Involving Parents at Ormiston Primary School

As part of our Enterprising approach we were keen to have further involvement of parents throughout the year. We have decided to hold different events each term with parents coming in to share their skills and to work alongside the children. We have so far run successful events in Maths Games, Card Making, Jewellery Making, A Fun Maths Roadshow and have just this week held Box Making workshops.

 The Box Making workshops link to the work of our Eco Group as the older children recycled old cards to make boxes. The younger children are then reusing paper by filling the boxes with shredded paper and small easter eggs. These will then be sold at our Spring Fair on Saturday 24th March.

Enterprising Ormiston – Primary 7 Film Making

There are many enterprising approaches to teaching and learning taking place at Ormiston Primary School. Our Primary 7 class are currently involved in a Film Making Project with Marjorie Sweeney, a Drama Specialist based at the Brunton Theatre, Brian English, a Film Director and their teacher Jenny Walker.


They began by looking at films on the big screen and viewed the film made by Pencaitland Primary two years ago. They then worked in groups learning how to use the cameras before designing posters to decide on a name and tag line for the film. Their film, “Stage Fright” has the Tag Line, “Help Does Not Always Come From The Living”. Much discussion took place before votes were made and the plot for the film was developed. The film is based around the main character Ashleigh (played by Darren Murphy). Ashleigh is being bullied because he enjoys singing and in fact is very good at it. All the ideas have come from the children and they wrote the film themselves.


The children had to apply for different roles within the film making. These roles were divided into Pre-Production (Director, Assistant Director, Script Writers, Story Board Artists, Costume, Make Up and Set Designers, Accountants and Sponsorship, Publicity and Marketing), Production (Actors, Actresses, Lighting, Camera Crew, Runners, Sound Directors and Shot Loggers) and Post Production (Community Link Director, Premier Organiser, Music Director, Editing and Photographer). All children are currently busy filming both in the school grounds and within the community of Ormiston.


In order to raise money for the Film Premier the Accountants have come up with many innovative fund raising events. The children are taking part in a sponsored walk, making crafts to sell at the school Spring Fair and are organising a French Café.


The children are hoping to raise enough money to travel in style to their Film Premier at the Film House in Edinburgh on the 6th May

Yester Jewellery Ltd

The children in P4 formed a new jewellery company.  Jo Lochhead, our business partner from the Bead Shop in Haddington, came in to school and showed the children all kinds of exciting beads and things they could make.  She helped the pupils to design some pieces of jewellery and then organised the materials the children chose.  Then the class went to her shop in groups and busied themselves in the Jo’s workshop.  Rings, necklaces and bracelets rolled off the production line.

Back in school the children calculated the mark-up they wanted for each piece of jewellery, working out the cost of material and their own time.  They then priced the products and sent out letters to parents and put up advertising materials round the school.  They planned two sales, one for pupils and one for parents; however the first sale was so successful, the children’s shop completely sold out at the first opening.  The company made £146 profit.  The class decided to give £100 of this to Save the Children, with the remaining £46 being spent on new games and activities for ‘Golden Time’. 

Yester Goes Fruity


As part of our health week, Primary 1 formed a fruit company.  First they designed their own fruit faces.  They then made posters to advertise their company.  They understood that they needed some capital to start the business so they wrote a letter to Mr Devereux who is the school’s enterprise co-ordinator. He agreed to help provide a start-up fund for their business.  The wee entrepreneurs went along to the Co-op in groups and bought all the fruit they needed.  Their buddies from P7 helped them to cut it up safely and then they arranged the pieces of fruit on plates.  Every class came along to the sale and lots of children (and teachers!) bought the exciting fruit faces

HMIe Visit

It has been a very exciting day here at Ross High with a visit from Brian Stewart of HMIe.  Brian was in school to look at Enterprise approaches across the school.  He was involved in observing in classes, meeting with pupils and meeting with members of staff.


Brian was very impressed with what he saw at Ross High today and highlighted a number of things that I wanted to share with you all.  He was very impressed with the progress we were making with embedding enterprise within the curriculum and mentioned that we were a lot further down this road than many other schools.  Brian thought the good practice lunch was brilliant and is keen to share this activity with his colleagues.  He said the students were very positive about learning and teaching and that it was clear that enterprising approaches were taking place across the curriculum.  Pupils were also positive about the projects they had undertaken, especially the LEAPs Art project and Determined to Broadcast.  Brian was very interested in the S5/6 PSE programme, so much so that he wants to visit again!


Brian was also very impressed with the lessons that he observed and described them using the following words: really good, absolutely super, state of the art, slick, quality lesson.


We are all now really pleased with the feedback from this visit and will continue our efforts to embed enterprise through our learning and teaching approaches.

Rhona Shuttleworth Acting DHT Ross High School