Pupil Reports

Reports should have gone out by pupil post today.  Please can you return the enclosed slip as soon as possible to confirm you received the report, even if you have nothing to comment?


Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal

Please remember the dress rehearsal on Friday 1st December.

Please feel welcome to come along. If you know folks who wouldn’t normally come along to the concert but would enjoy seeing the children perform please let them know. We start at about 9.30am. A toilet and costume break about 10/10.15am and we should finish by 12noon.

The morning doesn’t run on a strict schedule but we endeavour to stick to approximate times.

Main Website Updates

The main website has been updated with the recent newsletters and 2018-19 Session Dates. The Google Calendar has also been updated with the dates in the November Newsletter

P6 Bikeability – Lesson 1 By- Isla & Jess

In Bikeability P6 have been checking each others’ bikes for damage.  We were checking the wheels,the brakes, the handlebars, the seat and the gears.  We were in pairs and we were checking each others bikes with our partners.  

There were adult helpers called Duncan, Sarah, Richard, and Jenny.

We had sheets of paper and ticked off and crossed the questions.  We went into Miss Collins’s classroom and talked about helmet safety and then we talked about general safety on a bike.  A thing we learned is that you should have 8 reflectors on your bike.

Main Topics & Other Important Info

This term the main thing we will be looking at is ‘Enterprise.’  The children will be looking at different types of enterprise, considering what skills they have and learning how to update the School or Class Blog.

We will be learning about report writing (Headlines, Picture Captions etc) and how to take photographs with the digital camera.   We will also look at how to interview each other and make notes.

The children will then apply for jobs some time after the October holiday to be a reporter or photographer for the class or other classes that would like support with blogging.

At least once a term they will visit the class, interview the teacher/children and write a blog post for the school blog.

Later on in the term we will be doing ‘Light’ and ‘Electricity’ as our Science Topics (not ‘Sound’ as I said in the newsletter at the start of term!).

Weekly Timetable/Main Events

Here are key events in the timetable.   Obviously this can change from week to week.

Monday – Homework given out for Friday. Learning logs returned if they were sent home.  Library Time with opportunity to change books.   P.E. if we are not on a block with Miss Gordon, our specialist.

Tuesday – P.E. with Specialist when timetabled.

Thursday – Assembly most weeks.   P.E. with class teacher. P6s will get French with others P6s and French Specialist.   

Friday – Art and Music with specialists when timetabled.  Homework due at the latest. Learning Logs sent home if completed (usually fortnightly).   S.A.R. records to be submitted.


Homework jotters should be covered if they have not been already.

Thanks.  Your child will usually be given spelling and number/maths homework on a Monday to be completed and returned on a Friday at the latest.   Although I do not need you to check the homework, it would be helpful if you can sign to say that you have seen it, as well as the learning logs if they have gone home on a Friday.

If your child is doing Silent Absorbed Reading the should be reading their book for at least 15 minutes for 3 nights on a Mon-Thu and recording this.   It would be appreciated if you could check they are doing this and discuss the book or hear them read once a week. Please note in their reading record this has been done.   Thanks. On a Friday I will gather in the Reading Records to check your child has done 3 sessions at home and recorded them.

Sometimes I might ask your child to play a game or carry out a task they have been sent in Google Classroom.   It would be helpful if they had internet access for this.

I.C.T & What Can My Child Do In Google/EduBuzz Apps?

All children have now been issued with their user names and passwords for their own EduBuzz/Google Apps Accounts.  This allows them to access Internet Based Apps at home and school, and if you already have a Gmail account this will be familiar to you.   The children are, with your permission, allowed to access this at home and it would benefit them if they were allowed to.   We have been looking at Internet Safety, and discussed what they are and are not allowed to do at home.

As well as accessing the Apps in a Web Browser, most Tablet and Phone App Stores have separate Google Apps that can be downloaded to use them.   If your child is using a tablet, phone or computer at home they have been told they must log out if it is a shared device.  If they have their own username or password to protect the device, they can save their passwords)

To date your child has been shown how to use the following apps –

  • Google Drive
  • Docs
  • Slides
  • Sheets
  • Email (been told allowed to email anyone know in Edubuzz, family members they live with, family members or friends not on EduBuzz with parental permission)
  • Google Classroom (Posts etc shared by the children are only seen by the class and myself as this is a private, safe online environment that is not public)


Some of the children have asked if they can use this to message each other.  They have been told they can use it to send text-based message to people they know as long as their parents know they are doing it.

Google Photos

We will be using this app SOON and more info will follow.  Photos or albums shared can be accessed at home but photos should not be downloaded or printed without permission of the parents/children involved).   Your child can upload photos of their own to their Google Photos if you are aware they are doing this.   These photos will not be published publicly on the internet and is just a facility your child can use with their account.


We currently have a class username and password for creating posts for the class blog.   This cannot be used at home or be shared with others and is for school use only.

What Is S.A.R. and What Should My Child Do At Home?

In P5/6, all the children get an opportunity to choose a book each week from the School Library and get opportunities during the week to read it in class.

Unless they have a book from a Reading Scheme, this book should be kept in their blue bag and taken home each night with their Reading Record.

It is your child’s responsibility to –

  • Read at home the number of times asked in the weekly homework (usually at least 3 x 15 mins – twice on their own and once with a parent)
  • Record the date, pages read and if they read at home or school.
  • Add a comment about the plot, characters, what the enjoyed e.t.c.
  • Ask their parent once a week if they can either listen to them read or discuss the book with them.
  • Bring the books and records to school daily and hand in records to be checked on a Friday each week.

It would be helpful if parents could –

  1. Encourage their child to read the number of times they have been asked to
  2. Listen to or discuss the book with the child once a week
  3. Sign when they have heard them read or discussed the book
  4. Encourage the child to keep the book and record in their blue bags

If your child finishes their book at home and have not read the number of times asked, they should read a book from home and note they have done this.

P.E. & Class Equipment

It would help things run smoothly if you could support your child to remember to bring the following to school:

-A full P.E. kit with a change of top, bottom and gym shoes – labelled and kept in P.E. Bag.  Jewellery should not be worn on P.E. days.    Old trainers for when we do P.E. outside.

-Water bottle with their name on it for water.

-Reading Books and Reading Records should be brought into school daily in Blue Reading Bags.

– a pencil, sharpener, rubber and ruler (NOT novelty items for them to play with!).