1.3.18 Homework – Have SNOW much fun!!!!


I hope everyone is having a safe and fun family time in the snow.  Today is World Book Day and although we can not do all the fun activities that have been organised please share your photos with me so we can make a Snow day collage of all your fun and snowy learning – P7 remember when we did some “extreme reading”? Perhaps you can so some in the snow and send me the photos? (k.hinton@mgfl.net)

Other ideas of snow day activities:

  • Read some recipes and bake something that looks yum
  • Plan and build a snow sculpture
  • Make a snow picture
  • Have sledging races and test out different snow “vehicles” – which is best?
  • Have a snowball fight and then enjoy some warm chocolate after
  • Snuggle on the couch and watch a family film
  • Play a Board game and watch the snow fall
  • Make Snow castles for your toys
  • Help clear the paths or do some neighbourly good deeds


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UPDATE: School closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March, BINGO NIGHT AT SCHOOL CANCELLED

Today (28.2.18), Thurs (1st March)and tomorrow (2.3.18)

Our building is closed. All Midlothian schools and nurseries are to be closed due to adverse weather conditions. Keep up to date with news and more info on the council website. We will update this page later today with more information if we have any.


P1 Homework 26/02/2018

Reading: Please see the red card as usual.

Phonics: We are continuing with our consonant blends. This week it is ‘gr’,  ‘tr’ and ‘cl’.

Numeracy: We have been working on data handling in class and learning about using tally marks and pictograms to gather and display information. We will be continuing some work on this.

Thursday is World Book Day. Mr Buchan has arranged various activities that will take place in school to highlight and encourage a love of reading. There is no requirement to dress up. All children will bring home a voucher for a £1 book.

Friday: We have a drama workshop and production about the Elves and the Shoemaker which I think the children will enjoy.

Thank you to those who have sending in the items mentioned last week…keep them coming they will always be of use.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming

P6 Homework 26.2.18

Monday 26th February

Please READ, COVER< WRITE, CHECK words twice in jotter.

Chocolates – complete 2 activities from sheet

Lollipops and Gummy Bears – complete 1 activity from sheet and complete sheet.

By Monday 5th March

P2 Homework W/B 26.2.18

Hi all,

Here is the homework list this week:

Spelling – List 26 ‘ow‘ as in owl/how

Reading – continues as normal – please  ensure you listen to your child read most days. Thanks.

Mathsmeasuring length – we have been looking at the language of length – long/short, longer/shorter, longest/shortest etc. We have measured objects using cubes as units. This week, we’ll continue this theme and will try measuring using cm. I’ll send home a measuring task mid week.

World Book Day – is on Thursday and Mr Buchan has organised lots of in-school activities for us to do but there is no requirement to dress up for this.

ParentPay – we have a new online system in school to register payments and keep track of lunches etc. As P2 don’t pay for lunches, it’s merely a matter of recording choices, which I do first thing in the morning, along with the register. Can you make sure that your child is in school on time please.

Also, to remind you that if you are late picking your child up at 3:15, your child will be taken along to the office.

Thanks for your support,

Miss Brunt

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 20th February

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 20th February

Our topic on the North and South Poles is really taking off now as we think about what these amazing places are like and what kinds of animals can survive there.

Please see below my note on written subtraction methods.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan



Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids as usual.

I am going to stop writing down when children have been heard reading aloud on these grids because it has proved impossible to keep this up to date. All the children are heard three times a week on average – sometimes twice or sometimes four times depending on what else is happening. From now on I will only write notes on the reading grids if there is something specific to raise. I hope that is OK.



More common words that people have been finding tricky.

taking                          cold

walked                         there

called                           their

Please could we practise them using our usual look, say, cover, write and check method and then write sentences using them?


As you help the children with columns subtraction, please be aware that there are some slightly different ways of doing these written sums and it will be helpful if we can all use the same method. For example, the way I was taught is different from what I would now teach. The reason is that the decomposition method (shown below) reflects most closely the underlying concepts of place value and subtraction. The other ways work fine but they can be a bit confusing for some children.


6 5                 Take 4 away from 5 to get 1 in the units column.

 – 3 4                 Take 3 away from 6 to get 3 in the tens column.


You can’t take 5 from 2, so you decompose the

  56 12                6 tens to become 5 tens and 1 ten moves across.

 – 3   5               You now have 12 minus 5 which gives 7 in the

___­__­              units column. In the tens column you then take 3

away from 5 which gives 2.


Our motto is:

          If it’s too big on the floor… steal one from next door.

This goes with other golden rules:

– Start with the units

– Never take the top number away from the bottom

– When you write a sum, line up the columns correctly


To practise at home:

43 – 22                     87 – 62                     63 – 28                   91 – 72

86 – 39                    364 – 226             506 – 262                544 – 245

P7 Homework 19/2/18

All pupils have to finish their reading novels to the end for next Mon.

Pupils have a decimals worksheet for maths (due on Fri), we have been working on multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

I have set a personal challenge of no screens after 8pm- this is not compulsory but a good talking point given that the class have screen obsessions.

We have been learning to tell the time in French – pupils would benefit from revising this.

For the parents organising the day out. We chatted about it and pupils voted on their top 3. See below.