To provide variety and choice in school meals throughout the school year East Lothian Council provide a seasonal summer and winter menu.
Each menu cycle consists of a choice of 2 hot main meal options (includes a vegetarian choice), a filled baked potato option, a plated salad option and a choice of dessert. Complimentary bread, salad and a cold drink are available with the meal. These meals are available Monday–Thursday with a packed lunch option available on Friday. All menu items meet the Scottish Government’s nutritional standards.
East Lothian Council is committed to providing a high quality school meals service. There are huge benefits in children eating a nutritious 2-course meal at lunchtime. Research also shows that if children eat a nutritious midday meal at school, their concentration and behaviour improves, they gain important social skills and they are more likely to eat their recommended ‘5 a-day’ fruit and vegetables.
As a result of supplier increases in the price of food products there is a need to increase the price of a primary school meal from £1.90 to £2.00, please note there has not been an increase in school meal catering since 2011. This increase will commence in August 2018. The school meal continues to offer good value for money as well as contributing to the well-being of children whilst at school.
Both Education Services and Facilities Management Services see communication with pupils, head teachers and parent councils as essential to the success of any changes we make. We communicate through school newsletters, school websites and East Lothian Council’s website. As the Service Manager I am passionate about continually improving the standards of the school meals service and welcome feedback on the services we provide to help us to do this. You can contact me by phone or by email
It’s that time of year when everything is springing into life so P6 took the opportunity of getting outdoors to enjoy it. We have been tidying up the outdoor courtyard and have planted some seeds. We are taking care of them daily and recorded any changes we see. We have also been outdoors with our rugby lessons, over the past three weeks, we have been learning to pass, run with the ball, attack and defend. We took our maths outdoors too, we have been learning about angles. We looked at art by Kandinsky in which he uses angles, shapes, parallel and perpendicular lines. We then went outdoors and made angles using different natural materials and finally we created some artwork in the style of Kandinsky using angles, shapes and lines.
In P6 we have been developing our inference skills by using shoes! We had a variety of different styles of shoes to look at and from these we had to begin to build a character. We came up with lots of questions to ask when looking at the shoes: Who would wear these? What kind of job may they have? What age? Were the shoes well worn or just for special occasions? We then had a photograph and a short piece of text about the owner of shoes to help us infer some more. We had to choose the shoes we felt we knew the most about and write a short paragraph about the character we had created from the conclusions we had made. So what do your shoes say about you?
Our project on Inventors and Inventions gave us the opportunity to take part in weekly design challenges. We worked in small groups each week and had to meet specific criteria to make our designs successful. We have made bridges, newspaper towers, basketball stands, wind cars and our own unique inventions. We have also been using our STEM skills to find our how things work. We have been using tools (screwdrivers and hacksaws) to take things apart to see what goes on inside and then trying to put them back together again, not always successfully!
Alastair from the Royal Bank of Scotland came into our class to talk about Money Sense. We had to solve a problem that happened to the character Caitlin Bailey. We had to solve the mystery because she had her identity stolen and a loan was taken out in her name but she knew nothing about it till the bank demanded payment. We worked in groups of 4. Then once we had thought we had solved it we made a news report to say what happened in our groups. We discovered there were lots of ways your identity details could be stolen. See videos above.
MUSEUM OF FLIGHT VISIT
This week we had Ross from the Museum of Flight in to talk to us. We did some experiments and chatted about flight and different types of planes. It was very cool! See pics below. We did some rocket launches with cones. We did some helicopter things. And we made paper aeroplanes.
NEW FRENCH TEACHER
2 weeks ago we got a new French teacher called Madame Ballantyne. Right now we are being taught the L’alphabet (Alphabet) we are also being taught how to count and say our names in French.
NEW CLASS NOVEL
In class we have started our new class novel called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. We are about halfway through the book and it looks like most people are enjoying it.
BASKETBALL NEWSPAPER TOWER
This week we have been doing newspaper tower as part of our new topic, Inventors and Inventions. Each week we have a design challenge to complete using our STEM skills. The first one we did was making a newspaper basketball tower. It had to stand up on its own and be able to hold a basketball on it for 30 seconds. Some were unusual, some didn’t work but everybody had fun and worked well together. They were in teams of 3 or 4. Look at pictures below.
This week The Rotary Purple Pinkie came in. We had to dip our pinkie in ink and press it down on the world map where we think there is a country that no longer have any cases of polio.
WINTER OLYMPIC PICTURES
A few weeks ago we did pictures that were for the winter Olympics. First, we painted the background and then put on fake snow if we wanted to, we then let them dry. While they were drying we coloured in a figure skater, downhill skier or ski jumper but some of us made our own figures.
WORLD BOOK DAY
On Friday we had our World Book day after the delay of the snow. We had a competition for the most unusual place to read. Findlay won, he was reading in a skip. He won a handmade wooden Harry Potter wand. This was only for P6. See pics below.
We also traced and decorated our favourite books covers. We put them on the door. There were some the same and some different. They were all very good.
Mrs Pentony put up our own special lending library just for our class. So you put your name on a sheet and you have to write when you took it out and when you returned it. Then you could write if you wanted it after someone or recommend it to someone who may like to read it.
Further updates soon – please leave us a comment, thanks.