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P1 Divine Dragonflies 7th February 2020

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!

Literacy

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.
  • This week we wrote about our planets. We had to imagine our planet and write about it. 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 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 (Previosly posted).
  • 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 learn about 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, water, clothes 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 also working 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 previously posted.
  • 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:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/cashing-in/cashing-in.html

Other Areas

  • Science and Expressive Arts: This week we have continued our research about planets and we have started to make our model of the solar system using modrock plaster and balloons.
  • 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 the weather:

Il fait quel temps ? What’s the weather like?

Il fait froid. It’s cold.

Il fait chaud. It’s hot

 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 22nd 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!
  • Please read the Homelink. You will find lots of useful information about the school, also you will find out about the booking system for the Parent Consultation booking. It goes live on Friday 28th February at 6.30 pm.

 

And finally… have a wonderful break!

 

Mrs de Bonrostro

P1 Divine Dragonflies 31st January 2020

We started the week with a lovely surprise. Mrs Ling came with her gorgeous baby Katherine. We were delighted to see them both and we asked Mrs Ling lots of questions about Katherine!

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Consonant diagraphs (th, sh, wh,ch): As most of us are finding these a bit tricky this week we have focused on reviewing these sounds. 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: go, be and she.
  • At writing our focus has been writing facts about the Moon.

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 work Developing our reading skills within in reading groups as well as extra reading with Mrs de Bonrostro.
  • In handwriting we have been practising pencil control and how to form letters properly.
  • 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. 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 also working on applying addition and subtraction skills to pay for items of 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.  Some children are finding tricky to understand that a coin with bigger value is the same as several coins of a smaller value together. Please continue to support this learning at home if you can.

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:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

Other Areas

  • Science: This week we have focused on the rotation of Earth to understand day and night. We did amazing illustrations about this fact. We have continued to learn about the Moon.
  • HWB: At the Assembly we learned about Chinese New Year. We have also focused on talking about things that make us happy and sad and describing how we physically feel at those times.
  • P.E: Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus).
  • French: This week we have continued to focus on colours and we have worked on greetings too.
  • Learning Teams: On Monday afternoon we had the opportunity to work on our learning teams. We like working with children across the school.
  • 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.

After visiting the P2C class the children showed an interest on playing chess, therefore we have been learning a bit about it: names of the chess pieces and how the move. If you like to play chess and you would like to come and play with the children, please let me know!

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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.
  • Please if your child is late don’t know on the classroom door. It is a school procedure that children should go to the main school door after if they arrive after the bell.
  • Remember that Wednesday 5th February is our drop-in session from to. We are looking forward to showing you our learning!
  • Winter Fair: P1 are collecting items to make a hamper for the Winter fair that will take place on Saturday 22nd 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!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro

Primary 5 Charity – Edinburgh Cat and Dog home

Good morning

Primary 5 picked the Edinburgh cat and dog home as our charity for this year. We are looking for any donations of food, dry or wet, treats, toys, food or water bowls, used leads for dogs and poop bags.

Please could you send any donations in by next Wednesday and P5 will collect them. A member of staff from the home will be working with P5 next Thursday and will take them away then.

Thank you in advance from all of P5.

I have included the link to their website.

https://edch.org.uk/

Have a great weekend

P1 Divine Dragonflies Friday 24th January 2020

We had a busy and interesting week!

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Consonant diagraphs: this week we have focused on th and wh. 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: be and she.
  • At writing our focus this week was to become aware that we are all authors. We have started to create our own books. We designed our cover and we learned that all stories have a beginning, a middle bit and the end part. The stories look promising! We will continue to work on this as we want children to be aware that writing is an ongoing process.

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 very hard in our handwriting. This week our focus has been th and wh.
  • We did dictation today.

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the 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.Home Learning Spelling Ideas 1 (002)
  • 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.

Nueracy and Maths

  • This week we have continued to work on Money. We have focused on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. We are working on understanding the value of each coin. We have also worked on applying adding and subtracting skills to pay for items of 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.  Some children are finding tricky to understand that a coin with bigger value is the same as several coins of a smaller value together. Please continue to support this learning at home if you can.

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • Please find attached a Maths learning wall with ideas to do at home with your child.TB_Home_Learning_Wall_ATB_Home_Learning_Wall_B
  • 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:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

Other Areas

  • Science: We are learning how the rotation of the Earth in relation with the sun gives us day and night and how the pattern of night and day changes over the course of a year.

This week we learned names and facts of all planets, what is an orbit and how the Earth rotates/spins around its own axis and revolves/orbits around the sun. We used balls to recreate these movements.

Today Mrs Ritchie gave us a talk about the spance race and astronauts. We listened well and we asked lots of questions.

Also, the children worked in small groups to find out about the planets, we will continue this research during the next weeks.

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Thank you very much for the fantastic books that the children brought about space. They are very useful and we are reading them at story time to learn facts about space.

  • HWB: We read ‘The colour monster’ book and we have started to work on identifying feelings.
  • Expressive Arts (Art): We have started to learn about Andy Warhol. We talked about different famous artists (Kandinsky, Picasso, Velazquez) and looked at some of Andy Warhol’s work. We have done amazing pictures inspired by the famous Campbell’s tomato soup cans  painting by Warhol. We used watercolours to create this work.
  • P.E: Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus)

Other Information

  • On Mondays our new reading books go home in our purple folder. Please remember to bring it back to school every day so we can work in our reading every day. If a child does not bring the book on Monday another book will not be handed until the previous one has been returned.
  • 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.
  • Please if your child is late in the morning don’t knock on the classroom door. It is a school policy that children should go to the main school door if they arrive late.
  • Remember that Wednesday 5th February is our sharing the learning drop-in session from 9.05 to 9.35. We are looking forward to show you our learning!
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro

Gardening Tools Wanted!

If you have any unwanted trowels or forks tucked away in your garage or shed, we would love to give them a new home to help us look after our playground.

If you are able to help, there will be a box in the reception area next week for you to drop off any tools.

We are also looking for children’s gardening gloves. If you have any that your child has finished with or has grown out of, we would be delighted to have them.

Many thanks

Mrs Bailey and the Eco Learning Team

P1 Divine Dragonflies 17.01.2020

We are now back into a routine in P1D. It has been lovely to hear all the chat about the Christmas break and to see how quickly the children have settled in.

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Consonant diagraphs: this week we have focused on sh and ch. 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: go.
  • At writing we have focused on writing sentences using capital letter to start the sentence, finger spaces and full stops at the end of the sentences. Our focus this week was to write about our family. It is amazing to see how much we are progressing and how hard we are working.
  • At reading we are working on predictions, summarising, monitoring, visualising, questioning and making connections.
  • We are working very hard in our handwriting.
  • We are doing dictation every week. We are getting better at this!

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the 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.
  • 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.
  • Today you will find a Scottish poem ‘Twa leggit mice’ that we are going to be working on in preparation for Burns assembly. If you wish you could practice this at home.
  • 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 started to work on Money. We have focused on recognising coins: 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. We are working on understanding the value of each coin. We will work on all coins and apply adding and subtracting skills to pay for items of 10p using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
  • 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: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money  We have focused on using 1p coins only.

Other Areas

  • Science: This week we had a great discussion about what we wanted to learn about this term. The children had fantastic ideas and they are keen on learning about lots of things: animals, oceans, penguins, sea, whales, sharks, dinosaurs, etc however the most recurrent them was space, moon and stars. Therefore, we have decided to focus on this topic. We talked about what do we know and what do we want to know. It is really exciting and the children are super keen to find out about lots of things (how the moon becomes a full moon, how the planets float, why there is light in the moon if it is not a star, is Jupiter slippery, etc). Some children have already brought super interesting books about this. If you have any books, items or you are an expert in this topic and you would like to come to talk to the children, please let me know, we will be delighted to have you!
  • HWB: On Monday we went to whole school assembly where we talked about the school values and our goals for the New Year.
  • P.E: Tuesday and Friday (fitness focus)
  • On Tuesday afternoon we had the opportunity to play in all P1 and P2 classrooms. The children were able to choose where they wanted to play. It was fantastic to see how children made choices and how everyone was engaged in their learning. We are planning to continue this experience until the February break.

 

Other Information

  • Home learning went home yesterday with our new sounds. Please continue to work on learning the sounds with your children. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
  • On Mondays our new reading books go home in our purple folder. Please remember to bring it back to school every day so we can work in our reading every day. If a child does not bring the book on Monday another book will not be handed until the previous one has been returned.
  • If you didn’t check your child’s e-learning journal in December please do, you will have the opportunity to see your child’s progress during the first term. If you have problems with your login, please let me know.
  • Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro

P1 Divine Dragonflies 20th December 2019

Last post in 2019!!!

This week we have enjoyed our Christmas party!

We had a super fun time dancing, playing party games and having some party food! Santa made a special visit that we all enjoyed. The children were very polite to Santa!

This week we also continued to develop skills we have been exploring this term. We have had lots of learning fun including: dot to dot, arts and crafts, addition and subtractions games, building, cutting and sticking activities,  wrapping pretend presents, measuring ourselves, exploring Christmas stories and making Christmas cards!

We had a fantastic time at our singing competition organised by the house captains. Bells won and got extra play time. The singing was fantastic and all children had an enjoyable time.

Today we had a wonderful time singing with the whole school.

We also had a small focus on ‘Tricky Words’ and reviewed all the single sounds.

In Term 2 your child will receive individual sheets highlighting which words you can practise more at home.

Thank you all very much for your kind cards and gifts, it’s very generous and greatly apricated! I wish you and your family a wonderful, Merry and relaxing Christmas Break. Have fun and stay safe!

Feliz Navidad!

Merry Christmas!

from

Mrs de Bonrostro  xxx

P1 Divine Dragonflies 13th December 2019

 

What a fantastic week we had performing our Wriggly Nativity! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did performing it. Th echildren did a fantastic job as we had very little time to put it together with all the characters at the same time due to illness.

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • We have been workin on reviewing all the sounds and tricky words that we have learned this term. We have contniue to work on bleanding sounds and reading.
  • We have started to write some letters to Santa.

Please remember that tricky words cannot be sounded out and we need to learn them by heart.

 

Home learning ideas:

  • Reading: Continue to work on the single sounds, making words and learning all the tricky words.This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day.
  • See below a PDF with all the tricky words.  You could print them and play snap with the tricky words, do a competition to see who can read more words faster.
  • Block 1 pdf
  • We have used this game in class:

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/match-cards?phase=2

 

  • Reading book: We are not sending reading books home this week and next week. Please keep reading with your child for enjoyment!
  • 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 continued to learn to recognise the mathematical signs for subtraction such as the minus/take away and equal signs and have been encouraging the use of this language during our matching learning activities.
  • We have worked on gaining confidence when subtracting numbers.
  • We have continued to work on number bonds to ten while taking away and adding.
  • We had a special focus on number formation (0 to 10). Please continue to reinforce this at home.
  • We have reviewed addition.
  • When adding and subtracting we use different strategies: number lines, ten frames,fingers, items, etc.

 

Home learning ideas:

  • Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.  Our aim is to be confident at least on numbers up to 30 by the and of the year (more for some).
  • We have used this website:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

 

Other Areas

As we have mentioned before our special focus this week has been on Expressive Arts with the permormance of our Nativity. All children were fantastic!

Other Information

  • Next week we will be sending home P.E kits, indoor shoes and everything from the children’s trays.
  • Our Christmas party is  Tuesday PM.

 Remember next Friday school finishes at 12.00 pm

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs de Bonrostro

 

 

P1 and P2 party help required

  • P1 and P2 classes are looking for some help to set out the children’s party food while we are being entertained by Magic Iain .

We would like a few people to help between 1.30 and 2 pm to lay the tables, prepare juice and put food out on plates. everything will be provided- we just need man-power.

We realise everyone is busy at this time of year but If you are able to help us then please let your child’s class teacher know.

Many thanks
the P1 and 2 staff team