Head Teacher Post

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!