Safety Online!

Screen Addiction

e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Loanhead Primary School . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed.  e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

Recently, many of the children have been talking about the Momo challenge and have been increasingly worried about it.  Like many of these online phenomenon the publicity and hype has made this a lot bigger than it needs to be.  For a quick briefing on it see the link below.


It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

Search engines

Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:

Research searching

Kids Yahoo

Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Image searching



When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up.  To read more, click here


Social Media Platform Guides

Click here to access to modern and relevant information on the most popular online phenomenons and social media platforms

Insta advice

Snapchat Info

WhatsApp Info

YouTube Info


Primary 4 Homework 25/02/19

I’ve had a lovely first week with the class, we have revisited the class charter and talked about what we would like our class to be like. The children wanted these things to feature in our class charter:

We will care for each other and be kind to each other.

We will be calm and quiet which helps us to listen, concentrate and learn.

We will speak calmly to each other.

We will be respectful to everyone.

We will listen to each other.

We will try and resolve problems with our friends ourselves (we know we can ask adults for help if we need it).

We will follow instructions.

I will post homework on the website every week. I intend to set homework on Mondays and would like it in on Fridays.

This week children have reading which is noted in their reading diaries. Please make sure you sign your child’s reading record when completed and that your child has their reading book and diary every day as they will read daily.

Spelling: As listed in their homework jotters: list of words, to make sentences and learn the words in the way your child prefers.

Every child has their Sumdog password now.

Topic this term: We will be learning about Climate Zones and Weather. We will also be looking at Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his art work.

We will also be covering some Science this term.


Lisa Cumming

P6 Home Learning & News W/B 25th February

Hi all,

Homework this week:

Spelling – There’s a new spelling list this week plus loose and lose.

Writing500 words. The annual Radio 2 writing competition is upon us and closes on the 8th March so there’s not much time for us budding authors to get our stories written. I’d like this to be a flexible home/school task whereby children will get ample time in school to work on this and can  save their text onto USB sticks or I can email stories back and forth so that these can be worked on at home too.

Reading – Everyone will read for a minimum of 20 minutes per day in class.

Debates – We are going to have a 6 week block, developing debating skills. There will be 3 lots of 2 week topic blocks. In each topic block, the first week will involve some preparation work at home followed by the second week when the debate will take place. More information will follow on Tuesday.

Ski-ing –  Wednesday. Children should bring their ski-ing gear with them to change into at school before we leave on the bus (after break). Please note that children should bring a packed lunch as we return to school after the dining room has closed. Children have progressed quickly and are now enjoying being able to use the tow lift to go higher up the slope each week.

Peer Mediation – P6 are all set to go this week. Two people will be chosen each day to be Peer Mediators in the playground at lunch times for P1 –P6. The mediators have their script ready and have enjoyed practising through role play.

PETuesday  and Thursday

Finally, last week was Science Week. We had a workshop from Generation Science where we had to test which substances had the most fizzy and colourful reactions. We also learned a bit about the pH scale. Later on in the week, we did some experiments with water/oil and milk/ food colouring and washing up liquid. The children gave a lot of positive feedback about all their activities.


Thank you,

Sara Brunt







P2 Homework w.b. 25.2.19


Well, we had such a fun science week! We had our ‘Ready, Teddy, Go!’ workshop on Monday where we learned all about forces. Then we have been working in teams for our STEM activities – designing an umbrella and an egg basket from a range of materials. P1 and P2 were put into groups on Wednesday and were given a range of materials to choose from to make an egg basket that would transport mini eggs safely down a zip line – this was A LOT of fun! To end the week, we created our own volcanoes on Friday and it was very exciting when the ‘lava’ overflowed everywhere.

We will be continuing to look at energy and electricity next week. Additionally, P1/2 will be doing a joint topic ‘Fairyland’ in the coming weeks.

Homework for the coming week:

Reading: Please check your child’s green reading record for the pages to be read that night. I am looking to incorporate more independent reading time in the class, so children are more than welcome to bring their own books in for this. If anyone has any pre-loved magazines/comics etc. that they no longer need then P2 would really appreciate these being added to the class library!

Spelling: This week we will be learning the ‘ay’ sound. The spelling list will contain words with this sound, for example, May, away, Monday. We are practising writing in cursive, please encourage your child to practise some of their words in cursive handwriting if they want to.

Maths: Children are continuing to learn about money with me and Mrs Wallace is moving onto learning about measure this term. This week the children will have a money worksheet to complete for homework. As this is an additional task the children will have until Monday to complete it. If you wish to do this over the weekend, please could you take it out of your child’s bookbag as I leave them in school on Friday so I can organize homework for the following week. Thank you.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Miss Lauren Waller



P7 News and Information 18.2.19

*SCIENCE WEEK* We kicked off science week with a workshop called Fizz, Boom, Bang – pupils created fizzy, colour changing solutions and can identify different pHs of solutions. Photos below

Pupils will be encouraged to work within set times, unfinished work is going to be sent home regularly.  We are looking at presentation of work as a lot of work is now profiled for High School.

Pupils MUST be learning how to tell times and know their times tables as quickly as they can answer “what is your name?”  Test your child, can they do this for all times tables? They NEED this skill for high school.

HOMEWORK Unfinished maths booklets have been sent home for Thursday,  Pupils also have the following maths and literacy work to complete.  Please check and sign.

P7 Homework 18.2.19-11g543x

Please can pupils also cover their jotters

In class we are learning about being kind and are reading the novel Wonder.  Pupils should also always have a book of their choie to read at home and in school.

A key theme emerging from parents night is about being nice to everyone – including on social media.  The majority of parents saying the class group chat is a cause for concern – may I remind you to regularly check your child’s phone as prank calling and cyber bullying are crimes.


P1 Homework : 18/02/19


Welcome back, we hope you enjoyed the half term.

Homework for this week:


This week we will be reading and having whole class learning activities based on the book ‘The day the crayons quit’.

We will be assessing the children’s progress with their reading and their recognition of the key words this week. Whilst we are doing this we will not be sending home reading books as homework.

Phonics: Please help your child complete the following sheets in their red phonics book:

Tuesday – ue – the sound heard in cue, queue, barbecue

Wednesday – er –  the sound heard in flowers and number

Thursday- ar – the sound heard in far, car, bar

Science Week:

For science week this week P1 will be investigating forces and electricity. We had a Ready, teddy, go! Science workshop on Monday where the children were predicting the affect of the following forces on a variety of objects:

Pushing, pulling, sinking, floating and friction.

Please can you help your child find a small toy to bring into school which shows one of the above forces for Tuesday. This should only be a small toy – a small car, a rubber duck, a small ball.

We will also be discussing the every day use of electricity and how to stay safe when using electrical appliances. Your child will have a worksheet to search for electrical items in the house. Please can you help them complete this by Friday.

Thank you,

Miss Maley, and Mrs Hunter


P3 Homework w/b 18/2/2019

Hi all,

This week in school is science week! It was kicked off today by the fabulous company Generation Science who took the kids for a brilliant workshop all about forces. The kids enjoyed this immensely.

Our science focus for the rest of the week will be centered around the body. In particular the skeleton!

As usual homework will go out on Tuesday and be returned the following Monday.



This weeks spelling pattern is controlled vowels.  We are focusing on ‘er’ , ‘ir’ and ‘ur’ as in fern, girl, burn. When a vowel comes before an ‘r’ the vowel sound is changed. ‘er‘ makes the /r/ sound, and so do ‘ir‘ and ‘ur‘. When the /r/ sound is at the end of a 2 or more syllable word, the sound is usually spelled with the ‘er‘, but there is no rule of when to use ‘ir‘ and ‘ur‘. The corresponding spelling list for this is spelling list 19 which is only titled ‘er’.

Copy the spelling words in one of the ways suggested on the spelling menu and write 3 sentences.


No maths homework this week.



As we begin to round off our Scottish Inventors topic I would like the children to do a short 2 minute talk about a Scottish inventor after having conducted their own research at home. Children can if they wish use a powerpoint and notes. They may also discuss one of the inventors they have learned in school but are encouraged to research their own inventor at home.

I appreciate this takes some preparation time so children will also be given their IT time in class to research this. The speeches will be heard in small groups and will take place on Thursday the 28th  of February and on Friday the 1st of March.


As it is science week we will have another non fiction week! This will comprise of reading and research activities.

Hedgehogs –

Tuesday – p1-12

Wednesday –  p13-24

Thursday – Research a favourite dinosaur.

Friday- Create a poster for your researched dinosaur and become a dinosaur hunter!

Pandas – Your Body, Inside Out

Tuesday – p1-12

Wednesday – p13-24

Thursday – Pick a favourite section and research that area of the body further.

Friday – Create a poster for your researched body part/system

Orangutans – 

Tuesday – p1-12

Wednesday – p13-24

Thursday- Research facts about one other planet in the solar system.

Friday – Create a poster for your researched planet.

Tigers – Zoom Out

Tuesday – p1-8

Wednesday – p9-16

Thursday- Research facts about one other planet in the solar system.

Friday – Create a poster for your researched planet.

Polar Bears – Grans Birthday and Animal Life Cycles (Polar Bears will receive two books this week. Check book bags for a note.)

Child Reading : Gran’s Birthday

Tuesday – p1-8

Wednesday – p9-16

Thursday- Share Animal Life Cyles p1-12 with parent/sibling

Friday – Share Animal Life Cycles p13-p24 with parent/sibling


PE Days – Tuesday and Wednesday

Miss Ramsay

ps- Just a quick reminder that toys should not be brought to school unless it is a Friday Golden toy. Thanks 🙂

P2 Homework w.b. 18.2.19

Hi all,

I hope you had a fun and restful holiday and are ready to return for the new week! We are learning lots of fun things this week as it is SCIENCE WEEK!

This morning (Monday), the children have a science workshop and we will be following this on throughout the week through learning about energy and electricity.

Homework for this week; 

Reading: Every group is receiving a new book so please check your child’s green reading records for the pages. Please encourage your child to read a wide variety of genres, this can be anything from non-fiction to joke books! If they have a book they are really enjoying then they can bring it into school to read during calm time.

Spelling: We are learning no new sounds this week, instead we will be revising all of the ones we have been learning in P2. However, the children will receive a spelling list of the days of the week to practise.

Writing: Before the holidays, the children were learning about instructional writing and we wrote a recipe for making a jam sandwich. For Monday, the children have their own recipe template and they can make up their own recipe for something or can write one that they know works. We might try and make some of the creations next week!

Thank you so much for all of your support so far in P2. I hope you all have a lovely week,

Miss Lauren Waller