Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1CD Reflective Friday 25.02.22

Welcome back to our weekly blog!

We hope you all had a great week off last week. The children have settled well into our class routine after the week off and they have enjoyed a new routine…we are now using the dining hall at lunch time!

Here is this week’s learning:

Independent Learning

We have the big blocks back! We share them with P1W and they were there from January to the February break. It has been great to see how the children are exploring them this time: amazing constructions again and new ways of using them!

We have enjoyed the snow outside and inside!

Our STEM area continues to be popular.


This week we have been working on the sounds br and cr. Our tricky words were some and said.

We cut bread and placed it outside in branches for the birds. We made crabs and we crushed crisps ( well, some of us couldn’t resist the temptation and ate a few…).

Our writing was about what we did last week: where we went, what we saw and what we liked. As you can see some of us are working on giving it a go at words that we aren’t sure about writing: if we are not sure we write them and we underline them so our teachers can tell us later how to write them. This way we don’t stop the writing flow. It is amazing to see how this is helping us to write longer sentences.

At reading we have continued to work on our reading skills. 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.

Please avoid using ORT books at home as this can interfere with the initial conversations about a new book.

Yesterday the books went home (please read the email sent on Monday about reading books), they should be returned by Monday (this is essential as we share the books and if not returned other groups cannot continue with their learning). You might find that your child is very confident when reading the book, remember that we have been working on it at school and that should be the case.


We have continued to work on our numeracy skills:

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
  • 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

In PE have continue to work on balancing skills and following instructions.

At RSHP we have learned to name the parts of our body ,my body belongs to me, personal space and privacy . If you want more information please look for it here:

We have learned the PANTS rule. The children designed their own pants!

Loose parts

What a great time we had! We managed to make a swing: lots of planning and amazing discussion to make it.

Building Resilience

As part of our Building Resilience programme we have discussed the importance of being active (Get Active). We had the opportunity of discussing different ways of being active by looking at the photos that the children brought from home. It was great to see different ways of being active. Look at our fantastic display!

Home Learning ideas

  • Use your sound cards (sent home today) to make CVC words . Remember to practice to read and write the tricky words that we have worked on so far.
  • 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)
  • Look for all of the tricky words we have learned so far in environmental print.
  • Practise writing using correct standard letter formation for each letter in your name. You can watch this video as a reminder of the correct route for each letter.
  • Practise using scissors correctly.
  • Look for letters and numerals in the environment.
  • Please help your child to put their coat, shoes independently. You could start to practise how to do zips and buttons. Why don’t try how to tie laces as a challenge?


  • Next Thursday, the 3rd of March is World Book Day. Children are invited to come to school dressed as a favourite book character if they wish. The children are also invited to bring their favourite book to school.

  • Remember to return your child’s reading book on Monday. Your child needs to bring the purple folder in order to take the reading book home.
  • Please, if you can, continue to provide junk for our STEM area.
  • Parent Consultations: Our Parent Consultations will be taking place week beginning. 28th March. Further information about this will be coming out by soon.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro