Holiday Reminder

The school will be closed on Friday 20th and Monday 23rd September. There is also an in-service day on Tuesday 24th September. The children will start back on Wednesday 25th September at 9.00 a.m.

Have a lovely holiday!

September 2019 – Questionnaire

School Value focus – Ambition

Every month in our Home Circles at Catrine Primary School, and in the Welcome Groups at Catrine ECC, we will be focussing on one of our Catrine Values to ensure that our pupils have a solid understanding of them.

Our Values are – Ambition, Determination, Fairness, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Teamwork.

We would appreciate your views on what Ambition means to you and your family.

Responses will be collated and displayed around our school and ECC to show a shared understanding of our Catrine Values from all stakeholders – pupils, parents and staff.

Thank you.

The Alien has landed at Catrine ECC

In the Green space we have been using our imaginations while we play with our friends, making mud pies, soup, cookies or even a salad at the mud kitchen. The children have been further developing their number skills by counting leaves. We have also been learning how to risk assess ourselves, by looking around the green space grass before we play.

An Alien has landed at Catrine ECC!

He/she has lost all his/her clothes and has forgotten his/her name! The children thought he/she needed some songs to welcome him/her to the ECC. They are now going to design a new coat for him/her and think up a new name.

The children have been learning about safety when the Kelly Kettle was being used. No one is allowed into the safety circle unless they are sitting down. After the children had toasted marshmallows and the fire sticks were cold, the children were able to mark marks on the wall. The children were also able to get a turn on the rope swing.

Outdoor Learning – September 2019

Outdoor Learning @ Catrine PS – September 2019

We are continuing with the Outdoor Learning which we enjoyed last year through our involvement with COACh (Curriculum Outdoor Attainment Challenge).

Please click on the link below to view all information:



Primary 4/5 Spelling Homework

Spelling Homework – 16/09/2019

Capital Letters


Full Stops


Children can practise their spelling words in any way they wish, and may want to use some of the fun spelling activities that are on Glow. There will be a spelling test in class on a Friday and this will be completed at the back of  homework jotters so that results can be shared at home. Please remember to bring spelling jotters in to school on a Friday.

Primary 7 Homework

The focus for P7 spelling words this week is prefixes. This week’s words are:

  1. afloat
  2. alive
  3. asleep
  4. ashore
  5. antifreeze
  6. antibiotic
  7. antiseptic
  8. anticlockwise
  9. autograph
  10. automatic
  11. autopilot
  12. autobiography
  13. bicycle
  14. bisect
  15. biannual

Children can practise their spelling words in any way they wish. Due to the holiday weekend, jotters should be brought in to school next Friday 27th September to complete their spelling test.

Massage in Schools Programme

Last year, we introduced Massage in Schools Programme in each class throughout the school.  Our staff are trained MIS practitioners, and we aim to continue building upon the positive start we made by ensuring Massage in Schools becomes part of our weekly Health and Wellbeing Curriculum, as part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils.

For further information, please click on the links below:


Information leafelt

ECC Residential Trip to Pitlochry

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Wow!!! What an experience!!! For our children, families AND staff!!!

This week, from Monday to Wednesday, 8 families and 3 staff members from Catrine ECC travelled by coach to the beautiful small town of Pitlochry. This exciting trip was funded by Hostelling Scotland where we stayed for 2 nights with some of our 3 and 4yr olds. ECC staff worked together to plan a fun filled itinerary for the 3 days which involved activities such as, den building, toasting marshmallows on the fire, scavenger hunts, Bookbug and much, much more.

Our slideshow highlights just some of the great opportunities and activities that we participated in.

                  Thanks to everyone involved, including EAC LOST staff for their advice and training,  and all who came along to East Ayrshire’s FIRST EVER Early Years residential trip.



Dumfries House

Primary 4/5 went along to Dumfries House on Thursday for a chance to learn about the animals and their habitat. The children looked at what they needed to be happy and healthy and compared this with what animals need finding many similarities.

The children then went around the farm feeding the animals whilst learning all about their preferred habitats.

The second half of the day consisteted of pond dipping, creating nests for birds and assisting in building an ant hotel!

The rainy weather certainly didn’t dampen our spirits 🙂


Primary 3/4 had lots of fun at The Brown Institute today. The children made pizza and decorated cookies. They especially enjoyed getting to taste the fruits of their labour. The children then played some games based around healthy foods before enjoying the walk back to school.

School holidays 2019/2020

Please see below a list of the school holidays/in-service days for session 2019/20. Please remember the 2 extra in-service days which are Tuesday 24 September 2019 and Friday 3 April 2020.


Additional In-service days

Dear Parents / Carers

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government has granted 2 additional in-service days, to be held in academic year 2019-20, as part of the recent teachers’ pay award.

It has been agreed that the additional in-service days will be:

  • Tuesday 24th September 2019
  • Friday 3rd April 2020

Please note that all schools and ECCs will be closed to pupils on these dates.  Local arrangements may be adapted in ECCs to ensure the provision of stated hours.


Homework at Catrine PS

Homework is an important part of learning for every child, as it provides an opportunity for them to explain what they’re learning in class.

It also gives our older pupils a chance to highlight their increasingly responsible attitude towards their schoolwork as it’s up to them to ensure that homework is completed to a high standard, and handed in on time.

Each week, spelling words for P3/4 to P7 will be posted on GLOW – this is to reduce paper and avoid homework not being completed due to spelling lists being lost.

P4/5, P5/6 and P7 spelling words are on GLOW for this week, and P3/4 will start their spelling homework next week. P1 and P2 will receive their Literacy homework instructions over the coming weeks.

We are also reviewing our home Reading Book strategy – look out for information regarding reading books coming home for your child over the next few weeks!

As always, we operate an Open Door Policy – please contact the school for any further information.

Mrs Govans