Welcome Back!

Primary 6b have been working so hard during the first few weeks of term and have made Mr Tyler and Miss Flynn feel very welcome. A link to this weeks homework can be found below and it can also be found on Microsoft teams – Navigation Help Sheet should be in Homework Folders.  If there are any questions about homework or anything else, please do no hesitate to ask. Looking forwards to seeing you at the Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday.


Outdoor Learning

Different outdoor learning experiences offer opportunities for personal and learning skills development in areas such as communication, problem solving, information technology, working with others and thinking skills. Learning in the outdoors can make significant contributions to literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. Therefore, outdoor learning offers many opportunities for learners to deepen and contextualise their understanding within curriculum areas, and for linking learning across the curriculum in different contexts and at all levels.

(Learning and Teaching Scotland, 2010)


At Kirkhill Primary we strive to provide regular outdoor learning experiences for all of our children.  As a school we have a fantastic outdoor space which can be used across the curriculum to develop our children socially, emotionally and academically. During last session we had a super Science Garden added to our amazing Eco Garden and we can’t wait to explore here and other areas of our school grounds!

To allow all pupils to access outdoor learning in the changeable Scottish weather, we would like to ask if pupils could please bring in a named bag with old wellies, trousers (waterproof if possible but other old trousers if not) and a rain jacket.  Please do not buy any new items!  If you do not have any of these items which could be left in school throughout term time, please send a note to your child’s teacher and we will organise this for you.  If you could please ensure that all items of clothing and wellies have your child’s name and class clearly marked, that would be fantastic.  Also, if you have any spare items which your child is not using any more and you are happy to give these to the school, please put this in a bag with it clearly labelled as spare clothing for the school to allow items to be shared with our families.

Thank you in advance with your support with outdoor learning and please get in touch if you have any questions. This support will allow our children to have a fantastic time learning outdoors come rain or shine!

P5 Talents and Achievements


Zaydan told us about his family celebrations for Eid. He showed the class his lego master truck which he got with his money and told us he was able to build it independently in one night!


Alexis enjoys writing songs in her spare time. She performed her song about marmalade this afternoon and everyone danced along.

Well done P5b!  Please keep sharing your talents and achievements with the class.

Class Debate

This morning, the children held a debate. They chose to debate whether they should wear a school uniform or not.

Each person chose which side they wanted to be on.  Ayaan wrote some of the points on the whiteboard for ‘Against’ and Dylan wrote the opinions ‘For’ keeping a school uniform.

These are some of the points raised:


‘Wearing a school uniform takes away your identity because you might like bright colours and you have to wear grey.’


 ‘It takes too long to get ready in the morning. The collars are stiff, too many buttons and a tie to put on.’


 ‘You can choose clothes for the weather that day.’


 ‘You can wear your own clothes to gym and not have to change. I would wear a tracksuit on a gym day.’


 ‘The fabric in a school uniform isn’t comfortable when you are running around.’


 ‘You might want to wear clothes for your culture.’



‘It’s good to represent your own school and people might laugh at your own clothes.’


 ‘You might get lost when you go on a school trip.’


 ‘It takes too long to organise your own clothes and you need a lot of choices.’


 ‘Buying a school uniform is cheaper.’


 ‘Fundraising opportunities for wearing your own clothes to school. That way we make lots of money for our school.’


‘Wearing your school uniform makes your mind ready for school and you will concentrate better. It gives you a good routine.’



At the end of the debate Jenson offered a solution which many of the children on both sides cheered to,

‘Why don’t we wear a school uniform Monday to Thursday and have a dress down day on a Friday!’

The children loved debating this question. Sarah and Alexis were very passionate about this topic!



National Numeracy Day

To celebrate National Numeracy Day we have been taking part in lots of different activities. We have been doing some cutting and sticking to help us learn our multiplication tables.

Some groups of children have been playing maths games to help learn place value and numbers up to 1000.

This group have made some of their own maths games that they will teach their friends how to play!

We have had a great day celebrating the wonderful world of Numeracy 🙂

Hot Hot Hot!

Please can all children come to school with a water bottle and suncream applied as we may be venturing outside for more outdoor learning to make the most of this glorious weather. Thank you! 🙂

Topic Fun in the Sun

We have been learning all about the reign of John Balliol and his contribution to the Scottish Wars of Independence. We set up some discussion stations and worked in groups to share our thoughts and opinions. We then went outside and created some colourful mindmaps detailing everything we learned about him.

Termly overview

Have a look at our termly overview to see what we are learning in class.

Term 4 Overview P5b

Air Resistance Science Experiment

  • We are looking at how the size of a parachute affects the speed it falls at.
  • We discussed:
  • The height it is dropped from
  • The weight of the object
  • The size of the parachute

In groups, we made 3 parachutes of different sizes.  We measured using a ruler on black bin bags and cut them out.  Then we attached the same length of wool to all of them and 3 cubes.

Next we made predictions.  Which parachute has the most/least air resistance?

Then we went to the atrium and tested our parachutes.  We had a lot of fun doing this!

We returned to class and discussed our findings. We worked out the average time for each parachute.

Parents/Carers: Ask your child to tell you about the experiment and our findings.


Salvador Dali

We have been learning about the Spanish artist Salvador Dali. We particularly enjoyed his painting called ‘The Elephants’ and we thought we would try to recreate it.

First of all we used chalk to create a sunset background.

We then drew two elephants, we used a youtube draw-a-long to help with this!

Finally, we decorated our elephants, cut them out and added them to our backgrounds. Here are some of the finished masterpieces!

They will be displayed in the gym hall for the month of May, we hope you like them 🙂

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