A busy first week back…

P4M are very excited about the term ahead. Our new topic will be The Human Body (start collecting junk for some interesting homework activities) and the children are very excited about this, they particularly want to know more about the brain and digestive system. The whole class will be learning the recorder with Ms Peebles for 5 week blocks starting next Tuesday.  We have a visiting specialist on Thursday afternoons to teach us rugby starting next week and later on in May Michael Powell, the former England player, will be visiting to teach us a thing or two about cricket!  In drama we have been looking at plays and the children are looking forward to creating their own plays to perform to the rest of the class.  The school is starting a mathletics competition next week which we are looking forward to winning (fingers crossed!) Well done to Aimee for being our Star of the Week this week.

Primary 7 Transition

We are well underway with our Primary 7 Transition programme. The groups for Enhanced Transition have already or are beginning to make their visits in small groups. There is a transition event planned for Wednesday 26th March from 9.45am to 2.15pm at Meadowmill, which will involve all of the Ross Cluster Primary Schools in a range of sporting activities from Bastketball, to Indoor Curling (Kurling) and information sessions on the ‘Young Scot’ entitlement card and many other initiatives and opportunities.

The 11th and 12th of June are our two main P7 Induction Days where Primary 7 pupils will visit Ross High School and get involved in different classes. More details will be sent out closer to the day. There will also be a Parents’ Evening for P7 parents in the summer term, arranged by Ross High School.

It is going to be a very busy summer term for our Primary 7 pupils!

Mathletics

All of our classes have made a start using the Mathletics website as part of their work in Numeracy. The pupils have been very enthusiastic about the program and some classes have even asked their teacher to play against them! Each child now has their own username and password and can bring these home to play Mathletics in their own time. There is a free Mathletics app for iPads available to download and you can also access the site by visiting www.mathletics.co.uk

We are piloting this website as part of a Cluster Schools initiative and would welcome any feedback from parents or carers. Please feel free to get in touch with Mrs Wong if you would like to leave any feedback on Mathletics.

SWPS@scholasticswarehouse

Choosing our books!

Choosing our books!

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How we plan a successful Book Fair - thank you Darren

How we plan a successful Book Fair – thank you Darren

photo8Photo2A group of children from various classes had the important job of going to Scholastic Warehouse in Livingstone to choose books for our school fair.  When they go there they were given a tour of the warehouse and then Darren told them how to run a school book fair effectively.  The children then divided into small groups and worked together to decide which books to put into our book cases – books that would be very popular with the rest of their peers.  We all had a great day.

 

Internet Safety and Cyberbulling Awareness

We have been made aware of a new CBBC drama, Dixi, beginning on February 24th. The series will be available to watch across mobile, tablet and desktop devices only and it is described as a comedy drama series which will focus on a teen called Shari, who devotes a lot of her time to fictitious social network Dixi, where she shares a lot of first-person selfie-style videos and pictures.

She is faced with a major problem when her page is hacked and ruined, leading her to turn to close friends in a bid to find out who took over her page.

The aim of the series is to entertain and encourage children’s creativity online, but also inform them of the potential dangers, from online privacy and safety settings, to the real-world consequences of cyber bullying.

Following the Internet Safety Parent Information Evening, the school is keen to pursue a range of approaches to tackle Cyberbullying and online exploitation of children; as we already know, there are growing numbers of pupils who have access to the internet and many report seeing inappropriate or upsetting images whilst using a computer in their own home.

We hope that you will support us in our work in this area and perhaps consider watching the Dixi series at home with your child if they are in Primary 5, 6 or 7.

Please click on the link below ‘Parent Factsheet’ to find out more about Internet Safety and Cyberbullying and feel free to contact the school if you have any concerns regarding safe internet use in your home or Cyberbullying and we will put you in touch with somebody who can advise you further.
Sarah Wong
DHT

Parent-Factsheet

Problems with website blogs

Over recent weeks East Lothian temporarily suspended school websites to update edubuzz and to review and increase its security.  Unfortunately, although a post can be placed on this home page, there appears to be a few technical problems preventing teachers from placing posts on their class blogs. We apologise for this situation and hope to soon begin blogging again.

Happy Christmas

The staff and pupils at SWPS would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas.
We hope that you have a safe and fun holiday and we look forward to everyone returning to school, safe and well, on Monday 6th January.