We are having fun learning about the beliefs and traditions of St Andrews Day and Christmas. We enjoyed tasting shortbread and making our own St Andrew’s Cross. I wonder if you can spot any St Andrew’s flags when you are out and about?
We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our Nativity performances to share the Christian story of the first Christmas.
We loved having our families visit to share in our addition learning during the Numeracy Open Afternoon. I hope you enjoyed experiencing some of our addition activities with your own mini ‘tour guides’. Using games and activities with real items to count and add together is great practise for us at home too. It’s important for us to see, feel and count the quantities.
The b b buns were baked, the bookbug bags were in their boxes and the children waited excitedly. Today was bookbug day! Thank you to all the family members and P7 buddies who came along to enjoy the children’s delicious baking and share in the fun of unpacking and reading the new books together. We love having fun with stories in our class and hope the books, advice, ideas and activities in your bag will add to your reading and maths fun at home.
Thank you to star bakers Mrs Paul and Mrs Irvine for assisting our mini bakers yesterday!
Well done to all of you for contributing your brilliant animal ice cream rhymes. They made us all laugh a lot after break! I wonder if you can think of any more at home?
This afternoon we continued the literacy fun at the phonics disco, showing the actions for the sounds and writing the letter shapes with our finger lights. You can practise this at home with a torch. I wonder if you could ‘write’ some extra large letters and words outside in the dark?!
A HUGE thank you to parents Wendy and Kelly for being such fabulous helpers on our trip to see My Neighbour Totoro at Eden Court last week. We all enjoyed the shower of snow, the brilliant bus ride and the fantastic film full of amazing creatures. Our drawings afterwards showed the cat bus was most children’s favourite part of the story.
On Thursday morning we’re off with our friends in P1A to see My Neighbour Totoro at Eden Court. Please remember to bring a snack and your water to enjoy at the cinema.
Mrs Sutherland will be teaching our class on Wednesday and Friday this week whilst Mrs Mudie is out of school.
We are currently collecting Bonne Maman jam jars, corks and small cardboard boxes e.g. from jelly, make up, stock cubes. In you can help by turning the boxes inside out and sticking them shut they make a better surface for us to create with.
On Friday we explored the story of The Rainbow Fish as part of our anti-bullying week learning. A survey of the older pupils in our school identified that on those occasions when pupils experience bullying behaviours they are most commonly appearance related. Rainbow fish thinks he is better than all the other fish because he is more beautiful with his shiny scales. We discussed this together. After some very interesting thinking we voted and decided that we are all on the side of caring, sharing and being friendly with everyone rather than the side of only playing with children who look cool.
We practise ‘writing’ our letters big scale on partners backs and small on the palms of our own hands so we can feel the route of the correct formation. Try it at home with a grown up.
We love developing our dancing skills to Can’t Stop The Feeling.
When we learned the f sound we each designed our own fantastic Oi fffrog on a log.
Here’s an update on what we’ve been learning recently.
We have also had fun learning to control our bodies and control balls during our PE sessions. We have learned the u sound and lots of us are beginning to blend sounds together to read or make cvc (constanant vowel constanant) words using the sounds we know eg mud, peg, dot. Try to show someone at home how we sound out with our robot arms then ‘push’ the sounds together to blend the word. We are practicing our tricky reading keywords regularly in class, sometimes working with a partner to help us and check that we are correct.
For our fabulous fireworks pictures we created lots of different lines with our chalks and smudged them to make the glowing night sky ready for our collage houses.
Writing the numeral 2 indoors and out, big and small, helps to develop our formation. It’s tricky to keep the bottom straight. We are using the number rhymes which have been added to your red books to remind us how to form the shapes. Please practice at home or outside when you can. We are learning to assess our own work into the ‘traffic light’ trays.
We have begun to add two sets of items together using dice, dominos and materials to count. Mrs Malotz who supports us on Friday mornings helped us to make o shapes with Cheerios to use as bird feeders. All the threading practice helps improve our fine manipulation skills.
This book gets the most giggles at story time for it’s nasty rhymes! Making our g g ghosts helped develop our finger muscles as we had to manipulate tricky elastic bands. Wrapping elastic bands/hair bobbles around items at home is a great manipulation challenge!
We practiced forming the numeral 1 in different materials. It’s an easy shape but we have to remember to start at the top. We love creating and working with our friends during soft start. Phonics disco is a great way to practise our groovy moves whilst doing the jolly phonics actions to the sounds we know.
We joined classes around Scotland and our friends in P1A to watch Authors Live online with Kes Gray who wrote one of our favourite class rhyming books Oi Frog. His clever, funny stories made us laugh a lot!
Please have a look at our termly learning overview below to see some of the key learning experiences and outcomes we will be covering this term.
Welcome back everyone!
It was lovely to find out everyone’s holiday news this morning. We each drew something we’d enjoyed doing over the break and used our pictures to help us tell our news to everyone.
Remember to tell your grown up that the Halloween Disco is this Thursday. If you didn’t bring your gym kit back today please bring it in asap.
I’m so proud of everyone for a super first term of learning in Primary 1. Well done! It’s been lovely getting to know you all and I’m excited to see what we’ll learn together next term. Many thanks to our student Miss Mackintosh who has helped us all with our learning for the last 4 weeks. Have a happy holiday and remember to ask someone at home to wash your gym kit ready for term 2!
Here are some photos of our busy last couple of weeks….
Taking part in the Scottish schools reading together challenge, looking muddled on dress silly day and making magnificent monkey masks.
Designing our own r for rocking robots, practising accurate counting and numeral recognition and forming huge letter shapes at the finger light disco.
Exploring and learning about our senses of touch and taste with Miss Mackintosh. Can you tell an adult if you made a pongy potion or a perfect perfume when you worked with your partner?
Learning about h and using our sounds to blend cvc words e.g. hen, hip, net. As part of our Marvellous Me topic Mary came to tell us how sugar harms our teeth. Can you tell an adult at home why you should only have sugar at mealtimes and never in your snacks? Why should you not have dried fruit, biscuits, cereal bars, fruit juice or sweet yogurt for your playtime snack? Can you remember why fresh fruit, cheese & crackers or sugar free crisps are better snacks for your teeth?
Making a living graph of our eye colours, learning about children’s rights through the theatre group visit and learning about the sound e for elephant.
Challenging ourselves and co-operating with each other on the trim trail.
What an super week of listening and talking learning we’ve had! We’ve been telling everyone what is special to each of us by sharing our special boxes. It’s been really interesting to find out who is in everyone’s family and what we all enjoy doing and eating! We have all done an amazing job of looking at our audience, using our big voice and listening well. Fantastic work P1B!! Thank you so much to your families for all their help with this project.
We were also very lucky to have an fantastic talk from Dr Rutherford who brought his skeleton, Ryan, to help us learn more about the inside of our body. Can you remember what the heart does and the sound it makes when it’s working properly? Can you tell someone at home where your lungs and kidneys are? Which part of your body makes the poo? A HUGE thanks to Dr Rutherford for helping us with this super learning!
Have a lovely long weekend and see you on Wednesday!
Can you spot any familiar faces in our portrait gallery? We have been developing our understanding of parts of our bodies, inside and out. Drawing round some of the class was great fun!
We are getting quicker at ordering the numeral sequence 0-10 and counting backwards, starting at different numbers. To develop our understanding of graphs we made a cupcake birthday graph.
When we went to the muga for PE we managed to get changed into our gym kit and back without mislaying any clothes! Please continue to practice changing skills at home, especially buttons. We are controlling our bodies well during yoga time.
Our ability to notice rhyming words is developing. We really enjoyed hearing our volunteer, Cameron, read us some rhyming stories. We are also trying really hard to blend the 7 sounds we have learned to make words. With s a t p i n c we found we can make words like nap, cat, pit and even pants!
When we were learning the n sound we made yummy chocolate nests and had to co-operate in teams when we created nests for nightingales outside with P1A.
A HUGE thank you to our P7 buddies who have helped us so much during our transition to P1. We still get to play with them in the playground when we see them and they joined us to read us stories on the 1st.
We have been developing our understanding of number sequence, dice and domino patterns and sharing our ideas for our Marvellous Me topic. We enjoyed our lovely relaxing yoga session.
We have been learning about the sound p and using our sounds to create letters and words. Can you share our Rhyme of the Week with someone at home?
You will find our Term 1 Learning Overview below. Take a look to see what learning we have planned for the rest of the term.
Wonderful Week Two
Primary 1 have been superstars in week two, developing their confidence, helping new friends and having fun during our tasks and playing times. In our week 2 maths we explored quantities, numerals and dice patterns.
We learned two more sounds – a and t.
We spotted words that begin with the sounds, including our tongues and teeth starting with t. We ‘wrote’ the letters on our friend’s hands and backs and around the room with the finger lights.
We created terrific tortoises using our creative and cutting skills.
We had lots of opportunities to develop our fine motor skills. These increase our control of our fingers and make them stronger which helps us for lots of activities including drawing and writing. We used paper clips, painting pegs, tiny tweezers, counters, playdough, beads and threading this week. I wonder what you can manipulate at home to develop these skills?
We enjoyed having stories read to us and reading by ourselves. We learned some new songs and rhymes and we had assembly in the dinner hall with nursery.
Can you teach someone at home our rhyme of the week? Can you spot anything at home that starts with t or a?
Congratulations to our new class reps who will join the reps from other classes at meetings and activities to help to improve our school!
We’ve been busy learning a bit about the people who will help us around the school and the jobs they do, exploring some more of the school spaces, getting to know each other, using our movement and fine motor skills and having fun! Here’s a wee peek at some of it…..
Welcome to the P1B blog!
What a fabulous first day we all had! We did a super job of being friendly and caring with our new classmates and were all very confident to explore our classroom and some of the school.
Here we are enjoying some of our new class toys and having a tasty lunch with our brilliant buddies from P7.
Looking forward to more fun tomorrow!
First Day of School
The first day of school
Can be hard for Mum and Dad.
Part of you feels excited,
The other part feels sad.
For many years you’ve held their hand
And have been their loving guide
Now you know the time has come to leave them by my side.
But it is only for a little while
As your child will learn and grow.
And at the end of every day
They will share with you all they know.
So as you walk away
Don’t worry anymore.
I’ll take care of those precious gifts
When you leave them at my door.