P1-7 Weekly Bulletin

It’s been another busy week with classes being out and about as part of their learning! P1 and P1/2 visited the Garden Centre, P5 attended the Countryside Day at Springwood Park alongside other P5s from across the whole of the Scottish Borders and P2, P3, P3/4 and P4/5 visited the Border Events Centre at Springwood Park. A big thank you to all the parents/carers/grandparents who have given up their time to accompany us on these visits, it is very much appreciated and we couldn’t do it without you!

Parent’s Evenings- Wednesday 1st June and Thursday 2nd June

We are delighted to be holding ‘in-person’ parent’s appointments again after two years of not being able to do so. The booking system is open until the 30th May. If you haven’t received a groupcall with instructions of how to do this then please contact the school office as appointments are still available.

P7 jumpers – an update

Thanks to the handful of parents who gave some feedback on the proposed change to P7 jumpers, moving from jade green to navy blue. The response was generally positive, open to the idea of change. Given the comments, the plan for our P7 jumpers is that we WILL move to navy blue BUT this will be on a phased basis. This approach worked well at the last uniform change some years ago. What does it mean? Anyone who already has a green jumper can use this instead of buying a new one. But anyone who is still to get a P7 jumper should get a new navy blue one. The class of 2022/23 will be a sea of green and blue, both very smart and complimentary colours.

Order forms for P7 jumpers will be sent home soon and the Border Embroidery website will be updated as soon as possible.

Showbie – an online platform to give you a window into learning

Since January, our class teachers have been experimenting with Showbie, an App on the iPad that supports learning and teaching in the classroom. It lets teachers and pupils share learning and completed work really easily. It is also accessible by you as families meaning you can see, first hand, examples and samples of the learning your children have been engaged in.

· For our youngest learners who do not have their iPad, teachers have been adding weekly examples of pupil work to each child’s Showbie folder. As families, you can see everything linked to your child (but nothing about any other child).

· For our older learners who have their own device, teachers use Showbie a lot and have been refining the best way to showcase pupil learning. As families, you can see everything the teachers have added for your viewing pleasure but not all the ‘stuff’ in the background.

We hope this approach gives you a much missed insight into your child’s learning. At the moment, we are still learning about how to use Showbie ourselves but over time hope to be able to add more and more content.

Please check your child’s school bag next week for a unique letter explaining how to access your child’s Showbie content. As ever, if you have questions, please get in touch.

Free School meals and clothing grants

There’s still time to apply for free school meals and clothing grants for this current school session. Applications for the next school year, 2022/23 will open soon.

Free school meals and help with schoolwear | Scottish Borders Council (scotborders.gov.uk)

School uniform orders

There’s still time to return uniform orders to the school office. Remember ordering through the school this year is significantly cheaper than ordering online from Border Embroideries directly.

Highlights of the learning happening around the school this week have been:

P1 – learning the ‘th’ sound; visiting the garden centre; making coin caterpillars

P1/2 – visiting the garden centre and seeing the fish and the plants; learning to make amounts with money

P2 – learning about money; writing about rabbits; learning our new sounds

P3 – going on a walk to Springwood showground because we are learning about Kelso; joining handwriting; seeing a big tractor at Springwood

P3/4 – Went to Springwood showground and learned about the different types of events which are held there

P4/5 – Springwood trip; writing similes; doing metalinguistics in reading

P5 – drawing arrays; having a talk from a farrier

P5/6M – playing games in maths; going to the Countryside Day at Springwood and learning about animals

P6 – writing about wonder; P.E. training for sports day; learning about money

P6/7 – doing the high jump and rugby in P.E.; playing battle ships; spelling tricky words; directions in art

P7 – Rugby in P.E.; end of year show practice; building a bridge with a budget

Dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 25th May (pm) = P1 and P7 group photographs
  • Friday 27th May = End-of-year reports home to families
  • Monday 30th May = School closed. Cheviot schools holiday
  • Wednesday 1st June = Parent consultations
  • Thursday 2nd June = Parent consultations
  • Friday 3rd June = School closed. Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend
  • Wednesday 15th June = Sports Day – details to follow
  • Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd June = P7 3 day visit to Kelso High School
  • Wednesday 22nd June = ‘Meet my new teacher’ – details to follow
  • Friday 24th June = Rag Bag collection – look out for bags coming home soon
  • Monday 27th June = P7 Graduation (PM) – details to follow
  • Thursday 30th June = Last day of term