Hello, I hope you all had a lovely holiday and enjoy your day off today. We have 8 weeks until Christmas holidays and lots of fun experiences coming up!
Dress Down Day
This FRIDAY is our dress down day. You may dress up for Halloween or wear non-school uniform. Sometimes Halloween costumes can be scary. Costumes from films or games should be suitable for the age of the pupil. If you would like some support with a Halloween outfit, please let P1 staff know so we can help. We are very excited!
National Poetry Day
7th October was National Poetry Day. We enjoyed hearing a few poems and playing the game taught to us by author Simon Mole below! Inspired by Simon Mole, we created our own class poem called Dream Day. We then each had a go at writing our own ones. Being creative and imaginative in our writing can help us develop a joy of writing!
Maths – Time Topic
This week we had two focusses. We were developing our knowledge of the days of the week further by using the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and sorting the days and the food he ate. We also learnt about how you can see time passing through looking at the trees. This helped us learn about the 4 seasons.
We have enjoyed reading the book The Colour Monster throughout our first term. At the beginning, the colour monster is ‘all mixed up’ so we sort his feelings into 6 different jars. Listen to the story below.
We ‘check in’ our feelings every morning and can move our peg throughout the day to share how we are feeling.
Check out our Colour display below
We loved having the Primary 7s come visit us and teach us all about place value. Well done to the P7s for teaching us such a tricky topic and well done to Primary 1 who listened so intently!
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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.
Can you blend the letters together to read these words?
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?
We have 3 steps in our writing
Think about what it is you want to write down. “I went to the park”. It has 5 words.
Write down the words or sounds you know. Leave a space in between words and put a full stop at the end.
Now we need to read what has been written Then… repeat!
Red words are also know as tricky words because they cannot be ‘sounded out’. It’s just a case of learn learn learn learning them. The video below is a catchy way to learn red words. We often learn new red words when writing about our weekends, “I went to the park.” , “I went to the swimming pool.”
Primary 1 are given lots of independent time called ‘choosing’, where they can choose which area of our classroom to explore. Our ice-cream shop was a huge hit this week. As you can see, pupils were very engaged, practising their fine motor skills, communication and space sharing, making lots of delicious ice creams of many flavours to sell. Our construction area is always popular and P1 are showing some fantastic creativity, planning and problem solving.
Well done to those who have completed their EducationCity.com homework. Your password has also been stuck on the inside page of your reading folders. Please contact the school if you require your login details again. There will be new tasks scheduled every Monday.
Feel free to comment on this post with a message to say Hello that we can read to the class. keep up the great work, superstars!
Everyday Primary 1 chooses how they want to be welcomed into the classroom. Which one would you choose?
Our Class Teddy
As voted by our class, our Everywhere Bear is called Ted. Ted looks after our class during the week and then the Star of the Week gets to take Ted home for the weekend! The Everywhere Bear is a story by Julia Donaldson. You can hear the story below and see what Ted and Miss Copeland got up to this weekend.
Profile Jotter Week
Last week was Profile Jotter Week. This means that every piece of work we did was stuck into the same jotter. We do this twice a year. This creates a snapshot of your learning at school. Here are just a few things we did this week…
Phonics – We are learning how to build words with the letters s,a,t,i,p and n. We start by singing the Jolly Phonics songs, making sure that we make the pure sounds (mmm, not muh) then move on to forming the letters. We use Fred Fingers for spelling then we make the words on white boards and magnetic boards. We are also learning to match the picture, initial letter and word. Have a go at home with these online magnetic letters. P.E – We have been learning ball skills. We have now moved on to controlling the ball with our feet. We have a lot of very keen footballers in our class! (We are not yet getting changed to do P.E. We will let you know in good time if this changes). Maths – Our focus has been on time this week. We have been learning about day and night, how the time of the day effects what we eat, and learning about analog clocks. Book Box – On Fridays we visit the Book Box, our mini library, to swap our books. Return your Book Box book, or a different children’s book that you have at home to make sure we have lots of books to swap. Choosing – We love to play together. Miss Black has been setting us some challenges. We worked so well as a team and laughed very hard while trying to build and rebuild this huge Lego tower! Friday Celebrations – On Fridays, Mrs Henry hands out our Star of the Week certificate and our House Card certificates. Every pupil is allocated a ‘house’ (Yellow Parliament Pandas, Red Holyrood Royals, Blue Castle Lions and Green Arthur’s Seat Dragons). We have to work very hard to earn house points. When our chart is full we are awarded a certificate. We get a prize at number 5 and a medal at 10!
Primary 1 read in class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They take these home on Thursdays. Inside the plastic folder is a wordless book, letter ring and reading record. The reading record is for adults to write in to comment or ask questions.
Reading folders should be returned on Mondays. This gives us chance to change the book over ready for Tuesday’s reading.
At the beginning, you may find that your child can draw the letters but in a different way. An a, for example, can be drawn as a circle with a tail. Although it may have the same outcome, forming the letters as we ask is very important as it will help your child when they come to joining letters together.
Try making your letters in lots of different ways; Outside with sticks and flowers, with Lego, with salt, shaving foam, sprinkles, rice, Playdough, sand…
We have started reading books!
We are reading wordless picture books. We learn that stories have characters and that they have a beginning, middle and end. Here are some of the characters we will see in our stories.
You can read more stories together at home by signing up to a free Oxford Owl account.
Tomorrow your child will come home with a unique login and password for a website called EducationCity.com. Once logged on you will find a section for classwork and homework. Your child has been allocated some homework. There will be new tasks scheduled every Monday. They can log on via a smartphone, tablet or laptop. If you have any questions or comments, small or large throughout the year, remember you can pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking the time to look at what Primary 1 has been learning. It would be lovely if you could reply to this post with a message to say Hello! Have a lovely week, Miss Copeland