P1 Library Visit

Primary 1 enjoyed a lovely walk down to Portobello Library this week. P1b went along on Monday afternoon and P1a on Wednesday afternoon.

We very much enjoyed the walk – spotting buses, the church, the park and crossing the road at the green man!

When we arrived, we listened to a talk about the library and saw what we can borrow. We heard There Was A Wee Lassie Who Swallowed A Midgie and The Tiger Who Came To Tea. It was great fun, we laughed lots! After having a look at the books and reading some stories together, it was time to walk back to school.

A huge thanks to our parent helpers!

Mrs Mackay has some forms for library cards if anyone would like to have one for their child.

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In class and in assembly, we have been learning about the four values of our school and what they mean. ‘Inspire’ has been a focus for us. We each chose someone we know or someone famous who inspires us and prepared a presentation about them.

In our presentations, we needed to include information about their childhood, why they inspire us, examples of inspirational things they have done in their life and how we could be more like them. Some of us made posters, a book creator, a PowerPoint, a model, video clips or brought in photographs to help give us confidence and to engage our audience.

We know LOTS of inspirational people and will try to be more like them! Hopefully we can be an inspiration to others. We think we did an extraordinary job!

Excellent DTIM Mass turnout

Despite horrible wind and rain from Storm Dennis, over 40 children and their families attended the annual Saturday night Vigil Do This In Memory Mass in St John’s church this evening.

This is the second year of the combined Mass for Primary 3 pupils preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation and Primary 4 learners getting ready for First Communions before summer and the children were a credit to the school and their families in the way they participated during mass, with thoughtful prayers for those in need and some excellent answers to Father Jock’s questions after the Gospel.

Father Jock spoke about rules in school and home and explained that whilst we are meant to keep the Ten commandments Jesus asks us to not be angry with one another and to make good choices.

It was lovely to see the church so busy on such a cold, dark and rainy evening, well done everyone who took part tonight!

Acceptable iPad usage agreement

St John’s School P6 iPad Project – School Agreement

The St John’s Primary School iPad scheme will provide every P6 pupil with an iPad to assist and enhance their learning at school.

All parties involved (pupils, parents/carers and the school) must agree with all of the terms and conditions outlined below.

As a pupil, I agree to:

· Look after my iPad carefully at all times

· Always store my iPad in its supplied case when not in use.

· Only take my iPad out in class – never in the playground.

· Only use my iPad in lessons when instructed to by my teacher and close it or put it away when my teacher says so

· Only use programs on my iPad that my teacher has agreed I can use in the lesson

· Only use my iPad to record audio or video clips with the clear and explicit permission of everyone involved in the recording

· Never access inappropriate content on my iPad

· Not remove any security markings and not allow it to be subject to graffiti

· Immediately report any damage, loss or theft which happens in school to Ms Mitchell or Miss Sinclair.

· Report any technical problems to Ms Mitchell or Miss Sinclair.

As a parent/carer, I agree to:

· Encourage my child to care for and respect their iPad in class.

The school agrees to:

· Provide each pupil with an iPad and access to a range of e-Learning resources

· Provide pupils with a range of learning opportunities which make use of the iPad in school.

· Make sure that the iPad is working and that any repairs are dealt with as quickly and effectively as possible

· Give pupils an introduction to using and caring for the iPad. This will include a session on security, e-Safety, maintenance and health and safety

· Provide wireless access to the Internet across the whole school site.

· Issue questionnaires to pupils and parents/carers to help us in our ongoing evaluation of the project

Acceptable Use

We expect all parties concerned (pupils, parents/carers and the school) to follow all the rules and procedures listed on pages 1 and 2. If, however, a pupil breaks these rules then the school reserves the right to restrict or remove their access to any school ICT facility. Specifically in this case:

· If a pupil persistently refuses to follow a teacher’s instructions or stay on task, they may be told to put their iPad away and work from a book/paper for the rest of the lesson

· If a pupil accesses the Internet inappropriately, they may be banned from accessing the Internet in school for a period of time. Parents/carers will be notified if this happens

· In extreme cases, if a pupil persistently or seriously misuses their iPad, it will be removed from them by a member of the Senior Leadership Team or Support for Pupils’ staff for a period of time. If this happens parents/carers will be invited in to help the school resolve this matter

Signed (Pupil) ………………………………………………………. Date ……………………

Signed (Parent) …………………………………………………….. Date …………………..

Signed (Teacher) ……………………………………………….. Date ………………………

St John’s IT Rationale

St John’s RC IT Rationale 2019

Edinburgh as an educational authority values the use of mobile technology embedded into lessons and sees it as one way of developing the young workforce. Although technology will no doubt change and evolve between now and when our pupils have entered their chosen careers, it is important to give them the skills required to reach their full potential. iPads are a cost effective and manageable way to engage learners in class and develop a variety of technological skills including programming and digital safety.

iPads in class will be used to access information online, present understanding of learning using apps such as Pic Collage and Book Creator and allow more communication with teachers within the classroom setting. It is hoped that P6 & 7 pupils will be able to use Microsoft365 tools including Team and Notebook to work collaboratively with others whilst saving their own work into a cloud based file.

As our senior pupils head towards High School transition, iPads will be used to improve the move between schools. Using their unique logins, pupils’ work will stay with them throughout their primary learning journey and this body of work will be used to inform their secondary teachers of their abilities.

We have iPads in all classes at present, until now Primary 7 have been the only class to have 1:1 capability. We are hopeful that by rolling this 1:1 programme to P6, pupils will have no barriers to IT access and will be able to call upon information from a wide range of sources.

The iPads also communicate with the Promethean boards in class using Apple TV, when the school opened this was one of the big features for learning and teaching. Pupils can share their work from iPads onto one of the three screens in class. This is particularly useful in group work tasks.

Class sets of iPads also enable us to remove barriers to learning for some pupils. It is a safe regulated space for children to access online resources and although many children have mobile technology at home, not all children have this level of access.

For children who have additional learning needs in literacy, iPads allow more for more extended writing by using apps such as Clicker docs and Primary Writer to support spelling.

We are delighted to have the facility to enable our P6 pupils to access technology alongside more traditional ways of evidencing learning. Our P6 teachers are excited to embrace new ways of learning and sharing this knowledge in class and I’m sure all our pupils will reap the benefits of 1:1 iPads as they progress towards High School transition.

Mark Burgess, Depute Head teacher

Snapshot Journals 2019

Snapshot Journal – Es&Os

This will be an A3 Jotter in which every child throughout the school will complete language, maths and Health and Wellbeing work in three chosen weeks each year.

Any work that is associated with the chosen Experiences and Outcomes (see below) will have an accompanying sticky label to identify it.

Week One – W/B 23rd September 2019

  Early First Second
Literacy – Writing I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts and I use what I learn to invent my own, sharing these with others in imaginative ways. (LIT 0-09b / LIT 0-31a)   Having explored the elements which writers use in different genres, I can use what I learn to create my own stories, poems and plays with interesting structures, characters and/or settings. (ENG 1-31a) Having explored the elements which writers use in different genres, I can use what I learn to create stories, poems and plays with an interesting and appropriate structure, interesting characters and/or settings which come to life. (ENG 2-31a)
Maths – Number, Money and measure I have explored numbers, understanding that they represent quantities, and I can use them to count, create sequences and describe order. (MNU 0-02a)   I have investigated how whole numbers are constructed, can understand the importance of zero within the system and can use my knowledge to explain the link between a digit, its place and its value. (MNU 1-02a) I have extended the range of whole numbers I can work with and having explored how decimal fractions are constructed, can explain the link between a digit, its place and its value. (MNU 2-02a)
Expressive Arts – Art I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials. (EXA 0-02a) I can create and present work using the visual elements of line, shape, form, colour, tone, pattern and texture. (EXA 1-03a) I can create and present work that shows developing skill in using the visual elements and concepts. (EXA 2-03a)

Week Two – W/B 24th February 2020

  Early First Second
Literacy – Reading To help me understand stories and other texts, I ask questions and link what I am learning with what I already know. (LIT 0-07a / LIT 0-16a / ENG 0-17a)   To show my understanding across different areas of learning, I can identify and consider the purpose and main ideas of a text. (LIT 1-16a) To show my understanding across different areas of learning, I can identify and consider the purpose and main ideas of a text and use supporting detail. (LIT 2-16a)
Maths – Shape, Position and Movement I enjoy investigating objects and shapes and can sort, describe and be creative with them. (MTH 0-16a)     I have explored simple 3D objects and 2D shapes and can identify, name and describe their features using appropriate vocabulary. (MTH 1-16a)     Having explored a range of 3D objects and 2D shapes, I can use mathematical language to describe their properties, and through investigation can discuss where and why particular shapes are used in the environment. (MTH 2-16a)
Social Studies / Science – Fairtrade Fortnight In real-life settings and imaginary play, I explore how local shops and services provide us with what we need in our daily lives. (SOC 0-20a)     I can contribute to a discussion of the difference between my needs and wants and those of others around me. (SOC 1-16a)   Through exploring ethical trading, I can understand how people’s basic needs are the same around the world, discussing why some societies are more able to meet these needs than others. (SOC 2-20a)

Week Three – W/B 26th May 2020

  Early First Second
Literacy – Listening / Talking I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things. (LIT 0-04a)   As I listen or watch, I am learning to make notes under given headings and use these to understand what I have listened to or watched and create new texts. (LIT 1-05a) As I listen or watch, I can make notes, organise these under suitable headings and use these to understand ideas and information and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate. (LIT 2-05a)  
Maths – Information Handling I can match objects, and sort using my own and others’ criteria, sharing my ideas with others. (MNU 0-20b)   I have used a range of ways to collect information and can sort it in a logical, organised and imaginative way using my own and others’ criteria. (MNU 1-20b) I have carried out investigations and surveys, devising and using a variety of methods to gather information and have worked with others to collate, organise and communicate the results in an appropriate way. (MNU 2-20b)
Health and Wellbeing I can describe how I feel after taking part in energetic activities and I am becoming aware of some of the changes that take place in my body. (HWB 0-28a)   I understand that my body needs energy to function and that this comes from the food I eat. I am exploring how physical activity contributes to my health and wellbeing. (HWB 1-28a) I can explain the links between the energy I use while being physically active, the foodI eat, and my health and wellbeing. (HWB 2-28a / HWB 3-28a)