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Science in P3A

This week we have contiued to explore our Materials science topic.  We made Cornflour Slime and explored the properties of this substance.  It was very strange becuase sometimes it was hard and solid and other times it was wet and runny!

We had great fun dressing up in our lab coats and protective glasses!  We explored what happened when we poured them on our tables and when we stirred them over and over.  We are leaving our slime on the window sill to see if anything changes after a few days.

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Judo in P1b

This week P1b had the chance to try some Judo.  The instructor was called Jake and we liked him a lot because he made us laugh!

“Judo was very fun – I liked playing the beetle game” – Zach

“You had to push the other one over when they were turned over on their back” – Rebecca

“I liked playing the wee horsey game” – Emma

“I liked when we were trying to lie on people and they had to try to get up” – Max

“I was squeezed when Harry Ferguson was lying on top of me!” – Alexander W

“I liked when we had to put our foot on our partner’s foot to win points” – Oliver

“I liked trying to push the people over!” – Alex D

“I liked trying to get Richard off my back” – Harry Mc

“I liked Jake making me giggle!” – Harry F

Parent Council Minutes – 2nd November 2015

The Parent Council minutes from the last meeting have now been added to the ‘Parent Council’ page under ‘School Information’ on the right hand side of the blog page.

Primary 1 Room 11 Update

We have started practising singing out songs for our Nativity ‘Hey ewe!’. We are all really looking forward to our mum’s and dad’s coming to see us.






Some of our favourite songs so far are: Hustle Bustle and there’s something going on.
I’m sure you are really looking forward to hearing them too.

This week we have enjoyed:
Harris – ‘Making foxes.’ This was to practise blending the x sound.

Rebecca – ‘Topic activities.’ We have been learning through structured play activities this week.

Holly – ‘Adding. The answer has to be bigger than the other 2 numbers.’ We used train tracks and hands to join quantities together.




If you have not already done so can you please return your Christmas lunch order/choice by Thursday 19th November.  Children who have not returned their sheet will be required to bring a packed lunch from home on the day of  the Christmas lunch which is on Thursday 3rd December .  The lunch order will be placed in advance with Boghall Kitchen on  Thursday 19th November by 3.30pm and cannot be altered after this time. We require a return from all pupils whether they are ordering or not.

Many thanks for your understanding and support in this matter.

School Office


Primary 3 Open Morning

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All three P3 classes opened our doors to visitors this week and held an Open Morning to show off our work within the Maths curriculum.  The pupils had great fun singing and dancing along to our Big Maths Beat That songs and we showed some tasks that could be completed at home as well!

Thank you so much for coming!


Christmas Fayre Helpers and Donations Needed

Simpson Primary School – Christmas Fayre

Saturday 28th November 10am – 12:30pm


Dear Parents / Carers


The Christmas Fayre is fast approaching and we have been working hard to confirm our stall holders.  We think you will be pleased with the wide variety on offer this year and hopefully get you into the spirit of Christmas!


The Parent Council will also be covering a variety of stalls to help raise some much needed funds for our school.  We are looking for some donations towards the various stalls and we would greatly appreciate your help and generosity.


Listed below are some of the items that would be greatly appreciated!

  • Any Teddy Bears or Footballs that are in good condition (or even new!)

which require a new home

  • Bottles for the ever popular guess the bottle stall
  • Nearly new stall – children’s books, games, toys etc (please check they are in good working order and not missing any parts)

Unfortunately we cannot sell any DVD’s, CD’s, computer games or adult books

  • Donations for the Tombola and Raffle.
  • Chocolate (single bars small or large, boxes, packets) – our Chocolate Tombola


*Donations can be handed into the Parents Room daily from 3:15

at school pickup from 9th November*


We are also asking parents if they could possibly get their children to donate the following items:

  • Nursery & P1 –     Chocolate
  • P2 – P3 –     Toiletries
  • P4 – P5 –     Bottles of any sort
  • P6 – P7 –     Items suitable for food hampers (biscuits, jam, tins, hot               cholcolate, coffee, consumables etc.)


Home Baking Stall

We would greatly welcome any donations.  You can hand the home baking into the Parent’s Room on Friday 27th November before and after school.  We will also be taking donations on the morning of the Fayre.



We are looking for helpers to help set up for the Fayre and help on the day covering stalls.

  • Friday afternoon between 1 – 3pm.
  • Saturday between 9am – 1pm.

Even if you can just spare an hour or so then your help is appreciated.  We will hopefully have enough people so we can have a rota system to help cover stalls, helping to give everyone a chance to look around the Fayre.  If you feel you can help in any way then please text Gill on – 07834615948 or leave me a message saying when you can help and what times and I will get back to you.


Unfortunately if we do not get enough offers of help then the

Christmas Fayre will need to be cancelled.


Thank you for your on going support.

Parent Council – Events Committee

Paying Respects in Primary 7

This week in Room 16 we have had a focus on Remembrance Day.

We learnt the reasons why we mark Remembrance Day and why we were poppies.

– Remembrance Day used to be called Armistice Day but was changed after World War II to show respect for those who lost their lives in other wars. (Lewis)

– Poppies were the first flowers to grow in the fields that the World War I was fought in. (Catherine)


On Wednesday we attended the Remembrance Service at Bathgate War Memorial, during which we observed the 2 minute silence.

– The memorial was really emotional but worth listening to. (Tyra)

– Some of us got to carry wreaths and place them on the memorial. (Toby)

– I liked the service.  It made you think about what the soldiers have done for us.”

We also created our own Remembrance themed art work based on a picture called “Poppies in the Wind”

– The art was harder than it looked. (Toby)

The children all worked really hard to create their own versions of the painting and produced some beautiful results.


Happy Diwali

Simpson nursery have  had a busy week celebrating Diwali. We had a visit from Mrs. Dhokia and Aarna  who spoke to the children about the Festival. She wore her sari and the children listened to the story of Diwali. The children had the opportunity to make Divas, Puppets and the children’s comments and pictures were added into the floorbook.

Well done to everyone who dressed for Children in Need we all had lots of fun!

Have a look at our new numeracy area to see what fun activities there are.

Parental Engagement Calendar – change of time for P1 Nativity Rooms 10&12

The parental engagement calendar can be found under school information at the right hand side of the blog page.  Click on ‘Newsletters’ to see the link to it.

I have just removed the previous version and updated it with a new one showing the following change –

The P1 Nativity for Rooms 10 & 12 will now take place at 2.00pm instead of the original planned time of 2.30pm.  The date will remain the same – Wed 16th Dec.  This change has been made to ensure parents/carers will have enough time before the end of the school day to allow photographs to be taken.

This information has also been shared in the class newsletter.

P1 Nativity for Rooms 9 & 11 will remain at the same time – 10.30am- Wed 16th Dec.

Please add this change to your diary.

Thank you

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