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Busy week for Primary 2

Primary 2 have been very busy this week. This is what we did…


We were learning about our our handwriting-Niall

We were learning about our punctuation-Joseph

We have tasted some healthy foods, my favorite was mango-Ben

We also made posters about keeping healthy- Inaaya

We made literacy and numeracy targets to help us with our learning- Macie

We learned that God called Abraham to leave home and go to another country- Inaaya

We had a football taster. We practised dribbling the ball.-Harvey D.

P1 Target

Today in P1 we have been setting our first literacy targets! We chose between the following:

-learning our sounds

-improving our listening

-becoming more confident speakers

-writing our names

P3 Weekly Update 13.9.19

We have been super busy this week in P3, keep reading to find out more about what we have been learning!

  • We were rainbow writing our sounds this week. Word Wizards were learning the ‘ea’ as in break sound, Master Minds were learning the i_e sound and the Spelling Stars were learning the ‘sh’ sound. (Aroush)
  • We wrote Autumn Acrostic poems this week. (Orla & Lena S.)
  • We have been doing some reading this week with our groups and we have also started doing guided reading.  (Andrew)
  • In Maths, we have been learning all about Place Value. We have been looking at 1 before and after as well as 10 before and 10 after. (Samuel)
  • We have been learning about what makes us special, we completed a Pieces of Me task made up of jigsaw pieces that make us who we are. (Maisie)
  • We all had a football taster this week, we learned to dribble forwards and backwards, stop the ball, scoring a goal, toe taps and keepy uppies. (Daniel & Ethan)
  • In Art we learned all about hot and cold colours. We made pop art style pictures to practise this skill. (Julia)
  • In Science we discussed how different sounds are made. We investigated different musical instruments and sorted them into categories depending on how these sounds are made.

Primary 5’s Weekly Round Up

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Primary 5 have had another busy week.  What have we up to ?

In Literacy we have used Literacy Circles again and learnt how to be an Illustrious Illustrator and practised the other roles too including Word Wizard , Character Cop and Summariser Sergeant.  We are reading a lot more in general and are enjoying this.  We have practised our spelling words using lots of active spelling cards.  Some of our favourites include: ‘Other Handed’, ‘Rap your Words’, ‘Buzzing Bees’, ‘Colourful Words’ and ‘Upper and Lower’.  These activities are fun to complete and help us with the spelling of our words.

We have been learning the skills of what it takes to be a journalist in our writing this week.  We were given scenarios and wrote headlines for them.  Catherine’s headline, ‘St Nics Steal Sports Award’. Super use of alliteration here !

In Number  Talks we have recapped strategies to help us to solve more complex calculations.  We are very good at explaining our methods and really enjoy this.  We have also learnt how to identify 6 digit numbers and know that their value changes depending on their place.

In our Sports Ed topic, Basketball we have been working in groups to research a famous basketball team.  Once we have completed our research we ill make posters/Sway presentations to share our findings.

In R.E we learnt all about St Therese of Liseux and watched a clip of her relics arriving in Edinburgh.  What have we learnt ?

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‘She was born in France’ – Lucas C.

‘She died at the age of 24’  -Liam.

‘She died of tuberculosis’ – Gerard.

‘She had four sisters’ – Natan.

‘She is also known as Little Flower’ – Catherine.

‘She became a nun when she was 15’ – Leonard.

‘Her last words were, ‘Oh God I love you’. – Hamza.

‘She cried a lot as a child and struggled’ – Brooke.

‘She did lots of good deeds every day and prayed hard’ – Oliver.

Lots of hard work and learning going on in P5, we are definitely ready for our long weekend.

This Week in P3 w.b. 2.9.19

Primary Three have had a very exciting week and have been very busy. Keep reading to learn about something of the things we did.

  • We  have been using the rekenreks for our Number Talks this week. We were counting the beads and then describing how we saw them. We also began looking at what numbers are made of (Hundreds, Tens, Ones). We learned that zero is a very important number and it can be used as a place holder. (Andrew and Tinashe)
  • We went a walk to the library this week and we all chose a book to stay in our classrooms. (Lena P.)
  • We have been learning how to use cursive handwriting, we found it quite challenging but we will keep trying our best. (Chloe)
  • We wrote chapter reviews about Fantastic Mr Fox, we wrote a summary of the chapter  and then gave it a star rating to encourage other people to try it. (Logan)
  • We made leaflets about  how to keep healthy based on our Healthy Body, Healthy Minds topic. (Jamie)
  • We made our own Eatwell plates after looking at the Eatwell guide, we also talked about foods we need to eat to keep us healthy (Weronika and Lena S.)
  • We have been learning about the Nativity of Our Lady this week. To celebrate her birthday, we wrote a sentence about what we think of when we talk about Mary. Some of us thought she reminded us of our families, while other people thought she helped us to remember to be kind.(Emma, Julia & Alexsander)

Primary 5’s Weekly Update

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This week has been exciting because we have learnt so much !

In Literacy we have been learning new sounds with the phonme ck and ch.  We spent time practising these words using rainbow writing, bubble writing, back writing and then we sorted these words into their categories. We are becoming more familiar with some of the roles in Literacy Circles including Pirate Predictor, Summariser Sergeant, Word Wizard and Character Cop.  ‘This is better that just reading a book because it is more fun and you can do different jobs’, Flynn, P5a.

In Numeracy we have been continuing with place value and rounding numbers up and down. We have found some great games on Top Marks too to help with this.

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In art we have started learnming about Claude Monet.  This is what we have learnt so far :

‘Claude Monet is French.’ – Baillie

‘He was born in Paris in 184o.’ – Erica

‘He has a famous painting called ‘ The Impression Sunrise.’ – Matthew

‘He liked to paint the same scene over and over again in different seasons.’ – Catherine

‘He liked to paint outdoors.’ – Anna

‘He died at age 86.’ – Cameron

‘He was one of the founders of Impressionism.’ – Thomas

Primary One Weekly Update

This week in primary one we have been learning about:

Noah McK – “we are still learning about being healthy”

Ryan- “we used fruit and vegetables to make our pictures”

Sophie – ” we moved our bodies about to keep healthy”

Ollie- ” we learned about s, p and a”

Ava P – ” we started learning about shapes”

Igor – ” a 2d shape is flat”

Cameron- ” a 3d shape sticks out and is not flat”

Zack B – ” we learned about a cylinder”

Aariz- ” we learned about a cube”

Ava B- ” and a cone”






P4’s been very busy!

Lucas- I enjoyed drawing the patterns in art this week
James F- I liked doing the football strips and the the sports ed topic
Matthew-I enjoyed the bleep test because I enjoyed the challenge and got better at it
Oona-I enjoyed reading and talking about James and the Giant peach.
Lovisa-I enjoyed the Maths where we had to order numbers from smallest to largest
Olivia-I liked the visit to the library because I reading books


Lots of learning in P2!

We have been learning to say and write our number bonds up to 20- Matty

It is important to learn maths for jobs in the future. We need maths to be a farmer because we need to be able to count the sheep and to be a doctor because you need to  know how much medicine to give someone – Niall

You need maths to be able to work at an airport so you know which terminal you need to go and work at- Zaine

We made posters to tell everyone in the school about internet safety. You should not talk to strangers on the internet. – Jack

We have been learning ai/ay sound this week. We learn how to spell hair, play, rain and tray.

We have been learning about being healthy. It is important to eat healthy food like carrots, broccoli, cheese and apples.- Ethan

We went to the library to get new books. – Ben

We had visitors in to P2 to tell us all about eczema. We learned that putting cream on your skin helps you to stop itching.- Lauren

We learned that our biggest organ is our skin.- Leonie

We talked about baptisms. We know that the priest has baptised some of us in the church when we were little.-Arriana

Artsy Attraction in P7a

This week we used chalk to draw a tennis racket and tennis ball for our tennis topic. Using chalk was difficult at first as in the past we have used pencil or pen to draw. However the more we used it the more comfortable we felt drawing with it. We also found it challenging to get the correct angle and proportion of the tennis racket as it was an unusual shape and was quite big. Although the tennis racket art work turned out very effective – I’m sure you will agree – and it was very fun.


On Wednesday we created number talk posters with Mrs Heather to show different strategies for mental maths. Callum thought this was useful to remind himself of the strategies he had forgotten from primary 6.

We also did literacy circles for the first time in primary 7 which differed from the previous times such as in primary 5 and 6. We have also been designing a news report in Spanish and have been allocating roles for this project.

Ethan, Harris and Jack had basketball try-outs and will find out on Monday if they make the team but think they done very well!

Our first full week as Primary 7a

As primary sevens one of our responsibilities is to help our P1 buddies. At break we have been helping them to get ready for break by putting on their jackets, shoes and getting their snacks. Luke found that his buddy Bartosz was very shy at first but he helped to bring him out his shell and make new friends. Amie-Lee helped her buddy Sophie to be responsible by picking up litter but have fun while doing so. Ethan felt his buddy  was shy at first but by the end of the week they played together and got along well. Molly helped her buddy Ava to make new friends in her class.

In class this week in art we drew our own tennis players and used paint to create a water colour effect. In maths we did place value challenge and code breakers in order to find out the numbers and break the code. In literacy we wrote our new prayer and learned how to use synonyms and in writing we wrote an imaginative diary entry based on our class novel.

Mrs Heather played a name game with us on Wednesday where we had to remember all of the names of people in our class with an adjective in front of it – Nice Nicola, lovely Laura, Incredible Isla…

Over all we had a great full week back!

Its all happening here …… Hard hats at the ready!!

Today the children have been busy observing workmen install a big umbrella in the nursery garden. This is to give us shade and protect us from our lovely Scottish weather.  Some of the children wanted to go out and see for themselves what exactly was going on. After some discussions about how to keep safe the children went outside with florescent jackets and a hard hat. Edward and Dominik were on the case asking lots of relevant questions. Lots of curiosity questions regarding why they needed to dig a big hole, why there was 4 big spikes sticking up. Dominik was very curious about a special ladder he spotted.  He was told it was a special ladder that extends to lift heavy poles.  He seemed happy with the answer he got.  Great excitement had by all.

Off to the Canal… or so we thought!

Mrs Thomson, Miss Mannion and some children set off to explore and discover the wildlife and habitats around the Canal surrounding. On their way the rain started to pour down so we made the decision to visit the cosy library instead!

The children had lots of fun listening to a story about ‘A Scaredy Bear’ the children decided on this story by voting for it out of a choice of 3 other stories.

The library even gave us some books for free to bring back to the nursery. Hopefully we will go to the canal another day.

After School Clubs

Our Health Committee organising our after school clubs. Some super leadership skills!

Mindfulness In The Nursery

Today in the nursery we had our first mindfulness session . After lunch, the children relaxed in our mindfulness space which has soft lighting and relaxing music. Ensuring all children were comfortable, we began our session focussing on our breathing .Using their own imagination, the children imagined they were smelling a flower and then blowing a leaf away. Continuing the breathing theme the children demonstrated Bubble breathing, Bumblebee breathing and Rainbow breathing with gentle guidance.

Busy Start to the nursery morning

The children had lots of fun in the nursery garden today. They were able to tell the difference between weeds and flowers. The children risk assessed for themselves when using the garden tools and weeding out the prickly nettles. We then went over to The Brock garden centre to have a look to see how the new Mindfulness garden is coming along. Russell, Tam and Kevin were very happy to see us all over for a visit and are looking forward to seeing us in the garden when it is ready.

Thinking Readers in Primary 6

Today Primary 6 were developing their literacy skills with their thinking reader partners. Our focus was a factual text about honeybees. We were given the opportunity to discover the importance of bees in our environment and how we can help them to survive. We also developed our reading skills by learning new words, using facts to create a visualizer,think about the  products we get from bees, creating questions and summarising.

Blanca – “My favourite task was the summarising as I had to say what had happened in twenty words. It was fun making questions for other groups. I think doing these tasks will help me to understand the text better. I did not know that a young bee was called a larva.”

Meet our new primary ones!

Primary one have had a great first week at school. They have settled in well and made lots of new friends already. They have been learning their new school routine and getting to know all the staff. #p1stnics

Healthy Tuckshop

At our school every Monday to Thursday we provide a healthy tuck shop where you can buy a snack.  We have a great choice of snacks available: water, fruit juice, yoghurt, oranges, apples, grapes, fruit salad, watermelon, pineapple, strawberries and melon. Everything costs 20p.  Primary 6 are happy to serve you each day and give you help choosing a delicious snack that is good for you. Hope to see there !

1st Prize for St Nicholas’ Aladdin Gala Float!

An amazing achievement for St Nicholas this morning coming first place for our Aladdin Galaday Float!

Thank you to all of our amazing parents, pupils and teachers who supported in creating the fantastic float.

Welcome back P3

P3a and b have had a great few days back at school.  We have been reading the story of Fantastic Mr Fox and have completed a character description and a visualisation task.

We have started our class charters and talk about our ‘Our Trusted Adults’.


We can’t wait to see what next week will bring.

Our First Week in P5a

We are already working hard to get our classroom set up for the year ahead. We have completed our first week and we are still smiling…even our teacher!! There will be lots of hard work ahead but also lots of fun, we can’t wait!

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Checking in at the Cactus Hotel

Primary 6 have been working on a book study this week. We have been learning all about the giant Saguaro cactus which is found in Arizona.

“These cacti can grow up to 50 feet tall and live for over 200 years. They can weigh the same as 5 cars. Lots of animals use the cactus as a home. We have been researching the Gila Woodpecker, Jack Rabbit and coyotes that are animals found in this desert.” – Zachary

“I really enjoyed doing the art about the cactus. I had to draw the details on the cactus and the holes where the animals would live.” – Mirin

“I had to find the meaning of new words that were in the book and some of them were quite challenging. I then had to find these words in a wordsearch. The next task was to find out about the animals who use the cactus as a home.” – Marwa

“Basically I never knew that so many animals lived in a cactus and even when it dies and falls over different animals move in to live in the cactus. Another amazing fact is that people can eat cacti.” – Charlie

Forest skills

We drove to Beecraigs for our Forest skills activity. Our instructor Mike taught us lots of cool facts about plants, animals, mini-beast and even history… we hugged trees, made dens, jumped about, went under a bridge… but our favourite but was getting mucky! 🤣

Low Port adventure begins!

We went to see Linlithgow Palace. We enjoyed walking around and seeing the dungeons, great hall, kitchen court and the gorgeous fountain! We look forward to our Forest skills activity this afternoon. -Nia

A round up of the last two weeks in Primary 3

We have had a busy few weeks in Primary 3. In ICT, we have been learning how to create a Sway. To find Sway we had to remind ourselves how to log onto Glow using our individual usernames and passwords – please continue to allow us to practice doing this at home. Sway is a programme which we can use to create a presentation, we can add text, photographs and videos. We have posted our Sways on our Teams page, why don’t you go and check them out!! Furthermore, we used this as an opportunity to then practise our note taking skills in literacy, so that we could then write a set of instructions on how to make a Sway.

In numeracy we have been looking at patterns within numbers and we used the smartboard to use an interactive hundred square to look at what happens when we add on tens and hundreds. We know that when we add on tens, the ones stay the same and we also know that when we add on hundreds, the ones and the tens stay the same. These rules are the same for subtraction. We enjoyed playing lots of games to check these rules!

We are now coming to the end of Fitness Fortnight. We have taken part in a variety of activities over the past two weeks. We challenged ourselves to take part in a live body coach routine with Joe Wicks and we tested our co-ordination and mirroring skills by doing a Just Dance challenge video. During Balloon Tennis we found it challenging to keep the balloons in the air, and we had to try and hit the balloons hard enough to get them over the net, but not hard enough that the balloons burst! On Monday, Primary 5 came to visit us to give us a fitness challenge, they had made up lots of fun, challenging activities for us to do. Yesterday, we visited Neil at Gymtastics to have a taster session of gymnastics. Our favourite piece of equipment was the bars! Lastly, a personal trainer visited us to put us through our paces. At the beginning of the lesson a few of us were being a bit chatty and the forfeit was to do burpees! Needless to say we made sure we had our listening ears on after that!

We have just finished our 5 week block of lessons with James Pegg as part of Fun Start Fitness. Each week we focused on something new. Here is a short round up of what we have learned.

-The BIG word was encouragement and we had to work together as a team to encourage each other to do our very best.

-We learnt how the most important resource in the world is Water.

-Alongside our Health and Wellbeing lessons we investigated the Eatwell plate and discussed how much we should be eating from each section. The important sections of the plate are the green section which represents fruit and vegetables, the pink section which represents protein and the yellow section which represents carbohydrates. We also know that we should be eating only a little from the purple section, which is fats!

-Week 4 was all about physical activity and how people are less active now than they were years ago. We all made a plegde to try and spend less time on our tablets and more time outdoors being active!

Lastly we would like to thank Primary 4 who came to see us as part of transition. This allowed us to develop our questioning skills as we were able to ask them any questions we had about next year.

We have a busy few weeks left before the end of term, check back again to see what we have been up to!


Primary 5’s update

This week we have been learning about fractions.  We have looked at fractions of a shape and how to find them on a number line.  We have also been comparing and ordering fractions.  It is a bit tricky.

We have also been looking at data handling.  We have been using tally marks and creating bar graphs.  We collected data about our favourite colour, eye colour, hair colour and favourite country.


We have been writing a recount about our favourite holiday or day. We know you have to write a recount  in the past tense, include details about who, what, where and why and how you are feeling.  We also know you need to remember punctuation!


We have also learned about Ascension Thursday and know this is the day when Jesus ascended into heaven.  We celebrated Mass on Thursday.


In Guided reading we have completed our novels and are starting new ones.  We can’t wait!


With Mrs Baty, we have started to make our own games for our gaming topic.  We didn’t realise how many steps are involved in making a game.


In Number Talks with Mrs Heather, we were looking at a sequence of numbers and trying to work out which number was the odd one out.  We discovered it could be more than one number.


We have created presentations about food and the calories and energy found in food.  We then presented the presentations to the class.  Some of use made a PowerPoint, while others used sway or made a video or poster.


In P.E we have been learning about playing different types of rounders.  It was fun!











Busy Week in P2!

We drew self-portraits and used leaves to make our hair – Lena P

In our topic work we have learned the names for different parts of a flower- roots, petals, stem and leaf – Chloe

We have planted sunflowers and are keeping a diary about them growing- Alexsander

We have been learning to use the exact amount of money to pay for different items- Jay

We have enjoyed going to Mrs A’s shop to pay for yummy items using exact coins. The bubblegum was 17p, I used a 10p, 5p and a 2p to pay for it – Jessica- Lily

We have learned about Ascension which means that Jesus went up to heaven- Danyal

In literacy we were learning about past tense- we know that you need to add ‘ed’ on the end of the word to make it past tense- Lena S

We went to the Library to pick new books, I picked My Little Pony: Friends Forever. –Emma

We learned that Jesus grew up in a town called Nazareth- Jack

We had to predict what was going to happen in the story ‘Stuck in the Mud’. I thought Dad, Biff, Chip, Wilma and Floppy would get stuck trying to save the sheep- Zuzanna

The green group have been reading a book called ‘In the Sun’. Meg went to the beach with a bucket and got wet. – David

Primary 3 Weekly Update

We have had a busy few weeks in Primary 3. Last week Marcia came to see us to teach us some Reflexology. We enjoyed learning the different moves especially Indigo Glide, Red Squeeze, Silver Sweep and Violet Circles.

In Numeracy we finished off looking at multiplication. We know that we can make links between the 2 and 4 times tables for example if 2×6 = 12, we know that 4×6=24, because it is double. Some of us need to keep practising these facts so that we are confident at recalling our times tables. We have also been looking at measuring the area of shapes using non-standard units such as counters, cubes and the squares in our maths jotters. Furthermore, we also know that for squares and rectangles we can use multiplication to calculate the area.

In Literacy we have revisited what a verb is and have been learning about adverbs. We tried to think of some amazing adverbs such as peacefully, fiercely, beautifully, grossly and excitedly.

In Science we have recently been learning about our Skeleton. We used Forms to create a quiz all about the Skeleton, we even created a QR code to share our quiz with Mrs Brown! We enjoyed using digital technology to play Kahoot! to check our knowledge!

As a stage we have been working with James Pegg to take part in weekly Health and Wellbeing lessons called Fun Start Fitness. During these lessons we focus on a different theme, such as Healthy Hearts, Water, and Food and Energy. We play a variety of games, and we are learning to use encouragement to make each other feel better, even if we are not winning.

We have a busy few weeks coming up with Fitness Fortnight, so check back next week so see what we have been up to!

P5b’s digital week

This has been a busy week in P5b. We have really enjoyed digital week and learned lots of new things.

Some of the activities we took part in are coding, debugging, a silent disco, QR hunt and a VR experience.

Chloe – My favourite part was the silent disco.

Charlie – My favourite part of the week was QR hunt as we had to go around the school to find all the different parts of the story.

Ellie – My favourite was the silent disco because it had lots of different music to listen to.

Daniel – My favourite part of the week was making a presentation about solids, liquids and gases. I worked well with my group.

Szymon – My favourite part of the week was when we did the hour of code because it was fun.

Alex – I learned about solids, liquids and gases and made a presentation using powerpoint.

Erin – I learned how to use clips this week.

Kacper – I learned how to debug this week.

Cameron – I learned how to use scratch this week.

We also had a day on Friday where we only used digital technology. What a busy week! We have learned so much. Thank you to our digital leaders for helping us.

Digital Week in P5


We have been having such a fun time this week playing with and learning about everything digital! And it’s only TUESDAY!!!! So far we have experienced a Silent Disco and then discussed why would this be designed? Why would people want this? And what technologies would be needed to make it…we also danced a lot! There was also an opportunity to Code and today we collaboratively developed part of a digital story that will be added to by every class in the school. Here are some pictures of our classes.





P4a’s Learning

We have been working with our learning partners to help each other learn. We will have a new partner each week to help us talk about our learning and share ideas. From now on we will do TOP TEN every morning [ten maths sums]. We will work with our learning partners for this to share strategies.

We have started a new topic in Maths and that is measurement. We will do length for now but we will do different types of things like weight and distance.

In Literacy, we have been writing an adventure story called ‘Tom Trueheart and the Land of Dark Stories’. We have tried our best to describe the settings and characters using adjectives and adverbs, and to write in paragraphs. We will create front and back covers for our stories next week.

On Thursday we went swimming for our swimming assessments. If we get a letter in the next week or so, that means we are being offered free swimming lessons.

We have also been lucky enough to learn about Ramadan from some children in our class who are celebrating this Muslim festival. We now know that during Ramadan, Muslims pray more, give to the poor and fast. Adults fast everyday between dawn and dusk!

Written by Matthew and Zofia (P4a)

P5’s week

This week we have been very busy even though we have only been at school for 3 days!

Ellie- we designed and then made a stop and go sign.  We were only allowed to use one kitchen roll tube, 4 pieces of paper or card, 1 pair of scissors and sellotape per group. After we made the sign we had to write about how we made it.

Sam – we had visitor this week to see us complete a number talks lesson.

Connor – in Numeracy we have dividing and using the chunking method and expanded method to solve sums. I like the chunking method when dividing.

Paula – we had an author visit from David McPhail. He told us about Vikings. We had the chance to buy one of his books.

Leo – we looked at Mary and coloured in some stained glass windows and thought about we think of when we think of Mary.

Ciaran – in P.E we have been doing athletics and running races.  We have been sprinting and doping sprint starts.

Marwa – this week we did some reading routes and looked at punctuation.  we looked at why it was important and rated the authors use of punctuation.

Mirin – with Mrs Baty we started to make scratch projects and made the characters communicate with each other.


P2 love to read!

This week in P2, we were really excited to send home our reading teddies Charlie and Paddington. Lena and Joshua took them home this week and have been reading them lots of stories. Soon, the bears will be going home with someone new!

We also visited the library and Diane, the librarian, was very impressed with how sensible we are and what super readers we are.

Aroush- I like reading ‘The Big Bunny Surprise!’

Lena P- I like reading my school books.

Owen- I read the Titanic on my Kindle.

Elias- I read this as well on my Kindle too!

Danyal- My daddy reads a newspaper!

Daniel- I’ve got a new book and I’m excited to read it. It is called ‘The Train To Impossible Places!’

David- I like reading ‘The Bug In The Rug’.

Weronika- I like reading Biff, Chip and Kipper books using the netbooks.

Ethan- My favourite thing to read is my football comics! Sometimes I look at the football scores in the newspaper.

Chloe- My favourite books to read are books that teach you all about the world. My favourite one is about China. These are non-fiction.

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P6’s Arctic Return Call

In class we have been on a phone call with the people who are in the artic doing an expedition that John Ray descoverd  in 1854  and we asked Rowen’s dad some questions about the journey and he was also with his bud David (who steals ALL the sweets😈)- Rowen, Archie and Liam


P2 busy back at school!

Primary 2 have had a very busy first week back!

Jacob- We were looking at the sound ‘qu’ and going over all of the sounds we already know.

Jessica-Lily- We wrote a ‘Recount’ of the Easter story. Jesus has now risen from the dead!

Ethan- A recount is when you are retelling a story you already know.

Wiktoria- In literacy, we were text explorers and we did a new activity called ‘Blankety Blank!’

Sophie- We have been giving people directions in maths this week! You tell them which places to go by using lots of different words.

Rory- Like forwards, backwards, left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise.

Joshua- We did the ‘cha cha slide!’ because it gives you lots of different directions and movements to go in!

Lena- We also learned about symmetry. Asymmetric means the shape is different on both sides and symmetrical means its the same on both sides. We used mirrors on our symmetry hunt.

Leylan- We learned how to wash our hands properly for health and wellbeing. You always have to use soap and water and you don’t rush, you take your  time!

Maisie- Mrs Alexander sprayed us with a water bottle to show us how far germs travel when we don’t cover our mouths. Everyone thought it was really funny because we got soaked!

Logan M- Rory had talcum powder on his hands and we pretended that it was germs. He spread the ‘germs’ to other people and around the classroom and the talc went everywhere!

Jack- This shows us how far germs can go if you don’t wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.

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P3’s Busy Week

We’ve been so busy since we got back after the Easter holidays and we have crammed lots into this week’s three days already. In numeracy we have been learning to round our two digit numbers to the nearest ten – we know that if a number is greater than 5, we round UP to the nearest ten and if the ones are less than 5, we round DOWN to the nearest ten.

In literacy we have been working hard to develop our reflective reading skills: reading passages and then drawing it out, so that we build a picture of the scene in our heads; filling out missing words to ensure the passages make sense; and a spotting the silly word game where we put in appropriate words to finish the sentences.  We went to the library to take out new books that we will read at home for pleasure.   Our reading BEARS (Being Excited About Reading) Mr Cuddles and Charlie will be coming home with us from next week onwards.  We are hoping that parents will send in pictures of us with our bears reading bedtime stories together – nobody is too old for a bedtime story!

In art we learnt a new technique – quilling – to complete a spring picture.  This technique involved rolling paper through our fingers and thumbs – it was a little tricky but we got the hang of it eventually.  We are all looking forward to a full week, next week.

P5s Buoyant Boats!

After all our Titanic research, P5 have been learning about what makes a boat buoyant. We tested out our theories using tin foil to make the boats and weighed them down using pennies. The record was 42 pennies in one tiny tin foil boat! Excellent design Tomasz  and Kacper!

Primary 4b’s Week.

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It has been a great week in P4b, jam packed full of learning and fun ! We particularly enjoyed our trip to Duncarron Fort.

Here are some of the things that we did this week.

Catherine – On Tuesday we went on a trip to a mediaval village.

Gerard – On Wednesday we practised hymns for our Stations of the Cross Service.

Gaby – I learned about the weapons that would have been used long ago.  I enjoyed having a shot of the axe (YIKES !).

Shay – I enjoyed learning about Mary’s Meals.  A man called Magnus started it off.

Liam – We learnt that Jesus travelled to Jerusalem on a donkey with his disciples.

Brooke – I learnt that salt was used a lot in a long time and it cost a lot of money.

Holly – When Mary Queen of Scots was alive you had to take your spoon and cutting  knife with you when you went to dinner.

Lucas L – We visited our Church for Stations of the Cross.  There are 14 altogether.

Olivia – We visited the Shrine next to our Church and it was peaceful.

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We also made a wee something for all of our lovely mums. Have a good day on Sunday !



P5b’s busy fortnight

We have been very busy the last few weeks in Primary 5.  We have covered lots of different things.


In literacy we have been learning about different phonemes that make the ‘s’ sound. We have looked at s, ss, ce, se, and c.

Poppy – We have been learning about the story of ‘Invasion’ in Literacy. We have been looking at the character Rollo and predicting what we think might happen.

Leo – we worked with a partner and discussing the story and our predictions and what we know and want to know about the characters.

Kacper – we have been researching women in engineering  and writing about why they are important and what they invented.  I researched Victoria Drummond.  She was the first woman Marine Engineer.


Numeracy and Mathematics

We have been learning about compass directions and angels.  We learned some rhymes to help us remember the directions –

  • never eat smelly wellies
  • never eat shredded wheat.

We have been learning about different turns and even went outside to direct each other around the playground.

Max – we have been learning to multiply two digit numbers by two digit numbers. It is quite tricky but with practice I can do it!


Christy – We had visitors from Stirling council to see us doing a number talks lessons about multiplication.  We can break factors into smaller factors to help us in number talks.

Leo – We have been measuring the length of different things in and around the school.  We estimated then measured the objects.



Other areas:

Ciaran – we have been creating titanic quizzes and fact files as we are finishing the topic.


We had a theater production about Simon, Martin and Sharon.  It was all performed by one man. It was called Pondlife.  It was very good and entertaining.  We were amazed that the man could perform more than one character.

In Religious education we looked at the seven sacraments and when people receive them.

Max – we have been practicing the hymns for the Stations of the Cross and took our class picture for the Stations of the Cross service next Wednesday. We used the green screen.

Leo – we went to the Church and Father Frances led us through the Stations of the Cross.

Sam – in P.E we have been skipping – we have been learning jumping skipping,  running skipping and hopping skipping.  Some people tried cross over skipping.

Today was ‘Feel Good Friday’ and we designed our own happiness t-shirts.




P2 have been busy!

Sadie- We had a craft afternoon yesterday and we made something special which we are keeping a secret until Sunday.

Chloe- We had visitors from a school in Stirling who came to see our Rekenrek lesson. We did really well and the visitors were impressed!

Tinashe- We were using prediction in literacy. The book was called ‘The Storm’ and we had to predict what happened in the story.

Lena P- Our topic is called Forces and this week we did the ‘Car and Ramp’ experiment.

Joshua- We found out that building a big structure for a ramp, making it higher, made the car go faster and further.

Jacob- Friction stopped our car on the big ramp because it bumped into the carpet.

Orla- We have been working on subtraction and addition together.

Daniel- 18+2=20, 2+18=20         Sara 20-2=18, 20-18=2

Ethan- We have been learning all about the Stations of the Cross. There are 14.


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Families Connect (Week 7) – Number Names

Car Registration plates, bus timetables, road signs, clocks, phones, house numbers, post boxes, shop windows, remote controls, cereal boxes, food packaging, microwaves, televisions.…These are just a small illustration of the places that our children can see numbers every day. And by taking the opportunity to point out these numbers and name them, we can really help our children when they are learning to count.

But even more than this, we can help our children learn the names for numbers. Again, this is something that we as adults probably all take for granted. But how many times have you heard children count and refuse to include, 11, 12 or 15! This is because not only is counting complex, but our names for numbers are quite confusing too. Sadly, as you will come to see, there are no shortcuts when it comes to learning number names and not much logic either, so it is just something that our children have to learn. The more they hear and see numbers, the easier it is for them to learn them.

So, what’s so difficult about our number names? Consider the following oddities:

* How does “eleven” and “twelve” relate to “one” and “two” – and compare this to “four” and “fourteen” which is far more logical?

* Why are 13 and 15 not “threeteen” and “fiveteen”? And why are 30 and 50 are not “threety” and “fivety”?

* Why are teen numbers spoken with the unit number first but numbers in the 20s, 30s etc are spoken with the tens number (which comes first!) first – i.e. 14 (1 ten then 4 units) is “fourteen” but 43 (4 tens then 3 units) is “forty-three”?

* Why do we say “one hundred and eleven” for 111, but “Twenty-one” (not twenty and one) for 21?

As we found in Families Connect, the more you think about the English way of naming numbers, the more complicated it gets! And this is what our children are trying to tackle, at the same time as learning the order of numbers and also that they represent a value for something. It is no wonder they find this all a bit confusing! So, any games you can play, any chance you can take to spot and name numbers, to count things when you are out and about really are the least, we can do for imposing such a crazy system on our poor children!

Families Connect (Week 6) – The Importance of Counting

Do you remember learning how to count? Do you have to even think about what 5 take away 2 is? The answer is probably no to both these questions. Most of us can’t remember a time when we didn’t know our numbers up to twenty; when we didn’t somehow automatically know that 5 take away 2 was 3. And this is why we might find it hard to understand that learning to count for our children, is really quite complex.
In Week 6 of Families Connect we tried to bring this home to our parents by playing a little game where we no longer had numbers, just the alphabet. So 1,2,3… became A, B, C and there was no cheating and trying to translate back to numbers! In the game, we started off easy counting from A to Z, from G to M. Then we tried counting backwards from Z to A or even K to C…and it got a bit tricky. By the time we came to counting in B’s and E’s (akin to counting in 2’s and 5’s) we were really toiling and the final straw was doing sums: F plus M equals…., B plus G equals….?? Give up was the response from most parents!
When our children begin to count this is exactly how tricky it can be for them. And this response of ‘give up’ can be a common one. So, it is important for us to remember this, to be patient and support them as much as we can to just keep on trying. And critically, don’t think that your children are ‘just not good at maths’ as all they need is a bit more practice.
The best way to do this is simply by counting together as much as possible, and to make it fun. There are loads of opportunities in everyday life to include some counting and for you to help reinforce your children’s learning. In the group, we discussed counting toys, counting steps, counting plates at dinnertime and even counting socks, because apparently some children are already trained to put away the washing! We also played a counting game where we counted different objects in and out of a gift box, trying to win all the objects from the other player. Simple games like this are a great way to give your children a good maths start. The only downside….you might need to refresh yourself on the messages from Week 1 of Families Connect when we looked at managing feelings, because it seems like most children do NOT like losing games!

Families Connect (Week 5) – ‘Beyond the Page’

Finding time to read together just for fun (over and above homework!), isn’t easy. But research shows us that reading together, little and often, can have a big impact. There are several things we can do to support reading at home, like trying to share books at different times of the day, telling stories together and using technology. All of these things will have just as good an impact on your children’s vocabulary, imagination and reading skills, as dare we say, homework!

In Week 5 of Families Connect we chatted about fun ways of sharing stories. One idea was to try to fit in sharing a book at different times of the day. Reading at bedtime is probably the norm and can help establish a bedtime routine. But by this time, parents are normally flagging and either falling asleep or negotiating down the number of books! Alternative suggestions were to read during bath-time and maybe even pick a fish or pirate themed book. Or to read together during mealtimes, with the added bonus of helping to keep the children at the table. For one family, trying books during dinner went down a treat and gave them a welcome break from the long-running game of eye-spy!

Telling stories when you are on the move, is another great idea to broaden literacy skills and really stirs up children’s imagination. Our Families Connect families thought that making up stories together helped to keep their children interested when out on a (boring!) walk, or on a long bus journey. But making up stories can be quite daunting for us adults. So, we looked at things we could use to help our story-telling, like cutting out pictures from a magazine or using old photos to use as prompts when at home, or using what we see around us like road signs, animals, people etc when we are out and about. We also got the chance to use the photo cards pictured below to have a practice, as well as looking at the CBeebies Storytime app as an example of how we can use technology to widen our reading experiences. Parents can have mixed views about using technology but as long as we are joining in with our children, apps and audio books etc can just be different ways of sharing stories.

So, if you are one of those parents falling asleep during bedtime stories, why not try sharing the ‘extra’ stories promised at a different time of day or making up a story together when you are going about your everyday activities. This will be great for your little one’s reading skills, can make things more fun for you too and can even help manage situations where tricky behaviour might be expected – like mealtimes, bath times and plain old boring times!

P3 Weekly Update

This week we have been really artistic!  We have made some surprise creations for our mum’s for Mother’s Day and we were also inspired by Pablo Picasso and we made our very own interpretations of his work.


In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about time as we have been finding it a bit tricky, especially quarter to on a digital clock.  We are going to keep practising this at home too so that we are more confident in telling the time!


In PE we have been learning how to skip forwards, backwards and in groups.  We need go co-ordination to do this.


In Literacy some of us wrote about our mum’s and how they are superheroes and some of us created a fact file about some Egyptian pharaohs.


Some of us visited the church twice this week.  Once was to practise and prepare for The Sacrament of Reconciliation and secondly we went to Stations of the Cross with Fr. Francis.


In Digital Learning this week we were making animated cartoons using Scratch on the netbooks and then we got to show our creations to our classmates.  It was cool!


Lastly, we have been singing lots this week in preparation for the Stations of the Cross service which will be in school next week.

PFFA – The gift of Wisdom

Today Mrs Fitzpatrick answered our questions on the gift of wisdom. We invited her into our class as this was one of our tasks for the Pope Francis Faith Awards. She told us about the many subjects and experiences that had helped to make her wise.

Mrs Fitzpatrick told us that her dad made her wise as he taught her great things and gave her advice. She enjoys reading autobiographies and she found the book about Alex Ferguson to be inspirational.

We enjoyed having Mrs Fitzpatrick in to talk to us today and she gave us good advice for our lives. We have written a report on the advice that she shared with us.

Jack and  Hubert

Remarkable Rotary Quiz!

Nia McKenna, Natalia Lewandowska, Ethan Cook and Harris Cameron (P6) went to a Rotary Quiz at Broxburn Primary School and… They came second by half a point! They were against all Primary 7 from 4 other schools.Well Done!😀👍

P4a’s Week

Our Friday music sessions with NYCoS are coming to an end next week. We have been enjoying learning about beat, rhythm and musical notation over the past few months. Today we worked in groups to create and perform our own music!

Tavia – ‘We’ve been learning to write our own music.’

Leon – ‘We were in groups to do this and my group used the shakers.’

Zofia – ‘We were playing altogether like a band.’

Baillie – ‘We had to sing the musical notes so, mi and la.’

Michael – ‘We had 4 beat spots and we had the choice to use ta, te-te and rests.’

Santiago – ‘We finished with the song ‘There’s Someone Living on a High, High Hill’ which is one of our favourites!’

In topic this week we have been learning about the mystery of Lord Darnley’s murder. Some people believe his wife, Mary Queen of Scots, was guilty but to this day we still don’t know for sure. It really is a mystery!

In class, we looked at the evidence, re-enacted the trial and put forward our own opinions of who we believe was guilty. We took a vote:

Mary, Queen of Scots – 1 vote

Queen Elizabeth I – 3 votes

James, Earl of Bothwell – 17 votes

James, 1st Earl of Moray (her half-brother) – 1 vote

Someone else – 4 votes

We are really looking forward to our trip next week to Duncarron Medieval Village where we will learn more about what life was like in these times!

Hot off the press – St Nic’s Quiz Champs scoop another award!

A huge well done to Harris, Nia, Ethan and Natalia who have just returned from the Rotary Club Quiz at Broxburn Primary School, where our P6 quiz champions scooped 2nd place.  They were beaten by just 1/2 a point.  Well done boys and girls – we are so proud of you.  You have great team spirit and are a credit to your school, your parents and yourselves.

Families Connect (Week 4) – Book Talk

Be honest, have you ever found yourself groaning at the sight of reading homework? Reading together doesn’t only have to be about ‘decoding’ the sounds and letters. Whilst this is an important part of your child learning to read, and requires a fair bit of patience, books don’t need to feel like hard work!

The most important thing that you can do for your children is make them feel positive about books. The more fun they have, the more they want to read. The more they read, the more their vocabulary expands, their imagination runs riot and their comprehension gets better.

There are lots of different things you can do together to make books fun. Why not try some of these:

* Let your child join in with key words or repeated phrases – ‘There’s no such thing as a grufallo’’

* Let them finish the sentences by guessing the rhyming word at the end – ‘His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all over his ????’

* Ask them to guess what happens next – making sure they know that there are no right or wrong answers, just to use their imagination

* Do some arts and crafts related to your book – you can do this after the story or to use whilst you read the story together e.g. make a mouse puppet for reading the Gruffalo

* Don’t be shy – make up actions, sound effects, strange character voices and even act the story out!

All of these things make reading together more fun for everyone, and many parents will just do them automatically. Another thing that often comes naturally, we call ‘Book Talk’ in Families Connect. This is when you chat about a book as you are reading it together and ask some questions to help your child understand and relate to the story. So, asking open questions like ‘What do you think the mouse is feeling here”, “Have you ever felt scared like that” and “What plan might you come up with faced with the Gruffalo?”. Again, this shouldn’t feel like a quiz as there are no wrong answers and you shouldn’t feel pressured to come up with a question for every page either!

We tried all of these techniques in Week 4 of Families Connect and really had lots of fun reading together. We found that a really important thing is to let your child pick a book based on their interests – any reading is good reading! To our surprise we even had one little boy who didn’t really like reading and at the end of our exercise asked if he could have another story. Well done to all our parents, that’s what success looks like!

Parent Council St Patrick’s Night

A huge thanks to our committed and hardworking Parent Council who organised a wonderful event for the St Nicholas PS. community on Friday night. We had a ceilidh (run by our PE teacher, Mrs Smith), Irish dancers, raffle, Irish Bingo, a disco and delicious hot food by the Canon Hoban staff.  A huge thank you to the following partners who helped make this happen by donating to our raffle: Potter Around in Kirknewton; Houston House Hotel, Uphall; Kirsty Loves Hair, Broxburn; Final Touch Beauty, Broxburn; Florist in Argyle Court, Broxburn (10% off Mother’s Day Flowers plus free delivery if you mention St Nicholas); Lawson’s Butchers; Tesco, Bathgate; Morrison’s Livingston; Scotmid, Broxburn, Lindt Chocolate, Livingston; Dance Store; Broxburn.

We are very lucky to have our Parent Council who work tirelessly alongside us to improve outcomes for our children.  Children, parents and staff all had a ball! Looking forward to the next community event.

P5 Gymnasts!


Well done to Chloe and Poppy in P5 for taking part in a gymnastics competition at the weekend!

P5’s weekly reflection

We have had a busy week in P5b.  This week we have been continuing with Multiplication in Number talks and in our Numeracy lessons.  In Number talks we have used the strategy partial products this week and also used friendly numbers, doubling and halving and repeated addition. Mrs Heather came into class and worked with us on Thursday. In Numeracy we have worked on the formal written method of multiplication.

Marwa – there are different ways to do the written.

Mirin – this method is easier than a vertical sum for me.

We have practiced this week and are getting really good at it. In maths with Mrs Renshaw we have started to  looked at measure and started to estimate the length.

In Literacy we have completed spot the silly word in two different pieces of writing.

Sam – one was a job advert and the other was about Harry Potter.  Phoebe – you need to read the whole piece then look for words that don’t make sense.

Paula – we have continued with literacy circles and are improving with our group discussions and peer assessments.

In writing we wrote a diary entry about when the Titanic hit the iceberg.

Max – In a diary you must discuss your feelings.

Connor – you must use ‘I’ when writing a diary entry. It also has to be in the present tense.

In Health and Well being we looked at advertising and how companies advertise products to get people to buy them  We discuses different strategies like buy one get one free, half price, toys in boxes and tokens to collect.

Ellie –  We then created our own cereals and next week we will create an advert for our cereal.

Sam – we also discussed what makes a good friend and created a ‘wordle’ about friends. Some of the things we think they need to be are- kind, caring, honest and trustworthy.

In our Titanic topic we created adverts for Titanic. We talked about communication on board the Titanic and how important it was. We also looked at the technology on the Titanic. We also completed a cross section of what was inside the Titanic looked like and looked at where things were placed for first and third class passengers.

We also visited the library this week and had a look for Titanic books.

These are only some of the things we have covered this week.  What a busy week!





Primary 4b’s Week.

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We have had another great week in P4b.  We have been learning how to spell words that need a prefix and working on the proper use of exclamation marks.  We have been learning that it is more effective in writing to use one exclamation mark and not lots !!!!!!!!! (ha!).

In numeracy, we have moved onto telling the time in one minute segments and are still practising our times tables as we know important these are.

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We are just loving our topic, ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ so much. She led a very interesting life.  This is what we have learnt so far :

Liam – She was born in 1542.

Cameron  – She was born in Linlthgow Palace.

Natan – When she was 6 days she became Queen of Scotland.

Catherine – She married three times.

Lily – She moved to France when she little because her mum did not want her to marry Price Edward.

Hamza – Her cousin Queen Elizabeth the First was jealous of her.

Alicia – She was a Catholic.

Lucas L – She was imprisoned for 18 years.

Shay – The axe fell on her head three times.

Oliver – She watched her friend, David Rizzio being murdered.

Freyja  – Her mum was Mary of Guise.

Leonard – Henry the 8th the King of England wanted his son to marry Mary Queen of Scots.

Holly – Her first husband was the Dauphin of France.

Mya – Her second husband was Lord Darnley.

Gerard – Her third husband was the Earl of Bothwell.

Wojciech – She was beheaded.

Gaby – She did not have a good life.

Olivia – Her mum was born in 1515.

Lucas C – Her mum died in 1560.

Haroon – When she died one of her dogs was found hidinhg under her dress.


Fun at P6b

We did some measuring- we estimated and measured the perimeter  of large rectangles in the classroom. We Made some paper clovers for St Patrick’s day and paper chains. We enjoy reading for pleasure and this week we went to the library. We have been doing research on careers and we are now working on a presentation about it. In writing we did a recount on Frankenweenie and in HWB we wrote questions to ask our parents. By Melanie and Victor


Cami the dog visits P1!

As part of our pets topic, P1 got a very special visit today from Mrs Gardiner’s dog Cami. The children learned all about rescue animals and were able to ask lots of questions about looking after dogs. We all had lots of fun!  🐕😁

Osum week in p6b😛

P6 had an awesome week, here is some of the stuf that we did 😀

We also met with our p2 buddies for the first time, while with our buddies we read a book to each other. We had such a good time.

Some p6 parents also came into our class for a career talk.

Fun filled week in P2!

‘I liked making our own ‘runaway pancake’ with Beth at the library.’ -Sadie

‘I enjoyed Ash Wednesday mass when we were all singing the hymns.’- Aroush

‘I liked the Annie McCleod ride at New Lanark because it told us all about working in the Mills.’ – Weronika

‘I liked making my lenten promise.’- Jack

‘I really enjoyed making animations in digital learning this week.’- Daniel

I really liked making a new book cover for our mystery book in literacy this week.’ Jay

I enjoyed going into the old classroom and seeing the crocodile at New Lanark.’- Lena P

‘I liked getting dressed up in the old uniform.’- Jacob

‘I enjoyed writing on the slates.’- Rory


Families Connect – The Importance of Listening (Week 3)

`It is difficult as busy parents to always find time to listen to our children, especially if they are little chatterboxes! However, listening to them makes them feel valued and helps their development in so many ways. It also helps us to understand how they see the world, what they might be finding hard and what they might be feeling.
Crucially, it has also been shown that if children trust us to listen to the little things, they will share the big stuff with us as well. But there are so many things that can easily get in the way of us listening to our children, no matter how well-intentioned we are. I wonder what the biggest barriers are for you?
We did an exercise in Week 3 of Families Connect where some parents deliberately (and secretly) tried to be ‘bad listeners’, as others parents excitedly talked about something important to them. Despite brainstorming all the nasty things we might do to be bad listeners, the thought of being rude and hurtful made it really hard to pull off! Because we all know what it feels like when we aren’t being listened to, and we all know what to look for in a ‘good listener’.
Our children are no exception. Yet we realised during the exercise, that we can sometimes ignore them more easily than we would an adult, even a stranger! So, what can help us to be a good listener for our children:
• Finding the right time – try to listen when we can but if we cannot give our attention (e.g. when we are reverse parallel parking!) it’s fine to say we want to listen, explain why we cannot at that time and when we will listen, and live up to that promise
• Show we are interested – words of encouragement are good but tone of voice and body language make a far greater impact
• Be encouraging – eye contact, focused attention, affirmative words etc all help to encourage our children to share with us
• Don’t be dismissive – even if things seem trivial to us, they are important enough for our children to want to talk about them
• Ask open questions – these have longer answers and encourage more talk
All of these pretty simple tips can help us to listen carefully to our children, a small investment that really can make a huge impact on how valued they feel.

P6 Career Talks

Mrs Cook, Mrs Walker and Mrs Spence have really inspired some of our primary 6s in this week’s career talks. Thank you very much!

Families Connect – The Importance of Praise (Week 2)

Did you know that for every one positive comment our children hear, on average, most will hear 8 negative comments? Now, we can’t really feel bad when we have to shout ‘don’t run onto the road’ or ‘don’t put that pea up your nose’! But it does sound a bit imbalanced doesn’t it.
The problem is that it is positive comments, from people that matter, that can have a brilliant impact on children’s self-esteem, their sense of value. This feeling of self-worth helps their confidence, their ability to learn and their belief that they can do anything. So, whilst we are busy keeping them safe, we might also remember that it is catching them being good that is more valuable, than catching them being naughty.
Research also shows that some types of praise are more ‘helpful’ than others for children in valuing themselves and growing in confidence. In the second week of Families Connect the parents had a shot of practising this ‘helpful praise’ with each other, before being let loose on the children! We practised ‘good praise’ and ‘bad praise’ and were left in no doubt about which felt best and was more helpful.
With the children, we made superstar awards. These were taken home as a reminder to parents to look for the positives and to praise everyday little things, using the stars in whatever way worked for their family. For the children, the awards were simply to make them feel valued and to understand what they were doing well. For one family it definitely worked, with one little girl feeling SO valued she sported her award for an entire weekend in all weathers!
So, what is this ‘helpful praise’ I hear you ask? It’s simple really, when praising your children think about making it:
• Specific – this is so that children know what to do next time…’I love your story and you have done a great job of remembering capital letters and full stops. Well done.’
• Genuine – children can spot when the words don’t match the facial expression and body language!
• Focused on effort – rather than the outcome (‘you won!’). By focusing on the effort and approach taken, children know that trying is important, that they don’t have to be stuck at being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at something, they can practice and get better. It also means they will be happier to try something new.
• Without a sting in the tail – ‘what a great drawing, next time you might want to give the person facial features!’. When children hear praise mixed with criticism, they only remember the criticism.
Use these tips to try switching the 8:1 ratio and encourage our children to do more of the stuff that gets them praised. Some of this might not come naturally at first, but practice makes perfect!

Seasons for Growth

St Nicholas are offering the P6 and P7 pupils the opportunity to participate in our Seasons for Growth programme this term. Seasons for Growth is a programme devised to help children to cope with changes in their family through loss or bereavement. The programme was developed in Australia over 20 years ago and is used across the globe to support the emotional wellbeing of young people. We hope to offer the programme to other age groups in the coming months.

John Byrne Art Competition

Primary 6 have been using their creativity to design entries for the John Byrne Art Competition.

Career Chats in Primary 6

Primary 6 have been so lucky to hear about a variety of jobs from parents who have been visiting our classes over the past three weeks. Today we heard from Mrs Spence who explained how her job will influence the future and  lifestyle of prospective jobs for our pupils and showed how life may be in  2037 – it was fascinating and certainly food for thought. Many pupils have been inspired by these presentations and have started to think about their future employment. We would like to say a huge thank you to the parents who took time to pay us a visit.

P5 sail aboard the Titanic!

Primary 5 learned so much today from our Titanic workshop! We took on different roles as the passengers and crew of the ship. We found out what happened from the shipyards to the day the ship went down. Thanks to Captain Sean for such a memorable day!

P5b’s week

We have had a busy week in class learning lots of new things.


Marwa – we have been learning about Fair trade as this is Fair trade overnight

Christy – if you put Fair trade banana skins on mosquito bites they go away.

Ellie – I learned that in the UK people eat over 5 billion bananas in a year.

Max – over 1.66 million farmers and workers produce Fair trade products.

Ciaran – there are over 100 billion different Fair trade bananas produced a year.

Paula – we learned about the grid method of multiplication

Mirin – we made a Titanic display.

Max – we drew pictures of first and third class passengers from the titanic

Kacper – we have been researching facts about the Titanic

Phoebe– we completed our well being check in.

Cerys –  for homework we researched a language

Charlie – we have been learning bout Michelangelo and his image of God.

We have been using our own devices to complete research and find out more about Fair trade and the Titanic.

P4b’s Week.

This week seems to have gone in a flash ! What have we been up to ?

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In literacy we have been talking about how important reading is.  We are making a real effort to read more books for enjoyment and not just the reading book that we are given at school.   We also been learning about prefixes and our sound of the week has been ph.

In maths we have been practising telling times on analogue and digital clocks.  We have also spoken about area and are continuing to practise our times tables.

We drew some daffodils this week and used wax crayons and watercolour to colour them in.  We are proud of these are we all made a beautiful job and put in a lot of effort.  In digital learning some of us manged to finish recording our books for the P1s and we have also used the laptops and ipads to play maths games on.

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And for the exciting part ! In our music lesson earlier today we were taught how to read music using two notes , ‘so’ and ‘mi’ .  This was challenging to begin with but we got there in the end.  We are great at using our growth mindset in P4b.  We certainly don’t give up when there is a challenge.  Have a nice weekend everyone !

What have we enjoyed the most this week ?

Catherine – ‘I have enjoyed completing all of the maths games on the computer’.

Shay – ‘I have enjoyed balancing in P.E’.

Gerard – ‘I have enjoyed completing more time activities’.

Liam – ‘I have enjoyed recording ‘Mr Big’ for the wee ones’.

Freyja – ‘I have enjoyed reading because my book is exciting’.

Alicia – ‘I have enjoyed doing the deliberate mistake task.  This is when we read a story and have to find the silly words and highlight them’.





Magnificent Mandalas

Look at are amazing mandalas from P6b .Also we were making a recount of a poem . The poem was called The Highwayman. We were pretending to be Bess or the highwayman and telling the story from their point of view. We also finished our scratch animations about the battle of Bannockburn. We have been learning about Islam and two Muslim people came to our class to talk about their religion.In maths we have been learning negative numbers . We did blether stations about a good friendship. Lilya and Aisha. Bye😀😀



P3 Weekly Update

In Numeracy this week we have been learning about fractions and have been calculating halves, thirds, quarters and fifths of shapes and numbers.  We know that if we are confident counting in 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s this will help us to calculate fractions of numbers.

Our teachers did some training on something called ‘Reflective Reading’ and they taught us some of the skills that they learned and the skills that we need to make us better readers.  We did things like ‘Blankety Blank’ where we had to work in groups to think of words to make a sentence make sense.  We also did a ‘Picture It’ and had to read a gruesome description of The Bloodbottler from our new novel ‘The BFG’ and we had to draw a picture of him.  Lastly we did a ‘Spot the Silly Word’ where we had to replace a silly word with a sensible word.  We did this through our topic The Ancient Egyptians.  We realised that we already know lots of interesting facts about The River Nile and the pyramids.

Last week we finished our class novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’ and this week we have been enjoying watching snippets of the original movie each day and have been comparing and contrasting the book to the film.  We realised that there are quite a few differences between the two.

We visited the library this afternoon and enjoyed choosing a new book to read.

In our Digital Learning we were using an app called Stickbot Studio and we were creating our very own animation projects.  We realised that we had to move our objects little by little in order for it to look like it was actually moving.  It was great fun doing this and working as a team.

We had a visit from Fr Jeremy and a visiting priest from Nigeria called Fr Francis.  He told us all about Nigeria and he will be helping us when we make our First Reconciliation.

What a busy week!

P4b’s Wonderful Week!

It may have been a short week but we have managed to pack a lot of learning in.  What have we been up to ?

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Well firstly, we welcomed a new friend to our class, Natan.  We are delighted to have another friend in P4b, welcome to Saint Nicholas Natan.Related image

In maths we have spent more time on how to tell the time using all of the numbers on the clock.  We are becoming really good at this.  We have also been practising counting up and back in 7s.  Quite challenging for some of us but we know that we will become experts soon enough.

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In literacy, we have been learning how prefixes can change the meaning of a word.  We have also revised nouns, adjectives, verbs and alliteration.   We have also been reading more texts for inference and have enjoyed listening to Mrs Macdonald reading our class novel, ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl. It is sooooo funny !

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In P.E with Mr Muldoon and Mrs Smith, we have been perfecting our gymnastic skills which has been fun too.  As part of our digital learning, we worked together in groups and used the Ipads to record us reading a story for the P1s.  We will finish it next week and then use a QR app to make a code which we will then stick inside the book so that the P1s can scan it and hear us read !

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Sadly, our topic, ‘Famous Scots’ has come to an end. However, we are excited to start our new topic next week although we do not know what it is yet , it is a surprise !

What have we enjoyed the most this week ?


Haroon – I have enjoyed P.E  because it has been fun in gymnastics and learning how to balance.

Oliver – I have enjoyed learning about time.  I find it cool how every number represents five minutes.

Lucas C – I have liked designing my famous Scots poster because it is fun learning about the different famous Scots.

Ethan – I have liked reading ‘Kipper’s Balloon’.

Natan  – I have enjoyed learning about the time and have had fun in my new school.

Learning and making 😁

We have been taking part in a drawing and engineering contest.

In the drawing contest we had to draw what ever we want and John Byrne  would pick and it’s a Scotland competition and there is only 1st 2nd and 3rd.

in the engineering contest you have to think of something that people mmay struggle with daily and draw that invention then write a letter to Clydesdayl University to  persuede them to make your invention and win. 👍 🏅post by Maisie and Ethan

Families Connect – Focus on Feelings (Week 1)

Have you ever tried to tackle a tricky job whilst feeling angry? Ever tried to engage in a meeting at work when something at home is really worrying you? It’s hard to concentrate when emotions are running high. That is what it’s like for our children. For them to concentrate on their learning, this requires managing a whole range of, often uncomfortable, feelings; it requires them being in a ‘good headspace’. We all know the horrors of tackling homework when they are too tired, too frustrated or even too excited about something else!

But it’s even harder than that for our children. We know the words to use to describe feelings. We know how they might impact our bodies, faces, our thoughts, even our actions and behaviours. Our children are still getting good at this. They need help to associate with, recognise and name all the feelings that they might experience. They need practice in talking about their feelings. When they become more confident naming and understanding feelings, then they are better able to manage them and focus on their learning. That’s got to be easier all round!
We cheated! We had some tools to help us talk about feelings with our children – a magnifying glass to hold over parts of our body that might give us clues to our emotions. Held over a ‘washing machine’ tummy, as one mum brilliantly put it, for example when we are anxious. In time children learn that this feeling doesn’t mean they are unwell, but scared about something and that is the first step to dealing with those feelings.

We also had the help of a feelings fan, a set of cards showing drawings of children with the 6 universally recognisable feelings – happy, angry, scared, surprised, sad and disgust. As you know there are many more feelings! But these are a good place to start when talking to your children. You can see our fans in the picture below….you might like to make your own feelings fan at home and use it as a prompt when chatting about your children’s feelings or even your own!

P3 Assembly

Here is a little snippet of our Friendship rap which we performed at our assembly on Friday. We hope you enjoy it!

Click on the link below.



P4a’s Week of Learning

We have had another busy week in P4a.

In Topic and Literacy, we wrote about Famous Scots who inspire us.

Michael – Andy Murray inspires me because he is a very good tennis player and when I grow up I want to be the same.

Kaylan – John Logie Baird inspires me because when I grow up I want to be an inventor too.

Lara – Saint Margaret inspires me because she helped the poor and when I grow up I want to help others by being a teacher.

Leon – Andy Murray inspires me because when I grow up I want to help children play tennis too.

We have started making giant posters about all the ‘Famous Scots’ we have learned about the past few weeks, bringing together our skills in ICT, reading, writing and research.

In Numeracy we have changed our focus to ‘Time’. We learned about using a calendar and we made our own, adding some important events such as class birthdays and the February Break! We played games with the clocks too, recapping o’clock and half past times.

On Tuesday, Archbishop Leo Cushley came to visit our school. His Grace came to our classroom and we sang him some songs about the 12 Disciples. We also prayed together for all the people who help us in Primary 4, especially as we prepare for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.

Finally, in Music we played ball games, sung songs and learned about the rhythm names: ta and te-te.

Have a lovely weekend!





P5b’s week

Primary 5 have had a busy week.  Here are some of the things we have been doing and learning.

Mirin – this week we made an emotions timeline thinking about how we felt at different points in our lives.

Marwa – we started to learn about the Titanic.

Ciaran – we learned that the Titanic was on her the first trip from Southampton to Nee York.

Daniel – we thought about we what know and what we want to learn during the topic.

Lucas – we have continued to practice our cursive script.

Max – we started to look at the timeline of events that led to the sinking of the Titanic.

Mirin – we typed our learners statements and shared them on Teams for our parents to see.

Sam – we reviewed our guided reading books.

Phoebe – we went to the library and read to the nursery children.

Marwa – we completed our entries for the engineering competition. Good luck everyone!

Paula – we went to Broxburn Academy to play Handball.

Leo – we were learning how to use the halving and doubling strategy in number talks.



P4b’s Fantastic Fortnight !

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We have been very these last two weeks!

In literacy we have continued to brush up on our grammar skills.  We have become very competent at identifying adverbs, verbs, nouns, adjectives and homophones.  We also had fun with alliteration. In reading we have been making good progress with our chapter books.  Some of us are reading a book that has been written by Chris Hoy, ‘Flying Fergus’. Chris Hoy is actually one of the famous Scots that we have learnt about , however, we did not know that he had written a book !  We have also read lots of texts and completed reading comprehensions which have focussed on inference which some of us have found challenging, however, we know that these will become easier the more we practise.

In numeracy, we have moved on from fractions and are now learning how to tell the time using all of the numbers on the clock.  We have used lots of interactive games to help us with this.  Our favourite one is called, ‘Beat the Clock’.  You have to read the time sentence and press the buzzer to stop the big hand and make sure that it is in the correct place.  It is great fun !

Our topic, ‘Famous Scots’ has almost come to an end which is a shame because we have really enjoyed it.  We are in the middle of making a HUGE poster which will showcase our learning.  We will post pictures as soon as we have finished them.

Wednesday was very exciting because Archbishop Cushley visited us.  He gave us a special blessing and spoke to us about our First Communion.  It was lovely to meet him.  As part of our learning, we have also studied the life of Saint Margaret.  She was a special queen and led by example.

The last few Fridays have also been fun as Mrs Curle from NYCOS has been in to teach us about rhythms and beats in music.  We have learnt some great songs including: ‘I Like Coffee’  ‘Starlight’ and ‘Lemonade’ and now know one beat in music is called ‘TA’ and two beats are called ‘TE TE’.

What have we enjoyed the most ?

‘I have enjoyed learning about what all the numbers mean on a clock’ – Freyja.

‘I have liked doing my times tables in maths this week’ – Holly.

‘I have enjoyed making my poster  because it has been really interesting researching people’. – Cameron.

‘I have enjoyed learning using the computers’ – Lucas L.




Primary 7s Week

Primary 7 have had a very busy week.

We have been working on data handling this week. We enjoyed collecting data and deciding what graph or chart to present our findings. We also worked on reading and interpreting data.

In true valentines spirit we analysed and wrote our own love poems. They were very creative and we used techniques like similes, metaphors and personification to enhance our writing.

This week we’ve been learning about evacuation. We wrote an information text about evacuation and designed ourselves as evacuees which was lots of fun!

This week we had a visit from Andy Weir who has been teaching us about presentation skills. He left us with a ‘wee gift- WIIGFT’ which taught us when giving a presentation always include what is in it for them to engage the audience.

We’ve also been working on evaluating How Good is Our School (HGIOURS). We self assessed how good our school is at relationships and identified what we could do to improve.

P2 Weekly Round up!

We have had a fantastic week in Primary 2. Here are our highlights:

Rebecca- I liked learning about tally marks! We made a tally chart of P2’s favourite pets.

We also started to use tally marks to record our group points. We are enjoying our ‘information handling’ maths focus.

Daniel- We learnt a new skill in literacy. It’s called note taking! A note is writing something short, we used bullet points. You don’t write a big long sentence.

Jacob- We were learning the sound ‘ph‘. Like elephants, dolphin, phone, phonics and alphabet. This is a quiet, lip sound.

Sophie- We starting singing songs to get ready for our assembly.

Our assembly is on the 1st of March at 11.15am. All P2 parents are very welcome! 

Sadie- Mrs Thompson, our dinner lady, came in to talk to us about what children ate for school dinners before we were born. She has been cooking school dinners for 27 years!

Sara- My dad came in. He spoke to us about when he was little and what it was like in school for him!

Joshua- He liked the team Hearts when he was a boy.

Lena- In Mr Sanderson’s school, f you were very healthy and always took the green tray, you got to win a prize! Like going bowling.

P1 Estimation

P1 were very excited to find that some dinosaurs had visited our playground and left some footprints. We have been learning about estimation and we decided to estimate how big the dinosaur footprints were. We estimated how many P1s we could fit inside some of the footprints, how many cubes long the footprints were and how many steps it would take to get from one side of the footprint to the other. We then checked to see how close our estimations were.


P3 Weekly Update

This week we have been incredibly busy preparing for our class assembly which is all about friendship and forgiveness.  Our assembly will be tomorrow (Friday 15th February) at 11.15am and families are welcome to come and see it.


As it is Valentine’s Day we learned a little bit about the history behind it.

I learned that it was named after a priest called Valentine who helped soldiers to get married in secret. – James F and Alfie

I learned that Valentine got caught by the Roman Emperor, Claudius and he was put in jail. – Thomas, Toby & Isla

I know that Valentine’s Day is all about love. – James H

I know that some people give cards on Valentine’s Day but it’s not always the same tradition in every country. – Isabella A


In Spelling we have been focusing on the pattern ‘ou’ and we can read it and use it in our writing.

In Literacy we have been continuing to learn about poetry and we worked in groups to write our own rhyming verse to continue the poem ‘Going through the old photos’.  We used some of our own names but we discovered that not all of our names have words that rhyme with them.

In ICT we used Forms on the ipad and netbooks to make our own quizzes on something we knew lots about.

In PE we are continuing with gymnastics and we have been doing different stretches and counter-balancing.  This means that we had to put trust in our partner and work as a team.

We look forward to seeing you at our assembly!


P6 got a visit from Mr Sanderson

Today P6 had a visit from Mr Sanderson,a P2 parent. P6 had lots of fun learning about oil rigs and what you need to do to be a surveyor.

Mr Sanderson explained that there is a crisis for jobs in this area and encouraged us to think about a career in this field, especially the  girls.

You only have to work for two weeks and then you get four weeks off. You get the same wage as a footballer and the food on the oil rig is amazing and it is like a hotel with a football pitch,gym, swimming pool and a squash court.  The downside is that you miss your family.

You don’t need to go to university as you learn on the job but you need to be good at maths.


P5 Handball Festival!

P5a and P5b had a great time this morning at the Handball Festival at Broxburn Academy! We were in 5 teams and played 5-a-side matches against 5 other schools. We have been practising handball over the last few weeks in PE and played fairly with some excellent tactical moves! Thanks to the parent helpers who walked us along too!

Busy week in primary 2!

‘In Maths we have been learning about duration of time’- Jessica-Lily

‘We have been getting really good at telling the time quarter past the hour’- Leylan

‘There are 60 minutes in an hour.’- Neave

There are 30 minutes in half an hour’- Zuzanna

‘We are learning to take notes during literacy time.’- Sadie

‘Notes is when you write small things rather than big sentences’- Logan M

‘We have been doing lots of independent writing’- Wiktoria

‘We learned how to use Glow.’- Joshua

We learned how to use computers safely.’- Rebecca

‘Don’t click on the pop-ups.’- Jacob

‘Tell an adult if you feel unsafe using tablets, iphones and computers.’- Ethan

‘Don’t talk to strangers online.’- John

‘Mrs Baty told us that some games aren’t for our age group like Fortnite. You are supposed to be 12 to play this and some children are playing it in P2.’- Logan P

‘ In RE we were learning about important festivals and celebrations like Easter Sunday, Epiphany and Christmas.’ – Daniel, Weronika and Max

Bannockburn and Stirling Castle

Primary 6 went on an AMAZING trip to Bannockburn and Stirling Castle yesterday.  At Bannockburn there was a lot of really cool things to do : you could explore the battle by looking at the 3D giant screens, we could touch the weapons and armour, and we could interact with digital people who were part of the battle. The Chiltern spears were 12 -15 feet tall. The chain mail was really heavy. We then went into the battle room where we split into the Scottish army and the English army. We then plotted the battle on an interactive map. On this occasion, England won the battle through the use of our strategic commanders. It was named the Battle of the Bowling Club, as that is the building on that piece of land now. The map could change from present day to the landscape of 1314. We also took a walk to the Rotunda and saw the famous statue of Robert the Bruce.

A short journey away and we arrived at Stirling Castle where we spotted another statue of Robert the Bruce and we could see the Wallace Monument in the distance. We were amazed at how narrow the River Forth is at Stirling. We explored a room with a Scottish history timeline and recognised many events from our studies. We then explored the chapel where Mary, Queen of Scots had her coronation as a baby. Next stop was to the Great Hall where we sat on thrones which also incorporated a potty !! We then popped into the Palace and admired the famous Stirling Heads before spending time in the Queen’s Bed Chamber. The Palace staff told us about the history of the Castle and were really funny.

We enjoyed this trip and would highly recommend it to other primary schools.


Arctic Return Presentation

Mr Smith came into school to tell us all about an Arctic adventure that he is going on in March. He showed us all the equipment he will be using and even let us taste some of the dehydrated food that he will be eating on his expedition.

He explained that he has been training for the expedition by pulling tyres to build up his strength. He will be taking the same route as a historic Arctic explorer called John Rae, who was also Scottish. He allowed us to try out his clothing and equipment for the trip. His clothing will prevent him from getting frostbite as the temperatures will be minus 30 to minus 50 degrees ! There is also a risk from hungry Polar Bears so Mr Smith will use an electric fence to keep his tent safe at night. We learned LOTS of interesting facts and look forward to seeing his route progress online and he will try to contact us via satellite whilst on his expedition. Primary 6 will design a St Nicholas flag that he will leave in the Arctic Circle.

Good luck Mr Smith!

P6 Trip to Bannockburn and Stirling Castle

P6 went on a trip to Stirling castle and Bannockburn. We had so much fun! We learnt about the Bannockburn war and what weapons they used. We saw the Rotunda and the statue of Robert the Bruce. We learnt that if a King was camping at war he would have a flag on top of his tent so that the warriors know where he is. Amazing!

P1 Dino Fun

Primary 1 have been very busy over the past couple of weeks.

We received a very exciting letter from Pat who is a Paleontologist. He asked us for his help as he had heard that we had been asking lots of questions about dinosaurs. He informed us that there were 14 fossils hidden in St Nicholas and asked if we would be able to find them!

We were unsure of what a fossil or a paleontologist were so we brainstormed some ideas and made a mind map on the board. We decided to go to the library to get some non-fiction books to help us find out. At the library we looked through books and learned how an index can help us to find information on a certain subject. We also found out how to use kiddle and found out some great information from both the books and the internet.

After we knew exactly what fossils were, we headed off outside to find the fossils and we managed to find all 14! We watched a video which explained what tools were needed to examine a fossil. Some of us noticed that the paleontologists were using brushes and decided to use paint brushes to dust our fossils.

Pat then sent us another letter asking for our help as he to know about habitats. We researched what a habitat was and then looked at the differences between our habitats and the dinosaur’s habitats. We then drew pictures of our habitats and created paintings of the dinosaur’s habitats. Some of us thought it would be a nice idea to make a nice habitat for the dinosaurs in the area so we headed outside to collect lots of leaves, sticks and grass for their habitats. We then built them a lovely habitat which we are sure they love!

We are loving our new topic and can’t wait to see what happens next.


P5 and P2 Mindfulness

Today Primary 5 worked with Primary 2 to think about what makes them happy.  They look at mindfulness and the importance of it and why we should not worry about the past or future.


P5’s busy week

We have had a busy week in Primary 5.  Here are some of the things we have been learning  this week.

Leo – We have been learning about storytelling as this is NAtional Storytelling Week and we watched David Walliams talking about his novels.

Ellie – We have been learning about the 7 times table and practicing our other times tables.

Cerys – We have drawing entries for the art competition and also designing inventions to make life easier for the engineering competition.

Paula – We have been learning about the brain.  Your brain connects to your nerves and tells you what to do.

Ciaran – We have been practicing our tables and looking at different strategies for learning the facts we find tricky.

Mirin – We have photographed our latest and best pieces of Numeracy and Literary and tried to use teams to post them.

Poppy and Leo- We have been talking about our reflexes and we were holding each others’ shoulder to see how quick our hand reacted and squeezed the other person’s shoulder.  We also tried this with hands so see if it was quicker than our shoulders.  Shoulder reflexes were quicker as the shoulder is closer to our brain.

Erin – We worked on our estimation skills with Mrs Heather.  We learned that our guesses have to be reasonable.

Alexander – We have been thinking about our learning and completed our learners statements.

Leo – We were having learners conversations and talking about what we are good at and what we need to work on.

Ciaran – we have been completing our health and well-being check in and today is feel good Friday.

Phoebe – Mr Menzies came into school to read us a story for storytelling week.

We’ve had so much fun this week in P6b

We enjoyed learning about our new topic Scottish independence wars and making a shield for Robert Bruce.We also enjoyed writing a poem about ourselves using similes and metaphors.In maths this week we leaned about percentages and on Thursday Mrs Heather came in and did subitising.

P3’s Weekly Update

Another busy week in P3!  This week we have started to prepare for our class assembly which will be about Friendship and Forgiveness.  This ties in with our Reconciliation preparation.  We have been working hard learning our lines, a song, a prayer and even a rap!  We can’t wait to perform for you all on Friday 15th February.

In Literacy this week, we wrote acrostic poems all about friendship.  These poems didn’t need to rhyme but we had to make sure that each sentence told us something about friendship.

Also, as this week is National Storytelling Week, we had a visit from Mr Menzies who came in to share tales and stories with us.  He was really expressive and funny!

In Numeracy, we have been continuing to learn the 5 and 10 times tables and some of us are getting quicker at recalling these facts without using our fingers.  We are all going to keep practising.

In PE, we are continuing to develop our gymnastic skills and have been practising doing different types of rolls.

In Digital Learning we were learning how to edit a photo and upload it to our class Teams page.  We have also been using a search engine to find the meaning of different scientific words to finish off our topic of freezing and melting.

We look forward to our visit to the library this afternoon and the busy week that lies ahead!

P4b’s fantastic week !

We have had another great week.  Some of our highlights include, working with fractions, learning the ed ending for our spelling and sharing our presentations on ‘Famous Scots’.  Our presentations included some very famous Scots l about James Watt, John Logie Baird, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles Rennie Mackintosh Muriel Johnston, Rob Roy, Rabbie Burns, Andy Murray, Gordon Ramsay, Steven Naismith, Scott Brown and Alexander Graham Bell.

We are all feeling very proud of ourselves as our presentations were really good and lots of technology was used to help us to make them.  Gerard used Sway, Freyja used Glow and lots of us made a powerpoint.

We also got some irn bru and shortbread to celebrate Robert Burns Day. It has been a really enjoyable week.

P4a’s Week

We have had another busy week in P4a. In Maths  we have been doing fractions – halves, quarters and tenths. We learned more about what ‘numerator’ and ‘denominator’ mean.

In Literacy we were doing presentations about famous Scottish people. Miss Doolan says she is very impressed by all of our presenting skills! Our topic work in class this week included learning about Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We then drew our own ‘Mackintosh Roses’.


In gym we were doing volleyball and gymnastics with Mr Muldoon. In gymnastics we were doing jumps from benches eg. pencil jumps, tuck jumps and star jumps.

Our music lesson was fun. We were learning more about beat and rhythms.

Finally for Robert Burns Day we recited our Scottish poems then we got Irn Bru, short bread and cake (because it was also Raqab’s birthday!)

P5a Burns’ celebration

Today P5a and P5b celebrated Burns’ Day by reciting some of his poems and sampling some lovely Scottish fare: Oatcakes (kindly supplied by Mr Quinn) and shortbread. Happy Birthday to the great Bard and wishing everyone a lovely time tonight if they are having a Burns’ Supper.



P6b week and Burns Day

In P6b we have been learning how to divide decimals and we did lots of active games to practise. We have also making posters to encourage everyone to read, using persuasive language.

Our writing this week was to write a poem using onomatopoeia.

On Thursday we did a bird watch outside and on Friday we did a poetry recital for Burns day.

P5 Burns’ celebration

Primary 5B enjoyed a Burns’ celebration today.  We had shortbread and oatcakes.  Kai’s dad very kindly gave us the oatcakes. Thank you! They were delicious!


This week we have researched Robert Burns using our own devices and school i-pads and laptops.  We created a profile of Robert Burns.  We also learned some Scots words. For homework we also learned a few verses of a Burns’ poem or song and recited them to the class. Well done everyone!

Some facts we have learned about Robert Burns.

Ellie -He was very famous for his poetry and songs.

Mirin – He died because of a heart condition.

Paula – He wrote so many poems and songs for example ‘To a mouse’

Szymon – He was born in a farm in Alloway, in Ayrshire.

Christy – He was also called Rabbie Burns.

Max – He originally spelled his name BURNES.

Sam and Leo – He had a wife called Jean Armour.

Marwa – He had 9 children.

Tomasz – He was born on 25th January 1759.

Charlie – His last resting place is in Dumfries.

Max – He died 21st July 1796.

Sam – He was 37 years old when he died.




P2 Weekly update

We have had a busy week learning lots of new things in primary 2.


We have learned all about Rabbie Burns. He was born in Alloway’ – Mara

We designed kilts for Robert Burns’ – Chloe

We have learned new Scot word, aye means yes, fitbaw means football and Auld Reekie is Edinburgh’– Joshua

‘I have learned that the long hand on a clock is the minute hand and the short hand is the hour hand.’- Lena S

‘We talked about our emotions and feelings. We have made a calm spot in the classrooms.’ – Jay

We were playing hopscotch, clapping games, knots and crosses and kick the can. People have been playing these games for a long time and that is what our topic is’– Olivia and Lena P

‘We have been learning ou/ ow words this week’ – Finn

‘We listen to Address tae a Haggis and To a Mouse. These are poems written by Robert Burns.’- Sophie 


Burns Day Supper in Primary 7!

Primary 7 had a lovely Scottish afternoon celebrating Burn’s Day. We had some fantastic poets, some great singing and plenty of eating. The traditional haggis was the most popular compared to vegetarian haggis, scotch bonnet crisps and of course shortbread were amoung a few favourites!




P3 Weekly Update

Wow! What a busy week we’ve had so far.  Let us begin by telling you what we’ve been learning about in Literacy.  As it is Burns Day on Friday we have been looking at Scots language.  We listened to and sang the song ‘Donald where’s yer troosers’, we also sang ‘Heids, shooders, shanks and taes’.  Mrs Dymock read us two different poems called ‘The sair finger’ and ‘Lament to the lost dinner ticket’.  It took us a little while to figure out exactly what they were about.  Some Scottish words we learned were mooth = mouth, taes = toes, lugs = ears, bairn = child and mair = more.  Keeping along our Scottish theme we decided to create our own tartan kilts using 4 colours and different widths of lines.  Here is a photo of some of our creations:

In Numeracy, we have been learning the 5 and 10 times tables.  We have been playing Fizz Buzz, Table Trainer and have been drawing pictures to show what each fact looks like.  We’re trying to get faster at recalling these facts so we’re going to keep on practising.  Here are some photos of us busy learning:


In PE we have been practising gymnastics and have been having competitions where one group is demonstrating different types of jumps and the other group is judging the quality of the jumps.  The judges are looking for well stretched bodies and a good balance.


In Science, we tested different materials to see if they were soluble or insoluble.  We discovered that gravy granules, coffee and salt were all soluble materials whereas paperclips, paper and blu tac are insoluble.


We bet you’re all tired from reading about our busy week and we’ll check in again next week to share more of our learning.


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