Encouraging independence, creative thinking and more

P7 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.

4 nums (24 Game) – Huge success

Today was a very proud day for all those involved with P7.

The class have been working on improving their maths skills, playing 24 in class and at home. All of this hard work has resulted in improved accuracy and speed with solving problems that include:

  • adding
  • subtracting
  • dividing
  • multiplying

Using http://www.4nums.com/  we worked together to solve problems as a soft start/mental maths activity. After realising that we were getting better and better, some children opted to spend their entire Golden Time working on this.

Whilst taking part in the ‘No Time Limit’ assessed quiz, we submitted our score. When we looked at the overall leaderboard, which encompasses every attempt from the whole world, we found ourselves in 12th place.

12th best attempt. Of all time. In the WHOLE WORLD.

(please see below)

What a tremendous achievement and something that I am so incredibly proud of. Well done everyone.

Next step….top 10….

Keep working on this at home!

Christmas Jumpers…

Thank you to all of the children who came wearing their festive jumpers.

I felt especially….interesting….

A superb present to make everyone happy!

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.”

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.

People Equal Poem

People Equal Poem by James Berry

Primary 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:  

Verse 1

Everyone’s height is different.    

Deeper meaning:  We all have a different growth mindset.  Some people want to learn and shoot up.  Other people don’t challenge themselves and stick with what they know not pushing themselves to develop.  


Verse 2

This verse talks about the difference in people’s voices.  Each person can have a unique tone, pitch or accent.  

Deeper message:  People may act and behave different but they are all equal.  In the world, there are really nice people but some people are sour.  The sour people don’t behave as nice.  

Some people are positive and others are negative.  


Verse 3

Some people want to boost or show off.  

Others don’t feel they fit in.   The message we should take from this is we should have the right attitude.  We should never give up.  


Verse 4

Some people bully others we thought by talking about the hammer.  This can be  physically or verbally.  


Verse 5   

People have different gifts.  Some people will try to reach their potential while others will struggle.  It is important to recognise that some people are better at certain things.  


Verse 6

Some people are confident and want to be the centre of attention where others are shy.    


The poem is reinforcing our knowledge that everyone is different but we are all still human.  This means we should all be equal.   

Important qualities in life that you have to offer is your mindset, attitude, effort and skills.  

It is vital that you learn by making mistakes and taking risks.  You should always use the phrase “I can’t do it YET”.  

Diversity is key in our world.  We all should be allowed to be who we want as long as we are not hurting others.

 This is our rights.  

We all have a right to equality.  

The children appreciated that our world still needs to change.  There is many inequality in the world they were able to describe and link to global goals such as:  

  • Sexism and Racism
  • Poverty and Hunger  
  • Worldwide Education
  • Clean Water
  • Looking after our environment.  

Read the poem here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/11f1G-qDWeLnhKeG_ryyXDZ8pdsmx-w1febg256cgC4E/edit  

Do you think our discussion points were accurate?  Did we miss anything out?  

Miss Penman

Reflections of Harvest Assembly

This morning we had an assembly all about Harvest.  We had a special visit from Reverend Fiona to help us with our learning.  These are some of the many elements we thought were important.  

New Knowledge

  • Harvest happens in September and October.  Farmers are very busy at this time of year with lots of work to do.  
  • We learnt that food just does not come from the supermarket.  Our food comes from many different places all around the world.    
  • We learnt where some fruits grow in the world.  For example, did you know that mangoes do not grow in Scotland?  We found out this is because mangoes can only grow in hot climates.  
  • In our country, we have lots of food.  In other countries, they sometimes do not have enough food.  This is because their water supply is short  
  • This assembly taught us that people in Kenya do not get enough food because of their harsh weather.  
  • We found out that Kenya is on the equator which is very hot.  
  • Kenya can be found on the East of Africa.  
  • In Kenya, many of the populations are farmers.  This is a huge percentage.  This will affect people’s lifestyles in this country    
  • Kenya has huge rainfalls but also has massive droughts.  
  • Huge empty rivers are filled by the water.  
  • However, the rivers can dry up in Kenya.    
  • They are trying to build new sand dams in Kenya to save and trap the water.  
  • The sand dams are to help the farmers store much needed water for their crops.  
  • We have a food bank to help people in need.  They can be find all around the world but we have one in our local area too.  

Skills to Achieve and Practise

Listening:  By listening to others, we find out new knowledge, information about others and about our world.  This will make us a better person.  Ashleigh    

Empathy:  By learning about other groups of people, we can begin to develop an understanding of others that are less fortunate.  Niamh.  By listening to stories, we can learn and try understand what others are going through.  Owen.   

Thinking of Others:  If no-one does this we will not develop compassion as everyone will be selfish –  thinking only of themselves.  Cairn   

Caring towards the Less Fortunate:  There are groups of these people all around the world.  Today we focused on others that may be suffering from hunger.  They have the same rights as us and live in the same world.  Lexie

Gratitude:  Think of others and do not take all we have for granted.  James

Showing Thanks:  It is important to consider where the food has come from and be thankful for the people who worked hard to produce our food.  Kaii.  

Respect:  It is important to respect others and how they help our world   Alasdair.   We should respect our food because we have enough but others do not.    

Giving:  By learning about others and their lives, we should practise donating and giving to others that need this. In this assembly, we learnt about people in Kenya and we were encouraged to share food with the local food bank to help our community.   Giving is a good skill to help others.  There is always something you can do to help.   

Being Kind:  We should be kind to others as some people are not as lucky as others.  Some people do not get the same amount of food.  This is not fair as everyone should get the equal amount.  Jani   

Participation:  In assembly, we are asked to contribute to discussions.  This takes confidence and bravery.  It is important to practise this skill as we are the oldest in the school.  By doing this, we develop our own and others thinking.  Kenneth

Values to Keep and Think About

Respect:  the people that made our food.  Cairn

Gratitude:  think of others and be thankful for what we have,  In this assembly, we were learning about food but this should be applied to all areas of our lives such as clothes and toys.  Ella

Mindfulness:  We should think before, during and after we eat about the people who struggle to find enough food to eat and stay healthy.  Ellie.  

Listening to others:  During assembly, adults and children talk to share their ideas.  It is important to listen so we do not disrespect them as we all have the right to be heard.  Alasdair.  

Taking part in discussions:  By going to assembly, it is important to think about what you learned and to talk about this with others.   This will help you be a better learner as you will get a better understanding of what the main messages are.   

Learning at every opportunity:  We learn new things in assembly.  This assembly was all about Harvest.  The knowledge and skills we get from this may help us with our school work, in high school or later on in a career.    

The changing world:  It is important to understand that our world is constantly changing.  We need to listen carefully to what our world needs to keep it safe from harm.  This includes looking after all life on it.  Endijs

Caring and Sharing:  Before our assembly, we had the opportunity to take in food from home.  This was put on a display and Reverend Fiona told us this would be shared with a local charity to help others in our community.  Eilidh

Helping:  In most situations, we can help others.  We should always think about how we can help others.  It is important to help others in need.  We learnt a way to do this is to donate items we do not or no longer need.  This occasion it was food but you can think of lots more.  Katie

Appreciation:  It is important not to waste food.  We have plenty but others do not.  We need to think of the work and effort that has happened before we even got to eat the food too.  Yasmin.  

Stop and think how lucky we are to help build our appreciation and gratitude.  Rachel.   It made me think about how lucky we are for food but also for water.  Kenya is trying to save their water with sand dams to stop it going back into the sea.  It shows that we need to be resourceful of our water as well as food.   Rowan

Oliver and Sophie

Primary 7 were all given one of the characters:  Oliver or Sophie.  After this, each child had to list favourite toys and outfits along with a favourite  subject at school then a career they may go into when they are older.   There was no help or guidance from adults but discussions and comments were noted down between children:  

A child questioned which child was Sophie and which was Oliver.  One child guessed it was a social experiment and thought Sophie was dressed up as Oliver and vice versa. Although she guessed the gender of the baby right – there was not many differences with the way each question was answered from her peers.  In discussions several children tried to help each other and some common questions were   “What else is a boy’s toy?” and “What other jobs could a girl do?’  

The Results:

Toys Outfits
Oliver Sophie Oliver Sophie
Action Figure












Toy Animals – crocodile and fox




Flying Saucer

Nerf Gun




Building Blocks



Doll house



Milk Bottle



Toy animal

-cow and dog.






Nail Polish


Jack in the Box

Polly Pocket

Go Kart


Rocking horse

Colouring book


Football strip with boots.  









T Shirt   


Mini business suit


Denim Skirt



Flowery top

Fluffy Jacket




Race Car





Tweed hat



Bunny outfit


Subjects Careers
Oliver Sophie Oliver Sophie















Basketball Player





Basketball Player




Fashion Designer


Race Car Driver



Afterwards we had a class discussion about our learning.

Alasdair:  In this experiment, Sophie’s lists are longer.  This means that I think girls have more variety of choice than boys do.  

Andrew:  Girls often have the same options and choices as boys.  They are encouraged to do this.  

Christof:  There is more wider choices of girls clothes than boys.  

Kaii:  Everyone has a right to wear what they want to.  This is only fair.  However, this experiment and society tells our brain something different.  

Alasdair:  We don’t encourage the same attitude for boys.  People would be inclined to judge boys if they used this right.

Kenneth: Judging is putting them into a category and we judge people on how they look.  

Niamh:  I noticed that Oliver toys can be classed as more ‘boyish’ such as nerf gun, action figure and football.  Sophie had more toys that can be seen as both boys and girls toys.  

Ashleigh:  In Oliver’s and Sophie’s Toy Choices there are some mixtures of both gender typical toys.  

Katie:  However, there are more ‘boys’ options for Sophie to pick from but this is not the same for Oliver.  

Kirsty:  Both children have toy animals as a choice.  I noticed that there is a difference of types of animals.  The toys selected for Oliver were more fierce.  The other ones are pets.  

Eilidh: The girls outfits are very similar although they have more choice   This is because they are all similar colours – pink and soft colours.  You often see similar patterns or details whereas boys clothes can be seen to be much plainer.   

Charlotte:  Oliver has maths in his subject choice at school but Sophie does not.  Sophie has writing.  This can be seen as being affected from people’s opinions.  Boys are meant to be better at maths and girls can be seen as more imaginary so would like writing more.  This is another example of more gender stereotyping.  The rest of the subject choices were very similar.  

Emily:  There are double career choices for Sophie than Oliver.  Girls are seen to be able to do the same jobs as boys.  We do not encourage the same for boys,  

Emma:  Oliver jobs can be seen as more to do with rough activity such as the army and manual labour such as builder  

Emily:  I think you need to look closer though.  Many women may have joined the army but are they doing the same role or are there roles gendered too?  Women can often be paid less for doing the same job.  

Ellie:  We develop our ideas from what we see and know about.  We know about male footballers.  They are valued and are famous.  We watch them on TV and they are considered serious sportspeople.  Fireman is another example.  We know about Fireman Sam from a little age, people rarely say firefighter but fireman and this may influence others.   


We learned the importance of difference, diversity and equality for all.  Gender is an important factor in each of our lives.  This is because gender stereotypes are formed very early on in our lives.  We start this from birth.  Rachel.  

We should not be held back because we are a boy or girl.  We understand that media, peer pressure and our society affect the way we think.  Ellie

However, the key to the way we think and feel is to remember that we must stay fair to both boys and girls.  Everyone should be able to play with what they want, wear what they want and be able to undertake any career they want to.  Kaii.  

The way we think is developed from each of these categories – toys, clothes, hobbies and careers.  This leads us to develop a sense of what is seen to be “normal”.  We can use certain language and have expectations of behaviours too from each gender in turn.  

What can you do to develop difference and diversity regardless of people’s gender?  


Our Goals

On our first Monday together the Primary Sevens wrote some letters to their future selves.  They needed to reflect on how they felt being in their last year of school, what they wanted to achieve and what they were most looking forward too.  These are just a few things I can remember from their awesome thoughts.  

Most children felt a mixture of excitement and nervousness.  They are all looking forward to lots of things such as the Loch Insh trip.   

Some things they want to learn more about are ICT, different countries, the fire of London, archeology and more galaxies in space.  Lots of the children want to learn new things and we all agreed it is important to share with peers to become better learners.  

Important items for this year that the children wrote about are…

  • We are a role model for everyone so we must set a good example always.    
  • Being more positive and good to others.
  • Enjoying and appreciating all our activities.
  • Helping everyone if they need it.
  • Listening to others, actively engaged in learning and reaching our potential.
  • We have the most responsibilities in the school.

Some personal goals include:  

  • Getting on the gymnastics team
  • Becoming a house captain
  • Improving in certain subjects such as maths, writing and handwriting.  
  • Speaking out more and sharing
  • Being more confident

Will you enjoy P7 and achieve your targets?

Watch this space!

We can check at the end of the year when we read our letters back.  

Have a great year!

Miss Penman