This Week’s Homework (Due Friday 8th November)

Hello everyone,

This week’s homework is business as usual – first half of reading book for Wednesday and second half for Friday, and spelling homework due in on Friday too.

From now until further notice, PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays so please ensure that your child has their kit in school for those days.

Thanks a lot,

Mr McGaff

This Week’s Homework (Due Friday 1st November)

Hello everyone,

This week’s homework is back to normal with the full week of school. If your child could read half of their reading book by Wednesday and the second half by Friday, that would enable us to have a much enhanced discussion in class! Spelling/Read-Write-Inc. homework is due Friday. Feel free to approach this task in any way that you think would benefit your child (some great examples I have seen include rainbow writing, funny sentences and monster writing).

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff (

People Who Help Us Topic – p1 need your help

Primary One have started their second topic of the year. We are going to be learning about all of the people in our community who help keep us healthy and safe. We would absolutely love if any parents or family members who work in any of these roles could come in and talk to us about your job and the role you play in our lives.

We already have a visit from the local community police officers booked in for the 31st of October. If you or any of your family work as part of the emergency services, part of a dental practice or veterinary practice or any other role relevant to our topic we would love you to join us at a time suitable for you.

If you are interested could you send me an email at and we can arrange a time to pop in.

Thanks in advance,

Miss Ramsay

This week’s homework (due 25th October)

Hello everyone, I hope you have all managed to have a restful and enjoyable October break!

Since we only have 2 and a half days in school this week, I have decided that spelling/Read-Write-Inc. is all I will be sending home to be completed by Friday. Reading will resume next week.

This week is your last chance to return winter holiday cards, so if you wish to make an order can you please bring that in as soon as possible. Exact change is preferable as it saves having to keep track of change owed ect.

I look forward to welcoming back Primary 3 tomorrow!

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff

*Halloween Disco and Dress down day*

DRESS DOWN DAY ON FRIDAY 25TH OF OCTOBER – Pupils should dress down for school on this day and bring in a tombola prize for the Halloween disco (e.g. Halloween sweets or small Halloween toy, cup, craft activity etc).

HALLOWEEN DISCO – Thursday 31st October.  6.30pm – 7.30 pm

Judging will be at 6.30pm prompt in the small hall. On the night there will be Pumpkin lantern displays and prizes, tattoos, tombola and lots of fun and dancing.

Big Maths and Learn-its number progression across all stages


BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenges.

Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides us with an accurate and simple, but highly effective, framework that guarantees numeracy progress. This framework is known as CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation) and is characterised by accurate steps of progression (known as Progress Drives) that make new learning easy and obvious to children by cashing in on the timeless natural laws of Maths.
BIG Maths is therefore a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn through jingles, songs, games and the BIG Maths characters.

Big Maths puts the child at the
heart of the learning experience.

Don’t be surprised if your children come home talking about Clic, Pom, Pim, Squigglesworth or Count Fourways.


Big Maths helps children to understand the links between core numeracy (the basic principles that underly all maths) and outer numeracy which is the application of these core principles.

C L I C Sessions

CLIC stands for ‘Counting’, ‘Learn Its’, ‘It’s Nothing New’ and ‘Calculation’. Maths lessons contain each of these elements.



Children will count forwards and backwards in all kinds of steps depending on their level e.g. in 1s, 2s, 3s, 6s or even 25s! When practising counting at home with your child, make sure you go forwards and backwards. Don’t always start at 0 – make sure they can count on from 75 to 106 for example.


‘Learn Its’:

‘Learn Its’ are addition facts and times tables facts. There are 72 Learns Its in total; 36 addition Learn Its and 36 multiplication Learn Its. These are facts that children need to learn off by heart, so when they are asked ‘What is 6+4 ?’ they are able to give the answer as quickly as they would be able to tell you their name. As soon as they know 3×5=15 they also know 5×3=15 (This is known as a ‘Switcher’).  It is expected that Pupils will know all their times tables by the end of P5 so we need your help with this!  HAVE A LOOK AT OUR LEARN – ITS PROGRESSION TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME.


It’s Nothing New:

This is the most important aspect of CLIC. It is the way children become successful andproperly numerate. The idea that 5-things and 3-things are always 8-things is a fundamental concept. Once children understand this concept, we can change the ‘thing’ to other units, e.g. ‘tens’, so that 5 tens + 3 tens = 8 tens. Children begin to learn the concept by counting random unit e.g. bananas, aliens, cats etc. It then becomes much easier to use standard

measures such as ml, m, cm, kg, whilst understanding the underlying number concepts.


Strange phrases such as ‘Jigsaw Numbers’, ‘Smile Multiplication’ and ‘Where’s Mully?’ are all part of this section of Big Maths.


This aspect of CLIC is when the teacher will focus on developing the children’s understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Big Maths maps out which steps children should do in a clear order and helps teachers to identify where to go back to if a child needs extra support.

Let’s meet some of the
BIG Maths Characters!








Big Maths Beat That is a weekly timed test of your child’s Learn Its. The aim is to improve their individual score each time!

Here is an example:



This week’s homework (due Friday 11th October)

Good afternoon!

This week’s homework is our last before the October break. Similar to usual, Spelling/Read, Write, Inc. is due Friday, and Reading books are to be finished and returned on Friday.

If you wish to order the cards we designed in school today, they have to be returned by Friday at the latest so that we can send them away. If I don’t see you before Friday, have a wonderful and well deserved October break!

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff

This week’s homework (due Friday 4th October)

Hi everyone,

Just a wee announcement to say that this week’s homework is business as usual. Reading homework will be half the book for Wednesday, and the rest of the book for Friday. Spelling/Read-Write-Inc. homework is also due on Friday, and in class we have started the 4 times table if your child wants extra practice at home!

Keep up the hard work 🙂

Mr McGaff