Nursery News…

We have settled back into the nursery routine  well this week. We have been enjoying getting outside despite (or perhaps because of) the windy weather.  We have been enjoying rolling conkers in the garden, building dens and our outdoor house has been busy providing cups of hot drinks and meals to help everyone stay warm! Inside we have been building some fantastic models in both the large and small block areas. Our dry sand has been busy with lots of children choosing to explore the concept of heavier and lighter in this area.  We have been enjoying some traditional tales at group time and are beginning to use puppets to re-tell these familiar stories.  We have welcomed some new children into the nursery this week and our afternoon children are delighted to have such lovely new friends. Our morning children are looking forward to our upcoming trips to the forest.

The Nursery Team

Walk to School Week 6th – 10th October


Next week is Walk to School Week (6th – 10th October).  Pupils will each receive a booklet encouraging them to track how many times they walk to school.  We realise that not everybody is able to do this, however there is evidence to support the findings that walking to school even once per week can make a huge difference.  We would like to thank you for your support with Walk to School Week this year and in all the previous years!

For more information click here.

P7 Camp 29 September to 3 October 2014

So, our Primary 7 pupils will be spending some of this weekend packing their bags for camp at Dalguise. We hope that you’re all as excited as the staff are! We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday morning at the front entrance of the school, no earlier than 8.45am please. Get some sleep so that you’re all geared up for the fun and challenges that await you! The bus leaves promptly at 9.30am – leave plenty of time for dropping luggage and registering.

PGL Dalguise website:

Children’s University

CUWe were lucky to have a visit from Callum Maguire from The Children’s University come to assembly today to talk to us about the exciting opportunities that are available to all pupils at Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School.  A letter was sent home with all pupils today to explain a little more about the Children’s University and there is now a quick link to all CU news on our school website under the ‘Parent Zone’ tab at the top right of the menu bar.   A copy of the letter and the permission slip is available by following the link on the Parent Zone tab.

Dan Smith’s Visit to Sanderson’s Wynd

Today, author Dan Smith visited Sanderson’s Wynd to talk to our Primary 6 and 7 pupils as well as P6 and 7 pupils from Elphinstone and Ormiston.  This was all part of the Ross Rocks Reading initiative. He also signed some of his books and talked about his work and his passion for literature.  P7 pupils in Miss Carmichael’s class are going to post a blog about today’s visit.  In the meantime, here are some photos of the event.


This week in P5t…

This week we have learned about the Egyptians and hieroglyphics.

Here are some facts for you:

The river Nile is the longest river in the world.

They had LOTS of Gods.

They write with hieroglyphs.

Egypt’s temples were for kings and royal people to be buried.

Egypt receives little rainfall.

In maths we have been estimating the answer with adding and subtracting sums and have been learning about rounding.

In writing we have had good fun writing stories about time travel as we are reading ‘The Accidental Time Traveller’.

We have also started PowerPoint presentations researching parts of the Egypt topic we find most interesting.

Well done to our star this week, Mitchell!

Written by Ben and Marcus

Accelerated Reader: 10,030,966words! We have achieved our first goal!

Update from Monday, 6.10.2014

This afternoon we reached our goal of 10 million words! We have currently read 10, 030, 966 words and  1, 036 books!

Update from Thursday, 25.9.2014

We have read 7,239,387 words and 769 books!

We need less than 3 million words to reach our goal by October 10th.

Update from Tuesday, 23.9.2014

We have read 5,860,221 words  and 692 books!

Update from Friday, 19.9.2014

4,884,081 words read

583 books read

Update from Tuesday, 16.9.2014:

3, 891, 644 words read

455 books read

Pupils in Primary 4 to Primary 7 have begun using the Accelerated Reader programme to encourage the practice of reading daily. An informational leaflet will be sent home this week to help explain the programme and answer any questions you may have about it.

It is possible through the use of A.R. to keep track of the number of books we read as a school and even the number of words we read! We have found that children enjoy knowing how many books and words they are reading.

We have set pupils a challenge to read 10 million words in P4-7 before the October break. During the first three full weeks of this session, pupils have read an amazing total of 3,136,210 words! That is a total 408 books.

Will they manage 7 million more before the October break? Check back here to find out.



P2M have made a great start to the new school year. Six children from P1/2 have joined the children from P1I to make a new class.We have been busy deciding on our rights and responsibilities for our class charter and thinking about what we already know and what we want to find out about our topic ‘Senses’ which starts next week.

The class much enjoyed their first P.E. session with Ms. Imrie, the P.E. specialist, who will be taking them for P.E on Thursdays.

Congratulations to Jake Nisbet, who is our first star of the week.  :0)

A Path to the Future