Let’s talk about maths.

A group set up to challenge negative attitudes towards maths wants to hear the views of parents’ and young people. The Making Maths Count expert group, established by  Education Secretary Angela Constance, has launched a short online questionnaire to find out how people feel about maths and how they use their maths skills. The group, which brings together expertise from industry, academia and science, has been tasked with identifying which factors can create negative attitudes towards maths, before making its recommendations on how to improve the nation’s enthusiasm for and participation in the subject. Teachers, parents, carers and young people are all encouraged to contribute their thoughts as part of the group’s call for evidence.

Further information and the online questionnaire is at www.gov.scot/makingmathscount.

 

Bass Rock Swimmers

On the 16th of August, 2015, 15 parents from Law Primary swam from the Bass Rock back to North Berwick, to raise money for Project Play. They started training in the January of that year and were helped by the RNLI, and local people who gave their time in training, as medics on the day, as support from boats and kayaks and many more supported and encouraged along the way. The team raised over £8000 for Project Play, with £800 given to the RNLI.

The children have been consulted and based on their feedback, we have begun making some improvements, for example, 4 new picnic tables, 2 new A-frames and some new planters for the gardening team to use.  Negotiations are on-going!

Ann Reilly, one of the swimmers, made this amazing wee film to share our experience with others. We hope you have fun watching it!https://vimeo.com/channels/bassrockswim

Bobble Hat Heroes

Our Charity Committee consists of pupils from P5-7 and they have been hard at work seeking out 5 charities for which our school community will raise funds this session. More details on that to follow. 

Bobble Hat Heroes

One of the charities chosen by the pupils was the NSPCC.  On Friday 4th December, we will be donning our bobble hats in support of their funds for Childline.

There will be a competition in each class with prizes for the silliest one and the best homemade one so let’s get creating!

We’d love the grownups to get involved too.

  • You could ask someone to knit you your own unique design
  • Convince whoever takes you to school to wear their own bobble or winter hat too
  • Take a ‘groupie’ of you all wearing your hats before you leave the house in the morning or even in the playground (please ensure no child or children other than your own are in the photographs without explicit permission from their parent or guardian)
  • Send your ‘groupies’ to the NSPCC Facebook page with the hashtag #bobblehatheroes
  • Send them to our Twitter page @lawps with the #bobblehatheroes hashtag
  • Get your photograph taken with a local hero and tell us why you chose them.
  • Get the community involved by speaking to friends and family about it.

And most importantly of all…

  • Donate £1 to the cause by bringing it to school on the morning of Friday 4th December and HAVE FUN!

It’s as easy as that! We can’t wait to see North Berwick getting involved.

What You Say Counts

This campaign has been launched by East Lothian Council to support the work we are doing to promote positive attitudes towards mathematics and numeracy.  It provides tips and advice for you to support your child’s learning at home through everyday activities.

Please click here to read more.

100 Fiction Books Challenge

We have launched a new reading challenge which encourages all our children to read 100 fiction books before they leave primary school. In practice we hope that they will read many more, but the Times Educational Supplement has compiled a list of 100 ‘must reads’ and we are using this list as a basis for our challenge. You can download a copy of the list below and we have warned the library in North Berwick that there might be increased demand for some of these titles—especially over the half term period.
The challenge is suitable for all ages and Nursery plan to adapt it for use in their setting with many of the books being read to the children before they can actually read them for themselves.
The challenge is split into levels and children can apply for recognition once they have read 10 books on the list. There are 10 levels and a certificate is awarded in assembly for each level achieved. We hope that this will encourage reading for enjoyment and that you will continue to support reading at home. Each time a book is finished the child needs a signature from either a teacher or parent/carer on their application form100 books list

Volunteering in School

At Law Primary School we greatly value the help we receive from parents/carers both on school visits and helping class teachers in school with a variety of tasks.  As well as parents, perhaps there are also aunties, grannies or grand dads who could help on a regular basis, even if for only an hour a week.

The following is an idea of some of the varied tasks undertaken by helpers in school: Mounting pictures, organising/labelling resources, helping with crafts, cataloguing books, assisting children on the computer, overseeing practical maths, photocopying, putting up displays.

In addition, helping children with their reading, either in a small group or individually is very rewarding for both the child and adult.

Below is a timetable of where we are looking for help. If you are able to help with any of these sessions, please contact Miss MacAulay at the school.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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