01387 730240

Shawhead Primary School

Helping Your Child


There are many things which as a parent you can do to support your child’s learning in school:-

  • Listen, talk, and encourage – this can have a big influence on children’s learning
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about their learning, what learning is happening at school and do what you can at home to build on that
  • Talk to your child about their strengths and interests and how they are progressing
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about their next steps in learning and find out how you can work with the school to support this
  • Ask for help if you think your child needs it for any reason.
  • Praise your child if he/she is working hard at something or has a achieved something within or out of school
  • Encourage any reading
  • Look for opportunities at home to develop literacy and numeracy skills: money, number problems, time, measuring, matching, size, reading, writing, understanding instructions, questioning information
  • Encourage your child to take part in activities e.g. hobbies, clubs which will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills
  • Help them work on tasks on their own and then talk about it with you afterwards
  • Do things together where appropriate – learn together e.g. if your child has a project  or task to do, take an interest and discuss with them what he/she is doing or offer support if this is needed.
  • Help prepare for change  particularly at key transitions – talk about the change together.
  • Talk to them about how they are feeling
  • Work together with the school by taking part in discussions about your child’s learning and progress e.g. at parents nights, reviews

Information provided by Education Scotland Parentzone.

Shawhead Primary School


Telephone: 01387 730240

Head Teacher – Mrs. Karen Little
Present roll: 40
Number of classes: 2

Local Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council Council Offices
English Street

Telephone: 03 03 3333000

Director Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning

Colin Grant
30 Edinburgh Road

Telephone: 03 03 333 3000