P1B

Prince Charming’s Ball

I’m am sure you have all heard by now, Primary 1 have been invited to a ball!! We received an invitation from Prince Charming himself! We were so excited! Unfortunately, due to all of the rain we have been having disaster has struck!! Prince Charming was going to have to cancel the ball due to a flood! Thankfully, Primary 1 have come up with a plan and they said they could help. They emailed the Prince back with the good news, and he was thrilled!

We have started on the decorations already, magic wands! Watch this space for more ball fun!

 

Aberdour Castle

Although very rainy, we had a great time at Aberdour Castle. The Friendly Dragon had left us lots of ‘Fairy Tale’ clues to find too. We found the kitchen where they baked the bread, the bedrooms and we squeezed inside the Dovecot!

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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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Pizza Express

We had such a fantastic day at Pizza Express! We are now all officially qualified Pizza chefs! We kneaded the dough, added tomato sauce and mozzerella cheese and after a few minutes in the oven, voila! We had some delicious pizzas!

This week we have been baking our very own gingerbread men! We decorated them with different coloured icing and then…we ate them all up! Yum!!

Run, run as fast as you can!

We have had a busy day today! We have been reading The Gingerbread Man. We made gingerbread men using clay, and had a go at making a bridge across the river so at least next time the fox won’t gobble him up!

We have also been having lots of fun playing with a beautiful Fairy Tale castle which Mrs Hinchcliffe has very kindly let us borrow!

Blossom!

Our beautiful tree in the garden has started to blossom. So we thought we’d better get outside and use it! We made some brilliant crowns using natural bits and bobs we found in the garden, including the lovely blossom.

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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 Wednesdays. 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 Edgar, Miss Doyle and Miss McFadden

 

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a fabulous holiday! It has been lovely to see all of the children back this week all set for the term ahead.

We have got straight back into Fairy Land. The friendly dragon sent us another letter and we have been reading The Frog Prince this week. We painted some great pictures of The Frog Prince.

Other Fairy Land fun!

Happy Easter!

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We had lots of fun in our last week of this term getting ready for the Easter holidays! We had a fantastic egg decorating competition, all of the entries were brilliant! We had an Easter egg hunt out in the garden. We read the Easter story and did some lovely Easter crafts. We are definitely ready for a holiday! We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing holiday!

I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!

We have been reading the Three Little Pigs over the last couple of weeks. We have been doing all sorts of little pig related activities, such as counting and adding little pigs and writing about the Big Bad Wolf.

We did a Little Pig Science investigation too. We had to work together to build houses using different materials. We had to make sure they were strong enough to withstand the Big Bad Wolf’s huff and puff. After we had build our houses the Big Bad Wolf (a hairdryer) came and blew them all down!!

We went outside and created lots of different houses using natural materials we found outside in our garden. I wonder of the Big Bad Wolf could blow any of them down?

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Can you guess which Fairy Tale we have been reading this week? You guessed it, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We made some beautiful mirrors, as well as turning ourselves into 25 dwarves!

Fairy Land

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We had a very exciting delivery last week! The very friendly dragon left a letter in our classroom. He is a very sad dragon as Fairy Land is in trouble because children aren’t reading enough Fairy Tales. The wolf has lost his puff and the Three Bears have no where to live! The dragon wondered if we could help by reading more stories and turning our classroom into Fairy Land! Of course we write back and said YES!

We have been very busy ever since! We have read Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White so far! Our book corner has turned into a magical reading area too!

We have been making lots of little dragons using milk cartons so the dragon will have lots of friends!

 

Can you guess what we are building? Watch this space to see the finished product!

Learning across the Curriculum in P1B

We have been very busy learning lots of new things in very exciting ways. We have had a dance workshop, a visit to the ice rink, a workshop outside in the school garden learning about birds, and a science workshop where we learned how sound is made.

Here we are having fun outside in the playground and garden with people from the RSPB. We were learning about the birds we can find in the school grounds.

Generation Science came to our classroom and helped us to discover how sound is made through the story about a little girl called Ella who was looking for her Wobble. We made some instruments that made different sounds. We made shakers, harmonicas and bell strings. By making parts of our instruments move, the air vibrated and made a sound. It was quite tricky making the instruments but we were able to make a class harmonica orchestra and play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Poor Mrs Edgar had a bit of a headache after the workshop!

Step It Up Dance came and delivered a dance workshop about toys. We spent the morning exploring how toys move and joined our moves together to make a dance. We had to work with a partner to pretend we were puppets and then with a small group to pretend we were a Jack in the Box. Finally, we performed our Toy dance to some of our families. It was lots of fun and we especially enjoyed taking a bow at the end when everyone was clapping for us!

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 Wednesdays. 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.

Bookbug week 2016

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Ridiculous Reading!

Are there any strange 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 P1B ‘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).

P1B Ridiculous Reading

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! 🙂

 

October to December 2016

Below is some information about the term ahead. We hope you find this useful.

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. Our topic will be enriched with a visit to the Museum of Childhood

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

Gym days are Mondays and Wednesdays. 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.

 

We continue to be very busy in P1b. We have been learning about  lots of letters and the sounds they make.

When we were learning about the letter ‘g,’ we listened to the story The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and made gruffalo hats. we also used counters to make the letter ‘g’ before learning how to write it.

In PE, we have been learning how to throw and catch a ball and also to work with a partner.

We has great fun at the Tricky Ricky Magic Show. We dressed up in Hallowe’en costumes and laughed and laughed at all Tricky Ricky’s funny magic tricks. Then we dooked for apples back in our clasroom.

Autumn Term 2016

We have been very busy in Primary 1b. The children already know the sounds that seven letters make and can blend these sounds to make three-lettered words.They have also been learning how to write these letters.

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In Numeracy we have been learning to recognise dice patterns. We are pretty fast at counting the spots!

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We have also been learning to count the correct number of objects on a number graph.

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We have also had lots of fun at playtime. The Primary 7 Buddies have been playing games with us.img_3768

Term Ahead Letter

 

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 and Mathematics

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 Thursdays. 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 Edgar and Mrs Henderson