All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Pupil Lockdown Survey, June 26th 2020.





Dear Parents

Click on image for Survey.

As you will be aware we conducted a survey with P2 to P7 regarding their opinions on home learning and their Health and Well-being.

We conducted two surveys,  one for P2 and P3 and the other for P4-P7.
There were 54 surveys that had full data on submitted on them from P2 and P3.
There were 236 surveys fully completed in P4 to P7.
In total 290 surveys were used for the attached tables.
There were some issues with blank surveys (46) and unfinished surveys (38)
There were surveys that were not submitted.
Children also made suggestions and comments and the most common ones are on the presentation.

The teachers, support staff and SLT will take their time over the next few weeks to look at the survey and adapt and target learning in the first six weeks to prioritise issues raised by pupils in their responses.

A MacRury, DHT.

DPS Pupil Survey

Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter

We are delighted to bring you the newest edition of the Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter. You can see the latest issue of this Scotland Learns parents newsletter.

We hope you have found the learning activities, links, hints and tips in #ScotlandLearns supportive and useful.

In this newsletter you will find:
new learning activities on literacy, numeracy, Gaelic, as well as health and wellbeing; advice on supporting children who are deaf;
hints and tips for helping your child with reading; advice for those planning to go to college; and a fun creativity challenge

East Lothian Council

Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown has written to families following the announcement from the Depute First Minister this afternoon that councils should plan for pupils to return to school full-time from August if it is safe to do so. 

Dear parents & carers,

You may be aware that the Depute First Minister has, this afternoon, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament about all children and young people returning to school in August. He has indicated that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools in August if it safe to do so. He has also indicated that this will be conditional and based on the scientific and health advice. He has confirmed that the plans we were putting in place for blended learning will be a contingency and will be essential preparation in case they are needed.

We are now urgently considering the implications of this announcement on our plans for August. It is clear that final decisions on this full return will not be confirmed until during the summer holidays. We are awaiting further specific guidance and will be in touch with you again as soon as we can. We continue to work on the assumption that staff will return to school on the 10th August and pupils will return on the 12th August.

We appreciate that this is a fast changing situation and you will be keen to know what this means for your child / children. We are committed to sharing information with you as soon as we can, including during the summer holidays.

Kind regards,

Lesley Brown

Chief Operating Officer (Education) – Education & Children’s Services






Dunbar Primary ARCH Fortnight






Dunbar Primary School ARCH Fortnight 15th – 26th June 2020

Activities will be posted to all pupils via Google Classroom.

Parents can access the activities  for the two weeks below.

For the final two weeks of term, we are providing a variety of activities linked to our school values, which are:

Ambition, Resilience, Community, Happiness (ARCH)  A is for AMBITION  Ambition means really wanting to do or achieve something.   R is for RESILIENCE  Resilience means being able to bounce back – not giving up if something is difficult, coping when something doesn’t  go the way you want it to, talking about how you are feeling and giving things your best shot.   C is for COMMUNITY  A Community is a group of people living or working together in the same area; we are all part of the community of  Dunbar Primary School – we help each other and we solve problems together.   H is for HAPPINESS  Happiness is a feeling connected to lots of things – when we do well in our learning, when we play with our friends,  when we have our favourite dinner, when we are content.

DPS ARCH Fortnight Early Level (1)

Early Example

Dunbar Primary School ARCH Fortnight 1st Level

First Level Example




DPS ARCH Fortnight 2nd Level 15th – 26th June 2020

Second Level Example



Scotland Learns : Parents and Carers Newsletter 5

We are delighted to bring you the latest edition of the Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter. You can see the latest issue of this newsletter here.

Scotland Learns Parents and Carers Newsletter 5

In this edition there are:
new learning activities on literacy, numeracy, Gaelic, as well as health and wellbeing;
advice for supporting children with dyslexia;
information on transitions for young people starting and leaving secondary school;
a new resource on supporting young carers in education at this time;
a great creativity challenge