Encouraging independence, creative thinking and more

P1 17/18

We are a Rights Respecrting School Level 1!

On Tuesday 5th December the school had a visit from Jenny Price an assessor from UNICEF.

The purpose of her visit was to assess if the school had made sufficient progress from being awarded their Certificate of Recognition to achieving a Level 1 award.

Mr Henstridge took over the RRS pupil steering group formerly led by Mrs Gibb.

Ms Price interviewed groups of children, parents and staff and looked at the work undertaken in all classes over the session.

We are delighted to announce that Ms Price confirmed that our work met the necessary standard for the level 1 award. Well done and thank you to Mr Henstridge and Mrs Webb for leading on this project and to all in our school community for helping to showcase how rights and diversity flourish in our school.

We are now allowed to display the above logo on any materials linked to the school to promote our success.

Book Bug Week – A Block

We have enjoyed our Book Bug Week.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we got to listen to a new story in a different classroom.

Mrs Wojtunik read – The Nutcracker

Miss Moffat read – The Owl who was afraid of the Dark

Miss Campbell read – Six dinner Sid

We have been learning about each story in our book bug bag.  Mrs Matheson gifted our bags to us on Thursday.

‘I have enjoyed mixing up the classes, I like the story in Primary 2 because it was dinosaur story.’ Darci P1

‘I liked the story ‘Gorilla like vanilla’ because he was next in the queue and he never even knew.’ Cole P1

‘I liked going into P1/2 because some of my friends are there.’ Leo 

I have liked all the books the teacher read, my favourite was the ice cream story.’ Sam P1

‘I liked reading the stories during E.R.I.C.’ Kyen 

‘I enjoyed the book where the gorilla likes ice cream’ because the ice cream was so big.’ Alex P1

‘I liked it when we got to hear all the stories, my favourite was the ice cream story.’ Joel 

‘I enjoyed reading all the books, my favourite book was the vanilla one.’ Jack  


On Thursday Mrs Matheson came to A block on a special mission. She gifted our star of the week pupils with book bug bag boxes.  On Friday we invited parents and carers to come and read the book bug books.  We really enjoyed having them in to help.

We had Elizabeth from the library come in to visit each of our classes.  She read us some stories.

Eden Court Drama

Primary 1 had three sessions of story telling drama with Gordon from Eden court.  We have been learning to act and mime.

‘I liked doing the stories in Drama.’ Leo 

‘I enjoyed making the tress for the story.’ Maya

‘I learned how to make a  new story without a book.’ Ayan

‘It was exciting when we did the trees.’ Logan 

‘I learned about all the stories, I was the goblin in the story, I had to pretend to steal the good kings treasure.’ Kate 

‘It was fun when we did the game at the end, Gordon put the story into the jar.’ Jack 

‘I enjoyed doing the game where we had to make our bodies into different shapes.’ Elli

Sharing our Learning with Primary 4

We discovered that Primary 4 used the same video clip in their writing for Anti bullying week as we did.  We decided to share the stories we had written. We also read some other books together.

‘I enjoyed listening to the story about cats.’ Darci

‘I read my story to my buddy and I listened to Jessica’s story.’ Lucy 

‘I enjoyed sharing my story.’ Sam

‘Jack read his then I read mine. We were in a trio.’ Liam 

‘I liked working with another class.’ Joel

‘I liked the whole story that my sister read to me.’ Rose 

‘I liked reading the ballerina story with my buddy.’ Kaitlyn 

‘I liked it when they come over and we read together.’ Kyen 

‘It was really nice to be able to share our work’ – Lois

‘We helped them read tricky words’ – Sophie

‘It was fun listening to their stories’ – Gabby

‘I enjoyed reading my story to them’ – Dougray


Anti Bullying Week

This week we have been doing lots of learning about anti bullying.  Image result for anti bullying

We talked about what bullying behaviours there are, we came up with a list:

  • hitting/punching/kicking someone
  • name calling
  • whispering
  • not including someone
  • giving dirty looks

We talked about what we can do if this happens to us:

  • tell an adult
  • walk away
  • find new friends
  • ignore it
  • talk about it

We learned a chant called WITS to remind us of what we can do if any bullying behaviours happen to us.

W – walk away

I – ignore

T – talk about

S – seek help

Ask me to perfom the chant to you. 😉

We watched a video and linked our writing to it, here is the link for you to watch too.




Pumpkin Maths

Thank you to all our helpers who came in to support us with our pumpkin maths activity.

We read the story ‘How many seeds in a pumpkin’ by Margaret McNamara.  We had to count all the seeds to see if small, medium or large pumpkins have the most seeds.  We had to decide how best to count them.  We all thought counting in 10’s was the best option.

Mrs Wojtunik decorated the class for Halloween.  She also dressed up as a witch for the Halloween disco.

In the afternoon the parents came.  We all worked hard and did some super team work.  In most cases the smaller the pumpkin the more seeds it had.  The darker the pumpkin means there is more seeds and how many lines around the pumpkin as this is where the seeds grow.

Learning with literacy

This week we have had lots of fun learning through literacy.  On Thursday A block got to take part in a live broadcast with Kes Gray.  He is a famous author who has written books like ‘Oi Frog.’  He read some stories and answered questions about his life.

On Friday the blue reading group were introduced to dictionaries.  They worked really hard in small groups to explore the different words and meanings in their first dictionary challenge.


‘We had to find lots of words in the dictionary.  I found a few like kangaroo and thunder.’  Layla, P2

‘I liked the start of the of the broadcast when Kes Gray talked about being a baby with a moustache!’ Callum G, P2

‘I liked when Kes showed us a picture of himself as a baby.’ Tyler, P1/2

‘My favourite pasrt was when showed us is super power- throwing cookies.’ Evie P1/2

‘I really liked the story he read about the duck with a loud quaaaaaaaaaaack!’ Jack P1



Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 2.

We hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready for a busy fun filled term. 

This week we have been practicing our fine motor skills using lasers.  We each have a laser and we do exercises for our fingers to music.  We came up with some rules to follow when we are using the lasers, ask me to tell you them.

Thank you for all the responses regarding our maths Halloween learning activity – if you stated you could help please come to the reception at 1.15pm on Tuesday 31st of October.

We have had some pumpkins donated already.  We ordered them today from small to large.


We have been busy this week making a poster for the hall, it is going to have lots of learning on it about Elmer.  You will get to see it at Parents evening.