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Ms Craig enjoyed spending time with our P1 and P1/2 learners last week

I have been really impressed and grateful with how well our Leith Primary community has pulled together during the past week. Like many schools, Leith Primary has had a higher than normal rate of pupil and staff absences due to COVID. I understand that it can be very difficult for families to adapt their plans if a child is sent home with suspected COVID symptoms or must be kept off with a positive LFD result. It can be especially stressful for those parents and carers with ongoing work commitments. Leith Primary staff have also pulled together brilliantly, often juggling their own childcare challenges, to ensure that classes have remained open so pupils can continue with their familiar school routines. I particularly enjoyed getting out the office to support with the younger classes this week – a rare treat! I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has worked with the school to help keep the virus in check by observing the current guidelines and going the extra mile. Whilst I believe that we may have a few more weeks left of this particular outbreak to contend with, I am glad that we can keep going with an element of normality this winter. Please continue to monitor your child’s symptoms and if possible test them daily with a lateral flow device for the next week or two. If you are unsure about what is best to do, please check the NHS Inform website here or get in touch with us and we will try our best to help you. Leithers persevere!

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Farewell Mrs Hind

Today, we said farewell to Mrs Anna Hind who, on Monday, will take up a twenty-three month secondment as an Acting Principal Teacher at another primary school in Edinburgh. Mrs Hind, who has acted up twice as Leith Primary’s Principal Teacher, left with a handmade card signed by many former pupils who wished her good luck. Mrs Hind has contributed a huge amount to the success and development of Leith Primary School, not least with her support of pupil filmmaking, winning with her P7 class at the final of the School Mock Court trials and the attainment of three Eco Schools Award Green Flags. I would like to thank Mrs Hind for her enormous contribution to the school so far and wish her the very best for her secondment.

Welcome to Leith Primary Steph!

We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie Mason as the new Crossing Patrol Guide at Duncan Place. We have been concerned for some time by the absence of Crossing Patrol Guides on the busy roads around the school since Robert, Wilma and Margaret retired last year. However Steph, who is also the mum of Grace in P5, felt that doing this important job would be a great chance for her to return to work. We have been informed that another new Crossing Patrol Guide will start next week at Academy Street. I know that our staff, pupils and parents will give them both a warm Leith welcome.

Well Done to These Hard Working Leithers This Week

KaseyPrimary 1/2Kasey has been so enthusiastic during our Book of the Week learning and has enjoyed spotting lots of tricky words, as well as taking on the role of ‘red crayon’ in the ‘hot seat!’ Well done Kasey! 
RohaanPrimary 1aRohaan has been trying hard to join in with small groups and is beginning to make a new friendship. Well done Rohaan! 
FinlayPrimary 1bFinlay has been a superstar helper over the last 2 weeks and has been going above and beyond when tidying up the classroom! Thank you for all that you do, Finlay! 
JakubPrimary 2Jakub has demonstrated excellent listening skills in class all week and has been a great role model for classmates. Very well done Jakub! 
LuciaPrimary 3aLucia has shown fantastic creativity during her choosing time this week, creating a stage for her handmade puppets. She also continues to be a kind and respectful member of our class. Well done, Lucia!  
CharliePrimary 3bCharlie worked really hard in Maths this week, well done!  
AlicePrimary 4aAlice has been taking on all challenges with a great attitude and sense of perseverance. She has been very sensible and thoughtful in her questions and responses especially during Health and Wellbeing lessons.  
MoshinPrimary 4bMoshin has worked really hard on his spelling activities over the past few weeks.  He did particularly well in his Silly Spelling Story and his test at the end of the week.  Well done Moshin – you’re a spelling star! 
LakshPrimary 5aLaksh has settled in well as part of Team Leith and P5a. He works well with others and has demonstrates the school values and rules. Welcome to Leith Laksh! 
AmnaPrimary 5bAmna always takes pride in her work.  This week she took great care to produce a beautiful piece of work in a topic lesson. 
AlistairPrimary 6Alistair has settled really well into the new term. His work in cold writing has been particularly impressive. Well done Alistair and keep it up! 
Blake Primary 7aBlake is a hardworking member of the class with imaginative ideas!  He always brings creative flair to our class discussions.  Today is also his birthday!  Happy Birthday Blake 🙂  
AimalPrimary 7bAs always, Aimal has worked so hard this week. She produced a super suspense story and worked in a team to create a tsunami presentation. You are a star Aimal!  

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We Are Learning to Learn

We have been focussing on how to speak confidently about our learning over the last couple of months. That does not just mean talking about the activities or tasks that we have been doing in class. More importantly, we have been talking about the skills we are developing by doing those activities and tasks. Pupils have a Learning Intention for each lesson that tells them what skill they are developing. They also have or create Steps to Success which tell pupils how they can be successful in their learning during that lesson. Increasingly, pupils are also encouraged to think about why they are learning that skill and what a real-world application might be. At the end of a lesson, pupils are encouraged to self and peer assess, using the Steps to Success as a guide. This help them to know what they have done well and what they need to work on a bit more as a next step.

Ms Craig and Mr Stuart have been speaking to small groups about their learning in class and about what helps them to know if they are doing well. Lots of our pupils are increasing in confidence when talking about themselves as a learner. Many of our older pupils can also talk about what works best for them as an individual when they are learning new skills. Some prefer working alone, some in pairs, some using an iPad, some with lots of extra time to practice and sometimes with a bit more adult support. Knowing what helps us to learn best is very important for our young people who may grow up to have more than one type of job in their lifetime.

So next time you ask your child how school was, try asking them about their Learning Intentions and Steps to Success and see if they can get better at speaking confidently about their learning at school.

LFD Testing Kits

Primary school pupils are now eligible for regular LFD testing kits from school if requested by their parent. This offer is particularly targeted at pupils who are considered by health professionals to be at higher risk from developing COVID-19. If you believe your child falls into this category please contact the school via text, phone or email to arrange a time to collect a kit.

Relationships Sexual Health and Parenthood

From this term, pupils will begin engaging with the new Scottish Relationships Sexual Health and Parenthood programme. Please make sure you check you email inbox (and junk mail) for a letter from school giving more information about this programme. Our Health & Wellbeing Lead, Ms MacDonald has put together a short video that explains the programme for parents and carers. The video and letter also highlights where further information can be found on the programme if you would like to know more.

Health and Wellbeing Census

Pupils in Primary 5 to Primary 7 will be involved in a new four-yearly Health and Wellbeing Census this term. Information taken from this census will help the Scottish Government and schools plan more effectively for pupils health, wellbeing and development. Please look out for the parent letter and pupil leaflet that was sent home today that tells you and your child what to expect. You can also read more information online here.

Adult Learning Courses – www.joininedinburgh.org

Football Success in P5

A belated congratulations to Jude in P5 who was awarded Player of the Year by Leith Athletic before Christmas. This was the second time that Jude has been awarded this accolade. We cannot wait to see where his talent takes him!

Very well done also to Ben, also in P5, for designing and coaching a football session for his classmates. Ben created this as part of his programme with Gold and Gray Soccer Academy Onside Programme. The Gold and Gray coaches work with a number of pupils at Leith Primary on Thursdays. They also support any interested pupils at break and lunchtime with their gamesmanship and football technique.

We would love to hear about our pupils hobbies and interests outside of school. Let us know about what they get up, ideally with a photo, via the school admin email address.


The Leith Primary Parent Pantry

Our wonderful Family Support Workers Liz and Danni have been busy working hard this week in our old infant cloakroom on the ground floor. Their aim is to turn the space into a one-stop-shop wellbeing hub for our parents and carers. In the short term, our food bank or Pantry as we would now like to call it, will move into this space. The Pantry continues to open on Wednesdays from 8.30am-9.30am for the time being. We will also plan to move our new and pre-loved school clothing items, books, toys and information about matters of interest to our parents and carers to this area too. Whilst we are not allowed to have groups of parents in the building due to COVID mitigations at the moment, we would like to think that our parents will be able to use this space for coffee mornings, information sessions and family learning programmes in then future. Watch this space….

Well Done to 2022’s First Entries into the Recognition Book

NouraPrimary 1/2Noura has challenged herself to try new learning this week and made a fantastic telescope using junk materials. Well done, Noura! 
KeisijaPrimary 1aKeisija has been very kind and welcoming to new pupils in P1 this week. Well done Keisija!
Esmee Primary 1bEsmee always has a positive attitude towards her learning! She has made some fantastic contributions to our carpet sessions this week and has been trying hard with her writing. You’re a superstar, Esmee!
LaylaPrimary 2Layla worked independently on her writing taking responsibility for her own learning – well done!
RobertPrimary 3aRobert has shown great teamwork skills this week. His contributions to his group’s discussion helped them to create a wonderful ‘badge of honour’ that is inclusive of different cultures in the school. Well done Robert. 
David Primary 3bDavid has shown he is ready for learning since coming back from the holidays. He has worked so hard and made us all proud. Well done David 👍🏻
AnuPrimary 4aAnu has been working really hard this week. She has been listening well, sharing her answers more and asking good questions. Keep it up Anu 🙂 
OshianPrimary 4bOsh for his great achievement in his electric guitar lessons!  Well done Osh, that’s a fantastic, musical skill you’re developing!  Ms Harris
MajaPrimary 5aMaja has work well using digital technology to find out and present interesting facts in IDL. Well done Maja for persevering to complete this group task despite your partner being absent. 
Wegden Primary 5bFor her effort and progress in maths.  She has also been very motivated to use her Microsoft Office account for home learning.
Zara CPrimary 6Zara impressed everyone this week with her speech to the class about why she should be on the Digital Team. She overcame her nerves to give a detailed and well reasoned talk. Everyone was so proud of her!
TahaPrimary 7aTaha has been trying hard in Maths and has been doing well with dividing decimals by single digits numbers.  Well done Taha! 🙂
Evie Primary 7bEvie is in the recognition book for her thoughtful and insightful contributions to a class discussion on what parents/carers have to do to ensure children are healthy, happy and safe.  Well done Evie! 

Head Teacher Welcome Back Post

Dear Parents and Carers

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you and your family have had a relaxing seasonal holiday break and have kept in good health.

A reminder that pupils start back tomorrow (Thursday) with no changes to the start and finish times.

We are ready for some disruption this month due to COVID related absences. We are thankful that school will at least be open as usual. Once again, thank you for you understanding of any potential changes to our service during this period.

Parents are again asked to keep to 2 metres physical distancing from other adults at drop off and pick up times and not wait any longer than needed.

We kindly ask that all nursery parents use the black gate entrance at the right-hand side of the school and do not cut across the main playground when the school children are lining up. Thank you for your continued cooperation with this request.

Children may wear extra layers of clothing to keep warm in class as windows must be kept open for ventilation.

We ask that additional items from home such as toys and balls are not brought in to school.

Parents are kindly asked not to enter the school building unless by prior arrangement. Please continue to call, text and email first wherever possible.

Our new Office Administrator, Ms Catherine Rose, starts with us this week. She will need some time to get up to speed with our school systems. Can I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding whilst she settles into her new post. We will do whatever we can to ensure a smooth service for parents and pupils during this time however there may be some delays with support of some services eg; ParentPay. I am certain you will find Ms Rose a very friendly and helpful addition to our team. She is eager to support our pupils and families in any way she can.

Please let us know if your child has tested positive for COVID either by a home LFD test or PCR test. 

Finally, please can you let the school know if you have changed your phone number or home address recently. It is very important that we have working contact details for you in case you child becomes unwell during school time.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of the school and we look forward to welcoming the children tomorrow morning.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Craig
Head Teacher