🎅CHRISTMAS CARDS – Info and Deadline🎄

I can’t believe it is this time of year, in such strange times it is great to have some excitement.  The children have been busy creating Christmas cards for our annual fundraiser and these should be coming home on 6th Nov.

You can choose the greeting inside, or leave it blank.  It does not have to be Christmas.  We have some Happy New Year cards made or Eid cards made and I like to create Thank You cards for my children to send out after Christmas.  There are many options.

If you wish to order, you must return the order form and design with payment back to school in a polly pocket or sealed envelope.  You can pay cheque, cash or ParentPay.

If you would like a blank order form for siblings etc there will be some spare at the school office.  The cards will be collected by our design company on Thurs 12th, please can you return to school, with payment, ASAP.

This is always a fun fundraiser and the children really enjoy seeing their designs in “real life items”.

Thanks for your support.

 

Mrs Hinton and all at Loanhead Primary

Term One Targets Primary 2

I hope everyone enjoyed their October break and managed to make the most of the week off.

Getting back into the swing of things, I will be handing out the Term One Targets this week. 

This consisted of small meetings with each child and discussed what they felt they were good at and enjoyed in school.

As well as areas we felt we can work on and set as our targets. 

Some of the targets for each child, they may be able to work on them at home through games and activities. 

I have sent home a sheet at the back of the letter with some ideas of 5 to 10 minute activities that you can do at home. As well as attached some activities to this post.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on g.peacock@mgfl.net

Spelling activities

Wellbeing Calendar

Big Maths Task Cards – P2

 

Homework 09/09/20 – Maths

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

This week alongside the usual spelling homework there is a maths worksheet. 

This is part of our Big Maths work we will be sending out periodically. I will place a new post when I am giving out additional maths homework. 

This week, it is on a sheet I have placed in each pupils jotter.

There is a 30 second timer at the top of the sheet – THIS IS NOT MANDATORY –  but can be used as an extra challenge. 

Please hand the sheet back in next Tuesday as per the usual homework timeline. 

Thank you, 

Mr Peacock

Primary 2 Information

Dear parent/guardian,

 

Welcome to Primary 2, I hope you all enjoyed the first week. I am Mr Peacock and I am hoping to meet you soon.

There are a few things I would like you to know about the plan for each school week.

Each week will consist of:

  • A session of numeracy and literacy every day.
  • Homework will be handed out on a Wednesday and handed back the following Tuesday. Please see instructions in homework jotter.
  • Physical Education will be on Thursdays. Please have your child dressed in suitable outdoor shoes and clothes in case we use the outside space for PE.
  • Please make sure the children have a coat as we will be going out in most weathers.
  • Reading books will be sent home starting next week and we will be reading in class every day.
  • Mrs Wallace will be teaching on a Monday.

 

If you need to contact me please use my school email: g.peacock@mgfl.net

 

I also have some news on school lunches. Starting from Monday 17th of August there will be free school lunches for Primary 1 to 3. The choice will be from a selection of sandwiches, juice/water, fruit and yogurt.

Lunch options

 

Thank you,

 

Mr Peacock

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:
https://news.gov.scot/speeches-and-briefings/statement-on-covid19-managing-the-impacts-on-scottish-education

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