Friday already! This term each of our class teachers is visiting Priorsford primary school to take part in observations and dialogue with Priorsford staff about the learning and teaching of reading. During the time they are away I am enjoying covering their classes. So this week this involved some P6 pupils helping the children in Mrs Doran’s class complete their reading surveys – a task where they engaged really well with the younger children and one they took very seriously . It is clear they will make super buddies for our incoming P1 pupils in August!

Indeed all P6 pupils have been building time into their term to collaborate with our current ELCC pupils, some of the children who will become their buddies next year. This week they supported the nursery children with learning key skills for their forthcoming sports day!

I covered the P5/6 class during their Genius Hour. At this time the children are given an excellent opportunity for personalisation and choice when they select an interest or hobby which they would either like to learn, explore or extend their knowledge in. the children have to write a proposal for their studies and, at the end of each session, reflect upon their learning and set new targets and next steps for the following week. What a variety of learning the children have chosen – from sports and crafts to investigating the different health care systems across the world. from learning to tie a variety of knots to discovering more about different breeds of horse. A very interesting hour indeed!

On Thursday there was a great opportunity to watch our senior pupils who had already developed their skills in netball and football during the Team Games Tournament event at St Ronan’s Primary, Innerleithen. We managed to field two netball and two football teams and the children’s enthusiasm and support of one another was excellent! Well done to everyone involved and to our band of parents who acted as chauffeurs for the event! More sporting opportunities will arise when pupils from P4-P7 take part in The Three Bridges Event in Peebles at the weekend. Good Luck to everyone involved!

Finally this morning’s assembly was led by P3 when they shared their learning in French with us. We were all really impressed with the extent of their knowledge as well as their presentation skills. The children were confident in their vocabulary and projected their voices clearly for all to hear. Well done P3 – you even managed to get us all joining in with a French song too!

Wishing everyone a happy weekend and particularly a restful, sleep filled weekend for the P7 pupils and Mrs Saxon, Miss Marker and Mr Connor who are all preparing for their trip to Winmarleigh next week!