During this period of school closures, we will be using Microsoft Teams as our main platform for learning. Teaching staff will posting activities three times a day
Numeracy – 9.00 – 10.30
Literacy – 11.00 – 12.30
Health and Wellbeing / Interdisciplinary learning – 1.30 – 3.00 (2.45 for P1 and P2)
Teaching staff will be available during these slots to introduce, explain and support the learning on Microsoft Teams.
All pupils have been issued with log in details for MS Teams, as well as a variety of other digital platforms frequently used in school.
Microsoft Teams can be accessed on a smart phone, laptop, tablet and games consoles. Pupils have been using ipads in school to familiarise themselves with Teams since our return in August.
Should you run into any technical issues accessing Teams, the main activities will be uploaded to the school website daily (we will aim to have these uploaded by 10am). Please note that this will not include any explanations / videos or live or recorded lessons as these will available on Teams.
All lessons will stay on Teams for a week should you need to revisit at a more convenient time.
As always, please remember that keeping your family safe and happy is the most important thing during lockdown. You also know what works best for your family.
For lost MS Teams or other login details, please contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org – we will be able to help you get back online in no time 🙂
We look forward to checking in with all our pupils during this lockdown. Our Senior Leadership Team will facilitate a whole school assembly every Friday. Please look out for the link to this in your teams calendar.
Once you’ve taken part in your chosen activities, it is time for the ULTIMATE challenge: Where are the Gilmerton Staff? Can you challenge your family members? How many members of staff will you spot? Who will spot them first? (Answers will be uploaded on Friday afternoon!)
On Friday we opened our doors at our hub school, based within Craigour Park Primary School. A massive thank you to both the staff members who volunteered to work in the hub and to the home working teachers who kept home learning running for all children including for those teachers working in the hub. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate this team effort and approach. Please read the important information below about hub schools and food parcels.
Key workers’ hub school
If you are a category 1-3 key worker you will have received an email from the authority regarding the offer of a place at a hub school.
You should not be using a hub place if there is an adult in your household who is NOT a keyworker. We do have to minimise the amount of contact people have with each other in order to contain the virus. If you send your child and you have not met the criteria on the diagram, you will be asked to take your child(ren) home.
Please do not take your child to the hub school if they require any medicine to be administered.
Young children are finding it difficult to keep to the 2 metre social distancing rule. We would ask parents of young children to think carefully about the hub provision for young children. Please reinforce social distancing with your child.
Please be completely sure that you, your child, or anyone else at home does not have any symptoms of COVID-19, or has had them during the previous 7-14 days, as per NHS advice.
Please transport your child to school obeying social distancing guidelines.
Please observe social distancing guidelines during drop off by staying well back from others.
Please bring ID with you to prove that you are a Key Worker.
Please complete the registration sheet (which will be issued when signing in) and clearly record your place of work and contact details.
Please bring the following
Your child’s electronic device if they have one so they can do their remote learning activities set by teachers.
Snacks and drinks (own water bottle)
Books or small games they like to play.
It is very important that school teams manage to have a rest from the work of the past 2 weeks, wherever possible.
We would appreciate if you could copy in Admin@gilmerton.edin.sch.uk so we can stop staff coming to a hub if not required for their own safety and their families’ safety. #StayHomeSaveLives
The authority are working to extend the hub school hours from 8am to 6pm from Monday 6 April, the beginning of the school holidays. This will largely depend on availability of staff from community and learning and development teams across the city.
We will continue to update you on progress and arrangements for hubs schools. Please do not ask for more details at this time. We do not have them.
We had very few resources on our first day of opening but we have now “raided” our own school and will be setting up activities in the classrooms and grounds.
Your child will be in a small group with approximately 5 others.
Lunch will be provided in the hub.
Please ensure appropriate clothing and footwear for PE and outdoor play.
During collection, please adhere to 2m social distancing and wait until your child is brought to meet you outside by the Group Leader for your school.
Please ensure your child washes and changes their clothes when they return home.
Please ensure that clean clothes are worn in attending Learn/Care next day.
My staff team are working under very stressful and difficult circumstances. We are being asked to staff hub schools, send home learning for your children and take part in other aspects of the emergency response such as delivering food parcels. Please be kind to the staff team. We are doing our best to manage the demands we face, to support fellow key workers and ask that your child(ren) access the hub only when it is essential.
Thank you to Ms Vacher who delivered food boxes on Friday to members of our school community.
If there are families in financial hardship who require help with food, please let me know in confidence at Admin@gilmerton.edin.sch.uk I can access help from the children and families team. Moving forward, we hope that food parcels will be delivered every 2 weeks.
Please keep safe and thank you for all of the wonderful messages for our team- this really helped! Thank you to our amazing key staff who will face challenging times in our critical services. We will do everything we can to support you through childcare/schooling.
I do hope that you and your families are safe and well. Thank you to our key workers in the NHS and other services.
Please stay home, follow NHS and Government advice and keep our key workers, including your school staff on duty, safe and healthy.