Home Learning

At Brunstane we believe that home learning is an important part of every pupil’s school experience, but that it needs to be managable and fit into family life.

Home learning opportunities will be sent out regularly by class teachers. Parents/carers and children will be provided with a bank of activities to choose from. Parents should decide which activities best fit in with their schedule each week.

Completed homework should be returned on a Friday so that it can be shared and celebrated with the rest of the class.

In order to support home learning at Brunstane, we have put together the following list of websites:

We use ‘Read, Write, Inc’ to teach phonics in Primary 1-3. This phonics pronunciation guide may help parents/carers to understand the way the alphabet sounds and vowel sounds are taught in school.

This phonics explanation video  gives more information on phonics and why we use a phonic approach to teach reading and writing.

Reading remains an extremely important part of every child’s learning. We encourage all parents to read to their children from an early age and to encourage children of all ages to interact with and read books, comics, newspapers and magazines. All our children will be issued library cards (for more information please visit the City of Edinburgh Library Service website) and their library cards can be used to access e-books that can be accessed from home through the city’s Overdrive service.

We have also signed the school up for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge to encourage our children to read as widely as possible.

We use the SumDog website to support numeracy and maths in Primary 3-7. All children in these classes have an account provided by the school. If you would like a copy of your child’s username and password to use at home, please contact the school and we will provide you with one.

We will also use the school Twitter acounts to keep parents and carers informed of both the in school and home learning planned for their child’s class. Look for the #tweettheweek and the #bpshomelearning hashtags.