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Mini Scottish theme and Health Week in Hopetoun

Everyone in Hopetoun really enjoyed our Scottish theme. We were very busy dancing and exercising to ceilidh and bagpipe music as well as music by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Proclaimers. At p.e. everyone was involved in tossing the haggis, welly and caber.
We did lots of great art work as well. We made papier mache Highland cows, designed our own tartans, made beautiful thistles, used lollipop sticks to create our Forth bridge, an interesting collage of Scottish wrappers, used plaster of paris to create Scottish hills and used clay to make colourful nessies. As if that wasn’t enough we made a display using symbols to show what our weather was like over four weeks. Most days there were at least two and often three symbols.
You’ll be surprised to hear that out of the twenty days, we had – 19 cold, 5 windy, 6 sunny, 1 rainy, 3 snowy, 5 icy and 8 cloudy.
Of course there was Scottish cooking involved too. We made Scotch broth, Scotch pancakes, tattie scones and oatcakes. Our potato and leek soup and tattie scones were made from potatoes grown in Angus and we used mushrooms from Perth in our mushroom soup.
During health week we were involved in dancing with Ceilidh Kids and met some wonderful animals.


We have been having lots of fun at the Astrogymnastics Studio this term!  We have been balancing on the beams, climbing on the soft blocks, walking across the ladders and stepping across the tactile spots.  There has been lots of jumping on the trampoline too.  Everyone has had a great time exploring the different equipment and using our problem solving skills to work out how to move across the aparatus.  Everyone’s favourite activity though is the inflatable run where we can all jump around and try running across from side to side.  Lots of giggles and lovely interaction with each other as we share space and hold onto one another to help us balance!


The children have all followed the routine well and recognise the end of the session when we get together on the floor and sing ‘Wind the Bobbin’ Up’.  After this we sit in the reception area for our snack and wait for the bus to pick us up.  We use up so much energy every week and are all tired out when we return to Beatlie!

Hello from Hopetoun. This is a very busy term. We’re fast approaching that special time of year when there’s lots of things to make, create and decorate. However, at the moment we’re busy with our groups and theme work. Cooking is popular and we have some very good little chefs. Our theme is Nursery Rhymes. The children have been very busy creating wonderful art and craft including Hopetoun Humpty Dumptys! The children painted egg shapes then stuck on photos of their own eyes and mouths. We drew round their hands and feet and they also got stuck on. Finally they chose material to make their trousers or skirt. The boys made a great job of painting brick walls on our window for our Humptys to sit on. Our wall has a great display of Hey Diddle Diddle and Twinkle Twinkle. We’ve been listening to rhymes, and singing and playing along to rhymes too, and the children have been having fun dressing up as characters from different rhymes.

This term we’ve been having visits from the clown doctors which have been lots of fun. We’ve also started cross school ECO groups. Scarlett has been going to sensory water activities with teacher Jenna. Taylor and Fletcher have been exploring soil, water and bugs! with teacher Linda. Alex has stayed with me and we’ve been planting and cooking.

Eco Adventures

The eco committee is launching a homework challenge related to eco matters. We would like families to be more involved with eco tasks to help us achieve the Green Flag award. The nursery has been busy making an interactive story about the importance of nurturing the environment and bio-diversity.

In the primary they have made an interactive story about recycling. The story is centred on a character called Bob the squirrel who is our eco mascot. The children in the primary voted and choose him from a choice of three soft toys (owl, frog or squirrel). The children in Lomond and Hopetoun decided that he should be named Bob. He will be bringing his suitcase to spend the weekend with the different primary families very soon.

In the secondary the children will be given the challenge of being reporters who will spy on their family with the help of Eco Spy. They will need to catch their family in the act of recycling and take photos with the camera provided. We look forward to hearing how everybody gets on!