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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We are all very excited for Term 2 and all of the new adventures we will have 🙂