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Scottish Book Trust

Check out the fabulous Recommended Reads book lists for different age groups, be inspired to submit short novels and more.

Reading with Parents Makes a Difference.

The Difference Reading Makes is blogged by Scottish Book Trust and Fathers Network Scotland in “Year of the Dad”.

Read Write Inc

PPS is ready for something new.

A new reading programme is being introduced to PPS in 2017-18 session. A parents’ workshop will take place in the Autumn but many resources are available online for families 0f P1 & 2, to become familiar with what the children will be learning.

Parents’ info, including videos, can be found here: Read Write Inc


To contact Read Write Inc, try facebook page.

Jolly Phonics



Our younger children in infant department, use Jolly Phonics, though our Head and staff have another Phonics programme they would like to deliver. This Parent Teacher guide may be helpful in interim. Jolly Phonics Parent Teacher Guide



Reflective Reading

Following focus for School Improvement Plan (2016-2017), staff will be using the Reflective Reading programme.

Created specifically for Scotland, Reflective Reading is a methodology that can be used from Primary 1 to Primary 7.

This exciting approach will:

  • improve literacy standards, reading attainment and motivation in reading for all
  • put the magic back into reading through fun, engaging ideas and activities for the teaching of reading
  • create life-long readers with good reading habits, who enjoy and appreciate text in all its forms

Maths Fun

Working towards School Improvement Plan for ’16-’17 session has a focus on Numeracy, working with the Number Phases as promoted in East Lothian schools. These focus on the continuum of learning and relate to the different stages, rather than the different ages, of pupils.



Mathletics is the preferred shared resource between home and school at PPS. An online programme which pupils are signed up to through school account – username and password is given to each child.



Another Online resource being used between school and home is Studyladder

Studyladder was developed by school teachers to provide all children with access to a quality education. Our unique designer tool enables us to adapt and align our material to curriculum requirements in different national and regional jurisdictions. We are also in the process of increasing our international capacity, so that we will eventually have Studyladder teacher representatives throughout the English-speaking world.

What began in 2001 in Australia with just lessons has now been expanded and adapted for use in over 20 countries across the world. The Program has thousands of video lessons, interactive games, worksheets and assessments covering all the fundamentals a student needs to acquire fundamental learning skills and to feel confident to want to learn more.

Children’s University East Lothian

The Children’s University is an International critically-acclaimed charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative Learning Activities outside of the school day. Learning Activities are designed to:


  • raise aspiration, self-esteem & confidence
  • encourage curiosity and a love of learning
  • enhance motivation and build resilience
  • introduce new life experiences
  • offer progression in learning and personal skills development.

Parent FAQs

CU activities around Pencaitland

Downloadable Activities to use on days out / at home.

Growth Mindset Information for Parents and Carers.

Have a look here for Presentation shared by our cluster Educational Psychologist.