During the week beginning the 1st of April 2019 a local authority team visited our school to undertake a focused school review. We are delighted that we are now able to share the outcome of the visit.
In the report there are positives which a have been highlighted and next steps and aspects for improvement which have been identified. In conjunction with our own ongoing self-evaluation we have used the review recommendations to inform our School Improvement Plan for 2019/2020.
We look forward to the whole school community working together to bring about the improvements identified.
??? MORE CAMPIE PHOTOS ??? Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. Although, we're still on the hunt for more photos or memorabilia to do with Campie Primary. All items will be returned to their owners after our birthday celebrations. Can you help?
Campie's 100 Birthday is fast approaching and you can help. We are still on the look out for old photos and memorabilia. Also we are looking for people to be interviewed to contribute to an official oral history project starting on the 27th of May
As you will be aware, Campie celebrates its 100th birthday later this month. The actual date Campie opened as a school was 26th May 1919 but as this is a Sunday and Edinburgh Marathon day, we have decided to hold our celebratory events on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st May. These events are as follows:
Thursday 30th May (pm)
There will be party atmosphere in the playground for pupils with music, games, gifts and, of course, cake! What birthday would be complete without cake?
Friday 31st May (am)
Pupils can come to school dressed in costume from any decade within the last century. This is completely optional and we would request that no football strips are worn. They will also have the opportunity to share their learning with each other by visiting classes and the exhibition.
Friday 31st May (pm)
Campie will be open to everyone! There will be an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia and an opportunity to tour the school visiting classrooms. All parents and carers of our current pupils are invited to this and hopefully you can bring other members of your family too. We hope that the school is full of chat, laughter and song – just like a birthday party should be!
During the afternoon, a team from Edinburgh University’s Oral History Project will be available in the Parents’ Room. If you have any special memories of Campie then they would love to talk to you as they work to create historical transcripts for East Lothian.
In the lead up to the birthday, learning in Social Studies will focus on Campie as it is now, could be in the future and as it was in the past. Pupils from P3 to P7 will be studying significant events in relation to specific decades within the century and the number 100 will feature in our work around science, technology, engineering and maths.
This is a really significant and important celebration for our school and our community and we are doing all we can to make it meaningful and special for our children. If you feel that you can help or contribute in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
You know the flagpole outside Mrs McKay’s window? Well there’s something wrong with it… it doesn’t have a flag. We’re setting you the challenge to design a Campie flag! It must be bright, bold and include the Campie values (challenge, resilience, nurture, sustainability, creativity, respect)
You can download a template here. Entry deadline is Friday 26th April.
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.
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!)