Head Teacher Post

P7 enjoy their creative writing class with the Super Power Agency

Summer Term is definitely the time of the school year for Leith Primary. We have so many exciting learning opportunities happening just now and so many events to look forward to over the coming weeks.

This week, P6 were working with a local artist, Hannah Ayre, as part of their Junior Tour Guide Project focus on Trinity House. P3 have been enjoying singing lessons with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. P5 continue to rehearse for their grand performance in the Queen’s Hall with Snappy Operas. A very busy P7 begin to polish their lines and dance routines for their end of term show, Bugsy Malone, along with editing their short stories for their short story book in collaboration with the Super Power Agency, which will be published for the last week of term. P4 and P7 have also been sitting end of year national assessments in numeracy and literacy, demonstrating the they are successful learners as well as creative, resilient and confident individuals.

Next week is the Leith Primary Diversity Week, our biennial opportunity to celebrate and value all that makes us unique as Leithers. Stand by for a celebration of food, dress, music, art, history and more from a variety of cultures represented within the community of Leith. In addition, each class will have the opportunity to work with Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s largest anti-racism education charity. On Thursday from 2pm, you are invited to join us on Leith Links for our famous celebration parade. Come and see a riot of colour, flags, music, self-designed t-shirts and drumming to let the local community know that we are proud of our diversity and proud to be Leithers.

Well Done to These Hard Working Pupils!

Class
SahibPrimary 1/2Sahib goes out of her way to help others in the class and is an incredibly kind friend to her classmates. She is also very responsible and loves to keep our classroom tidy so that we have a nice place to play and learn. Thank you , Sahib!  
MacyPrimary 1aMacy has been working really hard in phonics this week and has also been a helpful and responsible member of the class. Well done Macy!
SamiraPrimary 1bSamira was ready to learn this week as we headed outdoors to create our Bug Hotel. She followed our school rules and was respectful by behaving sensibly and listening well. Great job, Samira!
BlakePrimary 2Blake is a fantastic role model for her classmates, she is always ready to learn and help around the class,
She has been showing excellent focus in her maths and literacy and is always supportive to her classmates. Blake also shows respect to the adults in the school and to her peers and is thoughtful and kind too. Keep up the good work Blake!
GloriaPrimary 3aGloria worked hard to challenge herself in her spelling this week and created some super spelling sentences to be proud of! She also continues to be a caring, kind and helpful member of the class who is always willing to support others when they are stuck with their learning. Well done, Gloria!
AlfiePrimary 3bAlfie has been working very well with fractions this week and has made great progress. Well done!
Gary Primary 4aGary has been kind to his friends and classmates. He has completed some tricky tasks and challenged himself. Great work Gary keep it up!
MarioPrimary 4bMario has worked really hard to improve the quality of his sentences!  He’s using more descriptive language and punctuation and also checking they make sense.  Well done Mario!
JosephPrimary 5aJoseph shows he is ready to learn, has worked well in a group and has  demonstrated accurate recall of times tables facts.  Keep up the good work Joseph!
LucyPrimary 5bFor her beautifully presented Fox Pop invite 
Kayla Primary 6Kayla persevered when tackling a challenging art task during our set design work shop on Monday. She kept trying and experimenting, to produce an excellent image for the backdrop. Well done!
DavidPrimary 7aDavid wrote a scene for a playscript and used all the key features without support.  Well done David!

Head Teacher’s Post

It has been a funny week this week. Having just been off for a fortnight, pupils were absent on Monday and Tuesday meaning Friday has come around very quickly!

Staff spent Tuesday reviewing the highlights of the year and areas for further development next session. One thing is for sure, we love how quickly things appear to be getting back to normal.

Families still should be vigilant for possible COVID symptoms and should continue to support children with good hand hygiene. Pupils should now only stay at home if very unwell as usual, or if there is a positive COVID test result.

Rights Respecting School

Our pupils are well on their way to achieving a Rights Respecting School Silver Award. Today at assembly, our Rights Champions shared what they have been up to this year and what the plans are for next session. Watch their presentation here:

Diversity Week Is Coming!

From Monday 16th May, Leith Primary School will celebrate the wonderful diversity we love in our school and community.

All classes will have a session with Show Racism the Red Card, there will be drumming lessons, cooking groups, P7 Enterprise activities with a diversity theme, special assemblies and the famous Diversity Day Parade across Leith Links where we wave our flags, wear our self-designed t-shirts, make a noise and let the local community see and hear how we proud we are to be Leithers united.

On Tuesday 17th, we are hosting a Cultural Dress Day. All pupils are encouraged to dress in a way that represents their cultural identity. This can be interpreted as broadly as pupils would like so tartan, sari, shalwar kameez, toub, stroje ludowe will be as welcome as Brownie, Scout or Tae Kwon Do uniforms or even favourite colours or outfits (but no football colours please). We cannot wait to celebrate!

A reminder that class and nursery group photos will be happening on Monday 23rd May. All school pupils should wear school sweatshirt/ school colours that day please.

Thank you!

Holiday Club Support for Children with a Disability

Well Done Hard Working Leithers!

It was a very welcome return to our hard copy Recognition Book today in assembly. Pupils burst into spontaneous applause when it was produced! It was such a joy to share hot chocolate together in the lunch hall afterwards to celebrate.

Sarvesh Primary 1/2Sarvesh has been working so hard in literacy and has been challenging himself to add more detail to his sentences. You should be very proud of the progress you are making Sarvesh, well done! 
BhodiPrimary 1aBhodi has been trying his very hardest this week in all areas. He has also been thinking of ways to be helpful to his friends. 
CormacPrimary 1bCormac has been trying really hard during our carpet sessions, showing super listening and making fantastic contributions when learning about living things and pictograms. Well done, Cormac!
Keira Primary 2Keira has been a great Primary 2 team-mate this week.  She supported her group for their Space presentation and was able to share her facts really well. Keira has also been a fantastic tidy-upper this week making sure the P2 classroom is a pleasant place to learn in and everything is in the right place.  Keira also created an excellent moon buggy this week, clearly thinking out and planning her model .  Well done Keira and keep up the good work.
HenryPrimary 3aHenry has been a very resilient learner this week by not giving up on his learning tasks even when they were challenging. He has also been a very helpful member of our class, making sure that all of our pens and glues have their lids on once we are finished with them. Well done, Henry! 
TempyPrimary 3bTempy has been working hard on reading aloud and is so confident now! Well done! 
AlfiePrimary 4aAlfie always shares his answers confidently and enthusiastically. This week he was very kind, understanding and supportive to a classmate. Well done Alfie 🙂 
VarshithPrimary 4bVarshith has settled really well into the class this week!  Well done Varshith, it’s a pleasure having you in the class!  We’re looking forward to working with you!  Ms Harris
ZaraPrimary 5aWell done Zara for writing a super character description of the demon bear using a variety of interesting adjectives and demonstrating an understanding of the character.
VivianPrimary 5bWell done to Vivian who wrote a fantastic story about the demon bear, using outstandingly descriptive language.
NikoPrimary 6Well done to Niko for a great performance during his Trinity House rehearsal this week
MelodyPrimary 7aMelody made a detailed and eye-catching leaflet all about the roaring 20s!  Well done Melody.
SarahPrimary 7bWell done to Sarah for doing brilliantly on her SNSA reading test this week – excellent work!!

Welcome Back to Summer Term!

We are delighted to welcome back Team Leith after the Spring holiday and ready to get going with lots of exciting projects and events this term.

Health Week

The last week of our Spring term was jammed packed with taster activities for all classes and focussed sessions around the theme of health and wellbeing. Thank you to Ms McDonald for organising a great Health Week 2022!

Family Event

Many families and children enjoyed a wonderful Easter Fun Event organised by our parent council, LPPC, which was held on the Links outside school on the last day of term. It was the first, we hope, of many more events where we can get together again as a school community. We still await further guidance on when indoor gathering will be allowed in school buildings but will keep you posted.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ms Scott Dickins (P7a) and to Ms Hamilton (Nursery) who got married during the Easter break. Both will continue to use the same surnames.

Time Keeping and Uniform

Our pupils looked wonderful in their school uniform and school colours today. Thank you to all parents and carers for your support with this effort.

School uniform gives pupils a sense of belonging, of pride in their school and community and a sense of being equal amongst their peers. A reminder that school uniform/colours are expected to be worn by all pupils everyday unless there is a specific reason to dress down eg; a fancy dress day or outdoor education trip. We are very happy to support families with obtaining school uniform grants or access to school clothing. Please get in touch with our family support workers Danni or Liz to discuss this further.

NB: Pupils who routinely refuse to wear school uniform/colours may be asked to wear a pre-loved school sweatshirt during the school day.

Thank you also for helping today’s switch to our original start and finish times. All classes now start at 8.50am with P1 and P2 finishing at 3pm Monday to Thursday and 12 noon on Fridays and P3-P7 finishing at 3.15pm Monday to Thursday and 12.25pm on Fridays.

Prompt school attendance is vital for pupils to start the day feeling positive, settled and aware of important learning and instructions. We know that pupils who regularly attend school late or have multiple days absence tend to show more signs of stress and anxiety, have more problems with sustaining positive friendships, have lower levels of confidence in their learning. Importantly, they miss out on vital learning opportunities which can impact on their progress and attainment. We are highly committed to ensuring all our pupils attend school each and every day to maximise their chance of doing and feeling well. If you feel attendance is an issue for your child we would like to help and may be in touch soon if your child’s attendance is significantly low (<90%).

Dates for Your Diary

Please be aware of the following dates this term:

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday

Tuesday 3rd May – Staff In Service Day

Week beginning 16th May – Diversity Week (more details to come)

24th – 27th May – P7 at Benmore Outdoor Residential Trip

Tuesday 24th May – P5 Snappy Opera at The Queen’s Hall (evening, details to come)

Wednesday 25th May – LPPC AGM

Wednesday 1st June – Sports Day (more details to come)

Thursday 2nd June – Victoria Day

Friday 3rd June – Exceptional Closure for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

[Wednesday 8th June – alternative Sports Day if raining on 1st]

Thursday 9th June – New P1 Induction Day

Monday 13th June – P6 Trinity House Performance

Tuesday 14th June – P6 Trinity House Performance

14th -16th June – P7 High School Transition Days

Week Beginning 20th June – Meet the Teacher Week

Thursday 23rd June – P7 Show – Bugsy Malone (afternoon)

Thursday 30th June – P7 Leavers’ Assembly (afternoon)

Friday 1st July – TERM ENDS

Wednesday 17th August – New School Session Starts for Pupils

Our Voice

Check out our latest Pupil Newsletter, Our Voice.
OUR VOICE – Spring 2022
Leith Primary School Pupil Health & Wellbeing News
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Head Teacher Post

Farewell Mrs Leslie

After twenty-seven years of committed service to Leith Primary School, our wonderful Pupil Support Assistant, Mrs Isabel Leslie will retire this week on Wednesday lunchtime. As one of our longest serving members of staff, Mrs Leslie has supported hundreds of pupils over the years, including some of our pupils’ mums and dads! She started her role supporting a younger pupil with additional support needs in the school nursery before joining the staff team in the main school building two years later. Mrs Leslie has undertaken a huge amount of additional training through out her carer enabling her to support pupils with early numeracy and literacy skills, social and emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language development and supporting pupils with bereavement and loss. One of her innate talents has been her ability to quickly form a positive relationship with almost every pupil and parent she has worked with, providing humour, care and a listening ear in equal measure. Mrs Leslie has supported a large number of new Pupil Support Assistants during the years when the nature of the work has radically changed from photocopying and hearing reading groups to the skilled support of pupils with a range of complex additional needs. She has modelled positivity, resilience and commitment to the needs of the child and has gone over and above on numerous occasions. We will miss her infectious laugher and caring attitude towards others. Thank you Mrs Leslie for everything you have done for Leith Primary School over nearly three decades! We wish you a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Health Week 2022

This week is Leith Primary School’s annual Health Week – a week where we celebrate and explore different ways to keep ourselves healthy both physically and mentally. Children will be given the opportunity to try out activities such as dance, parkour, rugby and Tae Kwon Do. Pupils will also look at healthy eating, mindfulness and the importance of a good night’s sleep. Keep an eye on Twitter for all the action.

Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim families who are fasting during this holy month. Some of our older pupils will also be fasting, some for the first time. Pupils who wish to will have the opportunity to observe prayer time in school with a member of staff.

Easter Holidays – Return to Usual Start & Finish Times

A reminder that school breaks for Easter on Friday for two weeks. Everyone returns on Monday 25th April at the pre-COVID time of 8.50am for all year groups. Class lines will remain in the same place as they are now until further notice. Finish times will revert back to 3.15pm Monday to Thursday and 12.25pm for P3-P7 classes and 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and 12 Noon on Friday for P1 and P2. Parents and carers should continue to wait for pupils outside the main door and gates. We kindly request that nursery parents use only the black side gate to avoid further congestion in the playground.

Family Support and Learning

The new Support for Families information pages on the council website has been updated at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supportforfamilies

These pages contain valuable up to date information on the free or low cost programmes, activities and groups available for families.

If you need help finding support for you or your child, email supportingparentsandcarers@edinburgh.gov.uk

#EdinSupportingFamilies

Well Done to These Hard Working Leithers

It’s a bumper three-week roll-over list recognising the wonderful hard work and positive attitudes of our fantastic learners.

MatthewPrimary 1aMatthew has been trying very hard in phonics this week and has been showing kindness and responsibility by helping others during phonics time.
VivaanPrimary 5bFor his incredible black and white ‘Dig for Victory’ poster
JaydenPrimary 1bJayden has been working really hard this week and has shared lots of fantastic ideas during our carpet sessions. Great job, Jayden!
Louis SPrimary 7bLouis is in the Recognition book for his supportive and encouraging attitude towards others. He always helps anyone having difficulties and is able to encourage others, making him an excellent classmate and supportive friend. Well done Louis!
KieranPrimary 3bKieran has been working so hard recently in class and made so much progress with his writing and spelling. We are all very proud of him! Keep it up Kieran!
NadiaPrimary 7aNadia has been working well supporting the P7 production of Bugsy Malone.  She has taken her role seriously.  Well done Nadia! 🙂
AngusPrimary 4bAngus regularly shows his athletic talents during our P.E lessons!  He is speedy and stealthy during our balls games, showing great reflexes when catching and throwing.  Well done Angus, you’re a real sportsman in the making!  Ms Harris
TamerPrimary 2This week Tamer has been showing excellent listening skills and getting himself ready to learn when he is asked. He has been taking part and sharing his learning in class discussions and supporting his classmates as well. He has been an excellent team mate this week, helping others tidy up and reminding others to be ready too.  Keep up the good work Tamer!
RahimPrimary 1/2Rahim has really enjoyed learning about the sun and moon during science this week. Thank you for always being so enthusiastic about your learning, Rahim!
CaydenPrimary 6Cayden puts a great deal of thought into creating poetic and descriptive stories in spelling tasks. Well done Cayden!
AlmaPrimary 1aAlma has been sharing some brilliant ideas during group time and has been working particularly hard to write her name this week. Well done Alma!
KieranPrimary 3bKieran worked really well in PE this week, helping and supporting others.  Well done!
OmerPrimary 1/2Omer has shone this week! He has been making impressive progress in reading and is confident spotting lots of tricky words as well as using the sounding out strategy to read unfamiliar words. We are so proud of you Omer!
JohnathanPrimary 5bHis progress this week when using brackets to solve multi step multiplications
CordyPrimary 4bCordy has a very mature attitude in school and puts a full effort into all she does.  Well done Cordy, you’re a wonderful example to your peers!  Ms Harris
KeiraPrimary 7aKeira has been working hard on her enterprise topic-creating a stop motion video and planning a gymnastics class.  She is working well in a team!  Well done Keira 🙂
NapiuPrimary 1aNapiu has been working hard this week to share his knowledge about dinosaurs with the group. Well done Napiu!
JamesPrimary 5bJames should be recognised for his quick and accurate recall of number facts during numeracy lessons – well done James!
PoppyPrimary 2Poppy has been focused in her literacy tasks this week, sharing her understanding of ‘magic e’ and being ready and challenging herself in her reading.  Poppy has also been challenging herself in numeracy, trying out different ways to use her counting skills to solve addition problems.  In our science learning Poppy also came up with a good hypothesis after looking at our model of the sun and earth that it looked small as it was far away and helped to prove this with our model we created outside. Great thinking Poppy!
AhmedPrimary 7aAhmed has been doing some fantastic marketing for his enterprise group: the footie hub.  Well done Ahmed-fantastic entrepreneurial spirit being demonstrated.
JulietPrimary 3bJuliet has been working really hard on presentation, well done!
DorcasPrimary 1bDorcas was practising one of our school rules as she behaved safely during our Spring Walk round the park. She showed good listening and walked sensibly with her partner. Well done, Dorcas!
AmeenahPrimary 5aAmeenah has demonstrated the school rules by being responsible and ready to learn. She has done particularly well with developing her skills in the swimming pool. Well done Ameenah!
Rubi-AnnePrimary 4aRubi-Anne always works hard in all subjects, she sets a good example to all following the school rules and treats everyone with respect.
AyoPrimary 3aAyo has been a very helpful member of our class this week! He did a fantastic job of helping to clean up after our Spring painting activity and has been a respectful role model to the rest of the class when walking around the school. Well done, Ayo!
SnithikPrimary 3aSnithik has worked incredibly hard on becoming more independent in his learning, He has shown a positive attitude to his tasks this week and is making super progress. Well done, Snithik!
JaivikPrimary 1/2Jaivik is a very kind and respectful member of our class who goes out of his way to help others and to look after our classroom. We feel very lucky to have you in our class!
RubyPrimary 7bRuby is in the Recognition Book for her excellent 50-word fiction about a blackbird. She really created a powerful plot in few words.  Well done Ruby!
LewisPrimary 6Lewis listened well and joined in with drama confidently during our class trip. Well done , Lewis!

Red Nose Day at Leith Primary

On Friday, pupils are welcome to wear their Red Noses, dress down or wear a Superhero costume (if they have one!) We will be selling official Red Noses at school for anyone who would like one. They can be bought from school for £1.50 on ParentPay only using this link: https://app.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Foc/Default.aspx?shopid=7529 General donations for Comic Relief can also be given via this link.

Some of the money raised this year will be going towards supporting displaced families from Ukraine and other war-torn countries. Money from Comic Relief also supports many great causes for children and adults living in difficult circumstances all over the UK. You can find out where the money goes here: https://www.comicrelief.com/what-your-money-does

Thank you for any support you can give or for just joining in with the fun!

Head Teacher Post

Fourth Green Flag Awarded

Congratulations to our Eco School Committee who worked successfully to achieve our fourth Green Flag award. The application was put together by the committee of pupils and supported by Mrs Young, who has taken over this role from Mrs Hind. Here is some of the feedback the group received on their new action plan from the Eco-Schools Team Assessor:

You are making good use of the Noticeboard to share your Eco-Schools work with the whole school. It is good to see that completing the Environmental Review has helped you establishing your Action Plan. Your actions are very positive, and it is wonderful to see that the pupils are going to cover a really good range of issues on this journey. I look forward to hearing about what happens on this journey, what you learned and the impact of your actions on the school and wider community.

Congratulations also goes to Mrs Young who was successful in obtaining a £1000 Sustainable Food Growing grant which will be used to support rejuvenating our raised planters in the playground.

Parent-Teacher Meetings

A reminder again to any parents who missed the Virtual Parent-Teacher meetings last week that you can still arrange an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher about their progress in learning. Please email the school admin email or call the school office to arrange a time. Ms Christensen and Mrs Fraser will reschedule appointments for parents in the next week.

Old Board Games

Small groups of children have been enjoying working in small groups on a range of social and friendship skills with our wonderful team of Pupil Support Assistants. They would like to build up a supply of age-appropriate board games such as Uno, Connect Four, Whatever Next and simple jigsaws of less than 100 pieces. If you have any complete board games or jigsaws like this at home that you would be willing to donate, we would be very happy to put them to good use. Please hand them in to the school office.

Family Support Plus Leith Primary Pantry

Our food pantry is open every Wednesday from 2.30pm-3.30pm at the right-hand side/nursery entrance. Danni Taylor, one of our Family Support Workers, will be on hand to support and to have a chat.

If you would like to meet with either Danni or Liz, our two Family Support Workers, about anything to do with your child including behaviour, learning, home routines, additional support needs, health, friendships, classroom or school issues or matters related to your home, your family situation, finances, including benefits and debt management, getting back to work, your mental health or anything that might impact on your or your child’s wellbeing, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Liz Johnstone (liz@citadelyouthcentre.or.uk) or Danni Taylor (danni@citadelyouthcentre.or.uk). Liz works with us on Tuesdays and Danni on Wednesdays. You can arrange an appointment with them via our school office or by emailing them directly.

Well Done to Another Group of Hard Working Leithers!

We had a few classes missing this week due to staff absence. Back to normal next week.

MatthewPrimary 1aMatthew has been trying very hard in phonics this week and has been showing kindness and responsibility by helping others during phonics time.
VivaanPrimary 5bFor his incredible black and white ‘Dig for Victory’ poster
JaydenPrimary 1bJayden has been working really hard this week and has shared lots of fantastic ideas during our carpet sessions. Great job, Jayden!
LouisPrimary 7bLouis is in the Recognition book for his supportive and encouraging attitude towards others. He always helps anyone having difficulties and is able to encourage others, making him an excellent classmate and supportive friend. Well done Louis!
KieranPrimary 3bKieran has been working so hard recently in class and made so much progress with his writing and spelling. We are all very proud of him! Keep it up Kieran!
NadiaPrimary 7aNadia has been working well supporting the P7 production of Bugsy Malone.  She has taken her role seriously.  Well done Nadia! 🙂
AngusPrimary 4bAngus regularly shows his athletic talents during our P.E lessons!  He is speedy and stealthy during our balls games, showing great reflexes when catching and throwing.  Well done Angus, you’re a real sportsman in the making!  Ms Harris
TamerPrimary 2This week Tamer has been showing excellent listening skills and getting himself ready to learn when he is asked. He has been taking part and sharing his learning in class discussions and supporting his classmates as well. He has been an excellent team mate this week, helping others tidy up and reminding others to be ready too.  Keep up the good work Tamer!
RahimPrimary 1/2Rahim has really enjoyed learning about the sun and moon during science this week. Thank you for always being so enthusiastic about your learning, Rahim!

Head Teacher Post

One of the new playground signs

This week at assembly, we spoke a little bit about the war in Ukraine. We recognised the wonderful kindness of countries like Poland are providing Ukrainians seeking refuge and the bravery of many Russians who are protesting the war, at great risk to their own safety. We also spoke about the remarkable resilience of the Ukrainian people.

Also at assembly, our school Equalities group launched our new Anti-Bullying Policy. We are very excited that from Monday we will have Playground Buddies who will support others with any problems they are having with unkind behaviour. You can watch the Equalities Group presentation here:

Sustainable Food Growing Grant

Congratulations to Mrs Young and the Eco Committee for successfully winning a Sustainable Food Growing project grant for the school. This will support us to continue gardening work in our raised beds in the playground. We cannot wait to see what is grown. The Eco Committee have also been busy putting together their application for the school’s fourth Green Flag award. Despite two lockdowns, the school has continued its strong commitment to learning for sustainability and we look forward to celebrating all our hard work on successful completion of the process soon.

Parent-Teacher Consultations

Many thanks to everyone who attended their virtual parent-teacher consultation this week. We hope that this is the last virtual parents meetings event we have and that next session, we can welcome parents back into the school again. Mrs Fraser and Ms Christensen will re-schedule their appointments on their return. If you had technical difficulties or could not make your appointment, please call the school office to arrange a call with your child’s teacher next week.

Playground Signs

A very big thank you to LPPC, our parent council, for buying the school our new playground signs. We have lots more to put up around the playground such as our Restoration Station (above) that helps pupils to repair friendships when things go wrong at break or lunch. Other signs promote a Growth Mindset and positive attitude. We even have some signs that help us with our times tables. These were bought with some of the proceeds from the school calendars and pupil photographs. The fundraising of LPPC is such a great support to the school in so many ways. Thank you again to them for the donation to the school to buy these signs and thank you to all the parents who bought a school calendar, pupil photograph, school Christmas card pack or supported LPPC in some other way.

COVID Absences

We have had some more absences through COVID again this week. Children have reported having a high fever, which remains one of the classic symptoms to look out for. Please continue to support the COVID mitigations over the next few weeks and let us know if your child does test positive.

Support for Families

The Support for Families website has recently been updated with new opportunities for support and family learning the local community and around Edinburgh. You can see what there is to offer here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supportforfamilies

Well Done to All This Week’s Hard Working Leithers

BellaPrimary 1/2Bella always has a positive attitude towards her learning and loves new challenges! Some fantastic independent writing through play this week. Well done, Bella!
ZerinPrimary 1aZerin has been trying very hard in phonics this week and has also been a super tidy up helper. Well done Zerin!
ArianaPrimary 1bAriana has been so helpful this week! She has done a super job of keeping our classroom tidy and was supporting friends with their learning as they showed them how to do an art task. We’re so lucky to have you, Ariana!
FreyaPrimary 3aFreya is always a happy, helpful member of our class who has a wonderful attitude to learning and tries her best  in all of her learning activities. She has worked extremely hard on improving her reading this term and is always excited to share what she has been reading with the class. Well done, Freya!
ShaniahPrimary 3bShaniah has been making great progress spelling Common Words this week – well done!
KeiraPrimary 4aKeira continues to show a positive attitude to her learning in class. This week we have been learning a new strategy in Maths and Keira has demonstrated she can use the strategy very well. Great work Keira!
MarioPrimary 4bMario has made fantastic progress with his reading skills.  He is decoding more difficult words, using punctuation really well and is reading with fluency.  Well done Mario!  Ms Harris
RosaPrimary 5aRosa has been nominated by Mr Stuart for demonstrating great community spirit in her lodge and showing super resilience and determination on the ski slopes during the skiing residential last week at Lagganlia.
RoryPrimary 5bRory wrote a very descriptive acrostic poem as part of our WW2 topic.  He then shared his work with two other pupils so they could copy it.
IseluonaPrimary 6For being an excellent role model to the rest of the class. Iseluona is an organised, independent and motivated learner. Please keep up the good work!
MelodyPrimary 7aMelody has been working well in a group as always! She supports others and makes sure everyone feels involved and valued.  Well done Melody.
Zac SPrimary 7bZac is in the Recognition Book for being an excellent class member! He always tries his best and focuses on his work. He is a kind and caring classmate and always sets a good example for others. Well done Zac! Keep up the good work.

Head Teacher Post

Team Leith Go Skiing

It has been another busy week for our pupils. No, this is not a photo of the Links on Wednesday! Snow fell in both Leith and The Lecht Ski Centre where a group of thirty-two P5, P6 and P7 pupils have been going to practice their skills on the slopes the week. Delighted that recent COVID mitigations were lifted just in time, the group travelled up to their base at Lagganlia Outdoor Education Centre on Wednesday and will return sometime on Friday evening. Leith Primary School is one of only two primary schools in Edinburgh who take groups of children to ski and snowboard on the snowy slopes in the north of Scotland each year. We are particularly thrilled that we have been able to do this once again this year after a hiatus last year due to COVID. Outdoor Learning and residential trips bring a range of benefits to children that extends far beyond the snow sports they do on the slopes. Pupils learn how to become independent, work as a team, problem solve and build resilience for the future – all skills much sought after by employers, colleges and university. Most importantly, pupils have a lot of fun in the outdoors regardless of the weather, something that has proven benefits for maintaining positive mental health. I already cannot wait to hear their tales.

Parent/Carer Consultations

A reminder again that Parent Consultations will take place via video call this Thursday and Friday (3rd and 4th March). All parents and carers should have received a link prompting them to book an appointment with their child’s class teacher. This is a chance to get an overview of how your child is progressing in their learning. If you feel that you would like to discuss something that will require more time, please telephone the school office to arrange a longer phone call or meeting.

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March

A reminder that next Thursday is World Book Day. Children are invited to dress up (if they want to) as an adjective (describing word eg; stripy, blue, sporty, sleepy) or one of their favourite book characters. This is just for fun and no money will be collected. Book and reading related activities will take place through out the day. Encouraging your child to read for pleasure is one of the best ways to improve their progress in learning overall. All primary school aged children benefit from being read to by a parent or family member – yes, even P7s! Modelling reading to your child is a great way to encourage them to develop a lifelong love of reading. Books and audiobooks can be borrowed from McDonald Road Library once you have joined. Leith Library will be handed back to Edinburgh Council at the end of March and we hope will reopen again shortly after that. Here is the Leith Library Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/LeithLibrary/

Well Done to These Hard Working Leithers!

Nathan Primary 1/2Nathan has been consistently respectful and ready to learn, actively listening and taking part enthusiastically in all class activities. 
AlynPrimary 1aAlyn has been trying incredibly hard this week to show kindness. He has been volunteering for tasks and thinking of ways to be helpful. Well done Alyn!
SkandPrimary 1bSkand has had a fantastic first week back! He has been trying really hard in phonics and showed kindness to a friend in class by offering to share the paper plane he made with them. We’re so happy to have you back, Skand!
AbedPrimary 3aAbed is always looking to challenge himself and has a good attitude to his learning. He has worked really hard in his maths and and has made super progress with his subtraction skills this week. Well done, Abed! 
DiegoPrimary 3bDiego has been a fantastic class member, reminding us to be sensible, silent and safe when leaving the classroom. Thank you for helping us with our school rules!
AnujPrimary 4aAnuj has been working very hard in maths lessons this week. He is becoming increasingly confident in using his knowledge of times tables to work out more complex problems and is eager to participate in class. Keep up the good work Anuj!
Iona Primary 4bIona has settled in really well to Leith Primary, over the last few weeks!  She has made a big effort to get to know classroom routines and has made some good friends already!  Well done Iona, it’s lovely to have you in our class!  Ms Harris
RemazPrimary 5bRemaz for her incredible progress in maths.  This week she is nominated for being the only person in her group to complete a problem solving task independently. 
AntoniPrimary 5aAntoni has  contributed to discussion, done some personal research and created a detailed figure in modelling clay as we have been learning about Wojtek, the soldier bear. Great work Antos!
IslaPrimary 6For perseverance when working onlearning the formal method in division. Well done Isla, you did really well!
SummerPrimary 7aSummer had a great Thursday and despite not feeling well worked well with her peers to organise a singing club.  She showed that she has the ability to work well in teams and take a leadership role.  Fantastic work Summer!
Louis L Primary 7bFor his super work on his spooky setting in writing. Louis worked really hard and stayed focused throughout our writing sessions.  He included similes and wow words and definitely gave the reader a sense of mystery.  Well done Louis! 

Head Teacher Post

These are some of the wonderful photographs that our talented Primary 7s took for a recent art lesson. We are very lucky to have such a wide range of talents at Leith Primary School; musical, sporting, artistic, linguistic, mathematical, interpersonal and much more. Our Pupil Council are keen to celebrate this and have chosen to focus on developing new ways to raise the profile of our pupils’ wider achievements both in and out of school. We love finding out about what our pupils get up to in their free time and recognise that hobbies are such an important part of pupil’s overall development. Get in touch if you would like us to help your child try out a new after school activity or to share a recent success. Who knows what other undiscovered talents we have?

Parent/Carer-Teacher Consultations

A reminder that the next parent-teacher consultations will be held on Thursday 3rd from 4pm-6.30pm and Friday 4th March from 1pm-3.30pm. Unfortunately, we must continue to host these by video call again. Bookings will open when we return after the mid-term break. These meetings offer an opportunity for class teachers to summarise how your child is progressing in their learning. If there is something you would like to discuss in more detail please get in touch to arrange a phone call or Teams call on a different date.

Let Us Know Your Views

We are always keen to find out about what you think is going well for your child and what we as a school could do differently. We would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to let us know your thoughts. Click here. Survey close on February 28th.

Roll Over Week of Celebrations for our Hard Working Leithers

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 21st February at the usual times.