Dux Award Winners 2016

Every year, Sir John Mann leaves a sum of money from his will for Carnwath Primary to award two pupils with a Dux Award.  Every year this award is calculated through many different measures of academic achievement within many areas of the curriculum, including within Reading, Spelling and Mathematics assessments as well as through Social Studies,  Languages and Science in a General Knowledge Quiz. This year, after totalling all of the scores, two pupils gained exactly the same score and are therefore joint Dux Award Winners!

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Dux Award for 2016 are Katie Boertien and Ruaridh Logan! Well done to both of you for achieving academic excellence across the curriculum!  We are very proud of you!


Sir John Mann Memorial Dux Awards


Ruaridh and Katie are our latest additions to the Dux Award Board


P7 Leavers Assembly

Primary 7 entertained us all for the very last time on the last day of school with a whole host of their memories from their 7 years at Primary School. They had us all laughing at their dramatization of memories such as ‘testing’ the shatterproof rulers over the years (without staff consent or knowledge! :)) and of funny incidents, dances and songs from their years at Carnwath. Their finale consisted of a hilarious ‘Mr Motivator’ style French aerobics class and a tear-jerking reworded version of 7 Years by Lukas Graham.  They were each presented with their final gift and certificate as the rest of the school sang the ‘Leavers Song’ to them.

Primary 7, you have been such a wonderful class, you have worked very hard and made amazing contributions to our school over the years. We shall miss each and every one of you and know that you will go on and continue to be successful. We wish you very well in your future and do keep in touch!  Best of luck at High School from us all at Carnwath Primary School.


7 Years Song and memories slideshow


Fantastic singing


Memories of the William Wallace topic


Memories of an Angels dance in P2


It seems every child at some point in school tried to break a ‘shatterproof’ ruler!

P4/5 Bee/Bug Homes

Just to finish off our John Muir work we decided to build some bee homes using bamboo canes.  We are hoping after the summer to see some busy bees making good use of them or at least some bugs will have moved in.  Well done to the whole class for all their hard work on this project.

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Dyslexia Awareness Week

Our Dyslexia Awareness Week was from Monday 6th – Friday 10th June and throughout the week classes learned a lot about dyslexia, including strategies which can help with reading, spelling and organisation, such as paired/shared reading, active spelling strategies and making lists/using  a diary.  Some classes researched famous people with dyslexia and most classes enjoyed watching the BBC Newsround Programme “My Dyslexic Mind”.  Some classes learned about how dominant their left and right side of the brain was and they researched different learning styles, completing a questionnaire to determine if they were visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners. A few classes used Mind Maps as this is an effective technique to help people with dyslexia to organise their thoughts for learning.  All of the pupils in P4-7 wrote about what they had learned through the week and stuck this on the whiteboard at our assembly on Friday 10th June.  At this assembly children from each class came and shared their learning.  It was very clear to see that the children had learned a lot and were very enthusiastic to share this learning with us all.



P3/4 shared their Mind Maps


P5/6 researched famous people with dyslexia


P7 told us about their personal learning styles and their ‘No Paper Day!’


What the children learned about Dyslexia

P4/5 John Muir Award – Bee Books

P4/5 have been very busy over the last few weeks writing Bee Stories.  This is all part of our John Muir Award where we have been examining the decline in the bee population.  The pupils were very creative and used some super vocabulary to make their stories interesting and get the message across to look after our bees.  Today we visited P2/3 to share our stories.  We had a great morning and it was lovely to make links with other classes.

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