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This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we have been learning to read, write and draw o’clock times in both an analogue and digital format. We have also started to look at subtraction and have been using the crossing out method to help us work out how many are left. We have been singing along to the months of the year song every day and are becoming more familiar with naming these months in order. We have been continuing to use our bunny ears to show different amounts, as shown on a dice.

 “We were crossing out to take away.” –Jorgi

“We were learning how to say the months of the year out loud. – Lily

“The big hand points to 12 and the little hand to the hour.” – Finlay

In Literacy, we have been consolidating the following diagraphs: ai, oa and ie. We read the story Tiddler, as part of our new IDL (Under the Sea), and used this as a stimulus to develop our visualisation skills through drawing a picture to match a part of the story. We also began to write a set of instructions titled How to brush your teeth, after discussing the purpose of instructions and where we might find them. We continued to do Show and Tell on our favourite fairy tales, linking into last term’s topic.

“We had to ask and answer questions about the books for Show and Tell.” – Zack

“’ie’ has the ‘i’ sound.” – Logan

“You have to put toothpaste on your brush first and after that, brush your teeth.” – Abigail

“We had to think about the pictures in our head and draw them.” – Phoebe

In RME, we continued to learn about Christian stories and read the story of the birth of Moses. We did a follow up craft activity to help us understand and remember this story.

 “The pharoh wanted to kill all the baby boys.” – Abigail

“They made a basket and hid Moses behind the leaves.” – Oscar

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we focused on ordinal numbers. We learned the language of 1st, 2nd, 3rd…10th and engaged in various whole class and independent activities to support this. We also learned number words for numbers 6-10 and consolidated this through a Christmas themed Snowman matching game.

“I like the number 10. We say 10th.” – Oscar

“t-e-n.” – Jorgi

“We tried to build the snowman up by counting each bit. We counted pictures of fingers, tens frames and read the number word. I liked when I built lots of snowmen.” – Abigail

In Literacy, we learned the sound ‘oa’ and consolidated last week’s sound: ‘ai’. We read the story Puss and Boots, as part of our IDL, and used this as a stimulus to develop our visualisation skills through drawing a picture to match a part of the story. We also learned some Christmas traditions about Santa Clause and wrote 1 or 2 facts about him.

“’oa’ has an ‘o’ and an ‘a’ and ‘goat’ has ‘oa’ in it.” – Faith

“I was successful when I pointed to the sounds.” – Finlay

“Puss and Boots jumped on the cat. I drew a mouse and a cat. The cat was wearing a cowboy hat and a cape and also he was wearing some boots.” – Phoebe

“I won a start writer award because I wrote about Santa Clause. The elves and Santa were making presents at the North Pole.” – Lily

In RME, we continued to learn about Christian stories and read the story of Noah’s Ark. We spoke about the moral of the story and made a craft to represent the animals on the boat.

“Noah built a boat because there was going to be a flood. The animals went on the boat.” – Sarah

“There were lots of evil people.” – Finlay

 

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we consolidated our learning of number through various activities and stations around the classroom. We also started to use ordinal language (first, second, third etc.) when using our class Advent Calendar.

“We need to open number 5 because that’s the fifth.” – Oscar

“We need 2 more to make 5.” – Oliver

In Literacy, we learned the sound ‘ai’ and used our new Jolly Phonics computer software to introduce this . We read the story Rapunzel, as part of our IDL, and linked this into our literacy tasks for the week. We retold the story of Rapunzel in our writing and also did a visualisation task where we were able to draw a picture to illustrate a part of the story. We were introduced to a new reading strategy called Eagle Eye and had opportunities to whisper read our core reading books using this strategy.

“I was successful when I used the picture clues to help me read the words.” – Oscar

“I was successful when I spelled the word ‘cat’ because I said it out loud.” – Phoebe

“I liked it when I wrote in my jotter. I wrote about the prince climbing up the tower.” – Lily

“I liked the drawing I did of the tower.” – Finlay

“We self-assessed our writing.” – Phoebe

In IDL, we practiced our Nativity each day in preparation for the upcoming performance. We also learned about the story of Christmas to help us make links and to understand where the Christian celebration originated from.

 “I enjoyed when I got to be the star in the nativity because that’s a very special part of the nativity. Otherwise they wouldn’t have found baby Jesus.” – Faith

“The king wanted to kill baby Jesus so Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to Egypt.” – Oscar

 

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we learned how to read and write the number 20 and made this amount in different ways, for example by stamping 20 times, identifying 20 on the number line, counting out 20 using the tens frames etc. We continued to develop our addition skills and used a variety of active strategies to find different ways to make an amount. 

“I went to the book fair and saw different books. I liked the Lego book with toys.” – Misha

“20 has a 2 and a 0. “ – Abigail

“10 and 10.” – Jorgi

“We learned to write 20 using two and zero.” – Zack

 

“4 and 4 makes 8.” – Lucas

In Literacy, we consolidated all of the sounds we have learned so far. We were able to learn through various literacy activities, for example building CVC words on whiteboards, identifying rhyming words and playing matching games. We also wrote a set of instructions for the first time and it was called ‘How to make a spell’. This linked in with our new fairy tale, Cinderella.

“We wrote about the witch’s spell. Mine had spiders in it.”– Finlay

“I put in 1 spider into my potion to make a spell.” – Oliver

“I put 2 mice in to make my spell.” – Faith

In IDL, we read the story of Cinderella and based much of our learning around this. We took part in drama activities to help us understand the characters and we made predictions on what we thought might happen next in the story.

“We did drama and Cinderella sat on the hot seat. She answered questions from the story.” – Faith

 

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we learned how to read and write the number 19 and have had many opportunities to count within 20. We became more familiar with the part, part, whole method for addition and used this, alongside our cubes, to find different ways to make 6 and 7. We also continued to develop our data handling skills by going outside to find out the colour of the cars in our staff car park. We then made a bar graph to display these results.

“We walked in the class and had to shake people’s hands 19 times.” – Jessica

“We were finding different ways to make 6. 3 and 3 makes 6.” – Jorgi

“We were outside looking at cars in the car park. We counted how many red, blue, black, white or other cars there were.” – Abigail

“We made a bar graph.” – Finlay

 

In Literacy, we learned the sound ‘j’ and consolidated the sounds we have learned so far. We had opportunities to write  our taught sounds through an activity called ‘roll and write’. We also wrote an account of our soup making from last week and had to draw a detailed picture to match.

“I enjoyed rolling the dice and writing the sounds because I wanted to learn them.”– Lily

“I wrote about peeling the carrots and putting them in the pot and putting the bread in the soup.” – Faith

“I used the word ‘delicious’ in my writing because I made the soup and then sat down on my chair to enjoy it.” – Oscar

“Jam starts with ‘j’.”– Phoebe

 

In Health and Wellbeing, we continued to learn about different ways to be a good friend. We discussed ways we could make others happy and were able to identify people who we had made happy that day.

“Playing with them.” – Misha

“I make Finlay happy by reading him books.”– Zack

“I share and play with the puppets with my friends.”- Nicholas

 

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we have been continuing to develop our skills in addition and were introduced to the ‘part, part, whole’ method. We really enjoyed using this as a different way to add numbers together. We also continued our work on data handling by carrying out another survey and then displaying this using a bar graph.

“We made a bar graph to show how people get to school.” – Phoebe

“I enjoyed doing the survey in Primary 2.” – Lily

“We were adding. You put a number in the two small boxes and the answer in the bottom box.” – Jessica

In Literacy, we learned three new sounds: l, f and b. We watched Geraldine the Giraffe and then created our own word wall for each sound. We also created a poster to encourage people to be safe around fireworks, making sure we used a full stop and finger spaces in our writing.

“Stay way back from fireworks.” – Lucas

“We made a poster about being safe around fireworks. I liked writing it.” – Abigail

“We were learning ‘b’. Swinging a bat. Ball starts with ‘b’.” – Finlay

In IDL, we read a fairytale called The Enormous Turnip. We stopped at a particular point in the book and had to predict what might happen next, using the clues from the book so far. We also had great fun making and tasting our own turnip soup!

“We were predicting and had to draw the turnip and the people.” – Faith

“We made turnip soup because we read the book called The Enormous Turnip.” – Jorgi

 

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we have been learning to count, recognise and correctly form numbers to 20. We introduced the numbers 15 and 16 and used our new counting stick to count forwards and backwards from a given number within 20. We have also been learning to add basic amounts and have had lots of opportunities to use concrete materials to support this e.g. cubes and tens frames. We enjoyed carrying out a survey in other classes around the school to find out people’s favourite type of fruit and we recorded this on a tally chart and pictograph.

‘We know that 2 and 3 makes 5.’ – Oscar

‘We tried to count all the way to 20 using our number stick. We missed out some numbers to get to 20.’ – Abigail

In Literacy, we learned two new sounds: o and u. We had lots of opportunities for word building and had to say, make, read and write CVC words, using our initial sounds. We also had various opportunities to discuss our likes and dislikes from the stories that we read, as part of our 3 Sharings, and even identified some things that puzzled us. In writing, we created a WANTED poster to help find the wicked witch from Hansel and Gretel. We also made our own sweetie houses from the story and used adjectives to describe them.

‘We wrote a poster to let people know they need to find the witch.’ – Phoebe

‘We read Hansel and Gretel. I liked when there was a sweetie house because I love sweeties.’ – Jessica

‘I used the word ‘tickly’ to describe my sweetie house from Hansel and Gretel.’ – Oscar

‘Turn on the light and turn it off for ‘o’.’ – Logan

‘Umbrella starts with ‘u’.’ – Finlay

‘When we read the Hansel and Gretel story, I liked when the witch pretended to be nice to them.’ – Phoebe

In Health and Wellbeing, we read a story called You Be You. This story is all about celebrating our differences and recognising that we are all unique. We designed our own fish using different lines and patterns, just like the ones from the story, to represent our differences.

‘I enjoyed colouring our fish to go with the story You Be You.’ – Faith

‘We all like different things.’ – Oscar

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we have been learning to count, recognise and correctly form numbers to 10. We had lots of fun inviting parents/carers in to observe a numeracy lesson. We also identified basic 2D shapes and focused on a triangle, discussing its properties and where we may see it in the environment. We introduced numbers in between and used our number lines to help.

A triangle has 3 vertices and 3 sides.” – Oscar

The racoon’s nose was a triangle.” – Phoebe

We showed parents how to count with the number lines and number fans.” – Faith

In Literacy, we learned three new sounds: e, h and r. We had lots of opportunities for word building and had to say, make, read and write CVC words, using our initial sounds. We also read our ORT 1st words books to Miss Duncan. In writing, we wrote a personal account called A Day Out.

We wrote a story and had to include a full stop.” – Faith

We went down up and round to write ‘r’.” – Jessica

We wrote ‘r’ with rhubarb in the rice.” – Oscar

In Health and Wellbeing, we read a story called The Grumpycorn and linked this into our Emotion Works. We identified the emotion word for the character and used words to describe his behaviours throughout the book. We drew pictures to illustrate good choices that he could have made in the story rather than shouting and throwing things.

“The unicorn was grumpy.” – Logan

“He threw stuff.” – Sarah

“The unicorn was being gentle in my picture.” – Ayesh

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we have been consolidating numbers within 10 by practising our formation and playing counting games. We also made links with our homework and made some finger patterns, using both hands. We played a teddy bear game to help us visualise this. We even made some patterns using peg boards, beads, cubes and superhero pictures. We then learned how to use iPads to take pictures of our work as evidence.

We had to grab the teddies into the houses and we made finger patterns. 2 and 3 makes 5.” – Sarah

We had to answer ‘how many?’ and colour it in.” – Lucas

We had to count the sandcastles.” – Nevaeha

 

In Literacy, we learned two new sounds: c and k. We had lots of opportunities for word building and had to say, make, read and write CVC words, using our satipn sounds. We had a formation station in our classroom where we could practice writing our names. We also each wrote a story called The Friendly Dragon, as this linked in with our Fairyland topic.

I like to write my name because it helps me get better at it.” – Faith

A dragon breathed fire to make the sun come back in our story.” – Abigail

I wrote my name on the back of my work.” – Finlay

“I drew a dragon and it breathed fire.” – Zack

“Camera starts with ‘c’.” – Oscar

 

In Health and Wellbeing, we read a story called We are gentle…we don’t hurt others. We explored the story and discussed ways we could be gentle towards others.

“You don’t punch or hit. We play and keep our hands to ourselves instead of others.” – Lucas

“No kicking anybody.” – Logan

“Miss Beanie was happy because they were being kind.” – Finlay

This week in P1HD

In Numeracy, we read the story of 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and we practiced our number formation of these numbers both independently and with the teacher. We engaged in some counting games, including a game where we had to count dots on apples and put them in the correct fruit basket. We also revised numbers after and introduced numbers before, using a number line.

We were looking for numbers after and showed them on our number fans.” – Abigail

A 1 and a 0 is 10. I drew the number 10 in my little booklet.” – Faith

I liked finding the right card to put in the basket with a number on it.” – Sarah

In Literacy, we revised the sounds s, a, t, i, p and n. We began to build CVC words using these sounds for example sat, pan, tin etc. We also wrote basic sentences using our character names from the ORT books and drew pictures to match.

We went to the library to get our new books. I chose a mountain one.” – Oscar

We had to use a full stop at the end of our sentence.” – Faith

I drew a pan because I read p-a-n.” – Maati

In Health and Wellbeing, we read a story called We work hard…we don’t waste time. We discussed the key points in a circle time activity and identified things we can do to look after our classroom.

“I worked really hard on my homework.” – Nevaeha

“I worked really hard when I was trying to write the number 10.” – Oscar