P5/ STEM Activities

Next week P5/6 will be working alongside our STEM champion George Burns in an electric lorry building task.

The challenge is part of a National STEM challenge and requires the use of different tools to construct the frames and create the vehicles.  George will demonstrate the safe use of equipment, such as saws and bench grips prior to the task.

If you have any concerns about your child using tools as part of this STEM activity, please contact the school office.

We can’t wait to share our creations with you!

Cyber Safety

As part Internet Safety Day P5/6 have been chatting about how to protect their identify online.  They looked at the different apps, games and sites that are used by everyone and how much about your own identity is shared by having a profile or account.

As part of the  Internet Safety Day initiative they completed the East Ayrshire Avatar competition. Check out our three winners’ designs. Aren’t they great? They were created by Neve, Sophie-Kate and Madison.

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Good luck girls!

Tempest Photography – reminder

Tempest Photography will be in school on Wednesday 19 February to take individual, family, Primary 1 class and Primary 7 class photographs.

Please complete:

Please note this is for primary school children only.

If you wish any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Thank you.

February – questionnaire

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 Respect 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.

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.

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

 

P5/6 Spelling Words

 

 

This week’s spelling words for P5/6.

Blue Group – Prefixes (ir, im, mis, post) improper, impossible, impolite, impatient, irregular, irresponsible, immature, misbehave, misread, misuse, postgraduate

Red Group – (ae phoneme) – a-e, ay, ai, ey, ea  Chocolate, mistake, holiday, yesterday, birthday, complain, explain, chimney, monkey, valley, break, steak

Don’t forget that jotters must be brought to school on a Thursday for the spelling check-up.

Penpal Fun

This week in P5/6 we have been writing letters to our new penpals. We have buddied up with Uryside School in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, as part of our Scottish focus this month.  We hope to get to know the P6 class at Uryside and learn about them and where they live.

We are really excited and can’t wait for them to write back.

 

 

 

Nut Allergy

As we have pupils with severe nut allergies, can all parents/carers ensure that pupils DO NOT bring in food for snacks/packed lunches that contain nuts or traces of nuts. The health and well-being of our pupils is a main priority, and we much appreciate your support in keeping our children safe.

Please contact the school office for any further information.

Thank you.

Mrs Govans

P5/6 Poems

P5/6 have been issued with their poems for this year’s Scots Verse.

P5 are learning Feart by Liz Niven and P6 are learning Up in the Morning Early by Robert Burns.

Remember to practise at home as often as possible and to add any action that you think will enhance your performance.

We are sure that they will be fair guid!

 

January – questionnaire

School Value focus – Honesty

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 Honesty 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.

P5/6 Homework Words

Spelling words – week beginning 6th January 2020

Week 1 – Spelling Strategies

Red Group – happy, word, lady, paper, window, floor, shoe, being, coming, jumped, started, used, walked

Blue Group – advertise, conscience, evaluation, meanwhile, remember, again, conscious, evidence, metaphor, research, aisle, consequence, exaggerated, miscellaneous

Remember – you can practise your words anyway you wish at home. Your spell check will be on Thursday.

Visit to Palace Theatre

All children are reminded to wear their school uniform on their visit to the Palace Theatre. Children should bring a small drink and a snack with them.

Thank you.

Christmas/Winter Jumper Day

The whole school is having a Christmas/Winter jumper day on Wednesday 11th December. Primary 6 will be “carol singing”  with the ECC in Catrine Square and it’s also our Festive lunch day.

Matilda Movie Consent

P5/6 have finished reading the novel Matilda. The class will now watch the movie and complete various comparison activities linked to the book.  Matilda has a PG rating.  If you DO NOT consent to your child watching Matilda please contact the school office by Wednesday 11th December.

Thank you.

 

Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre last night was a great success. Our total profit raised was £762.50!! This was due to the continued support of parents/carers/family friends and the local community. Thank you!! Have a look ….

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Catrine Parent Council play a crucial part in our school life and are vital to school successes. They also raised £145.80 for their funds.

Thank you is enough

With Christmas fast approaching, we are all aware of the financial effects of the holiday season on the lives of families in our area.   Some families may feel under pressure to show their appreciation to staff in the school and ECC by buying gifts and presents.

Last year the BBC ran a feature about this with the simple message that thank you is enough. We want to share this message with you this year to reassure any parents/carers that are worried about affording a gift for a teacher/staff member in the run up to the Christmas break.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46580014

So, just a reminder that a thank you, a card, a handmade token of appreciation and the thought behind these small gestures, is more than enough for us.

Wishing you all the best this festive season,

Judith Govans
Headteacher

P5/6 Visit to AM Brown Institute

Primary 5/6 will be visiting the institute on Friday 6th December where they will be making soup.  If possible could you please provide your child with a suitable container to bring their soup home in.

Many thanks, Mrs Schendel