Kirknewton Primary School

June 23, 2017
by Ms Anderson

Primary 6 Rainforest is complete!

This term we have been learning lots about rainforests. We have created our own rainforest in the classroom, making sure that we include the different types of life. We have learned how the different organisms live together and rely on each other to survive. Here is a photo of our rainforest:


Here are a few food chains and webs:



We we enjoyed taking on P7 responsibilities whilst they were on transition days.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Primary 6 and Ms Anderson

June 23, 2017
by wlnaomi.handley@glow

Primary 5 have enjoyed studying the artist Steven Brown. We have learned that he is a Scottish artist whose artwork has a modern style. We enjoyed creating our own Version of his “McCoo” paintings. We sketched our highlands coos and learned how to apply paint using thin brushes and no water. This kept our colours vibrant and stopped the paint from running.

Have a look at our work. We definitely have some budding artists.

June 22, 2017
by Ms Anderson

Free swimming for under 16s

Youngsters who are aged 15 and under in West Lothian can swim free during the school summer holidays.


The free swimming programme is funded by West Lothian Council and allows youngsters aged 15 and under to swim for free, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, Friday 30 June – Friday 18 August.


Swimming is available at Xcite pools in Armadale, Bathgate, Broxburn, Linlithgow, and Whitburn, as well as West Lothian Leisure pools in Deans and Inveralmond Community High Schools, and West Lothian Council’s Fauldhouse Partnership Centre. Free swimming is available for one session per day per person (max 1 hour). Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited spaces are available. Terms and Conditions apply. Xcite Livingston will be offering a discounted rate of £1.00 per swim session for 15yrs and under, Monday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, 30 June – 18 August.


For more information about free swimming during the summer and for swim guidelines please

Xcite gives you and your family a choice of leisure activities to enjoy, from gyms, fitness classes to swimming, sports and activities for kids across 10 venues throughout West Lothian.

June 9, 2017
by Ms Payne

Nursery: Week beginning 5.6.17

This week we continued to learn about patterns and used lots of different resources to make our own.


Patterns using the connectors.

Cut and Stick patterns.

Patterns with threading materials.

Looking at patterns made by the different vehicle wheels.

We also made our own string symmetrical patterns and wrote down what we thought they looked like.

We made a gallery in the Nursery – Please come in and have a look!

We have also continued our interest of story telling.

We used the story stones to tell the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and spoons to retell the story of the 3 Little Pigs.

Some of us used the kalimba’s to add music to our stories.

We are very interested in doing each other’s hair so we decided to turn our dentists into a hairdressers.

We have spent a lot of time making beautiful and interesting hairstyles – but don’t worry – there are no scissors!

Finally we were VERY excited to have a special guest in Nursery on Wednesday – Brian the tortoise.

We saw him in his bed and got to help prepare his food – his favourites are cucumber and lettuce.

We got a chance to hold him (if we wanted to) and to feel his shell.  Here are some of the words that we used to describe him:

smooth        hard        bumpy        soft        funny      nice        scratchy

We were very interested in his shell and how he hides and enjoyed describing the patterns that we could see on him.  We are all hoping that he will come to visit the Nursery again another day!

June 9, 2017
by Miss Welsh

Primary 3’s Health Fortnight

Here is a sway picture gallery to see some pictures from Primary 3’s Health Week.

Click the box with 4 arrows to make the screen bigger and scroll down to see action shots of football, dance, judo and tennis.

June 9, 2017
by Miss Gardiner

Primary 1 – 9/6/17

This week we’ve been learning about healthy eating and how to keep fit during our ‘health fortnight’. We’ve had a tennis session, football session, dancing and today, judo.

We did some summer holiday writing and also evaluated our learning from Primary 1. We also drew some pictures of ourselves to give to our new Teacher when we find out their name.

We made a special ‘Get well soon’ card for someone in our class who is now back with us and feeling lots better.

In our fairytale topic, we have been sequencing stories and read a new fairytale book where we got to make our own fairytale!


We’re looking forward to lots more learning next week!


Primary 1 🙂

June 4, 2017
by Ms Payne

Nursery WB: 29.5.17

This week we began by thinking about our learning throughout the year and our favourite things in Nursery.

We recorded our ideas in our Big Book of Learning – Please have a look and feel free to write about your favourite nursery learning this year!

We also said goodbye to our tadpoles.  Most had grown all their legs and were turning into frogs so we sent them home to their pond.  We made our own frogs and sang “5 little speckled frogs” to say goodbye to them.

We were also excited to see that some of our caterpillars had turned into chrysalis.  We decided to make our own butterflies and learned about patterns and symmetry.

Ms Payne also found a number ordering game on the smartboard – It was tricky but fun!

We have also been very interested in other minibeasts and insects.  Here are some of our activities:

Finding worms in the mud garden.

Making insects at the creation station.

Making hairy spiders.

We have also been very busy building lots of interesting models.  Some of our buddies have been helping us.

A pet dog.

Elsa’s castle.

Bumblebee from Transformers.

We have also been very interested in story telling so have been using different resources to help us.

Using minibeast story stones.

Making our own stories using finger puppets.

Using story spoons to tell the story of the “3 little pigs”.

In grouptime we learned about patterns using colours.

We used the multi-link bricks to make trains and then recorded our ideas using coloured pens.  Look out for pictures in our Learners Journals.

Finally we were very interested in this weeks google doodle which was a little cartoon cricket.

When we clicked on it we were taken to a game where we had to try to hit the cricket ball.  It was great fun – We counted how many runs we had made, recognised some big numbers and some of our older boys and girls were trying to add the numbers together.

Some information for our trip to the 5 Sister Zoo

Please ensure that your child brings a bag that they can carry themselves.  This bag should contain:

  • A snack and packed lunch.
  • A change of clothes in case of any accidents.

Please make sure that your child is wearing sensible shoes for walking and has weather appropriate clothing (suntan lotion to be applied before your child comes to Nursery if needed).

June 2, 2017
by wlnaomi.handley@glow

Primary 5 wb 29/5/2017

Blog written by P5 ICT helpers.

This week in P5 we were lucky enough to have a visit from a tennis and a football coach as part of health week. They gave us a mini lesson and we learned new skills.  We had lots of fun.

We also had a very interesting art lesson this week. It tied in with our topic and we made our own observational drawings of leaves  for our wall display. We then learned how to use the paint in different ways to create different effects on our drawings.

We also learned how to ask and answer questions about our pets in Spanish, and we are getting pretty good now. We practiced using an app called kahoot and we played each other in teams.

June 2, 2017
by Ms Anderson

Kirknewton Primary is officially a Digital School!

This week we have been recognised as being a Digtial School. This is a huge achievement for the school and we want to thank everyone involved – pupils, staff, parents/carers and the WL ICT development team. A special thanks to Miss Cowie for organising so many learning opportunities for children and staff. We have had very positive feedback and scored a very impressive 295 points out of a possible 300! You will spot the banner on our school blog header and there is a plaque in the post!

Well done to everyone involved!

Here is more information about the award:

Kirknewton Primary School has gained national ‘Digital School’ status for excellence in digital technology in teaching and learning.

Recognised by Education Scotland, the Digital Schools Award is designed to promote, encourage and reward schools that make the best use of digital technology in the classroom. HP, Microsoft and Intel are providing support to the programme, including a financial commitment as well as the provision of practical support and resources.

Kirknewton Primary School demonstrated, among other things, the presence of a whole school digital strategy, evidence of how digital technology is being used to enhance learning and a commitment to ongoing professional learning for teachers. The programme has already highlighted some very innovative and collaborative approaches from schools and teachers regarding the integration of digital technology in teaching and learning, which will be an inspiration to other schools.

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