P1 Divine Dragonflies

Dear parents/ carers,

Thank you for your support this week. It has been an unsettling time for us all however the children have been great during this time.

As you can imagine there has been a lot of chat about the Corona Virus therefore we have had a few times ‘Circle Time’ to share our feelings and plans for the next weeks. We have also discussed that Mummies and Daddies might be busy and it is our opportunity to help at home and that home learning will take place whenever possible.


We have been learning:

  • Vowel diagraphs: This week we have introduce oa and ow.

We are working on letter/sound correspondence (linking sounds with letters of the alphabet), segmenting (‘ungluing the sounds in words they hear into individual phonemes), word-building, blending and deleting and inserting (manipulating the letter/sounds in the initial position within a word)

  • Tricky words: one and little.
  • This week we wrote about our houses. This was an independent piece of writing and it was lovely to see the children’s progress.

We have continued to focus on writing sentences using capital letter to start the sentence, finger spaces and full stops at the end of the sentences

  • At reading we are working on predictions, summarising, monitoring, visualising, questioning and making connections. We are working on developing our reading skills within reading groups as well as extra reading with Mrs de Bonrostro. This week some groups enjoyed using all the words from their book to make new sentences and add words to make new/funny sentences.
  • We are doing dictation every week.


Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on all the sounds and tricky words provided on the blue cards (this week we have sent home oa and ow). This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day. As most of the children are finding this a bit hard please ensure you continue to do that as this is vital for your child’s reading progress. We will send home the sounds that your child should continue to work on.
  • Use the spelling grid for ideas to practice the tricky words (posted before). Please spelling and writing these words correctly and can apply the recognition of these words when reading at home.
  • 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. Please ensure that your child understands the story and doesn’t memorise the book.
  • Read to your child books everyday and enjoy them.
  • If your child is enjoying writing please don’t stop them to correct the letter formation as this will stop the flow and could put him/her off from writing (letters, stories, cards, etc). After he/she has finished you can remind them the formation if you wish.

Numeracy and Maths

We have been learning:

  • This week we have been learning doubles to ten, we have revised number bonds to ten.
  • We have introduced time: we have discussed months, days of the week and we have introduced o’clock and half past using an analogue clock. As quite a few children were off we will continue to work on this during our home learning (more guidance will follow).

Home learning ideas:

  • Work on the Maths grid ideas previously posted.
  • Can you teach family the days of the week song? You can find Adams family version on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GKmCQOy88Y
  • What is the day tomorrow? What was yesterday?
  • Write the days of the week out on strips of paper – put them in order. Remember Thursday begins with th and all days have the ay digraph.
  • Keep a  diary of what you’ve been getting up to each day.  At bedtime talk about what you’ve done during the day.  What was your favourite thing?  What did you not enjoy or find tricky today?  Ask family to jot down your thoughts so you can look back on them.
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Other Areas

  • P. E: Tuesday (balancing) and Friday (fitness focus).


Other Information

I am aware that the school closure it is upsetting for us all. I am determined to provide the best possible teaching to your children in these new circumstances. It is a challenge but I am ready for it, please bear with me!

I will miss seeing and chatting to your children for the next few weeks (hopefully we will see each other after the Easter break!).

Please if you want to share your child’s learning with me upload photos on your child’s e-learning journal profile. And if you are happy for me to do so I will share learning ideas on the class blog. If you have any queries, please email the school ( admin@buckstone.edin.sch.uk )and they will forward your emails to me.

I will upload learning on the blog so please check everyday by 12 o’clock.  You will receive the home learning pack today and I will explain on Monday how we will be using it so please don’t start doing the sheets or reading the books yet. We will take time to go through all of it.

Please make the most of this time to enjoy your family and give home learning the time that you can but don’t be anxious about it as we are all trying to balance family and work in exceptional circumstances.

Please stay well and keep safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs de Bonrostro