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by Mrs Devlin

The Daily Mile – Maths Week

Today the Nursery and Primary pupils took part in the Daily Mile ‘Extra.’ This was a challenge to see how many collective miles we could cover during our Daily Mile session. We had some runners, joggers and walkers all travelling round the pitch counting their laps.

Amazingly, after we had used our timetables and multiplication skills to work out the amount of laps covered by everyone, we revealed that we had travelled 115.2 miles! This is the same distance as Dalry to the most northern point of Loch Lomond,  wow, fantastic effort everyone!

by Mrs Devlin

Gardening Club – Maths week

For the past two weeks Gardening Club have been preparing for the changes in our season. We have been finishing off our harvest of the beautiful produce we grew over the Spring and Summer, tidying up the flower beds and pots and dead heading the plants. Today the gardeners have been planting lots of bulbs in our pots, we are really looking forward to seeing the beautiful daffodils and hyacinths growing.

Owen and Brodie found some very sneaky baby potatoes a week after our tattie harvest!

Imogen brought in a HUGE sunflower head to show us, we had the great idea of putting the sunflower seeds into the bird feeders to feed the birds. We looked at the patterns the sunflower seeds made in the head, WOW!

by Mrs Devlin

STEM fun!

As part of our Maths Week P4/5 and P6/7 were visited by Lorraine, a parent of a P2 pupil, who also happens to be a scientist!

The pupils engaged in some hands on and really exciting experiments, looking at chemical reactions. They observed and discussed the effects of mixing various compounds and made some exciting ‘explosions!’ P4/5’s favourite by far was the Coke and salt eruption!

Here’s a few photos, it was too busy and messy to take lots!

Thanks very much to Lorraine, who kindly gave her time and knowledge today.

If you have a talent or specialist knowledge in any area, we’d love to hear from you too!


by Mrs Devlin

Lego Zip Wire Challenge

Today some P1-7s were taking part in a Lego Zip Wire challenge.

Mixed age teams of 4 or 5 pupils competed against each other to create a Lego Zip wire to carry Larry the Lego Man a distance of 2 metres across a ‘canyon’

The Success Criteria was very simple, the Zipwire must:

  • Carry Larry safely across a ‘canyon’ of 2 metres
  • The carrying device must encase Larry for safety reasons
  • The zip slide must not come to a crashing stop…ouch!
  • Larry must land on the other side in one piece


All the zip slides were fantastic and were judged at the end using the success criteria above. The winning team was Group 3; Ruben, Karol, Baillie, Oscar and James. Well done to you!

by Mrs Devlin

Glenkens Cluster Maths Week!

This week pupils across the cluster have been enjoying a number of different maths related challenges and activities.

Watch this space for info and photos of what Dalry pupils have been up to!

by Mrs Turner

New Year, New Beginnings!

It’s super to see the all the children back to school, looking smart in their uniforms and well rested after the Summer Holidays. In P6/7 everyone has returned with a spring in their step and have spent this first week getting settled back into routines and getting used to new ones.

Welcome back P6/7!

On Wednesday, another ‘New Beginning’ called in  to see us! Proud brother Ruben was, quite rightly,  keen to show off his new sister, Mather, who was born during the holidays. We all agreed that she was very cute and cuddly! Thanks again Ruben and your family for the traditional, Netherlander, celebration ‘cakes’ you brought in for the class.

by Miss Joss

Glorious Garden Party

The boys and girls in primary one and two hosted a garden party to officially open the garden they have been landscaping since March. All the boys and girls have put so much effort and creativity into gardening this term. They enjoyed sharing their learning with staff, pupils and parents. Well done boys and girls all you hard work is starting to show in your lovely garden!

by Mrs Devlin

Paul Jones Tournament 2017

The Paul Jones Football Festival has been a huge success for both our teams this year.  The girls and boys’ teams played their socks off in the Festival Final at the weekend in Kirkcudbright in very hot conditions. Although they didn’t win, this time, they made their coach David and the whole school community very proud indeed. For such a small number of pupils and with many never having played a competitive football match before, they showed exemplary resilience, sportsmanship and empathy. Amazing effort everyone!

A HUGE well done to both teams and a MASSIVE thank you to coach David from the players and staff for using your own free time to develop their skills…watch this space for next year!


Some of the brilliant action shots of the day…


An extra special congratulations to Amy P6, who won the Player of the Day in the Girls’ League…excellent achievement and very well deserved Amy!

For more photos check out Stewartry Active Schools and Community Sport Facebook page



by Mrs Devlin

Happy Den Building Day!

Friday Fun Time was awash with pallets, tarpaulin, ropes, branches and lots of other random materials today…the P1-7 pupils were participating in ‘Den Building Day 2017.’

Every pupil participating was put into mixed year groups and were given a selection of Success Criteria to work towards:

  • Den must be freestanding
  • Den must allow shelter for everyone in your group
  • Everyone must work together as a T.E.A.M
  • Think safety!

I think you’ll agree, the results were fantastic!

Next week we will be ‘camping out’ in our shelters, a test if they survive the elements!

Please check out the link to the information we showed our pupils today to help and inspire them…


Give the kids some materials and let the magic happen…

Mrs Devlin prepping some of the willow we removed from our willow tunnel at Gardening Club to use for our dens, recycling at its best!

George’s face is a picture!

Is that you thinking or scratching the midges Jack?

The finished creations! WOW!


Even thinking about the wildlife, this one has a birdbath!

Here’s some further reading on the benefits of den building, it has lots of useful information on how to den build and great ideas to try in the summer holidays too 🙂


by Mrs Devlin

P3-7 Transition ‘Jeux français’

P3-7 have been teaching each other traditional French games as part of the upper school transition.

It’s been a great opportunity for the youngest pupils to teach the older pupils some French games, and has resulted in lots of fun.

Here are some pupils playing boules, l’escargot (like hopscotch but snail shaped!) and yoyo.

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