Category Archives: Primary 1

Making a Difference

This week we have finished our block of ‘Making a Difference’ assemblies but we’re far from finished making a difference! Each class was asked to come up with ways to make a difference together and every family was asked to think of ways they could help their community. Today in assembly we all heard brilliant stories of our children helping neighbours to tidy up their gardens after Storm Ali had wreaked havoc, walking a neighbour’s dog, giving unwanted toys to another child and taking a homeless person something to eat and drink. We talked about the fact that although those things feel small, they will have meant a great deal to the people involved and it may inspire them to do soemthing to make a difference themselves.

There are some brilliant plans afoot to make a difference in classes and some that have already got started. P2 have been collecting litter in the playground and after the weather we’ve had this week they have had their work cut out collecting bits that have blown in off the street! P7 are starting a break and lunchtime play programme from Monday which will run every lunchtime and Friday morning breaks. The P7s have a rota for who is on ‘play duty’ and the games will change each day. I think they’ll have to exercise crowd control on Monday! P1 have been looking at food waste and we’re hoping that our school food waste bin will arrive any day now, swiftly followed by our packaging bin.

P4 opened our eyes to the amount of plastic that we’re using with our daily milk and, despite only 6 children in the class having milk each day, they have collected a small bucket full of straws in the 3 weeks that we’ve been focussing on Making a Difference in assembly.milk straws

After assembly, I worked out that over the school year, P1-7 use an unbelievable 16,575 straws, all made of plastic and packaged in plastic. So, with P4, we’ve made a plan that from Monday we will use re-usable drinking cups in every class and collect the straws that we would have used. Thank you to Mr Forrest who found enough cups for everyone in a cupboard! Check back in a month to see how big the pile is and what our next steps are…

Don’t forget that this weekend is the Colony of Artists festival. The school is a venue and it’s looking fantastic! Please come and visit us as well as the rest of the artists who take part, including lots of Abbeyhill children! Check back next week for some fantastic photos.

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

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