P4 have had a great day celebrating World Book Day 2020. We had dress up fun, shared our favourites stories and books, did book related tasks and some of us enjoyed paired reading with our buddies in P3.
P4K our DFS Group, had a wonderful time celebrating too. We are reading plenty of books and managing to fill in our Reading Passports for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.
Today our DFS ambassadors (P4K) have been busy organising the launch of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.
It is believed that reading has the power to change lives and that developing a love of reading in childhood can have a huge impact on educational attainment and future wellbeing.
The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is open to every pupil in P1-P7 in Scotland. We know that reading journeys can be personal to every single child but, to encourage and motivate schools and pupils to get involved, a number of challenges have been set that we hope will inspire and develop a love of reading.
Find out more about taking part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge by clicking the link below:
Shirley Husband, author of the McCoo Books read Nan McCoo to P1/2s and then she read Angus McCoo to P3/4s. Everyone was excited to hear the stories. Primary 1s made pictures of Betty , Angus and Nan McCoo. What a fantastic afternoon!
We are the DFS pupil group for Onthank Primary School. We organise events like the DFS workshop and whole school assembly. We invited all pupils and parents/carers to come to the DFS workshop. There were lots of fun activities for everyone to do.
We have already achieved our Bronze Award and are currently working towards our Silver accreditation.
Our DFS school mascot is Dom the DFS Diamond. Keep an eye out for him around the school!
Four of our good friends have made a movie called DFS A Wider World using IMovie trailer. You will be able to check it out at a later date by scanning a QR code.
Today as part of our Dyslexia Friendly Schools journey, the whole school was involved in NO PENS DAY WEDNESDAY. This is a national speaking and listening event which encourages exciting classroom discussion. Check out the blog for class photos.
How did we cope without pens today? Well going by the enthusiastic response of the pupils, very well actually.
With the help of snap cards, jigsaws, dominoes, division cards, general knowledge quiz, literacy criterion, problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork, learning for pleasure was the order of the day. And not a pencil to be seen. All children participated fully in all aspects of their learning today – and had fun. We even had a visit from the SSPCA to round off our day.
PARENT’S EVENING appointments have been allocated and children should have a note of times in their school bags. Thanks to those who have responded and I look forward to meeting you all next Tuesday. There are still a few slots available between 4:30 and 5:50 if you haven’t been in touch yet.
DUNDONALD CASTLE. A super day is in store for all tomorrow. It is a fun packed day where children will dress up, act out and discover what life was like in medieval times. As we will be outdoors, children should wear rain jackets and school uniforms. Trainers are ideal for walking around the castle and grounds.
I hope you like the photos that helped capture how busy we all were today.
After helping the Scottish Sun to launch their new Free Books for Schools campaign, we will be collecting book tokens from the paper.
Between September 24th and November 18th, the Scottish Sun and Scottish Sun on Sunday will be printing book tokens each day. Pupils can hand these tokens into the school office or to their class teacher. The more tokens we get, the more books we receive!
P1A and P1C were very busy reading, writing and spelling this morning with a mixture of activities outside and inside.
Some children used water or chalk to write letters and words, while others played in groups with board games, flash cards or play dough. Mrs Cree and I were very impressed by the children’s concentration!!
P6 had a great turnout for Onthank’s first ever John Muir Award Celebration this afternoon. Our P6s have been learning that John Muir was a Scottish born conservationalist, who lived in the late 1800s and later moved to America to found of some of their National Parks.
The award encourages children to explore natural areas near the school and over time develop and conserve them. You may have noticed that trees have been planted at the front of the school and a wide selection of vegetables have been planted near the nursery.
Congratulations to our P6 pupils, you have worked extremely hard! Thanks to all who came along to help us celebrate. We hope you had a good time and learned something new!
Please contact the office if you would be able to help us water and care for the plants over the summer holidays.
East Ayrshire Libraries are delighted to be working in collaboration with the SPFL Trust and Kilmarnock Football club to bring the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge to local children.
As a reward for reading and using the library we are offering free tickets to Kilmarnock home games.
All that primary aged children need to do is borrow 4 books from the library (on their own card, not a group card) and when they return the fourth book they get a card stamped which they take to Rugby Park to exchange for 1 free child ticket and 1 discounted adult ticket on selected home games. The challenge runs until the end of May but completed vouchers can be redeemed until the end of October.
Here are just a few of the pictures we took today. Well done to everyone who dressed up as their favourite character. Great fun was had by all and thank you to our special guests who read to children today.