Category Archives: P5W-Blog

Monday 30th March 2020

Good Afternoon Primary 5M.

I hope you had a good weekend and managed to take a break from your learning activities.

Attached below are your daily Literacy and Numeracy activities.

Please also choose 1 or 2 activities from the learning grid (posted last week) to work on.

Remember when choosing your level of challenge,

Shiny = I find this skill tricky

Sparkly = I find this tricky but I’d like to be challenge

Glittery = I have mastered this skill and I need to be challenged

It is not expected that anyone complete all of the Shiny, Sparkly, Glittery tasks.

Have a lovely day,

Mrs Nicholson

Hello from Buckstone

To engage in the community the school are linking with Fairmilehead Church. We are asking pupils to create a piece of artwork and email it to the admin account. These will be collated and sent to the church to go in their newsletter. This week’s theme is “Hello from Buckstone Primary School”. If you would like to take part please send your art work to the Buckstone admin account by Wednesday 9am.

P5M Learning Together At Home 26.03.20

Good afternoon P5M,

I hope you are all well and that you enjoyed doing some of the activities that I posted yesterday.  Here are some literacy and maths tasks for today.

Please let me know if you need any help with anything.  I will be on Teams at various points throughout the day to answer any of your questions. It was great talking to some of you on Teams yesterday. For those of you who do not yet have access to Teams, CGI have been contacted, so fingers crossed we will all be up and running soon.

Have a good day,

Mrs McFarlane

P5M 26.03.20

Analogue to Digital Times

Digital to Analogue Times

P5M Learning Together At Home 25.03.20

Good afternoon P5M,

I hope that you have enjoyed working on some of the tasks set by Mrs Nicholson on Monday and Tuesday. Just to reiterate on the comments that Mrs Nicholson posted, please work at your own pace and find a way that works for you and your family.  Do not feel under pressure to do all the tasks we suggest. As the blog will be updated at 12 noon, it might be helpful to spread your learning out over the course of the day so that you have activities to do the following morning whilst waiting on the new post.

I am looking forward to getting up to speed with this new way of working!

Here are some tasks for today. Remember, you can also choose 1 or 2 activities from the learning grid to complete.

Please let me know if you need any help with anything.  I will be on Teams at various points throughout the day to answer any of your questions.

Have a good day,

Mrs McFarlane

P5M 25.03.20

Time Zones APM 690

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Good morning! Welcome back for another day of learning at home together!

Please see the attached documents for your daily literacy and numeracy activities.

Choose 1 or 2 activities from the learning grid to complete each day.

Please try to spend about an hour of your time each day completing silent reading of a book of your choice.

Mrs Nicholson will be available on teams today to answer any questions.

Have a great day!

Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning team P5M!

Welcome to the first day of learning together at home. Above you will find a document linked with your numeracy and literacy tasks for today. There is also a document called learning grid with lots of tasks covering other subject areas. We recommend that you try one or two of these tasks to complete each day.

Mrs McFarlane and I would like to reiterate that we understand that there will be many parents trying to work at home whilst also caring for younger siblings and possibly other relatives. We do not want any children or families to feel stressed or under pressure to complete these activities if it is not possible in your household. Please do what you can. We are here on the Microsoft Teams app to answer any questions or concerns you may have. (We are working on enabling access for children who were absent in the last week). If you do not have access please email the Buckstone admin account.

We are looking forward to working with you all.

Have a great day!

Mrs Nicholson and Mrs McFarlane

Instructions on how to access Microsoft Teams

To access Teams please follow the instructions:


  1. Go to the Buckstone Primary School Website


2. Scroll down and find the options on the right hand side. Click on “Office 365”.


3. Log in using the details given to you.


4. When logged in successfully click on the “Teams” icon. This will direct you to your Teams. Select the class team.



If you have any problems then please contact the Admin Team.

Our Learning this week in P5M


  • We developed our prediction skills, making predictions for our new class novel – ‘Christophe’.
  • We learned the spelling rule, words ending in ‘le’.  Short vowel sound requires 2 consonants before adding le.  Long vowel sound requires only 1 consonant before adding le.
  • We continued our group novels, discussing key events and scenes within our groups. 
  • We wrote an imaginative story based on a school dilemma. The focus was on using paragraphs to organise our writing and also punctuation.
  • We developed our note taking skills when taking notes from an e-book on the human circulator system.

Super                 Fantastic            Spectacular

stumble             struggle             resemble

angle                scribble              legible

ample                example             assemble

thistle                raffle                 belittle

maple                cradle                idle

rifle                   cycle                 fable fffff


  • We continued to develop our skills across the four operations (+-x÷) with a particular emphasis on applying our skills to a range of word problems.
  • We revisited our prior learning in fractions, making links between simple fractions and visual representations of the fractions. 
  • We continued to develop quick recall of our times tables. Each child has identified a times table to work on. 

Other Curricular Areas

  • In Mandarin, we were introduced to colours vocabulary. 
  • In PE, we developed team building and ball skills.
  • We started individual research into the human circulatory system. 
  • In ICT, we updated our office365 passwords to enable us access to the Microsoft Teams Programme. 
  • We learned about the heart and circulatory system.

Opportunities for Home Learning

  • Create a silly story, try to use all of this weeks’ spelling words.
  • Continue to practise your chosen times table facts, make a poster to highlight any useful strategies or tips.
  • Create a word bank of any new, interesting vocabulary from your group reading book. 

School Closure – Message for class P5M

Dear boys and girls/ parents and carers,

Mrs Nicholson and McFarlane would like to thank all pupils in class P5M for the maturity and resilience they have shown in the past week when faced with many uncertainties and changes to normal routine. 

Learning from home is going to be a new way of working for both children and teachers.  We will try our best to provide you with appropriate activities for home learning but understand that there will be adults at home who are trying to do their work too. 

We want this to be as positive a time as possible for children at home.  We will try to set a range of activities so that children can either work independently, with siblings or with adults.  Over the last few days we have been setting up Microsoft Teams so that we can communicate as a class.  We really appreciate your support and patience at this time. We will miss seeing you all but we’re all in this together! Look out for our next blog post on Monday.  

Mrs Nicholson & Mrs McFarlane

Home Learning Help

In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the current advice is for schools, colleges and universities is to remain open, for the time being.

At present, schools will only close if they are specifically told so – for example, if a student or staff member contracts the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus. This response differs to countries such as Ireland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Denmark, which all recently announced they would be temporarily shutting schools due to the virus outbreak.

However, due to the nature of this pandemic, we have learned that things can change very rapidly.In order to prepare parents and carers in the event of a school closure, here are some tips and online resources to support your child with their learning at home.

Which resources can I use to support my child at home?


Online educational publishers, Twinkl, have offered parents free access to all its resources for a month to support continued learning at home. All you need to do is enter UKTWINKLHELPS to get started.

Twinkl also has a Parents Hub that has a number of different guides designed for parents to support them with different curricular areas.


Online learning platform, Sumdog, has a number of engaging and challenging maths and literacy games that your child can use to enhance their learning at home.

Children’s University of Manchester

For kids who love science, the Children’s University of Manchester website is an excellent interactive resource in which your child can browse a number of different science topics which have a quiz at the end of each unit.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is an excellent online resource that provides students help with revision and learning. Here you will find a number of free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject on every subject for students aged from three to 16 and over.

Activity Village

For those of you who enjoy making crafts with your child at home, Activity Village is a great resource for ideas and templates to develop creativity at home.

Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children. What we say and do in our daily lives can help children to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school.

Monitor your child’s television, video game, and Internet use. Children on average spend far more time watching TV, playing video games and using the Internet than they do completing homework or other school-related activities.

Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school-and in life. The importance of reading simply can’t be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning. Learn more in Fun Reading Tips and Activities and Fun and Effective Ways to Read with Children.

Talk with your child. Talking and listening play major roles in children’s school success. It’s through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that children begin to pick up the language skills they will need if they are to do well.

Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently. Taking responsibility and working independently are important qualities for school success. You can help your child to develop these qualities by establish reasonable rules that you enforce consistently, making it clear to your child that he has to take responsibility for what he does, both at home and at school, showing your child how to break a job down into small steps, and monitor what your child does after school, in the evenings and on weekends.

Encourage active learning. Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, spends time with friends, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument or visits museums and bookstores.