Head Teacher’s Blog 2/04/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

  • We are pleased our staff and pupils of Essential Key Workers are doing very well at Tynecastle High School. If you do not need the place please let us know the night before, or earlier if you know, by emailing SchoolsandLifelongLearning.BusinessSupport@edinburgh.gov.uk It is helpful if you could also email admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk to allow us to prevent staff travelling to Tynecastle if not needed. Thank you!
  • After Easter the times for children for Key Workers to be in a Hub school will be extended and is most likely to continue at Tynecastle High School. If this changes, I shall let you know.
  • The City of Edinburgh Council are contacting parents directly about which Hub they are to use during the Easter Holidays.
  • Home Learning: Thank you to everyone for doing all you are to help support the children. Please remember to give yourself time to get used to home learning, this experience is new for everyone and we are all in the same position. There are exciting opportunities to learn together as a family and as a School, but also the need to enjoy some down time too. Give yourselves time and space to get used to it all. Anxiety and worrying about our friends and family, especially the elderly, will have an effect on us, we need to build time in our lives to accept these challenges. One of the best ways to restore balance is to take the time to teach different skills too – cooking is a great one! Being mindful of preparing the vegetables for a pot of soup takes your mind off everything else. This experience will be something to talk about for years to come and give us skills and resilience we didn’t know we could develop. I remember going to school during the miners strike and we had a three day week! We didn’t have social media, mobile phones, internet and the TV had just become colour, along with only 4 channels!
  • Accelerated Reading: This was planned in the first instance for P5 -P7 pupils. All P5-P7 pupils have completed the baseline star assessment with their teacher and have their ZPD (the reading level they are on). Most should have their reading book at home, as they take their books home at the end of each day. If the children do not have their book, the ‘Libby App’ is a great way to access free books from Library Services. Once the children have completed their book they may progress through the books with the same ZPD Code. You may enter the site via google, at Accelerated Reader. Renaissance are the provider at  https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/UserType.aspx?RedirectURL=%2fdefault.aspx

Once you are there, go through the parent tab. Here you can enter your child’s ZPD and explore a range of books for your child to enjoy.

  • All our staff will continue to plan learning and ways to engage with the children as we work through next term.
  • I have been informed The Scottish Government and COSLA have made a difficult decision to delay further expansion of the 1140 hours until the Covid-19 pandemic allows them to move forward. Details will be shared with you when the City of Edinburgh Council know more details, once building work and recruitment are allowed to recommence. An email has been sent to you with all the information on this.
  • Active Schools are running A-Z activities, starting with the letter A. You can find the challenges either on twitter, see link below or the Join in Edinburgh webpage, see link below.@ActiveSchoolsED   https://www.joininedinburgh.org/sports/active-schools/activeathome/
  • Scottish Attachment in Action has developed some new resources specifically for these difficult times.  You can see them on the dedicated webpage ‘Why Attachment matters more than ever’ where you can also sign up to their newsletter.

https://www.saia.org.uk/why-attachment-matters-more-than-ever.html

 

Home learning for the summer term starts on Tuesday 21 April.

Keep well, keep safe and look after each other.

Kindest regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 27/03/2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,

  • I hope you are keeping well and the children are accessing their learning from home. It has undoubtably been a new experience for us all.
  • A special thanks to all our teachers who are sending lessons to you for your children. We are aware there are many delivery styles, just as there are many learning styles, and you will all have your own preferred platform. When staff met together to plan how do this, ParentPay was chosen as it had parents and carers contact details already in place. Having one system helps us be consistent across the school. ParentPay also has a good back up team to ensure it continues to work. We do appreciate, this style of learning, teaching and delivery will take time to become familiar. Do give the children time to work out the learning intentions and success criteria, they are used to reflecting on them in class and this will help them take responsibility for their learning.
  • After the Easter Holidays, teachers will email the following week’s learning plan on the Friday beforehand and the daily plan with learning intentions and success criteria the day before. I hope that will help you and the children plan for the week and the day ahead.
  • Staff are volunteering to support schools which will be opened for children of NHS staff. During this time, as well as looking after children of essential key workers, they will continue to work with their stage partners to ensure the weekly lessons and daily updates come to you.
  • Our staff and children will be based at Tynecastle High School and only key workers with no other childcare arrangements should attend.
  • Free school meals: a letter explaining payments in place of complimentary school lunches, during school closure, has been emailed directly to relevant parents and careers. Please contact the school at admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk if you have any problems with this.
  • Translations: Due to the changes made to the NHS advice regarding COVI-19 on Monday afternoon, Doctors of the World have updated our COVID-19 translated guidance: English, Albanian, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish are now ready at https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
  • The following languages will be completed soon: Polish, Romanian, Russian, Bulgarian, Latvian, Hungarian, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, Kurdish Sorani, Mandarin, Pashto, Urdu, Vietnamese, Tigrinya, Amharic, Malayalam and Somali.
  • We were sent information on ‘The Emerging Minds Network’ which is committed to reducing mental health problems experienced by children and young people. As part of that, they hope to promote wellbeing through sharing positive practice and information. Further information is available at emergingminds.org.uk. Please be aware, this is not a network the school have worked with, but one which  has been recommended to us.
  • For latest advice on Covid19 please see https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19.
  • I shall continue to update you as more information comes to us from The City of Edinburgh Council.

Look after yourselves and each other,

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Free School Meals Information

FSM school closure payment

FSM school closure – no bank details

FSM FAQs

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Edinburgh Learns Guidance for Parents

Edinburgh Learns Guidance for Parents – WEB VERSION

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NHS advice Translated

 

FROM DOCTORS OF THE WORLD

 

Due to the changes made to the NHS advice regarding COVID19 on Monday afternoon, Doctors of the World have updated our Covid 19 translated guidance:

 

English, Albanian, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish are now ready – https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

To be updated very soon: Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, Kurdish Sorani, Mandarin, Pashto, Urdu, Vietnamese, Tigrinya, Amharic, Malayalam, Somali

European languages: Polish, Romanian, Russian are ready. Coming soon: Bulgarian, Latvian, and Hungarian!

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Head Teacher’s Blog 19/03/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Corona-19: Updates will continue to be sent by email due to the rapidly changing information. Should our School close, teachers will email home learning to you each week via ParentPay. Please make sure you are registered and your account details are up to date.
  • All schools have been told to cancel all school excursions and events until the end of June 2020.
  • In addition to the Home Learning information which you will receive from teachers there are a number of websites and apps which may be of interest to you. I have added them to the end of this blog.
  • Whist the Parent Council Meeting has been cancelled, I have included the things you have asked about below.

 

You asked about:

 

  1. Home Learning if the School is closed because of Covid-19: Teachers are planning learning for their classes if the school is to close. Some activities will come in the children’s school bags, others may come via email. Each teacher will inform you of the learning activities your child should do.
  2. Computer Suite: I am pleased to say the suite is now open. Thank you for your patience during the building work and relocation of a class. Normal timetable will resume this week.
  3. Book Fair: we carry multiple copies of some books on sale at the Book Fair, but if they are in high demand, we may need to order more. The excitement of the books arriving in school is always lovely to see, but I do appreciate it can be disappointing if you are not always able to take them home on the day. Please check if your chosen book is available to take home or if it is to be ordered to avoid disappointment.
  4. Lunch Queue: we have three sittings and most of the time, the children within each sitting are served within 15 minutes of their bell ringing. However, there are a few occasions when there may be slight delays due to higher demand or staff absence, but the kitchen staff do all they can to make sure food is served quickly when the children line up.
  5. Playground Supervision: Well done to all the children who played really well together today (Monday) at lunch time. We have Pupil Support Assistants, Senior Leaders and Playground Activity Leaders (PALs) as well as Peer Mediators to help the children. Staff timetables are readjusted to ensure we have as many PSA out as possible at break during times of absence. If there are unresolved issues at break, please encourage your child to talk to a pupil support assistant or use some of their building confidence skills to talk the point through with a friend. U, it is not always possible for the PSAs to see every incident as they happen.
  6. Toilets: the toilets are cleaned twice a day and checked by the Facility Technician’s after break and lunch. Unfortunately a few children have thrown paper around and don’t always flush. The children are reminded of good behaviour at all times.
  7. School Photos: we do not have inspection copies of photographs before they go to you. Please contact the company directly, or email the school office with feedback if you have any concerns at the time the photos come out.

 

If there is anything I, or my team can do for you, please let us know – we are all here to help via email admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk or telephone 0131 229 1821.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

 

Generic Curriculum Area Websites:

 

Numeracy and Maths Games:

 

Number Bonds and Times Tables

 

Apps which may be of interest:

  • Epic!’: this is a really great reading app which allows pupils to select books appropriate for their own age and suited to their own interests. There’s audiobooks, read-aloud books etc. Children may access a 30-day-free-trial at home.
  • Libby’: this app is basically an electronic library where children can search for books and ‘borrow’ them on their own screen. They check out a book as they would in a conventional library and then return it after a period of days.
  • Vocab Lab’: this app allows children to extend or ‘uplevel’ their vocabulary when writing. They simply select an adjective from the list and get six synonyms with increasing complexity that they can use as an alternative in their writing.
  • Hangman’: Simple but effective. Allows the children to practise their spelling words in a fun way with parents or siblings.
  • ‘Sumdog’: We now have the literacy subscription as well.
  • ‘Kahoot’: A fun little app which the children use to create or answer quizzes on almost anything. A good way to revise or extend knowledge of different topics, or even learn a little more about a topic of personal interest.
  • For coding: ‘DaisytheDinosaur’, ‘Lightbot Hour’ and ‘ScratchJr’ – the kids can complete coding challenges and play around with their own codes using these three.

 

 

 

Carol Kyle

Head Teacher

Bruntsfield Primary School

12 Montpelier

Edinburgh

EH10 4NA

Tel: 0131 229 1821

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Head Teacher’s Blog 13/3/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

  • Right of the month for March: Article 28 ‘You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.’ Our Rights Respecters have asked classes to take part in British Science week on the 6th-15th The theme for 2020 is ‘Our Diverse Planet’. Look out for the P4 rain collectors in the playground, there are lots of experiments on the go!
  • Coronavirus: A team of staff in The City of Edinburgh Council have been meeting regularly to identify and discuss the issues of an outbreak of Coronavirus in Edinburgh. They have a detailed plan in place should the situation escalate. I shall share information with you as it comes to me by email rather than wait for weekly blogs. To help avoid any germs or the viruses spreading, please help us by reinforcing the message to wash hands for an extended period of time. Our children wash their hands a lot, but they don’t do it for as long as we now need to (either 50 seconds or two verses of a song, which ever you prefer). Please remind them not to touch their face and to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Contacting us: to help ensure we follow procedures correctly, all emails should come into school via the Admin Account. This helps ensure they go to the best person to answer them and allows them to be redirected during staff absence. Please address all emails to admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk Staff will reply to you via the admin email.
  • Well done to Joey, P5C and Lefteris, P1/2 who took part in the Edinburgh Piano Competition Festival. You are invited to play for us any time.
  • Lachlan and Eddie in P6 and Lachlan in P7 represented Bruntsfield at the Lothian Junior Congress Chess Competition. All won three of their six games and received an award for this in the P6/7 category. Lachlan in P7 did especially well, winning the award for Best Performance under a Score of 400 in the P6/7 category. Well done to all three of you!
  • Marty the Robot: the team working with our P7 children found a note hidden with Marty646, telling him how much they enjoyed the learning opportunity. How lovely our children are! We shall purchase some of the new models when they are released to ensure the learning on coding robots continues.  Thank you to Robert Duncan and his team for sharing this with us.
  • Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) annual S.H.A.P.E. (Schools Holiday Aspire Programme Edinburgh) Beach Volleyball Camp for beginners (P5 -S6) in conjunction with Edinburgh Beach Volleyball Club at Portobello Beach are offering activities on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April at Portobello Beach (just outside the Swim Centre) and will run from 10-12 noon on both days. Please contact Lynne Beattie rdoeast@scottishvolleyball.org for more information.
  • Active Schools Easter Holiday Activities: An email has been sent to you with all the information if you would like to book an activity.
  • Our next Parent Council Meeting is on Wednesday 18 March at 7pm, I look forward to seeing you then.

 

If there is anything I, or my team can do for you, please let us know – we are all here to help via email admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk or telephone 0131 229 1821.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 27/02/2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

  • Pupil Voice Committee: One of the Pupil Voice Committee Teams is leading a Fair Trade Coffee morning for their parents on Friday, I look forward to seeing how they get on organising it – they are all very excited! Other groups will share their learning with you throughout the session.
  • Sharing the learning: children in P6 have been learning about skills for work and have prioritised skills in discussion groups. I was very pleased to see ‘Positive Attitude’ was at the top in Lewis’s list – well done!
  • Times Educational Supplement Independent – State School Award: the work our schools involved in partnership working with Watson’s and Edinburgh Swire Centre to deliver Mandarin to P5 pupils and High School children was shortlisted for the TSE Award. We missed being outright winners, but are pleased the work was recognised and funding to support teaching Mandarin will continue.
  • The Scottish Schools Badminton Union Gibb Memorial Primary Quaich was on Saturday. Bruntsfield won 6 of 7 matches, and 28 of the 35 games. Bruntsfield were runners-up coming 2nd to West End Primary, from Elgin. The children were complimented on their sportsmanship in games and represented the school admirably. Well done to Savannah, Tully, Mathilde, Skye, Joseph, Lucas, Torin and Edy. Thank you to coaches Mike and Richard for getting the team match-ready, and for keeping them going throughout the day.
  • World Book Day: 5 March This year’s theme is ‘Share a Million Stories’. The  children will share their stories in class and at Assembly on Friday 6 March. If children wish to dress up, they may do so on Friday. The classes will visit our local book shop on Thursday 5 March to exchange vouchers for books, it worked very well last year.
  • Parent Helpers: thanks to the parents who helped reorganise all the resources for the Parent Council events. They will be much more accessible in the ground floor cupboard.
  • Helpers for the library needed: We still need helpers to finish cataloguing the library books, please contact Mrs Ramsay if you are able to help.
  • Coronavirus: There are no confirmed cases in Scotland and schools are updated from the NHS as information changes. For the latest update on the Coronavirus please visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

If there is anything I, or any other staff member can do to help, please let us know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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The Gibb Memorial Badminton Quaich

Here’s the match report from the weekend. The Gibb Memorial Primary Badminton Quaich consists of eight school teams representing their region. Bruntsfield won 6 of 7 matches, and 28 of the 35 games. Bruntsfield were runners-up – the 2nd best Badminton primary school team in Scotland! (coming 2nd to West End Primary, from Elgin) A great result!

 

The children were complimented on their sportsmanship in games and represented the school admirably.

 

A big thank you to coaches Mike and Richard (from Boroughmuir School) for getting the team match-ready, and keeping them going through the day, 20200222_144910

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Head Teacher’s Blog 20/2/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • The Right of the Month is Article 30: ‘You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.’ This links with International Mother Language Day on 21 February and Languages Week. Teachers will lead a variety of activities over the next two weeks to support this.
  • Ms Jenny Dobie, is going to continue her Acting Depute Head Teacher position whilst Mrs Nicol in on maternity leave. We wish Mrs Nicol all the best and we look forward to seeing her second baby soon.
  • Building Update: in order to complete the outside of the windows as quickly as possible, the last of the scaffolding has been erected. Unfortunately, the stairs to the rear of the school have been blocked. On a good note, the children may use the stairs at the other side. We have asked for this to be opened, but it may be quicker to finish the painting and remove it all at the same time than wait for the scaffolding to be changed. The flooring in the children’s toilets has been changed (it is the same colour) and the wash hand basins upgraded, there is still some work to complete.
  • Autism Sunday was during the holidays and Autism Week is the 30 March to the 5 April. Information on Autism is available at https://autism.org.uk/get-involved/world-autism-awareness-week/schools.aspx.  Class teachers will discuss Autism with their classes during this week.
  • “One of our parents has asked to share the following information on Parentline: Parentline, is a service run locally by the charity Children First, which offers help to any family in Scotland needing support. The website has information on child development and strategies for dealing with the everyday challenges of being a parent. Parentline are also available to talk 365 days a year (Monday to Friday, from 9am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday, from 9am-12noon). Calls are  free on 08000 2822 or you may Chat and/or find advice at children1st.org.uk/parentline Email: parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk

 

If there is anything I, or anyone from our staff team can do to help, please let us know,

Kind regards,

 

Carol Kyle

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