UPDATE: School closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March, BINGO NIGHT AT SCHOOL CANCELLED

Today (28.2.18), Thurs (1st March)and tomorrow (2.3.18)

Our building is closed. All Midlothian schools and nurseries are to be closed due to adverse weather conditions. Keep up to date with news and more info on the council website. We will update this page later today with more information if we have any.


P1 Homework 26/02/2018

Reading: Please see the red card as usual.

Phonics: We are continuing with our consonant blends. This week it is ‘gr’,  ‘tr’ and ‘cl’.

Numeracy: We have been working on data handling in class and learning about using tally marks and pictograms to gather and display information. We will be continuing some work on this.

Thursday is World Book Day. Mr Buchan has arranged various activities that will take place in school to highlight and encourage a love of reading. There is no requirement to dress up. All children will bring home a voucher for a £1 book.

Friday: We have a drama workshop and production about the Elves and the Shoemaker which I think the children will enjoy.

Thank you to those who have sending in the items mentioned last week…keep them coming they will always be of use.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming

P6 Homework 26.2.18

Monday 26th February

Please READ, COVER< WRITE, CHECK words twice in jotter.

Chocolates – complete 2 activities from sheet

Lollipops and Gummy Bears – complete 1 activity from sheet and complete sheet.

By Monday 5th March

P2 Homework W/B 26.2.18

Hi all,

Here is the homework list this week:

Spelling – List 26 ‘ow‘ as in owl/how

Reading – continues as normal – please  ensure you listen to your child read most days. Thanks.

Mathsmeasuring length – we have been looking at the language of length – long/short, longer/shorter, longest/shortest etc. We have measured objects using cubes as units. This week, we’ll continue this theme and will try measuring using cm. I’ll send home a measuring task mid week.

World Book Day – is on Thursday and Mr Buchan has organised lots of in-school activities for us to do but there is no requirement to dress up for this.

ParentPay – we have a new online system in school to register payments and keep track of lunches etc. As P2 don’t pay for lunches, it’s merely a matter of recording choices, which I do first thing in the morning, along with the register. Can you make sure that your child is in school on time please.

Also, to remind you that if you are late picking your child up at 3:15, your child will be taken along to the office.

Thanks for your support,

Miss Brunt

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 20th February

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 20th February

Our topic on the North and South Poles is really taking off now as we think about what these amazing places are like and what kinds of animals can survive there.

Please see below my note on written subtraction methods.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan



Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

I am going to stop writing down when children have been heard reading aloud on these grids because it has proved impossible to keep this up to date. All the children are heard three times a week on average – sometimes twice or sometimes four times depending on what else is happening. From now on I will only write notes on the reading grids if there is something specific to raise. I hope that is OK.



More common words that people have been finding tricky.

taking                          cold

walked                         there

called                           their

Please could we practise them using our usual look, say, cover, write and check method and then write sentences using them?


As you help the children with columns subtraction, please be aware that there are some slightly different ways of doing these written sums and it will be helpful if we can all use the same method. For example, the way I was taught is different from what I would now teach. The reason is that the decomposition method (shown below) reflects most closely the underlying concepts of place value and subtraction. The other ways work fine but they can be a bit confusing for some children.


6 5                 Take 4 away from 5 to get 1 in the units column.

 – 3 4                 Take 3 away from 6 to get 3 in the tens column.


You can’t take 5 from 2, so you decompose the

  56 12                6 tens to become 5 tens and 1 ten moves across.

 – 3   5               You now have 12 minus 5 which gives 7 in the

___­__­              units column. In the tens column you then take 3

away from 5 which gives 2.


Our motto is:

          If it’s too big on the floor… steal one from next door.

This goes with other golden rules:

– Start with the units

– Never take the top number away from the bottom

– When you write a sum, line up the columns correctly


To practise at home:

43 – 22                     87 – 62                     63 – 28                   91 – 72

86 – 39                    364 – 226             506 – 262                544 – 245

P7 Homework 19/2/18

All pupils have to finish their reading novels to the end for next Mon.

Pupils have a decimals worksheet for maths (due on Fri), we have been working on multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

I have set a personal challenge of no screens after 8pm- this is not compulsory but a good talking point given that the class have screen obsessions.

We have been learning to tell the time in French – pupils would benefit from revising this.

For the parents organising the day out. We chatted about it and pupils voted on their top 3. See below.

Screen Time and Concentration – P7

Recently, they hot topic in class has been a game called “Fortnight” or similar.  Pupils are admitting that they are trying to pull “all nighters” without their parents knowing, some even claim to get up at 5.30 to play each other on line and many are spending fortunes on parent bank cards without permission.

I have had a few parents speak to me about their concerns relating to this obsession but also the language that pupils are using to converse with each other over phones/headsets while playing.  Some pupils are coming to school red eyed, tired and really distracted and when spoken to they are blaming too much screen time but are reluctant to stop.  Mrs Donnelly has advised that ALL parents be made aware of this.

While we do not wish to tell you how your child should spend their free time, we would like you to support is in promoting healthy lifestyles and good sleep hygiene which is not promoted by too much screen time.   If pupils are overstimulated and tired, it has been proven that this has severe effects on learning and concentration.

Most difficulties that arise in school come from social media or gaming and we ask for your support in this matter. We conducted a survey in P7 about screen time….there are some surprising results e.g. 52% of pupils s[end 5+ hours on a screen (Not inc T.V.) each day! (click the link below)

When speaking to specialists, some recommendations are:

  • Turn off the Wifi at a set time each night (be strong!)
  • No screens in bed rooms
  • Appropriate down time at least 2 hours before sleep
  • Passwords for all consoles, phones, tablets should be shared with you.

For more information please see below for some guidance: