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Auchterless Primary School
Auchterless, Turriff, AB53 8BA, UK Aberdeenshire
Tel. 01888 511221, Fax 01888-511580

  Auchterless Primary School

School aims

Auchterless School aims to provide a happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment. This will afford each child the opportunity to develop according to his / her age, aptitude and ability.

  • Acquire and develop knowledge, skills and understanding in language, numeracy and mathematical thinking.
  • Develop a sense of curiosity and independent thinking through problem-solving, information handling and reasoning.
  • Develop creativeness using a variety of media to express feelings and ideas.
  • Develop self-respect and a caring and responsible attitude towards others, both in school and in the wider environment.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of religion, its role in shaping society, and to develop a sense of moral values.
  • Understand the relevance and importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Home – School Communication
  • Communicate regularly with parents by means of letters, school / social events, induction meetings, School Board and the PTA.
  • Report each child’s progress through written reports, parent interviews and visits to school as and when requested by either party.
  • Promote the development of positive parent / teacher relationships
  • Involve parents where possible in activities both in and outwith school.


School day


School hours for pupils are as follows:


Primary 1, 2 & 3


 9.15 am



 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm



 2.45 pm




Primary 4, 5, 6 & 7


 9.15 am



12.30 pm – 1.30 pm



 3.30 pm


There are four terms within the school session.  These are from :


  • August to October
  • October to December
  • January to March
  • April to July

A list of school closure dates for staff in-service, school holidays, local holidays etc will be issued to parents well in advance.  Term dates are set by Aberdeenshire Council.

Pupil arrival and departure from school


Pupils transported to school by the Authority should not arrive earlier than 8.55 am and not later than 9.15 am.


Pupils transported by the Authority, from Primaries 1, 2, & 3, should be uplifted at 2.45 pm and not later than 2.55 pm.

Pupils transported by the Authority, from Primaries 4, 5, 6 & 7, should be uplifted at 3.30 pm and not later than 3.40 pm.

All other pupils should observe the above times for arrival at and departure from school.

Any variation in the normal school day will be intimated to parents in writing.  However, when an emergency arises and the children need to be sent home, every effort will be made to contact parents by telephone.  If parents are unavailable the emergency contact address will be tried.  Children will only be dismissed from the school if contact is made with either the parent or emergency contact.  No child will be sent home to an empty house.


All areas of the school curriculum are planned and taught in accordance with the Scottish National 5 – 14 Guidelines.




Throughout the school language involves the four elements of Talking, Listening, Reading and Writing.  In the early stages of school great emphasis is placed on talking and listening with help given to record what is to be written.  Gradually phonics and work formation develop.  Reading aloud gradually develops into silent reading but continues to be part of home / school work where parents play an important part in helping the developing reader.  At all stages children are taught to plan their writing and develop their use of language from simple sentences through to complex stories.  They are taught the rules of grammar and spelling and supported in their progress from emergent to confident writers.




The National Guidelines which we follow provide opportunities for pupils to study mathematics under the headings:


  • Problem–solving and Enquiry
  • Information Handling
  • Number, Money and Measurement and
  • Shape, Position and Movement.


Emphasis is placed on understanding from an early age and a variety of practical materials is used to help the pupil grasp the concept being taught.  Furthermore, pupils are actively encouraged to ask for help if they do not understand something.


Environmental Studies


A programme of themes, giving the pupils the opportunity to study the world in which he / she lives, is operated throughout school.  The knowledge and skills which pupils acquire through studying the environment can be grouped under the headings:-

Science, Social Subjects, Technology, Health Education, Information Technology.


Expressive Arts


These studies extend across all areas of the curriculum.  They are as follows:


  • Art and Design
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Physical Education. 


It is in this area that the teachers, as well as incorporating these elements into their own teaching, can call upon the expertise of the visiting specialist teachers who periodically visit school and teach classes.


Religious and Moral Education


The National Guidelines in Religious and Moral Education are followed by the school.  At some stage in their primary schooling, pupils will be made aware of the major world religions and the main festivals connected with them.


Religious Education is to promote in the children an understanding of themselves, their place in the immediate and wider environment by encouraging social, moral, cultural and spiritual awareness and to promote in children an understanding of religion in their own society and the wider world.


Moral Education is to develop in children responsible attitudes towards others and to be aware of what is right and wrong.


Religious & Moral Education will start with the children themselves.  They will go on to explore the world around them, times of celebration, the life and teaching of Jesus, and other World religions.


Religious Observance


Christian teachings take the form of class instruction, whole school assemblies and seasonal visits to Auchterless Church for a short service.  We are very pleased to welcome parents to our end of term services.  In-school assemblies are held every week, conducted by either our School Chaplain or the Head Teacher and staff.  The Chaplain visits classes regularly and the pupils are involved in the study of the Bible and human experience themes related to their own environment.


Parents who wish to withdraw their child from Religious Observance or Religious Education should put their request in writing to the Head Teacher.




Homework enables parents to be involved in their children’s learning by becoming aware of the work they are doing and giving them praise and encouragement when appropriate.  It helps develop good working habits which will be of value in their future education.  Homework given to the children is an extension of the learning which has already taken place.


Homework will be issued on the first day of the week for the upper stages to be completed by the end of the week.  For the infant classes it will be set more on a daily basis.  In addition reading will be issued throughout the week and it is hoped parents can spare some of their time to enjoy reading to and with their children, by sitting down to share books, comics, or magazines together.  Time spent on homework should not be excessive.


  • Primaries 1 – 3, approximately 20 minutes
  • Primaries 4 – 5, approximately 30 minutes
  • Primaries 6 – 7, approximately 40 minutes


Some activities might include:


Primaries 1 – 3

Rhyming words, spelling, following instructions, simple sentences, number work, research for project



Primaries 4 – 7

Investigating and researching for project, maths and language exercises linked to classroom learning, written work, a weekly set of spelling words to learn and reading to prepare


Opportunities for work in other areas of the curriculum will also arise during the school year.


Homework will be completed in a homework jotter, or on sheets to be kept in a homework folder.


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