March Newsletter (added 08.03.17) New! Please find March Newsletter within the 'Newsletters' section of this webpage.
Education City Log on information (added 27.02.17) New! Please note, all log on information for those Parents/Carers who purchased the Education City homework module will be issued on Friday 3 March.
Consultation on proposed changes to school hours from August 2017 (added 19.02.17) With the consultation regarding proposed changes to our school hours underway, I thought I would take the opportunity to address some queries raised in conversation with parents. I hope this may be useful. The proposal is that in the new session, we continue with the 9 to 3 hours in place at the Spittal decant with some change to timings during the day. This is based on observations over a length of time by the Senior Management Team as well as Teaching and Support staff, both prior to and during our time in decant.
We continually strive to do all we can to raise attainment in numeracy and literacy. We want to ensure we optimise learning and teaching during class time and we are also aware that children are more receptive in the mornings and can find it more difficult to concentrate in the afternoons; many children find a 2 hour afternoon without a break challenging. We believe that lengthening the morning and shortening the afternoon slightly would help with this, while still ensuring enough time in the afternoons for lessons.
It is unusual for primary schools to have more than 45 minutes for lunch (all other primaries in the Stonelaw Learning Community allow only 45 minutes). We believe the 1 hour lunch break goes back many years to when the school had a much larger role. We had been aware for some time before decanting that 1 hour may be too long a period. Pupils tended to become more restless in the latter part of the lunch hour, particularly the younger children. The decant, with its 45 minute lunch break has given us the opportunity to monitor the difference and we have seen a significant improvement. While some children take longer to eat than others, 45 minutes is long enough for most pupils to eat and play. Staff will always need to encourage some children to eat while in the dining hall however this is also the case with a 1 hour lunch break. Due to end of day school transport in the decant, we have run many clubs at lunchtime which have been operating successfully. We ensure that pupils attending a club are served lunch first, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the club, which is just the right length of time for a primary school child. We plan to continue with a variety of lunchtime clubs following our move to the new school.
Aligning with our neighbouring schools in a 3 pm finish would also help with the organisation of interschool events such as sports festivals. This alignment will become more significant as we know that pooling and interschool activities will become an ever increasing part of school life, due to both the need to share resources and the wish for our schools to share practice and learn from each other.
We continue to consult with staff, parents/carers, SLC, Facility Managers, our main associated after school care providers, ward Councillors and Police Scotland as well as others in order to reach the best possible outcomes for the children. We will be able to feedback to everyone as soon as possible following the close of the consultation and discussion with the Executive Director.
Just over 5 weeks to go......(added 19.02.17) ........until the children leave the Spittal decant building on Tuesday 28 March at 3 pm and look forward to the start of a new era at the brand new Burnside Primary on Tuesday 18 April at 9 am. The new building has now been handed over to SLC and we will have an exciting few weeks as the finishing touches are being made. As we get nearer to the move, we will send home information telling you which gate your child will use and where they will line up etc. We have many activities planned in the next few weeks so look out for a letter coming home with details.
February Newsletter (added 01.02.17) New! Please find February Newsletter within the 'Newsletters' section of the website.
Scots Week (added 23.01.17) New! The children will be involved in a number of activities this week as part of our Scots Week.
Each class will read a Scots text as part of our literacy programme and will have the opportunity to take part in a Scots themed treasure hunt. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in a mini Highland Games on Friday.
The children are also welcome to wear some tartan to school on Wednesday 25 January if they wish.
I am sure everyone will thoroughly enjoy Scots Week!