Digital Learning Week – May 2016


It’s National Digital Learning Week and Springfield Primary are taking part in this very successfully!

This work has been happening all year and we were really excited to engage with schools in Falkirk to share good practice. Following a visit from children and teachers at St. Bernadette’s and Victoria Primary School, our children also wanted to be digital leaders. After submitting application forms for the post of digital leader, two children from each class were appointed and this news was celebrated in assembly.

This week, our digital leaders (with the help of Mrs McMahon and Mrs McCartney) are delivering a digital leader lesson to their peers. This is really exciting and going very well so far. We look forward to more digital leader work in the future!

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Parent Helpers at Springfield/ Bonnytoun Nursery

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At Springfield Primary School and Bonnytoun Nursery we welcome parent helpers at all times and value the contributions you make to our school. As a way of thanks, we would like to invite you to a thank you coffee morning on Friday 10th June at 9.30 am in our school hall.


Thank you to our parent focus group who met last week to look at ‘Family Learning Programmes’. At this meeting, some parents have offered to draw up a useful help sheet for any parents/ carers who are helping in our school. We aim to hold a meeting in school early in the new term to explain the role of a parent helper and procedures etc. We are asking that all parent helpers complete a P.V.G. form (these can be obtained from the school office).

Our school is expanding to 14 classrooms and we are having a little move around. Currently the parent helper room is being used for several purposes and we are looking into this. Please bear with us whilst we are making these changes, moving is always tricky!

We would like to thank all parents, carers, friends and family for your support and help this year  in school. We really do value you and very much look forward to welcoming new parent helpers in the new session too.


Starting School – Welcome to Our New P1s!

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We are very excited to be welcoming 50 new P1 children to Springfield Primary in August. An information session is being held in the school hall on Wednesday 18th May at 6.30 p.m.

This session will be led by the HT (Acting) and parents/ carers will receive an induction booklet, alongside a Powerpoint presentation to get your child off to a flying start from August.

We look forward to welcoming all parents/ carers to our school.

A copy of the presentation can be accessed here for any parents/ carers who were unable to make the meeting.

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All parents/ carers are also invited to our coffee morning on Friday 10th June at 9.30 a.m. alongside our current parent helpers.

We would like to point you in the direction of some useful picture books which will help with the transition to Primary School. These can be found on the Book Trust website by clicking this link.

We hope your child will have a very happy school journey with us and we very much look forward to welcoming them to Springfield. Transition visits have already started and more are planned for the next few weeks. Today we will be visiting Oakwell Nursery with First Adventures visit tomorrow. These visits will be with the child’s new class teacher and/ or the HT/ DHT (Acting) along with their new buddy.

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Smarter Ways to Travel to School

Give Everyone Space!

A new campaign is being launched week commencing 9th May.  The campaign is aimed at vehicle drivers, asking them to give everyone cycling space on the road, as much space as you would give a car. Further information can be found here:

Cycle Friendly

Springfield Primary School are the first cycle friendly school in West Lothian! We are very proud!

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Walk to School Week 16th – 20th May

Living Streets run a national Walk to School Week annually, this year on 16th to 20th May. Classroom resources for a structured 5 day challenge are available for both primary and secondary schools. On Tuesday 17th May, Happy Shoesday, schools are invited children, teachers and staff to wear their happiest shoes to school and donate £1 to Living Streets, a registered charity promoting walking and safer pedestrian environments.


Dounans Camp 2016 – Primary 6

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Dear Parents/ Carers,

Camp is approaching. As you all know, there was an information session held in school on 24th February 2016 – as per school newsletter – we are all excited about our trip away.

Jamie from Dounans was kind enough to attend our camp information session where we went over details of the trip. Kit lists have been distributed to all pupils (and a few spares for those who mislaid theirs!).

At Parents’ Evening, Mrs Begarnie completed all paperwork with parents however there are a still a few outstanding medical forms to be returned. We would appreciate your help and support by returning these to school by the end of the week.

A huge thank you to the teachers who are attending camp and supporting this event: Mrs Tulloch, Mr Logan, Miss Mudd and Miss Harrison. We couldn’t do this without you.

Thank you parents for your continued support.

Health Week

This week is health week and there are amazing things happening!

We have hired a smoothie bike for the week, here our our P1s having a go!

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People who Help Us – P1A

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This week Primary 1 looked at how people help us in everyday life, as part of our Linlithgow focus. We started with a speaking and listening activity to get the children to think about all the different people who help us. We looked at all the people that do help us, like the police and fire fighters. We had to think about what the people who help us look like. We worked in pairs to think about how we could help each other. We played a Circle Time activity that got us thinking about what each person does as part of their job, using prompt cards. Primary 1 started to think about they wanted to do when they grew up to help people.They thought about which job they wanted to do and we wrote these ideas and reasons on a writing frame. We set up part of our classroom with role play masks. Role play is a great way to get into character. We were very lucky that we had a visit from a librarian at Linlithgow Library, Harrrison’s daddy, who is a fire fighter and Sienna’s daddy who is a policeman. We thoroughly enjoyed our visitors and Primary 1 showed fantastic manners and respect to our guests! We asked challenging questions and learned lots! Ask your child what they would like to be when they grow up!

Curriculum Rationale – Talking Heads

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On Monday 21st March, we are hosting a Talking Heads session for parents and carers. We really value parental input and would like help to support the priorities in our School Improvement Plan 2016 – 2017.

We are looking for answers to the following questions:

  1. What makes Springfield/ Bonnytoun unique?
  2. What brings the curriculum alive for pupils?
  3. What is it we want for our children?
  4. What are we going to do to achieve it?

We are examining our current school vision, values and aims and want this to reflect the school community.

We would like our rationale to ensure the whole school community has a shared understanding of what we are trying to achieve. As our school moves forward, we recognise the importance of taking quality time to evaluate and review curriculum innovation and learn from evolving best practice.

We are really excited to host this session and look forward to lots of parents/ carers sharing their views and supporting us.