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Primary 1OC

Primary 1OC Newsletter, August-October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to Primary 1OC. We have had an excellent beginning to the term with all the children settling in well to ALL the new routines. They are all happy and engaged in class and have made a great start on their P1 learning.

This newsletter will outline the weekly timetable general class information and give you an overview of the plan of learning for this term.

Timetables

PE - the class has PE on a Friday and every other Tuesday. In addition, the school follows the ‘Daily Mile’ programme to encourage outside activity every day. Please send your child prepared for all weathers.

Monday: Gaelic - the class has a Gaelic lesson once a week with our Gaelic specialist Mrs McPhee

Thursday: Music - the class has a music lesson once a week with our specialist, Mrs Daily. In addition, children will be singing outside as much as possible.

General Information

Picking up /dropping off - please let me know if someone other than Mum or Dad is going to be picking up your child. Thankyou.

Homework - I am glad so many have managed to log on successfully to Seesaw. Homework ideas will be posted weekly - in the first instance it will be all phonics work. A little every day is the easiest way for your child to become successful at reading and writing. Towards the end of this term we will start on reading books for homework.

School Uniform - please ensure your child’s school uniform has their name clearly marked to avoid too many lost jumpers!

As the weather turns autumnal please ensure your child brings waterproof clothing and shoes/boots to school so they can enjoy playing outside. I am encouraging children to use their gym shoes as indoor shoes so that if they get wet feet at playtime, they have something to change into. So, it would be great if you could leave a pair of gym shoes at school for children to use every day.

Social Media - the lower Primary has a Twitter account, on which we share news and events. The address is @P123Pitlochry

Learning in Primary 1

Phonics - Jolly Phonics is the programme we follow in Primary 1. Each week the children will learn new sounds. Children will make the best progress if they are encouraged to practice and recognise these sounds at home, daily.

Reading - reading will start with Phonics books and the Oxford Reading Tree Programme. Your child will have a reading record/school diary in which homework will be noted.

Numeracy - we will be focussing on Numbers to 10, as well as context play incorporating calendars, symmetry, shape and directions.

Topic ‘Space’ - a topic that incorporates science and technology outcomes.

Contact - you can message me on Seesaw, using the family app. This message is private and not visible to anyone else.

For non-private messages you can use the journal page on Seesaw, which may be open to others to see.

You can also email me directly at bcoconnor@pkc.gov.uk. However, be aware that I often do not get to my emails until lunchtime so if it is urgent, catch me in the morning.

Kind regards

Bernadette O’Connor