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Newsletter 6.10.16

It’s time for a rest! It has been a very busy half term since we came back to school after the summer holidays. When I look back on all that has taken place, I can see why the children (and staff) are ready for a break!

The ELC children continue to enjoy our wonderful ELC setting. The children, including a number of new-starts, have enjoyed a few walks and visits around the local area. They have also been enjoying our developing outdoor area. Mrs Gourlay and Ms De’Ath have been working hard with Mrs Easingwood to improve the outdoor learning opportunities. We continue to value parent/carer input on this.

P1/2 are really enjoying the new ‘continuous provision’ environment set up by Mrs Easingwood and Mrs Cook. The rich and varied opportunities to learn through play have been very beneficial. Coupled with the intensive teaching time on Literacy, Numeracy and Health & Wellbeing, the pupils have had a very busy time.

P3/4 have been busy learning about electricity and this involved them building their own electrical circuits. They have also enjoyed reading The Iron Man, a wonderful short novel about a friendly robot who saves the world! Their trip to Torness Power Station, accompanied by Co’path’s P4 pupils, was a great end to the topic.

P5-7 have been gripped by their Foods of the World topic. The trips to Drysdales produce were very interesting experiences. The pupils have learnt a great deal about food journeys. They have also enjoyed the weekly cooking lesson with Mrs Tharme. The smells coming from the evolving kitchen area have been very tempting! Add to this the new John Muir award days out and the class ae ready for a holiday!

The P567 pupils also enjoyed an excellent Rugby and Hockey festival last week and performed incredibly well. This was the same day as the P1/2 Road Safety magic show which they all thought was amazing! Then, just this week, P7 travelled to the annual ‘Crucial Crew’ event to learn about keeping themselves safe and P1-6 spent the day together for their very own ‘Be Safe’ day.

As for the staff, they have worked tirelessly to provide interesting, exciting, captivating learning experiences and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. I want to thank every one of the staff for their commitment and enthusiasm. We will come back after the October break refreshed and ready to inspire, invest in and involve the our pupils in more exciting learning.

May I wish you all a very pleasant half-term break and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 17th October at 8.35am.

ELCC News

We have had a busy week this week. We started off with a village walk down the Bogan on Monday, we went into Mr Wood’s garden to collect apples. We then made apple sponge at Nursery on Tuesday. It was delicious. On Thursday we are having a play in the P1/2 class which has been great fun seeing all our old nursery friends again.

Have a lovely holiday from everyone at ELCC 😄

P1,2 News

We went to a Road Safety Show and learned STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK.

We enjoyed tasting the food at P5,6,7’s cooking.

It was good fun playing with Nursery today.

Millie and Hattie

P3,4 News

We went to Torness Power Station. We found out what fuel they use to make electricity. It is called uranium. They use nuclear fission to make steam. It is a really big place! We got a picture taken with zingy. By Anna and James

P5,6,7 News

This week has been busy for primary 5/6/7, we had the Safety Day on Monday and learned all about first aid, road safety and keeping ourselves safe. P7 went to Crucial Crew in Galashiels. We also had a visit from two Firefighters, which was very cool. On Tuesday the second group went to see the Journey of the Swede at Drysdales. On Wednesday we hosted a cooking demonstration and we cooked lots of different foods for our visitors to taste.

Freya enjoyed the RNLI and fire fighters coming to school.

Blake enjoyed the Crucial Crew.

Reese and Logan enjoyed Drysdales.

Isaac and Szymon enjoyed our cooking demonstration.

Alexander enjoyed peeling the apples for cooking.

Isaac and Grace

Walk To School Week

Walk to school week will take place on Monday 24 October – Friday 28 October. Sheila will meet pupils at the village car park at 8.20am and walk to school every day that week. Please come and join us. There will be a little prize for everyone who takes part. 5 Reasons for walking to school –

· It helps keep you fit and healthy

· It cuts down on car journeys and parked vehicles near to the school, making it safer for children walking to school.

· It helps you to learn road safety awareness and the Green cross Code.

· It helps to cut down on pollution so it’s good for the world.

It’s fun! You can chat to your friends and notice what’s around you as you walk.

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