Teachers: Miss Christie and Miss Morley
Class Size: 17 pupils
Term 1; 2022-23 Session
Term starts on Tuesday 23rd August and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again and welcoming Miss Christie to Craigievar School.
Term 4: 2021-22 Session
With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations fast approaching, our main focus is going to be on Commonwealth Countries and also learning about the history of the British Empire. Each pupil has chosen a commonwealth country to investigate, finding out about the landscape, language, food, dance, etc. We will be doing some wonderful artwork based on the different countries and will have an art display for our Jubilee Celebrations Open Afternoon. We are also going to learn how to do a Haka, and other cultural dances from the commonwealth, which we are looking forward to performing to parents.
Term 3: 2021-22 Session
We are doing a Geography based project this term, based on geographical features of the wider world, country studies, map work and local geography. We are doing a mini project all about Thailand, learning where it is and what it is like. In class we are reading ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman which is set in Thailand. In maths we are focusing on Fractions, Percentages and Time, as well as Grid References and direction. We are learning hockey in PE which we are really enjoying.
Term 2: 2021-22 Session
It’s been another busy term, and the lead up to Christmas is always exciting! We learnt some fun Christmas songs to sing at our Christmas Concert and everyone did a fantastic job learning their lines and performing well to all the parents, family and friends who came to watch. We had to hold the concert outside this year due to COVID Restrictions but we made it extra special by lighting up the playground shelter with Christmas lights so it looked really pretty. During the term we had a visit from ALEC, with the session focussing on ‘It’s Great to be Me!’ which looked at both mental and physical health, as well as the importance of respecting others.
Term 1: 2021-22 Session
It’s great to see everyone back after a long summer holiday, and we have now had a few weeks to settle back into term time. The P4-7 class have become absorbed in Viking sagas and myths as our topic has developed. There have been plenty of opportunities to learn about who the Vikings were and how they lived, and Mrs Robertson has worked with the pupils to create some fantastic artwork related to the topic. Pupils have been making use of our outdoor spaces to create model Viking longhouses and we plan to create model long boats and use them to explore science and technology outcomes around floating, friction and material selection. We hope to have our own mini ‘Up Helly Aa’ at the end of the topic.
Term 4: 2020-21 Session
Welcome to Term 4. It is hard to believe that we are already in the final term of this academic year!
Mr Birch will continue to explore ‘our prehistoric past’ where there will be plenty of outdoor learning opportunities to enjoy, hopefully in good weather. Mrs Robertson meanwhile will look at ‘Electricity’ as part of topic work and the children will learn how to create their own circuits.
In Maths we will be building on the fractions work from last term and exploring decimals and percentages.
Our class novel is ‘Charlottes Web’ and there will be many engaging literacy and expressive arts activities inspired by this novel. We will look at fiction writing and writing our own adventure story and also a range of other non-fiction writing opportunities.
We will continue to focus on social, emotional and mental wellbeing this term, which has been highlighted as being of particular importance following the events of the last year. We hope this will help the children feel more settled and comfortable back in school and give them the opportunity to talk about their feelings and identify emotions associated with the past year and help build trust, confidence and resilience as we move forward.
Term 3: 2020-21 Session
March 2021: It is fantastic to have all the pupils back in school after lockdown. The P4-7 class have plunged straight in to learning all about the Mesolithic Period and have learnt how to make shelters out of natural materials, and have done some super cave drawings.
Happy New Year to everyone! And it’s back to home learning! The school remains open for children whose parents work in Category 1 or 2 and who are not able to stay at home, and vulnerable children. All other pupils will be doing online learning from home. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see all your smiling faces in school again.
Term 2: 2020-21 Session
We are very excited about our enterprise project and hope to make lots of money for Northsound 1’s ‘Cash for Kids’. We have made four companies: Silly Snowmen, Crafty Kids, Creative Candle Makers, and Rudolph Wreaths. We have been given a start up budget of £10 and so are planning what we need to buy, how much each gift will cost to make and then how much we think we can sell them for. We have also done some market research with the parents. We can’t wait to start making our gifts so we can put together a catalogue for parents to order from.
We have also been learning about Diwali which is a five day festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by the Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. We enjoyed making some barfi which is a sweet treat common in Northern India.
Term 1: 2020-21 Session
Welcome back! We are so glad to finally be back in the classroom with everyone again. It has been a lovely start so far to the term and all the children have shown a mature attitude to the new procedures and are doing their best with the changes we have made in order to keep everyone safe.
This term, our topic is ‘Space’ which the children have been really enthusiastic about. We have lots of fun activities to help us learn more about space including art, music and drama which are all linked to the topic. We have already created wonderful space pictures using chalk pastels which are now decorating the classroom and we have been using work by the composers Holst and John Williams as our inspiration for the Space Music we have been creating.
‘We used chalk pastel to create our planet pictures and we used light and dark tones to help make the planets look spherical. Then we learnt how to draw a symmetrical space shuttle and added coloured pencil to create light and dark shadows for a 3D effect
Term 2: 2019-20 Session
We have got lots of exciting things planned for this term. The whole school are working on producing a ‘Lost Words’ book and each child will have their own word which they will use to create some literacy and artwork. Rehearsals for the school play, ‘The Stars come out for Christmas’, have started and we are looking forward to performing at Craigievar Hall in December. We are also going to be working in the Wildlife Garden, pruning some of the shrubs and trees and generally tidying up so that we can do some landscaping ready for rejuvenating the whole area in the Spring
Term 1: 2019-20 Session
Welcome back! We hope you’ve all had a lovely holiday and are feeling recharged for another exciting year at Craigievar!
We had a baptism of fire for Mrs Robertson during the first week as we prepared tray bakes for the 800 hungry cyclists who passed the school on Sunday 25th August as part of the Ride the North event. Pupils chose recipes and applied their numeracy skills to ensure they provided 150 tray bakes per group to a strict budget of £30. This was an excellent real-life opportunity to look at budgeting and enterprise while supporting an event that generates large sums of money for local charities and a welcome boost to school funds through a donation by the organiser.
We are looking forward to exploring different types of story through the works of Roald Dahl this term, as we celebrate his works on Roald Dahl day on the 13th September 2019. Pupils will have the chance to retell, adapt and write in his style throughout the term. Much of the art, science, health and wellbeing and other areas of the curriculum will be linked to this theme. We are looking forward to joining several other schools in the cluster for a performance of ‘Mikey and Addie’ by North East Arts Touring, (www.neatshows.org.uk) at the end of September.
The impact of our recently adopted maths mastery approaches was beginning to be seen in the way pupils tackled numeracy problems in class towards the end of last term. We look forward to building on this throughout the rest of the year and sharing with parents the methods leading to these successes.
Mr Johnston will be exploring the ‘Important books’ to different world religions during his Religious and Moral Education sessions this term and continuing to develop conversational French with the class during Languages sessions. Mr Johnston is with us on Wednesdays this year.
PE will be held every Monday afternoon, and this term the whole school are taking part in the Daily Mile just before lunch.
We look forward to getting up to the Forest this term and will let you know dates when they are finalised.