Welcome to P1a’s class website!
Here you will find out information about the term ahead, see some photos and hear about the learning that has taken place.
December has been a hive of excitement and joy!
Some of us were keen to chat about our home countries so we looked at a world map and labelled the places where we come from. This lead to an interest in maps so atlases and a globe were made available for us to explore. This helped us learn about our place in the world and develop curiosity about different cultures. We also made our own treasure maps! We made the paper look old by staining it with tea and then drew on it with pens. We learnt about directions; North, South, East and West and some of us added a compass to our maps.
Through lots of active tasks and verbal discussions, we have been developing our sense of number. We have made human number lines to sequence numbers, used clapping games to learn to track amounts on our fingers, started adding two amounts together with one of the collections covered up, learned to describe equal groups and have started to explore bigger numbers using ICT games. We will have a focus on number formation after the Winter holiday.
Of course we have also been engaging in lots of Christmas activities; singing traditional carols as well as more modern songs, being a superb audience while watching the p3s’ excellent Nativity show, dancing and singing during the Rookie Rockstar workshop, many of us enjoyed a Christmas dinner at lunch time, lots of arts and crafts, decorating our class tree, exploring what our senses may experience during the festive period and we had such a ball at our Christmas party!
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
With the dark mornings and even darker evenings, we have injected a lot of colour into our learning during November in order to keep us energised and enthusiastic! This month saw us getting secure with the set up of our Rainbow Activities – there are specific tasks we have to do through out the week and we collect lollypop sticks for each task we complete. The best part is being in control of our own learning – we get to choose when we do these tasks and sometimes even get to choose what the task is.
We have continued to learn more sounds in our phonics lessons and many of us have begun to put this knowledge to use – we can name things beginning with that initial sound, some of us are writing short words and can you believe that some of us have started writing sentences! We have all worked so hard on our story writing through drawing pictures with increasing detail.
During our Health and Wellbeing lessons, we loved looking at photos of our classmates as babies and guessing who each one was. It formed the start of us exploring what we couldn’t do then that we can do now, what we can’t do yet and discussing what we will be able to do when we are older. We are learning to have a growth mindset – anything is possible! We listened to what each other wanted to be when they grow up which lead to lots of learning through role play.
Our mini topic has been on Road Safety because we enjoyed the Magic Roadshow so much. We chose to build a road in our classroom, use play dough to zebra crossings, dress up as lolly-pop people and went outside to use real traffic lights. We now feel much more confident in keeping ourselves safe when crossing the road.
It was lovely to get a short but sweet meeting with you at parents evening, thank you for being patient if I was late for our appointment! If any questions have arisen since then, please do come see me at the end of the day or we can make an appointment for a time that suits.
In December, we are very lucky to have Mrs Gillies, our art specialist, coming into p1 to help us develop our art skills. This will take place on Tuesday afternoons so we will have less outdoor learning time but this will begin again in January.
Bring on the month of merriment!
This month started off challenging – with Challenge Week! And what a busy week that was. We enjoyed visits from Mr Napier, Mrs Palmer and Mrs Edgar who are people we can go to if we have a problem. Nick, from Place 2 Be, read us the Big Bag of Worries and we learnt he was another person who can help if we have a worry. Over the week we thought hard about our own learning; the things we were doing really well in and the things we found quite difficult. We learnt how to self-assess our work using traffic lights and smiley faces.
We have been really busy learning lots of letter sounds. To help us, we do actions and sing songs, make play dough letters, trace letters using pens, build words on our magnetic boards and use ipad apps to make colourful, sparkly letters.
We have also been working hard on our number work this month. We are confident in identifying dice and pairs patterns, can recognise numerals (1-10/20) and have been working in pairs to sequence numbers. In our play, we have made colour patterns and explored 3D shape.
We had a spellbinding time at our Hallowe’en party! Tricky Ricky wowed us with his magic show and we had a spectacular time dancing and bobbing for apples. Mrs Jeffrey was amazed at our creative, imaginative costumes; we were witches, werewolves, vampires, mermaids, cats, pumpkins, batman, spiderman, skeletons and much more!
We have all settled in well to primary school life and have enjoyed the couple of weeks we have spent in p1. We have learnt each others names and begun to form new friendships. We know our way around the parts of the school that we use including our playground, toilets, lunch hall and main office.
In our learning we have looked at dice patters, numeral identification and formation, identified objects beginning with the sounds ‘a’ and ‘t’ and begun to learn how to write these letters. We have learnt how to hold scissors and made a tumbling teddy.
Our MADD focus has been the Rainbow Fish; we have enjoyed listening and watching the story, took part in drama hot-seating with the Rainbow Fish, explored how we can move our bodies like different sea creatures and enjoyed singing under the sea songs. By mixing primary colours, we painted our own rainbows. WOW – we have done so much in just a few weeks!
September was a very busy month in p1! We really enjoyed sharing our MADD experience with our families; our water symphony sounded great, we enjoyed a story and shared a play experience with our mums and dads.
Our role-play corner has been changed to into a hospital and this has sparked lots of learning about the different jobs people do; there are children who want to be a paramedic, a nurse or an obstetrician when they grow up! We have watched videos of people getting MRI scans, injections and X-rays. In our hospital we have enjoyed acting out doctor/patient scenarios, helped fixed ‘broken bones’ with bandages and listened to our heart beats with stethoscopes.
We have begun reading books about the characters we know, including Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. We are learning to look closely at the pictures and use them as clues to help us read the story. We are also learning to recognise the main characters’ names and some of us are even sounding out short words!
Many of us have developed our ICT skills by exploring BeeBots. We found out how to program them using the buttons with arrows showing the direction of movement. We wanted to build mazes for them so we used masking tape and wooden trees to make paths on a tuff tray.
As a team, we created our class rules. We considered how we want our classroom to look and how we want to feel in it. From this we established 3 agreements that we feel are important to our wellbeing and enjoyment at school.