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Reflective Friday 8th December 2017

What have we learned?


We have been learning about the soft g sound.  We noticed it’s always followed by an e.  We played each others spelling games.

We made instructions about how to make animal friendly reindeer food.  We watched a bit more of dragon slayer and thought about describing the dragon slayer using powerful verbs and adjectives.

Also we have learnt about how to take notes from a text.

Numeracy and Maths:

We have been subtracting using formal methods (column addition).  We’ve looked at sums that include exchanging using two 2 digit numbers.  We try not to call it borrowing as we don’t pay it back!

In Time, we have looked at o’clock and half hour times and have been solving problems to do with time.

Other Areas:

In Topic we have planned, designed and made our weather instruments.  We took them outside to test them out.  We worked cooperatively in our table groups to make the instruments.

In ICT we started to make a Powerpoint about weather.

What have we enjoyed?

“I’ve enjoyed practising the Christmas songs at the Christmas singalong.” Alfie

“We enjoyed opening the Advent calendar.” Isla-Grace

“We’ve enjoyed playing the spelling games that we made.” Daniel

“I loved making the weather instruments.” Katie

What have we found challenging?

Trying to make the weather instruments work properly, making the spelling games properly so that other people could understand them, taking away sums with exchanging.

What would we like to learn next week?

Everyone is looking forward to watching the P1 Nativity on Monday and going to the Pantomime on Tuesday.  We’re also looking forward to Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day next Friday (15th).

All learning stories are coming home today.  Please read the Literacy and Maths comments written for this term, write a comment of your own, and return to school on Monday or Tuesday.  Many thanks for your support with this.

Mrs Tweedie and Mrs Graham.



Reflective Friday 1st December 2017

What have we learned?


This week was Scottish Book Week so we celebrated by doing lots of extra reading activities such as hearing from a Librarian, a Storyteller and reading with another class.  We played a ‘Guess Who?’ game to find out some of the adults’ in school favourite childhood books.

We have watched more of Dragon Slayer and have been working describing the fight scene using powerful verbs and adjectives.  We have compared this to the written legend of St George and the Dragon.

In Spelling our pattern has been using the soft c.  A c is said like an s sound when it is followed by an e, i or y.  We made spelling board games to help us to learn our spelling patterns and tricky words.

Core words: face, race, slice, cycle, city, cent, centre, certain, cinema, circle

Challenge words: Cinderella, centimetre, certainly

Tricky words: great, small

Numeracy and Maths:

We have revised o’clock and half past times and have started looking at both analogue and digital times.  We have been subtracting numbers using mental models.  Why not try to solve these sums using an empty number line?




Here’s a link to game you could play to practise your subtraction skills:

Other Areas:

On Monday we went to the woods as our Secret Student reward. We did a whole school conga on St Andrew’s Day. We have been watching the weather forecast.

What have we enjoyed?

“We have enjoyed the woods.” Aysu and Sarah

“Scottish Book Week and conga.” Sam and Alfie

“We saw a storyteller and the librarian.” Katie and Jessica

“I enjoyed PE.” Fergus

“I enjoyed beat thats.” Korey

“Times tables.” William

“I loved testing the digital clock.” Sean

What have we found challenging?

Telling the time, beat thats.

What would we like to learn next week?

To finish watching Dragon Slayer, times tables, more weather.



“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.

Reflective Friday 24th November 2017

What have we learned?


In Dragon Slayer we were working on writing super sentences.  We up-levelled our sentences and we watched a video clip of our new story Dragon Slayer.  We’ve still not seen the end of the film!  We discussed the techniques that film makers use such as mid-shot, close-up and long-shots.

In Spelling we worked on igh spelling words and the tricky words very and every.

In Handwriting we worked on joining p to h and b to l.

We have also been working on our comprehension skills as well as remembering correct punctuation in our sentence writing.

Numeracy and Maths:

We have been practising beat thats and most of us have been getting better each time.

We have been subtracting using an empty number line.  We need to be really confident with our number facts to make taking away easy so please keep practising your beat thats and turning the adding sums into takeaways.  For example, if we know 6+4=10 then we also know that 10-4=6 and 10-6=4.

We have also been learning about telling the time and looking at key units of time.

Other Areas:

In preparation for the Christmas Fair, we made our animal friendly, magical reindeer food.  We also made posters for selling our product.

In Music we were thinking about what Pitch means (how high or low the music is).

In ICT we sent our Word Documents to Mr Hyde.

We have enjoyed learning about different passes in PE.

Our Topic has been thinking about ways to measure the weather including rainfall and temperature.

In Resilience we are thinking about who our Keep Connected Team would be.  Please have a look at the link below which explains the homework task in more detail.  If you don’t have access to a printer please feel free to design your t-shirt on plain paper.

Keep Connected P1-4 and P5-7 sheets

What have we enjoyed?

I have enjoyed watching some of the Dragon Slayer film.” Daniel

“I have enjoyed reading quietly in ERIC time.” Lucy

“I enjoyed the muddled day on Thursday.” Sarah

“I enjoyed ICT, making a document.” Isla-Grace

What have we found challenging?

ICT- sending the files on the computer; making a big weather poster; beat-thats.

What would we like to learn next week?

The Secret Student treat, learning more about weather, arts and crafts, Scottish Book Week.

Have a look at some of our Autumn art work, which we described using similes.





P4-post your learning to allow printing

P4G, please use this link to send your Mary’s-Moose files – click-here

P4M, please use this link to send your Mary’s Moose files – click-here

PLEASE ensure your filename includes your name, eg If your name is Fred send a file as:


It is also really helpful if your name is in the document so when it is printed you can identify who it belongs to.

It requests a valid email address – use – – DO NOT accept the invitation to create a Dropbox account

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.

Reflective Friday 17/11/17

What have we been learning?


We have continued to work on our Dragon Slayer project by comparing St George and the Dragon with The Beast with a Thousand Teeth.  We worked in groups to do this and each took on a different role.  We also thought about good descriptive phrases from the stories.  Look and see how our Learning Wall has developed since last week!


In Spelling we worked on ir/ur words with the tricky words work and know and the challenge words refurbish, furniture and urgently.


We used descriptive words and similes to describe our own paintings.


We have looked at new times tables and are trying to learn the 3 x table.

Use this link to see a times table grid:

We started to work on Time by finding out what we already know and why time is important to us.

We looked at adding several numbers in our heads and looked for useful pairs to add up first, for example if we were adding: 25 + 8 + 75 + 12 + 3 we would add 25 and 75; 8 and 12 and then add the 3.

Other Areas:

Our new topic is Weather and our Art worked was based on this.  We finished our silhouette art by painting trees onto our sunsets.

We continued to work on throwing and catching in PE.

In Music this week we revised what Tempo is and looked at Beat and Rythym.

What have we enjoyed?

“Children in Need activities.” Joe

“Art and Children in Need.” Belle

“I enjoyed learning about weather.” Korey

What have we found challenging?

Spelling, times tables, in Music stopping when the conductor said so, and being quiet!

What would we like to learn next week?

More about the weather, measuring the weather, more skills time, art and music.



Reflective Friday 10th November 2017

What we have learned?


Reading myths and legends including the story of The Beast with a Thousand Teeth in our Dragon Slayer Literacy project.  We’ve started to make a display linked to this.

Our Spelling patterns this week were or and ar, please see the picture below.


We made and solved our own wordsearches using these spelling words.

Numeracy and Maths:

We have continued to practise chimney sums/column addition using 2 and 3 digit numbers with sums that have carrying.



We have worked on our beat that sums.

In data handling we were looking at collecting information using surveys and tally charts.

Other Areas:

We have been painting a sunrise as background for an Autumn scene in Art.

In Music, we were thinking about the Tempo (speed) of music.

In PE we worked on throwing, catching and bouncing (ball skills).

We have been sharing our learning through our learning stories.

What have we enjoyed?

“I have enjoyed Dragon Slayer.” Korey

“Gym, maths, Dragon Slayer and bar graphs.” Joe

“We have enjoyed doing our paintings and mixing colours.” Ariana

“I have enjoyed painting the background for our Autumn pictures.” Lucy

What have we found challenging?

Maths: 3 digit addition, beat thats, block graphs.  Talking in front of a different class to do a survey.

What would we like to learn next week?

A different topic, more painting and music, cooking!!!

All Learning Stories will be coming home today.  Please return them on Monday or Tuesday next week.  We’d love to see more parent comments in the Learning Stories. 

Thank you,

Mrs Tweedie and Mrs Graham




P4G – Reflective Friday 03.11.17

What have we learned?

Literacy: In Spelling we have been learning about “a before l” – this makes the a an O sound, for example “always”.

For Reading we have been reading “Dragon Slayer”. This is a legend and we learned what that was and thought about the different types of characters in these (e.g. a hero). After discussing the characters we had to create powerful descriptive words about them. We also sequenced the story in the correct order. We absolutely love our class novel “The Witches”!


Numeracy and Maths:  As well as completing chimney sums (or column addition sums) where we wrote out the numbers vertically and then added up the units then the tens (sometimes including carrying!),  we also spoke about “always, sometimes and never” . This is the likelihood of something happening. e.g. Christmas ALWAYS falls on 25th December.


Other areas: In PE we have been developing our football skills. This included accurate passing and dribbling. In RME, we read the “Piggy Book” and discussed morals.


What we have enjoyed:

“I enjoyed the new Skills Time and the Book Fair and I enjoyed putting the story into sequence.” (Jessica).

“I enjoyed the Book Fair and reading “The Witches.” (Alfie)

“I enjoyed Halloween art and the Book Fair.” (Katie)


What we have found challenging:

We thought column adding (in particular carrying when adding 3 digit numbers) was tricky. We also thought our “Beat That” was quite hard!

Next week we would like to do some Music, Art and learn more describing words.

Reflective Friday 3.11.17

What have we learned?


We started our new class Literacy project, Dragon Slayer and have read about the legend of St George and the Dragon.  We retold part of the story in our own words.  We have talked about what we know about myths and legends.

We have continued enjoying our class novel, The Witches, and have written summaries of the story so far.  We tried to remember to only write the main details when writing a summary.

In Spelling, we have been looking at words with an ‘al’ spelling that makes an ‘o’ sound.

Why not have a go at spelling some of these words?

talk, stalk, chalk, walking, salted, halted, alter, false, scald

Challenge words: talkative, alteration

Tricky words: what, which

Numeracy and Maths:

Our learning on addition of 2 and 3 digit numbers has continued.  This week we have gone into adding using formal methods where we need to carry.  Have a look at this video to see how it is done.

In the video the tens are carried above, we have been writing them under the line.  It’s up to you to decide which way of showing the tens you find easier.

We have talked about sums that you would use a formal method for and sums where a different method (like working in your head) would make more sense.

Have a think about these sums:







Which sums would formal addition be the best method for?  Which sums could be done in your head?

We also started to look at probability in Maths this week.

Other Areas:

We did some Halloween themed art, making our own puppets.  During Assembly we had a look at Fire Safety in preparation for Guy Fawkes’ Day.