## What an amazing first week our Primary 1 learners have had.

PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children should keep gym shoes and a PE kit in school. Please note that trainers are recommended for indoor/gym shoes as plimsolls are not as sturdy for P.E.

Please note children should bring a water bottle and snack every day. Children should only have water in their bottles, not juice, thank you.

🏫  Learning

📝 Phonics: Last week we introduced two letters; s and a and this wee we will learn t and i. We use Jolly Phonics songs to learn a story and action for each letter sound. See if you can do the sound and action at home. Soon we will know S, A, T, P, I and N. With these 6 letters we can spell lots of words!

🔟  Numeracy:

• We are learning to count out amounts and order/sequence numbers to 10. It is really important that your child can recognise numerals to 10 and count forwards/backwards from any given number (e.g. start at 3, stop at 9).
• We are learning to match amounts to numerals (e.g. ****=4) and write them

Some online games that can help at home with this are:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

⚓️ Topic: We are going to start our topic ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.

Home Learning

Phonics:  Please complete the ‘t’ and ‘i’ worksheet this week and return the booklet to school on Friday. Support your child to form their letters correctly all the way along the lines and colour the matching picture neatly. If they want to keep practising they can try to write words and the letter around the picture.

What fabulous work last week:

📚 Reading: Last week, the children were introduced to the ORT characters (Kipper, Biff etc.) and this week they will bring home wordless books and key words.

• The wordless books come with a separate sheet which is used by the adult to read the story and prompt discussions.  this should be done each night and hopefully the children will talk more and more about the pictures on each page when they read them later in the week after the previous discussions.
• Key words – please cut these out and use as flash cards for children to learn

Children should bring in a small tub, to be kept in their book bag, for their key words. These words need to be learned and the children need to be able to read them all before they can move onto books with words.

Please note, wordless books are so important for developing key reading skills and they promote amazing discussions.

Book bags are available from the school office. Book bags, diaries and reading books should be brought to school every day.

P1 Curriculum Evening on Wednesday 30th August 5pm – 6pm. Please enter through the school office if you would like to attend.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Beattie and Miss Waller

## Primary 2- 23.08.23

Hello Primary 2 families⭐

I apologise for the delay in getting information to you all, I have only just received access to be able to do so. All information will be posted here for you until the time that P2 pupils receive their devices.

Homework will begin week commencing 28th August.

🏃‍♀️Our P.E days will be Monday and Wednesday. Children should keep their PE kit and shoes in school.

✉️Please could you ensure all letters are returned to the school.

💧 If all children could bring in a water bottle into school every day, and no toys should be brought into school.

It would be really helpful if all clothes and belongings could be named so that there is no mix ups or missing things can be returned to the correct person.

Reminder!    Today is the last day for milk orders.

Miss Aitken🙂

## ✏️P1 News and Info 21.8.23🧩

Hello to our new Primary 1 families. We will use our school website to update you on any news and information. You may want to bookmark our school website to check the P1 section weekly.

Please ensure all letters/forms are returned to school ASAP.

PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children should keep gym shoes and a PE kit in school.

Please note children should bring a water bottle and snack every day. No toys should be brought to school.

Home Learning:

We have started learning our sounds and will learn 2 a week. This week we are learning ‘s’ and ‘a’. Your child will bring home a phonics home learning booklet on Wednesday (23rd). Please complete the ‘s’ and ‘a’ worksheet this week and return the booklet to school on Monday. Support your child to form their letters correctly and colour the matching picture neatly.

Book bags are great for keeping homework and letters in one place. They are available from the school office.

🧩 P1 Curriculum Evening on Wednesday 30th August 5pm – 6pm. Please enter through the school office.

Thank you,

Mrs Beattie and Miss Waller

## ✏️P1 News and Info 17.8.23🧩

⭐️ Hello to our new Primary 1 families. We will use our school website to update you on any news and information. You may want to bookmark our school website to check the P1 section weekly.

We have had an amazing start to the school year and are really impressed with how each pupil has settled and adapted into our routine and environment.

✉️ You will receive an envelope with various forms inside, it is really important these are filled in and returned ASAP.

🥪 Pupils will receive a packed lunch this week. From next week we will follow the Midlothian school dinner menu and packed lunches will be available to request in advance for Fridays.

🤾 PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children should keep gym shoes and a PE kit in school.

📗 It is always useful for children to have a named book bag. If you wish to purchase one then they are available from the school office. These are helpful to hold and letters, reading books and home learning.

💧Please note children should bring a water bottle and snack every day. No toys should be brought to school.

👕 Finally, we would be so grateful if all items of uniform etc are named. This limits lost property and helps our classroom run smoothly.

🖋 Mrs Beattie and Miss Waller 🍎

## Primary 2 – 12.6.23 – News and Info

Hello P2 families 🌞

I cannot believe that we have only just over 2 weeks to go!  This is just a little note to say that tomorrow (13.6.23) we are having a trip to The Link park and mud garden with our buddies.  Please can your child have a change of clothes and shoes (in case they get muddy) snack, water sun cream  etc.

I have stopped homework from this week while we do a stock take of books, please continue reading for enjoyment (15 Mins per day) with your child and TopMarks (Hit the b utton or other memtal maths games) or Sumdog for numeracy.

We are also working on a surprise for Mrs Caldwell’s leaving assembly (26.6.23) we are singing “so long, farewell” as a class and the first 2 minutes of “Dancing queen” so your child may want to practise at home.  Also, if you know that you will not be in on this day, or if you have holidays planned, please let me know ASAP.

Many thanks,

Mrs Hinton.

## P1 Week Beginning 5.6.23

Hi all,

Learning Trio forms will be sent home on Friday 9th June.

This week is Health Week and we have lots of exciting things planned, please see below! Children can come to school this week in sporty clothes as we will be taking parts in lots of activities. Please note no football tops or crop tops such be worn.

MondaySports Day 1pm – 3:15pm.

Parents are welcome to watch. We have t-shirts for the children to wear but if your child would rather wear their own house coloured t-shirt then this is fine.

Red – Gladhouse, Green – Dryden, Blue – Edgelaw.

Tuesday – Your child can scoot/cycle to school and get breakfast from 8:30am in the dining hall.

We also have a dance class and first aid course. Children can also take part in a bike course if they bring their bike to school.

Wednesday – We have football, P.E and a music class.

Thursday – We have P.E. and a Treasure Hunt.

IMPORTANT – As the weather is getting warmer, I am encouraging children to bring hats and suncream to help us stay protected from the sun. Please ensure your child has a labelled bottle of suncream and I can help them apply this throughout the day if needed.

This week we will be looking at how we look after ourselves and keep ourselves healthy/safe.

Homework

Spelling: Your child has to read the sentence and then spell the missing word, as shown by the picture beside the sentence. It is good practise to get your child to copy the sentence underneath. This helps to encourage great handwriting.

Dates for the Diary:

P1 Library Visits:

• Friday 9th June
• Friday 23rd June

P1 Stay and Play:

• Friday 16th June (9am – 9:50am)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine,

Miss Lauren Waller

L.Waller@midlothian.education

## P1 Week Beginning 22.5.23

Hi all,

We are going to the National Museum tomorrow (Wed 24th)  for a little look around and a STEM workshop. Please ensure your child is in school uniform with a snack, water bottle and packed lunch. If you ticked a school packed lunch on the form, then you will receive one.

Maths – We are starting to learn about the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Literacy – We are learning how to use the joining word ‘but’ in our sentences.

Thank you to everyone who managed to join us for our second last Stay and Play on Friday. As always, it was wonderful to see you all and get a chance to share lots of learning!

Thursday – We are going to be going to the Link on Thursday afternoon to do some gardening and have a chance to explore loose parts.

Homework

Spelling: Your child has to read the sentence and then spell the missing word, as shown by the picture beside the sentence. It is good practise to get your child to copy the sentence underneath. This helps to encourage great handwriting.

P.E – Children have P.E. on Thursday this week.

Dates for the Diary

P1 Library Visits:

• Friday 9th June
• Friday 23rd June

P1 Stay and Play:

• Friday 16th June (9am – 9:50am)

We are still collecting empty boxes and kitchen roll tubes (plus other similar items) for our junk modelling. This is our favourite part of the craft table!

Miss Lauren Waller

## 🌞 P2 SHOW AND TELL 🎤

Show and Tell Primary 2

These will take place in class on 31st May and 1st of June

Your topic of discussion is “my favourite place” – This can be a place nearby that you go to with friends or family, a holiday destination, a relative’s house, a sports venue etc.  But it must be something that you can talk about, in detail.

You can bring a photo with you or email one to me (k.hinton@midlothian.education) so I can pop it on the SMARTboard as you talk.

What I am looking for: Looking at the audience, speaking clearly in full sentences for at least 1 minute. Answering 2 questions.  It is important that parents do not write it down for their child to read as this prevents the natural flow of presenting.

Examples of what you might tell me: Where it is, what makes it your favourite place, when you go or went, how you feel when you are there and why, is there something unique about the place, is there a smell or taste that reminds you of that place when you are not there….