January 18

World War II

In P 7, we have been learning about WWII which is a very sad but interesting topic. The things we have been learning about are: evacuation, rationing, concentration camps, the Holocaust, the Axis and the Allies, Germany and their leader Adolf Hitler and some other world leaders too.

We have also read the novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne which is set in a concentration camp in Poland.

The class are looking forward to sharing all their learning about WWII at a whole school assembly tomorrow morning.  Our parents have been invited along too!

Hope everyone enjoys!

By Katie G P7

January 12

First Ministers Reading Challenge at Cornbank Primary School

What is the First Minister’s Reading Challenge?

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is a programme for Primary 1 – 7 pupils in Scotland, providing opportunities and resources to help them develop a love of reading.

We hope to encourage children to go on their own reading journeys, explore different types of books and celebrate personal reading achievements.

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge will run at Cornbank from January until May 2018 and we will be encouraging our learners to read as often as possible and promote a love of reading across our school.

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December 12

Norovirus In Schools

A number of schools across Lothian have reported norovirus outbreaks.

The key advice for parents and staff is that anyone with symptoms must stay off school for at least 48 hours after symptoms have ceased and everyone should wash their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.

Further information about norovirus and its prevention can be found at:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/norovirus

To minimise the likelihood of developing norovirus we recommend:

• If your child develops vomiting and/or diarrhoea please ensure they remain off school until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. This advice applies at all times. So for instance if your child becomes unwell over the weekend they should not attend school on Monday even if by then they feel well.
• Ensure that all members of your family wash their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.

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November 8

Parents/Carers Survey to inform our plans for Expansion of ELC to 1140 hours in 2020

As you may be aware the Scottish Government are almost doubling Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) entitlement available in Early Learning and Childcare settings for all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020.

The move will see the hours increased from 600 to 1140 hours, a change from around 16 hours to about 30 hours of free ELC per week. Parents will have the option to use it during term time or it could be spread all year round to cover holiday periods and fit in with work patterns as well.

Parents and carers are being asked to fill in a new Midlothian Council survey about how they would use the 1140 hours of free early learning and childcare (EL&C) they will be entitled to by 2020.

We would encourage all parents and carers to fill in the survey.

www.midlothian.gov.uk/early-learning-survey

If you have any questions about the survey, please email 1140survey@midlothian.gov.uk.

Julie Fox, Schools Group Manager
Improving Attainment in Early Years

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October 30

Class Calendars 2018

If you wish to order 2018 class calendars please complete the order form which has been issued home and return to school by Friday 24th November 2017.  Samples of these are below.

The cost is £2 each calendar or 3 calendars for £5.  Payment is required with the order and any cheques should be made payable to Cornbank Primary School.

We appreciate your continued support.

Lynsey Stevenson
Depute Head Teacher

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