Primary 7 Blog

SESSION 2016-2017


Update 18.5.17

The Weather here has been good and warm when the sun shines.  We have all been busy going from one activity to an other and having fun.  Just had our lunch and we are now going abseiling.  Looking forward to the Disco tonight.

Here are some  pictures .

Update 16.5.17

Last night the children went out on a night walk and returned covered in mud.  All managed to sleep soundly. (All that fresh air).

We have just had lunch after spending the morning Canyoning and we are now getting ready for our next activity.  Photos will follow as soon as internet allows.

P7 arrived safely yesterday at Benmore. We will try our best to update you as quickly as possible but internet connections are upredictable

What to bring to Benmore.  Follow the links below.

What Shall I Bring to Benmore 


Cross Country 2017

Well done to all those in P6/7 who represented the school at the Cross Country event at the Meadows today. Despite some very wet underfoot conditions all competitors gave their all and did themselves and the school proud.

A special congratulations to Evie in P6B who won her race, Sorcha in P7B who finished second and Ronan in P7A who came fourth (with a bit of sportsmanship along the way!) These children were awarded a medal each at the end of the event.

Thanks to all the parents who helped out and cheered the children on! Finally a special thanks to Mrs Walker who organised the event.

Busy Week

This week has been a very busy week in Primary 7. On Monday we had our first skiing lesson in P7 at Midlothian Snowsports Centre. It was a cold morning but perfect for our enthusiastic skiers. Photos to follow next week.

This was followed by a visit from Dog’s Trust where we learned about the role of dogs in WW2 as this is our topic this term. We learned about why dogs are still used in wars today with some stories about heroic dogs in years gone by. We also learned about how to look after dogs today and what to do if a dog we do not know approaches us.


On Thursday we went to the Risk Factory – a much anticipated trip for primary 7! We showed great teamwork skills but unfortunately we can’t tell you too much more as we want to keep the surprise for younger pupils to visit when they are in P7. However when asked if we enjoyed the trip our answer was unanimous…


Science at St Thomas’

This term, we were invited to go up to St Thomas’ RC High School on two occasions to take part in exciting Science lessons based around energy. During the first trip, we explored what acid rain was and carried out tests on samples of water taken from reservoirs in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We were then given the challenge of investigating different types of renewable energy.

Our second visit to the high school involved being put into teams and given the task of designing our own wind turbine. It was great to see what life will be like in school next term and to meet a few of our new teachers.


We have just joined P7 and it has been a great experience so far. We have worked on place value and decimals. In decimals have been multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. To help us relate this to real life situations, we planned a party with a budget of £400. We have also started a topic on South America.

In engineering we made spaghetti bridges which consisted of making a structure capable of holding 250g above the ground only using raw spaghetti, rubber bands and sticky tape. We also made helicopters using paper and paper clips along with creating geodesic domes using cocktail sticks and sweets.

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-Benni, Daniel & Elena

SESSION 2015-2016 (P6)

Thursday 3.3.16

We made up to the top of the hill. All 800 metres of it.





Wednesday 2.3.16

There was lots of activities in the snow today. Mrs Hunter had her first try of cross country skiing. We went canoeing, gorge walking, tree climbing, hill walking and fire building. At night we took part in a copoeira lesson, which is a non-contact marshall art that originated in Brazil. There has been move heavy snowfall this afternoon so looking forward to more snowy activities tomorrow.













Good Morning 2.3.16



SESSION 201502016

We have arrived!

Our journey went smoothly (no sick bags were needed) and the children were fascinated with the new Queensferry Crossing. After exploring we got settled in and had tea. Lentil soup and Macaroni cheese. After tea we had a night walk. We had to work in teams to complete an obstacle course in blind folds and in the pitch dark.



We have arrived to blue skies and sunshine with a little snow on the hills.


And we’re off. P6 left this morning at 9.45 to go to school camp in Lagganlia. There was much excitement and just a few tears ( but that’s enough about Mum and Dad). Watch out for more news.





Friday 13th May 2016

Final day.  The early morning jogging club has fewer members this morning . Too many pupils sleepy this morning.

Thursday 12th May 2016

It has certainly been a very quick week. Last day of activites today and groups are going to Lock Eck to kayak and canoe and hopefully, depending on the wind we might manage to get some sailing as well today. There are groups also going up the gorge today. All pupils have participated extremely well in activities this week and many of them have surpassed their expectations and really pushed themselves to master new skill.

Not surpisingly, pupils are still talking enthusiastically about this evening’s disco. I believe Mr Pritchard is going to be taking the quieter option of board games and reading in the library!!!

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and I am sure that your children will have plenty more to tell you about their Benmore experiences at the weekend.

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Yet another bright sunny day here at Benmore. All pupils have been extremely busy in a variety of activities today. One group had great fun in Puck’s Glen. They learned a lot of interesting information about different trees, plants and fungi. They aslo had time to rinse their hair in a very cool waterfall! Other groups were gorge walking, climbing and abseiling as well as orienteering and caving.

Tonight there was a creative activity where children worked in groups to make their own mini rafts out of twigs and grasses found in the garden. There was a raft race in the river where three rafts managed to nearly make it to the finishing line without breaking up!

Pupils are already getting excited about tomorrow night’s disco, discussing music they would like played and the outfits they are planning to wear!

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Tuesday 10th May 2016

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Another beautiful sunny day at Benmore and after a good sleep pupils got up raring to get started on their activities. It was quite blustery on the loch so the sailing had to be stopped but pupils got a short excperience of setting up the sails and had a short swim afterwards in a beautiful crystal clear pool. Groups went mountain biking, gorge walking, climbing and abseiling.

Pupils are quite tired this evening writing up their diaries before the tuck shop is opened. An evening activity involving hunting the teachers (hiding outside), will complete a very busy active day.

Hopefully all pupils will be fast asleep by 10.00pm tonight!


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After a beautiful bus journey in glorious sunshine pupils and staff arrived at Benmore safely in the early afternoon. Pupils met their instructors and had a great afternoon exploring the Benmore botanical gardens and learned lots of useful information about the huge variety of trees growing there.

After tea pupils wrote their diaries and then went out In groups to the river for a refreshing swim!

Tomorrow there will be many different activities hopefully again in the warm sunshine.

SESSION 2014-2015

After our visit to Lagganlia it was back to school for a busy term.

We took part in the P6/P7 show “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”. An amazing experience and we cant wait until next year when we produce our own show.

We have also visited St Thomas and participated in Carousel activites covering all the cirricular areas.  This was really good and has made us realise that our time in Primary is going to be over in a year.  We are all looking forward to being in P7.


During a Science project we were asked to come up with a structure made from paper that would be strong enough to hold a tennis ball.  A lot of thought and experimenation went into this and we had fun building our structures. Some were more successful than others.


We took part in Food Technology week and went to visit a farm.  It was great to see how our food is produced and we were able to collect eggs and then make them into sandwiches for lunch.

We made delicious pastries.


Today we have been learning how to use a compass and to read a map and then we used this new skill to go on a walk. It was long but worth it as the views were spectacular.  We had lunch out in the wilderness and after there was time for some fun in the snow. 1/4/15

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As we mentioned yesterday there has been a bit of snow and this morning we had some indoor activities before heading out.  Of course we had to build ourselves a snowman.  More to follow. 1/4/15


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This is our  first full day filled with activities – gorge walking, mountain biking, hill walking, rock climbing, absailing and  tree climbing and although it doesn’t look like it we have a lovely blanket of snow. 31/3/15







Lagganlia 2015

Once our beds were made it was dinner time and we had a lovely steak pie and raspberry cheesecake, judging by the empty plates the children certainly enjoyed it. Following dinner we engaged in our first activity – the night walk.

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We then split into dorms and the children were given the task of making their bed. It took some pupils longer than others…


But we got there in the end!

Primary 6 arrived at Lagganlia in high spirits and were immediately met by Nick who discussed expectations for the week. The children then met their activity instructors and explored the camp.





The bags are all safely packed into the coach and the children are all on.  They are now on their way to Camp.  There was much excitement this morning when they came in so not sure how quiet the journey will be as they are all talking about what is to come.

There will be an update coming soon.


Primary 6 have just finished Skiing tuition at Midlothian Ski Centre. We were ‘lucky’ enough to experience snow on all three of our visits and the pupils had a great time.


Eagerly listening to Skiing instructions.


Getting up the slope is the hardest part!


EU Topic

This term Primary 6 pupils have been learning about the European Union. Every pupil was given a member of the EU to research and presented this information to the rest of the class. Pupils created some lovely European themed artwork. IMG_0683[1]

SESSION 2013-2014

Everyone’s an Author

Primary 5 have been working very hard on writing their first novels!

We have been able to share and discuss our ideas, plan and draft our ideas and then use these to write our novels. We have enjoyed reading and sharing our stories with other children in school.



In PE, we have been practising and developing our gymnastics skills. We have been using the climbing frame and practising our rolling, travelling, climbing and balancing.


Food Technology

We have been learning how important it is to be hygienic when handling and preparing foods. As part of our Commonwealth Games celebrations, we have been comparing and preparing the foods of two Commonwealth countries. The Primary 5 countries have been Scotland and Canada. For each of these countries, we have looked at the source and sustainability of foods. In Primary 5, we used the new cooking equipment to make and prepare cheese and pancakes.


World of Work Week

Primary 5 enjoyed World of Work Week. We learned about different careers we would like to try in the future. To learn about different careers, we took part in a number of activities both in and out of school. A number of parent helpers came into school to talk to us about their jobs. These jobs included a graphic designer, a doctor and a photographer.


Endangered Animals Topic

Primary 5 have been learning about Endangered Animals. As part of this topic, an officer from the SSPCA came to speak to us about how we can be animal friendly citizens. After looking at a presentation about the work of the SSPCA, we completed an activity where we had to make decisions about how an SSPCA officer prioritises their case load.

We also visited Edinburgh Zoo to gain more information about endangered species and the reasons for being endangered.

Pablo Picasso

Our paintings of Dora Maar in the style of Pablo Picasso
Our paintings of Dora Maar in the style of Pablo Picasso

At the start of term each class chose a famous artist to study and reproduce their work in our own way. P5 chose Pablo Picasso.


Making smoothies using pedal power
Making smoothies using pedal power

We were very busy during Health Week and we really enjoyed making our own fruit smoothies using ‘pedal power’. We each selected some fruit to go into the blander which was attached to a motor which was powered by our own hard work on the bike. The result: delicous smoothies and tired legs.

Session 2012-2013 (P4)


We are doing an experiment this week to find the ideal conditiions for growing seeds. We will let you know our results when we have them.


P4 Learned about ‘needs and wants during Financial Education Week. We also learned the importance of savings. and making a budget.p4JPG

Viking Topic

Primary 4 have been studying Vikings this term and have been doing many different activities. They have visited Vikingar in Largs where they found out many interesting things about Vikings. Yesterday they went to The Filmhouse in Lothian Road to watch a film about Vikings. In class they have been weaving, making Viking Faces, making bread and have even made their own Viking Helmets.


A warm welcome back to a new term in primary 4 ! We hope you all had a lovely – fun summer holiday ! We will kick off the new term with health week, which starts the week beginning 27th of August ! Every morning we will have a whole school aerobic workout in the playground, to which all are welcome !!

This year our sports day took on an Olympic flavour and our sports were held over 2 days. We were all put into different countries and took part in an opening ceremony , we even had torches.
As usual everyone got behind there houses and competition was close. Congratulations to Grampian who won this years trophy.
Primary 4 have been busy finding out about Vikings. On Thursday we went to Largs to visit Vikingaar. There we were introduced to Eric who told us about the myths, legends and people. Some of the children dressed in costumes and acted out scenes. We were then shown round a Viking Longhouse and found out about the day to day life of a viking and their gods. It was a long trip but everyone enjoyed it.
As you can see from the photograph we have been busy creating our own Viking Longship crewed by fearsome worriers and maidens.
Today p4 enjoyed a visit from Generation Science. They learned all about The Water Cycle. The lesson was brought to life when they found out about condensation, evaporation, freezing and melting. They even managed to make there own cloud.
Primary 4A have been busy preparing for their Viking Assembly on 10th February. They have been making Viking helmets and brooches and practising their scripts with enthusiasm.
We look forward to welcoming friends and family at 11am on Friday, 10th February.

Happy New Year from P4

Happy New Year

This term P4 will be studying Vikings. We will be using all areas of the curriculum to explore this topic.

Trip to Edinburgh Castle

Primary 4a recently went on a trip to Edinburgh Castle. This linked with their topic of ‘Scotland.’ The class learned about different coats of arms and daily life in the castle. In this picture, the children are learning about how the castle was invaded by soldiers who swam through the loch and climbed up the castle wall.


P4 all enjoyed a visit from the storyteller Ruth Kilpatrick. We started of the session by singing a traditional scottish song “Rattling Bog’ then we settled down to listen to her bring the tradional stories of Betsy White to life. Everyone had a really good time.

Miss McGrouther, Miss Carroll ,Mrs Moffat and the children in P4 have been settling in to a new school year. As part of Health Week P4b took part in Korfball. A new sport to most of us.


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