P1 Homework 20/11/17

Reading: Please see reading cards as usual and continue to revise words in word box.

Phonics: This week is a recap week. I have added the set of sounds that we have just been learning to the bag so that the children can use them, with your support, to make small words. It is important that the children don’t sound out the two letter sounds as two sounds, please reinforce the single sound: ‘oa’ as in boat,  ‘ai’ as in pain,  ‘ie’ as in pie and ‘ee’ as in see. This can be quite tricky for the children and they need to keep practising this regularly.

I am also sending home a worksheet to reinforce these trickier sounds.

Thursday: As this week is Road Safety Week the while school are going on a short walk to reinforce the need to ‘Be Safe and Be Seen’; could all children wear something bright or reflective for their outer clothing on Thursday if possible.

Nativity: Reminder – this is on Monday 11th December at 2.00pm. 3 tickets per family. More information to follow about costumes, lines etc.

Lisa Cumming


P1 Homework 13/11/17

Reading: As per the reading card in their reading books. Please also revise all their words regularly.

Phonics: We are learning 3 new sounds this week: ie, ee or and z. The sounds where two letters are together are more complicated and your child may find these harder to learn. It is important that your child understands that the two letters make one sound. We use a short rhyme for the two-vowel sounds: ‘When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking,’ (although this is not  always the case) meaning the first vowel says its name not its sound.

Science: Please continue the moon phase observation sheet.

Miss Brunt and I hope to get more information out this week about the parts in the nativity. All children have been asked if they would like a speaking part and those that wanted to have been auditioned.

Don’t forget we are collecting second-hand or unwanted toys and books for the Christmas Fair -if you have any to donate please hand them in to us or at the office.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming

P1 Homework 6/11/17

P1 Homework – week beginning 6/11/17

Phonics: We are now learning the next block of sounds: Please continue to revise the sounds, play games with them and make words.

Date Sound
Monday 6th Nov ai Reading
Tuesday 7th Nov j Reading
Wednesday 8th Nov oa Reading
Thursday 9th Nov Recap all three Reading
Monday 13th Nov ie Reading
Tuesday 14th Nov  ee  or Reading
Wednesday15th Nov z Reading
Thursday 16th Nov Recap all three Reading


Reading: Please help your child learn the words that are in their word box and continue reading as per their reading card.

Letters: There is a letter about the Christmas Fair in your child’s bag. P1 And P2 are collecting second-hand/unwanted toys and books.

Flu Vaccine: The children who have returned their forms will have their flu vaccine on Monday 6th November.

Date for the diary: The P1 /P2 Nativity is on Monday 11th December, time to be confirmed.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming

P1 Homework 30/10/17

Homework P1 

Reading – Continue with reading – check reading record for homework. There are new words for your child to learn in their word box.
Phonics – We are not learning a new sound this week but recapping on the last 6 sounds we have learned. I am sending home the 6 sound cards to add to the others to use to make words with. I will also be sending home a phonic worksheet for your child to complete for homework and return to school.

If your child has success at an afterschool club or activity please encourage them to bring their news, certificate, badge, trophy etc. into school to share with the class. We are interested in what the children achieve in their wider world of learning.

Could I remind you to return all library books when your child has finished with them. Our next library visit is on 13th November.

Lisa Cumming

P1 Homework: 23/10/17

Primary 1 Homework

Welcome back after the October break – I hope you all had a restful time. This term is a busy one – plenty of learning and other exciting activities too.
A warm welcome to Mrs Ashley Beechman, a PGDE teaching student, she will be working with us for the next five weeks.
Phonics: the three sounds as indicated in the sheet given out before half term: L, F and B.
Reading: Please continue to read daily with your child and to support them to learn the words in their word tin.
Numeracy: We are continuing with the number after and number before – please help your child by asking them what the number before 10 is, the number after 7 etc – if your child can do this confidently within 10 then move to numbers within 20 or beyond.
Our PE days will stay the same – please make sure your child has a T-shirt and shorts in their gym bag.
Topic: We will be doing a novel study called the ‘The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson – this will incorporate investigating day and night.
This term we will also begin learning the songs and parts for the nativity – more information to follow.
EXCITING EVENT: Halloween Disco (organised by the parent council) Thursday 26th October – music, fun and games, arts and crafts.
Lisa Cumming

P1 Homework Week Beginning 2/10/17

P1 Homework – week beginning 2/10/17

Phonics: We are not learning a new sound this week as we are revising and blending the sounds to make words. I have sent home another set of letter cards which are the last six sounds we have learned. Please help your child revise the sound, play games with them and make words.

Numeracy: We are learning about one more/one less this week.

Reading: Please help your child learn the words that are in their word box.

Letters: There are two letters coming home this week. One is about Parent Consultations and must be returned by Thursday please.

The other is about our Harvest Celebration: P1 and P2 are leading this and are collecting dried, tinned, packed and jar foods and also toiletries. Any donations can be sent in by Wednesday 11th October please.

Many thanks,

Lisa Cumming

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.

P1 Homework and Information Wk Beg: 11/09/2017

The children enjoyed their outdoor learning last week – we have more to come week beginning Monday 18th September.
This week we are having a recap of the 6 sounds we have just learned and we will be looking at how we can use them to make simple 2 and 3 letter words. I am sending home a small bag with 6 sound cards. Please use these to revise the sounds and play games with.
E.G. Flash a card up and ask your child to find something beginning with that sound.
Play I spy something beginning with … flash the card and don’t say the sound unless you need to.
Use the cards to make words, at, it, an, sat, sit, sip, pat, pit pan, nap, tan, tip, tap, tin.
Play Kim’s Game – lay them out face up – child hides eyes, you remove one – which one is missing?
We are continuing with the wordless books and learning about the characters in the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme.
I will send home a piece of paper for the children to make a poster about numbers they find around them, they can draw where they see them (on a bus, on a door etc) take photos and cut numbers out of magazines and newspapers. This is to be returned FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
We are starting a topic about harvest and with P2 we will be leading a Harvest Festival. We will be looking for donations for this – more information to follow. We will be exploring where our food comes from and how shops and services get the foods we need for our daily living.
Other Events:
Wednesday 13th September: The Midlothian Advertiser will be in school to photograph Primary 1 Please make sure your child has their school uniform on that day.
Friday 15th and Monday 18th September: No School -September holiday.
Can I remind you to ensure that your child has a coat with them every day now that the weather is starting to change.
Many thanks,
Lisa Cumming