15.1.18 Primary 7

This week in P7 we are having an intensive revision week where we will be doing a lot of mental maths to consolidate square numbers, division, times tables, problem solving etc.  Mrs Caldwell has delayed her test until next Monday so pupils have an extra week to revise the fractions, decimals and Percentages tables they have been working on.  They will be expected to know the fraction, decimal and related percentages (e.g. 50%, 0.5, 1/2)

Pupils all have reading homework but there is no other homework because I have given out a choice of Burns poems for them to choose one to recite on 30/1/18.  I gave them 16 minutes to learn 1 verse and most were successful – this means they have ample time to learn the whole poem if they use time wisely. (Ae fond kiss, Address to the Deil or Adddress to the toothache – some have challenged themselves to learn Tan O Shanter)

In Scots week we have been looking at Scotland’s landscape, natural disasters and plate tectonics.


Now that it is 2018 I have a few dates for you (some parents and pupils have been asking me)

26th June – P7 night in school, usually a DVD and pizza

27th June – P7 Leavers Assembly – Afternoon

28th June – P7 DAY out (ORGANISED BY P7 PARENTS, Previously I have assisted by giving out surveys a parent has made which gives pupils a choice for a day out – often discussed by parents via class facebook, the school can also get costs for buses.  Parent council allocated £15 per pupil for this FULL day to include outing and food)

29th Last day of term – previously parents have organised a piper to be outside the classroom as they leave – photo opportunity etc.

Last year I made an autograph book with the class which they loved, they were about £4 each so this may be something we do again

P3 Homework from 9th January

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 9th January

Happy New Year! I hope you all had fun and restful holidays.

As well as getting straight back into maths and literacy, January is Scottish month at LPS. This will be our focus for the first few weeks of term before we move onto our next big topic.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan



We are beginning this term by thinking about probability.

To start with the children will be getting used words like “likely” and “unlikely”, and thinking about how we make these kinds of judgements about events in the future.

We will then move on to a more mathematical understanding of probability, thinking about tossing coins and rolling dice.

If you can talk about these ideas at home, that will help the children to become more familiar with the ideas and words.

We will also be starting up our Big Maths this week, with a new set of Learnits. Flashcards for these will be coming home so that children can practice for the weekly Beat That challenges. Remember that the aim of this is instant recall of these basic number facts. If children have to work out the answers that will not be fast enough.



Pages from class books to be read at home will be written down in the grids like last term. Occasionally I may write a question on these grids for you as a parent, asking for feedback about the reading.



Spelling words to practice this week are:

girl                               bird

shirt                             skirt

dirt                              first

holiday                        of

said                              cold

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.

Happy New year from Mrs H and P7 News

Happy New Year!!! I hope that you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year – Thank you all so much for your kind words, cards and gifts, you all know me so well!

Apologies for the long post!  I cannot believe in just 6 months we will be finished and P7 will have ended their time at Loanhead Primary.  In the mean time we have a LOT of hard work to do to prepare for High School.  I have been busy building up learning profiles for the children to send to High School with them and transition meetings will be starting where I meet with guidance teachers.

My expectations for 2018 are that pupils will come to school organised – WITH PENCILS, RUBBERS, GLUE, SHARPENERS, HIGHLIGHTERS, RULER, PROTRACTOR and a MEMORY PEN ( we use so much ICT this makes printing it easier). Pupils will be expected to know their homework and make a note of it so, as usual, they should bring a homework diary every day.  At High School pupils homework is given orally and they write it down – they take responsibility for their own learning.  These things are more important that spinners, toys and slime!

Unfinished Work – Pupils will be given enough time to complete a task, if they are not using time wisely (and 2/3+ of the class have finished) they will be expected to take it home, complete fully and have it signed for the next day. I appreciate your understanding.

P.E. (after advice from High Schools) PE will be on Tuesday and Thursdays and pupils are expected to have a FULL change of clothes – top and shorts (no tights) as well as indoor shoes.  No aerosols but roll ons are allowed.  Only about 60% of the class went to PE fully equipped every week last term.  If pupils are unable to do PE they will complete written work on PE.

I have worked out a simpler, and less time consuming, learning record so will begin to use this again – sending it home on Fridays to be signed.  We will continue with shoeless learning because, I believe that it works and we are going to be doing a lot of mindfulness and relaxation which ties in with it.

If you did not see me at Parents Night and require a catch up please get in tough k.hinton@mgfl.net

Homework will usually be given out Mon or Tues but reading will be at least twice a week as well as unfinished work.  Pupils will have maths targets that they will set and are required to work on these in their own time.  Mrs Caldwell is redoing the Maths test on fractions, decimals and percentages (pupils were asked to memorise the table below before Christmas – many never and therefore some of the results were not good).

Please talk to your child about the importance of being organised, on task and respectful.  This is their time to grow, learn and have fun but because it is fast paced with high expectations, there is a plan in place with management to support this.  Social Media had a massive impact on learning last year, please talk with your child about this and the importance of reporting to the police, not sharing images of others or doctoring them to share (both illegal), setting up fake accounts for the purpose of online bullying is not acceptable and the police told them all about the consequences.

I look forward to all of the exciting things we have planned this year and working, with yourselves, to prepare each and every pupil for High School.


Mrs H

P3 Homework for Week Beginning 18th December

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 19th December

Because this is a shorter homework week, I have only put down a couple of things to look at. Homework jotters won’t come home, and we won’t be having new reading books.

I hope you all have great holidays.

Mr Buchan



We’ve been finishing strongly in numeracy, getting the hang of empty number lines. This strategy will provide a strong basis both for written techniques (i.e. chimney sums) and mental calculation. It would be great to cement this before we all head off. (As before, please practise suitable sums based on the examples below.)

23 + 34 =

141 + 26 =

352 + 124 =

228 + 236 =

356 + 244 =



Our final dictation (Thursday) will focus on the ‘oa’ sound.

boat                 coat                 road                 groan               loaf

toast                soap                 just                  float

Last week we struggled with the ‘ai’ sound, so a bit of practice on ‘oa’ would be good to help us all to finish on a high note.

P3 Homework from 12th December

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 12th December

Thanks for all your support with the amazing tombs. I have put a short video on the school website which shows these off a bit!

There are lots of exciting things going on this week with the pantomime and getting ready for our Christmas Concert. There will still be time for writing and maths amongst it all though!

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan



This week we are hoping to consolidate addition with two digit numbers. Please could you ask the children to show you solutions using our empty number line strategy? (There’s no need to do all of these. Please just pick three at a suitable level.)

20 + 17 =

34 + 25 =

38 + 44 =

132 + 24 =

247 + 36 =

173 + 237 =



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



Spelling words to practice this week are:

boat                 coat

road                 groan

loaf                  float

toast                soap

just                  used

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.


Christmas Jokes

We thought it would be fun for everyone in P3 to find or make up a Christmas joke. The children can then practice telling their jokes to an audience.

P3 Homework from 5th December

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 5th December

This week we’re excited about our museum trip. After we have written reports on this visit, that will be the end of our Egypt topic.

Thank you to all who have paid £1 towards the Christmas party on Tuesday 19th. There is still plenty of time to hand this in.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan


Numeracy (images missing from online version – please see printed sheet – apologies!)

We are adding two digit numbers, building up difficulty in steps:

– Adding two tens numbers together (e.g. 30 + 50)

– Adding a tens number to another two digit number (e.g. 30 + 54)

– Adding two digit numbers without bridging over 10 (e.g. 33 + 54)

– Adding two digit numbers bridging over 10 (e.g. 38 + 54)

– Adding two digit numbers bridging over 10 and 100 (e.g. 48 + 54)

To solve these additions (in the end we want to be doing this mentally) we are learning how to use two different strategies.

The first involves breaking down the numbers into parts that are easier to work with. For example: 33 + 54  =  30 + 50 + 3 + 4

The second strategy involves using an empty number line.

+4        +10          +10             +10                    +10              +10

33  37             47                57                         67              77             87

Please ask the children to show you how these strategies work. You could get them to demonstrate on 33 + 54 and 38 + 54.

As confidence grows, have a go at the Topmarks speed challenge:


Under “Addition and Subtraction”, I would start with 15 or 20 seconds per question, building up from TU + TU without crossing 10s.



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



Spelling words to practice this week are:

rain                  paint

tail                   wait

train                rail

snail                 picture

people             thing

Please could everyone do the usual look, say cover, write and check (twice through the list) and then write sentences using as many of the words as possible.

P4 Homework 28-11-17

Spelling (Whole Class)

Ow and Ou worksheet

Days of the Week worksheet



Complete worksheets

They should complete their October/November spelling challenge for the days of the week and grid  earn 5 points.


Some children have a particular system that they are following and the pattern of this should not should not change.

See Reading Records:

On Tuesday, Thursday for J.K Rowling

On Tuesday, Thursday for and Julia Donaldson

On MondayWednesday, Thursday for Roald Dahl and Jeff Kinney

Enid Blyton- Given on Tuesdays

How a hot air balloon works comprehension sheet.

David Walliams- Given on Tuesdays

Chapter 9 for Tuesday 5th December. Worksheet to be give out tomorrow (Wednesday 29th Nov)