Category Archives: P1B-Blog

Friday 11th October

P1B Learning Blog

This week we have been learning:

Literacy

  • Practising our listening and talking skills through sharing our Everywhere bear adventures. Billy has been in almost every house now!  He has been very busy!
  • Exploring some single sounds of the alphabet. We have focused on d and o. We are now making words and finding words that start with a given sound.
  • We have been making our own stories and asking adults to scribe them for us. We have fantastic story writers in our class!

Home learning ideas

  • To practice fine motor skills, use pegs, do and undo buttons, play with playdough, etc.
  • Make words using the sounds from the cards. As you have noticed they have different print as children should be exposed to different types of print.
  • Find words that start with a given sound (from the ones we have been working on).
  • Read a story with your child every day (if possible) and chat about the book.

Numeracy

  • This week we have been working on number bonds to 10 (some children have working on numbers to 20). We have explored how two numbers make a bigger number, we have focused on using two numbers to make number 10.
  • Exploring numbers to 10 with matching activities
  • Recognising numbers and dot patterns (to 10)
  • Exploring numbers to 10 (and beyond for some)
  • Sequencing numbers
  • Counting forwards and backwards from different starting points

Home learning ideas

  • Practice number formation numbers 0 to 10: you don’t need to use a pencil, you can use flour, water and a paint brush, make the number with chalk and your child can trace it over with a car, etc.

Other Areas

  • P.E. – This week we have continued to practice changing for P.E. We are working on, catching /throwing and fitness skills. We have been checking our heart beats after doing exercise to see how it changes.
  • Topic: We have been reading different fairy tales and planned what we would like to do to help our friendly dragon. Looking forward to seeing all the work after the holidays!

Other Information

  • It would be really helpful if all items of clothing could be labelled.
  • School home learning ideas

We hope you all have a lovely break! Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 23rd October.

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 4th October

P1 Best Butterflies Blog

We have had a really busy and exciting week in primary 1B. We have been working hard on all of our literacy and numeracy learning activities and we received a letter from ‘the Friendly Dragon’!

This week we have been learning:  

Literacy

  • Practising our listening and talking skills as we continued to share our adventures with Billy, our Everywhere Bear
  • Answering and asking questions about our adventures with Billy and saying kind comments about others work
  • Learning the single sounds of the alphabet.
  • This week we have focused on r and e. We have all enjoyed watching Geraldine the Giraffe to help us learn our sounds – we find Geraldine really funny.
  • Blending single sounds we know to help us read/write words
  • This week Billy our Everywhere Bear wrote us a letter saying how much he has loved meeting you all when the children have taken him home. He was telling us what he has enjoyed learning most at school. We have been drawing and writing letters back to him which I will post this weekend… I wonder if he will write back.

Home learning ideas

  • Letter/Sound hunt: Look in magazines, newspapers,  books, boxes of cereals etc. for the letters that we have been working on and read the words to your child.
  • If you have scrabble at home use the letters to make words.
  • We have played this game in the class:  http://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html
  • Continue to practice your fine motor skills by using play dough, using cloth pegs, doing/undoing buttons, using scissors, etc.

Numeracy and Maths

  • Exploring numbers to 10/20/30 with matching activities
  • Recognising numbers and dot patterns (to 10/20)
  • Sequencing numbers to 10/20/30
  • Counting forwards and backwards from different starting points
  • Exploring 3D shapes through play experiences
  • Yesterday I introduced number bonds to 10. We will continue with this next week.

Home learning ideas

Other Areas

  • P.E.  Tuesday P.E. (skills focus) – throwing and catching using an underarm throw
  • Friday P.E. (fitness focus) – running games and discussing the importance of keeping fit/staying healthy.
  • Topic (Fairyland)– This week we received a letter from the Friendly Dragon who said that his home, Fairyland, had disappeared. We talked about how we could help the Dragon by recreating Fairyland in our classroom. We worked with our learning partners to make plans on how we could do this and then shared them with the class.
  • Other Information
  • Home learning went home last week with all of our new sounds – r and e were included on that sheet so your child will not receive a new home learning sheet this week. Please continue to work on learning the sounds with your children. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
  • Thank you to everyone who attended parents evening over the last two days. It was lovely to see you all to discuss your child’s progress in P1. You should be really proud of how hard they are working.
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday for the final week of term!

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 27th September

P1 Best Butterflies Blog

We have had another busy week in P1B this week and we have all worked really hard on all of our learning activities – well done primary 1.  

This week we have been learning:  

Literacy

  • Practising our listening and talking skills as we continued to share our adventures with Billy, our Everywhere Bear
  • Answering and asking questions about our adventures with Billy and saying kind comments about others work
  • Learning the single sounds of the alphabet.
  • This week we introduced a new phase of sounds and focused on m and h. We all enjoyed learning the Jolly Phonics songs to go along with our sounds
  • We have been practising our handwriting on whiteboards for each of our sounds
  • We also used cotton buds and paint to practice letter formation of the full alphabet
  • Blending single sounds we know to help us read/write words

Numeracy and Maths

  • Exploring numbers to 20 with matching activities
  • Recognising numbers and dot patterns (to 10/20)
  • Exploring numbers to 20/30
  • Sequencing numbers to 10/20/30
  • Counting forwards and backwards from different starting points
  • Exploring 2D and 3D shapes through our play experiences for example: through block play, using magnetic shapes, and by making pictures with the shapes that we know.
  • This week we used different coloured paper to make shape monsters using a variety of different 2D shapes. We then discussed these as a class.
  • We introduced 3D shapes. We looked at and discussed spheres, cylinders, cubes, cuboids and cones.

Other Areas

  • P.E. – This week we were so quick at getting changed for P.E – I can see that all the practice is paying off. Well done primary 1, I am so proud of how independent you are becoming.
  • Tuesday P.E. (skills focus) – throwing and catching. We have been learning how to throw a beanbag to a partner using an underarm throw. We were so good at this! We are going to try using balls next week.
  • Friday P.E. (fitness focus) – running games and discussing the importance of keeping fit/staying healthy.
  • Expressive arts – This week we started to make origami bears that look just like Billy, our Everywhere Bear. We enjoyed talking about the different shapes we could see throughout the process.
  • Other Information
  • Home learning went home yesterday in our purple folders. Please try to cut the sounds out with your children and use them as flashcards to help with learning our new sounds. We have left a box blank so that you can practice writing the letter m with your child. They have been practising this in class. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
  • As the colder weather approaches and we say goodbye to summer, please ensure your children are coming to school dressed for all weathers as this will be important for our outdoor learning activities
  • Thank you to everyone who has so kindly donated some loose parts materials, we can’t wait to start using them!
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 20th September

p1-parents-afternoon

P1 Best Butterflies Blog

We have had a really busy four days in P1B this week. We have been working super hard with all of our learning activities and I am so proud of you all – Well done P1.

This week we have been learning:  

Literacy

  • Practising our listening and talking skills as we continued to share our adventures with Billy, our Everywhere Bear
  • Answering and asking questions about our adventures with Billy and saying kind comments about others work
  • We have been practising writing our name
  • Learning the single sounds of the alphabet. This week we focused on the i and the n sounds.
  • Blending single sounds we know to help us read/write words
  • This week we used cotton buds and paint to practise our letter formation – we really enjoyed this activity!

Numeracy

  • Exploring numbers to 10 with matching activities
  • Recognising numbers and dot patterns (to 10/20)
  • Exploring numbers to 20
  • Sequencing numbers to 10/20
  • Counting forwards and backwards from different starting points
  • Exploring pattern through our play experiences
  • This week we went outside for one of our numeracy lessons and we practised number formation in three different ways. In the sand pit using sticks, with chalk, water and paintbrushes and also by using our bodies to form the numbers with our friends.

Other Areas

  • P.E. – This week we continued practising changing for P.E. We are getting much better (and quicker) at this – well done!
  • Tuesday P.E. (skills focus) – throwing and catching. We have been learning how to throw a beanbag to a partner using an underarm throw.
  • Friday P.E. (fitness focus) – running games and discussing the importance of keeping fit/staying healthy. We have also been feeling our pulse before and after our P.E. sessions and discussing the changes in the speed of it and how the heart rate is impacted with different levels of exercise
  • Health and Wellbeing – This week we discussed the ‘healthy’ aspect of the SHANARRI wheel and then designed our own paper plate of food, trying to include some healthy options
  • Snack and Chat: we have been trying out having our snack and a chat in the classroom just before break. We have enjoyed time together to chat and develop social skills as well have all our break time to play.
  • Other Information
  • Please continue help your child to dress/undress independently, this will help with changing for P.E
  • This week we have found using the clips that attach our purple folders to our bags a little tricky – if your child has one of these, can you please continue to practise clipping them on and taking them off at home.
  • This week we have sent home learning home in purple the pupils purple folders (blue worksheet) – Please can you practice the sounds on the sheets with your children but for no more than 10 minutes a day
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Friday 13th September

P1 Best Butterflies Blog

We have had a really busy week in primary 1B with lots of exciting learning happening. Over the last week we have been learning:

Literacy

  • Practising our listening and talking skills through sharing our adventures with Billy, our Everywhere Bear.
  • Answering and asking questions about our adventures with Billy and saying kind comments about others work.
  • We have been practising writing our name
  • Learning the single sounds of the alphabet, specifically, t and p
  • We went outside this week with both the P1 classes and practiced our letter formation in different ways – we did this in sand, with chalk and by forming the letters with our bodies.
  • Blending single sounds we know to help us read/write words
  • We completed our first piece of writing where we wrote a list of three items that Billy, the Everywhere Bear might want to take with him on his adventures

Numeracy

  • Exploring numbers to 10 with matching activities
  • Recognising numbers and dot patterns (to 10/20)
  • Exploring numbers to 20
  • Sequencing numbers to 10
  • Counting forwards and backwards from different starting points
  • Exploring pattern – recreating pattern and investing where we can see patterns in our environment

Other Areas

  • P.E. – This week we continued practicing changing for P.E.
  • Learned to follow instructions during P.E.
  • Learned to move around the hall safely.
  • Tuesday P.E. (skills focus) – throwing and catching
  • Friday P.E. (fitness focus) – running games and discussing the importance of keeping fit/staying healthy
  • Health and Wellbeing – Learning about people that help us by discussing the ‘safe’ aspect of the SHANARRI wheel– we pretended we were actors and actresses and acted out different scenarios where somebody may have to help us. We then shared these with the class

Other Information

  • Please continue help your child to dress/undress independently, this will help with changing for P.E
  • It would be really helpful if all items of clothing could be labelled
  • 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

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

Have a lovely long weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Welcome!

Welcome to Primary 1B’s first blog post.

We have been very busy this week making lots of new friends and focusing on important routines such as changing our indoor/outdoor shoes (we are getting very good at this), hanging up coats, unpacking and packing our bags, lining up, creating and following our classroom rules and going for lunch!

As well as learning lots of new routines, we have been learning through play and starting to explore our classroom to ensure that we feel safe and comfortable in this new and exciting setting.

Challenge for the weekend: It would be fantastic if you could continue practising taking on and off outdoor jackets with your child along with any other clothing with zips or buttons as we are still finding this quite tricky.

Important dates:

  • Monday 26th August – Evening News Photograph.
  • Thursday 29th August – Meet the teacher (3.15 – 3.45)

Thank you to P1B for a lovely first week, have a fun weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning.

Miss Hutcheon and Mrs Conlin

Notes/reminders:

  • Due to break time only lasting 20 minutes, we ask that you don’t give your child too many snacks to eat during this time. Please also remember to cut your grapes or tomatoes in half if your child is planning to take them for either break or lunch. Thank you!
  • In primary 1B we are always looking for parent helpers so please get in touch with the office staff if you would like to come and help us with our learning. Please note however that this would be a chance for you to help with the whole class and we cannot promise that you will be able to work with your own child at all times.
  • Please be aware that the school website is being shut down for maintenance as of Monday 26th of August and may be out of service for up to two weeks.