Friday 26th March:
We can’t believe we’ve now been back at school for 5 weeks now. This week we read Oliver’s vegetables and had a think about what vegetables we’d like to grow in our Allotment-
We planted carrot, parsnip, turnip and beetroot seeds in our raised bed and will check on them weekly to make sure the pesky weeds stay away.
We also wanted to plant strawberries and watermelon so we’ve also planted some strawberry plants. We had watermelon as part of our school lunch on Thursday so kept some of the seeds- we decided we’d plant them in pots in the classroom and can keep an eye on them to see if they grow too!
The last few weeks we’ve started a Drawing Club, we’ve a special book for all our drawings and a big list of all the things we want to learn to draw- from unicorns, dinosaurs, cats, dogs, turtles, rabbits, to name a few.
Here are a few of our pictures so far:
We love listening to a story after break and vote on which story we’d like to read each day, we like counting up the votes discussing which number is bigger and by how many- here are a few of our book choices from this week-
The Power of Play
Play gives children a voice. Play empowers children by putting them in control of their own learning through play children can learn from themselves, their environment and others (their friends and staff)
I love nothing more than being able to observe the play in the classroom each week, and if I’m lucky be involved in the play and help extend it. Here are a few snippets from this week:
Making name necklaces, Lego sharks inspired by our drawings, Princesses comparing the length of their hair!, a house for all the Fairyland characters to live happily ever after in-which was protected by giant Gingerbread men, lots of discussion, problem solving, creativity skills being developed.
We are looking forward to an exciting week of Easter fun next week and we are getting to go to the Dining Room for our lunch which we are very excited about!
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 19th March:
This week in Primary one we have loved the Spring weather and have made the most of it, getting out to the Allotment- to get our raised bed ready for planting, there were lots of weeds, it was hard work but we did a great job and we found lots of worms, slugs and snail shells. We also did another litter pick to help look after our school and help protect the wildlife- we had a good idea to make posters to put up to remind people to put rubbish in the bins, we’re going to put these up in the playground.We still had time to get out and have more fun, running about and improving our rugby skills on the grass.
We received our last letter from Fred and Flo and this week we read The Ugly Duckling and talked about what we could do to be kind and how the ducks could have been kind to The Ugly Duckling. We had lots of great ideas how to be kind and one being to make pictures for people. Our P7 buddies came back to school this week so we decided to make them lovely sunshine pictures to make them happy. We hope they like them and can’t wait to hear back from them.
This week we enjoyed sharing our reading books with someone from a different reading group and got to read to each other as well as Mrs Christie and Mrs Rodger. Also in Literacy we have been practising all our tricky words and went on a word hunt around the classroom to find all 12.
We have also enjoyed making a start on our Wild Challenge to get our Silver Award, we look forward to completing some more Challenges over the next few weeks. If you’d like to take part in your own Wild Challenges out of school you can complete the Wild Challenge Family activities and get your own certificates at home- there are different challenges to those in the School Wild Challenges. https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/
Have a wonderful weekend
Fingers crossed for some more lovely Spring weather
Friday 12th March:
This week we’ve learnt our last sound z so now know all the alphabet we will continue to practice writing these and making and reading words with them. We have enjoyed listening to all the Jollyphonics songs and joining in with each sound.
We have also continued helping our fairies Flo and Fred and have been reading lots of Fairytales, we read Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland, The Gingerbread man, and Little Red Riding Hood.
We made our own Little Red Riding Hood artwork, created a wolf with paint using a fork and made a wanted poster to try and find the Wolf- have you seen it?
During our free Play many of us have enjoyed retelling the story, and other fairy tales with puppets.
We practised our left and right and made a map to help Little Red Riding Hood get to Granny’s cottage, we had to have 3 things on the left and 3 on the right, we then shared them with a partner.
We have loved getting creative with Playdough this week we’ve had chocolate playdough and gingerbread playdough-
We had cakes, dinosaurs, nests, and even talking gingerbread men.
Playdough is a great resource to allow the children to be creative with-here’s an easy recipe you could add drinking chocolate or spices to instead of the food colouring and get creative-
This week we’ve seen lots of our Growth Mindset character- Creative Cameron– I love seeing all your creations during your Play- from using pieces of fabric to transform yourself into a fantasy world, to using one of the many boxes we always have to be turned into something- this week we had a cot for a baby, a train station and a tunnel. Also using our big roll of paper to frame our creations, make a train track or have a cat walk. You never cease to amaze me with your creations.
Have a wonderful weekend.
See you on Monday
Friday 5th March:
Another fun filled week in Primary 1. This week we’ve continued to have fun learning about different Fairytales. We were also able to learn about another one of ideas we wanted to learn about- How to grow plants. We planted our magic beans and made castles for our pots. We then wrote our own instructions so we can use these to plant some more seeds. We are enjoying caring for our seeds and can’t wait to start seeing them growing. We hope they will reach our castles.
We have enjoyed listening to some different versions of Fairy tales this week and spotting what is the same and what is different about them.
We also received another letter this week from Flo and Fred, this week we got clues for The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We thought about how we could help them, some of our ideas were: to get a wolf to chase the troll away, to plant some grass for the goats so they didn’t have to cross the bridge, to build another bridge just for goats and to build them a boat to get across the river.
We used one of our Growth Mindset superheroes- Teamwork Tina to help us with our bridge building challenge, we became engineers and worked together to create a new bridge for the goats. We also got to practice lots of Maths skills- problem solving, measurement and 3D shape while building. We think the goats would love their bridges we made.
We had a great day celebrating World Book Day we looked fantastic in our costumes.
As we’ve been learning about Fairytales we went on a Fairytale character hunt outside we had fun trying to find all the different characters.
We ended our week with another Tina Teamwork challenge- we worked in groups of three to create our boats for the Three Billy Goats Gruff- we had a discussion and tested some materials first, then got to work on our Brilliant Boats. Myself and Mrs Centola we so impressed I know the 3 Billy Goats Gruff would love them too.
Have a great weekend,
See you on Monday
Friday 26th February:
Wow Primary 1 what a week we’ve had back at school. It has been so lovely to see you all back having fun with your friends.
Our week got off to a Magical start when we discovered a special letter had been left for us from Flo and Fred two fairies from Fairyland who needed our help.
We didn’t waste any time in thinking of ideas of how we could help them, by building houses, castles, reading stories, writing a secret message back and making wishes. We’ve had fun being creative making our wands, and have been very busy writing letters and making pictures to post in our special Fairyland postbox for the fairies.
We were so excited to receive another letter, and some clues for our first Faiytale- Jack and the Beanstalk, we got some magic gold beans we can’t wait to plant them next week to try and grow our own beanstalks.
We had fun playing with magic beans and also practised our measuring by estimating how long we thought the Giant’s and Jack’s feet were then measured them and our own and compared the sizes, we also made different heights of beanstalks from cubes and had to work as a group to order them.
We had a chat on Tuesday, now we were back at school about what we’d like to learn about, here are some of our ideas-how to grow plants, unicorns, how to make toys, how to make boats, how to look after bunnies, dinosaurs, how to make rainbows. I can’t wait for us to to explore these and have the children lead their learning.
We started this week by looking at rainbows, I read the class this story so we could find out how rainbows are made.
We learned that we get rainbows when the suns light shines through the raindrop a rainbow is formed. Abigail told us about how we could make our own rainbow using a glass of water and a bit of white paper- we tried it in the classroom but we don’t think it was sunny enough today so we’ll try it on another sunny day. We tried another experiment to grow a rainbow too which was fun to watch.
If you’d like to try and make your own rainbow at home here a few links to experiments for you to try.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I can’t wait for lots more fun and learning next week.