Mrs Dale’s Blog (2018-19)


More important visitors for Fred Frog…

Fred Frog has another exciting day at CKPS….. 

Exciting times for Fred Frog and his friends and their families….

Fred Frog was delighted to welcome two Mums and a Granny and Grandad to his classroom today!….

Our CKPS Superhero Teamwork Tina was excited to watch us all working together, learning together and growing together. We learned more about the ee sound and story today….. “What can you see?” said the boy in the tree. Fred Frog was so proud to see us showing off our great joined-up handwriting, and WILF loved hearing us say the PHONEME sounds as we wrote the GRAPHEMES:

Another one of our CKPS superheroes, Focused Felicity, was thrilled to see us concentrating so hard when we did some reading of our sounds and green and red words, to get ready to read our story about Fat Cat! Fat Cat had not just 1, or even 2, but…..  6 big fish for his lunch! Pug Dog was so worried that his friend Fat Cat might POP!

We finished our lesson today by playing a 4-in-a-row game…… can you spot which 3 different ‘special friends’ sounds we had to read in our words in this game? 

Thank you to all the family members who were able to come along to join us today…. we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed having you with us. We’re looking forward to some more visitors very soon! 

When we are with Fred Frog we often practise reading our green words with our partner. Our CKPS Superhero Practising Polly encourages us to do this as she knows that practise helps us to make progress….

We love praising our partner and CELEBRATING OUR SUCCESS with one another….. here you can see two of us using the FANTASTIC celebration after we finished reading our green words together:

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Some of our P7B pupils have been working really hard to practise their reading with their class teachers, Mrs Mitchell and Mr Morley, Pupil Support Assistant, Mrs McCormack, and with me, our Additional Support for Learning Teacher, Mrs Dale. We do this in lots of different ways including reading books and using the helpful Toe by Toe book:

Keep up the great work everyone!

Look out for some more news and photos coming soon! 

What has been keeping many of our ASL pupils and Fred Frog busy?

Our CKPS Superhero Teamwork Tina loved watching us ‘working, learning and growing together’ as we had great fun making, and then eating, some healthy salad. This activity helped to prepare us to read a story about making a salad, called  ‘Mix it up!’

Teamwork Tina also loved seeing us put our teamwork skills to good use when we practised our joined-up handwriting, as we learned about the sounds/phonemes sh and ch. Our friend WILF (What I‘m Looking For) was pleased to hear us saying the sounds/phonemes as we wrote the graphemes

We used our Fred Fingers to spell sh and ch words with our partners before writing them down, and then dotting and dashing them. Fred Frog was so proud of our work. He was pleased to see that we have learned how to dot and dash words – we know to use a dash to show ‘special friends’ – two letters which together make one sound. 

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In Primary 4, 5 and 6 many of us have been busy practising and learning how to read more of the most common words, as well as using the Toe by Toe programme and SWAP games to practise and increase our reading skills

We also enjoy taking part in several different activities to help us to learn and remember spelling patterns for phonic words, such as those displayed on the Edinburgh Sound Charts which you can now find in use in every CKPS classroom! 

When you’re next in school you might like to take a look at the recently updated ‘Dyslexia Awareness’ display board to the right of the entrance to the gym hall:

Look who has been hard at work this AUTUMN planting bulbs in one of our allotment beds…. we are hoping to see some worthwhile results after the WINTER. In the SPRING – look out for some pretty crocus and daffodil bulbs – and then in the SUMMER  we hope to be able to make something tasty with our onion bulbs!  

Thanks to the CKPS PTA…

…. some of our P5 pupils enjoyed playing one of our new Literacy Games (purchased using PTA funding) to help us when we were reading and writing about a character called Margo who won a race in her go-kart. Our newest CKPS Growth Mindset Superhero, Teamwork Tina, was thrilled to see us “Work together, learn together and grow together”! Look at our photos below to see us in action and learn more about what we do during our ASL (Additional Support for Learning) lessons:

Challenging Charlie, Teamwork Tina and Practising Polly were all pleased with us today! Well done team P5 !

September success with Fred Frog and during some of our ASL lessons….

Sept 2018 RWInc and ASL pupils 034Fred Frog was excited to meet another new P3A friend at the end of his first hard-working week with P3A pupils. 

We enjoyed playing Snakes and Ladders together while using our ‘Fred Talk’/good sounding out strategy to read single words. 

WALT (We Are Learning To): say and read the phonemes/sounds: c o a d g q s, and write the graphemes as we say them, using joined-up writing. Pecking Peter and Fred Frog were both so impressed with our super effort and achievement – we’re sure you’ll agree when you take a look at our great handwriting with our clever illustrations for each letter in the above photos. Our CKPS Superhero Achieving Alfie felt proud of us too! 

We had such fun playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey ahead of working with our partners to read our first Ditty Story called Pin it on! Mrs Dale was particularly pleased with all the great partner work – we all enjoyed celebrating our successful first week with Fred Frog at CKPS! 

Which CKPS Growth Mindset superhero do you think helped some of our P4A/B pupils with some of their great learning during ASL lessons this September? Who can you spot doing what in the photo slideshow below….

We’ve been so busy!…. playing a SWAP card game reading words beginning with blends such as cl and fl; writing as many words beginning with bl that we can think of ahead of working with our partner to read a story about Big Blob and Baby Blob! …. remembering and then writing a super sentence….. reading common words…. WELL DONE to some of our fantastically hard-working CKPS Primary 4 pupils!

Our wonderful Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Christine comes in to school sometimes to help some of us; recently two of our P5B pupils, Mrs Durie, one of our PSAs and Mrs Dale have been having fun using lego to help us to improve our vocabulary knowledge whilst giving, listening to, and then following, instructions. One September day we began a visit to Lego City; in the photo below you can see the engineer helping Fred Frog to give instructions to the builder to create one of Lego City’s characters; before we began we sorted and organised all the pieces available from the supplier. Whilst doing this we thought about the various colours, including the transparent pieces, and the many different words we can use to describe the shapes and sizes of lego pieces. Here we are in action: 

Sept 2018 RWInc and ASL pupils 037Well done to our P5B pupils …. great focus and perseverance….. our CKPS superheroes Felicity and Penny were nearby watching us and said we did a GREAT JOB! 🙂 Our recently introduced newest CKPS superhero Teamwork Tina was also very pleased to hear about this activity!

Back to work for Fred Frog!

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Fred Frog loved meeting 5 of his new P3 friends this week. He was so impressed with their good listening and great partner work; Fred can’t wait to get on with lots of exciting learning in the coming days and weeks. Take a look at this ASL (Additional Support for Learning) Blog now and again to see what surprises Fred Frog has in store for us all!

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It’s September 2018 already…

…. and Fred Frog is looking forward to working with his new Primary 3 friends. Look out for some photos coming soon!

Parents of pupils who worked with me, Mrs Dale, the Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Teacher, last session, as well as pupils new to ASL who will be working with me this session, should have received a letter from me by now about plans for this session. 

If your child is still unsure of any of the following, some daily practice (little and often) will be a great support for him/her:

 * 7 days of the week

(including knowing the vocabulary: today is, yesterday was, tomorrow will be)

* 12 months of the year

(including knowing the vocabulary: this month is, last month was, next month will be)

* 4 seasons of the year

(including knowing their order and roughly which months belong to each season)

* 26 letters of the alphabet (the sounds first, and then the letter names too)

* 5 vowels: a,e,i,o,u (the sounds first, and then the letter names too)

 * full name, address, tel. no.

* birthday (date, month and year born)