Primary 1

PE –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 Tuesday 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.

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Reading
Teachers model reading in class. We share books everyday and the children have access to books in the class library area during free flow play.
When the school library is back up and running the children select a book every week to take home and share.
The children will begin formal reading later in the year when they have been taught letters, sounds, tricky words and how to blend sounds. Our aim is to make reading fun therefore we want the children to have an understanding as well as the tools to decode text when they are ready.
To help your child prepare for independent reading you can show them the direction you read the letters in when you read stories, get them to help by turning each page to help develop their sense of order. Talk lots about the text and the pictures, encourage them to make predictions or think about what might happen next. Encourage them to be aware of print in the world around them.

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LITERACY HOME LEARNING IN PRIMARY 1
In Primary 1 we work through the Edinburgh Literacy Rich Programme. The children begin by learning initial sounds and common (tricky) words through a multi-sensory approach; looking, saying, making and doing, which includes; writing, white boards, magnetic boards, games, puzzles and books. Each initial sound is 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 1.
As the children are learning their sounds we will send home flash cards to practise with. Your child will be given a literacy wallet to keep in their bag. We will have no set days to give the children a new sound, they will be distributed as we teach each group. To ensure this works please keep the literacy wallets in their bags ready for sounds to be added as they are taught.
A parent’s workshop will be held in a few weeks to explain our approach to literacy and numeracy. You will have the opportunity to see your child learning in the classroom. A date will be set when P1a have moved into their new classroom.
Some children are very keen to draw and write within their play others are not. Your child will write when they are ready and confident. In the meantime, promote as much mark making as possible, drawing, colouring, painting, chalks, water and paintbrushes outdoors, drawing in trays of sand/flour, drawing on steamy shower doors. Play dough is another excellent material to help your child strengthen their hands and develop their motor skills.
If your child is keen to “write stories”, you can help their imagination and development of sequencing, ordering and sustaining their line of thought, by scribing their ideas for them. We do this from Nursery to P2 in Craiglockhart and we call them Helicopter Stories.

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MATHS
We follow the SEAL Maths Programme (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) to develop the children’s skills and understanding of numeracy. We will send home 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 and name the coins. We talk about the day and date every day, we encourage you to practise ‘the days of the week’ and ‘months of the year’. Talk about time to help build your child’s understanding of the concept and encourage them to use time words, such as; today, yesterday, tomorrow, last week, this week and the weekend.
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.

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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
Ludo
Dominoes
Uno (Mattel) – Numeral recognition and identification
One, Two, Three Jigsaw (Orchard Toys)