Read , Write Inc. Workshops

Dear Parents and Carers

Our New Phonics, Reading and Writing Programme

‘Read Write Inc.’

This term we have introduce a new programme called ‘Read, Write Inc.’ in Primary 1, 2 and 3. This will be phased in during the autumn term.

The Read, Write Inc. programme will enable us to integrate our phonics teaching much more closely with writing, spelling, handwriting and comprehension. By connecting all of these essential literacy skills, children will learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension, to form each letter, to spell correctly and to compose their ideas for writing. Through this programme we will ensure that all our pupils are supported and challenged to become confident and ambitious readers and writers.

WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS

We will also be holding workshops for parents and carers . The aim of these will be to share more about how this teaching approach works in practice and to answer your questions. We hope that you will be able to join us at one of these sessions.

These will take place on Tuesday 5th September. Following parental feedback we will be offering a workshop at 9am and another at 6.30pm. They will last approximately 40 minutes.

As a staff, we are very excited to begin our Read, Write Inc. journey and very much look forward to sharing it with the children and yourselves.

Regards

Senior Leadership Team

 

Playground Safety at John Muir Campus

 Dear Parents/Carers

 

This is a gentle reminder of the Playground Safety at John Muir Campus.

 

Lining Up

Primary One line up at the coloured shapes on the front playground. At the beginning of term we put cones to define the lining up area. Parents should stand well back from the lines to allow the children space, develop independence and to allow the teachers to interact with the children first thing in the morning. If your child is upset keep them with you and then pass to the teacher when they come out.

At the end of the day the children will be taken back to the shapes for dismissal. It may help your child if you try to be in the same spot each time.

Primary Two line up at the rear entrance through the P3 Play area. Parents again are encouraged to drop their children in the line and move to the back of the play area. At the end of the day the Primary Two teachers will bring children out to the area they line up in the morning. Children will see their parents better if parents stay back from the exit.

Primary Three line up at the side door in the Primary Three play area. It would help the pupils if you want to wait in the Play area near the back near the Climbing Frame. Parents are encouraged allow the children to gain resilience and independence by dropping off at the school gate in the morning, when they feel their children are ready. At home time the children will be dismissed by their teacher in the front playground. Letters go out to P3 pupils early in term one to establish the normal end of school routine, as many parents opt to allow their children to make their own way to a pre-arranged meeting point.

Climbing Frames

At Dunbar Primary School, John Muir Campus we have 2 main play areas. Both Play areas have climbing frames and balance beams for pupils. Children are not allowed to use this equipment prior and after to school as the school cannot provide supervision. Should you allow your child use this prior to or at the end of the school day parents should be supervising and it is at your own risk.

Bikes and Scooters

STOP, HOP and DROP

At Dunbar Primary School we pride ourselves with the number of children who cycle or scoot to school everyday. We do however insist that children cycling to school wear helmets and are wearing bright clothing so that they are visible to drivers. Children are encouraged to use footpaths and cycle ways near the school. Children on Scooters and Skateboards should be aware of the risks around roads and the use of protective equipment is encouraged. All bikes and Scooters should be stored in the areas provided in the school grounds.

Remember

Bikes, Scooters and skateboards should not be used in the play areas at any time. You must get off at the school gate on your way into school. On the way home you must walk bikes, skateboards and scooters to the gate. This applies to children and adults. Remember, Stop, Hop and Drop.

Wet Weather Days

If the weather is really wet, the front doors of the school will be opened at 8.30am. Children will be guided into the main hall where they will be fully supervised. Parents are encouraged to drop them near the front door rather than coming into the entrance, to free up space.

Sign at Front Gate

For everyone’s safety please do not ride your Scooter, bike or ribstick in playground. Please wait until you are out of either gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read, Write Inc.


Our New Phonics, Reading and Writing Programme

‘Read Write Inc.’

This term we are introducing a new programme called ‘Read, Write Inc.’ in Primary 1, 2 and 3. This will be phased in during the autumn term.

The Read, Write Inc. programme will enable us to integrate our phonics teaching much more closely with writing, spelling, handwriting and comprehension. By connecting all of these essential literacy skills, children will learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension, to form each letter, to spell correctly and to compose their ideas for writing. Through this programme we will ensure that all our pupils are supported and challenged to become confident and ambitious readers and writers.

We will be delighted to give you more details about the programme and resources at our Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday 29th August at 6pm.

We will also be holding workshops for parents and carers. The aim of these will be to share more about how this teaching approach works in practice and to answer your questions. We hope that you will be able to join us at one of these sessions.

These will take place on Tuesday 5th September. Following parental feedback we will be offering a workshop at 9am and another at 6.30pm. They will last approximately 40 minutes.

As a staff, we are very excited to begin our Read, Write Inc. journey and very much look forward to sharing it with the children and yourselves.

We have also created a Read, Write Inc. page on our website which went live today, with links and videos to support learning at home.

 

 

Weekly Information

Monday 28th August

Tuesday 29th August

6pm – 7pm P1 – P3 Meet the Teacher event (John Muir Campus)

5.30pm The Cove  – Meet the Teacher event

 Wednesday 30th August

6pm – 7pm P4 – P7 Meet the Teacher event (Lochend)

Thursday 31st August

All Day P4s – Table Tennis taster @ Dance Studio

Scottish National Standardised Assessments

 Information for parents and carers

The Scottish Government has commissioned the Scottish National Standardised Assessments as part of the National Improvement Framework.

For children and young people to have the best chance of reaching their potential, parents, carers, teachers and the children themselves, need to understand how they are progressing, and what further support they require. Alongside a wide range of other assessment activity, the assessments help to inform that understanding by providing teachers with objective and nationally consistent information on children’s progress. Teachers can then discuss children’s progress with them and their parents, planning next steps accordingly, and ensuring parents understand how best to support their child’s learning at home.

What‘s new?

The Scottish Government has introduced a single, nationally developed set of standardised assessments, designed to reflect the way we deliver education in Scotland, through Curriculum for Excellence. These assessments are expected to replace the variety of existing standardised assessments that local authorities and schools use at the moment.

Ongoing and informal assessment is, and will continue to be, a central part of everyday assessment. Teachers will continue to draw on all of the assessment information available to them, when considering children’s progress and planning the next steps in their learning.

What is being assessed?

Scottish National Standardised Assessments focus on aspects of reading, writing and numeracy.

Who is being assessed?

All children in P1, P4, P7 and S3.

For More Information click here.

Watch a video about the Scottish National Standardised Assessments below.

Up Coming Auditions Info…

Up Coming Auditions Info…

 

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

Pantomime 2017

Friday 1 September 2pm – 4pm (until 4.30pm for successful applicants)

Venue 2 at The Brunton, Musselburgh

Young performers resident in East Lothian who can sing, dance and act are invited to audition to join our professional cast of Beauty and the Beast. Applicants must be in P4 – S4.

Audition places must be booked on 0131 665 9900 / info@thebrunton.co.uk by Thu 31 August, 4pm. Please tell us your child’s name, date of birth, address, telephone number and school attending.

Successful performers must commit to all rehearsals from mid September (Every Tuesday afternoon, occasional Monday’s and October holidays) and show dates 28 Nov – 6 Jan.

 

East Lothian Youth Dance Company Auditions

Monday 11th September 6-8pm

Musselburgh Grammar School – Dance Studio

East Lothian Youth Dance Company is looking for enthusiastic new dancers that are based in East Lothian and can commit to weekly rehearsals on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm.

 

ELYDC performs at local Festivals and events at The Brunton in Musselburgh, and works and performs with dance companies that visit The Brunton.

For more information about ELYDC, email Stephanie MacAulay, Dance Artist at moveit@eastlothian.gov.uk

 

To book your space at the audition: Contact Arts Service Admin at artsservice@eastlothian.gov.uk or call 0131 665 9900.

They will require your name, telephone number and year group

August Newsletter

August Newslettter 2017

NEWSLETTER EXTRACT

Dear Parents and Carers,

I was delighted to welcome back all our pupils to school on Wednesday, and I was very impressed with our new Primary 1s who enjoyed starting with everyone else and managed the full days with enthusiasm and assurance. In addition to our 130 P1 pupils, we welcomed 6 new pupils to John Muir and 8 at Lochend, and 5 new P1 pupils in The Cove.

Meet the Teacher

Your support and partnership is vital and very important to us and this session gives lots of information that we hope you will find useful and will ensure we are able to work together to the benefit of your child/children.

We will be holding these meetings on Tuesday 29th August at John Muir Campus 6pm – 7pm and on Wednesday 30th August at Lochend Campus.   The Cove session on the 29th August will start at 5.30pm in Cove classrooms.

 

Staffing Update

Mr Gordon MacKenzie, one of our DHTs at Lochend Campus has decided to retire and will be leaving us on 31st October. He has been a stalwart of Dunbar Primary School for the past nine years, and we will miss his enthusiasm, passion for teaching and sense of humour. We have started the recruitment process and aim to have the new person in place to allow a handover and ensure a seamless transition.

Mrs Aileen Kelly has been appointed to our new post of Principal Teacher Inclusion, Equity and Support. She will initially work at Lochend Campus, whilst Mrs Albano will hold the same role at John Muir Campus. We hope this will allow pupils, staff and parents to have a specific point of contact in relation to additional and behaviour support, medical issues and inclusion.

Following Mrs Saddler obtaining a position at another school at the very end of term, we welcome Mrs Cunningham who will be the job-share partner in P2c class with Mrs Hughes until we have filled this position permanently for the rest of the school session.

Mrs Dingwall, PT Nursery left us at the end of term and we wish her well in her new position as DHT at Mayfield Primary in Midlothian. We will appoint a PT within the next few weeks but in the meantime if you have any concerns or questions regarding anything to do with nursery then please contact either of the teachers – Mrs Rachel Murray, Mrs Trudy King or Mrs Legge or myself.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

August Newslettter 2017