Category Archives: Mathematics

P4a Road Safety Week

We all enjoyed Road Safety Week in P4a.

We took part in lots of activities. We wrote acrostic poems to tell people the benefits of walking to school. We played a board game and used it as inspiration to invent our own road safety board games. We made word searches with words related to keeping safe and transport. We also played some games on the laptops. See:

In Language we read a Ziggy story all about road safety. The Ziggy stories are for young children and they help them to understand the road safety message in a fun way. We have planned our own Ziggy  stories which we will write next week. We will be trying to included interesting vocabulary and different connectives. We look forward to sharing our stories with road safety messages with the P1 children soon.

In Maths, we recorded all our addition strategies in our Maths Diaries and some of us made posters for our Maths Wall. We started working with Mrs Millar, the Numeracy Teacher, and she is now helping us with our subtraction strategies and linking addition and subtraction processes.  We have been practising doubles (e.g. 25+25) and using these to work out near doubles (e.g. 25+26, 25+24). Some of us took part in the Numeracy Curriculum Evening and enjoyed sharing our addition strategies with our parents as we completed Chilli Challenges and Number Talks. We made symmetrical Christmas trees for our art display. We have started a new topic on 3D and 2D shapes – we will be revising the ones we know and their properties, and then learning some new ones too!

In French, we had a visit from Mrs Kasparek to help us learn about Christmas and winter in France. We now know some French vocabulary for this time of year and also we learned about some French Christmas customs and food. We sang a French Christmas song and played some games. Thank you Mrs Kasparek.

In P.E., we have now finished our Handball block with Mr Muldoon. There will be a P4 Handball Festival in February  – we look forward to that! We now start a block of Futsal with a specialist Futsal coach. We were also lucky to have a Fencing taster workshop this week – we learned the names for the different bits of equipment, how to stand and move and how to be safe. The Fencing after-School Club will be running again from January – hopefully some of us will sing up for this.


This week in Primary One

We have now been introduced to all the sounds of the alphabet and are practising lots ahead of our assessment next week. Please help us to learn our sounds and build words at home.

We have been learning about the seasons of the year and love listening to the Pancake manor Seasons song. If you are out for a walk this weekend perhaps you could look for signs and clues that tell us it is Autumn?

Our new number of the week is 11. Can you go on a number hunt around the house or local area to find it? Maybe someone can take a picture of you beside the number 11 and upload it to our blog?

A fun week of learning in P3b

We have had a busy time in P3b this week! We started the week with a dance session with dance teacher Amy, where we enjoyed some contemporary dancing with a ‘Scottish twist’! We are looking forward to learning the next part of the dance routine on Monday 26th!

Ronald Dahl has been a big focus this week as it was his 100th birthday on Tuesday. We LOVE Roald Dahl in P3b and have had many laughs reading ‘The Twits’! This week, we have been creating Mr Twit’s beard and even finding out our names if we were a Roald Dahl character! Come and ask us more about it! We have also been talking about adjectives and coming up with some amazing examples to describe The Twits and other characters we have created this week!

On Wednesday at PE, we worked in teams and played the ‘raft game’- come and ask more about it and why we had to work together to be successful!

I maths we have been looking at ‘tens and ones’ and partitioning numbers. We are experts now at splitting numbers like 65 into tens and ones. We know that there are 6 sets of ten in 65 and 5 ‘ones’ left over! We have also been developing our mental arithmetic skills everyday, too!

We hope everyone has a lovely holiday weekend!

Maths in P7

Wow! We cannot believe that the P7 pupils are in their last term at Williamston Primary school! We have been very busy in maths.

P7 have been exploring long division and dividing a 3 or 4 digit number by a 2 digit number with and without remainders. They have been really challenging themselves and using a fun strategy to help…
Does – Divide
McDonalds – Multiply
Sell – Subtract
Cheese – Check
Burgers – Bring down

This process supports us with long division and ensures we do not miss a crucial step. It would be great if P7 could keep practising this at home too.

P7 have also been thinking about important our times tables are in helping us to divide and thinking about the stations in each times table eg. the 5 times table: 5, 10, 15, 20 etc…

This term P7 will be focusing on…

Time – working with 12 and 24 hour time, using timetables, exploring time zones, Exploring the link between speed, distance and time.

Shape – properties of 2D/3D shape.

Money – budgets, money challenges.

Mental agility: strategies for quick and effective addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

The link between decimals, percentages and factions e.g 50% = 0.5 = ½

It would be great if you could support your child with these concepts at home. Children will be given maths homework each week to consolidate what we are working on in class. Please also see your child’s homework grid for a list maths websites and games.

Many thanks, S Brown and K Carral

Primary 4 Maths Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

This term in Primary 4 we are:

  • Rounding numbers (to the nearest ten e.g. 34 = 30 or 456=460 and hundred e.g. 542=500).
  • Ordering numbers using the greater than > and less than < symbols e.g. 56<67.
  • Practising strategies for addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers, mentally e.g. partitioning, using a number square or using a number line.
  • Revising multiplication tables (2,4,5, and 10) and associated division facts.
  • Practising strategies for multiplying a 2 digit number by a single digit e.g. doubling a 2 digit number e.g. 24 x 2.
  • Making and counting amounts of money and finding change (from a maximum of £10).
  • Expressing the time in digital and analogue format for o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to, and then extending this to 5 minute intervals.

It would be great if you could support your child with these concepts at home. Many thanks, J McMillan and F Mackie