One of Scotland’s smallest and most remote schools has appointed a headteacher. Paul Thomson will combine the job at four-pupil Fetlar Primary with duties at Baltasound Junior High – the country’s most northerly school – on the neighbouring island of Unst, where he has been appointed head after filling that post on an acting basis since August. The island of Fetlar had a population of 860 in the 19th century but there are now just 60 residents.
Almost 20,000 packets of seeds have been handed out to Glasgow’s P1-3s to symbolise the importance of the city council’s fostering and adoption campaign. Let Glasgow Children Flourish uses a growing tree as a metaphor for how, with the right foster carers or adoptive parents, vulnerable children can blossom and overcome the disadvantages that hamper their progress in and out of the classroom. All pupils are being encouraged to take care of their own plant.
A film to support training for a primary school literacy programme has premiered at the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh. Read Write Inc is a national scheme for P3-5s with literacy difficulties. It uses phonics to help children to learn to read and write while developing a wide vocabulary; many Edinburgh pupils have now acquired skills that give them access to the full curriculum. The film was made by the council’s literacy and dyslexia support service.
Some 1,100 children gathered in Perth for a musical event celebrating an imaginative approach to the national 1+2 primary school languages policy. “The Art of Music – Ooh La La La” brought P5-7s to the city’s concert hall to sing French songs inspired by famous paintings. The children also dressed up in colourful costumes seen in some of the world’s best-known artworks. The 1+2 approach aims for every child to learn a modern language from P1 onwards, and a second from P5.