# P1 Divine Dragonflies 8.11.19

We have had a busy week this week in Primary 1D

Literacy

We have been learning:

• Single sounds of the alphabet: this week we have focused on l and c.
• Tricky words: he and me.
• To blend single sounds we know to help us read/write words.
• This week at writing we created stories about what we could see from the top of our beanstalk. We focused on creating detailed pictures using only black pens afterwards and adult scribed the story for us. Some of us had a go at trying to write sentences and words from our story. Our main focus was to create a story.
• At reading we have worked on our new books: reading the story, decoding words, discussing the books (using Higher Order Thinking questions) and choosing our favourite character from it. We drew pictures of them and we had to explain why we chose that character.
• We always read the book in class before it goes home therefore your child will be familiar with the words. This does not mean that they can actually read the book.
• We had a special focus on handwriting. The children might find this a bit tricky to start with but by practicing this skill they will be able to improve.
• For the first time we have done dictation, only three words. The children loved it!

Home learning ideas:

• Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the blue cards. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day.
• Reading book: read the book with your child. Use your reading caterpillars to work on comprehension and higher order thinking skills. Copy the words from the book and ask your child to make sentences with them, play snap with the words ( add tricky words and  CVC words)

Numeracy and Maths

• We have continued to learn to recognise the mathematical signs for addition such as the plus/add and equals signs and have been encouraging the use of this language during our matching learning activities.
• We have worked on addition within 10 (20 for some).
• This week our focus has been on using a number line to add numbers up to 12.
• We have continued to work on number bonds to ten.

Home learning ideas:

• Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
• To be able to add we need to be confident when counting using one to one correspondence, please practice this at home: going up and down stairs, playing snakes and ladders, etc.

Other Areas

• P. E: Tuesday (throwing and catching skills) and Friday (fitness focus)
• Health and Wellbeing: We took part in the whole school assembly. This assembly was part of the our Building Resilience Programme. This unit’s title is ‘Be kind to others’. Mrs Conlin told us this story: ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ (Please see link). This week we have been ‘catching’ children being kind to others and filling other people’s buckets.
• Drama: We acted the story of Jack and beanstalk.
• Area: On Thursdays we use the shared play area. This week the creations were amazing: robots made of juck (thank you for your donations!), block play, etc. The boys had a fantastic time playing really nicely in the home corner.  We shared resources, we learned how to use a cellotape dispenser, we practice cutting skills , we investigated how to pump out water from a boat so it doesn’t sink, we looked after the babies, etc.

Skills time: this week for the first time we have mixed with the P1 Butterflies and we had a lovely time in both classrooms.

Other Information

• Home learning went home with our new sounds. Please continue to work on learning the sounds with your children. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
• This Tuesday our new reading books went home in our purple folder. Please remember to bring it back to school every day so we can work in our reading. If a child does not bring the book on Monday another book will not be handed until the previous one has been returned. This also has an impact on other children as we rotate the books as several groups are working the same skills.
• We are starting to introduce woodwork into our play area and we would be grateful if anyone would be able to donate some off cuttings of pine wood into school for us to use at this station.
• As Christmas is fast approaching, we are starting to collect items for our P1 hamper we are creating as a raffle prize for the Parent Council. The P1 hamper is going to have a Christmas theme so any donations relating to Christmas which could be added to our classes hamper would be greatly appreciated.
• A reminder that if your child is late he/she should be brought to the main school door rather than knocking on the class door. We send the register first thing in the morning and every child needs to be accounted for.