Category Archives: P3S-News

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.

“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.

Sumdog – Update

Our Sumdog licence expired at the end of last week.

Sadly the provider has increased the licence fee by 60% per pupil. As a result we have decided to investigate other options to support Maths learning via online applications.

We appreciate this will be a disappointment to some pupils who have actively engaged with Sumdog and been motivated to often use the application. We would hope to identify a solution to continue to support the pupils in the near future.



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.
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.



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!


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.


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!

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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!

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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!

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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! If there is ever anything you would like to chat about, or anything I can do to help support your child’s learning at home, please let me know! 🙂


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.


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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. 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.


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 🙂


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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.


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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!



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 🙂


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? 🙂




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.

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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We started off this week with writing numbers in words (e.g. 7 as seven) which a lot of us found tricky.

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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.



As part of our Emergency Services topic, we designed and built our very own Emergency Services vehicle. 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!


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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.

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! 🙂


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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.

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.

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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.

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.


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!


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.


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!



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.
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.

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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.
She then went on to show us what to do if someone was choking, using the Little Annie doll to demonstrate. She then told us what to do if we came across a person not breathing.

Thank you so much Dr Catley for visiting and sharing such important information with us in a really memorable way!

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It has been First Aid heavy this week, as we also practiced putting our friends 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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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!

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!

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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.

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!

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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 we made under the sea animals with our bodies. Can you guess what we are meant to be?

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Health and Wellbeing
We have been 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.

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We have been learning all about the Emergency Services. We have been learning about calling 999, Fire Fighters and Paramedics so far, however we 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!

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One last piccie, just for fun!