Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to everyone and welcome to all of our new children and families. We are planning to have to have another very successful and enjoyable year at Knightswood Primary. Teachers are already planning ahead and are looking not only at their own planned work with the children, but what and how we can make the children’s experience a great one at Knightswood.
The first few days have been happy and busy and of interest to you all, but especially for our new P1 parents, classrooms are full of laughter, and children showing us their skills and strengths across the wide curriculum. I have enjoyed hearing about their, and your, adventures during the summer break. The children do not seem to have found the awful weather too much of a barrier to stop them from having fun.
Being the Best we Can Be
This year we continue to focus on our values. Compassion, Integrity, Wisdom and Justice. Our Children have already demonstrated their understanding of what the values mean in day to day actions and in their explanations at Assembly.
We are now developing opportunities for every child to be part of active citizenship initiatives. A new framework has been developed and every child can now expect to participate in lessons and activities to help them learn and understand about:
Children’s Rights, Nutrition and being Active, ECO Issues, Charitable Giving and helping in our communities, Diversity, Global Citizenship Managing money and Finance and Democracy.
To help support this work and to develop opportunities and prepare all children for their future we are setting up a School Steering Group. Membership will include children, staff, parent, pastoral team, business and community representation.
We will also be looking to support our children to achieve and attain even more. Glasgow will be part of the Scottish Government’s Improvement Challenge.
In Knightswood, we have looked at research and together with Bankhead Primary and Scotstoun Primary we want to increase opportunities for parents to get better information and examples of what their children are learning and how they can help.
Research has identified parental engagement in learning as one of the best contributors to raising attainment. There are a great many ways to be engaged. Our plan is to provide on-line workshops and support, accessed through a dedicated Youtube channel.
You could start today by having a look at this very helpful video about developing a growth mind set on TED Talks