World Book Day
We’ve had a very Literary week at Abbeyhill as we geared up to celebrate World Book Day yesterday! Lots of exciting activities were going on across the school from dressing up and reading new stories in the Nursery*, visits to our new local bookshop Toppings for P1-3, a Book Treasure hunt in the playground, a Big Booky Swap in the hall and audio books for everyone! We enjoyed ‘The Truth Pixie’ by Matt Haig and loved hearing the first few chapters of ‘The Boy Who Made the World Disappear’ by Ben Miller. I can guess what some of those book vouchers will be spent on! Well done to Ms Howson and P5 who did the lion’s share of organising our in-school activities.
*The Nursery children would love to have some parents come in and read to them in a range of home languages. Please speak to the Nursery staff if this is something that you’re interested in!
SEAL in P1
I was lucky enough to spend some time in P1 earlier in the week and was given a guided tour of the play based learning environment by one of the children who demonstrated how the children are encouraged and supported to have independence in their learning as well as to challenge themselves with the tasks they choose. I took part in a SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) group but couldn’t catch any of the P1s out, they were very confident in what they were doing and were very much enjoying the learning activity. Well done P1!
P2 spent some time in the sun creating a flower with our Loose Parts Play equipment. They used their knowledge of different parts of a flower as well as excellent team work and communication to carry and display the flower. Well done P2!
Mr Woodhouse took half of his P2 class with half of the P7s to the Palace of Holyroodhouse as part of the P7s ongoing project on Leonardo da Vinci. P2 joined their P7 buddies to learn about Leonardo and in particular his work on costume design to entertain King Francis I of France. P2 were then expertly helped by their buddies to create a dragon mask of their own!
The children left behind were kept very busy as Mr Forde set the P2s and P7s the task of designing something that would help the planet; did they want to battle climate change or an alien invasion?! The P7s helped their P2 buddies to think through the concept and then they built it using Lego before ‘writing up’ their ideas in poster form. Next week, this group will go to Holyroodhouse while this week’s dragon mask makers will get the chance to save the world!
Parent Literacy Course
We had the first of 3 sessions designed to support parents to understand how various concepts of Maths and Literacy are taught in the classroom so that they are better able to support their children at home. Teaching methods change over time, and can be different in different countries, and the feedback was that it was useful to hear from teachers about exactly how they teach certain things. Thank you to Ms Macdonald who talked about how she teaches Maths across the school. Next week Mr Hamilton and Ms Howson will be talking about Literacy so if you are booked on I look forward to seeing you there!
We had our second Parent Council meeting of 2020 on Wednesday evening and it was lovely to see a few new faces there! Our agenda was wide ranging and covered topics such as our new Outdoor Classroom and Community Garden, Loose Parts Play, P7 leaving gifts and upcoming family events such as the Summer Garden Party on Saturday 30th May! We all thanked the Parent Council, particularly our Chair, Simon Preston, for the fantastic 3rd annual Burns Supper that was held in January and was a sell-out event as ever.
Our Parents’ Evenings bookings are now open and you should have received an email or letter inviting to book your appointments. Please do so as quickly as possible to avoid missing the timeslots that are most convenient for you.
Traffic laws on Abbey Street
Please remember that Abbey Street is closed to all traffic except those with valid permits and emergency service vehicles between the hours of 0820 – 0905 and 1505 – 1540, Monday to Thursday and 1210 – 1240 on Fridays. This is to reduce traffic congestion and pollution around the school gates at key times which helps to keep Abbeyhill children and families safe. If caught ignoring this, drivers face a £60 fine and 3 penalty points on their license. Please support your children and do not ignore the law.
Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher