Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD, Uncategorized

P1cd Reflective Friday 1.10.21

Another busy week of learning in Primary one. Have a look at what we have been doing

……warning, this post contains a reference to Christmas ( yes we know it is only October!)

Independent Learning


This week our focus initial letter sounds were m and r.

We have used the sounds we know to build and blend some words – e.g. ram, mat

Today your child will bring home the next sheet with the sound cards for you to cut out and use at home to practise recognition of the letters and, alongside the sounds sent home last week, blend and spell CVC ( Consonant, Vowel Consonant ) words.

We have also been learning some key vocabulary from our reading scheme. We have been learning to recognise the names of the characters by sight.

Kipper Mum Dad Chip Biff Floppy

A copy of these words ( plus and, a & the ) was sent home earlier this week. Please use this at home to reinforce recognition of these words.

We are developing our motor skills to help us with handwriting. Our pre-writing pattern this week was ‘bridges’ – as you would find in the formation of letters such as m and n


Our writing prompt this week was ” I was pointing at..”

I was at the garden centre pointing at a horse that was running away.
When I was walking down the street to my friend’s house I saw a deer.
I was pointing at the moon. I was in my car and we were going on holiday when it was night time.
My mum gave me her phone and I took a picture of the moon.

We are focusing on developing our story telling skills by firstly using drawing to create a detailed picture which clearly tells a story, then retelling our story for an adult to ‘scribe’ for us.


Our core numeracy skills this week included,

  • numeral identification to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount
  • counting and creating auditory patterns
  • accurate counting of random arrays

Our challenge activities in numeracy were

  • describing equal groups
  • numeral identification to 30
  • counting two collections with the first screened ( counting on strategy)

Other areas of the curriculum

In outdoor PE we explored the skills of rolling, catching and throwing a ball

In indoor PE we enjoy a class warm up and some yoga time.

Using singing games and rhymes we continue to explore our voices, developing the confidence to sing in a group and alone. We also learned about how a xylophone makes sound. We practised listening and responding to different musical phrases.

We continue to follow the news about the erupting volcano in La Palma. We know that the lava has reached the sea now, and that all the farmers’ bananas have been covered in lava. People have lost their homes and that makes us feel sad for them. Some children knew that Arthur’s seat is an extinct volcano and that Edinburgh Castle is build on volcanic rock. They shared their knowledge with the class and we had some interesting discussions. We have enjoyed building lego volcanoes

We have enjoyed hearing about which countries some members of our families come from. There are lots of people from Scotland, but other countries are represented too. So far we have heard about Serbia, South Africa, China and France. It is not too late to share about your family if you would like to.

Christmas Cards

Today your child will bring home two Christmas card design sheets – one completed and one blank for you to create at home should you wish.

Further information, including return order deadlines was sent in the

Things to do at home :-

Use your sound cards to build CVC words

Count backwards carefully from 10. If this is very easy for you, try starting at 20. ( or 30 or more!)

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.
Play outdoors with a ball, practising catching, throwing and rolling.

Practise using scissors correctly ( remember, thumb on top)

Look for letters and numerals in the environment – ( signs/buses/doors/car number plates etc)

Please help your child to be able to put their coat on independently. Of course we will help with buttons and zips where necessary, but we would really like all pupils to be able to put their arms in the sleeves by themselves. Thank you

Things to remember:

  • Please take care on the ‘pitch’ area of the playground at pick up time if a PE lesson is in progress. Please do not walk through a lesson, but stay as close to the edge of the pitch as possible. Thank you.
  • Snack and chat time lasts only 10 minutes, so please be mindful of how many snack items children are bringing.
  • PE will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Please label all your child’s items (water bottles and tubs included).
  • Please say goodbye your child at the top of the steps and wave to them as they enter the classroom. Please remember to maintain the 2 metre distance at all times between adults. Please don’t come to the class door. If you have an urgent message for us email /phone the school office. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.
  • Please remember not to bring any nuts or nut products to school.
  • If your child has had to change clothes any day, please remember to send new spares clothes the next day so that we don’t run out of dry socks – our playground can get very puddly!