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Friday 15th November

Children in Need

Today we were raising money for the children in need charity. Firstly we had a non uniform day. Secondly,we all collected 1p’s and 2p’s which we used to play games in class. We laid all the money on pictures of Pudsey bear. Altogether we had £19.48. We were delighted to have raised so much money. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated money for children in need.

Monday 11th November

We joined our local community at the war memorial today to remember soldiers who had been fighting in wars around the world. Charlotte read a poem she had written herself. We then joined our local community for lunch in the hall.

Friday 1st November

Yesterday we welcomed our parents and siblings to the Kinlochewe Halloween party. We had great fun playing games and bobbing for sweets and apples. A huge thank you to parents for coming and all of their help with our wonderful costumes.

Wednesday 9th October

Today we welcomed parents into school for our maths showcase. Parents learnt how we learn numeracy and some of the games and equipment we use. We also had chance to share our work and profiles, including our patterns from maths week.

Thursday 3rd October

We visited Sheildaig school as part of our maths week. We worked together on activities to learn shape and pattern. These activities included, dancing in circles and symmetrical human pictures.

 

Friday 27th September

Today we went to the Hotel to host a Macmillan coffee morning. We sold cakes, had a raffle and a guess the weight of the cake competition. We raised a fantastic £223.72 for Macmillan.

A huge to Karen and everyone at the hotel for allowing us to host there. Also  a huge thank you to Jenna and the Kinlochewe hotel chef who provided amazing cakes for our raffle and guess the weight. Thanks to parents and community for donations of raffle prizes and finally thank you to everyone who came and supported us.

 

 

Thursday 12th September

We were able to watch and listen the Kakasitsi drummers in Gairloch Primary school. We watched the drummers perform and we joined in with drumming and dancing. The drummers had come all the way from Ghana in Africa.

 

Monday 9th September

Today we were invited to go and visit the team who had come to survey the local bridge. We were able to see how the special machinery worked and learnt about how the bridge was made. We saw the engineers use the special carriage to go under and photograph the bridge to check for any damage.

 

Friday 6th September

Today we held a produce fare to share all our produce from the garden with our parents. We made apple cake, plum cake, apple sauce and plum compote with the fruit from our garden. We also had lots of potatoes, apples and plums fresh from the garden. Thanks to all the parents for the jars and for coming to support us.

 

Monday 2nd September

A busy weekend for our community. On Friday lots of riders came to register for the Bealach cycle race. They were given the chance to buy a lucky square and also to buy homemade produce from the school. An amazing £255 was raised for the school. A huge thank you to Mrs Kennedy and Johnny for organising the event and Miss Fiona for preparing the lucky squares. Also a huge thank you to Lorna and Harris who helped out at the event.

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Also on Saturday it was the GALE Gairloch and district show where all the children entered a picture and Charlotte also entered the photograph competition. Well done to all children on their fantastic entries.

Thursday 29th August

In the spring we planted potatoes in the garden and also our apple tree began to blossom. We are pleased to report that this afternoon we have harvested a fantastic crop of apples, new potatoes and also collected a box of windfall apples.

If you would like to have some then you are welcome to come and collect some after school. We are happy to share our produce with you without charge but any donation to the pupil council would be very much appreciated.

We also have one or  two jars of our blackcurrant jam available.

 

Tuesday 27th August

On Tuesday we had our sessions with Delina from Kodaly and Jamie from YMI who both came to do music with us.

We played games, sang songs and listened to Jamie play the guitar and the ukulele. We had lots of fun learning about rhythm, beat and even types of music notes. We are looking to working with them next week.

 

Friday 23rd August

Welcome back. We have had a busy but enjoyable first week back in school. Thursday saw us on a local learning walk learning about our local environment and the buildings and features around us.

 

 

Wednesday 3rd July

Yesterday we all went to Gairloch for our end of year school trip. First we went on the glass bottom boat in Gairloch. We were amazed at how many jelly fish and star fish we could see through the viewing panels. We also all had the opportunity to steer the boat. A huge thank you to Tim Allen for taking us on his boat.

We then went on to Sands beach were we enjoyed playing with the skipping rope and parachute as well as rock pooling, making sand castles and having a picnic on the beach. We also wrote our name and date in the sand.

Lastly we had fun on the play park.

 

 

Wednesday 3rd July

On Friday we were pleased to welcome Mr Taylor, Jo and Sanfur to our school. They came to visit so we could say Thank you for all their contribution to our Green Flag project. We spent the afternoon outside with the skipping rope and parachute. We also had some fun with the hose pipe! A great way to enjoy the sunshine.

 

Monday 1st July

Today we were delighted to receive a letter direct from Buckingham palace. The letter was a reply to the letters we had written to inform the Queen about our 6th green flag. We were very happy to learn the Queen was very impressed with our achievements and congratulated us on our success.

letter from the queenFriday 28th June

Earlier this week Jayden joined us for some problem solving in the garden. We worked in pairs to make the highest tower we could and see if we could make water travel from the top to the bottom.

 

Friday 28th June

We are delighted to have received our sixth green flag. A huge thank you to everyone in school and the community who helped us to achieve this.

IMGP4757Thursday 20th June

Today we gathered a huge bowl of blackcurrants from our garden and used them to make jam. We then labelled the jars and added lids and bows made from recycled materials.

 

Monday 17th June

Today we discovered our potatoes had shot up again despite only covering them on Friday. We have now covered them once to encourage a greater yield of potatoes. We are also delighted to discover a bumper crop of ripening blackcurrants. We will harvest these later in the week and make jam.

 

Monday 17th June

Today we were joined by parents for a French breakfast to celebrate all the things we have learnt in our french topic and to share with parents our profiles and work we are proud of. The morning began with a presentation from the children, followed by breakfast and then an opportunity for parents to share profiles. A huge thank you to all parents and siblings who came to support us.

 

Thursday 13th June

Yesterday we joined our friends from the ASG for our annual sports day. Jess was part of the winning country, Tanzania, and helped to contribute to their winning score by achieving 1st in wellie throwing, 2nd in long jump and 3rd in sprint and sack race.

Charlotte also contributed to her team by achieving 2nd in wellie throwing, 3rd in potato and spoon and 3rd in sack race.

This year Ella achieved her personal best at sports day by gaining 1st place in shot and 2nd in wellie throwing.

It was Harris first ASG sports day and he managed to achieve third place in three events,  sack race, potato and spoon and running.

Everyone did really well and we are extremely proud of our school.

IMGP4680Tuesday 4th June

Today the nursery and school children visited Gairloch beach to do a litter pick. We were delighted to find very little litter on the beach but did manage to collect some plastic which had been washed up on to the shore line. We also had great fun looking at the starfish and shells on the beach. We then headed off to the GALE centre for lunch and on to Poolewe for our weekly swimming lessons. An active and enjoyable day for everyone involved.

 

Friday 30th May

Today we visited Coulin estate to celebrate the opening of their hydro power station. We met staff who showed us how the turbine worked and Charlotte had the job of pressing the button to restart the turbine. It was a fun morning looking at the turbine and also getting to see the Coulin estate and the animals that live there. A huge thank you to Mrs Kennedy for taking us and to Neil and the staff for showing us around and explaining the turbine.

 

Thursday 30th May

Harris is very proud of how he is getting on with his model of the Eiffel Tower. His next step is to work out how to build the single tower to finish his model. IMGP4617Thursday 30th May

Today was release day for the butterflies from the nursery classroom. The children in school joined nursery to release the butterflies onto the flowerbeds. The children enjoyed seeing the butterflies released into the environment and the the butterflies soon enjoyed our plants in the flowerbed. The butterflies behaved brilliantly and were tame enough to have their picture taken with the children before being released onto the flowerbed. One child  in the nursery said “the butterflies would like the flowers because they like eating the pollen from the flowers.”

 

Wednesday 29th May

Nursery transition.

The children and I enjoyed welcoming Jayden into our class to help him prepare for P1 next year. We had great fun outdoors making life size drawings of ourselves. We each then wrote post it notes to say what makes each of us special. A great way to celebrate diversity and equality. We are all different and we are all special.

 

We have been making the most of the weather today. During numeracy we were looking at measuring length and were using different equipment to measure things in the playground.

 

Tuesday 21st May

The children joined the other children in the ASG for our annual cross country race at Flowerdale house. The children all did well, Harris came 12th place in his first cross country and Charlotte exceeded last years run by seven places. Everyone had a great time and we are very proud of the children’s efforts.

 

Tuesday 14th May

Today we had a visit from Carol from the SNPCA. She talked to us about caring for animals and helped us to make an owl robot. We had great fun programming Ollie the owl to make sounds, move and light up.

 

Tuesday 7th May

Today we visited Beinn Eighe to plant trees with Pete and the Beinn Eighe volunteers. We helped to plant 130 trees in a new area of mixed woodland. We planted Rowan, Birch and Holly trees. We have now seen and helped with each stage of the tree planted process from collected seeds in pine cones to planting trees out on the reserve. A huge thank you to everyone at Beinn Eighe for allowing us to be part of their tree planting program.We all had a great time planting trees and helping to create woodlands of the future. This was not only an enjoyable and worthwhile activity but will also be another towards our 6th green flag.

 

 

Thursday 2nd May

Today we have used our bumper harvest of carrots and leeks from the school veg patch. The school and nursery children worked together to make a healthy vegetable soup which we enjoyed sampling at lunchtime.

 

 

Wednesday 1st May

After a busy afternoon of harvesting and weeding, the Kinlochewe veg patch is all ready to go. So far we have planted potatoes and lettuce. We will be planting more veg next week.IMGP4431Thursday 25th April

Today we had a visit from Fiona, the active schools coordinator. She helped us to understand the importance of being active. We had a SHANARI assembly by Mrs Taylor and then went outside to enjoy the rest of our assembly in the sunshine. We talked about ways to keep active and had a go at doing different challenges.

 

 

Thursday 4th April

Today we have had lots of easter activities going on in school.

This afternoon we were joined by nursery and toddlers who helped us to hunt for clues left by the Easter bunny. The weather was kind to us and we had a lovely time hunting clues in the sunshine, followed by Easter treats that the children had made earlier. Thank you to everyone who came to join us for our Easter fun.

 

 

The children in school worked on producing a carrier for an easter egg. The egg then had to be placed inside the carrier and undergo a series of challenges. All carriers proved to offer high levels of protection for the chocolate eggs.

 

 

The school and nursery children enjoyed preparing chocolate Easter nests to share with their family after the easter egg hunt.

 

 

 

Thursday 14th March

Today the school and nursery children worked together to make comic relief cupcakes. These cakes will be on sale tomorrow break, lunchtime and 3pm to raise funds for comic relief.

 

 

3rd March – MESSAGE FROM MRS TAYLOR 🙂

This week in assembly we continue with our work on wellbeing.

This is a really important part of our Health and Wellbeing Work. Look out in your child’s homework bag / in your email inbox this week for a leaflet explaining a little bit more about wellbeing and SHANARRI, and for a copy of the wellbeing wheel.

A copy of the leaflet can also be found here: CLICK HERE

 

Friday 1st March

Today, during the soup lunch, we organised a freecycle event. Freecycle events mean people donate things that they do not want or need and other people in the community can take them if they would like them. This means unwanted items are recycled and put to good use rather than being thrown away. Therefore reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill sites. All leftover donations will be given to Blytheswood charity. Thank you to Hazel and all the parents who helped organise and run the event and also thank you to everyone who donated items to freecycle.

 

 

Friday 1st March

Today we had a visit from a very special person. His name is Mike Nicholson and he is the author of books like Museum mysteries, Grimm and the Thistle stories.

Not only did Mike share his books and his ideas with us, we also had a visit from Liz Forest who brought in some museum artefacts for us to look at.

Mike also visited the nursery to share his story ‘The giant who snores.’

Each child was able to have a copy of their chosen book signed by Mike.

Thanks to Mike and Liz and also Mrs Kennedy who arranged the visit.

 

 

Wednesday 27th February

We all had a lot of fun with Hazel and Yasmeen when they came in to help us make our own book bags. Being an eco school, we decided that as part of our waste reduction we needed to stop using plastic folders. These fabrics bags are unique to each child, are eco friendly and made from recycled material. A huge thank you to Hazel and Yasmeen for helping us.

 

 

The great battery hunt.

At kinlochewe we are proud of our five green flags and are working towards our 6th. This term we are focusing on minimising our waste. This week the children have been given their own big battery box. Any old batteries can be placed into the box and returned to school. They will then be collected for recycling.

 

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In our school assemblies at the moment we are looking at Human Rights and the Rights of the Child. We have started to understand what SHANARRI is.  Each letter in SHANARRI stands for something different.  S stands for SAFE. Thank you to everyone who helped the children to complete their homework last week. To find out more about SHANARRI and see the videos we are using in school, click here: SHANARRI

Here is a little video clip we watched in school about Human Rights. Human Rights Video Clip

Well Done to Ella who completed her Human Rights homework on her new chromebook 🙂

The children will now work on the Rights of the Child, with the aim of creating a new whole school charter as part of our work on renewing our vision, values and aims.

 

Thursday 24th January

The children of Kinlochewe would like to introduce you to Eco-Amur. We have adopted a Amur Leopard through the World Wildlife fund. We have received lots of information and Eco, (a cuddly amur leopard). Eco will become our eco schools mascot and will join us on our eco adventures.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 24th January

It has been a snowy few days here in Kinlochewe. We have had great fun being out in the snow and worked together to make a HUGE snowman.

 

 

 

 

 

11/01/19

Image result for 2019 clipartMESSAGE FROM MRS TAYLOR.

Welcome back to school and nursery. It has been really nice hearing about the children’s holidays and some of the things they have been busy doing. This week we talked in assembly about our school values and the children helped to plan some of their work in school with these values in mind.

So…..if you have any ideas which will help us with our aim to be ACTIVE, AMBITIOUS and ACHIEVING  we would like to hear from you. Looking forward to hearing your ideas.

 

 

 

 

MESSAGE FROM MRS TAYLOR.

We would all like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope that you have a lovely time. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school and nursery on 7th January 2019.

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Sunshine on clipartsMESSAGE FROM MRS TAYLOR.

WOW!  You were amazing.  I thoroughly enjoyed Alice in Wonderland last night. Congratulations to all of the children involved. You proved that you are confident individuals, effective contributors, successful learners and responsible citizens last night. Great learning, great effort, and great entertainment.  We are all so proud of you all.

Thank you to all the parents who helped to run the night. I hope the village party was a huge success tonight too.

 

 

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Wednesday 5th December

We were very excited today when we received our Christmas tree from SNH. The children have begun decorating the tree with natural based decorations. Over the next few days we will add log slices, dried oranges and popcorn. A huge thank you to Doug and everyone at SNH and also to Hazel for the pine cones and log slices.

IMGP4086Child festival flyerMonday 12th November

We worked with our friends at Sheildaig to produce this lovely picture of Flanders fields. Katie, from Gairloch museum, produced the background and each child hand made the poppies from either tissue paper or card. This art work will not only commemorate the centenary of world war 1 but will also go on to be an exhibit within the museum. A huge thank you to Katie for all her hard work on putting this project together.

poppy picFriday  9th November

Today we joined our friends from Sheildaig on a visit to Fort George. We saw lots of original artefacts and learnt about life during World War 1. We were able to see uniforms and medals worn by the Seaforth Highlanders and to see places of historical importance.

 

 

Thursday 8th November

We were joined today by Katie from the museum who helped us to learn about remembrance and the centenary of World War 1. We looked at artefacts and designed our own medals. We also worked together to create poppies for a piece of art work showing the poppies in Flanders fields.

 

 

 

Friday 2nd November

On Friday the nursery children joined the school children for an afternoon of spooky fun. The children dressed up in their halloween costumes and enjoyed fun and games.

 

 

 

Religious Observance

Schools are required to deliver religious observance whereby the School Minister
may lead an Assembly. Bible readings maybe shared and hymns sung. If you wish to
withdraw your child from religious observance please let your class teacher know and inform the school formally in writing. Thank you.
Open the Book sessions are held every few weeks in school. These sessions are Christian in nature and therefore can be classified as religious observance.

 

ATTENDANCE – TERM TIME HOLIDAYS

Here is a useful document highlighting the importance of good attendance in schools.

https://www.gov.scot/resource/doc/294630/0091104.pdf

Term time holidays. 

When parents are considering whether or not to remove their children from school for a family holiday, they should be aware that such a decision:
 will result in a significant loss in classroom experience;
 will result in a pressure to ‘catch up’ on missed work by pupils;
 could result in pupils missing assessments with consequential impact on pupils and teachers;
 could result in the loss of curricular activities;
 will affect school attendance records and efforts to raise standards of attendance;
 under the guidance issued at a national level, most family holidays will be coded as unauthorised absence, only in exceptional cases will the absence be recorded as authorised.

In conclusion, we would ask parents to be aware of these considerations when making decisions on planning holidays during term time.
If parents decide to make holiday arrangements during school term, this should be confirmed in writing to the Head Teacher.

SEVERE WEATHER TELEPHONE LINE – REMINDER

At times of severe weather please use the Highland Council telephone service to check whether school and nursery are open.

PHONE: 0800 5642272    and use the school’s 6 figure PIN number: 042380

https://www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures

As our class teacher lives some distance from the school and can find it difficult to get in to school during times of severe weather, please ensure that you know that there is someone in the building before leaving your child in the playground. Thank you.

Monday 1st October

Today we visited Beinn Eighe to investigate how rainfall was measured. First we went out towards Torridon to collect the rainwater from the rain gauge. Back at the office we measured the rainfall using a measuring cylinder. There had been 351mm of rainfall during September making it the wettest month this year.

We were shown an experiment using hot and cold water. We saw that hot water rose upwards and cold water went downwards. This is just like hot and cold air in the atmosphere.

Next we went to see the weather station at Beinn Eighe. It was too wet to go right down but this did not matter as this is a fully automatic weather station which sends records direct to the met office.

We then went back to the office and measured the rainfall from the Gairloch side rain gauge.  There was less rain in this gauge, only 310mm. We learnt this was because it is further east than the Torridon gauge.

 

 

Playdough -recipe – great for handwriting development.

This year we are looking to develop attainment in Literacy. At the moment we are promoting the importance of developing fine motor skills.

Top tip this week….. playdough!

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Playing with playdough is great for developing the strength in children’s hands needed when writing. If you encourage children to knead, roll, squash, squeeze, model and fish things out of the playdough, (eg beads and sequins), this will not only be fun but great finger gym too.

Don’t have any playdough? No need to worry – here’s a recipe to help…

 

You will need:

1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
½ cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water with food colouring added
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional but it makes the play dough smell nice!)

Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan, and stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball. Allow to cool, and then knead until smooth.

 

MESSAGE FROM MRS TAYLOR. Image result for sunshine clipart WELL DONE EVERYONE.

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Friday 28th September

Today we held our Macmillan coffee morning at Kinlochewe hotel. We are delighted to report we raised a fantastic £277.20 for Macmillan. A huge thank you to: Karen and the hotel staff for hosting, Hazel for the exquisite cake for the raffle, Jenna for the amazing guess the sweet cake and to everyone who came to share a drink and cake with us.

 

 

Thursday 27th September

Hazel joined us to help us bake in preparation for our Macmillan coffee morning. We used our own produce to make plum cake, apple cake and biscuits sandwiched with our homemade blackcurrant jam.

 

 

Wednesday 26th September

We travelled by mini bus to Gairloch Church to celebrate harvest with our friends from Badcaul and Bualnaluib Primary schools. We had lots of fun hearing stories and taking part in songs and craft activities.

 

 

Tuesday 9th September

On Tuesday we are joined by Lilian from YMI who teaches us traditional Scots songs and poems. IMGP3763

Just a reminder that school and nursery will be closed on 17th and 18th September. These are staff training days. We hope the children have a nice couple of days away from school.

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MESSAGE FROM MRS TAYLOR. Image result for sunshine clipart GROWTH MINDSET

In our school assembly this week we talked about how, with a positive mindset, we can overcome our fears. We learnt about how Adam Peaty overcame his fear of water to become the best British breaststroke swimmer of all time. Quite an inspiration.

To find out more click here. 

 

Wednesday 5th  September

Gardening club were hard at work last night adding sand to the sand pit. Great job – well done.

 

 

Tuesday 4th September.

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Image result for literacy clipartLITERACY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER:

Today we had a visit from Laura McGinlay, Literacy Development Officer. Laura is going to help us this year to develop Literacy across the school. Laura helped to carry out some reading assessments and will come back to school to work with Mrs Mackenzie to start a new spelling programme in school called Wraparound Spelling.  We will keep you up to date on developments.

ASSEMBLIES – This term our school assemblies are all on the theme of New Beginnings.

Below is the Ethos Bee for this term, listing the weekly Ethos Statements from top to bottom.

For the last 2 weeks we have been thinking about what it means to have a Growth Mindset. Last week we read the story ‘The Dot’, and talked about how to approach their work in a positive way. Here is a link to the story if you would like to have a little look.

This week we learnt all about how Olympic champion Adam Peaty overcame his fear of water to become the fastest breaststroke swimmer in the world! Quite an inspiration.

Monday 3rd September

Some of our children helped to run the lucky square competition at the Bealach Na Ba cycle race. A fantastic £330 was raised for our school.

WOW!  Well done everyone. What an achievement.  Mrs Taylor Image result for sunshine clipart

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Wednesday 29th August

The children have made great starts to the term this year. We had great success at the Gairloch show, our produce from the garden came 1st and we also won a 2nd and 3rd award for designing posters to protect sea life. We also manged to win first prize in the adult victoria sponge cake. Felix also won the cup for his plum cake.

Well Done everyone. Great achievements. Mrs Taylor. Image result for sunshine clipart