P1 Lions Reflective Friday 6.11.20

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 the new sound ‘u’ and learned our first tricky word ‘I’. We also revised all the sounds we have learned so far, one to one with Miss McGillivray and practised blending 3 sound words together.

We had lots of fun watching Geraldine the Giraffe, playing lots of games about our new sounds! At the moment we cannot sing the jolly phonics songs due to government guidelines so if you would like to sing them at home, the link is posted below.

We enjoyed playing with the new sound game, where we had to fish for sounds and see if we could say it, think of a word which begins with the sound and then see if we could make a word out of all the sounds we had fished for.

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. We really enjoyed looking for words in the book, reading with a partner and we even read the book backwards which we found really silly but super fun! This week we had to cut and stick sentences from the book back together in the correct order. Some children decided to write the words onto their worksheets instead of sticking. This was great practice for handwriting!

Not a Stick:

This week we went into the woods and read the story ‘Not a Stick’ by Marie Antoinette. The story focuses on the main character using a stick in various ways, imagining it is a paint brush, a conductors stick for a band, a sword or a fishing rod. Once we got to the woods, the children found a stick they liked and started to play with it like the character in the story. Some children turned their sticks into paint brushes, fishing rods, leaf brushes and even dragons. We then used this as a stimulus for writing and the children drew what they pretended their stick to be. Here is the artwork below.

Things to try at home:

  • Practice the common words found in the book which were sent home. If you don’t have the flashcards the list of words is: Biff, Chip, Kipper, Mum, Dad, Floppy, and, a, the
  • Use the alphabet flashcards which were also sent home and ask your child to tell you the sound. (Some we have haven’t learned yet but will have before Christmas – if you have time you could see if your child knows what they are!)
  • 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 )
  • On Monday – I will be sending home on a document with words/story of your child’s reading book. As we cannot send the books home it would be great if you could practice reading the text with your child. With the text practice reading the story both forwards and backwards, ensuring your child is pointing to the word they are saying. Also ask your child to find you particular words from the text to practice their recognition of words/sounds. Ask your child to find you a word beginning with _____ from the text, again to practice recognition of the sounds/letters. Feel free to return this on Friday with any comments or questions you have.
  • Use the literacy home learning sheet linked below. You can either print out the flashcards to build words or simply write them onto paper. Try and build some of the suggested words.


This week in numeracy we continued with the SEAL programme and learned about addition as a whole class.

We learned what the adding and equal sign looks like and that if you put two numbers together your answer gets bigger. We enjoyed playing addition games on the smart board and learning about simple number sentences.

In SEAL we practised saying the number before and number after in the range to 30 and beyond. We also loved playing my turn, your turn counting up and back down to and from 30. We also learned about sharing between equal groups and learning that for something to be equal each person has to have the same amount. We learned about recognising pairs patterns without having to count every dot on the card. It has been a very busy week in maths!

The children also continued to learn about pattern through play by using the peg boards to create simple patterns, drawing pictures of patterns at the craft table and noticing patterns in the classroom and outside in the playground.

Things to try at home:

  • Write a simple number sentence for your child. For example 2 + 2 = 4. Can your child create the sentence using objects like pencils, stones, leaves etc.
  • Can you create a pattern using anything you can find in your house? For example, pencils, books, toys, flowers, leaves, stones.
  • 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) As an extra challenge ensure they are writing two digit numbers the correct way around.

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. We continued playing the games we played last week and added in one new game. The children had to pick up a ball run to the other side of the playground, run back to their partner and hand them a ball. The children had lots of fun learning about fitness and ways they can move.


We also did continued with music this week. We listened to different types of music and drew pictures of how we were feeling whilst we were listening. We then got out some instruments again and either played/clapped along to the beat of the music. You can find the game below.



This week for art we created Bonfires for Bonfire Night. We used brown paint to create the wood/sticks and mixed together yellow, red and orange paint to create the fire. To bring the picture to life, we stuck on little pieces of tissue paper to give our paintings some texture. Then we put some glue in the top of our pictures and added glitter to make the firework look sparkly and bright.


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 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 our P.E games in the garden or practise the ways in which you could move your body.
  • Practice clapping along to songs you might be listening to. Can you hear the rhythm? Also, think about how the music you listen to makes you feel.
  • Think about where you hear music. For example, on the radio, in games, on the telly.

P1L’s Favourite Moments of the Week

“I liked making my Bonfire picture.” – Chloe

“I liked painting my Bonfire picture.” – Abigail

“I enjoyed painting my poppy on my stone.” – Joseph

“I liked sprinkling glitter on my Bonfire picture.” – Isla

“I liked painting my stone.” – Barney

“I had fun going to the woods.” – Sofie

“I liked going to the woods.” – Calum

Happy Weekend!

  • Ms Leach will be teaching the class on Monday.
  • P.E will be on Mondays and Thursdays – please come dressed and ready for P.E.
  • 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!
  • If you no longer have any resources at home – please get in touch and I will happily send some home in your child’s purple book bag.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe and I will see you on Monday.

From Miss McGillivray