Reflection Leaflet – P1C

Learning Leaflet Reflection Term 2

In maths this term the children will be learning how to use concrete resources to add and subtract numbers within 10. When they are confident with the concept of addition and subtraction they will have the opportunity to use a number line to record addition and subtraction problems independently. They should become comfortable with the mathematical vocabulary such as: add, subtract, plus, minus and equals.
Primary 1 will also be working hard to recall the next set of ‘Learn Its’ quickly and accurately. On Fridays the children will be taking part in problem solving activities, focusing on the strategies of ‘Act it out’ and ‘Draw a picture’. This will help develop their awareness of the different strategies they can use to help them tackle given problems.

The children have made a great start on their calculations and can now identify a range of words for addition and subtraction. They are also able to use the symbols correctly to create different number sentence. Some children are now becoming confident using a number line to count forward and backwards. Primary 1 have made excellent progress with their ‘Learn It’s’ and are becoming confident with their doubles to 10.

This term Primary 1 will continue to work on their phonetic awareness by learning two new sounds each week. Our sounds this term are the remaining letters of the alphabet. The children will develop their understanding of how to read trickier vocabulary by segmenting and blending any unfamiliar words. Primary 1 will also be using some of their senses to help them identify sounds. The children should begin to become confident with saying their sounds, finding them in words and hearing them when read aloud. The children will continue to learn three new common words each week to help build up their quick recall of sight vocabulary.
Primary 1 are already becoming great readers! This term they will be developing their ability to read with more fluency increasing their pace and pitch. We will be working on our comprehension skills by retelling our books, discussing the characters and breaking the story into beginning, middle and end. The children will be challenged to think of their own questions that relate to their book for their peers to answer. Primary 1 will also begin to evidence their understanding by completing simple comprehension activities through sequencing, sorting and pictorial representation.
In writing this term we will continue to focus on personal writing and correct letter formation. Primary 1 are beginning to have a go at writing their own initial sentences and then ask for help if they want to write a WOW word. They then have a chance to write a second or third sentence by writing over an adults yellow pen. It is important that the children begin to have a go at sounding out words on their own to develop their independent writing skill. We will be self-assessing and peer assessing our work orally by checking if we can read it back, identify full stops, finger spaces and capital letters.

Primary 1 have been working very hard to learn all of their sounds and common words. They are able to identify their sounds when written down, hear them in words and correct form them in their writing.. Primary 1 are becoming enthusiastic readers and have come up with some great questions relating to their reading books. We have been developing our independent writing and are beginning to have to go at sounding out our own sentences and words. The children were able to reflect on their own writing and the writing of their peers, discussing positive aspects and next steps.
Health and Wellbeing
P1C’s PE days have changed to a Wednesday and a Friday. Please remember that your child should bring a full PE kit (white t-shirt, black/navy shorts) on these days. During term 2 the children will be learning how to participate in team games and perform some Scottish dances. Miss Robertson will be taking the boys and girls for PE on a Wednesday. Please encourage your child to practise getting dressed on their own and help them by avoiding ‘tricky’ clothes on PE days.
The children have loved PE this term and are learning to take part in team games and coordinate their movements. They are slowly but surely getting quicker at changing!
Primary 1’s second topic will be Scotland with a focus on ‘Katy Morag’. We will be using the story to compare life in Aberdeen to life on a Scottish island. The children will have the opportunity to look at and create maps, compare different communities and learn about Scottish traditions.
Primary 1 loved learning about Katy Morag. They took part in lots of reading activities, comparisons between Aberdeen and the isle of Struay.and creating their own maps. They loved taking part in role play, construction and art activities related to their topics.
Other News
Mrs G will work with the children for an hour every Tuesday. During Term 2 the boys and girls will be learning about festivals and celebrations in Christianity.
Homework will continue to be given out on a Monday and activities should be completed daily (see inside homework jotter). Completed homework should be handed in on a Friday. We really appreciate the work you do at home with your child as it makes a huge difference to build up their confidence, retention of information and fluency when reading.
A big thank you to all of P1C as they have helped me settle in wonderfully and continue to make sure I haven’t cut any corners! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to come and see me.
Have a lovely Christmas and a good rest. See you all in the new year!
Miss Conroy (P1C)

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