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Bellsquarry Nursery Class – Care Inspection – Thursday 26th October 2017

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Yesterday we had an unannounced inspection in our nursery from the Care Inspectorate.

We are very proud to announce that we received all ‘VERY GOODS’ on the themes inspected.

There will be further information to follow.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all our fantastic staff for their hard work and professionalism.

Thank you to our parents for all their continued support in engaging in their child’s learning.

Last but not least, thank you to our nursery children who are complete stars and were praised highly by the inspector.

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More Measure

P2 recently finished their revision on Weight and Capacity. This was a fantastic opportunity for us to revisit our work and helped us to deepen our learning.  It was also a chance for us to exercise some of our Learning Muscles, such as Distilling, Collaboration, Revising, Interdependence, Absorption and Capitalising.

Here is a small insight into this work.  The ultimate aim was to make a set of posters for ourselves and others to help us remember and understand Measure.

Each table worked together to revise and note down everything we knew about each subject – in writing or pictures – then we peer-assessed the work and revised it further to make the improvements our peers recommended. This is the pupils’ learning in their own words and images. Here are some pictures of this process, and the final results. Can we teach you something new about measure?

 

Working in table groups to create the posters:

 

Peer-assessing another table’s work:

The final posters:

House Team Meetings

This morning the House Captains met with their teams after assembly. They shared some important information about earning points for their House and also launched the Winter Creativity Competition where children in P1-3 can make some winter art and children in P4-7 can create some winter poetry.

The House Captains had also prepared a seasonal quiz to entertain the children and they joined in with gusto (and now everyone is singing Frozen songs again as a result!).

Well done to the House Captains and Vice Captains for a great meeting and thank you to all the children for contributing some great ideas for next term’s events.

Raising Kids with Confidence

I am writing to advise you of opportunities available for parents to access “Raising Kids with Confidence”.  The 6 session programme engages parents in the school setting to be an active participant in their child’s development.  This course is aimed at all parents (rather than solely targeting groups) and can strengthen collaborations with parents and schools. The course provides an excellent opportunity to further support the work of our school on the National Improvement Framework Parental Engagement driver and would also enhance our approach to Family Learning in line with How Good Is Our School 4.

 Growing confidence was originally developed by the City of Edinburgh Council and following a successful pilot in Edinburgh, the programme has become available to other local authorities.

 The training is designed to raise awareness and increase parent’s confidence about the importance of promoting positive mental well being in themselves and in their children.  The course offers people an opportunity to learn about the most up to date research and theories on what influences our mental health and well being.  One of the unique points of Growing Confidence is that it does not adopt any one theory or approach and recognises individual difference whilst allowing others to make changes based on the evidence they hear.

 The Health Improvement Team and partners are delighted to offer 2 schools in West Lothian the opportunity to have courses for their parents, one course available October/November and one March/April.  This course has all ready been offered in the Longridge/Fauldhouse/Deans/Carmondean/Broxburn/Uphall/Uphall Station/Pumpherston area and evaluations have been very positive.

 I have attached the leaflet with the content of the course for your interest above.

 We are at this time seeking notes of interest and would ask that notes of interest are made prior to Monday 26thSeptember.

Please see leaflet below:-

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P4-7 visited Polbeth and Harwood Church for their Easter Service

On Wednesday the 23rd March, we walked to the church in Polbeth. Some of the members of the church came and met us at school and walked along with us. When we arrived, we met Nanda who is our school chaplain. The church was decorated with a lovely display made by Primary 6. Nanda told us a story about Easter eggs and the chocolate egg she had actually had a proper egg yolk in it…yuk!

Primary 7 read chapters about Easter from the Bible. Primary 4 told us a story about the Easter donkey. Primary 6 read an Easter poem and Primary 5 shared with us some of their ‘egg’ words. We also sang two songs.

Here are some photos from our visit. Happy Easter to all the friends and family of Bellsquarry Primary School.

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Curricular Evening – Thursday, January 14th 2016: 6.00 – 7.00pm

You will have noticed on our last newsletter that we are running a parent/carer curricular evening on Thursday 14th January. This event will be led by our Educational Psychologist, Jenny Gray and will be looking at Growth Mindset. This is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success – a simple idea that makes all the difference. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education and sports.

Bellsquarry staff have recently attended a training session on Growth Mindset with Jenny and we want to share this with our parents/carers to ensure we are supporting our children together.

If you wish to look at some of the research behind teaching a growth mindset before the curricular evening, please look at the following links:

Website:

http://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/about/

TED talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve?language=en

We look forward to welcoming you.

Kind regards

Ruth McMaster
Head Teacher