Buckstone Primary School, P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

P1B Reflective Friday 19.5.23

Listening and Talking Presentation/Talk – My Favourite Place

As part of our literacy learning, we would like each learner to deliver a talk to the class about their favourite place. This could be anywhere – perhaps the park, a holiday destination or even your bedroom! Talks should last no more than two minutes, and learners can bring in up to 3 things to show during the presentation if they wish to do so. We won’t be using powerpoints/technology to deliver our talks, and please ensure it is a prepared talk rather than reading from a ‘script’. Bullet points/pictures as prompts would be fine though! We will begin to hear the Bright Sparks’ talks on Monday 29th May, so please have them ready for then. Thank you and I look forward to hearing all about the favourite places!


This week, we focussed on initial blends ending in l, for example ‘cl’, ‘fl’, ‘bl’ and ‘pl’. We spent time trying to find words that start with these blends in our library books. In our writing this week, we designed our own planet! We had doggy-lands, sweetie worlds, pink planets and crazy planets! Some of us also chose to do some planet artwork in the classroom. We played ‘cleaning’ tig in PE and practised our mark-making and cutting skills with flower pictures. We did a wee tricky word quiz this morning to see how we are getting on with writing our block 2 tricky words. The ones most of us weren’t sure about were ‘there’, ‘were’, ‘come’, ‘some’, ‘said’ and ‘her’. Please continue to practise writing the tricky words at home! On Tuesday mornings, we have Mrs Petit, a retired headteacher, supporting us in our classroom. She was delighted this week to hear our reading skills, especially since it was the first time seeing our new book!

Maths and numeracy

This week, we returned to SEAL groups. We focussed on adding two collections and making equal groups. We are getting used to the language/difference between wording such as ‘making 2 groups’ and ‘making groups of 2’. As a class, we also practised seeing number patterns on a 100-square, and had to fill in some blanks. We all did well at working out which numbers were missing.

Other Areas

This week, we started our electricity topic. We sorted toys and household items into whether they were electric or manual. We learned that an object can be electric if it plugs into the wall or if it has a battery. We had a lovely loose part session in the sun on Wednesday afternoon – lots of great teamwork and creativity! Lots of creativity in the P1 area and the small bricks this week too.

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-100, counting backwards from 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: adding 1-10p coins together, left and right, telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past)

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphs sh, ch, th and wh.

General: being able to take off jumpers, open snacks and zip up coats.

General Information

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

Loose parts on Friday next week.

Thank you for your support and enjoy the long weekend!

Miss Croal