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This week Nursery have explored the many different outdoor areas on the school grounds, made kites to fly in the windy weather, created mobile solar systems, learnt about friendships and being kind and most importantly....... had a great deal of fun! It's great to be back!

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This week Nursery have explored the many different outdoor areas on the school grounds, made kites to fly in the windy weather, created mobile solar systems, learnt about friendships and being kind and most importantly....... had a great deal of fun! It's great to be back!

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It's Friday! Well done on making it to the end of another week. We have loved having Nursery to P3 children back onsite in school and we look forward to welcoming everyone else back on Monday 15th March for the final week of term.This morning, the Headmaster talks about the importance of a smile and how we should all try and smile more, whatever the circumstances. Have a super weekend, and keep smiling!

Watch the assembly here.

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Watch the assembly here.

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This week in P3 we have been learning about boats past and present. We have imagined sailing across the South China Sea aboard the Cutty Sark, talked about the adventures of Scott and Shackleton on the RRS Discovery and learned how the steam engine saw the demise of the sailing boat in world trade. 

We have also been doing lots of experiments around sinking and floating and boat design. Today, we made our own paddle boats using a small plastic bottle, two elastic bands and a medicine spoon!

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We have also been doing lots of experiments around sinking and floating and boat design. Today, we made our own paddle boats using a small plastic bottle, two elastic bands and a medicine spoon!

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Thank you, Mr Chair….!

One aspect of school life that has continued to amaze me at Cargilfield is the confidence at public speaking. At their age, I was a quivering wreck at the mere thought of speaking in front of the class, let alone be prepared for criticism, demanding of answers and justifying my opinion in front of three year groups! I have nothing but respect for the children who take part in debating and quite envy them in the skills and confidence they will gain from doing it at this age.

This year, the Form 6s in particular, seem to have got the hang of debating pretty quickly (with some Form 6s having actually started when they were in Form 4!). And the motions we have came across last term, and indeed this term, are pretty meaty; certainly nothing to shy away from. But I guess that’s the beauty of Cargilfield children. They are able to get their teeth into such topics because the grounding they are given, both from at home and at school, enable them to understand and formulate ideas on these complex subjects.

Whether being involved in competitive debating, evening club debating, or Wednesday Debating Society, one thing is for sure - we can look forward to exciting arguments and superb delivery of speeches. I have no doubt that the Forms 5 and 4 will look forward to being a part of our Wednesday debates; even more so, if they like to have their voice heard and try their hand at the art of persuasion.

Thank you, Mr Chair!

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Thank you, Mr Chair….!

One aspect of school life that has continued to amaze me at Cargilfield is the confidence at public speaking. At their age, I was a quivering wreck at the mere thought of speaking in front of the class, let alone be prepared for criticism, demanding of answers and justifying my opinion in front of three year groups! I have nothing but respect for the children who take part in debating and quite envy them in the skills and confidence they will gain from doing it at this age.

This year, the Form 6s in particular, seem to have got the hang of debating pretty quickly (with some Form 6s having actually started when they were in Form 4!). And the motions we have came across last term, and indeed this term, are pretty meaty; certainly nothing to shy away from. But I guess that’s the beauty of Cargilfield children. They are able to get their teeth into such topics because the grounding they are given, both from at home and at school, enable them to understand and formulate ideas on these complex subjects.

Whether being involved in competitive debating, evening club debating, or Wednesday Debating Society, one thing is for sure - we can look forward to exciting arguments and superb delivery of speeches. I have no doubt that the Forms 5 and 4 will look forward to being a part of our Wednesday debates; even more so, if they like to have their voice heard and try their hand at the art of persuasion.

Thank you, Mr Chair!

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Thank you, Mr Chair….!

One aspect of school life that has continued to amaze me at Cargilfield is the confidence at public speaking.  At their age, I was a quivering wreck at the mere thought of speaking in front of the class, let alone be prepared for criticism, demanding of answers and justifying my opinion in front of three year groups!  I have nothing but respect for the children who take part in debating and quite envy them in the skills and confidence they will gain from doing it at this age.

This year, the Form 6s in particular, seem to have got the hang of debating pretty quickly (with some Form 6s having actually started when they were in Form 4!).  And the motions we have came across last term, and indeed this term, are pretty meaty; certainly nothing to shy away from.  But I guess that’s the beauty of Cargilfield children.  They are able to get their teeth into such topics because the grounding they are given, both from at home and at school, enable them to understand and formulate ideas on these complex subjects.

Whether being involved in competitive debating, evening club debating, or Wednesday Debating Society, one thing is for sure - we can look forward to exciting arguments and superb delivery of speeches.  I have no doubt that the Forms 5 and 4 will look forward to being a part of our Wednesday debates; even more so, if they like to have their voice heard and try their hand at the art of persuasion.

Thank you, Mr Chair!

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Thank you, Mr Chair….!

One aspect of school life that has continued to amaze me at Cargilfield is the confidence at public speaking.  At their age, I was a quivering wreck at the mere thought of speaking in front of the class, let alone be prepared for criticism, demanding of answers and justifying my opinion in front of three year groups!  I have nothing but respect for the children who take part in debating and quite envy them in the skills and confidence they will gain from doing it at this age.

This year, the Form 6s in particular, seem to have got the hang of debating pretty quickly (with some Form 6s having actually started when they were in Form 4!).  And the motions we have came across last term, and indeed this term, are pretty meaty; certainly nothing to shy away from.  But I guess that’s the beauty of Cargilfield children.  They are able to get their teeth into such topics because the grounding they are given, both from at home and at school, enable them to understand and formulate ideas on these complex subjects.

Whether being involved in competitive debating, evening club debating, or Wednesday Debating Society, one thing is for sure - we can look forward to exciting arguments and superb delivery of speeches.  I have no doubt that the Forms 5 and 4 will look forward to being a part of our Wednesday debates; even more so, if they like to have their voice heard and try their hand at the art of persuasion.

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Good morning, everyone! Today, Mr Walker celebrates the life of Charles Darwin who was born 212 years ago last week. He is probably the most famous botanist who has ever lived, and his book 'On the origin of Species' set out the theory of Evolution and the idea of Natural Selection.

He also happens to be a very distinguished and famous old boy of Shrewsbury School...... just like Mr Walker!

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He also happens to be a very distinguished and famous old boy of Shrewsbury School...... just like Mr Walker!

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Good morning. Today, Mr Pike talks to use about the importance of remaining positive, of looking after each other and knowing that when we do return to school, we shall have learned new skills and will be able to face the future with confidence. Have a lovely day!

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Good morning. Today, Mr Pike talks to use about the importance of remaining positive, of looking after each other and knowing that when we do return to school, we shall have learned new skills and will be able to face the future with confidence. Have a lovely day!

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Stay positive. There is much to celebrate!

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This week in P3 we are back in class learning about boats.  As part of our learning we are finding out what sinks and floats!

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Spring has sprung! The sun is out, the snowdrops are beginning to poke through the ground and we start to have new hope for what lies ahead over the coming months.

Place your fabulous Spring photos in the Challenge Team on MS Teams!

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Place your fabulous Spring photos in the Challenge Team on MS Teams!

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Nursery has been full of smiles and excitement today. The children have been having so much fun reconnecting with staff and friends and settling back in. The sun is shining and it’s great to be back!

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Read more here.

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Good morning, everyone! Today, the Headmaster talks about two amazing feats that took place over the weekend. Firstly, there was Jasmine Harrison, aged just 21, who became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 3,000-mile journey from Spain to Antigua in 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes -- a new world record for the youngest female to row solo across any ocean. An amazing achievement indeed.The second was the landing on Mars by Perseverance, after a seven month journey from Earth, and is now exploring the surface of Mars, looking for evidence of life. The pictures it has sent back are amazing.Good luck to Form 8 who start their mock Common Entrance exams and we hope the Pre Prep enjoy being back at school at last!

Watch it here.

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Watch it here.

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Rory and his friend Hamish from The Grange CC have started their own cricket podcast 'Cow Corner Cricket'. Listen to it here - well worth a listen!

www.youtu.be/h3rAGRn0MZQ

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]In P2 this week we learnt the words used to describe weight and the units used when weighing. We were surprised to see that 100g of pasta looked very different to 100g of hama beads! We learnt how to use weighing scales to measure ingredients and baked our own banana muffins. We even had the extra challenge of doubling the ingredients for our chocolate chip cookies. We had to be careful to get it right otherwise our cookies wouldn’t be very chewy! Continuing with our culinary theme, we used jaffa cakes (even oreo biscuits!) to learn the names for the different phases of the moon. This proved to be immense but sticky fun! Most interesting was, of course, the new moon which involved no jaffa cake at all. I guess we better eat that one then!

We cannot wait to return to school on Monday; everyone is very excited, children and teachers alike!

Cookies

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]In P2 this week we learnt the words used to describe weight and the units used when weighing. We were surprised to see that 100g of pasta looked very different to 100g of hama beads! We learnt how to use weighing scales to measure ingredients and baked our own banana muffins. We even had the extra challenge of doubling the ingredients for our chocolate chip cookies. We had to be careful to get it right otherwise our cookies wouldn’t be very chewy! Continuing with our culinary theme, we used jaffa cakes (even oreo biscuits!) to learn the names for the different phases of the moon. This proved to be immense but sticky fun! Most interesting was, of course, the new moon which involved no jaffa cake at all. I guess we better eat that one then!

We cannot wait to return to school on Monday; everyone is very excited, children and teachers alike!

Cookies

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Write a 50 word story, one the topic of 'Exercising'. Prizes to be won, and adults can enter too.

Each month we’ll provide a prompt to get you started, but where the story goes from there is entirely up to you. The competition includes four categories: adult writers, all-age Gaelic writers, young writers 5-11 and young writers 12-18. The entries will be judged by a panel and the four winning stories will be published on our website roughly two weeks after the closing date. A prize will be awarded to a writer in each category. These prizes will be different from usual due to current distruption to office and postal services, but we're very happy to offer the below.

Start date: 27 January 2021, 09:00

Closing date: 23 February 2021, 23:55

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Start date: 27 January 2021, 09:00

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Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/cargilfield-talks/id1551721684?i=1000507359717

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Listen here http://t.ly/yQmw

Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/cargilfield-talks/id1551721684?i=1000507359717

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Many congratulations to Patrick on winning the U11 Boys’ race in the virtual Giggleswick School Cross Country event earlier this week. Well done too to Clemmie who was placed 3rd in the U13 Girls’ race!

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Nearly 350 children took part from 16 different schools from London to Edinburgh, and almost 40 staff took part too. Well done to all those children and staff who ran.

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Many congratulations to Patrick on winning the U11 Boys’ race in the virtual Giggleswick School Cross Country event earlier this week. Well done too to Clemmie who was placed 3rd in the U13 Girls’ race!

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Why Learn Latin?

Over the years, I have had many complaints from students, and may I even say some parents, about why they have to study Latin: “What is the point?” “No one speaks it anymore!” “I am going to drop it at my next school anyway!”

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A few of those points may be true and Latin may seem like a ‘dead language’. However, it is still spoken (even if only by a few) and is commonly studied and read for a variety of compelling, beneficial reasons:

1. Languages

Latin never truly died, but rather evolved into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, which are more commonly known as the Romance languages. The majority of the vocabulary of these languages comes from Latin, so to learn Latin is therefore to begin a study of six languages at once; two of which are commonly taught at Secondary Schools. Studying Latin also helps students in mastering English. Half of all English words are derived from Latin, which will greatly expand a student's vocabulary. The regular grammar of Latin is also ideal for learning English grammar or the grammar of many other languages.

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2. Brain Training

The study of Latin is an ongoing practice in linguistic puzzle-solving that generally helps students to become close and thoughtful readers and writers. Many scholars believe it also hones the mental faculties, cultivating careful analysis and attention. This allows students to not only decipher their Latin but improve the key skill of critical thinking, which will help them in their academic pursuits, such as the core subject of Maths, and also the wider world.

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3. History

The study of Latin allows the students to immerse themselves in the history of the Ancient World and more specifically the Roman Empire, which has had profound and continuing effects on Western civilization. Through Latin, they can read about the exploits of Julius Caesar, the Roman Invasion of Britain and what individual Roman citizens thought about religion, politics, the weather or the gladiatorial games in the original language.

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4. Careers

Latin prepares students for many important professions that are steeped in Latin terms and phrases or in English words derived from Latin. These career fields include law, medicine, science, music, theology, philosophy, art and literature. Most universities would prefer that students applying for medicine, law or science have a background in Latin.

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In conclusion, a student may not go on to study Latin at A Level or university but will gain a plethora of skills and knowledge that will help them with their other academic pursuits, their future careers and general life skills.

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Why Learn Latin?

Over the years, I have had many complaints from students, and may I even say some parents, about why they have to study Latin: “What is the point?” “No one speaks it anymore!” “I am going to drop it at my next school anyway!”

Picture 1

A few of those points may be true and Latin may seem like a ‘dead language’. However, it is still spoken (even if only by a few) and is commonly studied and read for a variety of compelling, beneficial reasons:

1. Languages

Latin never truly died, but rather evolved into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, which are more commonly known as the Romance languages. The majority of the vocabulary of these languages comes from Latin, so to learn Latin is therefore to begin a study of six languages at once; two of which are commonly taught at Secondary Schools. Studying Latin also helps students in mastering English. Half of all English words are derived from Latin, which will greatly expand a student's vocabulary. The regular grammar of Latin is also ideal for learning English grammar or the grammar of many other languages.

Picture 1

2. Brain Training

The study of Latin is an ongoing practice in linguistic puzzle-solving that generally helps students to become close and thoughtful readers and writers. Many scholars believe it also hones the mental faculties, cultivating careful analysis and attention. This allows students to not only decipher their Latin but improve the key skill of critical thinking, which will help them in their academic pursuits, such as the core subject of Maths, and also the wider world.

Picture 1

3. History

The study of Latin allows the students to immerse themselves in the history of the Ancient World and more specifically the Roman Empire, which has had profound and continuing effects on Western civilization. Through Latin, they can read about the exploits of Julius Caesar, the Roman Invasion of Britain and what individual Roman citizens thought about religion, politics, the weather or the gladiatorial games in the original language.

Picture 1

4. Careers

Latin prepares students for many important professions that are steeped in Latin terms and phrases or in English words derived from Latin. These career fields include law, medicine, science, music, theology, philosophy, art and literature. Most universities would prefer that students applying for medicine, law or science have a background in Latin.

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In conclusion, a student may not go on to study Latin at A Level or university but will gain a plethora of skills and knowledge that will help them with their other academic pursuits, their future careers and general life skills.

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Why Learn Latin?

Over the years, I have had many complaints from students, and may I even say some parents, about why they have to study Latin: “What is the point?” “No one speaks it anymore!” “I am going to drop it at my next school anyway!”

Picture 1

A few of those points may be true and Latin may seem like a ‘dead language’. However, it is still spoken (even if only by a few) and is commonly studied and read for a variety of compelling, beneficial reasons:

1. Languages

Latin never truly died, but rather evolved into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, which are more commonly known as the Romance languages. The majority of the vocabulary of these languages comes from Latin, so to learn Latin is therefore to begin a study of six languages at once; two of which are commonly taught at Secondary Schools. Studying Latin also helps students in mastering English. Half of all English words are derived from Latin, which will greatly expand a student's vocabulary. The regular grammar of Latin is also ideal for learning English grammar or the grammar of many other languages.

Picture 1

2. Brain Training

The study of Latin is an ongoing practice in linguistic puzzle-solving that generally helps students to become close and thoughtful readers and writers. Many scholars believe it also hones the mental faculties, cultivating careful analysis and attention. This allows students to not only decipher their Latin but improve the key skill of critical thinking, which will help them in their academic pursuits, such as the core subject of Maths, and also the wider world.

Picture 1

3. History

The study of Latin allows the students to immerse themselves in the history of the Ancient World and more specifically the Roman Empire, which has had profound and continuing effects on Western civilization. Through Latin, they can read about the exploits of Julius Caesar, the Roman Invasion of Britain and what individual Roman citizens thought about religion, politics, the weather or the gladiatorial games in the original language.

Picture 1

4. Careers

Latin prepares students for many important professions that are steeped in Latin terms and phrases or in English words derived from Latin. These career fields include law, medicine, science, music, theology, philosophy, art and literature. Most universities would prefer that students applying for medicine, law or science have a background in Latin. 

Picture 1

In conclusion, a student may not go on to study Latin at A Level or university but will gain a plethora of skills and knowledge that will help them with their other academic pursuits, their future careers and general life skills.

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Why Learn Latin?

Over the years, I have had many complaints from students, and may I even say some parents, about why they have to study Latin: “What is the point?” “No one speaks it anymore!” “I am going to drop it at my next school anyway!”

Picture 1

A few of those points may be true and Latin may seem like a ‘dead language’. However, it is still spoken (even if only by a few) and is commonly studied and read for a variety of compelling, beneficial reasons:

1. Languages

Latin never truly died, but rather evolved into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, which are more commonly known as the Romance languages. The majority of the vocabulary of these languages comes from Latin, so to learn Latin is therefore to begin a study of six languages at once; two of which are commonly taught at Secondary Schools. Studying Latin also helps students in mastering English. Half of all English words are derived from Latin, which will greatly expand a student's vocabulary. The regular grammar of Latin is also ideal for learning English grammar or the grammar of many other languages.

Picture 1

2. Brain Training

The study of Latin is an ongoing practice in linguistic puzzle-solving that generally helps students to become close and thoughtful readers and writers. Many scholars believe it also hones the mental faculties, cultivating careful analysis and attention. This allows students to not only decipher their Latin but improve the key skill of critical thinking, which will help them in their academic pursuits, such as the core subject of Maths, and also the wider world.

Picture 1

3. History

The study of Latin allows the students to immerse themselves in the history of the Ancient World and more specifically the Roman Empire, which has had profound and continuing effects on Western civilization. Through Latin, they can read about the exploits of Julius Caesar, the Roman Invasion of Britain and what individual Roman citizens thought about religion, politics, the weather or the gladiatorial games in the original language.

Picture 1

4. Careers

Latin prepares students for many important professions that are steeped in Latin terms and phrases or in English words derived from Latin. These career fields include law, medicine, science, music, theology, philosophy, art and literature. Most universities would prefer that students applying for medicine, law or science have a background in Latin. 

Picture 1

In conclusion, a student may not go on to study Latin at A Level or university but will gain a plethora of skills and knowledge that will help them with their other academic pursuits, their future careers and general life skills.

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This week in P2 we celebrated Chinese New Year and made Chinese dragons, drums and lanterns. We also got crafty in our maths with a plethora of socks, handprints (even footprints!) triceratops' horns and 4 wheeled cars lined up to help us count in 2s, 5s, 3s and 4s. We were amazed at the big numbers we reached, so good counting P3! We also became astronauts in Space, made an orbiter showing the planets orbiting the sun and designed our own rockets. Will P2 boldly go where no man has gone before?

Have a lovely half term!

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Have a lovely half term!

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Welcome to our final mini concert of the first half of term! It has been so uplifting to see the children's enthusiasm for their music in all the performances we have seen so far this term, and the music staff are so pleased to see children practising hard at home and enjoying putting such lovely performances together for these concerts each week. Music provides children with a welcome break from their screens and allows them to be creative and to experiment, things which are so important during this time of remote learning when it can be hard to be positive about things. Many thanks to all of our music teachers and we look forward to more music making after the half term break. Well done to everyone, and keep practising

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A wonderful talk from children’s author Abi Elphinstone this morning with a great message to our children: look up and see what is around you and never be afraid to fail. Inspiring stuff! #cargilfieldconnected

Her story is a remarkable, her journey from being dyslexic, to becoming a hugely successful children's author having been rejected 70 odd times by publishers before finally getting her break and then selling millions of copies with her books in high demand and perhaps about to be made in to films. A great learning lesson for our children, and her books are terrific too!. Abi has visited Cargilfield on a couple of occasions but this time, she spoke to us remotely and Forms 5 and 6 enjoyed a wonderfully inspiring talk from her, about her inspirations for writing her various books and some great advice to our children about following their dreams and never to give up.

Thank you, Abi!

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Her story is a remarkable, her journey from being dyslexic, to becoming a hugely successful children's author having been rejected 70 odd times by publishers before finally getting her break and then selling millions of copies with her books in high demand and perhaps about to be made in to films. A great learning lesson for our children, and her books are terrific too!. Abi has visited Cargilfield on a couple of occasions but this time, she spoke to us remotely and Forms 5 and 6 enjoyed a wonderfully inspiring talk from her, about her inspirations for writing her various books and some great advice to our children about following their dreams and never to give up.

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7M are reading Terence Rattigan's 'Winslow Boy' in class this term. It is set just before WW1 at a time when women did not have the vote, and were expected to get married and stay at home. Cadet Ronnie Winslow is expelled from the Royal Naval College accused of stealing. His father, refusing to believe his guilt and dissatisfied with how the investigation was conducted, demands a new inquiry. This is refused and Arthur Winslow, supported by his suffragette daughter Catherine, fights for his son's honour. The case is taken to the House of Commons but Arthur ruins himself financially and in health in the process in his bid to 'Let right be done'. Here, 7M have gone back in time to interview some famous Suffragettes, and to talk about their lives and motivation behind their struggle for equality.

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This week P2 were busy making preparations for Burns night. ‘Tatties’  and ‘neeps’ were peeled and mashed, raspberries were sieved and cream whipped as delicious pots of ‘cranachan’ were prepared. The Selkirk Grace was recited at the meal table and kilts were worn as some of us danced some reels.

We are continuing to learn about Scotland and its location in the world, and this week enjoyed fitting together different sized boxes, bags and envelopes to visually see how the world is made up of continents, how the continents are made up of countries and how the countries are made up of cities.  Phew, P2 – that was a lot to piece together!  

We also practised our -y spellings this week using things around the house, and painted pictures of Munros, Corbetts and Grahams.  We have now set ourselves a stair climbing challenge to see how high we can climb.  Can we climb the height of the Queensferry Crossing or maybe even climb to the summit of Ben Nevis? Good luck, P2!   

The Nimmo family celebrating Burns Night

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This week P2 were busy making preparations for Burns night. ‘Tatties’  and ‘neeps’ were peeled and mashed, raspberries were sieved and cream whipped as delicious pots of ‘cranachan’ were prepared. The Selkirk Grace was recited at the meal table and kilts were worn as some of us danced some reels.

We are continuing to learn about Scotland and its location in the world, and this week enjoyed fitting together different sized boxes, bags and envelopes to visually see how the world is made up of continents, how the continents are made up of countries and how the countries are made up of cities.  Phew, P2 – that was a lot to piece together!  

We also practised our -y spellings this week using things around the house, and painted pictures of Munros, Corbetts and Grahams.  We have now set ourselves a stair climbing challenge to see how high we can climb.  Can we climb the height of the Queensferry Crossing or maybe even climb to the summit of Ben Nevis? Good luck, P2!   

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Brain Breaks

When I was asked to write something for the website, I couldn’t quite decide what to say. I made some notes, chatted with colleagues, checked the internet, had a snack did a bit of ironing and then came up with my subject after reflecting on my own behaviour – Brain Breaks! 

Research has shown that Brain Breaks increase pupils’ on-task behaviour and the amount of physical activity they get every day so it's a win-win. Brain Breaks are short, energising bursts of activity that boost blood flow, send oxygen to the brain, and help children to retain information better. Instant, simple activities to help kids re-energise, refocus and give their brains a buzz. These Brain Breaks are what your children need at the moment, particularly working online at home in lockdown which can leave some children sitting for hours at a time. Movement is important for children, especially now. It is not always realistic for our school to add in more time for break or extra P.E. but we can easily add Brain Breaks throughout the day and you can do this at home.

It can be as simple as taking five minutes to stand up, stretch, and run in place next to the desk. Previous schools I have taught in liked the boarders in particular to walk to the perimeter of the grounds of the school before lessons each day or all children to run to the perimeter and back between lessons. Ideally multiple Brain Breaks should be taken in the day along with playtime and PE lessons. 

Being seated for long periods of time has drawbacks for children. Not only does it make it tough for them to get enough physical activity in the day, but it also makes it harder to actually pay attention and learn. Angela Hanscom, a paediatric occupational therapist, wrote in the Washington Post: Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their body so desperately needs and is not getting enough of to ‘turn their brain on’. What happens when the children start fidgeting? We teachers usually ask them to sit still and pay attention; therefore, their brain goes back to ‘sleep mode’. In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move! Some children with specific attention issues have squeezy toys to fiddle with as they listen. Some are encouraged to doodle as they listen to a lesson which helps them focus, even if to us it looks as if they are completely tuned out. 

Movement actually does ‘turn on’ the brain. Look how activity can literally light up areas of a child’s brain that allow for better learning

With children learning at home, it’s important to build time into schedules for focused educational brain breaks. Maybe they need a movement break to get the wiggles out? Or a quiet moment to just stay still? Research shows that giving children frequent brain breaks to reset their energy level improves their ability to focus, retain more, and stay on task. Drinks, snacks, pencil sharpening, trips to the loo, hunting for paper tissues etc were used constantly in rotation when my son was doing his homework each night but he needed these brain breaks. As an undergraduate when he was studying for Finals, he did an hour of study followed by an hour of break! It took forever but he passed with flying colours – this worked for him, excessive, time consuming, but successful!

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Below are some activities that can be done alone or with someone else which will enhance a working day at home or in the classroom. 

• Have the children stand tall and cross one leg in front of the other while pressing the outsides of their feet together. Now have them cross their arms over one another at the wrists. Clasp their hands and curl their arms into their chest. Take a few breaths, uncross and cross the opposite way for a few more breaths. 

• Touch their left elbow to their right knee, then touch their right elbow to their left knee. Switch back and forth going slowly at first, building speed until they are going at a vigorous pace. Next, do some windmills by standing tall with their feet shoulder-width apart and their arms stretched out. Bend at the waist and touch their right hand to their left toes, then their left hand to their right toes. Switch back and forth.

• Sitting in a chair with your feet on the ground and legs together, curl your body and legs into your lap, folding yourself into a tiny O shape. Next, open your arms and legs wide, forming an X shape with your body. Pull back into an O shape, then back out to an X shape. Repeat three times. 

• Stand or sit with legs and feet together. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Keep your fingertips together as you pull your palms apart, forming a ball with your fingers. Press your fingertips together until you feel the muscles in your hands and arms activating. See if you feel your core tighten too. Now close your eyes and as you breathe in, inflate your ball and as you breathe out, flatten the ball by pushing your palms together. (Then repeat these instructions for 60 seconds).

• Touch their left ear with their right hand and at the same time touch their nose with their left hand. Then have them switch their hands and touch their right ear with their left hand and their nose with their right hand. Switch back and forth a few times. Then have them close their eyes, take a deep breath, and blow it all out.

• It’s never a good idea to spend too much time sitting in one position. Allow children to take a break and bring some flexibility back into their spines. Have them stand with their feet shoulder-distance apart. Put their left hand on their hip and raise their right hand overhead. Lean to the left and stretch their arm as far as they can to the left. Repeat on the right side. Then stand tall and slowly roll down one vertebrae at a time until their hands reach the floor (or at least their shins). Have them take a deep breath then slowly roll back up. Repeat as necessary.

• Sometimes children just need to bounce their energy out. Have them pretend they are bouncing on a mini-trampoline (this will keep their movement on a vertical plane instead of all over the room) and give them a couple of minutes to let loose!

• Conjure up a rainstorm! Sitting or standing at a desk or table, have your child tap 1 finger on the desk, then 2, then 3, then 4, then their whole hand until you all feel like you’re in the middle of a deluge. Work your way backward from 5 down to 1 as the storm 

• Get hearts pumping with a quick sequence of exercises. Call out 5 actions for your child to do as quickly as they can. For instance, 5 jumping jacks, 4 pushups, 3 situps, 2 squat jumps, and 1 tree pose. 

• Have your children line up next to a wall and place one hand on the wall. Tell them to plant the foot closest to the wall and swing the other leg, as if pushing off the ground on a skateboard. Start slowly, with tiny swings, moving up to power pushes. Repeat on the other side.

• This is a good break when you sense a weariness in the air. Have the children rub their hands together vigorously until they warm up. Tell them to close their eyes and mind and refocus. 

• Music is a great way to reset the mood in a room and raise the energy level. Put on a fun song and have a 30-second freestyle dance party. Maybe teach your children the steps to popular dances such as the Cha-Cha Slide or the Macarena. My class enjoyed crazy dancing to Crazy Frog last year. 

I hope this has given you some food for thought and you will try some of these activities while the children are with you learning at home. I always thought these breaks were time-wasting and based on avoidance, but the children actually gain so much more when they come back to a task with fresh eyes and with fresh air in their lungs.

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Brain Breaks

When I was asked to write something for the website, I couldn’t quite decide what to say. I made some notes, chatted with colleagues, checked the internet, had a snack did a bit of ironing and then came up with my subject after reflecting on my own behaviour – Brain Breaks! 

Research has shown that Brain Breaks increase pupils’ on-task behaviour and the amount of physical activity they get every day so it's a win-win. Brain Breaks are short, energising bursts of activity that boost blood flow, send oxygen to the brain, and help children to retain information better. Instant, simple activities to help kids re-energise, refocus and give their brains a buzz. These Brain Breaks are what your children need at the moment, particularly working online at home in lockdown which can leave some children sitting for hours at a time. Movement is important for children, especially now. It is not always realistic for our school to add in more time for break or extra P.E. but we can easily add Brain Breaks throughout the day and you can do this at home.

It can be as simple as taking five minutes to stand up, stretch, and run in place next to the desk. Previous schools I have taught in liked the boarders in particular to walk to the perimeter of the grounds of the school before lessons each day or all children to run to the perimeter and back between lessons. Ideally multiple Brain Breaks should be taken in the day along with playtime and PE lessons. 

Being seated for long periods of time has drawbacks for children. Not only does it make it tough for them to get enough physical activity in the day, but it also makes it harder to actually pay attention and learn. Angela Hanscom, a paediatric occupational therapist, wrote in the Washington Post: Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their body so desperately needs and is not getting enough of to ‘turn their brain on’. What happens when the children start fidgeting? We teachers usually ask them to sit still and pay attention; therefore, their brain goes back to ‘sleep mode’. In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move! Some children with specific attention issues have squeezy toys to fiddle with as they listen. Some are encouraged to doodle as they listen to a lesson which helps them focus, even if to us it looks as if they are completely tuned out. 

Movement actually does ‘turn on’ the brain. Look how activity can literally light up areas of a child’s brain that allow for better learning

With children learning at home, it’s important to build time into schedules for focused educational brain breaks. Maybe they need a movement break to get the wiggles out? Or a quiet moment to just stay still? Research shows that giving children frequent brain breaks to reset their energy level improves their ability to focus, retain more, and stay on task. Drinks, snacks, pencil sharpening, trips to the loo, hunting for paper tissues etc were used constantly in rotation when my son was doing his homework each night but he needed these brain breaks. As an undergraduate when he was studying for Finals, he did an hour of study followed by an hour of break! It took forever but he passed with flying colours – this worked for him, excessive, time consuming, but successful!

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Below are some activities that can be done alone or with someone else which will enhance a working day at home or in the classroom. 

• Have the children stand tall and cross one leg in front of the other while pressing the outsides of their feet together. Now have them cross their arms over one another at the wrists. Clasp their hands and curl their arms into their chest. Take a few breaths, uncross and cross the opposite way for a few more breaths. 

• Touch their left elbow to their right knee, then touch their right elbow to their left knee. Switch back and forth going slowly at first, building speed until they are going at a vigorous pace. Next, do some windmills by standing tall with their feet shoulder-width apart and their arms stretched out. Bend at the waist and touch their right hand to their left toes, then their left hand to their right toes. Switch back and forth.

• Sitting in a chair with your feet on the ground and legs together, curl your body and legs into your lap, folding yourself into a tiny O shape. Next, open your arms and legs wide, forming an X shape with your body. Pull back into an O shape, then back out to an X shape. Repeat three times. 

• Stand or sit with legs and feet together. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Keep your fingertips together as you pull your palms apart, forming a ball with your fingers. Press your fingertips together until you feel the muscles in your hands and arms activating. See if you feel your core tighten too. Now close your eyes and as you breathe in, inflate your ball and as you breathe out, flatten the ball by pushing your palms together. (Then repeat these instructions for 60 seconds).

• Touch their left ear with their right hand and at the same time touch their nose with their left hand. Then have them switch their hands and touch their right ear with their left hand and their nose with their right hand. Switch back and forth a few times. Then have them close their eyes, take a deep breath, and blow it all out.

• It’s never a good idea to spend too much time sitting in one position. Allow children to take a break and bring some flexibility back into their spines. Have them stand with their feet shoulder-distance apart. Put their left hand on their hip and raise their right hand overhead. Lean to the left and stretch their arm as far as they can to the left. Repeat on the right side. Then stand tall and slowly roll down one vertebrae at a time until their hands reach the floor (or at least their shins). Have them take a deep breath then slowly roll back up. Repeat as necessary.

• Sometimes children just need to bounce their energy out. Have them pretend they are bouncing on a mini-trampoline (this will keep their movement on a vertical plane instead of all over the room) and give them a couple of minutes to let loose!

• Conjure up a rainstorm! Sitting or standing at a desk or table, have your child tap 1 finger on the desk, then 2, then 3, then 4, then their whole hand until you all feel like you’re in the middle of a deluge. Work your way backward from 5 down to 1 as the storm 

• Get hearts pumping with a quick sequence of exercises. Call out 5 actions for your child to do as quickly as they can. For instance, 5 jumping jacks, 4 pushups, 3 situps, 2 squat jumps, and 1 tree pose. 

• Have your children line up next to a wall and place one hand on the wall. Tell them to plant the foot closest to the wall and swing the other leg, as if pushing off the ground on a skateboard. Start slowly, with tiny swings, moving up to power pushes. Repeat on the other side.

• This is a good break when you sense a weariness in the air. Have the children rub their hands together vigorously until they warm up. Tell them to close their eyes and mind and refocus. 

• Music is a great way to reset the mood in a room and raise the energy level. Put on a fun song and have a 30-second freestyle dance party. Maybe teach your children the steps to popular dances such as the Cha-Cha Slide or the Macarena. My class enjoyed crazy dancing to Crazy Frog last year. 

I hope this has given you some food for thought and you will try some of these activities while the children are with you learning at home. I always thought these breaks were time-wasting and based on avoidance, but the children actually gain so much more when they come back to a task with fresh eyes and with fresh air in their lungs.

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Good morning, everyone. Today is the start of Children's Mental Health week and throughout this week, we shall be posting lots of ideas on our social media channels as to how you can improve your mental health during this time of isolation and working at home. It is important for all of us to find things that make us fell good about ourselves, be that reading a good book, going for a run, talking to friends and family or......watching Fulham play football!!

We need to find time to talk to someone we trust if we need help and support. As the Duchess of Cambridge says, "And while this is Children’s Mental Health Week there has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too. Last year you told me just how important this was that many of us find it hard to prioritise. This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too. Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care.”

Have a good week, everyone, and we look forward to you all expressing yourself on Friday during your online lessons!


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Good morning, everyone. Today is the start of Children's Mental Health week and throughout this week, we shall be posting lots of ideas on our social media channels as to how you can improve your mental health during this time of isolation and working at home. It is important for all of us to find things that make us fell good about ourselves, be that reading a good book, going for a run, talking to friends and family or......watching Fulham play football!!

We need to find time to talk to someone we trust if we need help and support. As the Duchess of Cambridge says, "And while this is Children’s Mental Health Week there has never been a more important time to talk about parental wellbeing and mental health too. Last year you told me just how important this was that many of us find it hard to prioritise. This is a hugely challenging time for us all so please look after yourself too. Find those ways in which to share your thoughts and your feelings or find someone to talk to because we really do need to be the very best versions of ourselves for the children in our care.”

Have a good week, everyone, and we look forward to you all expressing yourself on Friday during your online lessons!


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We can’t welcome you to our grounds right now, but we can offer you a virtual tour and we can answer questions via email or telephone. We especially like to chat face-to-face on a video call.

We have places available for 2021 entry in most year groups.

For now, we hope that this video, presented by our Headmaster, Mr Rob Taylor, will give you a flavour of what life is like here at Cargilfield. Our website and social media channels are kept up to date and hold a wealth of information about our school.

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