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p6/7 18/19

Loch Insh meeting

As stated in the newsletter, the Loch Insh family information session takes place tomorrow.

The session is for adults. The children will have a similar information session as part of their time in school. If school aged children are accompanying their families, it is asked that they will be in the room next door. It is advised that they bring a book or something else to quietly keep them occupied.

Tuesday – 21.1.19

630 pm – 730 pm

Come in through the reception and head to the portakabin near the back gate. The back gate will NOT be open.

See you tomorrow

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!

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 !!






Drowning in Plastic

Today P6/7 and P7 joined together to gain an understanding of the huge issue of plastic pollution around the world. We watched “Drowning in Plastic”, took detailed notes and then began to present our findings in groups, anyway we felt was appropriate. Some of us have started to make posters, leaflets, poems and even songs.


Here are some of the facts we have learned:

The flesh-footed shearwater bird is the most affected from plastic pollution in the world.

When birds swallow the plastic it prevents them from flying.

Volunteers come to the Lord Howe Islands in Australia for 60 days at a time to help save wildlife.

The volunteers make the chicks sick so that they can remove any plastic from their stomachs.

1,000,000 plastic bottles are sold around the world every minute.


Some of the skills we have developed are communication, listening, note taking, team work, writing, observation, reading, creativity and problem solving.


Other things we have learned are how to stop pollution, saving animals lives, importance of doing our bit for the environment, need for reducing, reusing and recycling.

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

Our Class Charter

This term P6/7 have used their learning from both our Topic (Respect) and Science to support the creation of our Class Charter. P6/7 decided to go for a Solar System/Space theme.  We had so much fun creating this and has lots of great class disucussions about our Rights and Responsibilities.


Loch Insh

Please see the Loch Insh letter below. There were 2 mistakes on the initial letter (sorry!)

  • Please take the slip back to school for Friday 12th October
  • After the deposit, there will be £265.45 remaining, not £250

Loch Insh 1st Letter 2019


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

Dance Star

Congratulations to our very own dance champ! 2 meadls won at last week’s Highland dancing competition.