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P5 18/19

Big Dance – Dancemania 2018

My heart couldn’t feel more full!! Absolutely bursting with happiness and just being so proud!!! What an achievement to the girls!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped us on our journey. Mrs Williams, Mrs Webb and Mr Ross – legends.

Eden Court were amazing and special thank you to the Dance Artist Louise  Marshall!!

All the girls were superstars!!!! Thank you to them and their families. I have been so touched by the words of thanks but the girls are the true achievers. It’s moments like this that I love my job and all the children I work with.  I hope the girls will remember this day for what it was – truly awesome!!! More importantly they continue to believe they can achieve whatever they want to and KEEP DANCING !!






French Visitor

This week a lady named Anna came to visit the class.   She is a primary teacher from France. She brought a letter from her class that came in the form of a puzzle.  It explained that she has a class of 24 pupils.  We learnt about her school and she showed us a video tour of her school.

We made leaflets and PowerPoint presentations about our school and Inverness to give to her.

Anna even taught us a lesson about the human body in French. We have loved having you in our class Anna and look forward to hearing from you and your school soon!

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Halloween in P5

As we all know, Wednesday the 31st was Halloween.  P5 decided to celebrate in lots of different ways.  For starters, Miss Campbell decorated the classroom in a spooky way.  Effie and Rosa also helped by taking in an amazing banner from home. Next, we wrote some gruesome descriptions about a haunted house.  In the afternoon we all designed our own pumpkins on paper.  We then used our designs to create our very own ‘satkins’.  Obviously they are satsuma pumkins!

Here are a few photos from our awesome day.


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Wraparound Spelling Information

I have put an edited version of the PPT presentation from the Wraparound Spelling event on the blog. Please find it within the Support for Learning 18/19 blog.

Please read it through and contact me if you have any questions.

Michael Ross

Banksy art

Primary 5 have had lots of fun over the past couple of days learning about Banksy and his street art. We looked at graffiti and debated the idea of it being art or just vandalism.

Today we followed in Banksy’s footstep s and designed our own street art using stencils we made from paper plates. What do you think?

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Book Swap Shop Box

Calling all readers!!!

Primary 5 have decided to create a book swap shop to help improve reading enjoyment in our class.

If you have any finished or unwanted books simply take them in for the book swap shop. Then you can swap it for a different book you think you may enjoy.  After that you can return it and choose another one.  Any and all books will be greatly appreciated.

Please make sure the books are age appropriate.

All genres are welcome.

Family Learning event – thank you

I really enjoyed hosting the Literacy Family Learning event last night and working with you all. Thank everyone who could make it.

I will be putting more information up on the website within the ‘Support for Learning 18/19’ section, including:

  • Presentation used last night
  • Activities that can be used anywhere
  • Sound charts to support spelling

There were some families who could not attend, and selected other dates. Unfortunately, there has not been a high turnout for any of the 3 options, so those workshops will not run. I hope that the information that I put on the website will be supportive. If anyone has any questions, please get in touch with me at the school.

The feedback was positive, and I appreciate the comments and insight into your views. As a result, I will look to run further events throughout the year and will put information out in due course.

Thanks again,

Mike Ross

Family learning event

Literacy Family Learning event:
Wednesday 3rd October. 6-730pm. Holm Primary School hall.

Mr Ross is hosting an event to share the new approach to spelling within the school.

The event will share:

  • Information about the new approach
  • the rationale behind it
  • examples of the activities your children are involved in each day
  • ways to support this at home

All families are welcome to attend, but the event is mainly aimed at families with children ranging from P3 to P7.

There will be another event soon aimed at the children in P1 and P2.

Children are welcome at the meeting.

Hope to see you all there.

Michael Ross


As part of our Rights Respecting school award we are reading a book called, ‘The Creakers’ by Tom Fletcher. We are reading this book because it shows us that it is important to respect other people no matter what they look like.  We understand that being different is an amazing thing because (as Lucy’s Dad would say) ‘it’s the people who are different that make the biggest difference.’

These are our favourite pages in the book so far.

We have been watching a video that Tom made about a song that is based on the book. Please find it below.



STEM workshop

On Thursday morning Mhairi from the STEM hub at UHI came to visit us. She came to tell us about a cool robotic ball known as a ‘sphero’. We were given the challenge to design and create a Roman chariot using limited materials.  Then we had to use a sphero to pull the chariot in a race.

After a test race the groups were given the chance to evaluate their designs and modify them if necessary.

We decided to make our own model chariots back in the classroom. We are really looking forward to showing everyone our own models on Tuesday at our meet the teacher afternoon.