Unfortunately we cannot host our usual competition and technology is making it very difficult to upload. So we will be having a Burns celebration this week with poetry recitals on Friday. In the meantime for your entertainment, please click the links to experience a collection of Scot’s poetry and songs performed by the amazing Ken O’Hara.
Primary 5 have been finding out all about Christmas customs and traditions in countries all around the world. They worked hard as a group to research and present their information. That confident presenters – well done everyone!
Primary 6 and Primary 7 have been taking part in Bikeability training over the past few weeks at Level 1 and Level 2. Even the rain hasn’t stopped them developing their skills in cycling – building up to cycling safely on the roads! Many thanks go to the volunteers and parents that have supported us in this.
During Maths Week Scotland, we let you know about a national photographic maths competition, ‘Oot an’ Aboot’, organised by the University of Glasgow. One of our pupils took part in the competition and was a runner-up and had another entry highly commended – well done to Lillyanna for her excellent mathematical thinking and questioning. She received an Amazon voucher and certificates during an online award ceremony last week.
Next week is the national Walk to School Week. We would like to encourage as many pupils as possible to walk to school next week. We are hopeful that this will be a BIG celebration and a whole lot of FUN! To make the week special, we would love for our pupils to dress up each day. The themes are as follows:
Walk to school wearing…
silly socks or odd shoes!
a hat and/or sunglasses!
something purple for Ayrshire Hospice.
Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier and they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. More families walking means fewer cars on the road during the school run, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates. If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can ‘Park and Stride’.
If you would like to make a small monetary donation towards the Ayrshire Hospice on Friday, this would be gratefully received, although there is no obligation to do so.
Remember to take a selfie and tag us on Twitter! @HolmstonPS #WalktoSchoolWeek
During lockdown, one of your home learning challenges was to send in recipes you had made. These have now been compiled and published and are available for £5.00 from the school. We can wait to try some of these dishes out!
We have had a great start to the new year. The pupils have settled quickly into the new routines. We are keeping in our class bubbles and will continue with our staggered starts, breaks and finish times. Regular hand washing and sanitising have become a regular part of the school day. We have additional cleaning going on throughout the school during the day as well as after school. Unfortunately we are unable to have visitors in the school at the moment but we can be contacted by phone or email. Members of staff are also available in the playground before and after school. Please remember to socially distance when you are in the playground and try not to linger after you have picked up child up or have dropped them off.
Please check our Twitter account for regular updates. Stay safe.
If you managed to come along to our P1 transition visits, you will have received your copy of the Bear Hunt. There is an electronic copy of our Bear Hunt activities for you to try out over the summer in the New P1s section of the website – you just need to scroll down to the bottom of the page. Have fun!
The week we have been having lots of fun in some of the classes planning and going on our virtual trip to Edinburgh Zoo. Som eof the other classes will be going next week. It has been great. Here are some of the pictures.
You child’s report card has been posted out today. If you wish to give any feedback we will set up and send the link to a Microsoft Form for you to add any comments. Once again, thank you for all that you are doing. We hope you enjoy reading them.
It has been great seeing all the recipes coming in for our Lockdown Cookbook. Mrs Reid is busy putting them altogether! Thank you to the parents that have completed the online survey – that is really helpful and we will get back to you next week about some of the issues raised.
We have had confirmation that the building work will not happen this summer.
Over the next three weeks, staff are going to be working in school to set up for our return in August, we will also be in the Hub on Tuesday. We will also need to work together to plan the way that the learning will look when we return. This approach to learning with some happening in school and some happening at home is called ‘Blended Learning’ and we will provide you with all the details and expectations before we start back. With this in mind staff will not always be able to work on Teams as often as they have been but you can find lots of activities in the useful links page on this website to explore.
It was lovely to see some of our families during Mr Morrow’s maths workshop and we can’t wait to see you all again in person!
Well done to you all for taking part in our first virtual Sports Day. There was a huge amount of creativity shown and lots of energy! Mrs Reid will be busy totalling up all the house points. Here are just some of your photos and videos.
I hope you are all trying to keep up with your reading and if you are in P4 to P7 make sure that you are going onto Accelerated Reader to complete the quizes – this way we can aim to reach 1,000,000 words in May! I have just read “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy. It’s really enjoyable – I hope you like the pictures from it on this post.
The Holmston staff were in the hub yesterday supporting our key workers that do not have any childcare. It is very difficult for children to socially distance and going forward these are challenges we will we all have to think about.
It is really important during these challenging times to make sure that we are still trying to promote thinking with a growth mindset with the children. Especially when it comes to curriculum areas like maths. Please don’t say to your child things like, “I found maths difficult” or “Maths is hard”. This can have a huge impact on children for the rest of their lives. Please have a look through the section on ‘Growth Mindsets’ on the school website for ideas and vocabulary to further support your child to think positively about learning.
Parent Maths Workshops We will be organising some parental workshops very soon with Mr. Scott Morrow. These will be via ‘Zoom’ and open to our parents in P2 – P7. Scott will demonstrate the strategies and tools we use in school and answer any questions you may have. Scott is setting Maths challenges each Friday and if you need any support with any area of maths you can tag him though the class Team page. Look out for further information about this either by email or text. There will be a separate P1 sesssion later on.
This Friday would have been our Sports Day – so it will probably rain! Please upload your sporty photos along with your house colour into your class Team so that we can score and add to the House Point totals. We look forward to seeing you in action!
Next Monday is Star Wars Day – so the challenge for next Monday is to get creative with the theme of Star Wars – you could cook, act, sing, re-create images from the films – use the force of your imagination! We look forward to seeing your photos and videos. House Points for creative entries!