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P1/2 Learning Ladybirds

P1/2 Learning Ladybirds Blog


Welcome back to Term Two, we are looking forward to a busy term with lots of learning, exploring and fun!



This week we have been:

  • Exploring new sounds made up of two single sounds (digrapghs). We were learning how to read, write and use the sounds sh and ch (All)
  • Learning about ‘Magic e’ and how it changes the letter sound to the letter name (P2)
  • Exploring what happens to words with ‘a’ in the middle when we add ‘Magic e’ (P2)
  • Continuing with developing writing skills using our ‘non-negotiables’: capital letters, finger spaces and full stops (All)
  • Exploring how to extend our writing by using connectives (and/because) (mainly P2)
  • Developing our reading skills within in reading groups as well as extra reading with Miss McGhee
  • Exploring how to be Illustrators and designing new book covers for our reading books! (All)



This week we have been:

  • Exploring money up to £2
  • Learning to recognise and use money
  • Learning to count money and add different amounts
  • Leaning to make the same amount using different coins
  • Using money in context to ‘buy’ items
  • Playing bingo and revising recognising numbers
  • Revising adding skills


Other Areas

  • Our new P.E days are Monday and Thursday
  • This term we will be exploring gymnastics skills: jumping. Landing, balance and rolling
  • We will also continue to work on our fitness levels
  • Health and Wellbeing – we have a new Building Resilience topic this term: ‘Have A Goal’
  • we will explore this in assembly and in class. We will also send further information home
  • We have introduced a ‘Free Flow’ afternoon. This is on a Tuesday. Children have to opportunity to access the other classrooms to support their learning and make wider friendship groups.
  • ‘Free Flow’ allows the children access learning provided in other classrooms to ensure consistency across the stage as well as allow them to be leaders in their own learning.


Other Information

  • Please be mindful when choosing a snack for your child – break time is only 15minutes long and adults in the playground cannot look after snack tubs. We are also a nut-free school
  • We politely ask you provide a healthy/nutritious snack for your child and give them water in their water bottles – thank you.
  • ‘Home Learning’ for P1 will continue to be sent home on a Thursday – thank you for your continued support with this at home
  • An individualised ‘Tricky Word’ sheet was sent home at the beginning of the term – it would be great if you could practice reading and writing these at home.
  • A small plea…….if anyone has any old/unwanted ‘Twister’ games at home we would love to have them to support our learning!


Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

P1/2 Learning Ladybirds 13.12.19

This week we have had a super busy time performing our Nativity and singing Christmas Carols, We really enjoyed performing to the school as well as our invited adults – thank you to everyone involved for all their help and support!

We have continued to focus on reading skills in class…….and even enjoyed a Spanish story all about Christmas!

In our ‘Learn Through Play’ focus we have been exploring lots of different skills in lots of fun ways: we have been doing Christmas arts and crafts, word searches, colour by number, dot-to-dot, writing letters to Santa, designing and writing Christmas cards, cutting and sticking activities and spelling activities!

Learning Stories and E-journal comments will be published today! Please leave a comment for your child about their amazing learning!

P2 -Please return Learning Stories to school on Monday 16th Dec 2019

Thanks again for all your continued help and support,

P1/2 Learning Ladybirds.


P1 and P2 party help required

  • P1 and P2 classes are looking for some help to set out the children’s party food while we are being entertained by Magic Iain .

We would like a few people to help between 1.30 and 2 pm to lay the tables, prepare juice and put food out on plates. everything will be provided- we just need man-power.

We realise everyone is busy at this time of year but If you are able to help us then please let your child’s class teacher know.

Many thanks
the P1 and 2 staff team

P7T Enterprise

Squishy squad! 

Eat sleep squish repeat 

 On the 10th of December we are selling de-stress balls in the top area. All the de-stress balls are 50p or a pound so no need to bring in a five pound note. There will be a DIY stall for people to draw their own faces on the squishies. There are the colours pink, gold, blue, yellow, purple, green and orange to choose from. Our squishies are made by filling a balloon with flour or rice. We also recommend not to squish them too hard otherwise they may burst, however, none of ours have burst yet. All the money will be going to our class charity and a P7 trip.  

From Maya, Ella, Carla, Holly and Eve A.K.A. squishie squad 



All of your favourite footy challenges in one place 

 At Buckstone primary school on the 10th of December 2019 . 

Come for a raffle, keepy uppies challenge and a beat the keeper against Buckstone’s best keeper and nothing over a pound. 

Winner of the raffle wins a  mitre imperil plus ball!  


Buckstone ‘Social Bite- Wee Sleep Out’

A massive well done to all who took part in the sleep out last night. We have raised the following total at time of going to press-


Total raised so far £2,288.00

Target £100.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £2,771.25

Raised offline: £0.00

We want to push on to the £3000 mark, so helping homeless people and raising awareness of their plight.

See blogs below which were created by pupils-


Social bite wee sleepout

Social bite are a charity who help raise awareness for homelessness.p6  have done a sleepout in the gym hall it happened on Thursday 5th December .In the morning  we were very tired!!!  if you would like to donate it would be great. If you wouldn’t like to donate please pass the message on. here is the website for donating click here to donate !              social bite came to our sleepover and talked to us about homelessness and she handed out badges and balloons !!!    it was a great night !!


To support the charity of social bite wee did a wee sleep out so with out further a do Welcome to Buckstone primary’s wee sleep out. This is a hyperlink to the donation page for Social Bite to help end  homelessness. 

Buckstone ‘Wee Sleep out’




Friday 6th December

We have had a busy week this week in Primary 1 and we are all getting really excited for Christmas. We had a visit in class from an elf from the North Pole.. he hid in Mrs De Bonrostro’s cupboard and also tried to eat our advent calendar chocolate!


We have been learning:

  • Single sounds of the alphabet: this week we have focused on qu, x, y and z.
  • Tricky words: want and saw.
  • We have all enjoyed watching Geraldine the Giraffe to help us learn our sounds – we find Geraldine really funny. You can find these clips on Youtube.
  • We have worked really hard on our reading book and are getting really good at predicting what is going to happen next.

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the blue cards. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day. Please ensure you continue to do that as this is vital for your child’s reading progress.
  • Reading book: read the book with your child. Use your reading caterpillars to work on comprehension and higher order thinking skills, copy the words from the book and ask your child to make sentences with them.
  • Read to your child books everyday and enjoy them.
  • If your child is enjoying writing please don’t stop them to correct the letter formation as this will stop the flow and could put him/her off from writing (letters, stories, cards, etc). After he/she has finished you can remind them the formation if you wish.

Numeracy and Maths

  • We have continued to work on subtraction this week using number lines, ten frames and our fingers to help us with our number problems. We are getting really confident using the mathematical language for this area of our numeracy.

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • We have been using this game to help us with subtraction:

Other Areas

Expressive arts: We have been practising our Nativity lots this week and we have all been working so hard to learn our lines. We had a dress rehearsal today and our performance was filmed. We are really looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday and Wednesday for the real thing!

We are so proud of you for all of your hard work.

Other Information

  • Home learning went home today with our new sounds. Please continue to work on learning the sounds with your children. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
  • The reading book that we have sent home this week will be the last one before the Christmas holidays. Your child will not be getting a new book next week.
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

The P1 Team

P2 Carol singing at the Waterboard

All P2 pupils will be singing at the Waterboard offices tomorrow Tuesday 3rd ( this includes p2 pupils from Miss McGhee’s class)

Please note that this event is not open to the public so parents are not able to attend.

The children will be singing in the playground later in the term when everyone will be welcome to gather and listen.

Many thanks

P2 staff


The nursery are organising the charity event to support ‘SAVE THE CHILDREN’.

The children are asking everyone to come to school wearing their Christmas Jumper on Friday 13th December.

Please donate £1 via Parent Pay.

The nursery group will be very excited to see all of your jumpers on the day!!! We are planning to do a tour around the school.

Many thanks,

The Nursery Team