P4-7 On Stage at the Brunton Theatre

Brunton theatreP 4-7 are taking part in ‘The Scootcher Tree’ event at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh with Scottish Opera.

Scottish Opera Education has been introducing Primary 6 and 7 pupils to the art of songwriting. Working with composers Alan Penman and Karen MacIver, and librettists Allan Dunn and Robert Evans, pupils have helped write a brand new children’s opera based on the life and work of conservationist John Muir. They come together with guest singers from Scottish Opera to perform the debut of their opera on stage at Brunton Theatre.

Wednesday’s performers are from: East Linton, West Barns, Stenton and Innerwick Primary Schools.
Thursday’s performers are from Dunbar Primary School. Link

P1 Transition

Today 2 of the children who will start in P1 after the summer visited us for the afternoon. The current P3 went off with the classroom assistant for the afternoon so that the class was (almost!) just as it will be after the summer. We did some pictures on the ibooks using kidpix, played in the role play area for a little while and spent some time drawing (some shape and colour work!). Both the boys seemed to settle in very well, and the current P1s and P2s didn’t scare them too much (I hope!).

There will be another new P1 joining us in August, along with his brother in P2, but since they are coming from the USA a couple of days before term starts, there wasn’t much chance they would make it to the transition afternoon! We will just have to make them very welcome on the first day.

Evacuee from Portobello.

On Wednesday after most of the children had gone home we had a surprise visitor to the school. No, it wasn’t someone trying to escape Potobello now – but an elderly gentleman who had been evacuated from Portobello to Stenton in 1939, to stay with the spinster Schoolmistress and her sister in the old Schoolhouse across the road. He was visiting family who have recently moved to Haddington, and said that one of the things he was anxious to do on his visit to East Lothian was drive to Stenton and see if the School was still there and being used.
He came in and had a look around the school, and remembered quite a few of the features, although of course it has changed somewhat since then!
I’m glad we were able to let him have a look around and show him that the school is still going strong after all these years. Unfortunately I didn’t get his name, (caught off guard at the end of a long day!) but maybe he will visit again one day, or even visit this website!
It was also very nice that the lady with him (his sister I think) commented on some of our wall displays by the children about rights and responsibilities that she thought it was great that the same sort of values were still being taught in primary schools today as when she was at school.
An unexpected but interesting visitor!

P1 transition

2 of our new P1s for next session will be visiting us on Monday afternoon and will spend the afternoon in school. We hope that they will love it as much as all the other P1-3s do!

Ms. Finlayson will be visiting the both the nurseries the children currently attend to have a look at the nursery environment and see some of the work the children are currently doing. She’s looking forward to seeing how active and outdoor learning are working in nursery, and how the nursery are planning to implement A curriculum for Excellence in the new session.

A busy term…

P 4-7 are taking part next week in ‘The Scootcher Tree’ event at the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh with Scottish Opera. It seems the CD player has taken up permanent residence in their classroom this week with all the practising that is going on!

This week they were involved in the athletics at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. The were very proud of themselves when they got back, apparently they were told that if there was a prize for best cheerleaders, they would have won it. It’s great that they are all so keen to support each other.

Tomorrow is the 2nd Bowling practice, in preparation for the end of term tournament at Stenton Bowling Club. All the children enjoy taking part, and P1-3 can’t wait to come and cheer you on again.

Rehearsals for the end of term play ‘Hansel and Gretel’ are in full swing. Everyone is working very VERY hard to learn all of their words in time, and are doing absolutely brilliantly with it. The songs are sounding great, and the props are looking good. Tomorrow the costumes will start to come in from home – I can just imagine all our parents sitting at home tonight with their needles and thread!


P1-3 are learning about the weather for their environmental studies topic this term. Luckily (if you like to look at it that way!) the changeable weather in the last few weeks has provided us with lots of oppotunities to experience different types of weather first hand! Today we even had thunder after school, so that will provide a talking point for tomorrow’s ES lesson!

P3 have been measuring the weather using various instruments and then recording the information using MS excel and printing out bar charts. Last week we measured wind speed with our anemometer, and this week we are measuring rainfall. (Could we have picked a better week for it?!) Unfortunately one of the rain gauges decided to join in one of the playground games today and has now been sent to the great big recycling bin in the sky. Next time, we’ll think even harder about the location!

Sharing learning from a village school in rural East Lothian