COVID-19 Home Learning Updates & Information
Fun free activities for families to enjoy during Lockdown.
Holy Week Family Resources from the Parish
Dear parents and carers,
We hope you enjoy working through our Children’s Guide to Holy Week. This wonderful child friendly guide was produced by Christine a very experienced teacher and Mum from the Archdiocesan Commission on Catechetics. ( I can assure you that those are the only “ big words” in this message).
There is a day by day booklet guide to take us all through Holy Week and a handy set of help sheets for parents and carers.
In the days ahead while we cannot be together in our church building we need to remember that we are God’s Church !
We – the people – along with our Priests and Religious and our brothers and sisters throughout the world are united by our Universal Roman Catholic faith.
This week -Holy Week, let’s walk with Jesus as we work through these children’s worksheets, remembering to pray and be kind to everyone!
Notes for parentscarers catechists
Your unique Clicker 8 serial number is: 8XE76 R1GDD XP1B1 4J3P9
This will give you an initial six weeks of free access for all pupils, this may be extended for you at a later date if required. Go to cricksoft-installation for all the information you need to get started, including installation instructions and helpful hints for getting the most out of the software. I would also recommend that you join our Facebook group, where there will always be someone on hand if you have any Clicker questions or ideas to share.
Clicker 8 is compatible with Windows/Mac machines (full system requirements can be found HERE).
Please see the ‘Speedy Sounds’ phonic resource below. Your class teachers may refer to it on their Twitter page a s a resource – have fun with it! 🙂
Phonics is the method we use in St. Margaret’s to teach both reading and writing. If you would like to incorporate this into your home learning, here are some resources that can help.
Read Write Inc, breaks the sounds down into 3 sets. (See Set 1, 2, 3 sounds pdf) and links them to pictures and handwriting rhymes. (See Letter formation chart and Speedy Sounds ppnt)
‘Phonics at home – simple chart’ and ‘Phonics at home – complex chart’ give you some ideas of activities to undertake.
If you would like to know which sounds to work on first, please contact your child’s teacher.
Further resources to support phonics at home
Ruth Miskin Training are scheduling free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons at home
Phonics lessons will be on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home:
– three short Speed Sound lessons with one of Ruth Miskin Trainers every day
Films are available at the times below:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times click HERE.
Please contact your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.
Evidence and research has shown that working with your child on their homework can have a positive effect on their development. Parents, carers and other family members can and do make a real difference to children’s education. When parents and schools work together, children do better. Children learn a great deal at pre-school and school and you can add to that learning by supporting them at home. For example, showing an interest in their homework and talking to them about it really helps them to learn. With support and encouragement, children find it easier to get into the homework habit.
Through setting homework we aim to help your child:
- learn how to organise and manage their time
- take more responsibility for their own learning
- practise and build on what they have learned at school
- develop confidence to deal with frustrations
- learn and work independently in the future.
Our current guidelines for homework can be found in each class’ information booklet.
Did you know?
- When schools and families work together, children do better.
- Children learn something well when they talk about it or explain it to someone else, so asking your child about their homework really helps them.
- Children who do homework regularly throughout their time at school benefit from the equivalent of roughly an extra year’s schooling.
- Between the ages of 5 and 16, children spend only 15% of their lives in school so supporting them at home really improves their chances of success.
- Parents and families are by far the most important influences on children’s lives.
Here are some interesting websites you may like to view:
- Parentzone parentzonescotland.gov.uk
- Channel 4 Homework High channel4.com/homework
- BBC Parents bbc.co.uk/schools/parents
- BBC Bitesize bbc.co.uk/schools/revision
- BBC DynaMo bbc.co.uk/education/dynamo/parents
- Grid Club gridclub.com
- Parents Online parentsonline.gov.uk
- ParentLine Scotland, Tel: 0808 800 2222 parentlinescotland.org.uk
- One Parent Families Scotland,13 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NX Tel: 0800 018 5026 opfs.org.uk
- Parent Network Scotland Tel: 0131 555 6780 parentnetworkscotland.org.uk
This link could also help if you were wondering how can I help support my child? https://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/ParentsAsPartnersFactfile_tcm4-631966.pdf
Maths Home Learning
Many parents have asked about helping to keep their children safe online. Staff continually remind children about safe searches and tips on how best to keep themselves safe using the internet and messaging other people. Many teachers use resources from the Edinburgh DLT site to help. This is available for parents and carers too at: Digital Learning Team It's a super site with lots of practical ideas and ways to support your child. There are many links as well including:
Resources for Parents
■Better Internet for Kids – Three-minute animation tackles the parental concern of ‘Who are your kids talking to online?’ providing practical tips for parents to help their children stay safe. At the end of the animation, eight informative tip sheets give practical advice on how to deal with a variety of issues that youngsters might encounter online, including: Privacy on social networks, Online gaming, Blocking, Risks online, Online friends, Meeting strangers, Personal information, and Online reputation.
■Net Aware – Stay up to date with the latest apps, sites and social media popular with young people. Learn about age restrictions, benefits and potential risks of each app etc.
■Safer in 7 Seconds – Short videos created for busy parents, carers and child protection specialists to keep you up-to-date on safety online. Particularly useful are the short clips which help adults ensure that their children have the correct privacy settings on social media sites.
■Childnet Parents – A comprehensive presentation for parents covering many aspects of Digital Safety. Some statistics are slightly out of date but the presentation can be altered once it is downloaded.
■Common Sense Media for Parents – Excellent articles and videos giving information about how to keep your children safe online.
■Education Scotland Internet Safety Parents- Internet Safety – Internet Safety and responsible use- information for teachers and parents, video from Education Scotland. Ollie Bray, National Adviser on Emerging Technologies, discusses Internet safety issues.
■respectme, Scotlands Anti-Bullying Service – respectme‘s website offers practical advice and guidance for adults on addressing bullying behaviour.
■Digizen – provides advice and information for parents on a range of Internet safety issues.
■Esafety Australia Gov – A toolkit of Internet safety information aimed at parents and adults.
■Google Family Safety Centre – is aimed at parents looking at how to keep their family safe online.
■ Vodaphone Digital Parenting – Online Digital Parenting Magazine produced by Vodafone. Hard copies of the free magazine are also available for UK schools to order on behalf of parents.
■GCF Learning – 7 tutorials designed for anybody who wants to improve their basic knowledge of how to keep children safe online.
■Practical Tips for Parents – Useful, non-prescriptive tips for parents who would like to monitor their child’s digital activity at home. This was made by Brian Clark from Portobello High School and is particularly useful for parents whose child has been given an iPad by their school:
Using the ipad & Internet, Some Practical Tips for Parents
Here are some non-prescriptive tips that might help you monitor your youngster’s digital activity when they are using the iPad, Internet or any Internet enabled device.
Share the Experience
• Ask your youngster to demonstrate the way they use their iPad for school.
• Ask your youngster to teach to you how to use the iPad.
• Have a play with the iPad and apps by yourself to better understand how they work.
• Talk about Internet activities openly and freely.
• Have your youngster use the iPad in a shared family area where you can monitor how long your child is online as well as the websites your child is visiting.
• The case provided with the iPad allows the device to comfortably sit on a table at an angle, allowing you to view activities.
• You may want to consider
o where in the house the iPad can be used.
o where it is to be stored when not in use.
• Staff set a variety of tasks to be completed at home, some of which require iPad use and some don’t.
• Teachers use a variety of learning environments on the iPad, such as Edmodo and Showbie. If your youngster uses these for a subject, you can request a parent access code that will allow you to see the materials/work/tasks that the teacher has set. You will need internet access to view this.
• Youngsters are encouraged to record homework, important dates etc. on their iPad using the calendar.
• A good night’s sleep is important for everyone. Beware of allowing your youngster to take their iPad to bed.
• You can check the history in Safari or any web browser they may have used.
General Internet Safety
• If you would like further information about how to set up filtering of your own Internet provision at home, contact your Internet Service Provider. Some useful information relating to the main broadband providers can be found on the Think You Know Website:
Think You Know
E.A.L. English as an Additional Language
Many of our families are arriving from Poland. Please find the document below which can hopefully help you with some useful information: