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P1 Squirrels w/b 14th Jan 2019

Literacy & Reading
We have started our new block of sounds for Term 2 – making a new sound by putting 2 single sounds together. This week we are exploring ‘sh’ and ‘ch’. We will also continue to introduce new ‘tricky words’ as we work through the new sounds – this weeks’ ‘tricky word’ is go.
Please continue to revise sounds and tricky words covered at home. We really appreciate your support at home.
New reading books have been issued this week (new books come home Monday/Tuesday). Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)
Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home:


Numeracy & Maths

• Clapping Patterns – you clap and your child copies the pattern.
• Counting Clapping – you clap and you child copies (to make this more challenging ask your child to cover their eyes!).
• Counting items in 2 rows.
• Money – this week we have been learning to recognise, sort and order coins from 1p – £1 – can you count some coins at home and let your child help pay for items at the shop? Look at the change – can your child recognise some of the coins?
‘Topmarks’ website has some fun and interactive money games to play – have a go!

Other Curricular Areas

• ‘Fairy Land’ – this is our next mini topic!
• We have started to create a castle in our classroom.
• Children have helped to print paint brick walls for the castle and design castle flags.
• You could help your child look at the types of castle we have here in Scotland!

Learning Through Play

• Building Blocks – using good communication skills and team work to build towers.
• Water Play – filling and measuring with different objects.
• Role Play – communicating with others sharing ideas and resources.
• Wet Sand Play – Using items and objects to print shapes and patterns.

P1 Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and welcome back to term 2, we hope you have had a lovely break.

Reading will start up next week with new books coming home on Mondays/Tuesdays.

Please remember to return P.E kits and in-door shoes for your child (P.E – Tuesday and Thursday).

Thanks, P1 Team.


Primary One Home Learning- Week beginning 10th December 2018

We would like to thank you for coming to see our Nativity today and yesterday. The children have worked so hard preparing it for you all. A big WELL DONE to everyone!

We are certainly in the Christmas spirit now!

We had the opportunity to see the Nursery Nativity today. It was fantastic!

This week we have been learning to:

  • answer questions about the text I am reading
  • revising all initial sounds
  • planning our Christmas party by writing a list and creating invitations
  • recognise the features of an invitation: date, time, place
  • wrap 3D shapes in our Christmas workshop (P1S)
  • design and create Christmas decorations (P1F)
  • counting forwards and backwards in 2s
  • creating symmetrical images by using materials (pasta, cubes, shells)

Next week we have our Christmas Party on Tuesday afternoon. We are all very excited!

This will be our last blog post before the Christmas holidays.

We would like to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thank you so much for your continued support this year and we look forward to seeing everyone in January 2019.

Miss Davidson, Miss McGhee and Miss Levey 🙂

P1 Sound Revision

Hi everyone,

Just a little blog post to let you know that some children will have brought home a sheet with all sounds covered. The sounds highlighted yellow are the sounds your child should work on with you.

We appreciate your support at home with this.

Many thanks

The P1 Team 🙂

P1 Home Learning- Week beginning 3.12.18


We have been working so hard preparing our Nativity for you all. A huge thank you to all parents/carers for supporting your child to learn lines or with costumes. We really do appreciate it.

As you will be aware, the Nativity has taken over our week this week so here is a brief overview of other learning in class.

Literacy/Numeracy/ Other Curricular Areas

We have been learning to:

  • identify the features of a card and writing our own Christmas Cards
  • revise all sounds and tricky words
  • add together two numbers on a number line. 6 + 3- start on 6 and jump along 3 from 6
  • count in steps of 2
  • ordering the planets- can you name the planets at home?

We can’t wait to share our Nativity with you next week!

P1 Home Learning- Week beginning 26th November 2018


A little update…

We are working so hard working on our Nativity performance. We have been working on our singing and performing in large and small groups this week. We can’t wait to perform to everyone!

Please continue to work on learning your line(s) at home if you have a speaking part. We really do appreciate all support from home.

It would be great if all narrator and cow costumes could be sent to school by Monday.



Your child has a reading book home. Please read a little each day and a big thank you to all the parent comments. We do read these but don’t always have time to respond.

We will be assessing our tricky word recall next week so please keep working on reading the highlighted words which were sent home last week.

We have been working on blending sounds to read words- in particular ‘j’ words.

Maths & Numeracy

This week we have been working on

  • recognising shapes and images which are symmetrical indoors and outdoors
  • counting in steps of 2 backwards and forwards
  • adding two quantities together

Learning Through Play

We have had the opportunity to:

  • work cooperatively to create a large Christmas tree using paint and collage
  • experiment with symmetrical patterns using a variety of materials
  • use ICT to support our learning- iPads 
  • use construction to create models of planets

Thank you again for all of your support at this busy time.

We will NOT be sending home reading next week but we will be reading in class. This week is the last week that reading will come home before Christmas.

Have a lovely time at the Christmas Fair!

P1 Nativity Costumes

Hi everyone,

We have costumes for most parts in our Nativity this year. We are missing costumes for the parts below:

  •  narrators
  • cows

We have sent home a letter to the children playing these parts today. Please check your child’s purple folder.

It would be great if we could have the costumes into school by next Monday.

We are also looking for old ‘Dad Ties’!!! We require these to tie on some costumes. If you have any at home then it would be great if you could donate these to school.

Many thanks for your support,

The P1 Team 🙂

P1 Home Learning- Week beginning 19.11.18

Literacy & Reading

Your child will have a reading book sent home. Please read a little each evening and ask your child questions about what is happening in the story?, who are the characters? How would you feel if…?

Please also work on reading Block One tricky words at home. See previous post for details.

We are continuing to revise all sounds taught this term but identifying beginning, middle and end sounds in 3 letter words, building and blending words and writing CVC words in different ways.

Numeracy & Maths

This week we have been learning to:

  • understand what ‘symmetrical’ means.
  • creating and recognising symmetrical shapes and images.
  • counting in steps of 2 backwards and forwards by using a visual number line to help us.
  • add two quantities together by counting on.
  • describe the position of an item using 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th… (ordinal numbers)

Home challenge: Select different toys and line them up. Ask an adult to point to the a toy. Which position is it in? Can an adult point to the 4th toy? Can you point to the 5th toy?

Other Curricular Areas

We have been learning to:

  • name the planets in our solar system (P1S)
  • understand what gravity is linked to our Forces topic (P1F). We made helicopters to help us explain our learning.
  • discussing our likes and dislikes to three different books. (Bookbug visit)
  • singing as a group in preparation for our Nativity
  • read for enjoyment

Learning Through Play

We have been learning to:

  • create our own varieties of play doh
  • using sand to order quantities
  • create space themed images (P1S)
  • looking at star constellations and building our own. Can you spot any star patterns at night?