Welcome to Primary 1’s class page where you can find out all about what we are learning.
Term 3 April – June
We have a busy term ahead of us including our class assembly which is on Tuesday 21st May at 2pm and our trip to Deep Sea World on Thursday 30th May.
Literacy and English – This term we will learn more joined phonemes (ng, wh, ph, ee, oo, ck, ai, oy and oa). We will also have lots of new spelling words to learn. The children will continue reading their own reading books and will work on their fluency and expression when reading aloud. They will continue to develop their comprehension skills. For writing we will be doing Talk for Writing. This will involve us retelling stories orally, making changes to the story, creating story maps and writing our own stories.
Numeracy and Mathematics – We will complete our work on subtraction to 10 this term. We will learn about ‘o’ clock times on both analogue and digital clocks and work on measure and symmetry. We will focus on numbers to 20 and work on being able to identify, count, sequence, order and write these numbers. We will also develop skills in using money – making totals to 10p and giving change from 10p.
Health and Wellbeing – In P.E. we will be developing our skills in tennis with Mrs Goodwin and participating in athletics lessons as we prepare for Sports Day. The children will also work on substance misuse (the dangers of smoking). We will learn about relationships and families. This will include learning about baby animals and about the different stages of development of a human (baby, toddler, child, teenager and adult). We will also be focusing on ‘healthy’ as our wellbeing indicator.
French – The children will learn weather vocabulary this term.
Social Studies – This term we will discuss the children’s journeys to school and compile a graph showing the different methods. We will also create a simple map showing the routes that they might use to walk to school. This map will include some of the features of the local environment.
Interdisciplinary Learning – Our topic this term will be ‘Fairyland’. As we explore a wide range of fairy tales, the main curricular areas this topic will focus on will be Literacy and English and Expressive Arts.
Expressive Arts – Most of our work in Art and Design, Dance, Drama and Music this term will be linked to our ‘Fairyland’ topic. We will be working on our class assembly and incorporating these curricular areas as we prepare for this.
Technologies – In ICT the children will practise logging on and off the computers independently. They will learn how to programme and use the Beebots. The children will also make porridge with a variety of healthy toppings as part of our topic work.
Religious and Moral Education – The children will focus on the Stories of Jesus this term and explore the value of ‘peace’.
We have lots to do in our final term of P1!
Term 3 January – March
Literacy and English – This term we will finish learning the rest of our initial letter sounds (h, w, j, v, y, z, q(u) and x) before beginning work on joined phonemes (sh, th, ch and ng). We will also have new spelling words to learn (was, went, his, have, just, to, your, by, only, are, dad, not, she, come, from, this, that, then, withy, us, go, much, of, or). We will continue to work with a partner and we will also be helping each other by peer assessing if we have written the words correctly. The children will continue reading their own reading books and will have further practise in answering comprehension questions related to the texts. We will also work on developing our extended writing skills.
Numeracy and Mathematics – P1 are enjoying using the ‘Easimaths’ programme to develop their numeracy and maths skills. This term, we will complete work on addition to 10 and start work on subtraction to 10. We will work on data handling and find out about pictograms, tally marks and Carroll diagrams. We will learn about ‘o’ clock times on both analogue and digital clocks and about halves in our fraction work. We will continue to work on developing mental maths strategies and our problem solving skills.
Health and Wellbeing – In P.E. we will focus on developing our skills in fitness and we will participate in gymnastics activities with Mrs Goodwin. We will work on the wellbeing indicators of ‘achieving’, ‘responsible’ and ‘active’. We will also continue with ‘Emotion Works’ activities to help us understand our own and others’ emotions. The children will also learn about the role of medicines and potential dangers of these as part of their drugs education.
French – The children will find out how to say the days of the week and learn how to count to ten. We will also practise ordering our lunches in French. The children will also discover how Easter is celebrated in France.
Technologies – In ICT the children will learn about internet safety. They will use the internet to research our ‘Under the Sea’ topic to find out more about the creatures and plants that live in our oceans. They will also practise logging on and off the computer independently.
Interdisciplinary Learning – We will study two topics this term. The first will be our Scottish focus throughout the month of January. We will investigate Scottish culture through stories and songs. The children have chosen ‘Under the Sea’ as the topic we will work on for the rest of the term.
Social Studies – During our ‘Under the Sea’ topic, the children will learn about the five oceans and the animals and plants which live there. They will also find out about people who work at sea and the skills they need for their jobs. The children will also explore the negative impact of humans on our oceans e.g. global warming and the effect of waste such as plastics in our oceans.
Religious and Moral Education – The children will focus on the values of wisdom, truth and forgiveness this term. They will also learn about Purim.
Expressive Arts – Many of our Art and Design activities (drawing, painting, collage and printing) will be linked to our ‘Scotland’ and ‘Under the Sea’ topics. We will learn the ‘Shooglie Wooglie’ song and dance and perform it at the Scottish Celebration assembly. The children will also take part in BBC Let’s Move dance programme which focuses on different creatures that live in the sea. We will also have fun taking part in various drama games.
Science – This term the children will focus on the topics of water and biological systems.
What a busy term!
Term 2 October – December
Literacy and English – We will continue work on learning new sounds (r, m, d, e, c, k, g, l, f, o, b and u) and new spelling words (am, me, my, did, as, he, can, we, into, go, got, get, if, for, on, be, but, you). The children will use the 5 finger approach (say, make/break, blend, read and write) as they learn these and will participate in reciprocal teaching and dictation activities. The children will begin reading their own reading books this term and are already enjoying learning all about the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper! We will start work on comprehension activities related to our reading books to help us understand what is happening in the story. We will have a weekly writing lesson where the children will learn to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops correctly. The children will also be involved in Literacy activities linked to our topic on the Post Office.
Numeracy and Mathematics – We will be learning how to recognise, name and sort 2D and 3D shapes and how to describe their properties. The children will copy, continue and create simple patterns involving objects, shapes and numbers. They will be introduced to the concepts of addition and subtraction within 10. We will continue to work on developing mental maths strategies and our problem solving skills. The children will also be involved in Numeracy and Maths activities linked to our topic on the Post Office.
Health and Wellbeing – In P.E. we will focus on developing ball skills and we will participate in dance activities with Mrs Goodwin. We will work on the wellbeing indicators of ‘nurtured’, ‘included’ and ‘safe’. We will learn about the importance of a good tooth brushing routine and will begin brushing our teeth in class. We will also work on our emotional development through a new programme called ‘Emotion Works’. The children will be taught about emotion words, triggers, behaviours and body sensations.
French – The children will be introduced to some French colours. They will learn how to respond to simple questions such as ‘What is your name?’ and ‘How are you?’. The children will also find out how Christmas is celebrated in France.
Technologies – The children will further develop their mouse control skills using the drawing and painting tools within the programme ‘Colour Magic’. ICT will be used to enhance the children’s learning in other curricular areas too. The children will also be involved in paper technology tasks such as designing and constructing 3D Christmas decorations.
Interdisciplinary Learning – The main curricular areas we will work on this term will be Literacy and English, Social Studies and Numeracy and Mathematics as we focus on our ‘Post Office’ topic. As this is our Enterprise topic, we will organise the ‘Christmas Post’ for the whole school, sorting, stamping and delivering Christmas Cards to all of the classes. Our role play area will be set up as a Post Office this term and lots of learning will take place there!
Social Studies – The children will be involved in finding out about the journey of a letter from when it is posted to when it is delivered. We will also think about the skills a postal worker needs to do their job.
Religious and Moral Education – The children will focus on the values of kindness and fairness/justice this term. They will also learn about the Christmas story and how people of different faiths welcome a baby.
Expressive Arts – This term the children will be very busy rehearsing for the infant nativity which is called ‘It’s a Baby!’. Most of our Expressive Arts work will be related to this. We will be learning to sing songs, take part in dances and take on acting roles throughout the performances. Lots of our artwork this term will focus on Christmas too.
Another very busy term for P1!
Term 1 August – October
Literacy and English – We will start by undertaking a block of phonological awareness to help us develop skills in rhyme, alliteration and syllable segmentation. We will then learn 8 sounds (a, t, s, i, p, n, r, m) and 12 spelling words (a, at, the, I, in, it, an, is, and, am, me, my). The children will begin to use their phonic knowledge to read and write some simple words. They will have lots of opportunities for daily writing including letter formation practice. The children will also be read aloud lots of stories and will start to learn about the main characters in the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
Numeracy and Mathematics – We will focus on numbers to 10 and will carry out lots of fun activities to help us identify, count, sequence and order these numbers. We will learn number formation rhymes to help us write numbers to 10 correctly. We will also work on developing mental maths strategies and our problem solving skills.
Health and Wellbeing – In P.E. we will focus on developing ball skills and participate in a range of games. The children will learn about road safety and the importance of ‘stop, look and listen’. We will also focus on the wellbeing indicator ‘respected’ and will work together to create a class charter following discussions on rules and rights. The children will also take part in ‘circle time’ activities to help develop their social skills.
Science – Through play, the children will explore different materials and share their learning and thoughts about these materials and their properties and uses in our everyday lives. This term they will also explore and investigate different types of forces and describe their effects.
French – The children will be introduced to simple greetings in French.
Technologies – This term we will be looking at ICT technologies and familiarising ourselves with the computer keyboard and mouse. We will work on developing basic mouse control skills and how to ‘log off’ the computer correctly.
Interdisciplinary Learning – The main curricular areas we will work on this term will be Religious and Moral Eduction, Social Studies and Expressive Arts as we focus on ‘Harvest/Autumn’.
Religious and Moral Education – The children will focus on the values of respect and thankfulness this term. They will learn about the Harvest festival and how it is celebrated and explore ways of being thankful.
Social Studies – The children will find out about the seasons and the changes that occur in plants and animals in Autumn. They will find out how people adapt to take account of the weather and light. They will also investigate the roles of farmers, those who transport food and shopkeepers talking about the skills they need to do their jobs.
Expressive Arts – The children will learn and sing some new songs this term, including those for the school’s Harvest assembly. They will listen to different types of music and learn about rhythm. In Art and Design the children will focus on line drawings but will also have lots of opportunities to create works of art around our ‘Autumn’ topic.
What a busy first term at school!