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September 17

  • Aug 21 / 2017
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September 17

Shared Play

“Primaries 6B and 1B have been visiting the quad every Friday for shared play. One group stays with Miss Steward and reads while the other does outside with Mrs Megaw, then we swap round.

This week we discovered some new things lying outside – witches broomsticks and we were casting spells on our play buddy. Emma was shouting abracadabra to Iona to make her freeze!”

P2 Start new Topic!

This week P2 have started a new topic called “Houses and Homes”. We have been learning about different types of housing and this week we have been exploring these through building with recycling, lego, drawing and designing.

P2 Create a dinosaur skeleton!

As Primary 2’s Dinosaur topic comes to and end we have worked as a class to create an enormous T-rex skeleton! We used recycling to help us create this. If you want to see it in person you will find it along the front corridor of the school!

P6 Baking

On Tuesday the 19th September primary 6B made some soda bread using Mrs Drummond’s famous recipes. We enjoyed looking at all the different types of measurement used in baking. Once it was ready to eat we tasted all the different types. We all had different opinions on which one was our favourite.

Spider Find

Primary 6B found a dead spider under a table and used the class microscope to examine it. Sonny was first to find the meaning of “rigor mortis” in the dictionary so he got to set up the microscope. We had been looking at vocabulary from different languages the day previous. Rigor mortis is from Latin just like our school song!

Eco Committee

We have been busy updating our Eco board beside the school gym hall.  We have made an Eco Action Tree with all of the things that we are working on this year.  The red leaves are things that we haven’t started yet.  The orange and yellow leaves are things that we are working on at the moment and the green leaves are things that we have successfully completed.  Next time you are in school, make sure to have a look.  This year. along with our ongoing work on litter reduction and recycling in school, we are concentrating on the Growing Area.  We want to encourage all of the classes to use it more often and are planning vegetable growing competitions, new mosaics and a 5 star Bug Hotel!

Eve, Millie, Bella and Iona (P6 Eco reps)

Fruit and Veg

P5 got a nice surprise when we visited the Growing Area today.  The seeds we planted back in P4 had been busy growing over the summer and we found potatoes, carrots and huge runner beans!  We can’t wait to plant some new fruit and vegetables this year.


P7a started a 4 week block of Squash at Abercorn sports club. Many of the children have not participated in this sport before and found it thoroughly enjoyable! We are looking forward to our next 3 weeks, especially to Miss Warrender getting on the court next week!

Primary 1B and Mr Nowakowski

Our janitor, Mr Nowakowski is a regular visitor to our classroom.  He brings us our milk, built our new dolls house and water tray, and sometimes likes to pop in for a chat when he’s passing, just to see what we’ve been up to.

 Captains Speaches

On Friday P7 bravely stood upon the stage again to present their Nations Captains speeches and campaign posters. For many children this was their second time to present in front of the P4s-P7s and their parents. They all spoke confidently and had some fantastic ideas to share. Well done P7s!


This week P7a started their new topic of symmetry in maths. As it was a nice day, we went out into the quad and looked at making symmetrical pictures using natural materials. They were lucky enough to even spot a symmetrical butterfly when we were outside!

JRSO Conference

Sean and Eilidh from P6 really enjoyed their morning at the JRSO conference.

The Desperate Journey

Primary 6B have been exploring the characters in the Desperate Journey. Here we are describing how sailing up the Clyde would make them feel if they were one of the characters to use in their writing.

Ash Denham MSP

On Monday P7 were lucky to have Ash Denham, MSP for Edinburgh East to come in to school to tell us about her job and answer some of our questions. This was great to hear from someone working in the Scottish Parliament and interesting to have a female politician come to visit us. We learnt a lot about her best friends in Parliament, where she sits and how she sometimes gets lost.

Councillor Speaches

On Friday 8th September, some of P7 bravely on stage in front of P4-7 and their parents to deliver their councillors speeches. The children worked very hard to produce excellent posters, rosettes and speeches in order to persuade the other children to vote for them. They all did very well and should be very proud of themselves.

Pupils Meet Arun Ghandi

Four of our pupils meet Arun Ghandi, grandson of Mahatma Ghandi as part of the Twende Pamoja project.

The Edinburgh International School’s Concert

On Monday 28th August P6 and P7 had the fantastic opportunity to attend the Edinburgh International School’s Concert in West Princes Street Gardens. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra presented their concert including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and two rousing Scottish masterpieces that they then played that evening during the end of the Fringe fireworks concert. It was an amazing experience for all the children, seated in the gardens with the castle behind.

P7 Visit Parliament

On Thursday P7a had a visit to the Scottish Parliament as part of our ‘Who Represents Us?’ topic. We had an interesting information session looking at different artefacts, a tour around the debating chamber and then a quiz to finish it all off. We learnt a lot about what goes on in parliament and we almost got filmed for TV! Sadly there was no debating going on as they have only just returned after summer recess.

Tommy Sheppard Visits P7

On Friday 1st September, Primary 7 enjoyed a visit from Tommy Sheppard, our MP for Edinburgh East. He talked about why he became a politician and what his job entails as an SNP representative in Westminster. He also inspired the students by giving them some encouragement and advice ahead of the Primary 7 speeches for the positions of School Councillors and Nations Captains.

Charlotte’s Webb

The whole school got a treat last Thursday when M&M Productions brought their latest performance, Charlotte’s Web to our hall. All of the pupils from P1 to P7 were completely captivated by the show. The P5s were then invited to stay for a behind the scenes workshop where we found out about sets, lighting, costumes and sound. It was really interesting to see how all of the different effects in the show were done and ask the actors questions.

P5A Teamwork

P5A have been learning about team work and what it means to work together in order to succeed in the Spaghetti Tower challenge!

Primary 1 stay for lunch

We have been so excited to welcome the brand new Primary 1 children to school this week. They all look very smart and grown up in their uniforms, and have settled in well.

On Thursday, Primary 1 children and their families had the opportunity to stay at school for lunch. This was a great chance for them to have a taste of some of the lunch choices on offer, experience the dinner hall and learn the lunch time routines.

We are looking forward to having them in full time next week!