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p5/6 18/19

Dance Day Success!!!

Dance Day Success

What an amazing day we all had and raising money for Highland Hospice!! We hope you enjoy the photos, quotes and look out for us in the local paper.  Good luck to Kerry and her journey in Strictly Inverness.  We are so grateful to our school community as you all raised £962.31.  Thank you so much for your continuing support.

“I really enjoyed dance day because we all had fun and we raised money for a good cause” Aimee

“It was really fun and I liked seeing the smiles on other people’s faces” Katienne

“I usually don’t like dancing but the dance day was great fun and I really enjoyed it.”  Primary Seven 

“I liked all the different stations and the flash mobs” Sophie

“I enjoyed taking part in all the different dances” Caitlin

“I was nervous about dancing in front of the whole school and parents but in the end it was amazing and I really enjoyed it.”    Primary Seven 

“I enjoyed all the different styles of dancing.” Primary Two 

“I really enjoyed the dance day especially learning new types of dance.” Primary Five

We had dance stations in the morning.  Thank you to all adults and children for participating in this event.  Special thanks go out to Performers UK, Laura MacLennan and Hollie Simpson – Local Dance Artists for their time and talents.

Dancing with Performers UK

Dancing With Laura 

Dancing with Hollie 

“I enjoyed dancing with Hollie as we learnt lots of dance moves with ribbons.”  Primary Three 

“I enjoyed dancing with the scarves.”  Primary Two

Scottish Dancing with Mrs Nicholson and Mr Henstridge 

“I enjoyed the Scottish dancing because Mr Henstridge made everyone laugh” Shanah-Leigh

“Mr Henstridge’s Scottish Dancing was great fun.”  Primary Five

“I liked the Scottish dancing because it was fun” Ruthie

“I liked the Scottish dancing because it was fun.”  Primary Two

“The Scottish dancing was good fun as we got to dance with a partner a lot.”  Primary Three 

Interactive Dancing 

“I enjoyed the activity where we were doing Just Dance.”  Primary Four 

“I enjoyed the different moves on Go-noodle.”  Primary Two

“I loved doing just dance.”  Primary Seven

“The Frog Dance was the best.”  Primary One

“I enjoyed doing Just dance because it was fun” Robert

African and Smaba Dancing with designing a Costume 

“It was nice to design the African print trousers in one of the class after we learnt about African dancers.”  Primary Three 

“I liked learning all about the Samba.  I did not know the costumes are based on a carnival theme.”  Primary Five


“I enjoyed dancing and doing the Makaton actions.”  Primary Two

“It was nice to teach the Makaton dance to Reach (for the stars).”  Primary Four   Primary Seven

Lunchtime Surprises!! 

We had a flashmob, the newspaper and Bobby the Bee turn up.  What an exciting time.

“The flash dance in the afternoon was great fun.”  Primary Seven

“I loved seeing Bobby the Bee in the playground.”  Primary One

In the afternoon, Bobby came around classes to help sell sunflowers and wristbands for the Highland Hospice. A lady from the Highland Hospice came in to talk to us about the importance of our fundrasing and how Highland Hospice help in our community.  We were shocked to find out how much it costs to run the Hospice daily but were so thankful we raised so much money to help.

Lastly, we were happy to perform our last flashmob at home time to parents.  We loved our day.  Thank you to all the families that helped us be awesome!

Scottish Opera with the Seniors

We had a lovely time watching our older pupils perform with Scottish Opera.  We learned lots of new information and had a great time.

“I liked the costumes the most.”

“I liked the singing and everyone working together.”

“The main characters were super and I hope we get to do something like that when we are older.”

“It was good to see the show.  Everyone was having a good time and knew what they were doing.”


Culloden Battlefield trip

On Thursday P5 and P5/6 were lucky enough to visit Culloden Battlefield as part of our Jacobites topic. We went inside the classroom and were all given a lanyard.  Some of us were asked to dress up as famous people from the time of the Jacobite rebellion. After that, we went outside to see the real battlefield.  We got to see where the soldiers stood and even where some soldiers were buried.  After lunch we were back in the classroom to look at artefacts that would have belonged to the people we had studied earlier in the day. Lastly, we went around the museum.  We saw some of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s personal belongings like his dress sword and waistcoat (it even had his sweat stains on it).

We had an amazing time and are looking forward to sharing more of our experience at our creative café later on this month!

*Fun Fact- Bonnie Prince Charlie’s full name was Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart.

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Working together!

The children from P5 of P5/6 and P7 from P6/7, worked together on a team challenge to design and create a bridge which would hold the weight of a dictionary. They were given limited resources for the task and had to work together and share ideas. What a super morning it was!

Here are some of the comments the children made.

“We were given a certain amount of card, paper art straws, glue and tape to make our bridge with. At the beginning we looked at pictures of different bridges to give us ideas.”

“It is really fun working as a team because you don’t feel like you are on your own.”

“It was a challenge to make a bridge but we all worked together and shared our ideas to make it work.”

“It is enjoyable to work as a team and for everyone to have their role.”

“We found the task challenging as we used up all the materials straight away and we didn’t have any more. As a team we have to plan our design better before we start to build it.”

“I think this morning really helped us to get to know each other more because we had to work together to design and make the bridge.”

“It was a successful morning because we learned from our mistakes and celebrated each success from all the groups.”





Tennis coaching

Over the last 3 weeks Primary 5 and Primary 5/6 have been given the opportunity to receive tennis coaching. We have been learning about racket control, under and over arm passing, volleys and passing over a net.  Here are some photos of our time at tennis so far.  Thanks Lizzy for coming in to help and support our classes!

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Cross country

In preparation for the McRobert cup the Primary 4s and 5s will be doing some trials outside on the field over the next couple of weeks. Please can you make sure that your child is bringing suitable outdoor footwear to run in over the next couple of weeks.

Thank you

Maths curriculum event

What: An event to share practical games to support maths at home.

When: Wednesday 16th January. 6-730pm

Where: Holm Primary School Hall

For who: Everyone

If you can make it: Please return the slip to let us know how many people are coming. If you do not have a slip, simply put a note into school stating how many people are attending.

If you cannot make it: Information will be shared on the blog after the event. If there are any further questions, please get in touch with Mr Ross.

Hope to see you there!

Visit from an author!

We were fortunate in school to have a visit from Barbara Henderson, a local author. Barbara Henderson has written children’s books, and she shared with us in an assembly where she got some of her ideas from. The P6s in the class also took part in a workshop about writing.

Here are some of the comments the class made about the visit.

“Barbara Henderson told us if you are doing writing about your emotions, don’t tell the reader how they feel. Instead describe the emotions instead to make the reader think what they are feeling.”

“We showed how each person in the book was feeling by doing poses.”

“We heard about how Barbara Henderson became an author and how she got the idea for one of her books ‘Fir for Luck’.”

“Barbara Henderson told us about some of the history she had to find out about before she wrote a book.”

“We heard about how books have to be detailed or some people won’t want to read them.”

“I would like to be an author like Barbara Henderson. She was inspirational and I love writing stories.”


P5 Christmas Party

Here are the P5s in our class, getting ready for their Christmas party.