P1-4 Class

Teacher: Miss Pittendreigh

Class size:  17 pupils

Term 2, 2019-20

We have got lots of exciting things planned for this term.  The whole school are working on producing a ‘Lost Words’ book and each child will have their own word which they will use to create some literacy and artwork.  Rehearsals for the school play, ‘The Stars come out for Christmas’, have started and we are looking forward to performing at Craigievar Hall in December.   We are also going to be working in the Wildlife Garden, pruning some of the shrubs and trees and generally tidying up so that we can do some landscaping ready for rejuvenating the whole area in the Spring.

Term 1, 2019-20

Welcome back to a new school year! It was lovely to see all the children on the first day of term and hear all their holiday news as well as welcome our new P1s to the class!

This term our IDL topic will be ‘Our Community’. We will explore this topic by creating our own community, building houses, creating jobs and providing local amenities. We will explore the local area around Craigievar and use this as a stimulus when developing our own community. We will also work on reading maps, identifying features in our local landscape and creating our own.

Our main focus in Literacy will be imaginative writing. We will use a number of fiction texts as models to create our own journey stories. The children will work on orally retelling a story before changing and adapting ideas to create their own. P2-4 will work on adding description to their work particularly focussing on the setting.

This term Primary 1 children will be introduced to initial sounds, learning to recognise and write these before blending to read and write CVC words. Primary 2-4 will continue to explore phonemes and graphemes, developing their ability to decode and spell words.

Our main focus in Maths this term will be Number and Number Processes. The children will work on reading, writing, ordering and representing numbers within 100, 1000 or beyond 1000. We will use our knowledge of place value to develop addition and subtraction skills. Primary 1 will work on counting, recognising, ordering and writing numbers to 10.

The P1-4 class will have PE every Monday afternoon, and the whole school will be taking part in the Daily Mile just before lunch each day.

Term 4, 2018-19

We have reached the summer term! During the next 12 weeks we will be finding out about plants and minibeasts. We will create some investigations to find out what plants need to grow and be healthy, look at the different parts of a plant and hopefully start growing our own vegetables. We will use Sunflowers by Van Gough to create our own flower pictures using a variety of techniques. In the second part of the term we will find out about minibeasts, categorizing and sorting them. We hope to have some caterpillars in the classroom in order to watch their progress as they turn into butterflies.

In Literacy we will be looking at non-fiction texts, particularly non-chronological reports. We will use contents and index pages to find useful information and work on answering literal and inferential questions about what we have read. P2 and P3 will be working on persuasive writing and will need to have some convincing arguments ready so that we can secure a space to grow our plants! We will keep a diary detailing the progress of our plants and caterpillars and gather information from different books and the internet to write our own minibeast fact files.

This term we are also lucky to have weekly Kodaly (singing) lessons. These will be on Thursday afternoons.

In Maths we will begin by focusing on number before moving onto work on position and direction. We will give and follow directions using the terms Left and Right as well as looking at coordinates. Following this we will focus on money, identifying coins, making amounts and using our knowledge of subtraction to find change. We will finish the term with estimating and developing our problem-solving techniques.

PE days have changed to Mondays and Tuesdays. We will start by focusing on cricket skills before moving on to prepare for Sports Day. If the weather allows, we will do most of our PE outside this term.

If you would like further information about any of our work in class please contact the school office.

Term 3, 2018-19

From February to April our topic will be ‘My Amazing Body’.  We will explore the human skeleton looking at the position and function of different bones as well as finding out about the main organs and what we can do to keep them healthy.

Our topic up to the February mid-term break is Polar Lands.  We are going to learn where both the Arctic and Antarctic are and look at the landscape and the animals that live there.  We will also find out about the people who live in the Arctic and some of the explorers who have ventured there.

Update: We had great fun studying the Polar Lands and set up our own Research Centre in the classroom.  It even snowed, so we made our very own snowman called ‘Snowy’!

Term 2, 2018-19

The children are very excited about our new topic – Egyptians.  During Topic lessons we will find out about life in Ancient Egypt by looking at artefacts from the time and thinking about what they tell us about ancient Egyptian life. We will compare our lives to life in Ancient Egyptian times and explore the process of mummification. This topic will provide lots of opportunities for Art and Design and technology.

Update:  The children gave a fantastic performance of ‘The Egyptians’ to parents, family and friends.  During their play they showed the audience how to perform a mummification and did a super dance to ‘Walk like an Egyptian’.

Term 1, 2018-19

P1-3 have been exploring the seas and oceans with Miss Pittendreigh this term, giving plenty of opportunities for craft and creative writing activities. The class have also had an exciting visit from a diver who has swum with sharks and turtles in many parts of the world.  While Miss Pittendreigh teaches PE to the P4-7 class each week, Mrs Dennison and Mr Birch have had the chance to teach in the P1-3 class.  Mrs Dennison has been looking at different world religions and morals while Mr Birch has been using a resource called Charanga to teach music.