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P1 Squirrels w/b 18.03.19

Literacy & Reading

 

This week we are having a revision week!

Please continue to revise and practise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
New reading books will be sent home this week – Monday/Tuesday.

Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: come, some, one, you

 

During reading we have also been concentrating on reading with expression and spotting rhyming words.

 

  • Writing – This week we wrote about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ as part of our Fairyland Topic. The children used their imagination to write about a fourth pig and what kind of house that pig might build.
  • Dictation – children have been working on spelling words using the sounds we have covered. This week we focussed on ‘ai’ and ‘ay’.
  • Reading – Children should now be trying to use their knowledge of the digraphs (oo, ee, oi, ch, th, ai etc) to read bigger words.

 

Maths/Numeracy

 

  • We are having a focus on revising maths skills this week (addition, subtraction, order and counting forwards/backwards).
  • Subtraction – we have had a whole class focus on subtraction calculations this week. To help with skill you can practise counting backwards. We have also been looking at writing subtractions calculations – remember the larger number always comes first.

 

 

Other Curricular Areas

 

  • P.E. – We have been working on team work games to encourage communication and new friendships.
  • P.E. – Children have been enjoying the Daily Mile, Go Noodle and Cosmic Kids Yoga as part of their P.E. too.
  • Science – we have been exploring different types of materials. This is linked to our Fairyland topic and The Three Little Pigs story.
  • ICT – we are now using iPads to support our learning. Children have been great at sharing and not spending too much time on the iPads!

 

 

Learning Through Play

 

  • Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using pegs, threading, play-dough and cutting activities.
  • Science – children have had the opportunity to plant some bulbs and explore different types of bulbs – we are still watching these grow!
  • Role Play – linked to out topic, children have been dressing up and ‘going to the ball’.
  • Role Play – Some children have been enjoying singing and dancing this week!
  • Role Play – in the house corner some children have enjoyed playing ‘families’ and have been looking have their new babies.
  • Sand Play – children have been exploring wet sand playing with different shaped moulds.
  • Play Time – we have been setting a ‘Play Time Challenge’ to encourage new friendships. We have been asking P1 to think of someone in the class they have never played with and ask them to play.

 

Extra Information

 

  • We have a new ‘whole school focus’. In order to become more eco-friendly, we are encouraging recycling at Buckstone Primary School! We are starting small with crisp packets – if your child has crisps for snack we are asking them not to put the packet in the bins outside. We have bins in each classroom for these to be stored and then a main bin at reception that will be collected to be recycled!
  • We were invited to watch the P2 Spring Show. We really enjoyed all the singing and dancing! Well done P2!

 

 

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

P1 Squirrels w/b 11.03.19

Literacy & Reading

 

This week’s new sounds are oo and ew. ‘Tricky Words’ are one and you. Please continue to revise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
New reading books will be sent home this week–Monday/Tuesday.

Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: come, some, one, you

 

During reading we have also been concentrating on reading with expression and spotting rhyming words.

 

  • Writing – This week we wrote about ‘Snow White’ as part of our Fairyland Topic.

 

Numeracy & Maths

 

Maths/Numeracy

 

  • We are having a focus on maths skills this week (addition, subtraction, order and counting forwards/backwards).
  • Addition – we are encouraging children to use different strategies to complete addition calculations. For addition, we model putting the bigger number in our head and counting forwards the small number – feel free to give this a go at home. Your child should be able to show you how it works!
  • Subtraction – we have worked on subtraction calculation this week. To help with skill you can practise counting backwards.

 

 

Other Curricular Areas

 

  • P.E. – We have been working on team work games to encourage communication and new friendships.
  • P.E. – Children have been enjoying the Daily Mile, Go Noodle and Cosmic Kids Yoga as part of their P.E. too.
  • Science – children have had the opportunity to explore how flowers grow, decorate plant pots to grow flowers and explore different types of seeds. We will plant some seeds, watch them grow and learn how to look after these as they grow.

 

 

Learning Through Play

 

  • Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.
  • Science – children have had the opportunity to plans some bulbs and explore different types of bulbs.
  • Role Play – linked to out topic, children have been dressing up and ‘going to the ball’.
  • Role Play – in the house corner some children have enjoyed playing ‘families’ and have been looking have their new babies.
  • Sand Play – Miss Davidson and Miss McGhee have enjoyed having many ‘ice-creams’ delivered to them. Children have been acting working in an ice-cream shop!

 

  • Play Time – we have been setting a ‘Play Time Challenge’ to encourage new friendships. We have been asking P1 to think of someone in the class they have never played with and ask them to play.

 

Extra Information

 

  • We are still collecting recycling – we would like to do some junk modelling and build some castles!
  • We have a new ‘whole school focus’. In order to become more eco-friendly, we are encouraging recycling at Buckstone Primary School! We are starting small with crisp packets – if your child has crisps for snack we are asking them not to put the packet in the bins outside. We have bins in each classroom for these to be stored and then a main bin at reception that will be collected to be recycled!

 

 

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

P1 Squirrels w/b 04.03.19

Literacy & Reading

This week’s new sounds are oi and oy. ‘Tricky Words’ are said and come. Please continue to revise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
New reading books will be sent home this week–Monday/Tuesday.
Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: are, all, some, was, saw, want.

During reading we have also been concentrating on reading with expression and spotting rhyming words.

• Writing – This week we wrote about ‘The Moon’ as part of a whole school competition – this was linked to celebrating World Book Day.

Numeracy & Maths

• Maths – we have continued to explore time. We have now covered predicting what time it will be in 2hours, 3hours, 4hours etc. we have also discussed what time was it 2hours, 3hours, 4hours ago etc.
• You could also talk about times of the day (bed time, dinner time, time to get up) and read these on the clock together.
• We have also been learning to split an amount in to two parts (partitioning). Children have enjoyed using different coloured bingo dabbers to show their partitioning.

Other Curricular Areas

• P.E. – We have been working on our fitness levels in P.E. and children have been working their way round a circuit. We are also using positional language in P.E.
• P.E. – Children have been enjoying the Daily Mile and Cosmic Kids Yoga as part of their P.E. too.
• Drama – This week children had another go at the ‘Hot Seat’ with their learning partner. Children took on the role of an astronaut and asked each other questions about space travel

Learning Through Play

• Drawing – As part of a whole school activity to celebrate World Book Day children re-designed the cover of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (this was linked to our Fairyland topic).
• Technologies – Children have been using the recycling to build models and explore how to join different materials using glue, tape and ‘blue-tac’.
• Technologies – Children have also been making paper aeroplanes and testing how far/high they can fly them.
• Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.

Extra Information

• We need your help! We are looking for photos of your child being active……. these can be family photos – they are for our Health and Wellbeing wall display in school. (One photo per child please). Thank you!
• Can we also ask for any recycling – we would like to do some junk modelling and build some castles!

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

P1 Squirrles 06.03.19 Forest Kindergarten

P1 Parents/Carers,

Due to the weather Forest Kindergarten was cancelled today, we plan to move this session to tomorrow (Thursday 07.03.19). Please send your child to school with clothes for outside learning. If you would like to volunteer please let us know, parent helpers would be fantastic – I’m sure there is a lovely hot chocolate at the end!

P1 Team.

P1 Squirrels/Foxes

P1 Parents/Carers,

This week at school we are celebrating World Book Day. We are not having a dress up day at school, we plan on celebrating by doing other activities. We understand some of the children will be disappointed by this, please feel free to dress up and home and send your children in with a photo to share at school. Your child can also bring along their favourite book to read and share!

 

P1 Squirrels w/b 25.2.19

Literacy & Reading

This week’s new sounds are ai and ay. ‘Tricky Words’ are all and some. Please continue to revise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
New reading books will be sent home this week–Monday/Tuesday.
Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: are, all, some, was, saw, want.

During reading we have also been concentrating on reading with expression and spotting rhyming words.

Numeracy & Maths

• Maths – we have continued to explore time. We have now covered reading the time to o’clock and half past
• We have enjoyed the lovely weather by taking our learning outside – if you look around the playground you might be able to spot our clocks. Children were able to draw clocks and change the time on their clock using sticks!
• You could also talk about times of the day (bed time, dinner time, time to get up) and read these on the clock together.

Other Curricular Areas

• P.E. – We have been working on our fitness levels in P.E. and children have been working their way round a circuit. We are also using positional language in P.E.
• P.E. – children enjoyed P.E. out in the sunshine using our new equipment. Our focus this week is sharing and communicating.
• French – Miss Davidson read Goldilocks and the Three Bears to the class in French!
• Music – All children in P1 took part in singing this week and all managed to sing a small solo part to the rest of their group!
• Health and Wellbeing – We are focussing on ‘Get Active’ this week. Children have shared what they like to do to be active and have helped make a wall display. We know the children are also keen to start their ’30 Day Challenge’ at home – Good Luck!!!
• Drama – Children have been re-creating and acting out their favourite parts of Goldilocks and the Three Bears….we even had the opportunity to make porridge for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
• Drama – This week we had another go at the ‘Hot Seat’. Children take on the role of a character from a story and answer questions from the audience. Maybe you could read story at home then try this out!

Learning Through Play

• Role Play –The Fairyland Castle is still very popular. Children are continuing to explore characters within the hospital role play area.
• Drawing – some children have been interested in re-telling popular Fairy tales by drawing fantastic pictures.
• Dance – children have made a dance floor and have been sharing their dance moves along with singing.
• Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.

Extra Information

• We need your help! We are looking for photos of your child being active……. these can be family photos – they are for our Health and Wellbeing wall display in school. (One photo per child please). Thank you!
• Can we also ask for any recycling – we would like to do some junk modelling and build some castles!

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

P1 Squirrels w/b 18th Feb 19

Literacy & Reading
This week we are revising the sounds sh, ch, wh, th, ee and ea and all the ‘tricky words’ we have covered so far. There will be no new sound sheet this week, please continue to revise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
New reading books will be sent home this week–Monday/Tuesday.
Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: you, want, was, saw, put.

Numeracy & Maths

• Maths – We have started a new topic in maths – Position and Movement. We are covering positional language (next to, in front of, behind, up, down, forwards, backwards, left and right)
• We have also been using our Bee-Bots to explore position and coding!
• Time – we are beginning to explore time. Starting with the features of a clock and telling the time (o’clock).
• Can you spot time when you are out and about with your child?
• You could also talk about times of the day (bed time, dinner time, time to get up) and read these on the clock together.

Other Curricular Areas

• P.E. – We have been working on our fitness levels in P.E. and children have been working their way  around a circuit. We are also using positional language to play games in P.E.  We also enjoyed the lovely weather on Thursday and had P.E. outside.
• French – using dot patterns to count out amounts in French.
• Health and Wellbeing – We are using our Fairyland topic and the Cinderella story to look at friendships.
• Drama – Children have been re-creating and acting out an alternative ending to Cinderella – maybe they can share this with you at home!
• Drama – This week we had a little go at the ‘Hot Seat’. Children take on the role of a character from a story and answer questions from the audience. Maybe you could read story at home then try this out!

Learning Through Play

• Role Play –The Fairyland Castle is still very popular. Children are continuing to explore characters within the hospital role play area.
• Drawing – some children have been interested in re-telling popular Fairy tales by drawing fantastic pictures.
• Dance – children have made a dance floor and have been sharing their dance moves along with singing.
• Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.

Extra Information

• We need your help! We are looking for photos of your child being active…….these can be family photos – they are for our Health and Wellbeing wall display in school. (One photo per child please). Thank you!
• Can we also ask for any recycling – we would like to do some junk modelling and build some castles!

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

P1 Squirrels w/b 4th Feb 19

Literacy & Reading
This week we are exploring the sounds ‘ee’ and ‘ea’. Our new ‘tricky words’ are they and are. There will be a new sound sheet this week, please continue to practise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
There will be no reading book sent home next week – there will be a new book that we will cover in class.
Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: you, want, was, saw, put.

Numeracy & Maths
• Counting 2 collections – we are working on counting 2 collections of counters and adding the 2 collections to say how many we have all together.
• Counting 2 collections – we are then covering one of the collections and asking: ‘How many do we have all together?’
Counting 2 collections extended – we have now looked at 2 collations then covered both of them and asked: ‘How many do we have all together?’
• Money – this is our last week exploring money. We have continued to recognise the coins up to £1 and adding small amounts together.
• Adding – we have been using dominoes to complete adding calculations.
• ‘Topmarks’ website has some fun and interactive money games to play – have a go!
Other Curricular Areas
• Art – We are continuing to look at Andy Warhol art. We are re-creating our own art work inspired by the artist!
• P.E. – We have been working on our fitness levels in P.E. and children have been working their way round a circuit.

Learning Through Play
• Role Play –The Fairyland Castle has been very popular this week! The children have enjoyed dressing up and acting out some Fairyland characters.
• Wet Sand Play – We have added frozen cups of water filled with coins.
• Paint – Children have shown an interest in making leaves for our Beanstalk for Fairyland.

Extra Information
• This week we have had a small focus on promoting independence – children have had less support at the beginning and end of the day. We are hoping to develop their skills in self-management especially within the classroom in order to maximise ‘learning time’.
• P1S enjoyed sharing their learning at the Parent Drop In session – thank you for coming along! We hope the children enjoy a well-deserved February break!

P1 Squirrels w/b 28th Jan 19

Literacy & Reading
This week we are revising the sounds ‘ch’, ‘sh’, ‘th’ and ‘wh’. We will also we revising the ’ ‘tricky words’: be, go and she.
There will be no new sound sheet this week, please continue to revise the sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ we have already covered.
New reading books have been issued this week (new books come home Monday/Tuesday). Please remember to bring reading books to school every day.
There will be no reading book sent home next week – there will be a new book that we will cover this in class.
Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home:
you
want
was
saw
put

Numeracy & Maths
• Counting 2 collections – we are working on counting 2 collections of counters and adding the 2 collections to say how many we have all together.
• Counting 2 collections – we are then covering one of the collections and asking: ‘How many do we have all together?’
• Money – this week we are continuing to add small amounts of money together up to 20p. We are also introducing ‘How much is left?’
• Money – we are continuing to recognise coins up to £1.
• Can you sort and add some coins together at home?
• ‘Topmarks’ website has some fun and interactive money games to play – have a go!
Other Curricular Areas
• ‘Fairy Land’ – this is our next mini topic!
• The Friendly Dragon! We had a visitor to our class overnight that left us a letter and new mission to re-build Fairyland! To help us with our mission you can read Fairy-Tales at home.

Learning Through Play

• Building Blocks – using good communication skills and team work to build towers and castles.
• Role Play –A new Hospital in the learn through play area has been very popular this week again. The Role Play area also has a baby doll and children have been enjoying looking after the baby and making a cot for the baby to sleep in.
• Wet Sand Play – Using items and objects to print shapes and patterns.
• Paint – Children have shown an interest in mixing paint to create new colours. They have also been exploring making hand prints and folding the paper to make symmetrical paintings.

P1 Squirrels w/b 21.01.19

Literacy & Reading
This week we are exploring ‘th’ and ‘wh’. We will also continue to introduce new ‘tricky words’ as we work through the new sounds – this weeks’ ‘tricky words’ are be and she.
Please continue to revise sounds and tricky words covered at home. We really appreciate your support at home.
New reading books have been issued this week (new books come home Monday/Tuesday). Please remember to bring reading books to school every day. Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home:
you
want
was
saw
put

Numeracy & Maths
• Clapping Patterns – you clap and your child copies the pattern.
• Counting Clapping – you clap and your child counts (to make this more challenging ask your child to cover their eyes!).
• You can help you child at home by playing clapping games.
• Money – this week we have been learning to add small amounts of money together up to 20p.
• Can you sort and add some coins together at home?
• ‘Topmarks’ website has some fun and interactive money games to play – have a go!

Other Curricular Areas
• ‘Fairy Land’ – this is our next mini topic!
• We have started to create a castle in our classroom.
• This week we have looked at the different parts of a castle and created a writing display of this in our castle area.
• The children have also learned some fun facts about castles – ask you child to teach you something about a castle!
• Drama – this week P1S experienced The Gruffalo in Scots! Children acted out characters from the story, learned some new Scots words and listened to the story being read in Scots.

Learning Through Play
• Building Blocks – using good communication skills and team work to build towers and castles.
• Water Play – filling and measuring with different objects.
• Role Play – The Gruffalo in Scots and a new Hospital in the learn through play area.
• Wet Sand Play – Using items and objects to print shapes and patterns.
• Paint – The children having been using paint and toothbrushes to paint the new sound ‘th’

Extra Information
• As it’s getting colder please ensure your child comes to school all cosy for playtime and lunch time.