Education City and Active Learn

The school is closed today (Tuesday 16th January 2018.)

Just a reminder that P6/7 should have their login details for Education City and Active Learn in the front of their homework jotters.  They have new activities assigned for ‘Classwork’ in Education City, and new games to play on Active Learn.  Several, though not all, are tablet-friendly.

If anyone is at a loose end today, feel free to login and have a go!


Icy experiments

On Thursday, we tried to “grow ice” but we couldn’t get it to work.  It might be because of an error in the method or the equipment that we used, so we are going to have another go next week.

Today we investigated how the air temperature affects the melting rate of ice.  We placed the same amount of ice in 5 locations and then checked on them every 20 minutes or so.  Miss Mullin took a photo after 3 hours.


As predicted the ice cubes in the staffroom melted fastest, followed by the ice in our classroom, then the hall cupboard, then a picnic table, then the P7 garden.  It really is a chilly spot in the winter!  Brr!

First Aid

Yesterday morning we received First Aid training from Kirsty, who works for the British Red Cross.  She taught us what to do in lots of different first aid situations, including how to check if someone is breathing, how to put someone in the safety position, and how to give CPR.

CPR was really hard work!  We learned that you need to get into a good position and keep your arms straight.  You have to keep going until an ambulance person tells you to stop.  We sang “Staying Alive” to keep us at the right speed.  Kirsty explained that you don’t need to give people “rescue breaths” anymore, unless you are giving CPR to a child or baby.

The British Red Cross website for First Aid training for children can be found here

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow them @BritishRedCross

Use the hashtag #learnfirstaid


Karate Taster Session

Yesterday morning each class was given a taster session of Karate from Dolina Ross of Karate Alba.  We learned about the different styles of karate and had a go at some basic moves after warming up!  Karate is about speed as well as power, but it also helps to improve balance.

Dolina is offering a class for our pupils, in the primary school hall, on Fridays from 12.10 – 13.10.  Letters will go out next week.  We hope lots of pupils will come along and give it a go!

If there are any parents or older brothers and sisters interested, details of Dolina’s continuing classes at the Craigmonie Centre are below:

Glenurquhart Karate Club – Karate for Adults and Teenagers


  Fridays : 6.30pm to 7.30pm  (Seniors / Adults)

The Craigmonie Centre (GUHS)

For further information: contact
Dolina Ross: 01463 233083
4th Dan Black Belt with over 30 years experience. 12 years Scottish Champion and 4 years British Champion in team & individual events

How mindset affects learning

On Tuesday (9th January) we were visited by Scott and Jen from “Live-n-Learn.”  In the morning, Scott presented an assembly to the whole school which explained how having a “Growth Mindset” can help learners to be more successful and achieve much more than people who have a “Fixed Mindset” about their abilities.

In the afternoon, Scott and Jen led workshops for P4, P5, P6 and P7.  We listened to another short powerpoint, did some electronic voting, and then had four problems to solve in small teams.  They were challenging problems, but working together, talking them through, and trying out different strategies really helped.  We finished off the session with a special version of Monopoly.

P6 workshop:


P7 workshop:


Ask us to tell you about one of the problems that we solved together!

The Live-n-Learn website can be found here.

Hot Water Experiments

We conducted four experiments outside this week.  All of them gave us the chance to apply our measuring skills.

On Tuesday we compared how quickly hot water cooled down in different types of cups.

On Wednesday we tried again with home made cup insulation – bubble wrap with a lid was the best.  Do you know why?  Try to leave an explanation in the comments below.

Bonne année!

Happy New Year!

Queen Poppy dated

On Monday when we learned about how the French celebrate Epiphany: La fête des rois.

Epiphany is also known as “Twelfth Night.”  It marks a visit to the baby Jesus by three Kings, or Wise Men. The word ‘Epiphany’ comes from Greek and means to show, referring to Jesus being revealed to the world.

Not many of us like the taste of the traditional frangipane galette so instead of “une galette des Rois,” we all tried a piece of apple tart.  Our youngest pupil hid under the table and told us who to give each slice to.  Miss Mullin hadn’t hidden a charm inside a slice so she selected a pupil at random to be King/Queen for the day!

We also found out that traditionally, throughout January and early February, French people send each other Happy New Year cards instead of Christmas cards.  We have begun to make some.

Things to remember for tomorrow…

Just some quick reminders!

  • Our church service is at 10am tomorrow morning.  We’d love you to join us, if you can.
  • At hometime (12:10pm) all pupils will be asked to take home their water bottles, PE kits, pencil cases and indoor shoes.  A spare plastic carrier bag would be very handy – especially if they have a small schoolbag.
  • Please can all profiles jotters and any remaining homework jotters be handed in tomorrow morning?

Thanks very much.  🙂

DYW Assembly

An impressive start to our World of Work presentations. 🙂


A big well done to the P6/7s chosen to present their Developing the Young Workforce powerpoints at assembly today.  These were very informative and interesting and the children presented their information well.

Also, well done to the Strings group who practised for the nativity in front of the whole school.  Their Silent Night performance was lovely.

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