The children had a wonderful time during our visit from 'Wee Critters' this week as part of our shared education programme with Knockevin school. They got eagle eye views of snakes, lizards, mice, an armadillo, a cockroach and frogs. The children also enjoyed their medal ceremony for sports day, and worked on designing their minibeast shoeboxes with excellent results.
The children loved learning more about minibeasts as part of World Around Us this week. The used non fiction books to find out information, wrote sentences about their favourite bugs, made observational drawings of creepy crawlies and went on a minibeast hunt. We enjoyed some outdoor learning as part of shared education with Knockevin and shared photos with them during a zoom session. In numeracy, the children continued work on ordinal number and subtraction and are learning to write their own number sentences. We have now learnt the full alphabet of sounds and are spending time on letter formation and confident blending and simple sentence reading.
The children loved their story of 'Jack and the beanstalk' this week and made 'wanted' posters for finding Jack which are displayed in our classroom. Their work linked to this was amazing. In numeracy, we focused on building models using solid shapes, and began learning the skill of subtraction. We also visited young at heart to look at the tadpoles and continued learning about lifecycles. Blending and simple sentence work is drastically improving with daily practice, and the children continue to love their daily play based learning lessons where they consolidate all their learning.
The children had a very busy week. In Numeracy, we learnt how to 'estimate' a number to 10 and we also learnt the language of capacity in practical ways. Our book of the week was 'Zak and the vet' and we focused on characters in recent books and their feelings. Our sound of the week is 'y', The children are blending daily and writing and reading simple sentences. We enjoyed our 'Litter pick' and lots of fun play based learning activities.
Our photos this week show the children thoroughly enjoying using the iPads and working in pairs to extend their animation skills. They worked brilliantly well in partners. We also celebrated 'Number Day' on Friday and enjoyed lots of number activities and practical adding. In PE, we completed obstacle courses in teams. We opened our garden centre during play and created lots of spring and garden art for our classroom. In Literacy we learnt the sound 'x' and our book of the week was 'Jasper's beanstalk'. We sequenced the story and wrote simple sentences and words from the story.
The children in Primary One thoroughly enjoyed their visit from the baby lambs today. Some children even wanted to take them home! The were careful towards the lambs, it was a very exciting morning. The children also took part in a 'Singing Hands' session as part of our Shared Education Programme with our friends from Knockevin Special School.
We had a great week in Primary One and everyone was very busy. As you can see from our photos, our sound of the week was 's', our stories for the week were 'The lost teddy' and 'The Hungry Caterpillar', and in numeracy we are continuing to recognise and count numbers to 5 as well learning to make 2 colour patterns. During play we played the hungry caterpillar board game, developed ICT skills using the IWB and iPads, made caterpillars and butterflies, used lego and shapes in the construction area, and continued buying and selling in the shop.
Our next 4 weeks of home learning will move on to a new topic, 'Traditional Tales'. Over the coming weeks you will focus on 'The 3 little pigs', 'The Gingerbread Man', 'Rapunzel', 'Castles' and 'Goldilocks and the three bears'. World Around Us lessons will incorporate ideas linked to these stories as well as focussing on the time of year and the changes we see in our environment. Please find your next 4 week block of learning and resources below. It is set out as follows:
Timetable Week 9
Week 9 resources (all resources have been organised Monday-Friday for Literacy and Numeracy with any world around us activities/resources at the bottom of each resource list)
Timetable week 10
Week 10 resources
Timetable week 11
Week 11 resources
Timetable week 12
Week 12 resources
Grow in Love - password and Religion links
Story videos and external links
To reiterate Mr Doyle's message, please do not feel overwhelmed by the home learning packs. As a staff we understand the challenges that come with juggling home learning alongside your own routines, and we know that family, safety and happiness are priority. The online and home learning is there to provide some structure and a connection with school life, and is designed to support and encourage your child. It can be used with as much rigidity or freedom that suits your family. It will remain on the website and you can access it at a slower pace or come back to it in future. You can also revisit the previous packs and websites at any time.
Thank you to anyone who has sent in photographs, they are really lovely and heart warming to see. Good luck and keep it up- your perseverance and efforts are amazing! If you need any confirmation or support with using or accessing the packs please don't hesitate to contact me on: email@example.com
Thank you everyone. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and in the meantime I hope you enjoy your new packs,
Please see photo below which shows the free 'Grow in Love' details to access some of our Religion lessons.
Click on Junior infants/Primary One book, Choose Theme 8: Water, and you can access the 2 lessons over the coming weeks:
1. Water is wonderful
2. Welcomed with water
I hope you are all keeping well during these unexpected times we are living in and that the Primary Ones are settling into their new routines. Please find your next 4 week block of learning and resources below. It is set out as follows:
Timetable Week 5
Week 5 Resources
Timetable Week 6
Week 6 Resources
Timetable Week 7
Week 7 Resources
Timetable Week 8
Week 8 Resources
Holy Week and Easter powerpoint
Grow in Love login (Focus on Theme 7)
You will notice in your timetables that I have referred to spring and minibeast videos during weeks 6 and 7. These videos were too large to include alongside the other resources and therefore you will find them at the bottom of the resources list.
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter, albeit very different to ones you have celebrated in the past. I am really missing the children and the busy, fun, vibrant atmosphere and nature of our classroom very much. I hope you all continue to stay healthy and safe during these times.
Please see photo below which shows a free password for our religion teaching scheme "Grow in Love". Click on junior infants (purple book) and we have been focussing on Theme 6:Holy week and Easter.
As you move into home learning weeks 5-8, you can begin to focus on Theme 7: The Church.
Lesson 1: Places to pray
Lesson 2: The Church- A special place to pray
All videos and links mentioned in 4 week learning pack. Please click on/copy and paste from below...
World Book online- 3000 free e books
Read with phonics- Phonics Games (this is excellent for P1 and can easily be downloaded onto any device)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qpn2839Kro - Jollyphonics phase 2
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares - 1-30 numberline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8m6YFr0gig - pronunciation of all sounds taught to date
http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/hanging_monkeys_US.swf - blending CVC word game
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train - from this, you can choose addition or subtraction 1-10 games
http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/washing_line_rhyme_US.swf rhyming game- find the word that rhymes
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games variety of early years games
https://www.learningliftoff.com/kindergarten-science-learning-game-push-pull/ - world around us- push or pull?
http://www.ictgames.com/soccer_subtraction.html - taking away-maths
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/BuriedTreasure2.html - click phase 2 - phonics blending- is it a real or a fake word?
https://www.math4children.com/new%20quizzes/Pre-K/size-lighter-heavier.html maths heavy or light?
https://www.mathgames.com/skill/K.44-light-and-heavy heavy or light?
www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/shapes_shoot.htm finding 2D or 3D shapes
https://www.scienceforkidsclub.com/jungles.html - finding jungle facts
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/jungles.html - finding jungle facts
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - OXFORD OWL literacy- free levelled e-books
https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/helpAHedgehog/index.html - blending/phonics game
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html - choose the initial sound game (all of these games are age appropriate)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting counting games-choose underwater counting, teddy numbers, ladybird spots, or helicopter rescue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25_u1GzruQM the animal boogie song
https://www.splashlearn.com/measurement-games maths-capacity game
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/DragonsDen.html phonics blending game- choose phase 2 (or 1 if you would like a recap also)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXgW9UCgpc8 - youtube story 'The story who came to tea'
https://www.tigerwhocametotea.com/activities/ - linked activities to 'The tiger who came to tea'
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families Maths- choose adding 1-10
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train choose adding or subtracting 1-10
https://www.gruffalo.com/ explore the Gruffalo website
http://ictgames.com/cvcPop.html CVC phonics reading game
https://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games/full-stop-beginner-1.html full stop sentence game
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns Maths- making patterns with shapes
http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/simple_patterns/eng/Introduction/MainSession.htm Maths- making patterns
https://www.turtlediary.com/game/ordinal-numbers.html - maths ordinal numbers
https://www.primarygames.com/math/moreorless/ Maths more or less game
http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/hanging_monkeys_US.swf phonics blending game
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ phonics- choose phase 2 or phase 1 games
https://www.readwithphonics.com/ phonics games
http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Naming-Positions-The-Picnic-677 positional language
http://www.abcya.com/shape_patterns.htm shape patterns
http://www.bigbrownbear.co.uk/magneticletters/ magnetic letters online
Don't forget movement online games:
The children used the language of prediction during a volcano experiment during 'World Around Us' this week. they mixed baking soda, washing up liquid, water and vinegar to see what would happen and we enjoyed some WOW moments with the results!
Have a look at some of our other photos, which show 'estimating' in maths, CVC blending in literacy, taking turns and team work to make posters in arts and crafts. The children learnt to retell the stories of 'we're going on a bear hunt' and 'The little blue brontosaurus' using actions and loud voices- ask them to tell you the stories at home!