Category Archives: Parent Information

Entitlement to Free School Meals

Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?

Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.

 

How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?

Please visit our website www.eastlothian.gov.uk  to check your eligibility and download an application form.

 

Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.

 

World Book Day (Week) Events at Innerwick Primary School

World Book Day 2012
Programme of Activities

Dear Parents

This year Kirsten Pearson in the Nursery has organised a series of events to celebrate world book day and promote literacy.

Parents are encouraged to come to the school on Thursday 1st March to participate in a series of events to celebrate on the day.

Monday 27th February

Children are requested to bring into school a copy of their favourite
book.  Find 30 minutes or so to discuss with the children the reasons for their choice.
Children to write a couple of sentences/short paragraph explaining why this is their favourite book.  Take photographs of the children holding their book and create a display at the front door/in class (with photographs and the children’s explanations).

Tuesday 28th  February

We will come together as a whole school directly after lunch.  Teachers will introduce and discuss World Book Day and why we celebrate this.  We will then have a 10 minute small group discussion when children share their vfavourite books (and why) with children from the other classes.   A couple of children from each class will present to the whole school.

Wednesday 29th February

Children are asked to bring books into school for Africa.  These should be second hand books that the children have grown out of.  A suggested donation of 50 p – £1 is asked for as well. The books should be in good condition. A display of the books will be made in the hall. Some books will be read in class for the last time in Scotland before starting their journey through the Dunbar Rotary to Africa.

Thursday 1st March – World Book Day (whole morning)

Parent will be invited into the school at 8:50 am for family reading.  Parents can congregate in the hall and then make their way to their children’s classrooms around 9:00 am.  This could also be done in the hall like last year   Parents are asked to bring with them a copy of their favourite children’s book.  This can be from their childhood or a current book.
They can then spend some time in school reading to their children and some of their friends (15 – 20 minutes).

9:30 am – Parents are invited to have coffee/tea in the nursery and all
children will meet in the hall to be split into four groups (based on their
houses).

PARENTS CAN JOIN ANY ACTIVITY GROUP

Children will participate in four* different activities (x 30 minutes)throughout the morning.  Two sessions will take place before break and two sessions after.  All children (school and nursery) will rotate round the different sessions.  A later break time will be arranged (10:45 – 11:00 am).
Design a Book Mark – children will design a book mark – winning entries will be entered into the national competition.  Template will be provided.
The Giant Jam Sandwich (by John Vernon and Janet
Burroway)
– children will listen to the story and then make jam sandwiches.
Oliver’s Milkshake (by Vivian French and Alison
Bartlett)
– children will listen to the story and then make different flavours of
milkshake/smoothies.
The Perfect Hamburger (by Alexander McCall Smith) – children will
listen to a small extract from the story and then create 3D hamburgers using a
variety of art materials.

Timings: Session 1 – 9:45 – 10:15 am; Session 2 – 10:15 – 10:45 am;
Break; Session 3 – 11:10 – 11:40 am; Session 4 – 11:40 – 12:10 pm.

A variety of extension activities should be made available including
watching video clips and playing games/activities from the World Book day
website.

*Nursery children will only participate in three sessions and then will
head back to the nursery to be ready to go home at 11:50 am.

Friday 2nd March 2012

Children and teachers can dress up as their favourite book character.

This is Dr Seuss’s birthday so it is an opportunity to read some of his
books and explore the www.seussville.com.

Hand out the World Book Day book tokens (nursery to get these on
Thursday).

Curriculum for Excellence for Parents

Curriculum for Excellence for Parents

February 21st, 2012

This is to let you know that that some new short films on Curriculum for Excellence for parents have been published on the Engage for Education web site at www.engageforeducation.org/cfefilms.
The films illustrate, in nursery/primary/secondary learners’, parents’ and teachers’ own words, the kind of impact and benefits that CfE is having across the country.

The films contribute towards the CabinetSecretary’s CfE Action Plan 2011/12 commitment to develop new materials for
parents which illustrate the benefits of CfE, following specific calls for such resources from parents.  They have been developed in co-operation with the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

PIPS FOR PUPILS IN P5 and P3

Dear Parents

In the next couple of weeks your child will be assessed using a paper based progress test. Parents can find out more information on PIPS at:

 http://www.cemcentre.org/pips-scotland-p3-p5-p7/introduction

Some FAQ

What is PIPS?

PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary Schools) is a
standardised assessment system that is designed to monitor pupils’ educational
progress throughout the Primary phase. Established since 1991, PIPS is one of
the longest running projects to be offered by the Centre for Evaluation and
Monitoring at Durham University.

 

What does PIPS do?

PIPS provides an annual assessment of attainment geared to
the Scottish core curriculum areas of reading and mathematics. In addition
there is an assessment of developed abilities, which may be regarded as a
measure of each child’s academic potential. Comparison of academic attainment
with academic potential, and also with previous academic performance from the
PIPS Primary 1 assessment, allows teachers to build a powerful profile of
individual progress for every child throughout the Primary phase.

Key Benefits of PIPS

  • Provides a comprehensive profile of each pupil’s
    ability
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Reliable objective monitoring
  • Individualised assessment
  • Tracking pupil progress
  • Valuable evidence for self-evaluation
  • Longitudinal monitoring

Health and Wellbeing Event for Parents

Health
and Wellbeing Event for Parents – Saturday 25 February 2012

The Health and Wellbeing team at Education Scotland is hosting an event for parents
on 25 February at Stirling Management Centre. The event will start at 10 am and finish at 1 pm and is free
to attend. The aim of this event is to outline the health and wellbeing entitlements forCurriculum for Excellence.

There will be lots of opportunities for discussion about the different aspects of the
health and wellbeing curriculum and how parents can support their children with
this. Partner agencies will also be attending to facilitate some group
discussions. This event will be of interest to any parent with children in the
early years, primary and secondary settings.

If you are interested in attending this event please register with Anne-Marie Lamont. Anne-Marie.Lamont@educationscotland.gov.uk