Category Archives: Whole School News

Sumdog Contest – Final Results

A huge congratulations to all of the pupils who worked hard to earn points for their class during the Sumdog Contest. The final positions are down below but remember the most important thing is you had fun and you practised your maths skills! A big shout out to Jacob in P6M who also ended up in 50th position in the Top 50 pupils. Well done!

35th P6M, Bishopton Primary School 357
61st P3M, Bishopton Primary School 288
68th P4H, Bishopton Primary School 273
79th P4M, Bishopton Primary School 257
84th P2J, Bishopton Primary School 247
89th P3A, Bishopton Primary School 238
99th P3W, Bishopton Primary School 215
100th P3F, Bishopton Primary School 215
105th P4J, Bishopton Primary School 210
111th P2G, Bishopton Primary School 200
118th P7M, Bishopton Primary School 186
121st P4B , Bishopton Primary School 184
137th P5C, Bishopton Primary School 153
142nd P5R, Bishopton Primary School 147
149th P6A/G , Bishopton Primary School 138
154th P3C, Bishopton Primary School 133
166th P5M , Bishopton Primary School 114
175th P7C , Bishopton Primary School 87
176th P4F, Bishopton Primary School 87
177th P2H, Bishopton Primary School 85
181st P2F, Bishopton Primary School 78

Sumdog Contest – Day 7

We have 12 hours left for one big push in the Renfrewshire Sumdog Contest! Well done to all of the pupils who have taken part so far. The contest closes at 8pm tonight so play some games, practise your maths and numeracy skills and help your class climb the leader board.

28th P6M, Bishopton Primary School 329
51st P3M, Bishopton Primary School 261
73rd P2J, Bishopton Primary School 223
77th P3A, Bishopton Primary School 216
81st P4H, Bishopton Primary School 205
104th P3W, Bishopton Primary School 173
106th P7M, Bishopton Primary School 172
109th P4J, Bishopton Primary School 165
113th P3F, Bishopton Primary School 160
119th P5C, Bishopton Primary School 151
120th P4M, Bishopton Primary School 151
129th P4B , Bishopton Primary School 135
131st P2G, Bishopton Primary School 129
136th P5R, Bishopton Primary School 121
143rd P3C, Bishopton Primary School 117
146th P6A/G , Bishopton Primary School 113
152nd P5M , Bishopton Primary School 104
166th P4F, Bishopton Primary School 85
169th P2H, Bishopton Primary School 81
175th P2F, Bishopton Primary School 74
176th P7C , Bishopton Primary School 73

Wednesday 20th January

Good morning everyone,

Happy Wednesday!

Well done to everyone for all your hard work in the classrooms. I know just how proud the teachers are with you all. It’s great to have the majority of issues now fixed in MS TEAMs and the assignments section working properly again, as we may be online a bit longer to keep everyone safe.

Remember it’s really important for you to ‘check-in’ with your online class teacher before 9.45 am so that we know you are all safe and well.

Remember do what you can and try to get outside when the weather allows.

Keep safe,

 

Mr Collins

Sumdog Contest – Day 6

Well done to everyone who has played a game in Sumdog to help their class climb the leader board. We now have 21 classes in the contest. Keep playing to practise your maths and numeracy skills. The contest ends at 8pm tomorrow.

26th P6M, Bishopton Primary School 274
48th P3M, Bishopton Primary School 223
67th P2J, Bishopton Primary School 183
75th P3A, Bishopton Primary School 178
87th P5R, Bishopton Primary School 164
90th P7M, Bishopton Primary School 160
101st P3W, Bishopton Primary School 144
107th P4H, Bishopton Primary School 135
113th P5C, Bishopton Primary School 123
114th P4M, Bishopton Primary School 123
116th P3F, Bishopton Primary School 119
119th P4J, Bishopton Primary School 116
121st P4B , Bishopton Primary School 115
124th P2G, Bishopton Primary School 114
132nd P6A/G , Bishopton Primary School 107
139th P3C, Bishopton Primary School 99
144th P5M , Bishopton Primary School 94
153rd P7C , Bishopton Primary School 81
156th P4F, Bishopton Primary School 78
163rd P2F, Bishopton Primary School 69
165th P2H, Bishopton Primary School 68

Sumdog Contest – Day 5

We now have 20 classes on the leader board and a different pupil in the Top 50! Well done to everyone who has played and a huge congratulations to Riley in P6M who is currently in 35th place. Keep trying your best and play until 8pm on Thursday.

41st P6M, Bishopton Primary School 178
64th P7M, Bishopton Primary School 147
67th P2J, Bishopton Primary School 142
68th P3M, Bishopton Primary School 142
70th P3A, Bishopton Primary School 142
81st P5C, Bishopton Primary School 125
90th P5R, Bishopton Primary School 114
99th P4B , Bishopton Primary School 103
104th P4H, Bishopton Primary School 96
107th P7C , Bishopton Primary School 95
108th P4M, Bishopton Primary School 95
110th P3F, Bishopton Primary School 92
113th P4J, Bishopton Primary School 90
120th P4F, Bishopton Primary School 82
124th P5M , Bishopton Primary School 78
129th P3W, Bishopton Primary School 74
132nd P6A/G , Bishopton Primary School 73
138th P2G, Bishopton Primary School 66
140th P3C, Bishopton Primary School 65
155th P2F, Bishopton Primary School 41

Team Issues Resolved and Welcome Back Mr McAvoy

Hello everyone. We are hoping that the majority of our Teams issues have now been resolved. Hopefully things should start to settle down within Teams and we should be able to get into a routine.  If you are still experiencing any issues please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Also we are pleased to welcome Mr McAvoy back today. Therefore from today any parent from P3 or P4 should contact Mr McAvoy if they have any concerns.

DHT numbers are:

Mr Collins – P1&2 – 07541 049686

Mr McAvoy – P3&4 – 07541 063783

Mrs Davidson – P5-7- 07541 063788

Sumdog Contest – Day 4

We now have 13 classes that have qualified for the Renfrewshire Sumdog Contest and one pupil in the Top 50 pupils! Well done to everyone who has taken part so far and a huge congratulations to Oscar in P6M who is currently in 48th place. Remember each class needs at least 5 players before they qualify.  Keep trying your best!

27th P3A, Bishopton Primary School 151
42nd P3M, Bishopton Primary School 130
59th P6M, Bishopton Primary School 103
75th P7M, Bishopton Primary School 77
79th P2J, Bishopton Primary School 74
80th P5C, Bishopton Primary School 73
81st P4M, Bishopton Primary School 72
83rd P4B , Bishopton Primary School 72
93rd P4J, Bishopton Primary School 62
100th P4H, Bishopton Primary School 54
103rd P3W, Bishopton Primary School 46
106th P6A/G , Bishopton Primary School 41
109th P3F, Bishopton Primary School 31

Home Learning Week 2

Hello everyone. First of all thank you all for your patience during the first week of home learning.

As you will be aware, there have been significant issues with Microsoft Teams over the last week that have affected users, including teachers. This has been very disappointing as all of our dedicated staff in Bishopton had been working tirelessly over the previous days to ensue we were ready to go.

The issues have manifested themselves in different ways intermittently throughout the week. Some users have experienced difficulty with Teams meetings and the ability to join a meeting. Others have experienced issues with uploading and downloading documents. One of our major difficulties has been that teachers have not been able to access assignments on their laptops so we ask that you bear with us while this is sorted out. We have been working around this by posting on the General Channel within the Class Team or via the class blog.

We are also aware that many pupils had issues with opening the recorded PowerPoints or Word Documents. We have been trying to work around this by creating video files and pdfs. Please remember, if you do not have the Microsoft apps on your device they can be accessed free through Glow and downloaded onto your device. You have 5 free downloads on PCs or Laptops and 10 for Mobile devices and Tablets. Just login with your Glow username and password once the app has been downloaded.

If you are having issues with Glow and IT please contact the school and we will do what we can to support you to resolve your issues.

We are all hoping that week 2 is a bit smoother. We are all committed to providing the best home learning experience possible. Please don’t stress or panic if things do not go to plan. Let us know and we will do all we can to address the issues and provide you with the appropriate support.

Sumdog Contest – Day 3

Well done to those of you who have taken part in the Renfrewshire Sumdog Contest so far. We currently have 12 classes on the leader board. Keep playing games to answer up to 1000 questions. Try your best and help your class to climb the leader board.

42nd P3M, Bishopton Primary School 107
57th P3A, Bishopton Primary School 85
63rd P7M, Bishopton Primary School 77
65th P6M, Bishopton Primary School 76
81st P4J, Bishopton Primary School 62
85th P4M, Bishopton Primary School 57
87th P4B , Bishopton Primary School 55
90th P4H, Bishopton Primary School 53
92nd P2J, Bishopton Primary School 50
97th P6A/G , Bishopton Primary School 43
99th P3W, Bishopton Primary School 39
100th P3F, Bishopton Primary School 31

Pupils Attending the Hub

Dear Parent/Carer,

Further to the announcements made today, in regards to the rules around minimising interactions to the bare essentials to remove as many opportunities as possible for the virus to spread, I would once again like to remind you of the criteria for pupils attending a place in the hub.

In order for a child to attend the hub a child must be identified as vulnerable or both parents (or single parent) must be key workers, who cannot work from home and have no alternative childcare.

On any days when a parent is working from home or alternative childcare is available your child cannot attend the hub. If you were working from home during the last lockdown then the assumption is that you will be doing so again.

By keeping the number of children taking up hub places in school to the absolute minimum necessary during this strict lockdown, we have the best chance to reduce the interactions that allow the virus to spread and ultimately to keep our whole community safe.

Therefore, once again, we ask that you support us in our efforts by following the guidance and attending the hub only if and when absolutely necessary.

 

 

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Good morning everyone.

We are all keeping our fingers crossed that Teams will work better today.

Please try not to become frustrated if Teams isn’t working as well as you would like. Your teacher has given you activities that can be completed away from a computer.

If you are having technical issues please do one of those activities and come back to the computer later.

Parents– Class teachers are busy during the day managing their Teams. If you have any issues please call the SMT on the numbers provided and we will get back to you. You can also email the enquiries email address marking your email for the attention of the relevant member of SMT.

Please remember we are here to help and support you in any way possible. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you are having any difficulties.

Good luck everyone – we can do it!

Mr Collins

Tuesday 12th Jan 2021

Good morning everyone. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that Teams is working better today.

Please remember teachers will have also posted tasks that can be completed away from the computer. If you are having technical issues you can do one of those activities and come back to the computer later.

Parents- Class teachers are busy during the day managing their Teams. If you have any issues please call the SMT on the numbers provided and we will get back to you. You can also email the enquiries email address marking your email for the attention of the relevant member of SMT.

Please remember we are here to help and support you in any way possible. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you are having any difficulties.

Good luck everyone.  I know, as always, you will do a fantastic job today.

 

First Day Connectivity Issues – Update

 

Update

*We have been informed this is a UK wide issue with Teams this morning. Microsoft are working on it. Fingers crossed for a smoother start tomorrow. *

Good morning. I am sorry that some people are experiencing connectivity issues this morning. As many will remember this happened on the first day of home learning during the last lockdown.

Whilst it is frustrating, we ask that you are patient. It should become easier as they day goes on and the initial rush to download tasks and assignments subsides.

Please keep trying throughout the day. Remember not all tasks require you to be online. Choose another task and work on that while you are waiting.

If you feel like braving the weather you might even choose to go for a walk and look for our outdoor learning cards posted around the village.

Please don’t stress if you can’t get on straight away we do understand that the  technology does not always work as we would like it to.

Welcome Back – Home Learning Update

Happy new year to all in our school community and welcome back after an extended winter break. Unfortunately, once again, this is not the start to a new term that any of us were hoping for.

As you will be aware COVID 19 cases are not diminishing and we are all under a strict new lockdown. As a result of this school buildings are closed to the vast majority of pupils and staff in order to comply with the requirements to minimise person to person interaction, to significantly reduce the number of households mixing and consequently to reduce community transmission.

The school will remain open for key worker’s children but only if their job function cannot be carried out from home and there is no alternative childcare option available. If an adult is at home during the school day (including working from home) the expectation is that pupils will remain at home.  A very small number of identified vulnerable children will also attend. We hope that in sticking with this and keeping our numbers as low as possible all of our children will be able to return to the school building in shortest time possible.

For those of you who have experienced the previous lockdown, you will know that we will be using Microsoft Teams through Glow to deliver our remote learning. New pupils will have been introduced to these platforms by their class teacher. All pupils have access to Glow and the Teams app can be downloaded to a variety of devices. Previous Blog posts detail how to do this but if you have any problems please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will support you to get your child logged in to Glow and Teams.

Each stage(P1-7) will share their outline for home learning with you. Some have already done this and others will over the next day or so. As a school we are trying to balance the current guidance on home learning with the feedback we received from parents during the last lockdown.

Teachers will provide an offering that is as close to a school day as possible. This means a timetable will be issued and home learning activities provided in line with the timetable. This will include a mixture of “live’ teacher interactions though Team Meetings, teacher recorded lessons to view online, links to other online recorded lesson and opportunities for independent learning tasks.

Previous feedback from parents indicated that there was a flexibility required in the timing of tasks due to the sharing of devices between siblings and availability of adult supervision within the home. As a result we will structure the majority of tasks so that they can be completed at a time that is suitable to each family circumstances. Teachers will give advance warning of ‘live’ sessions. They will work with colleagues to avoid clashes with siblings as much as possible.

We understand how difficult this is for families and we are here to support you as much as possible. If you have any issues with connectivity, access to IT or the home learning please get in touch with us. I (Mrs McNaught) will be in school each day and can be contacted on the school number. Mr Collins is currently supporting P1-3, as he will be mostly working from home he can be contacted on 07541 049686 during normal office hours. Similarly Mrs Davidson is supporting P4-7 and can be contacted on 07541 063788.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any form of help or support.

Pupils who are in school will follow the same programme that has been provided for those at home. They will have access to the class Team in school and will complete the tasks provided by their own class teacher. Groups of pupils in school will be supported by a teacher to access and complete the learning provided by the class teacher.

Attendance- School attendance will continue to be recorded on a daily basis. Therefore it is important that your child checks in with the teacher on the check in post each morning. If your child is ill and is unable to participate in school work then we ask that you follow the normal procedures and call the school office before 9.30 to let us know.

I’m sure it will take us all a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of this so please be patient while we get everything up and running. This is not an ideal situation for any of us and we must all work together to ensure the best outcomes for the young people that we all care deeply about.

Be assured we are all working flat out to give your child the best home learning experience possible and we are here to support you too as you grapple with this. If you have any concerns at all please get in touch using the numbers provided.

Please continue to check the school blog and social media channels as we will provide updates on a regular basis.

 

Clarification on School Hub

Dear Parents/Carers,

The school office is receiving a high volume of calls this morning as there seems to be some confusion over the hub places in school. Some people are under the impression that pupils can attend school should their parent wish them to. This is not the case.

The overarching policy aim of these exceptional school closures, is to reduce the number of children, young people and adults from different households interacting in- person within communities (including schools) as far as possible, in order to prevent COVID-related harms. If it is possible for children to be cared for safely and have their learning supported sufficiently well at home, that approach should be preferred.

To be clear, in order for a child to attend the hub a child must be identified as vulnerable or both parents (or single parent) must be key workers who cannot work from home and have no alternative childcare. If there are any days when a parent is working from home or alternative childcare is available the child should not attend the hub.

When  in the hub, classes will be staffed on a rota system. Pupils attending will be supported by a teacher but will access the same learning as their classmates and provided by their own class teacher.

As stated above, the aim is to minimise the impact of the spread of COVID-19 amongst our school and community and to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

Therefore we ask that you support us in our efforts by following the guidance and attending the hub only if and when absolutely necessary.

Emergency Mobile Numbers

As, in line government expectations, most staff from school will be working from home, the following mobile numbers can be used during school hours to contact the relevant DHT.

During Mr McAvoy’s absence Mr Collins will cover P1-3 and Mrs Davidson will cover P4-7.

Mr Collins can be contacted on 07541 049686

Mrs Davidson can be contacted on 07541 063788

Mr Collins and Mrs Davidson will also use these numbers to make outgoing calls when they are working from home. It might be worthwhile to take note of these numbers so that you recognise it as a school call should we need to make contact with you.

Mrs McNaught will be in school everyday and can be contacted on the usual number -0300 300 0147

We hope that this is helpful to you. Please remember if you have any concerns do not hesitate to get in touch. We are here to assist you in any way possible.

Bishopton Hub -7th January

Please note the arrangements for those pupils attending the Bishopton Primary Hub starting Thursday  7th January.

Children should attend during normal school hours 9.00-3.15. Staff will be available in the playground tomorrow morning to direct pupils to the correct entrance. Please note this may not be the entrance that they would normally use.  Pupils attending the hub will be in a new bubble. Hubs will be staffed on a rota basis and pupils will not necessarily have their current class teacher.  Staggered breaks and lunches will follow the same pattern as Term 1 and 2.  A free school lunch will be available for those pupils who are entitled.

Pupils will be able to bring their own devices and connect to the temporary network if they would rather use their own.

The purpose of school closures is to minimise the opportunity for community transmission, therefor only the staff directly involved in the hub will be in school on any one day. As per the government guidelines all other staff will work from home supporting the home learning.

In order to keep everyone in the community safe please keep in mind the following government guidance when considering the days your child should attend.

  • The number of children taking up these places in schools during the strict lockdown period should be kept to the absolute minimum necessary.
  • Only key workers who are physically attending their workplace or who cannot fulfil their critical functions when they are working remotely from home may qualify for places.
  • Where alternative options are available – e.g. where childcare/remote learning can be provided or supported by one non-key-worker parent or carer who is able to work from home – these should be used instead of children attending school in person.
  • If it is possible for children to be at home during this exceptional period, until schools reopen to them, then they should be. Whole workforces or entire groups of staff should not be designated as key workers. Doing so would undermine the collective effort we must all make to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives during this period of strict lockdown.

If you have any questions regarding the hub please call the school and we will be happy to respond.

As always our primary goal is to keep all in our community safe and healthy during these worrying times.

 

Key Worker Places – 7th January

A reminder that the school will be open for vulnerable pupils and pupils of keyworkers only from Thursday the 7th January.  The school is closed to all other pupils from Wednesday the 6th January. Home learning will commence on Monday 11th January.

To qualify for a place in school, both parents must be keyworkers, or a single parent keyworker, and have no other childcare options.

Keyworkers are defined as:

  • Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 – All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

In light of the announcement on Monday the 4th January, if you have applied for a place but no longer require it due to the fact you are now working from home, please phone the school on Wednesday 6th January to let us know.

Access to Glow and Remote Learning

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a good new year and to say how disappointed we all are not to be welcoming everyone back to school on Wednesday. As always we support any decision that keeps all those in our school community as safe and well as possible.

Following today’s announcement the school is making plans to support remote learning during January.  Home learning will be through the MS Teams platform and you child will need to log in with their Glow login. If they have forgotten this over the holidays you can fill in the form on the school website for it to be reset.

If both parents are keyworkers, or if you are a single parent keyworker, and you have no other childcare options, you can apply for a hub place by filling in the form here.  Applications should be made by 5p.m on Tuesday the 5th January.

We will keep you updated with more information as it becomes available and look forward to seeing everyone when it is safe to do so.  Please take care. Information on how to contact the senior management team during this latest lockdown will follow in the next few days.

Glow Password Reset

Hello there,

As you will be aware we will return to online learning for the week beginning 11th January. If your child has forgotten their password to get into Glow and Teams, please complete the form below. It will be reset to a default password of bishopton123. When your child logs in to Glow for the first time with this password they will be prompted to change their password. We have found that a 3 word phrase (with spaces) works well and helps them to remember it. For example big pink pig.

There are various help pages and videos for Glow and Teams here. Help on changing passwords can be found in the document below.

Take care, stay safe, and have a wonderful Christmas!

From Bishopton Primary Staff

Student – Glow Password Change Guidance

Update on Schools Reopening January 2021

Following the Scottish Government announcement regarding the changes to the reopening of schools in January 2021, please follow the link below for more information.

Please note no pupils will attend school on Wednesday the 6th January. If you  are a key worker and wish to apply for childcare/in-school learning for the period of the 7th – 15th January you should do so by clicking on the link in the Renfrewshire website.

All other pupils will start home learning on the 11th January. In-school learning for all will not resume until at least the 18th January. We will be in touch on the 7th and 8th with more information regarding this.

We will keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.

Renfrewshire Website

Christmas Wishes

Dear Parents/Carers,

On behalf of all staff at Bishopton Primary I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

How we celebrate this year will be very different from other years but I sincerely hope that you are able to take some time to relax and recharge over the next few weeks.

This has been a very strange time for us all but as a school we have really appreciated your support and encouragement throughout this very difficult time.

Our pupils have been amazing and their kindness and generosity to each other and the community has been outstanding.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Wednesday 6th January.

Once again thank you, take care and stay safe.

The staff- Bishopton Primary

Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you very much for your continued support with our Charitable Donations.  So far we have raised almost £550 for Save the Children.  There is still time to donate through Parent Pay if you wish.

I am also delighted to announce that we raised over £800 for Children in Need.  In today’s climate this is a phenomenal sum. Well done and thank you once again.