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We have had a busy week in primary one, this is what we have been learning:
We have been looking at the numbers 6 to 10,using our fingers to show these numbers, using the loose parts in the classroom to count objects, and trying to write the numbers at our writing table. We have been counting forwards and backwards up to 10 and beyond, starting from different numbers. We enjoyed singing and moving to number songs.
THINGS TO DO AT HOME
Look for numbers around your home and when you are out and about. Try to spot the numbers 0-10.
This week we have been focussing on rhyme. We have been reading stories which rhyme and have been completing a one to one rhyme assessment with the teacher.
We have really enjoyed listening to our friends sharing their memory boxes.
THINGS TO DO AT HOME
Share some rhymes or rhyming stories at home, see if your child can guess what the word will be when you say its rhyming partner.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
We enjoyed PE outside and in our gym hall. We have been practising different ways of travelling: skipping, running, hopping, jumping and side stepping. We played lots of games and practised listening to instructions and sharing space. We used cones to practise jumping forwards and backwards, jumping with 2 feet and landing on 1, jumping on 1 foot and landing on2, and hopping over the cone.
We enjoyed using our imaginations in drama based on the story of Bonting by Shirley Hughes. We were introduced to the word mime and used our facial expressions and bodies to show how we were feeling.
STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
We really appreciate your ongoing donations of clean recycling – yes, we really do need more boxes!
Our STEM area is a core part of our play curriculum in school. The end product may not look like much, but it is the process that matters. ‘Junk’ modelling helps to develop their imagination and creative abilities while challenging them to explore, investigate and problem solve as they bring their ideas to life.
Children can work on their own or co-operate with others, learning to negotiate and share ideas. When they create something new it can give their confidence and self-esteem a big boost. They can also consider how their plans have worked out as they think about what they might have done differently or how they might improve their model.
With these materials they practise complex skills from fine and gross locomotor skills to higher order executive functioning; higher order thinking skills such as sequencing, hypothesis testing, divergent problem solving, analysis and evaluation.
If they don’t take their model home at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter – the learning has already happened. If it does come home, please value the process your child has gone through more than the product itself. Thank you.
We hope that your child is now feeling happy and settled in school, if you have any concerns or would like clarification about something, please speak to one of us after school.
Have a lovely weekend.