Category Archives: Templates-Help-Setup

Set Up New User

Historically we have found this to be a problem. By following this procedure all seems to work.

  • Sign on with Admin user account –
  • On the Dashboard find, Users/Invite New – add the new user (use email account) with Role = “Author”
  • This will send an email to the user inviting them to join.
  • DO NOT accept the invitation.
  • First follow the link in the email to create a wordpress login – username = “cec9876543” (cec pay no.) User names are “cec” for city edinburgh council followed by the pay number
  • This will send an email to confirm the user – which you agree to.
  • Return to the first email and Accept the Invitation (do not log out of wordpress)
  • This will then show up on the user list as user has accepted the invitation
  • Edit the User profile so “Public Display Name” is Staff..999, where 999 is the last 3 digits of the pay number.

Yearly-Set-Up of Website (Annual Maintenance)

WordPress – Annual Maintenance

These activities require to be undertaken at the end/beginning of each academic year, so that old posts (blogs) are archived and the new class configuration set up.

Also there is a chance for general maintenance to remove “bad” incorrect data.

Deletion/General Tidy/Move

All Posts flagged as ‘uncategorised’ to be:

  • Deleted if no other category – BE CAREFUL – there are a few to keep – eg Templates
  • Or ‘uncategorised’ flag removed. (quickest option would appear to be the “Quick Edit” option – then amend the category.

All Posts flagged as ‘Draft’ (they have not been published) to be deleted.

All Posts linked to the “high-level” blog post eg P2B-Blog, reviewed and link removed as all Blogs should be either News or Homework. The highlevel (parent) blog eg P2B-Blog will display all postings which are linked, eg Home-Learning & News.

Review Categories and check for any unusual postings – this helps clean up postings

Create new Category – Archive-15/16 and attach to parent z-Archive

Create new Tags in the format – 15/16-P?

Migrate last year’s class postings across to Archive-15/16 and add Tag. This takes a LONG TIME as need to go into each posting and edit this information – use “Quick Edit” from the Postings page.

It is useful to do a class at a time to help control the process

Delete all “Comments” (some may be spam)

At last time to add new records – Class Structure

Create category for the new class – P?-Blog, P?-Home-Learning, P?-News

Create a parent/child relation Category Menu structure.

Add the new Categories to the drop down menus which are displayed on the School Website. Use – Appearance/Menus/Categories

Note for a composite class you need to add it twice to each stage, eg P4/5, attached to both P4 & P5.

You should delete any old classes – remove from the menu structure, and then delete the category. (Naturally, check there are no postings still attached to the category).


Delete all posts prior to Easter break and the assiciated media file (pdf of the homelink news)


Review the users – both Delete/Add users – click-here

WELL DONE job complete for the year.


What have we learnt

Some staff are attaching a Blog Post to the high level parent – eg, P2D-Blog, there is no requirement to do this.


Template to Insert an Audio Clip

To create an audio file use Audacity which is found under All Programs in the Start menu on your laptop/desktop.

Open the programme and record using the red circle to start, the yellow square to stop and the green triangle to play back.

When you are happy then click File in the top menu then Export.

Check the file type is MP3 and save your file.

Create a New Post.

Select Add Media from the top screen menu.

Click Upload Files and locate your MP3 file.

Then click Insert into Post on the bottom right of the screen e.g.



Click Update (blue publishing button on right screen menu).

Template to Embed a YouTube Video Clip

Locate the video on YouTube.

Copy the URL.

Create a New Post.

Paste directly into the content box.

Make sure the link is on a new line with no other text otherwise the behind-the-scenes widget will not recognise it for embedding.


Click Update (blue publishing button on right screen menu).

Template to Create Picasa Slideshow

Open Picasa then select images.

Click on Create in the top screen menu.

Choose video or you can click the Create Video Presentation icon which looks like a film strip.

(You can edit

  • transition style between pictures
  • time pictures displayed
  • size of the pictures – default – 640×480, making it smaller 320 x 240 will help crate a smaller file and so decrease time to upload etc)

When you are happy with the content click Create Video.

To insert into your Post you need to start a New Post then click Add Media in the top screen menu.

Click Upload Files then Select Files and search for the slideshow.

The slideshow will be saved into your My Pictures folder.  You can locate it in this folder filed under Picasa then Videos.

Once uploaded it will be added to the Media Library and show a blue tick in the top right corner of the icon.  You can then select Insert into Post on the bottom right of the screen e.g.

640 x 480 Video display

Click Update (blue publishing button on right screen menu).

You can change the size of the displayed slideshow once you have loaded it without needing to create a new export from Picasa. Add ‘w=???’ eg w=320 before the ] bracket

Videos appear to automatically justify to the centre of the post.

320 x 240 Video display

P4/5 Homework Template – Reading-Visualiser (illustrator) Task

Primary 4/5 Homework – Reading Visualiser (illustrator) Task


Your task this week is ‘visualiser’ (illustrator). You can either create one scene or create a story board.

If you are doing a story board then:

You should visualise 4 important scenes/points from the book. Make detailed drawings of the events in your storyboard.

You should then write a sentence explaining what is happening using VCOP strategies.

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P4/5 Homework Template – Reading-Vocabulary Builder Task

Primary 4/5 Homework – Reading Vocabulary Builder Task


Your task this week is ‘Vocabulary Builder’.


You should find difficult or interesting words from the pages you are reading for this week’s homework. You should complete the sheet provided, importantly adding the page number. Then, find the meaning in a dictionary (either hard copy or on-line) – making sure the meaning fits into the passage as there may be more than one meaning listed.

During the ‘Literacy Circle’ session (normally the following Tuesday to the homework being set) you should be prepared to share your words with the group, tell them what page it is on and ask them what they think it means. Be ready to talk about these words and teach their meaning to your group.

If you need a new sheet click-here

P4/5 Homework Template – Reading- Predictor Task

Primary 4/5 Homework – Reading Predictor Task


Your task this week is ‘predictor’.

Your task is to create 3 predictions on what you think will happen during the book. For example think about what some of the problems are and how they could be solved.

Your predictions should be sensible and informed based on evidence in the book. Use information from the cover and chapters you read to help.

If you need a new sheet click-here.

P4/5 Homework Template – Reading-Question Writer Task

Primary 4/5 Homework – Reading Question Writer Task


Your task this week is ‘Question Writer’.


You should write down 5 ‘HOT’ questions, which could be about the character, setting or plot from the book you are reading. Remember a ‘HOT’ question is one which does not have a yes/no answer – also the answer should be more than one word – an outstanding question would make you answer with a long sentence during which you need to explain your reason.

You have been provided with a sheet to do your questions on.

Why …….. is often a good word to use at the start of your question.

To help you think of questions use some of the ideas on the higher order question bookmarks – target the RED Zone.


P4 Rocket Questions

P5 Skyscraper Questions

During the ‘Literacy Circle’ session (normally the following Tuesday to the homework being set) you should be prepared to share your questions with the group.Remember their answer may not be the same as what you think but it could equally be correct as long as they can explain and provide evidence for their thoughts.