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Snowy message from Mrs Cumming

Hello Everyone!

What an amazing few days of snow we have had! I hope everyone is enjoying the snow but keeping safe and warm at the same time. We have had so much snow where I live that it is now up to my shoulder on the road beside my house!

If anyone fancies staying inside over the next few days or is keen to do some extra practise for school then here are a few things you could be doing until we get back to school.

– Reading – you should have your reading packets/ AR books with you and I’m sure there are lots of books and other texts you could be reading at home. Reading is such an important skill so take just 20 minutes here and there to quietly read your book and enjoy a story in the warm!
– P4-7 Spelling Homework – You have your spelling homework that you can complete while you are off. You can do more than one of the suggested activities or why not look back over the last few weeks and practise all of the rules you have learned. This will give you an advantage in the Spelling Bee!
– Mathletics – I have updated all of your activities so there are plenty of new things for you to try. Get a headstart on our fractions, decimals and percentages topic, and revise measuring skills ready for a dinosaur challenge we will be doing when we get back to school. (P2-7)
– ‘Look at Me’ homework – complete your booklet by drawing the members of your family and making notes on their characteristics. Can you see which you have inherited from your family? P4-7, remember to look for a mix of inherited and non-inherited characteristics. If you would like to do any extra research, see if you can find out more about how DNA works in our bodies and write a short explanation in your own words. Here is a link to a website and a video that might help the big class!
What is Inheritance?

– One final idea! Why not keep a weekend snow diary? Keep a note of what the weather is doing and what things you have been up to in the snow. You can bring this in to school when we get back to share with everyone. Write carefully in sentences and think about VCOP! Add drawings or photos if you can and see how exciting you can make your snow diary.

Looking forward to seeing you all back at school soon! Stay safe and warm and enjoy the snow everyone.

Mrs Cumming


Message from East Lothian Council for all parents

Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?

Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning. 

How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?

Please visit our website  to check your eligibility and download an application form. 

Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.


Our last few weeks …..

The children have been very generous and been out with mums and dads to buy gifts to put into shoeboxes. These have been donated to the Shoebox Appeal and will be making lots of people happy this Christmas! Shake to Wake has been getting us going in the morning and P1 and P2 have been getting to grips with some football skills on Friday mornings.

Our Art topic has been a great success and we were treated to a fantastic “Manga” lesson led by Darwin last week! We now have some lovely ideas for making Christmas decorations with natural items we have found on our recent trip to the Bughts.

Our first few weeks back at school

We have had a very busy few weeks back at school! P7 camp, apple picking, John Muir topic as well as continuing our learning in the classroom. Our Primary ones have settled in really well and are learning so quickly! Here are a few photos of what we have been doing.

Terrific Tree Planting!

On Monday this week, Stenton Primary were given a fantastic opportunity to plant new trees in Pressmennan Woods! We were invited to join some members of the Woodland Trust for the afternoon to plant some Oak saplings. The children worked in pairs. Wherever a patch of leaves had been cleared they had to dig a hole, plant their sapling, press it in and then protect it with a tube and a stake. Everyone had a great time and loved getting stuck in. You can visit our new oak trees by following the path along from the car park, roughly 100 yards along on the left hand side. We planted 90 trees altogether!

Values and Aims!

The children held their second open morning last Friday for the development of our ‘Vision, Values and Aims’. We have been focusing on deciding which values are key for us and what our daily goals/aims should be.

The children worked together in co-operative learning groups to plan and prepare their presentations and activities. Everyone worked so hard and we are very grateful to everyone who was able to join us and engage with this whole school development.

We will act on the feedback from parents and staff in order to have finalised ‘Vision, Values and Aims’ by the end of next term.

French celebration morning

As part of our 1 + 2 languages we held a French celebration open morning on Friday when parents and community members were invited in to learn conversational French. We held workshops and games showing parents how we learn and practise French as part of our daily routine. We also enjoyed traditional French food and a visit from a native French speaker.

The morning was a huge success with the children having the opportunity to speak French in a real life context which has enthused them further to learn other languages.

Burns Lunch

On Tuesday 24th January, the children entertained parents, members of the community and staff with their poems, songs and musical accompaniment at our annual school Burns Lunch. We were also lucky to have Connor Tierney from Dunbar Grammar pipe in the haggis – thank you Connor! It was a lovely day enjoyed by all.