P1Tigers Reflective Friday 30th October

It was a short week in school, but we have still been busy.There are only one or two children still to return their indoor shoes – please try to do this as soon as possible. It really does help to keep the carpet clean for us to sit and play on comfortably.


I am lifting weights. I have a six pack. Actually, it is a four pack.
I pretended my stick was a pumpkin
I am holding two big sticks and catching a whale.
I am fighting a dragon. I won.
  • We drew detailed story pictures about using our imaginations – see more information under outdoor learning.
  • We continue to read 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 letter was g, and we made words including gap, get, pig, got and dig
  • We enjoy listening to and discussing a wide range of texts

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 d o g 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 learning our ,number bonds of 10. These are the pairs of numbers which fit together to make ten


1 +9 / 9 +1

2 +8 / 8 +2

3 +7 / 7 +3

4 +6 / 6 +4

5 + 5

10 + 0 / 0 +10

Play this game to help you practice

Roll a dice, and count out the right number of small items  ( 1p coins/buttons/raisins etc) Now put out some more until you have 10 altogether. How many more did you need to put out. Can you write the pair of numbers you made.

Challenge – write them as a sum 3 + 7 = 10

We have also been practising instant recall of doubles facts to 10, and some people have been trying doubles to 20 as well.

Play the HIT THE BUTTON game, then choose either number bonds (make 10) or doubles,( to 10)

  • We ave 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 patternsPairs 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

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:

Learning to use the ipad to record evidence of our learning activities.

Spider facts – we have been learning to appreciate spiders. Did you know that a Wolf spider does not spin webs but lives under logs?

PE – we did some fitness stations in the playground to raise our heart rates and keep wam

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 tried to make Mandala patterns, but it was too windy and our leaves kept blowing away! We still had lots of fun collecting leaves and planning how to stop them blowing away.

We went to the woods and read the story ‘Not a stick’

You can watch the story  here

We collected sticks and used our imaginations to find different ways to play with them. We used our ideas to help us draw visual stories when we got back to class.

Independent learning:

  • These are some photos of the learning through play that we had the opportunity to experience this week: we particularly enjoyed exploring our fantastic new Kapla box. It has 1000 pieces !

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.

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