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P7 17/18

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P6, P6/7 and P7 Sports Day Fun!

We enjoyed another sunny sports day yesterday! We had a great time taking part in the 80 metres, Bat and Ball race as well as the Obstacle race. The Primary 7’s were also able to take part in the House Relay, which was won by the Ospreys – congratulations! Thank to everyone who came out to cheer us on, we had a fantastic afternoon!

Digital Citizenship.

This year we have been learning all about Digital Responsibility. Any communication we have online leaves a digital footprint.  It is important that young people have the information, power and resilience to thrive online.  This goes beyond online safety although this is key.  We have discussed user’s rights, responsibilities and overcoming cyberbullying.

Firstly we looked at terms and conditions and why SHOULD we read them carefully.  Next we had to describe our rights as young people using social media and the rights of social media companies.  It is vital we understand why we need to be aware of these before and while using social media apps.  Lastly we discussed what we should do if our rights have been violated, developing resilience online and how to raise awareness of our online rights and responsibilities with younger pupils.

Primary 7 – Similarities of Social Media Apps.  

Terms and Conditions.  

  1. You need to be 13 and over to use it.  
  2. They can use your pictures for free.   
  3. You should not send inappropriate messages.
  • Threatening, Nudity, Blackmailing or Violence.  
  • Nasty Messages like swearing, mocking or name calling.  This is cyberbullying.
  • Racist/Sexist or ones who demonstrate discrimination.
  1. They can delete your accounts.  
  2. You should keep your password secretive.    
  3. No pretending to be someone you are not.
  4. They can share personal information.  
  5. You have a digital footprint.

Primary 7 / 6 – Problems with Social Media Apps.

  • They have an age restriction of 13.  
  • They can use your photos without your permission.  
  • They can stop your account.  
  • Snapchat photos delete but it will be stored somewhere.  
  • They share information between companies.  
  • Someone can hack your account.  
  • You can lie about your age meaning that younger users can be using the sites at their own risk.  
  • People can comment on your photos and this can be negative.  
  • Social media apps can lead to cyberbullying and this can have a detrimental effect on users.  
  • People often do not read the terms and conditions of the social media apps.  
  • People can misuse the sites and send inappropriate pictures for other users.  
  • Cyberbullying has become worse due to social media apps.  
  • Negative behaviour can occur such as stalking can be done to find out about you and your information.  
  • Social medias can be addictive and this can affect people health.  
  • You have the right to complain but whether this will be dealt with appropriately or timely is hard to tell.  

Social Media App Poster for Younger Users – Your Rights 

This was a successful, productive and creative problem solving task the children had to complete.  They had to produce a poster to be used with younger classes explaining and outlining their rights (thinking about terms and conditions) of a fake social media app called KIDSCHAT.  The age range was for 7-12 year olds that could send pictures and messages to each other.   Below are some posters we will use with our younger classes.

The children came up with a list of really good alternative to include in their own terms and conditions for KIDSCHAT.  This focused on keeping users safe and teaching them about digital responsibility in a caring nurturing way.

  • All users should have a private account only.
  • There should be time restrictions on using the app.
  • Focus on parental control and communication.  This is key for younger users that parents are involved in all aspects.  
  • Images are not sold or used publicly

Resilience Wheels

We discussed what resilience is and why it is so important in our daily lives.  T

Resilience means overcoming difficulties quickly and positively.  This is a skill we all need to learn. Perseverance is really important as this is about not giving up.  Some common strategies that help with resilience are:

  • Materials/resources eg stabilisers when learning to ride a bike.    
  • Rewards
  • Copying or imitating
  • Getting help from an adult/friend.
  • Practice / Training
  • Having a Growth Mindset – thinking positively.

The children focussed on online resilience and they came up with a list of suggestions to help themselves and others when they were faced with difficulties.

Online Resilience and Strategies


You can try and talk it out with them in person.  

Blocking and Reporting

Logout and Delete your account.    

Calling ChildLine to talk through it.  

Telling someone you trust such as a friend for advice or help.  

Comments are only to be positive, campaign against negative behaviour online and remember to remain calm by not responding/interacting to negative behaviour online. 

Tell an Adult such as a parent or teacher.  

Finally the children imagined they were hired by YouTube to create a 30 second rap all about cyberbullying.  They did an incredible job and I am so very proud of their finished product.  Ask them if they can remember their genius lyrics that I will share with our younger children in school.  I am so proud of our young people and I wish them luck on their path of responsible digital usage in the future.

Miss Penman

They are on their way!

We have recently heard that the bus has left Loch Insh and is en route for Holm. Traffic permitting we are expecting them to arrive between 2.15-2.30.

I am sure we will be welcoming some tired but happy people and the obligatory bag of laundry!

Just in time for tea….

It was great to catch up with P7 this afternoon/evening at Loch Insh and a big bonus was being in time for the big helpings of fabulous food ! There were lots of happy faces to welcome me but lots of tired bodies who have been giving their all to their activities. Just as I left they were getting ready for problem solving, kayaking, canoeing and snowboarding. Fingers crossed for an early night for all.

Mrs Webb

Day 2…..an update.

We have just heard that P7 are continuing to have a great time at Loch Insh, the day has been full of great activities, good company, fantastic food and there are still more activities before bedtime!!!

Fingers crossed for the weather tomorrow everyone.

They have arrived!!

Just to let everyone know that our P7 pupils, staff and volunteers  have arrived safely at Loch Insh and by now will be getting ready for their first activity!

Fingers crossed that the weather stays nice and dry for them.

Mrs Thomson will be updating the message system if any updates come through.

Wooden Windmills


  • I enjoyed making the windmill out of sticks so that I could test what my design would look like

What did we do?

  • We build windmills out of wooden sticks and blue tac


  • We did it to improve our construction skills
  • To plan for our cardboard windmills that would hold our electrical circuits

Why we enjoyed it:

  • It was very fun as we had a limited amount of resources to make them.
  • It was very satisfying to complete the design and it not fall down.


  • It taught us how to use our construction skills.
  • We found that triangles were strongest.
  • Squares worked well to.
  • We needed to be creative.


We could use these skills elsewhere

  • construction business
  • physics
  • any job needing creativity
  • many more

P7 and Drew’s Dilemma

Drew Hendry, MP, came into the P7 classroom to talk about his job and refugees as a result of P7 writing to MSP, MP and the Home Secretary asking to change the law for refugees and their close family.

Under current law, Grandparents and brothers and sisters are not classified as “immediate family”. Therefore, families can be split apart. We strongly feel that they should be classified as immediate family as many of these children are under immense stress as a result of challenging circumstances in their home country. As a result, their emotional well-being may be affected, and they need their family around them at such difficult times.

This visit helped to develop the young Workforce in P7 because it gave the class an insight into the job of an MP, and enabled us to think about whether it is a job we would like to do.

We learnt about why, and how, Drew Hendry could change the law himself, but he told us that he would mention it in Parliament.

Information about his job was very interesting – from the stress to the job, to the great rewards it provides.


  • “It was inspiring and made me realise how hard the job could be”
  • “I thought that it was cool that he came to see us and talk to us”
  • “I enjoyed it because i thought that politics was boring. The visit changed my mind”
  • “It was interesting as it made me realise that I would like that job when I am older”

Interesting facts:

  • When MPs enter the Parliamentary Chamber, they must all face the wall whilst a prayer is said.
  • In Parliament, there are not enough seats for the amount of MPs that are elected. As a result, they must go early to get a seat or face standing throughout the session.
  • When all costs are totalled, it can amount to £10000 per large parliamentary vote.
  • Voting is not electronic. All votes are conducted on paper, and take around 2 hours per vote.
  • Before speaking, MPs must stand and be asked to talk. If they are not chosen, they must sit down again. This continues until they are chosen.
  • Some votes took up to 10 hours in the Chamber. If an MP leaves the Chamber, they may miss their vote so no one went to the toilet!


Drew Hendry was so impressed by the young people of Holm Primary School that he wrote about us in the Courier.

Primary 7 Awards

Well done to these super helpers during Sports Relief Week.  They kept the whole school going in our daily challenges especially on the Friday in the hall.

Huge congratulations to our Primary 7s that won an award at our assembly for their contribution to the Rotary Quiz.  Our school team placed second and third overall.

House Challenge

What an amazing afternoon we had completing our House Challenge.

This term it was the Osprey’s turn to creatively come up with our problem solving activity. They wanted to hold a competition to do with baking.

James:  “We picked baking as we do not normally do this.  We wanted to make the challenge  different and interesting for all the children in the school.  I was surprised at the outcome of the challenge as all teams made an amazing design.”

Lexie:  “It was a lot harder than you may think.  This is because we had to deal with crumbly cakes and runny icing.  However, our team did a trophy which looked fabulous.  We did well to run and organise our team to make a picture perfect design.”

Buzzards were the Best 

The Buzzard’s Captain and Vice Captain allowed each of their members to create their own cakes to show off their individuality.  They then created a giant b to stand for Buzzards.  The Vice Captain went on to explain this was to show the importance of their team.  While the Captain, created a buzzard at the top of the B.  She explained to Mrs Webb this was to show their bird as one but also as a flock.  They wanted to showcase it was all about working together and flocking with each other as a team.  Individuality creates the best teams.

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