Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM

P6NM Reflective Friday 27.8.21

We have been super busy organising our new classroom, getting to know each other and getting back into the school routine!

Some of our learning this week:


  • writing letters about ourselves to our teachers
  • looking at the themes of acceptance and kindness through our class novel ‘wonder’
  • exploring the feelings and difficulties faced by the protagonist, Auggie by creating our own animals that are different


  • revising reading and writing numbers up to 6 digits
  • discussing the value of each digit in a number (hundreds of thousands, tens of thousand, thousands, hundreds, tens and units)
  • learning how to partition a number into its place value components e.g. 987 321 = 900 000 + 80 000 + 7 000 + 300 + 20 + 1
  • ordering 6 digit numbers – looking at the value of each digit

Other Curricular Areas

  • In PE started a unit on field hockey; this week we focussed on push passes and how to do this with accuracy.
  • We created our class identity based on the initials P6NM and using a character from a book – we are now called the P6 Nanny McPhee class!
  • We discussed our class charter based on our school rules: Ready, Respectful and Safe.
  • We created self portraits using, water colour and line drawings in the style of our class novel cover. We added on acts of kindness that we can try to complete throughout the year.

Optional Home Learning Activities

  • Soft g in final position.
  • In English, no word ends with a j. At the end of words with more than one syllable, the idg sound is spelt age.
  • CORE WORDS: age, image, stage, shortage, postage, average, cottage, luggage, garage, postage
  • CHALLENGE WORDS: advantage, courage, sausage, message, hostage, language, percentage, engage, outrage, forage
  • In addition, children will also be given a selection of commonly misspelt words to practise each week: number, other, by, about, could, people, some, called
  • Spelling will be assessed by a dictation activity using the core and common words each Friday.

Have a super weekend everyone!

Mrs Nicholson


P6NM Our Learning this week 10.5.21


  • In spelling we revised words that use ‘ph’ to make an ‘f’ sound such as metaphor and prophet. Please see below for our spelling lists.


triumph, hyphen, photograph, physical, metaphor, telephone, atmosphere, prophet, autograph, pharmacy, sphere, saxophone


triumphant, hyphenate, photography, physically, metaphorical, telephony, atmospheric, prophecy, autographed, pharmacist, spherical, saxophonist


draught draft

  • In writing we created fact files linked to our health week learning. Our fact files were about why different groups of people eat or avoid certain foods and why. This included religion, age and allergies. 
  • We worked on a reading comprehension based on plastic pollution following on from Earth week.
  • We met our literature circle group. We have been referring to the literature circle rubric – see below – to help us to asses our contributions to our group discussions. We have made great progress this year and are hoping to achieve a 3 or 4 by the end of P6.
  • Please note, our reading homework is due for Wednesday 19th next week.


Other Areas of the Curriculum

  • In PE we enjoyed our sports day down at the Waterboard field despite the wet weather!
  • In our living and growing topic we learned the proper names for male and female external body parts.
  • Games @ the hub: we made a logo and a motto for Edinburgh 2021 Games @ the hub which our class has been nominated for Hockey. 

Reflective Friday 19.03.21

Welcome back everyone! We have had a lovely week catching up and learning together in person.

Our Learning:


In maths this week we looked at two step function machines; working through the operations to work out the output. If we were given a problem with only an output we had to use the inverse (opposite) operation to work out the input.

We also learned how to solve some simple equations, using letters to represent a missing value in a calculation.



We finished our whole class novel – Kensuke’s Kingdom – we thoroughly enjoyed reading this book together! We made a time line of Kensuke’s life.

We learned about the features of an effective advert and wrote our own adverts for brussel sprouts.

We practiced the spelling rule ei makes the long vowel sound a e.g. vein, eight, neighbour. Please see teams for our spelling lists this week.

We would like to start literature circles soon, however, we are still waiting on a few novels to be returned to quarantine before we can issue new books. Please could you bring in any reading books that are at home on Monday. We also need any red literature circle folders returned. Many thanks!

Other Curricular Areas

We developed our fitness by completing a woodland workout circuit of activities.

We learned about labyrinths and made our own outside.

We continued our studies on the artist Van Gogh and discussed how objects can be used to symbolise a person and started our own artwork in this style.

We completed an outdoor maths trail.

In HWB we discussed things to be happy about on our return to school.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Nicholson




Spelling w/c 14.12.20

Our spelling rule this week is:

– Antonyms or opposites are often formed by the addition of a prefix

e.g. certain + un = uncertain

– note – words beginning with n do not alter, simply inert the prefix

e.g. un + necessary = unnecessary

Please see the attached document for spelling lists:



Spelling w/c 7.12.20

Our spelling rule this week is:


  • Define prefix as letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a root word to change it’s meaning.
  • Antonyms or opposites are often formed by the addition of a prefix

e.g.  appear  –  disappear

  • Note – word beginning with s does not alter – simply insert the prefix

e.g.    dis + satisfaction

Please see the attached sheet for lists:

Have a super week!

Mrs Nicholson


Our Learning in P6NM w/c 30.11.20

Our Learning in P6NM w/c 30.11.20


• I know that decimal fractions are used to represent tenths and hundredths

• I can use my knowledge of equivalent fractions to change a fraction into tenths or hundredths, then display it as a decimal

• I can recall simple fractions as decimal fractions

• I can compare decimals by looking at the whole numbers first to see if that helps • I can compare decimals with the same units digit by looking at the tenths • I can compare numbers with the same unit and tenths digit by looking at the hundredths digit • I can order decimal fractions up to 2 decimal places • I can explain the importance of zero as a placeholder

Home Learning Opportunities

Whose is greater?

Write a range of decimals onto small pieces of paper or card, e.g. 1·4 and 0·75. Play a game with another player. Each picks a card. The player with the larger decimal keeps both cards. Record the decimals as number statements, e.g. 0·3 > 0·28.

Decimal ordering

Write a range of decimals onto small pieces of paper or card, e.g. 1·4 and 0·75. Pick sets of five cards and order them, recording the decimals in order on paper. You could include extra cards where you write the decimals in words, e.g. six point three or zero point seven five.


Our spelling rule this week was:

  • Making plurals from nouns ending in o
  • Most nouns that end in o take their plural form by adding es
  • Musical terms and words that end in oo/eo/io are exceptions to this rule and take their plural form by adding s

In writing, we watched a movie clip called Pandora and created an imaginative piece about landing on this planet. Our focus was creating quality descriptions.

Using our class novel, we worked on finding evidence about a character’s point of view and also using evidence to say how a character has changed.  We used hot seating to explore how the main character David’s viewpoint changed. 

Home Learning Opportunities

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?

Can you create a game to help you practise this week’s spelling words? Use resources you might have at home already such as post it notes, a dice, chalk or counters to help. 

Other Areas of the Curriculum

  • We listened to The Planets Suite composed by Gustave Holst and used our knowledge of the planets to name each composition. 
  • We then chose one of Holst’s compositions to research.  We found out about his inspiration, the instruments used and the effects he created.
  • We explored the scale of the planets in relation to each other and the scale of the solar system.
  • We used black card and tissue paper to create stained glass art for our Christmas window display. 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Nicholson


Spelling w/c 30.11.20

Our spelling rule this week is:

  • Making plurals from nouns ending in o
  • Most nouns that end in o take their plural form by adding es
  • Musical terms and words that end in oo/eo/io are exceptions to this rule and take their plural form by adding s

Please see the attached sheet for lists.

Have a great week,

Mrs Nicholson