Primary 1 News

Welcome to our Primary 1 blog!
We will update this page weekly to keep you up to date with all our new learning experiences and news. 

  • School Times:
    • Classroom Opens at 8:15am. Come in and share a learning experience with your child. Look at our IEYC learning wall in the back room to share experiences
    • Lunch Pick Up is at 12:00pm.
    • Afternoon Session (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) Begins at 12:55pm.
    • IMPORTANT: for HSSE regulations, please do not enter the classroom without a teacher present.
  • PE MONDAY 1pm (Children will change at school immediately upon return to school after lunch)
    • Please make sure the children have appropriate gear: Indoor trainers, T-shirt, shorts
  • PE WEDNESDAY 9:30am (Children will change at school during class time)
    • Please make sure the children have appropriate gear: Indoor trainers, T-shirt, shorts
  • Library THURSDAY (Children must have a Blue Book Bag to borrow books to take home)
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Miss Erin

Week Beginning 19th March, 2018

posted by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated ]

This week we continue to delve into the world of space with a focus on PLANETS!

We will lead our learning with the question: WHAT IS THE SOLAR SYSTEM?

In IEYC we will be:

- learning about the Solar System
- learning about the planets
- making our own textured planet
- making our own digital planet (on the computer using the "Paint" program)
- exploring the different planets by listening and moving to "The Planet Suite" by Holst
- writing a description of our planet

Literacy Learning:

tricky word: all
New sounds: ear, air (things are 3 letter, 1 sound as in fear and chair)

Maths Learning:

2D and 3D shapes
Number recognition to 20

Learning Observations:

LO5: Convey Ideas: I can talk about the planets, the solar system and what I know about space
LO33: Know the names of a range of shapes and measures: I can talk about the differences in the 2D and 3D shapes and can name most of them correctly
LO44: Present ideas through music and movement, dance, role-play and drama: I can listen to the music and move and dance in response 

Week Beginning 12th March, 2018

posted 12 Mar 2018, 22:50 by Primary 1 Teacher

What is a star?
What shape is a star?
How can you see stars?

These are some of the questions that we will explore this week in our IEYC learning. 
We will use ENQUIRY to help us find the answers and ADAPTABILITY because sometimes we need to change our thinking!

We will explore:

- what shooting stars really are
- the life cycle of a star
- A supernova
- constellations
- telescopes
- observatories

We will learn new words to do with the life cycle of a star:
- supernova
- stellar nebula
- planetary nebula
- dwarf star
- giant star

We will experience:
- cutting out stars and making groups of stars to count
- use pricker pens to create a beautiful night sky
- creating our own night sky on the computer
- sharing our learning and ideas with others in the class
- writing our own star facts

Learning Strands for this week:
LO26: How numbers represent quantities
LO15: Recall and retell a sequence of events (life cycle of a star)
LO5: Convey ideas

Week Beginning 5th March 2018

posted 4 Mar 2018, 21:52 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 4 Mar 2018, 21:52 ]


This week we are preparing to say goodbye to the Moonbeams and send them back home to their Home Slime Planet. 
We will focus on the Personal Qualities of Resilience, Adaptability and Enquiry this week.

Two Big Questions lead our learning this week:

Do all aliens look the same? and How can we get our alien friends home?

We will:

- Make Aliens:
        Paint them, mould them from Plasticine and build them from junk materials to help keep the Moonbeams company until they depart
- Roll an alien, practicing recognizing shapes and numbers to 20
- Write about our aliens using the sentence starters I am/I have

In preparation for the Moonbeams departure we will:

- build a rocket for each Member of the family
- mix rocket fuel using addition number sentences to ensure we have the correct amount
- measure the correct amount of food for the alien
- make and then enjoy a meal of rocket fruit kebabs with our friends

During their departure we will:
- learn a special goodbye song
- watch the rocket launch with Nursery

Other learning this week:

PE: compete in a Space Olympics and record our Space Record Attempts

            new sounds:
                    or, ur
            new tricky word:

Learning Outcomes for focus this week:

LO33: I know the names of a range of shapes and measures
LO34: I can solve simple mathematical problems involving shapes and measure
LO26: I know how numbers represent quantities

Week Beginning 12th February 2018

posted 11 Feb 2018, 21:52 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 11 Feb 2018, 21:52 ]

Learning this Week:

Learning Block 4: Playing with senses and Too Many Toys

BIG QUESTION: Do we all like the same toys?
Our personal quality focus is RESPECT.

This week we will:
- what toys we like and what toys we don't like
- explore different textures including hard, soft, slippery, smooth, rough, slimy, sticky
- create our own sensory toy to take home and discuss the different textures
- complete an obstacle course blindfolded in PE

Learning Strands for Observation:
2.5b Using increasingly complex language to describe objects
1.6b Expressing own views and ideas
3.1b Using the senses to make discoveries


The children will ordering and counting objects and numbers. They will:
- count how many toys we have in the toy shop
- match the number to the amount to toys

Learning Strands for Observation:
2.43b Counting groups of objects beyond 10 in quantity
2.38b Exploring written numerals


The children will develop describing vocabulary this week as they describe the materials our homemade Sensory Toys are made out of.
They will:
- use words such as: rough, smooth, hard, soft, slimy, slippery, spongy, gooey, sticky, sharp, spikey
- write a description/labels for their sensory toy

Shared Stories:
Splendid Spotted Snake by Betty Schwartz
Too Many Toys! by David Shannon

Learning Strands fro Observation:
2.5b using increasingly complex language to describe objects that are present
2.34b writing and spelling some common words within simple sentences

Week Beginning 5th February, 2018

posted 4 Feb 2018, 21:04 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 4 Feb 2018, 21:07 ]

This week as part of our IEYC unit My Toy Shop we are exploring Old and New toys as well as playing and learning about Toys and Games around the world. 
Using International Mindedness (Our Personal Quality focus this week) will help the children build their knowledge of the different Home Countries of the children in our class as well as learning about games and toys that have been played in different countries around the world.

Learning this Week:

Learning Block 4: Old and New

BIG QUESTION: How can you tell if a toy is old or new?

This week we will:
- explore Old and New toys, looking at how we can tell if they are old or new by the materials they are made of
- play different games from the past and from different countries and cultures in PE
  • Hot potato
  • Kick the Can
  • Ampe (a game from Ghana)
  • Pitching Pennies
  • Anne-Maria Koekoek (a favourite game from The Netherlands)
- Observe and look at toys from our Host and Home countries

Learning Strands for Observation:
1.2b Diversity in people and communities (I know that children in my class come from different countries)
4.10b Exploring team games and associated rules (I can play different games and follow the rules)


The children will explore sorting and classifying this week.
They will:
- sort and classify Toys and games
- sort and compare groups of objects
- use the language of more/less to describe the groups of the objects

Learning Strands for Observation:
2.35b Identifying common properties in and between groups


The children will develop describing vocabulary this week as they describe toys and games.
They will:
- write descriptions of toys
- talk about toys
- create a who am I? to guess toys

Shared Stories:
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Old Bear by Jane Hissey
Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Shared and Independent Writing:
The.... is .....
Example: The toy car is shiny and new.

Learning Strands fro Observation:
2.5b using increasingly complex language to describe objects that are present
2.34b writing and spelling some common words within simple sentences


Week Beginning 29th January 2018

posted 28 Jan 2018, 20:58 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 28 Jan 2018, 21:00 ]

Toys and games that spin, bounce, jump and twist are the focus this week and we have lots of exciting learning planned for the children to experience. We will twist and spin in PE, make Jack-in-the-boxes, use spinners to help solve addition and subtraction problems and explore wheels and reels and rods.
We are still using our ENQUIRY to find out about the Big Provocation that all toys and games involve a push or a pull.

Learning Foci:

Learning Block 3: On the Move

BIG provocation: All toys and games involve a Push or a Pull

The children will further explore this through jumping and spinning toys and games.
They will:
  • play twister in PE, using spinners to instruct where to move their hands and feet (and spinning themselves into a knot!)
  • play games with the parachute - spinning and turning in round and round
  • construct objects that can spin and and roll using wheels and reels and rods
  • explore how the sand makes the wheels move
  • make penny spinners
Learning strands for Observation:
2.2b Using the language of instruction
3.10b Exploring forces and motion
4.9b Exploring direction and movement in games and physical activities


The children will further explore number concepts this week focusing on Addition and Subtraction
They will:
  • Solve puzzles
  • Write addition and subtraction number sentences
  • Use spinners to take a small number from 1o
Learning Strand for Observation
2.50b Exploring addition and subtraction


New sounds: y, z, zz, qu
New tricky words: me, was

Shared Stories:
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Old Bear by Jane Hissey
Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Shared and indpendent writing:
I can make...

Learning Strand for Observation:
2.18b Use illustrations to make predictions (when sharing stories)

Up, Up, Up and Away!

posted 25 Jan 2018, 21:57 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 25 Jan 2018, 22:02 ]

This week our learning focused on the way toys moved. We honed into the ideas of toys Pushing and Pulling. The children had great fun using their Enquiry and sorted the toys from the toy shop into Push, Pull or Both. They enjoying pushing the marble around the trays (using only the tilt of the tray) to create beautiful art works and they also used great cooperation to create some pretty impressive balloons made of Papier Mache.
These experiences helped us to think about the BIG PROVOCATION for the week: 

Do all toys and games involve a push or a pull? What do you think?


The latter part of the week saw us exploring balloons. We asked the question "Where do you think balloons go?" and this resulted in some great ideas for writing. Some balloons went to Space, others to 100 Parties and some even to a Coffee Shop.


I wonder what next week will bring?

Testing and Creating Games

posted 18 Jan 2018, 21:51 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 18 Jan 2018, 21:56 ]

This week as we explored the idea of "All toys and games need to be bought" we were issued a challenge from the toy maker to be game testers! We had four board games that we played, tested and then rated as either Awesome (I'd DEFINITELY play this game again), OK (I didn't like or dislike this game), NO (I didn't really enjoy this game.)

The children needed to use cooperation and share the learning with each other, in order to be super game testers!
We discovered that we enjoyed the games more if an adult played with us and if there was an overall winner.


We tested the Games:

- The three little pigs
- Count the ladybirds
- Rhyme Robber
- Incey Wincey Spider

Our favourite game was Rhyme Robber.
Our least favourite game was Incey Wincey Spider.


The Children then embarked on a journey of making up there own games! We decided to do a REAL LIFE Snakes and Ladders, where we jumped into the board game and were the counters! We climbed the ladders and slid down the snakes! Thank goodness they were not alive!



Learning Block 3: ON THE MOVE
Activity 1: Push it, Pull it

BIG PROVOCATION: All toys involve a push or a pull

The children will experience all types of different push and pull toys and games.
They will:
    - push cars in the sand and observe the types of tracks different cars leave
    - roll paint covered marbles to create unique art works
    - test, observe and comment on how different cars move across different surfaces
    - participate in obstacle courses and games in PE that involve pushing and pulling objects and ourselves

Activity 2: Up, Up and Away

BIG QUESTION: Where do balloons go?

The children will experience games and activities that explore balloons.
They will:
    - investigate what happens when balls and balloons filled with air are submerged in the water
    - cover balloons in papier mache to help us make visible our answers to our Big Question
    - take part in a Science Lab investigation that focuses on the effect static has on balloons

Observation Foci: 
2.4B Asking increasingly complex questions, providing answers and explaining reasons
3.7B ASking questions, experimenting with ideas and finding our about the wider world
4.12B Exploring Team games and associated rules


PHONICS:   new sounds: j, v, w, x, 
                    tricky words: he/she

Shared Stories:
    Where do Balloons go?, The monkey balloon, Sebastian and the balloon
Shared Writing:
    Where do balloons go?

Observation Focus:
2.29B Writing for a range of purpose and meaningful real-life and play contexts


- Addition and Subtraction in play contexts
- Sorting and identifying different types of coins
- learning about ordinal numbers: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Observation Focus:
2.37B Sequecing and ordering materials
2.50B exploring early addition and subtraction through practical contexts

Week Beginning 15th January, 2018

posted 14 Jan 2018, 22:56 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 14 Jan 2018, 22:56 ]

This morning we enjoyed a "constructors Challenge" where we adapted the Visible Thinking Tool CHALK TALK to rotate around the different construction centres and literally build on each others ideas! 


It got us thinking about our Big Question for this week...

We linked this to a BIG PROVOCATION (something to think about).... YOU HAVE TO BUY TOYS.

We will explore the different ways we can make toys in our new TOY FACTORY, developed by the children today.

Don't forget to share the learning on SEESAW with your child this week!


2D and 3D shapes: learning to recognise and name shapes in the environment
Addition and Subtraction: 

Phonics: Revision of all previous sounds
Writing: Writing for a range of purposes (Instructions)
Reading: Decoding words and reading sentences with tricky words the, I, go, to and other high frequency words.
Speaking and Listening: responding to others appropriately

Exploring and designing Toys in the Toy Factory
Reflecting on different types of games and giving their opinion about it

Learning Strand Focus:
    1.27b: Being a member of a team and learning with others
    2.75b: Exploration of materials and constructions to create unplanned and planned effects
    4.12b: Exploring team games and associated rules

Week Beginning 9th January, 2018

posted 9 Jan 2018, 18:16 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 18:17 ]

A great start to the term already! We were surprised to find that Rufus the Robot wasn't as good as keeping the ToyShop tidy as we thought he would be... perhaps he is broken?


This lead us into our first Big Question of the week:


The children were given this as a thinking question this morning and we will discuss it later on in the week in more detail.

We shared the story Robot RumpusI by Sean Taylor and Ross Wilson (link below) then asked the children
    What kind of robot would you like to have?

This led to a great discussion and we generated lots of ideas - cook-bots, transport-bots, hair-bots, clean-bots and even play-bots! We made our own robots out of craft materials and wrote sentences about them using the sentence starter I can...


Check out SEESAW for our more of our learning.


2D and 3D shapes: learning to recognise and name shapes in the environment
Position and direction: directing robots and each other to specific locations

Learning Strand Focus: 2.77b: Designing and creating 2D and 3D artwork for a range of purposes

Phonics: Revision of all previous sounds
Writing: Writing statements beginning with I Can
Reading: Decoding words and reading sentences with tricky words the, I, go, to
Speaking and Listening: Giving instructions to others

Learning Strand Focus:
    2.2b: using the language of instruction
    2.36b: Identifying and blending sounds in simple words
    2.33b using phonic awareness to write words

Exploring robots: movements and designs
Exploring constructing and mending toys that are broken

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