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P.1 W Reflective Friday 24/09/21

Welcome to another Friday blog! I hope you are enjoying discussing with your child what they have been learning at school.

We have had lots of fantastic independent learning through play this week. Here are some of the highlights!


We have continued to learn and consolidate our initial single sounds. Our focus this week was on i and n. We have used the sounds we know to build and blend some words – eg. pin, sat and tap.

We have also been learning some key vocabulary from our reading scheme. We have been focusing on recognising the names of the characters by sight. These include: Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy.

We have been practicing how to write our names with the right letter formation and using capital letters at the beginning of our names. We have also been developing our fine motor skills to help us with handwriting. Our pre- writing pattern this week was diagonal lines. Our writing prompt this week was “I am waving at …”

Home learning ideas

  • Each week your child will take home a blue sheet with the sounds we have worked on, some words that you can make with the sounds we have worked on so far and tricky words ( none this week). The idea is to cut out the letters and make words ( you can also use magnetic letters if you wish). These can be found in your child’s purple folder.
  • Play I spy with my little eye things that start with the sound…
  • Say three words and your child has to guess what is the initial sound of the three words and say another one starting with the same sound. e.g. say ant, arm, anchor and they could say apple.
  • Practise writing your name using correct standard letter formation for each letter in your name. You can watch this short video as a reminder of the correct route for each letter. It has been great to see so many children showing me how they correctly write their name and telling me about the help they have had at home.
  • Please encourage your child to use a dynamic tripod grasp when holding the pencil.


This week we started our shape topic. We focused on identifying and recognising 2D shapes. This included: triangle, circle, square, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon. We also discussed the properties of these shapes. e.g straight, round, flat and curved.

Home learning ideas:

  • Shape hunt: ask your child to look for shapes in your environment: clocks, traffic signs, etc.

Other curricular areas:

In Health and Wellbeing this week we focused on families. We discussed the different people who make up our families and how they help to love and care for us. We also explored all the different types of families and how respect and understand how people’s lives and families are different. We then drew a picture of our own families to add to our wall display.

We also discussed equality in our assembly this week. Each class will have a representative who will attend meetings. Children who volunteered have had the application form sent home in their purple folder. Please return these to school by Friday the 1st October. If your child doesn’t have a form and decides that they would like to apply please get in touch so the form can be sent home.

In Outdoor Learning we participated in an outdoor shape hunt in our playground.

We also had our first outdoor loose parts session on Wednesday afternoon which was lots of fun!

We continued with our Fairytales topic this week. We enjoyed lots of small world fairytale role play and making castles and palaces out of our junk.

General information:

  • PE will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Please label all your child’s items (water bottles and tubs included).
  • Please remember not to bring any nuts or nut products to school. This is particularly important as several children within the classroom have severe nut allergies.
  • Parent consultations are coming up in a couple of weeks. For P1W, these will be carried out by video call on Monday 4th October between 16:30 and 19:00 and on Thursday 7th October between 14:30 and 15:40.
  • Primary 1W go live at 6pm today (24/09/21) at Booking closes on 28/09/21 at 12 noon.
  • More detailed instructions about where and how to book, and how it will work on the night, were emailed earlier today. If you have not received this email or have any other questions about parent consultations please email or phone the school office.
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