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Friday 28th February

We had a really busy week in Primary 1B

Literacy

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.

Other Areas

  • 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

Friday 21st February

We had a great week. It was lovely to hear all the highlights about the holidays, all of the children had a fantastic time!

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Vowel diagraphs: We have revised the vowel diagraphs ai and ay

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: we have continued to work on recognising and spelling all the tricky words previously introduced.
  • This week we wrote about our holidays. 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.

We talked about the 5W’s and how to include them in our writing – who, what, where, why, when.

  • 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.

Home learning ideas:

  • 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 have continued to work on Money.

We have focused on applying subtracting skills. We have worked on giving change after paying up to 10p.

We have continued to focus on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p,10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. We are working on understanding the value of each coin.  We are also working on applying addition and subtraction skills to pay for items of 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.  

Home learning ideas:

  • Work on the Maths grid ideas posted last week.
  • If you have the opportunity of going to the shops, ask your child to look at the prices and ask how many coins of 1p and 2p you will need to pay for that. Keep it simple!
  • You can use this game to help us with money:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/cashing-in/cashing-in.html

Other Areas

  • Science :  We have been finding out why the moon ‘changes shape’…ask your child if you want to know!
  • HWB: We had a whole school assembly, the theme was ‘Have a goal’ from our Building Resilience programme.  At group time we saw an inspirational video and we talked about things that we couldn’t do when we were babies and what can we do now.
  • Art: We focused on the artist Andy Warhol this week. We drew a Campbell’s tin of Tomato Soup using our knowledge of 2d and 3d shapes to help us to draw. We talked about pop art and how Andy Warhol’s pieces were all different colours.
  • 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!

Other Information

  • Winter Fair: Remember that this Saturday is our Winter Fair from 2 to 4 pm.
  • Liberton book fundraising: Next week will be collecting books to donate to Liberton Primary School ( as you might be aware there was a fire and they are looking for resources). If you have any books that you will be happy to donate please bring them to school next week. Thank you!

Thank you for your support.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 7th January

We had a super busy week!

Thank you all for coming on Wednesday to our ‘Sharing the learning’ event. It was lovely to see you all. We hope that you had a great time and enjoyed the learning!

Literacy

We have been learning:• Consonant diagraphs: We have introduced the vowel diagraphs ai and ay.

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 word: are and they.

We have focused on writing sentences using capital letter to start the sentence, finger spaces and full stops at the end of the sentences

• At 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 Mrs de Bonrostro

.• We are doing dictation every week. 

Home learning ideas:– 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 last week).

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• This week we have continued to work on Money.

On Thursday we had a workshop from The Royal Bank of Scotland about money. We learned about needs and wantsWe learned that our main needs are food, clothes, water and shelter. We tried to guess how much money things that we usually do and buy costs.

We have continued to focus on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p,10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. We are working on understanding the value of each coin.  We are alsoworking on applying addition and subtraction skills to pay for items of 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. 

Home learning ideas:– Work on the Maths grid ideas posted last week.

– If you have the opportunity of going to the shops, ask your child to look at the prices and ask how many coins of 1p and 2p you will need to pay for that. Keep it simple!

– You can use this game to help us with money: 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/cashing-in/cashing-in.html

Other Areas• 

Science and Expressive Arts: This week we have continued our research about planets and we created some lovely watercolour paintings of our favourite planet.

 • HWB: At the Assembly Cheryl the Minister from Fairmilehead Church came to talk to us about friendships.  How to be a good friend and to say sorry when we need to do it.

• P.E: Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus).

• French: We have been learning about colours.

• Free flow: On Tuesday afternoon we had the opportunity of accessing all P1 and P2 classes. This experience allows children to access learning provided in other classrooms to ensure consistency across the stage as well as allow them to be leaders in their own learning.

Other Information• Please be mindful when choosing a snack for your child – break time is only 15minutes long and adults in the playground cannot look after snack tubs. We are also a nut-free school.

• We politely ask you provide a healthy/nutritious snack for your child. Thank you.

• Winter Fair: P1 are collecting items to make a hamper for the Winter fair that will take place on Saturday 22ndFebruary. If you would like to donate any food, drink or small gift items that would be greatly appreciated. If you have already donated, please do not feel the need to do so again. We thank you for your support and generosity!

And finally… have a wonderful break!

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 31st January

We have had a really busy week in P1B with lots of fantastic learning.

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Consonant diagraphs: As most of us were finding these a bit tricky last week we have focused on reviewing these sounds this week. 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 word: go, be and she.
  • Use the spelling grid for ideas to practice the tricky words.
  • We wrote an imaginative piece of writing this week ‘If I Went to the Moon’. We had some fantastic, independent pieces of work this week and tried to sound out the words we wanted to use on our own before asking an adult for help – well done for all of  your hard 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.

  • In reading we are working on predictions, summarising, monitoring, visualising, questioning and making connections. We work Developing our reading skills within in reading groups as well as extra reading with Miss Hutcheon and our parent helper.
  • In handwriting we have been practising pencil control and how to form letters properly.
  • We are doing dictation every week.

Home learning ideas:

  • 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 last week).
  • 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

  • This week we have continued to work on Money. We have continued to focus on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p,10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. We are working on understanding the value of each coin.  We are also working on applying addition and subtraction skills to pay for items using coins up to £1.  Some children are finding it tricky to understand that a coin with bigger value is the same as several coins of a smaller value together. Please continue to support this learning at home if you can.
  • We also focused on number formation and sequencing numbers from 1 to 20.

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • Please find attached a maths learning wall.
  • If you have the opportunity of going to the shops, ask your child to look at the prices and ask how many coins of 1p and 2p you will need to pay for that. Keep it simple!
  • You can use this game to help us with money:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

Other Areas

  • Science: This week we have focused on the rotation of Earth to understand day and night. We had a talk from Mrs Ritchie about Space and we had lots of great questions for her.
  • French: This week we focused on colours and numbers to 10.
  • P.E: Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus).
  • Learning Teams: On Monday afternoon we had the opportunity to work on our learning teams. We like working with children across the school.
  • Free flow: On Tuesday afternoon we had the opportunity of accessing all P1 and P2 classes. This experience allows children to access learning provided in other classrooms to ensure consistency across the stage as well as allow them to be leaders in their own learning.

Other Information

  • Please be mindful when choosing a snack for your child – break time is only 15minutes long and adults in the playground cannot look after snack tubs. We are also a nut-free school.
  • We politely ask you provide a healthy/nutritious snack for your child. Thank you.
  • Please if your child is late don’t know on the classroom door. It is a school procedure that children should go to the main school door after if they arrive after the bell.
  • Remember that Wednesday 5th February is our drop-in session. We are looking forward to showing you our learning!
  • Winter Fair: P1 are collecting items to make a hamper for the Winter fair that will take place on Saturday 22nd February. If you would like to donate any food, drink or small gift items that would be greatly appreciated. If you have already donated please do not feel the need to do so again. We thank you for your support and generosity!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 24th January

We had a busy and interesting week!

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Consonant diagraphs: this week we have focused on th and wh.  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 word: be and she.

In writing this week we focused on writing sentences using capital letter to start the sentence, finger spaces and full stops at the end of the sentences. On Wednesday we designed our own planets, named them and made 3 rules for them. We then wrote about them on Thursday. We are getting more confident when sounding out words and writing independently. Well done P1B.

  • In reading we are working on predictions, summarising, monitoring, visualising, questioning and making connections.
  • We are working very hard in our handwriting. This week our focus has been th and wh. We worked with our learning partners and practised writing the digraphs on each others back. We really enjoyed this activity – you can practice this at home too.
  • We are doing dictation every week with Mrs Conlin and we are getting better at this!

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the 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.
  • 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

  • This week we have continued to work on Money. We have focused on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. We are working on understanding the value of each coin.  We have been working really hard, applying our adding and subtracting skills to pay for items up to 10/20/30p using 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p  coins. Some children are finding it tricky to understand that a coin with bigger value is the same as several coins of a smaller value together. Please continue to support this learning at home if you can.
  • The children also continued to work on 3D shape with Mrs Conlin on Monday. They are getting so good at identifying 3D shapes and talking about their features.

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • Please find attached a Maths learning wall with ideas to do at home with your child.
  • If you have the opportunity of going to the shops, ask your child to look at the prices and ask how many coins of 1p and 2p you will need to pay for that. Keep it simple!
  • You can use this game to help us with money:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

Other Areas

  • Science: This week we learned the names and facts of all planets and we took part in an exciting activity where we had to imagine there was a 9th planet and design it with our learning partners.We had so much fun doing this and we created our planets, named them, made 3 rules for them and also decided who would live there. The children then presented their ideas in front of the class. I was so proud of how far you have come with your listening and talking skills P1 – well done.

This brought up lots of questions about Pluto having once been the 9th planet and why it was no longer a planet but a dwarf planet. We also talked about our solar system and the distances of the planets from the sun.

Next week we are learning how the rotation of the Earth in relation with the sun gives us day and night and how the pattern of night and day changes over the course of a year. The children are leading their own learning throughout this topic and have so many questions they would like answered. It is very exciting!

If your child has any books about space that they would like to bring in to read at story time, please feel free to send them in!

  • HWB: We talked about the people who keep us safe this week and how we can keep safe at home and at school.
  • Technologies: Last week we introduced digital technologies into the classroom and we have just finished week 2 of our 4 week rotation. We discussed people who use technologies in their workplace and the importance of staying safe while using different devices.  We used the interactive whiteboard and laptops to explore money and we also used Ipads for coding. We had to give Daisy the Dinosaur simple instructions such as move, turn, grow, shrink and then enjoyed watching her do the things we had programmed her to do.
  • P.E: Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus)

Other Information

  • On Tuesday/Wednesday our new reading books go home in our purple folder. Please remember to bring it back to school every day so we can work in our reading every day. If a child does not bring the book on Monday another book will not be handed until the previous one has been returned.
  • Please be mindful when choosing a snack for your child – break time is only 15minutes long and adults in the playground cannot look after snack tubs. We are also a nut-free school.
  • We politely ask you provide a healthy/nutritious snack for your child. Thank you.
  • Please if your child is late don’t know on the classroom door. It is a school procedure that children should go to the main school door after if they arrive after the bell.
  • Remember that Wednesday 5th February is our drop-in session from 9.05 to 9.35. We are looking forward to showing you our learning!
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 17th January

We are now back into a routine in P1B. It has been lovely to hear all the chat about the Christmas break.

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Consonant diagraphs: this week we have focused on sh and ch.  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 word: go.
  • In writing we continued to focus on writing sentences using a capital letter to start the sentence, finger spaces and full stops at the end of the sentences. Our focus this week was to write about where we live. It is amazing to see how much we are progressing and how hard we are working.
  • In reading we are working on predictions, summarising, monitoring, visualising, questioning and making connections.
  • We are working very hard in our handwriting.
  • We are doing dictation every week. We are getting better at this!

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the 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.
  • 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.
  • Today you will find a Scottish poem ‘Twa leggit mice’ that we are going to be working on in preparation for Burns assembly. If you wish you could practice this at home.
  • 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

  • This week we have started to work on Money. We have focused on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. We are working on understanding the value of each coin.  We will work on all coins and apply adding and subtracting skills to pay for items of 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.
  • On Monday with Mrs Conlin the children focused on shape, exploring 2D and 3D shapes.

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • If you have the opportunity of going to the shops ask your child to look at the prices and ask how many coins of 1p and 2p you will need to pay for that. Keep it simple !
  • You can use this game to help us with money:
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Other Areas

  • Science: Last term we had a great discussion about what we wanted to learn about this term. The children had fantastic ideas and they are keen on learning about lots of things however the most recurrent them was space, moon and stars. Therefore, we have decided to focus on this topic. We talked about what do we know and what do we want to know. It is really exciting and the children are super keen to find out about lots of things.
  • Technologies: On Thursday this week we had a big focus on digital technologies to support our learning. We used the interactive whiteboard and laptops to explore money and we also used Ipads for coding where we had to give Daisy the Dinosaur simple instructions such as move, turn, grow, shrink and then enjoyed watching her do the things we had programmed.
  • HWB: On Monday we went to whole school assembly where we talked about the school values and our goals for the New Year.
  • P.E.

Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus)

  • On Tuesday afternoon we had the opportunity to play in all the P1 and P2 classes. The children were able to choose where they wanted to play. It was fantastic to see how children made choices and how everyone was engaged in their learning. We are planning to continue this experience until the February break.

Other Information

  • Home learning went home today with our new sounds. Please continue to work on learning the sounds with your children. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
  • On Tuesdays our new reading books go home in our purple folder. Please remember to bring it back to school every day so we can work in our reading every day. If a child does not bring the book on Tuesday another book will not be handed until the previous one has been returned.
  • If you didn’t check your child’s e-learning journal in December please do, you will have the opportunity to see your child’s progress during the first term. If you have problems with your login, please let me know.
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 20th December

This week we have enjoyed our Christmas party!

We had a super fun time dancing, playing party games and having some party food! We even had a special visitor!

This week we also continued to develop skills we have been exploring this term. We have had lots of learning fun including: dot to dot, arts and crafts, addition and subtractions games, building, cutting and sticking activities, exploring Christmas stories and making Christmas cards! We also had a small focus on ‘Tricky Words’ and we reviewed all of our single sounds.

Throughout the week we enjoyed singing in out house groups. Each house chose a Christmas song to sing to the rest of the school and the loudest house with the best dance moves won an extra 10 minutes break time. Bells house won – well done!

In Term 2 your child will receive individual sheets highlighting which words you can practise more at home. 

Thank you all very much for your kind cards and gifts, it’s very generous and greatly apricated! I wish you and your family a wonderful, merry and relaxing Christmas break. Have fun and stay safe!

Miss Hutcheon’s ‘Christmas Home Learning’……..have fun and laugh lots!

Merry Christmas,

from Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin xxx

Friday the 13th of December

We have had a busy week this week in Primary 1B and we are all getting really excited for Christmas.

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Single sounds of the alphabet: this week we revised our initial sounds as we have now covered the full alphabet.
  • Tricky words: We revised our tricky words, we now know all of the words that have been sent home on the home learning sheets.
  • We have not done any reading in class this week and I will be collecting in the reading books over the next week. We will send new books home the first full week back.
  • We have been using our knowledge of our initial sounds and tricky words to write letters to Santa which we posted in our very own post box which was made by some of the children. I will send the letters to the North Pole today. I wonder if he will reply to the class!

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the 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.
  • 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 continued to work on subtraction this week using number lines, ten frames and our fingers to help us with our number problems. We are getting really confident using the mathematical language for this area of our numeracy. We did this through play activities.
  • We looked at and discussed 3D shapes again, talking about their names while giving a description of them. We answered questions about whether they can be rolled, how many edges they have and what shapes their faces are. We really enjoyed playing the ‘I Spy’ game, where we looked for the 3D shapes in Santa’s workshop. We were really good at this!

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • Please discuss 3D shapes with your child. The Christmas period is a great time to do this as a lot of presents will the same shapes as the ones we have been discussing. You can also look around the house for 3D shapes.

Other Areas

Expressive arts: This week we performed our nativity to the older children in the school as well as to all of you. Thank you all for coming to watch us. The children worked really hard to learn their lines and parts and we are so proud of you for all of your hard work. You were all amazing!

We have also been very creative in class this week, making Christmas cards and pictures – we will send these home over the next week.

Other Information

  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.
  • Next week I will be sending home P.E kits, indoor shoes and everything from the children’s trays.
  • E-journals were posted last Friday where you can find comments regarding your child’s progress so far in P1. Please feel free to leave a comment for your child about their fantastic learning.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week for the final week of term before Christmas!

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 6th December

We have had a busy week this week in Primary 1 and we are all getting really excited for Christmas. We had a visit in class from an elf from the North Pole.. he hid in Mrs De Bonrostro’s cupboard and also tried to eat our advent calendar chocolate!

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Single sounds of the alphabet: this week we have focused on qu, x, y and z.
  • Tricky words: want and saw.
  • We have all enjoyed watching Geraldine the Giraffe to help us learn our sounds – we find Geraldine really funny. You can find these clips on Youtube.
  • We have worked really hard on our reading book and are getting really good at predicting what is going to happen next.

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the 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.
  • 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 continued to work on subtraction this week using number lines, ten frames and our fingers to help us with our number problems. We are getting really confident using the mathematical language for this area of our numeracy.

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • We have been using this game to help us with subtraction:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Other Areas

Expressive arts: We have been practising our Nativity lots this week and we have all been working so hard to learn our lines. We had a dress rehearsal today and our performance was filmed. We are really looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday and Wednesday for the real thing!

We are so proud of you for all of your hard work.

Other Information

  • Home learning went home today with our new sounds. Please continue to work on learning the sounds with your children. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
  • The reading book that we have sent home this week will be the last one before the Christmas holidays. Your child will not be getting a new book next week.
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

The P1 Team

Friday 29th November 2019

Welcome back to those who have been off school over the last week or two.

This week, due to the high number of absences across all primary one and two classes, we have not been teaching or learning anything new. Instead, we took the time to do 1:1 and small group inputs focusing on revision of our initial sounds, numeracy and reading books. Therefore, nobody has been given a new reading book this week and we will start reading again properly next week.

We have had a really busy week this week practising for our Nativity. Not long now until the real thing! If your child has a speaking part, we have sent their lines home with them. Can you please practice this with your child ahead of the Nativity.

If you wish, you can also practice the songs for the Nativity which you can find on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40tBTVTAgs&list=PLgfueF123OtW9d1SfwGU34v9jGJcL6bfZ&index=5

We hope those of you who are still ill are feeling better soon. Have a lovely, relaxing weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning!

The P1 team