We were very excited this week now that it’s December. Each morning we talk about the day, date and season and were delighted to finally change our board to winter and the 1st December! Because so many children open advent calendars before they come to school we all know the date each morning! For our class advent we are taking it in turns to unwrap a picturebook each day, this morning it was How the Grinch stole Christmas.
We’re doing lots of writing and word building in our jotters, on whiteboards and in our play. In our writing this week we drew a black pen picture of ourselves putting hats on and wrote a story about putting on our hats. In numeracy we’re continuing with our addition, this week using numicon to help us. We’re also now looking at numbers to 15.
We have started our Christmas crafts – last week we made reindeer for Mrs Ryalls’ corridor displays and this week we did a great job very carefully painting robins on wooden discs. All classes are decorating their doors and we’re having a snowy woodland scene.
This week in P2/1 we’ve been doing lots of reading. We’re enjoying reading in our groups and talking about the characters in the stories. On Monday we learned the y sound and did a great job thinking of lots of words starting with y. In our writing this week we wrote a story and drew a black pen picture of ourselves brushing our hair, focusing on the who, what and where. We practise writing on white boards every day – we write our key words, tricky words in our reading books and also use our sounds to make our own words.
In our handwriting lessons we start by working on our core, then our shoulders, then a crossing the midline activity and finally work with playdough to get strong fingers. This week we’ve made hedgehogs and dinosaurs. Then we practise our letter formation. This week we’ve looked at r and n.
In numeracy this week we’re continuing with our addition stories. We set up a Kingsland Shop and practised our adding and counting.
On Wednesday we watched an assembly with Mrs Hope, who told us all about St Andrew’s day and read a lovely poem. There was also a quiz and we found out about some of the other patron saints in the UK.
We’re continuing to talk about filling our buckets. In circle time we drew little pictures and talked about what had filled our buckets this week.
We have been very busy in ELC learning about staying healthy and keeping safe. We made our own crossing and learned about when it is safe to cross the road. We had great fun creating an assault course and did lots of jumping, running and hopping to keep healthy. We have been talking about healthy choices for snack time and have been making charts to record our choices and to help us plan for snack.
We’ve had a great week reading the picturebooks in the P1 Book Bag which all Primary Ones are bringing home today.
We started the week reading My First Book of Birds. We talked about our favourite birds and the birds we have seen in our gardens and on walks. Yesterday we went for a bird watching walk around the school grounds. We learned how we have to be still and very quiet when we’re looking for birds. Around the school we saw a robin and three crows. On the hill we could see some birds in the distance in the trees at Hay Lodge Park and seagulls over the parish church.
On Wednesday we read Brenda is a Sheep. In the story Brenda pretends she is a sheep but secretly plans to eat her sheep friends with mint sauce! We all enjoyed the story and were not fooled by Brenda’s antics. We did black pen pictures of Brenda, taking our time on the detail of her jumper and we wrote about the who and what of the story.
On Thursday we read This is a Dog! We made our own dog masks and while they were drying we did some drama, acting out the different animals in the story and thinking how the different animals might eat, drink and play.
Also this week, we learned the ‘qu’ sound and did some great cutting and sticking to make ‘qu’ queens. Each day we’re practising our sounds and our writing on our whiteboards. We’re trying to put all of our words together to write short sentences.
On Tuesday afternoons Mrs Thomson is teaching us all about time. This week we made some fantastic clocks to take home. We’re also continuing with our addition, using cubes to help us and practising our number stories.
This week Primary 1 will bring home their Book Bug Bags that are given to them by the Scottish Book Trust. In each bag there are three super books to read and enjoy together. There is also a mini whiteboard to practise letters and numbers on.
Today we read one of the books called Brenda is a Sheep by Morag Hood.
This is the story of how a wolf plans to eat a flock of sheep but ends up deciding that it would be nicer to be their friend.
We talked about what we enjoyed about the book and designed our own woolly jumpers for Brenda to wear.
To enjoy the story online https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning-resources/brenda-is-a-sheep
Primary 1 have learning about time. We have been talking about the order of our day and exploring the clock face. We have made our own clocks and are learning to recognise when the hands of the clock show an o’clock time.