Home Learning Review

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Home Learning Review

 
 

Thank you for the very good response to the homework survey we undertook during the Parents’ Evenings in November. Pupils across P4-P7 were also surveyed.

 

During the November in-service we used your feedback to inform our review of our home learning. We have also researched approaches used in other schools.

 

We are now planning to introduce a new approach to home learning which will start from the week beginning Monday 28 January 2019. The new approach aims to consolidate learning and skills in literacy and numeracy and to give children opportunities to use their learning in real life situations such as home routines and community activities.

 

Our new home learning approach will include:

  • Encouraging reading for enjoyment through providing regular opportunities to borrow books to take home from our new school library (visits will also continue to the Cove library as at present)
  • Providing phonics (P1) / reading tasks
  • Setting periodic research tasks/ preparation of individual talk tasks
  • Use of a termly numeracy/ maths grid to reinforce prior learning. The grid will have suggestions for the use of licensed websites which our children have individual log-ins for and further suggestions for how they can use their learning and skills in everyday home and community settings.
  • Lastly, all children will be given skills for life grids with suggested tasks designed to support them to develop a wider range of relevant knowledge and skills. Children will be encouraged to work towards achieving the tasks in the skills grid throughout the whole year

The school is planning for a drop in open event later this month for parents/carers to learn more about the new approach to home learning. See Over.

 

The school places high importance on building a strong home learning partnership with all parents/carers. We believe the new approach to home learning will help children to better understand the relevance of their learning in school to real life situations. It will also enable parents/carers to take advantage of home routines and everyday situations to encourage their children to continue to their learning out-with school.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

COLIN NICOL

Head Teacher

Additional Support Needs Guidelines, Learning Overviews, School Update

Additional Support Needs Guidelines:

The school has recently revised its Additional Support Needs Guidelines.  The new guidelines will help to streamline our system for identifying and planning to meet the needs of children requiring additional support.  As part of our new system we aim to improve communication with parents/carers with regard to any additional supports a child may require.  This will include sending a short letter home to inform parents/carers of the focus of the support their child is being given.  The school will continue to encourage parents/carers to contact the school if they have any queries about the support being provided for their child.

Learning overviews:

 During the week beginning 21st January we shall be sending home a one page termly overview of the focus for learning in each class for term 3.  This is in response to last year’s parents’ survey which included feedback requesting more information about what children were learning each term.

 

School Update:

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Please see below some key dates for terms 3 and 4 which I wanted to make you aware of as soon as possible.

Term 3

 

  • Applications for an Early Learning and Childcare Place to be returned to school by 25th January 2019

 

  • Drop in open evening – Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

 

  • Mid-term holiday – Monday 11 February, 2019

 

  • In – service days – Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 February, 2019

 

  • Valentine’s disco, Tuesday 19th February

 

  • Dalguise Information Evening, Tuesday 26th February, 2019

 

  • Parent Council meeting, Tuesday 5th March, 2019

 

  • Pupil reports – Friday 29 March, 2019

 

Term 4:

 

  • Parent Council meeting, 17th April 2019

 

  • Good Friday holiday,  Friday 19 April, 2019

 

  • Easter bingo, Tuesday 23 April 2019

 

  • P7 Dalguise trip – 24-26 April, 2019

 

  • May Day holiday – Monday 6 May, 2019

 

  • In-service day – Tuesday 7 May, 2019

 

  • Parents evenings – 4 and 6 June, 2019

 

  • Summer disco – Tuesday 11 June, 2019

 

  • Primary 7 induction days at Lochside Academy  – Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June

 

  • Primary 7 parents/carers information evening about transition – Thursday 13 June at Lochside Academy

 

  • Parent Council meeting – Tuesday 18 June, 2019

 

  • P7 Prom – Friday 21 June, 2019

 

 

Drop-In Open Evening

We shall be holding a “drop in” open evening on Tuesday 29th January in the gym hall/ community lounge at the school.

At the event parents/carers will be provided with more information about:

  • The new approach to home learning particularly the online resources for maths/numeracy
  • The use of our interactive learning diary
  • Changes to our systems for promoting positive behaviour

The open evening will run between 4.30pm and 6. 30pm.This event will be divided in to 4 half hour slots.

4.30pm – 5.00pm

5.00pm – 5.30pm

5.30pm – 6.00pm

6.00pm – 6.30pm

Please use the weblink/ QR Code below to indicate which of the half-hour slots you are likely to attend.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/59KG6X2

 

If you are unable to attend one of the above slots then information about the open evening topics will be posted on our school blog/website.

 

www.loirston.aberdeen.sch.uk

 

We would encourage all parents/carers to sign up to the blog to receive e-mail alerts about updates.

 

 

COLIN NICOL

Head Teacher

Home Learning Review

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Home Learning Review

Thank you for the very good response to the homework survey we undertook during the Parents’ Evenings in November.

Pupils across P4-P7 were also surveyed.

During the November in-service we used your feedback to inform our review of our home learning.  We have also researched approaches used in other schools.

We are now planning to introduce a new approach to home learning which will start from the week beginning Monday 28 January 2019.

The new approach aims to consolidate learning and skills in literacy and numeracy and to give children opportunities to use their learning in real life situations such as home routines and community activities.

Our new home learning approach will include:

  • Encouraging reading for enjoyment through providing regular opportunities to borrow books to take home from our new school library (visits will also continue to the Cove library as at present)
  • Providing phonics (P1) / reading tasks
  • Setting periodic research tasks/ preparation of individual talk tasks
  • Use of a termly numeracy/ maths grid to reinforce prior learning. The grid will have suggestions for the use of licensed websites which our children have individual log-ins for and further suggestions for how they can use their learning and skills in everyday home and community settings.
  • Lastly, all children will be given skills for life grids with suggested tasks designed to support them to develop a wider range of relevant knowledge and skills. Children will be encouraged to work towards achieving the tasks in the skills grid throughout the whole year

The school is planning for a drop in open event later this month for parents/carers to learn more about the new approach to home learning.

The school places high importance on building a strong home learning partnership with all parents/carers.    We believe the new approach to home learning will help children to better understand the relevance of their learning in school to real life situations.  It will also enable parents/carers to take advantage of home routines and everyday situations to encourage their children to continue to their learning out-with school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Colin Nicol

Head Teacher

Loirston Primary Parent Council Meeting

 

Wednesday 16th January 2019, 6.15pm-6.30pm start

 

Yellow Eight Kitchen Area, Loirston Primary School – All Welcome

 

AGENDA

 

  • Welcome/Apologies

  •  

  • Approve Minutes of last meeting/review outstanding actions

  •  

  • Fundraising committee update

    • Personalised Christmas Cards/Merchandise

    • Christmas Fayre

    • Secret Santa Shop

    • Valentines Disco

    • Other

    •  

  • Treasurers Report

  •  

  • School Update

    • Homework Policy

    • Parent Open Evenings

    • Improvement Plan update

    • Staffing Update

    • Promoting Positive Behaviour

    • Other

    •  

  • Chairperson Notes:

    • Aberdeen City Parent Forum Meeting

    • Termly Parent Meeting with Donna Cuthill – cancelled

    • Health check sent to Donna Cuthill

    • Termly Newsletter feedback

    •  

  • AOCB

  •  

  • Date of Next Meeting 5th March 2019

 

 

Loirston Primary Parent Council Meeting

Loirston Primary Parent Council Meeting

Wednesday 16th January 2019, 6.15pm-6.30pm start

Yellow Eight Kitchen Area, Loirston Primary School – All Welcome

AGENDA

  • Welcome/Apologies
  • Approve Minutes of last meeting/review outstanding actions
  • Fundraising committee update
    • Personalised Christmas Cards/Merchandise
    • Christmas Fayre
    • Secret Santa Shop
    • Valentines Disco
    • Other
  • Treasurers Report
  • School Update
    • Homework Policy
    • Parent Open Evenings
    • Improvement Plan update
    • Staffing Update
    • Promoting Positive Behaviour
    • Other
  • Chairperson Notes:
    • Aberdeen City Parent Forum Meeting
    • Termly Parent Meeting with Donna Cuthill – cancelled
    • Health check sent to Donna Cuthill
    • Termly Newsletter feedback
  • AOCB
  • Date of Next Meeting 5th March 2019