# Literacy.

## This week we have introduced the vowel digraph ee as well as revising some of our ‘tricky’ words

We continue to use core reading book resources in school as we begin to develop developing the childrenâ€™s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

We had another Friday ‘dictation/spelling’ written activity. Each week the children will be asked to spell two or three words using the sounds we know, and also to accurately write two of our tricky words. Please keep practising this skill at home.

# Numeracy and Maths

We have been working on individual numeracy targets this week, including finding the number between two given numbers, adding using the ‘counting on’ strategy, making equal groups, recognising numerals and naming the number after a given number.

You may wish to let your child play this BLAST OFF game at home. Choose a level for identifying numbers or counting on.

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Core numeracy skills this week included

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

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

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

# Other areas of the curriculum

## We looked at some Scottish castles – key vocabulary: moat… turrets…drawbridge… portcullis… defence…protect. If any children have photographs of themselves visiting a castle we invite them to bring the photos in to share ( alternatively you could email them FAO Mrs Cross )

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

# Independent learning

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

# Literacy.

This week we have introduced the letter sounds q, x and z as well as revising some of our ‘tricky’ words

We continue to use core reading book resources in school as we begin to develop developing the childrenâ€™s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

We had another Friday ‘dictation/spelling’ written activity. Each week the children will be asked to spell two or three words using the sounds we know, and also to accurately write two of our tricky words. Please keep practising this skill at home.

# Numeracy and Maths

We have been working on individual numeracy targets this week, including adding using the ‘counting on’ strategy, making equal groups, recognising numerals and naming the number after a given number.

You may wish to let your child play this game at home. Choose a level. Try to use a ‘counting on’ strategy, as opposed to ‘counting all’

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Core numeracy skills this week included

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

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

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

# Looking ahead to next week

We have Loose parts learning on Wednesday afternoon.

# Other areas of the curriculum

We learned how some families celebrate Chinese New year

We found out why we celebrate Burn’s night.

We learned about zebras – key vocabulary included mammal and herbivore

In PE we have learned some more Scottish Country dance steps and we can dance the whole of the ‘Circassian circle’

Many of our learners recognise the letters/sounds when they see them written down, but find it much harder to recall and write the letter shape for the sound they hear. e.g they can tell me that mop is m – o – p but cannot then write it down – instead saying ‘what does m look like again ?‘ Please help to consolidate your child’s ability to recall the grapheme needed for the sound they can hear.

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

# Independent learning

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

# Literacy.

This week we have introduced the letter sounds v and y as well as revising our ‘tricky’ words he and was

We continue to use core reading book resources in school as we begin to develop developing the childrenâ€™s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

### NB a reading vocabulary card will be part of the home learning provided in the purple folders today.

We had another Friday ‘dictation/spelling’ written activity. Each week the children will be asked to spell two or three words using the sounds we know, and also to accurately write two of our tricky words. Please keep practising this skill at home.

# Numeracy and Maths

Our focus this week was on ‘number before’ – quickly identifying the number before a given number.

Please practise this at home. The given number can be any number in a range within which your child is comfortable.

Core numeracy skills this week included

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

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

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

# Looking ahead to next week

We have Loose parts learning on Tuesday afternoon.

We will be learning about Chinese New Year.

Please return Learning Story folders as soon as possible after reading our termly overview and targets.

# Other areas of the curriculum

We learned about volcanoes. Key vocabulary was erupt, extinct, lava, magma. rock, molten. Arthur’s seat.

We learned about some important items invented by Scottish people. These included, amongst many, the telephone, television, penicillin, colour photographs, fridges, toasters, pneumatic tyres, contact lenses and the realisation of usefulness of fingerprints.

We discussed how sound is made by vibrations, and we learned how Alexander Graham Bell used his interest in how sounds are made to help him invent the first telephone. We looked at the vibrations of a violin string.

We identified where Scotland is on a map of the world and also looked on a map of Scotland to find the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

We have been learning about some famous Scottish Artists including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Steven Brown and John Byrne. We have enjoyed creating our own artworks inspired by these artists.

In PE we have learned some more Scottish Country dance steps and we are almost able to dance the ‘Flying Scotsman’ in sets .

Mrs Ross came to talk to us about ways people can be the same or different.

# This week’s homework and other information

Something to focus on……

p

#### Many of our learners recognise the letters/sounds when they see them written down, but find it much harder to recall and write the letter shape for the sound they hear. e.g they can tell me that mop is m – o – p but cannot then write it down – instead saying ‘what does m look like again ?‘ Please help to consolidate your child’s ability to recall the grapheme needed for the sound they can hear.

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

# Independent learning

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

# Literacy.

This week we have introduced the letter sounds j and w as well as revising our 1 ‘tricky’ words I and the

We have also started to use core reading book resources in school as we begin to develop developing the childrenâ€™s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

We also started our regular Friday ‘dictation/spelling’ written activity. Each week the children will be asked to spell two or three words using the sounds we know, and also to accurately write two of our tricky words. Please keep practising this skill at home.

Our Writing prompt was ‘I can….’ Three things we can do

# Numeracy and Maths

Our focus this week was on ‘counting on’ – keeping a big number in our head, then counting on three ( or another amount), keeping track with our fingers to see where we end up.

ie. What is 3 more than 14? :- say fifteen out loud, then count on three steps…..15, 16, 17.

The answer is 17 – Three more than 14 is 17.

Please practise this at home. The starting number can be any number in a range within which your child is comfortable, but please keep the counting on number to no more than 5 at the moment.

Core numeracy skills this week inclided

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

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

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

# Looking ahead to next week

We have Loose parts learning on Thursday afternoon.

# Other areas of the curriculum

We have started our focus on Scotland and its culture, landscape and history.

We identified where Scotland is on a map of the world and also looked on a map of Scotland to find the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

We have been learning about some famous Scottish Artists including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Steven Brown and John Byrne. We have enjoyed creating our own artworks inspired by these artists.

We have been discussing the job of an architect and enjoyed reading the story ‘ Iggy Peck, Architect’

You can hear the story here

In PE we have learned some Scottish Country dance steps and we are building towards being able to dance the ‘Flying Scotsman’ in sets .

# This week’s homework and other information

Something to focus on……

Many of our learners recognise the letters/sounds when they see them written down, but find it much harder to recall and write the letter shape for the sound they hear. e.g they can tell me that mop is m – o – p but cannot then write it down – instead saying ‘what does m look like again ?‘ Please help to consolidate your child’s ability to recall the grapheme needed for the sound they can hear.

p

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

## P1 Friday 6th January

Welcome back.

We have had a lovely short week settling back into school routines and looking forward to a busy term.

As always, we would happily receive your donations of clean card/plastic items for our STEM area. A little often is ideal.

In addition, if you happen to have any clean glass jars ( with or without lids) then we would love to have them too.

Finally, any donations of boxes of tissues for the classroom would also be greatly appreciated.

## P1W reflective Friday 16.12.22

On Monday we will be sending home all indoor shoes and changes of clothes to allow you to check for fit/replenish as necessary. Please can children bring a bag suitable for carrying everything home (eg a rucksack or carrier bag) thanks

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# Literacy.

This week we have been continuing to revise all of the block one tricky words .

We have been reading together, using a range of texts and enjoying sharing Christmas stories. One of our favourites was ‘The Smelly Sprout’

We have been developing our skills in listening and following instructions as we drew snowmen pictures.

# Other areas of the curriculum.

We have been learning about the story of The Nutcracker and the music of Tchaikowsky. We have been moving our bodies in different ways, representing all the parts of the story and creating sequences of movement. We have also enjoyed watching excerpts from the ballet and appreciating the skill and strength of the performers.

We really enjoyed our party on Wednesday

# This week’s homework and other information

• Please can children bring a bag to school on Monday 19th as we will be sending home indoor shoes and changes of clothes to allow you to check for fit and replenish clothes ready to bring back in January.

We have a large collection of unnamed and unclaimed property which we will leave out in the playground in a tray for you to look through. Anything unclaimed by the end iof term will be donated or disposed of. A reminder to please name all items of clothing and shoes, and to check names on items brought home in case your child accidentally acquires a jumper belonging to someone else.

# Nativity

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

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

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# Literacy.

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

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

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

# Numeracy and Maths

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

10 + 1=

10 + 2=

10 + 3=

10 + 4 =

etc ( but not in order!)

# Other areas of the curriculum.

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

# This week’s homework and other information

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

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

# Independent learning

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

# Literacy.

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

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

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

# Numeracy and Maths

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

Our Core numeracy skills this week were

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

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

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

# Looking ahead to next week

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

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

# Other areas of the curriculum

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

We have used oil pastels to create some Christmas artwork.

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

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

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

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

# This week’s homework and other information

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

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

# Independent learning

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

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

# Literacy.

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

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

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

# Numeracy and Maths

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

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

Our Core numeracy skills this week were

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

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

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

# Looking ahead to next week

Loose parts play outside on Friday morning

# Other areas of the curriculum

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

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

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

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

# This week’s homework and other information

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

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

# Independent learning

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

Unfortunately, due to an issue with the WordPress site, we are unable to upload any photographs of our learning this week, but please be assured we have been just as busy learning as usual.

# Literacy.

This week we have introduced the letter sounds b and u as well as the ‘tricky’ words put and his.

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

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

# Numeracy and Maths

• What goes with 2 to make 10 ?
• What is the partner number for 6 to make 10 ?
• Tell me a pair of numbers which add up to 10

You make wish to let your child play this game to reinforce their learning. ( adult choose the number bonds button, then select the ‘make 10’ option.

We have also started to discuss pattern, ready for a focus next week on pattern and symmetry.

Our Core numeracy skills this week were

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

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

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

# Looking ahead to next week.

Lots of Nativity practice next week – please make sure you know your line!

# Other areas of the curriculum

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

We had further discussion about people who help us and found out about the roles of a police officer and someone who works on a train serving snacks.

Another very successful loose parts activity session with lots of scientific investigations.

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

In PE we have been focusing on working in teams, sharing resources and following a circuit of activities.

We enjoyed a road safety magic show on Monday. Stop, look, listen and think.

It has been Scottish Book week. The children will today bring home a bag of resources from the Scottish Book trust.

# This week’s homework and other information

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

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