Update from the GCC Executive Director of Education

23rd June 2020

Dear Parents,

I wrote to you at the beginning of this month to update you on what our plans were as we move out of the global pandemic lockdown phasing and promised that I would keep you informed of any developments.

Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done to help support your child’s learning – I know that this has not been an easy task in such a challenging set of circumstances.

Wednesday 24th June is the last day of our school term and I welcome and support the news today by the deputy First minister John Swinney who’s announced that if the virus continues to be suppressed and that the data and scientific evidence supports it, our schools can go back full time at the start of the new term in August.

This has been what we have been hoping and striving for and do not want our children and young people to be away from the classroom and their teachers for any longer than was necessary.

However, please let me reassure you that our school planning for a blended learning model and social distancing measures are ready if we don’t go straight to full time learning in August.

Each  school will have communicated their plans of the arrangements in place to their families by now – this is essential work as part of as part of our contingency plans.

The risk assessments and health and safety measures for all of our schools will remain focussed on the key elements that will help us all reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.

This will include regular hand washing, additional cleaning of the school building and observing the current government guidance for schools and nurseries.

Our schools and nurseries will remain in contact with their parents over the summer holidays with any updates and information that they need to share ahead of the beginning of a new term.

Thank you once again for your support during these difficult and challenging few months and hope you have a lovely summer.

Yours sincerely,

Maureen McKenna

Frequently Asked Questions: Glow and Language Nut

Problems logging on to languagenut.

Try this:

  • Go to your internet browser and search for languagenut
  • Choose languagenut uk
  • You should then be able to log in using the username and password you were given at school. 

Glow: You should be able to log in to Glow, but what do you do once you are there?

You need to download apps and there are loads to explore.

When you log in to glow you will be on your launchpad. At the top of the page you should see the phrases launch pad and then app library. Click on app library and lots of tiles will appear. You can refine your search (down the left hand side of the page(, or scroll through all tiles to see what you might like. Click on a tile if you would like to use it. A page with information about the site will appear and a box that says ‘add to my launch pad’

Click this once. Click the cross to leave the page. Continue to add tiles to your launchpad in the same way. Then click my launchpad at the top of the page and you should have all your chosen tiles in front of you. Click on the ones you want to use. We did not have time to do all this in school, but there is lots to find. If you don’t already have the outlook email app on your launch pad then search for outlook in the app library and add it your launch pad. There is also a game called Interland. Try to find that tile. The game is all about being safe on the internet. It is good for primary age children to play and learn at the same time. 

Computer Club 4 Year Surprise

We have been lucky enough to have Amanda Ford work with children across our school for just over 4 years. Amanda is a former parent in the school and  works at West Of Scotland University and Glasgow Caledonian University teaching coding and games design as part of her studies for her PHd. She is an accredited Microsoft Innovation Education Expert and has worked tirelessly in our school to run a computer club as well as sometimes help with whole classes if a teacher has requested help with technology.

As Amanda surpassed 100 hours of coding with children in Royston PS, Head Teacher Jane McShane felt a surprise was well deserved. On Friday 2nd June, at her regular computing after-school club, Amanda was surprised with a party attended by all staff and many of the children who have attended her clubs throughout the 4 years. Amanda was presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of our thanks for her hard work over the last four years.

 

 

 

Welcome to our Media Group

We are the Media group at Royston Primary and for the past year have been meeting and tweeting about what we do in school. We have now taken this a step further and are giving podcasting a go. We have created a podcast to tell you what each of our classes has been doing in the school over this term and we hope you enjoy it.