P1 blog 22/9/17

Primary one have had yet another busy week! On Wednesday we became famous again when having our photographs taken for another newspaper. We all had such smiley faces and cannot wait to see our photographs in two newspapers!
We have been doing lots of work on teen numbers this week and have been finding out how they are made up. Lots of us noticed that the units started all over again from one to 9 but with a ten in the number too! We love using numicon to play around with the numbers and explore how they are made.
On Wednesday we went out bird watching. Our first photographer had a little pink bird in his camera that managed to escape! We went out building nests for it, drew pictures of it from our imagination (or actual sightings!) and Miss Smith and Mrs Kerr were so impressed with our team work throughout these activities.
We have been hearing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk this week and some of us managed to build a beanstalk the length of the room! We had to persevere as it kept breaking but we were so excited and impressed. Our pinchy finger muscles were very tired from all the building with little cubes!
Next week we will have our first set of homework sent out including Phonics work, reading and also some numeracy. It will be due in on Friday.
Thank you to everyone who has already sent in a glass jar for our potion making on Tuesday with buddies – keep sending them in!

P1 blog 15/9/17

In primary one we have had another busy week! We have been very lucky and have been given some new resources to use in our classroom. We now have an easel so we can draw and paint, a sandpit and a cool new Tuff tray for keeping messy play in one place.
We have had to have our best smiley faces this week and have had our photographs taken. Once for school photographs and the other for the Courier. We were so excited to find out we are going to be famous so look out for our lovely class photo in the newspaper.
In numeracy we have been counting forwards and backwards to and from 20. We love doing it in different voices, starting at different numbers and singing lots of songs to help us. We find counting backwards quite tricky and need some help recognising and knowing our numbers from 10-20.
In writing, we did some excellent drawings of ourselves turning on a light. We are adding lots of detail to our pictures and are beginning to make up stories around the theme of our pictures. Miss Smith was very impressed.
Come along to our Literacy Workshop on Wednesday 20th September at 3:20. Mrs Cleland and Miss Smith will give you lots of information to help us with our literacy.
Homework will begin for primary one the week beginning the 25th September.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone – see you on Wednesday!

P1 blog 8/9/17

In primary 1 we have had another very busy week! In literacy we have been practicing our letter formations and doing some ‘Pinchy Finger Exercises.’ We are getting much better at taking turns and are trying hard to listen well when others are talking. We loved our circle time game on Monday – Doggy, Doggy where’s my bone.
In numeracy we have been doing a lot of counting, ordering and playing with the colourful numicon shapes and we love them! They stick really well into playdough for counting the circles and we loved using them to prove to Miss Smith that 6 definitely comes after 5.
Being very sensible and focusing well we loved playing a game of copycat on Tuesday. We had to be mirror images of our partner. It was quite tricky but we got the hang of it.
We have also been doing some thinking about friendship and deciding what makes a good friend. Why not chat to us at home about what we can do to make children in our class feel good about themselves?
Mrs Kerr has been helping us with lots of different activities this week and we love having her in class. She has been helping us with symmetrical patterns and reading – it has been great fun.
Next week we will be discussing our favourite places in Linlithgow. Could you have a chat with us at home and help us decide where this is? It could be the park, a shop, a house.
Thank you to everyone who came along to meet Miss Smith on Monday. We hope you enjoyed seeing some of our lovely art work up on the wall. We were very excited about our rainbow fish and hope that you loved them as much as we do.

P1 blog 1/9/17

In primary 1 we have been having lots of fun exploring our classroom, making friends and getting to know the routines of a school day. We have been reading lots of stories about the golden rules and are learning how to be kind, gentle and polite. Lots of teachers in school have already noticed how polite we are. We have learned about ‘Rights’ and we all know that everyone around the world has rights to help keep them safe, happy and healthy. Our buddies have been a great help at break and lunch time and together we have made beautiful rainbow fish after we read The Rainbow fish story. To help us with our writing we have been doing lots of ‘Pinchy Finger Exercise’ (fine motor skills) to make our muscles nice and strong. We have loved playing with the playdough, marbles, pine cones and elastic bands and have been practicing holding pencils and writing on paper. Playing outside is one of our favourite things to do. We have been scientists looking for bugs, artists drawing all over the ground, monsters playing games and explorers looking for bears! PE has been great fun and we love going with Mrs Clapton to the hall to run and around and have lots of fun. We do PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. We are excited for you to come into our classroom for ‘Meet the Teacher’ on Monday 4th September (6-7pm). Look out for our rainbow fish, self -portraits and our fabulous Jellyfish!

P1 blog 28/4/17

Next week the children will be in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Primary 1 will be starting our brand new fairyland project next week.

In Numeracy next week Primary 1 will continue to learn and consolidate numbers to 100. This will include sequencing, counting, and recognising words and numerals.

In Literacy the children will be focusing on the digraphs aw and au. In writing the children will be using our new IDL focus as inspiration.

The week will be finished off by the whole school Elephant’s Tea Party event which is aimed at dealing with the concept of loss and bereavement. This of course will be age appropriate to Primary 1 with the focus on loss.

 

P1 blog 10/3/17

P1 have been working on their assembly this week. The theme of the Assembly is to display some of the work we have been doing in Science this year. This will take place on Friday 17th at 9:05 in the Assembly hall.
In Reading this week the children have been developing their analytical skills in a text. This has included group work in which the children have been asked to identify key Character, events and themes. This has also inspired some of their own writing. Thank you for all your positive feedback about the Character Cap activity in homework this week. I will try and provide some more of these activities for home learning. As your children become more confident with sounding out, recognising sight words and reading using picture clues it is important that they are starting to understand and analyse key parts of their stories and books. The more experience they have with this now the easier it will be to apply these skills to more complexed texts in the future.
In Maths this week we have been continuing to look at time. This has involved reinforcing the sequence of days of the week and months of the year as well as looking at reading o’clock times on digital and analogue clocks.
In IDL the children have been asking interview questions to a parent on how to look after a baby. Next week they will be preparing questions for a rail safety police officer.

P1 blog 3/3/17

Primary 1 have had another fun week of learning with lots of visitors and special events in the school. As a teacher it is fantastic to see their continued enthusiasm for learning and it is obvious that this is something that is being reinforced at home.
The week started off with a visit from a Doctor and the children had prepared some super questions as part of our People who help us topic. There was great excitement when seeing the different equipment that a Doctor might use. After seeing a how a prescription was written, this inspired some of their own writing.
As part of Book Week the children had a visit from the Author of Skye the Puffling Lynne Rickards. This was followed by guided reading stations that developed skills in understanding, evaluating and analysing. Dressing up as characters from books on Word Book Day also allowed for further discussion in small groups.
On Tuesday P1 got a taster of Google Expeditions where they took a tour of space using visual headsets. We got a chance to look around the solar system and enhance their knowledge of planets in a fun way.
In Numeracy this week the children looked at creating equal groups using concrete and pictorial examples. We also looked at sequencing with days of the week, daily events and months of the year. In Phonics we continued to learn and revise our digraphs with ee and ng sound.
A reminder that our Class Assembly will take place on Friday 17th March at 9:05. All lines and songs will be learned in school so please come along and enjoy our show.

P1 blog 24/2/17

Primary 1 have continued to make strides in Numeracy and have built upon their understanding of doubles. The children have been working on multiplying numbers by 2 and an enhancing their understanding of what this means. This has involved the children using concrete materials such as such as rekenreks and counters and also showing multiplication by 2 in pictures. We have demonstrated the two times tables in arrays, area using squared paper ,number lines and equal groups. All of this assists with an understanding of the abstract concepts such as multiplication by helping the children to visualise. Some examples of pictorial displays will be included in the homework please feel free to talk to your children about these. As always if you have any questions then please just ask.
In Phonics this week the children have been revisiting /th/ and learning the /wh/sound. Next week the children will continue to reinforce their knowledge of digraphs (two letter phonemes) and learn the /ng/ and /ee/.
P1 have been very enthusiastic about magnet investigations in Science and have been preparing to interview a special visitor next week.
Primary 1 have continued to make strides in Numeracy and have built upon their understanding of doubles. The children have been working on multiplying numbers by 2 and an enhancing their understanding of what this means. This has involved the children using concrete materials such as such as rekenreks and counters and also showing multiplication by 2 in pictures. We have demonstrated the two times tables in arrays, area using squared paper ,number lines and equal groups. All of this assists with an understanding of the abstract concepts such as multiplication by helping the children to visualise. Some examples of pictorial displays will be included in the homework please feel free to talk to your children about these. As always if you have any questions then please just ask.
In Phonics this week the children have been revisiting /th/ and learning the /wh/sound. Next week the children will continue to reinforce their knowledge of digraphs (two letter phonemes) and learn the /ng/ and /ee/.
P1 have been very enthusiastic about magnets investigations in Science and have been preparing to interview a special visitor next week.

P1 blog 3/2/17

This week has been WOW week for the children and they have recorded all of their work along with some pictures in their WOW Jotter. The WOW jotter shows a Week Of Work and will be available for parents to look at during parent consultations. P1 have enjoyed looking back at the work they did earlier in the year and they can see the progress that they are making.
In P.E the children have been continuing to work on performing gymnastic techniques in a safe way and in Health and Wellbeing we have been working on our class charter.
The focus in numeracy this week has been partitioning numbers 3-10 and exploring different ways to make numbers to 10. The children have also been creating their own doubles machines to learn to double numbers up to 10. We have also looked at doubling a number and then adding 1 and this will be a continued focus for next week.
Phonics this week has been continuing to practice and identify ch, sh ,th, ph and use these to create words. Whilst writing and reading this week has been continuing to focus on Imaginative writing and including tricky words in sentences.

P1 blog 27/1/17

The main focus for Primary 1 this week has been imaginative writing. The children have been working in pairs to create their own stories with a beginning middle and an end using a piece of music as inspiration. Once the children had planned these stories they created their own story books with a front cover, blurb and beginning middle and end. The children have been encouraged to develop their emergent writing skills by using their phonics to build words and access their bank of learned tricky words. This has been a challenging task for all of the children but richly rewarding for them to see the final product. They have shown great enthusiasm in sharing these stories with their classmates.
In Numeracy the children have been consolidating addition and subtraction, working on recognising groups of 2 and developing visualisation in their counting skills.
In P.E the children have been developing coordination and movement in gymnastics. In Science we have continued to enhance our understanding of forces by looking at the concept of speed. This has involved experiments with lego cars where the children have been encouraged to make their own predictions.
IDL this week has inspired a range of different artwork related to Robert Burns.