At Parkhead Community Primary School we encourage parents to play as big a part as possible in their children’s education.

Each day the children will bring home a home reading books. We hope you will support your child in reading these and ask them questions related to the text. As the children get older they will be given home learning. We do ask you to help where you can with home learning by ensuring your child completes the task which has been set to the best of their ability.

We also run regular family learning sessions throughout school for you to attend and learn more about how to help your child with their learning. During the Autumn and Spring term you will be invited into school to look at and discuss your child’s learning with the teacher. At this point we should give you the targets which have been set for your child and we shall discuss how you can help at home. Near the end of the Summer term you will receive your child’s report and will be given the opportunity to come into school to discuss it with the teachers. Please do not feel that these are the only times you can come into school. If you feel there is a problem please do not hesitate to discuss this with your child’s teacher.

You will also be invited to come along to family curriculum sessions, harvest celebrations, Christmas concerts, carol services, coffee mornings or afternoons and sports days as well as regular class assemblies. We do appreciate that it is not always possible for parents to attend these functions because of other commitments, but we would stress to you how important they are to the children, so perhaps a grandparent, auntie or a friend could be persuaded to ‘represent’ you? It would mean an awful lot to your child. We will also ask for volunteers to help in school particularly with 1:1 reading. Some parents help the children in the classrooms, some help when we take the children on visits or road safety training or help with fund raising events. We are extremely grateful to these helpers who give their time so freely. We have found that everyone benefits from this involvement – the helpers, the staff, but most importantly, the children. All volunteers complete an Enhanced Disclosure as part of the Criminal Records check and will not begin work in school until this check is cleared.

Contact Mrs Wilson for an application form or for an informal chat if you are interested in helping in school or becoming a member of our Friends of Parkhead group.