Education Scotland Surveys

Remote learning – we want to hear from parents, carers and learners

Sustrans Outside In – Fun activities for students learning at home

Sustrans Outside In provides fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home.

Parents can access resources by registering for our free parent newsletter. Over four weeks, they’ll receive weekly videos, themed activities, games and challenges designed by our experienced school officers.

www.sustrans.org.uk/OutsideIn

Remote Learning Day 1

Although we have had connectivity and bandwidth problems a-plenty today, the vast majority of children have managed to log in to their assignments and on-line live learning activities. A big ‘Thank you’ to children and parents/carers for your perseverance and commitment while these teething problems are sorted out. As we go forward, we should see less of the problems and more of the successes we are used to.  Rest well … tomorrow is coming!

Information on Home Learning from 11 January, 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As directed by the Scottish Government remote learning will begin from Monday 11th January. The following arrangements are in place to ensure continuity of learning for your child during this time:

P1-P3 will receive learning experiences shared through Seesaw, which all children have access to using the Seesaw App or from  web.seesaw.me/parents.

P4-P7 will use Microsoft 0365 Teams, which can be accessed through the children’s Glow account.  Information for parents/carers on how their child uses Teams is available on the following link:  bit.ly/wlglowguide

It is expected that your child accesses Seesaw/Teams daily to engage with the planned teaching and learning experiences. Your child will have a number of tasks assigned to them each day, some of which may be live or recorded lessons. As part of learning and teaching, the children will share their learning, receive feedback and support where required.

To support parents/carers to manage home learning, and ensure a consistent approach across the school, here are specific details of what to expect:

Learning in P1-7 will consist of lessons and activities related to Health and Wellbeing; Numeracy and Mathematics; Literacy and other areas of the curriculum.

Remote learning can be very difficult for families, so please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or require further information. The school email is wlcarmondean-ps@westlothian.org.uk and the telephone number is 01506 432492.

Our school team will continue to provide all available support to your child and family where we can during this challenging period.

Yours sincerely,

Gillian E Millar

Head Teacher

Christmas 7 Project

As we can’t produce our traditional Nativity Plays this year, we challenged the whole school to come up with ways to tell the Christmas Story that we could share with parents and friends. Each stage was given only a title and given free reign to produce their part of the story, which would then be stitched together to tell the entire tale.

Click below to watch ‘Carmondean Covid Christmas’.

I think you’ll be impressed – I know I was. Don’t forget to leave us a comment!

War Poets Watch Out

The story so far:

Well, Primary 7 were looking at the war poets, particularly Wilfred Owen’s masterpiece ‘dulce et decorum est’ and were inspired to try writing their own poems on the subject of war. The results were truly stunning, so much so that the class held a competition to decide on the best work. Mrs Wylie was inspired to ask some veterans of World War II to judge the competition and, after a lot of debate and heart-searching, the veterans decided that instead of a winner, we needed a first, second and third with the other entries being highly commended. Here, for your delectation, are the winning entries:

Winner: Elizabet Dinolova

No Peace until the Eleventh Hour

Boys under eighteen going to the battlefield to fight for their country.

Blood marks from brave soldiers and noises loud enough to make you go deaf.

I am sitting waiting to fight, the fear in me taking over my happy memories.

Please let me go home; please don’t let me be scared.

I will fight, fight for my friends, fight until I take my last breath.

Hearing that there will be no peace until the eleventh hour.

By Elizabet

 

Second Place: Lily Bolton

I’ll Never See the Light Again

Several months on the battlefield

Only to perish by guns and bombs

Little territory has been claimed

Desperate soldiers trying to survive

Impaled soldiers dying by the second

Everlasting gunshots over our heads

Racing against time but I think mine is up .

By Lily

 

Third Place: Rosie Chapman

Before It Ends

A day on the battlefield feeling tired and wet.

Begging for peace and some new boots.

Cries for help and guns fill my head.

Digging my way out of the toxic clouds.

Endless sorrow for soldiers’ lost lives.

Figuring out what I did wrong.

Grabbing my last breath before my death.

By Rosie

 

Highly Commended: Liam Jansen

The Last Breath

Marching in the trenches, sludge, sludge, sludge.

The sound of planes flying across the battlefield.

A horrific sight, blood spewing from the sodden bodies

With the taste of mud crawling in your mouth.

GET DOWN! GET DOWN! Pleading from the far end.

Explosion after explosion. Caring for others and not themselves.

Standing behind the wagon, head hanging with blood dripping from the nose,

Terrifying sights, witnessing the last breath.

By Liam

 

Highly Commended: Megan Davies

Sacrifice

I didn’t panic, I really believed

That I would be devoted to the war.

Oh, I was so wrong; this is the place where panic was conceived,

Everyone feels alienated in this trench.

Our dear Captain, he was betrayed,

No one is laughing, we are all tearful.

We all set up a grave for him,

Crying and ashamed, we are all mournful.

I hate it, I hate it, I hate it .

So vile, I am going to be crushed.

Family I need you, I want you.

Remember me forever, life is rushed.

By Megan

 

Highly Commended: Max Bolton

Winning the Fight

All in, we’re almost there!

Boys come on we’ve got to win!

Come on for our sons and daughters,

Destruction and death, all for peace.

Earth will tremble with our victory today.

Flaming buildings, towns in ruins but it’s over, we have won.

Glory and greatness awaits us boys,

Heroes beyond our lifetimes, true glory my friends.

In just a few more days, they will surrender.

Jerries sent running back home

Children back home will thank us always.

Land destroyed, millions dead.

Men deserve better than this.

Remember, never forgot, the 11th of November.

By Max

 

Worthy winners all – well done Primary 7

Artists in the Making

It is always a pleasure to see examples of good work in school, but these two pieces blew me away completely. The children in P7 have been studying the book ‘Wonder’, and one of the tasks was to re-design the book cover. I think you’ll see what I mean with these two examples:

Aaron

 

Raigan

What ‘Wonder’ – ful examples from both children. I look forward to seeing more of their quality work in future.  Well done, boys!

Primary 2 Read, Write Count Videos

Your child should have received their ‘Read, Write, Count’ gift pack today. Normally, we would have invited you into school to see the resources gifted by the Scottish Book Trust and you could have heard your child’s teacher reading one of the books. Due to Covid, instead, we have videoed the reading for you to enjoy at home:

Primary 2: Mrs Harris reads ‘Rocket Mole’

Primary 2: Ms Rafferty reads ‘How Many Trees?’

Primary 2: Mrs Oliver reads ‘The Three Billy Goats Fluff’

 

Enjoy your Read, Write, Count bag – it is really important to child-development that you read at home with your child.

Primary 3 Read, Write, Count Videos

Your child should have received their ‘Read, Write, Count’ gift pack today. Normally, we would have invited you into school to see the resources gifted by the Scottish Book Trust and you could have heard your child’s teacher reading one of the books. Due to Covid, instead, we have videoed the reading for you to enjoy at home:

Primary 3: Mr Williamson reads ‘Look Up!’

Primary 3 Ms Smith reads ‘The Sea Mice and the Stars’

 

Enjoy your Read, Write, Count bag – it is really important to child-development that you read at home with your child.

Primary 1 Book Bug Videos

Your child should have received their BookBug gift pack today. Normally, we would have invited you into school to see the resources gifted by the Scottish Book Trust and you could have heard your child’s teacher reading one of the books. Due to Covid, instead, we have videoed the reading for you to enjoy at home, the idea being you will carry on the good work with your child:

Ms Christy Reads ‘This is a Dog’

Ms Daun reads ‘Brenda is a Sheep’:

Mtrs Steel reads ‘Ziggy’s Sports Day’

Enjoy your BookBug bag – it is really important to child-development that you read at home with your child.

Standards and Quality Report 2019-2020

Each year, we are required to compile and publish our Standards and Quality Report, summarising the progress we have made with our School Improvement Plan the preceding year and quantifying our performance against the Quality Indicators of the self-evaluation Document HGIOS 4 (How Good is Our School 4).  To acces the Standards and Quality Report, please click on the link below.

2019-2020 S&Q

If you would like to comment on the report, please leave a comment on this post.

Fireworks and Bonfire Safety Advice from Police Scotland, West Lothian Council & Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

In the run up to bonfire night, Police Scotland, West Lothian Council and Scottish Fire & Rescue are keen to keep everyone safe. In previous years we have seen firework-related anti-social behaviour (ASB) and disorder in this area, and we are asking for your help to prevent this occurring again.  This year, we are also facing the added challenge of preventing the spread of COVID 19 within our communities.  As a result organised fireworks displays and bonfires are unlikely to be permitted.

The Scottish Government is continually reviewing its COVID guidance and up to date information on what is and isn’t permissible can be found here https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

We are offering the following advice to stay safe this fireworks night:

  • Unless supervised by an adult, please do not allow your children or young people to handle, purchase or set off fireworks.
  • Do not allow your children or young people to be involved in or accompany anyone who is involved in ASB or disorder.
  • Please report any ASB or disorder you are aware of or hear of.
  • Dispose of your rubbish appropriately leading up to bonfire weekend.
  • Please report any known unauthorised bonfires or firework displays by calling:
  • West Lothian Council, 01506 280000
  • Police Scotland, 101
  • Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111

 

  • You can report unauthorised fireworks sellers to Trading Standards anonymously by clicking the following link:

https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/49071/Report-a-Trading-Standards-Issue-Anonymously

Unauthorised bonfires and firework displays have resulted in serious harm and injury in the past.  Further bonfire safety advice can be found here https://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/bonfire-safety.aspx

Legislation

  • No person under the age of 18 can possess an adult* firework in a public place
  • It is an offence to supply adult* fireworks to persons under 18
  • It is an offence to supply any fireworks to persons under 16
  • It is an offence to throw fireworks on a road or other public place

*Adult firework is any firework except for caps, cracker snaps, indoor fireworks, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throw downs.

Those who choose to get involved in antisocial behaviour or disorder on or around the 5 November 2020 will be dealt with robustly and may also be subject to prosecution.

Please help us make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable bonfire night.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and assistance.

Kind regards,

Police Scotland, West Lothian Council & Scottish Fire & Rescue Service