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Class Newsletter for p1-3 (2017-18 Term 1)

Each term our newsletter will share information about what we are learning in the classroom, giving you an outline of what we will be learning in the main curricular areas, as well as telling you about any activities we will be experiencing.

Our Topic –

We will be beginning the year with an exciting topic based on fairy tales.  We will have a new story every week providing the focus for that week’s activities.  Some fairy tales will provide us with a literacy focus and others will be the basis for learning about the following topics; materials and forces (Goldilocks and The 3 Little Pigs), map skills and navigation (Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel).  We will be investigating the properties of different materials.  We will also be making predictions and examining how different types of force can affect objects.  Later in the term we will look at different types of mapping and navigation including producing a basic map of Old Rayne area.  We will use technology and look at basic coding to give basic directions and instructions.

How you can help at home: Create some recycled crafts out of junk materials at home; familiarise students with resources such as maps and atlas; look up your home or an interesting place on Google earth

Literacy –

Listening and Talking –. We will begin the term (up to October break) by having a weekly show and tell lesson (each Friday).  This will develop students’ confidence in talking to a big group of people and will encourage good listening skills.  We will also look at questioning and what makes a good question with a different starter word each week.

Reading – Reading books will continue to come home (2 each week) and be reviewed in class. Primary 1 will begin the term with picture books (no words), and will be able to correctly use reading skills such as turning pages from left to right before moving on to basic word books (once basic phonics work has been started).  Primary 2, 3 will continue to work on pace and fluency as they progress to more difficult levels.

Writing – Primary one will be beginning to learn phonics sounds which will help them learn the skills of writing and reading later on in the term.  We will be identifying initial letter sounds and writing basic CVC words once enough sounds are familiar.  Primary 2/3 are becoming more independent spellers now and will continue to use their phonics skills to increase their confidence.  We will be doing a lot of creative writing this term (using our fairy tales as inspiration) which will give everyone a chance to improve their basic writing skills (capital letters, full stops and finger spaces), as well as enable primary 3 to start using really descriptive words to up level their writing further.

How can you help at home : I recommend your children reading to you  for about 10minutes every evening (either library, homework or a book of your choice); ask questions about the text after reading, especially questions which have an answer not found in the text such as “what do you think will happen next?”; practise forming letter sounds/words in a variety of ways – writing in mud or foam, creating words out of pebbles or cutting letters out of old magazines or some simple handwriting practise; identify capital letters in your surroundings (p2/3 only)


We will begin the school year by looking at number.  Primary 1 will begin to order numbers 1 – 10 initially before beginning simple addition, subtraction and number bonds to 10; primary 2 will become more familiar and confident with numbers up to 20 including using these for problem solving; primary 3 will become more confident using numbers up to 100 and will move on to recognising numbers up to 1000 later in the term.  We will also have a whole class focus on angle, symmetry and transformation, giving direction, recording routes and journeys and exploring symmetry in the wider world.

How can you help at home: Relate maths to the real world by practising counting or addition problems when shopping or cooking; ask children for very specific instructions to complete basic tasks or routes around the house; point out patters and symmetry in the natural world or around your house


Health and Wellbeing:

P.E: We are lucky enough to have a P.E specialist joining us this term who will be teaching movement and travel including some gymnastics.

People who help us: We will be learning about the people who help us in the wider community including the role of the emergency services

Social and emotional: We will develop positive social skills, looking at friendship and positive language, including how to be kind to ourselves.  We will begin with some growth mindset work which teaches a positive approach to learning and teaches children how they can grow their brains.

How can you help at home: Try to discuss learning with your children by asking them about what they have learned that day; talk about different emergency services and ask what your child might do in different situations (do they know who will help)

Useful Websites:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ for maths/language games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround for child friendly news articles (P3)

http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/dogbone/gamebone.html a great game for practising numbers to 100 (p2/3)

http://www.storynory.com/free audio stories for kids (all ages), there is also a handy podcast for those able to download it.

Jolly Phonics app: free to download and a great tool for practising letters and sounds (P1/2)

Any other business:

P.E – Monday and Friday (please ensure students have a change of clothes and adequate footwear on these days, gym bags are usually kept in school)

New Reading Books (please bring book bags) –

P1 Caterpillars – Tuesday and Friday

Grasshoppers – Tuesday and Friday

P2 Butterflies – Monday and Thursday

Snails – Monday and Thursday

P3 Book Worms – Monday and Wednesday

Spiders – Monday and Wednesday


Library books will go home each week as an additional book (of the child’s choice) these will be changed every Tuesday so book bags should be in on this day for everyone.

We hope that you find this information helpful and supportive.  It will also be available to view on our school website.  If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Miss Cruden or Mr Ferguson.