Category Archives: Numeracy

Dyslexia Friendly Pupil Group


We are the DFS pupil group for Onthank Primary School. We organise events like the DFS workshop and whole school assembly. We invited  all pupils and parents/carers to come to the DFS workshop. There were lots of fun activities for everyone to do.

We have already achieved  our Bronze Award and are currently working towards our Silver accreditation.

Our DFS school mascot is Dom the DFS Diamond. Keep an eye out for him around the school!

Four of our good friends have made a movie called DFS A Wider World using  IMovie trailer. You will be able to check it out at a later date by scanning a QR code.

Written by Lucy, Emily, Thomas and Stuart P6K

Famous Mathematicians

All  of Primary 7 have been researching the life and work of famous mathematicians.  Working collaboratively they have spent time today creating pages that will go towards creating a large book on the subject.  Today has been spent researching and planning their pages  which they will they will then present to their classmates.  judging by today’s efforts we are going to have some great presentations.           

Primary 6 Maths

P6 Parents / Carers

As a continuation of a whole school initiative of raising attainment, it has been decided that maths setting in P6 will cease as of Friday 11th January 2019.  Following this date maths will be taught by the class teacher taking differentiation into account to meet all learners’ needs. Thank you.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

The Senior Leadership Team

Active Learning in P3

We are all enjoying being active in our learning!

Sometimes we learn best when we are cooperating with others, using interactive Maths materials, learning our phonemes through games and simply…having fun while learning!

P3C have been beginning to divide. They have been learning about the concept of sharing.

P3W have been consolidating various phonemes through rotational tasks.

No Pens Day Wednesday

Today as part of our Dyslexia Friendly Schools journey, the whole school was involved in NO PENS DAY WEDNESDAY.  This is a national speaking and listening event which  encourages exciting classroom discussion.  Check out the blog for class photos.

P5i No Pens Day – and other news

How did we cope without pens today? Well going by the enthusiastic response of the pupils, very well actually.

With the help of snap cards, jigsaws, dominoes,  division cards, general  knowledge quiz, literacy criterion,  problem solving, critical thinking,  and teamwork, learning for pleasure was the order of the day. And not a pencil to be seen. All children participated fully in all aspects of their learning today – and had fun. We even had a visit from the SSPCA to round off our day.

PARENT’S EVENING appointments have been allocated and children should have a note of times in their school bags. Thanks to those who have responded and I look forward to meeting you all next Tuesday. There are still a few slots available between 4:30 and 5:50  if you haven’t been in touch yet.

DUNDONALD CASTLE.  A super day is in store for all tomorrow. It is a fun packed day where children will dress up, act out and discover what life was like in medieval times.  As we  will be outdoors, children should wear rain jackets and school uniforms. Trainers are ideal for walking around the castle and grounds.

I hope you like the photos that helped capture how busy we all were today.


Maths Week Scotland Challenge

This week is Maths Week Scotland and to coincide with this we’re launching the use of our brand new maths resource, Heinemann Active Maths!

Active Maths proivdes our pupils with a range of activities and challenges to help develop their mathematical thinking and numeracy skills. There are board games and resources to use in class and online games to play at home.

Whole School Challenge –  To launch this resource we’re setting some classes a challenge to access at least one Heinemann Active Maths game which their teacher will have set the class. Pupils should log in to their Bug Club / Active Learn account to access any of the maths games allocated.


Enjoy playing the games – we’d love to hear what you think about our new resource.


P6 John Muir Award Celebration

P6 had a great turnout for Onthank’s first ever John Muir Award Celebration this afternoon. Our P6s have been learning that John Muir was a Scottish born conservationalist, who lived in the late 1800s and later moved to America to found of some of their National Parks.

The award encourages children to explore natural areas near the school and over time develop and conserve them. You may have noticed that trees have been planted at the front of the school and a wide selection of vegetables have been planted near the nursery.

Congratulations to our P6 pupils, you have worked extremely hard! Thanks to all who came along to help us celebrate. We hope you had a good time and learned something new!

Please contact the office if you would be able to help us water and care for the plants over the summer holidays.