8th October 2015
I can’t believe that we are already approaching the October break, what a busy first term it has been! I think that the weather has now decided that autumn is on its way after the un-seasonally warm weather of last week. I hope we are lucky with the weather next week and that we have some dry sunny days to get out and about.
Following on from the Big French Breakfast we have continued our role out of French across the whole school. Some of the children are now happy to hold a short conversation in French and the children enjoy incorporating French across the whole curriculum, counting forwards and backwards in French during a maths lesson and following instructions in French as part of a PE lesson. This week Mrs Ritchie operated a French café for the children’s fruit snack at break with the older children assisting the younger ones to ask for some fruit in French. The children really enjoyed this! After the October break we will be joined by our French Assistant, Manon, so there will be external adult support in school every week to support the teaching. I think you had better get those French holidays booked now!
Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Harvest Festival in church and made generous food contributions to our chosen charity. I know many of you have stopped me to say how much you enjoyed the service. I think it was lovely that all children were able to contribute to the celebration. What a lot of talent we have in school!
Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO’s)
This week has been the first of our walk to school weeks and our new JRSO’s have been taking their role very seriously. Thank you to everyone who supported our walking bus from the Glebe. The JRSO’s this year are Hope and Tanya; they recently attended some training about the importance of wearing reflective clothing in the dark and the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. Below is there account of the training:
We went to a JRSO meeting in Port Seton Community Centre. When we arrived we signed in and got a bag full of pens, stickers and books. These were for prizes for our school when we make up competitions.
Next a tall woman experimented with an egg called Billy and told us a story! Billy had a polystyrene helmet on and we dropped him on the floor on purpose – he was perfectly fine. Billy wore his helmet until he went to High School. Then he became friends with older eggs and they encouraged him not to wear a helmet when he was on his bike. We dropped Billy again and this time he exploded and had to go to hospital. This helped us understand why we should always wear a helmet. We also talked about the importance of wearing reflective vests so cars can see you.
Written by Hope and Tanya
Some of the resources used at the training are going to be loaned to schools so the JRSOs can demonstrate what they learnt in an assembly.
Home Grown Vegetables.
Last week some of the children from P1 & 2 dug up the vegetables that they had planted with Lee Young earlier in the year. There was a very good crop of potatoes and the children enjoyed cooking these and eating them warm with some butter on. They had grown a variety of names and were keen to find which potato tasted the best!
You may have remembered reading in the School Improvement leaflet that came home earlier this term that one of our focuses this year was on reading. As part of this work every class has a chosen author that they study for the entire term. The children read a variety of books by the Author and also find out information about the author such as where they were born; what was the first book they got published; did they have any brothers and sisters etc. This term P1&2 have been focusing on Julia Donaldson, P3&4 have been focusing on Roald Dahl and P5,6&7 have been focusing on Michael Morpurgo. The children at Humbie School have also been focusing on a particular author and this term they have also concentrated on Roald Dahl. With this in mind we decided to hold a Roald Dahl day at Humbie and the P3&4 children went to Humbie to share their learning. They all dressed up as their favourite character and had lots of fun. Below is the children’s account of the activities they carried out:
We have been learning about Roald Dahl in P3-4 at Saltoun so we decided to go to Humbie Primary to share our learning with all the children. We all dressed up as a Roald Dahl character.
We showed the Humbie children how to make a Roly Poly Bird and we made an Enormous Crocodile because we had been reading the Enormous Crocodile. Roald Dahl lived in Africa for a little while which inspired him to write the book. We shared some facts about Roald Dahl’s life. He was born in 1916 and he died in 1990.
The Humbie upper class shared their writing which was inspired by James and the Giant Peach and The Hungry Caterpillar. We loved listening to their stories.
Inside the chocolate factory we made ice cream milkshakes and ice cream floats. That was our favourite activity!
Holly and Lucy (P4)
Recently, our newly elected school council have been very busy consulting children on changes we would like to make to our school reward systems. The council have decided, through discussion with their peers, that they would like to introduce a system of smiley face rewards that allows children to gain a bronze, silver and gold award for good behaviour and manners. The children who receive their gold reward will have their photograph printed in the newsletter so that everyone can see who our star pupils are. The children also consulted on rewarding our school houses for their lining up at break time and lunchtime. They would like to have the opportunity of electing a ‘super house’ that can then earn additional rewards. Further details will be contained in our new behaviour policy. The council have also taken decisions about Hobby Friday, playground toys and Fitness Friday! They have been busy!
We have now reached the stage where we would like to consult with some of our parents over these new ideas and explain how they will fit in to the new behaviour policy. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to be part of this consultation group. We will be in touch to arrange a date for a meeting in the first week back after the October break.
Well I hope that has brought you up to date on some of our more recent news. I wish you all a very happy holiday and look forward to working with you all again next term.
Dates for next session
22/10 Nursery Trip to Strawberry Woods
27/10 P5-7 Hockey
29/10 Nursery Trip to Strawberry Woods
30/10 Scholastic Book Club Deadline for ordering
30/10 Flu Immunisations in school
5/11 Nursery Trip to Strawberry Woods
19/11 Parent Council AGM
23/11 Tempest Photography – Individual and Family Group Photos
3/12 Nursery Trip to see Stick Man Show in Edinburgh
16/12 Xmas Production
17/12 Joint Carol Service
18/12 Joint Xmas Party & Last Day of Term
Tuesday 5th January – All resume for new term.