Tag Archives: Visits

Imagination is the key

What a treat we’ve had today! We all went to the nearby Meadowbank Parish Church for a special concert with Fischy Music and heard the debut performance of ‘Imagination’ which P4 wrote from scratch and recorded with Margaret and Christy from Fischy. P4 (or ‘Baby Alien’ which is their official band name) gave a fantastic performance and managed not to be distracted by the fact that they were being beamed up onto big screens for everyone to see. We all had a brilliant time, dancing and singing along – including the staff and parents who managed to join us!

Of course, some of us had our Pudsey ears on as it is BBC Children in Need today. Mrs Brotherston and Mrs Pender got into the spirit of it as always and have had a bit of extra attention from the traffic as they have carried out their lollipop duties! Thanks also to Miss Macdonald, Mrs Lyall and Mrs Macdougall for organising our Children in Need toy sale yesterday; we raised £135 and all leftover toys will go to a local charity as suggested by Luca as part of our ‘Make a Difference’ assembly block.

Yesterday, I was delighted to welcome a small group of parents for our first ‘Parents Lunch’. It was lovely to have a sociable lunch together whilst giving them a chance to experience what their children do each today, including lining up and being reminded what they had ordered! They gave good feedback on the food and the experience and next time I plan to run it at the same time as the school lunchtime to give families a rare opportuntity to enjoy a weekday lunch together!

On Wednesday, we had our Parent Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) and there will be an opportunity to vote for new post holders at the next meeting in January. Thank you to Vlad who has stepped down after doing a sterling job as treasurer for several years, as well as to all the parents who have joined us and are doing such an amazing job of supporting the school.

Also on Wednesday, I spent the day at a National Improvement Framework conference for all Edinburgh Head Teachers where the new ‘Edinburgh Learns’ policy was launched and discussed at length. Edinburgh Learns encourages a renewed focus on learning and teaching which is the core business of all schools. Although we all felt the pressure that being out of school for the day brings (not least in the mounting pile of unanswered emails!), we all agreed that it was a valuable professional experience. As a staff, we shall explore Edinburgh Learns over the coming weeks and months.

Next week I am going to Buckstone Primary for a reciprocal visit following my hosting a group other Head Teachers a few weeks ago and I’m looking forward to seeing further good practice and having follow up professional dialogue. Back in school, it’s Book Week Scotland and Mr Martin will be launching an exciting week of activities in assembly on Monday. Check back next week to see what we get up to!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Fun on the Farm!

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Primary 3 enjoyed a great day out at Hagbrae Farm in Gorebridge on Thursday.  It is a working organic dairy farm and we were able to impress Julie the farmer with all of our knowledge from our Food and Farming topic in class.  We saw lots of huge farm machinery cutting and storing the grass to make silage for the cows to eat over the winter, got to help feed some baby lambs and were very lucky to be allowed to go into the milking parlour and watch the cows being milked.  We think living on a farm looks like great fun, but a lot of hard work!

Spring has sprung!

Yesterday, all the children in Primary 1 went to Holyrood Palace for a spring walk.

We were very excited to be together, and the weather was beautiful!

First we were taken into the special gardens, which aren’t open to the public at this time of year, and saw where the Queen’s garden party is held each year.

We got a chance to pretend to be soldiers looking after the palace.

  We looked out for signs of spring.

We saw some beautiful spring flowers, and got very good at identifying crocuses, daffodils and snowdrops.

Next we were taken into a secret wood, where the Queen has her cup of tea in the morning when she comes to stay.  We were very quiet as we listened out for birds and looked for signs of nest building.

Finally we looked for buds and blossom on trees and added them to our pictures.  We were lucky enough to spot a squirrel jumping through the trees.

We had a lovely trip, and can’t wait to go back next season.

Thanks to all our helpers for joining us on such a lovely day.

Great adventures…

We have explored our playground from top to bottom, so today Primary 1 went on an adventure to Holyrood Park.

We had SO MUCH FUN exploring our environment.

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We stopped to look at what we could see.  We waved at the palace in case the queen was visiting.

The first thing we did when we were sent off to explore was look at this patch of mud.  We realised it felt a bit more like sand.

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We dug holes in it.

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We found treasure!  We thought it might have something to do with Mrs Pender being a bit magical.

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We found lots of beautiful and interesting objects.  We found a stick that looked like it could be a fairy house.  We thought this might be a tooth belonging to a dinosaur or a tiger!

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We dug for worms.

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We wrote our names with sticks.

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We played games with sticks – they have so many different uses!  These ones had magical powers.

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Then we went on a bear hunt.  We found numbers on the trees that we thought might be the bear’s door number.  We made sure that the bear wouldn’t follow us back to school by doing some loud roaring (and hiding behind this tree for a while.)

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We had such a fun afternoon, and arrived back at school dirty and delighted.

What will we discover next time?

Palaeontologist Visit

Primary three were excited this week as there was a visitor to our classroom. Mrs Brusatte’s husband happens to be a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh and he came in to talk to the class about his work, job, discoveries and dinosaurs in general. The class had great questions and were excited to touch some real fossils from a dinosaur leg bone!   IMG_5013