Tuesday 31st March

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For the children

Good morning everyone.
Welcome to week two of home schooling. Apologies for not posting an update yesterday. We were busy in our Hub school, Broughton High. We are here over the next few weeks with children of key workers.
We hope you are all still keeping well and managing to do your daily home learning tasks. This morning in the Hub we all did the Joe Wicks workout. We wondered if lots of you were also working out?
Remember to checkout our ‘Through the Keyhole’ on Twitter where you guess which staff member’s home it is. Some of you are doing really well with your answers!

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

For Parents/Carers

Good morning. I hope you are all keeping well. As I’ve said above we are now based in Broughton High School where we have children of Keyworkers from category 1, 2 or 3 for whom no alternative childcare is available. There are staff here each day working on a rota. I am trying to make sure that there is always one teacher from each stage at home who can oversee the home learning for their year group, however if this becomes too difficult, I’ll let you know.
This week Miss Judges and Miss Stewart, our primary 6 teachers, have been learning about Office 365 Teams so they can start to upload children’s learning to class teams. This will start for P6 after the Easter holidays. Primary 4 and 5 will start soon afterwards. This will enable children to send their learning directly to their teacher and will allow their teacher to make corrections and give some feedback. There will be a short video tutorial on our website later this week which will explain how children can access this.

We’ve been made aware that some P7b parents were having problems accessing Miss McCrimmon’s email, but we’re happy to say that the issue has now been resolved.

If you feel you would benefit from a food parcel, please email me.
All nursery parents will be receiving an email today about accessing free school meals.
Warmest regards,
Maria Gowans

Live Learning from WWF

See below some live learning opportunities from the WWF.

Last week we launched our #LearnToLoveNature campaign, which provides inspiring and enriching content for families and young people to access and use independently from home.
Our exciting new Live Learning events programme, which are streamed weekly on our YouTube channel, brings together some of WWF’s leading conservationists and scientists to share their experiences and answer your questions. We hope that you’re able to share these events with your pupils as they continue to learn more about – and explore – our world from home.




Active Schools

Active Schools

Active Schools are launching their A-Z of activities today, starting with A.

You can follow the challenges either on Twitter @ActiveSchoolsED or click on the link here to go to the Join In Edinburgh page.

Have fun!




School Closure Day Five- Part Two

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It’s Friday, so our last post of the week with some extra activities and websites to support your home learning activities.

For a range of activities across the curriculum, Pearson have launched a free support site during school closure. Pearson provide us with the majority of our Maths resources.

Pearson Support for Parents and Carers

For handwriting activities for P1-P4

Teach Handwriting

Two sites that give Literacy activities for P1-P4

BBC Bitesize 1

BBC Bitesize 2


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School Closure- Day Five

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For the children

Happy Friday everyone!

Well, you’ve made it to the end of your first week of school closure! It’s probably been a bit of a strange week for you, but we hope you’ve been able to access lots of your home learning tasks, and have enjoyed completing them. We’d like to thank your lovely teachers for working so hard to provide all your daily updates- look out for your new Home Learning Challenge grid on Monday!

Remember our message of the importance of kindness at this time, and sharing your examples of acts of kindness with us so we can celebrate them on the website.
We also hope you’ve been able to explore some of the extra activities and websites we’ve been sharing with you each day. Remember  to make sure you are checking with an adult before you search anything.
Have you seen our ‘Through the Keyhole’ challenge on our Twitter feed? Your chance to guess which member of staff’s house we are visiting each day.

If you are in P6, we’re going to develop a new way for you to share your home learning. We’ll give you more details next week!

Your home learning tasks for today are posted on your class page.
Take care, and have a lovely weekend everyone!
Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

For Parents/Carers

Well done everyone, for reaching the end of what may have been a challenging week for you! We hope you have all managed to access home learning successfully, but if you have any issues with this, remember that our staff and senior leadership team are just an email away, so contact us if you need any help or advice!

We’d like to thank all our nursery parents who have been uploading photos on to their child’s learning journals. P7 have also been making great use of Teams to share their learning with us, and we’re so proud of all their hard work.

If you are a parent of a child in P6, look out for an email next week with information around introducing Teams to P6.

We hope you have a restful weekend!

Take care, and look after yourselves,
Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

School Closure- Day Four

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For Parents/Carers

Good morning. We hope you are all well. As we said yesterday the Council opened 23 schools across the city yesterday to serve as Hubs – centres for children of Keyworkers. This has started with the children of category 1 parents who already attended the Hub School. A list of these schools can be found at
They had aimed to widen this today to include children of category 1 Keyworkers from across the city, however this list is substantial.

If last weekend you completed the form requesting a space at a Hub, please can you consult the PDF document below called  ‘Am I a Keyworker?’ If you NO LONGER meet the criteria or require a place, please email us to let us know as soon as possible.

Am I A Keyworker?- Flowchart

The Council hope to offer out places later today to parents who are category 1 Keyworkers.
Once this has happened they will move on to look at children of Keyworkers in category 2 and 3. Again I would ask that you consult the attached flowchart to see if you still meet the criteria.
Wishing you all a good day,

Maria Gowans

For pupils

Bonjour tout le monde! We hope you are all well and being really helpful at home. We are still keen for you to email us with any acts of kindness. These can include a whole range of things like tidying your bedroom, doing some dishes, carrying shopping. The list is endless.
Hopefully you are also managing to complete your learning each day and to do some of the activities on the weekly grids.
Take care,

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

School Closure- Day Three- Part Two

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See below for today’s suggested websites and activities to support home learning-

For literacy, number, time and money, typing, memory & matching (P1-P7)

Doorway Online

For literacy/reading/ phonics as well as some number activities. (Nursery -P7)

Oxford Owl

For STEM from P4-P7

The Kid Should See This

For General Knowledge from P1-P7

DK Find Out

Lastly today’s act of kindness comes from Lyra in the nursery. Lyra is missing school a lot. She was hoping to draw some pretty pictures on the front step for her neighbours. She also wanted to share them with the nursery too. She’s even tried to draw the school playground, so “she doesn’t forget it”

Lovely pictures Lyra, and such a thoughtful idea! Don’t forget to send us any random acts of kindness so we can share them here!

Take care everyone!

School Closure- Day Three

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For the children

Good morning everyone. We hope you are continuing to have a good week at home and are enjoying the activities in your Home Learning Grids. Please continue to share your acts of kindness with us so that we can share them on the website.
Many families have started to display rainbows in their window as a way of spreading hope at this difficult time (some teachers have done so too!). If you have made a rainbow and would like to email a photo to us, we will share some of these on the website. The rainbows made by school staff will be appearing on twitter in the coming days.
Todays ‘Through the Keyhole’ challenge is now on our Twitter feed. Well done to all of you who managed to guess yesterday’s photo. We are also retweeting lots of useful links and ideas to support home learning, so make sure you follow us @Broughton_PS
Your home learning tasks for today are posted on your class page.
Take care,
Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

For Parents/Carers

We appreciate that this is an unsettled time for everyone and some children may be feeling anxious about being at home and out of their normal routine. Here are some Social Stories that you can read to your child to help them understand what is happening and why.

COVID-19 Being at home

COVID-19 Coming back to School

The Council is progressing plans for opening some schools today to the children of category 1-3 keyworkers. If this applies to you, you will be contacted directly and told the school your children are to attend. This is only where there is absolutely no one else able to look after your children. Updates can be found at

Take care of yourselves.