Category Archives: Primary One

Classes for Session 2017-2018

Dear Pupils, Parents and Carers

Please see below for details about staffing from August 2017.  We are delighted to welcome new staff to Trinity – Cara Gordon and Emma Henderson will both be joining us from South Morningside and Katie Sharp from London.  Debbie Neish and Joanna Millar are newly qualified teachers who will be starting their teaching careers in Trinity.  Pupils currently in P1 and P2 have had the chance to spend some time with their new classmates and everyone enjoyed meeting and making new friends – new class lists for P2 and P3 have been given to the children.

All of the children will have the opportunity to meet their class teacher in their new classroom on Tuesday 20th June.

Mrs Woodruff will be going on maternity leave from August.  We look forward to seeing her back at Trinity with Baby Woodruff in the not too distant future!

Please do get in touch if you have any questions.


Jacqueline Scott


Current From Aug 2017 Current From Aug 2017

Cheryl Berthinussen

Debbie Neish

Alison Keillor

Carly Pattinson

Rebecca McKenzie

1S 3 x new P2 classes

2K Karen Walsh

2W Jennifer Wilson

2J Fiona Johnstone

4W 5S Katie Sharp
1M 4C 5B Graeme Blaikie
1C/N 5/4P 6/5D Tracey Dick
2/1M 5W 6J Joanna Millar
2/1M 3 x new P3 classes

3M Hazel McKinnon

3Mc Helen McLeister

3H Emma Henderson

5B 6M Natalie Mack (Curtis)
2J 6G P7

Hannah Watt

Aisling Griffiths

3M 4G Cara Gordon 6H
3W 4S Shireen Sherazee 7D Pastures new at Secondary School
3S 4C Claire Campbell 7W


Music and Technology Gillian Chalmers
Supporting learning – newly qualified teacher support, nurture, support for learning, outdoor learning Kirsten Jackson, Naomi Hutchinson, Laura Nisbet, Seaneen Horan, Amber Ashraf, Natascha McLean
PE Mandy Griffin


Class Organisation for session 2017-2018


Dear P1 and P2 Parents and Carers

As mentioned in the recent newsletter at the moment it is expected that the current P1 and P2 classes will be reorganised into 3 x P2 classes and 3 x P3 classes for August 2017.  I had planned to hold a meeting regarding composite classes, if required, on Wed 3rd May at 6.00pm.  Given the reorganisation will not require the formation of a composite class it will not be necessary to have a meeting.   If this changes I will rearrange.  The children will be reorganised into straight classes based on teacher judgement.  Please do get in touch if you have  any concerns / comments regarding this.

Thank you for your support.

Jacqueline Scott,

Head Teacher

Learning in P1


Well done to all the Primary 1 children who have taken part in ‘The Little Nativity’ this year, you have all been fabulous.

Due to a busy week rehearsing and performing our Nativity show, the weekly bulletin will be with you early next week.

Thank you to all of your on-going support,

The P1 Team.

Jolly Phonics

Following the information given during the P1 Info Meeting, here is a link to the Jolly Phonics youtube video summarising all the songs for all the sounds.

Your children are settling in well to P1. It’s lovely to see them having fun and learning each day.
Keep an eye on this page – we will be posting P1 information regularly.
Websites you may find interesting. Please also take a look at the ‘Parentzone’ part of our website:




Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning (SEAL)
At Trinity we use the SEAL approach to teach Numeracy in P1 and 2. This is best taught in small groups where the focus is on talking about strategies and sharing with other pupils. The majority of SEAL learning is oral, with some written activities to support what pupils are learning. From P3 upwards it is used to target pupils who need support with Numeracy.
Children develop and use a range of methods to solve number problems. The strategies they use increase in sophistication as children gain experience and develop better ways of solving problems.
Progression needs to take into account the number range that a child can solve problems within and the sophistication of the strategies used.
The Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning classifies the various strategies used by children into six stages:

Stage Indicators
Stage 0: Emergent Counting – Cannot count visible items– The child may not know the number words.
– The child cannot coordinate number words with items.
Stage 1: Perceptual Counting – Can count perceived items.– May involve seeing, hearing or feeling items.
Stage 2: Figurative Counting – Can count the total of two collections.– Counts from one
Stage 3: Initial Number Sequence – Child uses and understands counting-on rather than counting-from-one.– Uses counting on to solve addition and missing addend tasks.
– May use count-down-from strategies
Stage 4: Intermediate Number Sequence The child uses and understands:– count-down-from strategies- count-down-to strategies– The child can choose the most efficient strategy.
Stage 5:Facile Number Sequence The child uses a range of non-count by one strategies:– Compensation
– Using known results
– Adding to ten
– Commutativity
– Subtraction as the inverse of addition
– Awareness of ten as a teen number