Monthly Archives: Aug 2017

Red Note Ensemble Visit

On Wednesday the school was lucky to recieve a visit from a quartet of members from The Red Note Ensemble.

Since its formation in 2008, Red Note Ensemble has taken up a leadership position as Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, performing and developing both an extensive, highly-varied and critically-acclaimed programme of new music.”

The quartet performed for P6 and P5 in their classrooms, bringing the pupils into contact with pieces by Janáček and Shostakovitch, amongst others.

Many members of P6 and P5 were visibly enthused by the experience, referring to it afterwards as “extreme” and “exciting”.


Thank you very much to the Red Note members for their kind visit.


Dalry Assembly Programme 2017/18



Monday @ 1:15PM  


Sharing learning and presenting to others is a key learning experience for our children. All pupils should have the opportunity to take part in a class assembly during the year. We hope to share our School Values, develop an understanding of Respecting Children’s Rights, aspects of Health Education, particularly building resilience and the work of school groups. We also celebrate whole school events and any fund raising focus. We have community partnerships with St Andrews and St Georges, Gorgie, Dalry and Stenhouse Church and St Martins Episcopal Church who support our assembly programme at Harvest, Christmas and Easter. We work closely with our local ministers and aim to reflect and celebrate all Faiths. We aim to reflect the diversity of our school community in the widest sense through including celebrations of all world religions throughout the year.


DATE Class or Leader Topic/Theme
21st August SMT Welcome Back and Values Assembly
28th August MM Building Resilience Launch Assembly ‘Be Resilient’
4th September SMT/Donna Big Sing – Level Teams Numeracy/Maths Overview/benchmarks

(Active Schools/Judo Input – Keep Active Theme)

11th September NSPCC NSPCC Assemblies AM


25th September SMT/Donna Big Sing – Parents Consultation Appointments
2nd October MM ‘Be Resilient’ Sharing Assembly
9th October Rachel Cooney and P3a/P3b Harvest and Food Bank Collection for Salvation Army

Gorgie, Dalry and Stenhouse Church and P3a and P3b Class Assembly

30th October MM Building Resilience Launch Assembly ‘Keep Connected’
6th November SMT/Donna Big Sing – Level Teams Literacy Overview/benchmarks
13th November Clan Chiefs + Vanessa Children In Need


20th November JRSOs + Elaine Road Safely Assembly
27th November P6


P6 Class Assembly
4th December MM ‘Keep Connected’ Sharing Assembly
11th December P1 and P2 Teachers Nativity (Dress rehearsal)
Fri 22nd December Minister Christmas Service St Martins of Tours Episcopal Church Dalry


15th January MM Building Resilience Launch Assembly ‘Respect Yourself’


22nd January


Tuesday 23rd January

Scottish Opera using hall




Scots Week Launch Assembly with the Sorries TBC

29th January SMT Scots Sharing assembly


5th February TBC Chinese Culture Week Launch Assembly


19th February SMT and Donna


Big Sing – Literacy/Numeracy Benchmarks – Planning for Assessments
26th February MM


‘Respect Yourself’ Sharing Assembly
5th March


P5 and P5/4 P5 and P4/5 Class Assembly
12th March


SMT and Donna Big Sing – Parents Consultation Appointments
19th March


P1a and P1b P1a and P1b Class Assembly
26th March


Ministers Easter – St Andrews and St Georges TBC
23rd April MM


Building Resilience Launch Assembly ‘Challenge Your Mindset’


30th April


SMT and Donna Big Sing – Literacy/Numeracy Benchmarks – Planning for Assessments
14th May


P2a and P2b P2a and P2b Class Assembly
28th May


MM ‘Challenge Your Mindset’ Sharing Assembly
4th June


P4 P4 Class Assembly
11th June


Nursery Team EID Celebrations and Festival Nursery Assembly
18th June


TBC Edinburgh Schools Rock Ensemble Performance TBC
25th June P7a and P7b


P7a and P7b Leavers Assembly

Tea Party for school volunteers/Parent Council Members etc

Each class/stage to takes an assembly slot with own choice of theme (In bold above). Parents will be invited to see the assembly either in the hall or classroom during that week.

Murrayfield Wanderers FC Minis: New Season

Local children’s rugby club Murrayfield Wanderers FC Minis returns this Sunday, 27th August, from 12noon- 1.30pm.

All new and existing members welcome, even if you haven’t played rugby before, come and give it a TRY! For more information please follow the link to our website.

Nursery Newsletter – Term 1 2017/18


         Nursery Newsletter – Term 1 – 2017/2018


Dear Parents and Carers,

Hello and a big welcome to all our new children and those children who are returning to nursery after the summer break. We will be sharing some information with you each term through our ‘Nursery Newsletter’.


New Staff

The nursery is growing and so is our staff team! This year we are delighted to welcome Mrs Angela Brown and Miss Kirsty Moss who join us as Early Years Practitioners. Miss Emma Barclay will be in the nursery until Christmas and is employed through the City of Edinburgh Council’s Early Years Practitioner Trainee Programme.

Parental Involvement

At Dalry Nursery Class we see Nursery Education as a partnership and welcome the involvement of parents/carers. You will soon be receiving information about our Parent Programme and we hope you can join us for some of the sessions we have planned. You are also welcome to spend a session with us in the nursery once your child is settled. We provide many other opportunities for you to take part in activities in the nursery including: monthly ‘Big Sings’, cooking and baking, gardening and trips. If you have a skill you would like to share with us, please let us know. The children really enjoy having their parents/carers join them for activities in the nursery. Pease take the time to look at our noticeboards where you a will find out more about ‘life’ in the nursery and the wider community and see examples of the children’s work. The school Parent Council meets regularly and new members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining contact the School Office.

Giving your views and suggestions

The easiest way to get involved in the life of the nursery is to tell us what we do well and what we could do better. There are many ways you can do this throughout the year including completing questionnaires, commenting online on your child’s Learning Journal profile, completing a comment/suggestion form or talking to us directly. We’re always happy to hear your views and will keep you informed as to how we use them.

Learning Journals

All parents should receive log-in details to access their child’s Learning Journal on-line. Please remember there is a space where you can contribute your own comments and contributions and upload your own contributions too, these help us to work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning. If you have any queries, ask a member of staff.

Ambition and Achievement Tree

We like you to be able to share your child’s ambitions and the achievements they have made at home, however big or small, from putting on their shoes to learning to ride their scooter or tidying up their room. We a lovely ‘Ambition and Achievement’ tree on one of the display boards in the hallway. We decorate this tree as we pass through the seasons. When autumn arrives soon we will be covering the tree with autumn leaves. We would like you to take one of these leaves and complete it with an ‘I would like to . . .’ and ‘I can . . .’ statement about one of your child’s ambitions and achievements, add their name and date and pin it to the tree. You will find what you need: leaves, pens and tacks, at the notice board. Enjoy it!




Boosting Your Child’s Language and Communication

Evidence has shown that children’s language and communication, along with and many other cognitive skills too, can be boosted by using sign language with speech, introducing new words to their vocabulary and regularly talking, reading and singing with children. Please look at our noticeboard, website or your child’s Learning Journal page where you will find our ‘Story, Song, Sign and Word Boost the Moment’. If you would like to know how to make any of our signs or to find out more please ask a member of staff.

Bedtime Stories

The nursery runs a ‘Bedtime Stories’ lending scheme. A bedtime story is a great way for your child to develop a love of books and reading. A bedtime story can also help your child to get ready for sleep as part of their bedtime routine. ‘Bedtime Stories’ available in the nursery hallway. Using ‘Bedtime Stories’ is easy, just talk to a member of staff or take one of our ‘Bedtime Stories’ leaflets. If you would like to help us run our ‘Bedtime Stories’ scheme please speak to a member of staff.

Jackets and Shoes

Dalry is a health promoting school and the children have regular opportunities to play outside. The Scottish weather can be very changeable and therefore it is important to be sure your child has appropriate outdoor wear, such as a warm waterproof jacket, as autumn approaches. Please write your child’s name inside their jacket. Each child also needs named pair of Velcro gym shoes which will stay in the nursery.

You can greatly assist us, and help your child to become independent, by teaching them how to put on their coat and change their shoes by themselves. Shoes with a Velcro fastening are the easiest for children to manage at this stage. Please avoid shoes with laces and buckles.


A healthy snack, with water and milk to drink, is available every day. Our snack menu is on display above the register. We would like our snack to reflect the foods choices needs of you and your child. If you have any suggestions about foods we could include in our snack menu or your child has special dietary needs please let us know. You are welcome to help us prepare snack with the children – just speak to a member of staff. Mrs Crilly is available to collect snack/toy fund money on Monday and Friday – £2.50 (full day attendance) or £1.50 (mornings only attendance). You can pay for several weeks or termly in advance.

Birthday Parties

We celebrate children’s birthdays by making a cake with them in nursery and having a party in the classroom with their friends. Please do not bring sweets or party bags as some of our children may not allowed these.

Personal Possessions

We ask you to please discourage your child from bringing precious or valuable playthings to nursery. In a busy class, it is not possible to keep track of special, expensive toys which may end up lost or broken. There are scooter pods and bike racks in the school playground.

Contact Details

It is very important that we can contact you during the nursery session if necessary. Please make sure that we have up to date details of your address and telephone numbers and that you leave your mobile phone on always while your child is at nursery.

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If you have any comments or questions, please speak to a member of staff.

Nursery Parent/Carer Activities Term One

Parent Activities Term One – 2017/2018

Come and join us for a variety of fun and informative sessions, trips and activities!

Thursday 14th September


  • Coffee morning/afternoon – Toy Library visit  


Tuesday 19th September


  • Supporting Your EAL Child


Friday 22nd September


  • Woodland Explorers


Monday 25th September


  • Big Sing


Friday 29th September


  • Woodland Explorers


Week of 2nd October


  • Parent Consultations for Pre-school children


Friday 6th October


  • Woodland Explorers


Tuesday 10th October

  • Diwali


Friday 13th October


  • Woodland Explorers