What Does Mrs Hilsley Do All Day?


Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Inter-Disciplinary Learning | Posted on 17-09-2013

As well as finding out what’s behind every door in Yester Primary School, we have also been finding out about the grown-ups that work in our school.
Today, the children “interviewed” Mrs Hilsley about her job. If you ever wondered what a Head Teacher does all day, watch the slideshow very carefully!
What Does Mrs Hilsley Do All Day? on PhotoPeach

……they forgot the picture about looking for her glasses!

Dinosaur Drive


Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Numeracy | Posted on 17-09-2013

Over the last few weeks we have been working very hard to recognise and write numbers. Today, we used what we’ve learned to play a Dinosaur Drive game.

We had to roll a dice, count the spots and use the picture on the board to help us decide what we could draw on our dinosaur. Lots of concentration and fun! The finished dinosaurs looked amazing. 🙂

 Dinosaur Drive on PhotoPeach

If you wanted to play some interactive games at home, here is a site to help your child learn about number six. I know most children can manage this…..but it’s good fun!
Click on the links to take you to a range of activities.

Reading Groups


Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Literacy, Parent Information | Posted on 17-09-2013

Over the course of this week, I am rearranging the children into different reading groups.

As the children progress through their keywords, it is essential that the books they bring home are at an appropriate level. I also need to be able to manage our book cupboard, so having 12 children read the same book (when we only have 10 in school) is impossible! I apologise for any inconvenience or confusion in advance, as some children will change reading days or group names. Please see your child’s reading diary for details.

Changing children between groups now and then is all part and parcel of life in Primary 1 – nothing to be concerned about. Just because your child has changed groups does not mean they are “falling behind” or finding things difficult. Please be assured that if I thought we needed to give your child more support, I would be in touch immediately. Assume everything is fine unless stated otherwise!
Could I also ask parents to ensure that reading bags/diaries/extended stories are returned on the correct day? If these are not handed in before lunchtime it makes things difficult for us in school, especially if another group is waiting to read the book you have at home. Unfortunately, if a child does not return their reading things, we cannot send a new book home. We will, however, work on the book in class with the rest of their group.

Thank you for your continued support.

Out and About With Dinosaur Dan..


Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Inter-Disciplinary Learning | Posted on 17-09-2013

Last week, Dinosaur Dan asked us to show him what is on the other side of the cloakroom door – he had never been in the playground before. We showed him around and told him all about the different places we are allowed to play….as well as the things we are not allowed to do (like touching bikes in the bike rack or swinging on the gates!) He even had a shot on the trim trail!
In The Playground With Dinosaur Dan on PhotoPeach

Parent Lunch


Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Health and Wellbeing, Parent Information | Posted on 17-09-2013

It was great to see so many parents coming to join us for lunch last week – hope you enjoyed it!

It’s wonderful to see how well the children have settled and how at ease they are having a school dinner.

Thank you for all the comments you left too.