Encouraging independence, creative thinking and more

P5H 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.

P5 Christmas Party

Visit from Highland Council Town Planners

P5 Pupil Voice

I enjoyed thinking of ideas for buildings and facilities to put in the area of land around the new bridge.

I found it interesting finding out what will happen in the future to the land.  It was cool to see what Inverness was like in the past and how it has grown over the last 100 years.

It was interesting helping the planning department decide what to do with the land, I liked designing the maps.

It was nice to have our own say on what parts of Inverness could look like in the future.

I liked designing how the land could be used.  I enjoyed moving the post-it notes to where we felt things could go.

I liked putting houses, shops and fun things to do in the free spaces on the map.

It was fun working with Scott and Douglas; I used my brain to help make our city a good place to live.

It was fun because we got to design what we want to have on our maps of the Ness-side and also of the canal and Torvean.

I liked drawing designs and working in a group to plan what the land could look like.

We got to plan out what the Ness-side and the area around Torvean golf course should look like in the future.

I didn’t know that a town planner was a job.  It was interesting that they decided what buildings and facilities should be in the Ness-side.

I enjoyed learning about what they were doing to the land around Tesco.  P5 were the first people to have the chance to come up with ideas and to design what the land around the bridge on the Torvean Side should look like.

P5 Developing The Young Work Force

Matt – Police Dog Handler

  • Matt planted some fake drugs on the field; he showed us how his dog ‘Whisky’ is trained to look for drugs.
  • Matt’s dog ‘Yogi’ is trained to bite but has never bitten anyone.
  • When ‘Whisky’ finds any drugs he is rewarded with a tennis ball, this is part of his training.
  • Matt has worked in the Police Dog section for his entire career; his dogs live with him at home.

Mrs MacPherson – Community Police Officer

  • I enjoyed listening to the talk from the Police; it has inspired me to work in the Police when I am older.
  • In order to break up a fight you are allowed to use your baton twice but cannot use it if someone is lying on the ground.
  • You need to do two years as a Police Constable before you can go into any other branches.
  • It is against the law to use the Pepper Spray unless on official Police duty.
  • Mrs MacPherson is a community Police Officer who visits schools, hospitals and attends community council meetings.

Cameron’s Barber

  • It was fun to watch Mr Henstridge get his hair cut. The hardest hair cut they have done is the flat top.
  • It doesn’t take long to shave off someone’s hair.
  • For charity Calum once cut his friends hair with a channel down the middle.
  • Their favourite hairstyle to do is the ‘faded’
  • They need to know different styles so that they can do what the customer wants.
  • They need to have steady hands; they also do lots of tricky hair styles.

James Architect

  • That you use some skills you learn in Minecraft for architect design.
  • He has designed a few mansions and his favourite project was the refurbishment of Dalcross Castle.
  • You don’t only do one sketch of a building, for some designs you might have to do up to 100 sketches.
  • You don’t just use a pencil and paper to design, you also design drawings on a computer.
  • James’s son designs big buildings and runs the business in London.

Dan Mason – Operations Manager Inverness Airport

  • I thought it was very interesting to learn about the skills needed to be a pilot. We learned that knowing about weather patterns is important.
  • Inverness Airport was an RAF base during the Second World War.
  • I learned you cannot take water on the plane in case it is a dangerous liquid.
  • There are about 600 people working at Inverness Airport.
  • Last year 31000 planes landed in Inverness Airport.
  • To be an airport operations manager you must be able to handle all weathers. Operation’s people tell pilots where to park, direct the planes, help passengers get on and off the plane and refuel the plane.
  • Toilets on the plane are removed by crew on the ground, collected in a special container which is sucked out by a tube then disposed of safely.
  • I did not know that there are people who give special assistance to those in need.




Developing The Young Work Force – P5

P5 learnt that…………

John Robertson Manager ICTFC and Scott Goalkeeping Coach

  • To be a manager you need to have good communication skills to give players advice and to speak to the press.
  • You need to be good at maths and know about percentages to calculate information about goals.
  • You need to have a variety of skills to be a manager including being helpful, giving advice and taking responsibility.
  • You need good footwork to be a good goalie.

Dave – Leslie’s Hair dresser

  • Dave from Leslie’s has been a hairdresser for over 40 years.
  • Dave wanted to be a hairdresser because his dad was a hairdresser; he owned the shop in partnership with his brother.
  • At the shop they can do lots of styles, cut and colour hair and dip dye hair.

Mr Nixon – Fire Officer

  • The best part of his jobs is when someone’s life has been saved. He wears fire proof clothes and steel toe capped boots when out at a shout.
  • Mr Nixon is in charge of 27 fire stations. You also need to be very fit to do the job.
  • Fire fighters need to be first aid trained in case someone is trapped or hurt.
  • When at a fire you have a limited air supply which can run out if you don’t watch the time.
  • It doesn’t matter whether you are a boy or a girl to be in the fire service.
  • When at a fire you need to be responsible, work as a team, focus and concentrate.

Mark – Monster Bikes

  • Mark brought a mountain bike into the class that cost over £7500, it was very light and made out of carbon fibre.
  • He gets to go around the world to bike shows so he can see all the new products and decide which ones to buy for his shop.
  • His first job was as a paper boy.
  • Mark had a friend who specially designed and made up the name and logo of Monsterbikes.
  • Not every day is a good day when running your own business, some days can be very quiet.

Mary – Broomhill Riding Centre

  • They have over a 100 horses at their stables, the oldest is more than 30 horse years old and that’s 90 years in human life.
  • You need to have a variety of skills to take care of animals including being helpful and being reliable.
  • People with disabilities can ride horses with the help of special equipment for example they sit on wool saddles instead of leather saddles.

Cameron’s Barber

  • It was fun to watch Mr Henstridge get his hair cut. The hardest hair cut they have done is the flat top.
  • It doesn’t take long to shave of someones hair.
  • For charity he once cut his friends hair with a channel down the middle.
  • Their favourite hairstyle to do is the ‘faded’
  • They need to know different styles so that they can do what the customer wants.
  • They need to have steady hands, they also do lots of tricky hair styles.

James – Architect

  • That you use some skills you learn in Minecraft for architect design.
  • He has designed a few mansions and his favourite project was the refurbishment of Dalcross Castle.
  • You don’t only do one sketch of a building some designs you might have to do up to 100 sketches.
  • You don’t just use a pencil and paper to design you all design on a computer.
  • His son design’s big buildings and runs the business in London.

Road Safety Week 2017

For Road Safety Week, we enjoyed a carousel of activities in C-block involving all P5s, P6s and P7s.

  1. With Mr. Henstridge we looked at a Road Safety PowerPoint and answered questions all about road safety.


  1. With Mrs. Chalmers we enjoyed blether stations. This allowed us to share our opinions on current rules of the road such as whether we agree with speed limits around schools.


  1. With Mrs Nicholson we enjoyed a range of computer games all in relation to road safety from the Think! website.


  1. With Mr. Ross we learnt all about the different road crossing including Toucan, Zebra and Subways.


  1. Finally with Miss Allan we created our Road Safety posters. These will will be entered into a completion with winning entries from each class being displayed around our school carpark.

“It’s good to make road safety posters so adults and children know in the carpark have information such as the speed limit and where to park – it makes them more aware.”

“I learnt that a solid white line means no overtaking and a broken white line means it’s okay to overtake.”

“Always look left and right when crossing the road.”

“I am making a road safety poster about looking both ways when crossing.”

“I made a speed limit poster, explaining that school car park speed limit is 5mph.”

“I enjoyed the blether stations because it was nice to talk and share opinions.”

“I liked the computer game where you had to cross when no cars were coming and the game where you got to be a police officer.”

“The fine for drivers when they are caught speeding is on average £100.”

“I learned all the different types of crossing for example the toucan crossing which comes from two-can-cross so bikes and pedestrians can use the same crossing.”

“I liked the blether stations because we could say what we thought about rules of the road.”

“I learned not to be silly on the road because it can hurt others.”

“My favourite activity was creating a road safety poster which helps people to stay safe.”

“I enjoyed being in a mixed group with lots of different classes.”

“Today was really good – it was good because the activities were fun and we were learning all about road safety.”

“I liked the game don’t distract Dad, so it taught me how to behave in the car when mum and dad are driving”

“I learned all about the different crossing which I didn’t know before.”

P5 Developing the Young Workforce

P5 have been learning about the skills needed for different jobs. On Tuesday 21st November we were visited by a mechanic from Ross’ Garage, a vet from Crown Vets, a member of the dolphin and whale conservation society and a worker from the Bank of Scotland. On Thursday 23rd November we were visited by members of Rewarding Dogs – Dog behaviour Specialists and members of Inshes Vets.


  • I found it interesting that all of them have different skills that are the same, they all enjoy their jobs and they wanted to do that job when they were younger.
  • That a dog could swallow a ruler and had to have it removed by the vet.
  • It was great finding out how big the minke whale was when we held a cloth the real life size of the minke whale, it was the size of half the class room.
  • That a dog could eat two bowls of small stones
  • That Ross’ garage fixed one of the Top Gear’s cars.
  • That David from Ross’ garage drove a Ferrari.
  • That every job had maths in it and also lots of jobs need skills we already have.
  • When you work in a bank you need to be good at reading and writing.
  • Most of the jobs needed to use computer skills to find things out.
  • How a dolphin’s body works and the names of the dolphins different fins.
  • Most places of work need a first aid worker.
  • I liked seeing and hearing about the different animals vets have to deal with.
  • I liked learning about what skills are needed to do a dogs check up.
  • I didn’t realise dogs could have so many different bad behaviours.
  • I enjoyed touching the snake.

P5H Trip to Winter Wonderland

Thanks to Dana, who entered and won a competition with MFR, P5H visited Simpsons Garden Centre’s Winter Wonderland. We had a great time meeting the elves, Santa, a talking bear and owl, some Yettis and some real live reindeer. After visiting, we had some lovely mince pies and biscuits and some juice whilst posting our competition sheets through the talking letter box.

We really enjoyed the whole experience. Here is what the children said:

“Santa was pretending to be asleep but we managed to wake him up.”

“I loved seeing the singing Yettis.”

“I enjoyed learning about the real reindeers. I learned that their favourite food is moss from Norway. Some of the food they eat is like rabbit pellets. They live to 15 or 16 years old. They stop growing when they are 6. The most common places to find them are Sweden, Norway and Scotland. They click when they walk so other reindeer can find them. Baby deer are called Fawns.”

“I liked learning about Elf Town, Narnia and the North Pole.”

“At Christmas the talking bear drinks Peppermint Coke.”

“Penguins do not belong in the North Pole.”

“I enjoyed going into Narnia through the magic wardrobe.”

“I like the bear and owl’s riddles.”

Children In Need 2017

We had a great time today raising money for Children In Need!

We wore our Pudsey headbands, enjoyed Pudsey cookies and took part in a variety of games set run by Primary 7. We also had the opportunity to buy Pudsey merchandise including badges and key rings all to add to our fundraising total. Thanks for all your hard work Mrs Nicholson and the Pupil Council!

As a school we were able to raise lots of money for a fantastic cause!

“I enjoyed the different games that we could play.”

“The biscuits were amazing.”

“I enjoyed drawing Pudsey and Blush.”

“I feel proud that I have donated money to help other children.”

“I am happy we raised so much money for Children in Need.”

Developing The Young Workforce

P5 had employees of Wills Brothers who are the main contractors for building the new Ness-side Bridge in to talk about their jobs.  Before they came P5 got together to make a list of the questions that we could ask them.

  • It was interesting because we got to hear from 5 different people and their experiences in their job.
  • I learnt that it doesn’t matter if you are male or female to become a builder or office manger or digger driver.
  • A digger can move at 4/5 miles an hour.
  • You need maths for all the jobs we listened to today.
  • If the digger get stuck when its raining it is hard to pull it out.
  • In every job there are dangers but that’s what the health and safety manager looks after.
  • One of the workers went to more than 30 countries with his job.
  • You need to be good at maths, reading and writing in all the jobs for example for doing reports.
  • Office managers need good organisational skills.