Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Glow Meet with Manfred the Baddie

Another busy week in P1! Song practise continues for the Sleepy Shepherd Christmas show.

We are learning to-

  • recognise shapes and make pictures with them
  • write an invitation
  • sing our Sleepy Shepherd songs

Our main focus this week has been preparing for the Christmas Fayre next Friday. We have made lots of lovely things for parents to buy for Christmas.  We have made Snowflake Candle Holders, Jewelled Photoframes (watch out for the special surprise inside them!) and painted Trinket Boxes. We will also be finishing off mugs with special photographs as well.

Jewelled Photoframe

Snowflake Candleholder

Painted Trinket Box

We also made invitations to give to someone to come to the Christmas Fayre on Friday 3rd December.

Christmas Fayre Invitation

Christmas Fayre Invitation

We have been working hard with our blending. Spelling three letter words and trying to sound out words. We have been reading our Oxford Reading Tree books too.

In maths we have been learning about shapes. We made pictures of houses and people with 2D shapes. Lots of us went to the making table to draw and cut out shapes and make more pictures.

P1 children across Scotland will be getting a book called ‘Manfred the Baddie’ from the Scottish Book Trust and a message from Bookbug. This year’s chosen book was written and illustrated by John Fardell and won the 0-7 age category of the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books. 

On Thursday John Fardell held a ‘Glow Meet’ session with lots of P1 children across Scotland to tell them all about the book. We took part in the Glow Meet (video conferencing) and watched as John told us the story and showed us his illustrations. It was very exciting and Mrs Mackay even left a message! John also showed us how he drew his character, Manfred and we drew some ‘BADDIES’ of our own!

Our Active Learning Zone is changing. Mrs Munro was very busy on Friday afternoon moving things about and there are lots of new things to try out. Watch this space to find out what our next story will be and what we will get up to!

The Gruffalo – Characters

We have been studying the Gruffalo even more. We have looked at all the things that make him a good character. We looked at the book and remembered his purple prickles, terrible teeth in his terrible jaw and his black tongue. We has to make our own character and had to think of lots of things it would need. Look at our pictures of our drawings.

We have been practising our Jolly Phonics sounds and trying to blend them together to read and write three letter words. We have been looking at our Oxford Reading Tree books and trying to perdict what will happen next in our stories.

In maths we have been continuing to look at pictograms. We made pictograms of fruit and we knew which fruit was the most popular. We also have been working with size. We looked at the characters from our Gruffalo story and thought about which was the tallest, shortest and narrowest. We used the Active Expressions to help us record our answers. We had to think about how the characters made us feel and we also had to choose our most favourite character in the story. Here are the results from our voting.

We have been learning songs for our Chirstmas Show, The Sleepy Shepherd. We have been using our super singing voices. Watch out for more information coming soon.

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Our Gruffalo Party

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What a Gruffalo week we have had!
On Monday our homework was making a Gruffalo mask.
In school we have played in the Gruffalo’s Kitchen, games on the internet from, listened to the story in the reading corner with our MP3 players and played with the Gruffalo puppets at the puppet theatre.

We made invitations to give to each other for the party.


We also made menus for our party food.  

Our Gruffalo Menu


By Wednesday afternoon we were SO excited!
We played party games in the nursery garden. We played Gruffalo Corners, Catch the tail of the fox and Gruffalo tig. If we were caught by the Gruffalo then we had to change into a tree in the forest.
Then we went into the class for the party food.
Purple Prickle Juice (blackcurrant juice), Poisonous Warts (green grapes), Roasted Fox (carrot sticks), Owl Ice Cream (vanilla ice cream with chocolate drops), Scrambled Snake (popcorn) and Gruffalo Cake.  

Roasted Fox


Poisonous Warts


Purple Prickle Juice


Scrambled Snake


We all helped to decorate the Gruffalo Cake with chocolate butter icing and lots of yummy ingredients to make it look like the Gruffalo.  

Next week we are going to play pin the poisonous wart on the Gruffalo and we are going to read the story of the Gruffalo’s Child.

The Gruffalo

This week we have been learning through the story of the Gruffalo. We have been playing in our roleplay area which has been turned into a wood. We have pretended to be the characters in the story. The Gruffalo, the mouse, the snake, the fox and the owl.
We have been learning new Jolly phonics sounds ai, ie and oa this week. Keep practising then at home! We have been playing lots of games to help us blend our sounds together.
Our number work this week has been all about apples. We have measured how long we are in apples. Look at the pictures this person was 17 apples tall. The tallest person was 20 apples tall!

We tasted different apples and put an apple on the tree to show which kind we liked the best.

We also make a pictogram of our favourite Gruffalo characters. We used stickers to add to our pictogram.
It is fireworks night tonight and we are all really excited about it. In the ICT this week we practised using Pivot and made an animation of a colourful fireworks night.


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