## 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.

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.

## 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.

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.

## 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!

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.

Have a lovely weekend,

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.

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

## 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.

## P1M Reflective Friday 2.12.22

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

MATHS

This week we have continued to look at pattern. The children have used shapes, colours, and pegs to continue and create patterns. We have looked at patterns around us.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds k and ck.  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.

Our two new tricky words are saw and no.

These will be the last sounds we will be learning this term as we focus on Nativity and Christmas activities.

ART

We were given part of the Christmas story to illustrate for our windows. We spoke about the story in our groups and drew pictures to show the story.

HWB

We spoke about what we enjoyed playing with in Primary One and what we are learning when we play. We drew pictures for our Learning Stories.

We also discussed kindness and how important it is to treat everyone kindly. We watched a short film which showed some creatures who were being unkind .

ST ANDREW’S DAY

We learned that this is a special day for Scottish people and some of us drew a Saltire and designed our own tartan.

PEOPLE WHO HELP US

We had a very interesting visit from a parent who told us all about his job as a train engineer. The children were able to ask lots of questions and everyone received a gift from Hitachi – these are in your child’s purple folder.

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

LOOSE PARTS PLAY

Some of us were digging rivers and others were creating a café. Have a look at the photographs.

NATIVITY

The children have been practising very hard this week. We are trying to  remember our words and when to say them and to sing the songs loudly in a big space. We are looking forward to showing our families and the rest of the school next week.

SPARE CLOTHES PLEA- STILL LOOKING FOR THESE!

If anyone has any spare pants(boys and girls), socks and tights,  could you please donate them to our class box- thank you very much in advance. (With the wet and muddy weather lots of the children need to change after break and lunch).

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

## P1M Reflective Friday 25.11.22

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

MATHS

This week we have been learning to identify, copy and continue a pattern. Activities have been set up in the class to help us practise this and in our teaching groups we have been using shapes and colour to continue a pattern. We used the Smartboard to do a pattern warm up and played a shape pattern game on the Smartboard too.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds l and c. 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.

Our two new tricky words are was and want.

WRITING

One of the children suggested that the toys in our classroom might come to life when we go home. We talked about what they might get up to and thought of stories about their adventures. We tried to write some words ourselves as well as drawing detailed pictures.

SCOTTISH BOOK WEEK

Here are some photographs from last week showing us enjoying the books in our class library.

PE

We are learning to throw and catch a ball. We practised three activities, working together in groups: throwing bean bags into hoops, throwing a sponge ball into the air, letting it bounce and catching it, throwing beanbags underarm to a partner.

LOOSE PARTS LEARNING

ART

The class worked together to decorate a giant Christmas tree for the hall.

Here are some examples of learning through play from the last two weeks.

Primary One will have their next Loose Parts session on Friday 2nd December.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

## P1 Masterminds 18.11.22 Reflective Friday

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.

We practised forming the number 5.

LITERACY

This week we introduced the sounds u and b. 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.

Our two new tricky words are his and put.

SCOTTISH BOOK WEEK

We have enjoyed – ‘stop, drop and read’ this week. We listened to the stories from the Bookbug bag, and we hope that you enjoy sharing the books at home.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS – Nativity

Today your child will bring home a line or two lines stapled to their sound sheet. We would like them to say these words in our Nativity. Can you please practise these words with your child so that they are able to say them loudly and clearly. If your child is experiencing difficulty with this or has decided they no longer wish to say anything, please let one of us know.

We will be in touch soon with requests for help with providing costumes.

PE

We are learning to throw and catch a ball. We revised the previous skills we had learned and then practised a two step activity where we ran to a cone, threw, and caught the ball 5 times, ran to another cone and then threw an item into a hoop.

OUTDOOR LEARNING/ LOOSE PARTS

We were very lucky with the weather on Wednesday and enjoyed playing outside with our friends across the stage.

Unfortunately, there is a problem with the WordPress site, so we are unable to include any photographs this week. We have been busy learning though.

SPARE CLOTHES PLEA

If anyone has any spare pants(boys and girls), socks and tights,  could you please donate them to our class box- thank you very much in advance.

Mrs Munro will be teaching the class for the next four Mondays and will continue to teach on her normal days. Mrs Bailey will continue to teach P1M on Tuesdays.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.