Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD, Uncategorized

P1cd Reflective Friday 28.1.22

Scottish focus week

We have continued to find out more about Scotland this week. We have learned to dance the ‘Flying Scotsman’. It is a tricky dance and we were amazing at it! We enjoyed a mini Burns Supper in celebration of the life of Robert Burns on Tuesday. We learned the Selkirk Grace, had a ceilidh in the hall and then enjoyed some oatcakes and cheese in the classroom.

Ms Campbell also worked with us to make delicious shortbread.

We have been learning about Scottish inventors and some of the really useful items they created, or discovered which we use every day. We tried to imagine what life would be like if they hadn’t ever been invented!

We have been learning about different cities and towns in Scotland.

We are still enjoying exploring the work of Scottish Artists.

We found out that a Scot called Henry Faulds first noticed fingerprints on some pots and studied them. We examined our fingerprints and learned that everybody’s fingerprints are unique, even twins don’t have the same fingerprints.


The STEM area continues to be popular and the children are demonstrating progression in both practical and design skills. Thank you for your continuing supply of resources to support this learning.

Independent learning

Our Shoe shop has been very busy. Lots of wonderful cooperative learning rich in literacy and numeracy.



This week we have introduced the consonant digraphs ch and sh along with the tricky words go and she


Our writing prompt this week was “My dad …”

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 and trying to write some familiar words on our own.


We are excited to see to children growing in confidence as readers and enjoying sharing books together. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we are developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

Supporting reading development at home

Reading books will come home after the February break ( more information nearer the time) but in the meantime there are many ways you can support your child at home to further develop early literacy skills which will have a direct impact on the work we are doing in school-

  • Reading to/with your child ( avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • Print Awareness – print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc
  • Narrative Skills – retelling familiar stories in their own words
  • Letter Knowledge -recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts
  • Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc
  • Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words –

Numeracy and maths

In maths this week we have continued to learn about money. Our focus was on recognising coins and understanding their value. Please support your child at home to recognise coins by shape, colour and size as not all coins have a number on them. Some of us find this a little tricky.

We have been using our knowledge of coins and number to make amounts of money using a range of coins – e.g. 8p made of a 5 a 2 and a 1, or 74 pence made of a 50, 2x10p and 2x 2p.

At home you may choose to play this game.

Choose the counting coins option and then a level to suit your child

Our core numeracy skills this week included,

  • adding two collections and finding a total
  • partitioning number patterns
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount
  • counting and creating auditory patterns
  • accurate counting of random arrays
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up 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
  • numeral identification to 100
  • ordering off decade patterns of 10 decades
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 30
  • counting short forward or backward sequences of numbers to 30 or 100
  • counting two collections with the both screened ( counting on strategy)
  • finding a subtrahend by counting back

Other areas of the curriculum

Today we had fun using our imaginations and STEM skills with loose parts.

Things to do at home :-

Dance a ceilidh dance with your family

Before and after: Adult writes a number and child writes the number before

on the left) and after (on the right)

Learn your number bonds /number pairs that make ten (or twenty)

Use your sound cards to build CVC words

Look for all of the tricky words we have learned so far in environmental print

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.

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 Thursday .
  • 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!