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

P1M Reflective Friday 3.2.23

DROP IN

It was lovely to see so many parents on Wednesday morning. The children were very excited about sharing their classroom and their learning. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

This week we have been learning:

NUMERACY

 We have been counting backwards, starting, and ending at different numbers. Some of us were recognising numerals to 30 and some of us were trying to recognise domino patterns really quickly. Some groups were practising holding a number in their head while adding another group of objects to that number. We also practised counting arhythmic claps.

INFORMATION HANDLING

We went into our playground to record the different types of birds we could see. We took photos to help us identify them later. We used this information to create a pictogram showing the number and the variety of birds we had seen. We then went on to  create a pictogram displaying the different eye colours in our class.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sound ee. We thought of words containing this sound and matched words to pictures, writing some words ourselves.

This week’s dictation included the tricky words we have been revising this week: I, the, to, he, me, is. We also included some words which had the ee sound in them.

We use Pink for Think and Green for Great to reflect on our learning.

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.

We talked about what we had done after school, the day before and then drew a picture a wrote a sentence about it.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Ask your child to explain what a pictogram is.

You could help your child to create a pictogram of toys or objects you have in the home.

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. This week we focused on I, the, to, he, me, is.

Please continue to practise the words on the reading vocabulary card,  a few words at a time.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

 We learnt to sing Three Craws and Aly Bally Bee.

We created bees using lolly sticks, card, and googly eyes.

PE

We used the steps and movements we have been learning since the start of term to create our own Scottish dances with a partner. We used Scottish music to dance to and some of us showed our dances to the rest of the class.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

We attended a P1 assembly where we were introduced to our new Building resilience unit – Have a Goal. We discussed what we would like to achieve or learn to do and drew a picture.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Instead of Loose Parts on Friday 10.2.23, we will be going for a walk in the woods beside the playground.

Have a lovely weekend.

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

P1M Reflective Friday 27.1.23

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

NUMERACY

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

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds qu  x and z. We thought of words beginning or ending with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. 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 use Pink for Think and Green for Great to reflect on our learning.

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.

This week we wrote about Scotland after watching a short film and discussing it in our groups.

We read the story ‘Giraffes Cannae Dance’ and listened to the poem ‘Wee Rid Motor’.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please practise careful counting of any coins, counters, or other materials you may have at  home. We are encouraging the children to count beyond 10 with accurate 1-1 correspondence.

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.

Please continue to practise the words on the reading vocabulary card,  a few words at a time.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

We participated in a dance/drama session all about Chinese New Year. Many of us took part in the Chinese New year art activities which were set up in the area.

PE

As well as dancing the Gay Gordons, this week we started to learn the Dashing White Sergeant and The Flying Scotsman.

Some examples of independent play taking place this week:

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Our next two sessions of Loose Parts will take place on Wednesday 1.2.23 and Friday 10.2.23.

Have a lovely weekend.

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:

NUMERACY

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

LITERACY

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.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

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.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

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.

PE

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

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

Some examples of learning through play taking place this week:

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

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.

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

P1M Reflective Friday 13.1.23

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

NUMERACY

In our groups we have been learning to identify numbers as dot patterns, count a number of movements or sounds, saying the number word before and after a number, counting items in two rows.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds w and j. We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

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.

We have started a weekly dictation where the children have to write down a given sound or  words into a jotter.

This week we started looking at reading books in class. As well as discussing the story and thinking about what might happen, we tried to read some of the words, counted the words on each page and looked for any tricky words we might recognise.

HWB

We had a visit from Isla Ross who spoke to the class about friendships, being kind and about how we are all different.

We listened really well to the story and were able to show our understanding with the answers we gave to Isla’s questions.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

As part of our focus on Scotland we were learning about Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We looked at some of his designs and created our own versions for a display.

PE

As part of our focus on Scotland we began to learn about Scottish country dancing. We clapped and skipped in time to the music and began to learn the basics of the Gay Gordons dance.

Some examples of learning through play taking place this week:

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Next week Loose Parts will take place on Thursday 19.1.23. Please dress your child in appropriate clothing.

THANK YOU

Thank you very much  for donating socks, underwear and tissues, it is very much appreciated.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

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

P1M Reflective Friday 9.12.22

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

NATIVITY

A very big well done to all of Primary One for a wonderful Nativity. The children worked so hard to learn their lines and when to say them, to learn the words of the songs and to speak in loud voices in front of an audience. We did 5 performances in total, and the children really improved their ability to change into their costumes independently. Fantastic effort from everyone. Thanks to all the parents who supplied coat hangers, hair bands and named bags and for being such an appreciative audience.

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NUMERACY

In our groups we have been learning to identify numbers as dot patterns, count a number of movements or sounds, saying the number word before and after a number, counting items in two rows.

We have continued to look at pattern in our play: decorating a Christmas tree using baubles and continuing a pattern using shapes.

Next week we will be looking at symmetry.

LITERACY

This week we have been focussing on the tricky words we have learned so far. The children have been trying to recognise and read these words as well as use them in their writing.

This week we were writing about decorating a Christmas tree and also how we felt about performing in the Nativity.

Please use the blue word cards your child has brought home today  to practise reading and writing the tricky  words. The children are finding these words challenging so any extra practice would be helpful. After the holidays we will be moving on to the Block 2 tricky words.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Although it was a bit chilly on Thursday afternoon we enjoyed playing outside with our friends across the stage and exploring how the snow and frost had altered the sand and earth.

Here is a selection of photographs from our learning this week:

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

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

P1M Reflective Friday 2.12.22

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

MATHS

This week we have continued to look at pattern. The children have used shapes, colours, and pegs to continue and create patterns. We have looked at patterns around us.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds k and ck.  We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

Our two new tricky words are saw and no.

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Please help your child to read and write the tricky words.

These will be the last sounds we will be learning this term as we focus on Nativity and Christmas activities.

ART

We were given part of the Christmas story to illustrate for our windows. We spoke about the story in our groups and drew pictures to show the story.

HWB

We spoke about what we enjoyed playing with in Primary One and what we are learning when we play. We drew pictures for our Learning Stories.

We also discussed kindness and how important it is to treat everyone kindly. We watched a short film which showed some creatures who were being unkind .

ST ANDREW’S DAY

We learned that this is a special day for Scottish people and some of us drew a Saltire and designed our own tartan.

PEOPLE WHO HELP US

We had a very interesting visit from a parent who told us all about his job as a train engineer. The children were able to ask lots of questions and everyone received a gift from Hitachi – these are in your child’s purple folder.

Here is a selection of photographs from our learning this week.

LOOSE PARTS PLAY

Some of us were digging rivers and others were creating a café. Have a look at the photographs.

NATIVITY

The children have been practising very hard this week. We are trying to  remember our words and when to say them and to sing the songs loudly in a big space. We are looking forward to showing our families and the rest of the school next week.

SPARE CLOTHES PLEA- STILL LOOKING FOR THESE!

If anyone has any spare pants(boys and girls), socks and tights,  could you please donate them to our class box- thank you very much in advance. (With the wet and muddy weather lots of the children need to change after break and lunch).

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

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

P1M Reflective Friday 25.11.22

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

MATHS

This week we have been learning to identify, copy and continue a pattern. Activities have been set up in the class to help us practise this and in our teaching groups we have been using shapes and colour to continue a pattern. We used the Smartboard to do a pattern warm up and played a shape pattern game on the Smartboard too.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds l and c. We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

Our two new tricky words are was and want.

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Please help your child to read and write the tricky words.

WRITING

One of the children suggested that the toys in our classroom might come to life when we go home. We talked about what they might get up to and thought of stories about their adventures. We tried to write some words ourselves as well as drawing detailed pictures.

SCOTTISH BOOK WEEK

Here are some photographs from last week showing us enjoying the books in our class library.

PE

We are learning to throw and catch a ball. We practised three activities, working together in groups: throwing bean bags into hoops, throwing a sponge ball into the air, letting it bounce and catching it, throwing beanbags underarm to a partner.

LOOSE PARTS LEARNING

ART

The class worked together to decorate a giant Christmas tree for the hall.

Here are some examples of learning through play from the last two weeks.

Primary One will have their next Loose Parts session on Friday 2nd December.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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

P1 Masterminds 18.11.22 Reflective Friday

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

NUMERACY

In our groups we have been learning to identify numbers as dot patterns, count a number of movements or sounds, saying the number word before and after a number, counting items in two rows.

We practised forming the number 5.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds u and b. We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

Our two new tricky words are his and put.

SCOTTISH BOOK WEEK

We have enjoyed – ‘stop, drop and read’ this week. We listened to the stories from the Bookbug bag, and we hope that you enjoy sharing the books at home.

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Please help your child to read and write the tricky words.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS – Nativity

Today your child will bring home a line or two lines stapled to their sound sheet. We would like them to say these words in our Nativity. Can you please practise these words with your child so that they are able to say them loudly and clearly. If your child is experiencing difficulty with this or has decided they no longer wish to say anything, please let one of us know.

We will be in touch soon with requests for help with providing costumes.

PE

We are learning to throw and catch a ball. We revised the previous skills we had learned and then practised a two step activity where we ran to a cone, threw, and caught the ball 5 times, ran to another cone and then threw an item into a hoop.

ROAD SAFETY

We learned about staying safe when we are out and about at the Magic Roadshow.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

We were very lucky with the weather on Wednesday and enjoyed playing outside with our friends across the stage.

Unfortunately, there is a problem with the WordPress site, so we are unable to include any photographs this week. We have been busy learning though.

SPARE CLOTHES PLEA

If anyone has any spare pants(boys and girls), socks and tights,  could you please donate them to our class box- thank you very much in advance.

Mrs Munro will be teaching the class for the next four Mondays and will continue to teach on her normal days. Mrs Bailey will continue to teach P1M on Tuesdays.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

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

Primary 1M, Reflective Friday 11.11.22

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

NUMERACY

In our groups we have been learning the number bonds to 10 – looking at the numbers which make 10. We used different coloured  cubes to make towers, painted dots using two different colours and drew spots on ladybirds to show our understanding.

We practised forming the numbers 3 and 4.

Here are some examples of our learning:

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds g and f. We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

Our two new tricky words were me and is .

FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING

One of the children suggested visiting Fairyland  as we were talking about the sound f. We discussed what Fairyland would be like and what we might do there. We drew pictures to show our adventures. We told our teacher what was happening in our story, and we tried to write some of the words ourselves.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Please help your child to read and write the tricky words.

PE

We are learning to throw and catch a ball. We practised throwing the ball in the air and bouncing the ball on the floor. We are trying to keep our eyes on the ball and have our hands ready. We tried throwing the ball to a partner which was quite tricky, but we spoke about practising to help us get  better at this skill.

NATIVITY

We have started to learn some of the songs for our Nativity.

RSHP

We have started learning about people who help us. Thanks to all parents who have offered to come in to Primary One to tell us about their jobs.

ART

We designed Christmas cards which parents will have a chance to buy later in the term.

TEAMWORK

We have been discussing the learning taking place in the different areas of the classroom and one of the children suggested that they are learning to work as part of a team when they are playing. Here are some fantastic examples of teamwork.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Primary One will have loose parts play on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 November. Please can you make sure your child has suitable clothing for this.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.