Nasa / SpaceX Launch Tonight

For those who are interested in space travel, tonight’s the night that the Falcon 9 Crew Dragon will lift off from the Kennedy Space Centre and head to the International Space Station!

Lift off will take place at around 9.30 pm our time, weather depending. If the launch goes ahead, there might even be a chance to spot the craft on its journey!

For more information, here’s a link to BBC Newsround: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52526849

The lead up and launch is being streamed live on YouTube.

Parents/Carers and Pupil Surveys Feedback

Thank you to everyone who took time to respond to the surveys we shared recently. Your responses have been really valuable in helping the teaching team to evaluate how well aspects of home learning are working for our pupils and families.

The data and comments have now been collated and analysed by the teaching team. We have used this against our own evaluations and this is helping us shape planning for learning as we continue to use Google Classroom as our main platform for learning at home.

Follow the link to the collated feedback and data analysis document.

Class 1 – How to be happy and healthy

A small selection of Class 1’s learning experiences during ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. It was lovely to hear and see how everyone chose to look after their mental, physical and emotional health: through naming and discussing emotions, to sharing stories, to puzzle making, to drawing and colouring, to getting crafty, to yoga, to creating positive messages, to relaxing whilst listening to music and calming sounds… the list continues! And if you want advice on how to have a happy and healthy start to your day, then please read on! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

Mental Health Awareness Week

We are all extremely aware of how important it is to look after our health right now. This includes our mental health as we deal with a prolonged lockdown – nine weeks and counting.

Mental Health Awareness Week has come along at just the right time to highlight the things we can do for ourselves as adults to stay well or to feel calmer in moments of anxiety and stress, and what we can do to help and support our children through this extraordinary time.

The South Area Primary Mental Health Team have put together some useful links and resources and important contact details of organisations that can offer help. Don’t forget that you can speak with a professional from the PMHW team (or other health professionals) on the Just Ask helpline every Tuesday and Thursday between 1 -4pm on 07785 477686. See details via the resources for young people link below.This link is aimed at teenagers but is worth a look if you have a child in P6 or P7.

http://learn.4mentalhealth.com/

This link may be useful to parents/carers.

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/

This website links you to a variety of resources that can be helpful to support mental well-being including apps, websites, books and more.

Similarly this poster shows a wide range of services useful for parents of all ages of children and young people.

The Scottish government has recently launched the Scotland Learns site for parents to support learning at home. There is a weekly newsletter you can sign up for that will highlight new resources and materials:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/scotland-learns/a-weekly-newsletter-for-parents-and-carers/

You can access the Scotland Learns site here:

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/scotland-learns/

The most important thing for us all right now is to look after our own and our family’s health and well-being. Please get in touch if you need any help to access any of the resources above. Keep taking care of yourselves.

Mrs Pirie

Coding Activities/ Live Sessions

What is CodeInverness?
CodeInverness is a coding club based in Inverness. We run Code Clubs for children of all ages in the Highlands with topics as varied as Scratch Junior, Python, Web Design, and even Coding for Minecraft!

With the ongoing lockdown related to COVID-19 we are continuing this with online streamed courses.

Initially we will be offering 3 courses. These should cover all experiences and levels, and if you aren’t sure which one is right for you then you are welcome to try them all!

CodeInverness YouTube Channel

The courses, which start on Wednesday 20th May, will run weekly and will be the following:

Wednesdays 2-3pm – Beginning to Program in Scratch (aimed at 7+ with no or little prior experience)
Saturdays 2-3pm – Advanced Scratch (aimed at 7+ with prior knowledge of Scratch

YouTube channel – https://t.co/CkCuzWrSk2?amp=1

If you are interested in helping out or would like more information, you can email us at codeinverness@highlandtechhub.net . We would be delighted to discuss how you can help out and answer any queries you may have.

Live stream with Amy Gallagher – Wake up and Shake!

We are delighted to announce that starting this coming Wednesday (20th), the fabulous Amy Gallagher from Highlife Highland will be streaming LIVE across Highland Homes to ANY children who wish to ‘get their groove on’! The live stream will take place every Wednesday at 9.30am, and all you have to do to join in is click on the link below, just before the session begins.

https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/f0b34fdd-6350-403e-8e76-e5f29856ce63

PLEASE NOTE: THIS STREAM WILL ONLY WORK IF PUPILS ARE SIGNED INTO THEIR HIGHLAND GOOGLE ACCOUNT

If you have any problems getting logged in, please contact your school.