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This week we have continued our work on addition and subtraction strategies, using an ‘empty number line’ which looks like this (beautifully modelled by Joe):


This is a really visual strategy that requires your child to break down the number being added into more manageable chunks (which relates to their place value knowledge of tens and units). It doesn’t matter how the number is broken down, as long as your child can explain what they have done and why. I will try and get a handout to you on Monday about this though 🙂
Some of us have been adding numbers within 20, others 100 and some 1000!

We have looked at 3D shapes as well this week. Most of us were able to name the common 3D shapes and sort everyday objects into the categories of cube, cylinder, cone, cuboid, sphere and square based pyramid. Pentagonal prism, hexagonal prism, octagonal prism and tetrahedron were tricky for a few of us to remember. When you are out and about this weekend you could try spotting your own everyday 3D shapes.
Only a few of us felt confident calculating how many faces, edges and vertices (corners) the shapes had. This is something we will work on more next week.

“I found counting and using the number line tricky” – Ruairi
“The timed adding was tricky” – Taylor, Lucy and Argyll
“Doing jumps on the number line was tricky” – Amy, Eve and Rebecca
“I practised counting in 3s” – Evie



After thinking about what counted as an important event, we were able to read our reading books carefully and plot the main events onto a timeline. We enjoyed telling a partner from a different reading group about the main events in our own story book.


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Using our class book, Operation Night Monster, we thought about what we might have done if we had been in Ali’s situation. Some imaginative ideas came out of that discussion, so apologies in advance if you have any midnight monster bashing!

This week we have started a new classroom job called Reading Buddy. Two of our children pop over to the Primary 1 Starfishes every day after lunchtime to read a book of their choice to a few lucky children. Lucy and Jonny have been our first reading buddies and have done a brilliant job! Lucy even read her own creative writing story on Wednesday! Super reading you two, the primary 1s absolutely loved it! Can’t wait to see who’ll get this job next 🙂


For our creative writing this week, we used a little treasure chest as our inspiration. We wondered how the main character came across this tiny chest, what could be inside and what happened after our character opened it. I’m sure you all read their stories at parents evening – weren’t they fab!

A special shout out to Verity, who shared with us some of her own creative writing this week! We absolutely loved reading her Little Miss book with our morning milk, and cannot wait for the sequels to be written! We know that Rowan and Evie are working on story books as well, so we wait in anticipation for those 🙂

Our spelling this week has focused on consonant L blends, as we looked at words starting with pl, sl, gl, cl, bl and fl.
Some words you may wish to practise at home could include: plug, slip, glad, cloth, blunt, flask, black, clock, planting and clamping.
Again, I’m sure your child can come up with much more exciting words than our list!

“I liked reading Operation Night Monster” – Stephanie
“I enjoyed our treasure chest writing and writing my own book” – Verity
“I enjoyed reading Verity’s book” – Adam, Eve and Argyll
“I enjoyed finding out our new reading book” – Zilan
“I enjoyed working on my target to make my writing bigger” – Lila
“Thinking of imaginative story ideas for the chest was tricky” – Adam
“I practised reading with expression” – Alana


Health and Wellbeing

This week we incorporated drama into Health and Wellbeing, focusing on some of the aspects from of our Resilience Toolkit. We talked about ‘keeping connected’ and ‘being kind to others’ in particular, and how these might look in real life. In a group, we created a still image to show a scenario of keeping connected and being kind to others. It was great to see the variety of ideas everyone came up with!

“I enjoyed the acting” – Taylor and Jonny


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We have continued our hockey skills in PE, dribbling the ball and passing to a partner. Weaving in and out of those cones and aiming our balls accurately was challenging!
And this morning, Mrs Hastie took our class outside for some rugby ball skills which was pretty exciting!

“I enjoyed rugby this morning” – Sophie and Anna


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We learned about Mountain Rescue and Coastguards this week, in between all of our assembly rehearsing. After watching some really interesting videos about what their jobs entailed, and talked about what was going on in the videos, we created another page for our Emergency Services book.

“I enjoyed writing about Emergency Services in ICT” – Evie
“I liked watching the Coastguard” – Naomi
“I learned Mountain Rescue helps people off cliffs” – Rowan
“I didn’t know Mountain Rescue and Coastguards are volunteers” – Jonny, Fraser and Rebecca
“I didn’t know Mountain Rescue wore red jackets” – Alfie and Joe
“I didn’t know Mountain Rescue did such serious things” – Peter
“I didn’t know they had a beeper” – Zilan



What a fantastic week of assemblies Primary 3 has had! We have performed in 4 assemblies, showing the whole school and now you at home what we have learned about Emergency Services.
The children were so dedicated to their role in this assembly; making props, practising lines, singing enthusiastically and keeping up their courage! We are incredibly proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time!
Thank you all so much for coming along and supporting your children, they really loved seeing your faces in the audience, and I’m sure you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Here are a few snaps from this theatrical two weeks!

“I enjoyed the assembly” – Everyone!
“Remembering assembly lines was tricky” – Zilan and Fraser
“I learned to use a loud voice in the assembly” – Lila


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Parents Evening

It was so lovely speaking to you all this week! Your children were really excited to share their learning with you, and I was glad to get the chance to meet some of you for the first time and chat with you properly (if only for 10 minutes!) Thank you so much for coming!
Here are a few things that came out of our conversations…

Numeracy: The addition and subtraction strategy we are using at the moment uses an ’empty number line’. You can google this and see what comes up, but I will hopefully get something to you on Monday which shows you how this strategy works for when you are practising at home.

Practising quick recall of number bonds to 10 (e.g. 5+5, 6+4), 20 (15+5, 16+4), 50 (20+30, 45+5) and 100 (20+80, 55+45) would be helpful, even if it’s just 5 minutes everyday in the car with you saying “16 and what makes 20?” “30 and what makes 100?”

Similarly, counting forwards and backwards in 2s and 20s, 3s and 30s, 5s and 50s, 10s and 100s and any more numbers your child can manage would be great. Starting at a random number like 8 or 34 and then counting in 2s can be trickier for some children rather than starting at zero. We have enjoyed a game in class where I give the starting number and then clap as the children count along in their heads and then say what number we finish at. This can be pretty challenging, but a good test of their knowledge!

A few of your children are keen to learn their times tables. We haven’t started our focus on multiplication and division yet, but if your child would like to practice at home then go for it. Big Maths Beat That challenges might be good for including this.


Literacy: You should all now have the tricky word mat and the big list of words to practise hearing the individual sounds for writing and forming those letters correctly. If you don’t have these or would like an extra copy just let me know and I can do that.

Improving sentences might be good to do at home. If you give your child a few sentences with no punctuation like “jack ran to the park he wanted to see his friend billy” or “jack ran to the park he wanted to see his friend billy jack shouted hello billy looked up and waved”, your child can add the correct punctuation in.
Similarly, your child can improve a dull sentence like “Dad went to the shops” by adding in details and descriptive language. This should help their own creative writing.

To make sure your child really understands what they are reading, asking questions either throughout or at the end about the story is useful. I posted BloomsButtons before, but here is the link again for some questions to ask your child while reading at home.
If there is ever something you’d like to chat about or anything I can do to help you at home please do let me know 🙂

“I enjoyed parents evening” – Adam and Joe


Next Week

I have been invited along to the Primary 5 camp next week (very exciting), so I will be away from Wednesday to Friday. If I don’t manage to see you before then, hope you all have a fantastic October break! I can’t wait to hear all about the adventures you get up to 🙂



We have focused on our number bonds this week, with some of us learning our number bonds to 10 (e.g. 3+7), 20 (13+7), 50 (43+7) or 100 (30+70). In knowing our number bonds to 10, we don’t need to count up in 1s when calculating greater numbers, as we know that if 3+7 makes 10, then 23+7 must make 30.

Some of us were even challenging ourselves to calculate tricky number bonds, like 23+27 to make 50 or 43+57 to make 100. This was pretty challenging!

We then discussed number families, which show how addition and subtraction work together (4+6=10, 6+4=10, 10-6=4 and 10-4=6). We practised making number families for 10, 20, 50 and 100, but will do more of this next week.

And we started our topic on shape this week, naming 2D shapes and counting how many sides each shape has. Most of us knew square, circle, rectangle and triangle, but found shapes like pentagons, hexagons and octagons more challenging.

“I practised counting in 3s” – Alana
“I would like to learn number bonds to 50” – Alana
“I practised my 2 times table” – Taylor
“Number bonds to 100 were tricky” – Rowan
“Naming shapes was tricky” – Jonny, Rozana, Argyll
“Counting in 3s was difficult” – Ruairi
“I learned counting in 3s is the same as the 3 times table” – Lucy
“Counting in my head is tricky” – Eve

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This week we have been looking at the main events in our story book, Operation Night Monster. It has been a little tricky for some of us to recognise a main event, as we were getting confused with all the little events that happen in a story, so this is something we will come back to.
We have also been thinking about the characters in our reading books, using our Higher Order Thinking Skills through the superhero thinking powers of ‘Rosie the Remember’ and ‘Una the Understander’). We enjoyed telling other groups about the characters in our reading books.

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We have tried to up-level our writing this week by using correct punctuation, interesting vocabulary, a variety of openers (the first word in a sentence like ‘suddenly’ ‘eventually’) and connectives (words that join two ideas together like ‘and’ ‘but’ ‘so’).
We have practised improving simple sentences like “the boy was happy” into “That rainy morning, the young boy was delighted because he was eating warm and buttery toast for breakfast”. We hope practising up-leveling sentences will improve the quality of our own writing 🙂

Our spelling words this week have started with the consonant blends dr, br, cr, fr, tr and pr.
Some words you may wish to practise at home include:
drip, crab, brush, frost, tramp, trunk, brick, bring, grunting and printing — although I’m sure your children could come up with their own interesting words! 🙂

“I learned how to read a bigger book” – Peter
“Reading harder words was tricky” – Rebecca
“Thinking of good ideas for writing was tricky” – Sophie


Health and Wellbeing

As part of our Building Resilience programme, we have been discussing the ups and downs of life, and what things make us feel happy and content or sad and anxious. We drew our River of Life, showing what things made our river nice and calm and steady and what things made our river choppy and turbulent.

We have really enjoyed seeing and hearing about the fantastic resilience posters you have made at home. It is great to see the conversations you are having with your children about being resilient, and they have certainly enjoyed sharing the stories with us!
If you haven’t made a poster though please don’t panic – it’s not compulsory! Or if you would like to borrow some of our pencils, pens and paper to make one at home just ask 🙂

“I enjoyed sharing my resilience poster” – Adam
“I enjoyed making resilience rivers” – Sophie and Verity
“I enjoyed making a JRSO mascot” – Fraser

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We have continued our hockey skills this week, trying to control the ball and passing it to a partner. We are all enthusiastic players, but we’ve got to remember how to hold the stick properly.

“I enjoyed trying to control the ball” – Evie
“I enjoyed passing the ball” – Alfie
“I learned how to control the ball in hockey” – Anthony
“I learned how to hold a hockey stick” – Verity

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In French this week, we have been practising greetings, asking ‘how are you?’ and replying to this question. We can now say a few lines to a partner in French!



At the start of term quite a few children were keen to learn about soldiers and the army, so we spent one afternoon looking at what our army does. We learned that the army helps in lots of different emergency situations in Britain and in other countries. We then looked at the army rations soldiers eat, the equipment they carry in their bags, the uniforms they wear and the bulky vehicles they drive (which surprised and entertained us!)

“I enjoyed learning about the army” – Rebecca
“I didn’t know there were different types of soldiers” – Joe
“I learned soldiers wear different suits for different events” – Anna
“I didn’t know soldiers drove big limo type things” – Adam
“I didn’t know about the different army vehicles” – Evie
“I didn’t know bombs were buried under ground” – Eve



Our much anticipated Primary 3 assembly will take place on the 6th October. Working with the Primary 3 Badgers and Primary 3 Monkeys all week, some of us are taking part in role plays, singing or a poster display. Your child may have brought home some lines to be practised over the weekend if they are part of the role play or poster group, and the words to the songs have been posted below.
I won’t give away any more spoilers, but we are really looking forward to seeing you there 🙂

“I have enjoyed the assembly practice” – Zilan, Kianna and Joe
“Learning the words to our assembly song was tricky” – Kianna, Adam and Stephanie
“Learning my assembly lines was tricky” – Evie


Wear yellow and gold

Today we were raising money for the charity Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP). We don’t know how much money has been raised yet, as the Primary 6s are still counting all those coins, but we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated £1 and came in looking fabulously gold and yellow for this amazing cause.
I think the colours suit us, don’t you? 🙂

“I have enjoyed today, wearing yellow and gold” – Lucy and Alana



Assembly Preparation

Some pupils from each P3 class will be part of a singing group for the assembly next week.

Your child will know if they are part of the singing group or if they are presenting something else.

There are three verses to remember so any help to learn the words at home would be much appreciated! Please find the words below.


Policeman stops the cars like this

And lets them go like that.

He wears a pair of big black boots

And a tall policeman’s hat.

He sometimes rides a motor-bike

Or drives a panda car.

Oh Mister Policeman, we are lost!

Please tell us where we are!



The fireman rings his bell like this

And climbs his steps like that.

He wears a pair of fireproof boots

And a fireproof fireman’s hat.

His siren makes a dreadful noise

Each time he drives about.

Oh Mister Fireman, we’re on Fire!

Please come and put us out!



The man who drives the ambulance

Is ready day and night,

To come along and care for you

Inside his van of white.

And all the time he’s on his way

His light is flashing blue.

Oh Mister Driver, we are hurt,

Please tell us what to do!

P3 Assembly Song

We are looking forward to our P3 assembly next week. We are going to begin the assembly with all three classes singing a song called 999 Emergency. It is sung to the tune of ‘three blind mice’.  It would be great if your child could practise this at home over the next few days! Thank you.


Emergency, Emergency,

People can help in an accident,

Police, and fire and ambulance,

If you need help, you know what to do,

Call 999




Reading Books

Reading books have started coming home this week, and it has been brilliant hearing the children talk about the reading they have done at home, so a big thank you for supporting them!

If you are looking to challenge your child further with their reading, the Reading Rocket in their bag gives you some questions to ask your child when reading. I find BloomsButtons to be a really useful resource as well for encouraging your child to think more deeply about their book.
Thinking more about the language in a book, you could ask your child to think of words that rhyme, words that start with the same sound or letter, spotting the word that has a capital letter, explaining why punctuation has been used, if they can improve the sentence with a describing word or if they can think of a different word that means the same thing.

If you have any questions about the reading books, or would like some more suggestions on challenging your child, you know you can catch me at the door any day! 🙂

And just a wee reminder – could reading books please be brought to school every day, as we often use them in class as part of our literacy work.

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Learning Stories

Our first group of Learning Stories have gone home today to our Week 1 group of children. Your child has thought about and discussed how they got on, if they need more practice to consolidate understanding, boost their confidence or use their knowledge in a different way to challenge themselves. They have also chosen their next Literacy and Numeracy target (relating to writing and addition this time).
Thank you so much for all the comments written in our Learning Stories last week, it was really lovely hearing about their achievements out of school and beneficial to read the feedback you wanted to share!
Could this group of Learning Stories please be returned on Monday 25th September, so your child can start thinking about what evidence they would like to pop in for the next time they are sent home.



We started off this week with writing numbers in words (e.g. 7 as seven, 20 as twenty, 100 as one hundred) which a lot of us found tricky, so we will come back to this.

We have begun our focus on Addition, looking at the strategies we can use to help us in solving calculations. We have discussed counting on using our fingers, in our head, using a Number Line or 100 Square and drawing the number line steps, counting on in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.
A few of us put good use to our number bonds to 10 knowledge. We will be using our number bonds in more detail next week.
Some of us have been working on adding 1 digit numbers (e.g. 5+6, 17+8, 635+4) and some of us 2 digit numbers (e.g. 5+12, 17+18, 635+24).
We worked out these calculations using our own preferred strategy.

“I enjoyed maths” – Alfie
“I practised counting in 3s” – Sophie
“I learned my 3 times table” Taylor
“I counted in 10s past 100” – Alfie
“I found it tricky counting in 3s” – Ruairi
“I would like to count in 3s” – Verity

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We have started studying a new book called Operation Night Monster, which is about a boy afraid of monsters in the night only to discover it was his brother the whole time. We have looked at the main characters in the story, using adjectives to describe them. Our vocabulary is definitely growing, but we need to keep thinking of new and different words to describe the characters in stories.

In our creative writing lesson this week, we wrote a story using either a bright and colourful or dark and spooky forest inspiration. Our big focus was on using full stops and capital letters correctly and consistently, because we know that in the heat of the writing moment sometimes we forget about these essentials.

Using our knowledge of phonics, we have started our focused spelling strategies. This week we were looking at the consonant blends sl, sn, sp, st, sw, sm and sc at the start of words.
Some words you may wish to look at home could include: snip, spot, sleep, scoop, spark, start, sting, stick, smashing and spending.

If you are looking for fun and active ways of practising spelling at home, Spelling Activity Cards 1 has lots of really great ideas that we will be doing in class.

“I enjoyed writing our stories” – Verity and Anna
“I found it tricky to think of ideas for writing” – Joe and Sophie
“I would like to do more story writing” – Stephanie
Health and Wellbeing

In football, we practised aiming the ball before having a very quick game at the end of the day on Wednesday. We have now started our hockey focus for the next couple of weeks, and we were lucky enough to go outside with Mrs Hastie for hockey this morning. The children practised holding a hockey stick properly and dribbling a ball.

“I enjoyed hockey” – Joe
“I learned how to hold a hockey stick” – Kianna
“I would like to practice passing the ball in hockey” – Jonny and Ruairi
“I would like to aim in hockey” – Zilan and Sophie
“I would like to play a game of hockey” – Adam



As part of our Emergency Services topic, we designed and built our very own Emergency Services vehicle. Using our knowledge of fire engines, police cars and ambulances, we knew that our vehicles had to have bright colours to be seen and had to carry lots of important equipment – along with some luxurious extras!
The afternoon was more challenging than we thought, as we had to find suitable materials, cut them out, stick them together and then decorate them. I would like to give a special shout out to Rowan, who was struggling to fit his vehicle together, but persevered and with the help of Anthony created a fantastic vehicle! Well done for not giving up!
A huge thank you to those who donated junk for this activity. We wouldn’t have managed it without you!

“I enjoyed making the vehicles” – Sophie, Zilan and Argyll
“I found it tricky to wrap up my box” – Taylor
“It was tricky to make wheels with the rolls” – Adam
“Making the vehicle was tricky” – Amy, Eve an Zilan
“There was nothing to make wheels with” – Alfie
“I didn’t know what size and shapes to use” – Anna
“Finding things to make my vehicle was tricky” – Argyll and Fraser

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We have been incredibly lucky so far in Primary 3, as we had another exciting visitor this morning! Mr Harkness (also known as Lucy’s Dad) came in this morning to tell us all about his work as a Crime Scene Investigator (that’s right – real life CSI).
He told us all about the evidence he gathers at crime scenes, showing us inside his box of tricks and demonstrating how finger and foot prints are taken. With a special brush and powder, he was able to dust our finger prints on car mirrors and on a book before taking them off with sticky plastic tape. Building on our work last week (where we took our fingerprints using a pencil and selotape) it was really fantastic to see the real thing.
Thank you so much for giving up your time to come in and show us such amazing forensic science Mr Harkness! We will really cherish our expert finger print sample! That’s something I never thought I’d be saying! 🙂

“I enjoyed the visit from Mr Harkness” – Naomi, Lucy, Kianna, Eve, Amy
“I learned about crime scene searches” – Anna
“I learned that they use powder to investigate finger prints” – Eve
“I would like to learn about mountain rescue” – Anthony

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Supporting your child in mental agility.

We have created strategies to help you support your child in learning vital numerical skills. We have listed below many of the skills your child should be able to do in First Level by the end of Primary 3. A target may be harder than it seems, e.g. a child who can count up to 1000 may still have trouble saying which number comes after 479 or which number comes before 250.

Counting (Forwards and Backwards)

  • Count forwards and backwards by 2s from 2 “2, 4, 6…” “12, 10, 8..”
  • Count forwards and backwards by 5s from 5 “5, 10, 15…” “15, 10, 5
  • Count forwards and backwards by 10s from 10 “10, 20, 30…” “30, 20, 10..”
  • Count forwards and backwards by 3s from 3 “3, 6, 9…” “12, 9, 6..”
  • Count forwards and backwards by 4s from 4 “4, 8, 12…” “16, 12,8..
  • Count forward and backwards by 100s on the hundred “300, 400, 500..”, and on the decade “350, 450, 550”

Counting (saying the number before/after)

  • Say the number before/after/between for numbers up to 1000.
  • Say the number 10 before or 10 after a given number up to 1000.

Identifying and Recognising Numbers

  • Recognise numbers in range from 1-1000 “Point to number 212”
  • Identify numbers between 1-1000 “What number is this?”.


Practise the 2, 3, 4, and 5 tables. Say them forwards and backwards. Ask your child questions like:

What are five threes?

What is 15 divided by 5?

Seven times three?

How many threes in 21?

Out and about

  • Choose a three-digit car number, e.g. 569.
  • Make a subtraction from this, e.g. 56–9.
  • Work it out in your head. Say the answer.
  • If you are right, score a point.
  • The first to get 10 points wins.

Dicey tens

  • For this game you need a 1–100 square (a snakes and ladders board will do), 20 counters or coins, and a dice.
  • Take turns.
  • Choose a two-digit number on the board e.g. 24.
  • Roll the dice. If you roll a 6, miss that turn.
  • Multiply the dice number by 10, e.g. if you roll a 4, it becomes 40.
  • Either add or subtract this number to or from your two-digit number on the board, e.g. 24 + 40 = 64.
  • If you are right, put a coin on the answer.
  • The first to get 10 coins on the board wins.

Sequencing and Ordering Numbers

  • Sequence numbers on and of f the decade, up to 1000 “370, 380, 390,400, 410…” and “693,703,713…”
  • Sequence numbers in multiples of 2,3, 5 and 10 up to 1000 Order random groups of numbers from 1-1000.

Using Number Lines

  • Place a number on a number line between 1 and 1000.
  • Estimate where a number goes on an empty number line between 1-100

Number Structures and Place Value

  • Use number bond knowledge to say what number gets us to and from a decade “240 + ? = 300” “540 – ? = 500”
  • Split a number containing units in a non-standard way “36 is 2 tens and 16 units”
  • Show how the value of a digit depends on where it is placed “The 3 in 236 means 3 tens or 30”.
  • Split a number into its place value parts “364 = 300 + 60 + 4”

Addition and Subtraction

  • Use doubles and near do ubles in addition sums “6 + 6 = 12 so 6 + 7 = 13”
  • Subtract numbers to 20 using counting back, number bond facts and bridging through 10 strategies.
  • Know and use addition and subtraction family facts “6 + 3 = 9, 3 + 6 = 9, 9-6 = 3, 9-3 = 6”
  • Add tens and units with regrouping (65 + 27).
  • Subtract tens and units with regrouping (51–38).


Multiplication and Division

  • Make equal groups “Here are 10 counters. Put them in twos. How many groups have you made?”
  • Determine the number in an equal share “Share 10 counters between two people. How many does each person get?”
  • Share a whole into equal parts such as halves and quarters.
  • Know and use the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables to solve multiplication and division problems.

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

  • In practical situations or using pictures share a whole into equal parts.
  • Show using practical items that 4 quarters make a whole.
  • Match simple equivalent fractions using pictures (2/4 = ½)
  • Compare pictures of fractions with the same denominator.
  • Find a simple unitary fraction of an amount (linked to times tables knowledge) eg. 1/2 of 12

Fun Activities to Help at Home

All the fives

  • Time your child while he / she does one or more of these.
  • Count in sixes to 50.
  • Count back in sixes from 50 to zero.

Left Overs

  • Take turns to choose a two-digit number less than 50.
  • Write it down. Now count up to it in fives. What number is left over?
  • The number left is the number of points you score, e.g.
  • Choose 27.
  • Count: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25.
  • 2 left over to get to 27.                             So you score 2 points.
  • The first person to get 12 or more points wins.
  • Now try the same game counting in twos or threes.

Sum it up

  • Each player needs a dice.
  • Say: Go! Then each rolls a dice at the same time.
  • Add up all the numbers showing on your own dice, at the sides as well as at the top.
  • Whoever has the highest total scores 1 point.
  • The first to get 10 points wins.

Recommended websites


Learning Stories
This week all of our Learning Stories have come home, for you to see what Literacy and Numeracy targets your child has set for themselves. These Learning Stories will come home on a three weekly cycle (with a different third of the class taking theirs home each week), for you to see how your child is getting on with their chosen target.
There is also a section at the back for Personal Achievements. If there is anything your child would like to add to this section and share with the class we would love to see it, and if anything at school happens we will put it in for you to see at home.

Could all Learning Stories please be returned on Tuesday 19th September for us to start adding to them.


Termly Newsletter
Here is our Termly Newsletter, which will give you a quick overview of what we are hoping to achieve before Christmas.


This week we have been continuing place value, consolidating our knowledge of numbers.
We have been ordering two, three or four digit numbers from highest to lowest and lowest to highest.
Practicing reading numbers out loud, we have worked with a partner to say two, three and four digit numbers correctly.
We have also been practicing one less than, one more than, 10 less than, 10 more than, 100 less than, 100 more than, 1000 less than and 1000 more than a number. We have challenged ourselves a lot with this which has been super!
We have been solving word problems to do with place value, such as “a paramedic has 79 bottles of medicine. What is the best way to group and count these bottles?” or “police officers are getting mixed up between the house numbers 202 and 220. Can you tell them how to remember the difference?”
We did a Postman themed place value challenge, which involved looking at envelopes and answering questions all by ourselves about the numbers on the envelopes. Explaining our ideas and putting our understanding into words has been a little tricky for some. Being able to tell a others why 202 is different to 220 has been challenging. This is something we will work more on.

“Counting in 2s was challenging” – Stephanie
“Hundreds and thousands was challenging” – Sophie and Rozana
“Explaining my thinking was challenging” – Verity, Kianna, Lila and Anna
“I would like to count in 3s” – Verity and Amy
“I would like to learn more maths” – Alfie


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As part of our Silly Billy book study we have been looking at time connectives. Time connectives can include phrases such as “one day” “last night” “the next day” “after some time” “the next week”. We tried to use these phrases when re-telling the storing of Silly Billy and when writing sentences.

For our writing, we used this video from the Literacy Shed as our inspiration. We tried to write an imaginative adventure story, like the journey this boy and his Grandad went on. The variety of ideas were brilliant! We had adventures up into space, under the sea, through a jungle and much more! We tried to show our best quality writing here, by carefully thinking of each sentence before writing it and trying to use wow words and adjectives throughout.
We are definitely getting better at coming up with creative ideas. A few things we need to keep working on are using full stops, capital letters, finger spaces between words and letter formation. Some of us are writing a few letters back-to-front, but this is something we will focus on in handwriting.

“I enjoyed the adventure story writing” – Taylor
“I would like to make my handwriting smaller” – Fraser
“I would like to read a bit faster” – Rebecca


Health and Wellbeing
In PE we have been continuing our football skills, progressing onto more challenging passing and aiming. Keeping control of the ball has been a little tricky for some, but practice makes perfect!

The SSPCA visited Buckstone on Tuesday, and gave a really interesting assembly to the First Level pupils on caring for animals and animal protection.

“I enjoyed passing the football” – Eve


Religious and Moral Education
Our focus for this term is on religious stories, so the children chose to read Noah’s Ark and the story of Buddha. We read it together one afternoon, and really enjoyed thinking about the characters in the story and how we can relate to these stories in our own lives.

“I never knew God sent a rainbow at the end” – Kianna
“I would like to learn more RME” – Evie


Our class has been practising logging into Sumdog with Mr Hyde, which is a really fun maths website. We all have our own log in details, so you can practice these games at home too!

“I enjoyed playing games on Sumdog” – Anthony


Interdisciplinary Learning

As part of our Emergency Services topic, we had two very exciting visitors this week!

On Monday we met John, a local paramedic. He came in and told us all some really interesting things about his job, and he showed us some of his uniform and equipment. We got to hold his bright yellow jacket and feel how heavy it is. Seeing inside his emergency first aid bags, we saw all the tiny bottles of medicine, scissors, bandages and lots of other things inside.
Oh and, I forgot to mention, he brought his motorbike! Everyone got the chance to sit on John’s motorbike – which was very exciting! I would like to give a special shout out to Amy, who at first didn’t want to sit on the motorbike, but was brave enough to do it after seeing the first few people have a shot.
We saw the blue flashing lights, and for showing brilliant listening skills while John was talking, Verity was chosen to turn the siren on. It was very loud!
Thank you so much John for coming out and giving us this amazing experience.

“I enjoyed getting on the motorbike” – Zilan and Anna


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And on Wednesday, we were visited by Dr Catley (also known as Eve’s mum). She came in and told us lots of useful information about staying safe, knowing what to do in an emergency and what to say when you call 999. We must know our address and phone number off by heart, which some of us find a little challenging.
She then went on to show us what to do if someone was choking, using the Little Annie doll to demonstrate. We found out that, after making sure the person really is choking, we must bend them forwards and give them 5 hard back slaps with a palm of our hand.
She then told us what to do if we came across a person not breathing. We now know that, after calling 999, we start giving CPR. It looked very tiring, but it would be essential to saving someone’s life. Dr Catley told us a story about a 7 year old boy in America who saved his 2 year old sister’s life through CPR, which was very inspiring.
Thank you so much Dr Catley for visiting and sharing such important information with us in a really memorable way!

“I enjoyed Dr Catley showing us Little Annie” – Eve and Jonny


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It has been First Aid heavy this week, as we also practiced putting our friends into the recovery position. We know that the first thing we do is check for danger, before seeing if the person is responding, check to see if they are breathing and then put them into the recovery position!
We also practiced putting bandages onto each other. We may have a few budding doctors in the room after this week!


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Learning about police, we have looked at police uniform and we have had some crime solving afternoons.
There was a mysterious cookie eating incident, in which Mrs Conlin, Mrs Imrie, Miss Martin and myself were suspected of eating one of Miss Martin’s cookies. After analysing finger prints, quotations, footprints and clothes left at the scene the children worked out that I was the cookie eater!
Still to this day I deny it …. 🙂
After that, we analysed our own fingerprints, measured our hand span, height and footprint.

“I enjoyed learning about police handcuffs and baton” – Alana
“I didn’t know the police used horses” – Ruairi
“I didn’t know people went up to touch police horses” – Joe
“I didn’t know police horses went to festivals and Christmas markets” – Adam and Peter
“I would like to focus more when labeling the police uniform” – Rowan
“I would like to learn about a different emergency service” – Anna, Amy and Rebecca
“I enjoyed playing Guess Who Suspect” – Naomi and Fraser
“I liked making the suspect sheet” – Anna


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Activities Time
And to finish off, here are some snaps of us outside for Friday Activities Time.
We were making volcanoes, playing animal games, baking cookies, playing an adventure game, climbing, playing hide and seek and digging holes.


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Introducing the lovely Primary 3 Sharks!


Start of Term
Well, what a busy few weeks we have had!

We started the term with lots of ‘getting to know you’ conversations and games, and of course some shark related activities.
We decided that our Class Charter should be ‘under the sea’ themed, so had a lot of fun creating sea anemones and sea weed by blowing paint (…sorry about the messy t-shirts!).


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Then we made some colourful fishes and star fishes by collaging, before sponge painting our shimmery sharks.


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We have been looking at place value. We can identify the value of digits in a number. We know that in the number 385, there are 3 hundreds, 8 tens and 5 units. Some of us even know how many thousands there are in 4 digit numbers!
Drawing, building and writing numbers in different ways has helped us to show our understanding of place value. We have been reading numbers out loud, placing numbers on number lines in the correct order, putting numbers in order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest, and calculating 1, 10, 100 and 1000 less/more than another number. Some of us even know that 10 less than 406 changes not just the tens column but the hundreds one as well, as the answer is 396!
We have also been practicing counting forwards and backwards from random numbers in different ways. Counting in 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s and 4s can be a little tricky, but practice makes perfect!

“I would like to count in 12s” – Taylor
“I would like to do more counting in 5s” – Alfie
“I would like to do more counting in 3s” – Jonnny
“I would like to learn about millions” – Joe


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We have been reading Shark in the Dark and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book which are (you’ve guessed it) rhyming books. We have been identifying the rhyming words and creating our own rhyming sentences, on top of spotting wow words and punctuation in these books.
We have started reading Silly Billy this week, which is a book all about worrying. Talking a lot about our own worries and the worries other people might have, we have discussed how we can help ourselves and each other to feel better. We know that when we feel worried about something we can talk to an adult, tell a friend, talk to a worry doll, put a note in our class Chatter Box or do something that makes us happy. We are never alone, there are people we can talk to.

“I enjoyed making the worry poster” – Evie
“I would like to do more reading with my reading group” – Stephanie
“I didn’t know about the dinosaur Giganotosaurus until Rowan told us about his book” – Joe

With our creative hats on, we have been doing lots of imaginative writing. We wrote our own version of Shark in the Dark, created an under the sea story and wrote a story about magic bubbles that take us to our happy place when we are feeling sad or worried. We love reading our stories out loud to each other!

“I would like to do more joined up writing” – Alana and Amy


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One dramatic afternoon, we worked in groups to make a still image where we had to hold a pose without moving or making a sound (the not making a sound part was definitely the hardest part!). After playing some funny drama games (the most memorable one being ‘Portal’) we made under the sea animals with our bodies. Can you guess what we are meant to be?

“I would like to do more drama” – Rebecca


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Health and Wellbeing
Having successfully passed our Fire Fighter fitness training, we have moved onto practicing our football skills in PE. Working together as a team when dribbling, passing and coordinating our movements will be our main focus for the next couple of weeks.

“I enjoyed football” – Rowan


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Interdisciplinary Learning
We have been learning all about the Emergency Services. We can spot potential hazards in school and at home, and know that we must tell an adult if something is wrong. We also know that in a serious emergency we call 999. We have looked at Fire Fighters and Paramedics so far, however were lucky enough to have a very special visit this morning. PC Howie, a local Police Officer, very kindly came to visit all the Primary 3 classes to tell us about his job. He told us that police officers are here to help us and keep us safe, before showing us his hat, baton (very exciting), walkie talkie (where he made a call to his Sergeant to say hello to us) and his handcuffs (with Mr McKeesick as our captive). We learned lots of fascinating things from PC Howie, a big thank you to him for coming in!

“I would like to learn more about police” – Sophie
“I would like to learn more about ambulances” – Zilan
“I didn’t know batons were metal, I thought they were wooden” – Taylor
“I enjoyed learning about paramedics and the recovery position” – Anna and Anthony
“I would like to learn more about fire fighters” – Rozana
“I didn’t know handcuffs were attached to each other by the black plastic, I thought it was a chain” – Kianna
“I didn’t know their shoes had metal in them, I thought they were the same as our shoes” – Naomi


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One last piccie, just for fun!