Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 24.06.22

Dear families,

This is our last blog of the year. We cannot believe how quickly the year has passed. It is wonderful to see how much your children have grown during their first year at Buckstone Primary School. We are very proud of every child.

Our learning this week

Our focus this week has been minibeast. We have learned about snails, ladybirds, dragonflies and butterflies.

We had a visit from the Love my bus initiative and from the Oxgangs’ Library librarian, she explained told us about the Summer reading challenge.

We have our music session with Malcolm from YMI.

  • Ask me about my learning:
  • Ask me how can I tell if a minibeast is an insect or not.
  • Ask me why is good to use the bus instead of a car when possible.
  • Ask me about the Summer reading challenge and how many books can I borrow from the library at the same time?

Thank you for all your continued support throughout the year!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1CD Reflective Friday 17.06.22

Good morning everyone!

What a great week we had!

Meet the teacher was a special day and we were all very excited about it. We had the opportunity to see our new classroom and chat to our P2 teacher.

Independent learning

Literacy

Our sounds this week were the consonant blends nk and mp. Our tricky words should and could.

Our prompt for writing this week was our favourite pizza.

Maths

Our focus has been fractions: half, half and amount. We have a special activity were we made ‘pizza’ topping two halves of it with different ingredients. We made pizzas outdoors too!

Other areas

Music: We had our YMI music session with Malcolm. We loved it!

PE We have been working on ball control with our feet and yoga on Thursday.

Talk about my learning

  • Ask me how I know something is a half of a whole thing.
  • Ask me what did I build at Loose parts.
  • Ask me about the tricky words this week. What is the same about them and what is different.

Supporting reading development at home

  • Reading to/with your child (avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • 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 –

Other

  • Edinburgh School Uniform Bank We would greatly appreciate donations of new plain white school polo shirts in any size from age 5-13 or school socks of any size. These can be bought from most supermarkets this term. Please send any donations to school with your child by Friday 24th June.
  • This week is our last week that reading books will be sent home. Please return all reading books home by the end of next week if you still have reading books at home.
  • Loose Parts on Wednesday 22nd June.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

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P1cd Reflective Friday 10.6.22

Primary one classes are supporting the work of Edinburgh School Uniform Bank.

Please watch our video here

We would greatly appreciate donations of new plain white school polo shirts in any size from age 5-13 or school socks of any size. These can be bought from most supermarkets this term. Please send any donations to school with your child by Friday 24th June.

ESUB is a local charity which distributes bespoke packs of new school uniform to hundreds of Edinburgh families each year. Every child deserves to look and feel smart at school, to feel that they belong, and to avoid the negative effects of hardship on their wellbeing and education.

Looking ahead to next week.

Thank you for the returned parent comment sheets received so far. If you are yet to return the sheet, please do so on Monday. The main body of the report is yours to keep at home as we already have a copy in school.

Please continue to collect and send clean recycling to help resource our STEM area. thank you.

Loose parts learning on Friday 17th

Spelling

The ‘tricky’ spelling 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

Talk about learning

1. Ask me what I know about comparing weights and heavy/light objects.

2 .Ask me about the Edinburgh School Uniform Bank.

3. Ask me which new sounds we learned this week and if I can think of some words including the new sounds.

Independent learning

Literacy

Spelling

This week we have introduced the vowel digraphs tw and ng and the tricky word would.

We used tweezers to count out 12 and 20 items, and we made rings..

Writing

Our writing prompt this week was the story “My bedroom” We have previously drawn and described our bedrooms, but we wanted to see how much progress we have made in our independent writing.

Numeracy and maths

This week we were learning to measure weight. We estimated, compared the weights of items using a pan balance how much water could fit into different containers.

We also continue to work on our numeracy fluency; counting forwards and back, recognising and ordering numerals, and adding two amounts.

Loose parts learning

Supporting reading development at home

  • Reading to/with your child (avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • 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 –
Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Wednesday 1.06.22

This certainly has been a short week!

We all have missed Mrs Cross however we have been very lucky to have other teachers helping us. Thank you to Mrs Imrie, Miss Dowds, Miss Wright and Mr Macdonald for helping with our learning this week!

We have very few photos this week, sorry!

Jubilee Party

What a great day Miss Livesy, Miss Wyatt and Mrs Paris organized a fun day for all the school. All children looked lovely on their special clothes.

We did a Jubilee trail around the playground were we found clues for the Jubilee Quiz, we did well!

In the afternoon all school children danced to songs from the seven decades that Queen Elizabeth has reigned. What a fabulous time we had!

We opened a time capsule from 2012 and we put items on the time capsule from 2022!

Literacy

We have learned the sound sw and the tricky word only. We made swans and houses made of sweets (a real temptation for some!).

We wrote letters to Mrs Cross that have been delivered. She is delighted with the effort and the kind words from all the children!

Numeracy

We have continued to work on our numeracy skills through our SEAL programme.

Other areas

On Tuesday we had a music session with Malcolm from the Young Music Initiative. We will have sessions with him for 5 weeks. We also had a dance session with P1W and Miss Wyatt.

This week has been a busy week. Therefore, we have been unable to answer to all the emails. A reminder that following City of Edinburgh Council policy for answering emails we will respond to you within 10 working days or tell you if we need longer.

As we have many queries regarding class allocation for next year we would like to share with you the procedure for setting up groups from City of Edinburgh Council.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/26695/composite-class-procedure

SELECTING PUPILS FOR CLASSES
Regardless of the type of class, the same selection criteria must be used for all classes in a given school. Head Teachers will use a range of criteria. The selection criteria include:
• Meeting learners needs
• Age (stage appropriate)
• Friendships
• Gender balance
• Exceptional circumstances
Not all the above criteria need to be used but more than one criterion must be used.
The specific criteria chosen will vary across schools, and professional judgment will be used to best meet the needs of learners in individual schools.
There is no appeals process for parents unhappy with decisions.

We hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro and Mrs Cross

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P1cd Reflective Friday 27.5.22

Looking ahead to next week.

Please remember that we are not in school on Thursday or Friday next week.

As it is a short week we will not be sending reading books home.

Remember to wear party clothes on Wednesday for our Jubilee celebrations.

Spelling

The ‘tricky’ spelling 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

This week was modern languages week in school.

We have been learning to say and understand the numbers 0-10 in French.

We also learned the phrases bonjour, au-revoir, and à plus!

Talk about learning

1. Ask me what I know about spiders.

2 .Ask me if I know any French words ( numbers or greetings)

3. Ask me to describe the crown I designed.

Independent learning

Literacy

Spelling

This week we have introduced the vowel digraphs st and sp and the tricky words every and two

We made stars and stick pictures, learned about Spain and found out lots of interesting facts about spiders.

Writing

Our writing prompt this week was the story “My crown” We designed and described some amazing crowns.

Numeracy and maths

This week we introduced the word capacity. We estimated, compared and measured how much water could fit into different containers.

We also continue to work on our numeracy fluency; counting forwards and back, recognising and ordering numerals, and adding two amounts.

PE

In PE this week we have started to develop some early racquet skills

Supporting reading development at home

  • Reading to/with your child (avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • 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 –
Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 20.05.22

What a super week we had!

Health week has been fantastic! We would like to thank Mrs Conlin for all her work organising all the activities for us.

On Monday we started with Simon Says Dance. We had a fantastic time and all children joined in and loved it.

We also had games with P6 M. It was raining but this didn’t stop us!

On Tuesday Mrs Murray came to talk to us about the importance of handwashing and how to do it properly.

We did lovely pictures of us with our Buckstone Uniform.

Wednesday…Sports Day!

What a great day we had. It was lovely to see all children joining in and parents cheering! They all tried their best.

In the afternoon we did fruit tasting and the scootathon.

On Thursday we learned about helmet safety and keeping safe ( medicines and harmful substances). We did a yoga session.

Our writing theme was Sports Day.

Independent Learning

Throughout the week we have discussed the Wellbeing indicators: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included.

Let’s talk about learning..

  • Please ask me how a helmet should fit me to keep me safe?
  • Please ask me about the fruits I tried at school.
  • Please ask me what I enjoyed best at Health week.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

Boxes boxes boxes….

Our STEM area is as popular as ever, so we would like to renew our request for supplies of clean recycling. Thank you for all the donations so far, but please keep it coming

Why do we need them ?

‘Junk’ modelling helps to develop
children’s imagination and creative abilities while challenging
them to explore, investigate and problem solve as they
bring their plans and ideas to life.
Children can work on their own or co-operate with
others, learning to negotiate and share ideas. When
they create something new it can give their confidence
and self-esteem a big boost. They can also consider
how their plans have worked out as they think about
what they might have done differently or how they might
improve their model, but remember, it is the process of
creating that is important rather than the end product
.

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P1cd Reflective Friday 13.5.22

Looking ahead to next week.

Next week is health week in school. There are several activities organised for the class, some of which involve having visitors in school! We are all very excited about sharing sports day with you. Please come dressed in activewear every day next week.

Spelling

The ‘tricky’ spelling 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

School meals

We have noticed a number of pupils not eating much, if anything, of their school dinner despite encouragement from the dinner hall supervisors. Please have a conversation with your child about meal choices in case a packed lunch from home might be a better option. We don’t want anyone to be hungry in the afternoons.

Talk about learning

1. Ask me what my ‘not-a-stick’ was

2 .Ask me how I measured my playdough snake.

3. Ask me what I was doing in loose parts learning.

Independent learning

Literacy

Spelling

This week we have introduced the vowel digraphs sm and sn

We used our sense of smell, looked at our smiles, and cut out snakes.

In handwriting we practised the letters s and m on new smaller lines.

Writing

Our writing prompt this week was the story “Not a stick” We walked to the woods and found sticks. We used our imagination to think of an alternative use for it.

Letter to the Queen

We posted the letters to the queen which we had written last week. We hope she likes them.

Numeracy and maths

This week we introduced reading ‘half past’ times on an analogue clock.

We also learned about measuring in non standard units, and using comparative language such

Risky Play

Through risky play children learn how to judge risks and their consequences. They can learn what is safe to try and what might not work out and they can learn how to apply these assessments to a range of different situations. Children who engage in risky play are actually less likely to become injured because they are more adept at observing their surroundings and making good decisions.

Loose parts learning

Supporting reading development at home

  • Reading to/with your child (avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • 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 –
Mrs Cross & Mrs De Bonrostro P1CD

P1 CD Reflective Friday 6.05.22

We hope you all had a nice long weekend.

It has been a short week at school however we have been busy with our learning.

Independent Learning

Numeracy and Maths

This week we have started to learn reading analogue and digital o’clock times (12 hour only) and to represent this on clock face.

You could use this online game at home:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time

Literacy

Our focus this week has been our individual talks about Our Favourite place to the rest of the class.

Look at one of our super stars!

We have written a letter to the Queen to invite her to our party in June. We hope she can make it!

Other Areas

RME

We have learned about Eid. Mrs Ahmed virtually visited us and she explained what is Eid and how they celebrate it. Thank you very much Mrs Ahmed! Eid Mubarak!

PE We have continue to learn to do different rolls.

Outdoor Learning

WE have been practising our tricky words.

Let’s talk about our learning

A good way to have conversations with your child about what they have learned at school during this week is using these prompts:

  1. Can you tell something that you have learned about Eid?
  2. Can you tell me about your letter to The Queen?
  3. Can you find any clocks around the house? Are they analogue or digital?
  4. Can you tell me which area did you choose for your independent learning?

Other information

  • Class photo on Wednesday 11th May.
  • Learning Targets have been uploaded on your child’s e- learning journal and the evidence of this term learning will be sent home today on their purple folder.
  • Loose parts dates for this term: Thursday 12th May, Thursday 9th June, Friday 17th June and Wednesday , 22nd June.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro

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P1cd Reflective Friday 29.4.22

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

Spelling

The ‘tricky’ spelling 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

Independent learning

Literacy

Spelling

This week we have introduced the vowel digraph sk

We made skeleton pictures, tried out a skateboard and practised skipping in PE

In handwriting we practised the letters c and l

Writing

Our writing prompt this week was “At Easter”

Supporting reading development at home

  • Reading to/with your child (avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
  • Vocabulary development.  
  • 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 –

Numeracy and maths

This week we talked about different times of the day – using vocabulary of Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Night. We also learned to name the days of the week in order and discussed the fact that this goes in a cycle so we can start on any day. We tried naming the day before or after a given day – some of us found this very tricky so please help reinforce this learning at home.

Woodwork skills

PE

In outdoor PE we practised jumping skills in the sandpit.

In indoor PE we tried different types of skipping.