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Buckstone’s Got Talent and Winter Fair


P5 will be holding auditions for anyone in P5 who would like to go through to the Buckstone’s Got Talent competition. The auditions will take place on Wednesday 19 February and following on from this audition two acts from P5 will take part in the whole school audition on Thursday 20 February. The acts can be dancing, singing, telling jokes, reciting poems, magic, juggling or any other skill or talent your child would like to share.


Winter Fair

The Winter Fair is on Saturday 22nd. We are looking for donations for the hamper. If you have already donated then please don’t feel you have to donate again! If you would like to then please bring in any donations the first week back. Our theme is International. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!

P5T – What we have been learning this week 31.01.20


In Spelling this week we have been learning about “dge” that sounds like j. Please the attached document for the word lists. We were creating sentences using our spelling words.

In Reading we have been learning how to take notes on what we have read. We know we can’t write in too much detail as this wouldn’t be in note form!

In Writing, we continued to learn to write poems. We had to consider our presentation and layout of the poem including using verses.

Things to do at home:

See spelling document

Take notes when watching a television programme and share them with the class

Write your own poem

When reading, draw the main event from the story and say why it important


Maths and Numeracy

In Maths and Numeracy we continued our money focus by learning how to add and subtract money in written form. We know we have to remember the £ and pence, you need to line up the digits correctly and  remember the decimal point.

We have been practising our times tables by creating visual posters to help us and making up times tables games to allow us to recall them quickly and accurately. We have also been practising them in written form.


Things to do at home: 


Practise times table everywhere!

Look at the different cards, money etc you come across

Try to look at different currencies


Other areas of the curriculum:

  • We made posters for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat home. Please see previous for information
  • In PE we practised the Canadian Barn Dance and learn the Flying Scotsman
  • In ICT we were learning how to use Excel. It was very fun.




Primary 5 Charity – Edinburgh Cat and Dog home

Good morning

Primary 5 picked the Edinburgh cat and dog home as our charity for this year. We are looking for any donations of food, dry or wet, treats, toys, food or water bowls, used leads for dogs and poop bags.

Please could you send any donations in by next Wednesday and P5 will collect them. A member of staff from the home will be working with P5 next Thursday and will take them away then.

Thank you in advance from all of P5.

I have included the link to their website.

Have a great weekend

P5T What we have been learning this week 24.01.20


In Writing, we continued to create poems. We considered the layout of the poem as well as trying to make it rhyme (some of us even included some humour).

In Reading, we continued the class novel “The Spiderwick Chronicles”. We were answering questions and using the text to find evidence for our answers.

To prepare for Burns we practised our poems. We had to try to get the attention of our audience, we had to use the correct tone and we had to make sure we were loud so everyone could hear.

In Spelling, we continued to revise words we found tricky (see previous posts for spelling words). Some of us used the ipads to research words with the same rule/sound.

Things to do at home:

research different poems and bring in any of your favourite poems

write a poem to share with the class

keep practising spelling words at home


Maths and Numeracy 

We have been practising the times table as well as trying to show our knowledge through written form (e.g. 32 x 4). Ask your child how we lay this out. Our aim is to learn them so we can say them quickly and accurately (in a flash!).

We started our work on Money. We looked at a cash machine and discussed how to use one as well as create questions on what we would like to cover. Lots of us wanted to find out more about currency so if you have any currency at home then please bring them in to share – we won’t spend them! We will begin to look at budgeting next week.

Things to do at home:


Practise your times tables (you can do this anywhere!)

Pay more attention to money – when you are out and about

Play times tables bingo with people at home


Other areas of the curriculum 

  • We enjoyed the Scots Gathering today. There was a wide range of acts. We were very much entertained.
  • We continued our work on Scottish Dancing. We are learning the Gay Gordons and the Canadian Barn Dance.
  • We were learning all about Chinese New Year and the legend of the lion.

P5T – What we have been learning this week 17.01.20


In Literacy we have been studying Robert Burns’ poems. This inspired us to begin to write our own. We were able to choose our own topic of poem as well as write about climate change. In the poems we had to include a simile (e.g. my heart is like a red, red rose) and a verb (a doing word).

In Spelling we were revising previous words (please see old posts to check the words). We will continue to do this next week.

Things to do at home:

Keep practising your Scottish poem for the competition

Create your own poems



Maths and Numeracy 

We have been learning about coordinates. We know that the grid has an x axis (along the corridor) and a y axis (up the stairs). We can plot and read coordinates and can even create shapes using coordinates. We always read the x axis then the y axis. When writing coordinates we must include brackets and a comma e.g. (7, 4).

We have been learning how to multiply in written form. Some of us even managed to multiply a three digit number by a three digit. We need to keep practising our times tables so we can quickly and accurately answer questions.

Things to do at home 

  • Practise all times tables
  • Sumdog

Other areas of the curriculum 

  • We have been learning about Scottish Country Dancing. We have learnt the Gay Gordons. We had to work with a partner and follow the beat.
  • We are leading our own Skills Time to develop not only our skills (in football and art) but to develop our leadership.
  • We enjoyed Mandarin. We listened to a story “The Rat Wedding”.










Gardening Tools Wanted!

If you have any unwanted trowels or forks tucked away in your garage or shed, we would love to give them a new home to help us look after our playground.

If you are able to help, there will be a box in the reception area next week for you to drop off any tools.

We are also looking for children’s gardening gloves. If you have any that your child has finished with or has grown out of, we would be delighted to have them.

Many thanks

Mrs Bailey and the Eco Learning Team

P5 Scots Poetry

Good afternoon

As part of our focus on Scotland in January, P5 are looking at the works of Robert Burns. For our reading homework this week we would like the children to learn a poem. We have shown the children four examples of his poetry. These are

A mans a man

My love is like a red red rose

My hearts in the highlands

To a mouse

The children can choose one of these to learn, or any other Scots poem they may know. Next week from Tuesday we will ask the children to recite their poem to the class. We have spoken about all the important parts of talking and listening which will help in their recital.

I have attached the link to the BBC burns site which has the words and some celebrities reciting the four poems.

Good luck to everyone, we cant wait to hear them.


P5T – What we have been learning this week 13.12.19


We are enjoying the class novel “The Spiderwick Chronicles”. We are continuing to try to get evidence from the book to support what we say/think about the book.

In Writing, we wrote about the advantages of plants. This was after a big discussion, watching a clip and a visit from Mrs Ritchie telling us all about plants – who knew there was so many things to plants!

We revised our spelling rules from the last couple of weeks (f – ves and y – ies). Some of us are finding this a bit tricky! We will continue our revision next week but focus on patterns/rules we found the hardest.


Activities to do at home:

  • Draw the main event of a story you are reading
  • Read a book and think about ways an author shows you something (e.g. how does the author build tension in the story. They may use words and actions to do this – try to identify them.


Maths and Numeracy

We looked at the perimeter of shapes – we know this is the total distance of the sides of a shape. We also looked at the relationship between multiplication and division and used this knowledge to help us answer questions.

Activities to do at home:


Other areas of the curriculum

  • We decorated the class Christmas tree by designing our own decorations – it looks great!
  • We are learning how to use a word document. We wrote our plant piece of work on word and had to use different features to help us – like cut and paste.