Nursery/P1 Transition

Tuesday 11th August 2020 – Welcome!

Hi boys and girls and to all your parents/carers. I hope you’ve managed to have a lovely summer holiday and are looking forward to starting school this week. I am so excited to meet you all and have lots of exciting things planned for us.

I have taken a few pictures of our classroom now that the tables have been put back but all the play areas are the same as the pictures I sent before the holidays. We have now got a water tray as we are allowed that but it’s not in the pictures as it’s had a clean and drying. It’ll be there for you Wednesday/Thursday though.

I’m sure you’ll be feeling lots of different things right now; excited, a little bit anxious, nervous – but that’s absolutely normal! Our small groups on the first couple of days will allow you to explore the classroom and settle in 🙂 I’ll explain everything clearly when I meet you on Wednesday/Thursday so don’t worry.

I look forward to welcoming the first two groups tomorrow and the next two groups on Thursday!

Miss Herkes 🙂


Welcome to our Nursery – P1 transition blog! This is where you will find all the relevant information and correspondence about transition to P1. We will post video links to our virtual tours, share stories together and keep you up to date with everything you need to know for your child starting school in August.

Your remote transition timetable will outline the dates of when certain things will be added to the blog so keep an eye out for new updates and information. We will try our best to stick to those dates but some of the activities are linked to home learning by other children in the school and technology dependent!

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Miss Herkes

Thursday 4th June 2020  – P1 Pack

Good morning!

You should now have received your P1 pack via email. I have attached a copy of all the information sent to you to our blog. Click on the links below for the relevant information.

P1 Induction Booklet

Nursery to P1 Remote Transition Model

P1 Parents Meeting Powerpoint

School Council booklet

How to Access School App

ELC Photo and Video Consent Form

Please use the school email address: should you require further information, clarification or have a question.

Meet The Teacher Video:

Morning everyone! Please click on the video below to view my meet the teacher message:

I mentioned in my video about you sending me a little clip or picture of yourself saying hello so if you would like to do that please send them to I look forward to getting to know you all!

Miss Herkes

Story Time – Friday 5th June 2020

Welcome to our first virtual story time. The first story we are going to read together is the Gruffalo! I love this story and can’t wait to hear all about your favourite books too! Maybe you could join in with me if you know some of the words already!

Story Time – Friday 12th June 2020

Welcome to our second virtual story time. This week I have chosen the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.” It’s all about having a growth mindset and not giving up. I hope you enjoy!

Monday 15th June  2020 – P1 Memories

Our current P1’s have been thinking about the things they have enjoyed the most about Primary 1 and the favourite things they have learned. We’ve put them into a little power point for you to read through at home. This will give you an idea of some of the exciting things we will be doing when you come to school in August. Click on the link below to view what they’ve said!

Primary 1’s Favourite Memories

Tuesday 16th June 2020 – Virtual School Tour

Please click on the links below to view the virtual tour of our school! The first video will show you areas like the cloakroom, toilets and the P1 classroom and the second video will show you where the dining hall and gym hall are! Enjoy 🙂

Wednesday 17th June 2020 – A Letter from the P6’s

The boys and girls in P6 have been busy preparing a letter for each of you 🙂 Your letters are going to be posted out so they should be with you soon – look out for them! The P6’s have introduced themselves to you and told you lots of information about Stoneyhill Primary. These letters will hopefully give you a little bit more information about different things we will do at School and might answer some of the questions you have already. They hope you enjoy reading them!

Thursday 18th June 2020 – Questions and Worries Answered

Good morning everyone!

The transition activity today was questions/worries answered by P1 teacher. Ms Macartney hasn’t received any queries or questions via email yet but please feel free to send her a message at any time if there’s anything you would like to know or are unsure about and we will get back to you ASAP. We want to try and put your minds at ease as best we can and make this transition as smooth as possible in these circumstances.

Look out for the next story time which will be uploaded tomorrow! 🙂

Story Time – Friday 19th June 2020 

Good morning boys and girls 🙂 I was lucky enough to be in school this week so have recorded our virtual story time outside in our garden area! This weeks story is Room on the Broom – watch our for lots of rhyming words! Enjoy!

Monday 22nd June 2020 – Important Information

East Lothian Council had hoped to share information regarding August arrangements today however there has been an unavoidable delay. We will ensure we communicate the information as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020 – Short Letter From Me

Hopefully you’ve all had the chance to watch the welcome video from myself. I have also written a short letter, telling you a little bit more information about me. Please click on the link below to view! 🙂

Letter From P1 Teacher

Tuesday 23rd June 2020 – Announcement

Please see announcement below from Lesley Brown; Chief Operating Officer (Education)

Dear parents & carers,

You may be aware that the Depute First Minister has, this afternoon, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament about all children and young people returning to school in August. He has indicated that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools in August if it safe to do so. He has also indicated that this will be conditional and based on the scientific and health advice. He has confirmed that the plans we were putting in place for blended learning will be a contingency and will be essential preparation in case they are needed.

We are now urgently considering the implications of this announcement on our plans for August. It is clear that final decisions on this full return will not be confirmed until during the summer holidays. We are awaiting further specific guidance and will be in touch with you again as soon as we can.   We continue to work on the assumption that staff will return to school on the 10th August and pupils will return on the 12th August.

We appreciate that this is a fast changing situation and you will be keen to know what this means for your child / children.  We are committed to sharing information with you as soon as we can, including during the summer holidays.

Kind regards,

Lesley Brown

Wednesday 24th June 2020 – Virtual Q&A Session Cancelled 

The transition timetable had a virtual question and answer Google Meet scheduled for tomorrow to answer questions emailed in prior from yourselves, however we have only received a few and have answered these directly. We are therefore cancelling the session for tomorrow and will just respond to any other questions that come in during this week 🙂 please, if there’s anything you’re not sure about or things that you’re worried about get in touch and we will do our best to answer them.

Wednesday 24th June 2020 – P6 Buddy Leaflet

Look out for an email today with a leaflet from your P6 Buddy. They have given you some more information about lunches, playtimes etc. They hope you’ll find them helpful – they’re excited to meet you in August 🙂

Thursday 25th June 2020 – P6 Postcard

You should have received your postcard from your P6 buddy today via email – keep an eye out for it.

I am also going to upload some pics of the classroom so far tomorrow so please keep a look out for them to share with the children 🙂

Story Time – Friday 26th June 2020

I can’t believe this is our last virtual story time and that the summer holidays are here! I hope you enjoy the last one and I look forward to reading lots more books with you all in August!

Hi Nursery boys and girls – soon to be big Primary 1’s! I have put together some pictures of what our classroom is going to look like to give you a wee idea of what to expect in August. I haven’t been able to take pictures of the whole classroom as the rest of the furniture is all piled up so that the carpets can get cleaned in the holidays but hopefully there’s enough for you to get an idea.

I’ve taken photos of our interactive white board, class job display, birthday display, number line and alphabet, our meet and greet (which you can get practising in the holidays!) there is wave, namaste, air hug, wink, curtsy and bow and our play areas. Everything you need for Primary 1 will be in your own tray at school.

I hope this helps 🙂

Have a lovely, safe, summer holiday and I look forward to welcoming you all in August.

Miss Herkes

Our P1 Classroom