Week 1 = done!

I can’t believe that the first week of the year is over already, we’ve all been so busy it has just flown by! Our new P1s have settled in and enjoyed their first assembly today. This promises to be an extremely exciting year in P1 as Mrs Lansdowne and the P1 team implement an Immersive Learning Environment which continues the core aim of learning through play as the children experienced in Nursery. You can read more about this in Mrs Lansdown’s blog post here. It’s been a quiet week in the Nursery as our returning Nursery children have settled back in but it will be back to business as usual next week as our new Nursery starts arrive, which we’re all very much looking forward to!

Remember to follow our website and keep an eye on your child’s class area to keep up to date with everything we get up to as the year progresses.

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Welcome Primary 1


Primary 1 August Newsletter

Welcome back and welcome to Primary 1. I hope you had a lovely break.

Primary 1 Staff

Teacher: Mrs Lansdown

Pupil Support Assistant: Mrs Pender & Mrs Paxton

Early Years Officers: Mrs Brotherstone & Mrs Tansey

Play Support: Ms Hamid, Ms Watson, Ms Kelly, Ms Lyall & Ms Gilmour


As we introduce and develop our Immersive Learning Environment, we are moving away from set topics and towards a more child centred approach. We will continue to have key focuses such as the use of a story for learning experiences or have a specific topic focus for a few days, but these will be directed from the questions and investigations the children have.

Percy the Park Keeper

This term we will explore our Literacy, Expressive Arts and Health & Well Being learning through the Percy the Park Keeper Stories. Within these stories we have the opportunity to explore the job roles associated with parklands, which we will be finding out more about during Woodland Wednesdays. We will use the stories to begin discussing characters, looking for information in pictures, predicting and sharing our thoughts and feelings. We will recreate the story and the characters and begin to sequence events.

Maths & Numeracy

We are beginning to explore and develop our knowledge of numbers 1-20. We will be looking at counting forwards and backwards, continuing a sequence of numbers and developing our confidence talking about numbers. We will discover how to use the numicon (a maths resource used to support learning) to help our understanding.

We will take our Maths learning outside and develop our learning in pattern and relationship within our natural environment.

Woodland Wednesdays

A letter has gone home with more information regarding Woodland Wednesdays. This is an opportunity for the class to develop many skills, enhance learning and develop a strong understanding of their environment. We will initially begin by exploring the environment and setting expectations, we will also work on our maths and literacy learning.


Gym will take place on a Monday. Because of our topic, depending on the weather, we may make use of the playground. Please ensure kit is labelled clearly and in separate bag from their school bag. PE kits are to be kept in school all week.


Art is a time for experiencing different textures and can get messy. If you would like to give your children a painting pinny or t-shirt please make sure this is clearly labelled and it will be kept in their tray. Art in primary 1 is carried out throughout the week.

Home Learning

Home learning  (phonic/sound work and reading) will start after the October break. Over the next couple of weeks a few phonic and sound items may come home, but these will be a resource to use and stay at home and not to be handed in for marking. In the meantime, take a few moments to talk to your child about their school day, what they enjoyed and why or what they might change when they come back into school.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Meet The Teacher.

Thank you

Mrs Lansdown




Welcome back!

Tomorrow is the big day! All the staff have been busy for the last two days discussing how to make the 2018-19 school session the best yet at Abbeyhill and we’re looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils into school in the morning so we can get started! Why not have a read of our School Improvement Plan to see what will be happening?

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Happy holidays!

I’ve only been back at Abbeyhill for a month but what a month it’s been! We’ve had Health Week, Sports Day, various trips, the P7 show and barbecue (including the annual water fight) plus a playground tidy up and Summer Garden Party organised by the Parent Council. New P1s have been welcomed with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and parents have been given all the information they need (I hope) to get them through this milestone.

This school session has seen lots of change at Abbeyhill and it was lovely to come back from maternity leave to find out about everything that has been happening. Next year promises to be exciting as well with further playground developments in the pipeline and the addition of a ‘cooking classroom’ thanks to a successful bid for a Food for Thought grant. New community partnerships have been forged and we look forward to welcoming staff from Santander to help develop part of our grounds. Play based learning will be further developed in P1 and we have a fantastic team raring to go with our new P1s in August. Established partnerships continue to flourish and nowhere is this more evident than in our involvement with the Colony of Artists festival which will be on 22nd and 23rd of September this year. Artists in Residence work with our children all year to provide enriching experiences and the festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work.

Of course, none of this would happen without the fantastic staff, children, parents and partners at Abbeyhill and I thank each and every one of you for all that you do for the school; a special thanks goes of course to Mrs Gracie who led the school while I was off.

Have a wonderful summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in August. To our P7s who left us today, good luck as you embark upon this next stage of your life and don’t forget us at Abbeyhill!

Sally Ketchin

Head Teacher

General Data Protection Regulations

General Data Protection Regulations

Abbeyhill Primary School & Nursery

Information about how we manage pupil data in school/early learning centre (‘ELC’) settings

Abbeyhill Primary School has a legal responsibility to deliver an effective educational programme to its pupils. In order to do this, we need to collect personal data about our pupils/children and their families so that we can help them learn, and keep them safe. The type of personal data we will collect include:

  •  Data about our pupils/children and their families

This will include the name, address and contact details of the pupil/child and relevant family members. It will also include information about relevant medical conditions, any additional supports which are needed, and their family situation. We need this information to ensure we know our pupils/children and their families, and to ensure we are able to educate them appropriately, and keep them safe.

We will also collect personal data relating to personal characteristics, such as ethnic group to enable statistics to be reported. We need this information so the Council can ensure it is delivering education appropriately to all its citizens.

  •  Data about pupils/children at school/within ELC setting

This will include data about progress, assessments, and exam results. It will also include records of attendance, absence, and any exclusions. We need this information to understand how our pupils/children are progressing, and to assess how we can help them to achieve their best.

  •  Data about when and where they go after they leave us

This will include information about their next setting/school, career paths or intended destinations. We need this information to ensure we support our pupils/children in all their transitions and do all that we can to help their future be a success.

There will be times where we also receive information about them from other organisations, such as a pupils’ previous school, the previous local authority where that school or ELC setting was based, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, Social work, Additional Support Services, and sometimes other organisations or groups connected to a pupil’s education. We use this data similarly to the above: to support our pupils’ learning, monitor and report on their progress, provide appropriate pastoral care; and assess the quality of our services

When we collect and use personal data within our school/ELC setting, and for the reasons detailed above, we will normally be acting in accordance with our public task. Occasionally we are also required to process personal data because the law requires us to do so, or because it is necessary to protect someone’s life.

We will also take photographs in our school/nursery setting and display them on our walls, and in newsletters and other communications. We do this in order to celebrate and share what we have done, including individual achievements and successes. We consider this use of images to be part of our public task as it helps us build an effective community which supports learning. We will not, however, publish these photographs on social media or in newspapers without permission. Consent for this use will be sought when a pupil/child joins Abbeyhill Primary School or Nursery and will be kept on record while they are with us. Consent can be withdrawn at any time, please just let us know.

Sometimes we need to share pupil information with other organisations. We are required, by law, to pass certain information about our pupils to the Scottish Government and the Council. This data is for statistical purposes, and will normally be anonymised. It is normally required to enable the Council, and the Government, to understand how education is being delivered and to help them plan for future provision.

If a pupil/child moves schools/ELC settings, we have a legal obligation to pass on information to their new school/education authority about their education at Abbeyhill Primary School or Nursery.

When we record and use personal data, we will only collect and use what we need. We will keep it securely, and it will only be accessed by those that need to. We will not keep personal data for longer than is necessary and follow the Council’s Record Retention Schedule and archival procedures when records are identified to be of historical value and require to be retained in the Edinburgh City Archives.

For more information on how the Council uses personal data, and to know more about your information rights including who to contact if you have a concern, see the City Of Edinburgh’s Privacy Notice.

Sharing personal data to support Wellbeing

In addition to the above, Abbeyhill Primary School and Nursery has a legal duty to promote, support and safeguard the wellbeing of children in our care.

Wellbeing concerns can cover a range of issues depending on the needs of the child.

Staff are trained to identify when children and families can be supported and records are kept when it is thought that a child could benefit from help available in the school/ELC setting, community or another professional. You can expect that we will tell you if we are concerned about your child’s wellbeing, and talk to you about what supports might help in the circumstances. Supports are optional and you will not be required to take them up.

If it would be helpful to share information with someone else, we will discuss this with you and seek your consent before we share it so that you know what is happening and why. The only time we will not seek consent to share information with another organisation is if we believe that a child may be at risk of harm. In these situations, we have a duty to protect children, which means we do not need consent. On these occasions, we will normally tell you that information is being shared, with whom, and why – unless we believe that doing so may put the child at risk of harm.

We will not give information about our pupils to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.