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The last few weeks in P1…………………

Wow – what a busy time we have been having.  Here is our last report from P1………

Last Wednesday was a special day for Patrycja and her family as she was invited to go along to the First Minister’s Reading Challenge celebration as Patrycja was awarded the National Award for her P1 Reading Journey.  The rest of P1 watched the event live and couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw Patrycja go onto the stage to collect her award.  Well done Patrycja, everyone at Bankton is so very proud of you.

Last week we also had our health week and on the Thursday celebrated all our hard work with fun day.  It was such a busy and fun week – we loved it!

Finally, today we had our school trip to Dynamic Earth.  We learned lots of things about space and represented Bankton really well.  We went in a rocket and visited the moon, we got to hold real moon rocks, we went closer to the sun, we had some astronauts help us to learn about how the earth orbits the sun, we went on a time machine and travelled back in time, we went to a volcano, felt the ground shake as molten lava came towards us, touched an iceberg and even went on a shuttle and visited some different areas on planet earth!  It was fantastic!

Primary one, I have loved every minute of teaching you all this year and wish you all the best as you move onto Primary two.  Your new teachers are VERY lucky!

Mrs Lloyd -x-

Outdoor Fun in P1

Primary 1 have settled back in well after the Easter Holidays.  On Monday we enjoyed some time out in the playground practising lots of different skills.  We were split into four groups and worked our way around some different activities.  It was so much fun!

We collected some sticks and stones and used these to help us make number stories of 7, we used chalk to think of words that rhymed with some different patterns and some of us even had a go at making up our own rhyming words.  We also enjoyed role playing in the builders and farm shop literacy sheds and even played some parachute games.

We are looking forward to using the outdoor classroom more this term.  Take a look at us in action!


Successful Learners in P1b……

Another busy week in P1b.  This week we have been practising our numbers to 20.  We have been sequencing the numbers in order and have even been building numbers using tally marks.

We have also been working on our numbers stories of 6 and have practised them in lots of different and exciting ways!

In our non-number maths we have been learning about fractions and have been looking at halves and quarters.  Some of the children even thought up their own fractions activity using the iPads!

Last week we planned and designed some new and strong houses for the three little pigs.  The big bad wolf visited our class this week (AKA Mrs Lloyd with a hairdryer!) and he huffed and he puffed and he managed to blow some of the houses down!  We predicted which ones would blow down and spoke about what was good about the houses and what we would do better next time.

The next day something strange happened………………..

Two beautiful fairy doors appeared outside our class and our three pigs houses disappeared!  We think that the dragon came and got them and took them back to Fairyland.  We keep wondering what you would find if you went through the doors and are on the look out for the dragon coming back!

Finally, lots of fun was had during golden time when some of us used the letters to spell out our names.


Primary 1 Singalong!

Hi Primary Ones!  Mrs Thomson and I hope you are all keeping safe and having fun in the snow!  Here are a few links to some of our favourite maths songs if you fancy warming up and having a wee break from the snow.  Enjoy and we hope you see you soon.

Snow Day………..

Good Morning P1b,

I hope you are all enjoying the snow.  There are some winter activities on the blog (under the useful documents heading) if you are needing a wee rest from buiding snowmen and throwing snowballs!  We’ve been learning about lots of different things in class recently – why not have a go at making a symmetrical picture of having a look around the house for items that use batteries or mains electricity.  If you’d like to leave a wee comment I’d love to know what you’ve been up to!

Have a great day and I’ll see you again soon.

Mrs Lloyd

World of Work

Primary 1b worked really hard during our World of Work Week and enjoyed dressing up as different jobs.  Can you guess the jobs we do?!

We were also very lucky to have Mrs Whiteman come in to tell us all about her job of Support Worker.  She told us all about what she does in her job and shared some of the skills that she needs to use.  We asked lots of good questions and thoroughly enjoyed her visit.  Thank you for coming into speak to us.

What’s the Time P1b?!

In maths, we practised matching number names to pictures and numerals – our sounding out skills are helping us to do this.  We have also been working hard to form our numbers neatly and correctly and have been using our number lines to help us do this.  We worked on our number stories to 5 and used our screening cards to hide some cubes so that we could use different strategies to work out how many were hidden.

We have also began learning to read o’clock times on both digital and analogue clocks.  We made our own clocks to help us with this.

In topic work we received another letter from the dragon and he even bought us one of Cinderella’s glass slippers.  We had a challenge to make another shoe for Cinderella and had to work with a partner and follow a design brief to do this.  Our shoes had to measure 10 cubes long, have a strap and they had to include some sort of pattern.  They look fantastic!

Out in structured play we used the construction to build a castle for the dragon and enjoyed playing snakes and ladders and dressing up in the role play area.  We also got very creative and enjoyed using a variety of media to create our own masterpieces.

Finally, we enjoyed using our skills in the gym hall to work together with P1a to complete a variety of Fairytale circuits.  We were doing step ups on the bench and pretending to climb the beanstalk, we were jumping the hurdles and pretending that we were on our horses, we balanced quoits on our heads for our crown training, we threw beanbags in the hoops and pretended these were Jack’s magic beans being planted, we balanced and walked across the bench pretending that this was the bridge from the three billy goats gruff.  It was soooooooo much fun!

Successful Learners in P1b

In maths this week we have been working hard to work out all the stories of 5 using lots of different concrete materials including cubes and magnets.  We made our own number stories of 5 craft and used paper fish to help us!  We have also measured using non-standard units such as lollisticks, cubes, paperclips and match sticks.

In literacy we have been spelling words, generating rhyming words and working hard to slide our sounds together to help us to read simple words.

Well done to everyone for working hard to learn and recite their Scottish poems.  Francesca was selected to recite her poem at our Scottish assembly and represented P1b really well.

Finally, great fun was had in the structured play area.  We had construction which we used to build beanstalks, we had dressing up, we practised our turn taking skills when playing snakes and ladders and enjoyed getting very creative at the art table.

Snow much fun in P1b!

What an exciting week we have had in P1b.  It all started on Monday when we arrived in school to find glittery footprints and a letter which was left by a friendly dragon.  He was asking if we could rebuild Fairyland in our classroom as it is disappearing and as lots of people are not reading Fairytales anymore no-one is believing in Fairyland.  We were so shocked that a dragon had been in our class but are excited to read lots of fairytales and rebuild Fairyland to help him.

In maths this week we practised our number stories of 4 and learned about measuring.  We spoke about all the different things that you can measure and had a go at measuring using cubes.  We learned that you have to use all the same size of cubes when measuring and have to make sure that the cubes are touching with no gaps.  We worked with a partner to draw around each others feet and measured the length of these using cubes.

We worked together in groups during reading routes and looked at different types of text.  We learned about bold and italic text and are looking out for these in our books.

In structured play we enjoyed dressing up in the fairyland castle, used construction materials to build beanstalks, practised spelling words and our names using the letters and made some stars to practise our ‘ar’ sound.

Finally, we got a lovely surprise when Badger the Mystical Mutt visited us on Thursday afternoon and delivered replies to the letters we wrote to him before Christmas.  We were very excited to see him and some of us enjoyed having pizza and listening to some of his stories after school with our grown-ups!