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First Full Week Back!

Our first week was full of fun learning!                                         Making a Difference

Our class charter for this year focuses on RRS, Ready, Respect and Safe and we have chosen the theme Route 66. All children should come to P7 ready to learn with a pencil, ruler and eraser. Making brochures to inform others about Route 66 was interesting and some fantastic facts are displayed.

Literacy

We were learning to write a Biography, thinking about the features of someones life, writing in third person, chronological order, an interesting opener to captivate the reader, writing in paragraphs, and using quotes.

Numeracy

We have been revising whole number, thinking about measurement; cm, temperature, m and kg. Volume was tricky in parts but we will be practising!

We created board games that challenges addition and subtraction calculations.

PE

Skills playing Basketball was the focus of our PE sessions, starting with throwing and passing. Please ensure children have a PE kit to change into. Thank You.

Expressive Arts

It is Equality week and during drama lessons we created videos which focused on discrimination.

 

Maths week begins on Monday 10th September so lots of fun activities to look forward too!!

 

Additional Support for Learning

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning.

Most or all schools will have some children with additional support needs of some kind. The education authority has many legal duties towards pupils with additional support needs. Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act : Information For The General Public which is published on the education authority website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact.

Or contact the additional support for learning team (Mrs Henry or Mrs Leach) on telephone number 0131 445 4545.

Additional Support for Learning

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning.

Most or all schools will have some children with additional support needs of some kind. The education authority has many legal duties towards pupils with additional support needs. Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act : Information For The General Public which is published on the education authority website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact.

Or contact the additional support for learning team (Mrs Henry or Mrs Leach) on telephone number 0131 445 4545.

P7 Year Committee – 2017/18

P7 year committee is an important part of our school as they provide our year seven children with an opportunity to suggest ideas and voice their opinion.  Over this academic session the children will have opportunities to make suggestions and discuss them with parents, teachers and senior management team. The year committee will organise and plan the P7 ceilidh, discuss the P7 hoodies, trips for P7 including an end of year celebration.

Our P7 committee meet every fortnight to discuss issues and ideas that have been brought up by P7 children. All children in P7 are invited to apply for a position on the year committee asking them to highlight the skills and attributes, staff then chose a selected few to represent the year. The committee make final decisions or create a short-list of options for the year group to vote on.  Class representatives are, Beth, Amelia, Eilidh, Tiago, Sammi, Michael, Sam, Niko, Jessica, Moray, Charlottte, Carmen and Olivia.

 

We look forward to some great decisions this year …

House Captains meet every fortnight to discuss  issues and ideas relating to their house. The House Captians make final decisions or create a short-list of options for classes to vote on. House captains and vice house captains work as a team to celebrate and organise whole school events.

Every year, during the first term, elections are held in school for our new School House Captains.  P2-P7 classes are involved in the voting process.  Pupils are given the opportunity to create and present a manifesto, outlining why they would be a good house captain.

On the election day the pupils get the opportunity to vote for a House Captain and a Vice Captain.  The results are announced in assembly and the chosen pupils receive a badge to identify them.

House Captain is an important part of our school as they provide pupils with an opportunity to suggest ideas and voice their opinion.  Over the past few years the pupils have suggested some wonderful suggestions and our house captains have worked hard to make them happen.

Here are a few examples:-

The Playground                                               A talent show

A school house system                                  Scotter Pods

We will keep you updated!

Houses

At BPS we have 4 Houses:

  • Harbour
  • Bells
  • Castle Law
  • Turnhouse

Our pupils are placed in Houses when they start in P1 and remain a part of that House until they leave. We have ongoing House competitions where Houses compete against one another.

Throughout the year, pupils earn House points for e.g. good behaviour, effort etc. They also earn House points at sports.

Each House has a P7 captain and a vice captain.

House Captains

In Year Seven, as part of the additional responsibilities given to the children are the roles of House Captains and Vice House Captains. These are very important roles in school and the children have to apply to Mrs Henry, in writing, if they wish to be considered for the posts.

House Captains and Vice House Captains are expected to set an example to younger children, to embody the values that the school holds dear and to contribute to the wider community.

They help the younger children, both in the classroom and at playtimes. They play a pivotal role in special days and themed weeks, assisting the staff in their planned activities. They also help Mrs Imrie with school events such as Harvest Festival, Christmas, coffee mornings and curriculum evenings. One of their favourite jobs is showing visitors around our wonderful school.

Each year we have two House Captains and two Vice House Captains. They lead our locally named Houses – Bells,Castle Law,  Harbour and Turnhouse.

For 2018/19 they are:

Turnhouse

Ava Brown – Captain

 – Vice Captain

Castlelaw

 – Captain

 – Vice Captain

Bells

 – Captain

 – Vice Captain

Harbour

 – Captain

 – Vice Captain

In 2017/18 they were:

Turnhouse

Hannah Knipe – Captain

Archie Morrison – Vice Captain

Castlelaw

Max Currie – Captain

Sarah Dugmore – Vice Captain

Bells

Finlay Priestly – Captain

Erin Lee – Vice Captain

Harbour

Jessica Dodd – Captain

Sophie Edwards – Vice Captain

 

We will keep this post updated with our achievements, news and competitions!

 

 

Junior Road Safety Officer

The aim of a Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme is to empower children to highlight road safety issues within their school. This can be done through raising awareness amongst other pupils, teachers and the community, while maintaining links with their Road Safety Officer (RSO).

Schools are encouraged to appoint two senior pupils to become JRSOs for a one year period. Their role is to maintain a road safety noticeboard, deliver presentations to classes or assemblies, and run road safety competitions within their school. They may also be given themes for the year to work on, but these can be broad enough to include their own local initiatives.

Buckstone JRSO 2017/18

Sarah Gormley

Anne Finlay

Maisy Mabott

Katie Johnstone

The JRSO scheme has a dedicated website, which is constantly being updated with games and competitions. The site includes a ‘Staff Room’ area with information for teachers and a ‘Members Area’ specifically for the JRSOs.

There are a number of downloadable documents on the site which give information on setting up and running a local JRSO scheme.

Keep checking this page for updates.

Eco

As an aspiring Eco School we:

  • Turn off lights, sockets and electricals when not in use
  • Put all our rubbish in the bin and follow a class litter rota to ensure we all play our part in keeping our school litter free
  • Reduce, re-use and recycle our waste in our classrooms and lunch hall
  • Try hard to eat all our food to reduce our food waste
  • Reduce water usage by turning off taps
  • Are conscious of paper use and use both sides of the paper
  • Make use of scrap paper and recycle all our scraps via recycling bins
  • Care about improving our playground and making it safe, clean and pleasant on the eye
  • Learn about how our actions can impact the environment through our school work
  • Consider sustainability in all we do

Buckstone Primary School’s whole school approach to learning, through the Eco-schools programme, Sustainable Development and Citizenship Education

Overall aim: Green flag status

Learning through Community Teams:

  • Enhances all pupils’ knowledge and understanding of key local and global contexts relating to the environment, sustainability and citizenship
  • Provides a platform for all pupils to contribute positively to the school, local community and wider world
  • Enables pupils to work positively and co-operatively with their peers across the school to develop their skills in being a successful learner, confident individual, effective contributor and responsible citizen

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING OUR ECO WARRIORS

WATCH THIS SPACE

 Policy on Litter:   

We think it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the environment and our school litter free. Looking after our environment protects wildlife and keeps our community clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

We:

  • Put all rubbish in a bin
  • Ask people to put litter in a bin if we see them drop it
  • Recycle our rubbish or waste where possible
  • Don’t waste things or take too much
  • Take responsibility for our own litter
  • Tell an adult if we see littering happen
  • Take pride in our playground looking clean, tidy and litter free