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. 

FOR NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS please see SeeSaw.

School Times:
    • Classroom Opens at 8:15am. Come in and share a learning experience with your child. Look at our learning displays 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.
  • SWIMMING MONDAY 11-12pm 
    • Please make sure the children have appropriate gear: swimmers, goggles, swimming cap, towel, sturdy bag)
  • PE THURSDAY 9:30am (Children will change at school during class time)
    • Please make sure the children have appropriate gear: Indoor trainers, T-shirt, shorts
  • Library WEDNESDAY (Children must have a Blue Book Bag to borrow books to take home)
Any questions or comments please email me at

Miss Erin

What's beyond the beach?

posted 4 Jun 2018, 22:50 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 4 Jun 2018, 22:51 ]

This week we are exploring the animals that live close to the shore in seaweed forests and coral reefs.
Our learning this week is lead by different story books including:

Swimmy by Leo Lionni
House from a Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Follow the links to YouTube Videos of the books being read.

Image result for school of fish swimming together

We will also be exploring schools of fish:
  • looking at the shapes that fish can make
  • counting how many fish are in our school of fish
  • writing number sentences to match our school of fish
  • learning about some of the reasons that fish swim in schools

Our literacy focus this week is to revise how to read and write words with consonant clusters. We will also revise our tricky words: one, said, there, were, little
Our maths focus this week is to revise our 2D shapes and to challenge ourselves with writing addition stories.


Monday: No Swimming
Tuesday: Swim Gala
Wednesday: Whole School Photo

Monday and Tuesday next week there is NO SCHOOL

Leave Only Footprints

posted 28 May 2018, 18:23 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 28 May 2018, 18:31 ]

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This week we are linking our learning to UN Goal: Life Below Water and our Personal Quality Morality.

In our IEYC Learning we will be:

- making a special treasure box to keep 
- learning about the slogan - leave only footprints on the beach
- looking at how rubbish on the beach can hurt animals
- learning about how baby turtles (hatchlings) cross the beach after they hatch
- playing board games about turtles and the beach and talking about addition and subtraction (how many more spaces until you reach the sea?)

Our focused Literacy learning this week:

- Reading, writing and recognising words with Consonant Clusters at the beginning and end of the word: frost, crust, trunk, drink
- Recognising 2 letter, 1 sound graphemes in words and adding sound buttons to these: c- oa-ch, h-ar-d, d-ow-n
- Introducing the new tricky words: one, there, were, little
- Revising Tricky words: some, come, said, have
- Writing tricky words from phase 2 and 3: 
    I, go, no, into, to the
    he, me, be, she, we, was, my, you, are, her, they, all

Saying goodbye...

posted 10 May 2018, 22:02 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 10 May 2018, 22:04 ]

This week we are saying goodbye to our Aliens friends; Frizzle, Buster, Gramps and Spike.
The children are sure to miss them as they have been a part of of P1 family for some time!

As we help them prepare for their departure we will continue to reflect on our learning about space.
  • We will mix rocket fuel using subtraction and addition stories to help us know how much we need.
  • We will write letters to the Moonbeam family so they can remember their time with us.
  • We will use chatterpix to send messages to the Moonbeams home planet.
In Phoncis learning this week:
  • We learn to read, make and write words with adjacent consonants at the end:
    • sand, jump, risk, shelf etc.
  • We will revise our new tricky words: so, said, here, like
DON'T FORGET: P1 Assembly is on MAY 18TH at 8:40am. It's sure to be a blast!

The Aliens have landed... to reflect!

posted 6 May 2018, 21:52 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 6 May 2018, 21:53 ]

What an exciting week this week as we reflect on all our learning from our space unit. 

The Moonbeams - Frizzle, Gramps, Buster and Spike have returned to Earth to find out about everything we have learned about!

As we consolidate this learning and prepare for our Assembly on May 18, we will enjoy thinking reflectively about the Big Question that started off our space journey... WHAT IS SPACE?

What are your thoughts?

This week we will start new phonics learning:
  • We learn to read, make and write words with adjacent consonants at the beginning:
    • clap, twin, brick, flag, drip etc.
  • We will learn new tricky words: so, said, here, like
A reminder to bring in a Plain White T-Shirt for International Children's Day by May 18th.

Rocketing Towards the Moon!

posted 26 Apr 2018, 22:20 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 26 Apr 2018, 22:35 ]

This week the children have enjoyed exploring rockets, the parts of the space shuttle and what happens after lift off.
We watched videos and then role-played the rocket launch, before making our own space shuttles in teams. We then took photos of each section of the launch and saw how the rocket launched. See the rocket launching here... videos of the role play will be uploaded to Seesaw.

We then drew our own space shuttle and wrote labels. Together we wrote a recount of what happens during a launch.

Together with Nursery, we have begun to explore the moon. We will continue this learning next week learning the different phases of the moon and the reasoning behind this. Why not look at the moon through a telescope or a pair of binoculars? To start this off we read a beautiful book "Papa please get the moon for me" by Eric Carle. We created some lovely artwork around this story too.Share the story with your child here.

YouTube Video

Week Beginning April 16th 2018

posted 14 Apr 2018, 04:09 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 14 Apr 2018, 04:09 ]

We are off to Space Camp! Get your bodies and brains ready for a week of intense training and learning as we learn to become Astronauts!

In our learning this week, we will:

- build astronaut suits
- create the inside of a space shuttle in the role play area
- learn about the parts of a space shuttle
- make a video about the launch sequence of a space shuttle
- explore healthy foods and exercise as we train as astronauts
- make space food
- make Subtraction and Addition Rockets
- send a message from space
- move and complete challenges like astronauts

You can share learning with your child by watching and discussing the launch of a Space Shuttle. Perhaps you could also find out about any Astronauts that have come from your home or host countries. Don't forget to also check Seesaw for learning updates through the week

YouTube Video

Literacy Learning this week:

Reflect and Revise all sounds and tricky words learned so far
Read and write words, phrases and sentences using this sounds and words

Observations of Learning:

LO15: recall and retell a sequence of events

LO30: add two single digit numbers together using practical materials

LO31: subtract two single digit numbers using practical materials

LO49: know the importance of healthy eating and Physical activity

IMPORTANT: Swimming recommences on Monday 16th April. Please ensure your child has his/her swimming clothes.

Week Beginning 26th March, 2018

posted 26 Mar 2018, 16:22 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 26 Mar 2018, 16:22 ]


Based on the children's interest and obvious love of space, we are continuing our learning of Planets, Stars and the Galaxy this week.

We will:Image result for planets and space

- write information facts about the planets
- make papier mache planets in our shared learning
- create the surface of different planets in the sand
- search for the planets and stars in the water tray
- make planet pizzas
- make planets using water paints in the snow
- learn and practice ordering the planets

Literacy Learning:
new sounds: er, ture (brother, picture)

Image result for un goal 13

We will use REFLECTION this week to make connections between what we knew and what we know now about the planets.

We will reflect on how we need to look after the Earth, as it is the only Planet in our Solar System that we are able to sustain life on. (UN Sustainable development goal #13: Climate Action)


Swimming will commence on Monday 16th April. Please ensure your child has the correct swimming gear.

Focus for Observation of Learning:

LO23: the link between letter sounds and written words
LO5: Convey ideas
Using ordinal numbers in practical activities

Week Beginning 19th March, 2018

posted 19 Mar 2018, 22:49 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 19 Mar 2018, 22:49 ]

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

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