P2 Homework W/B 25.9.17

Hi everyone,

Here is the homework list for the week ahead:

Spelling – List 5 ” qu” . The homework handed in so far shows a lot of hard work taking place at home; thank you and well done!

Reading – Please continue to refer to the post-it notes in each book.

Numeracy – P2 seem to love numeracy ( that’s what they tell me anyway!) This week, we’ll practise +3/-3 and so, on Wednesday, a new sheet of cards for you to cut up and use as flash cards will be sent home.

Each Monday we focus on money ( Money Monday) and so any chance at home for your child to count up pennies is invaluable. ( 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p will suffice just now). Children love to play shops and so this is another way to encourage them. A shop doesn’t have to be anything ‘fancy’ – even just a few empty cartons from your cupboards with prices on ( start with under 10p prices) can give lots of fun practice.

Every Friday we focus on fractions ( Fraction Friday!) Children do find this a tricky concept so am just focussing on halves and quarters and this week, we’ll look at sharing out items equally between 2 and 4 people. Any opportunity you have to reinforce this at home, say in playing games, would be very helpful.

TopicHarvest – a letter will be coming home soon about an appeal for food donations P1 and P2 are going to make.

PE – Wednesday and Thursday. However, our school is gearing up to start The Daily Mile Challenge and so, P2 will soon be getting out and about, building up to walking and running a mile ( most days). This will not happen on PE days. 

Toys– I notice that children keep bringing in toys to school. I would encourage children not to bring any toys in as these can get lost, damaged and can be distracting for the children. I don’t mind children bringing in small toys for Golden Time on a Friday but recently, some toys have been rather large and take up a lot of safe storage space!

Thanks in advance for your support,

Miss S Brunt

Cursive Handwriting

Here at Loanhead Primary we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our cursive/joined-up handwriting style. We use Letter-join as
the basis of our handwriting policy that covers all the requirements of the Curriculum for Excellence and our Big Writing structure.  We begin re teaching letter formation to ensure pupils are correctly forming letters that enable them to join with ease (e.g. Long ladder letters, curly caterpillars etc).  We then teach patterns and words and carefully build up pupil knowledge and skill in handwriting.

Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. At the end of Second Level all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible
and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes.

We aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking. As a catalyst to speedy handwriting we encourage parents
and carers to encourage the use of cursive handwriting at home.

P7 – 19th September

Primary 7 have been working on the order of operations (BOMDAS) in Maths and they have enjoyed the challenge of these more complex sums.  They have homework to do on this – which can be found here bodmas_revision_p7-2ck1qh0

We are doing a lot of fast paced mental maths with a focus on the Big Maths Learn-its – the expectation by P6 is that pupils know all their times tables (fast recall with associated division knowledge) ALL P7 pupils need to work on this. (click here for Learn Its progression)

I am still assessing some spelling patterns and we are currently working on a whole class novel study so there is no reading books at present.  I would suggest making use of the fabulous new library and reading for enjoyment – at least 30 minutes a night.  Also reading suitable newspaper articles (such as First News) and reports will really benefit pupils in our next literacy unit on report writing.

Pupils should be well into our 30 days of kindness challenge – 30 challenges to do out of school. (see last week’s post)


P4 Homework 19.09.17

Hope you all had a lovely September weekend.



Following the recent assessment that the class undertook I have identified a few sounds and spelling rules that the children need to revise. Therefore for the next few weeks the children will be given largely the same spelling words and sounds to learn.

After the areas to be revises have been covered in class we will resume with Spelling Made Easy and the children will merge back into their groups.  This week and next: all children are learning when to use ck or k to end a word.

See jotters for words.

Activity: To earn 10 points on the Challenge grid. If anyone has lost this please let me know.




Roald Dahl: See bookmarks Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

J.K. Rowling: See bookmarks Mon, Wed, Thurs

Enid Blyton: Read P 36-50 and Questions 1 and 2 in jotter for Tuesday 26th. Answers in full sentences please.

Jeff Kinney: See bookmarks Mon, Wed, Thurs

Julia Donaldson: See bookmarks Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

David Walliams: Read P 14- 28 for Tuesday 26th. Work to follow next week will be about these pages.

P3 Homework for Week Beginning 18th September

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 18th September

I hope everyone had a good September weekend.

Our first project has been in science, looking at the human body. We have been investigating how blood carries oxygen and nutrients. We even acted this out! Next we will learn about our five senses.

Thanks again for all your support with home learning.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan


Numeracy – Big Maths

You may remember Learnits from last year. These are number facts that pupils need to know as quick as a flash! In class we say it should be like when someone asks your name – you don’t need any time to think, you just know.

Our Learnits for this term are:

10 x table                    7 + 4 = 11

8 + 4 = 12                    9 + 4 = 13

8 + 3 = 11                    9 + 3 = 12

The adding sums also have their associated “fact families”.

Coming home this week are Learnit flashcards so everyone can practise. Please can these stay at home for regular use throughout the term. Each Friday the children will have a quickfire Learnit challenge, trying to beat their own scores from the previous weeks.



Pages to be read from class reading books will be written down onto the grids as usual. If children finish these books, please do still hear some pages out loud.

Thanks also for making a start with the Home Reading Logs. It is interesting and useful to see what everyone has been enjoying!



Our words for this week are:

feet                  sweet

green               free

three                of

words              you

was                  to

As well as our usual look, say, cover, write and check (twice for each word) try making a wordsearch using this week’s words. See if anyone at home can solve the puzzle! (I will stick wordsearch grids into the homework jotters.)

P1 Homework Wk Beg 18/09/2017

Primary 1 Homework

Hope you all had a restful weekend – I know the children were ready for a rest!

Phonics: We will be learning the next block of sounds over the next two weeks – again 3 sounds per week. Please help your child to hear the sound in words.

Date Sound
Tuesday 19th September C and K Reading
Weds 20th September E Reading
Thurs 21st September H Reading
Mon 25th September R Reading
Tues 26th  September M Reading
Weds 27th September D Reading
Thurs 28th September Recap all three Reading


Reading: We are continuing with the wordless books – I will be changing them every day so please make sure your child has their book bag with them every day.

Numeracy: Number poster which your child was given last week.


Outdoor Learning

The children really enjoyed the outdoor learning we did with Sean Fallon. We have another session this week. The children will be again be going in small groups. Please look for the letter in your child’s book bag which tells you which day they are going.

Parent Helpers

Don’t forget to return the form if you are able to help in school – having parent helpers is really appreciated.

P2 Homework W/B Tuesday 19th September

Hi there,

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Homework this week is as follows:

Spelling – List 4 ‘ng

Reading – check book bags daily for updates. Check ‘post-it’ notes please. Due to the Monday holiday we’ll be one day behind in our normal programme. 

Numeracy – keep practising ‘+1/-1’ cards and new cards ( +2/-2) will be issued on Wednesday. Children should become very familiar with these sums and begin to recall each one with little hesitation.

PE– Wednesday and Thursday

Thanks to all who handed in food labels last week – it was very interesting plotting  where food comes from on a world map.

Thank you,

Miss Brunt