Buckstone Primary School, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday 20.1.23

Hello everyone, this is what we have been learning this week:


This week we have been:

Writing the numerals 1-10 correctly

Counting backwards from 20

Counting forwards to 30

Naming the number which comes before a given number

Counting a collection beyond 10, making sure we are counting carefully

Recognising numerals to 20

Using our fingers to keep track of a sequence of claps


This week we introduced the sounds v and y. We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. Mrs Bailey brought in her violin for V and played to the class (Mrs Munro has no musical talents and brought a yoghurt for y!). In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

We are continuing our  weekly dictation using the sounds and words we have been learning in class.

We have been enjoying reading the Biff, Chip and Kipper books in our literacy groups. We are beginning to develop comprehension skills, trying to decode words and are encouraging the children to think about the story and predict what might happen next.


Please practise counting backwards from 20 and recognition of the numbers 1-20.

Please cut out the flashcards your child has brought home today and use them to help your child to recognise the sounds and build words.

We are revising the Block 1 tricky words in class. These words can be quite challenging for the children to remember. Please continue to help your child to revise recognition and spelling of these words using the -look, say, cover, write check strategy.

Your child has brought home a word wall of vocabulary from the reading books used in school. Please practise these words with your child, reading a few words at a time.


As part of our focus on Scotland we were learning about the artist Joan Eardley. We learned about the way she used materials from her subject’s lives to stick in the background of her paintings and the different implements she used to paint with. We looked at some of her paintings on the smartboard and discussed the ones we liked the best. The children will have the opportunity to try out some of Eardley’s techniques.

Here is our artwork inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh:

We learned Ally Bally Bee together this week and will be learning some more Scottish songs throughout the term.


We continued to learn the Gay Gordons and to dance in time to the music.


Some examples of learning through play taking place this week:


We braved the cold weather and worked really well with our friends across the stage to enjoy our loose parts play.

Have a lovely weekend.