Category Archives: Children’s Learning

New Nursery Hours – August 2020

The Nursery hours being offered to parents is changing in August 2020. We would like to spread to word so that the parents that this will impact on are aware of these changes.
Early Years Nursery Expansion in Dunblane
Do you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old in August 2020?
The number of hours and length of day that the school nurseries are opening is changing in August 2020.
• The Scottish Government’s vision is to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, and to give children the best possible start in life.
• The aim is to achieve this through a transformative change in the ELC provision by almost doubling the free entitlement to 1140 hours per year by 2020.
• In August 2020 Dunblane Primary School, Newton Primary School and St. Mary’s Episcopal Primary School Nursery classes will be offering children 1140 hours of free childcare from the Scottish Government.
• Dunblane Primary School and Newton Primary School Nursery classes will be following –Model 2: 25 hrs funding per week, 45.6 weeks a year (Closed 32 days a year).
• Both nurseries will open at 8.00 am to 6.00 pm for 45.6 weeks a year. Parents will have 5 sessions to be used as follows –
Ø 8AM – 1PM (1 session)
Ø 1PM – 6PM (1 session)
Ø 8AM – 6PM (2 sessions)
• St. Mary’s Episcopal will be following Model 3 which is 30 funded hours a week over 38 weeks. Attendance would be 5 full days a week from 9am to 3pm during term time only.
• Children can start nursery the term after their 3rd birthday. We have 3 intakes – August, January and April (after each school term holiday)
• Funded hours can be spread across more than one provider. The providers must all be local authority nurseries or an approved funded provider. This is called a split placement. If you are interested in a place at either of the school nurseries in August 2020 please contact the school and hand in an application form. Forms should be handed into the school office by the end of April for 2020-2021 start. Here is a link with further details.

P1 Parents Workshop

On Thursday the 12th of September a parents workshop took place for all our new Primary 1 parents.  During the workshop we covered

  • How to support your child at home with all areas of their learning
  • How we deliver the RWI programme in school.
  • How we teach Maths in school
  • Play based learning in P1.

Here is the presentation that was used.  A leaflet and further information will be in every child’s school bag.


Angles in our Environment – P3H

Our topic in maths over the next few weeks will be Angles.  This week we looked for right angles in our Environment. We found right angles all around us, including on our picnic bench, planters, windows and many more!

Then in pairs, using sticks we created our own  squares and rectangles and then used cubes to show the right angles on our shapes.


Blair Drummond Outreach Programme

Primary 5 would like to say a huge thank you to Stuart from Blair Drummond Safari Park who came to visit today.

Stuart delivered a fun filled and informative workshop which covered topics including animal adaptations, animal behaviour, food chains/webs, saving our animals and much more.  We were fascinated when he passed around some items including a real lion skull!

It was also great to hear about the charities Blair Dummond Safari Park support though their ‘Link to the Wild’ projects.

An Exciting Visitor

Primary 5 were very lucky to receive a visit from Mr David Smith from the Smith Museum this afternoon.

He taught us lots of interesting facts about Wallace and Bruce and also the Smith Museum.  Did you know that the worlds oldest football is kept in the Smith Museum and is said to be worth between £5,000,000 – £10,000,000!

We learned so much about these historical figures and can’t wait to find out more through our learning context over the next few weeks.  We were most excited when David brought out a real sword from 300 years ago (ones from Wallace and Bruce era are too old and because they were made of steel most of them snapped) as well as some leg cuffs which were once used to hold prisoners!

Thank you Mr Smith!

Primary 7 Spotlight

Please take a look at the Primary 7 Spotlight on Learning for this term!

Welcome to Primary 7 – we have a very busy year full of learning coming up! We’ve attached our Spotlight on Learning to this post for all P7 parents/carers and pupils to have a look at to let you know what’s happening in Term 1.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions for us!

Miss Aitken, Mrs Hislop and Miss May