Thursday, 18 December 2014

P7 Partay!

What a really enjoyable P7 party! Fun, happy and such wonderful company! *STARS* and not just at Christmas! Adele, Cerys and Stella also showed everyone how to make fabulous paper craft decorations.

Great to see Connor pressing on regardless to finish his book!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Sciennes - Boroughmuir Thistle Girls' Football Fundraising

Five P7 Sciennes girls (Manju, Eliza, Stella, Phoebe and Zoe) and one P6 girl (Rose) who are stalwarts of Sciennes Football Club, are hoping to travel with their other football club, Boroughmuir Thistle, to the Gothia Cup in Sweden, the world's biggest youth football tournament.

The parents of the Sciennes contingent have organised a movie night at the Dominion Cinema in early January to see Bend It Like Beckham, which seemed the most appropriate film we could find, as well as being a good fun night out.

Please come along and help us fill the cinema! 

Given that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, you might want to consider giving Bend It Like Beckham tickets to family and friends. Or how about organising a girls' (or boys') night out with colleagues or friends? 

Tickets are only £10 (less than the normal Dominion price!) and include a glass of wine and nibbles. Please forward to friends and colleagues. Any support much appreciated!

Details of how to get tickets further down the email. Hope to see you there!

Clarissa (Manju's mum)


As part of Boroughmuir Thistle's Gothia Cup fundraising efforts we are delighted to announce an exclusive screening at the Dominion of 

Bend It Like Beckham

Date: Monday 12 January

Time: Doors open 7:30, film starts 8:00

Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets are £10, including a glass of wine/soft drink and a snack -  a better deal than the regular Dominion price of £10.95.

Please forward information to friends and colleagues. We have a big cinema to fill and we are aiming for a sold out show. 

How to buy tickets: 
email to book your tickets. We accept cash, cheques or BACS payments.

The small print: 
All money raised goes towards the BTFC trip to the Gothia Cup, the world's largest youth football tournament. Doors open at 7.30pm and the film will start at 8pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance and presented at the cinema prior to entry. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry and cannot be responsible for lost or forgotten tickets. The film is rated 12A. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Gothia Cup Organising Committee

Thursday, 11 December 2014

P7 Test Pilots for eJASS

eJASS Bookmarked
JASS Hands

Thank you to P7 test pilot pupils Zoe, Cerys, Laurence, Maxwell, Finn and Darcey for checking out eJASS for us.

Sciennes and Tollcross Primaries were part of the initial pilot for the Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) wider achievement programme a number of years ago. Last year, we began working with

  • Ian Forder from JASS
  • software developer Steve Moore
  • the Digital Learning Team
  • Alice Brown, Headteacher at Tollcross Primary
  • Barry Hewitt from Outdoor Learning
  •  Claire Cooper from Drummond HIgh School
to help develop the online version of the programme called ‘eJASS’. Software developer Steve Moore from brawsolutions has introduced a group of P7 pupils to eJASS which will be piloted at Sciennes and Tollcross next term. Primary Seven pupils and one P6 class will be able to use the online version on their personal iPads to record their progress.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Hour of Code 2014 is Here!

Fantastic online tutorials for every ability are available during the worldwide 'Hour of Code' week beginning Monday 8th December 2014   at

Primary Seven pupils have been developing their understanding of position and movement and their problem solving skills to work through some of the online tutorials in Lightbot, Tynker and  Angry Birds. We are so lucky to have Mrs Barker's expertise as a computer scientist! A First Class Honours degree in Computer Science is becoming a tradition in the family since Mrs Barker's eldest son also  graduated - from Cambridge - with a First Class Honours degree in the same subject. And now works for Google!

Scratch can be downloaded for free or try out the online tutorials, available on the web for the Hour of Code.

(Scratch Jr is a free app for younger children available in iTunes for iPad.)

Hopscotch is providing a free Hour of Code app in iTunes and here is an online Hopscotch tutorial (for more advanced coders:

Sportshall Edinburgh Final

Go Team Sciennes!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Strong Swimmer

Ruaridh recently completed his 3000m award in swimming.
Congratulations Ruaridh, that is a GREAT achievement.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

P7 Lothian Junior Chess League Day One

Sciennes, fielding four teams, made an excellent start in the first event of the new season, Lothian League Day One, run by Lothian Junior Chess at Wester Hailes Education Centre on 24th November. The season started with the highest number of teams entered for this event for six years and the Sciennes' teams performed extremely well.

P5 & Under A League
P5 & Under B League
 P6/7  A League
P6/7  B League
Congratulations to our P5 pupils who played extremely well.
P5 & Under Graded
1st Place        Aidan Davis       

P5 & Under Ungraded
3rd Place        Cole Turnbull                3.5 on tie break
Sara Ghafoor also scored  3.5 points and was awarded a medallion.
Fedor Chetsov (P6) came top in this section but was ineligible for the first place trophy so instead he received a special trophy.

Thank you to Bill Platts and all the parents who helped with organisation, transport and supervision. 

Friday, 28 November 2014

"God Only Knows" Tribute Video Now Available on CBBC Website

Primary Seven, you can now watch the CBBC Friday Download God Only Knows Music Tribute - featuring many of your clips! - on the CBBC Friday Download website:

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

In Tribute to You, Wonderful, Creative P7

Sciennes Tribute to BBC Music from Sciennes Primary School on Vimeo.

Interviewing for a Fantasy Hero

We are looking at the Fantasy genre in our literacy work. Today we thought about qualities of a hero/heroine, qualifications they might have and previous experience they might bring to the post. We let our imaginations run wild then we completed application forms for the job. Our interview panel, Christopher and Manju, selected four candidates for interview. We then voted to select our hero. Congratulations to Pepper, the successful candidate!

Making Parabolic Mirrors with the maths students.

P7C have been fortunate in working with three maths students, Martina, Melanie and Andrew, for the past three weeks.
They have been learning about parabolas and today they made parabolic mirrors to  learn about focus.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Players' Player Trophy

Many congratulations to Phoebe, chosen by her team-mates to receive the Players' Player trophy. 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Blue Peter Badge

Quite a few of our pupils are sporting Blue Peter badges. Information on how to apply for one is available here:

We've still to find out how Mrs Noble got her Blue Peter badge!

P7 CBBC Friday Download Music Tribute

Lovely BBC Researcher Jenny Garton has been in touch to say that some of the P7 pupils' video clips will be used in the CBBC Friday Download television programme to be broadcast on CBBC next week on Saturday 22nd November 10am. Jenny has been very encouraging about the children's work and was delighted they had so much fun working on it. She also shared that the team who worked on the actual BBC Music "God Only Knows"  video is working on editing their programme's Music Tribute! The tribute version is being created using video clips submitted by children all over the UK and the single is being sold in aid of Children in Need. Thank you Jenny for giving us the opportunity to get creative!

CBBC Friday Download Anti-Bullying

If you didn't manage to see CBBC Friday Download's Anti-Bullying programme on Saturday 15th November you can catch it on BBC iPlayer.