What a great virtual sports week we had last week! Huge thank you to Mrs Reid for organising our daily sports challenges and gathering together all of our scores and also to our class teachers for sending out lots of fun and engaging sport-related tasks and activities for us to try.
Well done to all of our pupils, parents, carers and families who got involved, it was lovely to see photos and videos of what you’ve all been getting up to! We’ve had over 180 pupils submit scores, 1,800 daily challenges completed and travelled the equivalent of Edinburgh to Leicester in the house distance challenge! That’s a massive 391 kilometres!
I’m sure you’re all eager to hear who is this year’s winning house and the new holders of the House Cup, but there’s one more little step to take before you can find out. Click on the link below to see the results from the week, including: our winning house, the highest scoring pupil in each class, the winners of the house distance challenge and even our top 3 parents!
We have had a lovely week in Primary 1. We were so busy making and playing in our new role play area. As our current topic is transport we talked all about different ideas and had a vote in each class as to what we wanted to make. Both classes ended up picking airports. We then had to talk about what we needed to make and what parts an airport would need. A plane was of course a top priority…Mrs Anderson was an excellent help and is an expert plane builder we discovered. We also made passports, boarding tickets and luggage labels as well as prices for the items in our shop (lots of sweets!). Then it was time to play! Lots of fabulous role play and dialogue between the different characters with lots of dressing up involved too.
In literacy we had a revision weeks of some of our digraphs so far. We have found this very difficult and need to have lots of practice at home to make sure we can recognise the key sounds. The main ones we are mixing up are oo and oa and igh and ai. Our common word recognition is fairly good, but writing them is a lot trickier…again lots of practise at home would be great.
In numeracy we have been working on finding the difference. Lots of us found this concept very difficult, the language around it is difficult. We did lots of practical ways like I have 8 sweets and you have 6 sweets what is the difference between the sweets.
We also tried lots of visual ways where you can see the difference by putting cubes lined up beside each other, or numicon overlaying each other. Maybe this video clip might help with a bit more practice at home.
In French Camembear taught us about body parts. We remembered lots from our head, shoulders, knees and toes clip, but we did’t know hands (les mains). See if you can play Jacques a dit at home (Simon says) using body parts. Say touchez first which means touch. Here is our wee song to practise.
Today we had some buddy time outside. It was lovely playing with our P7 buddies.
Mrs Gordon and Mrs Bell want to say a huge thanks to all the children and parents for supporting us during these tricky times. We will certainly miss seeing your gorgeous wee faces over the next few weeks. We are really hoping to see you again soon. We will post lots of messages and videos for you.
Thanks also to Mrs Donald for her support in P1 this week, she has gone above and beyond.
This week we have been learning all about the oo and ew digraphs as in good and new. We learnt that oo is mainly found in the middle of words and ew at the end (but not always…). Look how many words we managed to write independently!
We also learnt 2 new common words her and of. We have learnt so many common words that we really need to keep practising them at home. It would be good to do lots of reading and writing activities with common words. You could try things like pick a few that you find hard and make snap cards with those words. You could try the look, say, cover, write, check process for those you find hard to write. Or you may want to try this game, pick year 1 – tricky 1
In numeracy we did some revision of our number bonds to 10 to see how well we could recall them. Lots of us can manage but only when using our fingers. It would be great to get to the stage where we just automatically know that 8 + 2=10 etc. We did lots of practise with numicon too.
Have a wee practise with this song at home, and see if an adult or an older sibling can test you!
As part of our transport topic we had a special visitor called Bob the Train Driver. Bob took us on a Magic Train Ride with our magic ticket. It was very exciting! After we visited lots of different lands on our train we had to think of the land we would like to visit and draw what we saw out the train window. This was our plan for writing, and the next day we wrote about what we had seen when we visited a land. Some of us went to Fairyland, Candyland, Under the Sea Land, Star Wars land and even the Bat Cave! Mrs Gordon was very impressed with our writing. Most of us even managed to add and as a connective to make our sentences more exciting. Next week we are going to redesign our role play corner to have a transport theme…
This week we went on a magic train ride to lots of imaginary lands! We drew pictures of what we could see out of our train window and then we wrote about our adventure. We did this independently so that Mrs Bell could see how we are getting on with sounding out words and writing in sentences. Mrs Bell was so impressed!
Here’s a link to the Magic Train Ride story:
In Numeracy and Maths we worked on finding the difference and giving change using subtraction to help us. For example, if I pay for an item that is 7p with a 10p coin, I can do a subtraction sum to find out the change: 10p-7p = 3p
Here are links to some games to practise giving change:
Our new digraphs this week were ow as in show and oa as in soap. We found this quite tricky to master…but oa mostly goes in the middle and ow mostly at the end of words. Our new common words were you and one, again we can recognise these from our reading books, but can we spell them?
In numeracy we were focused on looking at our symbols and mixing addition and subtraction signs together. We get into the habit of always taking away even when there is an addition sign. Mrs Gordon and Mrs Bell made a worksheet where they had answered some calculations incorrectly, we had to tick or cross the answers once we had worked out if they were correct or not. This was encouraging us to read symbols carefully!
We also continued our money journey by looking at giving change. This is a very tricky concept and will need lots of practise. It would be good to try this out at home by making a little shop. We will practise this a little more next week.
In art we looked at line drawing, colour and proportion when we did still life drawings of daffodils. Some of us did a pencil drawing first and then added paint. It was quite difficult to get the sizes right, but Mrs Gordon was very impressed with our finished artwork. You can see it in our corridor on our new spring display!
For World Book Week we did lots of fun activities. We designed book covers for our favourite books, read lots of stories in class, had 2 mystery readers (Mrs Bell’s mum and Mr Logan), had Lynne Rickards (an author) in to read one of her books to us, went to P5/6 for a story session (including blankets, cushions, juice and a biscuit, yum!), dressed up and went to Mrs Bell’s class assembly on books! Phew that was a lot of things…
On Wednesday and Thursday night it was the P6/7 show Fame, Mrs Gordon was pleased to see so many P1’s come along and enjoy the show. They did so well.
Today we were so pleased to see lots of our parents come in for our BEAR event (be excited about reading). We read Handa’s Surprise and then with the help of our grown ups we made fruit from playdough, sequenced the story, retold the story with puppets and drew pictures of the fruit, animals and characters. At the teaching table Mrs Gordon was working with us to predict what might happen next in the story. We had to draw what we thought would be next. Mrs Gordon was very impressed with all the great ideas.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we made and tasted pancakes.
In Phonics this week we learned about the trigraph – igh, we learnt that this usually goes in the middle of words like light, might, fight. However, sometimes words break the rules, such as high and sigh.
We also learnt the other way to make this sound: -y, as in try, fly, cry.
It can be tricky to know which one to use. We played an action game you could try at home to help us to practice. If it’s an igh word, make a triangle with your hands, if it’s a –y word make a y (like in the YMCA!). Try it with these words:
bright, shy, try, light
In numeracy we continued our work with the number fact families. We are doing well with this but some of us are getting tricked by the + and – signs, we need to look at the sum carefully.
In Money this week we read a book called The Great Pet Sale. We loved making our own Pet Sale with our soft toys, and using coins to buy and sell them to our friends. Here’s a clip of the story:
We LOVED 80’s day! We watched P6/7 perform one of their songs from Fame, had a go at a 80’s dance routine, listened to stories from the 80’s and took part in a fashion show!
Admin for next week:
Thursday – World Book Day! Please send children in their assembly costume (or send it in a bag to change into) as we are having a dress rehearsal in the afternoon for P1-4 (we will try our best to keep our costumes clean!)
Friday – Please send children to school in their assembly costume
BEAR (Be Excited About Reading) event 9-10 in our classroom
10-10.30am Class assembly in the school hall
Love P1B and Mrs Bell x
Ps, apologies for the lack of photos – it isn’t letting me upload as the blog is full. I (think!) I have managed to upload some photos to Seesaw 🙂
Another busy week in P1a. We made and tasted pancakes with Mrs Woolsley, Mrs Anderson and Mrs Stapleton. It was a lot of fun, and we thought they tasted better than the ones in the shops.
In IDL we further explored transport by looking at the history of trains. We loved learning about the locomotive, steam engines and how they work, and the bullet train. We then designed our own train. Don’t they look fantastic!
In literacy this week we met our first trigraph – igh, we learnt that this goes in the middle of words like might, bright etc This is a very tricky one for us so we will need lots of practice. We also learnt the other way to make this sound -y, as in cry, fly etc this is also quite tricky! Our common words were said and come, they were ones we have been seeing in our reading books so are quite familiar with them. Look at the words we built using scrabble tiles…this is another good way to practise word building at home! It also reminds us of what the capital letters look like.
In numeracy we continued our work with the subtraction fact families. We are starting to get a really good grasp on this concept, but quite a few of us are not readily recognising the addition and subtraction signs, we are getting tricked when there are different signs! Lost more practise needed. In Money this week we read a lovely book called The Great Pet Sale. Here is a cute clip of a grandad reading it to his grandchild.
We then did our own pet sale where everyone brought in a toy pet, we made price tags and then we had to count out the right coins to buy our pet. It was a lot of fun…we think some of us will be trying this at home!
On Thursday we had a great time for 80’s day! We thought it was the best lunchtime ever as we got music in the dining hall and in the playground! Mrs Gordon also taught us a couple of dances from Fame, we were so good we could maybe stand in for the p6/7’s! Look at our fabulous costumes and the amazing 80’s show and tell items. We really enjoyed learning about the 80’s!
What a busy couple of weeks in P1a. We enjoyed a lovely wee break in the middle, but have been learning lots of things…
Last week in phonics we were learning about ee and ea…this was so tricky, as there is no clear rule of when to use each one…we just need to learn them. Mrs Gordon was really impressed with how we did that. This week we had a revision week and did lots of work on remembering the digraphs that we have learnt so far…Mrs Gordon was very impressed with how much we remember…We really like this wee song which has a couple of extra digraphs that we haven’t done yet, but is really fun… especially the bit about R doing maths in the bath! Have a sing along with us!
In numeracy we have been working on the very tricky fact families, which show the links between addition and subtraction. We know that in a fact family the 3 numbers are linked. For example with 5, 3 and 2 we start with 2 addition facts : 3+2=5 and then the switcher 2+3=5, then we look at the subtraction facts (always starting with the largest number), 5-3=2 and 5-2+3. We will be continuing to work on this next week, but if you want to play a wee game at home try this…
In Phonics this week we have been revising the digraphs we have learned so far. Mrs Bell was very impressed with how well we remember these!
I’m Numeracy we have been linking addition and subtraction and learning about fact families. A fact family is a group of 4 number facts (2 addition, 2 subtraction) that use the same 3 numbers. Here are some examples we made using numicon to help us:
We will continue to work on these next week as they are tricky! Here’s an online resource to practise fact families at home:
We were very excited to begin our assembly practices! Scripts have gone home (these don’t need to come back to school) so that you can help us to practise our lines. As you may have already discovered, it’s going to be a very unique assembly! We have some lovely Primary 4s helping us…you might recognise them 🙂
Admin for next week:
Monday: Please bring in the book that the character you are going to be in the assembly is from. Throughout the week we are going to read them during milk and story and take photos for our assembly. Don’t worry if you don’t have the book, please don’t go out and buy it, we can improvise!
Thursday: Please bring in a soft toy for a (pretend!) toy sale.