Category Archives: P3M-News

P3M What have we been learning? Week Ending 08.02.18


  • We created leaflets all about Scotland. We used our notes from last week.
  • In spelling we revised the ow ou pattern. E.g. Cloud and clown. Ow can be found at the beginning, middle or end of a word but ou will never be at the end of a word.
  • We enjoyed making the leaflets after building up all our notes over the last few weeks.
  • We also enjoyed answering mild, spicy and hot questions.
  • We found it challenging to add detail to our leaflets. We want to work more on this after the holiday!


We enjoyed learning about lots of different units of measure. We covered :

  • cm and metres in length
  • ml and litres in volume and capacity
  • grams and kilograms in weight


  • We especially enjoyed estimating and measuring using water when learning about volume and capacity.
  • We also liked using metre sticks in the area.
  • We found estimating tricky (especially for weight) and want to do more of this.
  • We have continued to work on our 2 and 4 times tables too.


Thank you for the jars you have sent in so far! We are looking forward to using them for our science experiments.

We looked at the different parts of a plant.

We wrote letters to the local shops to ask questions about what they do.



  • In PE we have been thinking about getting our heart rate up. We loved using all the climbing and balancing equipment.
  • In swimming we want to work on bobbing!
  • At assembly we talked about love and respect.





P3 Libraries

Dear P3 Parents/Carers,

It was recently discussed at Parent Council that the class libraries were in need of updating.  If you have any good quality, age appropriate books which you would be able to donate, please send them in with your child.

Thanks in advance,

P3 Teachers

P3M Reflective Friday 02.02.18


This week in Writing we started to create a leaflet all about Scotland. We enjoyed sharing our research notes with each other to make our writing informative. We tried to include interesting openers and adjectives to make it sound exciting – some of us found this tricky! We will continue this next week.

We enjoyed spelling (oi/oy) this week. We know these sounds are best friends and make the same sound.

Maths and Numeracy

We have been busy this week learning about division (using our multiplying knowledge), measure and area. We really enjoyed using arrays to help us understand. In Measure we explored lots of resources such as rulers, trundle wheels and jugs to get us thinking about measuring and what units we use. We will continue this next week – through length, volume and weight.

Other areas of the curriculum

  • In P.E. we thought about how quickly our hearts were beating during exercise and why this was. We got to use the apparatus in  gymnastics which was so much fun!  Some of us did find it was quite high!
  • We continued to learn about Scotland and enjoyed researching lots of information – including using the ipads!
  • We want to find out more about flags.







P3M Learning WB 15.01.18


In Spelling we have been focusing on  “oa” and “ow” words. This makes an O sound like in bow, toad, pillow and window.

In Reading we have been answering tricky questions to show our understanding. We will continue to do this so we answer in detail.

We have also been learning about nouns, adjective and verbs. A noun is a naming word, e.g. snow, an adjective is a describing word (WOW words), e.g. freezing and a verb is a doing word e.g. playing.

Maths and Numeracy

This week we have been describing and making arrays – please see previous post for explanation. Arrays will help us multiply and divide numbers. We enjoyed making booklets all about arrays!

We have also started to learn about Money! Some of us found it challenging to count money. We would like to continue to do this next week.

Other areas of the curriculum:

  • We have been learning about Scotland! We enjoyed learning Scots words when studying Scots poems (The Sair Finger and Sair Teeth).  We would like to spell Scots words next week.
  • We enjoyed researching information about Scotland an want to do more of this.
  • We found weaving strips of paper to make tartan challenging.
  • In P.E we are building our Gymnastics skills. This included forward rolls, backwards rolls, pencils rolls and teddy bear rolls. The teddy bear roll/backwards roll were the trickiest ones.
  • We enjoyed voting for a Party in the P7 Elections!

Christmas Jumper Day 15th December

Tomorrow, Friday 15th, Buckstone Primary School are helping raise money for Save the Children.

This is a reminder for as many children and staff as possible to wear a Christmas Jumper to help raise awareness for those less fortunate across the world.  If participating you should bring in a £1 donation. 

Thank you.

P3M Learning 08.12.17

Maths and Numeracy 

We have been revising our Maths topics so far…addition and subtraction, tessellation and shape. We had to use the most efficient strategy when adding and subtracting, we had to tessellate three shapes and name 3D objects. We enjoyed making a Christmas jumper out of three shapes but did find this tricky. We also continued to study symmetry. We were able to complete symmetrical pictures and know they must be the same on both sides.

Next week we would like to continue with symmetry and maybe even do some Christmas Puzzles.



This week our spelling pattern was “ea”. We know this makes the E sound. Examples of “ea” words are eat, cheat and screaming.

In Writing, we wrote our own newspaper articles. We thought of our own story and had to include certain features of newspaper articles – headline, caption and we even started using phrases like “it was reported that”. We would like to continue to develop this next week.


Other areas of the curriculum

  •  gods. We wrote our own names which was fun. We also made “Top Trump” cards for the gods.
  • In P.E. we learnt how to play in a team. We know we have to follow the rules.


“All About Me”

Thank you to all the parents/carers who have completed the “All About Me” sheet with their child.  Celebrating Wider Achievement is a much looked forward to part of the school day/week and seeing all of the activities/clubs pupils at Buckstone attend is fantastic! The range is amazing! The information gathered from these forms will only be used at school level to now identify any opportunities the school can offer the children.

Additional copies will be sent home over the next week if you have not managed to fill it out yet.

Thank you.

This week’s Learning in P3M WB 06.11.17


In Writing, we were writing about our Bonfire Night experience. We had to do this by using an author’s technique. This included us making sure we used the punctuation the author used as well as some of the key words they used. We then had to include our own emotions. In Spelling we were learning about the rule – putting in two consonants after a vowel, e.g. whizz, fizzy, success and challenging. In Reading, we had to answer questions about our books using the Reflective Reading grid.

We enjoyed writing about our firework experience including our emotions.

Some of us found answering the questions about our books tricky.

We want to keep working on using the author’s technique, especially punctuation, to develop our writing skills.

Maths and Numeracy

We have been using a 0 – 99 square to subtract 2 numbers. We had to put counters on the numbers and then had to count back in 10s then 1s. Some of us were also finding the missing number so sometimes we had to add before taking away.  We have also been counting in 2s in odds numbers,e.g. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11…

In Shape, we started work on Tessellation where we had to fit shapes together. We were making Tiling Patterns. We really enjoyed this!

We found counting in 10s (off the decade – not a friendly number) tricky.

We want to work on counting in different steps.

Other areas of the curriculum 

We have been preparing for Children in Need (Friday 17th November) – which has included drawing maps for a Spotty Race and making up letters for our Trail. We enjoyed drawing Pudsey so everyone can count how many Pudseys they see. We have made posters together to advertise the day. Watch this space!

In PE, we have been learning new throws – we remember them by thinking “SCRUB” (Shoulder pass, Chest pass, Roll pass, Underarm pass and Bounce pass). We liked the Bounce pass the most!

In Assembly, we were celebrating differences and learnt about Remembrance in time for Remembrance Day!


P3M Our Learning this week 24.11.17


We have been learning about the features of a newspaper. This includes how the headline only has 3 or 4 words and stands out, how the pictures have captions and finally the articles need to answer the 5 Ws (What, Who, Where, When and Why).

In Reading we are trying to read with expression and fluency. The more we read the better we get! Also, we are continuing to try to answer tricky questions about our stories and finding key words.

In Spelling we revised our rules/patterns so far! We will keep practising!

We enjoyed learning about the newspaper but found labelling the different features tricky. We want to continue to try to do this next week.

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning how to add by using partitioning. E.g 126 + 42 = 100 + 0, 20 + 40, 6 + 2. We are learning to show this in our grids. Ask us to give an example!  We also started to look at symmetry. We had to find the lines of symmetry in our own shapes.

We enjoyed making our own worksheets but found sums tricky when they went over the ten. E.g. 7 +6.

Other areas of the Curriculum 

We enjoyed going on our trip to the museum in Edinburgh! We had lots of fun learning about Ancient Egypt, in particular when somebody got mummified! We also made our own pyramids (out of sugar cubes, lego and milk cartons). We thought the legos worked the best – they were the strongest!

In Assembly we started the new Building Resilience topic – Keep Connected! We understand that we need our Back Up team to support us!

In PE we enjoyed doing different stations on basketball.