2019-2020 Archive

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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’.

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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!

Word Art

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.