Family Learning

Welcome to St Columbkille’s Family Learning section. This area aims to share information from the school and the local community with a focus on how families can be supported in their learning.

We will post our Family Learning newsletters here as well as important news and updates.

September 2020

Family Learning Newsletter

Please click the link below to view our Family Learning Newsletter for Term 1 2020-2021. This term’s newsletter focuses on digital and physical support for you and your child, as well as some fun activities that will help you engage with the school. Enjoy!

Newsletter 6 Term 1 2020-2021

Recovery Newsletter focus: Active Literacy

Please click the link below to view our Recovery Newsletter for September, this month the newsletter focuses on Active Literacy in the school. You will learn about how we use active literacy to help your child learn, and how you can use active literacy at home to support your child’s learning.

 Recovery Newsletter-Active Lit for September

Project 31

1/02/2019 9:00-11:00
(Once a week for 7 weeks)
This 7 week programme will give parents space to talk about any issues they are encountering and gain practical advice and support in continuing to build positive relationships with their children and gain advice from highly trained professionals and build a support network with other participants.

Cooking with Teachers and Families.

(Once a week for 4 weeks)
This programme allows our teachers, pupils and parents to experience hands on cooking in our Family Learning Room. Learning and cooking together during the school day with 2 Lanarkshire trained Food Nutritionists, as part of our Technologies and Health & Wellbeing curriculum.

EAL Homework Club

28/01/2019 once per week for 6 weeks 3:00-4:00
Mrs Garrett ran a very successful EAL homework club last session for a number of children in her class who benefitted significantly from her input with them. Parental input was also incredibly valuable. On this occasion Mrs Garret will offer the EAL support to EAL pupils across the whole school.

Healthy Families

Once a week for 6 weeks 3:00-4:00
The programme will run for 6 weeks focusing on diet and exercise within the family, families will be given support with food choices, budgeting and preparing healthy meals as well as advice and support with exercise and physical activity. A range of topics will be covered each week with a variety of games and activities for everyone to take part in.

‘Weigh to Go’

Thursday 10th January & Thursday 17th January 3:00-4:00.
Parents will get expert weight advice and circuit training from a trained professional. Children will be looked after in school gym hall by active sports during adult sessions.
Adult Literacy and Numeracy

24/01/2019 13:00-15:00 for 6 weeks
Helping to support parents with literacy and numeracy difficulties has been proven to impact positively on the child’s attainment, not only do we wish to support the parents during this 6 week course, but we also wish to support the parents long term with a series of in-school programmes to develop their own confidence in literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing.

John Muir Family Award April 2019

25 hours-Certificate at the end of the 25 hours
This programme aims to support parents and pupils as they learn to work together to create dens, cook in the outdoors, explore the outdoors and develop a bond through this structured and certified programme. Forest School Leader, Karen Smith, holds a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Award and the relevant Public Liability Insurance to run outdoor play and learning sessions with children and adults including activities such as woodland crafts, play, tree climbing, fire, rope and tool use.

Healthy Eating/Healthy Living

Wednesday 3:00-4:00 27th February-27th March 2019
This programme focuses on ‘Sowing, Growing, Cooking’ within the school grounds and beyond. Parents and children will take their skills and experiences and continue to sow, grow and cook in their own gardens if available, they will also take part in the cooking element of this programme in May 2019 within the school. We can also support parents/grandparents in the sowing/growing at home element of the programme by helping them secure a plot at the new Cathkin Braes plots.

Family Homework



June 19

Other Organisations

Family Related Organisations

Children 1st

Parentzone Scotland

Literacy Resources

Spelling Hints Guide
This useful guide produced by the Glasgow Dyslexia Support Service has useful tips to help with spelling.  Click here to download.

Scottish Phoneme Chart

Top Tips to Develop Sight Vocabulary

How to Spell Prompt Cards-ZMorrison

Writing Circle Summary

ADT Top Tips to Develop Sight Vocabulary

Top Tips for Reading

Reading Circle Summary ADT

How to Spell Prompt Cards — ZMorrison

Bingo High Frequency Words

Amazing Adjectives Game




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