P3 Problem Solving

P3 did the Three Monkeys Addition Problem

Three monkeys ate a total of 25 nuts,

Each of them ate a different odd number of nuts.

How many nuts did each monkey eat?

Some of our answers:

5 + 3 + 17 = 25
5 + 9 + 11 = 25
19 + 1 + 5 = 25
7 + 5 + 13 = 25
7 + 3 + 15 = 25
1 + 9 + 15 = 25
1 + 11 + 13 = 25

We found that

  • using cubes helped some pairs
  • using bonds of ten and twenty helped
  • after we used a bond of twenty plus 5 we could use it again to make a bond of 10 plus 15 e.g. 7 + 13 + 5 so 7 + 3 + 15

It was fun!


P7 helper in P3

We have loved having Will to help us in class today.  He’s been so kind and helpful. He has helped lots of boys and girls with their reading and maths. He played keyword Bingo with a group.  Mrs. Thomson would love to have him in class every week.

THANK YOU so much Will.

Sadie:  He helped us all lots and we will all miss him.

Holly: Will helped the Ahlbergs read and he helped in Maths.

Jade: It was good to have a P7 who knows his stuff. When we were reading a recount he told us it needs to be in chronological order. That’s the order that it happened in.

Matthew: It was fun reading the playscript with Will. I was being Chip. Will was a narrator.



Maths Homework – Term 2

In class we are focusing on recalling our x table facts. We will have a timed challenge on a Monday and Friday. The aim will be to beat our time. Over the week you should practice your x table facts.

You have a log-in for Study Ladder and there are activities assigned to you. We will be able to track the activities you complete as well as your accuracy.


You can also use other methods for working on your recall. Get an adult to test you; create a game; recite them out loud or use online games.

Leave a comment on here if you have a really helpful game or activity which others may find useful.

Welcome back Primary 1!

The children have enjoyed a busy first week back and have been learning about the and l sound.

For o the children made an octopus. The children developed their cutting skills as they cut out a circle for the body, covered it in little os and added eight tentacles!

We took advantage of the lovely autumn leaves and drew detailed leaf pictures to go with our sound.

The children have also been creating their own  characters using leaves from the ground. Have a look at our wonderful display!

Finally, all the children are invited to join us for a Halloween party on Friday 1st November from 8.45-12.50. The children can dress up if they wish and should be ready for some spooky fun!

Homework Task – Term 2

Homework – Term 2

In class this term we are learning about the country of Japan and comparing it to life in Scotland. At home we would like you to choose another world country, carry out some research and then present your findings. You must cover at least 3 topic areas for your chosen country.

Possible research topics:
-Traditional clothing
-Key historical events
Feel free to find out about other aspects of the country too.

You can choose how you present your information. (power point, poster, leaflet, booklet, video recording, model etc.) If you need any resources from school, please ask.
We are looking for you to present your information in a clear way and we will also expect a note of the information sources you used. (Book titles and authors, websites etc)

Your project should be completed by Monday 9th of December. We will be sharing our learning with other classes in the school that week.

Mrs Brown and Mrs Maxfield

What do we think we already know?

The Sun is boiling hot. It has lava or something in it and gas.

The Sun is made of gas and fire.

Day and night are the same length of hours.

There are 12 months in a year.

The Moon is a giant lump of rock.

The Moon has bumps called craters.

The stars, Sun and Moon are powerful.

There are 7 days in a week.

Autumn is a warning about Winter and we harvest all our food.

ELC Stay and Play

In the last week before the holidays we had stay and play sessions where we welcomed parents and carers in to share our ELC learning and experiences.


A huge thank you to all who joined us, the children loved having you in to play!

This is a great opportunity for you to share your childs learning with them, speak to the ELC staff, meet other parents/carers and have a look at their folder and displays in ELC.


We do these stay and play sessions termly so keep an eye out on the board for the next days.


At the moment we are also looking for some parent/carer feedback using our “feedback tree” in the cloakroom – Please add any thoughts or suggestions onto a wooden spoon and hang it on a branch! We love hearing your feedback.

Maths problem solving

We had fun today using our addition skills to solve a problem. Some people said it was tricky but a little challenge helps us learn.

Here is the puzzle:

Chico’s cards are all different.

There is a number from 1 to 8 on each.

Chico has chosen four cards that add up to 20. What are they?

There are 7 possibilities. Try to find them all.

Most pairs found it helpful to use playing cards. They listed their answers e.g. 7 + 3 + 6 + 4. We soon discovered that our bonds to 10 helped us. Some pairs were fast to use two cards to make 11 then two to make 9.

We had to check that we hadn’t repeated a solution e.g. 6 + 4 + 7 + 3 is the same as 7 + 4 + 3 + 6

Try our problem. Good luck.