Mrs Dale’s Blog


Friday 17th December

It’s time to wish everyone a well deserved break from school and a VERY:

Fred Frog and his P3 friends wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December’s CKPS Superhero of the Month is Practising Polly! She loves to CELEBRATE SUCCESS! Well done Connor, Kieran and Ruby! πŸ™‚

Do you know how many days there are in each month? We’ve been learning a short poem, as well as using our 2022 calendars and knuckles, to find out about the number of days in each of the 12 months of the year:

Fred Frog joined the search for Red Hat Rob who was WANTED for stealing Black Hat Bob’s cash box….. he was FOUND hiding in various places on our allotment! πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful holiday! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! See you in 2022! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Friday 10th December

Fred Frog and Black Hat Bob were most impressed with these WANTED posters to track down Red Hat Rob, which were created by his P3 friends – A HUGE ‘WELL DONE’ TO EVERYONE!…

Christmas is coming!… πŸ™‚

Soon we will say goodbye to 2021 and welcome the New Year of 2022! We’ve enjoyed making calendars for 2022 while learning:

* how to spell the 7 days of the week;

* about special dates in each of the 12 months of the year.

πŸ™‚ If you’ve time, you might enjoy trying some of the CHRISTMAS themed activities in the links below:

Build a Nativity Scene –

Decorate a Christmas Tree –

Christmas Memory / Pairs Game –

How well did you do? πŸ˜‰

Now I’m looking forward to being back at CKPS on …

In the meantime, have a great weekend everyone! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

ps if you feel like it, why not listen to or sing-along with some of these Christmas carols which form part of a traditional Christmas Service in a church:

Online Carol Service – Virtual Carol Service –

Friday 3rd December

Focussed Felicity says ‘whoops-a-daisy’!…. the date on her extra special large certificate should have said 30.11.2021! She must have been feeling a bit exhausted at the end of her very busy month!!

Despite making that mistake, Focussed Felicity was pleased to be able to reward a few more certificates while she was still November’s CKPS Superhero of the Month.

Practising Polly has taken over this exciting role for December! She has enjoyed listening to some pupils reading stories as they looked out for particular words, before practising spelling those words with the ‘ar’, ‘ee/ea’ and extra tricky ‘au/aw/all/wa/alk’ sounds:

Freda Frog was given a wonderful surprise this week…. her very first Teamwork Tina certificate! πŸ™‚ …

Some of us have been learning to read and spell more words with silent letters, for example, chalk, plumber, gnome, calf, knuckle, builder:

Practising Polly and Fred Frog enjoyed listening to us working with our partners as we practised reading our Speedy Sounds:

We knew it was definitely the WINTER season last weekend when we had a small amount of snow! πŸ™‚ So it was quite chilly when we were working on the allotment this week:

It’s hard to believe that there are not many days left now for Santa and his Elves, and for each of us to get ready for CHRISTMAS! πŸ˜‰ I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend as we look forward to our WINTER celebrations, Mrs Dale

Friday 26th November

During NOVEMBER Focussed Felicity has been our CKPS ‘Superhero of the Month’: find out what some of us have been doing to earn another of her special wee certificates:

Practising Polly will be taking on our CKPS ‘Superhero of the Month’ role during DECEMBER! She likes to remind us that ‘Practice makes progress!’ πŸ™‚

SPELLING can be FUN! It was a bit windy…. but we managed a quick photo as we clapped and counted the two syllables in our creative NATURAL spelling of THURS/DAY before our colourful collection of autumn leaves were blown away! 😦

Look what Fred Frog’s friends did to spell words using these sounds: air/that’s not fair! ir/whirl and twirl…

Some of us have been learning a ‘mnemonic’ story to help us to remember how to spell the word ‘because’, while others have been playing a ‘silent letter’ game to help spell words with tricky silent letters, such as wrapper, yolk and stalk

READING can also be FUN!… parents and carers might like to ask us about some of the games we have used to improve our reading and co-operation skills this week….

Skye the Scarecrow….. her ‘new look’ is a ‘work in progress!’….

I hope you will enjoy some rest and relaxation over the weekend just like this person’s lovely new puppy dog!….

See you soon! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Monday 22nd November

Last week we enjoyed celebrating BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND 2021! Fred Frog and his friends had fun reading and listening to stories about Black Hat Bob and some of his Pirate mates! πŸ™‚

Who else can you spot improving their reading or spelling skills in different ways?….

We also hung some twinkling stARs on our Sound Tree, because we were learning to read and spell words with the ‘AR’ /’start the car’ sound. Then we had a good time playing a 4-in-a-row game when we practised reading many more ‘AR’ words:

Now take a look at some of last week’s reasons for SUCCESS:

The season of AUTUMN is often the time of year to plant bulbs; we hope these daffodil bulbs – planted in the shape of C K – will help us through the cold and dark WINTER days as we look forward to them flowering in SPRING 2022!….

Did you know?!…. This is the last full week of NOVEMBER! Have a great week! Keep up the super effort and terrific work! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Friday 12th November

Watch out for Pirates at CKPS! Meet Black Hat Bob and his Pirate Mates…..

…. they tried hard to STOP Red Hat Rob from robbing Black Hat Bob’s cash box! Red Hat Rob thought he had had SUCCESS….. when all of a sudden ….. OH NO!!!….

…. the cash box fell overboard into the mouth of a large and hungry SHARK! We decided the shark would have preferred a tasty pirate for dinner ….. but that was not to be!!

Well done to one of us who enjoyed doing some great role play as Black Hat Bob and landed on Fred Frog’s Purple Lily Pad!…..

Thanks to our P7 ASL buddies for helping us to enjoy listening to some pirate stories. πŸ™‚

Fred Frog’s P3 friends learned about a yellow sound – ow/blow the snow, and two blue sounds – oo/poo at the zoo ! and oo/look at a book. Our Silver Sound Tree is starting to look very colourful now:

After playing a 4-in-a-row game to remind us of words with the ay, ee and igh sounds, we celebrated the winner’s success using the Yee Ha celebration!….

Syllable clapping and finger spelling helped some of us in P4 to write and check our spelling of the 7 DAYS OF THE WEEK!:

Our Superhero of the Month noticed lots of good focus and attention while reading, and some of us in P6 were using a spellchecker to check our spelling this week:

It was EXCITING to find a message in one of our CHATTERBOXES with a GREAT IDEA….. watch out for more about this in the future! πŸ˜‰

Have a great weekend everyone before we’ll be back at CKPS on:

Which day and who can you see in this week’s ‘day of the week body art’ photos???…. That’s all for now, see you soon! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Friday 5th November:

… is here again! Can you recognise us? We had great fun creating the letters in the 2 syllables of the word FRI/DAY by using our bodies!

This week we were adding our first leaves to the Silver Sound Tree: grey coloured leaves with words ending in ‘ay’. We also learned about the green sound ‘ee’/What can you see? and the white sound ‘igh’/Fly high! We’ve been reading and spelling lots of words, some of which included our new focus sounds. Practice makes progress!

Fred Frog loves to CELEBRATE SUCCESS! Look who landed on his Purple Lily Pad this week….. she will be able to sit on his special comfy cushion on Monday. Fred Frog loved your spell writing. WELL DONE! πŸ™‚

During DYSLEXIA AWARENESS WEEK SCOTLAND we found out more about DYSLEXIA and thought about ways to help anyone who has literacy difficulties:

Our CKPS Superhero of the Month, Focussed Felicity has noticed these pupils this week – keep up the super effort all of you; and to those of you who enjoyed a Carrick Knowe Cuppa with Mrs Canning, a huge WELL DONE! You deserved your special reward!

Out at the allotment we were busy weeding, and preparing to plant some daffodil bulbs.

I have been hearing FIREWORKS this week. Some of you are celebrating DIWALI with your families, a very special time of the year for you; others of you might be enjoying Bonfire Night – ‘remember, remember the 5th of November!’… and…

Take care everyone and have a wonderful weekend. See you soon, Mrs Dale πŸ™‚