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Enterprising Infants at St Martin’s RC Primary School

On 23rd December 2006 the infant pupils of St Martin’s RC Primary School performed a Christmas Nativity in the church.  The performance was well attended and enjoyed by parents and members of the local community. 

In January 2007 the children were asked to discuss how to spend the money raised from the performance and it was decided that the pupils would buy resources for third world countries.  Following whole class discussions, P1 elected to buy a goat and some chickens.  P2 decided to purchase a supply of clean water and P3 decided to buy safe water for 50 people and two textbooks.  These resources were bought at a cost of £120.  The children talked about the benefits to the other children which these gifts would bring.

Cath Nairn – Enterprise Coordinator

Whitecraig Primary Community Food Cooperative


Tuesday January 23 saw Whitecraig Primary launch the new and exciting initiative of a Community Food Co-operative. Targeting all members of the local community, the aim is for our P7 pupils and Health Promotion Group to serve subsidized fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs on a weekly basis to all stakeholders, including those who have no association with the school.

P7 took up the challenge of producing eye catching advertising posters for display around the village as well as mail shots to those households with no direct link to Whitecraig Primary.

As the accompanying photographs show our first venture into the world of retail sales was a huge success. Not only were the senior pupils undertaking ‘real maths’ in a pressurised situation, but we mangaed to attract into school many members of the local community who would otherwise not have crossed our threshold.

So forget Tesco’s Home Delivery! Come to Whitecraig Primary School every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:30pm to buy your fresh fruit and veg at amazingly low prices!!’

Mark Melville – DHT and Enterprise Coordinator

Christmas Lanterns at Tranent Primary School

Jenna in 6A describes below what was involved in the making of the festive lanterns: 

Last term Primary 6A made a Christmas lantern with Miss Maule and Mrs Herriot.  We had to get two trays and pick the materials, acetate, polystyrene, soaked willow and an electrical circuit.  We designed a picture then we put our pictures under the acetate and we went over it with black, gold and silver lead, we then waited till the lead dried and then we painted the pictures with glass paints.We started cutting the soaked willow to make it 15 cms and 22 cms.  We used a glue gun to put our lanterns together.

After we glued the lanterns together and they had dried, we glued the polystyrene on and got them painted by the janitor, Mr Mercer.  When they dried we stuck the battery on with the glue gun and we put the switch on with masking tape.  Then we stuck the acetate on, they looked very eye catching.  We put them on display in the Project Area so that our parents could see them when they came along to see us perform at our Fischy Musical Evening.

Lisa Martin – Enterprise Coordinator

Enterprising Levenhall Nursery School

At Levenhall Nursery School we are half way through our Dental Health Week. Carol Golightly (Oral Health Promoter) has visited the nursery to talk and tell stories about toothbrushing and looking after your teeth; she has given out toothbrushes,leaflets and other resources; and has advised parents about diet and good dental hygiene. Throughout the week the children have helped to prepare a variety of Good Dental Health Food for snack including lots of vegetables and fruit. As usual we visited our local fruit and veg market run by Roots and Fruits in the Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre to buy our supplies. Roots and Fruits also kindly donated 3 pieces of fruit for each child as part of this promotion. We have also introduced the Scottish Executive’ s Toothbrushing Initiative in nursery this week and every child now has their own toothbrush to brush their teeth every day during their nursery session.

As well as all of this we are celebrating Rabbie Burns’ Birthday with a Burns’ Supper! We will also be singing traditional songs and having a wee bit of a Ceilidh.

Looking ahead, the school is 30 years old this year. We are already gathering ideas from the parents and, of course, we will ask the children how they would like to celebrate this occasion!!

Ann Burton – Principal Teacher and Enterprise Coordinator

Enterprise at Law Primary School

P6 Pupils are working with the Seabird Centre in North Berwick on a Junior Tour Guide Scheme.   The pupils have been trained to take visiting schools round the centre following a script in role as birdwatchers.  As part of their training they have visited Linlithgow Palace to see Junior Tour Guides in action and are attending drama sessions with Karen McKenzie from Illuminate.P6 pupils have also been experiencing Reciprocal Reading.   In groups the children decide what subject they would like to read about.   The class then read and discuss the text using the reciprocal reading method.  The next stage is for the group to find their own text that they think will interest their peers which must meet certain criteria eg  contains some new vocabulary and encourages them to “think outside the box” .  Through this approach the children are able to have control over their learning.

P5 have been working on paper and card recycling as well as composting.  Pupils wrote to the local Rotary Club to ask if they would be interested in contributing towards the cost of new compost bins for each class.  They then contacted Changeworks to order the bins.  P5 are going to take part in a card recycling workshop which will contribute towards the Eco-Schools award.

Pupils have resourced and put together “listening boxes” which can be borrowed from the school library.   Each box contains a CD player,  a junction box,  6 headphones and a mains adaptor.  There is a collection of books on CD for pupils to choose from.

P2 pupils approached their Toys topic in an enteprising way.  The children planned the topic and decided on the learning outcomes.  The layout of the classroom was changed to accommodate a shop “Toys ‘R’Law”,  a factory,  an office and a design department.  The class invited their parents to an open morning when they sold the toys they had made.  The children were excited,  inspired and successful…..the teacher was exhausted!!

Valerie Duncan – Enterprise Coordinator

CPD Opportunities

We have been looking at the CPD opportunities relating to Enterprise and wanted to flag up a few of the courses running this term.

APODO Training ECS 359a

Friday 26 January 20071.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue to be confirmed

Spaces are still available on the above course. This is an opportunity for you to use the APODO system and see how it can fit into the curriculum in your school. If any school is willing to host this course please let me know.

Enterprise Your Lesson ECS 370 a/b 22 January and 5 February 2007

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Prestonpans Education Centre

This new course is designed to allow staff the opportunity to explore what enterprising teaching and learning is and how they can use this in their classroom. There is a practical element to the course whereby you will be asked to prepare and teach a lesson in school and then comment on the strengths and weaknesses of this with your colleagues.

Leadership for an Enterprising Classroom ECS 318

27 February and 22 March 2007

9.15am – 4.00pm

Prestongrange Gothenburg, Prestonpans

This course is designed to foster leaders in relation to enterprising learning and teaching and therefore would be suitable for all coordinators in order to build on the skills and attributes you already have. The aims of the course are:

· encourage the spirit of enterprising leadership

· create an enterprising approach within the classroom

· develop partnerships through enterprise within school and beyond

· share ideas, develop skills and strategies

· embrace the leadership role within the classroom in order to empower others to be enterprising

· be more confident in developing the 4 capacities in education (ACfE)

· be more confident in applying the processes of assessment (AifL)

. implement an enterprising approach in the classroom (DtS)

Enterprising Global Citizenship

22 February and 27 March 2007 9.15am – 4.00pm

Prestongrange Gothenburg, Prestonpans

This course allows delegates to explore how citizenship, enterprise and the international dimension can be brought together to provide a powerful and motivating classroom learning experience for all young people.

For both Enterprising Global Citizens and Leadership for an Enterprising Classroom, staff cover costs will be paid for. For any additional information, please contact myself and I will be happy to discuss this. As always please register your bookings through the staff development email (

CPD Update

Each school cluster has an APODO system which they have access to.  The staff development team have organised two dates where staff are shown how to use this resource.  Further details on the APODO system can be found at .  The courses are running on 26 January and 2 February.  The first date is being hosted at North Berwick High School.  Bookings should be made in the usual way.

Business Breakfast – Quayside Musselburgh

Businesses across East Lothian are invited to attend our Business Breakfast being held at the Quayside in Musselburgh on Wednesday 17 January 2007 from 8.30am to 10.00am.

The event will allow you to network with other businesses but will also allow you to find out more about the benefits of businesses and education linking together to help our young people.

Should you wish to come along and see what this is all about, please drop me an email at  or call 01620 827872.  The programme for the day is attached below.