Our own pumpkin patch! — 2021/22 ~ Primary3/4/5 ~ Miss MacDonald

The Gardening Skills group enjoyed harvesting our pumpkins today! We are so proud of our giant and tiny pumpkins! They are being stored safely until after the holidays! Thanks very much to Loch Ness Pumpkins for donating the seeds!

Our own pumpkin patch! — 2021/22 ~ Primary3/4/5 ~ Miss MacDonald

Celebrating Languages

To celebrate the European Day of Languages https://edl.ecml.at/ P6/7 have been learning an additional language of their choice over the last week and a half. In addition to our French and Gaelic lessons, they have chosen to learn Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Swedish, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Latin and Welsh! Pupils have used Duolingo for 10-15 minutes practise each morning. They all contributed to a new welcome sign for our classroom.

Do you recognise any of the languages on our new “Welcome” sign?

UNCRC Article 30: Children have the right to use their own language, culture and religion – even if these are not shared by most people in the country where they live.

Congratulations to our Prefects

Congratulations to our new P7 Prefects!

2021/22 Glenurquhart Primary News

Over the last few weeks, all staff and P7 children have been voting for our school prefects. These children represent and reflect the school’s vision and values and will be supportive of guiding our school forward.

The prefects for this session have been voted as;

Calum, Maisie, Morven, Dylan and James

Congratulations to them!

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Bikeability Level 1

Last Friday, the P7s enjoyed their first Bikeability session with Mrs McWhirr & Ms Wynne. They had a good check over their bikes and played some balance games.

Please find attached some information for parents, as well as the Bikeability web link.

https://www.cycling.scot/bikeability-scotland

Times Table Revision

P6/7 have been remembering how to use card games to help them to revise their times table facts.

Last Friday they played either “Rapid Recall” or “Split Pack” with a partner.

The instructions for “Spilt Pack” were issued with children’s maths packs.

Maths packs were handed out to all families in session 2017/18. Since then, each year they have then been provided for new families and new P1s coming into the school. If you have misplaced yours or require replacements, please speak with the school. New packs can be purchased for £10.

For more information and more activities to do at home to support numeracy & maths, please visit our Family Learning pages at:

https://sites.google.com/glenurquharthigh.org.uk/familylearninggups2122/maths-and-numeracy

Time with Mrs Laird

Each week Mrs Laird works with each of the classes on an aspect of Health and Wellbeing.

P6/7 work with Mrs Laird each Wednesday morning. So far they have undertaken surveys on their Chrome Books, class discussions and linked art & design activities.

This is an important way for Mrs Laird to gather the views of the pupils throughout our school.

Jammin Fitness

On 30th August P5-7s enjoyed a virtual dance session led by Andy McKechnie and inspired by the sports at the Tokyo Olympics. The workshop encouraged the children to think about growth mindset, positivity and goal-setting, as well as providing an opportunity for Physical Activity!

UNCRC Article 24: Children have the right to the best health care possible, clean water to drink, healthy food and a clean and safe environment to live in. All adults and children should have information about how to stay safe and healthy.

UNCRC Article 31: Every child has the right to rest, relax, play and to take part in cultural and creative activities.

PE: Invasion Games

The focus of PE with Mr McAndrew this term is “Invasion” – Invasion games involve a team having to invade an opponent’s territory by crossing over the half way line in order to score a goal or point.

P6/7 have been developing their rugby skills with Mr McAndrew each Thursday morning.

As the lesson starts at 9am, it would be helpful if pupils could come to school wearing their PE kit underneath their school uniform.

UNCRC Article 24: Children have the right to the best health care possible, clean water to drink, healthy food and a clean and safe environment to live in. All adults and children should have information about how to stay safe and healthy.

Paired Reading Training

Everyone in P6/7 completed paired reading training on the 25th of August, as well as practising how to share/read a picture book to a younger buddy.

Paired reading training was delivered as 4 workshops over 2 weeks. Pupils learned what it is like to learn how to read for the first time, and what makes a great paired reading partner. They really enjoyed role-playing bad examples and then excellent examples of paired reading. To find out more about this approach, please visit: https://highlandliteracy.com/paired-reading-peer-and-adult/

On the 27th of August, P6/7 got to put their training into practise, reading a book to their P1/2 buddies. All the staff were hugely impressed by our P6/7 pupils. They were kind, entertaining and encouraging to the P1/2s.

Well done P6/7s, we are so proud of you all!