A mixed bag of weather this week has seen the children running for coats and shelter at some points in the day then skipping across the grass with not a jumper in sight at others! It’s the variety we like about the weather apparently – it always gives us something to talk about!

Of course, as teachers, it’s the variety of the job that we all appreciate too, and that variety was demonstrated once again this week.

As part of Scottish Maths Week, Mrs Fraser organised a series of learning experiences in the hall which all classes visited and where the older pupils supported the younger children. A great day was had by all and the children will have a further opportunity to explore the learning activities back in their own classrooms.

Our Ministers for Literature created a lovely display in the library and produced posters to celebrate Roald Dahl day on Wednesday.

Chess, recorder, hockey and eco clubs were in full swing this week – pupil voice and home learning will start again soon too.

P4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the National Museum of Scotland and came back to school proudly showing off the telescopes they had created as part of their visit. Museum staff complimented our pupils on their attention, interest and great behaviour. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed being with their new classes in a different environment too.

P5 were the first recipients of the new session’s cooking classes with Mrs Van Aswegen. During the afternoon each of three groups enjoyed making cranachan and lots used the learning power Have a Go to try their creation – although not all were brave enough!

Primary three had to cope with keeping Mrs Doyle and Mrs Saxon right in their classroom as we tried to ensure the smooth running of their learning whilst being at the helm. It was testament to Dr Todd and Mrs Fraser that the children were already independent learners able to access their resources and work cooperatively – even managing to keep us right throughout the day.  They were a great back up team!

The second aspect of our resilience theme this year is Keeping Connected. During our assembly we discussed with the children what benefits could come from joining groups, clubs or organisations and the sense of purpose and belonging that often accompanies being a part of such teams. The theme continued with the concept of back up teams – Mrs Saxon spoke about her immediate and extended family who were her back up team as well as close neighbours and friends both local and overseas. Over the next few weeks the children will consider who is in their back up team and also to who’s back up team they may belong. The children will be given some new home learning shortly where they will be asked to capture the people they consider to be in their back up team. Please encourage your child to produce home learning of the very highest quality as we look forward to creating a powerful display with their results.

Finally, we look forward to meeting as many families as possible at our Meet the Teacher event in school on Monday evening but in the meantime I wish you all a happy, purposeful weekend.