Welcome to our Primary 1 page.
For parents and carers who were unable to make it to our Curricular Evening, here is some information which may be helpful…….
I like to welcome children and parents into the classroom in the mornings, as it gives us a chance to have a chat and pass on any information, as well as giving parents a chance to see their child in the classroom environment. However, please kindly note that the time before 9.00am is my preparation time, therefore please try to arrive between 8.50 and 9.00, and certainly not earlier than 8.45am.
At the moment, P1 gym days are Tuesday and Friday. We may have gym at other times in the week, so please leave gym kits on pegs on Monday and take them home on Friday.
Please try to ensure that your child is as independent as possible when changing for gym. It helps if they have ‘easy’ clothing on gym days, for example trousers instead of tights. Please put names on anything which can be taken off!
If you haven’t already done so, please provide your child with an A4 folder which closes securely. Check every night for letters etc. Please do not put reading books and yellow homework books in the small flashcard wallets. When the children take them out all their flashcards fall out and we have chaos!
We have been very busy in P1 learning our sounds and getting to know Kipper, Biff and Chip and their family.
Our Phonics (Sounds) programme is based on Jolly Phonics. This is a multi-sensory scheme, with a song, action and story for each sound. There are linked activities on the interactive whiteboard and I also add in other activities which are linked to the sound, for example making pizzas for ‘p’, sponge painting apples for ‘a’ or eating noodles for ‘n’. This helps to make each sound meaningful for the children. Please make sure when children are practising their sounds at home that they use the actual sound, rather than the name, for example ‘n’ should be pronounced ‘nnnn’, not ‘ni’ or ‘enn’. This is a huge help when children ‘blend’ sounds together to make words.
There is a Jolly Phonics App now available from the Jolly Learning website, cost around £4.99. If you are interested please make sure you order from Jolly Learning, as there are others with the same name which are not linked to this scheme.
As well as learning the sounds of each letter, we also learn the formation at the same time. If you would like a sheet showing correct letter formation, please just ask.
When doing reading and phonics homework try to keep sessions short. Little and often works best. If you can, try to make homework relaxed and fun. Can your child find their new sound in the environment? Can they write it outside with a stick in some mud? Stick their flashcards round about the house and see if they can read them each time they pass. If reading homework seems a chore try alternating pages – you read one then they read one.
Maths in P1
Maths in P1 is not just about how high your child can count. We spend a lot of time working on ‘applications’ of number, for example ‘number stories’ for each number to 10 (3 and 4 make 7 and so on).
Lots of maths in P1 is practical, using concrete materials, then resources such as number lines, to help children visualise how the number system works. This ‘visualisation’ is essential in the development of mathematical skills. Lots of our maths is done through play and, as time goes on, we gradually record more and more in written form. We also do a lot of maths through everyday life situations, for example our lunch graph. In this way the children can see the purpose of the numbers they are using.
Active learning is an integral part of a Primary 1 classroom. Some of this is structured, however periods of free play are still essential for children’s development, and these are built into the school day. During these periods of play, children function at their highest level and, through engaging with the children and observing them in their play, I learn a significant amount about their capabilities.
Whatever the weather, we like to get outside for at least a short while each day. With this in mind, please ensure that your child brings a jacket every day (with their name on!).
As we are a Health Promoting School, we encourage healthy snacks at playtime.
I hope this information is helpful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any worries, concerns or questions.