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P4’s sporty week

This week we have been very active. We’ve been doing our Daily Mile and had Sports Day on Thursday.  We all tried our hardest in the different races and are really proud of our winners:

Sprint race: 1st – Alix/Finlay, 2nd Melissa/Taylor, 3rd Erin/Max S

Sack race: 1st Rebecca/Finlay, 2nd Erin/Josh, 3rd Anna/Luke

Skipping race: 1st Kaitlyn/Finlay, 2nd Alix/Max S, 3rd Chloe/Max W

Egg & spoon: 1st Chloe/Corrin, 2nd Alix/Kian, 3rd Melissa/Callum

We can’t agree which was the hardest race, but it was either the sack race of the egg and spoon race – we either kept falling over or kept dropping the egg!

We’ve enjoyed meeting our new teacher in our new class and now are really looking forward to next year. We know that next year we have got the Inventors Challenge, a Titanic topic and our teacher is going to get married over the summer, so instead of Miss Scales we will be calling her Mrs McElhinney!

Well done to Alix for helping write this week’s blog!

Primary 4 Health Week

This week we had health week, with loads of different activities – we are all exhausted!

Taylor: Health Week was amazing

Corrin: We had lots of fun with the big ropes at Boot Camp

Max W: I had fun with the big plough at Boot Camp

Ellie H: I liked Boot Camp – the tyres were really fun

Ava: I took 117 photographs in one day!

Melissa: I enjoyed Astro gymnastics the most

Evan: I loved Destination Judo

Finlay: I liked the judo because I got to flip Corrin over

Callum: I enjoyed tennis because I liked the keepie-uppies

Nathan: I enjoyed judo

Mia: I liked Astro because we got to do flips and cartwheels

Sam: I liked the football

Luke: I liked the judo because I learned lots of new moves

Thomas: I liked dancing

Josh: I liked the judo because we got to fight and I beat Mr Todd

Aiden: I liked judo because I got to pin Callum

Alix: I liked the dancing because I’m good at hip hop

Rebecca: I liked Dance Ihayami because it was relaxing

Katie: I enjoyed Boot Camp because I found I could flip the tyre on my own

Kieran: I liked Boot Camp because I could flip the tyre

Max S: I liked the ropes in Boot Camp

Charlotte: I liked the triathlon

Erin: I liked Boot Camp because we got to do different things

Kaitlyn: I never knew we could do so many sports in one week

Chloe: I liked Boot Camp because I could hang on the rope for 45 seconds

Anna: I liked the judo because I managed to get a point against Kaitlyn

Ellie: I enjoyed flipping the tyre at Boot Camp

Katya: I liked the street dancing – it was really fun

Kian: I liked the judo because I got to sit on Evan

Mark: I liked the tennis because of the keepie-uppies


As you can see, we had a great time!

Health Week in P2

What a busy week we have had!  Thanks to Mr Todd’s organisation, the teachers, parent helpers and all the sportspeople that came in to work with us, we have had a wonderful time trying out lots of different sports and activities.

We have been discussing what we learned from Health Week.

How it made us successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens:

“I learned how to be safe on all the equipment at Boot Camp. This helps me be successful because you don’t wander off and you concentrate” – Jack R

“We did a lot of exercise. We did gymnastics and dancing. I know I did well because the gymnastics teacher said we were better than the other class” – Reese

“I know I did well because we walked to lots of places and no said “I wish we weren’t walking””  – Amelia

“I know I did well because at tennis, my partner was Amelia and she did the trick and when she threw it I hit it back, back and forwards” – Murren

“I know I did well because in gymnastics I did well on the forward rolls and I didn’t have to get help to roll by myself” – Natasha

“I know I did well because at gymnastics it was the first time I ever jumped backwards on the inflatable trampoline and I didn’t need any help” – Calum

“I know I did well because at the Fairy Walk, me and Aaron and Jack found one of the houses” – Lee

“I know I did well because at tennis me and Lucinda were having fun because Lucinda kept hitting in far away where I couldn’t get it so I hit it very far back and she caught it” – Aaron

“I know I did well at gymnastics because one of the teachers said that I did a good flip” – Tara

“I know I did well at gymnastics because I could balance on the beam” – Anna

“I know I did well at Boot Camp because at the end of the jumping part it was a bit tricky, but I kept trying” – Alistair

Handball in Primary 4

This week we have been getting ready for our handball tournament. Connor, Liam and Robbie from JYHS came along to coach us in different skills: passing, movement and possession. Next week they will be back to work on these with us.

In Maths we’ve been learning to read scales in kilograms and grams and problem solving ready for our PATPAL. It was lovely to see so many parents come in and try to solve some of our work. We have been learning how number lines can improve our number sense and make out working out much quicker.

Miss MacKenzie has joined us this week (Rebecca thinks Miss MacKenzie is nearly as a good a teacher as Mr Todd!) and has been teaching us German – we can now answer the register in German and are looking forward to learning lots more.


Active Schools – Athletics Club @ JYHS

There is a FREE ATHLETICS open afternoon taking place at the James Young H.S on Friday 20th January from 2.00-3.30pm. The club is aimed at P4-P7 pupils and is a fun club focusing on running, jumping and throwing. This will give children the opportunity to try out the sport before committing to joining the club and paying for the block. If you would like any further information and to book your child a space you should contact Kim O’Connor, Active Schools Coordinator on email: kim.o’ or Tel: 07917078448.


The Vikings have landed

Today we rounded off a very busy week with our Viking assembly for our parents to watch. We performed to a packed audience – it was standing room only in the hall.

Everyone was very proud of their performances and we are sure the parents enjoyed it too!

This week we have also enjoyed our Roald Dahl workshops, drama lessons from the Helen O’Grady Drama School, sent a representation to the gymnastics competition, made skeletons of 3D shapes in Maths, finishing off our Christmas Fayre crafts, and learned more about keeping safe on the roads.

We think that we’ll all need an extra lie-in over the weekend now!

Active Schools Gymnastics Competition

Today our gymnastics team attended the Active Schools competition at Craigswood Sports Centre. Many schools from across West Lothian were in attendance and our children really gave a good account of themselves, both in their performance and the way they conducted themselves throughout.

All gymnasts have been working hard on their routines during the afterschool club and at home and their work paid off as they delivered a great performance on the vault and in their floor routines. The judges were all impressed with the standard of our competitors this year, with Sophie in P5 winning a Silver Medal in the Level 2 category – what an achievement!

Well done to all the children who took part today – you did yourselves proud!

Premier League Visit

Believe it or not, we had a group of children standing in the rain at 7:30am on a cold, dark Saturday morning. They were waiting for a bus to take them to the Sunderland Vs Arsenal game in the Premier League.

After several hours on the bus, we arrived at the Stadium of Light and promptly sat down for a picnic. After a visit to the club shop we took our seats for the game. At the end of ninety minutes we had witnessed a true goal-fest, although Mr Todd’s mood, as a Sunderland fan, had taken a hit!

After a few hours on the bus and a quick stop in McDonalds for something to eat, we finally arrived back. What a great day out!