Kirknewton Primary School

January 28, 2020
by wladele.cowie@glow
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Goodbye Mrs Clark

After almost 15 years of working in our nursery, Mrs Clark is leaving us to enjoy retirement. The staff and children of Kirknewton primary and nursery are going to miss her terribly but wish her lots of luck.

January 9, 2020
by Mrs Dunlop

Primary 7 Storytelling Focus

Over the next few weeks, literacy in Primary 7 will focus on storytelling, both oral and written.  This will link into National Story Telling Week which this year takes place on 1st – 8th February.  As part of our plans, we are going to create our own Scottish myth or story for our P1 buddies.  We would love to know from parents and carers at home what your favourite stories are – in class today, P7 voted for “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” as their favourite story of all time.  Let us know what you think!


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January 8, 2020
by Mrs Dunlop

P7 Plan for Peace

As part of our learning about the World Wars, Primary 7 today came up with a Plan for Peace which we think might help to prevent future world conflict.  Current world leaders may want to take note of the ideas that P7 came up with!

  • Make effective allies with other countries
  • Try to act in a way that doesn’t upset other countries
  • “Use your words not your army”
  • Get involved with peace talks with world leaders when there are issues
  • No weapons

Reflecting their awareness of current news events, P7 also felt that the world might feel a little safer if certain world leaders had their access to social media slightly restricted!


January 6, 2020
by Miss Hocking

Big bird watch 2020

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The school will be participating in the BIG SCHOOLS’ BIRDWATCH. During my outdoor learning lessons pupils will have an opportunity to learn about British birds, feed the birds and bird watch in preparation for the big day.

December 17, 2019
by Mrs Simpson
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Primary 4 Romans Marching

As part of our topic on the Romans, we made shields and helmets.  We practiced marching as Roman soldiers and doing some drills like the turtle and the orb. Look at our serious Roman faces!


December 10, 2019
by Miss Bird

P5 News

P5 have been enjoying learning all about the Vikings.  This topic is pupil-led so where the topic goes is up to them.  The children learned about Viking clothing and dyed fabric using onion skins and other plant substances as the Vikings would have done and used the fabric to make Viking collages.



They were interested in finding out about what Vikings ate, so they became archaeologists and investigated ‘poo’ specimens to find out.  They discovered apple seeds, fish bones, cherry stones, peas and even some tiny bits of stone – please ask your child why.  Following their enthusiasm for this task we completed an additional activity making Viking style butter and bread.  Many children requested samples to take home as well as recipes.


As well as our Viking topic we have been learning about the literature circles roles and taking on a different role each week.  Here are a few pictures of some of the  children engaging in the ‘illustrator’ or ‘artistic ace’ role.



The children selected their class novel through voting for their favourite based on the blurb alone.  They chose ‘The Way Past Winter’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

In numeracy we have been focusing on percentages and/or fractions and/or decimals.  Each child has their own specific task to complete on SumDog.

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November 25, 2019
by Miss Hunter
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P2 Outdoor Learning

We have been learning to tell the time in P2 and this week we took our maths learning outside.  We worked together to make a class clock and then we took turns moving the hands to tell o’clock and half past times.  We worked in small groups to make our own clocks and practised telling the time.  Ms Hunter read us the story What’s The Time Mr Wolf? and we had fun playing the game in the playground.


November 25, 2019
by Miss Hunter

P1 and P2 Author’s Live

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Primary 1 and Primary 2 tuned in to Author’s Live as part of our Book Week Scotland activities. The programme celebrated 20 years of the famous picture book The Gruffalo, with readings in Scots and Gaelic.  We enjoyed listening to the story in Scots and sharing some of our favourite Scots words.  Ms Payne said her favourite word was bahookie and Ms Hunter’s favourite word was blether.  Here are the top 5 words named most popular by the Scottish Book Trust this week.

  1. Dreich – tedious, damp and wet
  2. glakit – stupid or foolish
  3. scunnered – disgust or strong dislike
  4. shoogle – shake or move from side to side
  5. wheesht – call for quiet or silence

What is your favourite Scots word?

Here is the link to the programme if you want to watch it at home.

November 25, 2019
by Ms Payne

Primary 1 and 2 meet Kate McLelland

As part of our book week activities Primary 1 and 2 got a visit from a local author who is also a parent of some children in our school – Kate McLelland.

Kate helped us learn about the journey that books take as they are being made.

She also shared some of her books with our classes and read “There was a Wee Lassie who swallowed a midgie” with us.  We really enjoyed helping with the words and actions.

Finally, Kate showed us how to draw a highland cow – one of the characters in her books.  We all listened very well and followed the step by step instructions.

Thank you Kate for coming in and we hope to see you again soon!

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