P7 News/info and home learning 2/3/18

Hello everyone, I hope that you are enjoying the snow.

I have made a whole school sumdog competition so please remember to log in – if you need help with your log in details then email me.

Remember your individual targets – where do you need to go? How will you get there?

Home learning – due Wednesday

Literacy – please remember your book reports and quiz that were due in on 1st.  If you want to challenge yourself and consolidate learning we have done in class then write a short setting description of a snowy setting – remember our in-class success criteria (Using your senses, adjectives, adverbs, long and short sentences and no story/charactes e.g. The warm sun shone down on the turquoise water like freshly cleaned diamonds, the birds lazily perched on the tan branches while the sound of them gleefully singing danced in my ears.  I felt at peace.” Type it on word and email me, share with me on GLOW or just write it and bring it in next week.

Maths/Numeracy – Have a go at this BEAST FROM THE EAST P7 Maths activity challenge – how many house points will you earn?

The Beast From The East Maths Investigation P7-1nm7473

REMEMBER to keep sending my your fun in the snow, snow sculpture or snowy extreme reading photos. k.hinton@mgfl.net


An excited and keen parent first mentioned this in January and I could not believe that it was time to think about it so a pat on the back for planning ahead.  She has volunteered time to help organise this and attend on the day.  I have had a few more parents ask me about the day out and would suggest a wee team to go with the pupil ideas would work well.

Pupils discussed it with me and I posted the results on the page last week.  As Time Capsule was the firm favourite I presumed people would look into this – I am happy to get the office to price a bus for the parent team while they organise prices for the trip and food.

Pupils are saying the Time Capsule is closed during the day – after a quick email they got back to me to say that for trips etc they can open at 10am, you just need to speak to them.

Paintballing was not first or second choice but I do have to mention that this, or similar activities, is not something Mrs Donnelly or I would be happy to have organised for their day out so this is not an option.

If Time Capsule is not an option I am happy to go back to the class and chat about other ideas (escape rooms, Blair Drummond plus BBQ, Picnic etc were also suggested after our discussion).



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.


Parents Evening


This term our parents evening will be a drop in session.  Come along with your child and let them show you around their classroom and share their learning with you.  The class teacher will be in attendance for you to ask questions or chat to about next steps.

If there are any issues that you wish to discuss in a less public setting please make an appointment with the teacher outwith this event.

P7 camp update

P7 campers are having a ball demonstrating great resilience, determination and perseverance. They are enjoying meeting new friends and working together to overcome challenges and reach new heights.

Mrs Hinton is proud of all They have achieved so far and is impressed with their manners and growth mindset. For those without Twitter here are some photos. Apologies if they are upside down….signal is rubbish etc.

P3 Homework from 24th October

Primary 3 Homework – Week from 24th October

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday week. The Buchans had a good time getting settled with baby Alice.

In numeracy we are moving on to multiplication. Our new big topic will be beginning soon, so watch this space!

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan



The 10 x table has already been in our “Learnits”, and now we are going to include the 5 x table too. Flashcards for this will come home to add into your sets for regular practice.

Hit the Button is a great online game for revising times tables and building up speed. Speed matters because our aim in P3 is to work towards instant recall of these basic number facts.


Under “Times Tables” you can choose 2, 5 or 10 and then play either “Hit the Answer” or “Hit the Question”.



Pages to be read from class reading books will be written down in the grids as usual. If you can hear some of these out loud that is excellent practice. It is also great to ask questions as you listen, helping the children to engage with the stories and also checking that they understand any trickier words. (You may well do this already!)



In our writing lessons we talk about “VCOP”. This stands for vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. By building up our skills in these four areas we can make our writing more interesting.

At home this week, try to find examples of exciting and interesting vocabulary. This could be from a newspaper or magazine, something online, or a book you’ve been reading for fun. Copy the words into your homework jotter and use them in a sentence. Can you find at least three good ones?

We especially like finding new ways of saying ordinary things. For example, instead of saying that the man walked down the street, we might say that he crept, stomped or ambled.



Spelling words to practice this week are:

chin                 chat

much               march

pinch               chip

they                 where

use                   there

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.

Big Maths


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; 36addition 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’). 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: