Letter For Parents and Carers

Please see below a letter for parents and carers, from Andy Gray, CEC Head of Schools-


Dear Parent/Carer,

I would firstly like to express my gratitude to all our children and young people for their understanding and fortitude during this unprecedented emergency. It must never be underestimated the disruption young people have endured as well as the additional burdens placed on families during this time.

Following the First Minister’s announcement last week of her ‘Routemap’ to releasing lockdown in four phases, and her confirmation yesterday that the first phase would commence today, we are aware this will raise many questions about exactly how and when children and young people will return to their school.

The City of Edinburgh Council is considering very carefully the arrangements for the safe return to what will be a very different school experience because of the need to maintain social distance. We also need to consider the arrangements for returning to school for children and young people for whom social distancing is not possible, both for those attending mainstream schools and those attending specialist provisions. For all children and young people, learning will involve a blend of home learning as well as in-school attendance.

The First Minister announced that all schools in Scotland will open on Tuesday 11th August 2020 for pupils. As schools in Edinburgh will open a week earlier than we had anticipated, we will need to adjust the published City of Edinburgh Council school session dates for 2020/2021, after consulting parents and staff.

You will be aware that our staff have been working extremely hard to support learning during this challenging period both in the busy key worker hubs, as well as supporting home learning. During June, we will all be working hard to implement the safest arrangements in our schools. Headteachers will be in contact with parents to provide clear details of how the blended learning model will operate in your child’s school as soon as possible. The Council is aware you will have a range of questions which may include issues such as school transport, SQA exams, transition arrangements, school meals, cleaning regimes, personal protective equipment, hand washing as well as precisely when your child will be expected to be in school and when they will be expected to be home learning.

School staff, council colleagues and partners are working together. Where possible, we will consult with parents and young people too, to refine and improve arrangements to ensure the health and safety of children and staff, at the same time providing the highest quality of learning and teaching possible.

In the meantime, support for the children of key workers continues. Parents are eligible for support where both are unable to provide or arrange alternative childcare and who are working directly to support the national effort to reduce Coronavirus. Arrangements are being made to offer support over the summer school holiday period which will be similar to what a was offered over Easter. Further information about applying for key worker support in mainstream schools over the summer holidays will be available on the council’s website by Friday 5th June 2020.

Supports for children affected by disability will be provided within identified special schools, working with a range of partners. Parents requiring Key Worker support will be contacted directly regarding arrangements for this provision. If you are a Key Worker requiring support for your child over summer and your child does not currently attend a special school hub, please contact the Headteacher of your child’s school in the first instance to make them aware of this.

I can assure you enormous effort is being made to ensure the arrangements will have the health and safety of your child at the heart of all we do and although school will look different in August, we very much look forward to welcoming your children back in the new school session. I will write again with more details as they become available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Andy Gray

Head of Schools and Lifelong Learning

Friday 29th May

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Hello everyone, and a happy sunny Friday to you all!

Well done for making it to the end of another lockdown week of home learning! You really are doing amazingly well to keep going with your tasks, and we are so happy to see so many of you sharing your work with us, and communicating with each other via Teams.

Today’s post begins with the hotly anticipated results of this week’s Sports Day! We were so impressed with how many of you took part and shared your pictures with us. Mrs Gowans has collected and counted the points up, and here are the results…

1st       Trinity with 9704 pts

2nd     Drummond with 8088 pts

3rd      Pilrig with 7598 pts

4th      McDonald with 7123 pts

Congratulations Trinity! Well done again to everyone for taking part! These points will be added to our year totals, and may make a big difference to the results of our House Shield winners for this year! We’ll see…

Mrs Martin has sent us another list of lovely Art ideas to share, and how appropriate, the theme is Sunshine! You can find them below.

Sunshine Art Ideas

If you have been visiting the BBC Bitesize website to view some of their lessons, please see the links below for schedules and previews of upcoming lesson themes, as well as a link to the site if you want to view previous lessons.

BBC Bitesize- Daily Lessons Schedule

BBC Bitesize- Daily Lesson Previews

BBC Bitesize Site

Finally, look out on Monday for information about the re-launch of ‘Broughton Reads’ and how we will be promoting reading for enjoyment in the last few weeks of school.

That’s all for today, and this week folks!

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend, and, as always, stay safe!

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

Have a great weekend everyone. Stay safe.

Thursday 28th May

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Hello everyone, and a happy Thursday to you all. It’s another beautiful day, so make sure to get some fresh air today if you can!

We’re still receiving your great photos of Sports Day. It’s been lovely to see so many of you taking part and having fun. See our most recent photos in the slideshow below, and don’t forget there are loads of photos in yesterday’s post if you want to catch up with them. Our school Twitter feed @Broughton_PS also has lots of Sports Day pictures and videos to see- thanks to Miss Wilson for keeping that up to date!

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We have another lovely resource from Miss Clark to share today. It’s from Childline, with loads of super ideas for helping children to feel calm. Perfect for P4-7 to work through independently.

Childline Calm Zone

From next week we will be re-launching ‘Broughton Reads.’ A letter with more information will be sent out on Monday. We are looking to promote reading for enjoyment over the coming weeks. We would also like as many families as possible to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge. The theme this year is The Silly Squad! More information on this can be found at https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Now that the whole school has been given access to Teams, the staff at Broughton are really enjoying seeing home learning being shared in this way, and having the chance to ‘chat’ with our pupils- it’s not the same as actually seeing you all in the flesh, but nice to have some contact! We hope you enjoy using Teams, and please remember we posted our support videos again on the website this week, so check them out if you are having trouble accessing Teams.

That’s all for today folks! Remember to stay safe in the sun!

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

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Wednesday 27th May

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Hello everyone! Happy, sunny Wednesday to you all!

We hope you have all recovered from your efforts during yesterday’s Sports Day! Our Twitter feed is full to bursting with photos and videos of pupils, parents and carers, and staff, all taking part! It’s well worth a look! We’ve also been sent a lot of pictures, available to see in the slideshow below! If you have any photos you haven’t shared yet, it’s not too late to share them with your teacher to put up on the website. We’ll have the house point totals for you soon!

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Mr Horan has shared a message from LivingStreets, which ties in nicely with our health week. See details below-

This week’s activity on our updated #walkingfromhome page is to ‘Celebrate’ as we near the end of National Walking Month.

You can encourage your school children to walk for 20 minutes every day as part of their daily exercise and see what benefits they experience. Our #walkingfromhome #Try20 tips and resources can help inspire, whether walking as a family, trying to fit in some exercise while parents are working from home, or taking exercise indoors.

Please continue to share your thoughts, snaps and videos with us by email or on social media #walkingfromhome.

Miss Clark has shared another helpful resource, this time a link to a book called ‘Everybody Worries’, which deals with the lockdown situation. It may be more suited to younger children.

‘Everybody Worries’ book link

Please see below for a link to a view a webinar, and the chance to sign up for some free samples to Online Spelling activities.

Read Write Inc. Spelling

That’s all for today’s post folks! Enjoy the rest of today’s sunshine, and make sure you catch up on all the Sports Day fun on Twitter!

As always, stay safe!

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans



Tuesday 26th May

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Happy Tuesday everyone, and happy Sports Day!

We hope you have a lovely Sports Day. It’s certainly a beautiful day for it!

Here is the letter and information about Sports Day, in case you missed it yesterday!

Sports Day 2020

Don’t forget that we’ve not added any new Maths or Literacy to our webpages today, so you can concentrate on Sports Day or your health and wellbeing activities from your weekly grid.

Here’s a Sports Day message from another familiar face…..

Stay safe everyone!

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

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Using Microsoft Teams

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From this week we are now using Microsoft Teams to share home learning with all stages of the school.
Here is a link to some instructions to use that may help accessing Microsoft Teams.

Accessing Teams on Office 365


We’re also very grateful to Miss McCrimmon, who has created some videos to help with using Teams. We hope you find them useful. The following videos apply to using Teams with an Ipad.
1. Logging into Teams


2. How to find assignments


3. Editing assignments


4. Submitting photos or work


5. Checking for Feedback from Teams

Thanks also to Miss Stewart, for her video giving some guidance using Teams on a laptop or desktop.


We are also very grateful to Ross Gibson, one of our P2 parents, who has allowed us to share a video he made explaining how to mark up a photo or PDF document on an Ipad. Thanks Ross!


We hope you find these videos useful. if you have any issues with accessing Teams, let us know and we’ll do our best to help you.


Monday 25th May

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Hello everyone, and a happy, sunny Monday to you!

We all hope you had a nice weekend. Welcome to our (amended) Health Week!

Our original plan was to launch our Health Week with the annual Edinburgh Marathon Festival at the weekend. Even though it was postponed, many pupils, parents, carers and staff attempted a run anyway! If you’ve not already viewed our school and the bpsrunners Twitter feeds, they have lots of videos and pictures of the various runs undertaken! We’ve also had some photos sent in to school, they’re in the slideshow below!

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As part of Health Week, a virtual Sports Day has been planned by some of our Broughton staff! Huge thanks to them for their ideas! A letter with information, score sheets and instructions is attached below!

Broughton Sports Day- May 2020

Because of Sports Day, there won’t be any new Maths or Literacy uploaded tomorrow- this is a good opportunity to concentrate on the Sports, or do some of the Health and Wellbeing activities that have been added to your weekly home learning grids!

Miss Clark has shared a very extensive resource, aimed at developing wellbeing through sport. It may be useful for any children who are missing sports clubs that they usually attend and gives lovely clear instructions for the activities.

Wellbeing Through Sport Activities

This weekend was also special for our Muslim families, who were celebrating Eid. Mrs Iqbal, one of our Nursery staff, has prepared some lovely Eid activities we’re delighted to share!

Eid Activity Ideas from Mrs Iqbal

Starting today, every stage in school has an account set up for Office 365, and has access to Microsoft Teams! We’re going to re-post our support materials and videos in a separate post later today, to give some help and advice when using Teams. Look out for this later!

Finally for today, Mrs Gowans has written a newsletter to share with the school. You can find it below.

Head Teacher Newsletter- May 2020

That’s all folks! Have a good day, and we hope you enjoy Sports tomorrow! Have a good Health Week!

As always, stay safe!

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

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To all our Muslim families, from all at Broughton, we wish you a blessed Eid, to you and your famliy!

We hope you are able to enjoy celebrations!

Friday 22nd May

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Hello everyone, and a happy Friday to you all!

To start our update today, we have a message from a familiar face…

We have a couple of other updates and reminders today-

Please see below a letter from Mrs Gowans containing some information and a link to where you can access free parenting advice and workshops.

Free Parenting Classes

P7 parents should check their class webpages for details of video calls from our P7 teachers, starting on Monday! Information around these will also be emailed to you.

We hope lots of you are preparing to do a run at some point over the weekend, to replace the postponed Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Please take photos of your run, and make sure you tag them with either @bpsrunners or @MrHairyHaggis or @Broughton_PS if you are using Twitter. You can also share them with school through our admin account or with your teachers. We’d love to see as many of you taking part as possible, and we can make and share a lovely slideshow of your pics as part of our Health Week next week!

Talking of Health Week, keep an eye out on Monday for details about our Virtual Sports Day, planned for Tuesday to replace our usual events! Also look out for a few more Health and Wellbeing type activities in your weekly home learning grids and daily home learning!

That’s all for this week folks! Keep up the good work, remember we are all proud of you for all your efforts, and have a lovely weekend!

Stay safe!

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

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Thursday 21st May

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Oops, of course, I meant to say ‘the Hub school at Drummond’, but you know what I meant!

Something new to add to today’s update that has happened after the video was recorded, is that we now have a special area of our website, specifically for information around Transition. There are 2 areas, one for Nursery to P1 Transition, and one for P7 to S1 Transition.

You can access it by following these directions-

On our website home page, click on ‘Our School’ and select ‘Transition’ from the drop-down menu.

We are in the process of adding any relevant information we have or are sent to these pages.

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

Stay safe everybody,

Mrs Venn, Mr Borthwick, Miss Bradley and Mrs Gowans

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