Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1, Uncategorized

Reflective Friday- 27/05/2022- P1W

Hello and happy Friday! Please discuss with your child what they have been learning and what skills they are developing as they play.

Sounds and Tricky Words –

Our new sounds this week are st and sp. We enjoyed painting spots on a ladybug, learning about Spain, creating stars and spiders. Our tricky words this week are every and two.

Writing –

Our writing prompt this week was “ My Crown.” We created our own crowns and shared them with the class. There were lots of wonderful descriptions. Lots of us are becoming increasingly independent and using our knowledge of tricky words and phonetic knowledge to write some great pieces.

Handwriting –

In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the letters in our tricky words and in our phonics sounds.

Reading –

Mon – Thursday in school we will introduce a new title and any new vocabulary in the book. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

On Thursday the children will bring their book home to showcase their learning. Please enjoy sharing the book with your child and encourage their successes. It may appear that the book is ‘too easy’, but please be mindful of the fact that they are sharing a familiar text. If you wish to give them a challenge, try reading the book from back to front starting with the final word of the final sentence. This makes no sense at all, but the children enjoy this activity and it allows them to read the words without the context of meaning or memory.

Please return the title to school on Monday.

We would ask that you avoid the temptation to buy Oxford Reading tree texts for home use as this can have an impact on the children’s learning activities in class – e.g., it is tricky to predict the outcome of the story if they have already read it at home. Thank you for your support in this.

Other ways to support reading development at home

· reading books of their own choice

· Vocabulary.

· Print Awareness. … print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc

· Narrative Skills. … retelling familiar stories in their own words

· Letter Knowledge. … recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts

· Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc

· Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words – check the blog for our home learning sheet which will be posted most weeks.

St for star!
St for star

Measure –

This week we continued to focus on measure. We looked at weight and developed the terminology of light and heavy. We also introduced the word capacity. We estimated, compared and measured how much water could fit into different containers.

Challenge

  • Subtractive tasks using a row.
  • Describing visible arrays
  • Building visible arrays
  • Counting the number of jumps backwards from b to a.
  • Doubling numbers to 20
  • Counting forwards and backwards within 100.
  • Partitioning into equal shares.
  • Saying the number word before up to 30.
  • Counting backwards from 30.
  • Numeral identification to 20.

Core –

  • Counting items in two collections
  • Identifying numbers to 10.
  • Saying the next number word backwards from 20.
  • Saying the next number word forwards to 20.
  • Using finger patterns to keep track of temporal sequences of sounds.

Comparing size and weight.

Other curricular areas:

  • We enjoyed Modern Languages week. We have focused on learning numbers to ten in French and Spanish. We have also been practising French and Spanish greetings. We then created a video which was shared at Assembly on Friday.
  • We enjoyed learning a bit about Spanish and French culture this week.
  • In PE this week we focused on dance and fitness. We enjoyed learning and sharing some dance moves and coming up with a routine for our Jubilee Party next Wednesday.
  • In Health and Wellbeing we thought about what we enjoyed most about Primary 1 and what we would like to do in Primary 2.

Ideas for supporting learning at home.

  • Can you count to ten in French?
  • Ask your child what were our new tricky words this week.
  • Can they show you the dance routine they came up with in PE this week?
  • Can you think of a word that begins with st or sp sound?

Important information.

  • Remember to return your child’s reading book on Monday. Your child needs to bring the purple folder in order to take the reading book home.
  • Please, if you can, continue to provide junk for our STEM area. Thank – you to everyone who has provided some so far.
  • On Wednesday 1st of June, we will be celebrating the Jubilee. Children are invited to dress up in their finery/ party clothes for an afternoon Garden Party celebration!
  • We will not be sending reading books home next Thursday
  • Please bring a carton next week so your child can repot their tomato plant to take home. Feel free to decorate your pot and please ensure it is labelled with your child’s name.

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send any questions or concerns via the office admin or if you are happy catch me at the door at the beginning or end of the day.

Thanks for your continued help and support.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Miss Wyatt

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1, Uncategorized

Reflective Friday – P1W – 23/05/2022

Hello and Happy Friday! We have had a great week celebrating Health week. It was great to see so many parents at Sports Day cheering everyone on! The children all did such a great job and worked really hard.

This week we….

Learned about the SHANARRI wheel and what each letter stands for. We discussed how we can ensure that we are being safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respectful, inclusive and responsible . We all contributed to a great new wall display.

Learned about plant vs animal foods. We also planted tomatoes so we can experience growing and tasting our own food.

Discussed which foods are safe to eat and which are not safe to eat.

Practised for and took part in Sports Day! It was lovely to see so many of you cheering your children on!

Danced our socks off during a fantastic dance lesson with Simon Says. The children all took a flier home with more information about this as an extra curricular activity.

Thought about, and wrote about what makes us feel like we belong at Buckstone Primary School. Here is our fantastic wall display. The children came up with some great ideas such as our school uniform , our friends and all the different adults who help us while we are at school.

Enjoyed a food tasting session. We tasted lots of fruits including blackberries, mango and pineapples . Lots of us were adventurous and tried new foods.

Scooted around the Playground showing off our scooting skills.

Enjoyed playing some playground games hosted by our friends in Primary 6.

Participated in a whole school keep fit session!

We also enjoyed doing some writing about Sports Day this week.


Independent learning

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Please do get in touch via the office or catch me at the door if you have any questions or concerns.

Many Thanks

Miss Wyatt

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1, Uncategorized

P1W Reflective Friday – 13/05/2022

Hello and happy Friday! Please discuss with your child what they have been learning and what skills they are developing as they play. The STEM area continues to be popular. Thank – you so much for all the donations and please keep them coming!

Sounds and Tricky Words –

Our new sounds this week are sm and sn. We enjoyed painting smiles, creating snakes, sniffing a variety of smells and finding some snails. Our tricky words this week are so and very.

Sniffing different smells!

Writing –

Our writing prompt this week was “ It’s not a stick.” We read “It’s not a stick” and then took a walk to the woods where we each chose a stick. We then role played what our stick could be. There were lots of wonderful ideas. Lots of us are becoming increasingly independent and using our knowledge of tricky words and phonetic knowledge to write some great pieces.

Handwriting –

In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the s and m letter shapes, We also practiced writing some words linked to our sounds and tricky words including snap, smell, so and very.

Reading –

Mon – Thursday in school we will introduce a new title and any new vocabulary in the book. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

On Thursday the children will bring their book home to showcase their learning. Please enjoy sharing the book with your child and encourage their successes. It may appear that the book is ‘too easy’, but please be mindful of the fact that they are sharing a familiar text. If you wish to give them a challenge, try reading the book from back to front starting with the final word of the final sentence. This makes no sense at all, but the children enjoy this activity and it allows them to read the words without the context of meaning or memory.

Please return the title to school on Monday.

We would ask that you avoid the temptation to buy Oxford Reading tree texts for home use as this can have an impact on the children’s learning activities in class – e.g., it is tricky to predict the outcome of the story if they have already read it at home. Thank you for your support in this.

Other ways to support reading development at home

· reading books of their own choice

· Vocabulary.

· Print Awareness. … print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc

· Narrative Skills. … retelling familiar stories in their own words

· Letter Knowledge. … recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts

· Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc

· Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words – check the blog for our home learning sheet which will be posted most weeks.

Numeracy and Maths –

In Maths this week we continued with our focus on time. We recapped telling the time using an analogue clock and introduced telling the time using a digital clock . We focused on o’clock and some of us had an extra challenge of using half past. We are focusing on developing the terminology of the minute and the hour hand.

We also started looking at measure through estimating and measuring the length and height of everyday objects using non side -standard units of measures. We have also been focusing on using the terminology of length such as longer , shorter, taller, smaller etc.

Other curricular areas:

  • We enjoyed working on preparing for our Sports Day during PE this week. We have been focusing on running, the egg and spoon race and the sack race.
  • We really enjoyed our Loose Parts session especially as we are now able to do it with P1CD. It has been lovely to see the children being able to see the children getting to make some new friends.
  • We have been learning about gender equalities this week discussing common stereotypes about boys and girls. We read a story called ‘ Pink is for Boys.’
  • In Outdoor Learning this week we drew and measured some lines in the playground . We worked in pairs and used our hands and feet to measure our lines. Some of us found other objects around our playground to measure.
  • We enjoyed a trip to the woods with P1CD on Wednesday. We found and measured lots of sticks and also found a stick for our writing.

Ideas for supporting learning at home.

  • This is a fun time game we have been playing in class to practice time in class. https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math/time/clock-splat-game/
  • Use the blue sound cards to practice sounds and build CVC words.
  • Ask your child to find clocks around the house? Are they analogue or digital?
  • Ask your child to use everyday items such as paper clips, their hands and feet to measure items around the house or when out and about.
  • Ask your child to show of their sports day skills.

Important information:

  • Next week is Health Week. Wednesday is Sports Day with P.1’s slot is between 9 and 10. You are very welcome to come and watch your child take part!
  • Please come dressed in activewear every day next week.
  • A number of children are bringing small toys from home. It would be much appreciated if this was discouraged as it can distract them from the learning opportunities in the classroom and can also cause upset if the toys get lost or broken. Many thanks for your support in this.
  • Remember to return your child’s reading book on Monday. Your child needs to bring the purple folder in order to take the reading book home.
  • Please, if you can, continue to provide junk for our STEM area. Thank – you to everyone who has provided some so far.

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send any questions or concerns via the office admin or if you are happy catch me at the door at the beginning or end of the day.

Thanks for your continued help and support.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Wyatt

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1, Uncategorized

P1W – Reflective Friday – 29/04/2022

Hello and Welcome back! It has been lovely hearing about the children’s holiday fun and seeing them enjoying being back at school.

Looking ahead to next week.

As part of our focus on talking and listening skills, we would like the children to prepare a short talk to present to the class next week. The subject is ‘My favourite place’ This can be anywhere of their choosing, from something as simple as their bedroom or back garden, or further afield such as the swimming pool or a holiday destination.

The success criteria for the talk are as follows

  • Be prepared
  • Speak clearly
  • Say where your favourite place is
  • Describe it in a few words
  • Say why you like this place.

Optional – bring a drawing of your chosen place, or bring one photograph or souvenir to show. (Please no powerpoints or scrapbooks as the target is development of the children’s talking and listening. Thanks)

N.B We will not be sending reading books home on Thursday

A rocket!

Sounds and Tricky Words –

This week we have recapped all the sounds and tricky words we have covered so far. The ‘tricky’ spelling words and sounds are sent home each week on the home learning sheet, and you can also find the whole list on our spelling city homework page .

Writing –

Our writing prompt this week was “ Dear Alien.” We read several stories about aliens over the week and then wrote a letter telling the alien about our life on Earth and asking them some questions about life as an alien Lots of us are becoming increasingly independent and using our knowledge of tricky words and phonetic knowledge to write some great pieces.

Handwriting –

In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the s letter shape.

Reading –

Mon – Thursday in school we will introduce a new title and any new vocabulary in the book. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

On Thursday the children will bring their book home to showcase their learning. Please enjoy sharing the book with your child and encourage their successes. It may appear that the book is ‘too easy’, but please be mindful of the fact that they are sharing a familiar text. If you wish to give them a challenge, try reading the book from back to front starting with the final word of the final sentence. This makes no sense at all, but the children enjoy this activity and it allows them to read the words without the context of meaning or memory.

Please return the title to school on Monday.

We would ask that you avoid the temptation to buy Oxford Reading tree texts for home use as this can have an impact on the children’s learning activities in class – e.g., it is tricky to predict the outcome of the story if they have already read it at home. Thank you for your support in this.

Other ways to support reading development at home

· reading books of their own choice

· Vocabulary.

· Print Awareness. … print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc

· Narrative Skills. … retelling familiar stories in their own words

· Letter Knowledge. … recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts

· Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc

· Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words – check the blog for our home learning sheet which will be posted most weeks.

Numeracy and Maths –

In Maths this week we continued with our SEAL programme.

This included:

Challenge:

  • building visible arrays
  • numeral identification to 100
  • counting the number of jumps forwards and backwards to 100.

Core:

  • Number sequences forwards and backwards to 30.
  • Numeral recognition to 30.
  • Describing equal shares
  • Partitioning to 10.
  • Counting items in two screened collections
  • Number before and after up 30.
  • Number before and after up 10.
  • Organising equal groups
  • Counting items in two collections
  • Making auditory patterns to match spatial patterns.
  • Using finger patterns to keep track of temporal sequences of sound.
  • Copying and counting arhymical sequences and sounds.

Other curricular areas:

  • We enjoyed working on our co-ordination and balance skills in Indoor PE. We focused on different balances, different types of jumping and on how to safely do a forward roll.
  • In Outdoor PE we played a variety of games to develop our spatial awareness, listening and teamwork skills.
  • We really enjoyed our Loose Parts session especially as we are now able to do it with P1CD. It has been lovely to see the children being able to see the children getting to make some new friends.
  • This week we started our new Space topic.
    • We visited several different planets and found out about life on them.
    • As part of this we enjoyed creating some constellation space art. Have a look below to see some photos of the wonderful work children created! We also used sand and paint to make pictures of various planets.
    • We enjoyed doing some space themed drama – we pretended to be astronauts and travelled to space. We then explored the moon to find interesting space objects. The children showed great imagination finding moon rocks, space treasure and shooting stars!
  • We have been really enjoying our new café area in the classroom. The children have been doing some great role playing and developing new vocabulary.
  • During Outdoor Learning we enjoyed going outside to see what we could spot in the sky and thinking about how the sun, moon and stars link to the patterns of daily life.
  • We have been really enjoying having the big bricks back and it has been wonderful to see the children coming up with come really complex and inventive structures.

Ideas for supporting learning at home.

  • Look around the environment to see if you can see the numerals (buses/ cars). Etc
  • Use the blue sound cards to practice sounds and build CVC words.
  • Practice writing your tricky words. You could use a variety of materials to do this such as paint, foam and plasticine.
  • Show of your new forward roll skills.  
  • Please help your child to put their coat, shoes independently. You could start to practise how to do zips and buttons as a challenge.

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send any questions or concerns via the office admin or if you are happy catch me at the door at the beginning or end of the day.

Thanks for your continued help and support.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the extra few days off!

Miss Wyatt

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1

Welcome Back!

It has been lovely to hear the children’s news after the holidays. Just a message to let you know that on Friday (29/04) this week we will have an outdoor loose parts session. The forecast looks nice, but we would ask that the children dress appropriately for messy play.

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1, Uncategorized

P1W – Reflective Friday – 08/04/2022

Happy Holidays!! 😊 The children have all worked really hard so I hope that they all have a lovely and very well deserved holiday!

Independent Learning –

Some of our independent learning through play this week. Here are some of the highlights. 

Literacy: 

Sounds –

  • Our new sounds this week were sl and sk. We enjoyed colouring in sloths, playing with slime, seeing who could build the tallest skyscraper and skipping.
  • We revised our Block 1 and 2 Tricky words this week.

Writing – 

  • Our topic this week was “My dot is a .” We painted a dot using a pom pom. We then used our imaginations to turn our dot into anything we wanted and then described it. The children had some great ideas which can be seen below.

Handwriting – 

  • We focused on the letters s and k this week.

Reading – 

  • During reading time this week we have had a special focus on reading some of our favourite children’s books. We have enjoyed listening listening to a variety of texts and answering some comprehension questions around character and plot. We have also enjoyed sharing what we have enjoyed about our stories.

Numeracy – 

  • We have continued to work on directions with Mrs Haynes this week.
  • We have continued with our SEAL programme.

Core – 

  • Numeral recognition to 10. 
  • Counting items in two collections. Up to 20. 
  • Saying the next number word forwards and backwards to 10. 
  • Making auditory patterns to match spatial patterns 
  • Copying and counting arhythmical sequences and sounds. 
  • Using finger patterns to keep track of temporal sequences of sound.

Challenge – 

  • Numeral Identification to 100.
  • Number bonds to 10.
  • Forward Number Sequences to 30.
  • Short backwards number sequences from 30.
  • Numeral Recognition to 20.
  • Building visible arrays.
  • Counting on and counting back strategies.
  • Describing equal shares.
  • Partitioning visual patterns to 10.
  • Counting items in two screened collections.
  • Organising equal groups.

Other Curricular Areas: 

  • In Outdoor PE we enjoyed developing our jumping skills and playing some listening and team games.
  • In Indoor PE we continued with our focus on balance and gymnastics
  • We enjoyed learning an Easter song – Hop,bunnies, hop.
  • We learned about the Easter story and the various ways Easter is celebrated around the world.
  • We enjoyed learning about Ramadan and its importance within the Islamic Faith.
  • We made a variety of Easter crafts this week. Have a look at our wonderful Easter egg window display! We also painted Easter eggs and made baskets to keep them safe in.
  • We had a great Loose Parts Session in the sunshine.
  • In Outdoor Learning we had an Easter hunt. We pretended to be bunnies and hunted for carrots in our playground. The winning group was the one who found the special golden carrots and the most most ordinary carrots!
  • We took part in our whole school Fundraising for Ukraine Campaign organised by Primary 7. We dressed up in yellow and blue, took part in a design a minion competition and guessed the teddy bear’s birthday.
  • We have really enjoyed being able to spend more time with P1CD – watching Assembly altogether and doing Outdoor Learning together.

Important Information –

  • Today children will take home their indoor shoes and change of clothes so they can be checked for fit.

Start and Finish Times after the holidays:

Start –

  • 8:50 (Monday to Friday). Door opens at 8:50 and closes at 8:55.
  • If you are late after the door closes please take your child to the main entrance of the school. In the interest of pupil safety please do not open the classroom door.

Finish –

  • Monday to Thursday 2.55. Door closes at 3:00.
  • Friday 12:15. Door closes at 12:20. If the door is closed by the time you arrive to collect your child please go to reception.

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send in any questions or concerns via office admin or if you are happy to, catch us at the door at the beginning/end of the day. 

Thanks for your continued help and support. We hope that you all have a wonderful and relaxing Easter Holiday full of lots of fun.

Many Thanks

Mairi Wyatt

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1, Uncategorized

Reflective Friday – 01/04/22

Hello and Happy Friday.  Hope that everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. We have had another busy week. Only one more week till the Easter holidays!

Independent Learning – 

Some of our independent learning through play this week. Here are some of the highlights.

Gl is for glasses!
A house for a little alien
A campfire!
My menu
It’s a Pokémon plate
I turned my plate into a steering wheel!
Exploring planets

Literacy: 

Sounds –

  • Our new sounds this week were pl and gl. We enjoyed playing with gloop, making and decorating glasses with glitter glue, tasting plums during snack and chat time, using our imaginations to turn a paper plate Into something interesting and creating plaits.
  • Our Tricky words this week were do and as.
  • We have enjoyed making the most of the lovely sunny weather earlier this week and have been chalk to write our sounds and CVC words outside.
Enjoying plums

Writing – 

  • Our topic this week was “When I grow up.”

Handwriting – 

  • We focused on the letter g this week. We enjoyed writing these in shaving foam.

Reading – 

  • During storytime, we have been enjoying listening to a wide range of texts and discussing what we have enjoyed about them. 
  • At reading we have continued to work on our reading skills. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we are developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.
  • Please remember that reading books should be returned by Monday (this is essential as we share the books and if not returned other groups cannot continue with their learning). 

Numeracy – 

  • We have continued to work on directions. This week we used Beebots and introduced the Bee Bot app. This has allowed us to work on our basic programming skills and on directions in an interactive and practical way.
  • We have continued with our SEAL programme this week.

Core – 

  • Accurately counting items in two collections (up to 20). 
  • Establishing a collection of a given amount (up to 20). 
  • Numeral identification to 10 (focus on 6,7,8 and 9). 
  • Identifying the number after a given number up to 20. 
  • Counting and creating auditory patterns
  • Partitioning number patterns. 

Challenge – 

  • Finding a subtrahend by counting back. 
  • Counting the number of jumps forwards and backwards with numbers to 100. 
  • Describing visual arrays 
  • Partitioning to 10. 
  • Identifying the number before a given number up to 30.
  • Numeral identification to 50. 
  • Counting items in two screened collections (counting on strategy). 
  • Creating equal groups. 
  • Counting short forward and backwards number sequences to 30.
  • Numeral recognition to 20. 
  • Counting items in two collections with first item screened. 
  • Partitioning numbers to 10.  

Other Curricular Areas: 

  • In Outdoor PE we enjoyed playing some listening and team games.
  • In Indoor PE we continues with our focus on balance and jumping and landing safely.
  • We enjoyed some body percussion. This has also helped our Maths skills as we have to count the number of claps. We have started to make our own patterns to familiar nursery
  • We made Easter Egg nests with Miss Campbell which we really enjoyed taking home to share with our families.
  • We learned about the different parts of a plant and what plants need to grow. We then planted cress in our hedgehog pots which we made last week. We are looking forward to watching them sprout and grow over the next few weeks.
  • We have really enjoyed being able to spend more time with P1CD – watching Assembly altogether and doing Outdoor Learning together.
  • In Health and Wellbeing this week we have had a focus on good manners. This has included saying Please and Thank – you and sharing. We have enjoyed listening to some stories and playing some games to reinforce these skills.

Home learning ideas: 

  • Play Three for me, one for you . The adult says three numbers in a sequence, either forwards or backwards, the child says the next number in the sequence. e.g. 6,7,8………9  or 14,13, 12…….11. You can choose the level of challenge by staying within 10, or going up to 20, 30 or even 100. 
  • Count items using 1-1 correspondence. Put out a quantity of small items, for example buttons, counters, small stones or lego bricks. Ask your child to count them carefully, pointing to, or moving each one in turn. can they count the total accurately? Increase the level of challenge by using a larger collection.
  • Share our reading book at home. 
  • Continue to practice making words and revising all our tricky words using the sound sheet that goes home on a Friday. For the tricky words it is important that your child is able to both read and write them.
  • Your child might enjoy this game for working on directions

https://pbskids.org/peg/games/hungry-pirates

Important information:

  • We will have a Loose Parts session on Monday 4th April.
  • Just a wee reminder that as there are some pupils in the school with nut allergies we ask that no nut products are brought to school as snacks.
  • It was great to discuss your child’s learning and progress during Parents Evening this week. Please do get in touch via the office if you have any follow up questions.
  • Next week we will not be sending reading books home on Thursday.
  • Please send a shopping bag on Friday the 8th as we will send home indoor shoes and spare clothes to allow you to check that shoes still fit/clothes bags are stocked up for next term.
  • Thank you for your continued donation of items for our STEM area. We really appreciate it and the children continue to really enjoy learning in this area!

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send in any questions or concerns via office admin or if you are happy to, catch us at the door at the beginning/end of the day.

Thank – you for your continued support and hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

Many Thanks

Miss Wyatt. 

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1

Reflective Friday – 25/03/2022

Hello and Welcome back! We have been enjoying the sunshine this week and have had lots of time enjoying it in our Outdoor area and during Outdoor Learning Time.

Please discuss with your child what they have been learning and what skills they are developing as they play. The STEM area continues to be popular. Thank – you so much for all the donations. The children have made some amazing inventions. This week we had a tiger play area and a cat toy!

A house.
A bug!

This week we have introduced the cl and fl sounds along with the tricky words into and here. We enjoyed modelling with clay, colouring in clowns, painting and chopping up flowers and testing which objects could float in water.

Our writing prompt this week was “ My animal.” We read Flip – Flap Farm and made up our own nonsense animals. Lots of us are becoming increasingly independent and using our knowledge of tricky words and phonetic knowledge to write some great pieces.

Handwriting –

In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the c and l letter shapes.

Reading –

Mon – Thursday in school we will introduce a new title and any new vocabulary in the book. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

On Thursday the children will bring their book home to showcase their learning. Please enjoy sharing the book with your child and encourage their successes. It may appear that the book is ‘too easy’, but please be mindful of the fact that they are sharing a familiar text. If you wish to give them a challenge, try reading the book from back to front starting with the final word of the final sentence. This makes no sense at all, but the children enjoy this activity and it allows them to read the words without the context of meaning or memory.

Please return the title to school on Monday.

We would ask that you avoid the temptation to buy Oxford Reading tree texts for home use as this can have an impact on the children’s learning activities in class – e.g., it is tricky to predict the outcome of the story if they have already read it at home. Thank you for your support in this.

Other ways to support reading development at home

· reading books of their own choice

· Vocabulary.

· Print Awareness. … print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc

· Narrative Skills. … retelling familiar stories in their own words

· Letter Knowledge. … recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts

· Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc

· Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words – check the blog for our home learning sheet which will be posted most weeks.

Numeracy and Maths –

In Maths this week we continued exploring our Position and Directions topic. We focused on the directions of left and right, in particular as lots of us were finding this tricky.

We continued with our SEAL assessments and correct numeral formation.

Other curricular areas:

  • We enjoyed working on our co-ordination and balance skills in Indoor PE. We focused on jumping in different ways and landing safely.
  • In Outdoor PE we played a variety of games to develop our spatial awareness, listening and teamwork skills.
  • We continued with our spring mini topic. We thought about which animals are born in springtime and created birdfeeders to help look after the birds in our playground. We identified the kinds of birds that we might find in our garden in springtime. We enjoyed discussing which animals hibernate over winter and wake up in spring time. We then made clay hedgehog pots. We will plant cress in these next week.
  • In Health and Wellbeing this week we looked at the issue of Saying Yes/No and Early Consent messages. This is part of our RSHP programme. Please see the link below for more information. https://rshp.scot/early-level/asking-questions-making-choices-saying-yes-saying-no-early-consent-messages/
  • We enjoyed some body percussion, exploring sound and rhythm, through clapping and tapping different body parts.
  • We made cards for Mother’s Day.
  • We enjoyed doing woodwork with Miss Campbell. We learned how to safely hammer a nail onto a piece of wood.

Important information:

  • Thank – you to everyone who provided a spare change of clothes – our playground is full of puddles and very wet at the moment so spare socks are especially useful at the moment!
  • Remember to return your child’s reading book on Monday. Your child needs to bring the purple folder in order to take the reading book home.
  • Please, if you can, continue to provide junk for our STEM area. Thank – you to everyone who has provided some so far.
  • Next Thursday, we will be making Easter egg nests using chocolate, shreddies and chocolate Easter eggs. We have taken into account dietary requirements and allergies. However, please get in touch if you have any concerns or questions.

Ideas for supporting learning at home.

  • Play the game Simon Says using direction words such as backwards, forwards, behind , in front and left and right.
  • Look around the environment to see if you can see the numerals (buses/ cars). Etc
  • Use the blue sound cards to practice sounds and build CVC words.
  • Practice writing your tricky words. You could use a variety of materials to do this such as paint, foam and plasticine.
  • Show of your new balancing skills but finding things in your garden or local park to balance on.
  • Please help your child to put their coat, shoes independently. You could start to practise how to do zips and buttons as a challenge.

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send any questions or concerns via the office admin or if you are happy catch me at the door at the beginning or end of the day.

Thanks for your continued help and support.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Wyatt

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1

Reflective Friday – P1W – 18/03/2022

Hello and Happy Friday! Hope that everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. 

Independent Learning – 

Some of our independent learning through play this week. Here are some of the highlights. We have been really enjoying using our Outside Area again this week.

A jet!
“A little blueberry! “

Literacy:

Sounds –

  • Our new sounds this week were bl and tr. We enjoyed blowing up balloons, tasting blueberries, creating treasure maps and playing with trains.
  • Our Tricky words this week are were and there.

Writing – 

  • Our topic this week was writing a “Get well soon” letter for Miss Campbell. We enjoyed learning about the layout of the letter and writing some news from our week.

Handwriting –

  • We focused on numeral formation this week.

Reading – 

  • During storytime, we have been enjoying listening to a wide range of texts and discussing what we have enjoyed about them. 
  • At reading we have continued to work on our reading skills. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we are developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.
  • Please remember that reading books should be returned by Monday (this is essential as we share the books and if not returned other groups cannot continue with their learning). You might find that your child is very confident when reading the book, remember that we have been working on it at school and that should be the case.

Numeracy – 

  • In Maths this week we have continued to learn about positional language. We have also been working on giving and following directions. 
  • We have been carrying out SEAL assessments this week in preparation for Parents Evening. 

Other Curricular Areas: 

  • In Outdoor PE we enjoyed playing some listening and team games.
  • In Indoor PE we focused on jumping and landing safely.
  • Dental inspections took place this week. The children enjoyed discussing how we can work on keeping our teeth clean and healthy.
    We did a STEM challenge this week. We created leprechaun traps, linking to our tr sound and to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
  • We enjoyed our Outdoor Loose Parts Session on Tuesday.
  • We enjoyed a mini topic on exploring Spring this week. We identified what the weather is like in spring and what changes take place in nature. We then went outside to look for these signs of Spring in our playground. We used our class iPads to take photos of these.
  • We continued with our learning around the topic of Growth Mindset. We identified a challenge that we would like to work on and illustrated it for our Growth Mindset wall display. We then added this to our wall display so we can look back and reflect on our progress. There were lots of great suggestions such as working on our reading, writing, and balancing skills!
  • We enjoyed a trek to, and eating a treat in the Walled Garden.

Home learning ideas: 

  • Play Three for me, one for you . The adult says three numbers in a sequence, either forwards or backwards, the child says the next number in the sequence. e.g. 6,7,8………9 or 14,13, 12…….11. You can choose the level of challenge by staying within 10, or going up to 20, 30 or even 100.
  • Count items using 1-1 correspondence. Put out a quantity of small items, for example buttons, counters, small stones or lego bricks. Ask your child to count them carefully, pointing to, or moving each one in turn. can they count the total accurately? Increase the level of challenge by using a larger collection.
  • Share our reading book at home.
  • Continue to practice making words and revising all our tricky words using the sound sheet that goes home on a Friday. For the tricky words it is important that your child is able to both read and write them.
  • Your child might enjoy this game for working on directions.

https://pbskids.org/peg/games/hungry-pirates

Important information:

  • Our Parent Consultations will be taking place w.c. 28th March.
  • Our start time is 8.55. If the door is opened before that time please don’t send your children in as this is time for staff to prepare the learning ( it might be opened to fill the water tray, for ventilation reasons, etc)
  • Thank you for your continued donation of items for our STEM area. We really appreciate it and the children continue to really enjoy learning in this area!

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send in any questions or concerns via office admin or if you are happy to, catch us at the door at the beginning/end of the day.

Thank – you for your continued support and hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

Many Thanks

Miss Wyatt. 

Miss Wyatt P1W, Primary 1, Uncategorized

P1W Reflective Friday – 04/03/2022

Hello and Welcome back! We have been enjoying the sunshine this week and have had lots of time enjoying it outside.

Please discuss with your child what they have been learning and what skills they are developing as they play. The STEM area continues to be popular. Thank – you so much for all the donations!

Literacy

This week we have introduced the fr and dr sounds along with the tricky words you and one. We enjoyed chopping fruit, making frames with our friends and creating dresses and dragons.

Assessments

Next week the pupils will be assessed on their ability to recognise and spell the block 1 tricky words and those from block two which we have introduced so far. Please support them at home with this learning.The tricky words are sent home each week on the home learning sheet, and you can also find the whole list on our spelling city homework page

Writing –

Our writing prompt this week was “ World Book Week.” We are focusing on developing our story telling skills by firstly using drawing to create a detailed picture which clearly tells a story, then retelling our story for an adult to ‘scribe’ for us and writing some familiar words. It has been great to see the children’s confidence grow.

Handwriting –

In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the a letter shape.

Reading –

Mon – Thursday in school we will introduce a new title and any new vocabulary in the book. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

On Thursday the children will bring their book home to showcase their learning. Please enjoy sharing the book with your child and encourage their successes. It may appear that the book is ‘too easy’, but please be mindful of the fact that they are sharing a familiar text. If you wish to give them a challenge, try reading the book from back to front starting with the final word of the final sentence. This makes no sense at all, but the children enjoy this activity and it allows them to read the words without the context of meaning or memory.

Please return the title to school on Monday.

We would ask that you avoid the temptation to buy Oxford Reading tree texts for home use as this can have an impact on the children’s learning activities in class – e.g., it is tricky to predict the outcome of the story if they have already read it at home. Thank you for your support in this.

Other ways to support reading development at home

· reading books of their own choice

· Vocabulary.

· Print Awareness. … print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc

· Narrative Skills. … retelling familiar stories in their own words

· Letter Knowledge. … recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts

· Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc

· Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words – check the blog for our home learning sheet which will be posted most weeks.

Numeracy and Maths –

In Maths this week we continued exploring our Position and Directions topic. We focused on the language of position and direction including in front, behind, forwards, backwards, left, right and above and below.

We continued with our SEAL programme.

Our core numeracy skills this week included:

  • Numeral identification to 10
  • Counting items in two collections
  • Creating spatio – motor finger patterns.
  • Consolidating our number bonds to 10.
  • Counting and creating auditory patterns.

Our challenge numeracy skills include:

  • Saying short backwards numeral sequences to 30
  • Numeral identification to 30.
  • Describing equal groups.
  • Creating and determining the number in an equal share.
  • Consolidating number bonds to 10 and 20.
  • Counting items in two screened collections.
  • Determining a missing addend.

Other curricular areas:

  • We enjoyed working on our co-ordination and balance skills in Indoor PE. We focused on rolling in different ways and in different shapes.
  • In Outdoor PE we played team games.
  • We continued to explore the topic of Disabilities. We explored disabilities linked to the Senses, such as blindness and deafness. We learned some sign language and created some artwork using a variety of different sensory materials.
  • As part of our RSHP programme this week we continued to look at the importance of privacy and private parts. We learned the pants rule and children designed their own pants.
  • We started a focus on Growth mindset this week. We discussed how when we find something tricky or difficult, it means our brain is growing and that mistakes help us to learn. We also came up with lots of ideas with things we could do when we find things difficult. The children came up with lots of good suggestions such as asking a friend or family member for help, keeping on practising lots and saying positive phrases such as “I can do it!” We have looked at a number of stories to make this more relatable including Giraffes Can’t Dance.
  • We made pancakes, following Miss Campbell’s instructions and then enjoyed eating them on Pancake Tuesday.
  • We have really enjoyed World Book Week. We have had a special focus on fairytales this week, reading a new story each day. We then voted for our favourite and completed a book review, helping to develop our critical thinking skills. We also created our own book surveys. It was great to see all the fantastic costumes and look at all the stories the children brought in. We also had a visit from the local librarian who read us a story.
  • In Outdoor learning we did a sound walk, using recorders to record the different sounds in our playground.

Important information:

  • Mrs Haynes teaches p.1 on a Tuesday.
  • Thank – you to everyone who provided a spare change of clothes – our playground is full of puddles and very wet at the moment so spare socks are especially useful at the moment!
  • Lost Property – we have one age 7, unnamed purple cardigan that has been unclaimed. Please get in touch if you you think this may belong to your child.
  • Please remember to return your child’s reading book on Monday. Your child needs to bring the purple folder in order to take the reading book home.
  • Please, if you can, continue to provide junk for our STEM area. Thank – you to everyone who has provided some so far.
  • Parent Consultations: Our Parent Consultations will be taking place week beginning. 28th March. Further information about this will be coming out by soon.

Ideas for supporting learning at home.

  • Play the game Simon Says using direction words such as backwards, forwards, behind , in front and left and right.
  • Look around the environment to see if you can see the numerals (buses/ cars). Etc
  • Use the blue sound cards to practice sounds and build CVC words.
  • Practice writing your tricky words. You could use a variety of materials to do this such as paint, foam and plasticine.
  • Show of your new balancing skills but finding things in your garden or local park to balance on.
  • Ask your child for a Growth mindset top tip!
  • Please help your child to put their coat, shoes independently. You could start to practise how to do zips and buttons as a challenge.

We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send any questions or concerns via the office admin or if you are happy catch me at the door at the beginning or end of the day.

Thanks for your continued help and support.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Wyatt