Hello and Happy Friday!
Sounds and Tricky Words –
Our new sounds this week are tw and ng. We enjoyed making rings, singing some songs counting out twelve and two pompoms using tweezers and creating tw words using twigs. We are also very lucky to have some twins in our class! Our tricky words this week are only, over and would.
Our writing prompt this week was “ My house.” There were lots of wonderful ideas. Lots of us are becoming increasingly independent and using our knowledge of tricky words and phonetic knowledge to write some great pieces.
In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the g and t letter shapes. We also practiced writing some words linked to our sounds and tricky words including would , only, over, twin and song.
Mon – Thursday in school we will introduce a new title and any new vocabulary in the book. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.
On Thursday the children will bring their book home to showcase their learning. Please enjoy sharing the book with your child and encourage their successes. It may appear that the book is ‘too easy’, but please be mindful of the fact that they are sharing a familiar text. If you wish to give them a challenge, try reading the book from back to front starting with the final word of the final sentence. This makes no sense at all, but the children enjoy this activity and it allows them to read the words without the context of meaning or memory.
Please return the title to school on Monday.
We would ask that you avoid the temptation to buy Oxford Reading tree texts for home use as this can have an impact on the children’s learning activities in class – e.g., it is tricky to predict the outcome of the story if they have already read it at home. Thank you for your support in this.
Other ways to support reading development at home
· reading books of their own choice
· 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 – check the blog for our home learning sheet which will be posted most weeks.
Numeracy and Maths –
In Maths this week we continued with our SEAL programme. .
- subtractive tasks using a row
- building visible arrays
- partitioning flashed patterns to 6
- organising equal groups
- counting the number of jumps forwards from a to b to 100
- counting the number of jumps backwards from b to a to 100
- combining two numbers using flashed frames and recording
- partitioning ten fingers
- counting items in a row with some items screened
- partitioning numbers into equal shares
- saying the number word before up to 30
- saying short BNWS to 30
- counting items in two screened collections
- saying the number word after up to 20
- saying the number word before up to 10
- recognising and ordering numerals to 10 and 20
- counting items on two collections
- using finger patterns to keep track of temporal sequences of sound
- copying and counting arhythmical sequences of sound
Other curricular areas:
We enjoyed working on our fitness and dance skills
We really enjoyed our Loose Parts session especially as we are now able to do it with P1CD. It has been lovely to see the children being able to see the children getting to make some new friends.
Over the next few weeks we will be having music lessons provided by the Youth Music Initiative. We enjoyed our second session on Tuesday morning. We learned some songs. We especially enjoyed singing Old MacDonald had a Farm!
Science/ Social Studies –
We have been learning about where our food comes from this week. You can see our work on this in our Learning Stories that went home on Wednesday.
Charity Focus –
Primary one classes are supporting the work of Edinburgh School Uniform Bank. We learned about what this charity does. We are creating cards in school to give to volunteers who help to pack items at the hubs.
We would greatly appreciate donations of new plain white school polo shirts in any size from age 5-13 or school socks of any size. These can be bought from most supermarkets this term. Please send any donations to school with your child by Friday 24th June.
ESUB is a local charity which distributes bespoke packs of new school uniform to hundreds of Edinburgh families each year. Every child deserves to look and feel smart at school, to feel that they belong, and to avoid the negative effects of hardship on their wellbeing and education.
Outdoor Learning –
We created a ring using outdoor items and used twigs to make tw words.
Ideas for supporting learning at home.
- Can you tell me a food that comes from a plant and a food that comes from an animal?
- Can you sing one of the songs we learned in music this week.
- What charity are we supporting?
- Can you tell me a word that begins with tw and a word that ends with ng?
Thank you for the returned parent comment sheets received so far. If you are yet to return the sheet, please do so on Monday. The main body of the report is yours to keep at home as we already have a copy in school.
Please continue to collect and send clean recycling to help resource our STEM area. thank you.
Loose parts learning on Friday 17th
We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send any questions or concerns via the office admin or if you are happy catch me at the door at the beginning or end of the day.
Thanks for your continued help and support.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine