Monthly Archives: March 2020

Head Teacher update 30/03/20

Dear Parents, Carers and Children of Craigroyston Primary School,

I do hope you are all keeping safe.  It seems a very long time since I saw you all and I know that all the staff at Craigroyston Primary are missing you. I hope you enjoyed reading the letters from your teachers and having a go at some of our challenges. If you have not had time to read them yet, the letters are on our website and are a great read!

Last week we opened up as a Hub school for Craigroyston Primary and Davidson’s Mains Primary. Children, whose parents are working in key jobs and are carrying out really important work, can come to our school from 9am -3pm if they signed up for this service. This means their parents can continue to work in our hospitals, food stores, care homes and to do all the many things we need at this time to keep us safe and well. We are delighted to be able to support these families.

0n Friday, our fabulous staff helped to deliver 60 Food Parcels to some of our families. These parcels help people who are not able to get out of their homes because they are self isolating, are ill or may not be working as so many businesses have had to close for the time being. We were glad to help.

I know that this seems quite a strange time for you and you may feel a bit unsure about things at the moment.

If you need anything or if we can help you in any way email us at school on admin@craigroyston-pri.edin.sch.uk.

Stay strong

Lorna Stewart

Head teacher

P6D – Teacher update 26/3/20

Dear Primary 6D!

I hope you are all doing okay at home and are keeping yourselves busy! I have been looking at Sumdog and I am so happy to see that some of you have logged on and started the Spelling, Reading and Maths challenges that I have set for you. Well done!

There will be some days that you don’t have a lot of motivation to do your tasks, this is okay too. Here are some of my top tips:

  • Be helpful – find out where you can help around your house
  • Be kind – try and do something kind for someone each day while you’re at home.
  • Stay active – stay as active as you can, fresh air always helps. Try timing yourself running for 15 minutes or walking outside for 30.
  • Learn about what interests you – learn how to make Mac and Cheese and write it down, learn the lyrics to a Billie Eilish song and recreate it, create a new YouTube video different to those you have done so far and write to someone teaching them how to make their own, learn a new art style, draw cats! Make a chess board and play! And read, read, read!

New activity: Write a letter to the NHS thanking them for their hard work during this time or create a poster for the NHS or video yourself thanking the NHS.

You are all doing so well, and I know that you are all trying your best. I am always thinking of you and missing you all so much! I have included your last ‘Pupil of the Week’ certificate to remind you of just how respectful, ambitious, resilient and empathetic you all are.

Keep up this great attitude. I will speak to you all again soon.

Miss Dunne.

P4S – Teacher update 26/3/20

Hi Everyone,

I hope you and your families are staying safe and staying home.  This has been a strange couple of weeks, stranger than lots of stories we have read.  I have seen lots of people suggesting that we keep a diary about it so we can tell others in the future about the year 2020.

You should all have your packs of work.  These are to help you at home and give you ideas of activities you can do.  Well done to those who have started their Sumdog challenge.  Remember you can play with others in the class so if you can arrange this you can have some distance interaction.

Bug Club is new to us, but I see some of you have already had a go at reading some of the books and trying out the quizzes.

Don’t worry if you have not had a chance to start the pack, there have been so many amazing things online for you to watch and do.  I’m sure you’ve all been very busy.

Our Building Resilience task was to set a goal, as P4S I would like us to have the same goal based on our novel ‘Wonder’.  We heard the precept about choosing to be kind.  Keep practising this in your home, think about one extra kind thing you can do each day.  Help put the dishes away or phone a family member you can’t see just now.

One game we have been playing in my house is ‘Stop the Bus’.  You can come up with your own categories.  Have fun playing against someone in your house.

Be in touch soon.

Mrs Stevenson x

P5U Teacher update 26/3/20

To all the fantastic children in P5U,

Firstly, I want to start off by saying how much I miss each and every one of you. I miss seeing your smiley and happy faces every morning! I hope you are all staying safe and keeping healthy and looking after everyone in your house! I have loved seeing all the pictures of you working hard – you continue to make me proud even when we aren’t in school! I hope you are enjoying the tasks I set you and are doing as many as you can but remember, there is no pressure to do lots of tasks but please make sure you keep reading! With everything that is going on in the world, I know this can be a little tricky but always remember, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book” – Dr Seuss.

Even if we can’t leave our houses, we can let our imagination be taken to places all through just reading a book!

I can’t wait to hear all about your days off when we come back to school. I hope you are keeping a note of all the exciting/interesting things you have been doing over the past week J! I know it’s a little bit strange not knowing when we will come back to school, but the way I like to think of it is – each day that goes past, is one day closer to us seeing each other again and I cannot wait to see you all again!

I have a new task for you. As you all know, I LOVE the Egyptian Video on Just Dance. So, I would like you to join me at 9am on Monday morning to do the ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ Just Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iacS9EnsepM). We may not physically be together, but we can do this dance together and be together in spirit J! Maybe, you could get someone at home to take a picture of you doing it and post it on the school Facebook page, so I can see all the fun you were having whilst dancing to it!

I look forward to hearing from you all and seeing you all again soon!

Lots of love,

Miss Unis

P6P Teacher update 26/3/20

Hi P6P!

I hope you are all well, staying safe and having fun! It has been a very strange week not seeing you all every day. I am missing all your smiley faces!

I hope you have been enjoying the home learning tasks in your packs. Remember though, tasks such as helping cook a meal, tidying up, playing a board/card game with your family or reading a book are all learning too!

I have loved seeing how many of you have already taken part in this week’s Sumdog challenge! I will make sure to put up a new one starting on Monday – it might even have some more questions in it!

I am sure that by now, you must be pretty bored of doing TikTok dances, so why don’t you try searching ‘The Body Coach’ on youtube, and doing a PE workout? Remember sweating is good! It means you’re working hard!!

In our class, we are all very good at thinking about how we can take care of our planet. On Saturday, it’s Earth Hour. This is a global event where people all over the world switch off their lights at 8.30pm for 1 hour, to help look after Planet Earth. Why don’t you give it a try with your family?

I miss you all! Keep being kind and make sure you help others when you can!

Miss Presslie

P7 Teacher update 26/3/20

Hi Primary 7 😊

Thought I’d write you a little letter to see how you’re all getting on so far. Hopefully most of you will be doing me proud and reading this letter whilst wearing your PJs! 😉

If you are dressed for the day, well done (I am definitely wearing my favourite onesie as I’m writing this)!

I am sure you have all felt a bit bored over the last few days and you might even have been… (dare I say it?) missing school! Your Home Learning Packs should be keeping you busy during the daytime though. I’d love to see some of the work you’ve managed to do so far & it’d be great to hear from you as well. If you can, will you send a photo of a piece of home learning you’ve completed to the school email address? It’s admin@craigroyston-pri.edin.sch.uk. Make sure you send it from your parent’s email account please!

If you have been feeling a bit under the weather, make sure you rest and look after yourself. There’s no pressure for anyone to finish every single task, they are there to keep you all going and should be quite fun too! I am absolutely dying to know if any of you have read chapter 14 of The Chamber of Secrets yet, there’s lots in there that won’t be in the movie remember! Don’t forget to pick up your novel and take some chill-time with the next chapter – the next few chapters are the most exciting in the book!

Remember to make sure you are being kind to your families. It’s very normal to feel a bit extra frustrated with the people in your home as you’re spending lots of extra time with everyone at the moment, but a little kind act each day will go a long way and will make your families feel really good!

Just before I go for now, here is a super activity you can all try at some point over the next few days. It’s a Harry Potter escape room! As I’m writing this, it would be Laptop Time in our class, so I thought you guys would enjoy giving this a go! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform

Finally, I saw this funny meme the other day and it instantly made me think of the Disco at P7 camp. Why don’t you all have a listen to the song and have a wee boogie to it? I’ll be doing the same & practising my Scottish accent at the same time! Poor Mr Armstrong having to cope with that eh?!

Here’s the song in case you didn’t realise who those guys are at the bottom of the photo!  The Proclaimers: 500 Miles.

Speak soon!

Mrs Armstrong 😊

P.S) As a little challenge, try and find out what the Hogwart’s school motto means when you translate it! It’s written under the Hogwart’s school crest (at the top of the page and in tiny letters!)

It’s ‘Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.’ Why don’t you make a poster explaining what it means with a picture to go with it?! It will be a funny picture that’s for sure! Have fun!

P1B Teacher update 26/3/20

Hi Everyone – Hope you are all doing well, looking after your families and staying safe inside. We hope you have been enjoying the Home Learning Packs. We can’t wait to see what you do with them. We have been busy coming up with ideas of things for you to do so don’t worry there is plenty more homework coming your way!

Don’t forget to have a break from screens to have some imaginative fun. Don’t be afraid to get a bit bored and let your mind wander and wonder. Amazing, creative, magical things can happen when you are bored. Maybe you’ll be a powerful princess and fight a dragon like The Paperbag Princess; maybe you’ll make a potion like George’s Marvellous Medicine – only safe ingredients please! Maybe you’ll open a café or vet practice like you did at school? Please take photos of some of the activities, pictures and stories you are really proud of to put in your purple books. I really miss your beautiful drawings and crazy stories. I’d love to see them.

I miss you loads. Take care and remember to be like the Little Princess and wash your hands to keep away the nasties!

Love from, Mrs Bird X

The Paperbag Princess  Robert Munsch 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm7AUymn6WE

George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl
listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KdR1MFb1ks
or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVsSuqfQB34

I don’t want to wash my hands Tony Ross https://youtu.be/bNZxmkHWA2Y

Picture of Mrs Bird by Ami. Maybe next time it will be your drawing?

P4R Teacher update 26/3/20

Hello P4R,

Miss Robertson here! It’s so good to be able to write to you. I am missing you all lots and was gutted I couldn’t see you last week. I hope you are all doing okay, I am thinking of you lots. You are all such caring, upbeat pupils who always brightened up my day in the classroom. So now, I guess the time has come for you to brighten up your wee world at home.

You all know how much I love Harry Potter and during this time at home I’ve been re-reading some of my favourite parts of the books. Harry Potter is a story of a seemingly ordinary boy who goes through some difficult circumstances before finding out he has the power to save the world. Funnily enough, all of us now are finding out we have the power to step up and become heroes just by staying at home, washing our hands and keeping ourselves and our family happy.

This is a very strange time for us all so make sure you are trying your best to be extra kind to whoever is at home with you. There is no pressure to do lots of tasks and keep up with work as if we were still in school. However, I would encourage you to keep reading books/listening to stories/ trying to do an activity that keeps your mind sharp each day. Remember, you can never get bored if you go into your imagination and let it guide you. Having read all of your stories this year, I certainly know you have this superpower within you! Speaking of which, since we are all stuck inside, I have a task for you all to let your minds travel wherever they please. 

‘The Teleporter’

I want to challenge you all to write a story about our class, imagining we found a teleporter in our classroom and it took us to a different location! It could take us anywhere in the world, onto another planet, back or forward in time or perhaps even a magical land (You know that’s where I would go!).  Remember the writing techniques we have learnt; to use your senses, Word Boost words, similes, metaphors or alliteration. Most importantly, have fun with it! Let yourself enjoy thinking of what our class gets up to in this far off place. You can send your pieces to admin@craigroyston-pri.edin.sch.uk  for me to read… Maybe I’ll even take part as well! 


Good luck, stay safe and I will speak to you all soon. 

Miss Robertson

“Logic can take you from A to B but imagination can take you anywhere!” 

– Albert Einstein. 

P2P Teacher update 26/3/20

Hello Primary 2P                                                                                                                 

I hope you and your families are well. I am missing seeing your happy faces at school and chatting to you.

I hope you are enjoying doing some of the activities in your home learning packs. I have also set a challenge for you to try on Sumdog.  Don’t worry if you can’t manage all the activities, just try your best!

To help you keep active, Joe Wicks has PE workouts on YouTube. They are fun to do and your family can take part too!

Keep reading and listening to stories. Here is one that you may like….

Missing you all

Keep safe

Keep smiling

Miss Pettie 😊  

P1A Teacher update 26/3/20

Hi P1A!

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye last week. I have been thinking about you all and missing you lots. I have had an amazing year with you so far and have loved getting to know you and your families.

I am sitting at my desk at home with Alpha Dog. He says ‘hi’ to you all and is sending a big, warm, fluffy cuddle your way.

Text Box: I am sitting at my desk at home with Alpha Dog. He says ‘hi’ to you all and is sending a big, warm, fluffy cuddle your way.

I hope you are enjoying completing some of the tasks in your home learning packs. Please remember that these tasks are just a suggestion and I am not expecting you to get through them all. There are lots of other fun activities that you can do with your family, like reading a story, learning a new song or maybe dancing along to some of the videos on GoNoodle.com. Our favourite in class is ‘Peanut Butter in a Cup’.

If you are looking for something to keep you busy, you could make a lovely rainbow like the ones below and display it in your window. Children across the UK have been drawing and painting colourful rainbows to cheer others up and to raise a smile while they spend more time inside. It would be fun spotting your classmates’ creations from your window or when you are out on a short walk.

Stay safe everyone and keep smiling!

Love Mrs Arnott