P1 Lions Reflective Friday 09.10.20

Welcome to the Primary 1 Lion’s blog!

The Lion’s have had another great week in Primary 1! We have had lots of fun playing with our friends both inside the classroom and outside in the playground.


This week we learned two more sounds: ‘d’ and ‘o’.

When we learn a new sound, we love watching Geraldine the Giraffe to help introduce the new learning. You could watch these again at home. (video below) We also learn the jolly phonics song for each sound. This week we even pretended to be noisy aeroplanes flying around the classroom. The full list of jolly phonics songs is linked below, find the sounds we know and have a practice at home!

Literacy Home Learning:


This week we continued the SEAL maths programme which teaches children the foundation skills in maths. We practised counting forwards and backwards to 10 and beyond together, counting claps, recognising dice patterns and random dot patterns and counting in sequences. The children are already showing that they are retaining the knowledge they are learning, which is showing greatly in our small group time.

The video below is also great for practising the skills we are currently learning in numeracy. Have a go at home and challenge someone in your family to have a go with you.

Other Areas

P1 has also been having lots of fun playing outside in the playground. In P.E we have been working on our fitness and spatial awareness when running around the playground. We also have been learning about different ways to move around the playground such as running, jumping, hopping, skipping etc. This week we had lots of fun races which made us work as a team and work together as a group.

This week we also started our new outdoor learning autumn topic. This week we talked about autumn and what it looks like. We looked outside for signs of autumn and had fun drawing them. We also got messy painting and painted autumn trees using our hands to create the tree branches and corks/paint brushes to make the leaves. These turned out so lovely – here are some of the trees.

We also started something new this week. To help us with holding pens and pencils to get ready for writing, we started using playdough to help make our hands and fingers stronger. We have been having lots of fun following, the videos below. If you have any playdough at home why not practice at home!

We have had lots of fun developing our social skills by playing with our peers in the classroom. We have lots of fun drawing pictures and making crafts, playing in the home corner and reading in the book corner. We also have lots of fun building castles and towers with the construction blocks. There is always lots of fun things to do in the classroom to support our learning and play.

Things to Try at Home

  • It would be lovely if all P1s could practice recognising and writing their own name. This is something which will help with the daily routines in P1 and a vital skill to assist their learning. You could practice making your name out of materials found in your garden, creating it out of playdough, writing it in sand or colouring it in.
  • Ask your child to give you X amount of various things. For example sticks, leaves, stones. Whatever you can find. This will help with our counting skills.
  • Practice using your ‘bunny ears’. Ask your child to show you a number on their fingers using the bunny ears method. They should practice holding up the number of fingers straight away without needing to count each finger. They then look at their fingers to check if they are correct. This is great for numeracy development.
  • Ask and adult to clap their hands so many times, can you count how many times they clapped? For an extra tricky challenge try clapping your hands at different speeds, for example 2 slow and 3 quick. Can your child count the number of claps?
  • Practice making words out of the sounds we have learned so far – ‘a’ ‘t’ ‘p’ ‘i’, ‘e’, ‘s’ ‘r’ ‘d’, ‘o’ and ‘n’ – for an extra challenge can you write and sound out the words you have made?
  • Could you find out any interesting facts about autumn? Look outside for signs of autumn, can you take a photo of them or draw them?

P1 Lion’s Favourite Things of the Week!

“I enjoyed playing in the castle with Georgie and Alistair.” – Islay C

“I liked playing in the book corner with Sofie, Isla B and Abigail.” – Chloe

“I enjoyed playing in the brick corner with Kieran.” – Logan

“I liked doing my autumn tree painting.” – Maisie

“I enjoyed painting my autumn tree.” – Georgie

“I liked playing in the brick corner with Archie and Alistair.” – Maximos

Happy Weekend!

  • Thank you for understanding the technical difficulties of parents evening this term. I hope I managed to answer any questions you had and gave you enough information of how your child has been settling into school. As i said, if you have any further questions please get in touch with the office to arrange another phone call or meeting.
  • P.E will be on Mondays and Thursdays – please come dressed and ready for P.E. (only on Thursday next week)
  • Ms Leach will be teaching the class on Monday.

Thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning and time in school, it is greatly appreciated. I hope you have a lovely long weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

From Miss McGillivray