As part of our WW1 topic we have been learning all about coding and methods of communication.

Morse code has been the most popular code attempted so far.  P6 have been sending secret Morse Code messages to P5 who are currently studying The Titanic.

Semaphore is visual communication system which uses flags as a way of conveying information over a distance. The information is encoded by the position of the flags.  Pupils each made their own flags and have been using them to form the alphabet and to make messages. This has been fun and challenging at the same time.

We are looking forward to learning more codes and learning more about the secret codes that were used and solved during WW1.



Therapeutic play turned Into Art!

As Easter is fast approaching the whole school are taking part in a whole school celebration, so in the Base we have begun our abstract representation of Peter’s Denial! When it’s finished it will be displayed in our hall along with the rest of the Stations of the Cross created by the other classes!

Conor making mess look good!

We discussed the story of Peter’s denial and we learned about the different emotions experienced. We reflected on our own lives and how we might feel or act when we experience these emotions.  We were able to recognise how people’s faces represent their emotions and we even practised some these ourselves!

Zack being super creative!

To create our artwork we combined our creativity with some of our therapeutic play techniques. We added paint to shaving foam, matching and mixing colours, then we developed our fine motor skills as we marbled the paint and foam using art straws. Next, we placed our card on top, patting it down gently and then used rulers to scrape it all off, et voila, marbled card! Our next steps will be focused on developing our fine motor skills further through cutting, and developing our teamwork skills as we piece together our work into a giant collage!

Abi deep in concentration!

Easter Hall Displays

In preparation for Easter, each class is creating a display showing one part of the Easter Story. Here are some of our creations so far; we cannot wait to see them all!

St. Andrew’s RC Primary School

WW1 Project

P6 are engrossed in their WW1 topic.  The project was kicked off with a performance and workshop by Macastory, pupils thoroughly enjoyed this experience.  P6 have since been working extremely hard on developing their own script writing skills and have produced their own short plays based on the Christmas Day Truce.  We hope to be able to premier these performances soon.


Morse Code Messages

Primary 5  received a mysterious letter in a “Top Secret” envelope. This letter was from Mr W Star asking primary 5 for their help in a secret investigation into RMS Titanic. However, before they were allowed to embark on this investigation they had to learn all about Morse Code on board the Titanic and decode the  secret messages from Mr W Star.

Secret Letter

Morse Code

Secret Morse Code Messages

Primary 4 – The Egyptians

Primary 4 have spent the last term learning about the Egyptians. We have been learning all about how the Egyptians lived, different Egyptian Artifacts and Egyptian Pharaohs.

We particularly enjoyed learning about Mummification and how the Egyptians prepared the bodies before mummifying them. Some things were really interesting but a little disgusting, particularly how they would take the brain out!

We made our own mummies in class (although the process wasn’t as grueling!).

We used mod rock, Plasticine and paint to create fantastic replications of Egyptian Mummies!


P2 Space Topic

Primary 2 have been learning about space developing their math and technology skills.

The pupils have:

measured the distances of planets from the sun.

estimated and compared the size of planets using fruit.

They have designed and made their own rockets.

They have created space pictures using Microsoft paint.

Paired Reading

Primary 7 have paired up with a Primary 2 buddy and are enjoying opportunities to regularly read together.

P2 have been selecting their favourite books and P7 have been supporting them to read aloud with fluency and expression.




Both classes thoroughly enjoy their weekly opportunity to read together and have engaged fully in this cooperative experience.