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

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

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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.

INFO POSTER CLICK HERE

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P7 Update Re: School Closure Friday 20th March 2020

Hi all,

It’s a very sad and emotional time for us all with school closing indefinitely from Friday lunchtime. I understand that P7 are very anxious and upset about missing out on the final term and all the fun events planned. I am too!

Mrs Donnelly has assured P7 that IF schools do not reconvene before the summer holidays ( obviously no-one knows yet what will happen week to week in the future) then pupils will have an opportunity to come back to Loanhead Primary after the summer break to have their Leaver’s send-off. No-one wants P7 to simply leave tomorrow and not have a chance to say farewell properly and have proper closure leaving primary school.

Children have the chance to get their red hoodies signed today and tomorrow .

When at home in term time, can P7 please log into Glow daily to complete their online lessons. Please also check this web page weekly – I’ll try to update for Mondays each week and keep you posted.

I can be contacted through my email :   S.Brunt@mgfl.net     I will be working from home and available during school hours.

Finally, can I just take this opportunity to express how much I have enjoyed teaching this class for nearly two years. There are so many talented, enthusiastic and creative pupils in this group. But most of all, I will always remember, all the daft chats and laughs we have had along the way!

I really hope everyone gets through these unusual and unique times safely and healthily.

Thanks for all your support,

Miss Sara Brunt

 

 

Digital learning update

This week most pupils should bring home their digital learning passwords for Sumdog, Glow and Education City.

In class, pupils will practise logging into these and using them to enhance learning.

Google classroom is an app within Glow Scotland where each class has a ‘google classroom’.  It works best on Google chrome and is accessible on most devices.

There are also tiles on the Glow home page for typing, maths, literacy games and activities too.

Pupils are asked to have a play about with these at home but also have passwords in school bags every day. This will be a learning curve for many and we appreciate your support, patience and cooperation at this time.

Thanks

Mrs Hinton

 

P7 Info W/B 16th March 2020

Hi all,

This week sees ‘Road Safety Day’ ( Beep Beep Day!) on Wednesday so the Junior Road Safety Officers and Mrs Sharp have organised some activities for children. Pupils have been asked if they can wear one Hi-Viz item of clothing to school that day. Children can bring in a monetary donation for BRAKE if they so wish. Apologies for the wrong date for this event being posted last week. 

Football Club – Mr McGaff and Mr Nelson are planning to run a P7 football club after school on Tuesdays, alternating weeks for girls and boys.

Basketball Tournament – Ten P7s represented LPS on Wednesday morning at a local competition and won it!  They won all their five matches. So proud of you all! Fingers crossed, we can send a team to the County Champs.

PE is on Tuesday , Wednesday and the final session of rugby is on Thursday this week. Thanks so much to rugby coach Bradley for all his fun games and skills development.

Chrome Books – P7 have loved using Chrome Books in class this week and these have really engaged children in their learning. We are navigating our way around using Google Classroom and so home/class learning online is now perfectly possible.

Independent Study –Last Friday, a reading comprehension task was given out to  be handed in this Friday. My intention is to put study tasks on Google Classroom from now on. Please let me know if your child cannot access this at home.

Schedule for the week:

Monday:

Music

Tuesday: PE

Boy’s Football Festival

Football Cub after school (girls)

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: 

Rugby – bring PE clothes to be able to play rugby outside in the MUGA.

Friday – ‘Headstrong’ Session 2 ( last week’s session was cancelled)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary 6/7 Boys and Girls football

Starting this week, Mr McGaff and Mr Nelson will be leading  football coaching sessions for both the P6/7 Loanhead Primary School boys and girls teams. The sessions take place on Tuesdays after school between 15:15 and 16:00, and alternate between the boys and the girls on a bi-weekly basis. The coaching sessions are set to take place as follows:

 

Boys

10th March, 24th March, 21st April, 5th May.

 

Girls

17th March, 31st March, 28th April, 12th May.

 

Sessions will take place either indoors or outdoors depending on weather, so please make sure that your child is prepared with appropriate clothing on their days. If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mr McGaff at s.mcgaff@mgfl.net.

 

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff and Mr Nelson

 

P7 Info W/B 9th March 2020

Hi all,

This week sees ‘Road Safety Day’ ( Beep Beep Day!) on Wednesday so the Junior Road Safety Officers and Mrs Sharp have organised some activities for children. Pupils have been asked if they can wear one Hi-Viz item of clothing to school that day. A letter was sent home about this. Many thanks.

Football Club – Mr McGaff and Mr Nelson are planning to run a P7 football club after school on Tuesdays, alternating weeks for girls and boys. Details still to be confirmed.

Basketball Tournament – Ten P7s will represent LPS on Wednesday morning at a local competition so, good luck folks!

PE is Monday, Tuesday and rugby is on Thursday this week.

Chrome Books – Mrs Gilchrist, from ICT support, is coming to P7 on Tuesday to drop off chrome books ( a 4 week loan) to show us how to start using Google Classroom. Watch this space! Children have been successfully using Scratch in school and at home to code animations and games. They have picked this up very quickly!

Science – Our focus this term is on energy and in particular, electricity. Children have had fun exploring simple circuits and we hope to incorporate this into models or games.

Independent Study –There’s a core group of pupils who consistently do not complete their study tasks at home. I am going to speak to these children this week. An extension on the last task will be given. If work is still not being done, a message will be sent home to inform individual parents of this. Well done to those who do complete their tasks. You are developing independent study skills that you will need at secondary school. A new reading comprehension task will be sent home on Wednesday this week.

Headstrong – P7 participated in their first session last Friday. Pupils will be given a scrapbook to start collecting memories in; photos, certificates, newspaper cuttings, tickets for events etc.

And finally…

Unbelievably, it is coming to the time thoughts are really turning to the end of primary school for P7s and their new adventures at secondary school. We are already exploring ideas for the end of term P7 show. However, I wondered if parents could start to send in a (maximum of 2) photos of your child on their first day at school ( even if not at Loanhead at that point). Failing this, a photo of your child when they were about 5 years old. I know this maybe seems early but time really does fly by. You can send a digital photo to me at S.Brunt@mgfl.net or hand in an actual print for me to scan. TIA!

Thank you,

Miss S Brunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P7 Info W/B 2nd March 2020*EDITED*

Hi all,

Athletics

Congratulations to our P6 and P7 athletics team who competed in the East of Scotland Indoor Athletics Champs, representing Midlothian along with King’s Park Primary. We finished 8th out of 12, competing against the winners of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Borders, West Lothian and Stirling. This is an amazing achievement especially as we are a small school who took a team of  just 24 athletes whereas some schools brought 40 athletes with them. Our pupils had several events to do each. We are so immensely proud of each and every one of our athletes and hope that he/she enjoyed this experience.

World Book DayThursday 5th March – children are encouraged to create a 3d model of their favourite book character for Wednesday please.

Dental Nurse – Will visit P7 for check ups on Tuesday. Letters were sent home about this.

Headstrong Programme – This P7 programme starts on Friday but there is an opportunity for parents to drop in on Tuesday at 3pm if anyone would like more info on this. You can speak with Leisa Randall, the course co-ordinator.

Independent Study – The reading comprehension task about the weather is now due on Friday. *I will catch up with those who still have their fractions and percentages home task to hand in. This week, we will concentrate on decimals in numeracy and data handling in maths.

*EDIT* There was a disappointing return of the previous numeracy task ( less than 50% of class returned their work!) I am sending a revision maths/ numeracy task home this week and there is an expectation that this work is completed and handed in on time!

And finally…

Unbelievably, it is coming to the time where thoughts are turning to the end of primary school for P7s and looking ahead to new adventures at secondary school! We are already exploring ideas for the end of term P7 show. However, I wondered if parents could start to send in  (maximum of 2) photos of your child on their first day at school ( even if not at Loanhead at that point). Failing this, a photo of your child when they were about 5 years old would do just as well. I know this maybe seems early but time really does fly by! You can send a digital photo to me at S.Brunt@mgfl.net or hand in an actual print for me to scan. The photos will be used in a PowerPoint display at the show. TIA!

Schedule for the week:

Monday:

Music

Tuesday: PE

Dentist

‘Headstrong’ drop-in @ 3pm

Wednesday: PE

WBD Book character model in

Thursday: WORLD BOOK DAY

Rugby – bring PE clothes to be able to play rugby outside in the MUGA.

Friday – ‘Headstrong’ begins

Reading Comp Task due in.

That’s all for now,

S.Brunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P7 Info W/B 24th Feb 2020

Hi all,

Last week was Health Week and we explored emotional states through role play in drama. However, there’s still a bit to do in the next few weeks and this will be supported by our upcoming Headstrong programme. Thanks to PC Anderson for delivering a very meaningful and thought provoking lesson about substance misuse and the potential consequences of this.

We should have a block of rugby with Bradley on Thursday afternoons.

Reading will focus on comprehension skills – strategies to rigorously interpret texts both fiction and non-fiction. There will also be some tasks to try at home for the next few weeks.

Schedule for the week:

Monday:

Music AND PE with Mrs D ( timetable change for one week)

Tuesday:

Tommy’s Honour – A day’s programme developing life skills through learning about the golfing achievements of Tommy Morris.

Wednesday: COUNTY ATHLETICS CHAMPS!!! GOOD LUCK LOANHEAD PS!!!

PE for those in school, we’ll still have our PE session.

Independent Study Task = A reading comprehension sheet will be sent home.

Thursday: 

Rugby – bring PE clothes to be able to play rugby outside in the MUGA.

FridayREMINDER

‘Loanhead Primary has Talent’ is on Friday evening at the Loanhead Miners Club and tickets (£3.50 per adult/children are free) can be purchased at the school office. The doors open at 6:15pm, for a 7pm start.

That’s all for now!

Thank you,

Miss S Brunt