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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

PRIMARY 1M REFLECTIVE FRIDAY 4.11.22

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

NUMERACY

In our groups we have been learning to: say forwards and backwards number sequences, recognise numerals, identify numbers as dot patterns, count items in a collection, use our fingers to show a number and to count a number of movements or sounds.

We practised forming the numbers 1 and 2.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds d and o. 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 he and to .

FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING

We discussed wearing our wellies and splashing in puddles.

We told the teacher our stories about splashing in puddles, drew detailed pictures and wrote the word I.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Here is a selection of photos showing our learning in literacy.

PE

We are learning to throw and catch a ball. We practised rolling the ball against the wall, throwing the ball in the air from a sitting position, throwing the ball in the air standing up, throwing the ball to a partner.

DRAMA

We listened to some of Handel’s music for fireworks and spoke about the different kinds of fireworks and what they look like. We used our bodies to move like  fireworks and were an audience for each other as we performed our fireworks dance.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

We enjoyed problem solving, building, and creating with the whole Primary One stage during our loose parts play.

We had a lovely walk to the woods where we learnt about making sure we kept to the boundaries, keeping ourselves safe in the woods and playing with our friends from the other P1 classes.

It was lovely to welcome parents into the classroom today, thank you for coming.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Primary One Masterminds- Reflective Friday 14.10.22

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

MATHS

This week we have been learning to recognise and describe 2D shapes and 3D objects. We built shapes using lolly sticks and made pictures using different shapes. We looked for 3D objects in the classroom and talked about cube, cylinder, sphere, cuboid, and  pyramid. We investigated whether these 3D objects could stack or roll.

Here is a sample of our learning:

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds e and h. 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.

We introduced two tricky words – I and the. These are words that cannot be sounded out.

FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING

We discussed when we need to change our shoes and the different reasons for this.

We drew pictures of us changing our shoes and shared our stories in our group.

We practised diagonal lines in handwriting.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Practise writing the tricky words from memory and read them using a ‘look and say’ approach.

Some examples of our learning:

PE

In our outdoor PE time, we were developing our jumping skills. We played a jogging, walking,  skipping game to warm up and went to the correct shape drawn on the ground when the whistle blew. We practised running at different speeds, jumping high, jumping two feet to two feet, one foot to two feet and one foot to one foot. In the hall we worked in a group to make different shapes with our bodies and raced against each other in team games.

OUTDOOR LEARNING

We went for a walk in the wooded part of our playground and looked at how the leaves had changed since September.

We made pictures using natural materials.

We had a walk around our school to find out where the classes from P4 to P7 are. We saw the library and the office.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

We listened to the story of Rosa Parks and discussed her bravery and the work she did to ensure all people were treated fairly.

We hope everyone has a lovely October break.

PRIMARY ONE MASTERMINDS 7.10.22

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. We were looking at domino patterns and singing songs to help us count.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

We are going to be looking at flat shapes and 3D objects next week. See if you can spot any shapes at home, do you know their names?

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds m and r. 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.

Activities in the classroom this week included: using the marble run, making masks, and sorting objects which began with r.

FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING

We discussed the wind and how we can tell when the wind is blowing.

We drew pictures of our hair blowing and shared our stories in our group.

We practised horizontal lines in handwriting.

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 were developing our jumping skills. We played Simon Says to warm up and then practised jumping two feet to two feet and one foot to two feet. We had a shorter time during indoor PE due to the Evening News photograph being taken. This week we focussed on running games.

DRAMA

As a follow up to the story ‘When Mum Turned Into a Monster’ we used our bodies and facial expressions to pretend to be a monster then shared one fact about our own monster with the class.

OUTDOOR LEARNING

We made self portraits using natural materials.

LOOSE PARTS

Primary one will now have loose parts on Friday 14 October.

Here is some of the children’s learning from the last two weeks.

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

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.