Primary 1 2019/20
Term 1 August – December
We are working on counting and recognising numbers within 10, 20 and up to 100. We do lots of mental maths in class, working with numbers to 100. We will be exploring numbers, counting, ordering and sequencing numbers. This term we will also be learning how to form numerals correctly. There are lots of ‘hands on’ numeracy activities in the classroom.
We will be learning the months through sharing our birthdays, the days of the week through our morning calendar and time through our daily routines. You can support your child by discussing important times with them such as dinner time, bedtime, weekdays and weekends.
Supportive home learning ideas
- Look for numbers all around.
- Sing number rhymes e.g “5 little frogs”
- Ask what number comes before or after a number.
- Use magnetic numbers to order numbers.
- Look for patterns all around e.g door numbers.
- Numbers on buses, car registration plates
- Ask your child to help you cook/bake – halving, quartering, grams, kilograms.
- Talk about and compare object - biggest, smallest, tallest, shortest, heaviest, lightest.
- Find numbers in books.
- Highlight numbers in magazines and newspapers.
- Practise writing numbers
- Talk about numbers (ages of family members, house numbers, favourite numbers) and find them on the 100 square.
- Use Doorway online http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/ to play number games
We will be working on identifying and recognising sounds within words & words within sentences using the Read, Write, Inc approach to teaching reading. We very quickly teach how to blend known sounds to make words and are aware that some children are reading some words. As children learn at their own pace we ensure that the correct challenge is set for your child. We share lots of good quality children’s literature and use this opportunity to develop talking and listening skills. Children have many opportunities to predict details and ask and answer questions about texts. Children are encouraged to share experiences and ideas through talking and writing. Children are encouraged to write from day 1, simple marks on paper are valued as the early stages of writing.
Reading books and Home Learning
We read a lot in the early years and share stories and books daily. Sharing books with your children is invaluable and at this stage we encourage lots of discussion around books; the author, illustrator, picture clues, looking for sounds we know, common words, discussing meaning of words, font, asking questions and encouraging your child to ask questions.
Supportive home learning ideas
- Practise writing their own names and identifying letters/sounds within their name.
- Play I-spy games looking for things that begin with the same sound.
- Identify individual letters in words all around.
- Sing songs and rhymes
- Practise the words from the reading book.
- Find rhyming words e.g. cat, hat, sat
- Play “find a word that rhymes with…”
- Orally make up stories
- Remember and repeat a sentence from a book
- Choose a favourite book. Visit the library and find another book written by that author.
- Find words your child can recognise or read in books.
- Find common words in books
- Highlight common words in magazines or newspapers.
- Find capital letters and full stops in books.
- Share stories and information books.
- Use magnetic letters to make words.
- Helping in the house by writing shopping lists, letters, notes.
- Play memory games
- Practise writing letters with water, paint, in sand
- Make letters with playdoh.
Context for learning
This term we are going to be learning about Starting School, Pirates and Christmas.
Children may bring a water bottle to school daily. Please fill this bottle with water only. Juice is only allowed as part of a packed lunch.
Health and Wellbeing
We are learning about making friends and sorting things out when they go wrong. We are also learning about keeping safe both in and out of school. We encourage children to develop a growth mindset and to talk about what they are learning and where they are going within their learning.
Our PE session will be on a Tuesday and Thursday . Gym bags can be left on your child’s peg and taken home for washing on a Friday. Most PE lessons will be outside so please ensure your child has track suit bottoms and a hoodie as well as shorts, tee shirt and gym shoes or trainers. All clothing should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Home Learning will be issued on a Thursday and I would ask that it is returned by the following Monday.
If you have any queries about any of the above or anything else you are concerned about, please speak to me at the end of the day.
Primary 1 Severe Weather Activities
Design and build/draw a magical snowman
Write a story/draw a picture about the magical snowman’s adventures
Practice initial sounds and sound blending words
Keep a diary of what you have been doing while not at school
Practice number bonds to 10
Write numbers in the snow
Measure the height of your snowman
Research some animals that live in the snow
- Phonics pop
- Starfall learn to read