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Staff and Classes 2019 - 2020

This session 2019-2020 we have 8 classes in school.

P1A  Miss Brady

P1B  Mrs D StewartSee the source image

P2 Miss Nugent

P3 Miss Etchells

P3/4 Mrs Flood

P4/5 Ms Lyttle

P5/6 Miss Mclean

P7 Mr Ferrie

Non Contact Time covered by Mr Weir & Senior Leadership Team

NQT Days covered by Mrs Keegan and Mrs Steele

Ms Connor supports as a teacher 2 mornings per week

Supporting Learners Team:  Mrs Millar and Miss Speirs

Senior Leadership Team: Mrs Dashwood (Acting Head Teacher), Mrs Nicoll (Depute Head Teacher), Mrs Keegan (Principal Teacher Supporting Learners) and Mr Sturrock (Acting Principal Teacher)

Senior Learning and Care Practitioner: Miss Paley

Learning and Care Assistants: Mrs English, Mrs Hanlon, Mrs Singh, Mrs Rooney, Miss Davidson

PEYSAs: Mrs Coulson, Miss Lamond and Mrs Baskerville

Admin Officer: Mrs Lowden

School and Family Development Worker: Miss Forbes

Peripatetic Music: Miss Bird (Brass) and Miss McFadyen (strings)

Home Learning

Our Lady’s RC Primary School

Home Learning


The school policy for home learning was developed and agreed by the whole staff , taking in to account parental expectations.


Through this policy we aim to:

· Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do.

· Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.

· To use home learning as a tool to help continue to raise standards of attainment.

· Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond    the classroom environment.

· Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to children’s learning.

· Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences.

· Reinforce learning covered in class by providing further opportunities for individual      learning.

· To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge, especially in Numeracy and Literacy.

· Encourage children to develop the responsibility, confidence and self-discipline needed to study independently.


The Nature of Home Learning

It should be noted that home learning will be in a grid form and will have 4 or 5 weeks of activities to complete. All grids will have literacy, numeracy, spelling and one other task on it.  It is important to remember that when expecting and setting home learning there are a number of points to consider:

1. The nature and type of homework changes throughout a pupils school career.

2. Tasks should not cause undue stress on the pupil, family or the teacher.

3. It will not necessarily come in the form of a written task.

4. The tasks can be handed in at any point throughout the 5 weeks but will not be marked until the final date on the grid.

5. The grid is an appropriate amount of tasks for our pupils.  If you require further  activities, please refer to the additional Home Learning Booklet which was sent home to accompany the first grid.

Role of the Class Teacher

· To provide an explanation of tasks to children and, when necessary, parents and give   guidance of how they might assist their child. This may be done by a note with the work, at a pre-school parents meeting or at an open evening if possible.

· To set up regular home learning in an easily followed routine using the grid.

· To ensure that home learning is set consistently across classes in the Year group.

· To ensure any home learning is purposeful and links directly to the curriculum being taught.

· To reward and praise children who regularly complete tasks. To mark appropriately, when necessary and give feedback to pupils.

N.B. Whilst we have taken on a responsibility to set homework on a regular basis, the school cannot enforce the completion of homework.  We will encourage the children to complete homework but if it is not handed in on the due date we will not be chasing them for it.


· Wherever possible staff should try to mark any tasks that is returned by pupils. This will help to give the whole process of setting and completing homework a higher profile and status. It will also send out the message that this is an important and valued aspect of school life.   Marking is a way of keeping track of who has completed their grid, and giving them feedback on how well they have met the objectives of the work. However, marking may be done in a variety of forms, some of which will not be written. Feedback may be given to individual pupils, or to groups of pupils.

· If children are absent due to illness we will not send further tasks home. We would assume the child was too ill to work. 

· If a child is absent for a length of time e.g. with a broken leg, the teacher and the parent will agree what should be done, how it should be marked and what sort of help needs to be given. In such circumstances the teacher should consult the Head Teacher first.

· It is not possible to give tasks when parents take holidays in term time.

· Parents/Carers who have queries about the grid should not hesitate to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher.


Racial Equality & Equal Opportunities

All children have equal access and inclusive rights to the curriculum regardless of their gender, race, disability or ability. We plan work that is differentiated for the  performance of all groups and individuals. Our Lady’s RC Primary School is committed to creating a positive climate that will enable everyone to work free from racial intimidation and harassment and to achieve their full potential.


Kind Regards

Mrs Lorna Dashwood

Head Teacher (Acting)

Home Learning Booklet

Ideas for home learning

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Home / School Partnership

Helping your child with reading

Image result for reading clipartReading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Image result for bed time reading clipart

Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

  • Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
  • Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
  • Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
  • Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.
Helping your child with numeracy and mathematics

Image result for maths games homework clipartAs with reading, try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.

Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:Image result for maths games homework clipart

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.


Tips for good homework habits

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  • Do find a quiet place at home to use as a homework area. It needs a flat surface, a good light source and the right equipment eg pens, pencils, ruler, scissors, glue.
  • Do be aware of modern teaching methods, eg in long division.
  • Do plan a homework timetable and agree on when your child will do their homework.
  • Do allow your child to have something nutritional to eat before starting on homework.
  • Do discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying at school.
  • Do turn off the TV - but you could have music on if they find it helpful.
  • Don't give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary.
  • Don't teach your child methods you used at school. It could confuse them.
  • Don't let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.