Welcome Primary 1 parents to Spittal Primary School and welcome back Primary 2 parents! We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter, which will be distributed each term to keep you updated with what your child is learning and events in the school. We will also be using our school app and Twitter account to keep you up to date with what is happening at our school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We have begun the year by getting to know each other and loved sharing our special things from home with Miss Gould and the rest of the class – thank you for your support with this activity! We have been reading stories about what makes us special and exploring what it means to be different. We are now beginning to move onto learning about the seasons and the weather through the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. This book will be our focussed topic for the next few weeks before we move onto ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ where will explore plants and the plant life cycle.
This term, Primary 1 pupils will be focussing on Numbers to 10 and beyond while Primary 2 pupils are extending their learning of addition and subtraction from Primary 1. We are all trying our best to learn and practice our number formation rhymes, which reminds us how to write these correctly. Our number rhymes are attached to this letter if you wish to try it at home with your child. Primary 1 will begin to look at recognising, ordering and creating sets of different numbers as well as simple addition as time goes on. We will also be exploring shape and information handling with Primary 2 pupils beginning to look at 3D objects and different ways of displaying information.
Primary 1: As the children are now settled, we are beginning to learn to read! This is something that stems from what we call ‘phonological awareness’, which we are working on in class. It means that we can recognise and make rhymes, we can identify how many words are in a sentence and we can break words into syllables. Please help us at home with this by reading lots of stories and talking about language!
Primary 2: We are revising the sounds we learned in Primary 1 and will begin to learn new sounds in the coming weeks. It is important that we continue to consolidate our learning by practising our spelling words at home and in class. We are continuing to read our books in class and engage with different stories from our class library. Please continue to help us at home by reading lots of stories and talking about language!
Homework will be given out weekly on a Monday and everything you need will be in your child’s homework folder. Please ensure these stay in their school bags at all times (except when actually doing homework!) so they can stay updated and you don’t miss any important letters or notes. All children will have weekly words to write out daily, with their words and sounds to practise. As you know, homework jotters are also provided to use if needed. Reading books will be distributed on Mondays to Primary 2 and to Primary 1 on Tuesdays, at this stage, please read the whole book several times to build confidence and fluency. Children may also get maths or other homework on occasion, depending on what we are doing in class.
PE Kit/Water Bottles/Outdoor Learning
Our PE days are on a Monday with Miss Cuthbert and on a Thursday with Miss Gould. Thank you for sending in a PE kit already, this is kept in their trays and will be sent home at the end of term to be washed and returned. In addition, I ask if you can encourage your child to bring a water bottle to school which can be filled up in our water fountains. We will also take children outside to learn, especially now that we are beginning to learn about the seasons and weather, so please make sure they have a jacket or warm coat with them each day as we know how frequently Scottish weather changes! Additionally, please feel free to send in waterproof trousers as the wetter weather approaches!