Category Archives: Literacy and English

Bookshop Visit

Mrs Reid took representatives form each class to Waterstones, Ayr to choose books from our World Book Day prize of £1000.  The pupils had consulted with their classmates about the types of books they should choose. The pupils are looking forward to the new books arriving in our library.

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World Book Day Award

We are very please to announce that thanks to the hard work of the whole school community, under the direction of Mrs Messener, we achieved a silver award in this year’s World Book Day Competition. The prize is £1000 worth of books from our school library.

Well done everyone. Please have a look at our work under the creativity tab of the website or have a look at all the winners on the World Book Day website.

The pupils and staff have had a fantastic day dressed as their favourite book characters and joining in with quizzes, competitions and shared reading.  Pupils able to go home with some new books from the book swap – what better way to spend a snowy and cold weekend than snuggling up with a new book!


‘Flying High With Reading’ – WBD 2018

Our display for World Book Day is now complete! Thank-you to all the staff, parents, grandparents and clubs that were involved in bringing this work together – it has been a real team effort. Please have a look at the World Book Day 2018 page under the ‘Creativity’ tab at the top of the page or click here to find out more.
Please leave us a comment and tell us about your favourite book on that page too.

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Burns Competition 2018

Well done to all our pupils reaching the Burns Poetry Recital Competition 2018. The standard was very high and the judges had their work cut-out. A big thank-you goes to Mr. Gemmell for being our guest judge this year. We were also entertained by some of our musicians and P5 and P6 performed ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Once again a very enjoyable event.

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Boswell Book Festival

Boswell Book Festival is the world’s only festival dedicated to the art of biography, and this 7th edition has an even wider selection of talks from family history and stories of World war II to the life stories of bakers, planters, lovers, adventurers, judges, poets, painters, financiers and Tsars, to the sheer glamour of the worlds of theatre and fashion.

Click below for a copy of the leaflet or the leaflet for the children’s festival which takes place over the same weekend and where talks are either free or cost just £1.


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Well done to our football team. They were great ambassadors for the school during a recent match against Symington Primary earlier in the week. They demonstrated our school values and were excellent sports people.

Congratulations to our ‘design a book cover’ competition winners. All the entries were of a very high standard and difficult to judge but eventually a winner was chosen from each stage. The parents running the book fayre chose the books for the winners.


logo-nikki-for-cc_v2Holmston Primary will be celebrating World Book Day with a variety of reading activities throughout the day.  We will be holding a design a book cover competition, a Where’s Wally? Competition and an Inter House Book Quiz.

Pupils are encouraged to bring in their favourite book to share and dress as a book character for the day.

Events also include a book swap. Pupils can bring in books that they no longer want from home and swap them with others in the school. Tokens will be given for each book brought in. Each token can be used to ‘purchase’ a new book during the book swap.

We would be delighted if any parents/grandparents/relatives would like to join us by reading an extract from your favourite book to the children.  If you are available, please contact the school office by Friday 24th February 2017.

Authors and Brown Trout!

We have had a really busy week in school. On Tuesday, We had a visit from Ross Mackenzie, prize-winning author of “The Nowhere Emporium” and “Shadowsmith“. He worked with the P3, 4 and 5s to help them develop their writing and maybe help inspire our pupils to become authors too!

Meanwhile, the P6s had a visit from Gordon and Struan from the Ayrshire River Trust to start a project on hatching trout in the classroom.  They showed the class how to fly fish, taught them about the life-cycle of the trout and helped to set up our incubation tank. If the P6 can ensure a steady temperature of 8 degrees for two weeks, Gordon and Struan will bring back 100 trout eggs for us to hatch and release back into the river. This is a very exciting project. You will be able to follow the development of this project on the P6 class blog.

A Visit from Tony Bonning

The pupils enjoyed a visit from authour Tony Bonning today. He shared stories, poems and songs with us in a special assembly. As we are preparing for our own Burns’ Competition it was really useful to have a fantastic role model to show us what excellent performance looks like. He gave us all some good advice that if we want to be good at writing and reading we have to keep trying, put in lots of effort and learn from our mistakes.

World Book Day Competition

logo-nikki-for-cc_v2Please take a look at the marvellous work  the pupils from across the school and Mrs Messner have undertaken as part of our World Book Day Competition entry. We are hoping this work will encourage more pupils – and adults – to read for pleasure. We are also looking forward to having author visits to the school next term too.

Click on the ‘Creativity – World Book Page‘ to find out more and leave us your favourite book recommendation or  book review through the comments section.

Scottish Showcase

All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed performing at our Scottish Showcase to two packed audiences today. Each class shared their learning about Scottish language, songs and culture – from the dinosaur with the ‘jaggy’ back to the ‘yella’ owl! P5 and P6 also showcased dances they had learned for the ‘Day of Dance’ they recently attended in Troon.

Please leave a comment if you enjoyed the show.