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P6 Wee Sleepout!

Primary 6 have decided to support the local charity Social Bite!

Social Bite are on a mission to STOP homelessness in Scotland.

The way P6 are going to support them is by doing a Wee Sleepout, sleeping in the gym hall.

The reason we chose to do a sleepout rather than anything else is because every year Social Bite do a sleep in the park to raise money. We wanted to know what it would feel like to be sleeping out of our comfort zone with no mattress, and no technology, but it won’t be as bad as being homeless but it will still be hard.

If you would to sponsor us please visit the Just Giving link below.



Primary One Home Learning- Week beginning 5.11.18


This week we have been learning the last few initial sounds. We will now to revising all initial sounds until after Christmas to make sure we are confident with blending sounds to read and write words.

Sounds this week: ‘z’ and ‘y’

Tricky word: ‘no’

We will be sending home an overview of all tricky words covered in your child’s purple folder by Friday. Please work on reading these at home.


All children will have a reading book home by tomorrow. Well done to everyone who has been reading a little each evening. We are enjoying reading in our groups in class.


We have been continuing to work on ‘doubles’.

Here is a song to play at home to help you.


We have also been revisiting:

  • finding the missing number in a sequence
  • counting backwards and forwards
  • counting in steps of 2


Other Areas of the Curriculum

This Tuesday we mixed both P1 classes together and we were put into 3 groups. We spent time with all three P1 teachers.

Miss Davidson French- Greetings (Salut, Bonjour)

Miss McGhee: PE (fitness games)

Miss Levey: RME (Diwali)

We enjoyed spending time with our friends in each class. We are looking forward to doing this again next week!

We have also been learning:

  • facts about ‘The Moon’- P1S
  • to create rangoli patterns linked to our learning about ‘Diwali’
  • to spot capital letters and full stops in text
  • using ICT to build and blend words
  • to share our worries linked to the whole school ‘Building Resilience’ Programme. (See leaflet sent home in purple bag)

Learning Through Play

  • carving and counting seeds in a pumpkin
  • writing known sounds in slime (water and cornflour!)
  • counting using outdoor materials
  • communicating and sharing resources
  • finger painting




Primary One E-journals

Good morning everyone,

We are very happy to share with you that your child’s e-journal literacy and numeracy comments for August-October will be published by the end of this week for you to see at home.

Please log into your child’s e-journal and share the learning with your child.

This is a great opportunity for us to report on your child’s learning. We will be updating these this term too.

If you are finding it tricky to log into the e-journal then please let us know.

Thank you for your support,

The P1 Team 🙂

P1 Home Learning- Thursday 1st November 2018


This week we have been learning new sounds. We are almost finished learning all of the initial sounds. We will then spend a few weeks consolidating our learning before beginning learning new sounds.

Sounds and Tricky words this week:

Sounds: ‘qu’ ‘x’ and ‘w’

Tricky words: ‘want’ ‘was’ and ‘saw’

Please continue to work on sounds and tricky words at home. We have been enjoying reading and writing tricky words at our writing station this week.

Most children have a book home to work on. Please use the ‘Reading Guide’ inside your child’s reading record to support your child at home. (See previous post for more information).


This week we have been learning:

  • to count in steps of 2. (0,2,4,6,8,10,12…)
  • to work out double facts. Can you work on the facts/calculations below at home?

1 + 1 =                                 Challenge facts:  6 + 6 =

2 + 2 =                                                                 7 + 7 =

3 + 3 =                                                                  8 + 8 =

4 + 4 =                                                                  9 + 9 =

5 + 5 =                                                                  10 + 10 =


Other Curricular Areas

  • We had our very first ‘Mix up Tuesday’ this week. ‘Mix up Tuesday’ is when both Primary One classes mix up and rotate around all 3 teachers. This week we were learning RME, French and PE in the rotation. How exciting!
  • P1S have started to learn all about ‘Space’.
  • P1F have started to learn all about ‘Forces’.
  • We visited the Book Fair.
  • We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you all at our ‘Drop-in session’ tomorrow.

Learn Through Play

We have been learning to:

  • make rubbings of outdoor materials using crayons.
  • build a model using a selected number of pieces.
  • develop our fine motor skills
  • create a role play area in our classroom (P1S) by selecting what we would like to use inside our shop.





Primary One Reading

Good morning everyone,

Reading has started coming home! How exciting!

A few top tips for supporting us and your child with reading:

  • We have included a little ‘Reading Guide’ inside each reading record to help you at home.
  • Please make sure that the reading clear folder is inside your child’s purple folder each day. We will be working on reading skills each day in class.
  • We will note the date and title of the book inside the reading record each week.
  • The reading record is a great way for us to communicate with you if there is something you should focus on with your child.
  • It would be fantastic if you could sign the reading record each week to show us that you have completed the reading home learning with your child.
  • If your child has done something particularly well with their reading/phonics at home then please comment in the reading record. For example: “Well done John, you read well this evening.” or “Jane sounded out ‘tap’ well tonight.”

Not every child will have a reading book home this week. We are staggering when reading books come home but we are ALL working on reading skills in class.

All children will have a reading book home by the end of next week.

If your child doesn’t have a reading book yet then please continue to build and blend the sounds in three letter words at home.

P1S Role Play Area

The children in P1S have chosen to have a ‘Sweet Shop’ as our role-play area. We are going to create a shop next week.

Please could you send an empty glass jar to school with your child by the end of next week. (empty jam jars etc) We would like to make our own sweetie jars using a mixture of materials.

We will experiment with weighing, counting and sorting.

Thank you so much

Miss Davidson and Miss McGhee 🙂

P1 Book Fair

Just a little reminder that the Book Fair is here next week. Each class will visit on the days below:

P1S: Wednesday

P1F: Thursday

You can send money to school in an envelope on that day or the Book Fair is open at 2.45-3.00 for parents to visit each day.

Please remember that there is no expectation that each child buys a book. It is completely the decision of parents/carers.

Many thanks for your support,

The P1 Team 🙂

Home Learning- Thursday 25th October 2018

Welcome back to school everyone!

We have freshly painted classrooms to welcome us this week. You will have a chance to see next week at our ‘Drop-In’ session on Friday 2nd November.  We will be sharing our learning with you.


We have started to organise focused reading time in our classrooms. We will begin to send reading home one group at a time. Please make sure that your child’s purple folder comes to school each day. The reading book will be changed weekly.


This week we are focusing on all initial sounds covered and the new sounds are:

Sounds: ‘j’ and ‘v’

Tricky words: ‘his’ and ‘put’

We have been recognising the beginning, middle and end sounds in words beginning with ‘j’ and ‘v’.

Please spend time using the sound flashcards at home.

Numeracy & Maths

Please focus on activity ‘4’ from the home learning wall- ‘Beat the clock’.

This week we have been learning:

  • creating a block graph in a group
  • creating and answering questions about the graph- which is the most popular? least popular?
  • identifying the missing number in a number sequence

Other Curricular Areas

We have been learning:

  • about the festival ‘Diwali’. This will be continued into next week.
  • to count to 10 in French and take part in counting games in a foreign language.
  • to improve our skills in ‘gymnastics’.

Learning Through Play

We have been experiencing:

  • collaging using outdoor materials
  • developing our problem solving skills in the ‘big box’ area
  • planning and creating a new role play area. More details to follow.







P1 Home Learning- Thursday 11th October 2018

This week we have been revising our learning from this term.


We have covered lots of sounds this term. Please continue to work on recognising the sounds on flashcards.

Can you spell the tricky words using pasta at home? ‘the’ ‘to’ ‘I’ ‘me’ ‘is’.


We have been continuing to:

  • find how many altogether
  • counting forwards and backwards
  • recognising numbers within the range 0-20 (extension to 30)
  • recognising dot patterns to 6
  • showing a number using bunny ears
  • reading a pictogram/block graph


Other Curricular Areas

  • We have been preparing a ‘Teddy Bear Party’ this week
  • Continuing balancing in PE

Learning Through Play

  • printing and mixing colours
  • using collage to create animal images
  • sharing equipment with peers
  • creating sounds using water (rhythm)

Home Learning for next week




P1 Teddy Bear Party

We are having a Teddy Bear Party this Wednesday 10th October in the afternoon.

Please bring along a teddy bear from home to join in!

This celebration is to mark the end of our Bear topic this term.

We will be having a drink of juice and Pom Bears too!

We will be making a crown in class to wear on this special occasion.

Everywhere Bear will continue to come home after the holidays so that every child has one turn each.

Thank you everyone for your support this term.

The P1 Team 🙂