Primary 1



PE – Tuesdays. Please always keep a labelled kit in a gym bag in school to allow the teachers flexibility. Gym bags are sent home to be washed at the end of each term.
Outdoor play is on a Thursday afternoon so please ensure your child has an appropriate coat and footwear to suit the weather.
Library is on a Wednesday, please return books every week. Books are collected in at the end of each term.





On a Monday your child will bring home the reading book they worked on the previous week which should be kept at home for the week and returned the following Monday. They will also bring a book home from the library each week. The focus of reading at home should be reading for enjoyment. As well as discussing characters and pictures in the story, your child could be making predictions, thinking of different story endings, talking about how they, or the characters might feel. They should also be able to identify different types of punctuation, tricky words, connectives and good vocabulary. Encourage your child to ask you questions about their book.
In Primary 1 we are continuing to work through the Edinburgh Literacy Rich Programme. The children are currently learning about vowel diagraphs. They continue to learn through a multi-sensory approach looking, saying, making and doing which includes writing, white boards, magnetic boards, games, puzzles and books. Each vowel diagraph has been introduced with an action and a short rhyme. To see the action and hear the rhyme ask your child or look on You Tube for Jolly Phonics phase 3.
Some children are very keen to draw and write at home within their play others are not. Look for opportunities for your child to write within family life such as helping to write the shopping list, sending cards/notes/invites to family and friends. Your child may now be keen to write stories, encourage every effort, don’t correct their work but you can scribe parts for them. Encourage them to bring their stories to school to share.

Vowel diagraph cards
We have given you the Phoneme and  Vowel Diagraph cards to use with your child to practice sound recognition and to encourage them to build simple words.

The phonemes and vowel diagraphs are: sh, ch, th, wh, ai, at, ee, ea, oi, oy, oo, ew, igh, -y, au, aw, oa, ow, ou, ow

Top Tips
• Find a suitable place where there is no noise or distraction
• Empty the cards on to a flat surface
• Sit side by side so that you can both see the letters
• Take turns to say the different sounds and point to the corresponding letter shapes
• Can your child match the sounds; oa/ow oi/oy oo/ew ai/ay etc. They know that some of the sounds can always be found in the middle or at the end of words.
• Use the vowel diagraphs and initial sound cards to build words. E.g. shut, thin, boat, bow, coil, boy.
•Change the first sound of the words to make rhyming words, shin, chin, thin etc
• Spend no longer than 10 minutes at various points throughout the week which suit your family life.
• Look out for vowel diagraphs when reading books.
Tricky Words Cards
We have given you the Tricky Word Cards to use with your child to develop their word recognition to help fluency in reading.

Tricky words – Block 1 – I, the, to, he, me, is, his, put, was, want, saw, no

Tricky words – Block 2 – go, be, she, are, they, all, some, come, said, one, you, her, of, were, there, into, here, do, as

Top Tips and ideas for practising
• Find a suitable place where there is no noise or distraction
• Empty the cards on to a flat surface
• Sit side by side so that you can both see the words
• Print a few sets to play pairs or snap
• Pick a word to put in a funny sentence

The letter/sound and tricky word cards stay at home as does the folder. We will ask for the folder to be returned on a designated date, so we can add in new letter cards over the session.

Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning (SEAL) this is the
We follow the Seal Maths programme to develop the children’s skills and understanding of numeracy. The Home Learning walls give practical activities to reinforce what is being taught in class at home.
We would also urge that your child is encouraged to handle money, naming the coins and adding amounts to 20p. Telling the time, reading o’clock and half past on both digital and analogue clocks. For measure, talk about units of measure at home, get your child involved with baking or looking at measurements in the environment around them, such as road signs. Numbers are all around. Encourage your child to read them and understand what they are for: bus numbers, timetables, prices, postcodes, house numbers etc

Learning should always be fun and learning through play is the most appropriate way for children to learn at school and at home. It is important that all children are given the opportunity to develop these skills at their own pace in a variety of different ways.
Updates on your own child’s learning journey are given throughout the year via your child’s individual online Learning Journal and at our Parent Consultations.

Home Learning Ideas for Numeracy

Count forwards within the range 1-20 stopping and starting at different numbers

Ask your child to choose an action. Roll a dice. Repeat the action the correct number of times.

Give the number after in the range 1-20 e.g. ‘What is the number after 7?’

Beat the Clock – challenge your child to find 5,6,7 etc items in as short a time as possible. Repeat and see if they can beat their previous time.

Count a set number of items to help in the house e.g. ask ‘Can you get me 4 forks?’ ‘Can you find 7 books?’

Play a dice game e.g. snakes and ladders

Have a scavenger hunt. Make a list of items to find e.g. 5 leaves, 6 twigs (outdoors), 4 pens, 3 spoons (indoors)

Sequence numbers in the range 1-10

Count backwards within the range 1-20 stopping and starting at different numbers

Create your own number book. It could be about one number e.g. 5 or numbers 1 to 10, 20 etc

Ask ‘What number is this?’ in the range 1-10. Possible contexts – door numbers, pages in a book.

Read a number story

Do a dot-to-dot puzzle

Number hunt. Find examples of numbers in newspapers, magazines, junk mail etc. Cut them out and make a poster.

Give the number before in the range 1-10 e.g. ‘What is the number before 4’

Sing a number song e.g. Ten Green Bottles

Count a collection of items e.g. ask ‘how many teddies are there?’

Roll 2 dice. Work out the total score (do this through a game e.g. snakes and ladders)


Possible Games
Ladybirds (Orchard Toys) – Recognising domino patterns and counting collections
Scaredy Cat (Orchard Toys) – Counting collections
Spotty Dogs (Orchard Toys) – Matching number to dot pattern and counting collections
Round and Round (Orchard Toys) – Using the dice to move the appropriate number of spaces
Lucky Ducky (Orchard Toys) – Guessing whether a number will be higher or lower (links to sequencing)
Ten Green Bottles (Orchard Toys) – Match the number symbol with the number of dots.
Insey Winsey Spider (Orchard Toys) – Counting game
Counting Caterpillars (Orchard Toys) – Helps with sequencing
Snakes and Ladders
Uno (Mattel) – Numeral recognition and identification
One, Two, Three Jigsaw (Orchard Toys)