P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday

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

NUMERACY

We were learning to recognise numerals, to recognise regular dot patterns, count a number of movements, count items in a collection and say the number which comes before and after a number.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please practise saying the number which comes before and after a number. If your child can do this with numbers up to 10, try with numbers up to 20.

LITERACY

This week we have been revising the sounds introduced so far. We worked with the children individually to assess whether they could recognise the letters, say the pure sound of the letter, identify the letter by the sound it makes and whether they could blend sounds to read words and word build using magnetic letters.

FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING

We discussed waving to people and thought about who we could wave at. We drew pictures in our writing jotters and the teacher scribed our stories.

We shared the story ‘Sparkle Boy’ and talked about how we all should have the freedom to be ourselves.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words.

PE

In our outdoor PE time, we ran at different speeds, ran in straight lines, ran over low obstacles, ran as part of a team. In the hall we began with lots of running games to warm up our bodies, we used different parts of our bodies to move around the room. We chose an animal and tried to copy the way it would move then we guessed each other’s animal. We worked together in teams to race one another, moving in different ways.

HWB

As part of our Building Resilience programme, we are thinking about ‘Looking on the Bright Side’ this term. We spoke about what we are grateful for and drew pictures for our wall.

We continued this theme in drama where we thought about difficult or challenging situations which could arise in school and the things we could say and do which would help us to cope with them.

We enjoyed a calm time when we participated in Cosmic yoga.

LOOSE PARTS

We enjoyed playing with our friends from the other classes during loose parts.

Primary one will have loose parts on Wednesday 5 October.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday 23.9.22

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

NUMERACY

We were learning in small groups and practised saying number word sequences forwards and backwards, starting from different numbers up to 20. We said alternate numbers and the number which came next in a sequence- 8, 9, 10 -. We identified numerals and used our fingers to make numbers.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please continue to practise counting backwards starting from different numbers. If your child is confident doing this from 10, they could try it from 20.

LITERACY

We introduced the sounds I and S.  (Apologies, last week’s blog said the sounds were s and n when they were p and n). We thought of things beginning with these sounds, learned an action  and sang some songs to help us remember them. We used a board and magnetic letters to locate the letters and to make some words. We tried to decode some three letter words made from the sounds we know. Activities in the classroom this week included: creating an insect from natural materials, building an igloo from natural materials, and drawing a Smed and a Smoo.

We shared the big 0RT book together and were introduced to the character of Floppy, the family dog.

FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING

We spoke about the weekend and any interesting things we had seen when we were out and about and drew pictures of ourselves pointing at these things.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Your child will bring home flashcards today, please use these to help your child recognise the sounds and to build the suggested words. Look around the environment and help your child to spot these letters and recognise them in different fonts.

PE

In our outdoor PE time, we continued to practise different ways of travelling. In our hall PE time, we played lots of different running games to warm up and practised different ways of using our bodies to make shapes. We worked with a partner and took turns to be the leader. We finished with some  games to help us work together as a team.

OUTDOOR LEARNING

We created pictures of our families using natural materials.

We used chalk to  practise writing the sounds we have learned.

LOOSE PARTS

Primary One were lucky yesterday as the rain stopped in time for us to enjoy our loose parts. The children really enjoyed working together with the whole year group to set out all the equipment, choose materials, build, create and problem solve. They were great at putting away all the materials at the end of the session. Very well done P1.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Here are a selection of photos from our first few weeks in P1.

P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

PRIMARY 1 MASTERMINDS 16.9.22

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

NUMERACY

We were learning in small groups and practised saying number word sequences forwards and backwards, starting from different numbers up to 20. We said alternate numbers and the number which came next in a sequence- 8, 9, 10 -. We ordered numerals up to 10, forwards and backwards. We practised counting objects accurately.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Practise counting backwards starting from different numbers. If your child is confident doing this from 10, they could try it from 20.

LITERACY

We introduced the sounds S and N. We thought of things beginning with these sounds, learned an action  and sang some songs to help us remember them. We used a board and magnetic letters to locate the letters and to make some words. We tried to decode some three letter words made from the sounds we know. Activities in the classroom this week included: making paper plate Pizzas, using our Noses to smell lots of different foods, creating a Night-time area where we could shine torches, making Nests with natural materials.

We shared the big 0RT book together and were introduced to the characters Mum and Dad.

We spoke about the positive aspect of night-time, some of the suggestions were: bedtime stories, fireworks, looking at the night sky, seeing badgers and other nocturnal animals. We drew beautiful pictures in our writing jotters of what we like about night-time and shared them with Mrs Imrie when she visited our classroom.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Your child will bring home flashcards today, please use these to help your child recognise the sounds and to build the suggested words. Look around the environment and help your child to spot these letters and recognise them in different fonts.

PE

In our outdoor PE time, we continued to practise different ways of travelling. In our hall PE time, we played lots of different running games to warm up and practised different ways of jumping: forwards, backwards and sideways, jumping with two feet and landing on one, taking off on one foot and landing on two. We finished with some  games to help us work together as a team.

LEARNING STORIES

Your child will bring home their learning story today, it explains the targets we will be working on from now to Christmas and an overview of our learning up to that time.

LOOSE PARTS

Primary One will have loose parts on Thursday 22 September. This is a chance for the children to work together outdoors with the other primary one classes to problem solve and be creative. Please make sure your child is suitably dressed for learning outdoors. Thank you.

Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

Primary 1M – Reflective Friday 9.9.22

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

(Apologies for the lack of photographs in our blog, we are having some technical issues and hope to rectify this as soon as possible).

NUMERACY

We were learning in small groups and practised saying number word sequences forwards and backwards, starting from different numbers up to 10. We ordered numerals up to 10, forwards and backwards. We practised counting objects accurately.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Practise counting forwards and backwards starting from different numbers. If your child is confident doing this up to 10, they could try it with numbers up to 20.

LITERACY

We introduced the sounds a and t. We thought of things beginning with these sounds, learned an action  and sang some songs to help us remember them. We used a board and magnetic letters to locate the letters and to make the word – at. There are activities throughout the classroom to help us practise these sounds.

We shared the big 0RT book together and were introduced to some of the characters we will be meeting in our reading books: Kipper, Biff and Chip.

We spoke about the people in our families and drew them in our writing jotters, adding as much detail as we could.

We shared lots of lovely stories together. Primary six buddies came into class to share stories with Primary one.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Your child will bring home flashcards today, please use these to help your child recognise the sounds and to build the words a and at. Look around the environment and help your child to spot these letters and recognise them in different fonts.

PE

In our outdoor PE time we continued to practise different ways of travelling. In our hall PE time we played lots of different running games to get warmed up and made different shapes with our bodies. We worked as a team to make larger shapes and worked together to collect the most hoops for our team.

DRAMA

Some children were using the home corner to order and make pizza so we were using mime  to make our own pizza and then shared what we had made with our friends.

LOST ITEMS OF CLOTHING

Some children are finding it quite tricky to keep track of their jumpers, cardigans, and coats, especially at lunchtime. Anything the PSAs see in the playground they bring into the classroom so please just ask at the end of the day if your child is missing something. Items can also go missing in the lunch hall, so we can also check in there. Please make sure all items of clothing and all belongings are named.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

PRIMARY 1 MASTER MINDS- REFLECTIVE FRIDAY 2.9.22

Hello everyone and welcome to our  blog. Please try to read the blog every week as we will pass on all the information you will need.

We have had a busy week in primary one, this is what we have been learning:

NUMERACY

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.

LITERACY

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.

DRAMA

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.

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P3MB Friday 18.12.20

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM P3MB!

This week we have been learning:

MATHS AND NUMERACY

We completed a time assessment to see how much we have learned about digital and analogue time.

We used shapes to create a symmetrical tessellation.

We completed a picture to make a symmetrical Christmas tree.

LITERACY

We have been focusing on trying to learn the common words we are not sure of.

We wrote an imaginative story based on the plans we had written last week about the Nutcracker.

FRENCH

We learned some French Christmas vocabulary and watched a short story about Pere Noel.

MUSIC

We are continuing to listen to the music of Tchaikovsky and we compared different pieces of music by him and chose our favourite one.

We began creating our own version of Trepak using instruments and linking what we know about sound.

RME

We read the Christmas story together and talked about why Christmas is so important to Christians. We discussed what religion is and how it is important to respect all beliefs.

PARTY

We had great fun at our party, everyone joined in the games and enjoyed the snacks and juice back in the classroom.

We have come to the end of the first term of P3. The children have coped so well with all the Covid measures in school and have continued to approach their learning with enthusiasm. They have been stars.

We look forward to seeing everyone in January 2021 and hope you all have a lovely holiday.

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P3MB 11.12.20

Hi everyone,

This is what we have been learning this week:

MATHS and NUMERACY

We continued to look at symmetry. We were recognising when a shape has symmetry, working out how many ways a shape could be folded to show symmetry and using a mirror to check symmetry. We challenged ourselves by completing shapes to make them symmetrical.

LITERACY

We made a plan for a piece of writing based on The Nutcracker. We described sounds and feelings and wrote about what might be happening. We will complete this piece of writing next week.

We wrote a personal piece of writing about what Christmas means to us.

In handwriting we learned to form t and k correctly and revised f.

(Reading books will be collected in next week).

MUSIC

We listened to pieces from the Nutcracker Suite and drew pictures based on what we heard/ what we imagined.

ART

We created Christmas cards using our thumb and finger prints.

PANTO

We all enjoyed watching Jack and the Beanstalk together.

PARTY TIME!

On Thursday 17 December P3MB will be having their Christmas party. The children can bring in their own juice and party snack to have afterwards in our classroom. Children are allowed to wear party clothes/ non uniform that day.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 4.12.20

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

We began to look at symmetry. We identified symmetrical objects and talked about lines of symmetry. As part of our outdoor learning we created symmetrical pictures using natural materials.

Please see separate blog post for photographs.

We continued to work on digital time.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Create a symmetrical picture. If you have paint at home you could use this or use materials you find outdoors.

A number of children continue to find digital times challenging, please continue to practise these, especially quarter to and quarter past.

LITERACY

We talked about our learning stories and discussed what we might write in them. We each wrote a comment for literacy and numeracy.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

You could practise all the tricky/common words we have been learning since the start of P3. Choose the activity which you find the best to help you learn them.

Tricky words covered :

you

your

come

some

they

said

here

there

go

so

no

my

by

live

like

give

have

little

down

only

old

who

where

which

any

many

more

before

other

brother

where

were

HWB

We discussed bullying again and identified examples of bullying behaviour. We spoke about what we could do to prevent bullying and wrote about the part we could play in this .

ART

We created a piece of art for the whole school window display.

Following on from last week’s sketches of trees we painted a winter sky using our new oil pastels and cut out winter trees from black paper.

The children put a great deal of effort in to this piece of work , they really thought about the colours they should use and enjoyed using the paintbrush to blend them. The results are fabulous.

MUSIC

We talked about what we would like to find out about Tchaikovsky and listened to the Dance of the Mirlitons from The Nutcracker.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

We identified different kinds of disabilities including invisible ones and watched a short film about a 10 year old boy with vision impairment.

The children gave this film their full attention and it prompted some mature and thoughtful discussion.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 27.11.20

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

NUMERACY AND MATHS

Our mental maths warm ups have included using different subtraction strategies.

We have continued to learn about time this week and our focus has been linking analogue times to their digital equivalent.

We counted in fives and linked that to a clock face to help us remember:

60 minutes = 1 hour

30 minutes = half an hour

15 minutes = quarter of an hour

45 minutes = three quarters of an hour

Our written work involved writing times on analogue and digital clock faces.

Some of us challenged ourselves with word problems involving time.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Keep talking about time with your child, look for digital times around the house. A number of children found quarter to in digital time challenging. Count in fives around the clock face to help them think about minutes.

LITERACY

We continued to focus on comprehension in reading groups, asking and answering questions about the text.

We wrote about a personal experience or event to help us put full stops in the correct place.

In grammar work we discussed putting a or an in front of a word and the reasons for this.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Ask your child to explain when we use a and when we use an. You could put some words in a pile, ask your child to read each one and decide whether an or a should go in front.

We were practising writing f cursively this week. Many of us found this tricky. You could practise forming f correctly at home.

ROAD SAFETY WEEK

We watched the Green Cross Code video and practised crossing safely in the playground as part of our outdoor learning.

MUSIC

We started reading The Nutcracker and listened to the Dance of the sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky.

ART

We spoke about the trees being stripped of their leaves and how you could see the different sizes of branches more clearly now. We sketched some of the trees in our woods trying to draw the way the branches grew.

PE

We are continuing to improve fitness levels through running and games.

HANGING DECORATIONS

Thanks so much to everyone who made a hanging decoration for us, they are so imaginative and creative. Our classroom is looking very festive now. Further contributions still very welcome.

Have a lovely weekend,