P1A

Prince Charming’s Ball

The P1s saved the day and made some lovely decorations and yummy food for Prince Charming’s ball.  He arrived, along with Cinderella, over the moon at the effort that all the pupils put into looking smart with shirts, bow ties and beautiful dresses.  We all had a fabulous time dancing and playing party games, followed by a delicious feast.  The teachers loved seeing all pupils trying a range of food including peppers and cucumber with dip, fresh baguettes which the pupils buttered themselves and of course are freshly decorated cupcakes.  A ball was had by all!

Aberdour Castle

We have been unlucky with the weather this week but the pupils and teachers alike had an enchanted time in Aberdour!  We enjoyed hunting for the fairytale characters around the ruins, dovecot and intact rooms of the castle.  The Frog Prince was hiding in a fireplace, Snow White was found in the stables and conveniently the Three Little Pigs were in the pig sty.  We ate lunch in the Long Hall which we entered by climbing up narrow, spiral staircases and enjoyed a sing-song after.  Again, the pupils did us proud and even although we came back a little soggy and a little dishevelled, we all had smiles on our face.    

Pizza Express Trip

We had a wonderful (and very wet!) day at Pizza Express.  We first had to become chefs by putting on our aprons and hats.  Then the pupils enjoyed spreading out the stretchy dough and flipping it from hand to hand, to make their pizza base.  Mrs Jeffrey didn’t do such a fantastic job and had holes in hers!  The tomato sauce and cheese were next then off into the oven our pizzas went.  The best part was eating the delicious and warm pizza slices.  The pupils did Balgreen proud with their polite maners and resilience in the wet conditions!  We enjoyed jumping over a few puddles on our short walk back to the bus stop!

P1 Assembly

The pupils did an amazing job presenting their assembly to the whole school.  We were so pleased with their clear, loud voices and ability to learn their lines or their actions.  Staff members commented how impressed they were when we could sing the colours in French and loved how colourful all our props were.  All the p1 teachers would like to say a MASSIVE WELL DONE to all pupils.  You were all SUPER STARS!!!

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Term 4 – Term ahead letter

Welcome back to term four. We hope you find the termly information below useful and that you enjoy continuing to support your child in their learning at home.

Literacy and English

We will be…

  • Reading and discussing fairy tales and stories which have repetitive parts
  • Sending reading books home
  • Learning the stage 2/3/4/5 words
  • Using Alphabet Magic/ Jolly Phonics to learn vowel diagraphs and consonant blends
  • Learning to join their cursive writing
  • Learning to read and write some common words
  • Continuing to learn to write sentences, remembering full stops, capitals and finger spaces
  • Focusing on writing instructions and making leaflets/ posters

Numeracy and Mathematics

We will be…

  • Sequencing numerals 1-30+
  • Learning numbers after/ before
  • Learning addition bonds
  • Partitioning domino / pairs patterns
  • Making finger patterns

Topic Maths

Money

  • Recognising, sorting and matching coins
  • Use 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins to pay for items

Fractions –

  • Sharing whole objects into equal parts – e.g. .apples, cakes and pizzas

Learning Across the Curriculum

 Our topic this term, will continue to be Fairyland. In this topic we will use fairy tales to inspire a range of cross curricular learning.

Our Science topics are:

Living things – Growing and caring for plants and animals

French – Revise numbers and colours.  Learn some animal names

Health and well-being-

Road safety, exercise and healthy eating

Admin

Gym days continue to be Mondays and Fridays. It would be helpful on these days if your child could wear a polo shirt / sweatshirt. Shirts, ties and tights make changing for gym more time consuming. Can we please remind you that all items of clothing should be named. Many thanks in advance.

Should you lose a trip letter you can find it on the school website by clicking on the class page.

We appreciate that you may need to speak to us about issues which arise. We are more than happy to speak with you at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Erskine, Mrs Jeffrey and Mrs Hinchcliffe

FAIRY LAND!

You will never believe what happened in our class on Thursday!! We were away at the book fair reading a story and when we returned to our class there was glitter all over the floor, a dragon and a letter! We had a good look round to check the dragon wasn’t still hiding in the classroom!

The letter came from a friendly dragon, who is very sad and needs our help. Fairyland is in trouble because children aren’t reading Fairy Tales anymore.  The 3 bears have nowhere to live, the wolf has lost his huff and his puff and Jack has lost his beanstalk! Of course we are going to help! The dragon left a ‘D Mail’ box in our class so we can write him letters to keep him up to date with what we are doing to help.

 

Louise Renicks, Gold Medals, Judo and Exercise!

In assembly this week, we were really lucky to have a visit from Louise Renicks. She won a gold medal in Judo in the 2014 Commonwealth games. Louise told us how important it is to eat healthily and to eat our breakfast. She also showed us some of her Judo moves!

We also did a quick exercise session with Louise, we had to do star jumps, press ups, sit ups, it was tough! Lastly, we had a look at her gold medal, it was amazing!

Changeworks recycling paper workshop

This week we have been learning all about recycling and how important it is to reuse and recycle what we can. A lovely lady from Changeworks came into our class to teach us how to make our very own recycled paper with glitter in it!

Ella’s Wobble

Generation Science

Two lovely ladies from Generation Science came into our class to tell us a story all about Ella and her search for her ‘wobble’. She met lots of Scottish animals on her journey making lots of different noises. We made a shaker to make the sound of the red squirrel using barely and cups. We also make a string instrument to make the sound of the seagull, its very clever! We learnt all about how to make different sounds using buckets and even straws! It was lots of fun!

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RSPB Big School’s Birdwatch Take 2

On Wednesday we went looking for some more birds in our garden. We are going to send the results to the RSPB to help them find out more about our local birds. We spotted a blackbird, a blue tit and lots of seagulls. In fact, we spotted 32 seagulls sitting on the roof! Can you spot any birds near your home?

Dance, dance, dance!

Miss Cameron has been teaching us lots of different dance styles and dance moves over the last few weeks! We have been having lots of fun! We even had a shot with the cheer leading pom poms!

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Shape

We have been learning all about shape over the last few weeks. This week we went on A 2D shape hunt around the school. We found so many different shapes! Why not have a go at home or outside in the park? We will be learning all about 3D shapes next so watch this space!

RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch

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We were very lucky to have a visit from the RSPB. We learnt all about the different birds we find in Scotland and how we can identify them. You have to look at their beaks, their size and of course the colour of their feathers. Do you know which bird has a yellow beak and black feathers? We did some bird watching in our school garden and playground and we saw lots of different birds. We spotted some blue tits, magpies, crows, and a blackbird searching for some wiggly worms!

ICE!

We have been learning all about ice this term! Firstly, we had to help a very friendly dinosaur hatch some eggs! Some baby dinosaurs were inside some eggs made of ice and we had to work out how to get them out! We had to think about where the ice would melt the quickest so we could free the baby dinosaurs. We tried running water on it, leaving it under the table, and of course next to the cosy radiator! Which one do you think worked the best? Why not ask one of the very clever children!

We also visited Murrayfield Ice Rink which was brilliant! We learnt all about how the ice was made and we even got to watch some of the figure skaters.

 

Terrific Toys

P1A worked so hard to create and build their very own toys! They had to think very carefully about how they would make their toy move. Would you push or pull it, wind it up or need batteries? There were so many different toys in P1A, we had cars, robots, Jack in the Boxes, amazing! Well done everyone, and thank you to everyone for collecting all sorts of ‘junk’ and sending it into to school!

January to April 2017 – Term 3

Welcome back to term three. The children are settling back into school life after the Christmas break. May we take this opportunity to thank you very much for your kind cards and gifts. We hope you find the termly information below useful and that you enjoy continuing to support your child in their learning at home.

Literacy and English

We will be…

  • Reading and discussing rhyming texts and stories which have repetitive parts
  • Sending paired/ shared reading books home
  • Learning the stage 2/3/4 words
  • Experiencing a variety of fine motor skills activities – L to R orientation activities, printing, cutting, drawing, collage, dough, sand, shaving foam, etc
  • Using Alphabet Magic/ Jolly Phonics to learn sh, ch, th, wh and vowel diagraphs (for example –ai, ay)
  • Learning to write cursively the letters above
  • Learning to read and write some common words eg. go, we, be, she

Numeracy and Mathematics

We will be…

  • Sequencing numerals 1-20+
  • Learning numbers after/ before
  • Learning addition bonds
  • Recognising domino / pairs patterns
  • Making finger patterns

Topic Maths

  • 2D and 3D Shapes- recognising sorting, identifying and naming shapes and properties of shapes
  • Data and analysis – pictograms and graphs
  • Angles, symmetry and transformation- vocabulary of direction e.g. up, down, left, right, forward, backwards

Learning Across the Curriculum

 Before the February break, we will be learning Scots words and poems.

Our topic after the February break, is going to be Fairyland. In this topic we will use fairy tales to inspire a range of cross curricular learning.

Our Science topics are:

Materials- exploring the properties of materials and selecting appropriate materials for different purposes

Water- exploring different states of water linked to weather

Sound – exploring and making sounds

Gym days are Mondays and Fridays. It would be helpful on these days if your child could wear a polo shirt / sweatshirt. Shirts, ties and tights make changing for gym more time consuming. Can we please remind you that all items of clothing should be named. Many thanks in advance.

Should you lose a trip letter you can find it on the school website by clicking on the class page.

We appreciate that you may need to speak to us about issues which arise. We are more than happy to speak with you at the end of the day.

Thank you.

 

We hope you have been enjoying the lovely books the children received in their Bookbug bags! The Scottish Book Trust have asked if you could give them a little bit of feedback about the bags. Please see below for some more details. Thank you for your help!

P1 Parents & Carers – Scottish Book Trust needs your help!

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Every November, Scottish Book Trust gifts a free bag of books to every P1 child in Scotland to help them with their reading, writing and counting and to encourage them to develop a life-long love of books. Scottish Book Trust is asking parents and carers of children in P1 to complete a short online survey about the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag. Please click here to take part in the survey, which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will help us to improve the Bookbug P1 Family Bag in the future and you could win a free bundle of books! The deadline for completing the survey is 10 February 2017.

Happy new year and welcome back!

We have had a great start to 2017 in P1A! It was lovely to see all the children and listen to all of their tales of the holidays. They all seemed to have had lots of fun!

We have been working hard this week though learning all about symmetry. We have been making all sorts of symmetrical pictures using different materials.

Why not try make some symmetrical pictures or even see if you can spot any symmetrical pictures in your home?

Here’s  a step by step guide to creating your very own symmetrical shape!

Some more fabulous symmetrical pictures!

Merry Christmas everyone and a very happy new year!

And  for our final week of 2016…

You will never guess who made it to our Christmas party despite being extremely busy…FATHER CHRISTMAS! We sang him ‘Away in a Manger’ which he loved and he even gave us all a present! We had a great Christmas party, with lots of fun games, and some yummy food!

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Christmas crafts – We watched The Snowman and then decided to make various different melting snowmen! The edible ones were delicious!

We also worked really hard to make some beautiful Christmas cards and learnt about measuring length at the same time!

More Toys and Christmassy fun!

We were very lucky to have Granny Sheila visit our class. She told us all about the toys her and her family used to play with when they were little and she even brought in her very special teddy bear to show us!

We have also had a go at making some of the toys Granny Shelia showed us. The cup and ball game is really quite tricky it needs lots of practise!

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untitledIt’s not long until Christmas and things are getting very festive in P1A! We made some beautiful Christmas angels to decorate the school hall!

Once the hall was all decorated, we were ready for a delicious Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings! Yum!

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It’s time for an early Christmas present…

The trim trail is up and ready to play on!

We had so much fun testing it out!

 

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We have had a great start to our Toys theme over the last couple of weeks! This week we went on a trip to The Museum of Childhood. It was fascinating seeing all sorts of toys. Some of them were really similar to the toys we play with and some of them were really different! We even saw what a classroom might have looked like in the past. We decided that we definitely prefer our classroom!

We had a good look at all sorts of different toys children may have played with in the past. They were lots of fun!

 

Bookbug week 2016

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Ridiculous Reading!

Are there any unusual places you like to read? Can you read in an unusual way? Take a photo and upload it onto our ‘Padlet’ page. Let’s see how many strange and fabulous ways and places P1 can read in! Follow the instructions below to find out how to take part.

Here is the link for our P1A ‘Ridiculous Reading’ page. Click on the blue writing below and it should take you straight there. (It will work using the more recent Internet Explorer or in the Firefox browser).

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The link will take you to our page. Click anywhere on the page and a little box should appear. You will be able to upload a photo and write your childs name in the box.

Happy reading! 🙂

We have had an exciting Bookbug week. We had one of the lovely librarians come and read us one of our new Bookbug stories ‘There’s a bear on my chair!’ It is a very funny story. We also read ‘Shark in a park on a windy day’. We had some of the parents come in to help us make telescopes, just to check if there is a ‘shark in the park’! Watch out!

We hope you have a great time reading all of your new Bookbug stories at home!

Our trip to Saughton Park

P1A won a prize! Can you remember our sponsored walk we did to raise money for our playground? Well P1A raised the most money and to say a big well done we spent the afternoon at the park.

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We had lots of fun running around in the maze and finding all sorts of beautiful Autumn leaves. Then we went exploring in some of the bushes! Watch out though, there are all sorts of funny looking monsters hiding in there!

Well done P1A and thank you to all of the families for all of their support with the sponsored walk.

Awesome Autumn

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We had a fantastic time in the garden searching for Autumn treasures! We found some beautiful leaves and all sorts of other bits and bobs. We worked with our friends to make some super Autumn pictures!

We chose two very different leaves from our garden and brought them into our classroom. We then used them to create some leaf rubbings! They were very clever! Why not try them at home?

Term 2 – Here are a couple of things we have been up to all ready this term:

We have been learning all about the letter ‘s’. We made some slithery snakes who love to curl up in a ball for a snooze!

Making super spells! You can only add things beginning with the letter ‘s’ though! Watch out it might turn you into silly sausages, stone or even make you do star jumps!

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Choosing time

Working with each other to build a house. It’s house number 10, in case the postman has any letters he needs to deliver!

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Creating all sorts of  fantastic things on the gluing table.

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Looking carefully at Autumn leaves through the magnifying glasses!

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Term Ahead Letter – Term 2 – October-December

Dear Parent/Carer,

Below is some information about the term ahead. We hope you find this useful. Thank you for all the help you are currently giving with homework. It is very much appreciated. 

Literacy and English

We will be…

  • Reading and discussing rhyming texts and stories which have repetitive parts
  • Sending paired/ shared reading books home
  • Learning Stage 2 and 3 key words.
  • Experiencing a variety of fine motor skills activities – L to R orientation activities, printing, cutting, drawing, collage, dough, sand, shaving foam, etc
  • Using Alphabet Magic/ Jolly Phonics to learn s, u, y, b, i, l, k, f, v, w, x, z and read and spell some 3 letter words
  • Learning to write cursively the letters above and make simple sentences.
  • Learning to read and write Block 1 common words – put, the, he, me, to, I, was, saw, want, no, is, his.
  • Taking part in events and activities to encourage enjoyment in reading e.g. Book Bug Bags, storytelling sessions

Numeracy and Mathematics

We will be…

  • Sequencing numerals 1-20+
  • Learning numbers after/ before
  • Learning to count 2 collections of items
  • Recognising domino / pairs patterns
  • Making finger patterns
  • Partitioning numbers- e.g. 6 is 3 and 3, 4 and 2, 5 and 1

Topic Maths

  • Time– days of the week, months, seasons, O’clock on digital and analogue clocks
  • Symmetry – symmetrical pictures are created by folding

Learning Across the Curriculum

 Our topic this term is Toys in the Past. In this topic we will explore toys – what they are made from, how they work and how they have changed over time.

We will also be looking at Keeping Ourselves Safe, focussing on Safety in the Home, Road Safety. We will watch a Road Safety Magic Show to support our learning.

Our Science topics are:

  • Forces – push and pull
  • Energy – stored, electrical and battery.

Admin

Please note that our Gym days have changed. Gym days are now Mondays and Fridays. It would be helpful on these days if your child could wear a polo shirt / sweatshirt. Shirts, ties and tights make changing for gym more time consuming. Please make sure all your child’s clothes are named. Many thanks in advance.

Should you lose a trip letter you can find it on the school website by clicking on the class page.

We appreciate that you may need to speak to us about issues which arise. We are more than happy to speak with you at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Erskine, Miss Doyle and Mrs Hinchcliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

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Something strange happened in P1A today…the classroom was full of skeletons, witches and other scary creatures! It was pretty terrifying! Everyone made such a fantastic effort dressing up for Halloween. Well done!

We were very lucky to have Tricky Ricky come and do a magic show too! He was very funny and he brought some of his very silly friends with him, Bingo the dog and Sunny Bunny. He did lots of very clever tricks and we spent all afternoon laughing!

And finally we had lots of fun ‘dooking’ for apples! We all managed to get and apple and they were delicious too!

Water of Leith Community Garden

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust have been working really hard to create and build a lovely community garden at the end of Pansy Walk. Balgreen Primary School were really lucky to be asked to plant and look after two of the raised flower beds as part of the garden. P1A were super excited to be the first ones to plant the new plants ready for the winter. We planted some flowers, bushes and even some bulbs ready for the spring time! We even spotted all sorts of minibeasts who are going to love living in our flower beds! During the October week, why not take a wander down and see our hard work, the garden is lovely!

Super Senses

We have been learning all about our different senses. To help us learn about our five senses we went on a ‘Senses Walk’ around the garden. We were looking out for things we could see, hear, smell and touch – we thought we had better not taste anything in the garden!  After we had washed it, we did taste one of the apples which have been growing on one of our apple trees though!

Lots of Learning and Laughing in P1A

P1A have been learning all sorts of letter sounds so far this term. When we were learning ‘g’ so we made some very spooky ghosts! ‘Wooooooo’!

We have been very busy trying to improve and master our counting and number recognition skills in P1A. We have been working with our friends and playing lots of number games.

Lots of Loose Parts Play fun!

Primary 1 had an great afternoon playing with our ‘Loose Parts’. All sorts of bits and bobs have been donated to Balgreen and they provide an amazing opportunity for imaginative play. You should see some of the things the children create, it’s fantastic! There were space rockets, offices, road works, houses all of which the children worked together to create and then went on little adventures!

Sponsored Walk

We had a lovely time on our sponsored walk and it was a beautiful sunny morning too! Perfect! Thank you to everyone who came on the walk with us and also a thank you to everyone who has donated money so far.

P1A have been having lots of fun playing out in the garden using sticks, cones and leaves to create all sorts of things!

Our Friendship Tree

We have talking all about friendship and what it takes to be a good friend. We thought it would be a great idea to make a friendship tree. Every time someone is a good friend in P1A we will write it on a leave and stick it on our tree. Hopefully pretty soon our tree will be full of lovely leaves as the children are trying really hard to be good friends to one another.

ROALD DAHL DAY

To celebrate the day that would have been Roald Dahls 100th birthday, we had a little bit of a celebration in P1A.  All sorts of characters from the Roald Dahl books came into our class, Matilda, James, his giant peach, Willy Wonka, Mr Twit and many more. The costumes were amazing! Well done everyone!

We have been reading The Enormous Crocodile in our class so we had a day of The Enormous Crocodile fun!

The term so far…

The children have been really enjoying all of the activities in the classroom during the first couple of weeks of term.

Term Ahead Letter – Term 1 – September to October

Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome to Balgreen! The children are settling in and gradually getting used to school life. We hope you find the termly information below useful and that you enjoy supporting your child in their learning at home.

Literacy and English

We will be…
• Reading and discussing rhyming texts and stories which have repetitive parts
• Sending paired/ shared reading books home
• Learning the ORT character names
• Experiencing a variety of fine motor skills activities – L to R orientation activities, printing, cutting, drawing, collage, dough, sand, shaving foam, etc
• Using Alphabet Magic/ Jolly Phonics to learn a, t,p,r,m,n,h,o,c,g,d,e and read and spell some 3 letter words
• Learning to write cursively the letters above
• Learning to read and write some common words eg. put, the, he, was, to, I

Numeracy

We will be…
• Sequencing numerals 1-10+
• Learning numbers after/ before
• Learning to count collections of items
• Recognising domino / pairs patterns
• Making finger patterns

Topic Maths

• Measure – length and height : comparing/ordering/using measure vocabulary
• Pattern –copying and creating patterns using a variety of materials

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our topic this term is My School and Family. In this topic we will explore families, the school and its surroundings and the role of key staff within it.

Our Science topics are:
• Our 5 Senses – using them to explore our world
• Sound – listening to and creating a variety of sounds

Admin

Gym days are Wednesdays and Fridays. It would be helpful on these days if your child could wear a polo shirt / sweatshirt. Shirts, ties and tights make changing for gym more time consuming. Please make sure all your child’s clothes are named. Many thanks in advance.

Should you lose a trip letter you can find it on the school website by clicking on the class page.

We appreciate that you may need to speak to us about issues which arise. We are more than happy to speak with you at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Erskine, Ms Doyle and Mrs Hinchcliffe