The Big Pedal 2017


20th -31st MARCH 2017


The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the 2017 challenge will run from 20 to 31 March and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge we also have a one-day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

All schools will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike and scooter stunt shows, equipment and storage if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge. Prize details will be announced on The Big Pedal website

Why study languages?

Some inspiration for our younger learners starting out on their language learning journey …

Top 10 reasons to study languages written by students in higher education.

Here are our top 10 reasons…

1) You fall in love with the subject.

2) English is not enough! It’s really important that you learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.

3) You can travel to new places around the world.

4) It’s the perfect way to meet new people and discover new cultures.

5) Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd.

6) Learning a foreign language can help you understand your own language and make it easier to learn others.

7) You develop 4 key skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing.

8) You’ll have fun learning about a wide range of topics from shopping, to sport, to food and entertainment.

9) Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have better memory too.

10) It’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and you’ll have better options for your future!

Judy Hayman Author Visit

Judy Hayman, author of the ‘Dragon Tales’ series of books, visited P4 last week. She talked about how she became an author and how she looks for inspiration. The pupils really enjoyed her visit. Thank you, Judy!

Standards and Quality Report 2015-2016

Dear Parents,

Please find below the opening statement from our Standards and Quality report 2015-16. The whole report is available to download below.

Context of the School

Dunbar Primary School is a very large school split over two campuses; the role continues to rise as additional housing is planned for Dunbar. We currently have 1211 pupil, 33 classes in the main school and 8 classes in our nursery. John Muir Campus houses our nursery with a roll of 240, P1-P3 classes of 399 pupils and our Wraparound care facility.  We also have an Authority Communication Base for primary pupils; all pupils allocated a mainstream class and where possible, depending on the severity and need, we aim to integrate them into class as much as possible. Lochend Campus opens this session with 572 pupils.  A new extension is now complete that includes an additional 4 classrooms, music room, meeting room and support room.

The Headteacher has no class commitment; there are 5 deputies all with 0.2FTE FTE, two based at each campus and one who has responsibility for the Cove. The school is also supported by a full-time PT Inclusion and Support, and a PT 0.6 who has responsibility for the nursery and one other PT with full-time class commitment. Pupils are supported by 3 full and 2 part time additional support needs auxiliaries and the equivalent of eight full-time classroom assistants.

We see ourselves are a community school and work hard to engage with and support the community of Dunbar. We have very supportive and proactive parents, a large and enthusiastic volunteer network and pupils who are engaged and motivated to learn…………..

To download the whole report click below.

Final Completed Standards and Quality Report 2015-2016


A big hello to all the schools in our cluster from the pupils here at West Barns
Primary School.
Last year our Parent Council organised a running event to celebrate the golden mile initiative called Spike Island.  And we’d love all the schools in East Lothian to come along & help us celebrate this year. 
  Spike Island is taking place on the morning of Sunday 7th May 2017 at Hedderwick Hill Farm Stables, near West Barns/Dunbar.

The 1.6K & 3K Runs navigate their way through the surrounding farmland past our friends at Foxlake and terrain varies from sandy paths to forest tracks.  The runs are clearly marked and marshalled for everyone to enjoy.  Just make sure you have your Jolly Roger flags, cutlass & watch out for the Salty Sea Dog on the way round, he may spray you with his water gun!

The Spike Island Family of events are about getting your pirates into running; as such there is no timing element to the run. There will be a prize given for the best pirate costume.  There are 10K & 5K runs happening earlier on in the day for any parents setting fitness goals just now; these races are timed & prizes will be given to the top 3 as well as medals for all! 

Back at the stables you can enjoy home baking, hot & cold drinks.  And for anyone wanting to make a day of it, can we suggest Foxlake Adventures.  Foxlake Adventures has an awesome wakeboarding park, Foxfall Ropes Course, Cafe and children’s wooden outdoor play area.
A record 250 runners took part last year and we are hoping for a bigger better turn out this year.  We hope to inspire more people to get involved in running, at whatever level. We’ll see you there! Press Enter Today or Click on the image to enter.
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Dunbar Community Books


As part of our year-long project at Dunbar Primary School we launched our Community Reading Event on Thursday 2nd March.  Four different books chosen to suit from ages 3 years to 90+ will be placed in and around Dunbar.  These will include Doctors Surgery, Railway Station, Public Library, Umberto’s, Hairdressers, Swimming Pool, Local Cafes etc.

We are offering these books to get everyone off their electronic devices and read a book instead!

The four books we have chosen are, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt, ‘Spy Dog’ by Andrew Cope, ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd and ‘Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid.

Dunbar Primary School want to say a massive thank you to Sopra Stera who donated money to buy over 120 books.

Should you be in Dunbar and find a book; pick it up and read it and then place it somewhere else so someone else can find and read it.

We really want people who read the books to rate them inside the book or on our twitter page @DunbarPrimary or on our website.  You can comment below!

Mrs Gillanders