Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM


You completed a card design in class on Friday with Ms Dowds (this will be sent home today) and you were given a blank template home to complete (if the adults at home wished). Please have a chat with your adults at home about which design you would like to choose (if you would like to participate in this fundraising event) then RETURN YOUR CHOSEN DESIGN ON TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER. Thank you, Mrs McFarlane 🙂

Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM

P6NM Reflective Friday 03.09.21

The weekly blog will usually be uploaded onto our Teams page but I am aware that several pupils are unable to remember their passwords today so I will arrange for these to be reset and in the meantime upload in both our team and here.



Remember to check the Spelling folder on Teams for spelling lists (click on Files then the Class Materials folder). We are aiming to upload the spelling each Friday for the week ahead.


This week we began a process called ‘Slow Writing’. This involved using a step-by-step structure to create a powerful opening paragraph.

We had to slow our writing right down and think carefully about selecting words and phrases which would have a powerful impact.


We transformed our reading corner into a Hogwarts themed library.

Opportunities for home learning:

Can you write a paragraph about your day/weekend/ other event following these steps?

  • The first sentence must be a question.
  • The second sentence must be 3 words exactly.
  • The third sentence must begin with ‘Although’.
  • The fourth sentence must be 20 words exactly.


This week our key learning has been around these Success Criteria:

  • I can talk about the digits which make up a number and can work out what each digit represents (partitioning)
  • I can read and record numbers in words and digits
  • I can compare and order numbers (by looking at the most significant digits)

We have been working on 5 and 6 digit numbers.

Opportunities for home learning.

Choose the last 6 digits of a phone number and write them out. Write it in words and partition the digits like this: 387 249 is three hundred and eighty-seven thousand, two hundred and forty-nine. 387 249 = 387 000 + 249.

Play this game online.

Place Value Millionaire Game (


Buckstone Primary plans to promote Equality and Diversity as a priority this session. In line with this we started a topic called ‘Kick Out Racism’. We watched a number of video clips which summarised the events following the Italy vs England Euro 2020 final in July. The class then decided on questions they would like to find the answers to, and we decided to make our own anti-racist campaigns.

Opportunities for home learning

This subject is in the media lots just now. Can you find examples of positive steps that are being taken such as the one below?

Show Racism the Red Card – Whole-club approach to tackling racism

Share any findings in the folder in teams titled ‘Kick Out Racism’.

Health and Wellbeing

This week we have been exploring what we would want from a friend and what kind of friend we can be. The class discussed the positive impact of friendship, as well as some of the challenges that come up in managing relationships. We want to create a class where there is a positive atmosphere and where we are able to manage the ups and downs of friendships. One of the key messages from this week is to understand that we do not need to be best friends with everyone, but we can be friendly and kind.

Opportunities for Home Learning

Some experts at Young Scot have some great suggestions about what to do when you fall out.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs McFarlane

Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM

P6NM Reflective Friday 27.8.21

We have been super busy organising our new classroom, getting to know each other and getting back into the school routine!

Some of our learning this week:


  • writing letters about ourselves to our teachers
  • looking at the themes of acceptance and kindness through our class novel ‘wonder’
  • exploring the feelings and difficulties faced by the protagonist, Auggie by creating our own animals that are different


  • revising reading and writing numbers up to 6 digits
  • discussing the value of each digit in a number (hundreds of thousands, tens of thousand, thousands, hundreds, tens and units)
  • learning how to partition a number into its place value components e.g. 987 321 = 900 000 + 80 000 + 7 000 + 300 + 20 + 1
  • ordering 6 digit numbers – looking at the value of each digit

Other Curricular Areas

  • In PE started a unit on field hockey; this week we focussed on push passes and how to do this with accuracy.
  • We created our class identity based on the initials P6NM and using a character from a book – we are now called the P6 Nanny McPhee class!
  • We discussed our class charter based on our school rules: Ready, Respectful and Safe.
  • We created self portraits using, water colour and line drawings in the style of our class novel cover. We added on acts of kindness that we can try to complete throughout the year.

Optional Home Learning Activities

  • Soft g in final position.
  • In English, no word ends with a j. At the end of words with more than one syllable, the idg sound is spelt age.
  • CORE WORDS: age, image, stage, shortage, postage, average, cottage, luggage, garage, postage
  • CHALLENGE WORDS: advantage, courage, sausage, message, hostage, language, percentage, engage, outrage, forage
  • In addition, children will also be given a selection of commonly misspelt words to practise each week: number, other, by, about, could, people, some, called
  • Spelling will be assessed by a dictation activity using the core and common words each Friday.

Have a super weekend everyone!

Mrs Nicholson

Mrs McFarlane & Mrs Nicholson P6NM

Welcome to P6NM!

Welcome to P6NM with Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson.

The pupils have all settled back well and we have really enjoyed meeting everyone this week. 

Important Information 

Our PE days will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days, please come to school in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, which you will be able to exercise in.   

This week we have focussed on the expectations and routines in P6 and lots of Health and Wellbeing.  

Here are some highlights from our first few days in Primary Six: 

  • We started to read a book called Wonder. 
  • Self portraits in the style of the cover for Wonder.
  • Having pictures taken for learning partners.
  • Solving riddles.
  • We decided on our class name (P6 Nanny McPhee). 
  • Starting a patchwork quilt for our class charter.
  • Starting ‘rough jotters’.
  • Making birthday cards for our classmates to get throughout this session.
  • We have enjoyed catching up with existing friends and have had the opportunity to widen our friendships even further with our new classmates. 
  • We have enjoyed more freedom of movement in the playground at break and lunch.
  • Teachers and pupils getting to know each other.  

Have a great weekend, 

Mrs McFarlane