post box and the park and we had a play.
Lexi: We had to post the invitations to our picnic.
We also hosted a Movie Night for ‘Cars’. Thanks to all who came along!
Iris: I liked the movie night. Skye shared her snacks with me.

We’ve also really enjoyed meeting our new teachers and visiting our new classrooms!
Ayla: I liked when we started to move up.
Amelia: I liked playing in Miss Newall’s class with the dolls.
Kendyl: I liked playing and sharing with Miss Bell.
Luke: I liked playing in my new classroom and sharing.
Riley: I made a bridge in Miss Bell’s. I made it with some cardboard, lollipops and straws.
Ethan: I played with the transforming toys.
Jillie: I liked making new friends in my new class.

Reminders
Family Picnic invites should be arriving by post. Please send back to the slip letting us know if you’re attending as it’s helpful to know numbers. We hope to see you there!

Primary 1b

Another busy but fun week!
We all enjoyed taking part in Sports Day on Tuesday and what a beautiful day it was. We enjoyed sharing a picnic with our families on the field. Well done to everyone.

Zane: “we did the movie night and sports day.”
Jacob: “I was running and I was in third place.”
Ellie: “Every time I was running super fast.”
Brodie: “I liked running.”
Archie: “I’ve been running.”
Charlotte: “I liked doing sports day” “super fast.”

We also had our movie night on Tuesday and we watched ‘Cars’.
Hannah: “the movie night was Lightening McQueen.”

On Wednesday and Thursday we met our new teacher and spent time in our P2 classroom – we had a lot of fun!
Mya: “I like my new teacher”

On Wednesday morning we all walked to the Post Box to post our invitations to our families.
Ziya: “You put a stamp on.”
We had our snack and then played in the park – what a great way to spend a morning, having fun with our friends.

Reminders
Family Picnic invites should be arriving by post. Please send back to the slip letting us know if you’re attending as it’s helpful to know numbers. We hope to see you there!


Primary 3

We have had a very busy week!
On Tuesday, we enjoyed participating in Sports Day and working with our teammates in Potted Sports. The sun even came out to join us!
We also had an exciting time visiting our new classes and new teachers in preparation for August.

In Maths this week, we have been learning to make different amounts with coins and we are learning to calculate change. We have been using the role-play area to practise our new skills with our friends!

 

Primary 4

We had brilliant fun at sports day on Tuesday. Thank you to all the families who supported the class and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the sun. We all demonstrated fair play, achieved personal goals and took part in all the activities.

“At the beginning I was nervous but when we started the races I felt better” Alfie.
“The sack race was really funny because everybody was falling over” Lexi.
“This was my first time getting a sticker, I came 2nd in the egg and spoon race” Alex.

Our butterflies are now in their chrysalis and will soon be ready to spread their wings and move into the butterfly net. We plan to release our butterflies into the nature garden when they are ready. This week we explored the nature garden and built homes in preparation for the butterflies. We were learning how to design and construct. We worked on our own or in teams.

“Me and Callum made a house using stones and grass” Leo.
“My team found rocks and leaves to make a bed. We found a cup and filled it with water” Amelia.
“Fraser helped me carry a heavy log back to where we were building” Lewis.

Wider Achievement
Isla McF came third in a tennis competition. She shared her medal.
Sam won a gold medal for Judo at Kilmarnock. It was the 70th anniversary of the club.
Holly took part in a gymnastics competition in Perth.

Reminders
Butterfly release next week, more information to follow.


Primary 4/5

In maths this week we have been learning how to divide with Miss Henderson.

Freya – We learned how to do divide using the written method.
Chloe – We have been sharing things into groups.
Darragh – I have been dividing decimals by whole numbers.

We finally got to enjoy sports day on Tuesday and all had great fun taking part.

Oliver R – We took part in three races.
Hugo – After we finished, we then took part in potted sports activities.
Lily – I was running in the relay race for Swift.
Ollie – The sack race was very tricky.
Lhlyaijana – I was third place in the sack race.

We got to meet our new teachers this week during the moving up days.
Skye – We got to meet our new teachers. I have Mrs Hart.
Leo – I thought it was fun because we got to do a game called All Around the World – good job we know our times tables.
Maxi – I like Mrs Hart, she is nice.

This week we did our ‘20’ sponsored event. Have a look at our photos on the school facebook page. What a laugh we had! Thank you to all sponsors and donations received.

 

Wider Achievement
Alexander, Maxi, Shea, Callum and Hugo – were awarded some badges at Cubs.
Alannah joined football club.

Primary 5

This week on Monday we wrote booklets for our new teachers telling them a bit about ourselves. We have learned about algebra in Samson where we had to work out what number a letter represented. We have also been learning about measurement.

On Tuesday we had our sports morning.
Shannon, “I felt proud because I did the egg and spoon race.”
Georiga, “I felt positive because I took part and it’s not about the winning that counts.”
Douglas, “I enjoyed eating my cake as a snack because it is delicious.”
Alper, “I am proud of myself because I took part.”
Erin, “I feel proud of myself and so should the others for what they have achieved, even if they did not come 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.”
Freya, “I felt really happy because I never thought I could but it turned out I won – even though there were people in my race that I thought were faster than me!”
Anna, “Before I started the race I know that I had confidence in myself and then I just thought ‘Don’t look at other people’ – I think that helped me a lot.”
Lucy, “I feel like people at the side like my sister were helping because I started 16th place and they gave me motivation to get to 4th place.”
Olivia “I felt proud of myself because I never thought I would be able to do it but I thought ‘Just do it’ and I got 2nd place.”
Finlay, “I did very well and before today I never thought I would get 1st place twice. I think afterwards I was feeling pretty confident with myself. It helped when people cheered me on.”

On Wednesday and Thursday we had our move up days and got to meet our new teachers for next session. Some children will be with Mr Coulthard in P6 and some will be with Mrs. Hart in P5/6.

On Thursday we were learning about conductors and insulators in topic work. We all created electric circuits and had to work out if different materials were conductors or insulators based on if the bulb lit up. Children realised that the only materials in the conductors list were foil and coins which are both metals. Children then experimented with classroom objects such as zips, buttons and scissors.

Next week on Monday we will have our last visit from Shalla Gray of the Galloway Glens Biosphere Reserve before our trip on Tuesday.

Wider Achievement
Lucy wrote a letter to Alistair Jack a couple of weeks ago. She has been trying to design a straw that is environmentally friendly. She had the idea of creating edible straws.

Sebastian has been learning to ride a bike with no stabilisers.

Reminders
Please return any permission slips and report feedback forms as soon as possible. Our Trip to Tongland Powerstation is on Tuesday 25th June.

 

Primary 5/6

Please see our Twitter feed for our class news

 

Primary 6

Maths
In maths this week, we have been working hard on our mental maths in Samson. We have been working on subtraction and multiplication by double figures.

“We have been learning about angles” – Lewis
“We have been learning about the names of different angles and the differences between them” – Michalina
“We have been doing angles” – Jake
“We have been improving our mental maths skills with Samson” – Emily

Literacy
In spelling, we have been practicing summer related words. This had led to a lot of talking and listening surrounding the Summer holidays and what the children are most looking forward to.

Sports Day
We finally got a good day for sports day! We enjoyed the races most but it was also fun to take part in the potted sports. The children were learning a lot from sports day. This includes the importance of suncream, good sportsmanship, the importance of water to hydrate us as the ability to have fun.
“I enjoyed sports day.” – Tiegan
“We were learning about taking part and having fun.” – Fraser
“We were learning about fitness at sports day.” – Lewis
“It is important to drink lots of water.” – Jake

Wider Achievement
Megan, Ellie and Lois received certificates for their ballet exam.
Logan and Lewis received their silver award in Scouting. This means they have hit the top award in the Cubs.

 

 

Sports Morning – Action Shots!

After two postponements due to rainy weather we were able to enjoy our Sports Morning and Big Picnic on Tuesday in lovely sunshine. There was a lot of determination, enthusiasm and teamwork from all the pupils and super support from families who came along to join us.

The winning house this year is Deer and there were only three points separating the other three houses – Eagle, Hare and Swift.

There are over 100 photos to share – please click on a thumbnail to open up a slideshow.

P4/5 Stena Cruise

Please have a look at our Gallery from our class visit to Stena on Tuesday. Click on a thumbnail to open up a slideshow.

P2 Rockcliffe Gallery

Please have a look at our Gallery from our class visit to Rockcliffe. Click on a thumbnail to open up a slideshow.

 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

A massive well done to the cast and stage crew of our School Show Club who shared their wonderful version of Mary Poppins with the community this week. It is impossible to convey the enthusiasm, fun and enjoyment through pictures alone but we hope the photographs below share some of the wonderful scenes the audiences were treated to.

Thank you everyone for your enthusiastic performances 🙂




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