Home-School Diary Guidelines

Dunrossness Primary School

 Guidelines on the Use of the Home-School Diary

As part of our partnership working between home and school we, as a staff, have developed guidelines for the use of the diaries to ensure they are used to their maximum potential.

These guidelines are made up of a number of points you can expect from the school and a number of items we would appreciate from parents and guardians that will help us ensure we provide the best experience we can for the children and their learning.

Teachers to include:

  • Reading pages for Primary 1-4; Older pupils will write in their own homework to encourage independence;
  • Homework tasks and the dates when homework is due in;
  • Anything that is out-with the usual routine of the class such as the need to bring in wellies, a trip or visit, etc;
  • E. and swimming reminders for the younger children; older children will write these in themselves;
  • Notification of an incident as either the victim or perpetrator;
  • Class timetable will be stuck into the back of the diary;
  • Praise in the form of stickers, comments, etc will be communicated in the diary. Each teacher has a different method to do this according to the stage the children are at in the school;
  • Any information regarding dinner money.

Parents to include:

  • P1-4 initial diary every night to show they have completed their homework with supervision and sign weekly; P5-7 sign weekly;
  • Please initial all comments but keep long responses for a separate letter as the diaries have little daily space;
  • Write in any appointments and where your child is going at 3.30pm if it is different to their usual arrangements;
  • Contact numbers if you are going to be somewhere different, e.g. on a course for your work, so that if there is an emergency or your child suddenly becomes poorly, we can reach you promptly;

It is very important that parents check bags nightly as we sometimes have little notice of events and may have little turn around time for receiving permission slips, etc.

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