Support for Learning

Supporting Home Learning

The links below are useful for all learner who can find literacy challenging at times.

At home with Dyslexia Scotland – ways to support Home Learning

At home with Dyslexia Scotland – Spelling

At home with Dyslexia Scotland – Reading

Support for Parents

We hope all families are continuing to do well and are coping with all the various issues that this new way of living presents.

Please see the information attached that has lots of contacts and supports available for parents and carers at the moment.

Best wishes,

Johanna Livingstone and Wendy Donegan.

Please see the attached Covid 19 Social Story

Rupert joining the Reading Challenge
Mmmm I am enjoying this Zoom!
Cooling down in my homemade dog pool!
Before Rupert’s first trip to the groomer
After – what a handsome boy!

MONDAY MORNING CHECK-IN – 15TH JUNE

Good morning!

There will be no more RWI plans or lessons posted before the end of term. Use this time to revise some of the lessons you maybe felt were challenging or lessons you did not have time to try. Some of the lessons from the beginning of May seem to have disappeared from this web page but I am trying to find them, so watch this space! There are lots of exciting activities on your class plans too that you can have a go at and I know there is something special planned for the last week of term. Why not select some books of your own choice to read on http://www.oxfordowls.com. Have a good week and do your best!

Love Mrs Donegan and Rupert xx

Caught in the act! This is my seat, don’t try to move me!!!

MONDAY MORNING CHECK-IN – 8TH JUNE

P3RWI w/c 8th June 2020

Time for a lie down – it is tiring work!

P3RWI SOUNDS or aw

P3RWI READING or aw

P3RWI SPELLING or aw Part 1

P3RWI SPELLING or aw Part 2

P3RWI DICTATION

P3READING – Edinburgh Sound Chart

P4RWI w/c 8th June 2020

Time for a lie down – it is tiring work!

P4RWI READING au aw or

P4RWI SPELLING au aw or – Part 1

P4RWI SPELLING au aw or – Part 2

P4RWI DICTATION

4RWIREADING – Edinburgh Sound Chart

FRIDAY CHECK-IN – 5TH JUNE

MONDAY MORNING CHECK-IN – 1ST JUNE

FRIDAY CHECK-IN – 28TH MAY

P3RWI w/c 1st June 2020

P3 RWI al fresco

P3RWISOUNDS oo u-e

P3RWIREADING oo u-e

P3RWISPELLING oo u-e

P3RWIDICTATION

P3READING – Edinburgh Sound Chart

P4RWI w/c 1st June 2020

P4 RWI al fresco

P4RWIREADING – ir ur er or

P4RWISPELLING – ir ur er or – Part 1

P4RWISPELLING – ir ur er or – Part 2

P4RWIDICTATION

 

 

MONDAY MORNING CHECK-IN – 25TH MAY

 

FRIDAY CHECK-IN – 22ND MAY

TUESDAY MORNING CHECK-IN – 19TH MAY

TUESDAY MORNING CHECK-IN PART TWO – RUPERT OFF LEAD!

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER WORK WITH PUPPIES!!!!

 

P3RWI w/c 18th May 2020

Rupert and Fred do RWI!

P3RWISOUNDS ow o-e

P3RWIREADING ow o-e

P3RWISPELLING Part 1 ow o-e

P3RWISPELLING Part 2 ow o-e

P3RWIDICTATION

P4RWI w/c 18th May 2020

“I am enjoying this really,” said Fred.

P4RWI READINGPart 1 ee ea ear e-e

P4RWI READINGPart 2 ee ea ear e-e

P4RWI SPELLING ee ea ear e-e

P4RWI DICTATION

 

Mrs Donegan – End of week Check-in Friday 15th May

MONDAY MORNING CHECK IN – 11th May 2020

P3RWI w/c 11th May 2020

 

 

RWI with Rupert and Fred

P3RWI Sounds y/igh/i-e

P3RWI Reading y/igh/i-e

P3RWI Spelling y/igh/i-e Part 1

P3RWI Spelling y/igh/i-e Part 2

 

P4 RWI w/c 11th May 2020

P4RWI with Rupert and Fred

P4RWI Reading ay ai/air a-e/are

P4RWI Spelling ay ai/air a-e/are

Mrs Donegan – End of Week message 8.5.20

 

Monday 27th April 2020

Good morning everyone!

It is another beautiful day.  Seeing the sunshine makes me feel so much happier.  It is hard to believe that it will be 1st of May on Friday.  When I was little, someone told me that if I washed my face in the dew on the 1st day of May I would have long lasting beauty!  I do now realise that it is not true but it was a nice folklore tale!  I have been watching Mrs Clark’s lovely mindfulness video.  My intention for today is to focus.  It can be difficult for all of us to focus while at home with all sorts of distractions around.  I know that if I try to work really hard during the day I will be able to enjoy my coffee breaks with my family and my short walks with Rupert.

I hope that you all have a lovely week.  Do make sure that you get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Love Mrs Donegan and Rupert  XX

Friday 24th April 2020

Hi everyone

I hope that you are all well and have had a good week.  It can be difficult to get back into the swing of things after a holiday without the changes to our normal routines.  I have found it hard working from home when I have had this wee face looking through at me while I work! 

Rupert looking a bit lost when everyone is busy!

Hasn’t the weather been amazing?  It has been a pleasure to get out into the fresh air and hear the birds sing.  Rupert has enjoyed sitting in the garden and going out for walks.

Rupert enjoying his walks in the sunshine.

It has been lovely to speak to some mums and dads this week to find out how you have been getting on.  If I didn’t catch you this week, I will try again next.  I am, like your class teacher, missing you and we want to help you as much as we can.  We want to ensure that you have the work that best suits your learning style.

Once again, I have used the P3 and P4 year group Literacy Plans and embedded the RWI group work within them.  With both groups, I have left some of the year group work on the plan in case you want to have a go but DO NOT do everything – you will be exhausted!  There are also elements of choice within most activities so please do not be overwhelmed by the amount of information. The format of these plans will change over the next few weeks as we receive feedback and find out how to provide the best support.

The new plans are below and I have also posted a link to a document which provides a ‘YouTube Speed Sound Lesson Schedule’ for Read, Write, Inc which you may find helpful.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Donegan and Rupert xx

Rupert after a little trim so that he can see!



 

 

Thursday 23rd April

Hi there,

I hope that all families are continuing to do as well as possible during this strange start to the term. Please see below a couple or information sheets that might be of some help to provide information and support to parents and carers at this time. Please stay safe and continue to be kind to one another.

Johanna Livingstone

Tuesday 21st April

Hi girls and boys

Welcome back! I hope that you have had a lovely Easter break.  Very different I know but wasn’t the weather amazing?  Lots of opportunities to get out in the fresh air.  I have tried to continue to do Joe Wicks most mornings, walking each day and taking my bike out at the weekends.

We have of course been kept busy with our new puppy Rupert.  He is growing in size are well as personality.  He can be quite mischievous!

Waiting outside the vets,
enjoying a Cheerios box
and time for tea!

 

 

Still no sign of Fred  I think the weather has been too good for him.  He must still be hanging out with his froggy friends in a nice damp place.

I hope that you are feeling well rested and are excited about our summer term ahead.  It is an unusual way for us to work but hopefully we will have lots of fun.  Your parents have been sent your new plans and I have also left copies of them here on the website.  I have given your parents my email address too so please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Take care and stay safe.

Love Mrs Donegan, Rupert and Fred (where ever he may be!)    XXX

Plans for this week

 

Friday 3rd April

Hi boys and girls

I hope that you have had a good week and were able to follow some of the suggested literacy tasks from my message on Monday. 

Have you been doing lots of nice things around the house with your family? I have really enjoyed spending time with my two older children and my husband, doing ordinary things like having the time to chat around the tea table!  Both of my children are enjoying cooking for us.  This was Sam’s paella from last night. 

Did you remember to go outside last night and clap to show your appreciation for the key workers?  My husband took one of my pots and a wooden spoon out and banged that.  Rupert got quite a fright!

We are all enjoying spending time with our adorable puppy Rupert.  He had his first bath last night!

I hope that you all have a lovely Easter break.  I am hoping to catch up on my book that I am always too tired to read when I go to bed.  We have looked out the bikes and pumped up the tyres, so will be having family cycles for our daily exercise.  I am hoping the weather will continue to be as nice as it has been this week so that I can get out into the garden to tidy up and play with Rupert.

Missing you all and looking forward to seeing you soon.  Catch up on the website after the holidays.

Happy Easter!

Love Mrs Donegan and Rupert  XX

Home Learning Links

Links for resources and advice for learning from home can be found here.

Document written by the ASL team with advice on organising home learning.

Hi,

I hope everyone is well and safe and getting used to this very different way of living.

This week is World Autism Awareness week and I am going to try and put some information below so that you can go onto the site or download the tips and resources.

Have a good week and try to be kind to each other

Mrs Livingstone

https://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life.aspx

https://www.autism.org.uk/

Tune in to a very special episode of Daisy & Ollie

At 7.10am on Thursday 2 April, during World Autism Awareness Week, a special episode of ‘Daisy & Ollie’ will be broadcast on Milkshake, on Channel 5. Guest starring Christine and Paddy McGuinness as the parents of a brand new character, Theo. Watch the episode then use our Early Years learning activities as part of your resource pack at home with your children.

 

Clicker 8
(Clicker is the “child-friendly word processor” we are using in school)

Free webinar information from Crick Software (creators of Clicker)

I wanted to let you know about some online training sessions that Crick software will be running this week for anyone who would like some help getting started with Clicker. These will also be helpful if you’re already familiar with the software but would benefit from a quick refresher!

These free 30-minute webinars will give you a great overview of Clicker 8, including:A run-through of the core word processing toolsMaking the most of the ready-made curriculum resourcesSaving and sharing your documents and activitiesTime to ask their Education Consultant any Clicker questions you have.

You can sign up for any of the following:
Wednesday 1st of April at 10.00am
Thursday 2nd of April at 2.00pm
Friday 3rd of April at 10.00am

They will also send be sending me recordings of these session afterwards so that you can refer back to it whenever you need to. I will post these on the website when I receive them. If you have any questions about the above please contact the school in the first instance. You can also contact Crick by email info@cricksoft.com or give them a call on 01604 671691.
Useful information for getting up and running

https://www.cricksoft.com/uk/clicker/clicker-at-home/installation

HOME LEARNING – WEEK 2

Monday 30.3.20

Hi boys and girls

Fred is having a bit of a break this week but will be back with you this time next week. I hope you all managed to find your way through the packs for your first week of Home Learning. Did you remember to be kind and thoughtful to others at home? I hope that you all had a chilled out weekend and were able to enjoy the sunshine yesterday.

I had a very exciting weekend as we had a new arrival on Saturday. I think Fred dropped a hint on Friday!

Meet Rupert Donegan! He is a minature Australian Labradoodle, has a caramel coloured, fleecy coat, gorgeous blue eyes and a ‘rose’ coloured nose. Isn’t he adorable? He has settled in well after his car journey home. He is eating all of his meals and managed to sleep through his first night. We are loving getting to know him. I hope to share his puppy journey with you over the next few weeks.

 

This week I have given you a new focus sound for your learning. Along with the suggested ideas Fred gave you last week they will give you a variety of literacy activities to chose from. Please scroll down for your page.

Have a great week and remember to check back in again on Friday.

Love Mrs Donegan, Fred and Rupert x

RESOURCES FOR THIS WEEK….

PRIMARY 3 – WEEK 2

W/c Monday 30 March 2020

 

 

This week you are going to revisit the sounds ai/ay. 

  1. Have a look at the RWI sounds sheets and word lists you were given when introduced to ay ‘may I play’.  You have not yet been taught the RWI picture for ai but will remember it from P1 and P2.  You can have a sneaky look at it on the Set 2 sound pictures in the resources section above.  If you need a RWI reminder have a look at Speedy Sounds and the YouTube RWI sounds.
  2. Look out the Reading Practice booklet for Vowel Digraphs and complete the pages on ai/ay during this week.
  3. Find the Support for Basic Spelling workbook in your pack. Have a go at the ai/ay pages.  These sheets are single sided in case you want to continue your learning on to the back.

***PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE A PENCIL AT ALL TIMES.***

PRIMARY 4 – WEEK 2

W/c Monday 30 March 2020

This week you are going to revisit the sounds oo/ew. 

  1. Have a look at the RWI sounds sheets and word lists you were given when introduced to oo/ew.  Have a look at the Set 2 and Set 3 sound pictures in the resources section above.  If you need a RWI reminder have a look at Speedy Sounds and the YouTube RWI sounds.
  2. Look out the Reading Practice booklet for Vowel Digraphs and complete the pages including those sounds.
  3. Start your second chapter book either Black Dot’ (red) or Mandy Made Me Do It! (purple).  (Only if you have finished last week’s one) Don’t rush it, take your time and enjoy! 

***PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE A PENCIL AT ALL TIMES.***

Have you managed to have a go at the recommended touch typing programs yet?  They are lots of fun! 

Mrs Donegan has managed to set up FREE Clicker 8 access for you to have on your device at home.  Your Mum and Dad should receive information today about getting started.  Check back to this page for information on how to install the software and start your writing.

If you would like to start using Clicker 8 why don’t you write a daily diary?

 

 

Friday 27th March 2020

 

 

Hi boys and girls

Hope that you have had a good week and you have enjoyed Week 1 of your Home Learning.  Check back on Monday morning for updates and suggestions for next week. Remember to say to Mum and Dad to contact admin@southmorningside.edin.sch.uk if they have any questions for Mrs Donegan.

I think that I will be lying low this weekend, maybe under a damp stone in the garden, as Mrs Donegan is having a new arrival!  I am not sure if we will be friends!!!!!!

 

Have a great weekend.

Fred

 

RESOURCES FOR THIS WEEK….

Sound Pics

Fred Finger Spelling

2 Dictation Strategy

PRIMARY 3 – WEEK 1

frog.jpg

Hi boys and girls

Hope you have had a lovely weekend and had lots of fun outdoors in the lovely weather.  Well done for logging on to the South Morningside Primary School on your first day of home learning!  Mrs Donegan has asked me to help out as I am pretty good on the lap top.  I hop around on the keypad when I have the place to myself. No lily pads here for me!

W/c Monday 23 March 2020

Some suggestions…..

  1. Every day read aloud the Edinburgh Sound Chart.
  2. This week you are going to revisit the sounds sh/wh/th/ch. Look out the Reading Practice booklet for consonant digraphs.
  3. Have a go reading the words and sentences aloud.
  4. If there is someone at home who has time, get them to dictate the words to you.Remember to do my ‘Fred Fingers’ and then finger tracing before writing in your jotter. (Please refer to the ‘dictation’ and ‘finger spelling’ documents on this website.)
  5. Before writing the sentence, ask someone to dictate them to you. Remember to track each word on your fingers and try to hold the sentence in your head.  Use your Edinburgh Sound Chart to help you remember your spellings.

Remember to write all these words and sentences in your handwriting jotters. Pay careful attention to the size, spacing and formations of your letters.

6.        Challenge yourself by reading Fry’s Common Words. See how far you             can get with the first 100!  Don’t worry if there are some you can’t manage YET!  Practise makes perfect!

7.       Improve your handwriting and practise your spelling by completing  some of the First 100 High Frequency Handwriting.

***PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE A PENCIL AT ALL TIMES.***

Have a good week and remember to check back in again on Friday.

Fred

PRIMARY 4 – WEEK 1

frog

Hi boys and girls

Hope you have had a lovely weekend and had lots of fun outdoors in the lovely weather.  Well done for logging on to the South Morningside Primary School on your first day of home learning!  Mrs Donegan has asked me to help out as I am pretty good on the lap top.  I hop around on the keypad when I have the place to myself. No lily pads here for me!

W/c Monday 23 March 2020

Some suggestions…..

  1. This week have a look at the Twin Letters Reading Practice. This will be a good follow up to your spelling last week.
  2. Have a go reading the words and sentences aloud.
  3. If there is someone at home who has time, get them to dictate the words to you.Remember to do my ‘Fred Fingers’ and then finger tracing before writing in your jotter. (Please refer to the ‘dictation’ and ‘finger spelling’ documents on this website.)
  4. Before writing the sentence, ask someone to dictate them to you. Remember to track each word on your fingers and try to hold the sentence in your head.  Use your Edinburgh Sound Chart to help you remember your spellings.
  5. Challenge yourself by reading Fry’s Common Words. See how far you can get with the first 500!  Don’t worry if there are some you can’t manage YET!  Practise makes perfect!
  6. Improve your handwriting and practise your spelling by completing some of the First 100 High Frequency Handwriting.
  7. Start your first chapter book either ‘Worm Surfing’(red) or ‘Look Out! Look Out! Tractor About!’ (purple). Don’t rush it, take your time and enjoy!
  8. Get someone at home to discuss the book with you. Key discussion points are with the worksheets.
  9. Start completing the worksheets. Remember to check back to text to help you with the tasks.

*DO NOT START A NEW BOOK UNTIL ALL THE ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND CHECKED BY A GROWN UP. *

***PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE A PENCIL AT ALL TIMES.***

  1. Had a go at the recommended touch typing programs yet? They are lots of fun!  Mrs Donegan is trying to set up FREE Clicker 8 access for you to have on your device at home.  I think I may need to help her with that!!!! Your parents will be contacted when this is done.

Have a good week and remember to check back in again on Friday.

FRED