Please see below for a letter from the National Clinical Director, regarding the return of P1-3 and ELC pupils to in school learning from 22nd February 2021.
Please see below for a letter from the National Clinical Director, regarding the return of P1-3 and ELC pupils to in school learning from 22nd February 2021.
This week we continued with our shared text ‘How Winston Delivered Christmas’ This week we completed a sequencing task as well as a story hand where we had to identify the main characters in the story so far.
We redrafted our Santa Letter for our Christmas Writing which will be sent home before the holidays. We are very pleased with how our booklet is coming along.
“I enjoyed redrafting my Santa letter” Malcolm
“I really enjoyed doing my Christmas writing, it was lots of fun” Melissa
At the beginning of the week we read the Nativity and then completed sequencing and reading task, this is also in our Christmas Writing booklet.
“ I loved sequencing the Nativity pictures” Emily
In Numeracy on Wednesday and Friday we completed some Christmas Maths. We learned about co-ordinates and how to read these and then find them on a grid. We then completed some Christmas examples. We found a present and a Santa Claus.
“I chose the challenge sheet and it was a little hard. When I finished it I discovered the picture was Santa Claus” Layla
“I picked the challenge sheet, it was a little bit complicated” Jacob
“I chose both the easy and challenge sheet. I found them both easy!” Becky
We also looked at symmetry this week and used a ruler as the line of symmetry and coloured cubes. We completed our own symmetrical patterns.
“It was easy for me, but it was cool because we got to make patterns” Erin
“The line down the middle was called the line of symmetry” Hana
On Tuesday we had our Christmas Party. We all had a ball. We played Musical chairs and bumps, Christmas Corners and Pass the parcel.
We did some dancing too and Miss Clarkson taught us Superman and the Cha Cha Slide.
To finish off our afternoon we sang a couple of Christmas songs.
“I won Musical Chairs, I got a prize. It was a selection box” Celestan
“I won Musical bumps and I got a bag of Haribos as a prize” Isla
“ I enjoyed taking part in my Christmas Party” Harris
Our Christmas Spectacular and Infant Christmas Assemblies are now available for all to view via Google Classroom. For our Nursery families, this will be posted via your Learning Journals.
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Thank you and merry Christmas.
This week we have had a Christmas focus in P2/3EC. We started the week off with Mr Mathis filming us for the Christmas Film that we are doing this year instead of Coffee and Carols. Once all the classes have been filmed and the link has been put together it will be added to all Google Classrooms.
Literacy this week has been focused upon our Christmas Shared text “How Winston Delivered Christmas” At the start of the week we looked at the front cover and discussed what it reminded us of, was it something we had heard, seen or read before.
“ It reminded me of our Christmas Writing about Prince Albert and the Christmas Trees” Melissa
“It reminded me of the North Pole” Erin
“ It reminds me of a Christmas movie” Emily
“It reminds me of the film Elf” Andrew
The we predicted what we thought would happen in the story. To do this we drew illustrations. All of our work is being collated into a floor book.
“ I think Christmas is going to be in trouble and Winston will have to save the day!” Becky
“ I think Winston will wake up on Christmas Day and see Santa “ Malcolm
“ I think Winston will ride Santa’s sleigh” Kyle
“ I think the mouse will go through a porthole and arrive at the North Pole and then Santa will give him presents” Jacob
We covered a variety of different concepts in Maths/Numeracy this week.
Squares group continued to look at 3digit numbers HTU and Triangles revised and consolidated 2 digit numbers TU. We all used arrow cards to make 2 and 3 digit numbers and then showed our understanding by ordering these numbers.
All children are revising money to £1. We are able to layout and add coins up to £1. We can use our knowledge of partitioning to help us layout and add up coins.
Next week we are going to extend our knowledge above £1, up to £5.
As part of our consolidation of our learning we have been playing new bingo games. We have new adding ones and place value ones.
“ I found the new bingo game easy” Isla
“I found the bingo game a little hard” Melissa
“ I found the HTU bingo a little tricky too” Marcus
Towards the end of the week we consolidated our mental calculations. We have been learning to hold a number in our head and either add on or take away a number. Partitioning also helped us with adding larger numbers. We used a solve and shade worksheet to show our progress.
We really enjoyed doing this and have asked Mrs Cuthbert for some Christmas ones.
“I loved doing this! At the end I saw that the picture was an ice-cream cone!” Melissa
Art and Craft
This week we finished our Reindeer art work. We LOVE these. After adding the antlers and snow these look great, even Mrs Penman popped in to tell us how great they were! What do you think??
“I really enjoyed doing the snow!” April
“ I loved it! I enjoyed making the reindeer” Isla
“ I found it tricky to draw the antlers, but it has turned out good” Celestan
“ I loved adding the snow at the end. It made it look like it was snowing in the picture” Andrew
We also made a Winston Mouse finger puppet to go along with our Shared text. This was just for a bot of fun, but we think they look really cool.
Just a quick reminder that next Tuesday 15th December is our Christmas Party. Children can come to school already in their party clothes or they can bring them in a bag and get changed before the party.
It’s been a brilliantly productive week in P3Y. We have all worked so hard and are very proud of our achievements.
In maths this week, we have been learning about different units of weight and have been comparing the mass of different objects. We started by holding at 1kg and ½ kg weights and then estimated whether various items in our class (such as iPads, a bag of rice, a bag of potatoes and a brick) were more than 1kg, the same, or less than 1kg. We then used scales to measure the objects so that we could evaluate whether our estimates were accurate or not.
In literacy this week, we have used the wonderful book ‘Twenty-five December Lane’ to create a class floor book to showcase all our knowledge. We have made predictions about what we think the book will be about, and used the front cover and blurb to create our ideas. We also identified words in the story that contain the phonemes and digraphs that we have been learning. We were able to recognise, read and write sounds such as ‘th, ee, er and ng’. Today, our task involved sorting words from the story into categories depending on whether they were nouns, verbs or adjectives. We were then able to use these words and create our own sentences. This has really helped expand our vocabulary and we can now use interesting words such as ‘peered’ and ‘ancient’ to create very interesting sentences.
In Health and Wellbeing this week, we have been identifying the positive and negative factors that can affect relationships and friendships. We talked about the good qualities of our friends, the ways that they make us feel happy and the things that we do that makes us think that we are good friends. We also discussed the things that people sometimes do that might change a relationship or friendship, such as saying mean things or acting unkindly. We agreed that we all have to take responsibility to ensure that we are good friends to one another, and that we can take opportunities to make new friends.
P3 have worked so hard this week and I am so impressed with all the effort they have put in to every task they have had. Well done everyone and enjoy your weekend!
This week we have had a big focus on Christmas. We have been rehearsing our songs and poem for Sunnyside’s Spectacular and we are all ready for our performance next week.
This week in Literacy we have been focusing on the split digraph ‘a-e’. as in cake, bake, rake etc. We have been word building, playing bingo games, and using Play Phonics on the iPad to read and work out if the words were real or fake.
We have also looked at Fact or Opinion this week. We now know that ‘fact’ means something is true and ‘opinion’ is what someone thinks.
“Jesus is dead” is a fact Jacob
“Humans have a heart and lungs” is a fact Isla
“Astronauts need to wear spacesuits” is a fact Malcolm
“Pencils can be any colour” is a fact Jacob
“Lava is very dangerous you can’t get too close” is a fact Marcus
“Some people like ham pizza and some people don’t” is an opinion Emily
“Ham pizza is better than sweetcorn pizza” is an opinion Leighton
“Real Madrid is the best team in the World” is an opinion Kristofer
Our reading has been focused on Christmas stories. The children have really enjoyed reading Mog stories. We watched Mog’s Christmas Calamity.
“Mog saved the house because she accidently phoned the fire brigade” Hana
“Mog also caused the calamity in the house” Kyle
“The elf inside the book made us do naughty things such as funny words and joke. What do elves do in the toilet? They do Jingle smells!” Erin
Class Talks – We have had more class talks this week. Mrs Cuthbert is extremely impressed with the quality of work from the children.
“I think I did well, but I could have looked at the audience a bit more” April
“I think I did well with my talk. My talk was on lizards. I think I could have looked at the audience more too.” Kristofer
This week in Numeracy we been working on money up to £1. Children are confident with counting coins to make an amount within £1. We have used Money bingo games and Money matching games to consolidate our learning. At the teaching station this week the children used a penny track to help with working out change from 20p.
This week we also revised and consolidated sequencing and ordering numerals.
P3’s have been looking at numbers to 1000 this week. We have used place value counters to build 3-digit numbers and to break up 3-digit numbers. We used our knowledge of partitioning to help with this. The follow up task to this was adding 2-digit number to a 2-digit number using place value counters.
P2’s have been revising and consolidating numbers to 100 using place value counters and a variety of games. We have also been adding a 1-digit number to a 2-digit number using the number in your head and counting on strategy.
We have been looking at different types of line and how these work together to create drawings. This week we drew a reindeer. Before we drew this we looked at the different lines used to make the reindeer outline. We identified that the reindeer is made up of curved and straight lines.
“I found colouring in the body of the reindeer difficult because, I needed to lean heavily with the crayon. I enjoyed drawing my reindeer” Celestan.
“I loved drawing the reindeer it was so fun. “ Melissa
“I needed a couple of tries to get the outline of the reindeer just right.” Emily
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in P3Y! We’ve had a festive start to a new month with lots of Christmas related activities happening.
We have been learning about the history of the Christmas tree. We know that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were some of the first people to have a Christmas Tree in the UK in 1840. We were able to recall many more interesting facts about Victorian Christmas trees and created an informative report about what we had learnt. We made sure that our facts were in the correct order, and that our sentences contained full stops and capital letters where needed and used connectives to extend them.
In maths this week, we were exploring the weight of different objects. We started by lining up picture cards from what we thought was the lightest, to the heaviest object shown on the card. We then needed to decide whether we thought we would weigh these objects using grams, kilograms or tonnes and had to justify our answers. Next week, we’ll be exploring finding and comparing the mass of various objects using scales.
We’ve been getting crafty in P3Y this week, with many winter and Christmas themed creations! We used mixed media to create a snowy Christmas window scene using mixed paint, card and cotton buds. We think the end result was really effective and eye-catching.
We have many more exciting plans lined up for next week and can’t wait to get stuck in!
Have an excellent weekend everyone!
Phew, what a busy week we have had! It’s been another great week of learning in P3Y and everyone has been working their socks off.
In numeracy this week, we’ve been learning about fractions. We have looked at fractions as a portion of a shape and fractions of an amount. We used visuals to help us in understanding halves and quarters, then expanded to looking at thirds, fifths, eighths etc. We understand that the bottom number in a fraction tells us how many parts there are and the top number tells us how many out of that part are being shown. We’re going to keep practising showing the fraction of a value by using concrete resources such as blocks to help us with finding a quarter of 12, for example.
It’s certainly been a literacy-rich week for us here in P3Y as we’ve done lots to celebrate ‘Book Week Scotland’. Today we did a ‘class-read-along’ of our new book ‘Look Up’ by Nathan Bryon. This lovely book was gifted to us in our ReadWriteCount bags and we really enjoyed the chance to all read along in our own copies together. We’re looking forward to using our other gifts over the weekend and sharing them with our families at home.
As part of our health and wellbeing this week, we have been further practising our mindfulness. We took part in a ‘superhero listening’ guided meditation then took our new skills out in to the play ground where we used each of our senses to make observations and tune in to the world around us. This helped us feel more calm and in control of our thoughts.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone – looking forward to another excellent week ahead of us! Miss Young
We have had another fantastic week in P3Y with lots of excellent opportunities for learning.
In maths this week, we have been exploring using money. We have identified the different coins types and used various coins to make exact amount up to 10p, 20p, 50p and £1. Miss Young set up a pretend shop and had different items for sale at various prices. Using the coins we were given, we had to work out what we could afford and hand over the exact amount. We will be continuing our learning on money next week – ask us about the coins you have in your pockets over the weekend!
In literacy this week, we have revised our initial sounds and digraphs. We’ve practiced saying each sound, thought of words we knew that used that sound, then had a go at spelling the words independently. We have also started a new class novel this week, ‘The Day I Became the Most Wanted Boy in the World.’ We’re only on chapter 4 and so much has happened in the story already! We’ve been discussing interesting word choices and been having a go at using the new vocabulary we’ve come across in sentences of our own.
We have been learning about mindfulness and what it means to be present as part of our Health and Wellbeing lessons. We’ve practiced different techniques to help us rest, relax and reset our senses. such as guided meditations and considering our surroundings for a sensory scavenger hunt that we’ll complete next week. We understand the importance of taking time to reconnect with our emotions and allow our brains time to wind down and relax as we all live very busy lives!
Thank you for all your wonderful contributions this week, P3Y! Can’t wait for more fun next week!
This week in Literacy we have been focusing on the vowel digraph ‘er’. We have built word lists, played board games, completed reading activities and did word building to help us with our learning.
This was our last week of focusing on Character descriptions. This week our shared text was
‘The Scarecrows Wedding’. We studied the main character Harry O’Hay and brainstormed as many adjectives as we could about him. We thought about his personality as well as what he did and what he looked like.
‘I wore blue dungarees with a red patch’ Kristofer
‘He wore an old black hat with a red band and a red and white spotty neckerchief’ Leighton
‘He had one black glove’ Isla
‘He has scruffy golden hair’ Jacob
Our Ancient China topic continues. This week we learned about the Terracotta Army. We watched a couple of short clips and we read a short book about them too. We found out the following:
‘The Terracotta Army were found by farmers digging a well underground’ Kendal
‘The farmers found the pits 46 years ago’ Celestan
‘The Terracotta Warriors were found in pits.’ Kendal
‘Weapons, horses, chariots and animals were also found with the Warriors’ Malcolm
‘There were over 8000 Terracotta figures found in the pits’ Kyle
‘It took over 40 years to build the Terracotta Warriors’ Andrew
“Some of the Terracotta Army did not survive, they got crushed because the roof of the pit fell it” Fraser
“Legend says that there is a river of mercury near the Temple of the Emperor” Fraser
The children worked together to write down 5 amazing facts about what they had learned. Next week we are going to use this knowledge to help us write a report about the Terracotta Army.
This week in Numeracy we revised money up to 20p. We linked this learning with the Place Value and Partitioning work that we have be doing in class. Mrs Cuthbert was very impressed with our knowledge so far. We will very quickly move on to money up to 50p.
Counting in 10s has also helped us with our money work this week and we have been adding 2digit 10s numbers.
Numeracy rotations have been a favourite this week with bingo games, ipad, doubles and halves working as well as our Place Value games.
We have been consolidating 2D shape with Mrs Jacobs and doing a little bit of tiling. We have been working hard to recognise pentagons, hexagons and octagons.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been revising and consolidating the 5 cog model. We have been trying to become more familiar with what each cog represents and what they mean. We completed a task where we had lots of different pictures we had to sort these into the