The children returned from their long weekend to discover excellent new line markings in the playground, painted to recreate road junctions and roundabouts and be used primarily for Bikeability training. As you would expect though the children have been using their imagination and have come up with all kinds of games and uses for the markings both during playtime and lunchtimes as well as during out of school hours.

We welcomed visitors from Peebles High School Bookchat programme to school this week – senior pupils working with P5 pupils across the learning community to promote a life long love of reading. This session the pupils concentrated on the characteristics of heroes in novels and both the senior pupils and our P5 children enjoyed an excellent session. We also had visitors from another school in our learning community to discuss our phonics approach to literacy and compare, contrast and share learning opportunities and developments. Looking outwards Mrs Saxon and I spent time at Melrose Primary considering early level environments and curriculum design whilst Mrs Lister spent time this morning with other Early Years Officers considering environment together with quality observations and interactions with pupils. It was great to hear that some photos of our own ELCC featured in the presentations.

Lots of classes have been enjoying more opportunities for learning outdoors this week. Our staff had a great In Service Day last Tuesday led by Steve who works for the charity Grounds for Learning. We followed this up with a CAT session at the beginning of the week to plan how we intend to implement some of the ideas and strategies we explored into the children’s weekly learning and also develop our school grounds.

P3 organised a Spotacular Bake Sale to raise funds for their chosen class charity “Children in Need” and raised a superb £200 for the cause. Their numeracy, team work and baking skills were also extended and developed within a real life context! Well done P3.

Finally we completed the week with an assembly where we celebrated our Stars of the Week and watched – with the children’s permission – video footage which had been emailed in of their home learning tasks linked to the Book Swap. We really enjoyed watching these creative clips. We also congratulated Mrs Saxon on becoming our new Depute Head teacher – it was a lovely gathering and super way to end the week.

Mrs Butler also shared the exciting news with her P5/6 class that she is expecting a baby! Congratulations to both Mr and Mrs Butler – their baby is due in April.

Hope to see lots of you at tonight’s PTA quiz and remember next week is SBC’s enrolment week for session 2016-17’s new ELCC and P1 pupils – we look forward to welcoming faces new and old into school for enrolment.

Have a lovely weekend.