Week 15 - Changes in Cultural stories and Celebrations

posted 10 Dec 2015, 22:18 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 17 Jan 2016, 22:24 by Neil Pettitt ]

The Personal Quality focus this week will be International Mindedness. In P1 International Mindedness is used to describe when a child can talk about themselves and their family, their likes and dislikes, their home country and the home countries of some of their friends and they can talk about similarities and differences between themselves, their home country and their friends home countries. 

These are five main learning strands that we are focusing on this week; 

Independence and Interdependence

1.7 respecting and interacting with people who are different from them

1.20 the links between school and the wider world


2.22 singing songs, including songs of their own and those from different countries and cultures 


3.19 spacial representations such as maps, diagrams, photographs and drawings

Healthy Living

4.1 keep themselves safe from harm (linked to winter safety; icicles, ice, deep snow)  

This week the children are learning about;

- How to make a timeline of themselves since birth to present day - talking about their history so far

- Wider community links; Russian, British, American and Dutch parents into the classroom to talk about how their family and country celebrates Christmas.  

- Listening to, sequencing and reenacting the story of The Ginger Bread Man.

- Changing numbers within 10 to make them bigger (addition) or smaller (subtraction) 

- Changing letters to create new rhyming words (ot words) 

Changing 2D net shapes into 3D shapes to make a gingerbread house 

Learning Wall 

On reflection I felt that the learning wall was not being used as effectively as it could have been. This week, I changed it so that all the children can reach their learning page. This has had the impact and result I was hoping for. The children are so much more excited to share their learning and be able to put it on themselves gives them the sense of pride and achievement that was missing before. Please come into the classroom and share your child's learning with them when you have the time. 

Home links

Why not try - 

* making holiday decorations.

* changing designs in the snow - snow angels, snow figures or even bringing some snow inside your house to watch it change into water.

* changing holiday songs to make them sound different by changing voices.


Parents evening is on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th.

P1 End of Term Party 09:15 - 10:30. All family members/ nanny's are invited to join the celebration. Please ensure that all food is nut free and suitable to share with at least 6 children. A sign up list is outside P1 so you can wrtie what you will be bringing to the party.