Literacy and English parents/ carers

Library Service Survey

Dear all

Having surveyed students to make sure we include their views in the School Library Service Review we would like to do the same for parents, so we are again asking for your support to achieve as broad a response as possible. By completing this survey parents and carers will help us develop school library services for all children and young people in East Lothian.The Parent Survey is online and will be open from 22nd April to 9th May.

Please contact me if you have any questions or difficulties accessing the survey. Thank you. Anne Johnstone, School Librarian / Field Officer  Tel. 01368 863 339

This is the survey link
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Book Week Celebrations

Thank you to everyone who supported Elphinstone Primary Book Week. We had an excellent response and the children were clearly happy with the wide choice of books on offer.  To celebrate our Book Week, the children came dressed as characters from favourite books.  Each child had a chance to parade and even act out their character. The costumes were very imaginative and varied. Mrs Berry and Mrs Small had the difficult  task of choosing a winner from each class, including the nursery.


Congratulations to winners who each received a book of their choice from the book fair shelves: P5-7 Rhys, P3/4 Abigail, P1/2 Erin and Nursery Rachael. 


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P4-7 visit to Sky Academy Studios


P4-7 spent a very enjoyable day at Sky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston. Working in mixed teams, they produced a Sky news report on the ‘Mission to Mars’. Each pupil had an important role within the team: Producer, Director, Scriptwriter, Presenter/ Reporter, Experts, Eyewitnesses, Editor and Camera Operator. The Skills Studios provided the children with an opportunity to develop skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication, teamwork and self-management by producing their own news report. It was a great example of co-opertive learning in the real world of work! 

Everybody received a well deserved certificate for their excellent and very professional production and the Sky Academy gave everybody a USB wristband with an uploaded copy of heir work. 

Sky Academy Skills Studios on PhotoPeach

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Elphinstone does Extreme Reading!

 Elphinstone does Extreme Reading! on PhotoPeach

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Book Week Competition Winners

Well done to the four school winners of our Book Week Competition. Emily, Ollie, Aaron T and Latisha who all won a book prizes of their choice from the Book Fair. See their winning entries below.

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Elphinstone Book Week Displays

Our hall has been magnificently decorated with pupil art work for Elphinstone’s annual book week. As you can see below, every child in the school has made a super effort and the result makes a colourful display! Each entry was judged by Mrs Small, and a winner from each class and the Nursery was announced on Friday. 

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World Book Day

Our assembly celebrated World Book Day. In our whole-school home teams, we drew ourselves reading books and discussed the following:

How do you feel when you read a good book?

When do you like reading a book?

Where do you like to read?

What do you most enjoy about reading?

Look through the photos below to read our responses.

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Scots Afternoon

Thank you to all parents and grandparents who came along to our annual Elphinstone Scots afternoon. We hope you enjoyed watching the children performing the Scots singing, dancing, poetry recitals, Burns presentations and sketches. Don’t forget to hand in your ‘Scot’s Words and Sayings’ Quiz to win the Scottish hamper! 

  Scots Afternoon on PhotoPeach

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Reading Circles- Sharing our favourite books

One of the ideas that the pupils contributed to our ‘Elphinstone Ross Rocks’ list , was ‘Book Circles’. On the first assembly of the new term, pupils brought a favourite book to share with their Elphinstone home-team. IMG_5016 IMG_5013 IMG_5010 IMG_5008 IMG_5018 IMG_5012

The children sat in circles and took turns in talking about their chosen book and sharing with the group why it was a favourite. Some pupils brought along a book that they were enjoying reading this month and others chose to share an old favourite that they loved to read over and over again. 

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The hall was alive with chatter! The children were very keen to show off their books to others in their circle, and enjoying sharing, talking and listening. 

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Scottish Book Week 24th- 30th Nov

On our last shared book reading session, P1/2 chose their last book (from the Scottish Children’s Book awards shortlist) to be read by their P6/7 buddies. 


The children voted for their favourite book from the three beautifully illustrated picture books and the collated Elphinstone pupil results will be sent online to the Scottish Book Trust Awards. We will have to wait until March before we will find out the winner!

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043 ‘Lost for Words’ – 5 votes

045  Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten – 7 votes


Robot Rumpus – 5 votes

The P3 children also had the opportunity to vote for their favourites.


The P1 pupils were given their Bookbug P1 Family Pack:                 It contains the three books from the Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist, an activity book and a pack of coloured pencils and a ‘Ziggy and Maggie Start School’ road safety book.