Mrs Dale’s Blog


Friday 25th June


Wednesday 23rd June

We would like to thank Mrs Moir sincerely for helping to look after us all so well during her 19 years working at CKPS! WE WILL MISS YOU MRS MOIR! 😦 We all wish you a very HAPPY RETIREMENT! πŸ™‚

Friday 18th June


and our school grounds are full of sunny yellow buttercups!

During our final ASL sessions this term many of us have been enjoying helping to make a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle – we’re learning lots about birds as we search patiently for the pieces we need…. the BIG QUESTION is…. will we succeed in completing the jigsaw before the summer holiday begins?! πŸ˜‰

Out at the allotment, Skye the Scarecrow is watching some of our vegetables making steady progress and the weeds are busy enjoying the warmer weather too! While some of us have been doing some weeding, we’ve spotted and watched several insects and creepy-crawlies, including a butterfly (difficult to capture in a photo, so well done to JaimΓ© for managing to take the photo below), two tiny flies, one green and one black (perhaps a bit too tiny to see on Leanne’s hand!), daddy-long-legs, a caterpillar, several snails and lots of bees feasting on the allium flowers. The courgette plant had some pretty yellow flowers this week, so let’s hope we’ll see some courgettes growing by the time we get back to school after our 7 week break.

Thumbs up to the allium flowers, nearly as tall as us! Thumbs up too for one of our pupils who has completed his Toe by Toe book and improved his reading skills, after lots of effort and hard work with the help of our wonderful PSAs. YOU DID IT! πŸ™‚ Achieving Alfie, our CKPS Growth Mindset Superhero of the Month, is really proud of you and pleased with your achievement. Let’s celebrate your success! WELL DONE CAMERON!

It’s hard to believe that it will soon be the end of this next chapter of our lives at CKPS…. thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve had lots of ups and downs this year, but Fred Frog has always been there for some of us and we LOVE him! πŸ™‚

Fred Frog has been a FANTASTIC friend this year… he’s looking forward to making some new friends next session. πŸ˜‰
Thanks to Fred Frog and friends for wishing us all a HAPPY HOLIDAY!
Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Friday 11th June

Look at our prize-winning allium flowers!

We were excited to see, and feel them at our allotment. Did you know?… alliums belong to the same plant family as onions.

It’s all THANKS to this P7 member of TEAM CKPS that we have these beautiful allium flowers, because she planted them last November – so we will think of her as they flower again each year!

We’ve all loved being outside in the SUMMER weather, relaxing and having fun while learning too!

Playing one of our favourite literacy games – the SWAP game chosen for us is connected to the words with the sounds we’re learning to read and spell each week:

GOOD NEWS!.… our bean plants are still alive!….. we enjoyed measuring how tall one of them had grown when compared to our own heights. There’s lots of weeding to do too!

This month’s CKPS Growth Mindset Superhero, Achieving Alfie, and his friend Creative Cameron, loved seeing our finished ‘Sound Trees’ – and some of us were excited to take them home:

It’s hard to believe that another school year is quickly nearing its end, and it’s been a bit of an unusual year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the summer break arrives we’ve still got a few things to enjoy! πŸ™‚ We all loved watching the super P1 Assembly online and soon we’ll enjoy what the P7 classes are busy preparing for their online Leavers’ Assembly. WELL DONE EVERYONE! Enjoy the last couple of weeks of term. Mrs Dale

Friday 28th May

Pay attenTION! It’s a celebraTION! This week we said congratulaTIONs to Fred Frog and wished him a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We felt proud of ourselves as we were able to read many long words ending with TION!

Our final new sounds to think about with Fred Frog this session were words ending with TIOUS and CIOUS! We learned that TI and CI can make the same sound as SH! Fred Frog helped us have some fun… as part of his birthday celebraTION he found some scrumpTIOUS and deliCIOUS animal biscuits for us to enjoy !

This week we got busy creating our very own ‘Sound Trees’ – we will be bringing them home soon to remind us of all the sounds we have been learning – we should be able to explain the reason why certain words belong to a particular colour of leaf!….

Some of us enjoyed playing various literacy games to help us improve our reading and spelling skills:

What’s Skye the Scarecrow been seeing at our allotment beds? Lovely allium bulbs, planted in November, and now flowering πŸ™‚ ; some of us doing some weeding around the vegetables we’ve planted; our courgette, bean and tomato plants are still alive πŸ™‚ but they’re not growing much – perhaps they need some warmer weather….

Spot the superhero pupils doing GREAT WORK and our CKPS Growth Mindset Superheroes who rewarded some of us this week:

Did you notice someone who has become so good with her finger spelling? She often uses the finger spelling strategy to help sound out words, before she checks the sound chart that helps her to decide which spelling might be the right one to use.

It seems hard to believe it, but there are only 4 weeks left before the summer holiday when we will be saying FAREWELL to our P7 pupils. They have a few exciting things happening in this last month at CKPS, including their EPIC activity day coming up very soon! I hope you all have a great time:

Monday will be the last day of May when Practising Polly has been our CKPS Superhero of the Month. In June, Achieving Alfie takes over, so he will be looking out for some final ACHIEVEMENTS of CKPS pupils during this school session.

That’s all for now, keep smiling and keep on being the bright and shining star pupils that you are! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Monday 17th May:

Here are a few more photographs to keep you up-to-date with what we’ve been doing recently – to find out more, why not ask your child to explain what you see here? We turned our CKPS Values/NHS campaign poetry into a KINDNESS POET-TREE ! in our allotment bed:

Ms Pincock is one of the members of our wonderful CKPS Team who does a lot of work to help us enjoy and make the most of the many allotment beds – recently she was nominated as one of our school’s Value Ambassadors for the time and energy she devotes to her RESPONSIBILITY for our fantastic CKPS allotment, as well as all things ECO and those connected with Outdoor Learning. THANK YOU Ms Pincock. πŸ™‚

We were pleased to see our allium bulbs growing well, and to experience a snow cherry blossom shower on a windy afternoon:

At long last, we seem to be having a little more success with our vegetable seedlings – the ones we planted most recently are surviving… so far! Many thanks to one of our thoughtful parents for donating some young tomato plants, and to another caring friend of CKPS for donating a young broad bean plant, all of which were grown from seed. πŸ™‚

So we are now looking after all these edible plants: 3 tomatoes, 1 runner bean, 1 broad bean, 1 courgette and we’re hoping that some beetroot seeds will germinate and grow. Most of the daffodils have now finished flowering, so we cut off the dead flowers and will look forward to seeing them flower again in Spring 2022! Recently a kind Mum donated some Californian Hyacinth bulbs so they should add some more colour once they grow and flower.

In the photos below, can you spot whose been noticed and rewarded by Practising Polly, this month’s CKPS Growth Mindset Superhero of the Month?

Primary 7 pupils at work:

Primary 6 and Primary 5 pupils have been busy too:

Primary 4 pupils always enjoy a literacy game connected with our learning:

Primary 3 pupils have been as busy as ever with Fred Frog:

We practised reading and spelling words ending with ‘ear’ (hear with your ear):

In the same week as our fIRE alarm practice, we used wIRE pipe cleaners to make letters and words ending with ire (fire, fire!):

We did well to remember and repeat quite a long sentence which included ‘ear’ and ‘ire’ words. We used our fingers to help us to check our spelling:

Matching pair games helped to improve our memories as well as our ability to read some ‘ear’ and ‘ire’ words:

Practising Polly would like to remind all our CKPS pupils of her motto: Practice makes progress! Whenever possible, remember to keep on practising some reading aloud with an adult each day at home, and sometimes to yourself too! It’s also really good to listen to stories being read to you by an adult – try to have a book ready so that you enjoy some of it each day at home. πŸ˜‰

Can you spot Practising Polly? …. She’s the eighth superhero in this line-up!

That’s enough for now…. hopefully I’ll be back again soon to share some more good news of great learning by some of the marvellous members of our CKPS Team! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚ PS last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS to those of you who were nominated and became Value Ambassadors at the most recent Assembly

Monday 10th May

DID YOU KNOW?!…. Practising Polly is our new CKPS Superhero of the Month…. she was excited to be able to give out a few of her special certificates recently, including the ones pictured below:

You might enjoy watching the short slideshow below to find out what we’ve been doing with Fred Frog over the past little while…. you’ll see that we’ve been learning about these sounds: er (better letter/a purple sound), ew (chew the stew/a blue sound), and oa (goat in a boat/a yellow sound). We will soon be learning about ire (fire fire) and ear (hear with your ear).

Coloured overlays can help us when we’re learning to read:

We practise our reading skills in different ways, including using ‘time targets’:

Literacy games are another way we enjoy improving our reading skills:

Allotment update….. it has been a bit of a struggle to keep our successful seedlings alive! Sadly some of them have not survived the recent low temperatures….. but we will NEVER GIVE UP! Our CKPS growth mindset helps us to keep on trying!

Keep up the super effort, good work and great learning everyone….. thank you to all the wonderful CKPS Team! πŸ™‚ Mrs Dale

Monday 26th April

Last week was a busy start to what’s going to be a busy term! πŸ™‚

Challenging Charlie is the CKPS Superhero of the Month; he was pleased for me to give out a few awards, including these ones:

Our coloured overlay reading rulers and Toe by Toe books continue to help some of us become more fluent, confident readers:

We enjoy the various activities we complete each week which are part of our literacy work:

We learned more about lots of ‘grey’ sounds as we read stories, used our sound charts and sound trees, and played a game! …

Last week Fred Frog and his friends had a focus on the sounds ‘ur’ (nurse with a purse) and ‘are’ (care and share):

We planted out 4 of our bean seedlings, 3 courgette seedlings and 1 butternut squash plant on Wednesday 21st April. Will they survive?! They looked rather unwell on Friday last week 😦 ….. but we will keep our fingers crossed and hope that they will survive and grow!

Challenging Charlie says he is looking forward to hearing who is going to be May’s Superhero of the Month. Keep up the excellent effort and great work everyone! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Tuesday 20th April

Welcome Back to school after our Easter Holiday break! I hope everyone had a very…..

Before the Easter break, our allotment beds were looking great with all our SPRING daffodil bulbs flowering – we had planted them in the AUTUMN time last year.

Remember to keep an eye on our allotment beds to see how things are growing and changing over this SUMMER term – hopefully there will be lots more changes as things start to grow; SUMMER is the SEASON with more warmth and sunshine when lots of plants do lots of growing!

We will soon be planting out our bean, courgette and butternut squash seedlings….. it’s hard to believe each of these plants was just a tiny seed before the holiday. I’m looking forward to seeing you again, ready for another busy term at CKPS! Mrs Dale πŸ™‚

Thursday 1st April

We have been busy planting …

….runner bean, climbing bean, butternut squash and courgette seeds!

We hope our young seedlings and plants will survive the Easter Holiday. We have asked kind Mr Millar to help us to water them sometimes. Please come back to visit our BLOG after the holiday to see how they have grown and changed! Will they survive?!

While we were working at the allotment we enjoyed spying on some ladybirds, making labels for our anemone flower bulbs and seeing lots of our daffodils flowering – we planted them in November.


Have a lovely break from school! See you back at CKPS on Tuesday 20th April. Mrs Dale ps Challenging Charlie has become April’s CKPS Superhero of the Month; he says WELL DONE to this person for creating and writing an Easter Acrostic Poem: