Kirknewton Primary School

We have just launched the next part of ‘Building the Resilience.’

‘Take a Moment’ investigates the range of emotions we can experience, particularly stress and how we can manage this.

In this unit we discuss:

  • We all experience a range of emotions every day
  • Sometimes we feel stressed
  • I have ways to help me cope

Have a look at the PowerPoint we shared with pupils on Friday.

Take a Moment Launch Assembly

It tells us that stress can both be good and bad. It talked about Skipper losing control of his boat, making him feel overwhelmingly stressed. It then discussed a strategy that Skipper used to help him calm down and feel better:

STOP what you are doing

BREATHE IN for 5 seconds

BREATHE OUT for 5 seconds

THINK what might help you feel better

This video was then shared with pupils. Every child was completely engrossed which lead us to discuss how it made them feel during and after watching it. We then asked them to think about what things helped them to relax or feel better when they were frustrated, angry or generally down.

For Home Learning, we ask that you and your child spend some time looking at the examples of the different things we can try to help us feel better when we are overwhelmed. Discuss and practice a few of these. Can you think of anymore that might help?

We ask for you to have a go at these for Monday 30th September. Your child will have the opportunity to share what they have tried in their class, or possibly as part of our ‘Sharing Assembly.’

Home Activity

For further information please see the Parent/Carer leaflet below.

Parent:Carer Information

Finally, I’d like to share with you some videos or links that teach us about stress and which may also help us manage stress of our own.

September 14, 2019
by Mrs Kedslie
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Primary 6 – W.E. 13/9/19

We managed another 10k this week making our total so far 36k! ūüôā

In art and design we were learning and practising four basic shading techniques – stipple, graded, cross hatching and linear. Next week we will be using some of these techniques when we create a tropical island scene inspired by Kensuke’s Kingdom.

During our outdoor learning we were investigating exact measuring and creating chalk drawings which was great fun!

In P.E. we are continuing to develop our netball skills. We were also designing a healthy food bag.

Through Numbertalks we were discussing and sharing the most efficient strategies for adding multiples of 10.

We were also discussing a picture book called Tuesday with Mrs Bird. The book was about frogs flying on lillypads and their adventures. We all enjoyed the story.

September 13, 2019
by Miss Hocking

Primary 2 outdoor learning.

Primary 2 have been looking at trees with me as part of their class book study.¬† We “met” each tree in the playground by closing our eyes and using our other senses such as text to explore the bark, roots and leaves. The children than choose their favourite tree and made a pictogram. Then using adjectives they wrote down why it was their favourite and what it felt like to the touch. They liked the trees because they had nests or gave us shelter or had bumpy¬† roots to play hide and seek with their friends.

September 12, 2019
by Miss Hocking

P6 and P4 live author event.

Primary 4 and Primary 6 watched a live broadcast from the author Konnie Huq today.

Her new book ” Cookie” is all about a girl who loves science. She read extracts from the book and explained where she gained her inspiration. Our pupils then participated in a science quiz alongside the live audience. The children were then invited to think about how they would use science to create an invention. Mrs Kedslie set both classes the challenge to bring back the design for their inventions and share their ideas together.

If you would like to watch the Konnie Huq event or any other author live events. Please use the following link.

About Authors Live

Authors Live is a series of live webcasts, presented in partnership with Scottish Book Trust, featuring some of the biggest names writing books for children today.

The series began on Thursday 4 March 2010 ‚ÄstWorld Book Day¬†‚Äď with two sessions featuring children‚Äôs poet and former Children‚Äôs Laureate¬†Michael Rosen.

Edited highlights of the sessions are published on this website soon after the live event concludes.

September 11, 2019
by Ms Anderson

Introducing our Equalities Framework

This morning Mrs Kedslie and I were delighted to share our work so far towards developing a framework for equalities education – thanks to those who were able to make it along. We shared our vision for equalities and share more in-depth information about our first theme – gender equality and stereotyping. We are still looking for feedback so have attached the slides from the morning and a link to a online survey for feedback (survey will close at noon on Wednesday 26th September 2019).


Equalities Programme

September 10, 2019
by Mrs Dunlop
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Breaking News – Primary 7 in Theme Park “Mayhem”!

Primary 7 have been engaged in a creative maths lesson today,¬† utilising a range of maths and numerical skills in a real life context.¬† They were tasked with setting up their own theme park, given a budget of ¬£500,000.¬† Working in pairs they were given a list of “must have” items including toilets and car parks, as well as a wish list of different rides and attractions that they could include in their theme park.¬† Over the next 2 weeks, we will be using their theme parks to explore the nature of budgeting, the costs of running a business enterprise and how to work out whether a profit or a loss has been made.¬† Entrepreneurial skills run strong in P7 so watch this space to see how they get on!

“This is the best maths ever!”

September 9, 2019
by Miss Hocking
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P1 outdoor learning.

Primary 1 enjoyed¬† the rain today and looking at puddles. The children with wellies enjoyed “puddle jumping”.

We looked at our reflections in puddles and how the raindrops made concentric circles. The children then¬† made up a short poem and clapped the syllables. Primary 1 also drew pictures of¬† their “rainy” outdoor lesson. It is lovely to see all the smiling faces in their drawings!

Here is their poem.



from the sky

and clouds.









September 9, 2019
by Mrs Simpson
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Aldi Competition

We’ve had out first 20 ALDI stickers handed in today after the first week of the competition.¬† Only 280 stickers to go!


Stickers should  be placed in the ALDI box sitting in the corridor near the school office. To earn a sticker, £30 or more needs to be spend in any ALDI store.  Please ask family, friends, neighbours or colleagues to collect them for our school too.  The main prize is one of twenty £20,000 cash prizes and a school sports kits for everyone who reaches 300 stickers.

September 6, 2019
by Miss Hocking

Squirrel Survey

The Scottish wildlife trust are conducting a survey on the sightings of red and grey squirrels. If you would like to  participate please go to their website :

Let us know how you get on !


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