Equipped for learning information

As part of Midlothian Council’s Equipped for Learning programme, a digital device for learning is being provided to every child of school age. This is to ensure that all young people have access to the technology they need for learning, both at school and at home.

For further information on the programme, and to fill out the parental agreement form please see the links below.  The devices will not be allocated for full use until the agreements are filled out.  This is an online form.

Equipped for Learning Information



Parental Acknowledgement Form (must be completed ASAP).


Week Beginning 13/12/21

Dear Parents and Carers.

  • Carol Singing has been cancelled for all classes.

The class have been working hard on their Christmas song and the filming went well, we hope you enjoy it when it is released – week Beginning 20th December.

Monday: PE this is a change from Thursday, please make sure your child is dressed for P.E.

Tuesday: Drumming workshop

Christmas Lunch


Wednesday: Christmas Party in the afternoon.

Friday: Assembly – Christmas service in school with Mr Duffin.

There will be no spelling or numeracy homework this week.

Any questions please get in touch.                       Kind regards,

Lisa Cumming l.cumming@midlothian.education

P5 Week Beginning 29/11/21

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all managed to get through the storm at  the weekend without too much damage.

This week:

Reading – please see reading book for homework.

Spelling – please see spelling jotter for the pattern or sound they are learning.

P.E. is as usual on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday we may not have mandarin.

On Friday we will be attending the assembly in the hall rather than on Zoom, which will make a nice change.

Some Diary Dates:

Monday 6th December: Post box available for children to post Christmas cards if they wish.

Tuesday 7th December: We will be watching the Dunedin Consort performance in school.

Monday 13th December: P5 will be carol singing at the Horn in Loanhead at 2.00pm for a short while (weather permitting) please come and sing along with us.

Tuesday14th December: Drumming workshop.

Christmas Lunch (letters in bags today – Tuesday).

Wednesday 15th December: Christmas party.

Friday 17th December: Christmas Assembly with Mr Duffin.

Any questions please contact me.

Kind regards,

Lisa Cumming



🌟SCHOOL TEA TOWELS – Parent Council Fundraiser 🌟

This information will be sent home in paper form on Wednesday 12th of November.  We appreciate the tight timing but for Christmas orders this is the deadline.

Payment and order forms should be returned to teachers or office by Wednesday 17th November, in a sealed and labelled envelope.

You can always print the form below and hand into the office with payment and in a sealed envelope.



Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of the Parent Council’s fundraising this term, the children are designing brilliant tea towels showing a collage of self-portraits. It will make a great present for family and friends or for you to hold on to as a keepsake!  Due to numbers, there will be a choice to order an upper atrium towel (P5-7 children) or a lower atrium one (P1-4).

The product is 45% cotton and 55% linen and is high quality. The cost of each tea towel is £5. As the towels will be printed to order, please complete the order form below and hand it in to the office with your payment in cash (exact change), and in a clearly labelled, sealed envelope, by Wednesday 17th of November to ensure that we beat the Christmas rush!

Thanks very much and we hope you like them!

The Parent Council

P5 Week Beginning 8/11/21

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week:

Poppies will be on sale this week, the suggested donation is £1 but please donate what you are comfortable with.  Poppies will be limited to one per person initially in order for everyone to be able to purchase one if they want to.

Reading – please see reading book for homework.

Spelling – please see spelling jotter for the pattern or sound they are learning.

P.E. is as usual on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday we may not have mandarin.

We have really enjoyed the two workshops we did this week related to COP26 and climate change, especially the art one on Friday using the tetrapaks.

This week we have a couple more workshops:

Monday: Exploring the Importance of Biodiversity.

Tuesday: How Can We Stop Climate Change?

It has been lovely to meet with parents in person for our Trio Meetings and I look forward to speaking with anyone who has a telephone consultation booked in.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming


P5 Times Tables

As discussed at many of the parent’s consultations I have put together a small list of some online resources to help your child learn their times tables.

Here are a few suggestions of online times tables games or websites:









https://ttrockstars.com/      This website is recommended but there is a subscription for the year of £7.20 for a family. It does also have a free trial.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming

P5 Week Beginning 1/11/21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Children who were signed up for Flu vaccination were given this today.

This week:

Reading – please see reading book for homework.

Spelling – please see spelling jotter for the pattern or sound they are learning. I have changed some of the spelling, there is still a requirement for children to do sentences and to learn their spelling pattern. As there are more words in the list I have suggested they focus on the words that they are not so sure about.

P.E. is as usual on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday we have Mandarin as normal.

As COP26 is currently on in Glasgow we will be doing some activities around this to help the children understand climate change and the impact it is having on our planet.

I have signed our class up to do a few online workshops over the next few weeks, these will, I hope be interesting and informative for the children. This week we are doing the following:

Tuesday: Threats to Nature (from the World Wildlife Fund)

Friday: ‘School of Fish’ which is an art session using recycling but also learning about the ocean.

Please send in any tetra pak cartons you have, we are still collecting them for the session on Friday.

Parent consultations are on Wednesday and Friday this week. Appointment times went home today, if the time does not suit you please contact the school office.

If you have requested a telephone appointment these will take place the following week.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming



P5 Week Beginning 25/10/21

Parents and Carers,

I hope that you have all had an enjoyable and restful week. The children have all returned full of news and seem happy to be back at school.

We have a busy couple of weeks ahead. This week we are having a Health Week where we are learning about keeping our bodies healthy.

We are also going to be learning about climate change with some COP26 activities as this is obviously very relevant to us all. Most of this work will be next week, I will let you know more information about this next week. In preparation for one of the activities we need your help please:

WANTED! Can you please send in any empty and washed Tetra Packs (cardboard juice/milk containers) even better if they have foil insides! URGENT!

As part of the Midlothian Science Festival we are meeting a scientist called Susan Jarvis. Her specialism is in animal science and is particularly interested in animal behaviour and welfare. Today the children produced a lot of questions for her so it looks like it will be an interesting session.

I have not sent reading homework home today, this will start tomorrow – please see their reading books as usual.

Spelling homework this week is about health vocabulary – please see your child’s homework jotter.

DRESS DOWN DAY: On Friday 29th October children can dress down in clothes that make them feel happy. This could be a favourite T-shirt, whole outfit or dress etc. Please ensure that no accessories are sent in as part of their outfit. 

Three letters were sent home today – PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD’S BAG.

  • Milk letter to be returned by Monday 1st November
  • Parent / Child / Teacher Trio meetings to be returned by Friday 29th October.  N.B. If you choose to have a telephone consultation this will be arranged for a different date to the ones stated on the form.
  • Guitar lesson letter.

PE was today and Thursday as usual and we have Mandarin on Wednesday and an assembly on Friday.

The children all have their SUMDOG passwords to help them with their numeracy learning.

If children want or need to use Google Classroom they can no longer access this through GLOW. Every child in Midlothian has been given a new email and login for Google Workspace. This is how they will access Google Classroom  More information about this will be shared soon.

As always, if you have any queries or concerns please see me at the classroom door or drop me an email or phone call.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming