Welcome back to everyone today. We hope you enjoyed some quiet home time in the first week and the nice, Spring sunshine in the second week. Can you believe it is the final term of this session? We’ve a busy one organised with lots of different experiences planned. With the easing of some of the restrictions we’re also hoping to be able to use Craigmonie Forest and the surrounding areas more also.
I also haven’t forgotten about the Easter egg competition. Due to the difficulties on the last day with children going home to isolate, some classes didn’t get the chance to do their Easter egg decorations. Those that did, be assured, we took photos and these were judged at the end of the term. These classes who didn’t, will do paper decorating competition tomorrow instead and winners will be announced at assembly on Wednesday.
Thank you to all families for their support and understanding yesterday after having our first confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school. We would like to send our best wishes from our school community to the family involved and hope they have a speedy recovery.
I can confirm that the positive case was within the P3/4 class and children within this class were handed a letter when they were collected. All other children within the school have also been asked to isolate as a precautionary measure, as per the guidelines in the letter from Public Health issued by email yesterday. Please refer to this for guidance. Any further updates will be issued by email.
It was in some ways, a nice way to end the term with our Easter egg design competition. Please reassure the children that pictures have been taken of their designs and winners will be decided with prizes presented after the Easter break. The Easter egg prizes are safe in my office!
We used the last of our Scotmid vouchers to purchase the prizes for our Easter Egg decorating competition on Wednesday and some prizes to be used for raffles/competitions for fundraising in the future. A big thank you again to Scotmid for supplying us with these.
For this week and over next term, we have decided to have ‘Focus Fortnights’ where the whole school will follow the same mini-topic themes. Our aim is to be able to regain a whole school feeling with all classes working on the same topic, encompassing different curricular areas and then sharing learning at our weekly assemblies. For next term, our Family Learning will be set from this. Our first Focus Fortnight is ‘Spring and Easter’ and will run for this week and the first week after the break. We hope you have fun with these.
This week we have days leading up to Easter Sunday. We have our egg decorating competition on Wednesday morning (remember your hard boiled egg) and we will have a special guest for our assembly on Wednesday also. This week is also Autism Awareness Week. The Hindu festival of Holi takes place over yesterday and today and Jewish Passover takes place from 27th March – 4th April.
Right of the Week focused on articles 12 (respect for the views of the child) and 13 (freedom of expression) in relation to Participation which is one of the four general principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (Right of the Child page)
Fun activities for outdoors at home related to Spring (Covid page – Interdisciplinary section)
Home challenges related to Easter (Covid page – Interdisciplinary section)
Resources to support Autism Awareness Week (Covid page – Interdisciplinary section)
A video from BBC Bitesize explaining Holi and Passover to the children (Covid page – Interdisciplinary section)
Home learning around the Picture News this week covering this week’s Wonder of the Week around should we keep red telephone boxes? (weekly ideas for home learning)
A new set of activities around the Right of the Week – focused on Article 9 (separation from parents), Article 10 (family reunification) and 11 (abduction and non-return of children) linked with Picture News (Rights of the Child page)
Zoodle – Fer-ocious Felines (weekly ideas for home learning)
Dynamic Earth free weekly activities – rewilding, spotlight Scientists Dr Christopher Jackson, experiments around Chromatography (Interdisciplinary section)
Weekly Gaelic support from Comann nam Pàrant’s – weekly timetable added (Weekly Gaelic resources section)
Weekly links from Twinkl Alba for BBC Alba Gaelic Medium programmes (Weekly Gaelic resources section)
BBC Bitesize has stopped for Easter break.
Please remember these activities are there as extra, optional activities to support home learning.
In our whole school online assembly today, we finished looking at the Resilient Alphabet. Lots of the class have been using music in different ways, even while we can’t sing in school. P1 and Gaelic have been doing movement and clapping patterns, P2/3 have had music playing in class at different times to see how it helps or not, P4-7 have also had Feis Rois input over this term. We also have our new music wall in the playground and instruments available for the children to create their own bands/tunes. Mrs Laird encouraged them to consider making instruments at home or think of the music they enjoy listening to when they are feeling different ways.
We had a glorious first week back for the P4-7 children including all our new children. I know that the outdoor learning and active experiences have been really enjoyed by all.
This week we have World Water Day on Monday, National Day of Reflection to mark the anniversary of the first UK lockdown for Covid and World Meteorological Day on Tuesday, Wear a Hat Day on Friday and Earth Hour on Saturday.
Right of the Week focused on articles 6 (life, survival and development), 12 (respect for the views of the child) and 24 (health and health services) in relation to Earth Hour, 27th March (Right of the Child page)
Fun activities to celebrate World Water Day as well s some information on it (Covid page – Interdisciplinary section)
Make a cloud in a jar for World Meteorological Day (Covid page – Interdisciplinary section) also see the Dynamic Earth events below