Category Archives: Primary 1 Blog

New rules

The Scottish Government have issued new rules to keep us safe and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. New rules can be confusing for us all.

Here is a visual representation of some of the new rules. They will help us all to understand them a bit better.

We will continue to check and follow local government advice.

Remember to clean your hands often and stay physically distanced from people who are not in your household.

Tuesday 22nd September – RSHP

Dear Families, I am writing to share with you that we will soon begin the RSHP Education programme of Health and Well-being with Primary 1. There is a letter attached below for you to read about what your child will be learning about at school.

Learning at school (English)

Learning at school (Arabic)

Learning at school (Mandarin)

Learning at school (Polish)

Learning at school (Romanian)

Learning at school (Urdu)

If you wish to find out more about how you can help at home, click the appropriate link below. In their first lesson they will be learning about their bodies. Best wishes, Miss Copeland

Learning at home (English)

Learning at home (Arabic)

Learning at home (Mandarin)

Learning at home (Polish)

Learning at home (Romanian)

Learning at home (Urdu)

Monday 21st September

Hello! Our classroom is looking so beautiful with all of your work on the walls. Let’s have a look at some of our displays…

Our P1 Learning Heroes

Our Learning Heroes help to remind us that we need to use our superpowers when we are learning. Through the story of the Bear and Ellie, we learn about the heroes who can help us on our learning journey. To read the story, click the link below.

Our weekly Timetable

As you can see from our timetable below, we have outdoor learning on Tuesdays and Outdoor PE on Wednesdays. We are not getting changed for PE at the moment so please wear suitable clothes on these days. Please bring a warm waterproof coat every day as we may take our learning outside!

Maths

We want everyone to be able to count forwards and backwards to 20. Here are 2 videos that we like to bounce along to!

Sequencing numbers. Can you count forward starting on a number that isn’t 1? try this sequencing game https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering. Try sequencing > counting in ones > “1 to 10” or “10 to 1” or go up to 100 if you’re feeling brave!

Ordering numbers- Can you order the caterpillars from the fewest spots to the most spots? https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots

or the numbers on the caterpillar from smallest to biggest numers? https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/countingCaterpillar/

This week we have been talking about 2D shapes. We need to know the…

  • Name of the shape
  • How many corners it has
  • Sides – Are they curved? Straight? How many are there?

Try this at home!

Water bottles are a super fun way to take our learning outside! Making shapes and letters while squeezing and making our hands strong. Not to worry if you make a mistake as the sun will dry it all up ☀️

Phonics

This week we introduced the letters n and i. We now know 6 letters s,a,t,p,i,n. With these letters we can make lots of words!

When we put letters together, they make words. This is a key piece of understanding. Often these words follow the pattern Consonant, Vowel, Consonant. Like cat, tin or sit. These are called CVC words.

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Blend

Can you blend the letters together to read these words?

Game

Try making a game like this at home. Can you get all the way around the board?

Try watching the videos below without sound. Can you read the words? Watch again with the sound. Did you get it right?

Writing

We have 3 steps in our writing

  1. Think about what it is you want to write down. “I went to the park”. It has 5 words.
  2. Write down the words or sounds you know. Leave a space in between words and put a full stop at the end.
  3. Now we need to read what has been written.

Tricky Words

We also introduced our first tricky word this week… I. We use I a lot in our Monday writing diaries. “I went to the park”, “I did some shopping”, “I helped Dad”.

I is a tricky word because it cannot be ‘sounded out’. Tricky words are sometimes called ‘sight words’. It’s just a case of learn learn learn learning them. The video below is a catchy way to learn tricky words.

Class Representatives

Each class in the school has a set of class representatives; pupils who represent the class for different topics. The Pupil Council will meet with Mrs Jessop (Head Teacher) to make big decisions about the school. The Eco Rep will meet with Mr McPheely (P6) about recycling and looking after the planet. The HWB Rep will meet with Ms Finlayson (SFL) to talk about healthy brains and bodies (Health week) and the Art Rep will meet with Miss Kerr (P7) to talk about the yearly Art Gallery. Due to Covid, we are not yet sure how everyone will meet, but may I say a big well done to everyone who was brave and volunteered and congratulations to the pupils who were voted in!

Well done superstars! Have a lovely week, Miss Copeland

Learning Heroes!!

They are back! I am pleased to say that our very own super heroes are back in school helping us to be amazing learners – everyone using the power of YET as we find out and try out ways to learn and get smarter!

i am sure primary 7 will not mind me sharing this amazing display with you today!

I am looking forward to seeing every class’ display around school and shared with you all on the class blogs!

Monday 14th September

Maths

We learn about maths topics alongside our SEAL (Arithmetic/number) learning. We are focusing on 2D and 3D shape at the moment.

Sorting 2D and 3D shapes (game requires Flash) http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/castle_shapes/eng/Introduction/StarterActivityPart2.htm

Feed the monster the correct shape – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

What comes next in the shape pattern? – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

Literacy

There are 3 parts of literacy; reading, writing and listening/talking. This week we have been exercising our ears, matching sounds to picture. Here are some listening games you can play at home.

  1. Match the sound to the animal https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/match-sounds?phase=1
  2. Which animal is behind the door? https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/whats-behind-the-door?phase=1
  3. Match the sound to the animal to reveal a picture http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/match_the_sounds_US.swf
  4. Match the cans that make the same sound http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/Listen_And_Match_US.swf
  5. Find the word that starts with the same sound http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/easel_US.swf

Match the letter

Can you pop the bubble which matches the letter? https://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html

(this game requires Flash) http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/Fishing_Bowl_US.swf

Writing

“Read what I have written” was last week’s writing target. When writing, we first think about what we are about to write, we then try to write this down and finally, we read what we have written. This shows that we understand that we write so we can read, even if you don’t know how to spell something you just have a go!

We practised our letter formation using paint this week

Art and Science

We have been putting on our scientist hats and mixing colours together. We are learning that when you mix 2 colours together it makes a new colour.

We put one colour on each hand and then rubbed our hands together. Mixing 2 primary colours makes a secondary colour.

We mixed different coloured Play-dough to make new colours. We recorded what we found on the piece of paper.

We made a beautiful window display layering tissue paper of primary colours

Here is a fun colour mixing game you could play at home! http://d3tt741pwxqwm0.cloudfront.net/KET/evlearnket/Creating-Colors3/index.html

Outdoor Learning

We have been going outside on Tuesday afternoons with Mr Reed. Remember to always bring your coat to school as the weather is very changeable. You may wish to wear black or grey trousers on Tuesdays. This week we were learning some games and ball skills!

Fine motor skills

Fine motor skills help us tie our shoe laces, put up our hair, zip up our coats, hold and write with pencils and cut with scissors. We like threading beans and letters, and using big tweezers in our busy learning time.

Have a lovely week! Miss Copeland