Tag Archives: Literacy

P4/5’s Reading Area

img_2450P4/5 were given an area of the classroom to create a space which they felt would enhance their learning.  After much discussion they decided to create a reading area.  They then researched ideas and designed and created their own reading ‘den’.  As you can see they are making good use of the space already!

“It’s nice and quiet in our den, so it’s good for reading’  Daniel

“It’s like a relaxing reading station with beanbags and pillows.  It was good that we came up with the idea.”  Alex

Reported By Alex and Daniel


P6/7 write about The Rights of the Child

P6/7  have been learning about poetry and we linked it to our right of the month. Lots of authors around the world participated in an event organised by UNICEF called tiny stories so we decided to take part too. We wrote a poem about what we want for every child, all of them were very good but Alexander Street’s (P6) stood out.


What I want for every child  By Alexander Street

I want every child to

have a home with lots of room

to play in.

I want every child to

be able to look into the eyes

of a loving parent or guardian.

I want every child to

wake up and hear birds singing

instead of gunshots.

I want every child to

run away from a chaser

instead of their home.

I want every child to

have a full meal

instead of the remains of one.




P4/5 have competed in a writing contest called Crazy Creatures. Everyone had to write a story that was 100 words or under.  Everyone had think of a creature and an enemy with super powers and then draw and write about it.

The winners will get it published in our library and it will be available for the pupils to read. They will also get a Crazy Creature goody bag and £ 1,000.

By Alex (P5) and Daniel (P4)


Reading Challenge Success for Abi Grierson

img_2558Well done to Abi Grierson (P6) who is storming her way through various books as part of our Reading Challenge.

“I have read 15 books since we started the challenge on the 31st of October.  I struggle with reading and I feel this challenge has helped me improve my reading skills.  I am enjoying reading now and I read in class and at night before I go to my bed.  I just finished ‘Hop on Pop’ and most of the Dr Suess books are really good.”

World Book Day!


It is World Book Day at Uplawmoor Primary School.  Miss Miller has been busy organising a fun day of activities and storytelling to celebrate books, illustrators, authors and most importantly, READING!

After a parade of costumes, all of the children voted for their favourite ‘character’ and the winners were as follows:

P1/2  Zoe  (Robin Hood)

P2/3  Angelina (Tiger who came to tea)

P4/5  Gabriel (Diary of the Wimpy Kid)

P6/7  Cameron (The Scarecrow from Goosebumps)

Thank you to Mrs Wengel, Mrs McGillivray and Miss Green for coming into school and reading to the children.  They thoroughly enjoyed having a new face read to them in class!Eva Harvey  Emily LeitchDSCN2808DSCN2795DSCN2758


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World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Book Fair at Uplawmoor Primary School

Book FairWe are having a Book Fair on Thursday, 4th February and Friday, 5th February 2016.  Book Fair opening times are as follows:


Thursday, 4th February

9.30 am – 10.00 am                –           P1/2

10.00 am – 10.30 am              –           P3-5

10.30 am – 11.00 am              –           P6/7


Friday, 5th February

9:30 am -10:15 am                 –           Open all classes

3.15 pm – 4.00 pm                  –           Open all classes

If you are unable to come along and help your child to choose a book there are two other options.

  • Each child will receive a leaflet detailing the books available at the Fair. You can look through the selection of books in the leaflet, make your choice, then complete the order form and return to the school with payment. Your child will then receive the books you have chosen.
  • You can send money to school (cheques should be payable to the school) and your child’s teacher can assist in an appropriate choice of books.  If you wish to choose this option, please go to the ‘Diary/Dates for your Diary’ tab and complete the tear off slip and return it to school.

Our school will benefit from all sales. The funds generated will allow us to provide books for the children and/or teachers’ resources.

Paired Reading

DSCN1455 DSCN1452DSCN1451Primary 6/7 and Primary 2 have been enjoying some paired reading activities over the past couple of weeks.  The children have been taking turns to read to each other and hear their favourite stories read aloud to them.  We certainly have some star readers on our hands!

Whole School Trip to Burns Birthplace Museum

The boys and girls of Uplawmoor enjoyed a trip to Alloway last Tuesday,  to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

The extensive museum is set in 10 acres of beautiful countryside in Alloway and the site includes a collection of buildings and landmarks that are all connected to the poet’s life, including Burns’ Cottage where he was born in 1759, the Burns Monument and Brig O’ Doon, from his famous poem Tam O’ Shanter.

Look out for our very own young  Robert B….Black!

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P6/7 are called to Glasgow’s High Court!

photo The pursuers and defenders of Primary 6 and 7 were called to court on Monday 26th January in the case of Mrs Telfer vs Talk and Text Communications.   Uplawmoor Primary School took part in the West of Scotland category and were competing against two other Primary Schools in Glasgow.

The children did a wonderful job and representing their clients and have worked so hard to ensure they were prepared for court.  Amongst the children we had witnesses, solicitors, reporters, gown makers and court artists.
A special well done to Niamh who was the defending solicitor and Erin who was the pursuing solicitor.  You both took on a very important (and scary) role and made us all very proud.

This was a once in a lifetime experience for the children and allowed them to apply their learning in a real life context.   We await the results…


P7 Lord Provost Debate

Primary 6/7 were invited to Eastwood House on Friday 9th January to debate in front of the Lord Provost.  They chose the motion “every child should use an Ipad in primary school instead of jotters and textbooks“.

The children worked hard on their opposing and proposing arguements and the the final vote was against the motion (8 votes against, 7 votes for).

P2/3 Learning Assembly

In our topic we have leaned the difference between fact and opinion. An opinion is a statement that tells what someone thinks while a fact is a true statement. We created a rap song to show our understanding about fact and opinion. We wrote the lyrics and we decided about the dance movements.

 Moreover, this term we learned to debate and support our opinion using powerful arguments. Finally, in our topic we have learned the difference between a ‘want’ and a ‘need’. Wants are things people would like to have. Needs, on the other hand are things people must have to live. Children’s rights are needs. Everyone should respect children’s rights.


By Primary 2/3 

Easter Eggstravaganza

 The pupils are busy creating their characters for our Easter Eggstravaganza this week.The children have been writing adventure stories, diaries and and character profiles to go along with their eggs which will be displayed on Thursday afternoon from 1.45pm.        

Everyone is welcome to come along on Thursday to have a look at what the pupils have been doing!  You are also welcome to have a refreshment during the Easter Treasure Hunt…  (I wonder if it will be snowing like it was last year?)