Teaching and Learning 2017-18


High School Transition

Pupils experienced a valuable learning day in Tobermroy High school for a health day in aid of sports relief as part of their transition to high school. It impacts on their self confidence and resilience as they prepare to move on from Lochdonhead. All our pupils displayed their positivity, caring and respectfulness and enjoyed their day.

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Once upon a time Far, far, far away in the land of fairy tales and nightmares… a big sister was left to babysit her little sister! Fun and high jinks with some giggles along the way! P4-7 used their creativity to invent an original dynamic script and Ella  and Lucy displayed a dynamic performance evidenced by a specatcular show such positive feedback from the audience and community.



Scientific Explorers – Wild about Scotland Bus…

When the wild about Scotland bus visted we had a fun filled afternoon connecting with the natural world; pond dipping and exploring our envionment. We were confdent individuals when we used our critical curiosity skills to identify and analyse the characteristics of animals and their habitats.

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Just because we can…


Personal Based Learned

It is important for every pupil to know how to learn and to practice the skills they need to be life long learners. Pupils being able to choose their own area of interest to learn about facilitates this process. They apply their personal learning skills to explore higher order thinking within a subject area that engages and motivates them. They analysis, evaluate and create their own learning journey throughout the process and choose their own outcomes. The Pupils are encouraged to continue their learning beyond the classroom. Ella is learning about woodturning and aimed to produce a pen and a bowl. Her interdisciplinary learning includes experiences in technology, science and expressive arts. Her outcome is to apply her learning skills to creating a pen and a bowl.

Gaelic Learners

Every morning we participate in a Gaelic activity. We enjoy playing colours and number bingo to build our knowledge, fluency and confidence.

Pirate Learners

We created and made our own Pirate ship book corner.

Pirate Learners

We are learning like pirates…


Mental Maths

As part of our math learning we apply our ‘number talk’ skills. We use our mental maths knowledge to think about an answer to a number sum and then share and describe  and discuss how we found the answer. Sometimes we lead the learning and ask some really difficult questions. We build our confidence in identifying different strategies  find solutions.

World Book Day Escapism…

We planned and led our own ideas for learning on World Book Day. We bought our favourite books into school and wore clothes that we could relax in to enjoy our reading experience. We began the  100 million minutes reading challenge and finished the day 4th on the leader board. The challenge runs from 1st March until the 29th March and along with other readers, nationally, we are attempting to read a combined total of 100 million minutes! Clicck this link to find out more

Memebers of the school staff and community joined us to share their favourite book, we also read silently and created lego models to show the settings in our books. It was an awesome day because we love reading and sharing reading.

Learning to Recycle Correctly

Sian from MICT came to teach lead a recycling workshop and show us how to recycle correctly. We learned that it is important to ensure the sustainability of our planet by making sure we reuse and recycle our planets resources. We decided that we will be able to recycle more effectively if we order smaller recycle bins for inside the school.

Writing for Success

Today we focused on a cold writing assessment to create an imaginative story and worked alone without any help. Our writing is assessed so that we can see how well we are doing and plan our next steps for learning. We were all pleased with how well we did and Ms Bidwell was delighted with our focused literacy and learning skills.

Snow Fun in the Playground Today

Internet Safety Day

We learned all about the importance of staying safe online. Our local community policeman PC. Grierson came into talk to us about our knowledge, about the dangers and the things that we could do to stay safe.

 Families of The Nancy Glen

We wanted to join in the support for the families of the men from Tarbet who are believed to have died on Loch Fyne and contribute effectively. We chose to bake some cakes at home and bring them in to sell. We shared leaflets along the Nature Trail and advertised on Facebook. We baked with the support of our families at home and brought cakes to sell for donations outside the school. Two ladies drove all the Bunessan to donate and came in to congratulate us for supporting a neighbouring community. We had sold all of our cakes by lunch time and raised a grand total of £200. We received further donations to bring our total to £216 even though there were no cakes left! Well done and thanks to everyone involved we really appreciated the support. Also well done to Ella who raised money before the event by baking and selling cakes in Java at Craignure.

World of Work – MICT

Our interdisciplinary topic this term combines Literacy, Health and Wellbeing, Technology and Social Studies. We are producing a newsletter for children by childr. To understand more about the job roles in MICT we went along to An Roth to interview members of staff.

We celebrate Personal Achievement – Well done Ella

Ella was very caring when she shared her creation from home with us… It tasted amazing.



Visit to An Roth

MICT are helping the community in their attempt to buy Ardura Forest. We went along to learn more and show our support. Ella reports below…


Christmas News

We used our talking and listening skills to share our Christmas news and then wrote a concise pargraph and then read the aloud.


Mile a Day on the Trail

We used our nature trail to walk and jog our mile a day.

Sweet Welcome

Ella and Lucy used their creativity and literacy skills on the last day of their holidays.



Mull Otter AGM

Ms. Bidwell attended the Mull Otter AGM on Saturday 11th November in the Isle of Mull Hotel to share the pupils Lochdon Swan Nature Trail video with the group and to share further information about the trail. We are delighted to be sponsoring the Mull Otter group to place an information board along our trail. The video was very well received and there was a lot interest and enthusiasm for our creation.

Christmas cards with Auntie Monica

Ella’s auntie Monica kindly came into school to show us how to make our own Christmas cards.

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Happy Birthday Jamie

Our new catering manager Helen kindly made an amazing Victoria Sponge Cake to help celebrate Jamie’s birthday…

Jamie’s Floating Globe


Lest We Forget…

Food Technology

A big thank you to Flora for coming in to the school to share her baking skills with the children. We use our listening and teamwork skills to create chocolate brownies for our Halloween Community cafe. We are looking forward to sharing them.

Photographs of us making chocolate brownies and the Halloween Community Café below

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What happens if we make brownies without eggs? Would people taste the difference? Would they know which one was made with eggs? How would the results differ? We made brownies with and without eggs to discover the answer…



Sharing our Learning…

Trail Guides and Music
On the last day of term Ulva pupils came to our school for a guided walk along the trail and left us valuable feedback as to what they enjoyed and things we could improve. They particularly enjoyed playing pooh sticks and learning all about the author AA Milne and the origin of pooh sticks. Afterwards all pupils took part in a rich learning musical opportunity with Ms. Roth and sang as well playing the violins in a group. It was a lovely way to end a successful term of a variety of learning experiences.

Gaelic MOD Singing

Congratulation to our pupils for an enthusiastic performance at the MOD in the action song, on Friday, where our art, music and Gaelic learning was shared. A very big well done to Lucy who amazed with a confident and beautiful performance in her Solo. Harry has written the report below. Photo’s to follow…

The Mod

On the eighth of September 2017, we went to a Gaelic singing and music event called the Mod. Which is held at Aros Hall in Tobermory and we sung our hearts out.

I was Noah’s son, Ella was Noah’s wife, Jamie was Noah, Grace was a horse rider and Lucy was a bagpiping fox. We made an ark out of cardboard. There were lots of animals that went on to the ark and at the end Grace got to throw a dolphin into the ark.

When we did the MOD we were very nervous when but that was my last MOD. I really enjoyed the MOD but I will not do it in high school.

By Harry P7

Information Boards Have Arrived…

On Twitter…

Today’s Afternoon Learning on Twitter…

We discovered that there are 1609.344 metres in a mile. We measured from the trail start to the mid point of the bridge and found that it was 854.5 metres, half a mile. Our nature trail is a mile long. Perfect for a mile a day route. We picked brambles and found an earthworm and a butterfly enroute.


Rugby in Salen


We went to Salen to join Ulva and Salen schools for a training session with Alan Wright the Rugby Development Officer…

Whale and Dolphin Headland watch







Welcome Back to an Exciting Year of Learning Ahead…

Reading is such an essential underpinning and integral part to our students successful learning, proved to raise attainment and achievement at our school. It was brilliant to see the sun out at break and Grace relaxing with her Accelerated Reader book at break.