P2 Homework W/B 29/5/17

Homework this week:

Spelling List 36 – ‘aw’

Reading – will get this back on track as last week it ground to a halt due to the shorter week and other events!

Numeracy – Sumdog Challenge – Money to 20p. Some children are still confused as to how to work out change from 10 and 20p.

Topic – continues to be Local Study. This week we’ll look at Loanhead; its history and how it looks today.

PE– Tuesday and Thursday this week.

**Reminder**– The following week ( W/B 5th June) is Health Week. Sports Day will be held on Monday June 5th, 1-3pm, weather permitting. More details to follow.


Miss Brunt

P1 Homework and TRIP 22/5/2017

IMPORTANT! Please remember P1 are on a trip on Tuesday23rd May. They must where school uniform and have a packed lunch unless you have requested one from the school. Please make sure your child has suitable footwear and ‘weather’ clothing – If you wish to put sun cream (just in case)then please do.

Reading homework will hopefully be given out on Tuesday if not then they will bring it home on Wednesday.

PE is back to the normal days Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Sharing our Learning assembly on Thursday at 2.30pm – all parents carers of P1 are invited.

Parent’s Consultations are on Wednesday (evening) and Thursday (after school)

Summer Fair on Friday 26th May from 11:00am

P1 Homework 15/05/17

Reading: Please see the cards in their homework bags.

Phonics: We are continuing to revise the ‘two letter’ sounds.

PE: is on Monday and Wednesday this week. This is the last gymnastics session, the children have really enjoyed it and learned a lot, as have I! In their bags is a letter about the gymnastics if anyone is interested in following this up.

Friday 19th May: Dress down day – Please send in a small item that can be wrapped for the tombola in the Summer Fair.

P1 are doing their ‘Sharing their Learning’ assembly on Friday 19th May – this is for the school. Parents are invited in to see the assembly on Thursday 25th May at 2:30pm.

The children will be working on their poem for the annual school poetry competition this week.

TRIP: Please return your form and payment this week if you have not already done so.

Monday 22nd May is a holiday for the children, staff have an inservice day.

Newsletter May 2017

As always, the newsletter is available to download as a PDF from the newsletter section of the webpage (in the menu bar at the top of website).  There are a lot of important dates in this newsletter so it is copied below.


Loanhead Primary School

May Newsletter

Welcome to a busy couple of months ahead. To try and keep everyone informed this newsletter will be placed on the website and a paper copy will be issued to the eldest pupil in each family.

Red Nose Day

Thank you to the P7 enterprise group and the pupil council for all their hard work. We raised £352.00, thank you to all who contributed!

Gate Closure

Please note that the gate from the car park that leads into the playground at the lower atrium will be closed at 9am. The gate at the back of the playground, leading to the safe route, will be closed at 9.15am.

Rag Bag

Recent rag bag collections have raised £120, Thank you so much for all your donations. Our next collection day is Wednesday 31st May.

Head  Teacher Awards

Congratulations to the following who were presented with their Head Teacher award at Loanhead Parish Church when we attended our Easter Service; P1 Flynn Campbell (care), P2 Chloe Laing (development) , P3 Reece McHale (development), P4 TJ McDermid (learning), P5 Freya Turner (caring), P6 Lois Aitchison (learning) and P7 Anna Pettigrew (honesty)

Digital Parenting

P7 have been sharing their learning on internet safety with P5 and P6 pupils, During their work we have been made aware of the amount of pupils with smart phones and their attitudes towards their phone. A survey carried out by P7 revealed that:

– 89% of pupils in P 4-7 at Loanhead Primary have some sort of social media account despite being under the legal age.

– 75% of those pupils would be devastated if their posts (past, present and future) became public for their parents to read.

– 74% of pupils with social media access have felt uncomfortable by something they have seen online that one of their friends has posted.

The ‘think U know’ website has lots of useful information that is age banded for children and has a separate parent section.  This is worth a look to give you and your child information about staying safe on line.


If your child borrows clothes from school, please ensure that these are washed and returned.

Election Days

Loanhead Primary School is NOT being used as a polling station. School will run as normal on these days. Pupils have a holiday Monday on Monday 22nd May. This is a Modlothian inservice day for teachers.

Road Safety

We have had a couple of instances where cars and pupils have almost collided. Please ensure your child walks in the car park and stays on the footpath.

Summer Fair

This will be held in the playground on Friday 26th May 11am – 1pm. There will be a dress down day on Friday 19th May we will be collecting tombola prizes (small toys sweets etc.) for the summer fair. The Parent Council are also looking for parent helpers on the day – please speak to a member of the parent council or hand your name into the school office if you can help. Donations of home baking, raffle prizes, toys, bric a brac, will be all gratefully received. There will be a wine or water stall and we are looking for donations of full and empty wine bottles! If you would like to rent a table on the day please speak to a member of the parent council.


Our nursery pupils will meet their P5 buddies this week as we begin our transition work. The nursery pupils will meet their P1 teacher on the afternoon of Wednesday 21st June. There is also a parent meeting for our new P1 parents at this time. A letter detailing these events has been issued to nursery parents.

Lasswade High School is being used during the general election and this has impacted on transition days. Pupils will now attend Lasswade High School on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th June. A bus is provided by the High School. Exact timings for bus pick up will be given nearer the time. There is also an information for parents evening at Lasswade High School on the Wednesday evening.

Beeslack High School transition days are Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th June. Transport  is not provided and pupils are expected to make their own way there.

Congratulations to Alyssa in P7 who has managed to secure a place at Broughton High School to allow her to study dance alongside her academic subjects.

Parent Appointments

Our parent consultations are on Wednesday 24th may (5.30pm – 8.30pm) and Thursday 25th May (3.30pm – 5.30pm) Appointments will be issued on Tuesday 9th May. If the appointment you are given is unsuitable please call the school office for an alternative. Pupil reports will be issued at the parent consultation.

Communication Group

Thank you to all who took part in our communication survey. The survey results and our response will be issued to all families at the beginning of June.

Parent Questionnaires

Our annual questionnaires will be issued to all families next week. Midlothian Council are also asking parents to complete surveys about education in Midlothian. This survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Midparent This online survey will be available  from Monday 8th May until Friday 26th May. Your replies to these questionnaires are very much appreciated and help us to form the basis of our school improvement plan.

Sports Day

Sports Day this year will be on Monday 5th June 12.30pm – 3pm. This is weather dependent! The change of day allows Mrs Duncan our PE specialist to be fully involved. As this is transition week it also ensures all P7 pupils are able to take part.

Gala Day

Loanhead Gala day is on Saturday 24th June. The Queen and members of her court are from Loanhead Primary School. Your support at this event would be very much appreciated!

P7 end of term

Tuesday 27th June – evening event for P7 in school organised by P7 parents.

Wednesday 28th June – 1.15pm P7 Leavers Assembly parents of P7 pupils are invited to attend.

Thursday 29th June – P7 day out

Friday 30th June – Final day of term all finish 12pm

Parent Council

The Easter Disco raised approximately £250 thank you to all who supported this event.

Dates for your Diary – please note these may be subject to change

Tuesday 2nd, 9th and 16th May – P6 & P7 Bikeability

Friday 19th May – DRESS DOWN DAY


Tuesday 23rd May – P1 trip to Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 24th May – 5.30pm – 8.30pm Parents Consultations

Thursday 25th May – P4 trip to Dynamic Earth

                                 3.30pm – 5.30pm Parents Consultations

Friday 26th May – Summer Fair

Wednesday 31st May – Rag bag collection

Monday 5th June – Sports Day 12.30pm – 3pm (weather permitting)

Monday 5th June – Friday 9th June – Health Week

Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th June – Lasswade High School P7 Transition days

Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th & Friday 9th June – Beeslack High School P7 Transition days

Thursday 8th June – Nursery Sports

Tuesday 13th June – Biking Festival

Tuesday 20th June – P7 trip to sky studios

Wednesday 21st June – P1 induction day

Saturday 24th June – LOANHEAD GALA

Tuesday 27th June – P7 evening event

Wednesday 28th June – pm P7 leavers assembly

Thursday 29th June – P7 day out

                                   Nursery Graduation



P3 Home Learning WB 08/05/17

Homework- Homework is grid pasted into jotters with spelling words. This homework is due for Friday 19th May.

Secret Friend- Next week I am going to introduce the class to a special mission called Secret Friend. For the next three weeks children are randomly issued a secret friend (a new one every week). Over the week they must be a good friend to this person. For example: putting a nice note/picture in their tray, saying hello to them, helping them with a piece of work etc. They cannot reveal who they are until the end of the week. Secret Friend will be part of our work on relationships in Health and Wellbeing.

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P1 Homework 2/5/2017

Reading is as indicated on their reading cards. Please ensure that your child keeps revising the key words as these are crucial for reading to help them with fluency.

Common words: I have attached the next five common words for your child to learn to read and to write.

Phonics: We are revising ou and ai this week.

Maths: We are looking at time, please help your child with o’clock and if they are confident with this half past the hour.

Topic: We have finished Fairyland now and had a wee celebration for this on Friday. We are starting our new topics which I may weave together in parts, these are ‘People Who Help Us’ and ‘Our Senses’.

I hope to organise a trip for our topic, this will depend on the cost of the coach hire. More information to follow soon.

PE: We have two more sessions of gymnastics on the 8th and 15th May. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school.

P4 Homework 2/5/17

Homework 02/05/17

Apologies, someone told me they couldn’t find the homework on the website for the last two weeks. I looked and couldn’t find it either, not sure what happened there. I have double checked and this is definitely on the website now

Also, homework wont be marked this week as the children weren’t here yesterday to hand it in. .

Spelling– (Week 2) 

Gorillas (au)

Copy words 3x. Write four sentences and think of at least three more words that end with this sound.

Pandas (ing) ( Spelling rule drop the e add ing)

Copy words 3x. Write four sentences and think of at least three more words that have this sound in them.

Wolves (ing)

Copy words 3x. Write four sentences. Plus think of three more words.

Reading Homework

The Yellow and the Blue group- Question Master- Learning Blooms questions.

Yellow Group Chapter 6 and 7 of their book and create 2 questions. 1 must be an evaluating question the other can be any type of the ones we have covred ( remembering, understanding, evaluating or analysing) these should be completed in their yellow jotters and each child should have a description of these questions in there.

Blue- No reading this week.

Pink – See bookmark

Orange – See bookmark

Green –  See bookmark

*NEW*   Numeracy- Keep going with your Learnits. If there are any people who need new learnits can you write a note and let me know.

Learnits- The Rules…

The children are asked the question on the learnits card on several occasions and if they answer correctly,  within about two seconds, they can have a tick. Once they have ten ticks they can throw the learnit away. Once the envelope is empty they can have some new learnits. You can keep the envelope at home until it needs refilled.

Don’t feel you have to do all of them at once. A few at a time is sufficient.

P1 Homework 24/04/17

Phonics:This week we are revisiting the ‘ie’ sound and the ‘oa’ sound. We will look at the other ways of making this sound although these will not be a focus.

Reading: Reading will be sent home as usual – please check their reading bags. There will be words linked to their reading to learn and also common words that the children need to learn to read and write to help them with their reading and writing. Please help them with this as we will use these words for dictation in class.

Numeracy: We are continuing to learn about addition and subtraction – ‘addition being more’ and ‘subtraction being less’. We are also learning ‘skip’ counting. Counting in 10s (to 100) and 2s (to 20 or more if able to)

In May we will have the final two sessions of gymnastics which the children have really enjoyed.

Thank you,

Mrs Cumming