2019-2020 Archive

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End of Year Celebrations!


Awards

Every year we hand out a number of awards at the end of the year. Unfortunately, we were unable to jointly celebrate all of our sporting achievements but some teams (including our P6 footballers) were invited to come down to the school to pick up their trophies.

We were able to celebrate some of our individual winners and we have included these below:

Jack Anderson Award

“Just tries, tries, tries and gives his all in everything. Always polite and a wonderfully hard working young man!”

P7A Headteacher Award

“Never fails to put a smile on everyone’s faces! He has grown up so much in his time at CK. Everyone loves him!”

P7B Headteacher Award

“A real credit to the school. A friend to everyone, and really hard working but, more importantly, he is never afraid to be himself and do what makes him happy!”

Pupils’ Pupil Award

“Everyone in P7 chose you! This shows the positive impact you have on everyone you meet. Just a happy, smiley person with a little bit of bonkers added in!”


Goodbye P7!

EVERY member of staff wanted to shake hands with you all, hug you all and say our goodbyes face-to-face but unfortunately it’s just not possible right now. Instead we are relying on technology to do it this year and so the staff have all sent in videos wishing you the very best for the future!

One thing is for sure…
You will be the Primary 7 year group that nobody ever forgets!


And finally…

We wish you all a very happy summer where hopefully you can relax and forget all about school! It has been an absolute team effort over the last 3 months and we really appreciate all the hard work and sacrifices you have had to make whilst having your children at home. But never fear…

We look forward to taking over again from Wednesday 12th August!

Have a great holiday! Love Bruce x

HONESTY!

Honesty is important because…

1) Telling the truth helps build trust between people.

2) If no one told the truth, we wouldn’t know what is real and what is not.

You can show honesty by…

Telling the truth when someone asks you a question.

Telling the WHOLE truth, even if it means you are going to get in trouble.

Playing fairly (no cheating!)


SPORTS DAY RESULTS!

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Winner
Is
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Thank you to everyone who took part in our first, and hopefully last, Virtual Sports Day!

A huge thanks go to Mr Brewer, Mr Morrison and the P7s for lots of great ideas, but particularly to Ruth, Jack, Sofia and Finlay D for their photos and instructions. Well done Team P7!

Lastly, thank you to you all for your participation and for all the grown ups who joined in too! Well done Team Carrick Knowe!


Virtual Sports
Day 2020

A huge well done to everyone who took part on Friday and if you didn’t then you can still get involved! All of the videos and links will be here until Monday and we’ll then move them to our Archive 2019-20 page.

Activity 1 – On your marks…


Are you ready to cheer on your House? You could make something like this!

Activity 2 – All Around!

Activity 3 – Keepie Uppies!

Activity 4 – Jumper Jump!

Activity 5 – Speed Sprint!

Activity 6 – Well done!

Well done! Take a wee break, have a drink and a healthy snack. You have done a great job, your next task is to make yourself a medal or a certificate.
You could design your own certificate or download this special Carrick Knowe one.

If you still have some energy, here are some bonus activities to try.

BONUS TASK 1 – Toilet Roll Twist

BONUS TASK 2 – Egg and Spoon

BONUS TASK 3 – Sack Race

BONUS TASK 4 – Obstacle Course

BONUS TASK 5 – Recycling Bowling

Well done
TEAM Carrick Knowe!


Cook-Along
with Mrs Clark

Good Morning to all my budding chefs
I hope you are all ready and raring to get cooking today!

Today we will be making a vegetable soup using the Tesco’s “Nana’s Magic Soup” recipe. I have made this with groups of children before who have found it very tasty and it’s a firm favourite in my house too. I really enjoy cooking and I am super excited to able share this passion with you during our Health Week.

Happy Cooking Everyone!

We are practising lots of different skills today, including:

  • Peeling
  • Chopping (claw hold and bridge hold)
  • Measuring
  • Listening to and following instructions

Please remember to pause, stop, rewind etc. the video so that you are able to make this soup in a safe manner and if you don’t have the chance to complete the cook-a-long today, don’t worry, you will be able to watch this video by looking in the archive section of the website.

  • Miss Inglis style – with cheese on toast?
  • Mrs Clark style – with peanut butter sandwiches to dip in?
  • Mrs MacLennan style – for dinner with pudding on the side?
  • Mr Morley style – with a cup of tea?
  • Mrs Pincock style – with chopped up chilli added in?

Dear Parents and Carers,

Throughout the video I make constant reference to you….just that you are there supervising your child and keeping an eye on the cooking process from beginning to end. Thank you for your support in this and I hope that you all have fun making this meal and enjoy cooking food with your child/children.

Please don’t worry if you don’t have the exact ingredients; yellow and orange peppers will work as well as red; you can use white or red onions and 2 small sweet potatoes will work instead of one medium one. As you will see in the video, I add in 3 carrots because I didn’t want one lonely carrot lying in the bottom of my fridge – soup really is great for using up lots of “odd” vegetables.

If you manage to take any photos, please do send them on to me at Steph.Clark@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk so that I can share all of your cooking with our school community (via the website).

Thank you for embracing this learning activity with your child.

Happy cooking!

Mrs Clark


Our School
Values

For the next four Tuesdays, we are going to be focusing on our school values…

Values are things that help make us the best people we can be!

This week’s value is…KINDNESS!

What is kindness?

Even at the moment, there are lots of things we can do to show kindness.

What could you do to show kindness to someone today?

Kindness Activities…

Below are some activities you could do either by yourself or as a family this week. It is Health Week but showing kindness to others can also help make you feel happy which ultimately helps your own mental wellbeing too!

Task 1 – Buckets of Kindness

This task is linked to today’s story (which you can find by clicking here). How many buckets (or cups) of kindness can you fill this week? For every kind act, record these on a stripe until your bucket or cup is full!

You can create your own drawing of a bucket to colour, use the template provided or even use a physical cup to fill with objects.

Task 2 – Kindness Confetti Art

We would really like to hear about all your acts of kindness this week. If you would like to share any work/photos, you can email them to laura.inglis@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk


At the end of May we made around 400 phone calls to our parents and we would like to pass on a little message…

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It’s been great to hear about all the things that are happening at home and hopefully we were able to reassure you that everything you are doing right now is amazing!

Many of you also told us that the enthusiasm has dwindled a bit recently and, to be honest, we would expect that even if we was at school… so don’t panic!

We are so lucky to have such supportive parents and this continued support really does drive us on!


P7 Glee Sign ‘Fight Song’

Today’s Stars of the Blog goes to some of our amazing P7 Glee Club. They have been working very hard over the past few weeks, learning to sign Fight Song. It has taken a lot of perseverance but they have worked as a team (practising over Teams without even being able to see each other) and done an amazing job! They make it look easy!

The Virtual Community Concert


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!


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.