Monthly Archives: February 2022

Friday Update

Hello everyone.  We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.

The team had a successful in-service day at school with a focus on literacy.

Morrison Construction

We were delighted to receive 20 hand built wooden planters for our playground kindly donated by Morrison Construction on a very wet in-service day!  As part of our on-going efforts to improve the outdoor playground space we will be planting the trees received from The Queen’s Canopy in the planters.  We now are sourcing soil for the planters, any donations would be much appreciated.

Mikey’s Line

As a school we are committed to nurturing approaches that help support good mental health for everyone in our school community and attached is a flyer for parents from Mikey’s Line for your information. 

World Book Day and Book Drive

Thursday 3rd March is the 25th World Book Day. The children are welcome to come to school dressed up as a character from a book which they enjoy if they wish. Each class will do some book themed activities to celebrate the day.

The children will be given their World Book Day voucher on Monday.

The school will also be running a book drive from Thursday 3rd March to Friday 11th March. We would be grateful for any donations of old and unwanted children’s books.  The children will also learn that the book drive is to replicate events that took place historically.

Any books which are donated will be sorted by the children and donated to different groups within the community.

Home School Partnership Learning

Please find attached two sheets of suggested activities ahead of World Book Day. These could be some fun reading challenges to share with your child over the weekend.

Have a lovely restful weekend,

Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Happy Friday everybody, the last few days have been quite cold and windy. We have enjoyed seeing the children happily playing with snow.

Central Two Centuries

As part of our project, the pupils had drumming with the Eden Court Team and Drumfun. All children enjoyed taking part in the session.  Here are some of the comments from the children:

‘’It was amazing. I loved it. I want to do it again.’’

‘’It was fun learning new thing. We were learning a song on African drums.’’

‘’Incredible fun!’’

‘’If you put your hands down, drums go quiet. If you put hands up it goes loud.’’

From 1921, Local Education Authorities were empowered to provide free milk for each pupil at school. On Thursday, we replicated milk at school days and each child received a glass of milk.  Allergies were taken into account.

‘’We got milk because in the olden days they always got milk. It was good because it taste nice.’’

‘’It was a good idea because it makes you very fast at tidying up.’’

School Home Partnership Learning

If you are taking a road, coach or train trip over the February short break, here are few game ideas to help keep everyone occupied.

https://www.playscotland.org/resources/print/PS0018-Play-Scotland-Games-for-on-the-Go-A4-Poster-LoRes.pdf?plsctml_id=20050

Handwriting – Before the use of paper at school, pupils used sand and/or slate to write in/on. On your next trip to the beach, have a go at writing in the sand. If you have sand/ground in your garden try it there. If you have, some chalk & slate try this. Is it easier or harder than writing on paper?  We are planning to replicate this in school when to weather is a bit warmer.

Dates

February Break and In-service day

Monday 21st Feb to Wednesday 23rd Feb, children return on 24th Feb

Please find attached some photos of learning from this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Fraser and Mrs Guzowski

Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone.

Platinum Jubilee

To mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee,  the children have been enjoying learning more about the Queen’s 70 year reign this week. We hope you enjoy the creative pieces that the children have completed to mark this amazing occasion!

Parents Evening

Our team enjoyed catching up with parents this week at Parents Evening. The role of parents as partners to the school is really important to us as we work together to help the children make good progress, both socially and academically. Thank you for taking the time especially to talk to your children, read and share stories, practise sums and tables and practise handwriting. The daily five minutes really helps to consolidate their learning.

School Home Partnership Learning

As part of our project, Central Two Centuries, classes will be hosting a Spelling Bee in the last week of March to replicate previous years. Feel free to begin practising with the common words which are attached.

Spelling Bee participants hear a word read out, they repeat the word then spell it using letter names. When spelling the words, it is important that the children use the letter name, not the sound eg. S+H+O+P is shop not sh+o+p.   There is a lot of information on the internet, however we couldn’t find a suitable short clip to attach.

School Uniform Social Enterprise Project

Some S3 pupils from the Inverness High School Social Enterprise group came to speak with P6 and 7 classes last week about a project they are working on. They are hoping to collect Central School jumpers that are no longer being used or needed. They will clean and mend them so they can be repurposed for other pupils to use.

If you have any school jumpers that are no longer needed could they be brought into school please? P6 pupils will collect them and liaise with the IHS for collection/delivery.

We have uploaded some key opening and closing dates to Connect Us for your information.

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone!

Despite strong winds, we finish another positive, busy week at Central School.

Central Two Centuries

The children continue to work on heritage through dance as part of our project this term. We look forward to including some drumming as part of this.

Transition

Over the last fortnight the nursery children have been given transition opportunities to help prepare them for Primary 1 in August. This term the children are focusing on phonological awareness. This is a range of skills that help them to be ready to read, write and spell. It is always exciting to see children begin to master literacy skills and become more independent in their learning.

Please follow the link for more information. Over the next few week we will publish on Google Classroom ways to support your child at home.

Connect Us

If you are having any issues accessing the app please let your child’s teacher know. Remember when you download the app you will be asked for a username and pin code.  These are now posted on google classroom for security.

As parents were previously able to message teachers directly, we created a mailbox for each class so direct communication from parents to staff can still happen.  The mailboxes will be checked daily. For urgent communication, please telephone the school.

Parent Council Meeting

We had a positive Parent Council meeting last night.

 Discussions included:

Our Active School Coordinator, Susanne Standish-White joined our meeting to share ideas for after school clubs. She is looking for parent volunteers who would run our potential clubs. With parental support, we could offer a 30-minute Run Jump & Throw session for P1-P3 from 2:30 to 3pm and tennis sessions at the Tennis Club. All ideas are welcome and support will be offered.

Please feel free to get in touch with Mrs Standish-White.

Improvements to our playground and our new goal posts are awaiting construction. We were delighted to received wood donation from John Gordon & Son Ltd sawmill in Nairn and hope that our new goal posts will last as long as the previous one which we reckon it is at least 20 years.

We are looking forward to receiving bikes, which have been ordered to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

The school is committed to continue to provide high standards of learning and teaching which our Parent Council chair recognised with the recent press report.

School Home Partnership Learning

As part of our Anniversary Project, you may enjoy this Learn with Lorna session:

Your local area – https://youtu.be/WgpnoNnf6gM

Central School fully supports play-based learning and the many benefits this brings to children in developing their friendships, social skills and managing their emotions.

In the early years especially,learning through play supports thedevelopment of literacy, numeracy and thinking skills. As part of our journey, we would like to share some appropriate resources and ideas to support play in and around home.

We hope you will enjoy using the play padlet.

Made with Padlet

Have a lovely restful weekend,

Mrs Guzowski