Literacy in Primary 1

Hello Everyone,

Here is an overview of a week of Literacy learning in Primary 1.

reading bag photo

On Monday we interview each other about what we have done at the weekend. Once we have all chosen our favourite memory, we draw a picture. Pupils will then either attempt to write a caption or I or Mrs B will write a sentence for them to copy. Every time we write we have a personal target to work on. All writers need editors, including J. K. Rowling and myself!

Reading groups are then called out to receive their homework bags packed with a new book, new homework sheet, ring with new letters/tricky words and reading record with any notes in for the group to focus on. Groups read every day except Fridays.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we learn new letters. We learn the sounds of the letters, so that we can ‘sound out’ words. This video shows how we teach pupils to blend letters to make words. You may wish to try this at home with the letters from the letter rings. Each letter has an action to go with the sound. We like to use the Jolly Phonics songs to help us.

Some pupils will then work on remembering the sound and action, some will work on their handwriting and some may use magnetic letters to spell CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant e.g cat, dig, pet).

Tricky words are words that cannot be ‘sounded out’ such as I, to, the & no. Here is the video we use in class Tricky Words Video.

The reading homework sheet, which is paired with the reading book, is due to be returned on Thursdays. This is so that it can be marked to check comprehension, then the new books, letters and sheets can be prepared for the following Monday.

book box book bookmark

If you predict any issues in returning homework, have any questions or something you wish to share, feel free to pop a note in the Reading Record as it is checked daily.


As the homework bags are kept at school from Thursday to Monday, you may wish to keep the Numeracy Home Learning Wall at home.

On Fridays we visit the book box (our mini library). All pupils have taken home a book from the book box and should have a bookmark to help identify this book. Pupils can bring in any book from home to swap (not just the one they chose the previous week).

On Fridays some groups focus on remembering the letter sounds and formations, and some write CVC words containing the new letters learnt that week.

Throughout the week we read lots of stories. After break we listen to a class story. After lunch pupils choose a book to read by themselves or in pairs and we read a story at the end of the day before we go home. Sometimes we look out for punctuation. We like to do Kung Fu Punctuation!

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best wishes, Miss Copeland.