2015-2016 Archive


Time To Say Goodbye!

Message From Mrs Dinwoodie:

Dear children, parents and friends,

I would like to thank you all for your very kind gifts, cards and good wishes on my retirement.

It has been a privilege for me to work with you all and watch our children grow and develop over the years. I have been extremely lucky to have had a career which has been so exciting and rewarding. None of this would have been possible without the efforts and teamwork of the rest of the Carrick Knowe family.

I am now looking forward to the next chapter in my life, to spending more time with my grandchildren and, we hope, to travelling.

Carrick Knowe Primary School will, I am sure, continue to progress and will always have my best wishes. I wish you all well for that future.

Message From Mrs Thomson:

I would just like to say thank you to all children, parents and staff for the many warm sentiments and generous gifts which I have received over the past few weeks. Working at Carrick Knowe has been a real joy and it has been great to be a part of people’s lives over the past sixteen years. Having worked in a number of schools in different countries over the years, I do think that Carrick Knowe is one of the most positive and happiest places I have worked in and I wish all children, parents and staff a great summer and all the best for the future.

Once Upon A Time There Was A P1 Assembly!

The Primary 1 children wowed us all this week with two impressive assemblies – one to the whole school and the other to their parents and carers.

It was fairy tale themed and the assembly saw the children trying to save fairyland with the help of Duncan the Dragon. It was a fabulous effort by the children as we saw them act, sing, dance and even RAP !!!

The Story Telling Garden Is Open!

It was an exciting day on Friday (despite the rain) as Mrs Dinwoodie officially opened our Story Telling Garden! Thanks to the generous support of some of our teachers, parents and P2 children, this area of our school has been completely transformed in recent weeks.

From everyone at the school we would like to thank everyone who has given up their time and helped make this possible!

Sports Day 2016!

It was the stuff dreams are made of… We had glorious sunshine on Sports Day!

On Friday 3 June, the whole school took part in a magnificent sports day. We had an obstacle course and a netball throw as well as all of our favourites including the egg and spoon, three-legged and sack race! Want to see the fun? Then check out some of our pictures below.

Well done to all the children who took part and a big thank you goes out to our parents and carers who came along to support us. The winning house will be revealed shortly!

Ever wondered what staff get up to on in-service days?

In- service days allow the staff the opportunity to learn together and develop school priorities. On Thursday 5th May, all members of staff were learning about Growth Mindset, a school priority for next session.

Franck David (parent of p5 and p3 pupils) delivered an exciting and informative presentation all about Growth Mindset and the impact that it can have on reaching your full potential. Franck’s expertise in this area was put to the test as he managed to answer some tricky questions from some of our teachers and pupil support assistants.

This presentation and workshop was the starting point for next session’s school priority of introducing Growth Mindset at Carrick Knowe Primary School. We are very excited about this and are busy reading our gift from Mr Hunter…’Mindset’ by Dr. Carol Dweck.

Throughout the morning we learned all about the theory of growth mindset compared to a fixed mindset. We also had the opportunity to look at some new resources that the school has bought.

Everyone also had the chance to be creative and make their own “dot” which was inspired by the book ‘Dot’ by Peter Reynolds. The mindset message in this story is that sometimes you don’t know the skills you have until you try and that effort, practice and perseverance are key to success. Look out for our art work that will soon be displayed around the school…

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Franck David for helping to launch the start of our Growth Mindset journey, we are very excited about the path ahead of us.

Watch this space for further information about our Growth Mindset journey…

Houston… P6 have great news to share!

On Thursday 12th May, Primary 6 wowed everybody with two performances of their ‘Spectacular Space’ assembly – first to the whole school and then to their parents and carers. It all started with information about the Space race between the Russians and the Americans. We then found out about the first dog that went into space as well as a big feature about the planets within our solar system. If that wasn’t enough… there was also an alien invasion in between as well as renditions of ‘Space Oddity’ and ‘Reach’.

The assembly then culminated in an exclusive interview with Tim Peake up in the International Space Station! “Ground Control to Major Peake!”

Fun With Directions in P2!

P2 have been learning about how to use directions. They made pirate maps then we wrote directions about how to reach the treasure!

Then they got their friends to follow our instructions and then made boats for a game of battleships to learn about grid references.

And after all that… The game could begin!


Big Pedal

Well done to all those children who cycled or scooted into nursery and school during April and helped us take part in ‘The Big Pedal’ competition. Overall we had over 580 bikes and scooters come in and out of the school in just one week!

‘The Big Pedal’ is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, powered by Sustrans and supported by the Bike Hub. There are lots of fantastic prizes for our school to try and win. For more info please visit http://bigpedal.org.uk/.

There will be prizes in school for the class with the most children cycling and scooting to school. The Big Pedal 2016 will run from the 18 April until the 29 April- fingers crossed for more sunshine so lots of children can be cycling and scooting to school.

Welcome Broomhouse!

We were delighted to be able to welcome 3 classes from Broomhouse Primary into our school this week. As you can see by the photos above, the children and teachers have settled in very quickly and we are all doing our best to make them all feel at home!

We hope they’ll be very happy in their new (but hopefully temporary) school!

It's A Boy

We waited… And waited.. And waited a little more…

Then on Tuesday afternoon we were delighted to hear that Miss Wright had given birth to a beautiful baby boy named Rory. Everybody at Carrick Knowe (especially the children in P5B) wishes the whole family well and knows that there will be some very happy times ahead. CONGRATULATIONS! 

£720 Raised For Lothian Cat Rescue

We got all ‘catty’ in March as we held a fundraiser for Lothian Cat Rescue. As well as having a dress down day, we also held a special assembly featuring Sylvester the Cat, had a massive bake sale and had some brilliant face-painting!

A special thank you goes to all those who donated to our bake sale and our 4 volunteers who did an incredible job of painting so many faces. The unexpected popularity of our face-painting meant that some children were unable to get their faces painted and for that we sincerely apologise.

Overall you made the day a very successful one and we we raised a whopping £720 which will help to build a new roof for the cat shelter!

World Book Day 2016

World Book Day 2016

We’ve had a fantastic week at Carrick Knowe as we celebrated World Book Day. Thank you to everybody who donated books to their class libraries – we are always very grateful of any unwanted books! The week ended with two superb assemblies when everybody got the chance to show off costumes of their favourite book characters.

We’ll be adding more pictures soon but in the meantime, why not check out our winners from the P1-P3 assembly below.

Questioning Workshops


Thank you to everybody who turned up to our ‘Effective Questioning’ workshops this week. We were delighted with the amount of people who were interested in this type of event and we hope you found the content very useful.

A big thank you must also go to Mr Blaikie for leading all four of these workshops in one day! The presentation he used on the day can be found by clicking the link below.

Effective Questioning Presentation (For Parents)

Money on the Mound

The Primary 6’s visited the ‘Museum on the Mound’ last week to learn all about money! They took part in lots of different activities including:

  • Building a model bank
  • Seeing £1million
  • Cracking safes
  • Striking our own coins
  • Creating our own notes
  • Finding out about old money

World Thinking Day!

It was World Thinking Day on Monday and here at Carrick Knowe we were celebrating being part of different clubs and activities by coming to school in our different uniforms.

We had a wide range of uniforms including Rainbows, Beavers, Football Clubs, Rugby Clubs, Taekwondo, Karate and a number of dance costumes…!

Our Scots Assembly

Robbie Burns

Once again, we had another fantastic Scots assembly where we were treated to a number of poetry recitals, singing, Scottish country dancing, superb artwork and much, much more! Since January, the whole school have been working hard on ‘EVERYTHING SCOTS’ and huge credit must go to the children for the fantastic work they have produced.

A big thank you goes to Storm and Kez for hosting the assembly and for another excellent turnout of parents and carers – we really do appreciate your support!

Our Curriculum Evening


A big thank you to all of our parents and carers who popped along tonight to our curriculum evening. We hope you found the three different workshops useful and any questions were answered. Below we’ve added the leaflet which was handed out on the night for those who were unable to make it.

Curricular Open Evening 2016


Thank You


A big thank you to everybody who turned up to our Christmas Fair on Saturday. Once again we raised over £3000 !!!

The weather was HORRIFIC but you still managed to turn up to support your school and for that we are very grateful.

As always, we would also like to thank our amazing volunteers for giving up their time to help out and run our stalls. Lots of our teachers and P7 children also turned up to lend a hand too!

And in the end – nobody managed to balance 20p on top of a lemon!

Carrick Knowe PTA – You’re The Best!

Children In Need 2015

We raised lots of money this year to support underprivileged children by turning into ‘Superheroes’ for the day! We donating small (and large) amounts of money in order to dress down!

During our ‘Children In Need’ assembly there was singing, dancing and even a fitness routine. We also need to pay a special thanks to our Primary 7 children for talking to us all about Children in Need.

Pudsey even inspired all of the Carrick Knowe staff to take part during our singing and dancing…

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Disco Thriller

We were celebrating Halloween early at Carrick Knowe as we boogied on down at our first disco of the year.

The boys and girls turned up in some AMAZING outfits and were busting lots of cool shapes on the dance floor.

And finally… A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR HELPERS… These discos would not be able to go ahead without your kind support!

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Happy Harvesting

We ended our first term with a fantastic Harvest assembly. Mr Griggs from St Anne’s church kindly came in to talk to us about the importance of vegetables and the journey of different foods.

We have to say a big thank you to everybody who has donated different food items – we really do appreciate it.

As a school, we will be proud to hand over all of our items to the food bank so that those less fortunate than ourselves do not go hungry.

The only sour note of our harvesting assembly was that an ALL-TIME CLASSIC song was not sung… But fear not, we have included a video below!

And finally… It’s time to recharge those batteries and have a super half-term! See you all on Wednesday 21st October.

P7 Go To Camp

The Primary 7’s returned after a very eventful week at camp. They have did not stop all week whether it was canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, team challenges, gorge walking or just having fun at the disco.

For those who haven’t seen them yet – check out some of our pictures below.

The Learning Begins