P2a Can Do the Robot Dance

This morning as part of our ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ Primary 2a started to learn how to dance the Learning Station’s Dancing Robots dance.  Our current topic is robots and we love to dance so this was a perfect way to wake up our bodies and brains!

Both Primary 2 classes are collecting small and medium sized boxes so that we can build a giant robot. We would appreciate any donations of boxes next week. Many thanks in advance for your support!

Primary 2 Beebots

Primary 2 have been using the Beebots to learn all about  computer programming. We have been learning  what algorithms are  and creating and debugging  simple programs.  We have programed the Beebots to enter a simple maze and to follow a track we drew with chalk. We have also been programing  the beebots to create works of art.

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Fantastic Scottish Creative Writing!

Max and Euan from Primary 2 visited the Senior Management Team office this morning to share their fantastic written work all about Haggis’. Mrs Kelly was most impressed with Euan’s description of a Country Haggis and where to find them, she particularly liked the idea of a haggis inviting a visitor in for some shortbread.

Mr Burgess thought Max’s description of his haggis was full of detail and could almost imagine the fluffy colourful haggis running around the hills and glens of Scotland! Great work laddies!


St John’s Gardening Gang get stuck in!

We’ve been really busy this term planting hundreds of bulbs along the bank at the front of the school. In the Spring we hope to see lots of daffodils, snowdrops, crocus’, grape hyacinths and alliums brightening up the bank. We’ve also made some new signs for the planters in the playground using some of the slates which Douglas’ mum has given the school.

We asked a few of the children to describe what we’d been doing since the October break and this is what they said:

“ We have been planting bulbs with our friends and we have taken a picture of some of them. We’ve had loads of fun. In the spring the bulbs will grow and we will have blue and yellow flowers. Bees, butterflies and worms will be really happy!”
Amy, Anaya and Lucia from P2

We’ve had some help from some parents too – Emily (Maisie and Sandy’s Mum) and Heather (Murran’s Mum).

Great work everyone

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St John’s Fairtrade Big Breakfast 2016


St John’s celebrated Fairtrade fortnight in style with a hugely successful Big Breakfast on Friday 18th March. After weeks of planning by pupils and staff from P2, 3 and 4 the big day finally came and with the help of dedicated parent helpers, teachers and school support staff the event was a fantastic celebration of all things Fairtrade. The Co-Operative store supported the school with vouchers with which we bought ingredients for baking. Relish Deli, based on Constitution Street, Leith, once again very kindly supported us by donating hamper boxes and items for the raffle, paper cups, lids and napkins.

P2 prepared fresh fruit kebabs and did a great job offering these to visitors in the hall. P3 manned the crossiant stall and collected donations as visitors entered and left the hall. P4 pupils, supported by P7, ran the raffle stall and also handed out Fairtrade fresh orange juice. Children in P2 baked banana muffins which were delicious and P3 pupils made flapjacks in class. Staff filled kettles and poured coffees and teas for our guests and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help the event run smoothly.

P4 children, who are very busy preparing their Easter play for Thursday 24th March, sang one of their songs for the gathered guests and did a great job. P4 pupils had also written letters to the Co-Operative asking for financial support to purchase ingredients for baking. Near the end of the morning we played a film put together by Miss Purnell which highlighted the importance of Fairtrade and P3 sang a catchy Fairtrade song for the audience.

Finally we drew the raffle prizes just before the bell and the children and parents made their way out of the hall at the end of another busy week in school.

As a school we appreciate the support of all our parents, grandparents, family and friends who came to support our First level children in this important event. We must also acknowledge the time and effort given to make this possible by the St John’s First level staff team.

The children of P2, 3 and 4 did Fairtrade proud!