P1 Tigers Learning together at Home 15.1.21

In school P1 pupils spend a large part of their day in play. This easy to read document, published by the Playscotland organisation gives an excellent overview of the importance and value of play, alongside some practical ideas of how to support a play based curriculum at home. We hope you find this helpful.



You will need – a pencil and paper or a whiteboard and pen.

On a Friday in school we would normally do dictation on our focus sound/words of the week. This is when I read the words out to you and you try to spell them correctly in your jotters or on a white board.  

Dictation th and wh   

We will start with dictation of words that we have been working on this week as well as tricky words. If your child feels confident and you think is ready for a challenge you can do a sentence afterwards.   

Remember to always model (first with one word and later with one sentence).   


Adult to model:    

shop      chin rich

Children write

wish       chop   shed                                 

When modelling how to write a word:   

  • Say the word.   
  • Think aloud how many sounds you can hear in that word.   
  • Use your fingers to count the sounds.   
  • Think aloud again that some sounds are made by more than one letter (like the ones we have been learning this week). Sometimes two letters make one sound   
  • Write each letter/ sound and check if there are the same number of letters as sounds.
  • Check if you are right (sometimes is okay to make mistakes so your child can correct them and to make them aware that is okay to make mistakes).   

When doing a sentence:   

  1. Please model the first sentence to your child, highlighting the capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. Point to each word as you read it aloud.   
  1. Explain that your child is now about to write a different sentence and then dictate (read aloud) the second sentence noted below.   
  1. Ask the child to repeat the sentence back to you to ensure they have heard it correctly.   
  1. Discuss how many words there are in the sentence, what the first word in the sentence is and remind them that the first word will have a capital letter.   
  1. Ask your child to write the word, vocalising each sound as they write it.   
  1. Remind them of finger spaces between the words.   

Repeat this process for each remaining word   

  1. Once they have written the whole sentence, ask them to read it back to you – pointing at each word as they read.   
  1. Ask the child what happened in the sentence and remind them to use a full stop at the end.   


  • Adult:  I went to the shop.
  • Child :-

I can go on the bus.

If you wish to do some extra dictation practise using the block one tricky words we were learning in school you will find the tricky word lists on Spelling City  

Numeracy and Maths

  • We are learning to keep our mental maths skills quick and accurate.

For maths on a Friday we would like you to choose one (or more) activities from this  Mental Maths Grid to support your learning of mental maths skills.

This Hit the Button website has a range of games designed to help consolidate learning in key numeracy skills. Choose the level which provides appropriate pace and challenge for you.

Skills Development

There are lots of skills needed to become successful lifelong learners. We have put together a Skills Development Grid which can be found here .

It includes fun, practical and purposeful skills that will help you learn important life skills.

Please note the skills should be carried out with the support and supervision of an adult.

Have a lovely weekend