2019-2020 Archive

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UNIFORM DAY!!

Well done to everyone who got involved and wore their school uniform last Friday! We had a great day playing, learning and working in our uniforms and it really felt like we were all together again.

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures and shared what Carrick Knowe Primary means to them. Have a look at some of the fun we had!


It’s Wellness Wednesday

Today we are launching the final tool from Skipper’s Resilience Toolkit…

This tool is all about change. We follow Skipper as he deals with a big change along his own river of life.

Our journey with Skipper started three years ago, think how much has changed in your own life (and the world) in that time?

We all experience change; sometimes it can be exciting and fun, sometimes it can make us feel sad or disappointed.

You are all dealing with change at the moment. A change in how you are learning, a change in your daily routines and the activities that you are able to do. Although these changes are not forever, they can still be challenging to deal with sometimes.

Remember, however you are feeling is completely ok, everybody copes with things differently. It is also really important to remember…

As Skipper said in this week’s slides, you can use the other resilience tools to help you cope with change, keep connected and share how you are feeling with your back up team!

Head over to today’s blogs for some more on “Expect the Unexpected” or you might want to watch today’s story which is linked to our new unit.

  • How do you think the firefly felt when he saw the first light?
  • Can you think of 3 ING words to describe the fireworks?
  • How do you think the firefly felt at the end of the story?

Let’s Get Moving Challenge

How are you getting on so far?🏃👣🚴

It is important to make sure we are still getting plenty of exercise at the moment- it is good for keeping both our bodies and minds fit and healthy. Unfortunately there is no Big Pedal this year – but we do have the Carrick Knowe ‘Let’s Get Moving – Fit In 15 Challenge’.

Every 15 minutes of exercise (walking/running/cycling/scooting/ dancing…) counts. You can use your daily walk, run or cycle; or even take part in your house or garden. Join by yourself or get the whole family involved too!

How many challenges can you complete in May?
Will you be a Let’s Get Moving Champion?🏆

You can download the different challenge record sheets below!

Remember to total up your stars and email them to Miss Inglis by 3pm today! Even though there will be no blog posts tomorrow, you will still be able to see our first leader board! 🏆



The Holidays Are Here!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for all of the members of staff at Carrick Knowe Primary and we wanted to share some photos to show you what we have been up to…

We will be back on the blog posts and emails after the holidays!

Stay safe everyone.


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A huge well done to all the cast (and crew) of this year’s P6-P7 show! After a ‘slightly dodgy’ dress rehearsal, the pressure was on for them to perform in front of two full crowds but they WERE AMAZING!

All their hard work over the last 6 months paid off and everyone single one of them made the whole of Carrick Knowe very proud!

Now… What’s the next show going to be Miss Inglis!? 


World Book Day 2020

Once again it was a fantastic book with 2 amazing assemblies where we got to see lots of wonderful costumes!

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It gets harder and harder every year to choose a winner in our costume competition as everyone puts so much effort in!

A huge shout out to all of our parents and carers who have spent a lot of time helping their children out with their costumes – it was well worth it!


Super Sunny Spring Clean!

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Despite bad weather last week, we had lovely sunny weather for the allotment Spring Clean. Parents, pupils and staff turned up and lots was achieved. Thank you to everyone who made the effort. There are still things to do, so another slot will be arranged soon. Watch this space!


Fairtrade Fortnight!

Primary 5 have been finding out about what Fairtrade means and the impact buying Fairtrade products has on people living in different countries.

To show what we had learned we made posters to put up around the school.

Our aim is to try and persuade others to buy a few Fairtrade products during Fairtrade Fortnight. (24th Feb – 8th Mar).

Fingers crossed!


P7 Pound Challenge Fair

Roll up, roll up!

Primary 7 held a fair this afternoon raising even more money as part of their Pound Challenge. We have been very impressed with the variety of businesses our young entrepreneurs have created, and are looking forward to finding out how much profit we have made!

The Primary 7s are becoming a lot more aware of the value of money and the responsibilities of managing finances.

A few teachers even had their cars washed!


WE DID IT!!!

CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!!!

Well done to the P6 EuroQuiz team who competed in the Edinburgh tournament today at the City Chambers and won!

All the revision and hard work has definitely paid off – cramming in revision after school, at lunch times, during the Christmas holidays, on an evening and even meeting up at weekends!

Miss McMillan and Mrs Bennett are extremely proud of the whole team and the commitment you have all shown – now onto the finals in June!

Well done everyone!


Cross Country Festival SUCCESS!

A huge well done to all of our P6 and P7 runners who took part in the cross-country festival at Saughton Park on Monday.

Mrs Ross said that everyone ran really well and completed the course in fantastic times!

A special mention to Arran, Oskars, Struan and Thomas who finished in the Top 10 in their respective races and Ross who finished second in his race! LEGENDS!


A big well done to P1/2!

Miss Davidson’s class!

They have won a visit from Orinoco and some badges.

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P1/2 ARE AMAZING!

This class managed to score over 90%.

This means that most of the class avoided bringing any plastic or foil rubbish to school on Friday. It was wonderful to see so much fruit being eaten too!

Keep it up P1/2 and we will see who wins this Friday!


NO WRAPPER FRIDAYS!

Carrick Knowe Primary School’s Eco group have decided to set a challenge called No Wrapper Fridays’!

The aim of the challenge is to reduce the amount of plastic and foil wrappers and rubbish coming into school.

We are also hoping to promote healthy eating and are hoping to see lots of fruit. All banana skins and apple cores will be composted for the school allotment.

Each week the winning class will be announced and will win a special prize.

“Have a fruity tooty day!” by Ruben.

“Use a re-useable container,” by Eilidh.

“Hopefully we will have less litter in our playground!” by Lily

Many Thanks,

The Eco Rep Team


From everyone at Carrick Knowe, we would like to pass on our huge congratulations to Mrs Buchanan following the birth of her baby girl.

Elsie Buchanan was born on Friday night weighing 6lb 13oz.


CK Does Children in Need

WE RAISED OVER £450!!!

This year, the fundraising group identified Children in Need as the charity we wanted to raise money for and we went all out!

We knew that Pudsey would be very busy on Friday 15th so he came to Carrick Knowe a week earlier to see all of our classes and encourage us to raise money for such worthwhile causes.

We also had a ‘Snack-Attack Tuck Shop’ every break time –  selling fruit bowls, toast, bagels and pancakes!

On Friday, we had a dress-down day which added even more money to our fundraising total and for the big finale… The Primary 7 GLEE club performed live on Children in Need on Friday night!

To see them perform, click the link below which will take you over to BBC iPlayer… The singing section begins about 10 minutes in!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000bld1/bbc-children-in-need-2019-scotlands-best-bits


Our School Values

We were delighted to be back in the school hall this week for the first time in… forever!

On Tuesday we had a School Values assembly and Mrs MacLean was thrilled to announce our finalists and winner of our School Values Logo competition.

It was also fantastic to announce that Mrs Dale and a P1 child became Carrick Knowe’s first ever Kindness Ambassadors for showing the value of ‘kindness’ in everything they do!


It‘s (was) Dyslexia Awareness Week Scotland!

Want more information about dyslexia?

You can click one of the links below to view a short presentation:
What is Dyslexia?
What is Dyslexia? (Child-Friendly Version)

You can also find leaflets produced by City of Edinburgh Council by going to Our Curriculum –> ASL or clicking here.

Alternatively, you could head over to the Dyslexia Scotland website – www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk


NO PARKING HERE!

At the end of last term, the Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) launched our Park Smart Campaign. Their number 1 goal is to stop people from parking on the zig-zags or the double yellow lines outside the school gates. Dropping off here is also not acceptable or legal.

On the final two weeks of term we worked with our community Police Officers as well as Parking Attendants who are all in full support of the campaign.

Unfortunately we were still witnessing… random three point turns on the T-junctions as families were crossing, cars parking on the yellow lines, cars on the pavement and excuses such as “we were only stopping for a minute” and “we’re running late so it’s fine”.

We want outside the school to be a safe environment for everyone and we would like to thank all adults that already park further away and walk the final part to the school grounds.


Maths Week Scotland 2019

What a week that was! We took part in Maths Week Scotland for the 2nd year in a row and it was another roaring success.

Each of our stages took on a different theme for the week. These themes included finding maths in ICT, in the outdoors, in nature, in games, in the weather and in music and dance! Head over to ‘Our Blogs’ to find out what was going on in each class.

We also had a maths scavenger hunt which was led by our Primary 7 House and Sports Captains. They spent the last few weeks creating the questions, organising the classes, getting all the resources together and lending a hand with some of the questions when needed – they were amazing!

We’ve also had a number of parents and carers in school sharing their experiences of maths within their own jobs (e.g. statisticians, builders). And as you can see from the picture below, Mr Griggs popped by to have a go at a game of SumDog!

Every day there was a different set of maths challenges for our P5-P7 children to take part in. Amazingly, we even had two Primary 2 children complete one of them too! Due to the success of these, these challenges will now be continuing on a weekly basis in order to give the children a little more thinking time and to bring these challenges home.

And then there was our very competitive SumDog challenge which some teachers took a little too seriously! Congratulations to Primary 7B for coming top but, more importantly, congratulations to EVERYONE IN THE SCHOOL for putting in a massive effort and answering over 75,000 questions in just 4 days!

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Outdoor Learning @ Holyrood Park

On Thursday afternoon Primary 6 filled the Number 26 bus as we went to Holyrood Park for the Edinburgh Primary 6 Outdoor Learning Event. Around 2,000 pupils attended and, as last year, it was a great afternoon (and much warmer).

The children engaged in a variety of activities. These included orienteering, fire-building, flower pressing and team building challenges. Two years in a row Mrs Bennett has failed to be with the team making hot chocolate.


Allotment Activity!

After a wet summer the allotment was very overgrown and unsafe for pupils. Luckily, lots of fantastic parent helpers and some staff turned out on the two allotted Monday afternoons to clear all the beds and the poly tunnel. Thank you everyone.

A pupil allotment task force has also been formed. These pupils give up their Thursday lunch time to maintain the allotment, clearing up grass cutting and rotten apples, weeding the poly tunnel and digging. They have even been introduced to the compost heap!

Classes have been out to the allotment to pick apples and some have even used these for art. Potatoes have been dug up and a lot of these have been used by the nursery.

Once again, the sunflowers are spectacular. Let’s hope they last until the Harvest Assembly. Right now, we also have beautiful cornflowers blooming too.

Parents have been very kind handing in cuttings and these are being planted in the raised beds as they arrive. Unfortunately, one of our raised beds is now unsafe, and will need to be demolished. Volunteers to help with this will be needed soon. Watch this space!


Carrick Knowe Cuppa!

3 weeks in and it was time for our first Carrick Knowe Cuppa of the year.

This was a chance for all of our teachers to nominate one member of their class (although Ms Pincock nominated two!) to celebrate their work with a member of the leadership team over a ‘cuppa’.

Mrs Iley and Mr Morley were delighted to hear about all the exciting things and hard work that has been going on across the school – at the same time as joining in with a mug of hot chocolate!


JRSO Launch 2019

Today we attended the JRSO launch at the very grand city chambers. At the event we took part in four activities:

One of them we learnt all about air Pollution and how the things we do daily change the air quality.

The second activity was about parking in ‘smarter’ places. Over the next few weeks the JRSO team will be trying to reduce the amount of adults parking outside the school on the zigzag lines.

The third activity we learnt about how it’s important to try and walk, cycle or scoot to school when we can.


Allotment Activity!

After a wet summer the allotment was very overgrown and unsafe for pupils. Luckily, lots of fantastic parent helpers and some staff turned out on the two allotted Monday afternoons to clear all the beds and the poly tunnel. Thank you everyone.

A pupil allotment task force has also been formed. These pupils give up their Thursday lunch time to maintain the allotment, clearing up grass cutting and rotten apples, weeding the poly tunnel and digging. They have even been introduced to the compost heap!

Classes have been out to the allotment to pick apples and some have even used these for art. Potatoes have been dug up and a lot of these have been used by the nursery.

Once again, the sunflowers are spectacular. Let’s hope they last until the Harvest Assembly. Right now, we also have beautiful cornflowers blooming too.

Parents have been very kind handing in cuttings and these are being planted in the raised beds as they arrive. Unfortunately, one of our raised beds is now unsafe, and will need to be demolished. Volunteers to help with this will be needed soon. Watch this space!


Our New School Values!

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Last session there was wide consultation with our whole school community to identify and agree our new school values. These were ‘revealed’ to the children at the end of last term.

Over the coming year we will be promoting these values, ensuring the school community is familiar with them and we will be thinking about what they look like in our daily lives here in Carrick Knowe.