Primary 1 Reflection Leaflet
Information for Parents
Term 1: August – October 2016
During the first term in Primary 1 we will be focusing on numbers to 10. The children will be learning to form numbers correctly and identify them within the number line using the language before, after, in-between, 1 more and 1 less. The children will also be learning to count up to 20 and beyond. We will be focusing on counting skills through a variety of active tasks. Later in the term Primary 1 will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes. They will learn how to describe the different properties of these shapes and identify sides and corners.
Primary 1 have had a very busy first term learning about numbers to 20 and beyond and 2D and 3D shapes. Here are some of the thing the children have identified in their learning:
“I learned how to write up to 11.”
“I learned how to write the number 8.”
“I can write all the way to 20.”
“We can count to 100.”
“I learned about numbers on the number line.”
“I learned about a 3D shape that looks like a square and it is called a cube.”
During Term 1 the children will begin to develop their skills and knowledge in phonics as they are introduced to their initial sounds. We will be practising our phonics skills through various daily activities and games such as writing, matching and sorting.
As the children are introduced to reading in Primary 1 we will begin by learning about the characters from Oxford Reading Tree scheme. As we progress in Term 1 the boys and girls will move on to retelling the stories from their books using the pictures as a guide. We will also begin to develop their ability to recall the taught common words.
In writing we will be working on correct letter formation through various daily activities. We will also be working on fine and gross motor skills to help develop their pencil control in preparation for ‘Taught Writing’.
The children have worked hard on learning their new sounds and identifying words with the initial sound being taught. They have enjoyed learning the song and action to go along with the sounds. We have started to use the sounds we know to make and write simple words.
“We learned lots of actions for our new sounds.”
“We learned sounds that come at the start of people’s names like ‘e’ for Emefu.”
“I am learning how to write words with the sounds we know.”
“I learned how to write my name.”
All children are now familiar with the characters Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy from the ORT reading scheme. It has been very exciting learning about the characters and hearing about their adventures.
“Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy are in our reading books.”
“My favourite reading book was Fun at the Beach.”
Health and Wellbeing
In P1 our PE days will be on a Wednesday and Friday. Please remember your child should bring a full PE kit (white t-shirt, black/navy shorts) on these days. During the first term we will be working on spatial awareness in the gym hall, team work and taking turns through various games. Please encourage your child to practise getting dressed on their own and help them by avoiding ‘tricky’ clothes on PE days.
During gym sessions, the children have been practising ball skills such rolling, throwing, catching, dribbling etc. The children have been learning about how important it is to follow our rules during gym sessions to ensure everyone is safe. The children have been working hard on getting changed into our gym gear speedily and they have been trying their best to put their clothes in a safe place to make sure they don’t go missing!
“I enjoy our warm up games in gym.”
“We need to be careful in the gym hall and follow the school rules.”
“We have been learning how to roll, catch and throw a ball.”
We have been working on establishing rules and routines. In the next few weeks the children will have the opportunity to choose a mini topic which they are interested in as a cohort. You can help your child at home with this by discussing any topic interests they may wish to learn more about.
Our topic this term has been Superheroes. The children have really enjoyed learning about what it means to be a superhero and they have had lots of fun acting out a superhero role.
“We gave our Superheroes names.”
“We built ramps to help the Superheroes get back to Earth.”
Miss Cunningham will be working with the children during various sessions throughout the week. She will be covering Health and Wellbeing and Expressive Arts over the year.
Homework will be given out on a Monday. Any completed homework should be handed in on a Friday for new sounds can be added.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us, We are happy to help.
Miss Boyle and Miss Conroy
The children have all settled in well to Primary 1 and after a very busy first term, I’m sure they are all ready for a break. Enjoy the holiday. J