Class Newsletter for p1-3
Each term our newsletter will share information about edit my paper 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 starting off with a month long mini topic using Robbie Burns’ day as a stimulus to look at various aspects of Scotland’s culture.
As you may know, primary 1,2,3 have adopted a snow leopard from the Himalayas which they have named “Snowy.” We will spend the final 8 weeks of term learning about Snowy’s habitat and comparing this with our local environment. This will give students an opportunity to learn more about ecosystems and food chains as well as giving them further information about their local natural environment.
How you can help at home: Encourage students to explore their outdoor environment and find interesting natural objects to investigate. As we come in to spring, go out bug hunting and discuss the differences in the insects and where they like to live.
Listening and Talking – At the beginning of term we will be learning how to recite a Scottish poem to an audience, thinking about expression and pace. Last term p1-3 became much more confident with their talking skills. We will continue show and tell most Fridays and focus on effective questioning skills to ask about the items which have been brought in.
Reading – Reading books will continue to come home affordable papers and be reviewed in class. We will also be reading in groups, evaluating factual text to find information and begin to develop the ability to question the validity of sources of information. Primary 3s will be focusing on expression in their reading, primary 1-2 should continue to develop pace and fluency.
Writing – This term we will have a focus on different nonfiction writing. We will start the term by examining different aspects of newspapers and build up to writing our own article based on a nursery rhyme. We will also tackle note taking and use the many opportunities that our topic will present to create reports and fact-files. Towards the end of term we will look at modern communications such as tweeting and emoji language. Primary 1s will be continuing the fantastic work they did last term on blending words. We will look at the important aspects of written text such as capital letters, finger spaces and basic punctuation.
How can you help at home : continue to read reading books for about 10minutes every evening and promote exploring other nonfiction texts texts for pleasure; ask your children to pick out their common tricky words/letter sounds when out and about in signs etc; 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
This term we are continuing with our number work. Primary one will be exploring number bonds to ten and basic addition and subtraction. Primary 2 will begin to explore techniques for adding and subtracting numbers up to 100 and learning beginning to explore their 2,5 and 10 times table. Primary 3 will be focusing on adding to their knowledge of multiplication – practising the 3,4 and 7 times tables and will be starting division.
In addition to our numeracy work, we are going to be exploring a big maths topic of shape this term. This will include learning the names of different 2D and 3D shapes, knowing and using the terms face, edge and corner and exploring lines of symmetry.
How can you help at home: Relate maths to the real world by practising counting or addition problems when shopping or cooking. Encourage primary 1 and 2 students to practise forming their numbers a few times a week either on paper or using real materials. Ask children to tell you the shapes of different real life things (primary 1 should know basic 2D, primary 2 should know a range of 2D shapes and primary 3 should know a range of 2D and 3D shapes.
Health and Wellbeing:
P.E: We were lucky to start the term with a 4 week block of judo through the Active Schools programme. We also learnt some Scottish Country Dances as a whole school in the lead up to our Burns celebration. As term progresses we will be developing our catching and throwing skills and trying a range of team sports.
Healthy Eating: We are learning about why a healthy diet and active lifestyle is important. This will include a series of lessons centred around the eat well plate; the importance of a balanced diet; the role of “5 a day” and why hydration is important.
Social and emotional: We will continue to develop positive social skills and approaches to learning. We have looked at why an “I can” approach is important for learning and will continue to promote a confident outlook for learning throughout the term.
How can you help at home: Encourage healthy choices and a positive attitude, have conversations about different food groups over dinner or while shopping, have fun involving children in the preparation of food.
http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/ for healthy eating games
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)
Jolly Phonics app: free to download and a great tool for practising letters and sounds (P1)
Any other business:
Each week a different child will get to take home Snowy our adopted snow leopard for the week. I will enclose a diary so that children can write about what they have been doing with Snowy and report back to the class. If you have more than one child in the class, they will get a turn each. If it’s your child’s turn for Snowy they will be exempt from any class homework (except reading). Hopefully Snowy will have an exciting few months!
P.E – Tuesday and Wednesday
New Reading Books (please bring book bags) – P1/2 Monday and Thursday, P3 Wednesday and Friday
Show and Tell – Friday afternoon
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.