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. 

Home Connections  
  • Using the photos and phonics book as a reminder try using these prompts with your child to find out more about the learning below: 'Tell me...',  'Show me...', 'Talk to me about...'.  
  • Try to read with your child each night. If your child is not reading all the words there are a few things you can try to help them; discuss the pictures, try to help them blend known sounds to read words, use the beginning sound to help them predict what word it might me, ask them to re-tell the story, can they predict what might happen next. The best thing to do is praise and encourage them to keep showing Resilience even when it is difficult.
  • Look out for home learning ideas within my blog which will provide opportunities for you to continue the learning at home.  
Mrs Grayston 

week beginning June 26th

posted 26 Jun 2017, 15:05 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net   [ updated 26 Jun 2017, 18:45 ]

 The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will start Learning Block 4; Activity 1 - Dancing to The Ugly Bug Ball', Activity 2 - Making Costumes, Activity 3 - Preparing the Party and Activity 5 - Creating Menus.  All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 


There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Cooperation and Morality. In P1 Morality means doing the right thing even if an adult is not watching you. Cooperation in P1 means working together and not leaving any friends out, listening to ideas and supporting friends to join in even if they are shy or nervous. 

     
Home Learning;
Practice your running, jumping, balancing and hopping in preparation for the Sport's Day. 


Important Dates:
June 26th - Happy Splash swim session 
 
June 28th - Zoo trip 

June 29th - P1 Sport's Day 08:30 - 09:45 

June 30th - Leaving Assembly for Kaya, Johanna and Mrs. Grayston 

July 5th - P1 Brilliant Bug Ball Party from 11am to 12pm - All parents are invited and a letter will be sent home. 

Photographs of our Learning: 

Happy Splash on Monday 

Brave Sliders!!! 
    

   

    

Fun floaters!!! 
    

    


Team Ant!! 
Building towers using cooperation like an ant colony! 
    

    


   






Brilliant Bug Ball Assembly

posted 15 Jun 2017, 18:56 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net

A huge congratulations to all our little minibeasts for their performance today. They were all super stars!!

      
       

    

          

    

    
  
    

    





 

week beginning June 12th

posted 8 Jun 2017, 22:35 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net

The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will continue with Learning Block 3; Activity 3 - Team Ant!  and Activity 4 - Pond life. All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 


There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Communication will be the focus. In P1 this means listening to others, trying to look at the person who is speaking or who you are speaking to and trying to make your voice slow and louder when speaking to an audience. 

     
Home Learning;
Practice, Practice, Practice and Practice again your lines for the Assembly!!!


Important Dates:
 
June 12th and 13th - School is closed

June 16th - P1 Class Assembly at 08:40 

June 20th - P1- P3 swimming gala 

June 29th - P1 Sport's Day 08:30 - 09:45 



Photos of our learning

Making chocolate spider webs, celery cream cheese butterflies and apple and raisin ladybirds!!  
   
  
    

   

  





week beginning June 5th

posted 1 Jun 2017, 20:29 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net

The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will finish Learning Block 2; Activity 5 - Bigger or Smaller and begin Learning Block 3; Activity 1 - spinning spiders and Activity 2 - Busy bees. All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 

Information Books that will help this weeks learning;
  


Our Big Question is How do bees make honey? This was a question one of the children asked a few weeks ago and I have been saving it for when we were learning about bees. The children will ask older children and teachers this question as a starting point. They will then spend time researching in groups using information books and documentary clips on the computer.  Hopefully, this as well as many focused learning activities will lead to the children being able to answer How do bees make honey?   

Our Visible Thinking Tool this week will be 'See - Think - Wonder'. This is a tool that the children are familiar with. Describing and asking questions encourages more reflective thinking and in-depth discussions.   

There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Cooperation in P1 is learning alongside everyone, listening to everyone's ideas, letting everyone have a part to play in the learning and decision making. Enquiry in P1 is asking questions and using books to find out information.  


Our learning activities this week include;
* Reading the 'Bad Tempered Ladybird'
* Retelling the Bad Tempered Ladybird using the times and animals he met
* Building a bee hive
* Designing a bee for the bee hive
* Making honey sandwiches and chocolate and bread stick spider webs
* Spider arts and crafts
* Making a spider web
* Writing minibeast sentences 
* Minibeast puzzles 
* Adding to the classroom role-play area 
* Learning Minibeast songs and poems
* Skip counting in 10's and 2's
* Number recognition within 30     


Home Learning;
There are many minibeasts in Sakhalin. Try to keep a record of how many minibeasts you see over the weekend. Draw or write down which ones you saw. 

Important Dates:

June 7th - P1 trip to Sakhalin Zoo. I am still waiting on HSSE clearance for this trip and will send information out as soon as I hear from the HSE department.  

June 12th and 13th - School is closed

June 16th - P1 Class Assembly at 08:40 

June 20th - P1- P3 swimming gala 

June 29th - P1 Sport's Day 08:30 - 09:45 


Photos from our learning this week;

Collaborative ladybird to be used for our minibeasts questions;
   

Our minibeast hotels;
   

    
 
    

Researching for our P1 Information Book; 

Symmetrical Patterns using the peg boards; 
   

     
 
Symmetrical butterflies; 
   









International Children's Day Photos

posted 29 May 2017, 15:10 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net

       P1 class photo in International Dress 
           

Walking the catwalk to show their International Dress 
     

   

    
   

   

    


Planting seeds
      
 


week beginning May 29th

posted 28 May 2017, 21:55 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net

The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will continue with Learning Block 2; Activity 2 - very hungry caterpillars,  Activity 3 - butterfly symmetry and Activity 4 - Ladybird spots. All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 

Our Big Question is What minibeasts are bigger/smaller? What patterns and shapes can you seeThis will help the children how we sorted them and enable the children more knowledge to start .  

Our Visible Thinking Tool this week will be 'I used to think and now I know'. This is a tool that the children are becoming more familiar and encourages more reflective thinking and in-depth discussions.   

There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Morality in P1 means trying to make good choices even when no adult is around and trying to encourage others to do the right thing.  Enquiry in P1 is asking questions and using books to find out information.  


Our learning activities this week include;
* Finishing our Minibeast info book (Collaboratively as a class) 
* Making a Minibeast hotel from recycled craft materials
* Collecting and displaying data on Minibeasts; venn diagrams, block graphs and picture graphs
* Reading and writing Minibeast words and sentences to lead into a short story
* Making ladybird dominoes
* Ordering 'The very Hungry Caterpillar' 
* Making a counting book based on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'
* Symmetry using butterfly wings 
* Minibeast puzzles 
* Adding to the classroom role-play area 
* Learning Minibeast songs and poems
* Skip counting in 10's and 2's
* Number recognition within 30     

Important Dates:

June 7th - P1 trip to Sakhalin Zoo - minibeast house (More information will be sent out on Wednesday May 31st) Due to Health and Safety guidance the date of this trip may change. 

June 16th - P1 Class Assembly at 08:40 

June 20th - P1- P3 swimming gala 

week beginning May 22nd

posted 21 May 2017, 20:07 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net   [ updated 21 May 2017, 20:08 ]

The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts (May 15th - May 24th)
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers (May 25th - June 2nd)
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move (June 5th - June 16th)
Block 4 - preparing for the ball (June 19th - June 28th)
Reflection Week - (June 29th - July 7th)
These time scales are only approximate and could change depending on the ideas from the children throughout each learning block. 

This week the children will finish Learning Block 1; Activity 4 - Minibeast habitats and Activity 5 - Making a minibeast information book and begin Learning Block 2; Activity 1 - Sorting minibeasts. All of the literacy and Math is linked with our unit however, there are also some stand alone learning activities to ensure full P1 curriculum coverage that cannot be linked to minibeasts. 

Our Big Question is Do all minibeasts look the same? What is similar / different? This will lead us into sorting and categorizing which links with all our learning activities this week.  

Our Visible Thinking Tool this week will be 'See - Think - Wonder'. This is a tool that the children are familiar with and the next steps for them during this final unit will be trying to use more descriptive language to discuss the 'See - Think - Wonder' picture.  

There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Cooperation in P1 means working with lots of different people, listening to other peoples ideas and being friendly to others. 
Enquiry in P1 is asking questions and using books to find out information.  


Our learning activities this week include;
* Making a Minibeast info book (Collaboratively as a class) 
* Making a Minibeast hotel from recycled craft materials
* Collecting and displaying data on minibeasts; venn diagrams, block graphs and picture graphs
* Reading and writing Minibeast words and sentences
* Watching documentaries to help make an information book and learn about the different Minibeasts
* Making a Minibeast landscape to sort them into sky and land
* Minibeast puzzles 
* Adding to the classroom role-play area 
* Learning Minibeast songs and poems    

Important Dates:
May 26th - International Children's Day, come along and support if you have some time!  

May 31st - P1 trip to Butterfly Exhibition in Citi Mall (More information will be send out this week)

June 7th - P1 trip to Sakhalin Zoo - minibeast house (More information will be send out next week)

June 16th - P1 Class Assembly at 08:40 

June 20th - P1- P3 swimming gala 


Photos from the P1 Minibeast Hunt around Zima;
   

   

     

   

     

   



week beginning May 15th

posted 11 May 2017, 21:05 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net   [ updated 21 May 2017, 19:24 ]

The 4 learning blocks in our 'Brilliant Bug Ball' unit are;
Block 1 - looking after minibeasts
Block 2 - patterns shape, colours and numbers
Block 3 - minibeasts on the move
Block 4 - preparing for the ball 

This coming week we begin Learning Block 1; looking after minibeasts. We will begin by introducing the story Snail Trail by Ruth Brown. This book tells a story from the perspective of a minibeast as he explores and travels across a small area of vegetable patch. This will begin our learning about size and how to compare different sizes in terms of what is small and what is big in different perspectives. The non-fiction book First Facts Bugs will help the children use Enquiry to find out new information.

  


Our Big Question is How can we care for mini-beasts? Why is it important to be kind to minibeasts?This will lead us into an enquiry and discussion about habitats and food that insects eat as well as how to be respectful when handling them. 

Our Visible Thinking Tool this week will be 'I used to think and now I know'. This is a new tool that the children tried during the reflection week of our Dinosaur Detective unit. This tool enables lots of peer discussions and a great opportunity for reflection once the children have more knowledge of minibeasts later in the unit. 

There will be many Personal Qualities used this week in our learning activities. Respect in P1 means caring for others and our environment. 
Enquiry in P1 is asking questions and using books to find out information.  

Our learning activities this week include;
* Making a wormery
* Minibeast poetry and sentence writing
* Addition and subtraction within 20 
* The life cycle of the caterpillar 
* Drama games to help talk about the life cycle stages
* Making and solving worm puzzles


Important Dates:
May 17th - 08:30 - 09:30 Maths open morning in the P1 classroom

May 26th - International Children's Day (All children need a white t-shirt, a cleaned out milk or juice carton with your name on the bottom and an empty 500ml water bottle. I need these items ASAP. 

June 16th - P1 Class Assembly 

Week beginning May 8th

posted 4 May 2017, 22:25 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net   [ updated 4 May 2017, 22:26 ]

We are excited to begin our new Unit called 'The Brilliant Bug Ball' this coming week! For our Entry Point the children will go on a bug hunt around the wooded area in Zima, across from the school. We will have special viewing boxes where we can examine some of the creatures back at school. The children will make some art to represent their findings. We will also help to create natural art to contribute to our Mini beast corner and Examination Station.


Our Big Question this week is; Where can you find insects/bugs? What minibeasts do you know about?

This will begin an initial enquiry for the children into what local insects we have in Sakhalin and where they can be found.


This week we will practice showing the Personal Quality Morality. This will be centered around our learning about being gentle with the insects we are examining. We will learn about how fragile and precious they are and how to examine them carefully.


Learning Strands;

Entry Point/ The Big Picture / Capturing Curiosity

3.22 How to take care of living things and the environment




May 5th Photos from our learning!

posted 4 May 2017, 16:04 by primary1@sakhalinschool.net   [ updated 4 May 2017, 16:06 ]

Cooperative Learning Structure; Hole Punch It! 
   

Chalking dinosaurs outside; 
   

Sludgy swamp; 
   


Dinosaur digging;  
  

 

Making parts of the dinosaur costumes; 

Our Dinosaur Museum; 
   

Dinosaur Reading; 

Chris White Assembly;
  




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