Winter Menu

The Autumn/Winter menu will be available from Monday 27

October 2014 until Friday 24th April 2015.

The new menu is on a 3-weekly cycle with a choice of seasonal dishes.

The Summer menu starts on Monday 27th April 2015.


The menu contains dishes that are firm favourites with children and suit the autumn/winter season. The price remains at £1.90 for a 2-course primary school meal (soup & main course or main course & dessert) with bread, salad and a cold drink. Given all the positive changes that we continue to make, we hope that you agree this is excellent value for both.



Message from NHS Lothian

There will be a final opportunity for Dunbar Primary School children to be vaccinated against flu on Friday 24 October 2014 between 12.15 and 4pm at the John Muir Campus, Dunbar Primary School. This will be a drop in service and we urge that you take this final opportunity to bring your child for this vaccination.

Vaccination Programme Manager. NHS Lothian.

Dunbar Reads Aloud October Update


Dear Parents

I am writing to thank you all for working with us to develop your child’s reading aloud skills. Some parents are still unsure as to why we have specifically focused on this skill in reading this session, especially for our older pupils. I want to give you some of the reasons why it is so important that you support your son or daughter in this project.
Here are 7 reasons why you should listen to your child reading – whatever their age! (and why you should still read to them!).. 1. Beginning readers profit from reading aloud to someone who can provide them with daily, gentle, constructive feedback, positive encouragement and praise.

2. Whilst your son or daughter might have a reading age of 10 or 13 years – what is their vocabulary age? Reading aloud expands children’s vocabulary and teaches children how to pronounce new words.

3. To enhance fluency – practice of reading out loud common words and trying new words out again and again improves their fluency.

4. Reading aloud and being read to builds children’s attention spans and helps them to hone their listening skills.

5. Children who read aloud regularly develop an understanding of what they are reading – reading aloud means they have to make sense of the words, sentence structure and grammar used as they process the text.

6. To help those learning or struggling to develop their reading skills – by rehearsing their readings through repeated practice, readers improve their accuracy and word recognition abilities (Morado, Koenig, & Wilson 1999). 7. To share skills with others. Once children learn how to read aloud expressively, they often become so excited that they want to read aloud more often and in more varied situations. Moreover, because they have mastered new skills, children who often felt like failures as readers will shine with new excitement as they realise and share their newly built reading expertise with others (Stayter & Allington 1991). But… please don’t stop reading to your child, evidence shows:

Children who are read to when they are young start collecting reading experiences that can lead to insight, reflection and empathy. Research shows that children who read regularly know more about life, love, courage and conflict. Moreover, they are better at self-reflection than children who rarely read. (Van Peperstraten, 2011).

Finally, can I ask that everyone sends in their ‘Dunbar Reads Aloud Bronze Award Bookmark’ at the end of this reading session on Friday 14th November. Please make sure your son or daughters name is on the bookmark as we will be holding another Prize Draw when every pupil will have the chance to win one of our fabulous prizes – fiction books, non-fiction books, comics, magazines or book tokens. A reminder – pupils must have 30 stars completed – you still have time together to hear them reading aloud and send in the bookmark!

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald


Helen Gillanders
Head Teacher

P1 Enrolment Dates

Dunbar Primary School

P1 Enrolment Day

Tuesday 4th November or

Wednesday 5th November

9 am – 10 am@ John Muir Campus


If your child is 5 between 1st March 2015 and 29th February 2016 and you would like him/her to attend Dunbar Primary School in August 2015, then please enrol your child for school on the above dates.

You MUST bring your child’s

  • Birth certificate
  • Council Tax letter


  • A Utility Bill/Bank Statement dated within 6 months of the day of registration

Without the above documents we will be unable to enrol your child on these days.

Thank You!

We had lots of Grandparents visiting Lochend Campus today. They joined in with a range of literacy activities, Dunbar Reads Aloud & Bikeability in the playground. Thank you for coming along today and to lots of you for signing up to volunteer this year. It really does make a big difference! Some of the comments:

  • “A lovely environment and enthusiastic teachers.”
  • “Thank you for the invitation.  It was lovely to see the children at work learning about poetry.”
  • “Very impressed with the quiet library with all pupils engrossed in their books and clearly enjoying them.”
  • “Enjoyed the visit.  Great to see so many happy children enjoying school.”
  • “It is amazing how things have changed since the old days (1940s).  Very colourful classroom & children interact well with the teacher.”
  • “A wonderful example of how school has improved.”

Dunbar Primary School School Calendar

Dear Parents,
Today we have for the first time embedded a GOOGLE calendar of all the forthcoming event across the next year. You will see it added as a page on the school website. As with most calendars items will be added and some may even change!
We have responded to parents in setting this up and hope that it helps greatly with planning school and family events. If you have a google account you can copy the event into your own calendar. We have included school holiday dates also to help. The calendar currently will take us to June 2015 . Some items have TBC on them as we await confirmation.

Angus J MacRury


Home Connect Website

Is your child taking part in Accelerated Reader?  Did you know you can go to a website called Home Connect to see their reading results and progress?  It’s very simple to do…

Click on the link above and simply enter your child’s username and password (all children should know this) and you will be able to:

  • review results on AR quizzes taken in school
  • view the number of books read, words read and quizzes passed
  • see a virtual bookshelf showing the books your child has read

You will also see a link to ‘E-Mail Setup’ at the top of the page that gives you the chance to sign up to recieve an e-mail every time your child takes a quiz to share the results with you instantly!


Grandparents Days

Grandparents Days

Once again we would like to invite Grandparents to come into school and join their grandchild’s class. This year we will be holding Dunbar Reads Aloud activities and we are really keen that Grandparents come and join in this very important project and support our aim of improving the reading of all of our pupils. We would like to see the grandparents of any pupils in P1–P3 on Tuesday 7th October at John Muir Campus and grandparents of any P4-P7 pupils on Wednesday 8th October at Lochend Campus.

On both days we will be opening our doors to you at 9am and we would like you to join their class in a variety of different learning activities relating to Reading and Literacy for about 45 minutes. We will be providing tea, coffee and biscuits in the dining hall. We are also looking to sign up anyone who would like to be a Dunbar Reads Aloud reading volunteer in one of our classes or who would like to become a library volunteer or healthy snack volunteer.

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