What did you learn in school today?

At our recent assemblies we launched our focus on Metacognition.
Over the coming weeks we will be finding out more about how we can become better learners by understanding how we learn and what strategies we can use to plan, monitor and evaluate our learning.

Our first step is to ensure we use the language of learning.

We want to become skilled at describing our learning – not just the task we did.
To help us, we have a chart of some common learning vocabulary. Please encourage us to use the words on the sheets when we share with you what we have been doing in school.
The aim is that this becomes second nature and that we have the words to help us plan, monitor and evaluate or learning effectively.

Our Learning Vocabulary:


Primary 1

Primary 2- Primary 4

Primary 5-Primary7

You don’t have to just use the one for your class – why not explore the others!

‘Spotlight’ Edition One: Communication

As well as our regular newsletter, we will  publish a ‘Spotlight’. This will focus on one aspect only. The first is ‘Communication’. To ensure you get the kind of information you would find helpful please add you suggestions to the form below.



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National survey on the expansion of free early learning and childcare in Scotland

As you’ll be aware the Scottish Government is planning to nearly double the hours of free early learning and childcare by 2020. Because the views of parents and carers are crucial for the success of this expansion, the Government has commissioned independent researchers to undertake a survey of parents. It is now asking for your help in sharing the survey link (www.bit.ly/elc-survey) with as many parents of 0-5 year old children in your community as possible.


All parents taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw and have the chance to win one of 10 x GBP100 cash prizes.


The survey is carried out for the Scottish Government by Craigforth, an independent research company. If you have any questions about this survey please send a message to: survey@craigforth.co.uk


Up Coming Auditions

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

Pantomime 2017

Friday 1 September 2pm – 4pm (until 4.30pm for successful applicants)

Young performers resident in East Lothian who can sing, dance and act are invited to audition to join our professional cast of Beauty and the Beast. Applicants must be in P4 – S4.

Audition places must be booked on 0131 665 9900 / info@thebrunton.co.uk by Thu 31 August, 4pm. Please tell us your child’s name, date of birth, address, telephone number and school attending.

Successful performers must commit to all rehearsals from mid September (Every Tuesday afternoon, occasional Monday’s and October holidays) and show dates 28 Nov – 6 Jan.


East Lothian Youth Dance Company Auditions

Monday 11th September 6-8pm

East Lothian Youth Dance Company is looking for enthusiastic new dancers that are based in East Lothian and can commit to weekly rehearsals on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm.


ELYDC performs at local Festivals and events at The Brunton in Musselburgh, and works and performs with dance companies that visit The Brunton.

For more information about ELYDC, email Stephanie MacAulay, Dance Artist at moveit@eastlothian.gov.uk


To book your space at the audition: Contact Arts Service Admin at artsservice@eastlothian.gov.uk or call 0131 665 9900.

They will require your name, telephone number and year group.

Summer Fayre: Improving Our Playground

The Summer Fayre was a fantastic success! A huge thank you to the fundraising team for all their hard work and commitment.  They worked tirelessly to ensure the day was fun and ran smoothly. A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped on the day too. We look forward to hearing how successful the outcome is and how much has been raised to fund the playground improvements.

Keep Our Children Safe

Parking at Campie

Pupil safety is paramount at Campie. The roads are clearly marked with double yellow lines and zig zags.  These are in place to keep our children safe. I urge you to follow the road signs and where you need to bring a car, please try to park further away from the school gates and walk the remaining distance.

 This will significantly reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring.

Keep our children safe – please park and drive responsibly.

Kind regards

Pauline McKay


Partnership, collaboration and improvement.

We would like to hear your views about how we are doing.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Mindset Moment: The Learning Pit

This week children will continue to practise ‘being in the pit’ and will draw upon all the key attributes and strategies that we have looked at over this focus.

Although this will be the last week of our ‘If I don’t sweat it, I won’t get it’ focus, we will continue to make reference too this learning as children tackle new challenges.

Growth Mindset: The Learning Pit

The Learning Pit is a tool that learners will be introduced to which helps them to visualise the process of managing challenge. When a learner is posed with a question or enquiry that they perceive as ‘hard’ we can support them to tackle this in a positive way.

We will be using the ‘Learning Pit’ which was developed by James Nottingham to help children respond to this cognitive wobble.


Our purpose in school is to learn.


The ideal conditions for new learning:

  • Tackling a  concept or skill that will require dedicated mental and physical response that elicits thoughts such as ‘This is hard’ or ‘I can’t do this’ and then using all the skills discussed previously will result in deep learning. (Even although it feels demanding and stressful!)