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Welcome Back!

Can you believe we are into week 2 already?

What an amazing first week we had here at Milton – I was so proud of all our children. What a lovely atmosphere it was in and around the school. The highlight for me was that the children could all mix and be in the playground together – the children were so happy about this. It was so lovely to see and especially how kind, considerate and caring they were to our new and younger pupils.

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Our Nursery children enjoying the construction area
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The Nursery enjoying being back together after 7 weeks apart.
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P123 exploring length
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P345 explored position and movement work in our maths. They used the beebots to challenge each other to get from A to B and a position bingo game to practise thier position vocabulary.
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Thank you for ‘Poppin’ by to read our Class Charter. Mrs Christie collated the children’s answers to our questions to find the common themes. They were then linked to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to form our class charter which includes the rights we think will help make our classroom a happy and positive place to learn.
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And so it’s signed ✅ P345 spoke about the role of the children and the role of the adults in the class to draw up their class contract. All of the children and adults working in the class had to agree to the terms of the contract before making their way to the boardroom to sign on the dotted line 🖋 This links to their class charter. They spoke about what would happen if the contract was broken, as mistakes can happen. All of the children, and adults, recognised that there would be a consequence for their actions. Have a look at us signing our lives away with Mrs Sutherland – a class chairperson.
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P567 spent the last couple of days putting together their class charter as an important reminder of how we can ensure everyone is the class is happy, safe, healthy and heard. They worked in pairs to create a different statement for each letter of the alphabet and then we voted privately on each on to pick the best for our class. I am so impressed with the outcome and the thought that has gone into it 💕

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P567 also spent time focusing on cooperation completing some challenges in our groups. Here we are with the first challenge which was to build the tallest tower possible with marshmallows and toothpicks that would be able to stand without anyone supporting it. A great example of the importance of sharing ideas and ensuring everyone plays their part 👏#

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We couldn’t have asked for a better start from our children, they all really did try their best. #Dream #Believe #Achieve!

We are excited to see what lies ahead this year as anything is possible after this fantastic start!

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Signing off for Summer

The last week of term is always filled with mixed emotions. Happiness – to see the summer holidays ahead but also sadness as we say farewell to some of our lovely staff and children.

Mrs O’Shea has a new job in Inverness which she will begin in August. Sadly this means she will not be teaching P3/4/5 next session alongside Mrs Christie but we completely understand that Mrs O’Shea’s family must come first. Yesterday, Miss Bremner visited the school and was introduced to the children. Miss Bremner will share the class with Mrs Christie next session and we look forward to welcoming her to Team Milton.

Primary 3/4/5 said farewell to Miss Hunter this week in style by planning her a surprise wedding. There were tears of joy (and sadness) as we celebrated the special year we’ve had together. There were speeches, games, music and even a homemade wedding dress which Miss Hunter said is even nicer than the real deal! We wish Miss Hunter all the very best as she begins married life later this summer and commences her new post in August. They are a very lucky school to be getting you!

We are all very excited to welcome Ms Brewer back to Milton next session. Ms Brewer is going to be working alongside the staff and children next year developing our Numeracy curriculum. We can’t wait to hear her trademark laugh echoing through the school again!

On Tuesday, we celebrated our new P1s graduating from Nursery with a small garden gathering which we shared on Seesaw. The children took part in a special performance of the story “Tiddler” and shared memories of nursery/aspirations for P1. We wish them all the best on the next step of their learning journey.

Mrs Campbell also joined the graduates as Friday was her last day with us. Mrs Campbell has been an asset to our Nursery team this session and we are all very sad to see her go. We know she won’t be a stranger and will no doubt receive a very warm welcome when she pops in to say hello.

Last but not least, Miss Crew prepared a superb P7 leavers assembly on Thursday afternoon as a tribute to the children moving onto secondary. The children enjoyed a special fun day on Tuesday named “I’m a P7 Leaver, Get me out of here!” where they took part in various challenges to earn stars for their team. The girls just trumped the boys in the end after winning the celebrity cyclone task.

We wish the children all the very best as they transition to Invergordon Academy. We have no doubt their years there will be every bit as successful as their time at Milton.

We hope you all have a lovely, well earned summer holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back in August. Take care and stay safe ❤

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Miltondrum 2021

WOW – our very first festival and boy did we pull out all the stops. Balloons, banners, bunting, VW campervans, photo frames, quizzes, facepainting, music, tattoos and barrels of fun. The weather wasn’t on our side but we made the most of it by taking the party indoors in our bubbles!

A huge thank you to Mairi and Claire for preparing the most delicious picnic lunch for all of the children. It went down an absolute treat.

The fun was followed by a farewell Assembly to our lovely P7 leavers expertly prepared by Miss Crew. I am sure we can all agree she gave them an excellent send off despite the challenges Covid brought. I have to say the photograph of them as “I’m a celebrity/P7 Leaver” camp mates is just brilliant!

We’d like to extend our thanks for the technical support to Mrs Christie’s niece, Leah, for her efforts in putting together the videos for the nursery and the P7 memories. You put our technology skills to shame.

Please see some photographs of the fun and games below.

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Doorstep Discovery Challenge

Well done to 3 of our pupils who completed Highlife Highland’s Doorstep Discovery Challenge throughout the month of April.

The challenge consisted of a number of activities that needed to be completed.

The children received goodie bags as a reward for completing the challenge.

This was a super event that was organised by our Active Schools Team at Highlife Highland.

Thank you and well done!

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‘Move up day’ 2021

A very happy Friday at Milton today as the children moved up to their new classes and met their new teachers (or same old for some). Have a read of what they got up to below.

P123 spent some time getting to know each other and their new classroom. They explored the new play activities and made a special surprise for someone in their house.

After break they talked about how we are all unique and identified the different things that make us ‘us’! Then they all decorated a fish for Mrs Dunnett’s special welcome display.

In the afternoon they were dying to explore the playground equipment so chose to spend golden time outside in the sunshine! They had such a lovely day and we hope the children are looking forward to August as much as Miss Robinson is!

Primary 3/4/5 welcomed some new children and Mrs O’Shea back for the first time since she had her baby. It was lovely to have her back with us and Mrs O’Shea was delighted to see everyone again. She told Mrs Christie lots of times that she couldn’t get over grown up and responsible everyone had got!

They also started the morning with a little bit of free play – the lego area and dinosaurs proved to be hugely popular but jigsaws and the creative station were also given some attention!

They also made something special for a celebration this weekend (which should be in an envelope in your child’s bag).

Mrs O’Shea then read a lovely story about a very unique elephant and everyone was asked to contribute to a class discussion on what made them special. They also decorated some fish which Mrs Dunnett will use for her welcome display.

There was lots of fun to be had outdoors at break time too. There was lots going on from space hoppers to football to ‘cops and robbers’. Mrs Martin took good care of them in the afternoon – they helped to take care of the plants in the playground and polytunnel. Hopefully we remember to keep checking on everything next week for Mrs Martin.

P567 spent the morning doing a selection of games, jigsaws, wordsearches or colouring before settling in to a flags of the world quiz on a new website called blooket. They linked the task to the current class topic of WW2 and solved some morse code to find the phrases ‘Don’t compare yourself to others’ and ‘Everyone is unique and special’ before colouring their own unique fish for a wall display.

After lunch they spent time outside with the future P7s helping Miss Crew teach the rest of the class a game called scatterball that Jake from Active Schools taught us in our Junior Sports Leader Training. It was great to see everyone taking part and cheering their team mates on. Such a lovely day had by all and really making Miss Crew look forward to August!

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Milton Summer Holiday Hub

FUN IN THE SUN WITH HIGHLIFE HIGHLAND THIS SUMMER.  Does your child attend Milton Primary School? Sign them up for 6 weeks of FREE sports, fun and learning at the Milton holiday hub. FREE brunch and lunch provided. Daily booking is required and places are limited – so book soon to avoid disappointment! For further information contact the Active Schools Team on 07920 451332 or jake.williams@highlifehighland.com or book your child a place here

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New Library

We are delighted to reveal our new Library, we planned to hold a Grand Opening but due to current restrictions we cannot have people in and show it off properly so here is a sneaky peek…

We would like to thank all the parents and staff (especially Miss Robinson) for their amazing fundraising efforts for making this upgrade possible and for all of their suggestions regarding décor, quotes for the walls and books.

It really was worth the wait and we cannot wait to see the children enjoying it and getting lost in a book!

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Houses and Homes

Primary 123 have been enjoying exploring our new topic of ‘Houses and Homes’. We have been looking at types of houses and the materials that they are built from. The children have been particularly interested in discussing the properties of materials and the suitability of different materials for specific purposes. WE have also been investigating whether certain materials float and sink. We had to make predictions and see if our predictions were correct. This week the children began to explore the differences between solids, liquids and gases. They had lots of fun making Oobleck- a substance made from cornflower and water that is a liquid and solid almost all at the same time!

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P3/4/5 Explore the Jurassic Period

Primary 3/4/5 have been learning about dinosaurs for their topic this term. Miss Hunter has been looking at the historical side of this topic by exploring the evidence of dinosaur existence while Mrs Christie has taken charge of Dinosaur characteristics and diet. There have been lots of opportunities for the children to become Palaeontologists in the classroom as well as thinking about the timeline for dinosaur’s existence. They have produced some fantastic pieces of writing this term including posters, dinosaur poetry, reports on invasion in the woods and creating their own characters. We have been working hard to improve our vocabulary and trying to excite our reader when they read our work.

See some examples of our work below:

The children made fossils using some dinosaur bones in the clay.
There was an excavation site in the class on two occasions – the children reported this was a time-consuming process which you needed lots of patience for.
Following some excavation, the children looked at where most of the dinosaurs would’ve existed. I am led to believe that most would’ve been in America/Canada with some in China and a Pterodactyl being from Germany.
An example of a Newspaper report telling us about the invasion in the woods.
An example of a dinosaur description written after making one using an online programme.
A poem example written after reading Mrs Christie’s book ‘You must never touch a dinosaur…’
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Green Day

On Friday, the Nursery and School took part in Green Day and wore Green in support of The Robert Andrew Munro Foundation. This Charity has a personal connection to our school as Robert was the young Uncle of 3 of our Pupils.

The School raised £75.85 which will be passed on to the foundation.

For more information please see… https://ram.charity/

Well done to everyone and thank you for your support.