Primary 1

Friday 30th April 2010

Primary 1 have had a great week! Here are some comments from the children:

I liked it when PC Smith came in. I wore the body armour – Nicole

I liked writing the numbers up to 20  Melanie

I enjoyed art. We went outside to draw flowers.  Emma

I liked PC Smith coming in. He told us all about what police officers do.  Holly

I wrote a police story. It was fun.  Harry

I liked doing the ‘ou’ sound. I made a round shaped picture.  Esme

I liked golden time. I played with my toys. Lewis

I liked ICT. We made pictures of police officers. Rory

 Friday 23rd April 2010

Primary 1 are really excited to be back at school. Our IDEA this term is People Who Help Us. The children thought of 23 different people who help us in our community! We decided that it might be too ambitious to learn about all of these. After a vote, it was decided that we would focus our learning on police officers and fire fighters. Our work in health and wellbeing, drama, writing and social studies will be taught through this topic. Next week, PC Smith will be speaking to the class about personal safety and the role of a police officer.

In phonics, we have been learning to read and write words using the ‘qu’ sound. The children have made some very colourful quilts and wrote some very funny sentences. 

In Art, the children used collage to create lovely spring blossom trees.

This term, P.E will continue to be taught on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Music will be taught by Mrs. Roberts on Mondays.


Friday 26th March 2010

Primary 1 had a great time during Health Promotion week. The children enjoyed golf, judo, dancing, rugby and vegetable tasting. They also designed posters encouraging others to keep fit and learned about teeth brushing from our dentist visit. A highlight of the week was the opening of the Primary 1 healthy cafe. Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who were able to join us. The children loved taking orders and were excellent waiters and waitresses. I was particularly impressed with the way that they rose to the challenge of taking full responsibility for the running of the cafe. The children planned and wrote healthy menus, cooked all the food, wrote invitations, worked out prices, handled all the money and cleaned up! Well done Primary 1, Miss Citroen is very proud of you!

 This week, Primary 1 have been busy learning about Easter and retelling the story in a variety of ways. We have also been discussing the symbols associated with Easter and the children have designed their own Easter eggs. Next week, we will be thinking about the different ways that people celebrate Easter and hope to write our own imaginative Easter stories.

In Phonics, we have been learning the ‘sh’ and ‘th’ sounds. The children have been painting thick and thin stripes, making fluffy sheep and building a theme park and a shed for animals. Next week, we will be revising all of our sounds, as well as learning to spell some common words. On the last day of term, we will be collecting in reading books for the holidays. Keep practising your wordwall words though!

In maths, we are continuing our work on subtraction and money. The children have been using coins to pay for items within 20p and have been playing lots of games on the interactive whiteboard.

Congratulations to Sam, Esme and Nicole for receiving certificates in assembly today. You are superstars!

Have a lovely holiday and Happy Easter!


Friday 5th March 2010

In Primary 1 we have started our new IDEA which will involve the planning and running of a class café. The children will become chefs, managers, customers and waiters! Our work in social studies, health and wellbeing, maths and technology will be covered through this topic. We will be learning about the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet and working collaboratively to make items for the café. We are hoping that the café will be open for customers during Health Awareness week. Watch this space!

In maths this week we have started subtraction and have been using the 5 little ducks song to help us learn about the concept of taking away. We have also been learning about money and have enjoyed lots of different activities, including paying for items in our class cafe.

In phonics, we have been learning the ‘ch’ sound and have had fun making a choo choo train. Next week, we will be learning the ‘sh’ sound.

Have a great weekend!

Friday 5th February 2010

Another great pirate week in Primary 1! This week, the children designed their own character for a pirate story. They drew pictures of their characters and described them in incredible detail, making use of lots of good describing words. We have also been learning to use information books for research. The children are working in groups and each group is finding out about a different aspect of pirate life. Next week, they will be choosing how to present their findings and sharing this with the class. In drama, we had great fun taking on the role of pirates and the ‘crew’ used expression, voice and movement to prepare their pirate ship.

In maths we have been continuing our work on addition. The children have been learning how to add three numbers and can now recall their doubles. Great work Primary 1! In Phonics, we have been learning the ‘ng’ sound and the ‘v’ sound. The children have enjoyed making a village for Vic’s van in the construction area.

Next week is challenge week and the children are looking forward to demonstrating what they have learned throughout our IDEA.

Have a great weekend!


Friday 29th January 2010

Another busy week in Primary 1! In our IDEA, the children were invited to apply for jobs on a pirate ship. In order to be accepted, they had to build a good, strong pirate ship. This was great fun and we now have a moving ship, equipped with telescopes, treasure maps and parrots! Everyone is really enjoying taking on the role of a pirate! In writing, the children wrote a description of the ship. Everyone is trying really hard with their writing and I am so pleased to see so many independent writers!
In maths, we have been learning the story of 9 and 10. We are also learning how to use a number line and have found this to be helpful. Thank you for practising the number stories at home.


In RME this week, we have been reading the story of Jonah and the Whale. The children enjoyed retelling this story in a variety of ways and discussed the message of the story.

Here are some comments from the Primary 1 children:

I enjoyed going on the pirate ship – Nicole

I liked doing my numbers – Katie

I liked learning the ‘ng’ sound – Esme

I liked writing our sounds  – Melanie

I liked playing with my friends in the sand tray. The pirates were fun. – Sam






Friday 22nd January 2010

P1 have been taking their learning outside this week. In our IDEA, we have been learning about story settings and have been reading Peter Pan. The children chose to make Neverland in any way they wished. The models, paintings and drawings were fantastic! In art and design, we have been learning how to draw from observation. We went outside to observe winter trees and our sketches were great. Next week, we will use charcoal to produce a winter scene. We have also been doing lots of maths in our outside area. The children have been learning how to use a number line and have been hopping along the number tiles like frogs! In Literacy, we have been learning the ‘z’ sound and have made zebras with zig zags!

Have a good weekend!



Friday 15th January 2010

Happy New Year! It is great to see Primary 1 back at school after all the fun in the snow. The children are so enthusiastic and motivated to be back. Thank you so much for all your lovely Christmas cards and gifts. Our IDEA this term is Pirates and our learning in reading, writing, drama and social studies will be taught through this theme. The children have been busy planning the topic and have come up with lots of interesting questions and ideas for activities. We are recording all our ideas and work on our special pirate learning wall. Thank you for all the pirate contributions that have been coming into school. It is great to see that so many children are extending their learning at home and they really enjoy sharing this with their friends at school.

This week, we have been reading the story of Peter Pan. The children have been discussing the characters and writing brief descriptions of them. They have also produced some fantastic drawings of the characters in ICT, using Kidpix. Our mouse control is really improving. In RME, we have been looking at the story of Noah’s Ark and we enjoyed acting out the story, singing songs, drawing pictures and painting the ark and animals. In art and design, we have been exploring cold colours and learning how to mix these. The children have used sponges to paint a frosty winter background. Next week, we will be going outside to observe winter trees and then try drawing these from observation.

In Literacy, we have been focusing on the ‘ee’ sound. In maths and numeracy, we have been learning the story of 7 and the story of 8. Please continue to practise the sounds and word wall words at home with your child. We will shortly be sending home the number stories too. This term, we will not be filling in reflective diaries, but this will restart again next term.

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Have a great weekend!

Friday 18th December 2009

Primary 1 have been rather excited this week! Yesterday we went on a little walk to Queen Margaret’s University where we saw a production of The Selfish Giant. There was lots of audience participation and the children really loved it! On the way back to school it started to snow and this was even more exciting! Thank you very much to the parents who who able to join us.

The children have been busy rehearsing their own nativity, which they will show to the rest of the school in assembly on Tuesday. Everyone is enjoying learning the songs, actions and narrating. We have also been making lots of mess with glitter! The children have been working with P1/2 and P2/3 to create Santas, Christmas decorations and stockings. Their creations will be making their way home to you soon!

Reading books, reflective diaries and library books have been taken in for Christmas now. We will start these again after the holidays. Next week, we are looking forward to our Christmas party. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help – we will be in touch soon!

We hope you have a lovely Christmas holiday!

Friday 4th December 2009

Thank you to all the parents who managed to come to school last week to see the children’s toys. It was great that so many people were able to make it. The children loved showing you around the classroom. We have now started our new IDEA about Christmas. We have started reading the Christmas story and using this as a basis for art work and drama. The children have been using mime, voice and expression to act out the beginning of the story and we are enjoying working collaboratively with P1/2 for this. Glitter has found its way into the classroom and the children have been creating Santa’s sleigh and decorating their own Christmas trees.

In maths, we are been learning our number stories of 2, 3, 4 and 5. We have been playing lots of games and using Christmas tree baubles and ladybird spots to help us learn the addition facts. Everyone is trying so hard!

In Literacy, we have been learning the oa sound. The children have enjoyed making boats, building moats and making loaves of bread out of playdough. As always, your work at home reinforcing the sound being taught is greatly appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 20th November

Primary 1 have been very busy this week making toys for Santa. The children worked in pairs to design a moving toy. The toy had to be strong, colourful and able to push, pull or twist. They then constructed their toys using junk and painted them with bright colours. They look fantastic! The next step is to evaluate the toys before the elves arrive to collect them! Santa will sprinkle his magic dust over the toys to make them real for all the boys and girls at Christmas time.

We will soon be finishing our IDEA on toys. We are hoping to invite parents in towards the end of next week, so that the children can share what they have been learning with you. Our next IDEA is Christmas and our work in RME, writing, drama and art and design will be taught through this theme.

Today, we are wearing our pyjamas for Children in Need. Thank you for supporting this good cause!


Friday 6th November 2009

In Primary 1 we have started our new IDEA about toys.  Our work in technology, writing, dance and science is being taught through this theme. The children were delighted to receive a letter from Santa Claus, asking if we could help him to make toys for Christmas. His elves have been getting tired and need some helpers. Luckily, Primary 1 have risen to the challenge! 

This week, we have been exploring different toys, learning about how they move and discussing the forces that make them go. We found lots of toys that push, pull and twist. Next week, we will be making our own toys that push, pull and twist. Then the children will be designing and making their very own moving toys. We have also been busy making and playing in our new toy factory role play area.

In writing, the children watched a clip from Toy Story and then wrote imagined personal responses from the perspective of Woody. In dance, we enjoyed exploring the way toys move, by creating some very interesting toy dances!

We are lucky enough to have a student from Moray House working with Primary 1. Miss Evetts will be with us for the next 3 weeks. 


Friday 9th October 2009

In Primary 1 this week, we have been enjoying the expressive arts. The children have been learning to mix colours and have created some beautiful paintings of sunsets. Thank you for collecting so many autumn leaves! We have made use of these by making wonderful Autumn collages. Our role play area has turned into a forest for nocturnal animals and everyone has helped to create the trees and woodland floor. There were leaves everywhere! The children have been busy finding out about all the different nocturnal animals and enjoyed sharing their knowledge with others. 

Next week, our IDEA on Day and Night will come to an end with challenge week. The children will be reflecting on everything they have learned in the topic and will be planning and holding their own pyjama party!

Friday 25th September 2009

This week in Primary 1, we have been very busy learning about Day and Night. The children have enjoyed acting out the positions of the Sun, Earth and Moon and were fascinated to discover that the Earth is spinning around! In art and design, we used collage to create day and night houses. In music, we enjoyed playing percussion instruments to create rain music. The children managed to create some very effective thunder storms! 

In Literacy and English, we have focussed on the ‘c’ and ‘k’ sounds and have made some very cool colourful cats! Everyone is trying really hard to form their letters correctly and we have been using the sand, chalk and the interactive whiteboard to help us. We have even started to blend our sounds together to form words. 

Please ensure that reading folders (together with word wall tubs) are in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, reflective diaries are returned to school on Mondays and library books are brought in on Thursdays. Thank you for all your support!

Have a great weekend!

Friday 11th September 2009

We have had another busy week in Primary 1. A highlight of the week has been our visit to the school library, where the children have had the opportunity to select and take home a library book. Please make sure library books are in school on Thursdays. 

In Literacy, we have been learning about the ‘t’ and ‘i’ sounds and have started to blend sounds together to form words. In Maths, we are continuing to learn about numbers to 10 and have had fun playing games, ordering and writing the numbers. 

This week, saw the arrival of our class teddy bear, Charlie Bear. Charlie has come all the way from Alaska to learn about school in Scotland. He will be with Primary 1 all year and a ‘star of the day’ will be chosen to take Charlie home every evening. In writing, we wrote all about school for Charlie to read and we have enjoyed playing circle time games with him too. 

Today we are sending home reflective diaries for the first time. The children have had the chance to reflect on their learning at school and make targets for next week. Please feel free to add any comments, sign the diary and add any personal achievements to back of the booklet. The diaries should be returned to school every Monday and will be sent home again on Fridays.

Friday 4th September 2009

Primary 1 have had a great first full week of school and everyone has settled in really well. Staying for lunch has been very exciting! We have started our topic on Day and Night and will be using this theme for our drama, art, science and social studies work this term. This week we have been talking about what we already know and have thought of lots of interesting questions that we would like to find out the answers to. Our thoughts and ideas are being recorded in a talking and thinking floorbook and the children are enjoying contributing to this. 

In maths this week, we have been learning about the numbers 1-5 and in literacy we have been learning to recognise and write the ‘s’ and ‘a’ sounds. The children have made some fantastic spotty snakes and very busy ants! Next week, we will be sending home a reading folder with your child. In the folder will be a library book to read for enjoyment and a sound jotter so that you can go over the sounds at home. Each sound has a song and an action that your child may like to share with you. It would be helpful if the folders could be kept in your child’s bag so that they come to school everyday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Citroen 

8 thoughts on “Primary 1”

  1. I missed everyone when we were on holiday from school. It was nice to play with everybody today. My mum bought me a spooky white pumpkin for the pumpkin parade. bye bye. Ewan P1.

  2. hello, I liked going on the pirate ship the best. Im looking forward to the new cafe. Bye bye. Ewan m p1.

  3. It looks like you had great fun with P C Smith!

    Can’t wait to see the Sports Day photos.

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