Primary 1 and 2 will perform their nativity play on Monday 12th December. Parents and carers of P1 and P2 are invited to the performance but please note: only 2 adults per family. Well behaved toddlers who can sit on an adults knee are welcome. Doors will be open from approximately 1:15pm and the performance will start at 1:30pm.
All children can be collected at 12 o’clock on Friday 2nd December to visit the Christmas Fair. If you are unable to collect at this time then collection is at the normal school finish time.
Primary 1 and 2 are responsible for the second-hand toy stall at the Christmas Fair on Friday 2nd December. We urgently need some parents to come in and help with sorting and pricing the toys for the stall.
If any parents are available to come in on Thursday afternoon, anytime from 12:45pm, please let Mrs Cumming or Miss Brunt know.
Sounds: This week we are working on reinforcing the more difficult sounds learnt over the last two weeks – ai, oa, ee, or and ie.
Homework will consist of a mixture of work related to the sounds and word building work. Please continue to practice the words that have been coming with their reading books.
We will be moving on to the months of the year and how they fit in with the seasons.
Author visit: P1 – P4 will have a visit from an author, McNicol and Jackson of ‘Badger the Mystical Mutt’ stories, on Tuesday 15th November.
Friday is Children in Need day, the children can wear something spotty if they would like to.
We are holding a school Christmas Fair and as part of this P1 and P2 are responsible for the second hand toy stall. Please remember to send in any good quality, clean toys for us to sell..
Finally the Nativity is well under way – you may have been hearing the songs at home! The children all know the part they are playing, we have consulted with the children and held simple auditions to help us decide which parts they should have.
Sounds: This week the sounds are two letter sounds which can be trickier to learn. It is important to remember to help your child learn that the two letters make one sound. Please continue to help your child learn to read and make the words from the Word Box 1 list.
Maths: We are learning about the seasons and the sequence and names of the four seasons.
Numeracy: We are learning to count backwards from 20, to help with this it might help to do it in stages e.g to count back from 12 then from 14 etc.
Poppies are still for sale daily…please send a minimum of 20p if your child would like to buy a poppy.
Curriculum Evening on Thursday: this is on internet safety. Parents are invited into school on the Friday morning at 9.00am to observe internet safety or personal safety being taught in the classrooms.
Assembly: Parents are invited to stay for the Rememberance Assembly after observing learning in the classrooms on Friday morning.
Nativity: The children are now beginning to learn the songs for the Nativity, we will also be giving out the parts for the Nativity this week. The children have all decided if they would like to have a speaking part or not and auditions have taken place.
Woodland visits. Please make sure you have returned the permission form for the visit on Weds 9th and Monday 14th. If you have not been given a permission form yet these will be handed out over the next week.
Sounds: This week we are starting the 4th set of sounds which include digraphs (two letters together making one sound). It is important that the children understand that they do not need to sound out both the letters. For example, on Monday we are learning ‘ai’ as in ‘rain’ so the children don’t need to sound the ‘a’ and the ‘i’ individually. We will learn that ‘when two vowels go walking the first does the talking’; so ‘ai’ will actually say the name of ‘a’ being A. This can be trickier for the children and may take longer to learn so please don’t worry.
We are moving on from the days of the week to ‘seasons and the months in each season’.
Topic: We are finishing off our dinosaur topic this week. As part of the topic we are doing some African drumming and using other percussion instruments.
Events: For the next five weeks small groups of five children from P1 will go with some children from St. Margaret’s P1/2 on an Outdoor Education excursion which is led by Sean Fallon (Outdoor Education Leader). We will be doing forest skills. Letters will be sent home on a weekly basis to the children involved. I apologise for the short notice this week but if your child has a letter please could it returned by Wednesday morning at the latest.
We will be talking about Guy Fawkes and firework safety and doing some related art work on Thursday.
Sounds: This week we are not learning any new sounds but focussing on revising the ones we have learnt and using these to make short words. The children have been given a new set of sounds which have the last six sounds that we have learnt. They also have a list of words to learn to read and to make using their sounds. The list of words can be cut up. These short words can all be sounded out to help the children learn to read them.
Reading: Please help your child to read their new book. They will keep the book for a week but will be doing other activities connected to the book. Some of these will be sent home for homework.
Please supply an envelope for your child to keep all their key words and sentence strips from their reading books.
A reminder that we have the trip to Dynamic Earth on Wednesday. Please return the slip about packed lunches particularly if you wish to have a free school packed lunch. Of course you are welcome to supply your child’s own packed lunch if you wish to.
The Parent Council Halloween disco is on Thursday evening, information has been sent home in their reading bags.
In connection with our new topic ‘Dinosaurs’ Primary 1 and 2 are going to Dynamic Earth on Wednesday 26th October. We will leave school at 9.15 am and return by 2.00pm. Please can all children wear school uniform and bring a snack and a packed lunch (NO NUTS, CANS OR FIZZY JUICE). The cost of this trip is £7.00 which includes transport, a workshop and a tour of Dynamic Earth. If any parents are able to help please let us know.