Tag Archives: Fine Motor Skills

Soft start with emerging literacy task

We start the day with what we call a soft start activity.  This ties in with emerging literacy and this time we are building towers with Lego. We have a fun activity to start and it helps with our motor skills.

Mrs Inkster times us to see how big our tower with the first go, then we timed again to see if it can be taller on the next turn.  We love it and are always amazed how the tower grows!

Active maths

Part of maths each day is learning through activities or active maths. This can done in many ways.  We are currently learning number at the moment in Primary 1/2. Primary 2 are making a number line to hop along to help with their maths.  Primary 1 are making numbers 1 and 2 with Playdoh.  Then they were making one or two things to go with the number, some of these things were in the book Tiddler by Julia Donaldson.

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Instructions are important but craft linked to language is more fun!

We always do some craft linked to our language and sounds.  This time we were using the tricky sound of u – this year we decided to go for up!  We made our very own pictures of up houses.  This helped our fine motor skills and listening for instructions, whilst still giving us the chance to be creative.

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Maths isn’t all about sums and writing

We are currently learning number in Primary 1/2 and we begin each maths lesson with some activities.  These can be games, paired work or problem solving.  It helps to get our brains thinking and most importantly it is fun!

Here are some pictures of us doing maths with either Miss Morrison or Mrs Inkster.

This is us doing some problem solving with cubes and trying to find different shapes and patterns for ten cubes to link to the number.

       

Here we are  ordering numbers to 10 and beyond with our partners.

And here we are doing a number activity with Miss Morrison.

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Pattern art

We read Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and enjoyed the story a lot.  It got us onto thinking about patterns in art and wildlife.  We made some peacocks.  We had to listen to careful instructions for directional movement with pencil control.

First we had to draw lines from our peacocks all the way out to the edge of the paper.

Then we had to draw some large circles on these lines.

Then we had to draw smaller circles inside the larger circles.  These were a different colour.

Once we had done that, we had to draw even smaller circles inside the second colour!

Next we had to draw diagonal lines on each side of our first lines, this made it look like the feather hairy part of a feather.

Finally we coloured in the body of the our peacocks.

It was great fun but a lot of listening and work.  We did great though and the peacocks are going up in our corridor gallery.  They will make their way home eventually.