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Youth Music Initiative

Primary Seven have started working  with the band Skerryvore as part of a Youth Music Initiative. Each week children are developing their musical knowledge and skills as well as working with the band to compose their own songs. Classes will perform songs to a wider audience later in the project. Each week we will up date the blog with photos and videos of our learning.

Week 2 – Getting to know each other

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Week 3 – Drumming and rhythm work

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Creating Rhythms

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More weekly updates to follow. 

P5/6 Class Trip to New Lanark

 P5/6G visited New Lanark to find out about life in the Victorian era for their new topic. We had a great day visiting the working mills, where wool is now produced instead of cotton, and imagining Victorian children crawling underneath to clean.  We then had a lesson in a Victorian classroom and had to wear the tunics that children had to wear.
We also visited the houses that families would have had- just one room! The cramped conditions meant that illness spread easily.
We also enjoyed the cinema and Annie MacLeod ride where a Victorian ghost child told us her story of life at New Lanark.
A brilliant day was had by all and the pupils were a credit to the school.       
Mrs Graham

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Primary Four Viking Longships

Primary Four this term have been learning about The Vikings. They have found out about different aspects of Viking life. As part of this terms learning, their homework task was to create a Viking longship and present how they made the model to the class. Feedback was given to each child in the form of two stars and a wish. Below are the long hips create by the pupils.

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RDA Presentations

Dalbeattie Primary was delighted to have a visit from representatives from the RDA (Riding For The Disabled) at our assembly  on Friday 11th December. Sue Gourlay from Barend presented some of our young people with certificates to celebrate their passing ‘Level 1 of Riding Practical and Knowledge Skills.’  Two other children, who have only started riding recently were awarded certificates for endeavour. The school is very grateful to Barend Riding School and to the RDA which is a charitable organisation and to its volunteers. The RDA provides a wonderful opportunity for our young people to learn new skills and to develop a relationship with horses.

Family Learning at Dalbeattie Primary

Roots of Empathy

Mrs Dunlop’s P3 Class have just finished ‘Crying’, the 2nd of the 9 Themes of our Roots of Empathy Programme. The programme aims to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.  By learning to understand other people’s feelings, as well as our own, we hope to reduce levels of bullying and aggression and promote children’s pro-social behaviours.

Sandy Brown, Family Learning Co-ordinator, is facilitating the programme with the help of a local family – Baby Jack and his Mum, Lisa Ashton, who kindly volunteered to visit the class 9 times between October and June.  Baby Jack and Mum Lisa have now visited the class twice, and the children have been learning about human development, feelings, and temperament by observing Jack, asking questions, and studying the loving relationship that is growing between mother and child.

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‘Let’s Cook from Scratch’

Seven P6 & 7 Pupils, 1 Grandmother, 1 Dad and 5 Mums have been participating in 6 x Family Learning ‘Let’s Cook from Scratch’ after school taster sessions. Richard Lines from the NHS Health Improvement West Team ran the sessions.

Families discussed basic kitchen safety, practiced safe knife skills, prepared raw ingredients, learned several core cooking methods and made healthy nutritious meals using fresh ingredients. They were all challenged to prepare and cook at least 1 of the dishes, made during the sessions, for their families, and share their feedback about the experience to the group.

All 7 pupils are keen to arrange more sessions to build their knowledge and skills, and confidently help their parents prepare and cook nutritious meals at home.

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Victorian School Day

On Thursday 19th November, Primary 1 and Primary 1/2 had a wonderful day pretending to be in a Victorian school. They have been learning about the history of our school and have been really engaged in finding out about life in the past. The children played playground games including hopscotch, clapping games, skipping, oranges and lemons, and marbles. They took part in some old fashioned literacy lessons. We were so impressed with how engaged and motivated the children were in taking part in all the activities. Several parents from the upper school had donated outfits which some of the children were able to try on! Dumfries Library allowed us to use a box with artefacts and photographs from Victorian schools and the children were very interested in all the old objects and how they were used. The children then used these experiences to help them write a short story about being at school a long time ago! It was a fantastic day and both the staff and children enjoyed it a great deal!

Mrs Mackenzie, Mrs Howie and Miss Douglas

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Christmas Fayre

On Thursday 26th November, Dalbeattie Primary School held its annual Christmas Fayre.  The fayre took place in the school hall and surrounding classrooms. Stall holders from the local community joined this event selling a wide variety of Christmas produce. All classes participated in the fayre selling Christmas crafts,refreshments or offering people the opportunity to take part in some fun Christmas games. Thank you to everyone who supported the event. Funds raised will go to individual classes and the school fund to provide resources and support school developments.


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A few of the stall holders preparing their stalls on the night. 

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Refreshments and Bake Sale provided by P7.