P1Tigers Reflective Friday 20th November

On Monday we wore odd socks to remind us that everyone is different and we should be kind to everyone.


  • This week was Book week Scotland. We shared three books with the class. Look out for the book bags coming home today.
  • We drew detailed story pictures about watching the birds
  • 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 letters were c, k and ck together. Our tricky words were is and me
  • We enjoy listening to and discussing a wide range of texts.
  • We are beginning to use our knowledge of sounds to help us write words.
  • We continue to work on our fine motor skills, hand strength and pencil grip using a variety of games and activities. These skills will help us to become fluent writers.

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.

  • Download this Home Learning Template c k

  • 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. Now try writing some of the words you have made.
  • 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

This week our focus has been on exploring symmetry.

We also continue to consolidate our knowledge of ,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 this symmetry matching game.

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 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

  • Go on a symmetry hunt. Look around your environment for things which are symmetrical.
  • Ask an adult to make half of a pattern with beads, buttons or lego, or to draw a pattern. Can you now complete the other half to make a symmetrical pattern.
  • 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:


We created our own toy using recycling boxes, sellotape, string and glue.

PE – The weather was just too wet and stormy for outdoor PE this week – we try to go out in most weathers with the right clothes, but this week we did some fitness and yoga stretches in class.

On PE days the children should come dressed for outdoor PE,as we will head outside in all but the most inclement of weathers 

We enjoyed following instructions on how to draw a robin. It was a tricky challenge but we all did brilliantly – everyone was so focused and concentrated well.


We learned about the importance of Rangoli patterns.

We started to explore and discuss the story of the first Christmas

Outdoor learning: 

We went bird watching to collect data on what we saw. We looked for different types of birds and made tally marks for the ones we saw. There were a lot of crows in the playground!
Here is  our Bird watching data collection  sheet in case you would like to try this at home, either looking out of your window, or perhaps when you are out on a walk.
Independent learning:
  • This week we particularly enjoyed having access to our giant unit blocks.
  • We have built ( to name but a few) the Great Wall of China, a hospital bed, garages, swimming pools, hotels, and castles galore.
  • We have made some fabulous buildings, using our creativity, imagination, cooperative skills, mathematical skills, understanding of physics…..So many skills being developed as we play and learn together !

Other things….

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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