P1 are measuring up!

This week we are learning about the different ways we can measure all the things around us. It would be great if the children could think about measure at home too.

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Weight 

We will be learning to use scales to find out how many blocks different things weigh. We are also using the words heavier and lighter and spotting the numbers on packets of food to find out how much they weigh.

Maybe you could talk about weight when you visit the supermarket or when you’re making dinner?

Area

We are using blocks to find out how large different spaces are. We are using the words larger area and smaller area to describe the size of flat objects.

You could talk about the area of anything flat, i.e. the size of plates, paper, posters.

Length

We are using all sorts of ways (hands, feet, paper clips and straws) to measure, and describing length using the words long and short. We are thinking about why we don’t always get the same answers as each other and why we need standard units such as cm and m.

You could talk about the length of their food over supper. Hopefully after a few chomps their green beans won’t be so long anymore!

Volume and Capacity 

We are finding out how many cupfuls we need to fill different containers and using the words more and less.

Maybe think about how much juice or water they need to fill different glasses, or even how many cupfuls they need to fill a vase for that beautiful bunch of flowers they picked from the garden for you!

P1 Blend Sounds

This term we are learning to blend sounds that are often found at the beginning and at the end of words.

Sounds at the end of words

rk, nd, st, mp, lt, sk, nt, ft, sp, lk

ie. rk – bark.

ng and nk – these are found at the end of lots of words and they can often be harder to hear.

ie. ng – long, sing

nk – wink, bank

Sounds at the beginning of words

br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr

ie. br – brush

sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, tw

ie. sc – scan

Please continue to practise the sounds we learned last term, the magic sounds where you put two sounds together and they turn into one different sound ie. oy in words like toy – t  oy.

sh – shed

ch – chop

th – bath

wh – when

ai – nail

ay – say

ee – feed

ea – meal

igh – light

y – my

oa – boat

ow – low

oo – foot

ew – new

oi – boil

oy – boy

ou – loud

ow – cow

au – Paul

aw – jaw

Primary 2’s Summer Term

We can’t believe it’s the last term of Primary 2 already!  Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?  We have made a great start to the term and are encouraging each other to be that little bit more independent and to take more responsibility for our learning.

We are hoping that the sun will shine for us as we begin to investigate the effects of weather on daily life.  This, in turn, will give us lots of opportunities to take our learning outdoors and into our new classroom……

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about how we are getting ready for Primary 3!

P1 Numeracy Resources

*Counting, Matching and Ordering numbers to 10
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots

*Counting and Writing Numbers
http://mrcrammond.com/games/understanding_number/Understanding_number.swf?sid=3683

*Counting 2 groups of apples, fish or sweeties (addition)
http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Simple-Addition-Stories-721

*Pattern Matching
http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/math/games/preschool-kindergarten/pattern-matcher/

*A favourite song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-FVERzap9E