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Health Week

Next week is HEALTH WEEK. How exciting!

Please come to school ready to take part in active activities indoors and outdoors each day.

Thanks so much for your support,

The P1 Team

Primary One Home Learning- Week beginning 29th April 2019

Thank you for keeping up to date with our blog posts. We enjoy sharing our learning here each week.

Reading

Your child should have a book home to read. Please make sure that you are asking your child questions to check understanding.

Literacy

We have been learning the ‘ou’ and ‘ow’ sound.

Tricky words this week: into and here

Your child should have a home learning sheet. Please continue to flash sounds and build words using previous sounds.

Writing this week: We have been describing our ‘Queen’ linked to our new topic ‘The Royal Family’.

Numeracy

We have started learning all about ‘Division’. We are sharing items into equal groups.

For example: Can you…

Share 10 cookies into 2 groups.?

Share 12 sweeties between you and your sister?

Interdisciplinary Learning

We have started learning all about ‘The Royal Family’.

This week we have been learning:

  • To identify members of the ‘Royal Family’.
  • To share interesting facts about our Queen.
  • To create line drawings of The Queen.
  • To understand what a family tree is.

Learning Through Play

We have been learning to:

  • Experiment with electrical resources.
  • Communicate with others in our Ice-cream shop.
  • To create a crown using a mixture of materials.
  • To build ‘Buckingham Palace’ by using construction materials.

Primary One Home Learning- Week beginning 23.4.19

Welcome back to school everyone!

We have had a great week back at school. We enjoyed sharing all of our Easter news. You all seem to have had a lovely holiday.

Reading

Reading will begin next week. You child will have a book home on their reading day. Please continue to read a selection of other books/texts at home too.

Before the holidays, I posted tricky word Power Point presentations. Please work on reading these works quickly and accurately at home.

Literacy

This week we have been revising all the vowel digraphs covered.

Literacy home learning will also begin next week.

We wrote all about our Easter holiday and shared our writing in a small group.

Numeracy

We have been learning to add and subtract this week.

We are focusing on finding the missing number in a calculation- 5 + ? = 8 etc.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

We have also been revising number bonds to 10. There is a link above. Click on number bonds to 10 to begin with. If you are confident answering these then try number bonds to 20.

Other Curricular Areas:

We have been learning to:

  • Recognise electrical items all around us.
  • talk about safety when using electricity.
  • Building a circuit.
  • Use a variety of materials to create a collage.
  • Sing French songs- ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ linked to body parts.

Learn Through Play

  • Experimenting with materials.
  • Choosing resources for our role play area- Ice cream shop. Thank you to everyone who as brought in items.
  • Constructing bridge in groups.

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Literacy & Reading

 

This week we had a revision week of sounds and ‘tricky words’ we have covered in term 2

Please continue to revise and practise sounds and ‘tricky’ words’ at home.

Below are some tricky words which we are finding tricky to read. Please work on these at home: come, some, one, you

No reading was sent home this week – instead we read all together. We focussed on sounding out and spotting tricky words. Some children even had a go at reading to the rest of the class. We were able to see some super confident reading!

 

During reading we have also been concentrating on reading with expression and spotting rhyming words.

 

    • Writing – This week we had a go at some descriptive writing. We have been reading Little Red Riding Hood and had a go at describing the wolf from the story. We have has some fantastic stories and have been using connectives (and & because) to make our writing more exciting.
    • Dictation – children have been working on spelling words using the sounds we have covered. This week we focussed on oa and ow.
  • Reading – Whole class.

 

 

 

Maths/Numeracy

 

  • We are having a focus on revising maths skills this week (addition, subtraction, order and counting forwards/backwards).
  • Subtraction – we have had a whole class focus on subtraction calculations this week. To help with skill you can practise counting backwards. We have also been looking at writing subtractions calculations – remember the larger number always comes first.
  • 100 number square – we have been using our own number squares to help solve number calculations.
  • Calculations – we have been exploring subtraction and addition calculations – looking at the symbols to make sure we read and complete calculations correctly!
  • Number Bonds – we have started looking at number bonds to 10 (al the different ways to make 10 using 2 numbers)

 

 

Other Curricular Areas

 

  • P.E. – Teamwork games and looking at ‘fairness’ when playing team games. We have a very interesting time talking about what is fair/not fair.
  • Science – we have been exploring different types of materials. Some children have been using different materials to make new clothes for our puppets.
  • Science – We are learning about recycling this week and looking after our environment. We have looked at what we can do to have a positive effect on the environment and how to become more eco-friendly. See if you child can spot the symbol for ‘recyclable’ on household items!
  • Science – we also the fantastic Mrs Ritchie talk to the class about materials and recycling.
  • ICT – we are now using iPads to support our learning. Children have been great at sharing and not spending too much time on the iPads!

 

 

Learning Through Play

 

  • Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.
  • Role Play – We have had lots of requests for an ‘Ice-cream Shop’. Children have been coming up with fantastic ideas of what we need to have and ask for……please help us if you can!
  • Painting – children were finger fainting symmetrical eggs at the arts and craft table.
  • Play Time – we have been setting a ‘Play Time Challenge’ to encourage new friendships. We have been asking P1 to think of someone in the class they have never played with and ask them to play.

 

Extra Information

 

  • P1S have requested a role play ‘Ice-cream Shop’. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for items to help us set up our shop, we would really appreciate if you could donate any of the following;

 

Cones, wafers, scoops, empty ice-creams tubs, empty sauces bottles, sprinkles and anything you think would be a good addition! Thank you to those who have already donated!

 

  • LAST DAY OF TERM! We are planning on having a small end of term party. We will be having squash, crisps and a small biscuit (oh and some dancing!). Please let us know if there are any dietary concerns with this.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning and we hope the children enjoy a well-deserved break!

P5 Fundraising for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital (Sick Kids)

P5 are still collecting toys for our toy sale on the 4th of April. Please bring them in by Monday and put them outside P5.

We are still looking for some of the following (please make sure they are clean and good quality);

stuffed toys, books, gameboards, barbies or action figures, outdoor toys, lego, baby toys, loom bands, cars, cards, fancy dress clothes, role play items, DVDs (U), Shopkins… the list is endless.

Thank you to those who have brought things in so far.

The prices will be either 50p, £1, £1.50… with the most expensive thing being £3.

From P5H and P5HW

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Literacy & Reading

 

This week we have explored the sounds oa and ow and revised all our tricky words.

Please continue to revise and practise sounds and ‘tricky words’ at home.

Below are some tricky words which we are finding difficult to read. Please work on these at home: come, some, one, you

New reading books will be sent home on Mondays/Tuesdays.

Thank you for signing and commenting in your child’s reading record. (See previous post for information on reading at home)

 

During reading we have also been concentrating on reading with expression and spotting rhyming words.

 

  • Writing – we are linking our writing to recycling this week. Children have been learning about being more eco-friendly and what we can do at home and at school to look after our environment,
  • Dictation – children have been working on spelling words using the sounds we have covered. This week we focussed on oa
  • Reading – Children should now be trying to use their knowledge of the digraphs (oo, ee, oi, ch, th, ai etc) to read bigger words.

 

Maths/Numeracy

 

  • We are having a focus on revising maths skills this week (addition, subtraction, order and counting forwards/backwards).
  • Subtraction – we have had a whole class focus on subtraction calculations this week. To help with skill you can practise counting backwards. We have also been looking at writing subtractions calculations – remember the larger number always comes first.
  • 100 number square – we have been using our own number squares to help solve number calculations.
  • Calculations – we have been exploring subtraction and addition calculations – looking at the symbols to make sure we read and complete calculations correctly!

 

 

Other Curricular Areas

 

  • P.E. – This week we had an opportunity to have an extra P.E session with our P.E Specialist Miss Hastie. The class had super fun using the wall bars and other climbing equipment!
  • Science – we have been exploring different types of materials. Some children have been using different materials to make new clothes for our puppets.
  • Science – We are learning about recycling this week and looking after our environment. We have looked at what we can do to have a positive effect on the environment and how to become more eco-friendly. See if you child can spot the symbol for ‘recyclable’ on household items!
  • ICT – we are now using iPads to support our learning. Children have been great at sharing and not spending too much time on the iPads!

 

 

Learning Through Play

 

  • Fine Motor Skills- we continue to focus on hand strength using threading, play-dough and cutting activities.
  • Role Play – some children have been using the building blocks and their imagination to deliver pizzas to Miss Davidson and Miss McGhee!
  • Role Play – Children have been enjoying ‘being the teacher’ this week in our new mini classroom!
  • Sand Play – children have been exploring wet sand playing with different shaped moulds.
  • Painting – children were finger fainting ‘oa’ on slices of bread from a loaf!
  • Play Time – we have been setting a ‘Play Time Challenge’ to encourage new friendships. We have been asking P1 to think of someone in the class they have never played with and ask them to play.

 

Extra Information

 

  • P5 have organised a toy sale to raise money for Children In Need. This will take place next Thursday during class time. Prices will be in multiples of 50p (50p, £1, £1.50 and £2) . if you would like your children to have the chance to buy something please give them correct change. P5 will be there to help us!

 

 

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

P1S Role Play Help!

Dear Parents/Carers,

P1S have requested an ‘Ice Cream Shop’ as a role -play area. What a great idea!

We need some help!

We are looking for the items below:

  • Empty ice-cream containers
  • Empty ice-cream sauce bottes
  • Real ice-cream cones/wafers
  • Ice-cream scoops
  • Real-life pictures of your child eating ice-cream
  • Plastic gloves
  • Plastic hats
  • If anyone has an unwanted mini fridge/freezer then we could appreciate the donation!

I wonder what we can all come up with! We really appreciate your help.

Miss Davidson and Miss McGhee 🙂

Information ‘Great Big School Clean Up’

We have been asked to share the information below:

Dear Parents/carers

You will hopefully have seen in the last Homelink newsletter that our Parent Council have organised a Great Big School Clean Up on Saturday 30th March between 2-4pm as part of the Great British Spring Clean 2019. This is a UK wide mass-action environmental campaign to cut litter and improve public places but it also coincides with the Green Buckstone recycling programme which aims to save ‘hard to recycle’ items from landfill.

The school playground will be open at the main entrance from 2pm on Saturday 30th March for as many volunteers as are able to donate 10 minutes, 1 hour or more of time to help clear the playground and surrounding areas of litter that has escaped the various refuse bins around the school. City of Edinburgh Council will be arriving that afternoon to deliver litter picking kit and will be removing waste from the school after the litter pick is over at 4pm. Our local councillors are also planning to attend and members of the Parent Council will be present to co-ordinate this project. This is an excellent opportunity to help improve the environment on our doorstep so we hope to see you there.

Please bring with you protective gloves if at all possible (some will be provided by the council), refreshments and perhaps some hand sanitiser! Children must not be unaccompanied and will remain the responsibility of their parent/carer at all times.