In between nativity rehearsals, making salt dough decorations and the Christmas Fair we have managed to do a lot of consolidation work on our sounds and common words this week, keeping a sense of normality before christmas excitement really sets in! At the beginning of the week we practised using sounds to make words and sentences and towards the end of the week we concentrated on our common words. The children are really coming on and it is especially apparent in weeks like this how good they are at reading and writing now. They are also very good at choosing activities that suit them and their learning styles.
We had our Growth Mindset Family Learning afternoon on Wednesday. P1 were learing about resilience. We have been listening to stories about resilience – ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance’, ‘Winners Never Quit’ and ‘The Most Magnificent Thing’. There were challenging activities set up around the classroom, and we had to try each activity with these things in mind: keep trying even if it’s a bit tricky, mistakes are ok, ask for help if you need it and work together.
We have also been working on near doubles in maths as we apply our knowledge of doubles to work out the answers to near doubles sums. We finished this off by going outside on Thursday to write all our doubles and near doubles in the playground.
We also worked on our salt dough decorations this week, getting them ready to sell at the fair- a huge thank you to Mrs Woolsey (parent helper) who came in to take groups of children to make the dough. They were a huge hit and we completely sold out!
Nativity practise is going great and we’re very excited to perform for you next week – the children have worked really hard, you’re in for a treat!
Have a lovely weekend. P1B and Mrs Kennedy
P.S. Some of the children were being photographers this week, taking photos of the learning happening in the classroom, when I uploaded the photos I found these 😉 I did hear some chat about needing a selfie stick!
We’ve been Busy, busy again! We had fun at the end of the day on Monday, dookin’ for apples which we gobbled up straight after, enjoying the novelty of eating in class.
We have been reading our new reading books with our reading groups several times this week. We are really good at reading the words aloud and are working hard to listen as others read and we follow the words on the page. We also share our ideas and opinions on the story and listen to those of others. We chose the names of our reading groups ourselves and have decided on Elephants, Pandas, Polar Bears and Kangaroos – four fantastic names!
We have also been working hard using the sounds c, k and ck. We have been writing quite a bit in our jotters too, sounding out sentences using all the sounds we know and learning how to leave a space between words as well as trying to write on the line.
We are trying to get outside as much as possible when the weather is good. We visited the outdoor classroom again on Monday and practised our ‘c’ sound. We left a large stone ‘c’ on the ground as a surprise for others to see when they come in, but we won’t tell them it was us!
We practised our common words in the gym this week, enjoying the big space to run around and make a lot of noise as we played games to learn the words.
We have been looking more closely at adding, learning all the addition sums for numbers to 5. We are really pretty good at saying all the sums that add to 2 and 3 and will be working on 4 and 5 next week. We’re also working on a wall display so we can use this to help us as we work. Mrs Kennedy has lots more games planned for next week to help us to learn all the number facts.
Mrs Kennedy has just downloaded the songs for our nativity The Innkeepers Breakfast, we will start learning them on Monday, Christmas is about to begin in P1B!
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
P1B and Mrs Kennedy
Wow! What a quick term and yet when we think about all we’ve done and how settled we are it seems like we have been at school for a long time.
This week we have been learning the sounds ‘d’ and ‘e’. We pretend we are playing a drum for the ‘d’ action and crack eggs for the ‘e’ action. We really enjoy the Jolly Phonics songs and actions and they are really helping us to remember our sounds – you can find them on youtube if you would like to practise at home. We are also enjoying finding words or sounds we know as we look at books and words all around us.
In numeracy we have been learning ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ and saying the number before or after a particular number. We are getting very quick at it.
On Tuesday we had lots of visitors to our classroom for Special Person afternoon. It was very busy and lots of fun, we played games together and it was lovely to show others around our room and share our learning.
We loved assembly this week, especially when Miss Baillie announced that P1B were class of the week! We have certainly been working very hard. Mrs Kennedy is extremely proud of us and how well we have settled into school life. We have all learned so much since we first started and we are a very happy and hard working bunch!
We are really looking forward to term 2, beginning with some outdoor learning. We will be looking at some new projects and begin to practise for our Christmas show.
Have a lovely holiday from all in P1B.
Another busy week in P1B. We now have a castle in our classroom – all the children worked hard to build it. We put our name on the bricks so that everyone knows who made it! We’ve been playing in it a lot – lots of role play going on with knights and baddies, kings and queens.
We have been reading the story of The Three Little Pigs this week. We have been talking about and drawing the ‘setting’ of the story. We have been writing some words from the story too, sounding out as we write. We all had a really good go and Mrs Kennedy is amazed at how well we are learning our sounds. We also made puppets and worked in groups to put on shows, retelling the story. We are very good at putting on different voices for different characters and using props.
Later in the week, some of us decided to be judges during the shows – we made notes and wrote down scores – great writing practise.
In maths we have been learning about gathering information and how to record it, using tally marks and pictographs. We made a giant pictograph showing our favourite fruit.
We are a very creative bunch – during free play we have been really busy using lots of different materials to make signs and flags for the castle as well as masks, hats, bracelets and much more. Here we are with some of the things we’ve made. Mrs Kennedy is very pleased with all our problem solving, decision making and persistence 🙂
We hope you all have a lovely weekend. P1B x
This week we have had a very busy week. We have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We made porridge on Monday – it was a big hit, 17 children said they enjoyed it and only 3 weren’t very impressed! Mrs Kennedy was really pleased that everyone helped to follow the recipe and tasted it. We have also been learning about where oats come from and Mrs Begarnie has been teaching us about what happens to our food in our bodies once we’ve eaten it.
Our home corner is the Three Bears Cottage at the moment we have been acting out the story as well adding to it and making up our own versions – lots of very active imaginations! We worked in groups to retell the story by drawing the pictures and trying to write some of the words. We worked very well in our groups, showing good teamwork and we all concentrated well and worked hard. Mrs Kennedy has put our story mats up on the wall outside the classroom, people visiting for parents night can have a look at them.
We have been learning the sounds p and n and the words in, an and and. We are getting very good at spotting the sounds and words in the books we read and around the classroom 🙂
We had PE with Mrs Reid this week. She brought a huge bag of balloons with her and we practised throwing and catching – it was great timing as it was Cohens birthday and playing with the balloons was a perfect way to celebrate!
We finished the week with our Harvest assembly. We were very active, singing lots of great songs with actions. Some girls and boys from P6 came to help us with the actions, they were very good at it and helped us a lot. We also read our reading books to our buddies on Friday and they read us a story too. We love buddy time.
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