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.
For Road Safety Week, we enjoyed a carousel of activities in C-block involving all P5s, P6s and P7s.
- With Mr. Henstridge we looked at a Road Safety PowerPoint and answered questions all about road safety.
- 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.
- With Mrs Nicholson we enjoyed a range of computer games all in relation to road safety from the Think! website.
- With Mr. Ross we learnt all about the different road crossing including Toucan, Zebra and Subways.
- 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.”
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.
- 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.
In class we learnt all about Remembrance Day and took some time to think about all the people who have been affected by war around the world. As part of our learning we created poppies from tissue paper to replicate the poppies in Flanders Field.
Afterwards we looked at Article 38 which states, “Governments must do everything they can to protect and care for children affected by war. Governments must not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces.”
In class we discussed and came up with a variety of answers for the questions:
1.) What should the government do for children affected by war?
- Someone to talk to about their worries and feelings.
- If they have been injured because of the war, the government should help with the healthcare.
- Children should be sent to safer countries (evacuation).
- Provide them with shelter, food, clean water, blankets and clothes.
- Make sure that they are taken care of after the war.
- Providing some form of education
2.) Why should the governments not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces?
- May not win the war – children may be too frightened and cannot do what is asked of them.
- May not be fully trained or experienced.
- War is something children should not see.
- They can’t send children to war because there is too big a chance they will get hurt.
- They may not listen or understand instructions.
- They are too young to be handling weapons.
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.”
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.
People Equal Poem by James Berry
Primary 6/7 read the poem “People Equal” altogether as a performance. Later they worked in co-operative groups to discuss the message of the poem. Each group did a verse each and this is what they said:
This is about some people being tall and others being small. We think the real message is all about CONFIDENCE.
How much confidence do you you have?
This is about everyone having different voices. We all have different accents. We think the poet wants us to think about the words we say. They can be positive or negative. Which would you rather hear?
The verse is talking about whether someone is brave or whether they are shy. We talked about lots of factors mattering depending on how we feel. It is important to show bravery now and again to challenge ourselves and become a better person.
We thought there are two types of people – you can be strong or you can be insecure. We continued to discuss the difference between being strong and stubborn.
Individuals have different ambitions. We all want to accomplish.
It is important that we have the attitude that anyone can achieve.
There may be different route and journeys to get to that place though.
The last verse brings the theme altogether talking about life in general. We made a list of important qualities that we should all be striving for: Ambitious
The main message of the poem is accepting diversity.
We should celebrate that everyone is different.
We know that everyone should be equal – but are we all treated equally?
Do you think our discussion points were accurate? Did we miss anything out?
In class we have been learning all about our October article of the month. Article 15 says, You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others.
In class we did a variety of activities and tasks to learn all about Article 15:
“As a class we discussed our learning intention and created our success criteria.”
“We then found out what Article 15 was using our child friendly display cards.”
“Then we discussed with our shoulder partner our thoughts on the article and shared this back to the class.”
“Next we did a placemat activity in groups of 4. Independently we wrote down all the different opportunities we have had to be part of a group, such as joining Girl Guides.”
“Afterwards we wrote down all the feelings we felt when joining or being in a group. We then shared this with our group.”
“To finish our learning of Article 15, we went on the Unicef Launchpad to make sure we fully understood the article.”
“We then brainstormed ideas to create a group of our own.”
“Using these ideas, we planned and then wrote a letter to a friend or family member explaining about a group we would like to create.”
“In our letter we had to include the work we have being doing in class, such as creating our class charter.”
“My letter included relevant information on Article 15 as well as the group I would like to create which is a baking group.”
“I wrote my letter to my friend. I enjoyed learning about Article 15 because it was fun learning about the groups we can make without harming anyone.”
“I enjoyed writing the letter about Article 15 because we are sharing what we learnt with others.”
Following on from this, we worked in pairs to create a variety of Article 15 displays such as poems and posters to showcase their learning of the article. These will be on display throughout parents evening and we hope you enjoy looking at all the hard work Primary 6/7 have put into learning about Article 15.
In Primary 6/7 we have been enjoying creating some lovely artwork. We used Bonfire Night as inspiration and created so fantastic firework art.
Firstly we painted some paper dark blue and black to give an nigh-time effect. Using black paper we then created a city skyline, which we stuck to the painted paper. Afterwards we used glue and glitter to create some sparkling fireworks. We’re sure you would agree, we created some pretty spectacular firework art!
In class we have been working hard on our mental maths. We have been using a range of resources to help us including our basic facts cards and playing cards.
For our basic facts cards we have just over a minute to complete the card. We can only get one wrong answer if we are to move onto the next card!
By using the playing cards we can play a variety of games to help us with our addition and subtraction. These are games that we can even teach the adult at home so we can practice at home as well.
Finally, we have been playing Countdown in class to not only help us with our addition and subtraction but also with our problem solving, multiplying and dividing. We are given six numbers and have to add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers to make try to make or get as close to the answer as possible. However, you can only use each number once. Countdown is proving rather tricky but practice makes perfect!