Mrs Dale’s Blog (2019-20)

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‘Good News’ Update!

When it was still the Autumn Season, we planted some daffodil and iris bulbs in our allotment bed. Before we planted the bulbs we had a good look at them and read the instructions on the boxes to learn how best to plant them. Over the Winter the bulbs should start to grow roots and shoots before Spring time comes when we hope they will produce lovely flowers like the ones in the pictures on the boxes…

Before planting some new bulbs in the allotment bed we harvested all of the last growing season’s onions (as in the pictures earlier in this Blog) and turned them into some delicious onion soup. We tasted some of the soup in school and took some home too, along with the recipe so that we could try making some healthy onion soup at home with some help from an adult….

Some of us in Primary 4 enjoyed using our spelling and reading skills while we played this great game. At first we worked by ourselves, before Teamwork Tina was pleased to see the fantastic teamwork and co-operation as we worked together to join up all the pieces of our word puzzle. Well done everyone!….

Wow! This person worked so hard to win as well as to read and write lots of the words in today’s game:

Those of us in Mrs Dale’s P5 group love playing a game of SWAP now and again; the card game helps us to increase our reading fluency as each SWAP game has a focus on a particular sound. We keep our Sound Chart handy at all times to remind us of those tricky sounds in words….

Some of us in P6 have worked collaboratively to create a super poem about Scotland’s Wildlife. We enjoyed watching and listening to some short films before creating a sketch to use as inspiration for some writing. We then used various ways to help one another to check and edit our writing, including Sound Charts, our fingers and computers… Finally, during Dyslexia Awareness Week Scotland, we talked about some of the things which can help us with our reading and spelling. One thing which came up was the use of coloured overlay ‘reading rulers’ so we tried some out as we read out our completed poem; we’re each appreciating using one of these now. Can you work out who has written each verse of our group poem below? Our initials are at the end of the poem. Well done everyone!…. 

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We recently welcomed Alex to help us in our joint P3/P6 Wednesday afternoon group where we appreciate his great support as we enjoy various literacy activities, with a focus on improving our reading fluency. Practice makes progress…. well done everyone…. 

Many of us practise our reading skills to improve our reading fluency by using the Toe by Toe’ reading book as well as increasing our ability to read the first 1000 most common words at sight. Teamwork Tina and all of us want to say a BIG THANK YOU to our many wonderful Pupil Support Assistants who help us with this workwithout their fantastic support and encouragement we would not be able to make such good, steady progress. Well done Isla, Abbie, Cameron, Becca, Kaitlyn, Rachael, Dylan and Jacob who all work hard at some point most days to practice their reading using any or all of: the Toe by Toe book, booklets or lists of the most Common Words, a reading book…. keep up the super effort! YOU CAN DO IT! Special Congratulations from our Superhero Achieving Alfie went to Dylan and Rachael who recently completed reading the first 1000 most common words with confidence. One of them also had the chance to enjoy a Carrick Knowe Cuppa with Mrs MacLean….  😉 


Thank you to our visitors!

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Fred Frog was happy to ‘shout out loud’ to welcome our family members to our lessons this week! Thank you for coming to help us with our learning. 🙂 

We practised reading our green and red words… 

We shared and celebrated our own writing success! 

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We finished off by enjoying a game which included words with this week’s focus sounds – ‘ir’ and ‘ou’!


More GOOD NEWS from Fred Frog!

We love celebrating our success in different ways…. can you spy… Who is using the HOORAY or CROCODILE CLAP? Who is using the Yee Ha! celebration? ….. Who said FAN….TAS….TIC! to the winner of the game? Look who got some house points!….

Our CKPS Superhero Teamwork Tina loves us to learn, work and grow together…. she always enjoys watching us have fun as we play literacy games with our kind and helpful P6 friends:

Some of Fred Frog’s favourite moments are when he sees and hears us all enjoying reading and sharing stories together:

We try hard to be supportive and helpful ‘PERFECT PARTNERS’ while we read together…. we know how to use MTYT (My Turn Your Turn)! Here we are in action:

Super spelling…. we use different ways to help us remember how to spell those tricky ‘red’ words – the ones which it can seem impossible to sound out!:

Spelling partners of the day.… we worked together and used our fingers to help us to do some Fred Frog Finger Spelling before we wrote these grey ‘ay’ sound words onto our whiteboard. Fred Frog enjoyed reading our super ‘ay’ word sentence!:

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The stories we read together help to inspire us to do some great writing! We are proud to be successful writers and authors! ….

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Fred Frog was extra impressed with one of his friends last week so that person enjoyed a Carrick Knowe Cuppa with Mrs Clark! The hot chocolate was DELICIOUS! 🙂 And Mrs Clark was so pleased and proud of super effort and great writing!


Focussed Felicity is pleased!… and… some allotment news!

In September, Focussed Felicity was our Growth Mindset Superhero of the Month! Her ‘catch phrase’ is Hocus Pocus Everybody Focus! She noticed some of our pupils concentrating really hard as they made a super effort to use counters and their fingers to tally and spell words, before remembering and writing a dictated sentence using the same words. Focussed Felicity also enjoyed seeing the good focus and great effort to read words with our phonic sounds of the week while playing games including Snakes and Ladders

Some of us got to work on our allotment bed once more; it needed a good tidy up after some summer time weeds got growing! We harvested the remaining super-sized onions planted last year, and found some potatoes too. We then did some weeding and prepared the bed to do some more planting soon. We enjoyed looking up at the tall sunflowers in another allotment bed nearby – some of them have now disappeared and looked lovely as part of our school’s Harvest Assembly Display. 


Fred Frog and his P3 friends have been busy…

Our CKPS Superhero of the month Focussed Felicity was really impressed with our fantastic focus, good concentration and super effort when we were practising our handwriting:13th Sep

Focussed Felicity and Mrs Clark were especially happy and pleased with one of our group member’s EXCELLENT EFFORT and HARD WORK:

We regularly practise reading Fred Frog’s ‘green words’ – the green words are the ones we can sound out; we use ‘Fred Talk’ to help us sound them out before we read the words. What wonderful partners, helping each other! 🙂 

Fred Frog loves a good game….. this Snakes and Ladders game helped us to have fun at the same time as reading lots of words…. 

In the slideshow below you will see us being perfect partners, using our magic reading wands as we read a funny story about some animals and a boy on a bus! 


Fred Frog welcomes his new P3 friends!

We had a great first day with Fred Frog! We learned about a ‘family of sounds’: c o a d g q s – they are a family because when we write them they all start like a curly ‘c’! Fred Frog was so impressed with our wonderful handwriting. He is helping us to learn to remember to say the sounds (phonemes) as we write the graphemes (the written sounds are called graphemes!). WELL DONE EVERYONE!

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Fred Frog had a great summer holiday….. but he is very glad to be back at school now! Can you guess where he went on holiday? See if you can spot him in these photos….

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He loved camping on the…….. Isle of Lewis, in Scotland’s beautiful Outer Hebrides!