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P4 17/18

Technology – Shelters

This week we have been making shelters. First we made shelters using Lego and then we made shelters that had a moving part. We used paper, card, rubber bands, string, plasticine, pipe cleaners, wooden sticks and straws. We all enjoyed the challenge of making a shelter stand up on its own. We even tried to put up an indoor tent but it was tricky!

We also enjoyed celebrating World Book Day. We made a timeline of the events in our favourite book, we thought about how we would advertise our books, we took part in a book swap and we created some art work based on settings.


Cross Country McRobert Cup 2018

Holm Super Stars






Well done to all our Cross Country Teams.

What a fantastic achievement as all of our teams came home with a medal.

P2/3 boys, P4/5 girls and P6/7 girls teams came first.

P2/3 girls, P4/5 boys and P6/7 boys team came second.

A big thank you to Mrs Foxcroft, Mrs MacPherson, Miss McIntosh, and all the other parents who helped out at Bught Park.





Primary 4 – Fairtrade

Primary 4 have been working very hard this week to learn about Fairtrade. We took part in a Fairtrade quiz, worked with a partner to make a poster on the computer and created some fabulous art work using the Fairtrade logo for inspiration. Can you guess which famous Artist inspired us?


Primary Four / Term Three / Gym Classes

Dance and Movement fun with Miss Penman 

We played a game called “Group Shapes”.  Can you spot our shapes we made?

  • I can follow a variety of instructions.
  • I can create a shape using my body.
  • I can work in a team.
  • I can perform in front of others and describe our creative thoughts.

This term in PE, we have been working very hard on movement, gymnastics and games.

We wrote a list of skills we have been working on to make us stronger, fitter and healthier.  

“One of the main skills we have been working on is balancing this term.”  Josh

“I like gymnastics because it helps my body.  I learn new and different moves. I was learning how to travel between moves too.”  Sophie

“I have been working on getting better at my forward rolls.”  Rory C

I like working on my flexibility to do splits and practising different rolls.”  Rhiana.

“I have been working on the skills to help me do a forward roll.”  

“I was working on a hedgehog roll.”  Grace.

“The teddy bear roll is fun.”  

“I am working on the plate roll.  You need to be very straight, slightly tipped up and muscles squeeze together.”    

“I learnt how to do a forward roll on a vault.”  Laria

“I learnt that you can do rolls on the floor but also on the vault or off the vault.  I need to work on my kartwheels.” Katie

“When jumping, you must bend your knees.  I was working on bending my legs more.” Rosa

“I was working on making my jumps bigger and better.”  Aiden and Tyler

“I like jumping onto the horse.  First we aimed for our knees on the horse and then our feet.”  Kyle.

“We practised jumping off different things.  In warm ups we would do star jumps. I need to  practise my turning jumps the most.” Melody

“We have been working on climbing the ropes near the wall bars.”  

“We had to practise climbing the wall bars.”  Andrew.

“I am working on my climbing so I can be better and faster at it.”      

“My biggest area to work on is climbing the ropes.”  Emily

We love playing games in the gym.  Some of these include: tig, cross my ocean and dodgeball.  We discussed games we can play in the playground with our friends.  Some of the popular games are:

Cops and Robbers – The cops try catch the robbers by playing tig.  When caught you go to a designated area which is called the jail.  

Sardines – Everyone hides apart from one person.  They look for the group and when they find one person they look with the seeker to find everyone else.  

Murder Mystery – One person selects the murder.  The Detective needs to find out who they are.  The group flee the scene and then the murder needs to pretend kill the others until the detective can find out it is them.  If the detective gets it wrong they are out. Anyone can tell the detective who the murder is if they are still alive in the game.  

What games do you play at home?  

STEM Wizard Visit!!

WOW we were amazed today!!!  We popped loads balloons clapping for our special visitor!! Thank you so much for coming to our school and sharing some of your magic tricks with us.

Colin:  “There was a water trick that was so good.”  

Cameron:  “The man told us how he changed the colour of the water by using food colouring in the lid.”  

Kaiyan:  “I liked it when Alan made an orange hankie appear and then he magically changed it into an orange ball.”  

Nathan and Tyler:  “I liked it when the man made his face go through the paper from a tiny hole.”  

Evie: “The man made the paper in the envelope change!! He showed us at the end that he does this by sticking two envelopes together.

Lily “I liked it when Alan put the ball in the box.  Next he put over the anti-gravity cloth. Then he magically made the ball float in the air by itself.”  

Lewis:  “I liked it when he used the force to bend the special metal from NASA.”  

Tillie: “I liked it when we did the trick for the numbers.  The magic is that you always land on number 3 that has the message on it because you have to follow the instructions.”  

Abbie:  “At the beginning he showed us cards and we had to shout out the numbers on the cards.  Then he kept changing them. We do not know how he did it.”

Evie:  “Alan did a trick with the ropes.  He showed us all the ropes different sizes and then he made them all the same size.”  

Raffle tickets on sale today

Raffle tickets will be on sale at drop off (840-9am) and pick up (240-3pm) today at the school gate. They will cost £1 per strip. Money generated will be split to support MacMillan Cancer Support and the P7 trip.

The draw, and further ticket sales, will happen at the Quiz tonight in the Hall. The Quiz begins at 6pm and is open to all. Late entries are welcome. Team size set at a maximum of 6.

Prizes include

Tomatin Whisky and glass sets (Weldex)

Storehouse voucher

Golf balls (Weldex)

Red and White wine set (Café 1)

Therapy suite voucher

Afternoon Tea for 2 at Culloden House Hotel

2x PT session with Kevin Campbell PT (£60)

Nairn Dunbar Golf Voucher

1st Pizza Direct Voucher

Urquharts – lunch for 2 with a glass of wine each

Assorted bottles

Carpet vouchers

Thank you!

Primary Four’s Visitors

  • Today, the primary fours were lucky enough to get some visitors.  
  • The visitors were a group of adults who are living with learning difficulties/disabilities.  
  • The group had a message to deliver to the children.  They wanted children to STOP and THINK about bullying behaviours towards others.
  • The group wanted to promote difference and come along to share their individual stories about their own journeys.  
  • The visitors shared their experiences with the children about life at school where bullying behaviours were very common for them.  In fact, we learned that 8 out of 10 people living with learning difficulties were bullied at school.  
  • It taught us an important message of not judging people by guessing what they can and cannot do.  
  • People with learning difficulties have a different kind of brain  Your brain helps the rest of your body to move, speak, see, hear and do everything.  

Below are some of the things that stuck with the children from the session…       

I learned that not all people are born with a disability.  I liked hearing Gordon’s story.  I think he is very brave.  Melody and Josh

We learnt about the visitor’s life when they were at school.  All of them were treated badly because they have learning difficulties.  Rebecca

I learned that it is really important to help others with learning difficulties.  This is because they can not help being different.  Rory H

I learned not to judge anyone if they have a learning difficulty or disability.  They are just like us – different and unique.  Brody.  

That just because you have learning difficulties does not mean you can not do lots of things.  Aidan G

I liked having our guests in today.  I liked listening to the stories.  It was good way to show everyone is different.  Samuel, Harvey and Aiden H

I liked the card game.  This is because we found out more about each other.  Rhiana

During the game we had to predict about people.  We learned that you should not judge a book by its cover.  Laria.  

It doesn’t matter if you are different.  We are all different.  You should not get bullied because you are different then or have a learning disability.  We are all people.  Jessica    

We learnt not to bully people because it will make them sad.  This is not fair.  Ethan and Kyle.  

Today I learned to never bully anyone with learning disabilities.  This is because we are all different and unique in our own ways.  Grace, Tyler and Andrew.  

It doesn’t matter what you look like or talk like.  Everyone is different and should be treated with respect/positivity.  Lois

We should not judge others because it may upset them.  Effie.  

It is important to treat people the way you want to be treated.  Charlie and Rosa  

I liked listening to people’s stories and talking about how they could cope with bullying.  We learned that it is important to ignore comments, try to stop people being bad and people should never give up.  Ailsa.  

We are all different and unique.  No-one should be bullied because they have a learning difficulty.  The visitors came to us to try get others to stop bullying by telling their stories.  Katie.  

It is important not to bully people with learning difficulties.  If you have nothing nice to say do not say anything at all.  Someone living with a learning disability is different because their brain does not work the same.  For example, sending signal to their bodies can be hard or impossible.  Emily

Miss Penman

Gymnastics 2018

We are so proud of our gymnastic team at Holm Primary.  

The children have been creating, working and practising their skills off over the last few weeks.  

We are happy to announce that some medals were won!!  

The Level 2 team won Bronze overall!  

Well done – Aimee, Ashleigh, Eilidh, Emily R, Eve, Emily B, Georgia and Ruby.     

Even better, Emily R received a silver medal too in this team.  

Hurray for Holm Stars!!

A great day for everyone!

Thank you for such a huge achievement for all our gymnasts that went along to support our school and their team.  

“I enjoyed the gymnastics competition because you got to do both volt and a floor routine.”  Ashleigh

“I think this year was very successful for our team.  This is because second level got medals.”  Ella

“I liked the gymnastics yesterday.  It was my first time doing it with Holm Primary school.”  Jani

“I liked doing our own routines because they show off our own skills and abilities.”  Eilidh

“I am very proud of myself and enjoyed being part of our team.” Emily R

“I enjoyed the competition.  It was a big experience for me.  I am already looking forward to doing it again next year.”  Grace   

Miss Penman

Special Delivery!

Look what arrived today! It is official that here at Holm we are a level 1 RRS school.

Onwards we go to the next level!

Well done to all of the team . 😀

Scottish Celebration for Robert Burns

Today the Primary 3s and 4s celebrated Robert Burn’s birthday.  We participated in a range of Scottish activities.  Can you guess what they are?


“We designed our own tartan” Lois

“We were learning that King David lived in Edinburgh Castle” Rory H

“It was fun making the 3D Nessie pictures” Aiden H

“I enjoyed sticking the paper to make my Nessie picture” Rosa

“I enjoyed learning the dashing white sergeant” Melody

“I enjoyed making the Nessie’s because they were very creative and they were all different” Emily

“I enjoyed designing the tartan because you got to make it your own” Effie

The children watched a video with Mrs McHardy.  Then they retold facts they had learned.

Do you know know all these facts?

Scotland Fact file

The United Kingdom is made up of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle is over a thousand years old and was built by King David.

Kilts are made from woollen cloth with a tartan pattern.

The thistle is the national flower of Scotland.

Bagpipes are the national instrument of Scotland.

Scotland is famous for Loch Ness.

Robert Burns was a famous Scottish poet who wrote To a Mouse.

Burn Day is celebrated every year on the 25th January.


Alyssa:  “ We made tartan with Mrs McHardy.  We were learning about Scotland.”  

Ewen:  “ We were learning about Nessie.  We were sharing our thoughts about whether we thought Nessie was really in Loch Ness.”  

Vanessa:  “We were learning about Scotland and that we lived in The UK.”   

Aidan:  “We were doing Highland Dancing.  We watched a video about Robert Burns.  He was a famous poet.  He wrote poems about being a farmer and about how the rich and poor should be equal.”  

Molly “ We learned a poem/prayer that people say at a Robert Burns Supper before the food is eaten.”  

Holly: “We watched a clip and then we had to think whether the Loch Ness monster was real or not.  We shared our thoughts with others.  

James:  We were learning about where places were in the UK.  We made some tartan to remind us this was important to Scotland and our country.”  

Emma:  ”With Mrs Patterson we made a paper Loch Ness monster and we watched a clip when we were finished.  In the video, people were trying to get videos and photos of the Loch Ness monster.  They showed us how they put cameras down in the Loch to see if they could discover it.  

Xane:  “We were dancing to a song.  We had to dance in a group.   There was a bit that was hard where we had to move in and out like a snake.  We learned the very first Scottish step for Highland Dancing is called a ‘pade bae’.  We sang Auld Lang Syne the traditional song sung all over the world at Hogmanay.”