Unfortunately we cannot host our usual competition and technology is making it very difficult to upload. So we will be having a Burns celebration this week with poetry recitals on Friday. In the meantime for your entertainment, please click the links to experience a collection of Scot’s poetry and songs performed by the amazing Ken O’Hara.
Next week is the national Walk to School Week. We would like to encourage as many pupils as possible to walk to school next week. We are hopeful that this will be a BIG celebration and a whole lot of FUN! To make the week special, we would love for our pupils to dress up each day. The themes are as follows:
Walk to school wearing…
silly socks or odd shoes!
a hat and/or sunglasses!
something purple for Ayrshire Hospice.
Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier and they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. More families walking means fewer cars on the road during the school run, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates. If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can ‘Park and Stride’.
If you would like to make a small monetary donation towards the Ayrshire Hospice on Friday, this would be gratefully received, although there is no obligation to do so.
Remember to take a selfie and tag us on Twitter! @HolmstonPS #WalktoSchoolWeek
During lockdown, one of your home learning challenges was to send in recipes you had made. These have now been compiled and published and are available for £5.00 from the school. We can wait to try some of these dishes out!
It has been great seeing all the recipes coming in for our Lockdown Cookbook. Mrs Reid is busy putting them altogether! Thank you to the parents that have completed the online survey – that is really helpful and we will get back to you next week about some of the issues raised.
We have had confirmation that the building work will not happen this summer.
Over the next three weeks, staff are going to be working in school to set up for our return in August, we will also be in the Hub on Tuesday. We will also need to work together to plan the way that the learning will look when we return. This approach to learning with some happening in school and some happening at home is called ‘Blended Learning’ and we will provide you with all the details and expectations before we start back. With this in mind staff will not always be able to work on Teams as often as they have been but you can find lots of activities in the useful links page on this website to explore.
It was lovely to see some of our families during Mr Morrow’s maths workshop and we can’t wait to see you all again in person!
Well done to you all for taking part in our first virtual Sports Day. There was a huge amount of creativity shown and lots of energy! Mrs Reid will be busy totalling up all the house points. Here are just some of your photos and videos.
I hope you are all trying to keep up with your reading and if you are in P4 to P7 make sure that you are going onto Accelerated Reader to complete the quizes – this way we can aim to reach 1,000,000 words in May! I have just read “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy. It’s really enjoyable – I hope you like the pictures from it on this post.
The Holmston staff were in the hub yesterday supporting our key workers that do not have any childcare. It is very difficult for children to socially distance and going forward these are challenges we will we all have to think about.
It is really important during these challenging times to make sure that we are still trying to promote thinking with a growth mindset with the children. Especially when it comes to curriculum areas like maths. Please don’t say to your child things like, “I found maths difficult” or “Maths is hard”. This can have a huge impact on children for the rest of their lives. Please have a look through the section on ‘Growth Mindsets’ on the school website for ideas and vocabulary to further support your child to think positively about learning.
Parent Maths Workshops We will be organising some parental workshops very soon with Mr. Scott Morrow. These will be via ‘Zoom’ and open to our parents in P2 – P7. Scott will demonstrate the strategies and tools we use in school and answer any questions you may have. Scott is setting Maths challenges each Friday and if you need any support with any area of maths you can tag him though the class Team page. Look out for further information about this either by email or text. There will be a separate P1 sesssion later on.
This Friday would have been our Sports Day – so it will probably rain! Please upload your sporty photos along with your house colour into your class Team so that we can score and add to the House Point totals. We look forward to seeing you in action!
It was great to see some of your happy faces yesterday – it really made my day! Keep an eye on our Twitter page and if I am in school jotters will be availabe in the playground – if you are passing on your daily exercise. Please remember to socially distance.
It is another long weekend and I know the teachers have been posting ideas all to do with VE day – please post any VE day celebrations or activities into Teams.
Here are some ideas you could do for a virtual VE day stay at home celebration.
Mrs Reid has been busy setting up the online House Points – she will keep track of any that have been awarded and if you are in P4-P7 take part in our Accelerated Reader Challenge to get additional House Points. Details are below.
Reading Challenge House Point Competition
We are challenging all children in Primaries 4-7 at Holmston Primary to read as many words as they can over the month of May.
Our target number of words is 1,000,000.
So far pupils have read 188,160 words.
We will be tracking the number of words read through Accelerated Reader. Children in Primaries 4-7 all have a username and password for this. Each time they complete a quiz the number of words in the book they have read is recorded. We will add these up to get the total number of words for each child, each class and the school collectively.
The child in each class that has read the most number of words each week will be awarded 10 House Points.
Come on Holmston. Let’s be millionaire readers!
Have a great long weekend and we’ll be back on Monday! Stay safe!
What a busy week it has been – Holmston and the other Cluster staff worked at the Forehill Hub this week looking after children of Key Workers. Every Cluster is responsible for running one of the hub schools across the authority.
Staff have also been very busy with the online learning, reviewing the work of the school and starting to plan and make arrangements for our return and next session. However, we still do not know when this will happen or what it will look like.
We are also starting to plan for our new P1 intake – which will be very different this year and we are developing a webpage to help new parents find out about Holmston.
In the meantime – remember Monday and Friday next week are public holidays so no new work will go up onto Teams on these days. However, Monday is Star Wars Day – Mr Hardy and his ‘friends’ are getting ready for this. Can you spot the odd one out? Comment if you spot them and bonus points for working out who they are and where they are from!
Remember to upload any Star Wars themed photos into your Teams – there are house points available for your creative entries!
Friday is also VE Day – we’d like to see any pictures of you celebrating too!
As always, take care, keep safe and if we can help in anyway please contact us via the school email.
One of our parents has very kindly volunteered to help us to bring some hope and brightness to the staff and patients at the Hospital.
The hospital has asked for children to create some artwork to be displayed in the corridors and doors of the hospital.
If you would like to take part follow the instructions below.
Create your cheerful picture and colour it in. paint/ pens/crayon/pencils
Take a photo of your artwork and upload this to your class Teams and your teacher will then send it to Mr Hardy or Mrs Reid to be added to the Holmston Website pages where we can spread the cheerfulness further.
There are instructions in Teams about where to drop your pictures off. Please do not take them to the Hospital
The box with be collected by a nurse from the Hospital.
If you cannot drop you artwork off please send a photo of it into either your Team or the school email.
I hope you are all settling into a routine of some description and if you need any support please get in contact with us.
Please make sure you are accessing Teams as pupils now can get a log in for Education City. The details for this are in the Class Teams sites. We will be contacting families that have not logged on next week to see how we can support you to do this.
The website list has been updated with some new links. Please have a browse through some of the sites. These include virtual museums, resources for different subjects and links to YouTube channels for yoga, card game ideas and multiplication songs.
We will be starting an Accelerated Reader Challenge during May for the P4 to P7s. Links to the quiz pages and book finder can also be found in the useful website section. Here you can also find instructions for joining the librarby to borrow ebooks and a link to the free audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Even if you are facing challenges completing any of the online work try to share a book with your child or encourage them to read as often as they can. Please contact us if you need any passwords or usernames.
Welcome back! We all hope you had a good break over Easter with the lovely weather that we have been having. It looks like we will be continuing with our virtual school life for a while longer. All the teachers have been busy preparing for this week back and have uploaded work into Teams. This week will be Miss Lynch’s last week and Mrs Davies and Mrs Bate will take care of the P2 Team site in the meantime. We would like to thank Miss Lynch for all her hard work and we wish her well for the future.
We fully appreciate how challenging learning and working from home can be so please make sure that you look after yourselves and do not put additional pressure on your families at the difficult time. Do what works for your situation. When we get back, we have an excellent team of staff that will fill in any gaps in learning – this is what they are fantatstic at doing. Try to keep reading, share books, cook or do PE with Joe. I have now mastered the art of Tik-Tok!
The BBC have started a series of programmes that can be accessed online or through the red button on your remote to support learning – not only do they have over 200 teachers delivering lessons but the presenters also include Brian Cox teaching key science topics and Manchester City footballer, Sergio Aguero teaching Spanish.
We would like all our pupils to be on Teams so if you haven’t been on yet please try to do this. If you need any help please email into the Holmston mail account.
We will keep you updated regularly so please check back and follow us on Twitter for further ideas.