Category Archives: Outdoor Education

Sustrans Mile Post Competition

Please vote for Onthank’s entry which has been designed by Erin in P4K.  MULTICOLOURED OPTION 2. 

Four designs from different schools will go to a Twitter poll to select the winning design . The winner will be invited along to help paint the milepost.

Voting is now live until Friday 13th March at   :


Onthank is Blooming!

Our school is in bloom.
Kale, broccoli parsnips, herbs, sage, radishes, potatoes, peas, runner beans and carrots



Over the summer the P6 Dig for Victory effort has produced an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Pupils will return to school next week and can enjoy some of the produce we gave to the kitchen to prepare. Well done everyone in last sessions P2, P3, and P6.

Positive Choices Week ??Week beginning Mon 20 May??‍♂️

Next week it is Positive Choices Week in school. All pupils will be involved in a variety of activities: eg judo, boxing, fruit tasting, Fitness activities, football, tennis, hand washing ,gardening, hygiene talks, cyber bullying talks,Tai kwon do,  curling ? and a spring Clean.  Pupils will be timetabled during the week to be involved in some of the activities.

P3 ‘Welly Wednesday’

On a Wednesday afternoon P3 will be participating in ‘Outdoor Learning’.

Today we got our wellies on and we went on a hunt for some Autumn leaves. We had so much fun!

Back in class we enjoyed an Art lesson using our favourite leaf. We had to study the markings and colours on the leaf.

Pupils should remember to bring wellies or outdoor shoes every Wednesday to allow them to participate.

Dean Castle Rangers to P6

Primary 6 will be working with two Dean Castle Rangers on Tuesday 2nd October and Tuesday 23rd October. In these sessions, the children will participate in tree identification and den building activities at the Foxes area near the school. These activities link into our John Muir Award and the Wilderness Wars novel that we are currently reading in class.

Parents, carers and grandparents are welcome to join us on these sessions. If you can come along then please complete the form below.

Children should wear outdoor clothing to school on these days but have their school uniform in their school bags to change into afterwards. Wellies/boots should be worn also.  Spare socks are always a great idea!

P6K – 9.15 – 10.45
P6A – 11 – 12.30
P6M – 1.30 – 3pm



P6 Trip to Dumfries House

The Primary 6’s are heading to Dumfries House as part of their Outdoor Learning experiences.

Complete the form below if you are able to help on the day. Please note, each class is going on a different day.

P6M – Wednesday 3rd October
P6A – Thursday 4th October
P6K – Friday 5th October

The office will contact you if your help is required for this trip.


P6 John Muir Award Celebration

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.


P6A created Nature Palettes

P6A headed out to garden to look at the colours, scents and textures in nature. The children selected natural items and stuck them to their ‘Nature Palette’.

Rhys said, ‘I was surprised by how soft the leaves were.’

Owen shared, ‘When I was looking at the flowers, I saw lavender and it smelt so good!’

Once back in the classroom, Liam interviewed Ellie and they discussed the lesson and heard more about Ellie’s choices for her Nature Palette.  Watch the video below.