Buckstone Primary School, P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

P1B Reflective Friday 3.2.23

Good afternoon.

Literacy

This week, we learned the ‘ee’ sound. We pretend to be mice and go ‘ee ee ee!’. We made sheep and practised blending ee words.  We had another new reading book this week and did very well with our blending. Some of us just need to be more confident at taking time to sound out each sound in the word and then blend it together. We played fasted finger to see who could find the tricky word or the sound first!

Maths and numeracy

This week, we revisited symmetry and used our fingers and paint to create symmetrical butterflies. There were also some fantastic symmetrical structures made around the room. We were able to tell when our creations were symmetrical by just shape, or by colour and shape.

Other Areas

This week, we finished our Scottish Country Dancing learning by using some of the steps we have learned to choreograph and create our own dances! Each of us performed our routine to the class, and we all had a turn at giving feedback. We had another great loose parts session on Wednesday afternoon with lots of imagination, problem solving and team work. A couple of us even made a computer station! We enjoyed having the magnets back this week, see below for some of our our amazing creativity and imagination!

a magnetic village!
a granny holding a walking stick!
a modern museum!
using the fabrics in the area – here comes the bride!

Ideas to do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30 (the trickiest ones are 12, 13 and 20), counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’ for 13-19, counting on with our fingers.

Maths: naming 3D objects, recognising symmetrical shapes/structures.

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, confidence in blending 3-4 letter words, being able to write (as well as recognise) all of our sounds we have covered (A-Z with q as qu, ck and ee).

General: being able to take off jumpers and zip up coats.

General Information

Next Friday, we are going to go on a trip to the woods!

Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in school.

It was lovely to see some of you on Wednesday. Have a great weekend!

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 27.1.23

Good afternoon.

Literacy

This week, we learned the ‘qu’ and ‘x’  and ‘z’ sounds. We found ‘qu’ quite tricky to remember that after a q there is always u!  We practised filling in the sound spaces for qu words. We found words around the room that end in x, like mix and box, and on Friday we found zoo and Zoë!  zoo We had a new reading book this week and did very well with our blending. We played fasted finger to see who could find the tricky word or the sound first!

Maths and numeracy

This week, we worked individually at the teaching table to practise our counting (especially backwards!), doubles and using our fingers for sums. The most common things to practise at home are at the bottom of the blog.

Other Areas

This week, we continued with our Scottish Country Dancing, but In PE on Monday, we did dancing to celebrate Chinese New Year. We had to make up dance moves for cleaning the house, opening the windows, hanging up lanterns and cooking a yummy meal! We made Chinese dragons, and worked on our fine motor skills with cutting and folding the dragon body. We had a fantastic loose parts session outside too!

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30 (the trickiest ones are 12, 13 and 20), counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’ for 13-19, counting on with our fingers.

Literacy: being able to recognise and write our tricky words (we are good at recognising them but need practise to write them!), blending 3-4 letter words by saying the sounds slowly in one big breath, being able to write (as well as recognise) all of our sounds we have covered (A-Z plus ck with q as qu).

General: being able to take off jumpers and zip up coats.

General Information

We have loose parts on Wednesday next week, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.

Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in school.

Please ensure your child is coming into school with a waterbottle.

Looking forward to seeing some of you at the drop-in on Wednesday morning,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 20.1.23

Good afternoon.

Literacy

This week, we learned the ‘v’ and ‘y’ sounds. To make the ‘v’ sound, we put our top teeth over our bottom lip and it almost sounds like buzzing! We can hear the vvvvvibrations. We practised building and blending words that start with the ‘v’ sound, learned all about the violin from Mrs Cross and design our own ‘van’ for writing! We created ‘y’ with all things yellow and did some yoga with a Chinese New Year theme. This week, we also explored our reading books. We used language such as title, author and page number. We counted the words on each page and followed along with our finger, even when someone else was reading!

v with lollysticks
volcanoes with playdoh
Mrs Cross showing us her violin!
reading books
volcanoes with lava
My van is…
My van is…

Maths and numeracy

This week, we continued with our SEAL work. We worked on counting backwards from 20 and played Splat to practise recalling the number before for 1-30. We also practised our number formation for 1-20.

Other Areas

This week, we continued with our Scottish Country Dancing, practising clapping to the beat and counting to 8. We practised the Gay Gordons again and parts of the Grand Old Duke of York. We also looked at some of the beautiful scenery we are lucky enough to have in Scotland such as the beaches, mountains and islands.

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-20 (the trickiest ones are 12, 13 and 20), counting backwards from 20, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’ for 13-19!

Literacy: being able to recognise and write our tricky words (please look out for the green sheet in the purple folder), blending 3-4 letter words by saying the sounds slowly in one big breath

General: being able to take off jumpers and zip up coats

General Information

We have loose parts on Tuesday next week, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.

Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in school.

Please ensure your child is coming into school with a waterbottle.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 13.1.23

Good afternoon and Happy New Year! Welcome to P1B’s first blog of 2023!

Literacy

This week, we learned the ‘w’ sound. We practised building and blending words that start with the ‘w’ sound, investigated some worms in the classroom, drew lovely pictures looking out windows and did some weaving on a wet and windy winter Wednesday! In writing, we all had a go at writing ‘I got wet…’. We got wet in swimming pools, puddles, dragon pools and in the garden! This week, we also learned the ‘j’ sound. We found items beginning with ‘j’ around the room, coloured jellyfish and built words that start with ‘j’.

Maths and numeracy

This week, we continued with our SEAL work. We had a recap of what we had learnt before the Christmas holidays and moved on from Chapter 5 to Chapter 6. Some of the activities we did at the teaching table included recognising and identifying numbers 1-20, saying the next number after for 1-30 and the next number before for 1-20.

Other Areas

This week, we started a topic on Scotland. We found out about Scotland’s place in the world, and how we live in a community which is in a city which is in a country which is in a continent which is on the Earth…phew! We looked at different tartans and then weaved our own for our school display board. This was great for our fine motor skills too! In PE, we did Scottish Country Dancing. We learnt the Gay Gordons and had lots of fun! We will continue with our Scotland topic next week. We continued our Scottish Country Dancing with Mrs Conlin on Thursday, and Mrs Imrie came to watch! She was really impressed!

a pencil case!
We had new lego in the classroom this week. There has been lots of great problem solving and roleplay!

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-20 (the trickiest ones are 12, 13 and 20) and counting backwards from 20

Literacy: being able to recognise and write our 12 tricky words (I, to, he, me, no, saw, was, want, put, is, his, the)

General: being able to take off jumpers and zip up coats

General Information

We have loose parts on Thursday next week, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.

Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in school.

Please ensure your child is coming into school with a waterbottle.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 16.12.22

Good afternoon! 

Literacy

This week, we revised our sounds, and created lovely pieces of writing. We created melted snowmen! We copied ‘My snowman….because’ to practise our letter formation, and then had a go at hearing the sounds in and sounding out ‘melted’. We used our art and cutting skills to create our melted snowman picture!

Maths and numeracy

This week, we introduced symmetry. We completed tasks at the teaching table, made symmetrical numicon boards and created symmetrical paintings with Mrs Conlin. It was amazing what we saw!

Other Areas

We listened to the story of The Nutcracker and did some dancing! We pretended to be clockwork dolls, nutcrackers, monkeys and snowflakes. In pairs, we all performed a snowflake dance to the rest of the class that we choreographed ourselves!

We had a fantastic time at the Christmas Party! We played games, had our yummy snacks and then had a surprise visit from Santa! Pictures below.

creating our snowflake dances
creating our snowflake dances
We now have 16 baubles on our advent tree!
Christmas sticking in the area
sorting the animals from smallest to biggest

General Information

Please return your child’s learning story next week with either a signature or comment.

On Monday, can you please send your child into school with a bag. This is because we will send home all shoes and spare clothes for the holidays.

We have Loose Parts on Monday, so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately.

Thank you for all your support as we come to the end of your child’s first term at school!

Have a fantastic Christmas holiday,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 9.12.22

Good afternoon! 

Literacy

This week, we played Bingo to revise our sounds. We split our whiteboard into 4 and chose 4 sounds. When we heard a word starting with one of our sounds, we crossed that one off. Even if we weren’t one of the ones to get ‘Bingo!’, we still did very well at listening to the initial sound! 

Maths and numeracy

This week, we introduced pattern. We completed patterns based on object, size and colour. We will continue this next week, and also introduce symmetry.

Nativity

A huge well done to everybody for their fantastic performances in the Nativity! A few tired faces at the end of the week just shows how hard we worked and how good our focus was! This week, we performed to all the children in the school (Nursery and P2-7), all the members of staff and our families. Here are some photos of us in our costumes before Monday and Wednesday’s performances, as well as some photos of our other learning this week.

General Information

Please return your child’s learning story as soon as possible. If you don’t wish to leave a comment, please then put your signature in the box so we know that an adult has seen it.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 2.12.22

Good afternoon! 

Literacy

This week, we learned the k and ck sounds. We found things around the classroom starting with k and ending with ck and made ‘kicking kings’. We worked on our k letter formation as it is a tricky sound to draw! Step 1: long line down, step 2: halfway back up and loop, step 3: give it the kick.

We practised blending CVC words by playing a game with a partner. For our writing time this week, we drew pictures of the Nativity for our classroom window decorations. We decided we wanted the backing in front of our pictures to make them green! Some of us during learning through play decided to use different resources to spell our names!

Numeracy

This week, we practised answering sums up to 20 and using a number line. We also learned how to write an addition sum by using the plus and equals signs.

counting to 100 together

Health and Wellbeing

In PE this week, we practised our literacy with listening to the middle sound of words to know how to move around the room. We also made up our own versions of tig that we played! During our PE time, we did some movement and drama too to help us with our Nativity.

General Information

Your child’s Learning Story is in their purple folder. Please fill in the parent comment and return it by the end of next week.

Thanks to those who have brought a named bag and/or hanger for the Nativity costume. Please bring one in on Monday as we will be wearing our costumes for our dress rehearsals to the rest of the school.

We have Loose Parts (messy play) on Thursday 8th December.

Have a great weekend and I am looking forward to seeing some of you at the Nativity performances!

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 25.11.22

Good afternoon! 

Literacy

This week, we learned the l and c sounds. We found things around the classroom starting with our new sounds and found some leaves (pictures below) to make lions. We practised blending CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. It helps if we take one big breath and say all the sounds slowly one after another without any breaks!

 For writing, our prompt was “I ran to…”.  Everyone did very well with writing those two tricky words, and we all tried to build and write ‘ran.’ 

Numeracy

This week, we were back to our SEAL ptogramme to practise saying the number before/after, as well as using different strategies to work out addition sums up to 10 and beyond.

numicon number bonds to 10

Health and Wellbeing

In PE this week, we practised our literacy with listening to the middle sound of words to know how to move around the room. We also made up our own versions of tig that we played! On Friday, we went to the hall with P2, and they taught us some of the skills they have been learning in their PE lessons. There were lots of different stations for us to practise lots of different skills!

Other Areas

We have been practising our Nativity lines and have been thinking about adding in expression and drama to our performance. Please support your child to learn their line by next week if they don’t already know it. We got together in the hall with all the other P1s today to work out our staging! Today, your child has a letter in their purple folder about their costume. Around the classroom, we have had some impressive creations with the small bricks and the magnets.

General Information

We have loose parts (messy play) next Friday (2nd December).

Please support your child to learn their line for the Nativity in a big loud voice!

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 18.11.22

Good afternoon! 

Literacy

This week, we learned the b and u sounds. We practised recognising the difference between b and d using the word ‘bed’ and dabbing only the b bubbles! We also had fun popping lots of bubblewrap! We also learned two new tricky words: put and his. In general, with our tricky words, we can sound out the first sound to help us remember what the word is (apart from ‘the’!).

 For writing, our prompt was “I had a big…”. We all had a go at hearing the sounds and writing the prompt, and there were some great drawings of giants, dinosaurs and cakes. For Scottish Book Week, we talked about our favourite books and when we like to read.

Numeracy

This week, we continued work on our number bonds to 10 and how to use a number line. We practised our number formation for numerals 0-9. Backwards 3s and 7s were the most common slip that we will work on. We also had a refresher on 3D shapes, with cylinder and cuboid being the trickiest to remember.

Health and Wellbeing

In PE this week, we worked on throwing and catching, before playing a P1B favourite – Clear the Playground. We also looked at People Who Help Look After Us as part of our RSHP learning. We talked about the police, family, nurses, refuse collectors and many more. For Anti-Bullying week, we read a story with Mrs Conlin about being kind and talked about what bullying is.

Other Areas

We have been learning Away in a Manger with the signalong signs as part of our Nativity preparations, as well as our 4 other songs! Your child has their line to learn in their purple folder. Next week, we will start putting it all together. Thank you also to those who have brought in something from their family’s country. 

Apologies for no photos this week, we are having technical issues with the blog.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 11.11.22

Good afternoon! 

Literacy

This week, we learned the f and g sounds. We practised our cutting skills and made foxes, folded our own fans, worked on our letter formation and found items beginning with ‘g’ around the classroom. We also played the Yes or No game and had to guess which ffffarm animal we were! We had to really think at first about how we worded our yes or no questions! We learned two new tricky words: me and is. Lots of repetition is great for learning our tricky words, as we need to know them by sight! For writing, our prompt was “I am happy when…”. We all had a go at writing I am hap thinking of our tricky word I and then listening to the sounds. This week, we also read a book at the teaching table that will help us gain familiarity with reading the names of the characters that will be in our reading books: Biff, Chip, Kipper, Dad, Mum and Floppy. We also practised using our finger to follow along.

we folded fans!
looking through our Biff, Chip and Kipper books and drawing the story
letter formations

Numeracy

This week, we used number lines and unifix cubes for learning the number bonds to 10, as well as gaining an understanding of how to add and what a sum looks like. We worked hard on how to use a number line – eg if you start on the number 7, how many jumps until you get to 10? so 7+3=10. 

This is something we will continue with next week to really know those number bonds! 10+0=10, 9+1=10, 8+2=10, 7+3=10 etc.

Health and Wellbeing

In PE this week, we worked on throwing and catching, jumping, skipping and hop scotch as part of our basic movements. We used our literacy skills to help us warm up – if the word has an ‘a’ sound in the middle march around the room, or if the word has an ‘o’ sound in the middle then sidestep around the room.

Other Areas

We have been learning Away in a Manger with the signalong signs as part of our Nativity preparations. Thank you also to those who have brought in something from their family’s country. We have had some lovely interesting things such as an Irish doll, a French cookbook and a book about a house by the sea in Scotland. If they haven’t already, it would be lovely if your child brought in something for this! This week, we had the magnets out for the first time and made some really inventive things including a spiky dragon with a giant tail, 3D shapes and a turtle. This week, we also made our Christmas card designs!

Information

We have Loose Parts (messy play) on Wednesday next week.

Please return your Christmas Card forms to school by Tuesday. Instructions were sent out on how to do the form.

A reminder that school photos are on Thursday.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal