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Learning together at home. P1 Divine Dragonflies 30.03.2020

Good Morning my Dragonflies!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend with your families. Are ready to continue learning and having fun together? I am!

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Thank you for all your lovely emails and comments you sent last week. I really appreciate them.

This week we have decided that we will give you an overview of the week’s learning, so you will know in advance what is the learning happening this week. Then every day we will post ideas related to that learning. The idea is to help you, parents/carers, to organise yourselves so you don’t have to rush through the activities for the day as there will be days when you will not be able to do any of them and that is okay. We will give you ideas just in case you need them but as I have mentioned before please don’t feel under pressure. 

Please see attached the learning overview for this week: 

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Literacy

Please find attached the ‘blue sheet’ from the oa/ow sounds from previous weeks.

oa ow

General Ideas

  • To help you with handwriting and review letter formation that we have already done you could use this:

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/writingRepeater/index.html

  • This game is good for tricky words:

https://www.ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

  • You could use this game too make and read sentences:

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/sentenceSub/index.html

You don’t need a computer to do this game instead you could : write words that we have worked on and tricky words (some with capital at the beginning) and full stops. Ask your child to make sentences with them.

Focussed

Introduce the sound oo. I have attached the PowerPoint that we use in the class.

  1. First slide: the children will be able to see three images. Ask the children to look at them (sometimes they might need to be prompted) and ask them to guess which sound they think they are going to be learning about.

Click the link for Geraldine!

  1. Second slide: Look at the sound and say all the words on it. If your children wants to help they can read them too however we will be doing blending on the next few slides so there is no need to do so.
  2. The next slides they have animation:
  • First you will see the sounds. Talk about how many sounds and how many letters. Make a point about there are more letters than sounds.
  • As you click say the sound, stretch the sounds, they will move to make a word.
  1. Tricky word: We have to see it look at the letters and practice it as it can’t be sound out. We need to learn it by heart.

oo sound

‘Blue sheet’  for this week sounds. Please remember that we will introduce -ew on Wednesday.

oo ew

OO sound ideas

Find the sound hunt:

Why don’t you try this game or a similar one at home? I saw it online and I though it was a fun idea for the children:

Put pieces of papers/ post-its around the house or in a wall  with all the sounds we have worked on and ask your child to shoot with a nerf gun to a given sound or if you don’t have one just touch it as quick as you want. You could also ask them to make a given word touching all the sounds in order that they need to build a word, e.g. say ‘food’ they have to find ‘f’, ‘oo’, ‘d’ in that order.

Words: foot, tool, pool, cook, hook, book, wood,

Tricky word: her

Challenge: Could you read these sentences?

  • I put some soap in the bath. Mum can rub my back with it.

Be Geraldine! Look for things in the house that have the sound oo and take a photo and post it on your learning journal.

Challenge: Could you sound them out and write them without help?

Reading books

On a Monday we introduce our reading books. We look at the book cover and we discuss it: we make predictions about what the books is going to be about, then we read the tittle and we talk about things that we know about it or times when we have been in a similar situation.

Introduce the story and invite your child to relate to her/his own experience, tell/read the story and talk about it, encourage your child to re-tell you the story and talk carefully about the pictures.

Lions: The baby sitter

Lizards: Tops and pans

Dolphins: The dream

Cheetahs: A cat in the tree

Numeracy

During this week we are going to be working on these experiences. Each day we will focus on one aspect of it and one aspect of numeracy.

Outcome:

I am aware of how routines and events in my world link with times and seasons, and have explored ways to record and display these using clocks, calendars and other methods.

Success criteria

  • I can link daily routines and personal events to time sequences.
  • I can name the days of the week in sequence, know the months of the year and talk about features of the four seasons in relevant contexts.

Focussed

  • This game could help you to spell the days of the week. When you play choose year one, tricky words, days of the week. When you paly ask your child which day goes before and which day goes after.

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/lcwc/index.html

  • Write on cards the days of the week and order them. See this photo of your friend! img_4091
  • What plans do you have for each day of the week now that you are learning at home?
  • If you want you could use this activity:img_4100

Other

Bedroom planetarium. I saw this idea and thought that it would be fun idea to do during the week. You could do one constellation a day and see if you can find it (if it is not cloudy) in the sky.  You could use Constellation Geoboard app to help you find the constellations.

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And this is one of our favourite songs, why don’t you sing it at home?

 

 

If you have any questions about the ideas provided, please send these to the school admin email and I will be happy to help you with anything. Please any feedback about the blog it is really appreciated as my goal is to help you  and your children!

Have a lovely day and enjoy the learning we have provided. Remember, we are all in this together!

Love,

 

Mrs de Bonrostro

 

 

Learning together at home. P1 Divine Dragonflies 27.3.2020

Good morning my Dragonflies!

It is Friday! Remember Friday is…my favourite day of the week. You know that!. So today again our favourite song:

Today we will have a look about what your have been up to:

Scientists, mathematicians, football players writers,  etc. on the making but the most important thing is that all of you look happy!

 

It is lovely to see that you are having fun!

More photos to follow! Apologies for the ones that are not up…I am working on my ICT skills too!

Remember parents, that our priority at the moment is our mental and physical well being for children and parents. So there is no expectation for you to do all the home learning ideas that I am posting every day, it is guidance. As I said before this is a challenging time for us all.

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: sh, ch, th, wh, ai, ay, ee, ea, -igh, -y, oa, -ow.
  • Revise Tricky words (please find check yesterday’s blog )
  • Continue to work on sounding out and blending to read words

Focussed learning

Handwriting: We are going to practice some pre- writing patterns. You will find the sheet below in your pack. I have attached a video, please finish each line and remember to start where the dot is.

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Reading

Make a review of the book. Write what  a picture of the book and write what was your favourite part and why. You can use the template attached.

My favourite part is

Numeracy

General ideas

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

This is a number line to help you with addition and subtraction.

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Focussed:

Number formation.

I have noticed that most children in the class find tricky to write numbers the right way so now you can try to practice this skill.

You can use the worksheets  from the pack  as guidance to work on number formation from 1 to 5. Why don’t you try to do it using flour on a table, soap, finger paint? Please don’t feel you need to use the worksheets!

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Other

If you want to learn about animals Blair Drummond Safari Park do live  half an hour sessions everyday to talk about their animals. Children can ask questions.

https://www.facebook.com/blairdrummondSP/

Have a wonderful weekend! Keep yourselves safe and Stay at home!

Love,

 

Mrs de Bonrostro

 

Learning together at home. P1 Divine Dragonflies 26.03.2020

Good morning, Dragonflies!

How is the learning going? I have already seen some photos of your learning at home, it is lovely to see these photos!. Although I love looking at them I am missing your chats and enthusiasm when coming to school.  I love being with  you all!

I have planned some learning at home ideas for today. Please remember that you don’t have to do it all as your mummies and daddies will be busy too. Please keep helping! I am sure you are being kind all the time.

Mrs Imrie has been in touch with Cheryl at Fairmilehead Church and we’re going to try share children’s art work via the church newsletter. This week’s theme is ‘Hello from Buckstone PS’ – Children are invited to create a piece of art and then email in a picture to the admin team by Monday 30th March. The art work will be collated and included in the newsletter.

Please remember to have a look at the SLT blog; Buckstone Buzz…

https://buckstoneprimary.com/buckstone-buzz/

 

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: sh, ch, th, wh, ai, ay, ee, ea, -igh, -y, oa, -ow.
  • Revise Tricky words (please find attached Block 1 and block 2 tricky words, we haven’t learned all the tricky words in block two yet).Block 1 pdfBlock 2 pdf
  • Continue to work on sounding out and blending to read words

Focused task: Dictation

Today we are going to do a dictation. At dictation the child has to listen to the sounds within the spoken word, recall the letter/s that corresponds with the sounds and record it/them. Dictation helps the child to see that individual letter/sounds make up words.

Give your child a piece of paper with the date and four dots. See photo below.

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First say a word and discuss with your child how many sounds they can hear, you can emphasise this by using one finger for each sound you say. Remind your child that some sounds they are made by more than one letter (oa, ow).

Give an example: boat, say it, say it again stressing the sounds and then you write on your paper. Do it again with the word foam and bow.

Now is your child’s turn. Words: coat, road, low. Tricky word one.

Challenge: Can you write without help the sentence: Beth got wet in the rain?

Reading

Please make sentences using the words from your reading books, they can be silly sentences. Remember you need finger spaces and full stops. I have attached the words from each book, there is no need to print them you can write them at home if you wish.

Challenge: Can you make sentences adding new words to your reading book words?

Lizards: Get the rat.

Get the rat. Oxford

Cheetahs: The rope swing.

The rope swing

Dolphins: The go-kart.

The go kart

Lions: Kipper’s balloon.

Kipper’s balloon

 

Numeracy

General ideas

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

We are learning to read analogue and digital o’clock times (12 hour only) and to represent this on a digital display or clock face.

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/clock/index.html

Today we are going to continue to learn about time.

  • Mild challenge: Why don’t you try this game?

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/hickoryDickory/index.html

  • Hot challenge:

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  • Spicy challenge:

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Other

Science

Here you can find interesting short videos about Earth and space

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zp397ty/resources/1

French

What about practicing our greetings?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq1KYNFVrPo

Live events

Daily Live Events

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

 

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.

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.

 

Mrs de Bonrostro

Learning together at home. P1 Divine Dragonflies 25.03.20

Happy Wednesday Dragonflies!

Good morning!

I hope you are all well and staying safe. I am missing you all! I have started to receive some photos with your learning and I am loving it! Keep sending them and enjoying this special time.

Hopefully you all managed to have a look at some of the learning together at home ideas from 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 (PDF attachment).. These activities should be spread over a 24 hour period. I will be updating the blog at 12 noon Monday-Friday.

Today  you will find three attachments:

  • Learning together at home ideas. LTAH 250320
  • Connect 4 game you can play with your family. Choose a coloured pen/pencil each and take it in turns to choose an activity to complete. Once you have completed this activity, colour it in with your chosen colour – the first person to get four in a row of their colour, whether that be along, up, down or diagonally wins…… I would love to see some pictures of you having fun doing the activities. Good luck and have fun! connect 4
  • A document about supporting children during school closure. Supporting children with school closure

Please have a look at the SLT blog Buckstone Buzz: https://buckstoneprimary.com/buckstone-buzz

Have a lovely time and keep yourselves safe.

Love,

 

Mrs de Bonrostro

Learning Together at Home. P1 Divine Dragonflies 24.03.2020

Good Morning Dragonflies!

I hope you enjoyed your learning from home yesterday.  I worked from home and did home learning too. What a challenge!

Please don’t worry if you don’t manage to do everything! Please let me know if there are any issues or there is something that you would like to find about.

Please feel free to post photos of you learning at home on your e-learning journals and let me know if you are happy for me to put it on our Friday blog post. If you wish you could also send them to the school account admin@buckstone.edin.sch.uk It will be lovely to see some photos of each other and stay connected! I miss you already! I am looking forward to hearing all about you!

Remember that some of the general ideas will be the same during the week as that of what we would do if were learning at school.

This is a little clip with the Good Morning song (Singing in the rain movie) that the children love and  some morning we start the day with it !

 

Literacy – General Ideas

  • Revise single sounds of the alphabet (Jolly Phonics songs are available on YouTube)
  • Continue to work on sounding out and blending to read words.
  • 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.
  • This game will help your child to decode and understand words.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html

https://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html

https://www.starfall.com/h/word-machines/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/games/embed/karate-cats?exitGameUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fbbc.com%2Fbitesize%2Farticles%2Fzdp4pg8

Literacy – Focussed

Revise the oa/ow sound – How many oa and ow words can you think of? Remember the oa sound 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

Tricky Words this week are one and you – please work on reading and writing these words

All the tricky words are available in the home packs for you to work through at your own pace. You can do activities from the spelling walls given to you in the pack, try one a day if possible.

Reading books

On Tuesdays we like to read the story with our group, we like to show others how we practiced at home. Why don’t you try taking turns to read the story? See if you can find any words with oa and ow and tricky words that we have worked on.  You could read the book from back to front.

Please revise the word walls from Oxford Reading Tree that there were on your pack. Please make sure that your child is confident with the ones from the stage of his reading book before moving to the next stage word wall.

Cheetahs: The rope swing.

  • Possible questions to discuss: why was important for the children to ask before going to the stream? How do you know that the stream wasn’t very deep? Do you think the rope was safe? What had Floppy seen that the others hadn’t? What was going to happen? Keep counting how many children went in the swing (practice counting and addition skills) Are you surprised that the rope didn’t break (page 14/15)? Why was Biff pleased? Did the story end as you expected?

Lions: Kipper’s balloon.

  • Possible questions to discuss: Talk about balloons, how they can float in the air. Talk about times when you go shopping, how you keep yourself safe, what shops do you need to go? What happened to Kipper’s balloon? If you had a balloon before, did it pop? Did you get a fright? Why Dad thought that it was Kipper’s balloon? Why did the policewoman tell him off? Why was Dad confused when he saw Kipper? Do you think Dad did the right thing? Did you like the story? Why?

Dolphins: The go-kart.

  • Possible questions to discuss: Do you have anything that you can ride on? Do you like surprises? What is the best surprise that you ever had? Do you think it is right to argue and fight? Why? How we can resolve a conflict with a friend/ sibling? Do you think Mum and Dad liked the fight? What would you have done if you were Dad? What would your Mum and Dad do? Do you think Biff and Chip shared the swing sensibly?

Lizards: Get the rat.

  • Possible questions to discuss: Do you like having dinner with your family? Why? Why do you think the Princess wasn’t happy? Why she thought the rat was a sock? Or in the King’s head? Have you ever been scared of an animal? Why? Do you think the Princess solved the problem in a good way? What would have happened if the rat was caught at the beginning of the story? Where do you think the rat went?

Numeracy – General Ideas

  • Work on addition and subtraction skills – I have attached worksheets to this postsubtractionadidition
  • Work on number bonds (10, 20 0r 100) – differentiated worksheets are in the ‘Home Pack’
  • 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
  • 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

Numeracy – Focussed

  • This week we are going to continue working on 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

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.

Some fun Ideas

  • Are you joining me with this challenge?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

exercise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVhfIgghOPw&t=31s

  • Here is a link to story about a nurse who has 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

  • For my Lego boys!

lego

  • 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.

ABCYa! https://www.abcya.com/
Crick Web http://www.crickweb.co.uk/
Topmarks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com/
Mouse Club https://www.themouseclub.co.uk/games-activities
CBeebies Stories https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories?page=2
Early Level BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zf7hgwx
Oxford Owl – activities for all ages https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for- home/advice-for-parents/fun-ideas-learning-at-home/
Free e-books Library https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-
owl/library-page

 

If you have any questions about the ideas provided, please send these to the school admin email and I will be happy to help you with anything.

The most important message: Enjoy spending time with your child.  Remember, we are all in this together!

Thank you for your continued support in your child learning,

Mrs de Bonrostro

 

 

Learning Together at Home. P1 Divine Dragonflies 23. 03.2020

Good Morning Dragonflies and welcome to our online classroom!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend with your families and are ready to continue learning and having fun together.

I will be posting daily at 12.00 to give you ideas for ‘Learning together at home’.

Please use this blog to support you at home. Work at your own pace and find a way that works for you and your family. You will not be asked to provide any evidence of your learning and there is no pressure to do all the tasks. The blog posts are designed to be supportive so please use them in a way that works for you!

Please feel free to post photos of you learning at home on your e-learning journals and let me know if you are happy for me to put it on our Friday blog post. It will be lovely to see some photos of each other and stay connected!

I will post ideas for Literacy, Numeracy, Health & Wellbeing and keeping active at home!

To start we will be revising previous learning.

Lets begin…

Literacy – General Ideas

  • Revise single sounds of the alphabet (Jolly Phonics songs are available on YouTube)
  • Continue to work on sounding out and blending to read words. I have attached Power Points of the last two diagraphs to help you with this skill at home.
  • oa soundow sound
  • 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. 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

 

Literacy – Focussed

Revise the oa/ow sound – How many oa and ow words can you think of? Remember the oa sound 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

Tricky Words this week are one and you – please work on reading and writing these words

All the tricky words are available in the home packs for you to work through at your own pace.

 

Reading books

On a Monday we usually  introduce our reading books. We look at the book cover and we discussed it: we make predictions about what the books is going to be about, then we read the tittle and we talk about things that we know about it or times when we have been in a similar situation.

Introduce the story and invite your child to relate to her/his own experience,  tell/read the story and talk about it, encourage your child to re-tell you the story and talk carefully about the pictures. Discuss the meaning of new words and words that they find tricky to read. remember today the focus is the understanding of the story.

Cheetahs: The rope swing.

Lions: Kipper’s balloon.

Dolphins: The go-kart.

Lizards: Get the rat.

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).

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NQ6uS8blwY

Numeracy – General Ideas

  • Work on addition and subtraction skills – I have attached worksheets to this post
  • Work on number bonds (10, 20 0r 100) – differentiated worksheets are in the ‘Home Pack’
  • 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

 

Numeracy – Focussed

  • This week we are going to continue working on time.
  • We are learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock. Here are some videos that will support this learning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIxaxnageTo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEmg914-9xY

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

Once you have watched both of these videos, please discuss the following clocks with the grown up looking after you. Can you tell them what time is showing on each clock?

Photos LTAH 23.3.20

 

Some fun Ideas

 

French:

french word week 1

PE

Today we have tried this at home and is great! A bit of a workout for all !!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

This happens every day at 9!

Blog pic health and well beingNHS

If you have any questions about the ideas 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!

Thank you for your continued support in your child learning,

Mrs de Bonrostro

 

 

Thank you!

Thank you very much for all your kind words and gifts. I really appreciate them. I keep getting emotional about your words!
Please stay well!
We will get through this together!
Love,
Mrs de Bonrostro

P1 Divine Dragonflies

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 had 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 Mrs de Bonrostro. 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.
  • Can you teach family the days of the week song? You can find Adams family version on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GKmCQOy88Y
  • What is the day tomorrow? What was yesterday?
  • Write the days of the week out on strips of paper – put them in order. Remember Thursday begins with th and all days have the ay digraph.
  • Keep a  diary of what you’ve been getting up to each day.  At bedtime talk about what you’ve done during the day.  What was your favourite thing?  What did you not enjoy or find tricky today?  Ask family to jot down your thoughts so you can look back on them.
  • 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,

Mrs de Bonrostro

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.

P1 Divine Dragonflies 13th March 2020

Welcome to our weekly post. We had a busy week. The children have been great at following instructions and washing their hands when asked!

Literacy

We have been learning:

  • Vowel digraphs: This week we have taken time to review all the digraphs (she, the, wh, ch, ay,ai, ee,ea, igh , y). 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 Mrs de Bonrostro. 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 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, ordinal numbers to ten, we have worked on what does it mean one more and one less and we have revised number bonds to ten.
  • IMG_4044

Home learning ideas:

  • Work on the Maths grid ideas posted last week.
  • Website:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/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 learned 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. Afterwards we went outside to measure our shadows using feet and to compare them with our learning partners.

 

  • P. E: Tuesday (rolling and balancing) and Friday (fitness focus).
  • French: We have been practising greetings.
  • We have enjoyed our new toys! Here you can see us playing with our new marble run: problem solving and sharing!IMG_4049

 

Other Information

 

  • We have a whole PE kit missing, we only have the bag. We have checked every PE bag and at the lost property. Please could you check if you have any items at home that don’t belong to your child?

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.

 

  • 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.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro