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

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday 3.2.23

DROP IN

It was lovely to see so many parents on Wednesday morning. The children were very excited about sharing their classroom and their learning. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

This week we have been learning:

NUMERACY

 We have been counting backwards, starting, and ending at different numbers. Some of us were recognising numerals to 30 and some of us were trying to recognise domino patterns really quickly. Some groups were practising holding a number in their head while adding another group of objects to that number. We also practised counting arhythmic claps.

INFORMATION HANDLING

We went into our playground to record the different types of birds we could see. We took photos to help us identify them later. We used this information to create a pictogram showing the number and the variety of birds we had seen. We then went on to  create a pictogram displaying the different eye colours in our class.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sound ee. We thought of words containing this sound and matched words to pictures, writing some words ourselves.

This week’s dictation included the tricky words we have been revising this week: I, the, to, he, me, is. We also included some words which had the ee sound in them.

We use Pink for Think and Green for Great to reflect on our learning.

We have been enjoying reading the Biff, Chip and Kipper books in our literacy groups. We are beginning to develop comprehension skills, trying to decode words, and are encouraging the children to think about the story and predict what might happen next.

We talked about what we had done after school, the day before and then drew a picture a wrote a sentence about it.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Ask your child to explain what a pictogram is.

You could help your child to create a pictogram of toys or objects you have in the home.

Please cut out the flashcards your child has brought home today and use them to help your child to recognise the sounds and build words.

We are revising the Block 1 tricky words in class. These words can be quite challenging for the children to remember. Please continue to help your child to revise recognition and spelling of these words using the -look, say, cover, write check strategy. This week we focused on I, the, to, he, me, is.

Please continue to practise the words on the reading vocabulary card,  a few words at a time.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

 We learnt to sing Three Craws and Aly Bally Bee.

We created bees using lolly sticks, card, and googly eyes.

PE

We used the steps and movements we have been learning since the start of term to create our own Scottish dances with a partner. We used Scottish music to dance to and some of us showed our dances to the rest of the class.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

We attended a P1 assembly where we were introduced to our new Building resilience unit – Have a Goal. We discussed what we would like to achieve or learn to do and drew a picture.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Instead of Loose Parts on Friday 10.2.23, we will be going for a walk in the woods beside the playground.

Have a lovely weekend.

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday 27.1.23

Hello everyone, this is what we have been learning this week:

NUMERACY

This week we have been:

Writing the numerals 1-10 correctly

Counting backwards from 20

Counting forwards to 30

Naming the number which comes before a given number

Counting a collection beyond 10, making sure we are counting carefully

Recognising numerals to 20

Using our fingers to keep track of a sequence of claps

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds qu  x and z. We thought of words beginning or ending with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

We are continuing our  weekly dictation using the sounds and words we have been learning in class.

We use Pink for Think and Green for Great to reflect on our learning.

We have been enjoying reading the Biff, Chip and Kipper books in our literacy groups. We are beginning to develop comprehension skills, trying to decode words, and are encouraging the children to think about the story and predict what might happen next.

This week we wrote about Scotland after watching a short film and discussing it in our groups.

We read the story ‘Giraffes Cannae Dance’ and listened to the poem ‘Wee Rid Motor’.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please practise careful counting of any coins, counters, or other materials you may have at  home. We are encouraging the children to count beyond 10 with accurate 1-1 correspondence.

Please cut out the flashcards your child has brought home today and use them to help your child to recognise the sounds and build words.

We are revising the Block 1 tricky words in class. These words can be quite challenging for the children to remember. Please continue to help your child to revise recognition and spelling of these words using the -look, say, cover, write check strategy.

Please continue to practise the words on the reading vocabulary card,  a few words at a time.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

We participated in a dance/drama session all about Chinese New Year. Many of us took part in the Chinese New year art activities which were set up in the area.

PE

As well as dancing the Gay Gordons, this week we started to learn the Dashing White Sergeant and The Flying Scotsman.

Some examples of independent play taking place this week:

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Our next two sessions of Loose Parts will take place on Wednesday 1.2.23 and Friday 10.2.23.

Have a lovely weekend.

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday 20.1.23

Hello everyone, this is what we have been learning this week:

NUMERACY

This week we have been:

Writing the numerals 1-10 correctly

Counting backwards from 20

Counting forwards to 30

Naming the number which comes before a given number

Counting a collection beyond 10, making sure we are counting carefully

Recognising numerals to 20

Using our fingers to keep track of a sequence of claps

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds v and y. We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. Mrs Bailey brought in her violin for V and played to the class (Mrs Munro has no musical talents and brought a yoghurt for y!). In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

We are continuing our  weekly dictation using the sounds and words we have been learning in class.

We have been enjoying reading the Biff, Chip and Kipper books in our literacy groups. We are beginning to develop comprehension skills, trying to decode words and are encouraging the children to think about the story and predict what might happen next.

THINGS TO DO AT HOME

Please practise counting backwards from 20 and recognition of the numbers 1-20.

Please cut out the flashcards your child has brought home today and use them to help your child to recognise the sounds and build words.

We are revising the Block 1 tricky words in class. These words can be quite challenging for the children to remember. Please continue to help your child to revise recognition and spelling of these words using the -look, say, cover, write check strategy.

Your child has brought home a word wall of vocabulary from the reading books used in school. Please practise these words with your child, reading a few words at a time.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

As part of our focus on Scotland we were learning about the artist Joan Eardley. We learned about the way she used materials from her subject’s lives to stick in the background of her paintings and the different implements she used to paint with. We looked at some of her paintings on the smartboard and discussed the ones we liked the best. The children will have the opportunity to try out some of Eardley’s techniques.

Here is our artwork inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh:

We learned Ally Bally Bee together this week and will be learning some more Scottish songs throughout the term.

PE

We continued to learn the Gay Gordons and to dance in time to the music.

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

Some examples of learning through play taking place this week:

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

We braved the cold weather and worked really well with our friends across the stage to enjoy our loose parts play.

Have a lovely weekend.

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday 13.1.23

Hello everyone, this is what we have been learning this week:

NUMERACY

In our groups we have been learning to identify numbers as dot patterns, count a number of movements or sounds, saying the number word before and after a number, counting items in two rows.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds w and j. We thought of words beginning with those sounds and learned songs and actions to help us remember them. In small groups we used magnetic letters to try to blend sounds together to read and build words.

Please cut out the flashcards your child has brought home today and use them to help your child to recognise the sounds and build words.

We are revising the Block 1 tricky words in class. These words can be quite challenging for the children to remember. Please continue to help your child to revise recognition and spelling of these words using the -look, say, cover, write check strategy.

We have started a weekly dictation where the children have to write down a given sound or  words into a jotter.

This week we started looking at reading books in class. As well as discussing the story and thinking about what might happen, we tried to read some of the words, counted the words on each page and looked for any tricky words we might recognise.

HWB

We had a visit from Isla Ross who spoke to the class about friendships, being kind and about how we are all different.

We listened really well to the story and were able to show our understanding with the answers we gave to Isla’s questions.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS

As part of our focus on Scotland we were learning about Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We looked at some of his designs and created our own versions for a display.

PE

As part of our focus on Scotland we began to learn about Scottish country dancing. We clapped and skipped in time to the music and began to learn the basics of the Gay Gordons dance.

Some examples of learning through play taking place this week:

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Next week Loose Parts will take place on Thursday 19.1.23. Please dress your child in appropriate clothing.

THANK YOU

Thank you very much  for donating socks, underwear and tissues, it is very much appreciated.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

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

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

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

Buckstone Primary School, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro

P1M Reflective Friday 9.12.22

Hello everyone, this is what we have been learning this week:

NATIVITY

A very big well done to all of Primary One for a wonderful Nativity. The children worked so hard to learn their lines and when to say them, to learn the words of the songs and to speak in loud voices in front of an audience. We did 5 performances in total, and the children really improved their ability to change into their costumes independently. Fantastic effort from everyone. Thanks to all the parents who supplied coat hangers, hair bands and named bags and for being such an appreciative audience.

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NUMERACY

In our groups we have been learning to identify numbers as dot patterns, count a number of movements or sounds, saying the number word before and after a number, counting items in two rows.

We have continued to look at pattern in our play: decorating a Christmas tree using baubles and continuing a pattern using shapes.

Next week we will be looking at symmetry.

LITERACY

This week we have been focussing on the tricky words we have learned so far. The children have been trying to recognise and read these words as well as use them in their writing.

This week we were writing about decorating a Christmas tree and also how we felt about performing in the Nativity.

Please use the blue word cards your child has brought home today  to practise reading and writing the tricky  words. The children are finding these words challenging so any extra practice would be helpful. After the holidays we will be moving on to the Block 2 tricky words.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

Although it was a bit chilly on Thursday afternoon we enjoyed playing outside with our friends across the stage and exploring how the snow and frost had altered the sand and earth.

Here is a selection of photographs from our learning this week:

Enjoy the weekend everyone.