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Learning Together at Home 30.3.2020

Good morning Butterflies.

I hope you had a lovely weekend. I miss hearing all about your weekend adventures but I know you will be having lots of fun with your parents.

I have attached the weekly plan and blog post below along with the activity that will help you with your Space topic.

Have a good day

Miss Hutcheon

Learning Together at Home 26.3.2020

Good morning, I have attached today’s blog post as a word document below. Please have a look at this first and then use the links and power points provided to help with the learning. Please sing/dance along to the YouTube Video before completing the power point and writing task.

I have also attached below a cursive writing mat so that you can see how the cursive letters should be formed. Where possible, try to use this while completing activities but this is not compulsory.

Have a lovely day

Miss Hutcheon

Hello from Mrs Conlin

Hello to all the little stars in P1B. I hope that you are all shining brightly as you are learning together at home with your parents and brothers and /or sisters. I am enjoying reading about all the different activities that Miss Hutcheon is sharing to continue your learning journey.  Remember to get some fresh air and do some exercise every day. Stay healthy in your heart and in your mind. Look after and be kind to those you live with.

Sending you lots of love and positivity….

Learning Together at Home 25.3.2020

Happy Wednesday to all of my lovely P1’s and also to all of your parents. I hope you are all well and staying safe. I am missing you all lots and look forward to seeing pictures of your work each day. I am so proud of all of your hard work so far this week. Well done P1B 😊

Hopefully you all managed to have a look at some of the tasks I provided for you yesterday. Please don’t feel under pressure to complete them all at once. Take your time and go at your own pace. Again, please feel free to post photos of your learning at home on your e-learning journals and let me know if you are happy for me to share your work on the Friday bog post. Alternatively, you could send your photos to the school account admin@buckstone.edin.sch.uk . It will be a lovely way for us to stay connected throughout our learning together at home journey.

Below I will be give you general ideas for literacy and numeracy – these can be completed throughout the week. I will also be providing you with focused activities each day. These activities should be spread over a 24 hour period. I will be updating the blog at 12 noon Monday-Friday.

Today I have attached to the blog a connect 4 game you can play with your family – I know how much you all love playing this game in class. I have put the instructions on the word document. I would love to see some pictures of you having fun doing the activities. Good luck and have fun!

I have also attached a scavenger hunt for you to complete at home. Please enjoy doing this with your family.

For your learning together at home today please can you have a look over the following.

Literacy – General ideas

· Revise single sounds of the alphabet (Jolly Phonics songs are available on YouTube)

· Revise the Digraph sounds we have covered so far – refer to ‘Home Packs’ for the list

· Continue to work on sounding out and blending to read words

Focused Task

  1. Can you please use your blue flashcards from the home learning sheets sent out each week and make some CVC words. If you do not have these flashcards anymore, please don’t worry. You can ask your child to make new ones -this will reinforce letter formation too.

Lay all of the sounds out in alphabetical order and say a word to your child for example: cat, dog, mat, sun, lap. They should then use the cards to visually make the words you have spoken to them.

Challenge: Try sounding out and making some trickier words such as pram, swim, drop etc. You can also practice making your tricky words this way. There is a tricky word sheet provided in your home pack. Tricky Words this week are one and you.

Reading

In each of your home packs you will have four reading books. Please take your time with these, focusing on sounding out the words, blending them together, looking at the pictures and using them to predict what will happen throughout or next in the story.

I have listed the books I would like you to read. I understand that you will all have different books but please look on the list for your child’s book. Please only read the second half of the book and I will give you further guidance in the coming days on the next steps for each of you.  

Biff’s Fun Phonics

The Lost Puppy

Fish and Chips

I can

Pirate Adventure

Numeracy – General ideas

Websites

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/tenFrame/index.html

https://www.arcademics.com/games/alien

Focused Task

This week we are continuing to work on telling the time.

  • We are learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock. Here are some videos that will support this learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfp3d6f/resources/1

  • Here is a game you can play to help you learn to tell the time:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time

Other activities:

  • What’s the time Mr Wolf? This is a traditional game: one child is the Wolf who stands at the opposite end of the garden. The others (or other Mum/Dad?/Siblings) chant What’s the time Mr Wolf? The wolf turns around and says a time such as 3 o’clock. The group takes the number of steps forward to the wolf. The chant is repeated and the wolf turns and calls another time. When someone gets close to the wolf, the wolf shouts ‘Dinner time!’ and chase the group. Then another person becomes the wolf and the game starts again.
  • Make a human clock: Start by getting the children to rock from foot to foot whilst slowly chanting ’Tick, tock, tick, tock. I’m a ticking human clock. What time is it?’ The adult calls out a time such as 5 o’clock. The children make the time with their arms (remember it will look back to front if you are standing in front of the children). Ensure you have a clock face on hand so children can check and correct their answers. Repeat the chant before calling out the time.

P.E

As some of you will be aware, Joe Wicks is providing live exercise videos for children each day at 9am. He is doing this through his YouTube channel. I will be joining in at 9am each day and I am really looking forward to it. It looks like really good fun. Enjoy!

Other useful websites

Below are some P1 websites which are level appropriate for all of our class. You can find work/games at a variety of different levels so that you can challenge yourself each day.

Sumdoghttps://www.sumdog.com/
1. Education City – Access Classwork and Homework section https://www.educationcity.com/
2. ABCYa! https://www.abcya.com/
3. Crick Web http://www.crickweb.co.uk/
4. Topmarks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
5. ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com/
6. Mouse Club https://www.themouseclub.co.uk/games-activities
7. CBeebies Stories https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories?page=2
8. Early Level BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zf7hgwx
9. Oxford Owl – activities for all ages https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for- home/advice-for-parents/fun-ideas-learning-at-home/
10. Free e-books Library https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-
owl/library-page

Again, I wish you all the best and if you have any questions or need any further support please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the school office. Thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning.

Have a lovely day and stay safe.

Miss Hutcheon

Learning Together at Home 24.03.2020

Good morning to all of my primary 1’s and also to all of your parents. I hope you are all well and staying safe.

Hopefully you all managed to have a look at some of the tasks I provided for you yesterday and I loved seeing some pictures of your work. Please don’t feel under pressure to complete them all at once. Take your time and go at your own pace. Again, please feel free to post photos of your learning at home on your e-learning journals and let me know if you are happy for me to share your work on the Friday bog post. Alternatively, you could send your photos to the school account admin@buckstone.edin.sch.uk . It will be a lovely way for us to stay connected throughout our learning together at home journey.

I will be giving you guidance on what activities to complete each day from the pack provided. I will be giving general ideas for literacy and numeracy – these can be completed throughout the week. I will also be providing you with focused activities. These activities should be spread over a 24 hour period. I will be updating the blog at 12 noon Monday-Friday.

For your learning together at home today please can you have a look over the following.

Literacy – General ideas

· Revise single sounds of the alphabet (Jolly Phonics songs are available on YouTube)

· Revise the Digraph sounds we have covered so far – refer to ‘Home Packs’ for the list

· CVC game: Continue to work on sounding out and blending to read words. Use your knowledge of the initial sounds, blend the sounds together and click on the picture that matches the word. *please remember to turn the sound off on your computer to ensure you are sounding out the words independently.

Challenge game: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/BurriedTreasure2.html

Focused Task

  1. Using the ow and oa words you discussed and wrote down with your grown ups yesterday, can you write them again 4 times each using a different colour each time (rainbow words). Remember the oa sound goes in the middle of words and the ow goes at the end of words.
  2. Underneath each ow or oa words, please draw a picture of the word – for example, if you wrote boat as one of your words, please draw a picture of your boat underneath your rainbow words.
  3. Tricky words: one and you. Please practice reading and writing these cards.

Reading

In each of your home packs you will have four reading books. Please take your time with these, focusing on sounding out the words, blending them together, looking at the pictures and using them to predict what will happen throughout or next in the story.

I have listed the books I would like you to read. I understand that you will all have different books but please look on the list for your child’s book. Please only read the first half of the book and I will give you further guidance in the coming days on the next steps for each of you.  

Biff’s Fun Phonics

The Lost Puppy

Fish and Chips

I can

Pirate Adventure

Numeracy – General ideas

-Work on addition and subtraction skills

  • Calculation practice 1 – roll 2 dice and add them together, what is the total?
  • Calculation practice 2 – roll 2 dice and take one away from the other, what is the total? Remember when you are subtracting the big number always comes first in the calculation
  • Calculation practice 3 (challenge) – roll 2 dice and add them together, what is the total? keep that total then roll 1 dice add that number to the total – how many times can you keep on adding to the total………..
  • Work on number bonds (10, 20 0r 100) – differentiated worksheets are in the ‘Home Pack’
  • These games will help you to practise number bonds to 10 and 20:

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/tenFrame/index.html

https://www.arcademics.com/games/alien

Work on numbers before and after – use this link to count one more/one less and 10 more/10 less, https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares

Focused Task

  1. Will be continuing to look at time throughout this week. Please discuss with your grown up at home what you would do during different times of the day, discussing key language such as ‘morning, afternoon, evening and night’. For example: I wake up in the morning OR I have my dinner in the evening.
  2. Can you draw a clock? Remember to add all of the numbers that go around the clock, the minute hand and the hour hand. Can you set it to 1 o’clock ?
  3. Please look at the ‘I can write’ worksheet provided in the ‘home packs’. I would like you to focus on your number formation of the number 1.

P.E

As some of you will be aware, Joe Wicks is providing live exercise videos for children each day at 9am. He is doing this through his YouTube channel. I will be joining in at 9am tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it. It looks like really good fun. Enjoy!

Below are some P1 websites which are level appropriate for all of our class. You can find work/games at a variety of different levels so that you can challenge yourself each day.

Sumdoghttps://www.sumdog.com/
1. Education City – Access Classwork and Homework section https://www.educationcity.com/
2. ABCYa! https://www.abcya.com/
3. Crick Web http://www.crickweb.co.uk/
4. Topmarks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
5. ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com/
6. Mouse Club https://www.themouseclub.co.uk/games-activities
7. CBeebies Stories https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories?page=2
8. Early Level BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zf7hgwx
9. Oxford Owl – activities for all ages https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for- home/advice-for-parents/fun-ideas-learning-at-home/
10. Free e-books Library https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-
owl/library-page

Here is also a link to a news story about a nurse who had written a book about the coronavirus aimed at young children to allay any fears or anxiety.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-51997381

I would like to take this chance to thank you all for the lovely cards and gifts I received on Friday. I was overwhelmed by your generosity and kind words. They made me smile a lot and I am so lucky to teach a class full of such kind, caring and thoughtful children. Thank you primary 1 and thank you to your parents too.

Again, I wish you all the best and if you have any questions or need any further support please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the school office.

Have a lovely day and stay safe.

Miss Hutcheon

Monday 23rd of March

Good morning primary 1,

I hope you have had a lovely, relaxing weekend at home with your families and you are all staying safe. I am missing you all already but I can’t wait to see pictures of some of your amazing work. Please upload any pictures of work to your child’s e-journal.

Numeracy: This week we are going to continue working on time.

We are learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock – o’clock.

Can you please watch the following videos and join in with the songs:

Once you have watched both of these videos, please discuss the following worksheet with the grown up looking after you. Can you tell them what time is showing on each clock? Please don’t worry about printing this off – just discuss the different clocks with your child.

Literacy – we are continuing to focus on the sounds we have already learned in class. I have attached below a copy of the ‘oa’ sound power point if you would like to use this to help you…

  1. How many oa and ow words can you think of? Remember the oa goes in the middle of words and the ow goes at the end of words. Talk to a grown up about the words you have thought of. Now try to write some of them down.

Here are a few to start you off….

boat          coat         goat       

flow       grow       blow     

  • Please can you play this CVC game. Read the word using your knowledge of the initial sounds, blend the sounds together and click on the picture that matches the word.

Please play this game without the sound encouraging your child to sound the words out independently.  

http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/hanging_monkeys_US.swf

Handwriting – We are going to continue with our cursive handwriting this week. Please can you complete the following worksheet focusing on the letter a and c. (worksheet is in your learning at home pack)

Look at the example letters I have provided on the sheet and try to copy these. I have placed dots on the sheet where you should start your letter. Remember to use the boxes on the paper to help you.

Please ensure your child is starting their letter on the dot, keeping their pencil on the paper while writing the full letter and please remind them not to add the flick at the end. I have put a link below detailing exactly how the letters should be formed.

If you have any questions about the work provided, please send these to the school admin email and I will be happy to help you with anything. Good luck, have a lovely day and enjoy the learning we have provided. Remember, we are all in this together!

Miss Hutcheon

Friday 20th March

Dear parents/ carers,

Thank you for your support this week. It has been an unsettling time for us all however the children have been great during this time.

 As you can imagine there has been a lot of chat about the Corona Virus therefore we have a few times ‘Circle Time’ to share our feelings and plans for the next weeks. We have also discussed that Mummies and Daddies might be busy and it is our opportunity to help at home and that home learning will take place whenever possible.

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Vowel diagraphs: This week we have introduce oa and ow.

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 words: one and little.
  • This week we wrote about our houses. This was an independent piece of writing and it was lovely to see the children’s progress.

We have continued to focus 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 Miss Hutcheon. This week some groups enjoyed using all the words from their book to make new sentences and add words to make new/funny sentences.
  • We are doing dictation every week.

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on all the sounds and tricky words provided on the blue cards (this week we have sent home oa and ow). This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day. As most of the children are finding this a bit hard please ensure you continue to do that as this is vital for your child’s reading progress. We will send home the sounds that your child should continue to work on.
  • Use the spelling grid for ideas to practice the tricky words (posted before). Please spelling and writing these words correctly and can apply the recognition of these words when reading at home.
  • 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. Please ensure that your child understands the story and doesn’t memorise the book.
  • 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

 We have been learning:

  • This week we have been learning doubles to ten, we have revised number bonds to ten.
  • We have introduced time: we have discussed months, days of the week and we have introduced o’clock and half past using an analogue clock. As quite a few children were off we will continue to work on this during our home learning (more guidance will follow)

Home learning ideas:

  • Work on the Maths grid ideas previously posted.
  • Website:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time

Other Areas

  • P.E: Tuesday (balancing) and Friday (fitness focus).

Other Information

I am aware that the school closure it is upsetting for us all. I am determined to provide the best possible teaching to your children in these new circumstances. It is a challenge but I am ready for it, please bear with me!

I will miss seeing and chatting to your children for the next few weeks (hopefully we will see each other after the Easter break!).

Please if you want to share your child’s learning with me upload photos on your child’s e-learning journal profile. And if you are happy for me to do so I will share learning ideas on the class blog. If you have any queries, please email the school ( admin@buckstone.edin.sch.uk )and they will forward your emails to me.

I will upload learning on the blog so please check everyday by 12 o’clock.  You will receive the home learning pack today and I will explain on Monday how we will be using it so please don’t start doing the sheets or reading the books yet. We will take time to go through all of it.

Please make the most of this time to enjoy your family and give home learning the time that you can but don’t be anxious about it as we are all trying to balance family and work in exceptional circumstances.

Please stay well and keep safe.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Hutcheon

Home Learning Help

In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the current advice is for schools, colleges and universities is to remain open, for the time being.

At present, schools will only close if they are specifically told so – for example, if a student or staff member contracts the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus. This response differs to countries such as Ireland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Denmark, which all recently announced they would be temporarily shutting schools due to the virus outbreak.

However, due to the nature of this pandemic, we have learned that things can change very rapidly.In order to prepare parents and carers in the event of a school closure, here are some tips and online resources to support your child with their learning at home.

Which resources can I use to support my child at home?

Twinkl

Online educational publishers, Twinkl, have offered parents free access to all its resources for a month to support continued learning at home. All you need to do is enter UKTWINKLHELPS to get started.

Twinkl also has a Parents Hub that has a number of different guides designed for parents to support them with different curricular areas.

Sumdog

Online learning platform, Sumdog, has a number of engaging and challenging maths and literacy games that your child can use to enhance their learning at home.

Children’s University of Manchester

For kids who love science, the Children’s University of Manchester website is an excellent interactive resource in which your child can browse a number of different science topics which have a quiz at the end of each unit.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is an excellent online resource that provides students help with revision and learning. Here you will find a number of free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject on every subject for students aged from three to 16 and over.

Activity Village

For those of you who enjoy making crafts with your child at home, Activity Village is a great resource for ideas and templates to develop creativity at home.

Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children. What we say and do in our daily lives can help children to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school.

Monitor your child’s television, video game, and Internet use. Children on average spend far more time watching TV, playing video games and using the Internet than they do completing homework or other school-related activities.

Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school-and in life. The importance of reading simply can’t be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning. Learn more in Fun Reading Tips and Activities and Fun and Effective Ways to Read with Children.

Talk with your child. Talking and listening play major roles in children’s school success. It’s through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that children begin to pick up the language skills they will need if they are to do well.

Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently. Taking responsibility and working independently are important qualities for school success. You can help your child to develop these qualities by establish reasonable rules that you enforce consistently, making it clear to your child that he has to take responsibility for what he does, both at home and at school, showing your child how to break a job down into small steps, and monitor what your child does after school, in the evenings and on weekends.

Encourage active learning. Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, spends time with friends, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument or visits museums and bookstores.

Friday 13th March

We had a busy week!

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Vowel diagraphs: This week we have taken time to review all the diagraphs. We are finding this a bit tricky.

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 words: review of previous weeks.
  • This week we wrote about the things that we like about school.

We have continued to focus 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 .
  • We are doing dictation every week.

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on all the sounds and tricky words provided on the blue cards (this week we have sent home igh and y). This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day. As most of the children are finding this a bit hard please ensure you continue to do that as this is vital for your child’s reading progress. We will send home the sounds that your child should continue to work on.
  • Use the spelling grid for ideas to practice the tricky words (posted before). Please spelling and writing these words correctly and can apply the recognition of these words when reading at home.
  • 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. Please ensure that your child understands the story and doesn’t memorise the book.
  • 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

 We have been learning:

  • This week we have been learning doubles to ten, looking at the numbers that come before and after and we have also revised number bonds to ten.

Home learning ideas:

  • Work on the Maths grid ideas posted last week.
  • Topmarks: Hit the button.

Other Areas

  • Science:

We celebrated British Science week! We went to P7 (the children loved being in the P7 classroom) to do an experiment.

We built lunar mountains and  the children took on the role of astronomers and used light sources to represent the Sun and plasticine to build mountains on a lunar  surface. They learn that light from the Sun is blocked by mountains on the lunar surface producing shadows. They learned that astronomers can use maths to determine the height of the mountains on the Moon if they know the
length of their shadow. Therefore we measured the shadows using cubes to see which one was the longest.

  • P.E: Tuesday (rolling and balancing) and Friday (fitness focus).

Other Information

  • The last few weeks lots of items have been misplaced and looking for them is affecting our learning time. Please ensure that all items are labelled so it is easy to find them.
  • It would be great if the children practice at home  dressing and undressing themselves independently and gathering their things once they have done so. This will be very helpful at PE and when getting ready at the beginning and at the end of the day.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Hutcheon