P1 Squirrels w/b 01.04.19

Literacy & Reading


This week we had a revision week of sounds and ‘tricky words’ we have covered in term 2

Please continue to revise and practise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.

Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: come, some, one, you

No reading was sent home this week – instead we read all together. We focussed on sounding out and spotting tricky words. Some children even had a go at reading to the rest of the class. We were able to see some super confident reading!


During reading we have also been concentrating on reading with expression and spotting rhyming words.


    • Writing – This week we had a go at some descriptive writing. We have been reading Little Red Riding Hood and had a go at describing the wolf from the story. We have has some fantastic stories and have been using connectives (and & because) to make our writing more exciting.
    • Dictation – children have been working on spelling words using the sounds we have covered. This week we focussed on oa and ow.
  • Reading – Whole class.






  • We are having a focus on revising maths skills this week (addition, subtraction, order and counting forwards/backwards).
  • Subtraction – we have had a whole class focus on subtraction calculations this week. To help with skill you can practise counting backwards. We have also been looking at writing subtractions calculations – remember the larger number always comes first.
  • 100 number square – we have been using our own number squares to help solve number calculations.
  • Calculations – we have been exploring subtraction and addition calculations – looking at the symbols to make sure we read and complete calculations correctly!
  • Number Bonds – we have started looking at number bonds to 10 (al the different ways to make 10 using 2 numbers)



Other Curricular Areas


  • P.E. – Teamwork games and looking at ‘fairness’ when playing team games. We have a very interesting time talking about what is fair/not fair.
  • Science – we have been exploring different types of materials. Some children have been using different materials to make new clothes for our puppets.
  • Science – We are learning about recycling this week and looking after our environment. We have looked at what we can do to have a positive effect on the environment and how to become more eco-friendly. See if you child can spot the symbol for ‘recyclable’ on household items!
  • Science – we also the fantastic Mrs Ritchie talk to the class about materials and recycling.
  • ICT – we are now using iPads to support our learning. Children have been great at sharing and not spending too much time on the iPads!



Learning Through Play


  • Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.
  • Role Play – We have had lots of requests for an ‘Ice-cream Shop’. Children have been coming up with fantastic ideas of what we need to have and ask for……please help us if you can!
  • Painting – children were finger fainting symmetrical eggs at the arts and craft table.
  • Play Time – we have been setting a ‘Play Time Challenge’ to encourage new friendships. We have been asking P1 to think of someone in the class they have never played with and ask them to play.


Extra Information


  • P1S have requested a role play ‘Ice-cream Shop’. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for items to help us set up our shop, we would really appreciate if you could donate any of the following;


Cones, wafers, scoops, empty ice-creams tubs, empty sauces bottles, sprinkles and anything you think would be a good addition! Thank you to those who have already donated!


  • LAST DAY OF TERM! We are planning on having a small end of term party. We will be having squash, crisps and a small biscuit (oh and some dancing!). Please let us know if there are any dietary concerns with this.



Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning and we hope the children enjoy a well-deserved break!