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Different outdoor learning experiences offer opportunities for personal and learning skills development in areas such as communication, problem solving, information technology, working with others and thinking skills. Learning in the outdoors can make significant contributions to literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. Therefore, outdoor learning offers many opportunities for learners to deepen and contextualise their understanding within curriculum areas, and for linking learning across the curriculum in different contexts and at all levels.

(Learning and Teaching Scotland, 2010)

At Kirkhill Primary we strive to provide regular outdoor learning experiences for all our children.  As a school we have a fantastic outdoor space which can be used across the curriculum to develop our children socially, emotionally and academically. During last session we had a super Science Garden added to our fantastic Eco garden and we can’t wait to explore here and other areas of our school grounds!

To allow all pupils to access outdoor learning in the changeable Scottish weather, we would appreciate the children bringing in outdoor clothing (wellies, rain jackets and trousers) on days they will be learning outdoors. Class teachers will let you know via the class blogs the days that these are required so that you can keep them at home on other days.  Also, if you have any spare items which your child is not using any more and you are happy to give these to the school, please put this in a bag with it clearly labelled as spare clothing for the school to allow items to be shared with our families. Please contact us if you do not have clothing and we will endeavor to supply necessary clothing for outdoors.

Thank you in advance with your support with outdoor learning and please get in touch if you have any questions. This support will allow our children to have a fantastic time learning outdoors come rain or shine!

Supporting your child with transitions

Thank you to our talented Primary 5 pupils for creating short presentations to support all of our children with transition from stage to stage. The link below takes you to a booklet for every class. The booklets capture general information about next session. Please share these with your children over the holiday period.


Change to Dates 2019/20 session

The UK Government have announced that the May bank holiday in 2020 has been moved from Monday 4th May 2020 to Friday 8th May 2020. This is to coincide with planned celebrations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The week beginning Monday 4th May 2020 will now run as follows;

Monday 4 May 2020             School Open

Tuesday 5 May 2020             School Open

Wednesday 6 May 2020       School Open

Thursday 7 May 2020         In-service Day (pupils off)

Friday 8 May 2020               Public Holiday (school closed)

In addition there are two extra in-service days that have been added to the calendar for next session

Wednesday 12 February 2020 (pupils off)

Tuesday 26 May 2020  (pupils off)

Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

East Renfrewshire Council and its educational establishments undertake regular periodic surveys of parents and carers.  Such surveys support school and local authority improvement planning and provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts on current and future involvement and engagement with schools.

Similar practice is undertaken by all local authorities in Scotland and educational establishments under their control.  In order to rationalise this approach to surveying parents/carers and in order to allow comparable consistent data to be collected nationally, which will assist in evaluating the impact of interventions and programmes and support future policy development, every parent/carer of a school pupil in Scotland is being invited to take part in the national Parental Involvement and Engagement Census pilot.

Only one parent/carer per child will receive an email which will include a link to the survey and it is only necessary to complete the survey once per family, per school.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will remain open until 27 June 2019.

The data gathered will be used for statistical and research purposes and will provide East Renfrewshire Council and its schools with information to help:

  • plan, monitor and deliver better policies for the benefit of all,
  • identify and share best practice,
  • better understand some of the factors which influence parental involvement and engagement with our schools,
  • further enhance positive relationships with parents to secure positive outcomes for our children.

The information collected will also be securely shared with the Scottish Government to assist in evaluating the impact of national interventions and programmes and to support future policy development at a national level.

Further information on the collection and how the Education Department and Scottish Government will process the data collected is provided in the Council’s privacy statement and Scottish Government website:

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Education Department:

Education Department
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park
East Renfrewshire
G46 6UG

0141 577 3229

Thank you for taking part in this survey collection.