Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM


You completed a card design in class on Friday with Ms Dowds (this will be sent home today) and you were given a blank template home to complete (if the adults at home wished). Please have a chat with your adults at home about which design you would like to choose (if you would like to participate in this fundraising event) then RETURN YOUR CHOSEN DESIGN ON TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER. Thank you, Mrs McFarlane ūüôā

Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM

P6NM Reflective Friday 03.09.21

The weekly blog will usually be uploaded onto our Teams page but I am aware that several pupils are unable to remember their passwords today so I will arrange for these to be reset and in the meantime upload in both our team and here.



Remember to check the Spelling folder on Teams for spelling lists (click on Files then the Class Materials folder). We are aiming to upload the spelling each Friday for the week ahead.


This week we began a process called ‚ÄėSlow Writing‚Äô. This involved using a step-by-step structure to create a powerful opening paragraph.

We had to slow our writing right down and think carefully about selecting words and phrases which would have a powerful impact.


We transformed our reading corner into a Hogwarts themed library.

Opportunities for home learning:

Can you write a paragraph about your day/weekend/ other event following these steps?

  • The first sentence must be a question.
  • The second sentence must be 3 words exactly.
  • The third sentence must begin with ‚ÄėAlthough‚Äô.
  • The fourth sentence must be 20 words exactly.


This week our key learning has been around these Success Criteria:

  • I can talk about the digits which make up a number and can work out what each digit represents (partitioning)
  • I can read and record numbers in words and digits
  • I can compare and order numbers (by looking at the most significant digits)

We have been working on 5 and 6 digit numbers.

Opportunities for home learning.

Choose the last 6 digits of a phone number and write them out. Write it in words and partition the digits like this: 387 249 is three hundred and eighty-seven thousand, two hundred and forty-nine. 387 249 = 387 000 + 249.

Play this game online.

Place Value Millionaire Game (


Buckstone Primary plans to promote Equality and Diversity as a priority this session. In line with this we started a topic called ‚ÄėKick Out Racism‚Äô. We watched a number of video clips which summarised the events following the Italy vs England Euro 2020 final in July. The class then decided on questions they would like to find the answers to, and we decided to make our own anti-racist campaigns.

Opportunities for home learning

This subject is in the media lots just now. Can you find examples of positive steps that are being taken such as the one below?

Show Racism the Red Card – Whole-club approach to tackling racism

Share any findings in the folder in teams titled ‚ÄėKick Out Racism‚Äô.

Health and Wellbeing

This week we have been exploring what we would want from a friend and what kind of friend we can be. The class discussed the positive impact of friendship, as well as some of the challenges that come up in managing relationships. We want to create a class where there is a positive atmosphere and where we are able to manage the ups and downs of friendships. One of the key messages from this week is to understand that we do not need to be best friends with everyone, but we can be friendly and kind.

Opportunities for Home Learning

Some experts at Young Scot have some great suggestions about what to do when you fall out.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs McFarlane

Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM

Welcome to P6NM!

Welcome to P6NM with Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson.

The pupils have all settled back well and we have really enjoyed meeting everyone this week. 

Important Information 

Our PE days will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days, please come to school in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, which you will be able to exercise in.   

This week we have focussed on the expectations and routines in P6 and lots of Health and Wellbeing.  

Here are some highlights from our first few days in Primary Six: 

  • We started to read a book called Wonder.¬†
  • Self portraits in the style of the cover for Wonder.
  • Having pictures taken for learning partners.
  • Solving riddles.
  • We decided on our class name (P6 Nanny McPhee).¬†
  • Starting a patchwork quilt for our class charter.
  • Starting ‘rough jotters’.
  • Making birthday cards for our classmates to get throughout this session.
  • We have enjoyed catching up with existing friends and have had the opportunity to widen our friendships even further with our new classmates.¬†
  • We have enjoyed more freedom of movement in the playground at break and lunch.
  • Teachers and pupils getting to know each other. ¬†

Have a great weekend, 

Mrs McFarlane 


P6NM Our Learning WB 25.05.21

We have had a busy week in P6NM. Here is a summary of our learning:



We held our Literature Circle meetings on Tuesday. The next meeting is on Monday 31st May.

Writing/Links to IDL

We read more of our class novel Wilderness Wars. In it, one of the main characters discovered bats roosting in a cave. We used this opportunity to read for information, using leaflets from The Bat Conservation Trust. We then worked in trios to construct a mind map sharing our new-found knowledge. Finally, we used these mind maps as plans for our writing. We wrote non-chronological reports on bats.

Opportunities for home learning

Here is a video explaining more. Once you have watched it you could try to write your own report around an area of your interest.

How to write a non-chronological report – BBC Teach


We have been learning about quadrilaterals.  This is a useful summary of the key points in our learning this week.

Classifying quadrilaterals – Year 5 – P6 – Maths – Home Learning with BBC Bitesize – BBC Bitesize

Opportunities for home learning

  • Can you see any quadrilaterals around your home? Draw and label the types of quadrilaterals you find.
  • Extra challenge- here is an interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

Math Game: Quadrilaterals (


  • We have been dribbling using hockey sticks and balls in preparation for the P6 competition Games@thehub 2021.
  • We have been taking part in circle times around the themes of friendship and bullying. In particular, we talked about the role of witnesses.
  • We found out more about puberty using the new RSHP resource.

P6NM Learning Stories

Learning Stories are being sent home today. These have the term 3 overview/newsletter along with targets for this term.

Term 2’s work was completed when Learning Together at Home. We loved seeing the photos and uploaded worksheets on Teams and know that a huge amount of effort was put into completing tasks at home. The pupils have chosen a couple of pieces of work (from school) which they are proud of but if you would like to add any worksheets or photos completed at home then please do.

Mrs McFarlane


P6NM Our Learning Week Beginning 26.04.21

A few reminders for next week.

Monday ‚Äď HOLIDAY

Tuesday ‚Äď HOLIDAY (for pupils)

Wednesday ‚Äď Normal school day

Thursday ‚Äď Learning Together at Home (please make sure you can still access Teams). Some hard copies of work will be sent home on Wednesday so please check school bags!

Friday- Normal school day

Here is a summary of our learning this week. The pupils created mind maps to show the skills we have been working on, the challenges they encountered and what they feel the next steps are in their learning.



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Listening and Talking and Writing

We looked at the #freecuthbert story that has been circulating recently. We discussed the impact of social media and wrote persuasive letters to either M&S or Aldi depending on our point of view. 

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Opportunities for home learning: 

Keep an eye on current events and the way that social media can be used to influence our feelings. For example, with the upcoming election. You might see political party broadcasts on the TV or on the internet. Identify how the different parties try to persuade you to agree with their point of view. Can you use the skills from our persuasive writing this week to persuade someone to agree with your view on who should be elected? 


We began our maths lessons with core numeracy revision (multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 as well as times tables).  We talked about the importance of revisiting these key skills frequently even though our main focus is on a different area of maths.

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The main area covered in maths this week was investigating how to construct triangles when you are given 3 pieces of information (SAS- Side, angle, side and ASA- Angle, side, angle). 

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Opportunities for home learning: 

Here are some videos we watched in class, which you may find useful to watch again. Please only watch video 81 and 82, WE DID NOT COVER SSS triangles (video 83).

If you have a protractor and ruler at home you could try some further examples.

Remember, it is also really important to keep revising times tables and other core numeracy skills. We will be doing more of this on Thursday.

Please read our mind maps to find out about our learning in other areas of the curriculum.

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P6NM Blog Week Beginning 22.03.21

We have had a great week in P6NM.  

It was great to speak to so many parents for the consultations over the last few days. Some parents mentioned how successful the book study on Kensuke‚Äôs Kingdom had been over Learning Together at Home. It certainly seems to have been one of the books that the class have enjoyed most. If your child liked reading it, they might consider reading The Wreck of Zanzibar (another Michael Morpurgo book) or, to explore the theme of friendship, an excellent book is The boy at the back of the class.  

Here is a summary of our learning this week. 


We have been reading The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Everyone has been really engaged with this book and we are enjoying the fact that it is a different style to the books we have read recently. This week we have discussed some of the issues raised: 

  • Comparing ourselves to others.¬†
  • We are all different and have our own unique set of character traits and skills.¬†
  • What do you think success is?¬†
  • What would life be like if we listened less to our fears and more to our dreams?¬†

Opportunities for home learning: 

Do you have any favourite sayings in your family? Why are they so good? 

What do you want to be when you grow up? ‚ÄúKind‚ÄĚ said the boy. This was a surprising answer. What do you want to be? Why is that important to you? Write a few sentences and draw a picture. Include a job and a quality.  


  • We made a plan for a story for our P1 buddies. We read a picture book then followed the same story structure to create our own versions. We had to consider our audience when planning which words and phrases to use, we had to correctly use speech marks and we had to make the central message/moral of the story clear. 
  • We revisited how to use colons to introduce lists.   
  • We developed our listening and talking skills when we presented our STEM projects. 

Ideas for home learning: 

Choose one of the options below and write a list using colons and bullet points correctly. 

Things to pack for a camping holiday                                       Favourite ingredients for a smoothie 

Think back to a story you enjoyed when you were younger. Did it have a central message or a theme like the one we read together? Can you think of any other texts which encourage you to be yourself? 


In maths we have been learning about angles.

We can use the words acute, obtuse, reflex and right angle to classify different angles. Here are some posters we made.

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We also started to measure angles using protractors. To do this accurately we know that we must:

  • Estimate the size of the angle first
  • Line up the protractor correctly
  • Read accurately from the correct scale
  • Compare our answer to our estimate. Is it reasonable?

There is a fantastic lesson on BBC bitesize which reinforces the learning we have been doing in class this week. There are two videos to watch and a follow up worksheet.

You could also:

  • Find some leaflets that have been delivered at home.
  • Find angles in the pictures and diagrams.
  • Use different colours to indicate acute, obtuse and reflex angles.
  • Look for angles in the environment (see photo below). Use the correct vocabulary to name different angles that you can see.
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  • Try to make angles with your body (knee, elbow, arms, fingers). Can you name each one accurately?
  • This website has information on different types of angles.

  • This is a very useful website which demonstrates how to use a protractor accurately. There are also interactive questions to test your knowledge.


  • We worked in trios or groups of 4 to complete and present a STEM project.
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P6NM Blog 11.12.20

Important Notes:


Thank you!

We hope you have enjoyed looking through your child’s Learning Story. Please sign or comment in the box provided and return to school next week.

Here is a summary of our learning.



See Monday’s blog post for this week’s rule.


We completed the final chapter of Friend or Foe. We discussed the overall effect of the book and reflected on our predictions from the first chapter.


We imagined that we had travelled into the future when Space Tourism is taking place. We designed brochures to advertise a holiday on a planet.

We reflected on the work we did during lockdown on adverts and tried to employ these techniques in our brochures.

  • ¬†adverts use positive words, ignoring negatives
  • ¬†adverts often contain promises
  • ¬†adverts have BOSSY VERBS
  • ¬†adverts use rhetorical questions
  • ¬†adverts use eye catching, memorable pictures
  • ¬†adverts use catch phrases
  • ¬†adverts provide product information
  • ¬†adverts may have a celebrity endorsement
  • ¬†adverts may make offers e.g. discounts, vouchers and competitions
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Opportunities for home learning:

  • Create a billboard advert for a Christmas themed attraction (e.g. a Christmas market/fun fair). Try to use some of the techniques above.
  • Make sure that you are fully prepared to complete your literature circle role. Have you read the assigned pages? Could you record some notes or useful page numbers?


This week we have been focussing on:

  • Finding a fraction of a number. For example:
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  • The link between decimals, fractions and percentages.

We know that a percentage is another way to show hundredths. We looked at pictures split into hundredths and discussed them using percentages for each section. 

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We can change a decimal fraction into a percentage and change a simple fraction into a percentage.

Opportunities for home learning:

Opportunities for home learning:

  • Can you explain to an adult at home what the links between percentages, fractions and decimals are?
  • Look for food/clothing labels or newspaper/magazine cuttings that involve percentages, e.g. 10% less fat, 95% cotton. Can you write the percentages as fractions and decimals in their simplest form?
  • Which of these would you rather have?

Here is how you would calculate A.

Other areas of the curriculum:

  • In art we made our own planets.
  • In ICT we used powerpoint to present facts about our imaginary planets.
  • We enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers on Friday.
  • We enjoyed watching the pantomime on Thursday.
  • We played a Christmas Cluedo game during Outdoor Learning time.
  • We made pop up Christmas cards.
  • We enjoyed watching the P1 nativity.
  • We made a weather diary for our RSPB Wild Challenge.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McFarlane