The Voice of st leonards school

Friday, 21 September 2018



The tents are pitched, fire pits lit, hot chocolate on and marshmallows at the ready. As I sit here in Comrie Croft awaiting our Year 6 and 7 adventurers to arrive for the weekend, I want to share a poem that I came across this poem last week.

Just Playing

When I’m building in the block room, please don’t say I’m JUST playing. For, you see, I’m learning as I play: about balance and shapes. Who knows, I may be an architect someday.

When I’m getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies, don’t get the idea I’m JUST playing. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a Mother or a Father someday.

When you see me up to my elbows in paint, or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping the clay, please don’t let me hear you say, “she’s JUST playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m expressing myself and being creative. I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

When you see me “reading” to an imaginary audience, please don’t laugh and think I’m JUST playing. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a teacher someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some plaything at my school, please don’t feel the time is wasted in play. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate. I may be in business someday.

When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is JUST play. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to follow directions and see differences. I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body, please don’t say I’m JUST playing. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning how my body works. I may be a doctor, nurse, or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I did at school today, and I say, ‘I JUST played, please don’t misunderstand me. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. I’m preparing for tomorrow.

Today, I am a child and my work is play.

By Anita Wadley

We are never too old to play.

I wish all St Leonards families a happy weekend, wherever your adventures take you.

William Goldsmith


YEAR 1 CLAY FUN | Year 1 enjoyed a clay masterclass on Monday afternoon courtesy of Ms McMillan, a parent of a Senior School pupil. As part of Year 1's Unit of Inquiry exploring the central idea that we are all the same but different, the children each made a face after learning about where clay comes from.

The only noises to be heard for 40 minutes were those of thoughtful, engaged children thoroughly enjoying the whole experience. The class can’t wait to see the fired results and learn about glazes. Ms McMillan has promised to return a few more times before Christmas and the ultimate aim is to create a class nativity set! It was certainly a fantastic experience!


UNE SALLE DE CLASSE SANS MURS | Last week 6P took their French learning outdoors. Starting with an autumnal ‘Chasse au Tresor’, pupils had to find a range of items from around the school grounds.

The next part of the activity was to create an image using the items and then write a detailed description of the image in French. A great way to practice adjective endings! The last part of the challenge was to present their masterpiece to the class in French. Bravo!


GOLF MUSEUM | Year 3 had a fun visit to the Golf Museum on Tuesday as part of their Unit of Inquiry. They were led around the museum by Hannah, who told them all about the Links courses and why they were called Links, because they linked the land by the sea to the town. This land was not good for farming or building on, so golf courses were created.

We learned that back in the 1700s golfers wore uniforms to play golf - a little more formal than today’s golfers! Hannah explained how the Old Course is still 'common land' and that we can walk on it on a Sunday or graze our sheep!

The children looked at different types of clubs ranging from ones made by Tom Morris with wooden shafts to those used by today’s players.

They also saw golf balls, handmade by Allan Robertson, with the outer being leather and then stuffed by as many feathers as could fill a top hat!

The children had fun trying their hand at putting, as well as trying on clothes from days gone by.

Finally, Year 3 saw a few of the trophies collected over the years and kept in the Golf Museum, including a replica of the Claret Jug, presented to the winning Open golfer.


SSPCA WORKSHOPS | Starting with a special assembly on Wednesday, the children spent an interesting morning learning all about the work of the Scottish SPCA. Catherine, who works at the SSPCA, came in to speak to the boys and girls about the charity’s work across Scotland, before breaking out into workshops for Years 5 and 6.

After a short video about rescuing and rehoming animals, each class took part in interactive Q&A sessions and activities to find out more about all the hard work the charity does to save animals from cruelty, danger, and injury, and to rehome them with loving new owners.


6C FUN IN PE | We've had a mixed week in terms of weather, with Storm Ali causing high winds and fallen branches all around St Andrews. That didn't stop 6C having fun in their PE lesson. They had a brilliant time playing games with the parachute and tennis balls indoors!


The following pupils received awards at Celebration Assembly on Monday:

Sanna, Alastair, Alfie, Harry and Abbie were presented with their LAMDA certificates following last week's Celebration Assembly.

Shelagh, Evie and Alastair also collected their ABRSM certificates this week.

Polly received her certificate for coming first in the STEM Behind Everything poster competition.

Ingrid received two Headmaster's Commendations, one for her performance during 'What Happened Next?', a devised piece in Drama, and one for writing a narrative poem, inspired by Roald Dahl's book 'The Twits'.

Tom also received a Headmaster's Commendation for his performance in 'What Happened Next?' during his Drama lesson.

Ting, Sofia and Shreyas received Headmaster's Commendations for their excellent efforts in French, writing extended sentences about the world.

Evie received a Headmaster's Commendation for creating an informative poster following a trip to the National Railway Museum in York, which tied in well to Year 4's Unit of Inquiry on Transport.

George was presented with a Headmaster's Commendation for showing great interest and enthusiasm in the Year 4 Unit of Inquiry, by sharing a selection of books and artefacts to the class, including a London Underground map from the 1950s.

Tom received a Headmaster's Commendation for creating an engaging poster on 'George's Marvellous Medicine'.

Anna received a Headmaster's Commendation for creating an informative poster on 'Danny, the Champion of the World'.

Zachary was awarded a Headmaster's Commendation for compiling a booklet on 'Going Solo', demonstrating extensive research.

Charles received a Headmaster's Commendation for delivering an engaging PowerPoint presentation on 'Danny, the Champion of the World'.

Year 3 Pupil of the Week was Ishbel, for working extremely hard during the week, especially on her number work.

Year 2 Pupil of the Week was Matilda, for demonstrating a consistently positive outlook and contribution to the class, always displaying a 'can do' attitude.

Michelle was Year 1 Pupil of the Week for throwing herself into every activity during the week, and displaying excellent 'sounding out' when writing.

Hari received a Spirit of St Leonards Award for his exemplary conduct in and out of the classroom, including during the class trip to Dundee last week.

Ryan was awarded a Spirit of St Leonards Award for showing great kindness towards others in class, including new pupils.

Verity received her belt and certificate for being promoted to 3rd Mon in Judo, whilst Ting was promoted to 2nd Mon. Both fantastic achievements!

This week our Vice House Captains announced the average number of points per person in their House. Harris and Lewis had 4 points, Skye had 5 per member of the House, putting Mull in the lead this week with 6 points!


FISHERIES MUSEUM | After meeting fishermen at the harbour at the start of Year 2's Unit of Inquiry into ‘Jobs within our local community’, and then cooking sustainably-caught fish in the school kitchens, the children were keen to discover how the technology used in fishing has changed over time. A visit to the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther enabled the class to explore this in a very engaging way as the boys and girls all got a flavour of what life was like at sea and in the fishing communities around our local coastline.

They saw examples of lots of different types of boat used over the ages, as well as fishing lines, nets, lobster pots, baskets, a forge and a reconstructed cottage, right through to modern radar and drag net technology. They were even able to peep down into a working boat yard to see how boats are being built and mended within the museum today.

Year 2 learned that the men living in our local fishing communities had a difficult and dangerous life out at sea, while the women and children worked incredibly hard on shore, mending lines, attaching bait, gutting and packing herring into barrels of salt - even, in some cases, giving the men a piggy back through the waves to their boats so that they didn’t get their feet wet!

Everyone had a wonderful time, and Year 2 now have plans to spend an afternoon crabbing on East Sands next week!


This week has quite literally swept past us what with the Fisheries Visit by Year 2 on Monday, and indeed our Year 3s heading to the Golf Museum on a slightly rainy Tuesday. Wednesday sadly saw the postponement of all Beach School activities including the very exciting bait hunting/digging as planned by our Year 2s, which will be rescheduled as soon as possible but on Thursday, they were extremely lucky to be visited by Clara’s father who contributed to their Unit investigating jobs in the community by discussing his role at Leuchars. Storm Ali was unable to blow us off course with our weekly objectives mind you….

Year 1

  • Phonics – p and n Words – to
  • English – Beginning to wordbuild with our phonemes now although our focus was our text ‘Funnybones’ to link with our Unit about ‘Who we Are’. We have been consistently forming the letters a and t correctly and identifying parts of the body, not forgetting our skeleton dance.
  • Maths – To begin to identify and name 2D shapes as well as beginning to identify their key properties.

Year 2

  • Phonics – ‘ch’
  • To determine what makes a good tourist brochure, identify the key features, in readiness for preparing their own for East Sands Beach. To consolidate the features of a sentence focusing on capital letters, full stops and finger spaces as well as checking it makes sense.
  • Maths – To begin to identify and use a variety of problem solving strategies. To develop understanding of number lines and identify numbers greater than or less than. Consolidation of number bonds to ten.

Year 3

  • Phonics – ‘igh’ and ‘ow’
  • English – To be able to identify speech marks, understand their purpose and begin to use them correctly.
  • Maths – To understand the language of time specifically ‘o – clock and half past. To be able to tell the time in o’clock and half past in both analogue and digital.

Huge thanks to all those who have supplied the requisite wet weather gear. Storm Ali did give us a taste of what we may have to look forward to this winter but we shall always endeavour to have the children out where we can.

Our thoughts are with the Comrie Croft gang, who I’m sure are going to have amazing tales to tell about their weekend and we wish you great fun wherever your weekend may take you.

Claire Boissiere, Lower School Coordinator

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