2017-2018 Archive


So Long, Farewell!

There were mixed emotions at our final assembly as we said goodbye to our Primary 7 pupils as well as our headteacher, Mr Hunter. They have all worked incredibly hard over the past 7+ years and we wish them all the best as they move onto their new schools.

Ms Edwards, Mrs English, Mr Gonzalez and Miss Strahan also left us this week and on behalf of everyone at Carrick Knowe we would like to say a massive thank you for all of their hard work over the many years spent here.

As a school, one of our greatest qualities is the strong relationships we have between children, staff and parents. And I think you’ll agree the two videos below really shows what CK is all about…!

See you in August!


Archie Visits P1/2 and P2A

Primary 1/2 and Primary 2a were very excited to receive a special visitor this week!

We learned all about Archie’s job as a therapy pet visiting children in schools and people living in care homes.

We also learned about how important it is to ask an owner before stroking a strange dog, and how to approach a dog without making them nervous. We asked lots of interesting questions and had lots of fun!

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

A Word From Miss Inglis:
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to watch and support our very talented Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils in their production of Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.

A special thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who helped with tickets and refreshments. The school is extremely proud of every pupil who took part – their hard work and commitment most certainly paid off! The total profit from the show was £566.66 which will all go towards new reading books for the school.

Here are some photos that were taken before the performance. We were too busy during the show to take photos – sorry!

Well Done To The CK Marathon Team!


A huge thank you to our whole school, our parents and our staff for kicking off the Edinburgh Marathon Relay by taking part in a mile run around our school field in the glorious sunshine.

As you can see above, we must also say an extra well done to the 8 members of staff who managed to run an extra 26.2 miles on Sunday!

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated money as our total ended at over £1200! This money will be going towards new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) resources for our school.

Anyone For A Brew?

It was that time again where we had a wonderful ‘Carrick Knowe Cuppa’ to kickstart our week. On Monday 14th May, 7 of our most hard working children went for a cup of hot chocolate (and a couple of biscuits) with Mr Morley.

Mr Hunter will be organising another one in the next week or so!


Carrick Knowe Health Week!

It was an exciting week as we took a keen focus on our Health and Wellbeing curriculum.  A huge thank you to everyone who turned up for our Open Morning on Tuesday – especially those who had ‘a wee shot’ at one of our brand new ‘Fit In 15’ tracks!

Our Healthy Tuck Shop was a brilliant success and we must thank our Primary 7s for taking on the responsibility of running this.

Other things to have taken place included our whole school aerobics session (led by Mrs Iley), litter workshops, allotment visits and CPR training for the whole school!

It was one busy week!

Robin Hood Needs A New Castle!

At the start of the Summer term, P1/2 and P2A went for a walk in the woods to look for signs of Spring…

Suddenly a man appeared from behind a tree. It was Robin Hood! He told them all about losing his castle to Guy of Gisbourne. They are going to help Robin by finding out all about castles. They also learned how to make a bow by tying some string to a bendy stick. They now need need to find out how to attack and defend a castle.

P7 Parliament In Session


It’s the final term of the year and the hard work has already begun across the school.

In Primary 7 we have been exploring the Syria Conflict and using our knowledge to develop informed opinions about the current situation. Having studied ‘democracy’ earlier in the year, the children were able to conduct our own debate and discuss some incredibly complex issues including air strikes and the role of parliament.

We found this CBBC article very helpful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186

Unlike those at Holyrood and Westminster, our P7 politicians were actually able to agree on things and take each other’s ideas on board!

Do we have a future Prime Minister among us?

Easter Egg Hunt

Just before the Easter Holidays, the P7 House Captains organised a fantastic Easter Egg hunt for the whole school and what an incredible job they did!

The amount of planning and organisation was brilliant and the compliments kept coming all day from teachers and children alike.

A secret visitor also made their way to Primary 1 at the end of the term.. Can you guess who it was?!

Carrick Knowe Cuppa!

This week we held our very first ‘Carrick Knowe Cuppas’.

Children were nominated by their teachers and got to go along and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with a member of the management team.

Everyone was very excited to use our brand new mugs!

We talked about the children’s achievements, their successes and even went off topic and talked about our plans for the Easter Holidays.

We are very much looking forward to continuing this new venture!

RSPB – ‘Giving Nature A Home’

On Wednesday 7 March, P1/2, P2A and P5A had a visit from the RSPB. We we learning all about the habitats that animals need to survive. We looked at the different areas in our playground and found lots of places that would provide great habitats for birds, insects and small animals. Check out our pictures below to see what we were up to!

Here’s P1/2:

Here’s P2A:

And here’s P5A (and a video of some very active learning!):

If you’d like to find out more or check out some games and activities that can be done at home then click the link below:




The efforts of all of our parents, staff, pupils, former pupils and wider community (and Archie the dog) meant that we cleared much of the snow on our grounds today.

The effort really was phenomenal and it was great to see everyone chipping in – even if it was just throwing snowballs, making snowmen or dancing to some classic tunes!

There’s nobody better or stronger than Team Carrick Knowe when we all work together!

A special thank you must also go to Mr Millar and his family who have worked tirelessly over the weekend to ensure many areas of the school were cleared, gritted and basically safe for all. 

Thanks again – we hope to see everyone back at school tomorrow!


Over the last month, everyone at Carrick Knowe has been looking at different parts of the Scots language and Scots culture.

We ended the month with a fantastic assembly where we had poetry recitals, singing, dancing and the presentation of a whole range of certificates.

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And here are the results of our Scots SumDog Competition!

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@ Roseburn Park

On Monday, some of our P6 and P7 children competed with around 15 schools at a Cross-Country Festival.

The children were absolutely amazing! They supported each other, cheered each other on and they didn’t do too badly with the placings either – we even got a FIRST PLACE in the Primary 7 girls race!

A huge thank you must also go to Mrs Ross for organising this and to Mrs Beath for acting as chief camerawoman!

Snow Hits
Carrick Knowe!

It’s been a wild week in terms of the weather we have had already this week. However, we’ve tried to get outside and make the most of it where possible.

If you check out our field there’s a number of snowmen (or at least attempted efforts anyway) and below you’ll find pictures of our P1 children making mini snowmen wrapped in tartan accessories!

We must also say a huge thank you to Mr Miller who has been up at the crack of dawn every morning to put salt down in many areas of our school. Without him, our playgrounds, car park and surrounding areas would not be safe for our children and staff to use. What a guy!

Happy New Year
From Everyone At
Carrick Knowe Primary!

Here are a few highlights from the final few weeks of 2017

Mr Horvath and the CKPS violinists wowed the school with their Christmas songs including this one from everyone’s favourite Christmas film… The Snowman!

We had all of our Christmas parties from the Nursery all the way up to Primary 7…

There was a special Christmas service at Carrick Knowe Church involving our fantastic P7 readers…


Our Pupil Voice groups all met for the first time. Here is a couple of photos from the Digital Dynamo meeting…

And we had our final Celebrating Success Assembly of 2017!

A Miracle In Town!

Congratulations to all the children in P1, P2 and P3 who took part in our Nativity  performance this year. For those who were unable to come we hope you enjoy seeing some photos of the action.

 They spent weeks practising the songs , the dances and the words.

Thanks to all the parents and other relations who were able to come and support the children. There was great excitement in the classrooms before and after each performance.

Merry Christmas from everyone in P1,P2 and P3!

Thank You!

On behalf of everyone at Carrick Knowe, we would just like to say a huge thank you for turning up on Saturday to our annual Christmas Fair.

It was a huge success and it was great to see so many people grabbing themselves a festive bargain or getting the chance to go and see Santa! Details of our raffle and competition winners can be found by clicking here.

And in other news… The Snowman has taken over!


Thank You!

Well done to all of our children, parents and staff for raising a whopping £522.67 for Children In Need. This amount includes an amazing £200 from our nursery who had their own bake sale!

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We Will Remember Them.


Get Caught Reading!

As part of our planned activities for Book Week Scotland (Monday 27th November – Friday 1st December) we have an exciting competition called ‘Get Caught Reading’. The challenge is to take a photo of yourself/family reading in an interesting location. Here’s some that our teachers have taken!

All photos should either be printed out and handed to class teachers or emailed to Laura.Inglis@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk. The deadline for entries is Monday 27th November and winners will be announced at our special Book Week Assembly that week.

Parents/Carers should be aware that although photos will be printed and then deleted, they will be put on display as part of our Reading Challenge Wall in school.


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Code Club!

Over the past 6 weeks, some of our P4 children have been attending our first ever Code Club. With help from some Lloyds Banking volunteers, they’ve been making animations, programming some talking robots and even creating their own games!

Thank You From Team P7!

Primary 7 would just like to thank everyone who gave a little money on Friday 29th September in order to support our fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support. We spent the whole of Monday counting the coins and we raised a massive £395.60.

It took a fair bit of planning, a whole lot of budgeting and some incredibly messy baking but we did it and you can check out some of the pictures below to see how we got on! Some of us even got to go to the bank to cash up!

Jeans for Genes

A huge thank you for supporting ‘Jeans for Genes’ day on Friday.

Your generous support helped us raise a whopping £393.68 for Genetic Disorders UK!

Genetic Disorders UK help disorder-specific charities and patient groups to deliver inspiring projects and support services for children affected by a genetic disorder in the UK.

The monies raised by you on Jeans for Genes Day will help to provide grants for day-to-day support, equipment, nursing and patient support services, and events which bring together affected children and their families.”

Meeting Our Buddies!

It was an exciting time for Primary 1 and Primary 7 on Friday as they got to meet their buddies for the first time!

Here are just some of the things we were doing:
Reading stories… Drawing pictures… Playing with sand… Watching Alphablocks… Going outside… Playing in the house corner and… Collecting lunches!

Our Art Lessons

The children have been working really hard with Mr Gonzalez in his art classes to produce a ‘Where’s Wally?’ image with a bit of a twist!

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