Hello from the all-new P3 class at Bellsquarry Primary School.
We are a brand-new class made up from two sets of last session’s Primary 2 classes. We are really excited to all be in one class and we fit together like a lovely big jigsaw puzzle.
We have been busy this week thinking about what makes a good classmate, friend and teacher as well as working on our Growth Mindset and Class Charter. We are aiming to build a great P3 community and we are looking forward to the year ahead.
This morning the House Captains met with their teams after assembly. They shared some important information about earning points for their House and also launched the Winter Creativity Competition where children in P1-3 can make some winter art and children in P4-7 can create some winter poetry.
The House Captains had also prepared a seasonal quiz to entertain the children and they joined in with gusto (and now everyone is singing Frozen songs again as a result!).
Well done to the House Captains and Vice Captains for a great meeting and thank you to all the children for contributing some great ideas for next term’s events.
As part of our cluster Polli-Nation bid, some of our pupils visited Williamston Primary School to join in the start of the Polli-Nation wild life survey. Although it was a cold and breezy day (which meant most of the insects stayed at home), the children had a lot of fun measuring out survey areas, examining the surroundings and collecting lots of data. In the next few weeks pupils from Williamston will come along to help us with our survey.
On Wednesday the 23rd March, we walked to the church in Polbeth. Some of the members of the church came and met us at school and walked along with us. When we arrived, we met Nanda who is our school chaplain. The church was decorated with a lovely display made by Primary 6. Nanda told us a story about Easter eggs and the chocolate egg she had actually had a proper egg yolk in it…yuk!
Primary 7 read chapters about Easter from the Bible. Primary 4 told us a story about the Easter donkey. Primary 6 read an Easter poem and Primary 5 shared with us some of their ‘egg’ words. We also sang two songs.
Here are some photos from our visit. Happy Easter to all the friends and family of Bellsquarry Primary School.
This week has been a very creative week: we’ve been learning how to play samba and other Brazilian music in our Classic Concerts inputs; some of us took part in the West Lothian Dance Festival (check out the other posts about this); smiled nicely to create a beautiful montage for our class photo shoot; used lots of energy in our tennis sessions; Darren came in to tell us all about the Easter story and the special days that Christians celebrate next week; finished off our mini-topic about Fair Trade; enjoyed going outside for PE in what we hope is the beginning of the good weather; and been using our maths work on coordinates and compass points to help us write an exciting story all about an adventure on Pirate Island.
Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place through online communication. Although the use of technology has changed the way that some of the bullying takes place, the core problem is the same as it has always been – as are many of the solutions.
If the child you care for receives a nasty message, regardless of whether it comes from a known or anonymous source, it is important:
* Not to respond
* To keep a copy of the abusive message – it may be needed for evidence
* To block the user from making further contact through the social media platform or app
* To report the abuse to the platform on which it took place For more advice on how to tackle cyberbullying:
This Friday 12th February, you are invited to the new Bathgate Cinema, St. David’s, George Street, where industry experts will offer practical advice on parental control settings for different devices. There will also be the opportunity to see the first ever big screen-screen showing of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) internet safety films that your children see in school.
This event is free to enter, and open to everyone, so why not invite family and friends along? For more info see
Primary 4 have been looking at their Rights. Throughout the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), we have noticed that Respect recurs time and time again. Therefore, we have looked at Respect – what it means to show respect and how it feels to receive respect. The first part of our assembly is all about Jack and his father and, in particular, Jack’s father demonstrating a lack of respect at his son’s school football match. The second part looks at examples of Respect before homing in on how to show Respect in our school.
Adam and Mya, from Primary 7, recently sent a letter to Aileen Campbell, the Scottish Minister for Children and Young People. As it is the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, Adam and Mya told the Minster what Rights were important to them. They have also asked the Minister what she likes most about the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
For further details of their letter, please click on the link below.