We hold termly Parent / Teacher Open or Appointment sessions to give parents/carers the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and to see their child’s work. These sessions also link to the Pupil Progress Reports that we issue in the Autumn and Summer Terms and to the Learning Journeys that we also send home on a termly basis for P1 to P4 parents showing examples of children’s work and photographs of them involved in learning activities.
We aim for each class to hold an open session for parents to showcase a unit or aspect of work their class has been doing. We also invite parents to enjoy whole school or stage events such as P1 and P2 Nativity, our Christmas Craft Fayre and Concert and our biennial Spring Concert.
We communicate regularly to all parents/carers through School Newsletters. For specific activities and events involving groups or classes we issue separate letters. In common with other Argyll and Bute schools we also use a communication system called Groupcall / Messenger 5 to communicate with parents/carers by email, letter, app notification or text.
Homework will include work that:
focuses on skills; e.g. reading, spelling, handwriting, maths
links to subject or interdisciplinary learning
or provides specific learning challenges.
Teachers let parents/carers know by letter at the beginning of the school session when homework will be set and how much homework they can expect their child to be doing each week.
Each time they set homework, teachers explain it to the class and give children the opportunity to ask questions about it. Homework is recorded by either the teacher or the child in the child’s Reading Record or Homework Jotter.
Parents/carers are encouraged to contact their child’s class teacher if they have any questions about homework that is set, or need to let the teacher know if their child is finding homework too difficult or is unable for some reason to complete it.
When children first start school there will be an emphasis in their homework on working with an adult; learning letters and words, reading together and talking about their learning in school. As children move up through the school they will be expected to provide more written work and to show more independence, initiative and responsibility in responding to the challenges of homework tasks. At all times, both in school and at home, the role of adults is to show interest in, encourage, guide and support children in their learning.
Becoming Involved in School
The school values the important part that parents/carers play in their children’s education and sees partnership with parents/carers as an effective way of enhancing children’s achievements and promoting better school ethos and communication.
Opportunities for Parental Involvement
There are a number of ways in which parents/carers can become involved in the life of the school as follows.
During the school day:
Sharing knowledge and expertise in some aspect of the curriculum, e.g. topic talk, history, science, health
Helping children to learn to read through Paired Reading
Supporting educational visits/trips
Making costumes and props, and supervising children in concerts and performances
Supporting Cycle Training as part of our Road Safety programme
Supporting children in practical activities in art and craft, science, maths, social subjects, health education, or technology.
Outwith the school day:
Helping at fundraising events through the Parent Teacher Association
Supervising on school trips
Supporting extra-curricular activities and clubs.
If you wish to be a regular parent helper, PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) checks must be completed. Please discuss this with staff.
Guidance on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 provides guidance on the act for education authorities, Parent Councils and others
Parentzone provide information and resource for parents/carers and Parent Councils
Education Scotland’s toolkit for parental engagement and family learning