P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 26.5.23

Listening and Talking Presentation/Talk – My Favourite Place – ready for Monday!!!

As part of our literacy learning, we would like each learner to deliver a talk about their favourite place. This could be anywhere – perhaps the park, a holiday destination or even your bedroom! Talks should last no more than two minutes, and learners can bring in up to 3 things to show during the presentation if they wish to do so. We won’t be using powerpoints/technology to deliver our talks. Please ensure it is a prepared talk rather than reading from a ‘script’. Bullet points/pictures as prompts would be fine! We will begin to hear the Bright Sparks’ talks on Monday 29thMay, so please have them ready for then. Thank you and I look forward to hearing all about the favourite places!

Good afternoon P1B!

Literacy

This week, we focussed on initial blends starting with s for example ‘st’, ‘sl’, ‘sm’ and ‘sn’.We spent time practising writing some words that start with these blends. We had tubs of different smells in the classroom, and we had to guess what they were! During our writing time, we reflected on something we enjoyed in P1 and something we are looking forward to in P2. We learned 2 new tricky words – one and you. Please continue to practise writing the tricky words at home!

Maths and numeracy

This week, we focused on partitioning numbers. Some of us thought about different ways of making numbers 1-10, and some of us started to partition two-digit numbers into tens and units.

Other Areas

This week, we continued with our electricity topic. We talked about how to stay safe, things we should do around electricity and things we shouldn’t do. We made an amazing display that show visitors to our classroom how to stay safe. In the nice weather, we opened up the courtyard as a play zone and had lots of teamwork, problem solving and motor skills.

To do at home

MY FAVOURITE PLACE TALK

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-100, counting backwards from 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: adding 1-10p coins together, left and right, telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past)

Literacy:Â being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing theÂ digraph sh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all theÂ junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

Loose parts on Monday!

Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 19.5.23

Listening and Talking Presentation/Talk – My Favourite Place

As part of our literacy learning, we would like each learner to deliver a talk to the class about their favourite place. This could be anywhere – perhaps the park, a holiday destination or even your bedroom! Talks should last no more than two minutes, and learners can bring in up to 3 things to show during the presentation if they wish to do so. We won’t be using powerpoints/technology to deliver our talks, and please ensure it is a prepared talk rather than reading from a ‘script’. Bullet points/pictures as prompts would be fine though! We will begin to hear the Bright Sparks’ talks on Monday 29th May, so please have them ready for then. Thank you and I look forward to hearing all about the favourite places!

Literacy

This week, we focussed on initial blends ending in l, for example ‘cl’, ‘fl’, ‘bl’ and ‘pl’. We spent time trying to find words that start with these blends in our library books. In our writing this week, we designed our own planet! We had doggy-lands, sweetie worlds, pink planets and crazy planets! Some of us also chose to do some planet artwork in the classroom. We played ‘cleaning’ tig in PE and practised our mark-making and cutting skills with flower pictures. We did a wee tricky word quiz this morning to see how we are getting on with writing our block 2 tricky words. The ones most of us weren’t sure about were ‘there’, ‘were’, ‘come’, ‘some’, ‘said’ and ‘her’. Please continue to practise writing the tricky words at home! On Tuesday mornings, we have Mrs Petit, a retired headteacher, supporting us in our classroom. She was delighted this week to hear our reading skills, especially since it was the first time seeing our new book!

Maths and numeracy

This week, we returned to SEAL groups. We focussed on adding two collections and making equal groups. We are getting used to the language/difference between wording such as ‘making 2 groups’ and ‘making groups of 2’. As a class, we also practised seeing number patterns on a 100-square, and had to fill in some blanks. We all did well at working out which numbers were missing.

Other Areas

This week, we started our electricity topic. We sorted toys and household items into whether they were electric or manual. We learned that an object can be electric if it plugs into the wall or if it has a battery. We had a lovely loose part session in the sun on Wednesday afternoon – lots of great teamwork and creativity! Lots of creativity in the P1 area and the small bricks this week too.

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-100, counting backwards from 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: adding 1-10p coins together, left and right, telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past)

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphs sh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

Loose parts on Friday next week.

Thank you for your support and enjoy the long weekend!

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 12.5.23

Good afternoon P1B!

Literacy

This week, we continued with digraph and consonant blends revision. For our reading this week, we read a non-fiction book. We talked about how a non-fiction book is filled with real and true information/facts. We had a mixture of books that were about things such as calendars, animals and exercise.

Maths and numeracy

This week during our Maths time, we revised o’clock and half past times, and did a SEAL summary to see how we are doing with our SEAL learning so far. After a break to do our time topic, we will be back to SEAL groups next week. On our new class iPads, we played an addition game and used numicon to help work out the tricker sums.

Other Areas

We have had a super busy and fun week this week for Health Week! We all did so well at Sports Day, trying our hardest and supporting our friends. All of us took part in some fruit tasting with Mrs Shaw too! On Thursday, we had a dance class with Simon Says Dance which we all loved and left with huge smiles on our faces. Today, we had Multisports AND the P1 Scootathon – phewf! In class, we talked about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables and exercising. We also talked about My Body as part of the national RSHP programme. We learned names for some of our body parts and drew them on Bob and Babs! “My body belongs to ME!” was our main learning focus.

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30,Â counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects,adding 1-10p coins together, left and right, telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past)

Literacy:Â being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing theÂ digraphs sh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all theÂ junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

Loose parts on Wednesday next week.

Thank you for your support and enjoy the sunshine tomorrow!

Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 5.5.23

Good afternoon P1B!

Literacy

This week, we did some revision of digraphs and final consonant blends such as sh, ch, ng and nk.

We also continued our Block 2 tricky words with ‘all’ and ‘her’. Please keep going with learning to read and write all of the tricky words we have done so far – repetition is key!

For writing, we thought about dinosaurs and had some great drawings and pieces of writing. Some of us wrote about fossils, or riding dinosaurs, or Steggy!

Maths and numeracy

This week during our Maths time, we continued with our individual National Standardised Assessments (NSA), and did some revision on time for o’clock and half past.

Other Areas

For our PE time on Thursday with Mrs Conlin, we practised our races for Sports Day. We also had a great Loose Parts session on Wednesday afternoon. Various children in the class have shown an interest in dinosaurs and fossils, so our classroom and learning this week had a ‘dino theme’. We matched dinosaur descriptions to pictures, used numicon to make a stegosaurus and found fossils, just like palaeontologists! On Friday, we talked about the King’s Coronation and the history of the event.

Here are some pictures of some of our learning in the P1 Area, courtesy of Mrs Shaw!

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects,adding 1-10p coins together, left and right, telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past)

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphs sh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

Next week is Health Week! We have lots of activities planned, including Sports Day, Multisports and Simon Says Dance! Children are encouraged to come to school everyday in PE kit. We will be going out in all weathers, so would advise bringing a lightweight waterprrof! We will also be starting our My Body topic as part of the RSHP programme.

No loose parts next week.

Thank you for your continued support and have a lovely long weekend!

Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 28.4.23

Good afternoon P1B!

Literacy

This week, we started our focus with initial consonant blends, looking at words starting with gr and tr. For gr, we pretend to be a bear or tiger and go “grrrr!” Mrs Cross brought in her trumpet for tr, and we found out all about how it works and also looked at other brass instruments.We practised writing words that start with those sounds and tried some of them for our dictation. We had another new reading book, and I hope you enjoy hearing your child’s learning from the week!

This week, we also continued our Block 2 tricky words with ‘as and ‘into’. When you have time at home, please practise reading and writing all the tricky words we have covered so far.

Maths and numeracy

This week during our Maths time, we individually completed our Maths SNSA on an iPad. Everyone seemed to enjoy doing the Maths Quiz and coped really well!

Other Areas

This week for PE, we went outside on Monday to practise some races for Sports Day! We did running, team relays, egg and spoon and jumping. We had a visit from Generation Science on Wednesday, and heard the story of Ella’s Wobble. We learned that sounds are made because the air wobbles, and we made our own squawkers and shakers. We all had a great time and listened really well. We also made a display for the school on the UNCRC (United Nation’s Convention of the Rights of the Child). We found out that we all have a right to have an identity, the right to learn, the right to play, the right to live with a caring family and the right to be safe. We drew pictures of what these rights might look like.

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 20or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects,recognising coins, adding 1-10p coins together, left and right, telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past)

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphssh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all the junkcoming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

Wednesday loose partsnext week.

Thank you for your continued support and have a lovely long weekend! Apologies for the lack of photos this week.

Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 21.4.23

Good afternoon. It was great to see everybody after the holidays!

Literacy

This week, we continued with our focus on final consonant blends, looking at words ending with ‘ng’ and ‘nk’. We practised writing words that end with those sounds and tried some of them for our dictation. We also had a visit to the mobile library and each chose a book to keep in school. We had fun trying to spot ‘ng’ and ‘nk’ words! We have another new reading book which we took home yesterday. We’ve been talking about punctuation that we come across in the book, such as exclamation marks and apostrophes.

This week, we also continued our Block 2 tricky words with ‘come and ‘some’. When you have time at home, please practise reading and writing all the tricky words we have covered so far.

Maths and numeracy

This week, we started our time topic. We talked about the seasons, particularly about signs of spriNG. We also focused on the days of the week, and practised answering questions such as “what day comes before Tuesday” etc. We then learned about to tell the time on an analogue clock for o’clock which we were all great at, so we then touched on half past times. We also talked about what time we would do things and sequencing the day, for example “Would you eat your lunch at 12 o’clock or 5 o’clock?”

Other Areas

This week for PE, we went outside on Monday to practise some races for Sports Day! We did running, team relays, egg and spoon and jumping. On Thursday, we worked on our ball skills. We did some throwing and catching with a partner, then practised throwing the bean bag into a target hoop.Â We had a great and sunny Loose Parts session on Thursday afternoon too! Today, we also talked about Eid and learned about what Muslim families to do celebrate the holiday.

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects, recognising coins, adding 1-10p coins together, left and right, telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past)

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphs sh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

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

OnÂ WednesdayÂ morning next week, there is the TempestÂ class photograph.

We are looking forward to a visit from Generation Science for a show on Wednesday too!

No loose parts next week.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 31.3.23

Good afternoon!

Literacy

This week, we continued with our focus on final consonant blends in words with â€˜ft’ and ‘nt’.We practised writing words that end with those sounds and tried some of them for our dictation. Our reading is improving weekly, and I am so proud of everyone’s progress over this term! Reading books will continue to go home on Thursdays after the holidays.

This week, we also continued our Block 2 tricky words with ‘were and ‘there’. Most of us still need to do more practise of writing ‘said’ and ‘she’. We have been chanting ‘s-a-i-d said!’. When you have time at home, please practise reading and writing all the tricky words we have covered so far.

Maths and numeracy

This week, we continued with our position/movement topic. We went outside and hid treasure from our partners! We then had to give our partner directions to find the treasure, using language such as left turn, right turn, steps forwards and steps backwards. Some of us did very well with our lefts and rights, but please keep practising this at home!

Other Areas

This week, we had our final gymnastics lesson in PE with Mrs Conlin. We consolidated the skills we have been practising, such as balance, landing and jumping. We also finished our Creative Dance block with Mrs Conlin too. I was able to go and watch the final performance which was fantastic! We did really well at changing our movements when the music changed mood or tempo. For our pregnancy focus for RSHP, we had a very special visitor on Monday – a P1 Mummy came in with their 5 month old baby boy! We heard about what he eats, milestones and when he sleeps. We also had the chance to ask any questions we had. For RME, we learned about the Easter story and made Easter cards with a chick and an egg to show new life. We also managed to squeeze in another great Loose Parts session on Wednesday afternoon before the rain started! In the classroom this week, we had a Vets surgery! It was lovely to see the roleplay involved in this area.

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 20or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects,recognising coins, adding 1-10p coins together, left and right

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphssh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

We haveÂ Loose Parts on the Thursday after the Easter holidays (20thApril).

After Easter, hopefully the weather will allow us to be back outside on Monday mornings for PE.

Thank you for your continued support this term and I hope you have a lovely Easter holiday,

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 24.3.23

Good afternoon. We have had another busy week at school!

Literacy

This week, we had a focus on final consonant blends in words, such as ‘nd’ and ‘rk’. We practised writing words that end in ‘nd’ and ‘rk’ and looked to see if any were in our reading books. In writing, we drew ourselves at the park (local, water or theme!) and wrote about what we like doing there.

We enjoyed another new reading book this week that we took home on Thursday. For a challenge, try reading the book backwards!Â Please remember to return this book on Monday!Â This week, we also continued our Block 2 tricky words with ‘do’ and ‘she’. Most of us still need to do more practise of writing ‘said’ from last week. We have been chanting ‘s-a-i-d said!’. Some of us find reading and writing ‘she’ very tricky too, and need to go over our ‘sh’ sound.

Maths and numeracy

This week, we started our position/movement topic. We started with language such as forwards, backwards, left turn and right turn. We used the Bee Bots to practise giving directions and programming! There is a Bee Bot app for the iPads that we tried, which was trickier than using the actual Bee Bots – we sometimes had to turn the iPad round and work out if Bee Bot wanted to turn left or right, or move forwards or backwards. Next week, we are going to try giving each other directions in the playground!

Other Areas

This week, we continued with our gymnastics block in PE. We had one big circuit in the hall to practise balancing, jumping, landing and rolling. Our favourite part was the jumping off the big box onto the crash mat! Â With Mrs Conlin, we started to talk about pregnancy and how a baby grows. We read the book Before You Were Born and found out how tiny we used to be! We had a great Loose Parts session on Thursday afternoon and today we had a trip up to the Upper Area to see the Anderson Shelters that the P7 had created. I think some of us were inspired to make shelters in the area next week! In Music, we also used our listening skills and singing skills to play Who’s That Tapping on the Window?

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects, recognising coins, adding 1-10p coins together, left and right

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphs sh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

We have Loose Parts on Wednesday next week.

Have a great weekend and it was lovely to catch up with some of you this week,

Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 17.3.23

Good afternoon. We have had another busy week at school!

Literacy

This week, we learned the ‘wh’ sound. This is a really tricky sound to say and hear differently from just ‘w’. I know that my own normal accent doesn’t differentiate between the 2! We put our hand in front of our face and when we say ‘wh’ we should feel our breath on our hand. In writing, we practised writing the word ‘when’ and we also found a whale, a whisk, a wheel and white paint around the room. For dictation this week, we wrote cards for a special day this weekend…

We enjoyed another new reading book this week that we took home on Thursday.Â Please remember to return this book on Monday!Â This week, we also continued our Block 2 tricky words with ‘be’ and ‘we’. Most of us still need to do more practise of writing ‘said’ from last week. We have been chanting ‘s-a-i-d said!’.

Maths and numeracy

This week, we continued with our money topic, and I have been seeing everyone individually at the teaching table to see how we are getting on with recognising coins, counting amounts and collecting amounts.  We need to remember that we count a 2p twice because it has 2 1ps in it, and we always start counting from the coin that has the most value. We have now finished our money topic, and next week we will move on to position, movement and directions.

Other Areas

This week, we continued with our gymnastics block in PE. We had a station rotation in the hall with upside down benches for balancing, a springboard to practise jumping and landing, mats for rolling and a bench leading up to the big box that we jumped off (onto a crash mat!).  We did different types of jumps this week including tuck jumps, star jumps and backwards jumps! We worked on landing safely on two feet with our knees bent.  On Thursday, we continued with Creative Dance with Mrs Conlin, focusing on changing our move when we heard a change in the music. With Mrs Conlin, we also talked about similarities and differences as this week is Neurodiversity week.

We had lots of amazing KAPLA, brick and junk creations this week, including towers, crocodiles, train stations, a rainbow telescope and a camera!

Here are some photos from our reporter on Monday, and some photos of a warm-ish Loose Parts session on Friday!

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects, recognising symmetrical shapes/structures, using tally marks to count items/collect data,recognising coins, which coin is worth more?, adding 1-10p coins together

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, recognising and writing the digraphs sh, ch, th and wh.

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

General Information

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

We have Loose Parts on Thursday next week.

Have a great weekend and I am looking forward to seeing some of you at the consultations next week,

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

## P1B Reflective Friday 10.3.23

Good afternoon.

Literacy

This week, we learned the ‘th’ sound. This is a really tricky sound to say and hear! We have to be rude (!) and stick our tongue out and put our teeth on top of our tongue. We read The Cat in the Hat and made our own Things. For writing this week, Thing 1 and Thing 2 sent us a letter asking us to design a new bath for them! Our starter was ‘My bath is…’. We had gold baths, two-storey baths, hot tubs and rainbow baths!

We enjoyed another new reading book this week that we took home on Thursday.Â Please remember to return this book on Monday!Â This week, we also started our Block 2 tricky words with ‘go’ and ‘said’. We all did a fantastic job of writing ‘go’ during dictation, but we need to do more practise of writing ‘said’. We have been chanting ‘s-a-i-d said!’.

Maths and numeracy

This week, we continued with our money topic. We worked on adding coins, usually up to the value of 20p. We need to remember that we count a 2p twice because it has 2 1ps in it, and we always start counting from the coin that has the most value.

Other Areas

This week, we continued with our gymnastics block in PE. We had a station rotation in the hall with upside down benches for balancing, benches and mats for landing practice, mats for balancing on one leg and a bench leading up to the big box that we jumped off (onto a crash mat!).  We worked on landing safely on two feet with our knees bent.  On Thursday, we continued with Creative Dance with Mrs Conlin, focusing on changing our move when we heard a change in the music. With Mrs Conlin, we also talked about personal space yes/no as part of our RSHP topic this term.

Our hairdressing salon/barber was very popular this week. Mrs Imrie even came for a hair appointment! In this area, we’ve seen appointment bookings, customer service calls, sharing and some fantastic hairstyles. We also had a fantastic sunny Loose Parts session on Wednesday afternoon.

Our reporter on Monday took some nice photos of a typical morning in P1B!

To do at home

Numeracy: recognising the numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 20 or 30, writing the ‘teen’ numbers with the 1 first and remember it’s ‘teen’ not ‘ty’, counting on with our fingers, number bonds to 10

Maths: naming 3D objects, recognising symmetrical shapes/structures, using tally marks to count items/collect data, recognising coins, which coin is worth more?, adding 1-10p coins together

Literacy: being able to write our tricky words, confidence in blending when reading books, being able to write (as well as recognise) all of our sounds we have covered (A-Z with q as qu, ck, ee, oo, sh, ch and th.)

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

General Information

Any donations of empty shampoo bottles for a little product shop (or hairdressing gowns if we have any hairdressers!) would be most welcome for our hairdressing area.

Keep all the junk coming in – it’s amazing how quickly we run out!

We have Loose Parts on Friday next week.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal