Headteacher Update 29th October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers
We hope that you had a good mid term break and were able to spend time together as a family enjoying the holiday. The change in season is very much with us and as the temperatures begin to drop and the likelihood of inclement weather increases we need to make some changes to processes at school. Please see below for important updates to PE and our breaks. We also have updated on how we intend to share your child’s progress with you. This term in school we usually have lots of special calendar events –but due to current restrictions we will have to be creative about how we mark these events whilst still being able to participate in whole school projects and celebrations. We will keep you updated about our plans for Children In Need 2020 and Christmas at Campie.
Kindest regards

Pauline McKay
Headteacher

Physical Education (PE)

Just prior to the midterm break, new guidance was issued by Scottish Government regarding implementation of PE. Previously children in Primary School were able to participate in PE indoors subject to a number of mitigating factors. This advice has now changed. ALL PE is to be led outside. To accommodate this the model for teaching in learning will be as follows:-

Prior to accessing the outdoors the children will explore the learning outcome and success criteria. They will then engage in activities outside. This will be either in the playground or on our Astro. On return to the classroom, the
children will then be involved any discussion about successes, achievements and identification of next steps. Mrs Clapperton, our PE specialist, will be adopting the same model, however children will meet in the gym hall before going outdoors.

Weather conditions
In the event of very poor weather, the PE lesson will be replaced with a health and wellbeing lesson. Ideally we will strive to ensure children continue to access 2 hours of PE each week. It is therefore important that your child comes dressed for the forecasted weather conditions – jogging trousers, waterproof jacket etc.

Reporting

Previously we had shared that it was our intention to share a written interim report as an alternative to the usual face to face consultation we have at this time of the year. However we have decided to change this and offer a
telephone consultation. We feel that this provides greater opportunity for dialogue and therefore will hopefully be a positive experience.
It is anticipated that invites will be sent soon and the consultations will span over 2 weeks, with some being held on a third week – this is to accommodate classes with larger numbers.

In preparation, can you please ensure if you have any changes to your contact telephone numbers, that you inform the school office either by email campie.ps@campie.elcschool.org.uk or call 0131 665 2045
Week one: week beginning 9/11/2020
Week Two: week beginning 16/11/2020
(If required) Week Three: week beginning 23/11/2020
More information to follow.

Road Safety

We have continued to promote safe parking with the help of our little parking buddies and along with attendance from a parking attendant and the police. We hope coming to school is as safe as it can be. Can we please remind
everyone that the small car park at the rear of the school is for families who have a disability parking permit only. It is very small and is a designated priority parking area for our families who require it and children arriving by taxi.

Access to the Outdoors

Due to the large number accessing Olivebank Football Ground and the very heavy rainfall we have seen recently, the condition of the pitch means that for the time being we are not able to access this space. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity and when the weather improves we hope that once again we will be able to access this wonderful outdoor resource. However for now, we have had to plan breaks and lunchtime play in our playground area. As we are still operating a bubble system, this limits the number of classes that can access the playground at any one time. A staggered break and lunch has allowed us to maintain this approach whilst ensuring appropriate supervision. During one of our lunch break, we do not have sufficient space outside to accommodate all classes. We have therefore introduced a rota system whereby one year group remains indoors during their lunch break. The class will then go outside for an outdoor activity once the lunch break is over. (Weather permitting).