# Week beginning 01.04.19

This week we had a revision week of sounds and ‘tricky words’ we have covered in term 2.

Please continue to revise and practise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.

Below are some sounds and tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: oa, ow, ay, ai, ea, come, some, one, you

No reading was sent home this week – instead we read all together. We focused on sounding out and spotting tricky words. Some children even had a go at reading to the rest of the class. We were able to see some super confident reading!

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

• Writing – This week we had a go at some descriptive writing. We watched the story of the Easter Bunny and created our own version of the Easter bunny. We described what they looked like, and what their job was!

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.
• 100 number square – we have been using 100 squares to help solve number calculations.
• Calculations – we have been exploring subtraction and addition calculations – looking at the symbols to make sure we read and complete calculations correctly!
• Number Bonds – we have started looking at number bonds to 10 (all the different ways to make 10 using 2 numbers)
• Symmetry – We have also been revising symmetry, by spotting symmetry in our environment, and creating our own symmetrical patterns using different materials.

Other Curricular Areas

• P.E. – Teamwork games and looking at ‘fairness’ when playing team games. We have a very interesting time talking about what is fair/not fair.
• P.E – we were also exploring different ways of rolling safely this week. We tried pencil rolls, teddy bear rolls, and some children even tried forward rolls!
• Science – We are learning about recycling this week and looking after our environment. We have looked at what we can do to have a positive effect on the environment and how to become more eco-friendly.
• 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 threading, play-dough and cutting activities.
• Painting – children were finger fainting symmetrical eggs at the arts and craft table.
• 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.

• LAST DAY OF TERM! We are planning on having a small end of term party. We will be having squash, crisps and some dancing!

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning and I hope the children enjoy a well-deserved break!

# Week Beginning 25.03.19

This week’s new sounds are oa and ow. ‘Tricky Words’ are  her and of . Please continue to revise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
New reading books were sent home this week–Monday/Tuesday.

There will be no new reading books sent home next week, as we will be focusing on reading 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: come, some, one, of

During reading we have also been continuing to concentrate on spotting rhyming words.

• Writing – This week we talked created our own environment superhero in our writing!

Numeracy & Maths

Maths/Numeracy

• We are still focussing on numeracy 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.
• 100 Number Square – we have also been looking at number squares, and finding numbers between 1 and 100.

Other Curricular Areas

• P.E. – We have been working on team work games to encourage communication and turn taking. We have also been working on skipping with a rope and throwing and catching with bean bags and balls.
• P.E. – Children have been enjoying the Daily Mile, Go Noodle and Cosmic Kids Yoga as part of their P.E. too.
• Health and Wellbeing – The foxes have been focusing on being helpful this week!

Learning Through Play

• Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.
• Science – children have been watching our bulbs grow.
• Role Play – in the house corner some children have enjoyed playing ‘families’ and have been looking have their new babies.

• 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 or playing with their learning partner.

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. Please see the homelink for all of the other things we can recycle!

# Information ‘Great Big School Clean Up’

We have been asked to share the information below:

Dear Parents/carers

You will hopefully have seen in the last Homelink newsletter that our Parent Council have organised a Great Big School Clean Up on Saturday 30th March between 2-4pm as part of the Great British Spring Clean 2019. This is a UK wide mass-action environmental campaign to cut litter and improve public places but it also coincides with the Green Buckstone recycling programme which aims to save ‘hard to recycle’ items from landfill.

The school playground will be open at the main entrance from 2pm on Saturday 30th March for as many volunteers as are able to donate 10 minutes, 1 hour or more of time to help clear the playground and surrounding areas of litter that has escaped the various refuse bins around the school. City of Edinburgh Council will be arriving that afternoon to deliver litter picking kit and will be removing waste from the school after the litter pick is over at 4pm. Our local councillors are also planning to attend and members of the Parent Council will be present to co-ordinate this project. This is an excellent opportunity to help improve the environment on our doorstep so we hope to see you there.

Please bring with you protective gloves if at all possible (some will be provided by the council), refreshments and perhaps some hand sanitiser! Children must not be unaccompanied and will remain the responsibility of their parent/carer at all times.

# Week Beginning 18.03.19

This week we have been having a revision week!

Please continue to revise and practise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.
New reading books will be sent home next 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 really focusing on finding rhyming words, and thinking of words which rhyme.

• Writing – This week we used our creative writing skills wrote about ‘Michael Recycle’ and what we thought might happen next!
• Dictation – children have been working on remembering how to write our tricky words. We also used peer assessment for the first time and marked each others work!
• 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 have been focusing 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.

Other Curricular Areas

• P.E. – We have been working on team work games to encourage communication and new friendships.
• P.E. – We have been continuing to work on our new skill of skipping. We are enjoying this new challenge!
• P.E. – Children have been enjoying the Daily Mile, Go Noodle and Cosmic Kids Yoga as part of their P.E. too.
• Science and Technology – we have been exploring different types of materials, how strong they are, and how we can use these materials to build!
• 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 – 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 after the babies.
• Sand Play – children have been exploring wet sand playing with different shaped moulds.

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!

# P1F Week Beginning 11.03.19

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 talked about ‘Beach Pollution’ as part of our topic and wrote about what we could see in a picture of beach pollution.

Numeracy & Maths

Maths/Numeracy

• We are having a focus on numeracy 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. We have also been working on skipping with a rope and throwing and catching with bean bags.
• 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.
• Health and Wellbeing – The foxes have been focusing on being kind this week!

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 plant some bulbs and explore different types of bulbs.
• Role Play – in the house corner some children have enjoyed playing ‘families’ and have been looking have their new babies.

• 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 or playing with their learning partner.

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!

# P1F Woodland learning 13.03.19

Unfortunately due to the weather over the past week, the foxes woodland learning will not be beginning tomorrow. We hope the weather improves and we are able to begin in the next couple of weeks.

The P1 team.

# Week Beginning 04.03.19

This week’s new sounds are oi and oy. ‘Tricky Words’ are said and come. Please continue to revise all 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 Our favourite character from a book for World Book Day. The children loved sharing their books with their peers.

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 continuing our learning on add two amounts together .

Other Curricular Areas

• P.E. – We have been working on our fitness levels in P.E. 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.

•IDL – This week we took our learning outside, and we explored the school grounds. We then got the chance to make maps of the school of what we saw.

Learning Through Play

• 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.

# Wb 25.02.19

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.

•We wrote stories about space this week for the world book day competition , and they were out of this world!

Numeracy & Maths

• Maths – we have continued to explore time. We have now covered reading the time to o’clock and half past

• You could also talk about times of the day (bed time, dinner time, time to get up) and read these on the clock together.

•Numeracy – We have been working a lot on adding this week using number sentences. eg 3 + 5 = 8

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. We know the children are also keen to start their ’30 Day Challenge’ at home – Good Luck!!!

Learning Through Play

• Role Play –The children are still enjoying using the role play skills in the area, they have used the role play area to create a house and a hospital.
• Drawing – Some children have really enjoyed drawing and creating jewellery this week.
• 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

• Thank you very much for sending in your junk, we made great bridges this week!