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Primary 1 Learning Leaflet

Primary 1 Learning Leaflet

Information for Parents

Term 1: January – March 2016

Numeracy

The children will be learning more about number this term. We will be counting to 100 and beginning to count in 2’s and 10’s. The children will be learning about odd and even numbers.

This term the children will be learning to tell the time. All of the boys and girls will have an opportunity to make their own clocks, learn about the features of a clock and then learn to tell the time to o’clock. We will also be discussing daily routines, days of the week and the months of the year.

Towards the end of term 3 we will revisit addition and subtraction to consolidate and further develop the skills we learned in term 2.

Primary 1 will now be taking a ‘Beat That’ mental maths challenge on a Friday which is based on their ‘Learn Its’. They have been working really hard at home and in class to learn these so I’m sure they will enjoy this challenge.

Literacy

Primary 1 are almost finished learning their single sounds and will begin to learn about double letter sounds. They will continue to be encouraged to segment and blend any unfamiliar words to help them with their reading.

We will continue to send home two reading books per week. We will be checking word walls once a week but we encourage the boys and girls to practice their words every night along with their reading.

The children will be developing their writing skills by retelling familiar stories, acting them out, creating story maps and writing sentences to describe important events in the story.

Health and Wellbeing

P1’s PE days are Wednesday and a Friday. Please remember that your child should bring a full PE kit (white t-shirt, black/navy shorts) on these days.

Miss Cunningham will continue to take the children for Drama and Health this term.

IDL

This term, we have a very special job to do for a Friendly Dragon who visited our class. The Dragon informed us that fairyland is being destroyed and forgotten about because not enough children are reading fairy tales. We have decided to explore a new fairy tale each week as part of our topic and recreate fairyland in our classroom area. We are very excited about working together on this project and we really hope we can save fairyland for all the characters and the Friendly Dragon.

Miss Boyle and Miss Conroy

Primary 1 Reflection leaflet

Maths

In maths this term the children will be learning how to use concrete resources to add and subtract numbers to 10 and beyond. 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.

 “I have been good at counting to 100.” (Brooke)

“I have been working at taking away numbers.” (Megan)

“I have been learning how to add and take away with my lego bricks.” (Mason)

“We have been learning how to count to 20 in 2s.” (Asal)

“We have been learning to add and take away using a numberline.” (Bethany)

Literacy

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. 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 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.

“I know all of the sounds we learned.” (Ava)

“I am really good at spelling my common words.” (Asal)

“I know how to spell ‘got’ now.” (Catherine)

“I can read books all by myself at night now.” (Brooke)

“I can write sentences now.” (Myah)

Health and Wellbeing

P1’s PE days are 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 developing their ability to perform a range of gymnastic skills such as balancing, rolling and sliding.

“I liked acting out ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’.” (Dean)

“We have learned how to be safe on the road because there is lots of traffic.” (Aiden S)

 

**Well done to all the boys and girls for all their hard work and super performance at our school nativity. We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.**

Miss Conroy and Miss Boyle

Primary 1 Learning Leaflet

Maths

In maths this term the children will be learning how to use concrete resources to add and subtract numbers to 10 and beyond. 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.

 

Literacy

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. 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 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.

Health and Wellbeing

P1’s PE days are 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 developing their ability to perform a range of gymnastic skills such as balancing, rolling and sliding.

 

Other News

Miss Cunningham will continue to take Primary 1 for Drama and Health this term.

We really appreciate all of the work you are doing at home with your children. It’s made a huge impact on their learning. They are becoming very confident little readers and mathematicians!

A big thank you to all of the Primary 1 children for their hard work in Term 1! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to come and see us.

Miss Conroy and Miss Boyle

P1/2B Learning Leaflet

Term 4

April – June 2016

Numeracy

During this term, both P1 and P2 will be on developing their skills and knowledge in relation to different forms of measurement. We will be looking at non-standard and standard forms of measurement and P2s will be learning how to turn cm into mm.

We will be focusing on the topic of money and learning to recognise coins up to £2. We will be solving problems of how to make totals using the coins available and we will then extend our learning by finding the change due after paying for items.

Towards the end of term, we will be exploring information handling. We will be looking at gathering data and organising it by tallying, sorting into specific sets and sorting. We will begin to create and present our findings on a bar graph.

Literacy

Reading

P2 will be focusing on answering literal and inferential questions. Pupils will be learning skills to aid their understanding of the story. P1 and P2 will continue to develop their decoding and prediction skills to identify unknown words.

Writing

P1 and P2 will be completing writing tasks based around their topic ‘Fairyland’ this term. We will further develop our ability to use descriptive language in our writing. We will also be working on using a range of openers and connectives, with correct use of punctuation. We will display these skills through tasks on letter writing, report writing, story maps and diary entries.

Spelling

Spelling will be reinforced on a weekly basis.  New common words will be sent home in homework folders. P1 children will continue to work on their two letter sounds, and will have opportunities to blend these together to make words. P2 children will complete activities based on their new phoneme.

Health and Wellbeing

Miss Robertson will be doing P.E. with our class on Monday and Friday this term. See Miss Robertson’s learning leaflet for details of this term.

Within class we will be looking at road safety and how to be safe when in our environment. We will discuss the use of traffic lights, zebra crossings and high-vis jackets when walking on our roads.

IDL

This term, we have a very special job to do for a Friendly Dragon who visited our class. The Dragon informed us that fairyland is being destroyed and forgotten about because not enough children are reading fairy tales. We have decided to explore a new fairy tale each week as part of our topic and recreate fairyland in our classroom area. We are very excited about working together with the boys and girls in P1 and P2 and we really hope we can save fairyland for all the characters and the Friendly Dragon.

Primary 1/2 Reflection Leaflet

Term 3 Reflection

January – April 2015

Numeracy

During this term, both P1 and P2 will be on developing their skills and knowledge in relation to time and fractions. P1 will cover o’clock times and P2’s will cover half past and o’clock times. We will also look at the calendar and identify key events for myself and my class throughout the year.  We will also revisit addition and subtraction to consolidate and further develop the skills we have learned in term 2. Later in the term, we will explore fractions, looking at how items can be divided equally and splitting items into smaller parts.

P1 and P2 have been learning about telling the time this term. We have been developing our knowledge of o clock and half past times.  Primary 2’s have further developed their knowledge of time by looking at digital times and durations of time.

Primary 1s have revisited addition and subtraction and they have been solving questions within 20. We are now confident in using a number lines and counting objects to find out the correct answer.

Primary 2s have been learning about the concept of multiplication and division. We have been using our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to find out multiplication facts and we have been learning how to make sets to find our totals.

Primary 1s and 2s have looked at fractions this term. We have explored how shapes can be split into halves and quarters.

Literacy

Reading

P2 will be focusing on visualisation. Pupils will be learning how to create mental images of the characters, settings and events in the text. P1 and P2 will continue to develop their decoding and prediction skills to identify unknown words.

Primary 1s have been busy learning new sounds, identifying the sounds they know in their reading books and using the sounds they know to make words. We have also been developing our skills on predicting what might happen next in our story.

Primary 2s have been focusing on characters within their story. They have created mind maps and visual aids to explain the characters and setting of their story.

Writing

P1 will continue to focus on personal writing during this term. We will begin to learn about the use of adjectives and describing words, with a continued focus on capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. We will also begin to learn how to use connectives in our sentences.

P2 will be focusing on recount writing. In term 2, we looked at letter writing, and we will now start to learn about report writing and diary entries. Later in the term we will look at imaginative writing, with a focus on descriptive vocabulary.

Primary 1s have worked very hard on improving their writing this term and they have become much more confident in writing sentences independently. We have been focusing on using descriptive words within our writing and remembering to include full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

Primary 2s have been focusing on imaginative writing, factual writing and poetry. We have been up-levelling our working by using descriptive language and various connectives.

Spelling

Spelling will be reinforced on a weekly basis.  New common words will be sent home in homework folders. P1 children will continue to work with initial sounds by learning two new sounds each week, and will have opportunities to blend these together to make words. P2 children will complete activities based on consonant blends.

Primary 1 and Primary 2 have been learning new common words each week as part of their homework. We have been practising spelling our words correctly during dictation on a Friday.

Health and Wellbeing

Miss Robertson will be doing P.E. with our class on Monday and Friday this term. See Miss Robertson’s learning leaflet for details of this term.

Within class we will also be looking at safety and hygiene practices. We will explore why cleanliness, safety and hygiene can affect our health and wellbeing. We will identify how we can apply this to our everyday routines

Primary 1/2 have continued to focus on what it means to be a good friend. We have enjoyed circle times which allowed us to share with the whole class what it means to be a good friend and how we can be kind to one another. We have also explored dental hygiene and what we need to do to look after our teeth.

IDL

During this term, we will be working on Space as our topic. The boys and girls in P1/2 are very interested in finding out about the planets that are part of our solar system and how they are all different from the planet Earth. We will be exploring what is in space, the phases of the moon and ways in which we can travel to space.

Alongside our topic, we will be exploring the Chinese New Year which takes place on February 8th this year. We will be looking at the story of the Chinese New Year and finding out about traditions that take place in China during this time. We will be comparing how the Chinese New Year is similar to the way we celebrate Christmas. We will then present what we have been learning at our class assembly in February.

Primary 1/2 loved their topic on Space and learned lots about the different planets. We were able to name the planets and put them in order with some support. We also had a trip to Satrosphere to learn more about Earth. The children learned about the earth’s rotation around the Sun and the Moons rotation around the Earth.

We also explored the life cycle of a butterfly. It has been very exciting watching our caterpillars change into butterflies and we are excited about releasing our butterflies on the last day of term.

Trip to Asda

Primary 1/2 had a busy afternoon on their shopping trip for a pancake mixture. We shared the responsibility of making a shopping list, reading the signs in Asda, checking the prices, carrying the shopping basket, packing the shopping bag, paying for the ingredients and carrying the shopping back to school. We are hoping to make pancakes in school next week. Miss Boyle might have to buy fresh ingredients after the long weekend!!