A message from Mr Lynch or Mrs Carson will be posted each morning on Seesaw. Remember to check there for any updates, instructions or links.
Attached to this post, you will find documents relating to your child’s learning. The learning packs we sent home will have activity grids, a QR access code for Seesaw, some printed resources and some jotters and workbooks. This pack should last until the Easter holidays and then beyond with further updates provided daily via Seesaw.
Seesaw is a sharing platform that the children will be able to use to record and share some of their learning. We are offering this as a home and school link during this time. You can use Seesaw to share some of your child’s home learning with me and I can provide feedback. If your child has mislaid the code please just email and I can send another copy.
If I can provide any other advice or support please get in touch.
It is lovely to see that some of you have started to use Seesaw already. We are sorry if some of you have to log in again, the teachers had to change one of the settings. We are still learning how to use Seesaw too!
Primary 6 have started a European Meal STEM challenge. The challenge is to create a full meal using different foods from across Europe including a starter, main course, dessert and drink. They were challenged to think of different countries that they didn’t already know about.
The finished detailed ideas can be shared in Seesaw with Mr Carson or Mr Thomson. Some of the children even wanted to make these at home. I look forward to seeing how their ideas develop.
Primary 2/3H have started their Fantastic Flying Machines today. The idea is to create a new type of fantastic flying machine and name it. They can draw their final labelled design at home and share with Miss Hendry on Seesaw.
Their final design should answer these questions:
How will it fly?
How big will it be?
Where will it travel to and from?
Which materials will it be made from?
How many people will travel within the machine?
P3B/W and P3I can start this STEM challenge at home and again share their final labelled designs on Seesaw.
Just some thoughts…
While learning at home, it’s probably best not to expect your children to work from 9am to 3.30pm the way you imagine they do in school. A school day is punctuated with many transitions, breaks, stories, discussions and other “interruptions” as part of its normal daily routine.
Concentration and attention spans vary greatly across year groups, and from pupil to pupil. In P6 there are some who get twitchy after 40 minutes of individual work and some for whom even 15/20 minutes are a stretch. Without the potential distraction of other pupils these times may stretch, but it’s important to understand that the more active elements of the learning grids, the movement breaks and outdoor opportunities are as important as the children sitting writing.
This matters as older children undertake some of the longer pieces of work from their learning grids. They almost certainly won’t finish a writing story in one sitting. If they do, you’ll notice it appears rushed and you will want them to do some editing to improve it. In P6 and 7 a piece of writing can go on for many days and be revisited a few times until it’s in its best final form. This is normal and expected!
If you want to ask any advice about expectations and the limitations of reality please feel free to email Mr Carson and Mr Thompson who will give you their best guesses depending on the circumstances. Home learning can be fraught at the best of times and with an undisclosed number of weeks to look forward to it’s important we get the balance right for the sake of everyone’s mental health!