Moray Primary School, Falkirk

Moray Primary School, Falkirk

Moray Primary is a non-denominational school situated in the heart of Grangemouth with a school roll of around 320 pupils between Nursery and Primary 7. The catchment area for the school is very mixed with pupils from a variety of backgrounds which proves to be both interesting and challenging. Their Action Team for Partnership includes an enthusiastic group of teaching staff and parents; they set four goals and have made great progress over the last year with an increase in parental engagement. 

Learning Goal: To create and then embed a Religious and Moral Education (RME) progression grid taking into account the beliefs and values of others in our school community.

Parents were invited into school to talk informally to small groups or classes sharing their beliefs, values and traditions. This proved daunting for many parents. However, one parent volunteered to share information about the Jehovah Witness faith with children. It is hoped this will encourage others to raise awareness of their own faiths and traditions; individual children have offered to share information within their classmates. The team also helped to organise an after-school club called “Showstoppers” which ran for a full week in April 2017. The club focused on RME and the Expressive Arts and was packed with games, songs, prayers and crafts. The energetic and enthusiastic parent helpers helped to make this week a great success.

Learning Goal: To help pupils and their families to be more aware of the importance of learning a foreign language and to make speaking French part of daily life within the school community.

Actions included developing a leaflet for all new P1 parents. 

The team helped to organise a French-themed day in September 2016.  Parents were asked to encourage their child to wear the colours of the French flag or French-themed clothes.  As part of their home learning, children spoke to their family about the French-themed dinner menu created by the school catering team and worked with parents to complete French homework tasks such as finding out about a famous French monument, enjoying some French food and singing French songs.

The day was a great success and praised by pupils, staff and parents.

Ten families also took part in child/parent French learning sessions over a four-week block.  The success of this event has led to this approach to be used for other development areas.

Wellbeing Goal: To use the new learning and teaching resource “Ice Pack” to ensure a consistent emotional, mental health and wellbeing progression; and to build resilience and emotional development within a core nurture group of identified pupils and to begin to develop partnerships with their parents.

All staff took part in training to use the Ice Pack resource to support learning and teaching.  Quality assurance took place in the summer term of 2017 to ensure the pack was being used consistently. All staff used Ice Pack as a whole-school activity during Health Week.  A homework grid was developed by the Health and Wellbeing Group so families could work together to complete as many tasks as possible; their experiences were shared on Twitter.

Health and Wellbeing Homework Grid

 

Play with  a family member or friend and have fun

 

 

Go for a cycle

 

 

Go for a swim

 

Relax by reading a book or listening to music

 

Enjoy your favourite club/hobby

 

Play hide and seek, tig or skipping

 

 

Build a den

 

Make a healthy salad and bring it to school for lunch

 

Talk to someone that you wouldn’t normally talk to

 

Make a healthy fruit salad or smoothie

 

Go for a walk with a family member

 

Help with the gardening

 

Draw a picture of yourself keeping healthy

 

Make up a song, rap or poen about keeping healthy

 

Try a different fruit or vegetable

 

Help around the house (make your bed, wash the dishes or hoover, etc)

 

The PTA organised a Moray Mudder with pupils, staff and parents participating.

To build resilience and emotional development, children were identified to create a core nurture group.  The Nurture Teacher spent time building relationships with parents and reported to them on a regular basis.

Partnership Goal: To increase the amount of parent/community helpers in school. 

Parents/carers were asked to complete a survey asking what skills they could offer the school.  The school was aware that some parents find it quite difficult to come into the school especially to help with learning and teaching, so they suggested a variety of ways for parents to help and support including photocopying and creating displays.  Parents/carers helped to support the library provision which has led to an increase in the number of children using the library on a weekly basis.  Parents have also helped in other ways – wrapping “Santa” presents, accompanying classes on trips, volunteering at grounds afternoons, etc.  The school has also noted a greater range of family involvement with grandparents and others giving regular support. 

At a parents’ evening, a group of parents shared the new online booking system with families and also took the opportunity to gather email addresses.  The online booking system is now being used by parents and the feedback has been good with many saying they prefer to choose their own date and time.  The school has also noticed an increase in attendance.

The collection of email addresses has led to a decrease in the use of paper communication and more direct contact with families by sharing newsletters, notes, curricular updates, events, etc.