P6 Update

A quick update on what we have been up to in P6 recently.  We have been nurturing our seeds from the space station with some success.  We have had to water them and record their germination and growth over the last six weeks.  We have been keeping fit with some taster sessions in cricket and hockey.  We have also been helping our buddies in P2 with their maths, we spent sometime outdoors with them measuring with Sammy the metre snake.  We have been continuing with our topic work and have been learning about the homesteaders and their epic journey.  We have made  our own scooners which look amazing, such a variety of different designs and materials used.  Some P6 and P7 pupils had a trip to Meadowmill to take part in track and field events, they were very successful.

Strive with Primary 5!

Some of our P5 pupils have been working with the Strive organisation from the 24th of May.  Strive train young adults to work with pupils on a range of outdoor skills.  They have enjoyed helping take down old fences as well as enjoy some team building games.  The pupils will also be obtaining the Saltire Awards which is the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering. Supported by the Scottish Government, the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements in school or provided by local and national voluntary agencies.

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Primary 5 Camp

Primary 5 had a fantastic time in Innerwick for their school camp.  Once the children arrived they got themselves settled into their dorms and got ready for Fox Lake.  At Fox Lake the children were in two groups and both Mr. Mells and Mrs. Banks joined them on the ropes course.  The weather was amazing and the children had lots of fun.  That evening the children enjoyed the weather some more by playing a few games at the park.

The next day Primary 5 spent the whole day hill walking with the East Lothian Rangers.  This was very a very tiring but enjoyable experience.  In the evening the children enjoyed a movie on the projector with a nice cup of hot chocolate.

Busy in P1

Everyone in P1 has been very busy for the last couple of weeks.

In maths we have been getting really good at remembering our bonds to 10 and have been playing lots of games to practice our adding and subtracting skills. At the end of last week we had great fun with Mrs Pentony reading Aliens Love Underpants, sequencing events from the story and decorating our own underpants. Then on Tuesday we made some ‘Wanted’ posters to help the police to catch a naughty alien who was still on the loose and stealing people’s underpants!

We have been learning about different forces and had lots of messy fun doing some ‘gravity painting’ using paintbrushes and marbles. We also talked about breaks and friction and have been doing an experiment to work out how far a toy car rolls over different surfaces.

On Tuesday we found out that we are going to be taking part in a music and drama project called ‘Bee Green’. We had great fun taking part in a workshop and are keen to learn lots about bumble bees. Today we talked about bee life cycles and worked in pairs to sort out some jumbled facts about bumble bees. We did really well!



Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families
From 31 August 2016, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act will commence. This Act states that every young person in Scotland is entitled to the support of a Named Person from birth until the until the age of 18.
All pupils will shortly be given a leaflet produced by Scottish Government, explaining the role of a Named Person. You can also find this leaflet on the East Lothian Council website, school websites and the Scottish Government GIRFEC website, along with lots of other information about the Named Person role.
For children in Primary Schools, their Named Person will be the Head Teacher, a Depute Head Teacher, or a Principal Teacher. In a Secondary School, it will be a Guidance Teacher or a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.
During school holidays, the Named Person role will be undertaken by qualified staff at East Lothian Council. Details of who these people will be and how to contact them will be made available in August, on school and council websites.
Your individual school will inform you as to the name of your child’s Named Person in August, so that you have the most up to date information.
On 30 May, the Scottish Government will be launching a media campaign to raise awareness of the Named Person role and how this fits with the Children and Young People’s Act. East Lothian Council will publicise national materials through social media, on our websites and through pupil post.
For more detailed information, you can look online at the Scottish Government GIRFEC website. This contains a number of very useful and user-friendly documents.

Named Person leaflet

Update from P1

P1 have had another couple of busy weeks.

We have been talking about time in maths and had lots of fun making our own clocks and playing different games. We have also been listening to a very catchy song about the pairs of numbers that make ten. We don’t think we’ll ever forget them now!

We have been learning about the digraphs ay/ai and oy/oi and have been practicing reading and writing lots of different words. On Tuesday we wrote some great stories about having a pet dragon and today we had fun reading a text about an alien called Sid then trying to draw him. We had to get all the details right.

We have been learning about different toys that people played with in the past and went outside into the playground to try out some games. We played with hoops, jumping elastic, marbles, hopscotch and skipping ropes. We are hoping to learn some group games soon.

Today we have been talking about forces. We sorted objects into things you push, pull or both then had lots of fun seeing how many huffs and puffs it took to move different objects across the tables. Miss Reeves was impressed by how much puff some of us have!

Here are some photographs of us busy inside and outside.

Busy in P1

It’s been a short but busy week in P1.

On Tuesday our P7 buddies came to see us and we showed them some of the skills that we have been learning in maths. We used our tens frames, maths racks and also the laptops. This week in maths we have been talking about the numbers that go together to make ten and using our foam tens frames to show the different pairs.

We read a version of ‘Aladdin’ together then wrote some great stories of our own about a magic lamp. On Wednesday we had fun putting some jumbled up sentences into the right order. We had to read the words carefully, use the capital letters and full stops to help us and make sure that our sentences made sense once we had finished them. We all worked really well.

Here are some photographs of our week.

P7 transition day

The P7’s went on a transition day yesterday and had so much fun! in the morning, we met up with the other P7’S from the different          clusters and had a fun packed morning meeting the teachers from Dunbar Grammar school in the Lochend Campus, Dunbar. We had to follow a set timetable. In the afternoon, we walked down to The Grammar school to take part in some sports! We all had a great time and we cant wait to go to the next one!  🙂

Patterns in P1

This week P1 have been having lots of fun describing and continuing different patterns. We found lots of things to practice with and used cushions, teddies, cubes, peg boards, beads and lots more. We have also carried on learning about money and have been getting really good at using coins to make different amounts.

On Tuesday we wrote some fantastic stories about a magic potion. We all had fun imagining what our potions would be like and what might happen if someone drank them! Everyone came up with great ideas and we enjoyed listening to the different stories at the end of the day. We have also been working hard on our common words and playing lots of games to practice reading and writing them correctly.

We are starting on our toys topic and have been looking at old and new toys and thinking about some of the differences between them. Today Lily chose a book about toy cars to share at milk time and Spence had the idea of showing us a toy car he had in his bag. We talked about how it moved and have decided that we’d like to learn more about cars and other moving toys.

Take Away Homework a big success in P6

During our work on persuasive writing in P6 last term homework proved to be a issue for great debate.  Overall the P6 children are not in favour of homework and were able to create some strong arguments for banning homework.  We sent our persuasive letters to Angela Constance at the Scottish Parliament and received a very complimentary reply.  This got us thinking about changing our homework so we are trying Nando’s Take Away homework as an alternative.  The first pieces that have been handed in have been excellent and show such a variety of tasks and learning.  Any area of the curriculum can be covered and there are a wide variety of tasks to choose from.  This week we had leaflets, posters, mind maps, tweets, lesson plans and detailed artwork showing our learning over the last two weeks.  Below are some of the ideas so far.  As the weather is improving we may introduce some outdoor tasks.

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