Cursive Handwriting

Here at Loanhead Primary we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our cursive/joined-up handwriting style. We use Letter-join as
the basis of our handwriting policy that covers all the requirements of the Curriculum for Excellence and our Big Writing structure.  We begin re teaching letter formation to ensure pupils are correctly forming letters that enable them to join with ease (e.g. Long ladder letters, curly caterpillars etc).  We then teach patterns and words and carefully build up pupil knowledge and skill in handwriting.


Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. At the end of Second Level all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible
and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes.

We aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking. As a catalyst to speedy handwriting we encourage parents
and carers to encourage the use of cursive handwriting at home.

Big Maths

 

BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenges.

Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides us with an accurate and simple, but highly effective, framework that guarantees numeracy progress. This framework is known as CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation) and is characterised by accurate steps of progression (known as Progress Drives) that make new learning easy and obvious to children by cashing in on the timeless natural laws of Maths.
BIG Maths is therefore a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn through jingles, songs, games and the BIG Maths characters.

Big Maths puts the child at the
heart of the learning experience.

Don’t be surprised if your children come home talking about Clic, Pom, Pim, Squigglesworth or Count Fourways.

 

Big Maths helps children to understand the links between core numeracy (the basic principles that underly all maths) and outer numeracy which is the application of these core principles.

C L I C Sessions

CLIC stands for ‘Counting’, ‘Learn Its’, ‘It’s Nothing New’ and ‘Calculation’. Maths lessons contain each of these elements.

 

Counting:

Children will count forwards and backwards in all kinds of steps depending on their level e.g. in 1s, 2s, 3s, 6s or even 25s! When practising counting at home with your child, make sure you go forwards and backwards. Don’t always start at 0 – make sure they can count on from 75 to 106 for example.

 

‘Learn Its’:

‘Learn Its’ are addition facts and times tables facts. There are 72 Learns Its in total; 36addition Learn Its and 36 multiplication Learn Its. These are facts that children need to learn off by heart, so when they are asked ‘What is 6+4 ?’ they are able to give the answer as quickly as they would be able to tell you their name. As soon as they know 3×5=15 they also know 5×3=15 (This is known as a ‘Switcher’). HAVE A LOOK AT OUR LEARN – ITS PROGRESSION TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME.

 

It’s Nothing New:

This is the most important aspect of CLIC. It is the way children become successful andproperly numerate. The idea that 5-things and 3-things are always 8-things is a fundamental concept. Once children understand this concept, we can change the ‘thing’ to other units, e.g. ‘tens’, so that 5 tens + 3 tens = 8 tens. Children begin to learn the concept by counting random unit e.g. bananas, aliens, cats etc. It then becomes much easier to use standard

measures such as ml, m, cm, kg, whilst understanding the underlying number concepts.

 

Strange phrases such as ‘Jigsaw Numbers’, ‘Smile Multiplication’ and ‘Where’s Mully?’ are all part of this section of Big Maths.



Calculation:

This aspect of CLIC is when the teacher will focus on developing the children’s understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Big Maths maps out which steps children should do in a clear order and helps teachers to identify where to go back to if a child needs extra support.

Let’s meet some of the
BIG Maths Characters!

               

 

                

 

 

 

 

Big Maths Beat That is a weekly timed test of your child’s Learn Its. The aim is to improve their individual score each time!

Here is an example:

 

 

P7 – 19th September

Primary 7 have been working on the order of operations (BOMDAS) in Maths and they have enjoyed the challenge of these more complex sums.  They have homework to do on this – which can be found here bodmas_revision_p7-2ck1qh0

We are doing a lot of fast paced mental maths with a focus on the Big Maths Learn-its – the expectation by P6 is that pupils know all their times tables (fast recall with associated division knowledge) ALL P7 pupils need to work on this. (click here for Learn Its progression)

I am still assessing some spelling patterns and we are currently working on a whole class novel study so there is no reading books at present.  I would suggest making use of the fabulous new library and reading for enjoyment – at least 30 minutes a night.  Also reading suitable newspaper articles (such as First News) and reports will really benefit pupils in our next literacy unit on report writing.

Pupils should be well into our 30 days of kindness challenge – 30 challenges to do out of school. (see last week’s post)

 

P4 Homework 19.09.17

Hope you all had a lovely September weekend.

 

Spelling

Following the recent assessment that the class undertook I have identified a few sounds and spelling rules that the children need to revise. Therefore for the next few weeks the children will be given largely the same spelling words and sounds to learn.

After the areas to be revises have been covered in class we will resume with Spelling Made Easy and the children will merge back into their groups.  This week and next: all children are learning when to use ck or k to end a word.

See jotters for words.

Activity: To earn 10 points on the Challenge grid. If anyone has lost this please let me know.

 

Reading

 

Roald Dahl: See bookmarks Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

J.K. Rowling: See bookmarks Mon, Wed, Thurs

Enid Blyton: Read P 36-50 and Questions 1 and 2 in jotter for Tuesday 26th. Answers in full sentences please.

Jeff Kinney: See bookmarks Mon, Wed, Thurs

Julia Donaldson: See bookmarks Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

David Walliams: Read P 14- 28 for Tuesday 26th. Work to follow next week will be about these pages.

P3 Homework for Week Beginning 18th September

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 18th September

I hope everyone had a good September weekend.

Our first project has been in science, looking at the human body. We have been investigating how blood carries oxygen and nutrients. We even acted this out! Next we will learn about our five senses.

Thanks again for all your support with home learning.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan

 

Numeracy – Big Maths

You may remember Learnits from last year. These are number facts that pupils need to know as quick as a flash! In class we say it should be like when someone asks your name – you don’t need any time to think, you just know.

Our Learnits for this term are:

10 x table                    7 + 4 = 11

8 + 4 = 12                    9 + 4 = 13

8 + 3 = 11                    9 + 3 = 12

The adding sums also have their associated “fact families”.

Coming home this week are Learnit flashcards so everyone can practise. Please can these stay at home for regular use throughout the term. Each Friday the children will have a quickfire Learnit challenge, trying to beat their own scores from the previous weeks.

 

Reading

Pages to be read from class reading books will be written down onto the grids as usual. If children finish these books, please do still hear some pages out loud.

Thanks also for making a start with the Home Reading Logs. It is interesting and useful to see what everyone has been enjoying!

 

Spelling

Our words for this week are:

feet                  sweet

green               free

three                of

words              you

was                  to

As well as our usual look, say, cover, write and check (twice for each word) try making a wordsearch using this week’s words. See if anyone at home can solve the puzzle! (I will stick wordsearch grids into the homework jotters.)

P1 Homework Wk Beg 18/09/2017

Primary 1 Homework

Hope you all had a restful weekend – I know the children were ready for a rest!

Phonics: We will be learning the next block of sounds over the next two weeks – again 3 sounds per week. Please help your child to hear the sound in words.

Date Sound
Tuesday 19th September C and K Reading
Weds 20th September E Reading
Thurs 21st September H Reading
Mon 25th September R Reading
Tues 26th  September M Reading
Weds 27th September D Reading
Thurs 28th September Recap all three Reading

 

Reading: We are continuing with the wordless books – I will be changing them every day so please make sure your child has their book bag with them every day.

Numeracy: Number poster which your child was given last week.

 

Outdoor Learning

The children really enjoyed the outdoor learning we did with Sean Fallon. We have another session this week. The children will be again be going in small groups. Please look for the letter in your child’s book bag which tells you which day they are going.

Parent Helpers

Don’t forget to return the form if you are able to help in school – having parent helpers is really appreciated.

P2 Homework W/B Tuesday 19th September

Hi there,

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Homework this week is as follows:

Spelling – List 4 ‘ng

Reading – check book bags daily for updates. Check ‘post-it’ notes please. Due to the Monday holiday we’ll be one day behind in our normal programme. 

Numeracy – keep practising ‘+1/-1’ cards and new cards ( +2/-2) will be issued on Wednesday. Children should become very familiar with these sums and begin to recall each one with little hesitation.

PE– Wednesday and Thursday

Thanks to all who handed in food labels last week – it was very interesting plotting  where food comes from on a world map.

Thank you,

Miss Brunt