New term!

Welcome back to school for the summer term. The weather has been beautiful this week and we have been taking full advantage of this with packed lunches on the grass outside and an outdoor assembly today! It’s also fantastic to have the scaffolding down around the main building and to be able to access our whole playground again. I thought the trim trail might give way under the weight of almost the entire school on Tuesday as they all rushed to play on it!

The summer term is always very busy with trips, sporting events and end of term celebrations. The key dates for your diary will come out to you via letter but don’t forget that the school will be closed for the May bank holiday on the 4th May and agin on the 7th May as the school is being used as a polling station. We will be closed again on 18th May for Victoria Day and the end of term is at 12 noon on 26th June.

Next week we have an information event on 29th April for parents who would like to hear all about the online reporting system we are trialling this year, ‘Learning Journals’. Dave Clark, the creator or Learning Journals will be here to tell you all about it and answer questions. I look forward to seeing lots of parents there!

Map making in Primary 1

We were all happy to be back at school today, relaxed after a long holiday and raring to start our last term as Primary 1s!

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We could play outside without our coats on, and were amazed that the leaves on the trees had grown so quickly over the Easter holidays.  We were a bit sad to see that the daffodils had now died, but know we will see them grow again next year.

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather by heading to Holyrood Park to finish off some of our work from last term on directions.

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We directed our partners around the trees using instructions to make sure they didn’t bump into anything!  Some of us are trying really hard to remember the difference between left and right.

Afterwards, we had a bit of chill time at the park.

Mrs Pender taught some of us how to make daisy chains.

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Some of us had a good old explore in the dirt!

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Then we sat in silence and listened to the sounds of the park.IMG_2143

When we got back to school, we talked about our journey to and from the park.  We talked about the landmarks we walked past, like the road we had to cross, the cobbles we walked over and the tunnel we went under.  Then we drew our own maps to help you get to Holyrood Park from our school!

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Click to see a bigger image – can you spot the pictures which represent the school, the park, the tunnel, trees, and the lady working on the construction site next to the school?

P3 visit the Talbot Rice Gallery

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Primary 3 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh last Monday.  The pupils loved seeing the sculptures of Wojtek the bear and hearing all about how he helped the Polish soldiers in World War 2.  The magic piano was definitely a highlight, and the pupils also loved seeing how the beautiful stained glass window installations changed the light, colour and mood of each room in the gallery.  We ended our visit by making our own stained glass windows using an alphabet code to make them all individual to our own names.

International Day Fun!

Our fabulous parents at Abbeyhill Primary School organised an International Afternoon last Friday, with food galore from countries all around the world, along with arts, crafts,  and entertainment from parents and pupils celebrating the diverse backgrounds and cultures that we have here at Abbeyhill.  It was a tremendous success!  A HUGE thank you to all of the parents who helped to organise the event, who ran activties on the day and who made all of the delicious food.  A special mention also to Freddie, who certainly had the best “chilli challenge” face, and to Brooke, Claire and Charlotte who entertained the crowds with their fabulous dancing.  A fantastic way to end the term!photo

A1derful Abbeyhill

On Friday morning, Primary 6 and 7 donned rubber gloves and high-vis vests to take part in a community project to beautiful Abbeyhill. This involved cleaning graffiti and fly posting off of shops, lampposts, traffic islands and wherever we could spot it. The pupils showed a lot of enthusiasm and were determined to make Abbeyhill look as good as it should.

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Upon retuning to the meeting point with our tools, the pupils were asked to line up and were delighted to receive a certificate and a voucher for Blackwells for all their hard work. A well deserved reward for a community clean up!

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