P1 Whizz Kids - Mrs Cross, Uncategorized

P1W reflective Friday 20. 3.23

This week’s homework

  • Learn to read and spell the words we, be
  • Real life coin recognition of all coins remains a challenge for many of our learners. Please, if at all possible, find some loose change and practice recognising the coins by shape and size alone , not relying on looking for the numbers .
  • Be Geraldine….. go around looking for things which have the wh sound in them. You may choose to write a list of what you find and bring it to school.
  • Practice pronouncing the wh sound with a puff of air.

Snacks :- we would politely ask that, remaining mindful of those with allergies, you do not send your child with any snacks containing nuts. This includes Nutella products. Thanks for your support in this.

We are grateful for your continued donations of small, clean items of recycling for our STEM area.

Please also see a request in last week’s homelink for help sourcing some materials for our outdoor loose parts provision.

Many thanks

Independent learning

The children have been developing a wide range of skills through independent learning opportunities in class and outdoors..


This week we have introduced the vowel digraph wh and learned the tricky words we and be . Wh makes a blowing sound. We also had an assessment on our understanding of the ch, sh and th digraphs.

Our writing prompt this week was “When I go in the car….”

We continue to use core reading book resources in school as we begin to develop developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

Numeracy and Maths

I am developing my awareness of how money is used and can recognise and use a range of coins.
MNU 0-09a

Key vocabulary – coin, value, amount, change, pence, pounds ( please try to avoid using the word pennies for coins, as this causes confusion – only a 1p coin is actually worth a penny)

We have been counting amounts of coins and also choosing the correct coins to ‘pay’ for something. We also began to investigate the idea of giving change from a higher value coin. I have a10p coin and the toy costs 7p. I will need to be given 3p change.

Children don’t have the same exposure to loose change as they used to as we seem to be heading towards a cashless society, but if at all possible, create a coin collection for your child to explore and handle.


Looking ahead to next week

Please return reading books on Monday.

Monday’s PE session will be gymnastics, and Thursday’s is games/fitness so please remember to dress appropriately.

Loose parts learning on Thursday23rd, and the following Wednesday 29th

Other areas of the curriculum

In PE we began learning to use a springboard. We also continued to practice our jumping and landing skills to jump from a box to a crash mat. We balanced on a thin beam and balanced on a mat. On Thursday we practiced yoga poses in the classroom as the hall was in use for the p2 show . We were fortunate to be able to watch a dress rehearsal of the show on Wednesday. It was great – well done p2.

A reminder to please name all items of clothing and shoes, and to check names on items brought home in case your child accidentally acquires a jumper belonging to someone else.