Accelerated Reader Update – February 2017

Total Books Read (Aug 2016 – Feb 2017): 7, 552

Total Words Read (Aug 2016 – Feb 2017): 145,088,070

Top Five Favourite Books (voted by the pupils):

  1. The Midnight Gang, David Walliams
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, Jeff Kinney
  3. I’m Telling You, They’re Aliens! Jeremy Strong
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K.Rowling

Accelerated Reader – Home Connect

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Is your child taking part in Accelerated Reader? Did you know you can log on 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 receive an e-mail every time your child takes a quiz to share the results with you instantly! Over 80 parents have signed up to this for free 🙂


Do you have a book at home and would like to know if it’s on AR?

Do you have a book from home or the local library that you would like to read?  Go to the link below to see if it is on AR:

Type in the title of your book, e.g. ‘Matilda’ and search.  If it is there you will see the front cover of the book and information beside it. Look for the BL number – this is the Book Level.

Matilda is 5.0, so for someone who has a range of 4.1 – 6.0 this book would be at their level.

Please remember a book doesn’t always have to be within your level!  You can challenge yourself and try it independently, read it with someone or have someone read it to you.



P7 Rotary Quiz 2017

Seven teams from across the cluster competed in the annual Rotary Club Primary School Quiz on Thursday 26th January.

We entered two teams and finished in 1st and 2nd place! They were followed in 3rd place by pupils from Belhaven Hill.

Well done to all the children involved!

Our winning team now move forward to the next round & will compete against teams across East Lothian & Midlothian.

Wannabe Wednesday!

Wednesday 8th February 2017

We would like pupils to come to school on this day dressed as the job they would like in the future.

Classes will be taking part in a range of activities to develop children’s awareness of skills for learning, life and work.

A group of pupils have come up with a list of DIY outfits to wear on Wannabe Wednesday! They hope it is helpful for any child unsure of what to wear…

Wear a white shirt, black trousers and an apron. Search ‘DIY chef hat’ online and you will find templates and ideas.

Wear a t-shirt with a large white shirt over the top (leave this open to look like a lab coat). Optional if you have them: rubber gloves, goggles, clipboard.

Sportsman / Sportswoman / Coach
Wear your team’s kit (Dunbar Colts, Dunbar Hockey etc) or wear clothes you would wear for physical activity, e.g. shorts, t-shirt, joggers.

Police Officer
White or blue shirt with black school trousers. Create your own badge from cardboard and use a safety pin to attach it (you can find lots of police badge templates online).

Entrepreneur / Teacher / Lawyer
Make a badge to show who you work for and attach it with a safety pin. Wear a shirt and tie / school trousers / blouse / suit jacket. Optional if you have it: briefcase.

Old t-shirt / shirt splashed with paint. Carry a paintbrush around!

Fashion Designer
Ask your family for different items of clothing and layer them all to make a unique look!

We look forward to seeing a variety of outfits on the day!

Tuesday 17th January

Numeracy Workshop Event P1- P7 parents and pupils
Tuesday 17th January 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Lochend Campus

Following the questionnaire we issued at the Meet the Teacher evenings in August it was clear to us that parents were very keen to find out more about how we teach numeracy and mathematics and to be able to support their son/daughter with homework.

As a school staff we have planned a series of workshops that we hope will offer you an opportunity to get some hands-on experience of the methodologies, strategies, games and activities we use to teach your children. These are detailed on the back of this sheet.

We have set up a wide variety of activities and you are very welcome to attend any of these – you may want to attend some that are further up the school to get an idea of what will be coming next, or you might want to attend those specific to your own child’s stage – the choice is yours.

All workshops will last 15 mins and we will then give everyone 5 minutes to get to their next workshop – everyone will have the opportunity to attend 3 on the night. Our very helpful Primary 7 Meeters and Greeters will be on hand to get you all to the right classrooms.

You are very welcome to bring your son/daughter on the night and we are keen for them to come along to join in the activities.

In order to help us with planning and organisation on the night we would be very grateful if you would complete the attached form (sent out to all parents, see photo below) to help us with organisation and numbers attending, however you can turn up on the night and we will be delighted to see you all.

Mrs Gillanders


Dress Down Day for Macy

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to hold a dress down day on Friday 20th January 2017.
As many of you may be aware, Macy, one of our P6 pupils and her family,
are currently raising money to help fund a life changing operation
taking place in the USA in February this year.  This will be a non uniform day and we would like everyone to wear a woolly hat as well.

We would like to support this cause with your help.  This is entirely voluntary and all donations will be gratefully received by the family.  We suggest a £1 donation.

Anyone wishing further information can read more on the following website.

We thank you for your support

Helen Gillanders
Head Teacher

Anti-bullying Workshops

respectme_logoDear Parent

I am please to inform you that respectme, the Scottish National Anti-bullying Service has offered to deliver Parent Workshops in East Lothian.

The content will cover:

  • Distinguishing between what bullying behaviour is and what it is not
  • Exploring the latest research in Scotland on online bullying and face to face bullying
  • Identifying what parents can do to deal with bullying behaviour
  • Understanding what to do if your child is bullying someone else
  • Exploring how to help to create environments where bullying cannot flourish

We will run two workshops on Wednesday 15th March 2017. One at 12.30-2.30pm at the Corn Exchange in Haddington and another at 6.30-8.30pm at Knox Academy in Haddington.

We can offer 40 places on each workshop so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If we are over subscribed we may be able to offer additional workshops.

If interested please e-mail stating what time you would like to attend.


Also, following on from an Initial Consultation in October 2016 we are now seeking parents views on the draft East Lothian Anti-bullying Policy “Respect for all”. You can view and comment on this at


Kind Regards

Marie Prior

Anti-bullying Policy Working Group

Christmas Assembly 2016

Today we held our end of term assembly. We sang lots of carols and celebrated all that is great about Christmas and Dunbar Primary School.

During the Assembly Macy drew the winner of a competition amongst staff to raise funds for her operation. The winner was Mrs Bennett in P3. Altogether we have raised £543 in the raffle and P6 also raised £311. £854 has been paid into Macy’s Go fund me page.

We also revealed the person with the most votes to get pied at the assembly and drew three names to do it. Mrs Lyle was the winner (loser) and was splatted by all three drawn from the box. thank you Mrs Lyle for being such as sport.