Category Archives: Parent Zone News

Thank You for Attending our Open Day

We held our Open Day for new parents this week.

It was very well attended with some existing parents and lots of prospective new parents for our new P1 classes next year.

We’d like to thank all those who attended. We would also like to thank all staff and pupils, especially our brilliant clan chiefs and deputes, who made the day run so smoothly.

Next week is our Enrolment Week. Please head over to the linked page for more information.

If you missed our open day but still wish to apply for a place do not worry, it was an optional part of our application process, just be sure to come along to enrolment week to apply for your child’s place.

Primary Enrolment Week for 2018/19

Next week is Primary Enrolment Week for 2018/19.

Enrolling your child for primary can seem like a daunting and confusing process. We aim to make it as easy as possible with our drop in enrolment week.

If you wish to apply for a place at Dalry Primary for the next P1 intake parents are invited to visit our office from Monday 6th November 2017 – Thurs 9th November 2017 between the hours of 9.30 – 2.30.

Staff will be on hand to provide support to complete the enrolment forms and answer any questions you may have.

Parents need to bring their child’s birth certificate or passport, a council tax statement (for the current year), and a utility bill: gas, electricity, telephone landline/Broadband (within the last 3 months).

Please also bear in mind the general eligibility information as available on the council website.

Once you have applied you will be invited to attend both our P1 parents: Moving up Day on Thursday 14 June 2018 and Welcome Meeting for Parents on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Times for these events will be confirmed nearer to the time.

We look forward to meeting you next week and next school year.

Sumdog: A Guide For Parents

Dalry Primary uses Sumdog, the online maths learning tool, in school.

Your child can also use their account at home.

Each child will receive a Sumdog sign in which will let them play the games at home and add coins and achievements to their school accounts. Look out for this sign in information in the coming weeks.

Your child’s account is free to use and will never request any micro-payments. It will also travel with them up through the school.

When your child starts into Sumdog there will be a short period of getting used to the site and then it will perform an extended diagnostic test to set the level for the questions they need to tackle. As a result of this test children can then play the same games against one another but be answering questions at their own level.

In order for the diagnostic test to work properly it is vital that parents don’t help their child to work out the answers. If they do the questions will likely be set as too hard, which while Sumdog will, over time, correct itself could lead to your child not enjoying, and therefore not using, this brilliant resource to the fullest extent they could.

Over the coming year class teachers will be able to set specific challenges linked to the curriculum and the school will be able to compete with others across Scotland, the UK and the World in Sumdog set contests.

Watch out for news of these on our website and we hope you and your child enjoy Sumdog.

Playground Loose Parts Appeal

We are collecting materials for loose parts play in our playground.  Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. The children play with these materials and it allows children to be creative, cooperative and have lots of different experiences.

We are looking for donations of the following materials-

Bottle tops (in a plastic bag), ropes, empty clean tubs and tins, wheels, pieces of pipe, ball pit balls, pots and pans, planks of wood, stumps of wood.

Please donate any of these things if you have them at home and no longer use them. There will be 2 clean green wheelie bins outside the main entrance and any donations can be put in these bins.  Loose parts is about using materials that are available to us. We are also planning to ask local businesses.

Thank you,

Playground committee

Midterm Break Ideas

Ahead of the midterm break we thought we would round up some of things you can do around Edinburgh to keep little minds occupied this October.





  • There are great family walks in and around Edinburgh. A good website for finding these is Walk Highlands .




Have fun in the holiday!