Newsletter 22 September 2016

News from Mr Bewsey

Small schools update

I attended a meeting of ‘small schools’ Headteachers last week and it was very positive. The message from SBC is “small school matters”. I will share more about this at next week’s Parent Council meeting.

First Minister’s Reading Challenge

As some of you may have heard, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has launched a reading challenge open to all P4-7 pupils. The challenge is to read as many books a possible over the next school year, aiming for 100!

In our school, every P4-7 pupil will receive a Reading Record that should be used to make a note of the books read. We would encourage as many pupils to take part in the challenge as possible and support from home it vital.

For further information and for book ideas visit www.readingchallenge.scot

Read, Write, Count Initiative

For pupils in P1-3, every pupil will shortly receive a ‘goody bag’ full of ideas and materials to support learning at home. Please take a look at the attached leaflet for more information.

Play This Way book

Another Scottish Government initiative, Play This Way, is being developed to support schools and home to help children learn though play. Aimed at children aged between 8 and 10, the enclosed storybook is a helpful introduction to the idea of play-based learning. We hope you find it useful. Please get in touch if you have any questions.


I have done lots of paintings for my Mum and Dad at nursery, they’re pink and red. Hailie

I‘ve been making cakes in the sand. I don’t think they will taste good because you don’t eat sand! Eden

I chopped boxes up with the tools outside. Lawson

P1,2 News

We have read lots of stories this week. Our best one was “Ug”. It was about a man in the Stone Age who wanted some soft trousers but his parents gave him some made of stone. It was a funny book.

We played maths games and adding up numbers. Scarlett & Isla

P3,4 News

We liked doing place value in maths says Sophie and Jessica.

It was interesting doing our roof tops in Art, says Nicole.

PE has been exciting, says Scarlett.

Lulu has loved making models out of cardboard boxes. She made the eyes light up with a circuit.

Sophia liked doing the lost coin and the lost sheep and Nikki has been excited about getting her Sumdog account.

By Madeline and Dylan

P5,6,7 News

P5/6/7 news: On Wednesday, our class went to the Hirsel to learn more about farming, plants and trees. “I liked the pathway, because we got to learn about lots of plants!” says Amy. “I liked all of it, everything was so much fun!” Reese says. “My favourite part was playing a really fun game called Sardines. It’s a little bit like hide and seek, but instead of everyone hiding, only two people hid, and everyone else tried to find us.” said Logan. “I just enjoyed walking around, and trying to name as many plants as I could find. It was really relaxing and I learned a lot.” Melissa thinks. “I got stung by a horrible wasp! It wasn’t fun, but I enjoyed everything else!” exclaims Mia.

We had a bit of trouble with wasps, but overall, it was an awesome experience, and we learned so much! – Melissa and Mia


To be held on Monday 26 September from 6.30 – 8pm. All welcome, crèche available.

P3,4 trip to Torness

Primary 3/ 4 from Coldingham and Primary 4 from Cockburnspath are visiting Torness Power Station on the 5th October 2016. Children should wear appropriate clothing/ footwear for exploring outside. Please could children wear school jumpers and bring a packed lunch and a snack. We would appreciate if parents could make a £3 contribution per child towards this trip. Please complete the attached EV2.

Sheila Wilson

Primary School Administrator

Coldingham Primary

Tel 018907 71241

e-mail sbwilson@scotborders.gov.uk

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