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.

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