World Autism Awareness Week
It is World Autism Awareness Week and we were delighted when one of our Primary 7 pupils was able to share his experiences of ‘what autism is’ and ‘what it means to him’.
So much more impressive is that this was completely unprepared!
I think he summed it up perfectly near the end when he said…
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!”
World Book Day 2019!
Once again our children, their parents and carers and our staff pulled it out of the bag for World Book Day.
As always, there were some outstanding costumes this year and we must thank everyone who played a part in the mammoth costume-making task!
Take a look below to see photos of our assembly, some of our classes and there’s a couple of our teachers too!
Our Assembly and Classes!
Our Costume Winners!
And Our Teachers!
Have you ever seen a “Big Bad Wolf” filling planters!
Spring Clean on the Allotment
On Saturday, many pupils, parents and staff turned up to spring clean the allotment.
Everyone worked hard and an enormous amount was achieved. Ideas were shared, and some exciting new areas will be created soon.
Well done everyone! A fantastic effort.
Carrick Knowe Primary Awarded Our Fifth Green Flag
Carrick Knowe Primary School has been awarded its fifth green flag by Eco Schools Scotland. The flag hasn’t actually arrived yet, but we were phoned on the 19th February and told the good news.
Each flag focuses on different topics within Eco Schools (listed above) and this flag was awarded for all our hard work connected to Litter, Transport and Health and Well-being.
Well done to the whole school for the part they played but we must also say a special thanks to Ms Pincock for leading the charge – fabulous work!
Another year, another amazing Scots assembly.
There was everything from poetry recitals to Highland dancing as well as musical performances on the violin, piano and guitar. We even saw our Growth Mindset superheroes get into the Scots spirit!
Lucas’ Gran (Joanie): “This is always my favourite assembly. The children work so hard, I just LOVE it. I even brought my tablet this year to film parts of it!”
We must also say well done to the winners of our Scots Art and Scots Writing competitions. And here is just a small selection of that fantastic artwork and writing:
Digital Safety Workshop
Many thanks to over 30 parents who braved the cold weather and joined us for our Digital Safety workshop on Tuesday. We must also thank Karin Walker from the NSPCC for delivering the workshop.
We have since uploaded a number of clips, documents and links to our Digital Safety page. Lots of the clips on this page are already used in our classrooms and we are also continuing to look at how we deliver such lessons across the school.
These resources can be accessed by going to Our Curriculum –> Digital Safety or by clicking here. We’d also like to recommend an app called ‘Net Aware’. It is a no-nonsense guide for parents/carers to all the social networking, apps and games that your children are using. All reviewed by O2 and NSPCC.
P6/P7 Cross Country
Well done to the P6s and P7s who today took part in a Cross Country event at Saughton. Everyone did fantastically well but we must give a special well done to Amy, Charlie and Hannah who came 4th, 9th and 10th in their respective races.
You’ve done Carrick Knowe very proud!
[We must say a huge thank you to Mrs Ross and Mrs Crawford for organising the trials and taking the children to the event today. Another big thank you must also go to Mr O’Connell and Mr Malone for organising some extra lunchtime training over the last 2 weeks!]
Online Safety Workshop
Irritated by Instagram, muddled by Minecraft or rattled by Roblox?
NSPCC and O2 are coming to Carrick Knowe to run an hour-long workshop on Tuesday 29th January at 1:30pm. This will be an interactive session with a range of tips, tools and advice on how to keep your child safe online.
The main aims of the session is to help you understand your child’s online world, build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep them safe online and help you know where to go for help and advice.
A letter with further information will be sent home after the Christmas holidays but we thought we’d give you a heads-up so you can pop the date in your diary!
We Raised £4000.86!
On behalf of the PTA we would just like to thank you for making our Xmas Fair such a huge success. You can also now click here for a list of our raffle winners !
‘Simon Says Dance’ visits CK
Last Thursday, Simon from ‘Simon Says Dance’ visited the school and completed commercial dance workshops with the P4-7 classes. The children had lots of fun learning new dance moves. Check out some of our pictures and videos below…
Find out more about Simon Says Dance at: http://www.simonsaysdance.com/
Walking In A Winter Window-Land!!!
The pupils of Primary 6 entered a city wide competition to design a ‘stained glass’ window. The theme of the competition was ‘kindness’.
Congratulations to Avi Duff from P6B whose beautiful design has been chosen to be made into a light box window. Here is Avi’s entry along with pictures of all the completed window designs – they were fabulous!
The light boxes will be on display in West Parliament Square, outside St. Giles, and in four other locations around the city. They will be on display through the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Avi’s window will form part of the Winter Windows display at: Royston Wardie Community Centre, 11 Pilton Drive, EH1 1NF.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Carrick Knowe Cuppa!
It was that time of the month for a Carrick Knowe Cuppa and this week Mr Morley got to spend time talking to the children below about all the amazing things they have been doing. P4 Aaron and P2 Eilidh seemed to escape the photo though.
Their teachers were super impressed with all of their hard work and growth mindsets… and they even took their own mugs to the dishwasher!
Doctor Who in P6 and P7
This week Primary 6 and 7 have been looking at diversity and equality and used the latest Doctor Who episode to provide us with our inspiration. The episode focused on Rosa Parks and her fight for equality and against racism.
As they watched some clips (Thanks BBC!)it was great to hear such mature discussions going on hearing them recognise that these issues still affect people in 2018.
To describe the lesson as thought provoking would be an understatement.
“Racism is pointless. It makes the person feel bad and it doesn’t make the other person feel any better” (P6)
“I can’t believe some people think like this.” (P7)
“Being a diverse school is great as we are all different and we all have different things to offer.” (P7)
Scottish Maths Week!
This week Carrick Knowe celebrated Scottish Maths Week by taking part in a whole host of activities!
As a school we had a ‘Money’ focus and we’ve tackled this topic differently in the different stages of the school. For example, we had P2 visiting Mrs Rodgers’ shop, P3 creating their own shopping mall, P5 forming their own families (and having to pay rent), P6 learning how to handle taxes and P7 using websites to compare prices!
We have also focused on ‘Maths in the Real World’ and each stage were given an occupation to research to find out how maths is used in everyday jobs. P4 went one step further and invited their parents in for a ‘Q&A’ session about their jobs! Judging by all of their amazing questions, there are definitely some budding journalists amongst P4A!
As part of Maths Week, P7B arranged a ‘Maths Hunt’ for the school. They planned everything from the questions and locations to the honking of the hooter and handing out of the chocolate treat at the end!
Primary 1 also took part in their own Maths Hunt but, instead of answering algebra questions, it was their job to find a range of numbers which had been hidden in different parts of the P1 playground.
And even in Golden Time we had a bit of maths – with chess!