Catrine can Ceilidh!

What a fantastic night we had last night at our very first Catrine Primary School Ceilidh!  Thank you to all who came along and joined in with the dances or encouraged from the side lines.  It was amazing to see all ages laughing and having a great time dancing to our live band and our choir did us proud and sang beautifully.

See you all next year!


Scots Verse Recital – celebrations

What a wonderful celebration at Catrine P.S. this afternoon. Take a look at our winners:

Primary 2 – 1st place Lucy, 2nd Bette, 3rd Lenore

Primary 3 – 1st place Ewan, 2nd Josh L, 3rd Marley

Primary 4 – 1st place Ava, 2nd Lexie, 3rd Cooper

Primary 5 – 1st place Kay-cee, 2nd Calvin, 3rd Lauren

Primary 6 – 1st place Daryl, 2nd Lucy, 3rd Kaci

Primary 7 – 1st place Eve, 2nd Kiera, 3rd Tommy

Overall winner – Daryl Primary 6

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P5/6 Visit to the Institute

P5/6 had a lovely visit to the institute this morning.  We made shortbread as part of our Scottish month theme.  We were all surprised at how easy it was to make and it tasted delicious.  The children all have a copy of the recipe so why not give it a try at home!

Primary 7 – MSP visit

Primary 7 received a visit from regional MSP Brian Whittle last week as part of their Scottish Parliament topic. During the visit the class learned about the job of an MSP and got to ask lots of questions. Brian was very entertaining, funny and honest. The class learned a lot and found it a very interesting session.

Catrine PS and ECC – Curriculum Rationale

In line with the review of our Vision, Values and Aims, all staff at both Catrine PS and ECC have been involved in updating our Curriculum Rationale. 

Our Curriculum Rationale is unique to Catrine, and it highlights ‘What we want for our children and young people, and how we are going to work together to achieve this’.

All staff were consulted and answers collated to emphasise our priorities to ensure excellence in teaching and learning experiences.

The words in the border around our Curriculum Rationale highlight the authority and national guidelines and priorities which guide our practice, and the key elements of

A Curriculum for Excellence which drives our planning and assessment.

I am pleased and proud to share our Curriculum Rationale with you.

Mrs Govans

curriculum rationale

Primary 4/5 Spelling Words

Capital Letters

  1. Blackpool
  2. afternoon
  3. shampoo
  4. include
  5. excuse
  6. truthful
  7. cushion
  8. chewing
  9. glue
  10. Tuesday
  11. fluent
  12. secure

Full Stops

  1. cook
  2. booked
  3. school
  4. football
  5. include
  6. secure
  7. June
  8. cuboid
  9. numeracy
  10. chewing
  11. fluent
  12. Tuesday

P5/6 Spelling Words

Week 4 – Spelling Rules

Blue group – determination, information, participation, multiplication, evaluation, partitioning, compensation, visualisation, missing, willing

Red Group – addition, ambition, nation, station, partial, location, fuss, miss, will

Remember your jotter on Thursday for your spell check.

Family Ceilidh – Thursday 30th November 6.30pm- 8.30pm

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We are really looking forward to our family Ceilidh on Thursday! The band have been rehearsing and have a great selection of dances for us including Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, Canadian Barn dance and many more.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the dances,  the band will walk through all the dances for you and I’m sure the children will keep you right.  We will be entertained by our P6 and P7 choir and light refreshments will be available.

If you don’t have your tickets yet, please go to ParentPay where adult tickets cost £2 and a 1p charge will secure a child ticket.

See you at 6.30pm for a great night of dancing!


Primary 7 Homework

The focus for Primary 7 spelling homework this week is homophones. All groups have the same words as the focus is on knowing the spelling and meaning of each. This week’s words are:

their/they’re/there, threw/through, time/thyme, to/too/two, vale/veil, vane/vain/vein

Please remember to bring jotters into school on Friday for the weekly spelling test.

Primary 4/5 Institute Visit

Primary 4/5 visited the institute today and enjoyed making homemade shortbread.  This links in great with our Scottish topic on Scotland’s food and farming.

Everyone had a fantastic time and couldn’t believe how delicious their shortbread tasted 🙂

Scots Verse Celebrations

Family and friends are invited to join us on Friday 31 January at 1.45 p.m. in the school for our Scots Verse Celebrations.

The winners of our Scots Verse Recital class competitions will be announced, and you will be treated to a rendition of their poem. The whole school will be singing Scots songs, and we look forward to welcoming you to a “richt guid” celebration.

Mrs Govans

Catrine PS and ECC – Vision, Values and Aims

We regularly highlight our Vision, Values and Aims with our pupils in both our school and ECC through a variety of activities, and our pupils have a good understanding of what they mean and how we apply them at Catrine PS and ECC.  Through monthly GLOW questionnaires, we ask parents/carers for their opinions and comments about our school and ECC, and their responses are always very much appreciated. As a staff, we annually review our Vision, Values and Aims and have collaborated to produce a poster detailing them, which will be a reference point for future discussions with our pupils, and for our priorities moving forward.  Our Vision, Values and Aims poster highlight our priorities and give examples of how we put them into action in our establishments.

I’m proud to present you with our new Vision, Values and Aims poster which will be proudly displayed in both our school and ECC.

Coming soon – our new Curriculum Rationale.

Mrs Govans

vision, values, aims


Education Scotland report

I am delighted to provide you with the latest report from Education Scotland and East Ayrshire Council for Catrine PS and ECC.  It states that both establishments are now officially signed off from the inspection process.  Staff at both Catrine PS and ECC are very pleased with the report, and we are proud to be sharing it with you.

Mrs Govans

Please click on the link below to view:

Catrine Parents re HMIe Follow-Up