P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

P1B Reflective Friday 11.11.22

Good afternoon! 

Literacy

This week, we learned the f and g sounds. We practised our cutting skills and made foxes, folded our own fans, worked on our letter formation and found items beginning with ‘g’ around the classroom. We also played the Yes or No game and had to guess which ffffarm animal we were! We had to really think at first about how we worded our yes or no questions! We learned two new tricky words: me and is. Lots of repetition is great for learning our tricky words, as we need to know them by sight! For writing, our prompt was “I am happy when…”. We all had a go at writing I am hap thinking of our tricky word I and then listening to the sounds. This week, we also read a book at the teaching table that will help us gain familiarity with reading the names of the characters that will be in our reading books: Biff, Chip, Kipper, Dad, Mum and Floppy. We also practised using our finger to follow along.

we folded fans!
looking through our Biff, Chip and Kipper books and drawing the story
letter formations

Numeracy

This week, we used number lines and unifix cubes for learning the number bonds to 10, as well as gaining an understanding of how to add and what a sum looks like. We worked hard on how to use a number line – eg if you start on the number 7, how many jumps until you get to 10? so 7+3=10. 

This is something we will continue with next week to really know those number bonds! 10+0=10, 9+1=10, 8+2=10, 7+3=10 etc.

Health and Wellbeing

In PE this week, we worked on throwing and catching, jumping, skipping and hop scotch as part of our basic movements. We used our literacy skills to help us warm up – if the word has an ‘a’ sound in the middle march around the room, or if the word has an ‘o’ sound in the middle then sidestep around the room.

Other Areas

We have been learning Away in a Manger with the signalong signs as part of our Nativity preparations. Thank you also to those who have brought in something from their family’s country. We have had some lovely interesting things such as an Irish doll, a French cookbook and a book about a house by the sea in Scotland. If they haven’t already, it would be lovely if your child brought in something for this! This week, we had the magnets out for the first time and made some really inventive things including a spiky dragon with a giant tail, 3D shapes and a turtle. This week, we also made our Christmas card designs!

Information

We have Loose Parts (messy play) on Wednesday next week.

Please return your Christmas Card forms to school by Tuesday. Instructions were sent out on how to do the form.

A reminder that school photos are on Thursday.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 4.11.22

Good afternoon! It was lovely to see some of you in the classroom this morning. We hope you enjoyed seeing our learning through play!

Literacy

This week, we learned the d and o sounds. We did step by step drawings of dinosaurs, practised cutting skills with octopuses, worked on blending and building with our new sounds, and made octopuses using our taping skills. For blending and building, we sometimes struggle to hear the middle sound in a word. Lots of emphasis on that sound will help! We each completed a Halloween Animal sheet too, where we had to put the letter in the right box to spell the word.

We learned two new tricky words this week: he and to. Lots of repetition is great for learning these, as we need to know them by sight!

For writing, our prompt was “I was splashing in my wellies and…”. We all had a go at writing and by listening to the first, middle and last sound in the word.

We also have a reading table in our classroom with the characters from our reading books, which we will start after learning all of our initial sounds. We have enjoyed looking through them, reading some of the words and making our own stories with Biff, Chip, Kipper, Mum, Dad and Floppy!

Numeracy

This week, we looked at doubles using our fingers. For example, show me double 4. How many is double 4? 8! We also used counters to start some work on number bonds to 10. These are the sets of numbers that add together to make 10. At the teaching table, we found that 9 blue counters and 1 red counter made 10, 8 blue counters and 2 red counters made 10, etc. We will continue work on number bonds to 10 next week. We also introduced number lines, which is a really helpful resource when we start doing sums!

Health and Wellbeing

In PE this week, we worked on throwing and catching, using bean bags and hoops. We worked on our underarm throw, and moved the hoop further away from our throwing cone to make it harder and harder.

With Mrs Conlin, we continued our work with Look On the Bright Side and thought about small deals and big deals. We also talked about how to keep safe around fireworks on Bonfire Night. 

Other Areas

We had a lovely trip to the woods! We explored the area with all the P1 classes together. We are looking forward to using the space for future outdoor learning! 

Looking Ahead to Next Week

As part of our RSHP programme in school, we would like to celebrate the breadth of languages and cultures represented within our class community.

As part of this, we would like to give every child an opportunity to share with the class something about the languages they speak or the country or countries that members of the family come from ( including Scotland) . For example – they may wish to draw or print a flag from a country that is represented in their home; teach the class how to say a phrase in a language that is spoken at home; bring/wear an item of traditional dress or souvenir; or simply talk to the class with no ‘props’

If your child would like to bring or share something, please send it in to school any day over the next fortnight and we will use these to enhance our discussions.

There is no obligation to share anything, only if your child would like to do so.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal, P1 Master Minds - Mrs Bailey & Mrs Munro, P1 Whizz Kids - Mrs Cross, Primary 1

P1 28.10.22

Welcome back P1! We hope you had a lovely holiday.

Just a few bits of information at the end of this short week!

  • P1 have Loose Parts (messy play) on Tuesday afternoon next week.
  • On Wednesday morning, we are going to visit the woods next to the school. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately (wellies, walking boots etc). This is a great space for Outdoor Learning and we are really keen for the children to have the chance to explore the area.
  • As part of our Health and Wellbeing learning, we are going to be thinking about People Who Help Us. In the past, some P1 parents who are in key worker roles (eg emergency services, NHS, postal workers) have chatted to the classes about their job and how they help us. If this could be you, please speak to one of us at the door or email the office. We would love to hear from you!
  • Please keep bringing recycling for our junk modelling as we are running low.

Have a great weekend,

The P1 Team

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P1B Reflective Friday 14.10.22

Happy holidays, P1B! Well done on all your hard work over your first 9 weeks of school!

Literacy

This week, we introduced the e and h sounds.  We used our craft and cutting skills to make elephants, and also completed the elephant drawing. On Wednesday, we made hedgehogs and on Thursday we learned all about Miss Croal’s harp! Some of us wanted a shot of playing it. We found out that it is a clarsach which is Gaelic for ‘small harp’. When we say the ‘h’ sound, we should be able to feel our breath on our hand. 

As well as focussing on 2 more sounds, we also learned 2 tricky words: I and the. Tricky words are those that you can’t sound out – they are tricky but common so we have to know them by sight! At the teaching table, we worked with our letterboards for blending and building, as well as practising our letter formations.

For writing this week, our prompt was “I am waving to…”. We had a go at filling in “I am”. We came up with some very imaginative drawings!

Maths and numeracy

This week, we learned about shapes and objects. For 2D shapes, we focussed on a circle, square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon and how many sides they have. For 3D objects, we learned about cubes, cuboids, cylinders, spheres and pyramids. If I put it on the palm of my hand and it sticks up then it’s a 3D object and not a flat shape. We managed to all find lots of real-life examples around the classroom! On Friday, we had unifex CUBES and some of the Bright Sparks made a huge cube train!

Health and Wellbeing

In PE this week, we worked on movement whilst also practising listening for the initial sound. If the word began with ‘a’ we had to run, if the word began with ‘i’ we had to jump. Our listening and focus was so great that we ended up with 7 different movements for 7 different sounds! We also did some yoga in the classroom to help us stretch and relax.

This week, we read the book I Feel Sad. The book helped us see how to Look on the Bright Side. If our tower gets knocked down, we now have a challenge to build a bigger one! If we feel sad or down, it is important to try and keep busy and distract ourselves.

Other Areas

This week, there were impressive structures with the small bricks, team work with the marble run, more dress designing in the area and a great outdoor loose parts session!

General information:

I will be teaching Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the week we come back to school.

I am looking for some additional furniture and items for our classroom. If anybody has any small tables (IKEA LACK size), small chairs or rugs that are unwanted we would really appreciate any donations! 

Have a great October break and thank you for all your support this half-term,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 7.10.22

Good afternoon, P1B! It was lovely to see you for the Parent Consultations this week. We are still missing a few Learning Story folders – please return them on Monday.

Literacy

This week, we introduced the m and r sounds.  We made monkey puppets and masks, then we took our learning outside where we heard the story of the monster who just wanted kindness! We used natural materials to make clay monsters. We have been cutting, colouring and using watercolour paint to make rabbits, rockets and rainbows. At the teaching table, we have been practising our blending and building with the letter boards. For blending, try saying all the sounds in the word in one breath! This can help them to flow together more. There are videos below for practising letter formation. For writing this week, our prompt was “I was shocked when…”. I’m sure you will have seen in your child’s writing jotter how imaginative their responses were!

blending and building with our letter boards
I was shocked when…
cutting skills

Numeracy

We continued with our work on SEAL Chapter 5 this week, focussing on skills such as showing 1-5 on fingers without looking, counting a collection of counters forwards and backwards and we have introduced numeral tracks. Knowing “what comes after 12?” and “what comes before 13?” is still tricky, so any repetition of this at home would be great.

Health and Wellbeing

We all did a fantastic job at PE this week. We introduced passing a baton during our relay races and everyone did really well at controlling their pace on the way back for a smooth transition. 

On Thursday with Mrs Conlin, we continued with Looking on the Bright Side and thought about what we are grateful for. The Bright Sparks had some lovely answers: mummy, daddy, my brother, my sister, cousins, Octonauts, food, bed, my family, my dog, rainbows, toys, cats, love and friends.

We had a movement break dance party after our wet break today!

Other Areas

Lots of impressive STEM work with the big bricks this week!, amongst other activities.

looking back on some of our learning so far!
A musical instrument that was made in the area!
building a fire house – we left a gap so that the fire engines could get in and out

General information:

We will have Outdoor Loose Parts (messy play) on Friday – a lovely way to finish off the half-term! Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for this.

We will have our PE days next week as normal (Monday and Thursday).

I am looking for some additional furniture and items for our classroom. If anybody has any small tables (IKEA LACK size), small chairs or rugs that are unwanted we would really appreciate any donations! 

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

P1B Reflective Friday 30.9.22

Good afternoon, P1B! Just a reminder to please return your blue learning story folder as soon as possible.

Literacy

This week, we focussed on going over our sounds so far: s, a, t, p, i and n. We worked on our sound recognition, blending and building at the teaching table, and had further opportunities to consolidate our learning around the classroom. In writing this week, our prompt was ‘I opened a tin of…’. No one was allowed to say beans! The Bright Sparks came up with some really imaginative ideas.

choosing to write happy birthday

Numeracy

We continued with our work on SEAL Chapter 5 this week, focussing on the number before, the number after and number sequences forwards and backwards. 12-13 and 13-12 proved to be the trickiest one, so it would be great if you could practise this at home! This week, we also had a numicon station to get familiar with the resource.

numicon rainbow
numicon flower

Health and Wellbeing

We all did a fantastic job at PE on Monday, practising different ways of moving across the playground and following instructions. On Thursday with Mrs Conlin, we looked at the Building Resilience programme and thought about how to Look on the Bright Side and look for solutions for when we are feeling sad and upset.

Other Areas

Loose parts outside involved lots of problem solving, imagination and team work! It was great to be outside with all of the other P1 children too.

We practised keeping a beat and using our listening to guess who is singing…

I am tapping at the window I am knocking on the door…
it was you!

We have had another very busy and creative week in the P1 area and around the classroom. Here are some of our creations.

Making a dress using wool, sellotape and paper! We also made a hanger for it to hang on!
a speedboat
a glider
building a castle
a busy craft table!
Iron Man’s house!

General information:

I am looking forward to catching up with you all next week during Parent Consultations on Wednesday and Thursday.

I am looking for some additional furniture and items for our classroom. If anybody has any small tables (IKEA LACK size), small chairs or rugs that are unwanted we would really appreciate any donations! Please speak to me at the door or email the school.

See you all next week,

Miss Croal

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P1B Reflective Friday 23.9.22

Happy Friday, Bright Sparks! Please look out for the Queen Elizabeth II keepsake book provided by the Government, the Halloween Disco letter and the blue paper with our sounds for the week in the purple folders. We would be grateful if you could please bring the learning stories back to school as soon as you have read the term overview and your child’s star steps.

Literacy

This week, we have introduced the ‘s’ sound and the ‘i’ sound. We practised the sounds with our friend Geraldine the Giraffe and had two more treasure hunts around the classroom, finding things like a star, a snake, Sophie, Sarvesh, ink and insects. We made suns with paint and pasta, sniffed different smells and tried to build igloos! Our writing prompt this week was ‘I sat on a…’, and we all had a go at sounding out and writing ‘sat’. We had really imaginative drawings and ideas! Below are also videos to help your child with the s and i letter formation.

What can you ssssmell?
making our suns
scissor skills and slithery snakes!
I sat on a… “ice block and Anna, Elsa and Kristoff were there!”

Numeracy

This week, we continued with our SEAL programme for numeracy fluency work. We have been working on lots of different skills including sequencing numerals 1-10, counting backwards from 10 or 20, taking a given amount of counters and domino pattern recognition.

Other Areas

In PE this week, we have been continuing to focus on spatial awareness and basic movement. We were being different types of beans around the hall, such as runner beans, broad beans, jumping beans and chilli beans! 

Our first loose parts (messy play) session was a great success. It was fab to have all P1 classes out together, and thankfully it stayed dry in the afternoon! During the session, there was an abundance of teamwork, problem solving and communication skills.

problem solving how to fix leaks

We had a special delivery this week of new furniture for our classroom house corner! There has been increased engagement with this area and the children are demonstrating the skills of negotiation, teamwork and cooperation during the roleplay. We still would welcome donations of any further resources to support our loose parts provision – if you have a source of larger items such as guttering, logs etc we would love to hear from you. Also, any old baking trays or pots and pans are most welcomed and will be well used.

enjoying our new house furniture!
enjoying our new house furniture!
we made a sculpture!
we made a house with a rooftop garage!
Friday Dance Freeze!

General information:

If the classroom door is closed, please drop off/pick up your child at the office. 

Promote independence in dressing and everyday tasks – changing/tying shoes, taking off jumpers, opening snack packets, zipping up coats, sorting inside out sleeves etc.

Appointment booking for Parent Consultations on 5th or 6th Oct will open later this evening.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

P1B Reflective Friday 16.9.22

Hello Bright Sparks! We have been very busy this week around the classroom. Today your child will bring home their learning story folder containing an overview plan for the term along with targets and star steps for each pupil. Please return the folder to school next week. Thank you.

Literacy

This week, we have introduced the ‘p’ sound and the ‘n’ sound. We practised the sounds with our friend Geraldine the Giraffe and had another great treasure hunt around the classroom. Our writing prompt this week was ‘I am pointing at…’. The Bright Sparks filled in the blank for ‘at’ and then imagined themselves pointing at something in the playground. Around the classroom, we made pink potato paint prints and a newspaper n. We also had fun dressing up as pirates and the police! At the end of the week, we sorted lots of objects into a, t, p and n tubs. Please see the videos below to help with practising writing the p and n sounds.

pink paint potato prints
making the n sound with newspaper
using our learning through play time to practise writing our initial sounds
sorting by a, t, p and n sounds
being very busy at the writing table

Numeracy

This week, we continued with our SEAL programme. We all worked on saying the next number forwards and backwards, alternate numbers and counting a collectionAt home, you could refer to numbers around the house on clocks etc for numeral identification (eg what number is this?).​

Other Areas

In PE this week, we have been continuing to focus on spatial awareness and basic movement, such as being in a space bubble and running and walking forwards and backwards. We also took turns leading the warm-up and following the leader.

In Music, we have been using our listening skills to work out who is singing our tapping on the window song! We played this game during the first week of school, and it is fantastic now to see that every single Bright Spark wants a shot of singing solo in front of the class! There has been some lovely imaginative play in the P1 area. See pictures below.

using sewing skills to make a handbag
a mansion with a driveway!

LOOSE PARTS NEXT THURSDAY

Next Thursday afternoon we will have outdoor loose parts play (aka Messy play). The children way get wet and dirty, so please dress accordingly – old play clothes, or a waterproof onesie, wellies etc. We want the children to enjoy the experience without worrying about their clothes.

Loose parts play develops skills across the whole curriculum. It is child-led, and helps children strengthen their independence and sense of self. It helps children observe, enquire, investigate, construct, deconstruct and engage with both others and the world around them

General information:

If the classroom door is closed, please drop off/pick up your child at the office. 

Please look out for the coloured paper on a Friday in the purple folder with what we have been learning this week!

Promote independence in dressing – changing/tying shoes, opening snack packets, zipping up coats, sorting inside out sleeves etc

Look around the environment for examples of written numerals – car number plates on the walk to school provide lots of opportunity for number hunts!

Encourage your child to write their name using correct letter formation.

Enjoy the long weekend,

Miss Croal

P1 Bright Sparks - Miss Croal

P1B Reflective Friday 9.9.22

Hello Bright Sparks! We have had another busy week in school – here is what we have been up to:

Literacy

This week, we have introduced the ‘a’ sound and the ‘t’ sound. We practised the sounds with Geraldine the Giraffe and did a treasure hunt around the classroom to find objects beginning with the initial sounds. It was fun finding a picture of Tanav for ‘t’, and seeing which names in the class ended with the ‘a’ sound!

making ‘a’ with playdoh
finding the ‘a’ pairs
sorting ‘t’ for teddies

Numeracy

This week, we started our SEAL programme in groups. We all worked on counting collections of objects, counting forwards not starting from 1 and numerical identification and recognition. On Friday morning during class learning through play, some children took themselves to the teaching table and started being pretending to be Miss Croal, using our SEAL tasks from this week! At home, you could practise counting a collection of objects, making sure we are using our finger to point and counting out loud!

Taking turns being the teacher, counting counters and identifying numbers 1-10
matching the number to the collection
adding the right number of apples to the trees

Other Areas

In PE this week, we have been continuing to focus on spatial awareness and basic movement, such as being in a space bubble, running, marching, walking, skipping and jumping forwards with two feet. We have also enjoyed singing games and working out who was knocking on the door and tapping on the window!

a house with a driveway in the big bricks area
“that costs two pound please!”

Reflective Friday

This week, the Bright Sparks said they enjoyed reading stories with their P6 buddies, the ‘a’ and ‘t’ treasure hunt and counting apples.

General information:

If the classroom door is closed, please drop off/pick up your child at the office. 

Please look out for the coloured paper on a Friday in the purple folder with what we have been learning this week!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Croal