We need your help!

We are currently updating our Curriculum Rationale and really need your input!

What is a Curriculum Rationale?

When a school has a rationale for its curriculum, it means taht everyone involved in the school can answer the questions ‘What is it we want for these children?’ and ‘What are we going to do to achieve it?’

(Education Scotland)

We will post a question a day for the next few days and we would really appreciate you taking the time to add your views and ideas.

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Week 7

Good morning everyone!  What a fabulous weekend it has been, I am pleased to see the fine weather I ordered arrived and we all got to enjoy the outdoors!

We welcome back Mrs Fiona Henderson to P1/2.  We are delighted to have her back.


Tonight we have a nursery parents evening from 4-5.30 and 6.30-8pm.  We hope to see lots of parents there.   We will have feedback on your questionnaires available and would encourage you to ask about anything you are unsure of.   This has been a learning year for us all with the implementation of 1140 hours.


P7s will be catching the SJHS bus for the first time.  The bus times were sent out on Thursday but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are unsure.  1a go on their outdoor day and 1b remains in school for a STEM/Problem solving day.

We have our first transition morning, with everyone moving into their new classes.  It is a chance to spend some time with new class mates and the teacher they will have for the year.


P7 are out again today, this time 1a stays in school and 1b will be on their outdoor education day.  They catch the bus straight to SJHS again.

We have assembly with Mr Alasdair Macpherson.

Due to the change in timetables in secondary, Mrs J Inkster will be in Dunrossness to teach music on Thursdays from now on.


Ms Scanlan is away on training and Mrs L Tait will cover her class.

We hope everyone has a super week in school!

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Road Safety with the JRSO’s

On Outdoor Education Day, P1/2 were helped to prepare for their upcoming traffic and road safety assembly with the help of the JRSO’s (Junior Road Safety Officers).  P1/2 have been learning about how they can make themselves more easily seen by cars now that the light nights are here and have be learning about how to cross the road safely.  It was great to be able to work alongside the older pupils in the school and to get outside and practise what we’ve learned in class in a real, outdoor setting.

Week 6

Afternoon everyone.  What a super week of weather we have had. It has been so good to see the bairns enjoying themselves outside.  The outdoor education day yesterday couldn’t have been better.  Thanks to pupils from P5/6 and P6/7 for planting more willows.   Have you been in our ‘forest’ lately?  It is looking great!

The weeks are flying by and I can’t believe we are heading in to week 6.  The P7s all had transition visits this week and the pupils transferring to both Sandwick and the Anderson High were positive about their visits.  It is an exciting time for them.  They are a great bunch and we are going to make the most of our time left with them.

So next week!  Busy week again.  Is there any other kind?


P5/6 are all going to SJHS to practice for the Scottish Opera in the morning.  All of P7 are heading to Voxter for what looks like a very exciting outdoor day.

Tehre is a meeting for the parents of pupils going on the Loch Insh trip in the social area of Sandwick Junior High School.


We have our Learner Led event on Tuesday between 6 and 8pm.  Children invited who they would like to come and share their learning with.  We hope to see lots of you there.  Mrs Smith (PE) Ms Burr (art) and Mrs Inkster (music) will all be there too.  We have a Scholastic Book Fair on display as well as some plants for sale.


P1/2 start our day off with their class assembly where they will share their learning with family and friends.  It is a nice way for Mrs Tait to celebrate her last day in P1/2.  We would like to thank her for all her hard work.  We are delighted she is staying on in another role in the school.   I am not very good at goodbyes!


We have a meeting with the South Mainland Partnership and some of our volunteers for our History Walk at 2.30pm.  It is shaping up to be a super day on the 6th June for this walk.  I have requested a fine day for it.

Friday 25th May


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Week 5

Good afternoon.  Another busy week here in Dunrossness Primary!  We welcome Louise Fraser and Molly Budge to school for work experience from the Anderson High.

I was out yesterday at a Head Teacher Development Day.  Some very interesting presentations and thoughts for future developments.  It is always good to attend these days to hear about local and national initiatives, of which there are many at the moment!

Today we have had a visit to our nursery from Mrs Audrey Edwards from Schools Service and Mr Craig Clement, from the Northern Alliance, who is looking at the model for expansion to the 1140 hours free early learning and child care for all 3-5 year olds with our collaborative from the north of Scotland.  He seemed impressed with our setting and the flexibility we are able to offer parents.  He also saw some very happy bairns playing outside.

Bairns in all the classes are busy preparing for our Learner Led event next Tuesday.  Keep an eye out for your invitations!

On Wednesday we lots on!  P7 go to SJHS for a transition visit, P4/5 are off to Mareel to see ‘Baba Yaga’ and P5/6 and the remainder of P6/7 are off to visit the archaeological site at Brew with Mr Gerry Bigelow.   The pre-school children are having their first school dinner in the hall with the others.  Mrs Leslie is out on a training course.

Thursday starts with an assembly from Cheri Young from the Scripture Union.  Mrs Leslie is out on a training course.

On Friday P4/5 are off to the Sumburgh Lighthouse for a visit.

The school is looking lovely with all the displays and bairns work on the walls.  We very much hope that lots of you will come along next Tuesday to see what is going on!

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Week 4

Good morning everyone.  What a lovely day.  It feels like spring has sprung!

This week we have lots on!

Generation Science are here this very minute working with P4/5 on Roboconstructors.  Looks like it is going very well.

Harry Rose is working in P6/7 this morning and P4/5 this afternoon, supporting their topic work.

Mrs Graydon is holding a Bookbug session in the library this morning and she will be in nursery at 10am tomorrow for another one.

I go away on Tuesday to a meeting in Inverness to discuss the Early Learning and Childcare expansion.

On Wednesday we have a Celebration Assembly.  Please remember to encourage your child(ren) to bring in any celebrations from home.   We love to hear about their efforts and achievements out with school too.

The P6s will be taking their nursery buddies into the playground for part of playtime on Wednesday.  It is great for the pre-school children to get to know someone from the school to help them with their transition.

We also have a visit from Kirsten Mann from Nurture Network Scotland.  We look forward to welcoming her and showing her around our nurturing school.

P7 have their first taster session in Sandwick Junior High School on Wednesday morning.  Very exciting term ahead for them!  As part of their John Muir award we are taking the to Michael’s Wood to help with some maintenance on this amazing site.   I think we will have time for a play too!

Mrs V Inkster is away on Thursday afternoon and Friday on EIS union business and Mrs L Tait will cover her class.

Mrs Moar is planning a class Voar Redd up this week.  She will be looking for parent helpers.  An e-mail will follow.

We are interviewing for the post of supervisory assistant on Friday afternoon.  We have recruited to Mrs Casey’s Learning Support Assistant Post but we will have to wait for all the necessary checks before we can share the successful applicant with you.

Those are all the things we know about this week!

Have a good week everyone,

Ms Henderson

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Radio Scotland

Just to let you all know that BBC Radio Scotland’s Out for the Weekend programme will have a short Redd Up piece featuring the Dunrossness bairns, likely to feature in today’s show, Friday 4th May at 2pm.  They are using the material Daniel recorded for Radio Shetland.

The programme will be available to listen again via the link below for one month after transmission:



Voar Redd Up

On Thursday 26th April, all the children from Primary 1-7 took part in Voar Redd Up, our spring litter pick. Earlier in the year some winter storms had thrown lots of marine litter into Boddam Voe and we were keen to try to clear as much plastic as possible. We were also joined by lots of members of the local community.

Everyone worked very hard and we made a big impact on the amount of rubbish.

All finished for the afternoon. The beach is looking a lot better.