We had a really busy week in Primary 1B
We have been learning:
- Vowel diagraphs: ee and ea
We are working on letter/sound correspondence (linking sounds with letters of the alphabet), segmenting (‘ungluing the sounds in words they hear into individual phonemes), word-building, blending and deleting and inserting (manipulating the letter/sounds in the initial position within a word)
- Tricky words: all and some.
we have also continued to work on recognising and spelling all of the tricky words previously introduced.
- This week we wrote about our Mum. It exciting to see the progress that children are making and the effort that they put into their work.
We have focused on writing sentences using capital letter to start the sentence, finger spaces and full stops at the end of the sentences. We also focused on ensuring that our black pen drawings were as detailed as possible before we started our work.
- In reading we are working on predictions, summarising, monitoring, visualising, questioning and making connections. We are working on developing our reading skills within reading groups as well as extra reading with Miss Hutcheon. This week some groups enjoyed using all the words from their book to make new sentences and add words to make new/funny sentences.
- We are doing dictation every week and we are getting much more confident in doing it.
- We have been working on our drawing and sequencing skills with Mrs Conlin, focusing on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
Home learning ideas:
- Please continue to work on CVC words with your child to ensure they are sounding out the initial sounds properly. You can use the ‘Hanging Monkeys’ game on Topmarks or the Spelling 1 app on an i-pad to help you with this. The children have used both games in class and really enjoy both of them.
- Reading: work on all the sounds and tricky words provided on the previous blue cards. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day. Please ensure you continue to do that as this is vital for your child’s reading progress.
- Use the spelling grid for ideas to practice the tricky words (posted before).
- Reading book: read the book with your child. Use your reading caterpillars to work on comprehension and higher order thinking skills, copy the words from the book and ask your child to make sentences with them.
- Read to your child books everyday and enjoy them.
- If your child is enjoying writing please don’t stop them to correct the letter formation as this will stop the flow and could put him/her off from writing (letters, stories, cards, etc). After he/she has finished you can remind them the formation if you wish.
Numeracy and Maths
We have been learning:
- This week we introduced Position and Movement. We focused on using language such as in front of, behind, between, underneath, on top of and beside.
- We have been using different types of technology and games to increase our knowledge of directions and helping us to describe positions.
- We have been using the ‘Daisy the Dinosaur’ and ‘A.L.E.X’ apps on the i-pad to give the characters simple instructions to direct them where we would like them to go. The children have really enjoyed these apps and they are available free on the app store to try out at home.
- We have also been using the coding mice, giving them specific instructions so that they can move through the maze and arrive at their piece of cheese. We had to give 4 different instructions to do this: forwards, backwards, right, left and go..
- We also completed a listening and drawing activity where I gave positional language instructions and the children had to draw my instructions within their given picture. For example: Draw a ball between the goal posts. I was so proud of how well you all listened and completed the activity – well done P1B.
- P.E: Tuesday (balancing) and Friday (fitness focus). We really enjoyed balancing on the beam and we all tried really hard to keep our balance independently. Well done!
- French: We have been practising our French colours.
- Play: We have introduced free choice play afternoons this week. The children are able to freely choose what they would like to do within the classroom each afternoon and I have been able to join in and play with them. Its amazing to see how much better we are getting at managing conflicts independently, sharing and taking turns. Our learning from throughout the week is embedded within the play experiences and this gives me an opportunity to observe the learning happening within.
Thank you for your continued support.
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin