Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 24.06.22

Dear families,

This is our last blog of the year. We cannot believe how quickly the year has passed. It is wonderful to see how much your children have grown during their first year at Buckstone Primary School. We are very proud of every child.

Our learning this week

Our focus this week has been minibeast. We have learned about snails, ladybirds, dragonflies and butterflies.

We had a visit from the Love my bus initiative and from the Oxgangs’ Library librarian, she explained told us about the Summer reading challenge.

We have our music session with Malcolm from YMI.

  • Ask me about my learning:
  • Ask me how can I tell if a minibeast is an insect or not.
  • Ask me why is good to use the bus instead of a car when possible.
  • Ask me about the Summer reading challenge and how many books can I borrow from the library at the same time?

Thank you for all your continued support throughout the year!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1CD Reflective Friday 17.06.22

Good morning everyone!

What a great week we had!

Meet the teacher was a special day and we were all very excited about it. We had the opportunity to see our new classroom and chat to our P2 teacher.

Independent learning

Literacy

Our sounds this week were the consonant blends nk and mp. Our tricky words should and could.

Our prompt for writing this week was our favourite pizza.

Maths

Our focus has been fractions: half, half and amount. We have a special activity were we made ‘pizza’ topping two halves of it with different ingredients. We made pizzas outdoors too!

Other areas

Music: We had our YMI music session with Malcolm. We loved it!

PE We have been working on ball control with our feet and yoga on Thursday.

Talk about my learning

  • Ask me how I know something is a half of a whole thing.
  • Ask me what did I build at Loose parts.
  • Ask me about the tricky words this week. What is the same about them and what is different.

Supporting reading development at home

  • Reading to/with your child (avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • Print Awareness – print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc
  • Narrative Skills – retelling familiar stories in their own words
  • Letter Knowledge -recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts
  • Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc
  • Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words –

Other

  • Edinburgh School Uniform Bank We would greatly appreciate donations of new plain white school polo shirts in any size from age 5-13 or school socks of any size. These can be bought from most supermarkets this term. Please send any donations to school with your child by Friday 24th June.
  • This week is our last week that reading books will be sent home. Please return all reading books home by the end of next week if you still have reading books at home.
  • Loose Parts on Wednesday 22nd June.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Wednesday 1.06.22

This certainly has been a short week!

We all have missed Mrs Cross however we have been very lucky to have other teachers helping us. Thank you to Mrs Imrie, Miss Dowds, Miss Wright and Mr Macdonald for helping with our learning this week!

We have very few photos this week, sorry!

Jubilee Party

What a great day Miss Livesy, Miss Wyatt and Mrs Paris organized a fun day for all the school. All children looked lovely on their special clothes.

We did a Jubilee trail around the playground were we found clues for the Jubilee Quiz, we did well!

In the afternoon all school children danced to songs from the seven decades that Queen Elizabeth has reigned. What a fabulous time we had!

We opened a time capsule from 2012 and we put items on the time capsule from 2022!

Literacy

We have learned the sound sw and the tricky word only. We made swans and houses made of sweets (a real temptation for some!).

We wrote letters to Mrs Cross that have been delivered. She is delighted with the effort and the kind words from all the children!

Numeracy

We have continued to work on our numeracy skills through our SEAL programme.

Other areas

On Tuesday we had a music session with Malcolm from the Young Music Initiative. We will have sessions with him for 5 weeks. We also had a dance session with P1W and Miss Wyatt.

This week has been a busy week. Therefore, we have been unable to answer to all the emails. A reminder that following City of Edinburgh Council policy for answering emails we will respond to you within 10 working days or tell you if we need longer.

As we have many queries regarding class allocation for next year we would like to share with you the procedure for setting up groups from City of Edinburgh Council.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/26695/composite-class-procedure

SELECTING PUPILS FOR CLASSES
Regardless of the type of class, the same selection criteria must be used for all classes in a given school. Head Teachers will use a range of criteria. The selection criteria include:
• Meeting learners needs
• Age (stage appropriate)
• Friendships
• Gender balance
• Exceptional circumstances
Not all the above criteria need to be used but more than one criterion must be used.
The specific criteria chosen will vary across schools, and professional judgment will be used to best meet the needs of learners in individual schools.
There is no appeals process for parents unhappy with decisions.

We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro and Mrs Cross

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 20.05.22

What a super week we had!

Health week has been fantastic! We would like to thank Mrs Conlin for all her work organising all the activities for us.

On Monday we started with Simon Says Dance. We had a fantastic time and all children joined in and loved it.

We also had games with P6 M. It was raining but this didn’t stop us!

On Tuesday Mrs Murray came to talk to us about the importance of handwashing and how to do it properly.

We did lovely pictures of us with our Buckstone Uniform.

Wednesday…Sports Day!

What a great day we had. It was lovely to see all children joining in and parents cheering! They all tried their best.

In the afternoon we did fruit tasting and the scootathon.

On Thursday we learned about helmet safety and keeping safe ( medicines and harmful substances). We did a yoga session.

Our writing theme was Sports Day.

Independent Learning

Throughout the week we have discussed the Wellbeing indicators: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included.

Let’s talk about learning..

  • Please ask me how a helmet should fit me to keep me safe?
  • Please ask me about the fruits I tried at school.
  • Please ask me what I enjoyed best at Health week.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 6.05.22

We hope you all had a nice long weekend.

It has been a short week at school however we have been busy with our learning.

Independent Learning

Numeracy and Maths

This week we have started to learn reading analogue and digital o’clock times (12 hour only) and to represent this on clock face.

You could use this online game at home:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time

Literacy

Our focus this week has been our individual talks about Our Favourite place to the rest of the class.

Look at one of our super stars!

We have written a letter to the Queen to invite her to our party in June. We hope she can make it!

Other Areas

RME

We have learned about Eid. Mrs Ahmed virtually visited us and she explained what is Eid and how they celebrate it. Thank you very much Mrs Ahmed! Eid Mubarak!

PE We have continue to learn to do different rolls.

Outdoor Learning

WE have been practising our tricky words.

Let’s talk about our learning

A good way to have conversations with your child about what they have learned at school during this week is using these prompts:

  1. Can you tell something that you have learned about Eid?
  2. Can you tell me about your letter to The Queen?
  3. Can you find any clocks around the house? Are they analogue or digital?
  4. Can you tell me which area did you choose for your independent learning?

Other information

  • Class photo on Wednesday 11th May.
  • Learning Targets have been uploaded on your child’s e- learning journal and the evidence of this term learning will be sent home today on their purple folder.
  • Loose parts dates for this term: Thursday 12th May, Thursday 9th June, Friday 17th June and Wednesday , 22nd June.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1CD Reflective Friday 8.04.22

Dear parents/ carers, we hope you had a lovely week.

We have been busy learning:

Independent Learning

Literacy

This week our new sound is are sl. We have revised all the tricky words that we have worked on so far.

We enjoyed sliding races at the gym hall and did a bingo game with our tricky words

Numeracy

Revising of Numeracy skills that we have worked on so far with an Easter twist!

Other areas

Art

We have enjoyed making different Easter Art and crafts. We made chickens, Easter bonnets/crowns and decorated hard boiled eggs (thank you for the extras!) and rolled them outside.

RME

We have been learning about the Easter story and Ramadan.

Music

We have learned a new song about Hot cross buns

PE

We have been working on jumping and landing while outdoors and worked on coordination games at the gym hall.

Other

  • Lets do engineering book went home on Thursday. This is a fantastic resource for you to use with your child during the holidays. There is a free event linked with the booklet here is the link for it:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-engineering-play-session-take-home-pack-for-all-attendees-tickets-315735552537

  • Purple folders will be kept at school over the Easter Holidays.
  • Start and finishing times after the holidays:

Start:

8.50am ( Monday to Friday). Door opens at 8.50 and closes at 8.55

If you are late after the door closes please take your child to the main entrance of the school. In the interest of pupil safety please do not open the classroom door.

Finish:

Monday to Thursday 2.55. Door closes at 3.00

Friday 12.15. Door closes at 12.20

If the door is closed by the time you arrive to collect your child please go to reception.

Have a lovely Easter and a relaxing break.

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 25.03.22

Dear parents/carers,

We hope you had a nice week and that you enjoyed the lovely weather.

We had a busy week and we have made the most of our outdoor learning space outside the classroom and in the school grounds. We have started using our work bench.

This is this week’s learning:

Independent Learning

Maths

We have continued to work on our numeracy skills and worked on directions. We have introduced the Bee Bot app and the Bee Bots to work on directions as the same time as basic programming skills.

Core Numeracy skills:

  • adding two collections and finding a total
  • partitioning number patterns
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount

Challenge Numeracy Skills:

  • describing equal groups
  • numeral identification to 30
  • numeral identification to 100
  • ordering off decade patterns of 10 decades
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 30
  • counting short forward or backward sequences of numbers to 30 or 100
  • counting two collections with the both screened ( counting on strategy)
  • finding a subtrahend by counting back

Literacy

Our consonant blends this week are cl and fl. Our tricky words here and into.

We played with clay, we learned clapping games, we played with flour, we painted flowers, we flew kites and Mrs Cross played the clarinet for us!

Reading

Thank you for returning all books on Monday ready for distribution to other groups/classes. If books are not returned this unfortunately may have impact on the learning experiences of the P1 pupils.

We are excited to see to children growing in confidence as readers and enjoying sharing books together. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we are developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

Supporting reading development at home

  • Reading to/with your child ( avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • Print Awareness – print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc
  • Narrative Skills – retelling familiar stories in their own words
  • Letter Knowledge -recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts
  • Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc
  • Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words –

Writing

We read the book Flip Flap Safari and inspired on this book we have created our own animals and described them: made a name using the names of the animals we mixed and described them.

At handwriting we revised how to form the letter e and cl.

Other areas

In PE we have worked on balancing and landing safely outdoors and indoors we have started to work on rolling.

As part of or RSHP programme we have worked on: Saying Yes Saying No/ Early Consent Messages.

At Music we have worked on clapping games.

Home learning ideas

  • Please continue to work on the home earning sound sheet at home.
  • This week some children have taken the key sight vocabulary for the reading books that they are reading. Please continue to reinforce these at home.
  • Why don’t make a treasure hunt or a map where your child has to give you instructions how to get to a place?
  • Enjoy reading to your child at home (not only the reading books!). This will increase their vocabulary.

News

  • We are looking forward to meeting you online next week for parents consultations.
  • We ask that the children come to school with a water bottle every day. This bottle can be filled at school and refilled during the day as well. The children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day to keep hydrated. We would ask that parents encourage their children to drink water rather than juice and avoid filling water bottles with juice. We are promoting healthy habits which will continue into adulthood and drinking water regularly is great for your health! Thank you for your support with this.
  • Please remember to label all your child’s items. We have an unnamed sweatshirt in the classroom.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1CD Reflective Friday 11.03.22

Welcome to our weekly blog!

We hope you had a nice week.

Independent Learning

Maths

In maths this week we have continued to learn about positional language and we will be moving on the explore giving and following directions. We have worked on recognising left and right.

We have continued to work on our numeracy skills:

Our core numeracy skills this week included,

  • adding two collections and finding a total
  • partitioning number patterns
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount

Our challenge activities in numeracy were

  • describing equal groups
  • numeral identification to 30
  • numeral identification to 100
  • ordering off decade patterns of 10 decades
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 30
  • counting short forward or backward sequences of numbers to 30 or 100
  • counting two collections with the both screened ( counting on strategy)
  • finding a subtrahend by counting back

Literacy

This week we have been working on the sounds pr and gr. Our tricky words were of and her.

We have planted beans to grow and used green things to make collages. We had printed using different items.

At writing we have described our bedrooms.

Handwriting focus: b and p

At reading we have continued to work on our reading skills. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we are developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

Please remember that reading books should be returned by Monday (this is essential as we share the books and if not returned other groups cannot continue with their learning). You might find that your child is very confident when reading the book, remember that we have been working on it at school and that should be the case.

Other areas

We are enjoying using our outdoor area most days!

PE

We have continue to work on our stamina running our mile. This week one of our pupils who runs the Park Run led us!

At our gym session we have worked on jumping and landing skills.

Home learning ideas

  • Share the reading book at home. Your child will be able to read the story as we have been working on it at school.
  • Continue to practice making words and revising all our tricky words using the sound sheet that will go home today. For the tricky words it is important that your child is able to read and write them.
  • Your child might enjoy this game for working on directions

https://pbskids.org/peg/games/hungry-pirates

News

  • A reminder that next Monday is our Loose Parts Day.
  • On Wednesday we are planning a trek to the Walled Garden.
  • Please remind your children that our outdoor provision is only to be used during class time therefore it should not be used at the start or end of the day while waiting with parents/ carers.
  • Our Parent Consultations will be taking place w.c. 28th March. Booking for this opens at 6pm on Friday 11th March – please see the e-mail sent out on 7th March with details on how to book.

If you require an interpreter for your parent consultation please contact the school office and we can arrange this for you.

  • Start times are 8.45 and 8.50 if the door is opened before that time please don’t send your children in as this is time for staff to prepare the learning ( it might be opened to fill the water tray, for ventilation reasons, etc)
  • Thank you for your continued donation of items for our STEM area. We really appreciate it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1CD Reflective Friday 25.02.22

Welcome back to our weekly blog!

We hope you all had a great week off last week. The children have settled well into our class routine after the week off and they have enjoyed a new routine…we are now using the dining hall at lunch time!

Here is this week’s learning:

Independent Learning

We have the big blocks back! We share them with P1W and they were there from January to the February break. It has been great to see how the children are exploring them this time: amazing constructions again and new ways of using them!

We have enjoyed the snow outside and inside!

Our STEM area continues to be popular.

Literacy

This week we have been working on the sounds br and cr. Our tricky words were some and said.

We cut bread and placed it outside in branches for the birds. We made crabs and we crushed crisps ( well, some of us couldn’t resist the temptation and ate a few…).

Our writing was about what we did last week: where we went, what we saw and what we liked. As you can see some of us are working on giving it a go at words that we aren’t sure about writing: if we are not sure we write them and we underline them so our teachers can tell us later how to write them. This way we don’t stop the writing flow. It is amazing to see how this is helping us to write longer sentences.

At reading we have continued to work on our reading skills. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we are developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

Please avoid using ORT books at home as this can interfere with the initial conversations about a new book.

Yesterday the books went home (please read the email sent on Monday about reading books), they should be returned by Monday (this is essential as we share the books and if not returned other groups cannot continue with their learning). You might find that your child is very confident when reading the book, remember that we have been working on it at school and that should be the case.

Maths

We have continued to work on our numeracy skills:

Our core numeracy skills this week included,

  • adding two collections and finding a total
  • partitioning number patterns
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount
  • accurate counting of random arrays
  • consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
  • numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 10
  • establishing a collection of a given amount
  • counting and creating auditory patterns
  • accurate counting of random arrays

Our challenge activities in numeracy were

  • describing equal groups
  • numeral identification to 30
  • numeral identification to 100
  • ordering off decade patterns of 10 decades
  • identifying the number before a given number up to 30
  • counting short forward or backward sequences of numbers to 30 or 100
  • counting two collections with the both screened ( counting on strategy)
  • finding a subtrahend by counting back

Other areas

In PE have continue to work on balancing skills and following instructions.

At RSHP we have learned to name the parts of our body ,my body belongs to me, personal space and privacy . If you want more information please look for it here:

We have learned the PANTS rule. The children designed their own pants!

Loose parts

What a great time we had! We managed to make a swing: lots of planning and amazing discussion to make it.

Building Resilience

As part of our Building Resilience programme we have discussed the importance of being active (Get Active). We had the opportunity of discussing different ways of being active by looking at the photos that the children brought from home. It was great to see different ways of being active. Look at our fantastic display!

Home Learning ideas

  • Use your sound cards (sent home today) to make CVC words . Remember to practice to read and write the tricky words that we have worked on so far.
  • Before and after: Adult writes a number and child writes the number before on the left) and after (on the right)
  • Learn your number bonds /number pairs that make ten (or twenty)
  • Look for all of the tricky words we have learned so far in environmental print.
  • Practise writing using correct standard letter formation for each letter in your name. You can watch this video as a reminder of the correct route for each letter.
  • Practise using scissors correctly.
  • Look for letters and numerals in the environment.
  • Please help your child to put their coat, shoes independently. You could start to practise how to do zips and buttons. Why don’t try how to tie laces as a challenge?

News

  • Next Thursday, the 3rd of March is World Book Day. Children are invited to come to school dressed as a favourite book character if they wish. The children are also invited to bring their favourite book to school.

https://www.worldbookday.com/dressing-up-ideas/

  • Remember to return your child’s reading book on Monday. Your child needs to bring the purple folder in order to take the reading book home.
  • Please, if you can, continue to provide junk for our STEM area.
  • Parent Consultations: Our Parent Consultations will be taking place week beginning. 28th March. Further information about this will be coming out by soon.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 4.02.22

We hope you all had lovely week.

Happy Chinese new year

Here is a flavour of this week’s learning at P1CD.

Independent Learning

Literacy

Our new sounds (consonant blends) this week are th and wh. Tricky words: they and are.

We have been working on our reading skills.

Our writing this week it was My dragon.

Numeracy

We have continued to work on number and number processes through our SEAL programme.

We have continued to work on recognising coins and making amounts using different coins.

Other areas

We have been learning all about Chinese New Year. Two of our pupils were really helpful and explained what they do at home to celebrate it and how to say Happy New Year in Chinese. Well done!

As part of our RHSP programme we have been learning about Pregnancy and how to look after a baby. Mrs Black did a virtual visit and explained us how to look after a baby and answered our questions. Thank you, Mrs Black!

In PE we have been working on balancing skills and stamina (through our daily mile, we are not there yet!)

Home learning ideas

  • Use real coins and ask your child to tell you which coins they can recognise: talk about size, colour, etc. Put prices to toys or other items in the house and ask your child to pay for them using a range of coins. (up to 10p for most children should be enough challenge however feel free to challenge them further if you feel your child is ready for it).
  • This is an online game which might be useful: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game
  • Practice our tricky words and revise previous ones.
  • Find objects indoors and outdoors with Th and wh sounds.
  • Practice balance using a scooter or a bike.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro