Category Archives: P6K-News

School lunches

Message from the Catering Department:
Dear Parent/Carer

Due to the severe weather we have been experiencing, the catering department have been unable to receive any deliveries from suppliers. Normal deliveries are not likely to return until Tuesday 6th of March.

School kitchens will be providing a meal service however due to the issues with suppliers this will vary to the advertised menu on ParentPay. Due to the change in menus, allergen information will vary to the website and we will do our upmost to ensure all usual special diets are catered for.

We are working hard to ensure kitchens are back to advertised menus as soon as possible and your support is much appreciated.

Kind regards

Catering Dept.

World Book Day

As you will be aware all Edinburgh schools are closed tomorrow. This means we will miss World Book Day. Not to worry, here are some ideas you might want to do at home together so you can still celebrate World Book Day.


We will rearrange a suitable date to celebrate World Book Day so the children can still dress up – we were looking forward to seeing the different characters coming to school. We will let you know as soon as a date is decided.
Thank you.

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.

P6K Learning w/b 13.11.17


  • We have continued our learning about prime numbers.
  • Also we continued our investigation into rounding of numbers. We rounded to the nearest 1000 and then applied our knowledge to round to the nearest 1 000 000 (million) to help with our scale model of the Solar System.
  • Daily focus has continued on “Beat Thats” to help improve our recall of key maths facts linked to addition & multiplication – well done to all for up levelled improvements.


  • This week we have had a focus on creating an imaginative story which has a mystery/suspense theme. We watched a film where objects started to float up into the sky, (as if there was no gravity, this links to our study on Space). The story again had no speech helping us to focus on good description to help the reader understand what is happening.
  • Spelling City has been continued to be a great hit; with this week’s focus on words ending ‘or’ which are often pronounced as if they end ‘er’.
  • We have started a new book study based on Daniel Pennac’s book “Eye of the Wolf”. The story has lots of great words to describe the scene.

Health and Wellbeing:

  • In PE we continued to develop our skills in basketball which included the opportunity to shoot at the net and looking for space on the court.
  • We are really pleased that Mr Taylor has arrived in class – it has provided the opportunity to share information about ourselves and the school.


  • Working in groups we created some rocket launchers to launch our rockets. The rockets were amazing, they flew so high into the sky just using a puff of air for power. What was really good was that anyone can make these from recycled objects.
  • We learnt how to make a Rangoli pattern – we created individual ones as well as a large one for the class.
  • Working in groups we have started on a large project which requires us to research a key event linked to space exploration. We will then use this information to create a drama performance, supported with music and a movie trailer which will be shared with the class to demonstrate our learning.
  • We created a scale model of the solar system (using lengths of toilet paper to measure the distances). Gosh! it is a long way from the Sun to Uranus – the earth is relatively close to the Sun.
  • In German we practised our numbers & colours with lots of fun games.

P6K Learning w/b 6.11.17


  • We have continued our learning about factors and factor pairs and discovered that for numbers with only 1 factor pair it is called a prime number.
  • Also we have been investigating the rounding of numbers.
  • We have shown great improvements with our daily focus on “Beat Thats” to help improve our recall of key maths facts linked to addition & multiplication – nearly everyone has graduated to a new level – some have graduated twice. Well done.


  • This week we have had a focus on creating a newspaper article linked to aliens landing at Buckstone Primary. This links to our study on Space. The article made us think about using quotes rather than speech.
  • We watched the end of the short film “Alma” and discussed how it ended and how this compared to our own predictions.
  • Spelling City has been continued to be a great hit; with this week’s focus on words ending ‘ar’ which are often pronounced as if they end ‘er’.
  • We completed reading ‘Nule’ – finally we found the part of the story which was more creepy than scary. The author used some interesting vocabulary and short sentences to provide tension. The most interesting part of the story was how the author left the reader with a question.

Heath and Wellbeing:

  • We had the opportunity to practise some basket ball skills this week.
  • The class have focused really well this week on their learning, with the secret student being named 4 days out of 5, great.


  • Mrs Ritchie came into class and gave an amazing talk about Space; it blew our minds away.
  • Working in groups we created a drama performance on the Apollo 13 mission, which contained lots of mixed emotions. The class performed their “play” and were provided with useful feedback from the class.
  • We shared our music we had created for our planets, these have now been published on the blog – here.
  • In German we practised our colours with lots of fun games.

Planet Music

As part of our investigation into Space the pupils composed some music using Garage Band to match the theme of their planet they had created.

Sadly 2 of the planets did not make it to the final stage of being published, they are lost in space somewhere on the iPad.