Well Done to All of our Pupils Recognised this Week for Their Hard Work

Thank you to all of our hard working pupils this week and an especially big thank you for your super-duper hardworking mums, dads and carers! You’re doing a great job 🙂

Holly Primary 1aHolly has been finding fun ways to practise phonics and writing at home, including inventing her own games and making a birthday card for a classmate this week!
Benjamin Primary 1bBenji has been working so hard this week and has enjoyed learning lots of our scots words! He has also been working hard learning to read and write with our new sounds. Keep up the brilliant work Benji! 
MihirPrimary 2aHe has been working really hard everyday with persistance and effort. His writing has highly improved, now it is really clean, neat and pleaseant to read. This can be appreciated in his story of Tom and the Giant! Congratulations. 
AlexaPrimary 3aAlexa drew and coloured in a lovely picture of a butterfly after listening to Ms Harris’ story time this week. Well done Alexa!
FraserPrimary 3bFraser has done some super pieces of writing at home! He has really tried his best to use descriptive words and different sentence openers in story writing, and he has created some fabulous poems.
MariannaPrimary 4aMarianna has been working very hard online. She has persevered when things were tricky and has been doing excellent self-reflections on her work and progress. Keep up the good work 🙂 
Lucy Primary 4bLucy for perseverance and responsibility. Lucy has been working really well on continuing her learning at home finding extra skills to practise and contributing in our class meetings. Fantastic job Lucy!
Steven Primary 5Steven struggled with his equivalent fractions task on Wednesday, however with a little bit of online guidance and a lot of perseverance he went back and corrected the whole thing accurately!
Fraser Primary 6aFraser has worked so hard from day 1. Completing his daily tasks and the tasks on his grid. He has been on every live call and is always full of enthusiasm!
ElishaPrimary 6bElisha has been trying hard since home learning began.  She wrote some fantastic Scots poems this week and has participated well in our live call reading these poems with confidence.
James Primary 7aJames did really well with his literacy task this week. He listened to a chapter of  the ‘Nowhere Emporium’ and used it to draw a detailed pictures which he surrounded with descriptive words and phrases. He then used this to write a setting paragraph which painted a really fantastic picture of where the story was set. Well done !
SubhanPrimary 7bSubhan has been working really well at home, completing and uploading all of his tasks. Well done! 
Amy School Hub BubbleAmy works hard on her independent tasks, she joins in with group activities and is always helpful and polite to adults helping in school. Thank you Amy!
Louis Support for LearningLouis has been working very hard at home, he completes all of his assignments and puts lots of effort into doing them. He is also very enthusiastic and motivated in our live group lessons. Keep up the good work, Louis!

Well done to all the pupils featured on our Virtual Recognition Board this week!

Izabela Primary 1aIzabela got off to a great start with her home learning. She has been able to show what she has learned by creating her own phonics video to show the sounds she knows! Well done Iza!
Martha P1bFor having bundles of enthusiasm with her learning everyday and trying her best to  improve on her personal best. She has been working particularly hard on her letter formation this week and is growing in confidence with it. Well done Martha! 
AmeliaP1bFor putting 100% effort into all of her learning this week, particularly with her literacy work. Amelia has been practising her tricky words everyday and has been learning to read sentences independently. Keep up the super work Amelia!
Aleksander Primary 2aAleksander has been working every day really hard to do all the literacy and numeracy activities. He has had some ups and downs but overall he has been progressing on his learning and his behaviour. He needs to be recognised to realise the importance and postivie things of working hard. 
Alfie Primary 2bAlfie has went above and beyond this week with his learning. He has been consistently trying his absolute best at all tasks. He had done particularly well this week with his reading and writing. A huge well done to him!
SerenPrimary 3aSeren has taken on every activity with enthusiasm and has kept having fun with a smile along the way!
Well done Seren!
LelandPrimary 3aLeland was rightly proud of his work in the school hub  on Monday and Tuesday this week. He did a great job doing the life skills section of his grid performing duties as a waiter in a café. Fantastic Leland!
AmosPrimary 3bAmos has really persevered with his reading and writing this week.
Ewan Primary 4aEwan has been engaging really well on Teams. He has done all his set tasks and is challenging himself. He is also quite the expert at Teams. He has learned to use all the features we are using and he has helped others when they were stuck. Well done Ewan you’re doing a fantastic job. 
Alistair Primary 5Great IT skills from the get go.  Has uploaded a huge amount of excellent work and has shown super engagement in our daily lessons and through Teams chat.
Rija Primary 6aRija has completed lots of fantastic work this week including an experiment where she extracted DNA from a strawberry! She has also been on our daily calls every day and is always willing to un-mute and join in!
Joe Primary 6bJoe has been working really hard since home learning has begun. He has put in a lot of effort and completed a lot of the work that has been set asking for help when needed and communicating well on live calls, messaging and submitting assignments. Well done Joe! 
Matthew Primary 7aFor his engagement with online learning and his great responses when meeting with his groups online! Well done Matthew! 
Judy Primary 7bJudy has persevered to research and produce a detailed essay on theories of Creation. Very impressive effort!
Melody School Hub BubbleMelody has worked exceptionally hard in school this week to complete all her literacy and maths tasks set by her teacher. In addition she has persevered for two days to construct a very creative marble run from junk modelling. Well done! 
Kai Support for LearningKai has been working so hard at the tasks given to him by Mrs Ciechanowicz. He wrote a great story about a shark in the park! He has been practising his sounds and sharing his learning. Keep up the great work, Kai 🙂

Headteacher’s January Post

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Leith Primary,

Happy New Year to all of you!

2021 has already started off as a challenging time for many. The Scottish Government announcement this week about ‘lockdown’ measures means that until at least 1st February, most of our pupils will engage in remote learning from home.

School staff are already very busy planning learning experiences for pupils whilst they are at home and support for families who will find another lockdown challenging.

Understandably, we are experiencing a very high number on emails from parents/carers at the moment. We will be in touch at the end of the week to give you more details about how home learning will work over the next few weeks and how to get support if you need it.

**Please let us know immediately if you have not received this post through email**

Today, childcare started in school for a very small number of pupils who have two parents who meet the criteria for key worker status in categories 1, 2 or 3 and who have no other means of informal childcare with extended family or friends. We have also offered spaces to another very small group of pupils who were known to us and other agencies prior to the lockdown as requiring a very high degree of support or who are Care Experienced.

For the vast majority of pupils, home is where they will be safest however we do not underestimate the challenge this will present many of our families.

We will continue to do our very best to provide as much support as we possibly can during these next few weeks for our pupils and families and will be back in contact soon.


Yours sincerely,

Fiona Craig Head Teacher

School return in January 2021:

All children are on holiday until Monday 11th January 2021.

All children will resume remote learning from home from Monday 11th January to Friday 29th January 2021, unless offered a place in the school hub, if eligible.

We will update you if and when this changes.

Children of Key Workers and vulnerable children

The school will be regarded as a ‘Hub’ for children of Key Workers and vulnerable children to attend from the 6th to 29th January.  We will operate the school for core hours of 8.50am – 3.15pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8.50am – 12.25pm (Friday).

Vulnerable children will be known already to the school and other agencies such as social work and parents/carers will be contacted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team to be offered a place. 

Key Workers should have established themselves via the Key Worker definition and flow chart and applied for a place by Monday 4th January 2021 as per our communications in December. Currently all eligible key worker places have been confirmed.

If you fit the criteria as a Key Worker (see criteria and flow chart below) and now wish to request a place please email the school office at admin@leith-pri.edin.sch.uk or Contact Us page on the website.

** Please note, if any parent/carer is not a key worker, is working from home or is not at work, the child should remain at home.  Children should only attend school if absolutely necessary and meet the criteria as highlighted in green in the flow chart below. **

School ‘Hub’ operational details

We will operate 4 ‘Bubbles’ of children:

Nursery Bubble: Based in the nursery large room. Enter and exit via the main gate of the nursery.

P1/ P2 Bubble: Based in the nursery small room. Enter and exit via the Nursery main entrance.

P3-P5 Bubble: Based in Room 1 on the first floor. Enter and exit via the Main Door.

P6-P7 Bubble: Based in Room 7. Enter and exit via the Upper Playground Door.

** Please note, we must minimise the staff working in school and the majority of staff will work from home. Staff will work on a rotational shift pattern throughout ‘Lockdown’ and therefore your child may not be supported by their usual Class Teacher or Pupil Support Assistant when at school. **

All ‘bubbles’ will run from: 8.50am – 3.15pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8.50am – 12.25pm (Friday).

All parents / carers will be permitted into the playground to drop off/pick up, but must remain socially distant and wear masks/face coverings at all times. 

Children of eligible key workers should attend the hub only if both parents are at work. If either parent works on a rota or shift basis, their child should remain at home at those times to reduce the overall number of pupils in the hub.

Children should bring a full water bottle, snack, suitable warm clothing and packed lunch if they wish, although a lunch of soup and a sandwich will be provided each day.

From the 11th January children should bring their own laptops/ipads/jotters, etc. for learning at school if they have them. 

Key worker definitions:

Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.

Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.

Category 3 – All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

Key worker flowchart: