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.

P1 blog 13/01.2017

This week primary 1 have been enjoying numeracy by exploring addition and subtraction through a range of games and activities. The children have been adding and taking away using concrete materials and rekenreks .We have also been learning to put these into number sentences or sums.

In Science this week we have been beginning to look at forces and have already done some active experiments during our P.E time.

In IDL we have been learning about Robert Burns and this has inspired drama, art and writing in class.

In Reading and Phonics the children have been consolidating on their single letter phonemes as well developing their sight vocabulary by learning tricky words.

Tricky Words Homework

A reminder that the tricky words themselves are for practising sight vocabulary and while you may want to talk about the sounds with your children they should be learned together and used as flashcards. These words are generally too difficult to be sounded out at this stage but they are words that frequently come up in reading and writing.

In next weeks homework I will include some suggestions for activities that you can use for learning tricky words.

 

P1 blog 9/12/16

Thank you for the bags with costumes that we have received. Please send these in as soon as possible
The children will be performing in front of the whole school tomorrow as part of their preparation for next week. They have a dress rehearsal in the church on Monday 9:30-11:00. We then have the full nativity in St Michael’s Church on Wednesday 14th at 1.45. There is a reminder of what we would like you to send in below.
Nativity Update
The children have been working hard practising their Nativity during the school day. They are doing well with their parts. Please can you continue to practise Nativity lines at home so children are speaking confidently and clearly during rehearsals.
Here are some details regarding costumes for the Nativity parts
Please can you provide for your own child:
Angel: white tights and white t-shirts/vests, we will provide angel dress and wings.
Wise men: Black t-shirts and trousers. We will provide cloaks and crowns.
Shepherds: tea towels and ties for their head gear, and t-shirts and tights/leggings to wear under shepherds robes. If you have dressing gowns that could be used for Shepherds robes that would be great.
Mary and Joseph: Light weight clothing e.g. leggings/tights/t-shirt to wear underneath their costumes (which we will provide).
Reporters: bright and colourful Christmas clothes. (e.g. Christmas party dress/outfit or Sparkly Christmas/colourful jumpers or Tartan outfits).
Innkeepers: light weight clothing to wear under their robes (which we will provide)
Locals: light weight clothing to wear under their robes (which we will provide)
As our Nativity has a Scottish theme tartan accessories can be worn.
Please send clothing into school in a carrier bag with their names clearly marked on each item as well as carrier bag.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Many thanks
In Numeracy this week the children have been consolidating their knowledge of teen numbers as addition from 10 (13=10+3). This has also created discussion around subtraction and the children have explored this through play and interactive activities.
In Literacy the children have been continuing to learn new phonemes and developing their building, blending and segmenting skills. This week we have been writing letters to Santa and using our own knowledge of phonics to write new words.

P1 blog 2/12/16

In Numeracy this week we have been enjoying looking at addition of two collections. We have been exploring number bonds to 10 and different ways to make 6, 7 and 8. Using Rekenreks the children have also been learning teen numbers as a sum (10+ 3= 13). We are seeing growing confidence to explore number knowledge.

In Literacy this week the children have been developing their blending in written work. This has included nativity writing where the children have written about their characters.

In Art we have created winter themed collage work for our assembly hall display and we have also contributed to the Sainsbury’s artwork collection.

Thank you for your continued work at home with tricky words, reading and nativity lines. We have received some of the requested costumes/clothes for the nativity itself in named bags. Could you please send these in as soon as possible but if there are any questions with what you send in then please just ask.

 

P1 blog 25/11/16

This week the children have been focusing on putting their blending and segmenting skills into their own writing. This has linked to our work on the phonemes l/f/g/o/b.
Primary 1 really enjoyed their open afternoon and liked showing parents and adults the different work they have been doing at the stations.
Thank you for your continued support with reading books and tricky words. I am seeing improvements in fluency in reading and we are continuing to make predictions on what we think might happen in the book as well as being able to retell the story in our own words.
Nativity Update
The children have been working hard practising their Nativity during the school day. They are doing well with their parts. Please can you continue to practise Nativity lines at home so children are speaking confidently and clearly during rehearsals.
Here are some details regarding costumes for the Nativity parts
Please can you provide for your own child:
Angel: white tights and white t-shirts/vests, we will provide angel dress and wings.
Kings: Black t-shirts and trousers. We will provide cloaks and crowns.
Shepherds: tea towels and ties for their head gear, and t-shirts and tights/leggings to wear under shepherds robes. If you have dressing gowns that could be used for Shepherds robes that would be great.
Mary and Joseph: Light weight clothing e.g. leggings/tights/t-shirt to wear underneath their costumes (which we will provide).
Reporters: bright and colourful Christmas clothes. (e.g. Christmas party dress/outfit or Sparkly Christmas/colourful jumpers or Tartan outfits).
Innkeepers: light weight clothing to wear under their robes (which we will provide)
Locals: light weight clothing to wear under their robes (which we will provide)
As our Nativity has a Scottish theme tartan accessories can be worn.
Please send clothing into school in a carrier bag with their names clearly marked on each item as well as carrier bag.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Many thanks
Mr McRae

P1 blog 18/11/16

It has been another busy and exciting week in Primary 1. The children have been learning to blend sounds and they are improving their sight recognition of tricky words and characters in their books. This week the children have been focussing on discussing their understanding of a book and using picture and phoneme clues to help them.

The Rookie Rockstar programme has been an enjoyable part of the week and P1 have been enthusiastically learning and performing songs for our school recording. Tickets will be sent home in bags for the performances on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Numeracy the children have been focussing on Forward number sequences up to 30 by counting the next 3 numbers. Next week the children will be exploring backward number sequences up to 30. This will involve counting the 3 numbers before.

In Phonics the children have learned the /ck/k/g sounds with continued consolidation of letter formation, blending and segmenting.

Work on the nativity has also been continuing this week with the children focusing on hand gestures, volume and clarity. Thank you for your work at home in helping them with these lines.

 

P1 blog 11/11/16

This week the children have made a start to their nativity and you may have been lucky enough to hear some of the songs at home. Next week the children will receive scripts highlighted with their lines. Your help with learning these at home would be appreciated and I have tried to tailor the homework to allow you adequate time to do this. The main homework next week will be the tricky words, reading books and nativity lines.
You still have the numeracy wall that can be used if you wish and I will keep on letting you know the sounds that we will be covering in school however I am conscious that we don’t want to overload the children in terms of homework.
In Literacy this week the children have been learning the phonemes “e” and “c” and have been putting their blending skills into their writing.
In Numeracy the children have been exploring the next 3 and previous 3 numbers in a number sequence. The children have been using games and ICT to enhance their understanding of number order up to 30.
In IDL this week the children have been looking at how toys were different in the past and have started to use their historical investigations skills.
In Science the children have been continuing to look at senses. We have been conducting experiments showing that our senses can sometimes trick us. The children have also been creating vision changing glasses.

P1 blog 4/11/16

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Primary 1 have been continuing their IDL theme by learning about Old and new toys. This week the children have been starting to sequence real life stories and will be using our show and tell time on Friday to introduce their own teddy bears to the class.
In Numeracy this week the children have been learning to say the next 2,3 and 4 numbers in a word sequence, ordering dot patterns and looking at number sequences up to 20.
In Literacy the children have been continuing to learn new phonemes whilst consolidating the skills of blending and segmenting. Thank you again for the word tubs you have sent in for tricky words. These will be used for homework in the coming weeks.
In Health and wellbeing the children have been learning about inclusion and working as part of a team.
Next Week
* Phonemes “e” and “c”
* Number sequences to 30, counting concrete materials, the next 2,3,4 numbers in a sequence.
* Senses experiments in Science
* Nativity Songs