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.

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

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

P1 Whizz Kids - Mrs Cross, Uncategorized

P1W reflective Friday 9.12.22

Our box wrapping activity last week was very popular – many thanks for the generous donation of a brand new roll of paper. We would still welcome any donations of surplus Christmas wrapping paper/ribbon and small empty cardboard boxes for wrapping in order to allow more children opportunity to access this activity, but please don’t shop especially – unwanted leftovers are absolutely fine.

Many thanks

Nativity

Our main focus this week was our presentation of the story of the Nativity. The children worked so hard to learn their lines, songs and actions. We performed to an audience 5 times in total, one to the nursery, twice to classes from the school and then twice to parents. We very much hope you enjoyed it.

I’m happy to say that almost all children in the class were very proficient at dressing themselves and changing into their costumes, and folding their clothes neatly. We only have two extra items of unclaimed costume. One vest and one white tshirt. If your child is missing one of these please come to the door to collect or send a message and I can pop it in a purple folder.

Independent learning

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Literacy.

This week we have been revising all of the block one tricky words

This week’s homework sheet includes all of these words. We would like all pupils to be confident in their recognition and spelling of these words by the end of term. We will be continuing to focus on these in class for the next two weeks and would appreciate your support with spelling practise at home..

Tricky words are words which we cannot sound out phonetically so we need to learn them by heart. We would like the children to learn to write these words from memory as well as being able to recognise and read them by sight. Use the” Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check” strategy ( this should be self explanatory, but if you have any questions about this approach, please ask)

Numeracy and Maths

This week we have been exploring how 10 and a single digit number can stack together to make a teens number. We noticed that the single digit number replaces the zero in the number ten. You may wish to use this website which we have been using in class to support this learning. This understanding will help us to quickly complete mental addition of the following sums. Please practice this at home

10 + 1=

10 + 2=

10 + 3=

10 + 4 =

etc ( but not in order!)

Other areas of the curriculum.

We collected sticks in the playground, exploring length and thickness and making measurement comparisons. We then used them to create some Christmas artwork.

This week’s homework and other information

  • Learn Block one tricky words.
  • help an adult to wrap a parcel.
  • Practise those tricky zips.

A reminder to please name all items of clothing and shoes, and to check names on items brought home in case your child accidentally acquires a jumper belonging to someone else.

P1 Whizz Kids - Mrs Cross, Uncategorized

P1W reflective Friday 2.12.22

Can you help ?

We would like to have a box wrapping activity in the classroom to promote motor skills, estimating, problem solving and 3D object awareness. To facilitate this, we would really welcome any donations of surplus Christmas wrapping paper/ribbon and small empty cardboard boxes for wrapping. If you have any we could use, please send to school with your child any day next week.

Many thanks

Independent learning

The children have been developing a wide range of skills through independent learning opportunities in class.

Literacy.

This week we have introduced the letter sounds k and ck as well as the ‘tricky’ words saw and no.

Tricky words are words which we cannot sound out phonetically so we need to learn them by heart. We would like the children to learn to write these words from memory as well as being able to recognise and read them by sight. Use the” Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check” strategy ( this should be self explanatory, but if you have any questions about this approach, please ask)

Our writing/storytelling prompt this week was the story of the Nativity.

Numeracy and Maths

We have been practising forming the numerals 3 and 4 accurately.

Our Core numeracy skills this week were

  • writing the numerals 1 – 10 ( and beyond) correctly
  • counting backwards from 10 (or 20 for some pupils).
  • naming the next number in an isolated short backwards number sequence. ie. I say, 10, 9, 8 (they say 7)
  • establishing a collection (give me 9 counters/raisins/etc)
  • counting a collection beyond 10 with accurate 1-1 correspondence
  • recognising numerals
  • sequencing a short selection of numerals ( e.g. 5,6,7,8)
  • making instant finger patterns (show me 6 fingers without counting them)
  • recognising dice patterns and clapping the amount of dots on the dice

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

  • adding two collections with the second one screened ( e.g. here are 8 counters, there are 5 more hiding under this pot, how many altogether?)
  • sequencing numerals within the range 0-100
  • naming the number after a given number (0-30)
  • counting backwards from 30, starting and stopping at different points
  • investigating which equal groups can be made from a given number ( e.g. can I make 2 equal groups/3 equal groups/4 equal groups/5 equal groups from 12 counters? What about if I have 16 counters, or 18 etc)

Looking ahead to next week

We are very excited to share our nativity play with you next week,

Please send any costume items by Monday at the latest so we are ready for our dress rehearsals.

Other areas of the curriculum

A huge Thank you to Mr Seeruthun for coming to talk to all the P 1 classes about his work as a train engineer. the children really enjoyed his visit. Thanks also for the pen and pencil case gifts – much appreciated.

We have used oil pastels to create some Christmas artwork.

We have continued to find our about the story of the Nativity and have been practising our songs to help us tell the story.

We learned facts about Koalas, using vocabulary such as marsupial, joey, pouch, mammal, eucalyptus

In music we sang songs and played games designed to develop skills of keeping a steady beat. We also explored using our voices in different ways.

We spotted a Scotland flag in the sky on St Andrew’s day/

This week’s homework and other information

  • Learn your nativity line off by heart . Speak slowly, clearly and loud!
  • Learn to read and write this week’s tricky words.
  • Use the blue letter cards to practice building and blending words

A reminder to please name all items of clothing and shoes, and to check names on items brought home in case your child accidentally acquires a jumper belonging to someone else.

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

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

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

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.

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Please help your child to read and write the tricky words.

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.

P1 Whizz Kids - Mrs Cross, Uncategorized

P1W reflective Friday 25.11.22

Independent learning

The children have been developing a wide range of skills through independent learning opportunities in class.

here are a few photos, including some from last week.

Literacy.

This week we have introduced the letter sounds l and c as well as the ‘tricky’ words was and want.

Tricky words are words which we cannot sound out phonetically so we need to learn them by heart. We would like the children to learn to write these words from memory as well as being able to recognise and read them by sight. Use the” Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check” strategy ( this should be self explanatory, but if you have any questions about this approach, please ask)

Our writing/storytelling prompt this week was our friends and our learning.

Numeracy and Maths

Our maths focus this week has been on copying, continuing and creating repeating patterns

You may with to play this game at home to reinforce our learning.

Our Core numeracy skills this week were

  • writing the numerals 1 – 10 ( and beyond) correctly
  • counting backwards from 10 (or 20 for some pupils).
  • naming the next number in an isolated short backwards number sequence. ie. I say, 10, 9, 8 (they say 7)
  • establishing a collection (give me 9 counters/raisins/etc)
  • counting a collection beyond 10 with accurate 1-1 correspondence
  • recognising numerals
  • sequencing a short selection of numerals ( e.g. 5,6,7,8)
  • making instant finger patterns (show me 6 fingers without counting them)
  • recognising dice patterns and clapping the amount of dots on the dice

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

  • adding two collections with the second one screened ( e.g. here are 8 counters, there are 5 more hiding under this pot, how many altogether?)
  • sequencing numerals within the range 0-100
  • naming the number after a given number (0-30)
  • counting backwards from 30, starting and stopping at different points
  • investigating which equal groups can be made from a given number ( e.g. can I make 2 equal groups/3 equal groups/4 equal groups/5 equal groups from 12 counters? What about if I have 16 counters, or 18 etc)

Looking ahead to next week

Loose parts play outside on Friday morning

Other areas of the curriculum

We have continued to find our about the story of the Nativity and have been practising our songs to help us tell the story.

We helped to decorate a huge Christmas tree for the hall wall.

In music we sang songs and played games designed to develop skills of keeping a steady beat. We also explored using our voices in different ways.

In PE we have been focusing on working on stamina and following a circuit of activities.

This week’s homework and other information

  • Learn your nativity line off by heart . Speak slowly, clearly and loud!
  • Learn to read and write this week’s tricky words.
  • Use the blue letter cards to practice building and blending words
  • Please see the purple folder for information re nativity costuumes

A reminder to please name all items of clothing and shoes, and to check names on items brought home in case your child accidentally acquires a jumper belonging to someone else.

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

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

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

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.

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Please help your child to read and write the tricky words.

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.

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

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.

Please use the blue letter cards you have collected so far to practise blending and building words. Please help your child to read and write the tricky words.

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.

ROAD SAFETY

We learned about staying safe when we are out and about at the Magic Roadshow.

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.