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Primary 1


We have started learning new summer songs for the end of term concert next week. We look forward to performing them to you. Some parents might even get an early performance at home as the songs are very catchy and we can’t get them out of our heads!!

Today was our final P1 lunch time sports club and we enjoyed playing dodgeball and developing our throwing and catching skills. A big thank you to the P7 Sports Captains for running the club. We hope there will be a sports club in P2.

The end of term countdown is on…!



3 weeks until the end of term! We enjoyed meeting our new Primary 2 teacher last week and getting to know her. Mrs Jeffrey is coming back on Friday to spend time with us too. Yesterday we had music time with Mrs McGaffney and we listened to the ‘Lion’ from the Carnival of the  Animals. We had to keep the beat throughout the music using our bodies and instruments. The best bit was the lion’s ROAR!

Yesterday we carried out a favourite minibeast survey in Primary 4 and recorded the information collected using tally marks. Today we are going to use this information to make bar charts and then share the results with Primary 4.



Thanks to all for coming along to Friday’s P1 French Assembly – merci! We enjoyed sharing our learning. We presented confidently and enthusiastically and Miss Cormack gave us all 5 stars to celebrate our success.

The summer fete was brilliant. The P1 dreamcatchers were popular. There are a few left if anyone still wishes to buy one.

We were excited to find out who our new P2 teacher was yesterday. We are looking forward  to meeting our new teacher on Thursday and spending time in our new P2 classroom.



Primary 1’s first Kinnoull School Sports Day was a huge success! Lots of super teamwork, cheering on friends and supporting one another. Everyone tried their best, had fun and that’s what it’s all about! Today we started to plan and prepare for Friday’s French afternoon with P1 parents (Friday, 2.30pm, Main Hall). We are learning new songs and preparing games for everyone to take part in. We look forward to seeing lots of Mums and Dads on Friday.



Primary 1 are counting the days until Monday’s whole school sports day. We hope lots of people come along to cheer us on! We have been learning about halves and quarters. We had to cut apples to demonstrate our learning. Pond dipping was cancelled on Monday but we will re-arrange. Details will follow shortly. Tomorrow we say goodbye to Mrs Robertson who is returning to Aberdeen University next week. We wish her good luck and hopefully she will come back and visit. We have started to make dream catchers for the summer fete. Come along to the fete if you wish to buy one!



Yesterday was a wonderful day of music in Primary 1. We enjoyed music time in the morning with Mrs McGaffney. We explored low and high notes on the xylophone and we learned to play a tune on the glockenspiel. We experimented using our voices making deep, low and high sounds for the different characters in Goldilocks and the 3 Bears! We are looking forward to next week’s session.

We have been carrying out surveys in the class, recording our findings with tally marks. We are going to learn about making a bar chart with the information collected and reading information from a bar chart.

In P.E with Miss Warren, we have been developing our hockey skills. We are working on developing this skill as there is a hockey dribble station at Sports Day.



We have been learning about symmetry and we designed symmetrical butterflies which are in the P1 Garden Centre on display. On Friday we explored and played lots of different symmetry games with our P7 buddies. They were amazed when we shared our symmetry learning!

We have 10 new classmates in P1….our caterpillars have arrived!  We are looking after them and checking them everyday. They’re already getting bigger! Yesterday we learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and created a picture showing this.



Welcome back to everyone!

We have enjoyed listening to everyone’s holiday news and catching up with our friends. Today we had a visit from Perthshire Rugby Club and developed our team work, listening, throwing and catching skills. There are photos on Twitter. We are going to be learning about the Easter story and celebrations this week. Finishing off our week on Thursday with an Easter egg hunt with our P7 buddies!

Happy Easter!



We had a super morning at Stewart Tower Dairy farm yesterday. A big thank you to Farmer Neil who gave us a tour of the farm and explained the journey of milk from cow to cone! We enjoyed learning about the different animals on the farm and the job of a farmer on a dairy farm. Miss Cormack has put some photos of the trip on Twitter. Thanks to the P1 parent helpers who came on the trip too.  Reminder for story sacks – they come home on a Wednesday and should be returned the following Tuesday. There will be no story sacks issued for the holidays.

3 days until the school holidays….happy holidays to all when it arrives!



Last week we started to learn about special days in our lives. Yesterday we learned about wedding celebrations around the world and we had to design a new special wedding outfit for the bride and groom to wear. Not long until our Kinnoull P1 wedding at Kinnoull Church – remember to wear your special clothes next Wednesday for the ceremony!

Tomorrow is our 100th day of school and the whole school are celebrating the day. We are going to take part in lots 100 themed activities.

One week to go until all story in a shoe box projects are due to be brought in. We can’t wait to learn about all the designs, characters and books.



Mr Marshall (The Potato Professor) visited P1 yesterday. He showed us lots of different foods you can make from potatoes. He even showed us a cup and a spoon made from potato! We learned about what potatoes need to grow and the journey of potatoes from the farm to fork.

Last Friday we celebrated World Book Day. We acted out the roles of different characters from books in Drama. We all had the opportunity to talk about a favourite book and the character we were dressed up as. The library was officially opened and it is AMAZING! There are lots of characters from our favourite stories painted all over the walls. P1's favourite was Elmer the patchwork elephant.


Primary 1 are enjoying a week of World Book Day activities. We are learning about characters, setting and exploring a range of books. Our activities on Wednesday and Thursday are all based around the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf! On Friday we will all get the opportunity to talk about a favourite book and talk about the character we have dressed up as. Remember – you don’t have to dress up on Friday if you do not wish to. Still a few weeks to go on the story in a shoe box project but we look forward to all the presentations and exploring the boxes. Our potatoes are ready to plant and we hope to move them outside tomorrow. The Potato Professor is coming to visit us on Monday to help us learn lots about growing potatoes.



We are learning about estimating and measuring lengths. Today some of us went outside and measured different objects in the playground using bricks. In P. E. we are learning about keeping our bodies fit and healthy. We had to move around different stations this morning,  developing our running, jumping, hopping and balancing skills. We learned how to do bear climbs which were tiring but we kept going!



Yesterday we learned about goats as part of our Food and Farm topic. We learned about their diet, names of different types and what food we get from goats. We tried goats cheese and almost everyone enjoyed it!

We took part in another STEM challenge with our P7 buddies; we had to build boats which would float and we were only allowed to use tin foil and lego. All the boats floated! Another successful challenge.

We are looking forward to welcoming a Student Teacher from Aberdeen University on Monday for the rest of term.



Happy Half term holidays!

In Drama, we learned the ‘Dingle Dangle scarecrow’ song and in groups, created imaginative actions to match the different parts in the song. In our groups we had to listen to others’ ideas, share our own ideas and make decisions. Today we continued to develop these skills in our ‘down on the farm’ drama.

Primary 1 story sacks will begin shortly and a parent information session with Miss Cormack will be held in March. Details will follow with date and time.

Miss Cormack has booked a trip to Stewart Tower Dairy Farm and we will visit the farm on Monday 25th March. We are all looking forward to our first Kinnoull school  trip!



On Monday we took part in a STEM challenge with our P7 buddies. We had to build a catapult and we were only allowed to use lolly sticks, spoons and elastic bands! We then had to fire ‘fire rocks’ and see how far they travelled. Everyone achieved success! Look out for the photos on Twitter.  We developed lots of skills; sharing, taking turns,  listening to others ideas and problem solving.

We have been learning about rhyming words and today we read a story about a ‘Fat cat on a mat’. We then had to create our own rhyming words collection for words which rhyme with cat and share it with our classmates.



Last week we learned about vegetables growing on the farm. We learned how turnips grow and what they need to grow. We tasted mashed turnip too! Today in Drama we had to pretend to be the farmer from the ‘Enormous Turnip’ and try to pull out the HUGE turnip with the help of our animal friends!

Alix  from The Royal Highland Education Trust visited us on Thursday and told us all about being a Scottish farmer. We learned about the food we get from the farm and we got to make flour from grinding wheat. We really enjoyed the visit and learned lots about food and farming. Yesterday we presented our scarecrow models; we had to talk about the materials we used and the design. We are going to begin writing imaginative descriptions about our scarecrows.



Last week we learned about the journey of wheat from the farm to the fork. Miss Cormack read the Little Red Hen story to us and we made our own Little Rainbow Hen artwork which is on display in the classroom. The Little Red Hens in P1 followed a recipe carefully and made fresh bread which was delicious! We also learned all about safety and food preparation.  We love our new smart sacks which hang on the back of our chairs. They are helping us to keep our belongings organised and tidy.


On Monday afternoon we learned about the job of a scarecrow on the farm. Miss Cormack has given us all wooden spoons and asked us to turn them into scarecrows! We have two weeks at home to make one and then we get to present it to our classmates. Our P7 buddies helped us make giant scarecrow pictures too.

Term 3’s Learning Tree for P1 is now on the school website and the new P1 homework menus are coming home this week in individual reading record books.




Happy New Year!

We were all excited to come back to school on Monday and share our Christmas news. We all got time to share our news with our classmates and P7 buddies.

We have started to learn about money this week and have been talking about what money is used for and why it is an important skill to be able to identify and count up coins. We have a Farm shop in the classroom and we have been busy pricing the items and paying for them with the plastic coins!

We are learning about Food and the Farm this term and hope to visit a farm towards the end of the term.



Our last week until we are on our Christmas holidays and we are even more excited than we were last week! Our Christmas party is on Wednesday afternoon and we are looking forward to having a dance with our P7 buddies and the P2 class! This afternoon, we had to solve one another’s addition picture stories with our P7 buddies. Each of the addition pictures were unique and matched individuals interests. Miss Cormack will add some photos of them to Twitter.

We hope everyone has a great holiday and we’ll see you in the New Year!

Merry Christmas

From Primary 1




We’re on the Christmas countdown and we are all VERY EXCITED! Yesterday was the P1 – P4 dress rehearsal for our Nativity, ‘Hey Ewe!’ and the older pupils all enjoyed the show and gave us positive feedback and some things to continue to work on. Thanks for the feedback P7!

Today is the final performance and we have lots of our families coming to watch.

Our Christmas party is next Wednesday afternoon. Please bring your party clothes in a bag to change into after lunch or if you can, go home and change into your party clothes.

Tomorrow is the Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day – look out for photos on Twitter!



It’s our final week of ‘Hey Ewe’ nativity rehearsals and we’re almost set for the performance. Thanks to all for the great costumes and props sent in from home. See you all on Tuesday at Kinnoull Church for our performance!

We are busy planning and making addition picture stories with our P7 buddies and hope to invite parents into see them in January when they are complete. Details to follow in the New Year.



We have been preparing Christmas pictures to decorate the hall with in preparation for this Friday’s Christmas Coffee afternoon. We hope everyone likes our snowy snowman pictures which our P7 buddies helped us make.

We have been developing our sentence construction skills; making sure our sentences make sense, have finger spaces between the words, a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end.

The Kinnoull School Christmas post starts the week beginning 10th December so get busy writing your cards. Then bring them to school any day during that week.



Nativity rehearsals are in full swing this week and we have started to make props too. The countdown is on….!

Today we learned the song and dance for ‘In and out the dusty bluebells’ and we are hoping to perform it for our P7 buddies next week.

We have been learning about the water cycle and we had to create our own water cycle diagrams and share them with our classmates.

Miss Cormack told us that tomorrow we are learning about tornadoes! We are going to try and make a tornado in a bottle! Look out for our science experiment photos on Twitter.



On Monday we  welcomed a visit from the SSPCA. We learned about what to do if you discover an injured animal and ways to reduce animals getting hurt. Today we wrote invitations for our Nativity show. Look out for them coming home on Wednesday – we home you can make it! Today a letter came home about costumes for Nativity. Please contact Miss Cormack if you didn’t get one.

Remember school is closed to pupils on Thursday and Friday. Enjoy the long weekend!




On Monday we welcomed Neil and Carole from Police Scotland. We learned lots about their job, how to make an emergency 999 call and what to do if a stranger approaches you. We got to explore their police car and even put the siren on! Thank you for coming to visit us. There are photos on Twitter.

We have learned about keeping safe on Bonfire night and our P7 buddies helped us to create sparkling firework pictures which will be on display in the corridor outside P1.

Nativity rehearsals have begun for ‘Hey Ewe’! We are busy learning the songs. Primary 1 are all sheep in the Nativity and details about costumes will be coming home next week.



Happy Halloween!

We are all very excited about the Halloween party tomorrow evening. We can’t wait to wow Miss Cormack with our spooky costumes.

Yesterday P7 brought  a big box of poppies and were collecting donations for them. We then learned about a special day called Remembrance Day and the symbolism of wearing poppies. We were then inspired to paint poppies. They will be coming home with us today and we hope everyone likes them.

On Monday we had to draw a self portrait for the 2019 Kinnoull calendar. Our P7 buddies supported us and encouraged us to add in lots of detail to our drawings.




Back to school time!

This week we have been learning about why it is important to learn to read times on clocks. Here are some of our ideas – so we don’t miss our bus or aeroplane, we remember to go to bed, when to get up and have breakfast, when it’s our swimming lesson and most importantly when it’s lunchtime at school! We have explored different types of clocks and learned to read o’clock times.

Today we listened to Scottish music and had to keep the beat using different parts of our bodies. We have begun to learn a Scottish dance called the Flying Scotsman and we loved adding in our own train sounds!



We can’t believe it’s the last week of term! What a busy term we’ve had! A big thank you to all the People Who Help Us visitors, we have learned so much about different jobs in the community. The weather is changing so please remember to bring coats every day. All the photographs, models and pictures of homework activities from the homework menus have been fantastic and it’s been a great opportunity for children to share their learning. Look out for the new homework menus in Term 2.

Happy holidays!



Today we had a whole school growth mindset day. Our day started off with an Assembly with Scott from Live – N – Learn and we learned lots about growth mindset. Then we explored the different parts of the brain and the jobs they do. We then took part in a relaxation class based on the Jungle Book story and songs. We learned about mindfulness colouring and the benefits of it. We finished our day off with helping ‘Gerald the giraffe’ change his fixed mindset and realise that he can dance if he practises and gets help from his jungle friends!



We were delighted to welcome so many P1 parents to our open afternoon. Primary 1 pupils were busy solving jigsaw puzzles and enjoyed showing our parents the new classroom charter and displays. This afternoon we were learning about mime in Drama. We had to use mime to demonstrate the movements of a bus driver and doctor. We shared some creative ideas with our partners in Drama.




We LOVED our visit from the Amber Watch on Thursday. We had so many questions for them and we learned about their job, the fire engine and making 999 calls. We are looking forward to a visit from a Doctor tomorrow and Physiotherapist on Friday.



A big thank you to all who have sent in P1 homework photos. P1 pupils have confidently talked about their learning and the photos. Keep them coming! We love sharing our learning.

We are looking forward to the visit from the Fire Brigade on Thursday afternoon. We have lots of questions for them to answer.


We have stayed at school for two full days so far and it’s great! We get to stay for lunch and then play outside with all the other boys and girls.  We have started to learn about patterns and we can’t wait to share our learning with our P7 buddies on Friday. Tomorrow we have a visit from our local postman as part of our People who help us topic. We have lots of questions for him. Look out for photos on Twitter.



We have been very busy in P1; learning new sounds, reading books, practising number formations and lots more! Last Friday we had our first P.E. lesson with Miss Warren and we played lots of games and developed our balancing skills.  This morning we have been learning how to write a number 3 … “a curl for you, a curl for me, that’s the way to make a 3!” Keep practising at home. Primary 7 have been helping us with our learning and we are looking forward to finding out who are buddies are.