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Primary 1EC week beginning 13.01.20


This week in Numeracy we have been revising o’clock time using the little yellow clocks. We are learning to read and set o’clock times. We also started to look at reading and writing digital o’clock times.

We are doing very well. Mrs Cuthbert is very proud of us!

“The big minute hand always goes up to the top, to the number 12” Rhys

“I love the ‘Wakey Wakey’ Education city game” Callen

We also started learning about a new calculation- subtraction. Subtraction also means take away. We have used concrete materials to help us solve word problems

Eg there were 6 cows in the field. 4 of them went to be milked. How many are left?

We used cubes to help us solve the problem.


To extend our learning we also learned the strategy of crossing out when completing a worksheet.

Eg there were 6 cows in the field. 4 of them went to be milked. How many are left?


On Wednesday afternoon we visited the Spiers Centre Library. Ian read us ‘Room on the Broom’ and then we chose Non-Fiction books for our IDL topic of Under the Sea. We enjoyed looking at the books and spending time in the library.

Our books have now gone into genre boxes in our class library for us to read during literacy rotations and choosing time.

To consolidate our digraphs ai, oa and ie we participated in some diacritical marking.


Fergus the Storyteller:

On Thursday afternoon P1EC had Fergus in class. He told them stories and songs. They loved his enthusiasm and excitement for telling stories. We cannot wait to do some of the ideas he shared with the teachers.



This term we are continuing to learn about different bible stories. This week’s story was about Moses. We heard the story and then created a craft to show our understanding.

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

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Primary 1EC Week beginning 06.01.20


Happy New Year Everyone!

It was lovely seeing all the children back and hearing all about their Christmas holidays.


For writing this week we looked at New Year’s Resolutions. After thinking about what promise we could make to ourselves we made a new year wishing wand

‘I want to try and save my money’ Melissa

‘I am going to help my mum keep all the bedrooms tidy’ Hana

‘I want to try hard at golf, I have my first lesson soon’ May

‘I want to help my Mum around the house’ Callen

‘I want to try and be a nicer sister’ Kendal


This week we learned a new digraph too, ‘ie’ as in pie.

We completed different activities such as word building, playing 4 in a row and reading ‘ie’ words. Next week is a consolidation week and we will be revisiting ‘ai’ ‘oa’ and ‘ie’



This week we worked collaboratively with P1HD. Our IDL hook lesson saw us putting together jigsaw pieces and working out what all the jigsaws had in common.

‘I liked making the jigsaws’ Miley

‘I found it hard to find all the matching pieces’ Rhys

‘I think our topic is about sea creatures’ Cooper

‘Our new topic is about under the sea’ Pheobe

Back in class the children shared what they already knew about ‘Under the Sea’

‘A daddy seahorse has the babies’ Darcie

‘A sea snake is very, very, very long’ Kristofer

‘A pufferfish gets bigger and bigger’ May

After sharing what we knew we talked to our friends about what we would like to learn about. Here are some of our

‘I want to learn about seahorses’

‘I want to learn about sea lions’

‘Why do crabs move sideways?’

‘Why do pufferfish get bigger?’

‘I would like to learn about turtles?’

‘Are there different kinds of snakes?

Rhys expressed an interest in making lots of crafts in our IDL topic, so watch this space…!


Circle Time/HWB:

As part of our Health and Well-being curriculum we have been discussing people we can go to if we are worried, upset or need advice. This week we talked about family members that we could go to. One was to be a close family member and one was to be someone we didn’t live with. Next week we are going to talk about other adults we could go to.

We are designing a ‘My 5’ hand of the 5 people we can speak to.



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


Week beginning 09.12.19 Primary 1EC

Primary 1EC are definitely feeling in the festive spirit this week. With Nativity, Coffee and Carols and Christmas Writing Underway, it’s been a very busy week.



Well this week was our performance of ‘The Inn keeper’s breakfast’. All the children were very excited and did a super job on the day. They all spoke clearly, remembered when to move and sang enthusiastically. Thank you so much for coming and supporting us and for going over their speaking parts, the children loved having you there.

“I loved playing Mary in the Nativity’” Isla


Coffee and Carols:

I think you will agree that on Tuesday the children performed very well during our coffee and carols event. We did a trio of their favourite songs from the Nativity and ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’. This was a huge success and the children can’t wait to do it again next year, apparently!!



To link to our Nativity and our understanding of the Christmas story we watched ‘New Beginnings Bible Stories’. Before watching the children were able to identify the characters that would be in the story and where the story was set and a brief outline of the storyline.

After watching the Nativity story the children completed a sequencing task. All children were able to confidently sequence the 6 pictures of the story.

Next week we are going to look at the Bible Story of Noah’s Ark


This week’s sound is ‘oa’ as in goat. The children have used active tasks, games, written work and ipad apps to consolidate their learning this week. Word building continues to go well and children are now able to identify blends, digraphs and phonemes in words.

Blends: bl,cl,fl, cr,br, dr, st, nd, etc

Digraphs: ck, ai, oa etc

Phoneme: a, h, t, m, d etc


We also started our Christmas Writing this week. Mrs Cuthbert was very impressed with the standard of our independent writing. We are looking at Christmas traditions and started with Santa.

‘Santa can have lots of different names like, St Nicholas, St Nick and Father Christmas’ May

‘Santa lives at the North Pole with the elves’ Ryan C

‘Santa delivers presents all over the world to the children’ Ryan McI

After we had finished our writing we made our Santa craft.



In Maths this week we looked at Venn Diagrams. The children were able to identify the different criteria on the Venn Diagram and then were able to sort the objects accordingly.



Week Beginning 02.12.19 Primary 1EC


This week has been non-stop rehearsing for the Nativity, The Innkeeper’s Breakfast. All tickets are sold out and I am sure that you will enjoy the performance.

We have been working hard to perfect our lines, speak clearly and to remember our stage directions. A small group of us have been learning a simple dance to accompany one of our songs.



This week we learned a new digraph.

“We learned the ai sound’   Summer

These words have ai in them

“hair” April

“aim” Celestan

“train” Callen

“rain” Hana


The children are becoming very confident at building words containing their digraphs.

“Mrs Cuthbert, can you challenge us and give us a 5 letter word?” Kristofer

Kristofer came out and correctly built the word ‘train’



This week in Numeracy we looked at ordinal numbers:

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc

This is a new concept for the children and they have done very well.

“I found that really easy Mrs Cuthbert. I am going to self-assess my work green”  Andrew

Next week we will continue to build on this knowledge

With Miss Elizabeth we investigated Carroll Diagrams. We were able to identify the different criteria on the diagram and sort the elves accordingly.

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


Primary 1EC week beginning 25.11.19


This week we are in full flow with Nativity rehearsals. The children are working hard to learn all the songs and actions and narrators are practicing their lines. Please find time to go over these with your child at home.

There are still some families who have not asked for tickets for the Nativity. If you would like to come to our Nativity performance there are still some tickets available so please hand in your request form asap.



This week we focused on reading number words. Given that we have not covered lots of the sounds that can be found in the spelling of these words Primary 1 are doing really well. We played teddy bear counting on the SMARTboard and working in pairs to complete a matching game.

Using number to 10 flashcards the children showed their understanding of the language of maths. Show me number before/after/in-between, 1/2 more than/less than.


Our focus for writing this week was looking at sentence structure and punctuation. Initially the children read through a series of words and then put them in the correct order.

After discussion around what a sentence needs to have the children identified that sentences need a capital letter at the start and a full stop at the end.

We then looked at a text about Kipper. Using skimming and scanning the children identified full stops in the text, these were highlighted in yellow and then they identified all capital letters. These were highlighted in blue.

We then used our knowledge of punctuation and played the punctuation thief game.

‘I loved scanning the bag looking to see what the thief stole’ Miley


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