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 new sounds ‘j’ and ‘v’. We have been trying really hard to think of words which have the sounds in them and using these words in our writing. We have also been learning more tricky words including ‘is’ and ‘his’. We are also trying really hard to learn the common words to help us with our reading. We have been continuing to blend sounds together to create words using letter boards and some of us have been learning how to write the words on our own. We also learned how to write a sentence. We learned it needs a capital letter at the start and a full stop at the end. We have been writing sentences on whiteboards and to help describe our writing pictures. Some children have started to use sentences in other areas of the curriculum which has been lovely to see!
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. Below is also a link to the tricky word song. Please have a look at this at home and enjoy singing it at home.
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!
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, I, me, he, to, is, his
- Learn the tricky words by sight. Practice reading, writing and saying them out loud. Remember these words cannot be sounded out.
- Practice writing simple sentences at home. For example, The cat sat on the mat. I am a boy/girl. etc. Dictate a simple sentence to your child to write.
- 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.
This week in numeracy we also continued with the SEAL programme. 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. We also learned how to count a value from two different collections and practiced counting claps, both random rhythms and simple beats. It has been a very busy week in maths!
Things to try at home:
- It would be great if you could practice the difference between before and after when counting. Ask your child to give you the number before 20, for example and the number after. extra challenge – work with larger numbers between 30-100.
- Go on a shape hunt around your house. Can you tell an adult what shape the object is? Can you describe it’s faces, sides and corners? Can you draw it?
- 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.
- 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 sharing items between ___ many people. Does every person have the same amount? Is it fair? Is it equal?
- 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.
We continued our ball skills topic in P.E this week. We practised the basic skills of rolling a ball to a partner, bouncing it to a partner, chest passing it to a partner and throwing it in the air and catching it.We developed these skills through playing lots of fun games. Including ‘piggy in the middle’ and ‘dodgeball’. We had lots of fun playing these games.
This week we continue to say good morning and doing the register in French. P1 has been learning how to say hello and greeting each other every day in the language. We also learned how to say thank you in French this week. We will be continuing to learn more French in the following weeks and even more after Christmas.
We began using black pens to draw simple lines – horizontal and vertical. This teaches us the basic skills needed before we begin to write. 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.
- Practise bouncing a ball and passing it to someone.
- 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.
- This week we took photos of the children in their Nativity costumes for the final presentation. The children had lots of fun dressing up and we can’t wait for you to see it.
- Please could your child learn their line for the Nativity as this would be really helpful for filming/recording if they know it by heart. This was sent home on Wednesday and should be in their purple book bags.
- Practice the ‘Away in a Manger’ signing as we will be recording this part of the Nativity on Monday.
- 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.
- We are going to be continuing our Old and New toys topic next week – unfortunately the children cannot bring toys in from home so if you have any old-fashioned toys, please could you take a photo of them and bring it in on Wednesday to help spark our class discussions.
Have a lovely weekend, stay safe and I will see you on Monday.
From Miss McGillivray