School Blog

26th February 2020:  Fostering Independence at Kinlochewe Primary School. A copy of the letter issued home can be found here.    Fostering Independence at Kinlochewe.

Want to find out more? Here is a useful guide for parents.  Click here.

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24th February 2020:  Developing partnerships. Working together to improve our centre.  Nursery survey results – click here…..Parent Questionnaire Jan results

IMPORTANT NEWS – We have unfortunately had to postpone the Glachbeg Croft school trip on Monday due to the weather forecast and the condition of the ground at the Croft. This trip will be re-scheduled and we will let parents know the new date as soon as we have booked it in.  NEW DATE – 16th March 🙂

 

20th February 2020Active Schools. Extra curricular opportunities.

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Fiona Mackintosh has sent a poster advertising opportunities in our area for the children to take part in after school. Here is a link to see the information. (Active Schools Events Feb 2020). We hope that as many of the children as possible can attend. It is great to have something offered so locally. If ever you are interested in becoming an Active Schools volunteer please contact Fiona Mackintosh (Active Schools Co-ordinator):

fiona.mackintosh@highlifehighland.com  phone 712383 or 07780910952

 

February 2020 – Nursery Survey Results. Partnership Working and Involvement of All in the School Improvement Process. 

You said – we did!  Thank you to everyone for completing the nursery surveys. It is really rewarding to see that many of the things we are doing are appreciated and useful. Equally, the comments for improvement have helped us to make improvements. Great stuff!

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As a result of the comments you made we have already….

1.Revamped and updated the parent noticeboard. You should now be able to find things more easily, including the nursery handbook. Lost your copy? Have a little look in the ‘handbook’ section of this website.

2. We are busy planning more opportunities for the children to meet and play with others. Miss Fiona, Mrs Dacker and Mrs Fraser are working together to plan a series of outdoor learning activities which will enable the children in the nurseries in Shieldaig and Kinlochewe regular opportunities to play and learn together. The first of these will be planned before the Easter break. Miss Fiona also plans to take the children to Gairloch on World Book Day. More to follow…..

Monday February 24th 2020  – SCHOOL TRIP TO GLACHBEG CROFT.  (Learning Pathways)

Monday is the day! Weather permitting we will be on our way to Glachbeg Croft to learn more about food, sustainability and crofting. Please remember to send your child in school uniform, with good shoes / wellies for going around the croft, a waterproof coat, a snack, water bottle and a packed lunch.

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ACTIVE, AMBITIOUS, ACHIEVING – We are going to become a Rights Respecting School.

Find out more here!

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Mrs Kennedy is working with the children on a Friday to help us to complete the paperwork we need to become a Rights Respecting School. The children have completed much of the work already to get the Bronze Award. There may be a survey or two on its way….please help us by completing these. If you have any ideas on how we can get even better we are always on the look out for next steps… THANKS.

February 2020Global Citizenship, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens. Family Engagement.

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This term our school assemblies focus on finding out more about Sustainable Education and the Global Goals. Here are the video clips we have been watching in school. They are really helpful in raising awareness and understanding. Why not take a little look together at home and see if the children can tell you about the Global Goals and what we are doing to make a difference?

February 2020 – Healthy Eating – what to pack in your child’s lunchbox.….. (Supporting Family Engagement).

The children in school are learning all about healthy eating and food. They are really enjoying tasting different fruits and vegetables and learning about where they come from. They are learning about food miles and how to eat in a more sustainable way. When we are at Glachbeg Croft next week we will be learning about what makes a healthy lunchbox.  Here are a few things to point you in the right direction….

Healthy Packed Lunch guidance

The Eatwell Guide 2016

USEFUL GAMES AND WEBSITES TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING AT HOME – Supporting family engagement.  Healthy Eating, Food, Crofting, Food Miles and Sustainability:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=healthy%20eating%20games

https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/

http://archive.foodafactoflife.org.uk/QuickLinks.aspx?contentType=2&PageIndex=5

 

February 2020Developing the Young Workforce in Action!

HELP! We are making a recipe book to support our work in class on food, healthy eating and sustainability. We need a good selection of healthy recipes. The children are going to collate the recipes and make a book to sell in the local community. This is part of their enterprise work. The more healthy recipes the better. Please email recipes to kinlochewe.primary@highland.gov.uk.  Many thanks to some of our partners who have already contributed recipes.

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January – February 2020 – Developing the Young Workforce in Action!

In nursery recently the children have been learning all about people in our local community who help us. They have been learning about their jobs, what they do, and how they help. We have been visited by David Taylor (Community Early Years Practitioner), Elizabeth MacDonald (Health Visitor), local fire fighters and  PC Neil Rathbone   (Police). The children have been playing in the role play hospital, in the role play police station and with the babies in nursery. We believe that it is really important to promote equality, diversity and choice in our nursery. For more information about the importance of gender equality here is a useful link:

Gender Equal Play in Early Learning.

Miss Fiona’s planning wall was highlighted during a recent Early Years Education Support Officer visit as an example of good practice. Well done Fiona!

 

Tuesday 11th February GREAT PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Jenny Grant (Countryside Ranger) came to visit our school today to talk to us about how to prevent Wild Fires. This is an important subject for our local community. We had learnt about the fires in the Amazon Rainforest in assembly a few months ago, and since then the children have been interested in finding out more about wild fires. On 6th March there will be a Wild Fire Awareness Conference in the village hall. Today the children were given a homework task- to make a sign to give to a local landowner to help raise awareness. Please help them at home. A great opportunity for home school learning.

Muirburning on Invercauld Estate, Aberdeenshire. Picture: Steven Rennie Photography

Monday 10th February – School Improvement Update. Family Engagement.

I hope you enjoy reading our SIRP update and finding out what we have been doing in school in our strive to continuously improve and what we need to do next. If you have misplaced a copy of your newsletter we keep spare copies in the newsletter section of this website. Here’s another copy just in case!      Newsletter 10th Feb 2020

 

Monday 27th January    RSPB birdwatch   ECO-SCHOOLS

We carried out our birdwatch yesterday. It was lovely to see so many birds enjoying the food in our garden. The most popular bird was the chaffinch.

 

Wildlife club 2020  – Empowering Children

Charlotte has decided to set up a wildlife club to see what animals visit our garden. The Pupil Council agreed to purchase a wildlife camera and Charlotte will be running the club on a Monday and Friday lunchtimes. Inspired by Catch Me if You Can.  Developing Leadership in our young learners. 

Invasive species workshop – 7th January 2020  GREAT PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Mrs Nelson visited us to explain about the dangers of invasive species in Scotland. We learnt about different invasive species of plants and animals. We did this through activities and games.

 

 

Wednesday 17th December  CONFIDENT INDIVIDUALS

Last night the children and nursery performed Wind in the Willows in the village hall. The show was greatly attended by friends, family and the local community. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to see us, bought raffle tickets and helped us to prepare for the evening by learning lines and painting scenery.  We would also like to thank parent council for organising the raffle and providing/serving the refreshments. The children really appreciated all of the fantastic support received.

Friday 12th December – ECO-SCHOOLS

We have been busy decorating our beautiful Christmas tree which was donated by our friends at SNH. As an eco school we like to keep our tree as natural and plastic free as possible. This year decorations include: dried oranges, pine cones, wooden heart ribbbons and paper angels.IMGP0390.JPGThursday 12th December – THANK YOU 🙂

Today we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner cooked for us by Kate. The staff and nursery joined us as we enjoyed a roast turkey dinner and lemon cheesecake with bananas and toffee sauce for dessert. A huge thank you to Kate for preparing such a yummy feast.

Thursday 5th December – Partnership Working.

Today the parents came to help us with our scenery for our Christmas play, Wind in the Willows. We built a train, a car, a gypsy caravan, a boat and Toad Hall as well as preparing the background for the stage. A huge thank you to everyone who came to help.

Wednesday 4th December 2019WORKING TOGETHER – TEAMWORK.

(Looking inwards, Looking outwards, Looking forwards…)

Today Charlotte and Mrs Mackenzie visited Sheildaig Primary School to demonstrate Wraparound Spelling, to see some of their active learning games and to spend time with peers. Big thank you to Miss Boger and Mrs McCartney for having us.

Friday 15th November 2019

Children in Need – Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens

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 NovemberCommunity. Effective Contributors. Responsible Citizens.

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 2019 – Partnerships, Community and ….fun!

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 2019Family Engagement. Partnership Working. 

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 a chance to share our work and profiles, including our patterns from maths week – part of our school improvement work. It was great to see every family represented. Thank you very much for coming along and for completing our surveys. HUGE THANKS TO MRS MACKENZIE ALSO 🙂

Thursday 3rd October 2019Learning Together. School Improvement Work – Moderation and Profiling. 

“We visited Sheildaig Primary 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”.

This was part of a week of activities planned together by teachers across our tri-cluster.  Key Assessment Tasks were planned by teachers collaboratively and moderated within the group.  The assessments were also moderated to develop a shared understanding of what it looks like to achieve a level.  Great collaborative learning. 

 

Friday 27th September 2019Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens

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 2019- Global citizenship and cluster group working. 

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 2019 – Developing the Young Workforce. Learning – Real Life Contexts. 

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 2019

On Tuesday we had our sessions with Dolina 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.

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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.

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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

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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.