Mindfulness Group: Snow Day ⛄️ Activities

Amidst all of your snow ⛄️ games, your sledging with friends and family, your igloo building and then snuggling up with some hot chocolate ☕️ and a good book 📖, why don’t you take a moment of calm and try one of these mindfulness tasks. The Mindfulness Group started practising these on Monday in school. Why don’t you give them a go at home.
Mrs Hayes

Don’t Worry, Be Happy- Talk and Tell Sessions

Hello everyone.
I hope you are all staying safe and enjoying the snow ⛄️
I wanted to let everyone know that if you had a Talk and Tell session booked for Wednesday or Thursday of this week and have missed it due to the snow storm, that I will be in touch with you next week to rearrange your appointment. You will not miss out on your Talk and Tell time, it will just be at a different time.
Stay safe and warm and I shall see you next week.
Mrs Hayes

Primary 1-2 Snow Day Activities

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having great fun in the snow and most importantly staying warm and safe!!

Myself, Mrs Carlyle and Mrs Fettes have been working together to come up with some fun activities for Primary 1 and 1/2 to try while school is closed.

  • Make a den with some blankets in your house and read books together to celebrate World Book Day Today.
  • There are lost of fun interactive games/resources and story telling videos on World Book Day website http://www.worldbookday.com
  • Do some research on our topic Primary 1’s are learning about weather, seasons and Outer Space. Primary 2’s are learning about the Human body and keeping healthy.
  • Primary 1 and 1/2 very much enjoy being active. There is a fantastic online resource call ‘Topmarks’. Particularly for Literacy and Numeracy. It is highly interactive and talks the children through their task.Numeracy-The categories available to choose from covers the majority of what we are covering in class and will allow the children to consolidate class learning at home. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting Literacy-The categories available to choose from cover Reading, Writing, Spelling, Common words, Letters & Sounds, Speaking & Listening. Which will help support children with blending words, word making, sentence building and learning tricky words. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/3-5-years/letters-and-sounds
  • Other online Literacy and Numeracy resources are:



All the above resources are familiar to the children and they will be able to use them independently.

  • Stay active by making an indoor obstacle course or a treasure hunt.
  • Make a snowman or Make balloon marbles- fill a balloon with water (not too much) and food colouring, put it outside to freeze. Once frozen remove balloon and you will have colourful frozen ball in the garden.
  • Use your ‘Making Thinking Visible’ skills to draw and write about what you ‘See’, ‘Think’ and ‘Wonder’ about the world outside your window.

Happy Learning and remember to STAY SAFE!!

Miss Alongi, Mrs Carlyle and Mrs Fettes

Snow Day Activities

Hope you are all enjoying the snow – here are some activities which  you could be completing during your time off school:

Show Practise

P4-7: If you are inside keeping warm please keep on practising the songs for We Will Rock You (as we have missed a few rehearsals due to the snow! – The Show Must Go On! #Freddie Mercury)

World Book Day

As it is World Book Day, you could choose a book and complete on (or more) of these activities:

  • Design a new front cover for it
  • Write a review for the book (you could do this as a blog and put it on our website or Twitter)
  • Write an alternative ending for the story
  • Write a summary or create an illustration for your favourite part
  • Think of a super power that would help the main character in the story, then design a poster which illustrates the power and how they use it
  • Write a set of questions you could use if you were going to interview a character from the story (good one for P6!)


Write a story about a Beast from the East invading or attacking Tranent! Remember to include interesting descriptions of characters, setting and events.


If you  feel like being creative and investigative in the snow you could carry out this insulation Science experiment:

  • Get 2 or 3 (or more) clear plastic cups and fill them with snow.
  • Wrap each cup in a different material (make sure you leave one with no wrapping – this is your control)
  • Observe how long it takes the snow to melt in the cups
  • The one which takes longest to melt has the best insulation


Try to get a bronze, silver or gold Mathletics certificate?!

Enjoy! 🙂  Mr Campbell

Rendering works to the school

 Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: External Render Repairs & Associated Works to St. Martin’s RCPS

With the support of the Parent Council and our local councillors we are working closely with East Lothian Council to ensure the maintenance of the school building. A meeting went ahead on Monday 4th December with the contractors for the work and now plans are put in place for the rendering of the building.

Phase 1 of the works will commence Monday 11th December 2017 and be completed by Friday 9th March 2018. Phase 1 of the works will include all works to remaining Elevations and this is to be undertaken in such a way that only a part Elevation is enclosed at any one time in order to undertake render and associated works. This is to ensure segregation between the works and the staff/children and members of the public.

To ensure the health and safety of all children, parents and staff the back school gate (St. Martin’s Lane) will be closed throughout this period as this area will be for works access and any resources that they will need to use to complete the works necessary. I ask that everyone gains access to the school via the front school gate.

Phase 2 of the works will commence from Monday 12th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018. Phase 2 of the works will involve the site set-up (including site compound, welfare facilities, erection of herras fencing etc), the erection of scaffold to the Main Entrance Area and the undertaking of render works to this area including the lead work and other high level work to the parapet. This will also include the works within the Nursery Playground Area. This Phase will also include the dismantling of scaffold and making good the Entrance Area. This phase of work will be carried out during the February break to minimise disruption to the school.

All measures have been taken to ensure the safety of all children in the school during this time of works being carried out in the school. Any changes to the playground areas during breaks and lunches are carefully planned. Any information or updates that I have will be given to you to ensure effective communication between home and school.

Kind regards

Stephanie McDonald

Head Teacher