Home Learning Letter for Parents and Carers 8th January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

St Augustine’s staff extend their best wishes to you all for the New Year.

Home Learning

At Home Learning will commence for most pupils on Monday 11 January.

Any parent/carer who is a key worker can request a place by clicking on the link sent to parents earlier today to complete the request form.

All pupils S3-6 have been issued with a digital device (iPad) These will also be available for pupils in S2 shortly and can be collected from school by appointment. Further information on this will be issued next week. If you have Wi-Fi connectivity issues, please contact the school.

For most children, school will be conducted at home. For S1-S3, your child should be spending approximately 3-5 hours a day learning. For senior pupils this should be nearer 5 hours a day. Learning should take place in smaller chunks, eg 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon with breaks. The timing of learning episodes should fit in with the needs of the family. There is no expectation that your child’s learning replicates the school day exactly.

Week Commencing Monday 11th January we will be following the Week B timetable. For most subject areas, lessons will be published on the day your child would normally attend class. Some other subjects may set learning for the week. This learning must be completed over a period and not in one sitting. Subject Specific information will be issued shortly.

It is not recommended that pupils to sit in front of a computer for more than an hour at a time. Tasks may be activities, reading, investigation or written work. At times your child may be asked to watch a voiced PowerPoint or invited to a live online lesson. Teachers will set work on the TEAMS app and will also converse with pupils through this app or by school email. Please do not hesitate to contact the school for support if you are having difficulty with online learning and alternative provision will be made. A link will be posted on the school website.

Continuity and Progression of Learning

Learning is continuous and for pupils S1-S3 an emphasis will be on building your child’s skills in literacy and numeracy. For our senior pupils, work and assessments will continue in National Qualifications to allow us to predict your grade for certification with the SQA. Further information will be issued in due course once we have received information from the SQA.

You and your child will receive feedback on learning and Senior pupils will receive their report card in the next few weeks.


Continuation of Learning Provision is very important. However, our priority is the inclusion and wellbeing of all our pupils. We recommend you ensure your child is well rested and enjoys time to pursue hobbies and exercise. If you would like to talk to a member of staff for additional support with your child’s wellbeing please do not hesitate to contact the school or their Pupil Support Leader.

We will endeavour to return calls and emails as soon as possible. However, please be aware that teachers are teaching from home, supervising pupils in school and working with their own families and there may be a short delay before we can respond.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,

Catherine Chrystal​​​
Depute Head Teacher

Lesley-Ann Baird
Depute Head Teacher