Our whole school community will strive to enable everyone to be successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
Our school values:
- We are always learning.
- We give time to listen, think and talk.
- We are all given the chance to do our best.
- We treat everyone as we wish to be treated.
- We value and respect our school community and care for others and the world we belong to.
Our current focus across the school is Counting forwards and backwards.
From Monday 4th September to Friday 13th October
What will this look like for my child?
Counting forwards and backwards within Early Level (Nursery and P1, but earlier or later for some)
- numbers in the range 1 to 20,
- then 1 to 30,
- (then 1 to 100);
- ordinal numbers
- starting from 1, then other starting numbers
- numbers in the range 1 to 10,
- then 1 to 20, then 1 to 30
Counting forwards and backwards within First Level (P2, P3 & P4, but earlier or later for some)
- Count forwards and backwards in ones from x to y, within 100 then 1000
- Count forwards and backwards by 2’s from 2 (e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, …)
- Count forwards and backwards by 10’s from 10 (e.g. 10, 20, 30, …)
- Count forwards and backwards on the decade by tens (e.g. 20, 30, 40, …)
- Count forwards and backwards by 5’s from 5
- Count forwards and backwards by 3s from 3
- Count forwards and backwards by 4s from 4
- Count forwards and backwards by 6s from 6
- Count forwards and backwards off the decade by tens (e.g. 37, 47, 57, …)
- Count forwards and backwards by 100s on the hundred (e.g. 200, 300, 400, …), on the decade (e.g. 350, 450, 550,…) and then off the decade (e.g. 172, 272, 372,…)
- Count forwards and backwards by halves (e.g. ½, 1 ½, 2, 2 ½,…)
Counting forwards and backwards within Second Level (P5, P6 & P7, but earlier or later for some)
- Count forwards and backwards by 7s from 7
- Count forwards and backwards by 8s from 8
- Count forwards and backwards by 9s from 9
- Count forwards and backwards in multiples off the times table (e.g. count in 3’s from 4)
- Count forwards and backwards in decimal tenths (e.g. 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, …)
- Count forwards and backwards in multiple tenths (e.g. 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, … )
- Count forwards and backwards in simple fractional steps
Counting forwards and backwards working towards Third Level (S1 – S3 but earlier or later for some)
- Count forwards and backwards within, and beyond, any times table
- Count forwards and backwards in decimal tenths off the tenths (e.g. 3.83, 3.93, 4.03, 4.13, …)
- Count forwards and backwards in fractional steps (stating equivalent fractions where possible) (e.g. ¼, ½, ¾, 1, 1 ¼, 1 ½, 1 ¾, 2, …)
- Count forwards and backwards for positive and negative numbers (e.g. forwards from -7…, -6, -5, -4, …)
Your education should help you use and devel- op your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environ- ment and respect other people.
The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe.programme on Friday 8th September. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Primary 6 and Primary 7.
“NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems.” Child’s feedback
What is the Speak out. Stay safe. programme?
Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.
We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
“This service provides important information in a child-friendly way – it should be made mandatory in all schools. A brilliant service!” Teacher, Wistaston Primary, Crewe
If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe. programme, including frequently asked questions, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools or please come into speak to me and I can provide more information.
Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children
The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.
The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants
If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/
I hope you child enjoyed their first week back. Please find attached our school newsletter for August. It would be really helpful if you would add all key dates to your diary. These dates can also be found on the school website.
I would also like to highlight that on Tuesday the 29thAugust (5.30 – 7pm drop in) council representatives will be hosting an information evening in the school hall to share information about the plans for the rising roll extension which is due to be built by August 2018. This will be followed by our first parent council meeting of the year at 7pm. All parents are warmly invited to attend both events.
Parent should also be aware that all school trips and visiting artists will now be paid for by parentpay. In previous years we have used a termly or one off payment system but unfortunately our new electronic system does not allow for this. As such, you will be asked to contribute for any trips and visiting this and if we are going to continue to offer enriching activities we need to cover the costs.
Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.