Category Archives: P1/2

P2 Roots of Empathy News: Discovering Emotions

This month P2A, P2B and the P2’s in Mrs McDermot’s class have been learning about emotional literacy, to identify, name and feel comfortable about discussing emotions.

They have discovered that emotions are not good or bad, but pleasant or unpleasant. Also that everyone experiences the same emotions and that our temperament influences how we deal with them. The children understand there are four core emotions of sadness, anger, fear and happiness. That they vary in how they are triggered and how long they last.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed our family visits with Harry, and his mum Kirsty and Jamie and his mum Maxine, they recognised and named baby Harry and baby Jamie’s emotional cues and facial expressions. How the mums read the emotional cues to meet their baby’s needs and this makes him feel understood. The children really enjoyed their visit, asking Kirsty and Maxine lots of questions and sharing their experiences. Recently the children have been practising for their Nativity and they sang some of the songs for Harry and Jamie including The Woolly Sheep and Jingle Bells, both baby boys really enjoyed the children’s singing and actions to the songs.

We also talked about different types of teasing and bullying behaviour, how this makes us feel and how talking about our emotions can help us manage them. Also the children created artwork and discussed how they can help their friends when they are sad.

For more information please ask Mrs Harris-Toner, Miss McArthur, Mrs Chadwick and Mrs McDermot. Also check out our Roots of Empathy notice board in P2B’s classroom and

Christmas Clan Enterprise Day

We had an amazing Christmas Enterprise day on Wednesday. The Clan Chiefs and Deputes planned a range of wonderful Christmas and Winter Christmas craft activities for all of the children in their own Clans with the staff. Thanks to the huge amount of parents who volunteered to come in and support this fabulous festive event. A big thank you to Mrs Mason and Miss Kelly who organise this event behind the scenes, and make sure it runs smoothly every year! We all had so much fun!


Illness and Sickness Advice

It is winter and the winter bugs are arriving as usual.

At this time of year it is especially important to follow the best advice to help keep children and staff well and keep schools and nurseries working well.

NHS Lothian have issued the following key advice for Parents and Carers.

The most important message is:

The key advice is the

Children should not return to school until completely well and 48 hours after symptoms have cleared.

The following will help prevent infection at home as well.

In the home the risk of catching or spreading flu/cold like illness can be reduced by:

•Regular hand washing with liquid soap and running water

•Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

•Using a disposable paper tissue, disposed off immediately after use.

•You can teach your child to sneeze into the ‘crook’ of their arm rather than their hands, if they don’t have a tissue.

•Good general cleaning of surface that everyone touches often e.g. TV remote, light switches, door handles, toilet flushes and tap heads.