ONLINE AND COMPUTER SAFETY UPDATE

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.

https://parentzone.org.uk/article/three-minute-briefing-momo-challenge

MOMO INFO

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

nICE
CBBC
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

Pics4Learning
picsearch

Gaming

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

FORTNIGHT BATTLE ROYAL – WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

Social Media Platform Guides

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

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/

Insta advice

Snapchat Info

WhatsApp Info

YouTube Info

 

P5 Homework w/c 7.1.19

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and hope everyone has enjoyed a restful holiday. A huge thank you for your generosity to both Mrs Roy and myself for all the Christmas gifts.

We got off to busy start to the term on Tuesday writing our New Year Resolutions for 2019 and hope to make this year another memorable and fun learning experience for all.

As we enjoy a week of celebrating all things Scottish, pupils have chosen a poem to learn and recite in class next week. Two pupils will then be chosen to go forward to represent P5 in the Loanhead PS Scottish Poetry Competition on Friday 25th January 2019. Pupils chose from the following three poems:

  • Postie, by JK Annand
  • Heron, by JK Annand
  • The Sair Finger, by Walter Wingate

P5 will also be learning both ‘O’Flower of Scotland’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ during class time and will enjoy singing these with the whole school during our up and coming assemblies.

The only other homework this week will be our normal 10 spelling words and associated activity cards.

Spelling: everyone now seems familiar with the spelling activity cards with pupils enjoying the variety of activities and option to complete as much as schedules permit. All pupils are aware of the homework expectation but I would remind parents to initial or sign homework jotters to prove that red activities have been complete.

 

Up and coming events:

Tuesday 22nd January to Tuesday 5th March 2019 Pupil Talks (details to follow)

Wednesday 6th February 2019 Parent Consultations, 17:30 – 20.30pm

Thursday 7th February 2019 Parent Consultations, 15:30 – 17.30pm

Monday 11th February – Friday 15th February 2019 – Holiday

PE – Tuesdays and Thursdays

Finally, a reminder that children should have a pair of indoor shoes to change into. This ensures the floors are kept clean, in particular classroom carpets where children sit when sharing news etc.

Many thanks for your support,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

P5 Update!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all those who helped with our ‘Sustainable Palm Oil’ bake sale today raising funds to sponsor our Orang-utan, Keke.

We raised enough to sponsor him for 3 years as our total was a whopping £100.96!

P5 were over-the-moon and extremely proud as this total was shared during our whole school assembly.

Many thanks,

P5, Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

P5 Homework & update w/c 05.11.18

Dear Parents/Carers,

Homework

  • Spelling: everyone now seems familiar with the spelling activity cards with pupils enjoying the variety of activities and option to complete as much as schedules permit. All pupils are aware of the homework expectation but I would remind parents to initial or sign homework jotters to prove that red activities have been complete.
  • Numeracy & Maths: pupils have now moved on to the 7 times table and should practise this whenever possible. We are also learning about money, value and written examples of larger numbers. Homework will consist of a mixture of activities to consolidate learning from class work.
  • Reading: pupils have now learned all 5 Literacy Circle roles; Illustrator, Word Wizard, Question Writer, Summariser and Predictor. They have chosen novels and have completed their first LC homework role at home with follow-up book group in class. I will evaluate one group per week over the course of a 6 week period and slips will be glued into jotters. I would please remind pupils to ensure LC homework is completed at the back of their spelling jotters. Good luck with this, you are already off to a flying start.

Additional Information

Monday 5th November 2018Flu Vaccinations

Tuesday 6th November 2018 Swimming Wk9, 11:00am to 12.30pm

Please ensure pupils bring their full swimming kit and wear weather appropriate jacket and shoes for the walk to the pool. There has been quite a number of children forgetting their kits and having to phone home to have these delivered into school. Please encourage pupils to take responsibility for this and not rely on someone else to organise. Perhaps setting a reminder to save an extra trip to school would help!

PE – Tuesdays will consist of P5 taking part in a block of swimming lessons from 4th Sept to 27th November 2018. The class will walk down to the pool with Mrs Donnelly and will return with Mrs Watts. Mrs Roy will take the class for an hour of PE on Thursdays.

Thursday 8th November 2018 – P4 & P5 music course from Dunedin   Consort (5 weeks)

Friday 16th November 2018Rainforest Assembly

P5 have been working hard throughout their Rainforest topic and would like to show-case their learning to the whole school and after to parents on Friday 16th November. Slips inviting parents/carers to attend on this date at 11:50am for a 20 minute assembly will be sent home this week. Pupils will be able to leave with parents after the assembly but please inform myself before you leave the building.

Friday 23rd November 2018– ‘Sustainable palm oil’ Bake Sale

P5 are in the process of organising a bake sale to raise funds for the adoption of our class Orangutan, Keke and hope to host this to all pupils and teachers during the morning 0f Friday 23rd November. Details to follow.

Many thanks for your support,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

 

 

P5 Homework & update w/c 24.9.18

Homework

  • Spelling: the spelling activity cards have been embraced by almost all of the class with pupils enjoying the variety of activities and option to complete as much as schedules permit. All pupils are aware of the homework expectation but I would remind parents to initial or sign homework jotters to prove that red activities have been complete.
  • Numeracy & Maths: pupils have been learning about angle types in class and have begun to practise using protractors to measure angles. The homework this week is a consolidation of class work and consists of identifying angle types (acute, obtuse and right angles).
  • Reading: pupils have now learned three Literacy Circle roles; Illustrator, Word Wizard and Question Writer. They have practised these in class using their reading book/novel. Pupils will soon be ready to apply their learning to reading homework which will begin after the October holiday.

Additional Information

Tuesday 25th September 2018 Swimming Wk4, 11:00am to 12.30pm

Please ensure pupils bring their full swimming kit and wear weather appropriate jacket and shoes for the walk to the pool.

Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th October 2018 Parent Consultations

Appointment slips will be sent home with pupils on Friday 28th September.

PE – Tuesdays will consist of P5 taking part in a block of swimming lessons from 4th Sept to 27th November 2018. The class will walk down to the pool with Mrs Donnelly and will return with Mrs Watts. Mrs Roy will take the class for an hour of PE on Thursdays.

Many thanks,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

P5 Homework w/c 10.9.18

Homework

  • Spelling: I look forward to marking the first P5 spelling activity cards this week and setting new spelling pattern words for week 2 (remember complete green & red is optional).
  • Numeracy & Maths: pupils have been learning about 3-D shape in class and became familiar with their chosen shape by making nets. While we set-up spelling and reading strategies, I would ask pupils to carry on with their Times Table practice.
  • Reading: pupils have now learned their first Literacy Circle role, Illustrator and practised this using their class reading book/novel. Over the coming weeks we will continue to practise the other four roles so pupils will be ready to apply their learning to their reading homework.

Additional Information

Tuesday 11th 2018 Swimming Wk2, 11:00am to 12.30pm

Please ensure pupils bring their full swimming kit and wear weather appropriate jacket and shoes for the walk to the pool.

P5 Cross Country, 8 pupils will take part in this event.

Wednesday 12th 2018 Individual & Family photographs 

This is an opportunity to pop in after school to see the classroom and have a quick chat.

PE – Tuesdays will consist of P5 taking part in a block of swimming lessons from 4th Sept to 27th November 2018. The class will walk down to the pool with Mrs Donnelly and will return with Mrs Watts.

Many thanks,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

P5 Homework w/c 27.8.18

Homework

  • Spelling: we will take this week to learn the spelling homework expectation including green and red spelling card activities so there will be no homework sent home
  • Numeracy & Maths: there will be a 2D shape activity sheet to complete following the work started in class
  • Reading: pupils will begin to learn Literacy Circle roles over the coming weeks and will use their own choice of novel, either from home or the school library, to practise these roles

Additional Information

Tuesday 28th 2018 Trip to Book Festival 11:45am to 3.15pm

Please provide a packed lunch and ensure pupils wear their uniform and weather appropriate jacket and shoes.

Wednesday 29th 2018 Meet the Teacher 3:30pm to 4pm

This is an opportunity to pop in after school to see the classroom and have a quick chat.

PE – Tuesday and Thursday

Many thanks,

Mrs Watts & Mrs Roy

P5 Homework

Spelling Homework

Now your child is in P5, they will be encouraged to have greater independence and responsibility for their own learning. Therefore, spelling homework will be taken home on a Wednesday afternoon and returned the following Tuesday morning. This must be checked by an adult.

Pupils will write their spelling words on a new page of their jotter on Wednesday each week. At home they should use:

LOOK  THINK  COVER  WRITE   CHECK

to write out their new spelling words three times in neat columns. They should also complete a green activity card which will earn pupils 2 credit card points. An optional red activity may be completed for extra practice (and 1 credit card point) but is not mandatory.

Reading Homework

Reading will consist of a variety of activities including Literacy Circles, Novel Studies and individual reading tasks. A library novel will also be chosen by your child.

Maths & Numeracy Homework

Maths/Numeracy homework will be given out on a regular basis to tie in with what has been taught in class. This will be handed out on Wednesday to be returned the following Tuesday morning.

Topic Homework

There will be occasional homework for topic which may include individual research and class talks.

General Expectation

Please ensure homework book is covered. In P5 we expect children to date work, present their work neatly, and use rulers to draw lines.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Roy & Mrs Watts