Week 4 Learning in P1

posted 17 Sep 2015, 15:01 by Primary 1 Teacher   [ updated 20 Sep 2015, 17:06 by Neil Pettitt ]
This week the children will be learning about where food comes from. This was a question in our Knowledge Harvest last week. 

The children will be learning about food that grows; 

under the ground - potatoes, turnips, carrots, onions.
on trees - apples, pears, oranges. 
from plants - tomatoes, cucumber, peas.
and what food grows in hot and cold countries - Bananas, pineapples, mangoes / potatoes, carrots and apples. 
The children will also be learning about how the tongue tastes the foods and how to describe foods; sweet, bitter, salty and sour

The strands that will be focused on this week are;
Independence and Interdependence
1.24 expressing their own ideas.

2.7 enjoying and using verbal communication.

3.17 enquiring, researching and exploring to draw conclusions about the world around them. 
3.5 playing with ideas and materials as an enjoyable, creative and valid approach to learning.

Healthy Living
4.5 concentrating 

The children have learned s, a and t already. This week they will learn the sounds i and p. On Friday the children could be able to read and write many words using these sounds; a, as, is, at, it, sat, sit, pat, pit, tap, tip. Reading and writing is a skill that takes time to develop. Each day in P1 the children have the opportunity to read and write in a relaxed and fun way. Creating a safe atmosphere enables all the children to feel comfortable trying something and being able to cope with making mistakes.  

The children will use three Personal Qualities most this week; 
Communication, (trying to listen to others, look at someone when they are talking and giving your opinion when its your turn)
Enquiry and (Collecting information using; books, the classroom IPads, other students in our school, video clips and songs)
International Mindedness.  ( Saying positive things about a friends county e.g. Your country has a colourful flag or your country is hot. It is also about making connections between other countries e.g. Bananas grow in Venezuela but they can not grow in Holland.

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To extend the children's skills they will learn how to peel, chop and mash potatoes and to boil pasta in a pan. The mashed potatoes and pasta will then be used as a sensory station in the classroom for the children to experiment with. At home you could cook another vegetable together and try to peel, chop and mash it then have it as part of dinner. Also talk to your child about food that grows in their home country. Try to use terms like hot country, cold country, tropical country.