Settling In – Term 1

P1b have settled into Balgreen Primary School fantastically! Miss McClements is so proud of her class! All of the children are able to make their way around the relevant areas in the school happily and even do little jobs for their class! We have register monitors who take the register to the office each morning, class helpers who may help to give out resources, milk monitors who give out the milk after break time and an eco monitor who makes sure the right rubbish is in the correct bin and that we save electricity by turning the lights off! These jobs change on a weekly basis by group rotation, so everyone will have a turn at each job at some point.

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NUMERACY – We have been focusing on recognising dice and pairs patterns, making finger patterns, numeral recognition, counting and making collections.  We have enjoyed using a wide range of materials and learning strategies from counting cheerios, to making glitter numbers, to counting and making playdough crocodile teeth! Three times a week we all do a SEAL lesson with Miss McClements to get a little more individualised help with our numeracy and we are all doing a great job and making progress.


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LITERACY – We are doing lots of pre-writing fine motor development through a variety of activities including threading beads, using tweezers to pick up pompoms, scissor skills, tracing lines, using pipettes in water, etc.  This will help us in our writing.

We have learnt many letter sounds (t, a, p, r, n, m, h and g) and are beginning to write these letters.  We are learning to listen to the sounds within words, particularly the first, middle and end sounds in CVC words.  Slowly but surely we are learning to crash the sounds together as well as use our fingers to ‘finger spell’ out the sounds. We do a lot of this work using our magnetic letters on magnetic boards.

Not only this, but we have also been learning to recognise the character names that appear in our reading books – Biff, Chip, Kipper, Floppy, Mum and Dad!  These are words we just need to know by looking at them, but we can be word detectives and spot some of the sounds we know in them as well. We are enjoying our reading books and love that these rotate on a weekly basis, getting a new book is always exciting!

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LEARNING THROUGH PLAY –  A big change in p1 this year is the increased amount of play in the classroom. We have a variety of play areas which are as follows:

  • Numeracy area
  • Literacy area
  • Role play area
  • Water area
  • Sand area
  • Fine motor skills area
  • Construction area
  • Reading area
  • Arts & crafts area
  • Small world area
  • Technology area
  • and more, such as the sensory area and dough area, which we change regularly.

Miss McClements can already see a huge change in all of p1b’s confidence levels. Play helps us learn in so many ways, such as improving our vocabulary, developing our fine motor skills, and giving us the opportunity for topical and interesting conversations that we would not have if we did not have play in the classroom.


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In numeracy P1B have been exploring…

  • forwards and backwards counting, numbers before and after, numeral identification, counting and making collections, counting on strategy, dice pattern recognition, pairs patterns recognition, random array recognition, clapping patterns, doubles, using numerical signs and vocabulary (+ and =) and begin to make number sentences (2+1=3), and use of numicon to support numeracy.

In maths P1B have been exploring…

  • 3D and 2D shape: recognising shapes in our environment, sorting shapes, printing with 3D shapes, building structures with shapes, making shapes, feely bag, sorting and naming 2D and 3D shapes (corners, sides, faces, does it roll, does it stack, etc), and the link between 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Transformation: positional words (above, below, in front of, behind, up, down, across, left and right), arrows for direction.


We are continuing to do pre-writing fine motor development through a variety of activities including threading beads, using tweezers to pick up pompoms, scissor skills, tracing lines, using pipettes in water, etc.  This will help us in our writing.

We have learnt theletter sounds and are beginning to use our knowledge of these to sound out CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. 

We can discuss and read our Oxford Reading Tree books and have been reading the extended stories. We are learning key words associated with each stage. We have practised clapping syllables for names and are gaining an understanding of this. We are exploring telling stories in different ways, such as through puppets, role play, etc. We are also being read weekly Word Boost books and expanding our vocabulary through this!





This term all of P1B have been exposed to describing, making and organising equal groups. In maths we have been learning about time – talking about time and events, sequencing the days of the week, linking months of the year to the seasons, the weather associated with seasons, daily events, calender knowledge, clock vocabulary (hands, face, long hand, short hand), telling the time and digital and analogue clocks. We have also been learning all about summetry, exploring mirror image, folded pictures, halves, and creating symmetrical pictres and patterns.



P1B have learned all of the initial sounds and are able to identify the beginning, middle and end sound of CVC words, as well as write and read them. We are continuing to practise our cursive handwriting and letter formation through various activities such as our weekly writing lesson on a Thursday. We are all able to write our names on our own now. We will be exploring other things such as jumbled up sentence activities, knowledge of vowels,and  rhyming words. We learned and recited Scots poems to an audience, exploring the different Scottish vocabulary. We have been adding full stops, capital letters and finger spaces to our work, and have been peer assessing and self assessing to improve our reflection skills. We are continuing to discover new songs and poems and are able to share with each other what we do and do not like and why.


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