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Bonnington Primary School
Bonnington Road, EH6 5NQ, UK Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 554 1370

Bonnington Primary School

Bonnington Primary School

Mr A M Hunter
Bonnington Primary School is a large Victorian building dating from 1877. Accommodation includes classrooms,library, two halls, music room, computer suite, art room and resource rooms. There is also a school kitchen and newly refurbished dining hall.

The school is non-denominational and provides education for approximately 210 children aged between 3 and 12 years old. The catchment area is bound by Ferry Road, Newhaven Road, Pilrig Street, Leith Walk and Great Junction Street

School Aims

To create a positive ethos within the school, nurseries and the wider community, giving the children a sense of purpose, identity and belonging.

To encourage a safe, secure environment within the whole school.

To continue to involve the parents more in the life of the whole school and the education of their children.

To provide a broad, balanced,stimulating and relevant curriculum for the pupils which offers high quality opportunities for learning and teaching, thus leading to higher standards of pupil attainment.

To establish links with the wider community, making good use of local resources.

To encourage an open and supportive climate where all staff will feel supported and free to share ideas and concerns, thus working as a strong and happy team.

As a staff, and through team work, improve and draw upon individual's expertise and skills with the aid of a well structured programme of staff development




The School curriculum is based on the national guidelines of
Curriculum and Assessment 5 - 14 for Scotland
Curriculum for Excellence



Environmental Studies

Expressive Arts

Religious and Moral Education

Personal and Social Development

Listening and Talking


People and Place







People in the Past







People in Society










Listening and Talking is encouraged from early days in the nursery and includes listening to stories, instructions, tapes and songs, and talking in groups or in front of a wider audience, joining in and offering opinions. As the children are encouraged to talk, their confidence will grow as they realise that their thoughts and opinions are valued. Talking for different purposes develops as the children progress through the school.

Reading is taught through the Authority's Achievement in Literacy programme and our own graded reading scheme which offers opportunities at every stage and level to read fiction, non-fiction and poetry.Older pupils also read novels by a wide range of authors. The school library is another source of learning.

Writing is fundemental for communication and from the pre-school year in the nursery the children are encouraged to write. Children are taught to write neatly in a range of styles - imaginative, personal and functional.

Mathematics .The emphasis for our pupils is on learning different strategies to calculate both on paper and in their heads.Monitoring is continuous and a wide range of resources is in place to help children achieve their full potential.

Environmental Studies covers History, Geography, Science and Technology.The children learn through the study of 'topics' such as "When granny was young", "Water" ,"The Vikings" and "The Cycle of Life" The children will have to opportunity to go on visits and have outside speakers in class to support their learning.

Information and Communication Technology teaches the children the skills required to cope with a fast developing world. These skills include word processing, email, as well as controlled use of the internet and intranet. Every class in the school has at least one computer and we have a computer suite with fourteen i-macs.

Expressive Arts .Included in this area are Music, Drama, P.E. and Art and design. We have the support of a Music Specialist in school one day a week as well as String and Brass instrument tuition.

RME/PSD Religious and Moral Education and Personal and Social Development cover a wide range of areas for discussion and experiences.It is an ongoing part of the daily routine in a class.

Balance of the curriculum There are guidelines in place as to the proportion of each week which is to be spent on each curricular area. This helps to ensure that the children receive a broad and balanced education.

Curriculum for Excellence
A new curriculum, Curriculum for Excellence, is gradually being introduced to all Scottish schools. Please see the links page for a link to the Curriculum for Excellence website.

Parents will remember we incorporated the new curriculum into our annual pupil report for session 2006/2007.

We are all looking forward to further developing the Curriculum for Excellence at Bonnington Primary this session.

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