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P2 16/17

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Grandparents’ Afternoon

Wow we are so delighted with the turn out for Grandparents afternoon, we had a great time showing them around and interviewing them.

‘I really liked the Grandparents’ Afternoon because we got to sing our song on the stage to our Grandparents.’ Michael

‘I liked showing my Grandparents my pictures outside of my classroom.’ Nicole

‘I liked the P1/2 and P1’s song from their assembly because it was very good.’ Ethan

‘I enjoyed performing our assembly for all of the Grandparents.’ Amy

‘I liked the afternoon because we got to show our Grandparents the school.’ James C

Grandparent Questionnaire

  1. Most Grandparents were born in a hospital.  One was born at home!  Some couldn’t remember life as a baby.  Two grandparents talked about having no internet and technology when they were babies unlike today.  An interesting fact:  “When I was a baby I had a very big pram.”  
  2. We found out that most grandparents had a party for their birthday like us.  
  3. Clothes were similar to ours but as one grandma said “they would look old fashioned now”.  
  4. Sweets were rare and our grandparents only got these sometimes – once a week was a common response.  There were no fast food places when they were small.  
  5. Our grandparents used to like playing hopscotch, ball games and outside.  We found out that some grandparents lived on a farm.  One grandparent had to do chores on the farm to help.   

In School

  • Grandparents used to learn from a blackboard.
  • There were no computers in school.
  • Most talked about learning reading, writing and maths. One grandparents said it was very “repetitive”.  Someone else said “we were not allowed to talk” while another said “we sat by ourselves in class”.   
  • School was described as stricter when our grandparents went.   
  • Some people got punished at school.  There was detention and some people got hit with a cane or belt.  One of the grandparents remembered being hit with a stick in Primary 2 because they were talking!!  
  • There were very little rewards but one grandparent got a reward for handwriting.  Two others talked about gold stars at school and a sweetie jar.  
  • Most people walked to school.  
  • One grandparent left school when they were 14 years old.
  • One grandparent said they were in school from 9am to 4pm.    
  • Our grandparents used a slate to write with in school.  


  • Grandparents played with the following toys:  Balls and Catapults, footballs, marbles, clockwork trains, dolls, doll house, spinning top, cuddly toys and cars.  
  • They played lots of board games like Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.      
  • Grandparents played games outside such as Kick the Can, rounders, football and Hide and Seek.
  • Our grandparents were only allowed to play after school when there homework was complete.  

Thank you so much for helping us with ALL our questions.  We had so much fun.  



Holm Primary Playground Charter

A few weeks ago the Rights Respecting School Team were discussing how we could improve our school playground. Each representative asked their class for ideas and shared them at our meeting. From this we created common themes and worked with some PSAs to create our charter. The charter has created a shared set of values for our school and playground.

The RRS team decorated designs and the whole school voted. The winner was revealed at the assembly last week.



This was the winning design! The signs have been made and they have been popped up in our school; 1 in the playground and 2 on the field.


Red Nose Day


‘I enjoyed the canteen’s homemade biscuits!’ Kian

‘I liked playing the games in the Lilac Room, like finding the Golden Ball.’ Amber

‘I liked the red nose hunt in the playground. We had to find all ten red noses!’ Seth

‘We gave our money in to pay for things so that the money could go to people who don’t have as much as we do.’ Ryan S

Snow White Performance

On Friday I went to watch the Snow White Performance by Highland Youth Theatre. The show was performed by pupils from Holm Primary and I was most impressed with the confidence and acting skills shown by all. Well done everyone, I loved coming along to watch this. I feel we may have a few stars in the making!

  • “I enjoyed doing the show because it was fun.”
  • “I enjoyed it because it was full of fun.”
  • “I loved seeing all of the dwarfs costumes and being Dopey.”
  • “I loved doing it because you got to wear different outfits. My favourite part was when I had to crack the egg on my head.”
  • “Come and try the shows, it’s really fun, you’ll make new friends and the teacher is brilliant!” 
  • “The reason I liked it was because the teacher is really kind and I would tell other people to go for it because it is fun.”
  • “I liked that I had a pillow attached to my suit because I was Sleepy.”
  • “I enjoyed when I was a dwarf and we came around the audience.”


The Three E’s

A block have been working together all week for The Three E’s – Easter, Energy and Earth Day.

Monday – Easter day

We completed Easter activities and did our Easter egg hunt with the Nursery children.

‘I liked it when I found the 8 clue, I liked it at the end when we were having the chocolate eggs.’

“We were learning about Easter.  We had an Easter egg hunt.  We had to use our rhyming skills and knowledge to complete it.”  

“I liked doing the arts and craft activities.  We made a painted butterfly and we learned that if you paint on one side and fold it over this will make the picture symmetrical.”  

“Miss Giblin played lots of fun French games.  I really liked Corners.  We learned lots of new French words for Easter.”  

“We learned about what we need and do not need.  I liked writing about this and then seeing it on the wall.”  

“I liked thinking about how lucky I was and that we should be grateful at Easter time.”  

“I learned about being thoughtful.  I had to draw pictues of what I could live without.”  

Tuesday – Energy Day

We have been learning about electricity safety, renewable energy and using our energy.  We went outside to do some running and dancing with Miss Penman.

‘It was wonderful doing the dancing with Miss Penman and the classes, the music was fun to dance too.’ Ella

‘I liked the dancing because I liked clapping my hands round and round’ Abbie M

‘I liked all of the dancing because it was fun to copy Miss Penman.’ Daniel

Electricity Hunt

Electricity Quiz – Safety, Batteries and Mains Electricity:

We were lucky enough to work with B Block and play some of their home made electricity games.

Wednesday – Earth Day

Today we learned about the history of Earth Day.  We listened to Michael Jackson’s Earth song.  We all looked great in our blue and green colours.  We did a litter pick to help save the planet.

“The world need us and we need the world.”  

“If we are bad to the world the world will be bad to us.  This is why there are lots of natural disasters such as earthquakes.”

“We need to take care of the world and be good to it.”  

“We can care for our world and protect it by:  picking up litter, recycling, growing plants and looking after the animals.”   


Earth Day Acrostic Poems:

We wish you all a very happy Easter, enjoy your holidays.

Miss Macnaughton, Miss Penman and Miss Giblin

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P4/5 Electricity

P4/5 have been working hard learning all about electricity. To start with we looked at battery and mains electricity.
Next we learned how to stay safe around electricity.
We experimented with different conductors and insulators. “Conductors allow electricity to flow through them.” “Insulators do not let electricity through.”
We looked at electrical circuits. We know that for a circuit to work it must complete a loop.
We made games using all our electricity knowledge and shared them with other classes.

Here are some of the things we learned :
“I learned that if there is no battery the circuit wont work because it is not a full circuit.”

“I learned how to make a game using electricity. We used wires, buzzers, batteries and bulbs.”

“I enjoyed making my game at the end of term and I liked showing it off to the other classes. I liked deciding what our game would be like and experimenting with the equipment.”

“I liked checking to see if circuits worked or not.”

“I liked using Peppa and the energy balls to learn about circuits.”

“I liked guessing to see if circuits worked and then checking them after.”


MacRobert Cup P2/3

Yesterday a team of pupils from Holm Primary took part in the MacRobert Cross Country Cup. Every pupil did really well and represented the school wonderfully. Well done to all involved and thank you to the parent volunteers for the training sessions 🙂 P2/3 and P3 have been enjoying running daily to keep up our fitness and energy levels.

  • “It was really fun because you had to run around a big course and if you came 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th or 6th you won a medal. If your team was 1st,2nd or 3rd you won a medal and our team came 3rd!”
  • “I enjoyed cross country because I had never done it before and I thought it was a good experience, I had fun.”
  • “It was fun.”
  • “I was grateful to all of the people who ran even though I wasn’t there because I was glad they got to take part.”
  • “There were different courses, the little ones did a little course and the big ones did a bigger course.”
  • “The running was hard.”
  • “I like running in the morning because we get some exercise.”
  • “I liked when we went running in the mornings because I like running.”
  • “My favourite part of the day was running in the race. I found it a really good experience.”

Swish Event

Primary 2 thoroughly enjoyed attending the Swish Event in the hall today. They loved exchanging their tokens for other clothes and accessories!

‘I liked the Swish because I really liked the clothes that I got. I really liked the t-shirt that I got with the boats on it!’ Ryan S

‘I liked everything and I really liked the Adidas top and the Messe top as well!’ Kian

‘We made a recycle poster – some people glued pieces of recycling onto a poster and others cut the bits out.’ Amber


We looked at the motto of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ and made up a song! P1 and P1/2 also made up a song!

‘Reduce means that we shouldn’t throw as much away.’ Laurie

‘Reuse is like the Swish because if clothes don’t fit you anymore you can give them away.’ Xane

‘Recycling means when you turn old rubbish into something new!’ Jessica


Generation Science- Day and Night

We were very lucky to have Generation Science come to visit P2 and P3 today to teach us all about Day and Night. It was a super show with lots of great learning.

Here are some reflections from the children:

  • “The Earth takes 24 hours to orbit the sun.”
  • “I learned that in different countries they might have night time, day time or  the afternoon.”
  • “I learned that the moon orbits the Earth and the Earth orbits the sun.” 
  • “The moon takes about a month to go around the Earth.”
  • “When our country is having lunch China is having dinner.”
  • “I enjoyed the part when they stuck the animals on the globe to show what countries they were talking about.”
  • “I enjoyed when Benny opened the suitcases because it showed us animals from the countries.”
  • “I liked when they sang a song because it was a really cool.”
  • “I enjoyed the funny parts because they made me laugh.”
  • “I enjoyed when Benny had a race against us to say if we could say what time of day it was in each of the countries.”
  • “This morning the P2s and P3s went to see Benny and Jack and they were talking about the different times in different countries. They had a giant sun, moon and Earth.”James C  
  • When they told us about Earth, they told us about some different countries, like South Africa, Holland and Australia.”Emma
  • “All of the planets are orbiting around together. They orbit the sun.” Laurie
  • “Benny was getting a torch and she was shining a torch on the Earth and that was meant to be the sun. Jack was spinning the Earth to show day and night in different places.’”Michael
  • “The Earth takes 24 hours to turn on its axis.” Levis
  • “12 months is a year.”
  • “Benny had to meet her friend for lunch in South Africa but she couldn’t get all of her suitcases together.” Chloe
  • “We learned about night and day. When the Earth faces the sun it’s day and when it faces away from the sun it is night time.”Kian
  • “My favourite part was when Molly and Finlay went up to hold the sun. They had to wear protective goggles and special gloves!”Stephanie

P2 Gymnastics with Mrs McKenzie

Primary 2 were very lucky to have Mrs McKenzie for a special gymnastics session today. They learned lots of new skills and throroughly enjoyed using all of the equipment!

Thank you Mrs McKenzie for coming in to work with us!

I learned how to jump and land on my feet and how to do a summersault, I found them tricky and then I got it!’ Kian

‘I liked doing gymnastics with Claire!’ Oscar

‘I learned how to jump off a spring board.’ Levis

‘Mrs McKenzie’s gymnastics lesson was beautiful!’ Daniel

‘I learned how to do do proper stretching and backward summersaults.’ Kamilla

‘I enjoyed learning about how to use the equipment.’ Amy

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