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Our annual Ceilidh which ended a very enjoyable Scottish week at St. Mary’s

On Friday morning, all the school came together to celebrate the end of our Scottish week. All the classes, from Primary 1 to 7, have been learning various Scottish dances during our PE lessons, and we took it in turns to show each other our superb dancing skills. The nursery children came along to share in the fun, and were even dancing along themselves to the music. It was a lovely way to bring the whole school together.

Chinese New Year in the nursery

So far this year we have been learning all about Chinese New year. It is the year of the dragon. He brings good luck.

We made a big dragon together.
We made Chinese lanterns and tangram pictures. There were triangles and rectangles in them.

We listened to the story about how the animals had a race across the river. The rat won and the New Year was named after him. The other animals took turns after that. We played with the animals and retold the story.

We tasted some different Chinese foods and we had messy play with noodles. They were very slippery!

Now we are learning all about Scottish things. We will put some photographs up soon.
Because it is winter we have been feeding the birds. We have put some new bird feeders up in our nursery garden and we are looking forward to watching our feathery visitors over the next few weeks.

Nursery Fundraising
Our Christmas fair raised a total of £387 for the nursery funds. We have already spent some of it on Christmas activities and outings. A big Thank You to everyone who contributed towards the fair and who came along to support us on the day.
If you would like to take part in the next fundraising group meeting, please add your name to the list in the entrance hall and we will find a day that best suits.

Note for your diary
On Thursday 23rd February we will be supporting the British Heart Foundation Wear it Red Day. We are asking the children to wear red to nursery that day and give a contribution of £1 towards the charity. We will also be having a red raffle and a red cake sale. If you would like to contribute a raffle prize please hand it in to a member of staff, and cakes can be brought in on the Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Learning about Calendars

At the beginning of term P1/2 made calendars.

Mrs McHugh said to the children  “We don’t need calendars” True or False?
All the children said it was true! Here are some of their reasons:

“You need to know what day it is so you know what day to come to school” Amie

“You need to know what the date is so that you don’t forget anyone’s  birthday” Emilie

“You need to have a calendar to count down the days until Jesus birthday” Sophie

All the children picked their favourite season to draw a picture for their calendar.

Everyone got a calendar page for January and had to write in the numbers of the days in January. We know there are 31 days in January. We used our calendar to find out lots of information e.g. ‘How many Sundays there are in January?’ ‘What day is the 23rd of January?’ Mrs McHugh was tickled pink with how well we all had done.

Next we put on pictures of special events we are having in school in January. We are having a Scottish week and are looking forward to tasting haggis,neeps and tatties!
We have taken our calendars home to add important family dates on them. We have kept one in the classroom to countdown to our special events.

Primary 2/3 present their work to the school

Today Primary 2/3 shared their work they have been doing since the Summer, with the rest of the school.
The children showed us a variety of different ways they have been learning; through pictures, photos, speech, dancing and singing.
The children learnt about skeletons, the bones inside our bodies, and why we really need them!! The children sang and danced to ‘Dem Bones, dem bones!”
They also told us about their project about the building of our new school, and how they visited the site.
They changed the lyrics of “Bob the Builder” to represent what they saw on their visit.
Thank you so much for sharing what you have been doing with us.

Photographer: Liam Fairbairn, P5/6