P1Tigers Reflective Friday 9th October

We had our class photo taken to share at assembly today. We said Goodbye to Mrs Ritchie as she starts her retirement.


  • We have started using reading books in school – we love discussing the funny illustrations and making predictions about what might happen next in the story. We are excited to be taking the first steps on our reading journey.
  • We continue to introduce and reinforce some single sounds and have been using them to create and read words. This week’s letters were e and h, and we made words including hen, men, and hat
  • We enjoy listening to and discussing a wide range of texts including stories called Marvellous Max, Ada Twist – Scientist, and  Rosie Revere -Engineer

Home learning ideas:

Please support us by spending some time at home practising the skills of blending the sounds to create and read words – a little often is the best way.

We will occasionally send an home learning activity idea in the purple folder, so please continue to empty the bag and check the contents regularly.

  • Download this Home Learning Template e h  On the sheet you will find the letters we have been learning this week along with a list of words to create. You can choose to print the sheet, or simply write out the letters of small pieces of paper. Use the letter cards to create simple words and ask your child to firstly, identify each sound, count how many sounds (phonemes) they hear, then blend or squish the sounds together into one word. Next, say a word which can be made using the letters. say it slowly and clearly – asking your child to identify the sounds they can hear before they ‘make’ the word with the cards.
  • Go on a letter hunt. Look around you for places where you can see any of the letters you know. Remember to say the pure sound of the letter not the name. ( so a= ah, not ay )
  • Ask an adult to write all the names of the people in your family. Who has an ‘i’ in their name….. who has an ‘ a’ (etc)
  • Play a game of “I spy” with our focus sounds.
  • Encourage your child to make their name in different ways: in the sand, with flour, play dough, etc.
  • If your child cannot yet write their own name, please practise this at home. Lower case letter please ( apart from the initial letter of course)

Numeracy & Maths

  • We have been exploring numbers to 10 20, or 30  with matching activities.
  • We have been practising instantly making and recognising finger patterns. Doing it on our head ( the bunny ears game) makes it a bit tricky as we can’t see our fingers, we just have to feel the pattern.
  • We have been working on recognising numbers and identifying pairs patterns Pairs patterns
  • We have explored numbers to 10 (and beyond for some)
  • We have worked on sequencing numbers.
  • We have worked on counting forwards and backwards from different starting points.
  • We have been naming the next number in a forwards or backwards sequence
  • Counting and number recognition
  • We have been learning to copy, create and continue patterns

Home learning ideas

  • Count items using 1-1 correspondence. Put down a quantity of small items, for example raisins, buttons, counters, small stones or lego bricks. Ask your child to count them carefully, pointing to, or moving each one in turn. can they count the total accurately? Increase the level of challenge by using a larger collection.
  • Number hunt: Ask your child to look for specific numbers in the street: buses, house numbers and ask your child to say the number that goes after and before that number.
  • Practice number formation of the numbers 0 to 10 (or more if your child is confident with this already)
  • You may choose to play this game. Please choose from sequencing or ordering (forwards) from 1- 10 or 1-20
  • Play Three for me, one for you . The adult says three numbers in a sequence, either forwards or backwards, the child says the next number in the sequence. e.g. 6,7,8………9  or 14,13, 12…….11. You can choose the level of challenge by staying within 10, or going up to 20.
  • Play this game to help you create and name regular 2D shapes. We have used an ipad version of this in class.

Other areas of the curriculum:

PE – we have been practising throwing, catching and passing a ball – big ones and small ones. It is quite tricky, so please keep practising at home.

On PE days the children should come dressed for outdoor PE, there is no need to bring a PE bag with a change of clothes. On these days, we would ask that the children wear trainers or similar for the playground and PE. It is really hard to hop when you are wearing wellies ! (Wellies are ideal on non-PE days though)

Outdoor learning: 

We looked for signs of Autumn and collected some beautiful leaves

We also learned how to make rubbings of different textures and patterns in the playground..

Independent learning:

These are some photos of the learning through play that we had the opportunity to experience this week:

Other things….

  • NUT FREE reminder – As we have a number of pupils in school with nut allergies, please help us to ensure their safety by keeping nutty snacks at home. This includes nut-based chocolate spreads in sandwiches.     Many thanks.

Purple book bags

Each P1 pupil will shortly be given a purple book bag. Although at the moment reading books are not being sent home, we would like the children to bring the purple bag to school each day. It will be used to send home any paper communications which are required, and for the return of any forms. If the children have drawings or worksheets which they have completed in school then they will bring them home in the purple bags too. The children’s snack can also be popped in the bag, negating the need to bring a bulky schoolbag. Lunch bags and water bottles can be carried separately. If your child has a Tupperware type lunch box rather than one with a handle, it can be brought in a lightweight carrier bag such as one from a supermarket. We appreciate that the children love the novelty of having a special schoolbag, but current covid related restrictions on cloakrooms and storage of bags make it tricky to store the large quantity of rucksacks appropriately.

Please check and empty your child’s book bag daily to avoid a large build up of contents which may hide important communications.

Thank you for your continued support.

  • The children’s spare clothes are kept in the classroom in the cubby holes close to their shoes.
  • It would be really helpful if all your child’s items could be labelled (packed lunches and water bottles too)
  • Please be mindful when choosing a snack for your child: make sure your child can open it independently. We are also a nut-free school.
  • We politely ask that you give your child only water in their bottles.
  • We still have no claimants for the lost property items which we posted two weeks ago, please have another look to see if you recognise anything.

We are very proud of our Terrific Tigers!

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro