Encouraging independence, creative thinking and more

P6 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.

Christmas Jumpers

Well done for wearing your Christmas jumpers on Friday 8th December. Thank you for all of your kind donations for MFR’s Cash for Kids.


Article 12

As part of our learning, we have been exploring Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.”

With our partners we discussed what this right meant. We then shared our opinions with the class.

Each group was given a colour. We wrote down on a graffiti board what the colour made us think of, and our opinion about it.

“We realised that all our opinions were different, and we respected how the colours meant various things to others.”

On the placemats we next wrote down examples of times when we had been given the opportunity to give our opinion on something. We also chose a time when adults had listened to us and taken our views seriously. Some people suggested times when they had chosen moves for gymnastics, while others it was a choice of group book for reading. We then shared our opinions with the group.

We also looked at Article 12 on UNICEF’s Childs Rights Launchpad too. We discussed why decisions are made for us by other people.

“It was important that those decisions are best for us and that it is explained to us why they are taken.”

The class thought parents, other family, doctors, dentists, police officers, adults taking clubs or groups, judges, the council, teachers and the government, make decisions for us.

Here are some comments the children made.

“Although children have an opinion and should be listened to, adults should take care of them by making the right decisions.”

“Everyone has different opinions, we are all diverse.”

“People all have different ideas. We don’t judge people because their ideas are different from ours.”

“I appreciate other people’s ideas because it is good that we can share and respect opinions.”

“It was interesting exploring Article 12. I know more about the articles now.”

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.”

The BBC Blog on their campaign: ‘Everyone’s Welcome’

Primary 6                                                        Everyone’s Welcome

Video and Blog:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/c6ac99df-5ab5-4b16-a02f-4e38c6ae597f  

The children watched the BBC’s video about their campaign “Everyone’s Welcome”.  This is their initial reactions and reflections on the campaign.    

Freya – “The video was talking about difference.”  

Kirsten – “I enjoyed watching the young children saying what was different ignoring what they looked like.  This was the most obvious easy thing that we can see as a viewer.  However, they talked about the differences in their personalities, talents and abilities.”  

Ruby – “The video wanted us to learn about not judging others on their appearance,  This counts for skin colour and physical conditions like being in a wheelchair.”  

Lewis – “The children talked through their differences and this took a long time.”  

Marta – “This is because they did not just comment on physical differences but went further.”  

Fergus – “In the video, there was two boys at the beginning and the end that looked very similar.  They were the same height and both wore glasses.”

Aaron – “The children obviously went to the same school as they had the same uniforms on.  At the end, they talked about strengthens in playing tig.  One was good at catching and the other was good at running away.”   

The class listed the following items:  

FOOD             GAMES                 HOUSE               HOBBIES                   INTEREST

as differences that the children talked about.  Only one pair talked about how they had different hair.    


The children then read the BBC’s blog about their “Everyone’s Welcome” campaign.  This is the children’s thoughts and evaluations on what the goal and purpose of the campaign was.  

Children’s Comments to the BBC

“Thank you for helping big and little people minds grow and helping shaping them to become better by promoting diversity.”  

Georgia:  “I think this was really good and a true post.  You have created a really heart warming message that all people should know.”  

Nimra and Ryan:  “Your blog helped us learn more about the BBC  and the world.”  

Hira:  “I like this blog as you include everyone no matter what.  The main message was for us to learn from the BBC.” 

Josh:  “The way you are developing different programmes about diversity is is very clever way of teaching young children in an enjoyable way.  Well done and thank you.”     

Main Message

Marta:  “I learnt that diversity is not just skin deep.  The message of the blog is to teach everyone that diversity is a good thing and important to the BBC.  They want to represent and respect all groups in their media.”    

Freya:  “There is a programme (or media) for everyone”

Murray:  “The blog is to teach people about diversity and how important it is.  They want to ensure that everyone is treated equally and that everyone is welcome.”  

Matthew:  “The blog is about how the BBC want to teach children about Diversity.”

Aaron:  “The BBC want to include everyone and that is important. “  

Daniel:  “It is important to think of others and their situation and feelings.”  

Emily F:  “Therefore they are trying to teach people to be kind to others.”  

Ruby:  “They are trying to teach us about diversity, including everyone and not leaving anyone left out because of their differences.  

Nyree:  “Everyone has a right to feel welcomed.  It is important to include everyone and not leave others out.”  


Amelia:  “The BBC takes responsibilities for their young audience and how they can teach/influence them.  The BBC are trying to highlight that everyone is unique and we should still be treated equally.”  

Emily M:  “We should not judge others on people’s physical appearance.  The most important thing is the way we act towards others.”          



Leave a comment:  Well done to the BBC for putting out this message.  Now all children and adults know that difference doesn’t matter.  
Main Message:  Everyone is different but that’s what makes them special.  By watching the variety of shows on the BBC  they can understand even better about diversity.  

Thank you for reading our blog.  We love sharing our learning with everyone as we work so hard in school!!!!!

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Today Lorna from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)  Centre at Spey Bay, came in to speak to us about her job. Lorna talked about the different species of whales and dolphins, the dangers to these animals and ways in which we can help with whale and dolphin conservation.

We learned:

  • Dolphins off the coast of Scotland are bigger as they have a layer of blubber to keep them warm.
  • Bottlenose dolphins stay in Scotland all year round.
  • We saw the difference in size between dolphins, whales and porpoises.
  • We looked at pictures of dolphins and sharks and discussed the differences.
  • Using a model, we named the different parts of a dolphin.
  • We learned about a dolphins food chain and how we must protect all the animals in the chain.
  • We learned about the threats to dolphins and whales and ways in which we can protect them.

Afterwards we were able to ask Lorna lots about her job. It was great to hear all about the work done by WDC and we very much thank Lorna for coming.

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 (DYW)

Today we enjoyed a visit from a variety of people who have been working on the Inverness Westlink Bridge. We enjoyed a talk from each of them and then got to ask lots of questions. Questions included:

  • What inspired you?
  • What is your favourite part of your job?
  • Can you tell us all the skills you need for your job?
  • What has been your favourite project you have worked on?
  • How long have you been in your job?
  • Do you use equipment or special clothing?


“I found out that there are computers in tractors including GPS, which helps to drive the tractor.”

“If I got to pick one of the jobs I would pick to be a health and safety officer because I would like to make changes to keep people safe.”

“Today was useful because I learnt all about the different skills you need for different jobs.”

“I liked the engineer because he had some interesting stories about things he has built.”

“Today was really good because it gave us an idea about what jobs in construction are like.”

“I found it surprising that some diggers have computers in them!”

“The new bridge is called Holm Bridge.”

“Their jobs are very important.”

“They are all happy with their jobs.”

“In most jobs you need maths, reading, writing and spelling.”

“Everyone is nervous when they start on their first day.”

“I found out that you had to do paperwork when building the bridge, which surprised me.”

“I enjoyed finding out what people do for a living. It helped me to think about what kind of job I want when I’m older.”

“For all the jobs you can be male or female.”

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thank everyone who came in to speak to us.


As part of our learning about Remembrance, Primary 6 looked at the symbol of poppies. We looked at the work of artists, including Claude Monet, who had included poppies in their paintings.

We then created our own poppy pictures.

“I enjoyed sponging the background before I added the poppies.”

“The poppy paintings were fun to do as we got to design our own poppies by painting them or using craft paper.”

“I liked looking at the different poppy pictures by artists. They were all unique and gave us ideas for our own artwork.”


In class, we have been working hard on our mental maths. We have been using a wide range of resources to help us, including computer games, board games, basic facts cards and playing cards.

This week we have been learning some new games with playing cards.

“I found the game Cartwheels challenging because there were different values of the cards to add up and subtract.”

“Playing the new games was good for your mental maths as you have to be quick when adding or subtracting the number.”

“I was playing the game Quick March. It was fun and helped me work on my number bonds.”

“You have to say the answers really quickly in the card games. It is helping me with addition and subtraction.”

“In our new games, we have to use our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to find the chosen number. We could then cross out that number on our flag. It is really helping me.”