We had a super busy week!
Thank you all for coming on Wednesday to our ‘Sharing the learning’ event. It was lovely to see you all. We hope that you had a great time and enjoyed the learning!
We have been learning:• Consonant diagraphs: We have introduced the vowel diagraphs ai and ay.
We are working on letter/sound correspondence (linking sounds with letters of the alphabet), segmenting (‘ungluing the sounds in words they hear into individual phonemes), word-building, blending and deleting and inserting (manipulating the letter/sounds in the initial position within a word)
• Tricky word: are and they.
We have focused on writing sentences using capital letter to start the sentence, finger spaces and full stops at the end of the sentences
• At reading we are working on predictions, summarising, monitoring, visualising, questioning and making connections. We are working on developing our reading skills within reading groups as well as extra reading with Mrs de Bonrostro
.• We are doing dictation every week.
Home learning ideas:– Reading: work on all the sounds and tricky words provided on the previous blue cards. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day. Please ensure you continue to do that as this is vital for your child’s reading progress.-
Use the spelling grid for ideas to practice the tricky words (Posted last week).
Reading book: read the book with your child. Use your reading caterpillars to work on comprehension and higher order thinking skills, copy the words from the book and ask your child to make sentences with them.
Read to your child books everyday and enjoy them.
If your child is enjoying writing please don’t stop them to correct the letter formation as this will stop the flow and could put him/her off from writing (letters, stories, cards, etc). After he/she has finished you can remind them the formation if you wish.
Numeracy and Maths• This week we have continued to work on Money.
On Thursday we had a workshop from The Royal Bank of Scotland about money. We learned about needs and wants. We learned that our main needs are food, clothes, water and shelter. We tried to guess how much money things that we usually do and buy costs.
We have continued to focus on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p,10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. We are working on understanding the value of each coin. We are alsoworking on applying addition and subtraction skills to pay for items of 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.
Home learning ideas:– Work on the Maths grid ideas posted last week.
– If you have the opportunity of going to the shops, ask your child to look at the prices and ask how many coins of 1p and 2p you will need to pay for that. Keep it simple!
– You can use this game to help us with money:
Science and Expressive Arts: This week we have continued our research about planets and we created some lovely watercolour paintings of our favourite planet.
• HWB: At the Assembly Cheryl the Minister from Fairmilehead Church came to talk to us about friendships. How to be a good friend and to say sorry when we need to do it.
• P.E: Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus).
• French: We have been learning about colours.
• Free flow: On Tuesday afternoon we had the opportunity of accessing all P1 and P2 classes. This experience allows children to access learning provided in other classrooms to ensure consistency across the stage as well as allow them to be leaders in their own learning.
Other Information• Please be mindful when choosing a snack for your child – break time is only 15minutes long and adults in the playground cannot look after snack tubs. We are also a nut-free school.
• We politely ask you provide a healthy/nutritious snack for your child. Thank you.
• Winter Fair: P1 are collecting items to make a hamper for the Winter fair that will take place on Saturday 22ndFebruary. If you would like to donate any food, drink or small gift items that would be greatly appreciated. If you have already donated, please do not feel the need to do so again. We thank you for your support and generosity!
And finally… have a wonderful break!
Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin