Well, we seem to have survived what has been a quite incredible week of events and experiences. The children have worked so hard across the whole range of curriculum areas: art, music, drama, numeracy, literacy, social sciences, technology, PE……… and the contexts could not have been any more relevant.
Many thanks to all the staff, the parents, members of the community and, of course, the children. they have done us proud, once again, with their appetite for learning and performing. This has been such a busy week, but also such a rewarding week. It really underlines what a special community we have. Thank you all so much, and here’s to another 50 years!
STEM club started after school today for P4-7 pupils.
Pupils had to work cooperatively to complete two STEM challenges. Using only the materials provided, they had to build a freestanding bridge which could hold a toy car and the tallest freestanding tower. Lots of fun and creative thinking! Thank you to everyone who came along!
It was great to welcome families into school towards the end of November, and give them a chance to see at first hand what learning looks like in our classes. It was a miserable day, but we had a 28% turn-out which we hope will rise in subsequent Open Mornings. Listed below are some of the comments left by our partners…… thanks to all who joined us on the day.
“Lovely tour around the school.”
“Great open door policy, I always feel informed and welcome. Staff are really welcoming.”
“Fab tour of classrooms…..always nice to get to see what the kids are learning.”
“Lovely to see how the children are learning and getting on in class. Great atmosphere!”
“So nice to see what goes on in class…….such a bright, colourful and friendly place to learn.”
The table below shows the responses to our stakeholder questions carried out over Parent Consultation evenings. The balance % scores were either ‘not sure’ or ‘disagree’. We feel that the responses are very encouraging, but, as always, will strive to do better.
My child enjoys learning at school
I receive clear information about my child’s learning and progress
Pupils feel safe in our school
Pupils are treated fairly in school
I feel my child is succeeding at school
I feel encouraged to be actively involved in my child’s education
P4/5 have had a busy afternoon continuing with our human body topic.
During PE this afternoon, we calculated our heart rate when resting and compared it to our heart rate after doing physical activity. We then described how our pulse rate changed after exercising, and explained why it had changed.
Then it was back to class where we worked collaboratively to plan, script and perform an advert for leading a healthy lifestyle. Simon Cowell even made an appearance to judge some healthy and unhealthy lifestyles!
Children, staff and parents collaborated and cooperated together to bake, make and purchase muffins and popcorn, to raise funds for Children in Need. There had been baking sessions in the early years setting during the week, supported by parent helpers. Freshly baked muffins were brought in by some parents and staff. The children worked hard in their shop keeper roles on the bake stall and took this task very seriously, embracing being part of the wider school community. In total 148 muffins and 33 bags of popcorn were sold, and a grand total of £104.73 was made. Thank you so much for all the help, extra baking and purchasing.
Innerwick and Stenton partnership schools came together today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Pupils from both schools presented aspects of their learning, including, literacy, artwork, drama, social studies and music; demonstrating an understanding of and sensitivity to the sacrifices made by previous generations, and an appreciation of the need for peace and reconciliation in our world. Families and friends of both communities joined to share this event, and enjoyed the opportunity to socialise afterwards. Much thanks goes to Rev. David Smith for hosting at Stenton parish church, as well as Rev. Suzie Fletcher for her contribution. In particular, I’d like to express my pride and thanks to all the children and staff across both schools for their hard work in making this such a special occasion.
Supporting young people to grow in a vibrant and inclusive learning community