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IDL – Literacy

This week we used natural materials to create letters of our name and also letters we have been learning about in literacy sessions.  We collected natural materials from the sensory garden and then were able to fill the outlines of each letter with these materials ripping them into smaller parts.

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Some pupils were able to say what each of the letters were and give the action we have been learning.

Outdoor Maths Trail – IDL

The Stars class were confident individuals and successful learners when we followed a maths trail in the garden. We followed instructions to collect and count items from the garden as well as identify and make shapes.


We soaked boiled eggs in vinegar and found that the shell turned soft, We tentatively checked if it would bounce and it did……..a little!


Thank Our Lucky Stars

The Stars class were successful learners this week when doing our Eco work. We learnt about some boys and girls living abroad who had to go to work so were not able to go to school. We are very thankful we are able to go to school living in Scotland. We were responsible citizens when voting for Pupil Council posts. Good luck to all the candidates. We formed initial letters of our names using twigs from the garden and at theme art did leaf printing and created a raccoon and porcupine for our ‘Over the Hedge’ wall display. At science we made a fizzy volcano.

‘Hello’ from the Stars Class

Wishing you a warm ‘hello’ from the Stars class. We have all settled in well to our new group and are enjoying activities. We have been successful learners doing hard work both indoors and in the sensory garden. We have been learning about ourselves and our new classmates by doing activities together. This week we created DVD spinners for the garden and enjoyed making a grass head caterpillar. We will keep it well watered and see how it grows. It might need a hair cut soon!

Tuesday the 16th of June

Hello everyone,

It’s the second last week of term! How did that happen? It has definitely been a different term at Willowbank. This week we would have had two big activities. The prom was meant to be this Friday and we would have had a POLO (Power Off Learning Outside) day as well.  The activities for this week are a mix of the two events. I hope that you have lots of fun doing them.

Here are this week’s activities Home learning 16th June

There will be a virtual prom at the end of the week. I have listed some of the dances that we will be doing but feel free to make your own playlist and your own amazing dance moves. Send pictures of you at your virtual prom.

Stay healthy and be kind to each other.

Mr Nicoll

Stars Activities 9

Hi Everyone. Hope all is well with you. All the Stars class ladies are doing fine and enjoyed the sunshine this weekend. 🌞

This week is POLO (Power Off Learn Outside) Week at Willowbank so we thought you might like to do some of the activities we’d be doing at school.

CD Wind Spinners Ornament 

You will need – old CD, string or ribbon, PVA glue, sequins, buttons, glitter, scissors


Mrs Chisholm made spinners with her daughter Evie. Aren’t they good?

Garden Treasure Hunt 


5 stones

8 pegs

2 gardening gloves

6 weeds

1 trowel

3 plant pots

7 daisies

9 twigs

4 leaves

10 buttercups

Write the number beside the bundle of things you’ve collected using twigs, chalk or painted on the slabs with a paintbrush and water.

Also – Make a circle from stones

Make a triangle from twigs

Leaf Name 

Write your name from some of the things you’ve collected or write with chalk. Get your family to write their names too.

Mrs Logan was busy with her children writing their names. Looks like they want to be in the Stars class too!

Paper Plane Challenge 

Make and decorate some paper planes with your family. Who’s plane can fly the farthest?


Mrs Westerman made some paper planes with her wee grandson, Liam. They used pages from his colouring book. Liam had great fun flying his planes.

We hope you choose to do some of these activities. Remember to send us your comments or photos. We’d love to hear how you are getting on.

Have Fun! Keep Safe!   ❤😊

Stars Activities 7

Hi everyone. Hope you are all enjoying the good weather.  🌞🕶

Tuesday 2nd June should have been our Sports Day. Willowbank staff have been very busy filming and taking photographs of races you could try. The Stars class ladies had a ‘dressing up’ race. Hope you enjoy it!

This week we thought we could have our own wee sports day at home with a few races and a picnic. It would be nice to make some butterfly cakes for your picnic but if you can’t get the ingredients why not make some sandwiches instead. You could cut them into fancy shapes.


100g butter, softened

100g caster sugar

2 large eggs

100g self raising flour

1 level teaspoon

baking powder

ICING – 175g butter, softened

350g sifted icing sugar, plus extra for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C/ Fan 180 degrees C/ Gas 6. Place fairy cake cases into a 12 hole bun tin so that the cakes keep a good even shape as they bake.
  • Measure all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is well blended and smooth. Fill each paper case with the mixture.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and golden brown. Lift the paper cases out of the bun tin and cool the cakes on a wire rack.
  • To make the icing, beat the butter and icing sugar together until well blended. Cut a slice from the top of each cake and cut this slice in half. Spoon a heaped teaspoon of butter cream into the centre of each cake and place the half slices of cake on top to resemble butterfly wings. Dust the cakes with icing sugar to finish.

**  Don’t worry if you can’t find any icing sugar in the shops to make buttercream icing. A spoonful of jam or lemon curd in the centre will work just as well.


If you don’t see any races/activities you want to do on the Willowbank video then maybe you could consider welly throwing (who throws their welly nearest to the target – the target could be a teatowel), water race (fill a basin with water, scoop up a cup of water at a time and run with it over to an empty bowl. Who can collect the most amount of water in 1 minute), ball/balloon catch (how many times can you catch a balloon or ball in 1 minute) or fill the bucket (transfer small objects from one bucket to another. First finished is the winner.) I’m sure someone from your family could help you with your races.


Sit on a rug in the garden, if you can, and enjoy your butterfly cakes and some juice with your family or you could sit at a picnic table. Maybe use a colourful tablecloth. Listen for the birds. Mrs Gardner has blackbirds nesting in her garden and they are very chirpy!



Enjoy listening to this story on You Tube. Try and do all the actions and say the sounds if you can. Enjoy!


If you have fun doing some of these activities then send us a comment or a photo. We’d love to hear from you.

Have Fun! Stay Safe!   😊 ❤



Virtual Residential

Hi everyone.

Sorry for the delay in this post, technical difficulties! Yesterday and today we should have been on our residential trip so I thought I’d make a few videos of the type of thing we would have done. I hope you enjoy them. Please do try them at home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZKvWAyRT1c – A midnight walk with a torch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL3BphZssl0 – Circus skills (juggling)

Bonus video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UclywAnxRQ – Pressing flowers.

Stay healthy and be kind to each other.

Mr Nicoll

Tuesday May the 26th

Hello everybody,

I hope you have had a nice ‘long weekend’.

This week we were supposed to be going on our residential trip, but we are healthy and happy at home in stead. The weather look better so this week’s learning is linked to being outdoors. There are video instructions below for different activities and I’ll be on the blog later this week with some activities that we would have done on our residential. Links below are from East Ayrshire’s Learning Outdoor Support Team (LOST).

https://youtu.be/24tobbN1CQw – How to make a simple sundial

https://youtu.be/smkLquPz7Y8 – An omelette in a bag

https://youtu.be/GCqHUwaVOgY – Fun with sticks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K05N2jqFHc8 – The stick song (just because I love it!) CBeebies

Stay healthy and be kind to each other.

Mr Nicoll