P1 Lions Reflective Friday 16.10.20

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: ‘m’ and ‘h’.

We had lots of fun watching Geraldine the Giraffe, playing lots of games about our new sounds and singing the Jolly Phonic’s songs!

We also continued with our reading this week and read a new book together. . We are learning how to make predictions about a text with the information we have in the text and in the illustrations, we are using the words that are on our books to make sentences. We are working very hard on developing all our reading skills.

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 practising the different ways we can move our bodies. Why not practice some of these at home for fun?

This week we also continued our outdoor learning autumn topic. We went on a scavenger hunt in the playground for signs of autumn and we were so excited to find a pumpkin there! We had lots of discussions about how it got there and where the children thought it had come from. We also got messy painting and painted autumn leaves using our hands to create them and then used a black pen to add detail.

We also continued to practice our funky fingers. This helps 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 had a lovely end to the week and the term by getting muddy and having fun playing with the loose parts outdoors. The children played and explored the different types of equipment. It was so lovely to see the children experimenting with water, making slides, bridges and even digging for treasure!

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Practice making words out of the sounds we have learned so far – ‘a’ ‘t’ ‘p’ ‘i’, ‘e’, ‘s’ ‘r’ ‘d’, ‘o’ ‘m’ ‘h’ 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?

Happy Holidays!

  • A reminder that next week it is the October break. Children are back to school on Tuesday 27th October (Staff will be working on Monday 26th October).
  • Ms Leach will be teaching the class on Tuesday 27th of October. We will have P.E on the Tuesday this week.
  • P.E will be on Mondays and Thursdays – please come dressed and ready for P.E.
  • The children are taking home today the bag with the spare clothes. This will give you an opportunity to check the items needed for next term.
  • Please remember to label all items with your child’s name. We still have items that haven’t been claimed since August. Remember to label hats and gloves too!

This term has been very exciting and full of lots of lovely learning, new friendships and fun. It was so lovely to have your children for their first day of school and see their development over the last 10 weeks! I am really excited about working with the class for the rest of the year and can’t wait to hear all about your holiday adventures! Please take photos and bring them in when we are back at school as I would love to hear about all the fun things you get up to!

Have a lovely holiday, stay safe and I will see you on the 27th.

From Miss McGillivray