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Calling All Lucy Fans!

Chris Duke has written this story in the style of a free eBook to explain how Lucy is coping with being in Lockdown. Like many children, Lucy experiences many emotions during this time.

Her hair is blue but this time she knows why. She also knows that it is ok to sometimes have a blue day.

The link below takes you to the free download. Following the story there are some points for discussion.

https://www.lucysblueday.com/product-page/lucy-s-in-lockdown

If you would rather, you can watch it on the YouTube link below. Enjoy!

World Book Day 2020

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.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 – Find Your Brave

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 took place between 3rd – 9th February and this year the theme was ‘Find Your Brave’.

Mental Health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Through our Health and Wellbeing programme in East Ayrshire we strive to support our pupils by offering many opportunities to share how they are feeling and to look at strategies to help them when they may be feeling sad, stressed or anxious. Pupils learn that their emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical wellbeing.

Last week, many classes looked at ‘What makes you feel brave?’ and encouraged pupils to try something new to build confidence and to feel good about themselves.

The main message always given is that there is always someone to talk in school whether it is a friend, the class teacher or another member of staff.

Lucy Pear Visits P4

Last year P1-4 enjoyed a visit from the author Chris Duke who wrote the book ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’. This is a delightful little book which is a stimulus for discussing emotions.

Lucy Pear has magical hair which changes colour depending on her emotions. Lucy is excited when her hair is purple, angry when it is red and blue when she feels sad.

She soon learns that it is #OkNotToBeOk and that these feelings will soon pass.

Violet in P4K was so excited to waken up on Christmas morning to discover that Santa had brought her a Lucy doll. Lucy visited the ‘Rocks’ rotation group during Health and Wellbeing and she listened to the class checking in with their hair colour of the day.

Children's Mental Health Week 2020 will take place from 3rd February – 9th February 2020 and as always we will be supporting our pupils by offering opportunities to share experiences, emotions and we will have a focus on the theme ' Find Your Brave'. More information to follow.

Dyslexia Friendly Pupil Group

Hello,

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

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.’