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W.B 20.05.19 What we have been learning this week

This week has been a very short one! We were on holiday on Monday and the school was closed to pupils on Thursday.


At reading we have worked on reading skills using our reading books and other texts.

We have started working on becoming aware of the spelling rules required when adding the suffix -ing to a root word. ” Words that finish with -ing”. We will continue to work on this during the next weeks.

We have been writing what is our favourite part of our reading book and why. In our writing we had to use the word because and justify our text choice. We found this a little tricky but with practice we will find it easier.

We have revisited our tricky words from block 6 (see previous post).

Home learning ideas:

  • Please use the spelling grid to revise the spelling words that your child is working on.
  • Read the reading book at home (no new book this week)
  • Start to prepare the talk with your child (please see paper copy of the instructions on your child’s purple folder).  The children will present a talk to the class during the week beginning 10th June. The talk will be about their favourite place (which can be anywhere at all). We will be looking at : Organise the talk so that it makes sense, speak clearly so that everyone can hear, make eye contact with your audience, tell why you like this place.

Numeracy and Maths

We have continued to work on Fractions: what a half means and how to write a half in pictures, words and notations.

Home learning ideas:

  • Ask the children to find as many examples they can of halves being mentioned in newspapers and magazines. These examples might come from sports reports (half-time, first half), times (half an hour), adverts (half price), measurements ( half full, half a cup), etc. Children draw, stick or write about them.
  • Ask the children to draw shapes and find different ways of finding half.


Other areas

We have been looking at work of Monet and we have made our own creations inspired by his work.

At Music we have continued to learn about the different sections of an orchestra. This week we have been looking at the brass family. Mrs Cross brought her trumpet and explained to us how to use and the different parts on it.


Many thanks for your continued support,

W.B. 13.05.2019 What we have been learning this week.

What a busy week we had!

Health week has been fantastic, we have been learning lots of different things and we have had amazing weather.

Sports Day was fantastic. We all took part in our first Sports Day at the Waterboard Field. We all worked hard and enjoyed the day. Thank you to all parents/ carers who were able to come along to see us. For those who couldn’t come you should be very proud of your children as they did a brilliant job.


This week we have continued with our reading. All groups have to work a little bit harder now. Please continue to support your children with their reading at home as this helps your children not only with their reading but also when taking part in groups discussion.

We have started to work our block 7 of tricky words. We will continue to work on this block for the next few weeks.

Block 7 pdf

In handwriting we have been learning how to write cursive p.


Home learning ideas

  • Reading: read with your child the reading book and talk about the book. Please use the reading rockets that your child was given before.
  • Try another activity of the spelling grid with the new tricky words and revise the ones your child is working on at school at the moment (all children know in which block they are working on).


We have started to learn about fractions. This week we have focused on understanding what a half means. We are learning to describe and record a half in a variety of ways: pictures, words and notation.

We have made the most of the weather and we have taken our learning outdoors.

Some children have challenged themselves with bigger numbers and with quarters!

Home learning ideas:

  • Ask children to find containers at home, such as measuring jugs, plastic bottles, etc. and half fill them with water. Then try to find how much each full container holds and  work out together how much water they have put into each. Ask your child to record their findings in pictures and words.
  • When cooking ask your child to help you by cutting the food in half.


Other curriculum areas

Sports Day has been the highlight of the week but we have done lots of other things: the school nurse visited us to talk about hand washing, we had a dance workshop with Miss Levey, we cooked  and ate vegetable soup , we have done yoga and exercise outdoors. We had a fantastic time playing the violin again with Mrs Cross.

Home learning ideas:

  • Look at the family sharing activity  sheet from our Building Resilience Programme that your child has taken home today. This unit is ‘Make a difference’
  • Enjoy the long weekend outdoors and indoors!

W.B. 6.05.19 Our learning this week

Today your child should have brought home their Learning Story folder please take your time to enjoy  it and share it with your child. Please make sure your child  brings the Learning Story folder on Monday.

If you could donate some junk for creating models that would be appreciated.


This has been our last week working on compound words. This week we had a go at trying new compound words without support.

Our tricky words are :

















Handwriting: we have been working on cursive b ” flick, up all the way, down all the way, up half way, round and a flick”.

Home learning ideas:

  •  Today your child has taken home a letter with a spelling wall. This wall lists a range of activities that will give you ideas of how to reinforce spelling at home.

Here is a copy of the grid:

Home Learning Spelling Ideas 1

You can use it for this week’s words and for the block of words your child is working on at the moment. Please ask your child in which block she/he is working on at school.

  • Please work on your reading book at home.
  • Read for enjoyment other books, comics, etc. at home


We have continued our work on place value (focus on tens and units). We have also revised addition and subtraction skills.

Home learning ideas:

Next week we will start working on fractions you could talk to your child about having half of an apple, having a bigger half, etc. so they get used to the language we are going to introduce next week.

Other areas

This week we have started to learn about what is an orchestra:  which different sections are in it and which  instruments belong to the different sections. This week we have focused on the string family: we were very lucky because Mrs Cross played the violin for us and told us all about her violin, now we can name all its parts. Mrs Turner played the cello for us too. Some pupils brought their ukulele!  We are very lucky to have many talented people at Buckstone!

We felt the sound on the cello while Mrs Turner played while touching it. We know that the strings vibrate and that is how the sound is created.

We also had the opportunity of playing the violin with Mrs Cross’s help.

At PE we have been practising for Sports Day. Remember that children can dress in sports kit and trainers for the week but with their Buckstone sweatshirts for warmth. We hope to go outside as much as possible so please ensure that your child has sun cream applied before school as the forecast for the week is very good. A water bottle will also be useful.



W.B 29.04.19 Our learning this week


This week we have continued our work on compound words. Our learning intentions during the last weeks have been:  to be aware of the term ‘syllable’, to be able to identify the correct number of syllables from a spoken word,  to be aware of the term ‘compound word’ ,  to segment, world-build and blend compound words and other syllable words.

A child in our class explained compound words by saying :” It is when you have two words together to make a big one”. e.g: rainbow, starfish, football, basketball.

Handwriting: This week we started to practice how to write letter f in cursive. It is a bit tricky as it has a loop at the top and a loop at the bottom.



Our tricky words are split up in blocks.

This week we have introduced a new way of working  with our tricky words. As explained at parents evening this week, the children were assessed on the different blocks and based on the assessment they have been allocated into different groups. All groups will work on the same block during the week and  each day a different activity will be done to suit all learners.  On Friday if the children feel that they know their words and they want to move on to the next block they can ask to be assessed and if they have all the words (or most of them) correct they will work on the next block the week after.

The children know which block they are working on. Please see below the links to the different blocks in case you want to practice at home.

Block 1 pdf

Block 2 pdf

Block 3 pdf

Block 4 pdf

Block 5 pdf

Block 6 pdf

At group time we have been looking at block 6.

Home learning ideas:

  • Work on your block of tricky words at home: you can write your spelling words in alphabetical (ABC) order, write your words using one colour for the vowels and another colour for the consonants or type your works on the computer using a different font for each word are some of the activities that you can do to practice the tricky words.
  • Please read you Reading book at home. You could tell an adult what your book is about and if you liked  it or not and why.
  • Try to find as many compound words as you can and bring them to school.


This week we have been working on place value. Our learning intention is: to identify the value of each digit in a whole number. We worked on understanding what a digit is, what tens and units ( or ones) mean.

Here you can see us sorting the numbers by tens.

Home learning ideas:

Other areas:

We have decided that our topic is going to be Explorers so we decided what we want to learn about this topic. These are some of the things the children want to find out:

What did they find?, How they got there?, If they got injured on the way, which things took back home? What places they discovered? Names of famous explorers and which countries they discovered? Did they have to hunt around? What do they do to discover a place? What did they drink?What did they wear? Who was the most famous explorer? Who was the 1st explorer ? Who was the last person to be an explorer? How old were the explorers when they first started ? Did they go to school? How did they learn how to be an explorer? Were there any female explorers ? Are there still explorers now?

We hope to be able to answer all these questions.

Please if you have any books at home related to this topic it would be great if your child could bring it to school.

We also have continued learning through play in the shared area and we have our last music session from Sing For Smiles Vocal School today.





P2 M- What we have been learning this week

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely break. It was lovely to hear everyone’s experiences about their holiday.


  • At handwriting  we have been practising how to  write cursive e. We start with an upstroke and sits on the line.
  • We have starting to be aware of the term ‘syllable’  and tapped the correct number of syllables in a word. We also have introduce the term ‘compound word’. “Two words squeezed together to make a new word”. We will continue to work on this during the next two weeks.
  • At spelling we have introduced new words: eye, even, above, both, don’t, won’t, those, buy, first, idea, answer, usual, know, walk and talk.

Reading books will be out next week as this week we have been working on what we have learned in P2 until now.

Home learning activities:

  • Please practice the spelling words. Look, say, cover, write and check could be one way of doing it but you can practice them in the sand, looking for them in books at home and any other way.
  • Read at home every day no matter what: magazines, books, comics,etc.


We have done number work to consolidate the learning from before the holidays before we move on: addition and ordering numbers.

Next week we will be working on place value.

Home learning ideas:

  • Use two dice, roll them and add both number together.
  • Give a number (up to 10, 30, 50 or 100) and ask your child which number goes before and which number goes after.



We had a very interesting conversation about the olden days (history): what is the olden days, people who lived in the past  and the difference between the olden days and today. We are now trying to decide what do we want to learn about. Watch the space!

At PE we have started to practice our skills for racing.


P2M – What we have been learning this week 01.04.19

We are ready for the holiday!

This week we have been reviewing all the sounds, spelling words and maths skills that we worked on during the term.



We reviewed soft -c, soft -g and -dg sounds.  We have done some lovely work with the soft -c sound:

We have been working on spelling blocks. Some of us went further and made their own sentences.

We have been working on: using a plan to retell a story and to plain the main events of a story. We worked with our learning partners to create our story, we know that we need a setting, characters, problem and ending.

We have been working on letter h “up , all the way, and down, back up and over  down and a flick”. Like every week we started our work outside using different media and on Friday we did our work on paper.


Home learning activities:

Home reading: No reading books for home during the holiday.

  • Please practice the tricky words sent home (for those who have been given this work at home)
  • Keep reading at home! We are looking forward to hear all about the books that you are reading at home during the Easter break. the first week back everyone will have the opportunity of telling the class the book that they read and why they would recommend it.
  • If you want you could write a sentence  (or more) everyday explaining what have you done, if you liked it or not and why.



We have been working on addition and ordering numbers from 0 to 100 !We have worked hard and challenged ourselves!

Home learning ideas:

“We like playing hit the button: you add numbers and you hit the right number”

  • Keep counting forwards and backwards up to 10, 20, 30, 100. Also ask your child to say the number before and the number after a given number.

There will be lots of opportunities during the holidays to look at numbers: while shopping, getting buses, in the car looking at number plates, etc.



This week we have the opportunity to play with block play in the area. The buildings were amazing! As you can see we have been working as a team, taking turns, exploring symmetry and balance.

P5 Fundraising for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital (Sick Kids)

P5 are still collecting toys for our toy sale on the 4th of April. Please bring them in by Monday and put them outside P5.

We are still looking for some of the following (please make sure they are clean and good quality);

stuffed toys, books, gameboards, barbies or action figures, outdoor toys, lego, baby toys, loom bands, cars, cards, fancy dress clothes, role play items, DVDs (U), Shopkins… the list is endless.

Thank you to those who have brought things in so far.

The prices will be either 50p, £1, £1.50… with the most expensive thing being £3.

From P5H and P5HW

P2M – What we have been learning this week 25.03.19



We have been learning the sound soft  -dg.  We know that because there are two consonants between the vowels in these words it creates a very think wall which keeps the vowels apart and stops the magic e doing its job so the vowel doesn’t say its name.

Example given:

Page : only one consonant so the magic e works, a  says its name

Badge: two consonants, dg, make a thick wall so a doesn’t say its name.

Words that we have worked on this week: bridge, fridge, hedge, edge, lodge, fudge, judge, etc.


This is the work of a some children making their own -dg words (they even made their own new word, can you spot it?)


We have been working on: making predictions about stories, retelling a story in order, describe our own experiences and finding information in pictures.


We have been working on letter m “up and down, back up and over, down and up and over, down and a flick”

Home learning activities:

Home reading: No reading books for home this week as we have been reading individually to Mrs de Bonrostro to check our progress during the term. We also have been working on our tricky words.

  • Please practice the tricky words sent home (for those who have been given this work at home)
  • Practice tricky words given on  previous weeks at this blog.
  • Practice your words (-dg) using chalk, flour.
  • Keep reading at home! We are looking forward to hear all about the books that you are reading at home.



We have been working on number bonds to ten. We used Numicon. Most of us found easy to do number bonds to ten but harder to do number bonds for numbers within ten.

Home learning ideas:



At PE we have been working on ball skills and on Wednesday we had the opportunity of using the Gym equipment and learned new skills. We had a fantastic time, we challenged ourselves!

P2M – What we have been learning this week 18.03.19


We have learned the sound soft g: stage, page, cage, age,  etc. “It sounds like a j but it is actually a g” (comment by child). We have also been checking how are we doing with our tricky words.

Reading:  You will have notice that this week your reading book is a on fiction book. “They’ve got real facts on them”. Please read the book with your child and talk through it, ask questions related to the content to ensure your child understands what he/she is reading.

Handwriting: Letter n “Up and down , up again and over and flick”

Writing: We wrote about the show. Our focus was punctuation and using describing words.

Home learning activities

  • Practise writing soft g words
  • Think of different describing words for lots of different things, e.g. the weather, the programme you are watching, etc.
  • Keep reading at home! We are looking forward to hearing all about the different books you are reading at home.



Money: up to £1, make amounts, short them out, etc.

We have challenged ourselves with some activities’

Home learning activities:



Other curricular areas


What a fantastic show we did! We had a fantastic time. We performed beautifully in front of the school and parents and carers. The children have worked hard for these performances and we are very proud of them all.

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This Friday we have continued to work  singing in Scots with Sarah. Some of the children led the group with their beautiful singing.

We also have been exploring how batteries work and we have created a basic circuit at skills time.IMG_2636