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 learning wall to discover new learning from your child this week.
    • Lunch Pick Up is at 12:00pm.
    • Afternoon Session (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) Begins at 1pm. Come in and share a learning experience with your child. Look at our learning wall to discover new learning from your child this week.
    • IMPORTANT: for HSSE regulations, please do not enter the classroom without a teacher present.
  • Swimming MONDAY 1pm (Please make sure the children have the appropriate swimming gear: towels, swimming costume, cap, goggles)
  • PE WEDNESDAY 9:30am (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)
Any questions or comments please email me at

Miss Erin

Goodbye to Storyland!

posted by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated ]

We completed our Once Upon a Time unit this week we a fabulous Storyland Gala where the children travelled from country to country experiencing stories from different countries in different languages. Armed with their passports, the children flew to Nigeria, Japan, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Scotland and back to Russia! A big thank you to all the parents who made this afternoon possible!


Earlier in the week the children enjoyed learning about a traditional Russian folk-tale and The Three Little Pigs. They built houses of straw, sticks and bricks and then watched them get blown away by the big bad wolf!


We also started our learning our single letter sounds this week, starting with the sounds: s, a, t, p. We learned to blend the sounds together to read the words sat, pat, tap, at. We practiced writing the letters with the correct formation and we enjoyed sorting objects to the correct sounds. We also learned the tricky word: the. We practiced recognising this word in lots of different books and even found it in games!

Looking to next week:

Letters and Sounds: i, n, m, d. 
Tricky word: to
Maths: sorting, categorising and graphing data
IEYC: New Unit My Toy Shop: Capturing Curiosity through The Entry Point and The Big Picture

Run Run as fast as you can...

posted 2 Nov 2017, 22:03 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 2 Nov 2017, 22:14 ]

That's what we did this week! We enjoyed acting out the story of the gingerbread man, retelling it using puppets and retelling it through pictures!
We absolutely LOVED baking gingerbread men... we smelled and tasted the ingredients that we used to make the gingerbread as well as measured, mixed, kneaded, rolled out and cut the gingerbread men! 
The next morning we went to collect the Gingerbread from the oven and THEY WERE GONE!!! They had run away but left clues for us. We chased all over the school in search of them... Can you remember where we searched? 
Finally we found and chomped their legs off to make sure they didn't run away again!

We used cooperation to build a fabulous gingerbread house and even made our own houses during sharing time with Nursery. We were asked the Big Question: "How can we save the gingerbread man?" and came up with lots of ideas:

- he could run around the river
- we could build a brigde
- he could ask the fish to take him across
- he could camouflage and hide until the others left
- he could use a boat

We settled on the last idea and then designed and built our own boats for the gingerbread man using craft and junk materials. We explore waterproof and non-waterproof materials and sinking and floating. Some of us saved the gingerbread man, however he did come to a soggy end more than once!

After the holiday we will start with our phonics program and home reading. Please ensure blue bags are sent on Monday.
The first week back we also have our open learning session on Wednesday 15th November from 8:15- 9:30
Please check emails for information about our exit point on Thursday 16th November.

Enjoy the photos of some of our learning this week and have a safe and relaxing week's holiday!

Exploring the ingredients and making the gingerbread men!

Searching for those naughty gingerbread men!
Building all sizes of Gingerbread Houses!
Designing, building and testing boats!

Week Beginning 30th October 2017

posted 26 Oct 2017, 22:05 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 26 Oct 2017, 22:08 ]

Before launching into next week, let's first reflect on the week we just completed. It was a fabulous week with the Personal Quality of Resilience still the main focus. We enjoyed linking this to many stories we read including The Tortoise and the Hare. We completed some goal setting and thought of things we would like to be able to do in our futures. Come into the classroom to see our goals!
On Friday we competed in a race and it was wonderful to see the friendly competitive spirit of the children highlighted. Everyone was a gracious competitor whether they finished first or not.
Check out some of our pictures of the race!

Next Week's Learning:

We will start Learning Block 4 of our unit Once Upon a TIme with the BIG question: How are gingerbread made?

Can you think of stories that have gingerbread in them? Go to Seesaw for an activity you can complete over the weekend with your child and family.

We will complete many activities that will encourage the children to:
1. Recognise the views and ideas of others
2. Use language to recall, retell and sequence events
3. Use senses to make discoveries
4. Take part in games and activities involving equipment

These four foci are from the IEYC learning strands and encourage Independence and Interdependence, Communicating, Enquiring and Physical Well-Being.

Our Literacy focus this week will be how to read books through retelling and through the pictures. Talking through books, making predictions and describing the action is the first step in reading. After the mid-term children will begin to bring home books that encourage this storytelling.
We will continue to practice writing our names using the correct letter formation, and learn new letter shapes from "Casey Caterpillar".

This week we will recap the learning that we have experienced so far this term. We will experience addition, number matching, length, ordering size and number formation.

Don't forget to go to Seesaw to see more of this week's learning!

Week Beginning 23rd October 2017

posted 19 Oct 2017, 20:22 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 20:23 ]

Learning from the week:

Here are a few photos of learning from this week. Be sure to check Seesaw for more!

Retelling the story of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff using music instruments!

Imitating the water and balancing like the Billy Goats in PE Lessons

Learning Casey Caterpillar shapes and adding numbers to  using objects!

What a BUSY week!

Learning for NEXT WEEK:

How can you be a great competitor? 

That is the Big Question that will lead our IEYC learning this week. We move away from The Three Billy Goats Gruff and continue our journey exploring our new Once Upon a Time story The Tortoise and The Hare.

This week we will:
- meet a real tortoise and learn how to care for it
- organise a special mini-olympics event
    - organise tickets
    - organise decorations
    - organise the event
    - learn cheers and chants

We will learn lots of songs about the way animals move and explore these movements through dance and drama!
We will also reflect on what the Personal Qualities the characters showed in the story. 

At home you can watch the video and then discuss this question:

What Personal Qualities do you think the tortoise and the hare showed in the story?

YouTube Video


Maths Learning:

This week will be begin to explore measuring length and height. We will measure all different types of this in the classroom and outside! We will use a range of non-standard units including paperclips, blocks, foot steps, giant links and paper chains! We will link this learning to our animal sports day as part of our IEYC and challenge the children to make the longest paper chain for our sports day!

Literacy Learning:

Continuing on our focus on building phonemic awareness and begin to manipulate sounds in words. We will continue to challenge the children to delete sound in words. We will concentrate on deleting the last sound of words in order to find a new secret word! For example - what is "plane" without the /n/.... "play"

We will also progress with our letter formation development, learning new shapes from our story "Casey the Caterpillar." Here is a comprehensive list of the shapes we are learning. The children will learn to make letters using this language. We call the lines we write on branches and the letters sit on the branch (except for the possum tail and hanging stick which go underneath the branch!)

You can practice using these shapes and saying when practicing at home to write your names!

Week Beginning 16th October 2017

posted 12 Oct 2017, 22:16 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 12 Oct 2017, 22:22 ]

We had a very busy week this week, enjoying moving forward to the next learning block in our IEYC unit: The Three Billy Goats Gruff!

We led the week with the big question, Were the Billy Goats nice? and ask more questions like, How did the troll feel at the end of the story? (HUNGRY was one response!) Next week we will continue our exploration of this story with the big question: 

How can we change the story so that the characters show morality?

Through this question we will explore morality and what it means to make Good Choices.

We will also explore the story through music and using instruments and body percussion, craft a performance this well-loved traditional tale.

Next's Weeks Learning

Literacy Learning:

Continuing on our focus on building phonemic awareness and begin to manipulate sounds in words. We will challenge the children to substitute sounds within words (eg, changing the vowel in pan from /a/ to /i/ to make a new word pin) as well as deleting sounds in words (eg: what is the word bread without the /r/. Bed!)
We will also progress with our letter formation development, learning new shapes from our story "Casey the Caterpillar."

Maths Learning:

This week will be begin to explore addition to 5 and 10. We will use games and stories to help us gain an understanding of addition, and learn how to record addition in pictures, with different materials and how to write the matching number sentence. We have a BIG focus on number formation next week where the children will learn rhymes and songs and listen to funny stories to remember how to write numbers correctly.

Learning from the week:

Here are a few photos of learning from this week. Be sure to check Seesaw for more!


Week Beginning 9th October 2017

posted 5 Oct 2017, 22:43 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 22:45 ]

Before launching into the learning that will happen next week, let's first reflect on all the learning that the children experienced this week!

We went on a nature walk observing our different plants grow, we used great cooperation in PE to learn to play a new game called tug-of-war, we learned a new cooperative learning structure called Fan and Pick, we made our own maths games to help recognise and order numbers to 20, we went to the theatre and saw an amazing puppet show of the Russian fairy tale, The Swan-Geese and we even managed to squeeze in making soup!

These learning experiences helped the children to express their own views and opinions as well as listening to the views and opinions of others,explore food and drink, textures and tastes. We also had a big focus on COOPERATION this week we we demonstrated listening skills, taking turns and joining in activities. 

Here are some pictures of all these experiences! What a busy and exciting week!


Next Week's Learning:

Our IEYC unit moves away from "The Enormous Turnip" and we continue our Once Upon a TIme  adventure and step into the land of Billy Goats and Trolls! We will explore the story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and ask the question of morality - Were the Billy Goats Nice? 
We will explore the story and asking questions about the characters. We will explore size and ordering as well as discuss why the Billy Goats needed to leave the side of the mountain that they were on. We will retell the story using puppets, small world characters and even role play the story ourselves!

Image result for the three billy goats gruff  

Literacy Learning:

This week our learning starts to focus more on segmenting and hearing sounds in words. This will challenge the children to recognise the sounds in words as separate and individual sounds which will help when reading and writing later. The children will have to use their resilience in our learning experiences!
We will also continue our focus of expressing our own views and ideas, and valuing those of others.
We will also begin our handwriting formally, learning shapes that make up the letters we write. Based on a story called "Casey caterpillar" it's a fun and exciting way to learn letter formation.

Maths Learning:

This week we will continue with learning numbers to 20, practicing correct number formation, ordering numbers and learning to identify what comes next and what come before. We will match amounts to twenty to the numerals and practice number recognition.
We will also link learning from IEYC with ordering and comparing size.

Have a great weekend!


Week Beginning 2nd October 2017

posted 28 Sep 2017, 23:19 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 23:22 ]

Co-operation was our Personal Quality Focus this week and boy did we see and share in some great co-operative learning!

We used Rally Robin to share ideas about what Enormous Vegetables or Fruits we could pull out of the ground!

We cooperated to make silly soups and took turns to listen and respond to questions about the soups we made.

We loved finishing puzzles together, helping each other find the pieces that we needed.

And of course we absolutely LOVED cooperating to role play "The Enormous Turnip!"

Next week we are sticking with the focus of cooperation as we delve further into the world of fruit and vegetables. 

Our IEYC learning will be - "How do Vegetables grow?"

Our Learning Foci and Observation Foci this week are:

  • ordering and counting numbers to 20
  • identifying the number that come after any number to 20
  • correct number formation
Literacy and Phonics:
  • blending words together
  • counting the number of sounds is words
  • recognising a letter, word and sentence
  • Independence and Interdependence: expressing own views and ideas
  • demonstrating listening skill, taking turns in conversations and joining in language activities
  • classifying and comparing objects in the natural world
  • exploring food and drink, textures and tastes
Below are some pictures of shared learning with Nursery this week. Be sure to check out Seesaw for more learning!

With Nursery role-played the original version of the story, before making up our own versions: The Enormous Watermelon and The Enormous Potato! The children picked their characters - everything from cows to cats, to hot-dogs and cupcakes! We also investigated the shapes that different fruits and vegetables made when using them as stamps. 


Week Beginning 25th September

posted 21 Sep 2017, 22:40 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 26 Sep 2017, 21:48 ]

What a great week of learning in P1!

Next week our learning foci are:
  • Patterning. Recognising, creating and naming patterns.
  • Alliteration. Identifying words that have the same starting sound.
  • Recognising the difference between a letter, word, sentence. 
  • Counting the number of words in a Book Title.
  • The parts of a book.
IEYC: The Enormous Turnip.

Our learning experiences this week will help to answer the Big Questions...

                why is it stuck? and how can we get it out?

The children will roleplay the story, create zig zag create books, explore vegetables with different senses, rewrite the story using their own ideas and observe the stamping prints of different vegetables.

It promises to be a fun filled week!                    

On Tuesday morning we were visited by a magical storyteller who shared a story about a brave knight and a dragon! The children then helped the storyteller make up their own story titled "The Magic Wand."


In the afternoon we enjoyed celebrating our Big Picture, where we experienced a little "Taste Test" of each of the learning blocks. 

For The Enormous Turnip we dug for vegetables in the sand box, and then named them. We dug out tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, pickles and carrots!


For The Three Billy Goats Gruff we tripped and trapped over the bridge to get to the green grass.


To introduce The Tortoise and the Hare we made shiny, sparkling gold medals!


And finally we decorated biscuits and then ate them? Can you guess the story? The Gingerbread Man!


Week Beginning 18th September, 2017

posted 14 Sep 2017, 22:39 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 14 Sep 2017, 22:43 ]

Please find attached to this post the Information Handout for P1 for the Year. On this handout there is a lot of important information regarding the practices at school and in P1. It also details Home Learning Expectations.

Image result for once upon a time IEYC
Once Upon a Time there was a very excited P1 class. They were filled with joy because they were starting their new IEYC unit the very next week. They didn't know much about the unit except that they were going to be exploring many stories and that the Unit was indeed called 

This week we commence our new unit of IEYC learning. We will start with our Entry Point on Tuesday when a mystery storyteller will come into the classroom with a basket full of exciting objects and tell the children a story!
We will begin to build our Role Play area that will capture the curiosity of the children, encouraging performance, drama, music, storytelling and puppets. 

On Tuesday afternoon we will share our learning with Nursery as we sample a taster of some of the learning we will be exploring throughout the learning. We will dig for vegetables (The Enormous Turnip), build bridges to stomp across (The Three Billy Goats Gruff), decorate biscuits (The Gingerbread Man) and make gold medals (The Tortoise and the Hare). 
Later in the week we will have our Capturing Curiosity session, where the children will use their COMMUNICATION skills to share their own ideas, interests and suggestions.

The Big Question leading our learning this week is "What is your favourite story?" 
To help us answer this and prepare us for our making thinking visible, we ask all children to bring in their favourite story book to share with the class. Please do so by Tuesday of this week. I wonder if anyone has the same favourite book?

My favourite story is Possum Magic by Australian author Mem Fox.
It's a story about 2 possums and their adventures!

Image result for possum magic

YouTube Video

Looking forward to next week in Maths and Literacy

Maths: Our learning focuses around Shape and Position and Direction.
Phonics: Our learning focuses on recognising and creating rhymes.

How can you help?

Maths - talk about the different 2D shapes you can see in the environment. Are the lines straight, curved? How many corners can you see? Are the shapes all the same size?
Phonics - read nursery rhymes and rhyming stories with your child this week, with the emphasis on the rhyming words. Can you come up with other words that rhyme? This can be down in your mother tongue language too!

Come into the classroom and look below to heck out some of our learning from this week!

In Class: Our Amazing Self Portraits!!!

How Tall are You? We measured how tall we were compared to others in the group!

We used COOPERATION to help measure how many of our own hand prints tall we were!

Week Beginning 12th September 2017

posted 7 Sep 2017, 22:29 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 22:30 ]

This week the children enjoyed their first full week in P1. It was a fantastic week of learning and we are all now utterly exhausted!

There were so many new experiences to be had! We started with Swimming on Monday. The children used their Resilience in the pool and kept going even if they were scared or tired! If you are a Zima or Strawberry Hills Resident, we encourage you to come to school with your swim suit on after lunch, in order to reduce changing times. Olympia residents will change at the pool.

They enjoyed the new experience of attending Russian Language lessons with Miss Ok-Sun on Tuesday and Friday mornings and already added to their impressive Russian Vocabulary. They thoroughly enjoyed The PE session on Wednesday morning, swinging on the ropes, jumping two feet together through hoops, throwing sacks into hoops and balancing on the balance beams. The children used great Communication skills to listen carefully to the instructions.

On Thursday morning the children enjoyed our library session and it was wonderful to see that EVERYONE remember the blue book bags! Well Done!

Looking forward to next week...

The children will continue the mini - all about me unit. We will start to share our learning with nursery in the afternoons (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), participating in lots of learning tasks that will help us explore the week's BIG QUESTION... Are we all the same?
We will focus on the Personal Quality Morality and explore this through the story "The Selfish Crocodile". We will use Cooperative Learning Structure Hand Up, Stand Up, Pair Up to share our thoughts about whether the crocodile made a Good Choice  or a Sad Choice.

Image result for the selfish crocodile

You can listen to the story by clicking the link below.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:    I am away on Monday-Wednesday attending a First Aid Course. Miss Tricia will be covering the class. I will be back on Thursday morning.
I hope to see you all at the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday Evening.

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