Monthly Archives: Aug 2018

Cooking, art, sports and play!

On the one hand it’s hard to believe that August is over and September is here already (well, it will be tomorrow!) but on the other, the summer holidays already seem a lifetime ago. That’s what happens when we’re busy at Abbeyhill!

On Monday this week the staff began the job of clearing a room for our Cooking Classroom which will be in the infant building. Mrs Lansdown is choosing our kitchen equipment and we hope to order it next week. On Tuesday, Mrs Souness and I met with Simon, Chair of our Parent Council, to discuss plans for line painting on the football pitch and came up with some practical ideas for particular sports as well as some fun designs that might just appear around the playground…keep an eye out! On Wednesday I met with Katie Reynolds from the Collective Gallery to plan our programme for this year which will see the re-opening of the Collective Gallery after extensive re-development. We have been working with the Collective Gallery since 2014 and our current P7s have been involved in the re-development since they were in P3 so it will be a very special moment when the gallery opens. We’re really enjoying the ongoing relationship in partnership with Leith Walk Primary and it’s all a part of our wider Artists in Residence programme which will be formally celebrated at the Colony of Artists festival later this month (22 & 23 September). At assembly this morning, the P6 Play Rangers gave a presentation to the rest of the school about what they do and P5s will shortly begin their training to become Play Champions in the playground; well done to P6s who took part.

Next week we look forward to welcoming families for our Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday which will have a small ‘marketplace’, giving parents a chance to meet some of our community partners. See you there!

Sally Ketchin
Head Teacher

A very full first full week!

It’s been a very busy week at Abbeyhill! We have welcomed lots of new children into our Nursery and the Primary 1s have experienced their first full week of school. Everyone is settling into new routines brilliantly and the playground is full of lots of happy faces at break times! Miss Macdonald and Mr Andrew Hamilton are our new members of teaching staff and we’re all enjoying getting to know them.

We had an exciting P3-7 assembly this morning where we talked about how we’re making Abbeyhill more ‘awesome’. We’ve been watching Kid President on YouTube and talking about some of his key messages in his pep talk for teachers and students and we’re now all trying hard to make the world more awesome, look after each other and be present in the moment. I shared what I’ve been doing this week to make the school even better; I’ve met with parents who are being extremely generous with their time and skills to make our playground a fantastic place to be by painting murals and freshening up tired areas. I’ve had meetings with community partners about our Play Rangers and Play Champion training (thanks to Miss Stephen who leads on this), which will be rolled out to P5 this year, and begun the process of starting a ‘Chit Chat Club’ which will start after the October break with two Scottish Storytellers. In partnership with the Parent Council, I hope to organise a Parent Lunch where families can come and sample our school lunches and Mrs Lansdown and I will meet next week to plan what our Cooking Classroom will look like so that we can order our kitchen units.

All in all, it will be a busy but exciting year at Abbeyhill – keep watching this space!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Settling into P2

We have had a great first few days of the new term and have really started to settle into P2. We have been revising our numbers and sounds, doing lots of team building games and singing our favourite Fischy Music songs. We are looking forward to learning lots of new things over the coming weeks.


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 Lansdown 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