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Our Week in P5M 07.02.20

Our Learning in P5M 07.02.20

Thank you
It was great to see so many of you at the drop-in on Wednesday! Thank you for coming along and we hope that you enjoyed sharing in your child’s learning.

Thank you also for all the donations for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. We had a really interesting workshop on Thursday with Daniel who is their Education Officer.
Here is a summary of our learning this week.

We continued to work on our descriptive writing and had some very imaginative ideas this week!

We have been learning about synonyms. A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word. For example shut is a synonym of close. Using synonyms in our literacy work will help us to expand our vocabulary. We made a word jail and put the words big, small, happy and sad inside! We will try to use more interesting words instead, for example enormous or miniature.

In spelling we have been learning the tch Rule: insert t when ch follows a short vowel sound.


while which

We completed a dictation to see if we can remember the spelling rules we have covered over the last few weeks.

Opportunities for home learning
• You could try to find synonyms for the word ‘said’.
• Reading homework
• There is a writing competition for the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. If you are interested in this there is a photo below. Great stimulus for writing!


Thank you for all the newspaper and magazine cuttings of adverts for credit cards, banks and building societies. We have looked at them all and used some for a display in the classroom.
Times tables continued as a focus this week. Everyone has a tables test at their desk and throughout the day we have been calling ‘Stop! Tables test!’ at which point the children race against the stop clock to complete their test.

Opportunities for home learning
• Please continue to practise times tables with a particular focus on speed and accuracy.
• You can also use different mathematical language to ask multiplication questions. For example “How many groups of…?” “What is 7 times…?” and “What is the product of…?”
• As you will have seen from our drop-in session we have been comparing costs and determining what we can buy with different budgets. To support this at home you could write some items and their prices on a piece of paper e.g. CD £8·99, pencil case £3·20, magazine £2·97, book £4·85. Tell your child that they have £12 and ask questions about the items. Can you afford all the items? Which three items could you buy? How much would this cost altogether? How much change would you receive?

Other areas of the curriculum
• We enjoyed a talk from Mrs Ritchie on plants.
• We created our own Scottish dances in P.E.
• We enjoyed presenting our research on Scottish inventors in the style of Dragon’s Den!

Further Information
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.

Have an enjoyable half-term break and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday 17th February.

Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

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!

Our Learning in P5M 31.1.20

We have had a busy week!



We are learning how to write an effective summary. We have used the 5 words for 5 questions method to help us choose only the most important information in our summaries. We will continue to develop this skill next week.

Reading homework is set on a Monday or a Tuesday and is due for the following week.


We are continuing to develop the use of similes in our writing. This week we used similes to describe the character of a Giant.


Our spelling pattern this week was:

  • Soft g in final position is always made with the letters ge and not j.
  • To keep the preceding vowel short insert d

Tip:  Defensive d defends the vowel













Can you think of any more words that follow this pattern?

Numeracy and Maths

We have continued to work on reciting and recalling our times tables facts with a focus on the 7 times table.

We have continued to develop our skills when completing written multiplication calculations. This week we learned the ‘smile’ method for calculations containing multiples of ten.

Money – this week we developed our budgeting skills when planning a party shopping list from Morrisons with a budget of £50. We are continuing to develop addition and subtraction of money using written methods.

Other Curricular Areas

In PE we practised the Canadian Barn Dance and The Flying Scotsman.

In Drama with Mrs Hand we created freeze frame with a partner.

We are looking forward to the parent drop in on Wednesday morning! Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Mcfarlane

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

P5M Our Learning Week Beginning 20.01.20

Good afternoon, we have had a busy and enjoyable week!  Here is a summary of our learning.


Listening and Talking

Well done to everyone for reciting your Scottish poems.  We really enjoyed the performances.


New reading books have been sent home this week. Children should have a note of the pages to be completed for homework in the red zippy folder.


We used our novel study ‘Invasion’ as stimulus for writing this week.  We created terrifying setting descriptions of a storm at sea.  Some of us tried to include similes such as:

“The thunder was as loud as a set of drums.”

“The wind was like a wild animal.”


We revised the following spelling rule:

To change a word ending in y to plural change the y to i and add es.

If the letter before the y in the singular word is a vowel, simply add s.

lorry                            lorries

army                            armies

injury                           injuries

family                          families

lady                             ladies

reply                            replies

raspberry                    raspberries

daisy                            daisies

country                        countries

Home Learning

  • Can you think of any more similes? Remember it is when  you make a comparison using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.
  • Remember your reading homework too!


In maths we completed 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication sums with a formal layout.  See the picture below to show what this means.  We will continue with this next week.

We have also been learning about the different ways money is represented (e.g. vouchers, credit cards, rail/pre-pay tickets).  We have also been looking at where people keep the money they have and how they access it.

Lots of the pupils have seen their parents take money out of the bank through an ATM but we looked at a deeper understanding of where the money comes from. The fact that these machines are linked to the card holder’s bank and are a vehicle for taking money from a personal bank account.

The class enjoyed this interactive activity:

We also talked about the words debit card and credit card and the difference between them.

Home Learning

Please encourage your child to look at different media (e.g. TV, internet, newspapers, magazines) and to write down, record or cut out examples of adverts for credit cards, banks and building societies. It would be great if they could bring these to school to create a display of information.

To help your child develop a better understanding of how credit or debit cards are used, ask them to think about when people use these and what they might buy with them. When they have at least 10 ideas (e.g. paying for a meal in a restaurant, buying DVDs from a local store, paying for holidays over the internet, phoning a mobile phone company to pay a bill), they could illustrate them on a poster. They could also illustrate their poster with pictures of the cards. If you wish, you could bring the poster into class to display and also for other children to discuss.

Other areas of the Curriculum

  • We have been researching different Scottish inventions with a partner.
  • We performed The Flying Scotsman dance in P.E.

Additional Information

Today the Learning Stories have been sent home. Please take some time with your child to look over the Term Newsletter and the targets for this term.

The P5 charity this year is the Edinburgh Cat and Dog Home. If you would like to donate a can of dog or cat food please send this in by Thursday 6th February.  On that day we will be having a visit from an Education Outreach worker and he will take all donations away that afternoon.

The Winter fair is taking place on 22nd February. P5 were collecting donations for an international themed hamper in preparation for the Christmas fair. If you have already donated to this please do not feel obliged to again.  However, if you would like to then please feel free to send in donations after the February holiday.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

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

Our week in P5M

Hello and a warm welcome back from Mrs Nicholson and Mrs McFarlane!

We have enjoyed getting to know all of the boys and girls and cannot wait to get stuck into all of the new learning this term!

Our Learning this Week


This week we have been practising our times tables.  We have all completed a self-assessment, to inform us of which times tables we need to work on.  Please reinforce these at home.

We have been using our knowledge of the times tables facts to complete written calculations using the column (chimney) method.  We hope to move onto other written methods soon.

For an explanation of the column method – follow this link:

We have been playing some games to help us learn our times table facts.  Here is one that you can play at home.

Times Tables War

This card game for two players helps students practice multiplying quickly, as the first person to  say the product wins the cards.

You’ll need a deck of playing cards with the face cards removed. (This game provides practice through 10s. To practice multiplication by 11 and 12, include the jacks and queens. The jacks represent 11 and queens represent 12.) An ace represents one.

Shuffle the cards and divide them evenly between the two players. Each player holds their cards in a pile, front down. At the same time, they flip over the top card. The first person to say the correct product of the two numbers wins both cards. If players tie in saying the correct product, each player keeps their card.

Play continues until one player has all the cards or until a designated time is up.

Hit the Button and Times Table Mountain are games that will help us to learn our times table facts.  They also have the related division facts which can be practised by children who are confident with their times tables.


Beat That’s – we revisited our ‘Beat That’s’, these are a mixture of addition and subtraction questions that we practice every week under timed conditions.  The children self-assessed their own work to decide which level of Beat That’s they would like to work on.


We have also been reinforcing our addition and subtraction skills using money.




We have been focussing on the works of Rabbie Burns in the lead up to a celebration assembly.  Each child has been issued with a poem to learn at home.  These poems will be recited in class next week, some children will be chosen to recite their poem at the assembly.

In writing we wrote a descriptive paragraph of a winter scene.  The focus was on using a variety of sentence openers and descriptive vocabulary. We tried to focus on QUALITY over quantity.

We also began a novel study based on the book ‘Invasion’.  We spent some time finding out about historical stories to understand that they are often based on facts but also contain elements of fiction.  This story is based on the Norman Conquest so we had to find out what events provoked this event.

Optional:  Can you find out more about the Norman Conquest?  Can you find any other examples of historical novels?

We revised the spelling pattern add ves to words ending in f to make the plural. e.g. thief – thieves.


knife                     knives

scarf                     scarves

loaf                       loaves

sheaf                    sheaves

leaf                       leaves

calf                       calves

half                       halves

herself                  themselves

myself                   ourselves

thief                     thieves



ever                      never


Other Curricular Areas


In line with our Scottish theme we practised some Scottish dancing during our PE time.  This week we learned the Gay Gordons.


We looked at some everyday items which were invented by Scottish inventors.  We are looking forward to learning more about Scottish inventors in the coming weeks.


And finally…

We have been learning about a Scottish artist called Gillian Kyle.  She uses famous Scottish food brands such as MacSweens and Irn Bru in her works.  We wrote to Tunnocks who have kindly donated some Teacakes and Caramel Wafers to help us with our art… we will also be enjoying these tasty treats.

Please complete the permission slip that went home by Monday 20th January. 


tunnocks permission slip


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.


P5W Reflective Friday 20.12.19

It’s been a fantastic term here in P5W! Some of our highlights have been:

  • Maths mysteries – especially when some of us created our own!
  • Learning different types of conjunctions
  • Practising our handwriting and making it much neater
  • Winning points for our tables and participating in the table competition
  • Playing a P5W football match. It was so close at 5-4 in overtime!
  • Learning how to draw in art
  • Practising our reading, spelling and maths in SumDog
  • Putting together our learning stories
  • Making our own TeeJay books
  • Competing in our Christmas singing competition (congratulations to Bells, who won!)
  • Wearing our Christmas jumpers and hats to school
  • Going on a trip to the cinema to see Frozen 2
  • Celebrating our birthdays
  • Presenting our research projects about the environment
  • Doing daily mindfulness
  • ZooLab visiting us with different animals
  • Designing our own Pudsy bears
  • Creating our own comic books
  • Decorating our Christmas star
  • Sharing our medals and achievements
  • Skills time and playing outside
  • Getting our flu immunisations
  • Participating in whole-school learning teams
  • Creating table flags
  • Going to Broomlee and performing our P5 assembly for parents

It’s been a huge pleasure teaching P5 this year, and while I’m sad to be saying goodbye as the P5W class teacher, I’m thrilled to be staying on at Buckstone in the new year. I hope all children and families have a fantastic holidays, and I look forward to seeing you all again in January.

– Ms Wilson