Category Archives: Primary 6

P6 Parents – Online Learning Support

P6 Parents/Carers,

Each of our P6 classes have their own Microsoft Teams pages. We will be uploading work to these for the children to complete at a time that suits them.

Feedback so far suggests the best way to login to Microsoft Teams is to download the app onto your device. At the point of login, children should use their full Glow email address.


Most of the children have been trained in how to logon, find the relevant work/activities and upload.

If you have  any technical difficulties logging in or accessing Microsoft Teams then please leave a comment on the P6 blog page and we will do our best to help solve the problem.

If your child has been absent and has not received their Learning Pack, please contact the office.

Many thanks, Team P6


Coronavirus and Onthank Primary’s plans

Thank you for your continued support as we,  like the rest of the country, respond to the situation in relation to Coronavirus.  I am very grateful for the measured, appropriate and cooperative response of parents/carers in helping us to manage this situation.

I am sure that you will appreciate that it is difficult to predict what the impact on schools might be in the future in what is clearly a rapidly changing picture. Please be assured that we continue to collaborate with, and act upon the advice of, the relevant organisations and are taking steps to plan for the future.  Like all East Ayrshire schools, we will use our school app to get information to you.
At the moment,  our priority is to maintain a calm learning environment for our young people. Whilst not wanting to be dismissive of the potential effects on the wider population, we want our pupils to understand that in the majority of cases the effects of the virus can be relatively mild.  Additionally, we will continue to reiterate through class lessons and assemblies, important messages about hygiene. Thank you for your support in reinforcing these messages too.
 Please click on the link for further information.

Following a Headteacher meeting on Friday which focused on the impact of the Conorovirus,  schools were asked to look at Digital solutions to keep in touch which staff and children who are self-isolating,

As a  digital school, pupils at Onthank already use digital technology in a variety of ways such as Bug Club, Active Maths and children’s individual blogs.  We plan to continue and extend our use of Digital technology.  At this time we have created a Microsoft Team for each class from Primary 5 to 7.  We will be giving tutorials to classes over the next few days.  Children in these classes have been assigned a survey to complete.

Parents can support this by making sure that your child, where possible, can access their schoolwork via a home tablet, laptop, PC or smartphone.  If it is not possible to have access to the internet we will look for alternative solutions.


P5/6/7 Youth Club Reminder

Dear P5/6/7 Families,

We are having an excellent term so far at Youth Club with our young people creating the format of the sessions, providing activity choices and planning events! Unfortunately we don’t think a school sleepover can be accommodated!!

We would like to remind families Youth Club starts at 5.30pm and invite young people to arrive from 5.20pm at the earliest as adult supervision will not be provided until this time.

Thank you for your continued support!

#ouronthank #YouthClub

Onthank @ Dance Fest – Support #ouronthank

P6/7 Families & Onthank Wider School Community,

I am delighted to announce our P6/7 Dance Ambassadors have been selected to perform at Dance Fest 2020 – congratulations for qualifying!

PERFORMANCE DATE: Wednesday 25th March 2020

VENUE: The Palace Theatre, Green Street, Kilmarnock KA1 3BN

TIME: 7pm – 9pm


Tickets are available NOW from The Palace Theatre on 01563 554900.

All members of our school community are invited to support our P6/7 Dance Ambassadors and cheer on #ouronthank

Our 2020 Team will be taken by bus to The Palace Theatre on Wednesday 26th March at 2:30pm for a Dress Rehearsal on stage. The young people will then stay at the venue for the remainder of the evening with school staff. If you are a parent/carer and would also like to volunteer to supervise our team prior to the performance please let Mr Swan know.

Your child will need to bring a packed dinner to school on the day – as healthy as possible please prior to dancing!

Dancers will be given a costume requirements list from Mr Swan next week which he can speak through with at parent/carers on collection.

A DVD of the performance will be available to order on the evening through The Palace.

Parents/Carers – if you require any additional information at this stage you know where I am!

Mr S. #goteam #ouronthank #DanceFest2020 #THEBEST

Onthank’s Elf – 5* Reviews?!

This week our P6 and P7 classes are bringing the classic Christmas film, Elf to life on stage to celebrate the season Onthank Style!

A huge thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets and are attending one of our performances. We hope you enjoy Buddy’s journey from the North Pole to New York and we want to know your views!

Would you give it a 5 star rating?

Once you’ve shared the experience with us, comment below and let us know what you thought about our performances and our young people!

We will be sure to share your comments with staff and pupils.



Dear Families,


Our P6/7 pupils have been working incredibly hard to bring this festive tale to life and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas @ #ouronthank  and this week we will see their efforts come to fruition!

So please remember the invitation is warmly extended to our full community, not just P6/7 families.

Book your tickets now on Parent Pay! 

Can all P7 pupils please arrive at school on Monday and Wednesday at 6pm prompt for costume, notes and final preparation bringing everything they need for the performance. They will be met by Mr Swan and guided to the Gym Hall by staff.

Can all P6 pupils please arrive at school on Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm prompt IN COSTUME where they will be met by their teacher and guided to the Gym Hall by staff.

The show will start at 7pm prompt and  finish at 8:30pm (approx.) where all pupils will then be safely signed out to families from the Main Hall.

Pupils will also need their costume for the performance on Tuesday @ 10am. P6 pupils can wear their costume to school if easier for the family.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Swan or comment below and he will help at anytime.

Let’s give our P6/7 young people the full house, applause and support they so thoroughly deserve! See you there!

#ouronthank #elf


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.

P6 Euro Quiz Heat

This morning our P6 Euro Quiz Team went to Kilmaurs Primary to participate in the Euro Quiz competition.  They competed against other East Ayrshire schools. This year, the winners were Annanhill and the runners up were Nether Robertland.

Our P6 team worked exceptionally hard on the run up to the competition and answered some very challenging questions! Super effort boys, you should be very proud of yourselves!

Dyslexia Friendly Pupil Group


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.

Written by Lucy, Emily, Thomas and Stuart P6K

Primary 6 and PACE Theatre

Our Primary 6 classes worked with PACE Theatre yesterday morning to produce a short anti bullying play which was performed to the P5 year group and our P6 parents.

The children worked extremely hard in the morning to learn actions, lines and stage directions.  The show delivered a strong anti bullying message and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Thank you to all the adults who were able to join us for the performance. It was great to see so many people there. We’d love to hear your comments about the show below.

Thank you to Mrs Williams for organising this excellent experience. ?

Click below to see a short video from the performance.


Primary 6 Maths

P6 Parents / Carers

As a continuation of a whole school initiative of raising attainment, it has been decided that maths setting in P6 will cease as of Friday 11th January 2019.  Following this date maths will be taught by the class teacher taking differentiation into account to meet all learners’ needs. Thank you.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

The Senior Leadership Team

Primary 6 and PACE Theatre

On Thursday 17th January, our P6 classes will be working with the PACE Theatre group to perform a short (approx 25mins) anti-bullying show called ‘Being Me’.

P6 Parents/Carers are welcome to join us to watch the performance at 11.40am with tea and coffee being served in the dinner hall from 11.25am.

Please complete the form below if you would like to attend our short performance by Monday 14th January.

See our P6 blog for more information.


Onthank’s Greatest Show – What did you think?

This week our P5s – P7s are performing ‘Onthank’s Greatest Show’ and we want to know your views! Would you give it a 5 star rating?

Comment below and let us know what you thought about our performance!




JRSO Be Bright Be Seen

Lia Townsley, P6M,  Erin Williams, P6A and Campbell Neal, P6K are this year’s JRSO’s.

We’re holding a competition  to encourage people to be safely seen in the dark during the winter months.   You have to draw yourself in the coolest, brightest clothes you can think of!  Please include your own ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ message too! The closing date is the 7th of December which is this Friday!

Thank you from the JRSO team.

Dyslexia Friendly Schools

Recently during Dyslexia Awareness Week all classes enjoyed a range of inclusive learning activities including an assembly and workshop led by P6K.

Thank you to all parents/carers who came along to support the children.  It was a huge success and the feedback has been extremely positive.

If you would like to be involved in any future DFS events, discussions or form part of a parent group please complete the form below.

Thank you again for your support as we continue to work towards achieving our DFS Silver Award.

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018

Dyslexia Awareness Week is Monday 5th November to Friday 9th November.  The theme this year is ‘MY WIDER WORLD’.  Take a look at Dyslexia Scotland for more information.

P6K are delivering a DFS assembly to parents on Tuesday 6th November at 9:15 am.  Then on Wednesday 7th November P6K will be organising a whole school workshop which parents are also invited to attend with their child’s class.

9.40 -10.00:   All P3’s  and P4M

10.00 – 10.20:  P2K, P2ST, P2S

10.20 – 10.40: All P5’s

11.05 – 11.25:  P2H and P4E, P4F

11.25 – 11.45: All P7’s and All P1’s

11.45 – 12.05: All P6’s

The children are also asked to ‘Wear Something Blue’ on Friday 9th November.  Thank you for your support.  Mrs Klein.



Christmas Choir

The choir is open to all P6 and P7 pupils and will be organised by Miss Hamilton and Mrs Klein.

It will run 3pm to 4pm in Mrs Klein’s room starting on Wednesday 7th November and ending on Wednesday 12th December.

Please complete the form below.

No Pens Day Wednesday

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.

No Pens Day in P6A

Primary 6A have had a very productive day during their No Pens Wednesday. The class worked hard and participated fully in talking and listening activities, maths using laptops, drama work portraying John Muir’s life and nature art work where the children studied the leaves, colours, textures to create a new picture.

Joe commented, ‘ Today I liked the fact that we could just put our pencils down and get up instead and be more active in our learning. My favourite bit was using my imagination to create my leaf ladybug.’

Phoebe explained, ‘Sometimes today I wanted to write things down but instead I had to talk and explain myself.’


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.


World of Work

We have all been enjoying learning about ‘Our World of Work’.

We have shared ideas of careers which we think we might enjoy in the future and we have been considering what steps we would need to take to be able to do certain jobs.

Importantly, we have been discussing the strengths and talents we have already and how we can continue to develop these.

We have had lots of fun playing games, participating in roleplay and some of us have even tried to fill in application forms for our dream jobs.

P6K worked with Miss Smith to create a ‘World of Work’ Assembly. Through drama, music and dance they demonstrated that if you are determined and work hard you can achieve your dreams.

The whole school enjoyed the assembly on Monday and today we welcomed parents and relatives to watch.

Well done P6K!

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.


Our P6 Euro Quiz team headed to the Scottish Parliament today. They competed against 31 other schools from around Scotland, in the final of this year’s quiz. While not coming top 3, our team answered many challenging questions. Huge congratulations to the boys for their hard work in studying for the quiz. Everyone is very proud of you!

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.