Parental Involvement in Learning
The Head Teacher will keep you informed of events through a monthly newsletter and through ‘Bower News’.
In addition, the Class Teacher’s write a termly newsletter for you with information on what the children will be learning during the term in literacy, maths and numeracy, topic, health and wellbeing and any other events due to happen during the term.
Bower school uses an app called Seesaw across both classes which connects parents into learning live and gives parents a chance to be involved in their child’s day to day learning. On Seesaw, we will share learning across all 8 curricular areas throughout the year, and will share information on children’s next steps. In addition to providing information, we may also ask for ideas and resources from you to support some learning. Discussion and practice of reading is often the only homework given in the early stages. Children benefit greatly from the interest taken in their reading progress and the time you spend with your child discussing books read is invaluable. This helps develop reading skills, vocabulary and comprehension. At any stage a pupil should not expect to spend more than half an hour on homework on any evening and P1-P3 should find quarter of an hour sufficient. We tend to forget that children have, in fact, been very busy learning during the school day and need their leisure time too. Primaries 4-7 are encouraged to bring their homework diaries to school every day to enable them to share their learning between home and school.
Homework is given out on a weekly basis to reinforce learning done in school. Communication with Parents Regular meetings for consultation between staff and parents take place twice a year and more if required, parents are kept up to date with learning via Seesaw throughout the year and a written report of each child is issued to each parent in the summer term. Parents, are of course, welcome to discuss any concerns regarding their child’s progress or welfare at any time, by contacting the Head Teacher, so that an appointment can be arranged. Newsletters are issued regularly on a monthly basis or more regularly when required which keep parents up-to-date with all the events in school and provide updated information.
Our School benefits greatly by having a very supportive, enthusiastic and hard working Parent Forum. Our well attended meetings are held regularly throughout the year and I do hope that you will be able to come along to these. The Parent Forum is very active in fundraising which has assisted us in purchasing resources which we could not otherwise afford. Our Parent Forum are committed to doing the very best for our School and were described as a strength of our School in our ‘Education Scotland’ report in June 2013.
Parent Forum Chairperson: Mrs Grace Pottinger
Please use the ‘Contact’ section of the website to get in touch.