Second Group of Skiers 12th Jan 2018

This term all the children can ski with a range of abilities. This will be more challenging for these skiers as  going for their next level is going to be much harder than starting as a beginner and having no expectations.

Some children will have to come to terms with the fact that they may not reach the next level and this will be hard but its a very good lesson to learn that things don’t always just get given to you. It takes practice, commitment and perserverance to get the higher levels and this is one of the aspects that these skiers will face. How they handle that will be up to them but with a little help from the adults involved we are sure they will cope very well.

Two of the competencies and concepts of movement skills they will be working on over the 8 weeks is

HWB2-21a – As I encounter new challenges and contexts for learning I am encouraged and supported to demonstrate my ability to select, adapt and apply movement skills and strategies, creatively, accurately and with control.

HWB2-22a – I practise, consolidate and refine my skills to improve my performance. I am developing and sustaining my levels of fitness.

There will be photos next week.

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Sports News

Head Teacher’s Blog 18/1/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

·    I am pleased to say, the bells have been reset and are ringing at the correct time.

·         The Eco Team are going to consider ways to replace as much plastic as possible in class, playtime and in their school lunches. They will keep us informed of their ideas and next steps.

·         Scottish Book Trust are keen to have feedback from parents on the P1 Book Bags given out earlier this session. If you would like to complete the survey, please do so by Wednesday 31st January at

·         Dance Division are holding dance camps throughout all of the school holidays. Classes are £72 for the week and £17 for the day, 9.30-3.30pm, in The Crags Centre Dance Studio. Further information available from , by email or telephone Emma on : 07594287716.

·         Please remind your child to collect their packed lunch box, water bottles and lost property. Having their class written on everything has helped us return items quickly.

·         If you would like to help with the Community Litter Clean Up on Sunday 21 January from 2- 3pm, please meet at Lower Viewforth, opposite the new Boroughmuir High School.

·         As always, at this time of year, please make sure all children remember their gloves, hats and scarves during the winter weather.

 If you have an questions, queries or concerns, please let us know, we are all here to help.

 Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Head Teacher’s Blog 11/01/2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year to you all!


  • At Monday’s Inservice Day we worked in partnership with Cluster colleagues on maths and literacy. We designed holistic assessments using the Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks and moderated samples of pupils’ writing to ensure consistency of standard across our three schools. A very productive day was had by all.
  • Parent, pupil and teacher consultations are on Tuesday 30 January and Thursday 01 February from 4-7pm. Letters are on their way to you. We appreciate the effort everyone makes to ensure the appointments run on time.
  • A TV Company who produce Lego Masters Tuesday’s Child are looking for anyone over the age of 9 (on 31st March 2018) who loves to build! Individuals or teams are welcome to apply. If you are interested, further information is available from Tel: 020 3761 4710 / 07791 070 526
  • We have been very impressed with the healthy snacks the children have brought in this week. This complements the Building Resilience lessons planned on ’Get Active’ which was launched at our Assembly on Wednesday.


If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Supporting Maths at home

Learning in numeracy takes place all around us, not just in the classroom! Here are just some ideas how parents and families can help support and develop numeracy skills:

  • Cooking or baking: How will we measure how much? Can you read the numbers? Can you help me count the spoons? How many cupcake cases will we need? How long will it take to cook? What time will it be ready? What it we double or halve the recipe? How many will we make? How many cakes will we get each in our family? How many chocolate buttons will we need if we put three on each cake?
  • Shopping: How many will we need? How much? Will we have enough from this amount? What shape is this? Which is more or less? Which is bigger? How do we work out 20% off? What will it cost if we buy ten? Which is better value?
  • Watching or playing sports – what’s the score now? What if they get two more goals? How much is the black worth? What is treble twenty? How much better have they done than last week? What do these statistics mean? How long is the game? What time will it be at half-time?
  • Recycling – how will we sort these? How many? What shape is this? Which is the longest? Can you find me a cylinder?
  • Walking or driving to school – How long does it take? How many steps? How many number fours can you spot on the way? What number patterns can we spot? Are these numbers odd or even? What shapes can you spot? What directions are we taking? What would be the time difference if we walked or cycled?


Some great advice from Jo Boaler:

Advice for parents

Advice for Parents

I am a mathematician

Follow this link to I Am a Mathematician for lots of great ideas and resources for learning with your child at home.

There are LOTS more ideas on these links:

This video from NZ maths may also be useful in showing ways we can develop and extend numeracy skills through everyday experiences:

Useful apps for use with iPads:

iPad Apps Final (2)

Follow this link for Education Scotland’s newly published numeracy and mathematics glossary on Parentzone.

But probably the most important thing to remember:

“Perhaps the single most important thing that parents can do to help their children with maths is to pass on a positive attitude.”

Tanya Byron, Clinical Psychologist

Top tips for parents

  • Be positive about maths! Never say things like ‘I can’t do maths’ or ‘I hated maths at school’. Your child might start to think like that themselves.
  • Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving numbers and measuring – activities such as shopping, cooking and travelling.
  • Praise your child for effort rather than talent. This shows them that by working hard they can always improve.


Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Maths and Numeracy

First Group Skiers 7th and 8th week

Our first group of skiers have now come to the end of their journey It has been an amazing 8 weeks with all non skiers now got their level 2 certificate. (in old levels this would have been a level 3)

All the children are now able to demonstrate persistence when facing a challenge and recognise a variety of emotions which gives them  the ability to manage them appropriately. They all worked to achieve and overcome many different obstacles to get a successful outcome – their certificate. They can also recognise and respond to both internal and external cues at the same time..for example following each other down the hill in a snake like fashion.

Finally the children show control over movement in personal and shared space which includes adapting to changes in speed, direction and level and shows good awareness of body parts and body positions when performing a range of different movements.

I am very proud of this group of children who have overcome many different and individual challenges which each child will have  personally faced to get to the end of this 8 week road. They have all made it and hope that they will continue on their own skiing journey through life.

I came, I saw, I conquered! Well done everyone! Our mascot Kevin got in on the act on the final day too.



Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Sports News

End of Term Celebration

Christmas Singalong: Bruntsfield Style

On our last  morning of the term our Assembly began with classes entering to ‘Frosty the Snowman’ . Our first performance was by our P5 and P6 violinists, and what a treat that was, the best playing we have heard yet. Thank you.

Then Mr Munoz played the guitar, with some children on sleigh bells to accompany us for the next few songs… how fantastic to have the guitar to singalong to.

The school choir with Miss Anderson and Miss Faichney singing, with actions, a beautiful rendition of ‘What Christmas Means to Me’. This was followed by P7 singing a very meaningful Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’. We then sang our own version of The Twelve days of Christmas, which was made up by the children about their teachers.

Then, it was the last performance, all the Bruntsfield Staff sang ‘So Here it is Merry Christmas’. I think this was the children’s favourite performance.

We ended with a rousing whole school performance of …’Let it Go’ (from frozen)… and we did!

What a fabulous morning!

See the slide show below for some highlights…

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Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année from P6C!

French Pen pals 2Primary 6C is getting festive in French and German! We have been learning ‘Vive le Vent!’ which sounds very similar to our Jingle Bells! Also, we have been practising our German colours by decorating a ‘Weihnachtsbaum’ whilst singing along to traditional carols. Daniel Alvarez, the German Language Assistant, has shared his culture by telling us stories about how Germany celebrates Christmas.  Although, the icing on the Christmas cake has been finishing off our Christmas cards and letters to our French penpals in Les Milles, France – which hopefully will catch the French post! We have challenged ourselves to learn different vocabulary to talk about ourselves and we hope to receive replies in the New Year!

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Head Teacher’s Blog 21/12/17

Dear Parents and Carers,


  • City of Edinburgh are offering Conflict Resolution Courses for parents and carers of pre-teen and teenagers on Friday 12th and 19th January 2018, 9.30-11.30am at Craigmillar Library, East Neighbourhood Centre, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4DS. If you would like to book a space please email or call 07860 736129. Participants must be able to attend both sessions.
  • It is time of staff changes. Mr Martyn Wood will join us as our third Depute Headteacher on Monday 5 February.
  • Mrs Borrowman is going to Hermitage Park Primary School as Acting Headteacher.
  • Mrs Lesley Lamond will be Acting Depute Headteacher in Mrs Borrowman’s absence and has already visited the school this week.
  • I’d like to thank the staff, parents, carers, partnership services, Cluster colleagues and the local community for the support they have given Bruntsfield Primary School this term, it is very much appreciated.
  • School opens to pupils on Tuesday 9 January 2018 (Monday 8 January is an Inservice Day).

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, a great holiday and all the very, very best for 2018.

Kindest regards,

Carol Kyle

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Talk Things Over

Talk things over

Unit 5 – Talk Things Over

This unit explores how at times we all feel worried and the importance of dealing with worries. Through a variety of approaches and activities the children are encouraged to share and talk about what they might be worried about.

The key messages shared are:

1. At times we all feel worried                                                                                                            2. Sometimes if worries are not dealt with they can get out of control                                      3. If you are struggling, it is important to ask for help

Please see below for the wonderful worry monsters, check in emotion charts and emotion fans the children made and shared at our sharing assemblies. Some children  wrote down their worries on paper, then stamped on them and scrunched them and crushed them in the bin.

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The Talk Things Over leaflet and home activity sheet below explains worry monsters and worry writing in more detail.

Talk Things Over Home Activity

Talk Things Over Parent &Carer Leaflet


Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Building Resilience

Digital Etiquette

Digital etiquette: A parents’ point of view
As our children do more and more of their learning at school online and then bring some of this home as homework, I thought it might be useful to understand this from a parents’ point of view…here are some thoughts (this is not an exhaustive list!):
  • Get to know the activities/site/apps the school is using so you know what your children are up to
  • Make your own note of their usernames and passwords so you can do spot checks at any time.
  • Make it clear you have your own family values about screen time, this may not be in line with the school’s suggestions, set your own ground rules at home and stick to them.
  • Befriending – Sumdog is a closed, secure site (the school has more information on this); but befriending on that site won’t be the same for other sites – make sure your children know the difference between befriending within their own class of people they know and befriending random people online who they don’t know.
  • From your own experience, what other suggestions do you have that would be useful to share with other parents?
  • Please email suggestions to Mrs Borrowman.
Posted in Bruntsfield Primary