Read Write Count Parent and Carer Day in P2

P2 invited their parents and carers to come and join in with Read Write Count activities. Each pupil received their Read Write Count bag and shared some literacy and maths ideas with their parents and carers to explore the stores in more depth.

The puppet area was the most popular! Pupils created puppets of their favourite characters from the Read Write Count books and then acted out parts of the stories.

Thank you to everyone who joined in with the fun afternoon.


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Our Chess Stars Have A Great Tournament

Our Chess Stars were in action at another tournament last weekend.

Congratulations to all!


Our mentors, Stewart and Bill, sent the following report.

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Edinburgh Junior Congress – St George’s School, 26 November.

In 4 tournaments, 95 competed for 6 rounds, including:-

OPEN SECONDARY & PRIMARY (17) 

3rd Vedanth 4.5 – Trophy. Beat S2 Raghuram, ex Dalry.

PRIMARY Under 900 (20)

4th Alden 4 – Trophy. Won first 3. Beat 2nd, only lost to 1st & 3rd.

PRIMARY Under 300 (33)

5th Ayush 4 – Trophy. Won first 4 in first event. Only lost to 1st & 2nd.

7th Johan 4 – Medal. Beat 3rd, only lost to 1st & 4th.

8th Vidhaan 4 – Medal. Only lost to 2nd & Johan.

13th Prithvi 3.5 – Medal. Ended with 3 wins & draw.

Excellent results, won 3 trophies & 3 medals. All enjoyed event!

Good to meet supportive parents.

Stewart & Bill  


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Disasters in P5

Primary 5 have been learning about different types of natural disasters. We have particularly enjoyed learning about earthquakes and volcanoes! To celebrate finishing our topic and apply all of the information we have learnt, Primary 5 have created their own model volcanoes for our scientific experiment! Take a look at some of the amazing creations…


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P1 Author Visit

P1 were very lucky to enjoy a visit from a real-life author this week.

Jim Easton read us his story all about Bea and her little pet B, a little bee who gets lost. 

The children really enjoyed talking about their own pets and sharing their own experiences with Jim.


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20 Minute Neighbourhood Gorgie Dalry

20 Minute neighbourhoods is a scheme to reimagine this neighbourhood for the people who live here. The first chats are taking place today and Saturday by the brewery workers statues in the afternoons.

Full details in this flyer.


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Children in Scotland Alcohol Advertising Consultation

Children in Scotland has an exciting new project opportunity for children and young people to be involved in.   

The Scottish Government is asking for everyone’s views on how alcohol is advertised in Scotland. They want to make changes to how this currently works so they can improve people’s health and wellbeing. The Scottish Government is particularly keen to hear about what children and young people think so they have asked us to help gather their views and ideas.  

If you are:  

  • Aged between 8 – 18  
  • Passionate about the views of children and young people being included in areas that impact on them  
  • Interested in being part of an interesting project and working together with other young people  

…then we would love to hear from you!

The project will start in January 2023. We will have 5 online meetings between 12 January and 2 March. Each of these meetings will take place on Thursday evenings between 4.30-6.30pm.     

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in the project, then please contact Parisa on pshirazi@childreninscotland.org.uk.  

We do not expect anyone applying to know a great deal about this issue, David and Parisa (our friendly staff who will be running the sessions) will make sure that everyone has the information they need to be part of the discussions.  


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P2 Enjoying Roots of Empathy Program

This year P2 Miss Younger’s class and P2s in Mrs Gunstone and Mrs Chadwick’s class are experiencing a very special programme called Roots of Empathy. The programme is delivered by trained Instructor Mrs Harris-Toner. 

The programme aims to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. The long term focus of Roots of Empathy is to build the capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting. And in the short term, Roots of Empathy focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression.

At the heart of the programme are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom regularly over the school year. Our Roots of Empathy family is Sally and her son Oliver. Our Instructor Mrs Harris-Toner coaches the children to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings and intentions. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever that the Instructor uses to help children to identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. The children especially enjoyed meeting Baby Oliver and asking his mum Sally lots of interesting questions.

The emotional literacy taught in the programme lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms, where children are the “Changers.” They are more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy), and are therefore less likely to physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt each other. The cognitive aspect of empathy is perspective-taking and the effective aspect is emotion. Roots of Empathy educates both the mind and heart. Research on the Roots of Empathy program has shown that children who participate in the program know more about emotions and feelings, are kinder to their friends, are less aggressive and bully other children less than those who do not have Roots of Empathy. The programme covers many topics including crying, caring for a baby, emotions, sleep, safety and communication.  

In the Pre Family Visit: we focus on infant development and preparation for Family Visit. This offers the children the opportunity to predict what changes they may see in the baby’s development at the Family Visit.

The Family Visit: Mrs Harris-Toner guides children’s observations of the baby’s feelings, intentions, and the attachment relationship. Also demonstrating the baby’s physical and emotional development and temperament, and interacts with the baby through music (eg. singing songs) and early learning games (e.g. peek-a-boo) and the children ask the parents questions about the baby.

Post Family Visit: Where the children reflect on their own feelings and focus on understanding the feelings of others (empathy). Also the programme utilises children’s literature and art/writing are used to foster perspective taking, the cognitive aspect of empathy.

For more information please ask Mrs Harris-Toner, Miss Younger, Mrs Gunstone and Mrs Chadwick. Also please check out http://www.rootsofempathy.org.


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