P1 blog 23/2/18

Our ‘people who help us’ learning has been great fun this week! We all wrote a list of people who help us and had a lovely visit from a very kind visitor who came in to chat to us about being a doctor. It was great to hear that primary 1 are already using skills such as team work and communication and are, of course, very caring! We can’t wait for more visits next week.
Through our play we have been learning about Charles Rennie Mackintosh and created some lovely art inspired by the artist. We used black line drawings and rulers and have made a beautiful display to show off our great work and attention to detail.
In maths we have been exploring 3D shapes and their properties. We have had shapes out to play with in class and went outside on a shape hunt – out school building is covered in spheres, cylinders and triangular prisms. We found that the climbing wall shapes have 13 faces making it a tridecahedron.
We have had great fun learning our diagraph (two letters working together to make one sound) ‘ch’ this week. On our letter boards these sounds are joined together to remind us that they are friends. We have also been reading some interesting non-fiction texts. We all think our reading is improving every week!
As part of health and wellbeing we have been learning about PANTS. We enjoyed the catchy song that reminds us of the rules we learned and now have a wonderful washing line of brightly coloured pants hanging on our wall. The Pantasaurus was hilarious!

P1 blog 16/2/18

What excellent stories primary 1 have been writing this week. We learned that stories have a beginning, middle and end. We also learned about setting and character and were able to create stories using these 5 aspects. The level of detail in our drawings was excellent too!
In mathematics (not numeracy – that’s numbers!) we have been learning about 2D shapes. We enjoyed exploring corners and edges and got very excited when, in groups, we used our bodies to create different shapes. The most exciting part of the lesson was counting the edges of a dodecagon and describing it as a pizza or umbrella.
We were very lucky to have a lovely buddy time this week. They made pancakes for us, helped us build enormous, intricate towers and taught us some of their different styles of drawing. We love spending time with our buddies – they are great!
We are all looking forward to the next half of this term, learning more sounds, new ways of looking at number and learning about people who help us.

P1 blog 9/2/18

What great fun we have had this week in p1. Our visit from 2 local police officers kick started our ‘People who help us’ topic. We had lots of questions for them like “what clothes do you wear when your police clothes get dirty; why don’t you use monster trucks; how fast can you run?” The children were reminded about personal safety strategies such as stranger danger, crossing roads and looking after property and the police role within these. The most invaluable thing for the children was realising that the police officers are not scary and are there to help them any time they need it.
In numeracy we have been counting 2 groups of items. Because one group of items is covered we have had to use mental addition strategies to work out ‘how many altogether.’ Some of us break numbers up (partition) to help add, others imagine the shapes of the numbers and count on and some are using their fingers to find totals – all excellent strategies!
In writing this week we wrote about what we wanted to be when we grow up. Some of us did our best piece of writing yet. Around the room there was lots of independent word building, using full stops and finger spaces. In reading we have been exploring non-fiction texts. We know these are not stories but rather information books. These will be the focus of our reading homework after the February break.
We had lots of fun playing outside on Thursday afternoon. We fed the birds, created art with chalk and puddles, did word building with beanbags, created our own castle, played with dice. It was great fun despite the rain.
In PE we are focusing on controlled ball skills. We are getting much better at throwing and catching and love practicing with small tennis balls. Why not play a throwing and catching game to help us practice even more?
I hope you all have a very well rested February break. The children have worked incredibly hard so far this term and I hope they enjoy their well-deserved rest! See you all on Wednesday.

P1 blog 2/2/18

What great fun primary 1 have had making Cranachan this week. We learned that it is a traditional Scottish dessert using local ingredients. To make it healthier we swapped the cream for yogurt. We did lots of squashing, mixing and measuring whilst our buddies did the oat toasting for us. We can’t wait to have a taste.
In literacy we have been learning y and z. What excitement when we realised we have almost finished the alphabet! We have been doing some word building, sentence reading and some outstanding reading this week.
We were great mathematicians this week too. We organised ourselves into equal groups, did lots of counting forwards and backwards and are all exploring addition using a range of numbers. A few of us have a favourite number – infinity! We had a chat about ‘the concept of infinity’ because some of us knew it is not an actual number but rather a big idea. We love exploring numbers!
The primary 1 children have decided to use the shop in a different way this week – fixing it, measuring it and turning it into a construction site. I am sure they will be excited to see what we have planned for it next week!
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday to see what we get up to in p1! Your help with boat making was much appreciated. On Wednesday we were able to use them to explore floating and sinking. Some of us had to balance our boats to stop them tipping over.
Next week we have a surprise visit from the community police officer to kick start our people who help us topic. Thank you to those people who have already offered to come in and share their expertise with the children. Look out for a note in the homework next week with a plea for more parents to share their jobs and how they help people!

P1 blog 26/1/18

We have been having great fun in dance this week. Our focus has been using the number 8 to guide our movements and allow us to move in time with the music. We have been doing dances individually to get the hang of the beat before moving on to some partner work. We had some time for free dancing and we loved being creative with our different moves.

In numeracy we have been doing lots of counting groups. We are getting good at counting on from the big number and using our fingers with greater accuracy. We have also been doing lots of counting backwards. It would be great if you could help us practice this at home, especially counting backwards over the decade (eg. 22, 21, 21, 19).

When learning the sound ‘j’ this week we learned about alliteration. Some of us had great fun making up sentences with words beginning with ‘j.’ We also wrote some lovely character descriptions of Katie Morag and were able to use some great attention to detail when drawing a picture of her.

We also kept the theme of Katie Morag and some of us have designed our own islands. Before doing this we learned what an island was, talked about borders and looked at some maps of islands.

We are all looking forward to having you come in to visit us on Tuesday afternoon from 2:15. There will be lots of things to play with and another Katie Morag themed challenge for you to take part in! Remember, you can also go off and explore the school and take a look in other classes.

P1 blog 19/01/18

We have had so much fun playing in the snow this week. At play time we have been building snowmen, making walls and creating lovely art. A few of us made a snowman that ended up covered in dry leaves – we decided to call it ‘Hairy McLary.’ We then went out later in the day with some coloured water and pipettes and made lovely art work in the snow. Hairy McLary ended up being multi-coloured! We have also been very responsible in dressing for the weather and making sure we are cosy before going outside.
In PE we have been doing some great dancing. We are focusing on 8 beats, performing different actions on each beat. We love time at the end to show off our moves and copy one and other.
Numeracy has been fun this week – we are very excited to be moving on to numbers beyond 20. We have been doing lots of addition and some of us have been using great mental strategies to do sums. To help us at home you could help my flashing numerals and asking us what the number is, counting backwards from 30 and practicing our number formations.
We also learned about the importance of washing our hands and how to wash them thoroughly. This tied in with some cooking we did with our buddies on Thursday afternoon. We had to do some crushing and mixing and were able to observe knife safety when our buddies were chopping some other ingredients. Can you remember the ingredients that went into our lovely rocky road?

P1 blog 8/12/17

Our nativity rehearsals are going very well! Thank you so much to all the people at home who have been helping us learn our songs – it has definitely paid off. We are so excited for our performance and can’t wait to wave to you all from the stage. We had a special buddy time too. They came down to be a fantastic audience for one of our nativity rehearsals and then they took us back to our classroom and read stories to us. We love spending time with our buddies and they are great story tellers.
In literacy we have been doing some excellent word building. We were making words with O and F in them. We have also been having great fun forming our letters and writing our tricky words in the sand. Can I please ask that all sound wallets, tricky word tubs and any reading books are brought in – these will be sorted out over the holiday.
In numeracy we have been finding the missing numbers in number lines, counting forwards and backwards and practicing our number formations too. We have been counting different amounts and adding groups together.
We were very lucky to have a visit from Andrew’s baby sister Abbie. We were learning about babies, what they need and how to look after them. We set up activities for Abbie to play with and got to have fun having her in class. Thank you to Andrew’s mummy for coming in to share some of her knowledge with us and answer our questions.
Thank you to everyone who has already sent in Nativity costumes – please send these in ASAP.

P1 blog 5/12/17

We are in full swing of nativity rehearsals now and are doing incredibly well. We are so excited for you to come along and see us in our performance. We really are getting into the ‘being an actor/actress’ thing! There’s lots of good body language, facial expression and use of voice. Look out for a little slip in your child’s bag next week – this will tell you what to send in for their costume. Please make sure it is in a labelled carrier bag!
In literacy we have been building and blending words with G and L. We have all decided that our reading and writing is coming on so much. Our writing is looking great and we are working so hard to use finger spaces and full stops. On Tuesday we even went up to share our writing with the P7 buddies as we did so well.
We have also been doing some Scottish Country dancing. We had some special helpers (buddies!) who taught us all the dance moves they know. We don’t know who had the biggest smiles – them or us!
With enterprise coming up we have been very busy making and creating. Because it is so cold and frosty we have decided to help the birds and make some Christmas bird cookies to sell. We went out and fed the birds on Thursday as some of us noticed they might not be able to find anything good to eat because of the hard, frosty ground.
Plea from Miss Smith – if you have any sound wallets, tricky word tubs, reading books or homework jotters at home please make sure these come in on Friday 8th!
Also look out for:
Enterprise helper sign-up sheet.
Nativity costume note.

P1 blog 17/11/17

In numeracy we have been using our mathematical thinking incredibly well this week. We have been looking at numbers to 20 and how they are made, counting forwards and backwards and finding missing numbers. Some of us have been doing similar tasks with numbers up to 100! We are very impressed with our numeracy skills and love exploring the way numbers are made up.
We had our first nativity rehearsal this week. We had to sit very patiently and we were a grrreat audience when our friends were up performing. We are very lucky to have Miss Barnes come down and work with us on a Thursday afternoon to help us with our lines and to help us add lots of expression to our voices. It is very important that we practice at home so please help us as much as you can!
In HWB we focused on something a little different this week. We focused on Gender. We decided that if everyone was the same it would be very boring. We were thinking about colours and toys and P1 thought that we should not have girls toys and boys toys – everyone can play with anything they like as long as we all have fun. We also though that there should not girls and boys colours. We were all very mature in sharing our thinking and had some great discussions. We are trying hard not to talk about girls and boys things because we think it should not matter if you are a girl or boy – we should all just have fun and play together!
Mrs Sharp brought in a special visitor to meet us. Teddy is a very old teddy bear who belongs to Mrs Sharp’s brother – he is 58 years old! We noticed the difference between some of our teddies and Teddy. We loved having him in class with us.
We had a very fun buddy time this week – we made beautiful cats and wrote short stories about them with our P7 buddies. They are very bright and colourful and our cutting skills were put to the test again.
Thank you to everyone who has handed in the Online Learners Journal forms. Please hand these in ASAP (even if you already have an account set up!).

P1 blog 10/11/17

We have been working hard in numeracy this week learning about number sequences. We did lots of counting forwards and backwards. We have been using the Numicon to explore the different ways that numbers are made with tens and units. We have enjoyed getting the laptops out to play some games and feel very grown up using them with our partners.
Our tricky word this week has been ‘me.’ We have been using our tricky words to begin building sentences at our writing table. There are stamps, envelopes and we are using our letter boxes more to write to each other. We are going to be doing lots of work on our letter formation next week and are using lined paper to keep our letters nice and neat.
Many thanks to all of you who have already begun helping your child with their nativity lines. We will be doing lots of rehearsals in school but the more short bursts of line memorising you can do at home the better! We are looking forward to learning the songs and beginning rehearsals.
After hearing lots of stories about our classmates bonfire night fun we made some lovely firework art. We used a variety of different coloured paint and some glitter to make it extra special and sparkly. You will never guess what we used to get a good splattering and colour mixing effect? Teabags! We got to drop them from up high and had so much fun being messy and seeing the colours splatter and mix together.
We went outside to play some parachute games on Wednesday. We had to use really good listening skills to play the games properly. We worked well as a team throwing the ‘popcorn’ high up in the air and tried to keep it on the parachute – it was quite tricky! It was a little chilly outside but most of us had warm coats, hats and scarfs so we had lots of fun. We tend to go outside a few days a week so please help us dress for the weather. We will wear our all in one waterproofs if it is wet but if children can wear welly boots/waterproof shoes that would be great – puddles are far to appealing and fun for us not to jump in them!
Our current topic is ‘Toys: past and present.’ If you or any family members have any older toys you would be happy for us to explore and have a look at please let us know. We are hoping to have an afternoon WB 20th November to play with and explore older toys and consider how they work. If you have anything please send it in with your child’s name clearly labelled – a small description of it would be great too! Some children were very enthusiastic in explaining ‘old’ toys they had seen at home.
Online Learning Journal information has been sent out to all families. Please hand back the information sheet with your details ASAP to allow us to ensure access to your child’s profile. For those of you who used these at nursery I have been adding to these recently so please take a look – please also send in the relevant information sheet as these are required for us in school. If you have any questions/yours is not working please contact the office and we will be able to help you.