Nursery Diary

Friday 22nd– Thursday 28th January

Please excuse our appearance over the coming weeks. Both main nursery rooms are being painted in the February holidays and we are beginning to take everything off the walls in preparation. We have lots of exciting plans for our new look!

In Literacy we will be focusing on writing our own stories as a number of children have been interested in this recently. We will also be encouraging the children to attempt to write their own names/make their name with magnetic letters (where appropriate).

In Maths we will be exploring fractions and dividing. We will do this by sharing out collections and cutting or splitting things into halves and quarters.

In Health and Wellbeing we will be continuing to discuss emotions and we will be using drama and role play to investigate the feelings of others.

On Monday we will have a Burns Supper in the hall to celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday. We will look at Scottish songs, stories and Burns poems.

P6 Living and Growing

During the first part of this term P6 will begin their work on human reproduction.  We use the Channel 4 resource Living and Growing which consists of three programmes called Changes, How Babies Are Made and How Babies Are Born. 1783_4

“Changes” explores the physical and emotional changes that take place at the onset of puberty, and how we feel about ourselves.  It considers some of the changes that are outside our control, and the choices we face in others over which we can have increasing control as we grow up.  If reaffirms that puberty is a normal and natural process [while identifying and naming related parts of the internal and external anatomy.]

“How Babies Are Made” examines the whole process of life cycles and reproduction, rites of passage, friendships and feelings.  It emphasises the importance of a loving relationship between couples and the value of family and relationships within it.

“How Babies Are Born” reviews relationships and feelings and investigates roles and responsibilities.  It focuses on the development of the baby in the womb, the needs of the baby and the mother before the birth, and the inheritance of physical characteristics.

(From the teachers’ notes)

If you would like to know any more about this resource please get in touch with your child’s teacher.

Nursery Diary

Friday 15th – Thursday 21st January

The recent cold weather has meant that we have been able to investigate the science of freezing and melting. We hope to continue this in the coming week as well. Please ensure children are wrapped up warm and have wellies to wear outdoors.

In Literacy we continue to focus on talking and listening. We will be talking about Winter and what we have been learning to add to our floor book.

In Maths we will be continuing to look at the calendar and plotting in events in the different months. We will continue to talk about number across all of the nursery areas.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus on emotions has really taken off, with children using mirrors to make different facial expressions and considering when they experience different emotions. This will continue this week.

With Robert Burns’ Birthday coming up at the end of the month, we will be beginning to learn a bit about Scotland. We will look at Scottish songs and stories, and identify where we live in Scotland and key features of our town.

Whit ye bletherin’ aboot?!

Guid mornin, hoo’s it gaun?

As you know Queensferry Primary are celebrating all things Scottish during our special week starting on Monday 25 January.

We are lucky enough to be part of a mini-project about different Scots dialect around the country, in which various Primary Schools are getting together and sharing information about their area and parts of their language.

Our job is to think of as many words as we can that are used specifically in the Edinburgh area and explain what they mean. 

To start us off, Primary 7 have thought of ‘shan’ meaning that something is unfair.

Any ideas are appreciated – just simply comment on this post. The final project will be displayed in the upper stages library.

Guid luck, bye for noo!

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

P1 Literacy Resources

*A guide to help you with your cursive letter formation.

cursive formations

*Free ebooks and activities – You need to join by setting up a username and password, it’s well worth it as there are loads of great resources that you can use on an ipad too.
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-site/find-a-book/library-page

*Phonics – explore where the sounds are in different words
http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Letter-Sounds-205

*Jolly Phonics actions
http://jollylearning.co.uk/2010/11/03/jolly-phonics-actions/

*Jolly Phonics – Songs which your child will learn in class to help them remember their sounds. The children enjoy hearing them and singing along!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCjJYB07aSU

*Questions to support reading. (A pdf of the card you were given during the P1 Curriculum evening)

Reading Questions

Scots Week

Primary 2 will be finding out interesting facts about Scotland!

We will be researching places to visit, famous Scots, our weather and things typically Scottish such as haggis, tartan, thistles and golden eagles.

The children will also be listening to familiar stories written in Scottish language. They will be investigating familiar well known expressions and use them oral and written literacy.

As part of our Scottish week the children will learn to recite and sing “Auld Lang Syne” when learning about Robert Burns.

At the end of the week there is a family ceilidh to which everyone is invited!