P1 news and Information 18th August 2020

Hi P1 Parents/Carers, this week is our first full week in school, how exciting!  We are becoming more familiar with school routine and are such a happy and smiley bunch 🙂 The children will be very tired and our afternoons will be spent doing some team work, purposeful play, outdoors (if the weather is not too bad), getting creative and having an afternoon break.


Pupils begin school packed lunches this week, we encourage them all to order something, even if they bring their own food, they are entitled to free meals.  We have a morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack, they are feeling quite peckish throughout the day so are encouraged to eat at these times.  The lunches will be a choice of sandwich filling (cheese, ham, chicken or tuna) with a pudding (yoghurt or home baking on alternate days), fruit choice and a drink.  On Tuesdays there will be an option of a sausage roll and Pizza on Thursdays.  We are eating lunch in class which is a lovely social time for us all.

Home Learning

In class we are learning numbers 1-5 and how to write them, we are focussing on writing names and mark making and we are learning all about books.  We have began our phonics learning this week and will learn a new sound every Monday and Wednesday.

Pupils will bring a phonics workbook home and should complete the worksheets for their sounds every week. These are simple sheets to colour, practise writing the sound or words with that sound on them and maybe show everyone at home their sound song and action for their newly learned sounds 🙂 I will update this website with the sounds each week.



I am introducing the children to Biff, Chip and Kipper – for those who are not familiar with these characters, they are the main characters in the Oxford Reading Tree reading progression that we use in school.  We are enjoying exploring books, looking at front covers, reading from left to right and how to hold books.  The first books the children will bring home are simply picture books – we are learning to read pictures.  More information will be provided when these come home.  Books are able to go to home and back into school and will not be shared, books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being reissued.


  • We are still not changing into sports clothes, shoes or indoor shoes, this is council legislation.  Pupils can come to school on our main activity day (Thursday) in joggers/trainers (no football colours)
  • Please can your child come with a water bottle for class time, not juice
  • Suitable outdoor clothing is necessary
  • I can be contacted via email k.hinton@mgfl.net
  • Book bags for homework/letters etc can be bought at the school office for £4


P1 news and information 14th August 2020

School website: loanhead.mgfl.net

My email address: k.hinton@mgfl.net

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a positive week we have had in P1, thanks so much for your support and understanding at unusual times.  The children have settled in really well to our classroom routine and I cannot wait for such a fun year.

We will be introducing google classroom in the future but for now I will use the school website to give information/home learning etc.  As we are social distancing, email contact is probably the easiest method, however, I am available for a chat too,

I will be in class most of the week with our learning assistant Mrs Black.  Mrs Cumming will be in class most Tuesdays.

Please note:

*We will have a more active day on Thursday, pupils can come to school with leggings/joggers and trainers on Thursdays to make moving around outside easier.

*Please can pupils bring a water bottle and a snack each day.  From next week, children will be given a choice of packed lunch from our school kitchen.  If your child comes with their own, we will assume they do not want a school lunch.

*We will not be changing clothes or shoes in school and can pupils come with a suitable outdoor jacket as we will be outdoors as much as possible.

*Items from home should not be brought to school, pencil cases etc are fine to bring in, but these cannot be shared.  We do have enough resources in school for each child J


Mrs Hinton

Letters from P1 19/20 to P1 20/21

Hello Future P1 parents and children,

All of us at Loanhead appreciate how unsettling it must be thinking about sending your little ones to school at the moment therefore we felt you may appreciate some words of wisdom from some of our youngest. P1 have thinking back over the year about their initial nerves and fears as well as all the things they love about being part of our school. Hopefully this helps you and your child begin to get excited about joining us in August as our whole team are looking forward to welcoming you as part of the Loanhead Primary School.

Spring activity ideas for the holidays

Hooray for the holidays! Although it does feel very different.  We all hope that you are staying safe and healthy.   There will be no official classwork set on Google Classrooms, although there may still be the odd fun activity.  We have, however,  put together a whole school Spring learning grid (click the link below) with some ideas to keep your creative juices flowing and for some fun family time if you run out of ideas.

Stay safe

All Loanhead Staff

Loanhead Spring learning grid

Dear Parents…

Dear parents,

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.

Stay safe. x

From all of us in the Loanhead Primary Community

19.3.20 NEW update from Midlothian council regarding school closure

The following statement was sent to schools this evening. At the bottom of the statement are links to parental guidance and advice which will be very useful in this time. We will keep you updated as, and when, we know anything else.

All schools will be closed to Primary Pupils and S1-3 Pupils with the following exceptions:

· Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The Head Teacher will be in contact with individual families outlining the individual arrangements which will be in place.

· All Secondary Schools will be open to S4-6 Pupils only in order to complete any SQA mandatory coursework and assessments prior to the published deadlines. Please refer to individual High School Websites for further updates. We are planning a phased approach to distance learning however priority will be given to S4-S6 to begin with.

· We are now focussed on planning for the families of staff belonging to the following groups key worker groups: Emergency Services, NHS, Health and Social Care Partnership including Care at Home, Teachers and Council Staff who have requested assistance with Childcare in order to ensure that we deliver critical services. This requested provision will be delivered through 4 secondary and 4 primary schools acting as Hubs. Individual Schools will be in touch with the individual families to alert them to the arrangements which will be put in place.

· Free School Meals: We are currently working with catering services in order to finalise arrangements for the distribution of food for children entitled to free school meals and further information will be communicated as soon as plans have been finalised.

Public health advice and guidance should continue to be followed for staff and pupils with underlying health conditions and self-isolation.

As you will appreciate there is significant planning needed to move this forward and we will continue to update our website to keep you informed.

You can listen to the Deputy First Ministers announcement at this link:

Andrew Sheridan
Schools Group Manager (ASN & Inclusion)

Guidance for parents and carers in the event of school closure due to Coronavirus

A1 – Midlothian SLT Telephone Helpline info 2020

COVID-19 Information and links for parents/carers

When the school closes on Friday, pupils will be sent home with learning packs for the next week which should be done at home.  The weeks to follow (except for holidays) will involve digital learning via Glow-Google classroom.  Our staff have varied experience with this and we all learn and teach differently both in the classroom and online.  We appreciate your support, patience and understanding during this time.

As well as digital learning passwords, this letter was sent home on 18th March to give information about how to access Glow and Google Classroom within Glow. Digital Learning Letter 18.3.19 Pupils/Parents have teacher emails and can contact their teacher during school hours.  If you have any technical issues or questions please contact Mrs Hinton who will try her very best to help you. k.hinton@mgfl.net


A list of websites that you can use to support learning can be found in pupil packs or Click here 


Midlothian Speech & Language Therapy Department offer a weekly telephone help line, for parents and professionals to ring us to discuss any concerns they have about a child’s speech, language and communication skills.