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 30 October

Hello everyone, we hope you all had an enjoyable break last week. It was lovely to welcome the children back to school and to hear about all the things they were doing.

This week we have been learning:

MATHS AND NUMERACY

In mental ,maths we were counting backwards in ones, twos and tens, starting from different numbers.

We began looking at different subtraction strategies and started by counting back by one, two and three. Some of us challenged ourselves by using larger numbers.

We talked about fact families looking at the link between addition and subtraction-

eg 6 + 3 = 9

3 + 6 = 9

9 – 3 = 6

9 – 6 = 3

We talked about fact families having the same three numbers and making sure we always start with the largest number when we are using subtraction.

We also linked our health and well being discussion to maths and completed a graph based on different emotions. Afterwards we discussed how different our graphs were because we all experience similar situations differently.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Use two dice to to get three numbers in a fact family-

If you threw a 6 and a 5, your fact family would be 6, 5 and 11.

Write the two addition facts and two subtraction facts you could make from these three numbers.

Challenge

Throw the two dice twice to make two 2 digit numbers.

Eg 2 and 6 become 26, 3 and 4 become 34.

The fact family would be 26, 34 and 60

Write the two addition facts and two subtraction facts you could make from your three numbers.

LITERACY

We are all really enjoying our Secret Seven class novel.

We made predictions about what might happen next in the story and wrote our ideas down.

We used our imaginations to write a mixed up fairy tale (just like the play in the Secret Seven book) and had some great ideas for our stories.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

We are really looking forward to listening to the children review their favourite book. We will be starting this next Monday 2nd November. (Please see previous blog post for further information.)

PE

We are continuing to improve our fitness levels and have been working on running skills this week,

ART AND CRAFT

The children enjoyed making some Halloween crafts and worked together well to share resources and help one another.

We loved looking at all the different pumpkins on our Buckstone pumpkin trail.

Here are some ideas to do at home for Halloween:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-he-648-halloween-family-fun-activity-pack

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 16.10.20

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

MATHS AND NUMERACY

We completed a maths assessment which covered the areas of numeracy we have been working on since the start of P3.

‘We have been counting in 3s and 4s’

‘The assessment was quite tricky’

‘It was a bit fun too’

We created 3D objects using 2D drawings, art straws and plasticine. We discussed vertices, edges and faces.

‘It was REALLY fun but quite tricky to make a cube’.

‘I found it easy and I was the first one finished’.

LITERACY

We used ‘Tunnel in a Hedge’ as a story start and wrote the rest of the story focussing on full stops and capital letters.

‘This was very fun’.

‘We all like to add a lot of detail’

We summarised the story of ‘The Three Little Ghosties’, trying to divide the story into beginning, middle and end without using too much detail.

‘We used the summary words to help us.’

‘It was a good story’

.HWB

We looked at the Building resilience PowerPoint and in a circle time shared occasions which we have found difficult and talked about the things we did to help us cope

.’We were talking about things we find difficult and discussed lots of lovely ways to cheer ourselves up.’

We enjoyed our fitness sessions in the playground and played lots of games to make sure we were running about.

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HOME LEARNING

Please remember to look at the blog post from Monday 12 October. This has all the information about the book talks which are due the week beginning 2nd November.

Have a lovely October break everyone.

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P3MB Friday 9.10.20

Hello everyone

This is what we have been learning this week:

NUMERACY

We have continued to look at different addition strategies and use them to work out addition problems. This week in mental maths we were adding 9 by adding 10 and subtracting 1 and adding 11 by adding 10 then adding 1 to work out our answers.

We were adding 2 digits plus 1 digit and 2 digits plus 2 digits by adding units (or ones) first, then adding the tens. Some of us added 3 digits plus 2 digits to extend our learning.

TO DO AT HOME

Most of us completed a – ‘What Makes ?’ sheet and took it home. This worksheet is to help your child learn the number bonds within 10. It is very important that they are able to recall these facts quickly as this will help them to add bigger numbers quickly and accurately in the future.

You could play this game to help you.

https://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/ten/

LITERACY

READING

We have continued to practise summarising a story. This week we have summarised ‘Sparkle Boy’ and ‘When Mum Turned into a Monster’.

‘They were really fun stories’

‘Sparkle Boy had lots of sparkles’

‘Boys can wear girl clothes, there are no rules’

‘These stories were interesting and unusual’

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Remember to talk about beginning, middle and end when you are discussing stories with your child. Ask them to summarise the story without too much detail but making sure they identify the main points.

Please share and discuss your child’s reading book with them.

WRITING

We are trying to write super sentences and working very hard to think about where to put full stops in our writing. We wrote a personal piece of writing, trying hard to punctuate it correctly.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

You could write some interesting (or silly) sentences to go with some of your spelling words making sure you have remembered capital letters and full stops.

TOPIC

We discussed what we would like to learn about Mynah birds and will be finding out answers to our questions in the next few weeks.

‘We hope to learn lots about mynah birds.’

‘Mynah birds are interesting’

PE

We have been lucky with the weather this week and have enjoyed keeping fit in the sunshine by exercising and playing games.

FRENCH

We tried to have short conversations in French this week, saying hello and asking each other how we were, then saying goodbye.

‘It was hard’

‘Fun but complicated.’

‘I got a bit muddled.’

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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P3MB Friday 25.9.20

Hello everyone

We hope that you enjoyed the long weekend. We enjoyed hearing about all the lovely things you were doing.

This week we have been learning:

NUMERACY

We have been looking at using different addition strategies and this week we were using the largest number first when adding two numbers together. We were playing games, completing worksheets and using the iPads to help us practise.

In mental maths we were counting in sequences of 3s and 4s and playing ‘Round the World’ to help with mental addition.

Things to try at home:

Lhttps://www.topmarks.co.uk/addition/robot-addition

https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math/addition/fruit-splat-game/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

LITERACY

READING

We have been learning to summarise a story and this week we worked on summarising our current reading book. We will continue to practise this skill.

All groups had time to discuss and read their new books.

SPELLING

New spelling words were introduced and the rules discussed. The children copy them using ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, check’. Our morning challenges give the children a chance to practise their words through a variety of games and activities.

WRITING

The children enjoyed listening to the story of ‘Waiting for Wolf’. A few children suggested writing a ‘what happens next’ story as a follow up. Their ideas were very creative and the class were very focussed and engaged while writing.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Ask your child to tell you the story of ‘Waiting for Wolf’ using the structure, ‘somebody, wanted, but, so, then’.

Use the same structure to summarise their reading book or other book of their choice in written form. Try to use capital letters and full stops. Encourage your child to read their writing aloud to help them to decide where full stops should go.

Practise your handwriting using pens, pencils, crayons, chalk; any materials available to you at home.

HWB

We are continuing to improve our fitness levels in PE and played a variety of running games in groups and individually to help us with this.

At outdoor time we looked for signs of autumn and created a face with the natural materials we found in the wooded part of the playground.

FRENCH

We played bingo to practise our numbers 0-13 and practised saying : hello, goodbye and how are you. We learned a song to help us with this. Ask your child to teach you!

LOST PROPERTY

Please make sure your child’s name is on all their clothing, including shoes. Many of the shoes are of similar styles and this can make it confusing when changing into indoor/outdoor shoes several times a day.

Have a lovely weekend.

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P3MB Friday 11.9.20

Hello everyone

This week we have been learning:

NUMERACY

We have been sequencing and ordering numbers to 20, to 100 and some of us have been ordering larger numbers.

In mental maths we have been partitioning numbers, thinking about adding ten more and ten less.

We continued to practise counting in 4s.

Some comments from the children:

‘I’ve learned to count in 3s using the songs on the Smartboard’.

‘I’ve used the posters in the classroom to help me count in 10s.’

‘Number games help me to count in 4s’.

LITERACY

In reading we have been learning to make predictions about what might happen next using our reading books.

We were thinking about using full stops and capital letters correctly and wrote sentences of our own to practise this.

We had a Big Writing assessment where we wrote a personal piece about something we had done after school or at the weekend.

A comment from a member of the class:

‘Morning challenges help me learn my spelling words’.

TARGETS

We talked about targets for literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing for Term One and wrote our individual star steps.

PE

We continued to work on our fitness and recorded our times on Tuesday and Thursday, trying to beat our own scores.

FRENCH

We practised saying the numbers 1-13 in French and played some games outside to help us learn.

Dear parents

We are trying to assess your child’s reading level so that we can give them a suitable reading book. Although we have information from your child’s previous teacher this may be out of date as the children have missed a whole term of school. Please bear with us as we get to know your child and their reading level. We may mix up groups and try your child on different stages of books.

PE is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All PE for the foreseeable future will be outdoors. The children are encouraged to come to school on these days dressed in clothing which is suitable for physical outdoor activity.

Have a lovely weekend.

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P3MB Friday 4.9.20

Hello everyone,

This week we have been learning:

Maths and Numeracy

In mental maths we practised counting in 3s and 4s, we played games and sang songs to help us do this. Please keep practising at home. If your child is finding counting in 3s and 4s tricky, practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

This week we looked at place value and reminded ourselves about hundreds, tens and units. Some of us looked at even bigger numbers. We completed some written work on adding one more, ten more, one hundred more to two digit and three digit numbers. We also took one less, ten less and one hundred less away from two and three digit numbers.

literacy

We all got a new reading book and thought of a name for our reading group. Please make sure your child has their purple folder with their reading book and purple reading jotter with them every day. Some children have not yet brought their purple folder to school, please could you give them to your child to bring in.

We did a variety of activities to help us to learn our spelling words and we had dictations today.

As part of our reading activities we wrote a different ending to ‘Operation Night Monster’ and spoke about the beginning, middle and end of the story.

We are really enjoying our class novel and we created our own character who could be a new member of the Secret Seven.

PE

We are continuing to work on our fitness levels and are playing games to help us warm up.

LOOSE PARTS

We got the opportunity to play with the loose parts materials today.

RME

The class discussed what religion is and what we know already. We watched two stories from the Muslim religion and talked about the terms: Allah, prophet, Quran.

Have a good weekend everyone.