Learning Together at Home 11.01.21

Monday 11th January 2021

Good Morning Lions and welcome to our online classroom!

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas with your families and are ready to continue learning and having fun together.

Lots of information on this first post! Please don’t worry it is the first one and we would like to give you as much information as possible.

We will be posting daily by 9.00 am to give you ideas for ‘Learning together at home’.

Please use this blog to support you at home. Work at your own pace and find a way that works for you and your family. You will not be asked to provide any evidence of your learning and there is no pressure to do all the tasks. The blog posts are designed to be supportive so please use them in a way that works for you!

Please feel free to post photos of you learning at home on your e-learning journals and let me know if you are happy for us to put it on our Friday blog post. It will be lovely to see some photos of each other and stay connected! I am also excited to see all the lovely learning you will get up to!

We will post ideas for Literacy, Numeracy, and another curriculum area each day. On Mondays we will give you an overview of the week so you can plan ahead however the specific activities will be provided each day.

Here is this week’s grid:

Please give us feedback as we would like to provide what is best for your children and your families. We are aware that it is hard to please everyone but we will try our best to support you all.

Today’s Learning

Morning Routine

Wake up, shake up

Start your day like we always do in school! Here is the challenge – get someone in your family to do it with you! Say hello in French to someone like we do during the register!

Morning Workout!

It is important for us to make sure we exercise when we are not leaving the house as often! Have fun!


Each week:

  • We will introduce two sounds: one on Monday and one on Wednesday.
  • We will suggest reading books for your child. We will politely ask you not to read any more books from that website (please read from other places if you wish to do so). Password will be emailed to you.
  • We will have a focus on handwriting: we will tell you what letters to write and how.
  • We will have a writing focus day.
  • We will practice our dictation skills on a Friday.

General Ideas

These are ideas to try out, throughout at any time, during these weeks from learning at home if you are looking for more ideas:

  • Revise single sounds of the alphabet (Jolly Phonics songs are available on YouTube)
  • Continue to work on sounding out and blending to read words.
  • CVC game: bounce a ball between the child and an adult, saying a letter each time you bounce a ball between you.
  • Rainbow writing: practice writing tricky words or cvc words in rainbow colours.
  • Pyramid writing: write tricky words or cvc words in a pyramid format. For example:




Today’s Focus:

Learning Intention (What we are learning today):

  • I am learning that two letters together make one sound.
  • I am learning to recognise the diagraph sh
  • I am learning to segment, word -build and blend using sh

Success Criteria (How can I show that I have learned and understood)

  • I can identify that s and h together make the sound sh
  • I can read words that have the sound sh
  • I can write words that have the sound sh
  • I can identify words that contain the sound sh

Our first sound this week is sh.

Here is the power point introducing the sound sh.

  • Words that you can try to write: shop, shut, rash, dish

You could also watch this video with our Geraldine!

Please find attached the sound sheet for this week.

Tricky Word this week is go. We have attached the PDF with block 1 and 2 so your child can continue to practice these. Please work on reading and writing these words.

You can use this website with games to practice these tricky words.

Spelling City


Jumbled words

Give your child letters of a word e.g.  o p sh Ask your child to unjumble them and make a word (shop)

Who/What Am I?

 Ask your child to write down a word (on a post-it) they have learnt recently and then stick it to another players forehead so that they can guess what the word is without looking at it. Feel free to play around with the questioning rules to make sure that all the participants can get involved! 

Reading books

Please check your child’s e-learning journal where you will find out which book we recommend your child to read this week. We will politely ask you not to read them all at once and only do one a week to ensure progression and challenge. This is the only resource for reading we can provide at the moment. You will receive a log in username and password by email.

On a Monday we introduce our reading books. We look at the book cover and we discuss it: we make predictions about what the book is going to be about, then we read the tittle and we talk about things that we know about it or times when we have been in a similar situation. 

Introduce the story and invite your child to relate to her/his own experience, tell/read the story and talk about it, encourage your child to re-tell you the story and talk carefully about the pictures.


  • What might happen in the story? Who is in the story? 
  • Read the book with an adult at home. 
  • Discuss new words from the story.

Top tips for reading at home poster


The teaching of numeracy in P1 follows a programme called Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning (SEAL)

The majority of SEAL learning is oral and practical, with some written activities to support what pupils are learning.

Our home learning activities will reflect this by being mainly oral and practical, with some optional written tasks/worksheets should you wish to use them. We will also include links to online games designed to support the concepts we are developing.

Here are today’s numeracy activities

Learning Intention (What we are learning today):

I have explored numbers, understanding that they represent quantities, and I can use them to count, create sequences and describe order.

Success Criteria (How can I show that I have learned and understood)

  • I can order all numbers forwards and backwards within the range 0 – 20 (and higher for some)
  • I can identifiy the number before, the number after and missing numbers in a sequence within 20 (or higher)
  1. Warm up your body and brain by counting to 50 forward and backwards along with this video
  2. Saying alternate number word sequences (forwards and backwards)
  • Say “Let’s take turns to say the numbers. I will say one, then you say two, then I will say three, then you say four, and we will keep going like that. Ready, one, (two), three, (four)…” Do this to 20 ( or 30 if you can)
  • Say “This time you start with one. Ready, (one) two, (three), four…” Do this to  20 ( 30)
  • Say “Let’s try that going backwards. Let’s go backwards from  x  ( e.g twelve) . I’ll start off. Ready, twelve, (eleven,) ten…”


If your child is consistently accurate, then extend the range in which the number sequences start and end – anywhere up to 100

3. Practise the instant recall of number bonds to 10 (pairs of numbers which make 10) by playing this game   https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button . First choose the ‘number bonds’ option, and then ‘make 10’


If your child is consistently accurate, choose the ‘make 20’ option

Other areas:


Choose one activity from this PE grid.

Topic: Science


What is electricity?

Learning Intention:

I am learning about what electricity is and I can identify objects in my house which use electricity.

Success Criteria:

  • To think about why something needs electricity to work.
  • To look for things in my house which need electricity.
  • To use my art skills and creativity to draw an object.


Discuss with an adult what you already know about electricity, then watch this PowerPoint.

If you have any questions about the ideas provided, please send these to the school admin email and we will be happy to help you with anything.

Good luck, have a lovely day and enjoy the learning we have provided. Remember, we are all in this together!

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning,

Miss McGillivray and Ms Leach x