60 second update


The nursery children have returned to nursery and settled back into the routine and welcomed our new friends. This week the children have been looking at the book “The Friendship Fish” and talking about being good friends. The have made a class fish and are now planning to make their own fish.


P1 have made a fantastic start to school. This week we have been learning four sounds and are trying hard to remember the phrases that help us to write them.

After reading “The Little Red Hen” we investigated the heads of wheat and counted the number of seeds in each.


P2B have settled back in to school well after the long break. Reading books will be sent home this week, along with library books. Please return these to school on Thursdays. We took part in shared reading with P5





Primary 2R have had a wonderful week, quickly settling into the life of Primary 2. We have started Read Write Ink this week; the pupils at present will be bringing home their RWI book and a library book every Friday as they did last year, to be returned on the following Thursday.

We are beginning to look at tessellations and where we find them within the environment. P2R have enjoyed exploring them both indoors and outdoors. Have a try finding different tessellations together.


The children in P3 have settled back into school life really well and are enjoying being the ‘bigger’ ones in the middle area of school with P4. We have been learning and practising some new routines to help us become a little bit more independent in class. We wrote postcards to Mrs Grant from our summer holiday and created interesting posters about ourselves. We had great fun making pictures by ‘taking a line for a walk’ and then painting different, bright patterns in each part of the shape we’d made.



In P5 we have been learning about tigers in art, and our first display looks amazing! We have written stories about the World’s Worst Children, including Hyper Henry and Penelope Pink. Our great days total so far is…7!


Big Hopes Big Future

Befriending Support in Fa’side. We all need a hand sometimes. 


A new befriending support project running in Fa’side – Tranent Cluster started this year. This project focuses on helping children and families prepare and be ready for transition to nursery or primary school.

Guest Speaker: Evelyn Swinton of Big Hopes Big Future project.

The project is run through Home-Start East Lothian, and the co-ordinator, Evelyn Swinton, was guest speaker at the Parent Council AGM on 25th June. (Big Hopes Big Future is being rolled out nationally, having started in England and now funded locally and in Aberdeen for families with young children, not yet in school).

Evelyn shared this short media film, made here in the Tranent cluster, which gives an indication of what the project aims to do and how it works. The joy of giving caring support at the right times, is how much it can benefit the children, not just the parents.

By providing friendly but high quality of support to families, whether new to the area or facing some particular difficulties, parents can work with their peers to help get life back on track.

The Parent Council and staff present enjoyed the presentation and appreciated Evelyn’s time in answering questions too. All hope that any local families with a young child, who could benefit from a friendly face there to help and support, will be able to be matched to the Big Hopes Big Future volunteers and also benefit from the programme.

To find out more about Home-Start or BHBF project, please contact Home-Start East Lothian.

Home-Start East Lothian
Early Years Centre,
Sandersons Wynd,
East Lothian EH33 1DA
Tel: 01875 616066
  • Volunteers receive training and support from the East Lothian team.
  • Families supported through BHBF or other Home-Start volunteers, or the Support from the Start Family Support Worker Heather, can be assured of being matched to a very caring and understanding person who will work with them to ensure the help needed is provided.
  • Families and volunteers tend to report a sense of developing a real friend and having a lot of fun too.

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60 second update June 15th 2018

15 June 2018


This week we played out in the wind and made kites and capes. We loved watching the trees blowing about! We also made cards for our dads or granddads and took them home ready for Sunday.

P1R and P1B

P1R and P1B enjoyed visiting Winton Castle this week. We saw the biggest carpet in Scotland and saw a bathroom that all 30 of us fitted inside! We also spotted lots of features of castles and enjoyed having playtime in the walled garden. We have also been working hard on preparing for our assembly next Thursday.


This week in P2 we have been making notes from a picture that we looked at. We then used these notes to create exciting stories. There were superheroes, robots, princess’, space, aliens, toads and rocket ships!

We also had a visit from Miss Meli who is from France. She taught us how to sing ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ and we created our own monsters from our knowledge of French.


This week we’ve been very busy investigating different world habitats. We’ve been reading non-fiction texts in books and on the internet to find out information about our chosen habitats. We learned how to make notes and then we used this information to do Mrs Grant’s ‘habitat in a shoebox’ challenge. Well done P3, they’re amazing!


Primary 4 completed our class talks on fact and opinion. Everyone’s talk was well prepared and everyone was given the opportunity to review the talks.  As part of our technology work, we made movable robots, robotic hands.


This week we said goodbye to our butterflies. We have really enjoyed watching them change from very small caterpillars to much bigger caterpillars, to cocoons and then onto butterflies. We have also been learning about table etiquette and how to properly set a table for dinner.


We have been very lucky this week to have Betty the French student come and assist us during our French sessions this week. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the students and staff to have an expert here to answer any questions and assist us with our learning.

Primary 6 also enjoyed learning some new rules for Cricket this week and are working very well as a team.


After the excitement of the show last week it’s time to look ahead now. Most of the class have been to Ross High School for their 2 day induction visit.  There’s a lot of excitement now about moving on.

60 second update 1 June

1 June 2018

Everyone in the nursery has been enjoying using the material as costumes, dens and to make beds and picnic blankets this week. We made surprise invitations for P6 and we have had great fun with the hay bales.

P1R and P1B
We have had a busy week preparing for our banquet on Tuesday 5th June at 2pm. Can’t say too much as we don’t want to spoil it for our guests. Do hope all parents in P1 received their invites this week! We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.

P2 went on a trip to the Botanic Gardens this week. We learned all about different ‘Plants We Use’. These included: Cocoa bean, bamboo, lemon, green banana, red pineapple, boomerang, ginger, tree tomato, rain stick, aloe vera, and vanilla. We got to taste lots of different things as we walked around the gardens. We got shown a plant that wilts once or twice a year and then regrows and produces beautiful flowers. (It was humongous!) We also looked at the silver birch tree and found out that if you cut the bark then you would find lots of sap would start seeping out.

On Wednesday, the P3 children took part in a Football Festival at Forrester Park in Tranent and they loved it! They played short matches against children from other schools and they won 4 out of their 5 matches! They’re still talking about it! As ever, a big highlight was ……… going on a bus together!
We’re still collecting shoeboxes for our habitat in a box activity so please donate any spare shoeboxes if you can. Thanks.

Primary 4 have been doing science experiments related to our water topic. We talked about fair testing and investigated evaporation and melting. We have written newspaper reports which show the skills that we have been learning such as direct speech, wow words and we have had a go at alliteration.

Exciting news, our caterpillars are in their cocoons! We are now watching carefully to see when they emerge as butterflies. We have also been to visit John Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar this week. This was a really interesting trip and we found out lots of new John Muir facts that we didn’t already know.

This week Primary 6 enjoyed their second session of Cricket, the pupils have all shown great enthusiasm towards the sessions. The pupils have all gained so much confidence and are really working well together in their teams. Primary 6 have also started looking at different elements of time including time in French.

This week has all been about preparing for our show next week.