NYCOS Sessions

Dear parent/guardian,

The National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) and East Lothian Council are delighted to be able to offer a full term of FREE singing sessions for all children in P3 to P7 local authority schools.

There are six venues to choose from and we have choices on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. There will be a joint concert at The Brunton in April to mark the end of the project.

All details are in the attached NYCoS Leaflet 2019. Your child should also receive a paper copy in their school bag at some point between October and the end of this term.

In addition, all P3 children will receive a taster session during school time.

For more information and with any questions contact Charlotte McMillan (Email: Tel: 0131 653 5252).

Booking is online, via this link and must be done BEFORE Tuesday 18th December otherwise a place will not be guaranteed.



Many thanks!




Charlotte McMillan


YMI Community Arts Worker (Part time : Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

East Lothian Council Arts Service

Santa Requires Helpers!

Helpers Wanted  

We are looking for some volunteers to come & do some secret wrapping in school. Friday 30th November & Friday 7th December are the dates we are looking for helpers & anytime you can lend a hand between 8.45am & 12. All resources are provided as will be tea & coffee.

Many thanks

Julie Ross

Nursery Bookbug Explorer Bags

Bookbug Explorer Bag

The Bookbug Explorer Bag is given out at nursery when your child is aged 3.

The Bookbug Explorer Bag will boost every young adventurer’s love of books and reading, as well as encouraging their writing and drawing.

Your little one will love the sense of discovery and excitement as they dive into longer books. We hope you’ll enjoy cuddling up together to share a new story or enjoy an old favourite.

How do I get my free Bookbug Explorer Bag?

The Bookbug Explorer Bag will be given out on Thursday 22nd  November or when your child joins the Nursery after that date.

Does your child have Additional Support Needs?

CALL Scotland have created a fantastic pack of symbolised resources to accompany the books in the Bookbug Explorer bag. The resources can be used with children with Additional Support Needs, communication difficulties and with English as an Additional Language too! You can download the symbol sheet resources below.

You can see symbolised resources in action and get ideas on how they can be used in this video, filmed at Braidburn School in Edinburgh.

What does the Bookbug Explorer Bag include?*

  • Three picture books – These beautiful books have been specially selected by a panel of Early Years experts as well as being tested with families.
  • My Bookbug Explorer Activity Book – This activity book is a great way to encourage children to talk about the books in their Explorer Bag and share their drawings. There are activity pages based on the books and some handy book recommendations.
  • Bookbug Explorer Pencils – These 6 brightly coloured pencils are ideal for children learning to write.
  • My Bookbug Explorer CD – This CD is packed full of songs and nursery rhymes for families to enjoy. Many of the songs and rhymes can also be heard at local Bookbug Sessions. You can listen to the tracks online here.
  • 4 large postcards – These postcards are perfect for sending to grandparents, neighbours and friends, with plenty of space for children to write their own personal message.
  • Bookbug Postcard – A lovely, colourful postcard featuring a song or rhyme from the Bookbug Song and Rhyme Library.
  • Parent Leaflet – this includes tips on sharing the books and other items with children.
  • Bookbug alerts sign up form – Bookbug Alerts let a parent know when their next Bookbug Bag is due as well as giving them reading tips and book recommendations.
  • All contents come in a sturdy child sized canvas bag with smaller handles. Children will love carrying their books around by themselves!


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Primary One Bookbug Bags

We are delighted to announce that Bookbug will once again be gifting a Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag to every P1 child in Scotland during Book Week Scotland, 19-25 November.  This Bookbug Bag will help to create a lasting link between reading at school and at home. This bag also allows your child to take part in the The Bookbug Picture Book Prize. They can use the voting slip to vote for their favourite book from the bag, encouraging their love of reading by celebrating their choices.

How do I get my Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag?

Dunbar Primary School P1 Bag will gift the bag to children during Book Week Scotland, 19-25 November 2018.


What does the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag include?

This year’s P1 Family Bag includes:

Read, Write Count Bags

What is Read, Write, Count?

This week pupils in  P2 and P3 will be bringing home their Read, Write Count gift bags.

What is Read, Write, Count?

Read, Write, Count is a new campaign to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children by providing advice and support for the families of children in Primary 1, 2 and 3. It a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise attainment for all and close the attainment gap.

Read, Write, Count aims to build on the success of the PlayTalkRead and Bookbug programmes in the early years and encourage parents and families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives. For many years, Bookbug has gifted a bag of books to all P1 students throughout Scotland. Now, through the Read, Write, Count campaign, all P1 to P3 children will receive a free bag with books, counting games and writing materials  this week at Dunbar Primary School

Research tells us that parental involvement in children’s learning is one of the best ways to improve educational outcomes for all children. Read, Write, Count is about giving parents the confidence to get involved and provides resources to support learning at home.

The campaign is being delivered by Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust.

To find out more about the campaign and see the advice and tips for parents, visit

Read, Write, Count bags

Children in Primary 2 and 3 will receive a Read, Write, Count bag in the autumn of this year. In it are books, fun counting games and materials for writing.

Free bags of books and other learning materials have been given to children from birth to Primary 1 for a number of years with Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug programme. Since 2015, these bags have had extra writing and counting materials from the Read, Write, Count campaign.

The bags are a great way to inspire parents and children to read, write and count together and are a great first step in increasing children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Book Week Scotland is a national celebration of books and reading. During Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust holds around 800 book events all over Scotland with schools, libraries, bookshops and many others. Gifting the bags during Book Week Scotland can draw pupils’ and parents’ attention to this national celebration and encourage them to participate in the week’s events, laying the groundwork for further engagement in reading. In school, Book Week Scotland can provide a platform for lots of activities celebrating books, and there are competitions, games and things to do online, including free online author events




Dyslexia Unwrapped

Hello, Is your Child Dyslexic?

 Dyslexia Unwrapped, is the online hub for young people with dyslexia. It’s fun, informative and designed just for you. Watch a vid, find support, get involved. Click on the link above to have a look around the site.
We have  updated our Dyslexia support pages today and have added a wealth of resources and Links from Dyslexia Scotland and CALL Scotland, as well as links to other resources.

Newsletter November

Dear Parents and Carers,

Find below an extract from our latest Newsletter

Rights Respecting School Bronze Award

Dunbar Primary School has successfully achieved the first stage of the Rights Respecting School Award! We were delighted to achieve the Bronze Award this term, recognising us as a ‘Rights Committed’ school. The Rights Respecting School ambassadors, along with Mrs Whitehead (P6 class teacher), are now busy creating the winter RRS Newsletter. This is due out towards the end of term and will give you more information about this fantastic achievement.

Friday 16th November – Children in Need and Dunbar Christmas Lights Fundraising

We are planning a dress down day (your choice of PJs, onesies, casual clothes etc.) for a small donation on Friday 16th November to raise money for Children in Need and Dunbar Christmas Lights. There will also be a cake stall on this day for both John Muir & Lochend Campus. All cakes will cost between 20p – 50p.  Baking donations (nut free) are welcomed on the Thursday or Friday morning.  All money raised will be split 50/50 between Children in Need and Dunbar Christmas Lights.

‘Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ Screening

We have organised a screening of this documentary at John Muir Campus on Tuesday 20th November at 6.15pm. It’s an excellent film which explains Adverse Childhood Experiences, their relevance to the children we teach and the possible impacts they can have later on in life.

There is no cost to book. Donations welcome on the night.  To book, please click on: (or find the link on our twitter page or school website).

Find the rest of the Newsletter here: 2 November Newsletter 2018