P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M w.c. 20 March 2023

In P1M this week:


We have started learning about consonants that go together at the end of words to make a particular sound such as rk (as in bark), nd (as in sand), st (as in mist), mp (as in lamp) and lt (as in tilt) . This week, our focus has been on rk and nd.

Our tricky words this week are ‘she’ and ‘go’ and we also looked at ‘do’.

‘I really enjoyed reading my book.’

‘I love learning new words.’

We have continued working on our reading books in class and everyone should be bringing home their book to share at some point during the week.

Things to try at home:

Continue sharing your reading book with someone at home. You might want to take turns to read the pages or you might want to read it all to someone. Talk about what is happening in the story and how characters are feeling at different points.

Use the ‘Letters and Sounds Home Learning’ sheet to help you practise our new sounds and tricky words.


This week, we were using our new sounds, along with the sounds and words we have previously learnt, to help us write about a trip to the park.

‘I like writing and learning new words.’

‘I really enjoyed drawing my picture and writing.’


We were practising writing the letter ‘a’ following the correct route this week and we were thinking about its height in relation to tall letters, such as ‘h’ or letters that go below the line, such as ‘g’.

Things to try at home:

Explain to / show someone at home how to write ‘a’ following the correct route. You could draw it in the air or actually write it down.

Numeracy and Maths

We have been working on various numeracy skills this week. Some of us have been counting short sequences forwards or backwards and some of us have been describing equal groups. We have also been looking at the different numbers we can see inside dot patterns (e.g. in four, we can see two plus another two).

‘I like counting.’

Things to try at home:

If you are playing a game involving dice, try and say what numbers you can see inside the pattern you roll. For example, if you roll a 5, then you might say,’ Four and one’.

Practising recognising numerals with this game from ‘Topmarks’. Select ‘Find a Number’.


Practise counting forwards and backwards within the 1-30 range from different starting points:

Here is a link to a song that might help:


We have been playing games to help us exercise and have also been continuing to develop our skills in gymnastics.

‘I liked jumping and doing star jumps and it helped me do some exercise.’

Loose Parts

Our next Loose Parts Play session is scheduled for Wednesday 29 March.

Health and Wellbeing

We have been using the RSHP resource to learn about privacy and personal space. Next week, we will be learning about pregnancy and will be using the book, ‘Before You Were Born’, by Jennifer Davis as the starting point for our discussions.

Other areas:

There has been lots of creativity and use of imagination in our play this week. Some of us have enjoyed painting and creating chalk pictures on the easel in the classroom and others have enjoyed role play involving flying an aeroplane. Some of us enjoy drawing and writing in our play.

‘I liked doing my book but it’s not quite finished.’

Have a lovely weekend!

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

Primary 1 Master Minds w.b. 20.2.23

This week in P1 Master Minds:


We learnt the new sound ‘sh’ this week. We read words and wrote words using this sound. We also read and wrote the tricky words we have been learning so far.

We have been working on our reading skills and have started taking our reading books home. Some of us said we felt happy when we were reading our books to people at home.

In writing, we made up stories about what we saw inside a shed. This helped us to use our new ‘sh’ sound.

We practised forming the letters g, y, p and q as well as beginning to look at the capital letters A, B and C.

At home: share your reading book with someone at home and talk about what is happening in the story or how the characters are feeling at different points.

Keep practising reading and building words using the sounds that we have learned so far. A sheet with the ‘sh’ flashcard was sent home today.


In maths this week, we continued our learning on data handling and created a block graph using the results of our survey about new play areas we would like in the classroom.

We have also been working on our numeracy skills and some of us have started doing a bit more thinking around sequences of numbers backwards within 30.

At home: Practise counting backwards within 30 from different starting points.

Other Areas of the Curriculum

We wanted to know what it looked like inside Edinburgh Castle. We watched a short film. We found the Crown Jewels interesting and the fact that there were several items and not just one large jewel. The armour and the different paintings on the walls were also interesting.

We drew a picture of the castle along with someone who might have been there in the past and someone who might be there in the present day.

In PE we have begun a block of gymnastics. We performed one, two, three, four and five point balances. We also thought about and made different shapes using our arms and legs.

Some of us said we found the one point balance quite tricky.

Loose Parts Play

We were outside for Loose Parts Play on Thursday:

‘I enjoyed doing a cafe.’

‘We did a competition about who can make the biggest sandcastle and biggest piles.’

Next week: As you may be aware, it is World Book Day on Thursday. We are not dressing up this year, but if you would like to do so, bring your favourite book to school on Thursday to show the rest of the class.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


First Week Back at School

It’s been lovely being back at school this week and finding out what everyone did over the summer. Pupils have enjoyed ‘catching up’ with old friends and getting to know new ones.

This week, all classes in the school have chosen the name of a character from a book as their class name. We decided that our class name, in P3B, should be ‘Bouncing Benjamin Bunnies’.


There will be two days each week when pupils should come to school wearing clothes suitable for participating in PE activities. More information about our regular PE days will be provided soon, but for next week, pupils in P3B should come to school in their PE kit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Bailey


P3 Spelling wc 26 October

This week, our focus is on words containing ‘igh’ or ‘-y’. As usual, we also have two ‘tricky’ words to learn / revise. Please work on the list you chose in class.


Challenge Words



Book Talks

We would like you to prepare a talk to give to the class about your favourite book.

Your talk should cover the following:

  • The title of the book.
  • The name of the author.
  • The name of the illustrator.
  • A summary of the story (remember the summarising skills we have been learning).
  • A description of the main character; what is he / she like?
  • What your favourite part of the book is, and why.
  • How you would rate the book out of five (e.g. how many stars would you give it?)

You may use notes to help you when you give your talk, if you wish.

We will begin listening to talks during the week beginning 2 November.

We’re really looking forward to hearing all about your favourite books!


Common Words

Dear Parents / Carers

Your child has been given an A4 sheet of paper with the blocks of ‘tricky’ words they learned to read in P1 and P2. As these are words that appear often, in the English language, pupils are likely to use them in their writing and we would like them to develop their confidence when spelling these words.

Further to an assessment, the words your child needs to work on have been highlighted on the sheet. The blocks assessed, at this stage, have also been highlighted. This means that although your child might not have any words highlighted in blocks 5 and 6, for example, these blocks may not have been assessed at this stage.

We have asked your child to learn to spell their highlighted words. These can be worked on over a period of time. It may be that they choose one or two to work on per week, in addition to the spelling lists we are learning.

We have one or two assessments to complete, but all sheets should have been sent home by Wednesday. If your child has lost their sheet, please just let us know by writing a note in your child’s reading record (and letting them know so they will show it to one of us).

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Munro


P3 Spelling w.c. 12/10/20

Our words this week have ‘ai’ or ‘ay’ making the long A sound. We noticed that in words with only one syllable, we normally find ‘ai’ at the beginning or middle of the word and that ‘ay’ is found at the end. Learning and remembering this will help us to decide whether we should use ‘ai’ or ‘ay’. As usual, we have two common words at the end of the list.













Challenge List














P3 Spelling 5.10.20

This week, our focus is on ‘ea’ making a long ‘e’ sound. We have two common words to learn too. At home, work on the list you chose in class.













Challenge Words














P3MB 2.10.20

Hello everyone!

Here’s what we’ve been learning this week:



We have continued to work on summarising stories: We have summarised ‘Waiting for Wolf’ by Sandra Dieckmann and ‘Elmer’ by David McKee this week.

‘We write about the beginning, middle and end.’

‘We can use ‘Somebody, wanted, but. so then’ to tell what’s happening.’

‘It’s fun!’

‘We like reading the story before and thinking about our ideas’

Keep practising at home by retelling the stories you read using your own words. Don’t forget to focus on the main events.

Remember to complete the reading assigned to your group.


We practised putting capital letters and full stops in the correct places.

At home, when you are reading, take extra notice of where the full stops and capital letters are. Can you explain to someone at home why they are there?


We have been working on adding 2-digit numbers using ‘bridging through 10’ as a strategy. We found this quite tricky but we will keep working on this skill.

‘We need to be able to count in 10s to bridge through 10.’

We also need to know the number bonds within 10 to be able to use this strategy.

At home, play this game to work on your number bonds within 10. Choose Level 2. If you are confident with level 2, try a harder level.


Have a look at this clip to help explain bridging through ten to someone at home.

Use this song to help you practise counting in 10s:


‘We have been counting to 13 in French’

We played a French game called ‘Onze’ to help.

‘At first, I was finding counting up to 13 tricky, but now I’ve got used to it.’

Listen, and then join in with to this song to help you learn numbers in French.


We’ve continued to work on our fitness.

‘We’ve done lots of laps around the playground.’

‘It was a bit too tiring!’

We played games and worked our way round different fitness stations.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey, Mrs Munro and P3MB