2018 – 2019
All about Primary 1/2
Location in West Linton Primary School – Room 3
Members of Primary 1/2:
Our P.E. specialist is Mr Davidson and we will have P.E. with him on Mondays.
Our Music Specialist is Mrs Inglis and we will have music with her on Tuesdays.
Our Art specialist is Mrs Clifford.
We have the right to;
- feel safe and happy at school
- feel safe when we move around the school
- learn in an exciting class area
- to expect that other people will share with us
- the resources that we need
- work somewhere clean and tidy
- work in a classroom where people help each other
- get help if we need it
Here is our class charter:
- We promise to:
- Be kind
- Take turns
- Listen carefully
- Respect others
- Always try our best
- Be polite
Our behavior management policy is based on our class charter and our promises. Our respectful relationships are established upon mutual trust, honesty, kindness, consideration and fairness. A restorative conversation takes place to remind pupils of the promise made in our class contract.
At West Linton Primary School we follow the Curriculum for Excellence. We provide experiences and opportunities for your child to become a Successful Learner, Confident Individual, Effective Contributor and a Responsible Citizen. At the individual parental consultations in November and March, and in the ‘Pupil as a Learner’ report in June, your child’s teacher will give you an indication of the progress your child is making.
Language and Literacy
Our aims are that children enjoy reading and develop skills which help them to get the most out of the texts they read. Children will be placed in reading groups. These may change throughout the year, depending on their progress. The support of parents is vital to children’s success. Children will also be working on literacy across many areas of the curriculum through meaningful and relevant contexts.
Early reading skills
- Building phonic skills and blending sounds
- Using a variety of skills to decode words
- Following punctuation in reading aloud and reading with expression
- Discussing a story confidently; sequencing a story; prediction
- Showing understanding of the main ideas
- Being aware of the characteristics of fiction, non-fiction and poetry
Reading for Information
- Finding and using information from non-fiction texts
- Understanding a variety of non-fiction texts
Novel Studies: The whole class will be studying the same novel which will involve participating in cross-curricular activities.
Please encourage your child to read at home every day. You can encourage them by:
- reading with them, or to them, for enjoyment
- talking to them about what they’re reading – books, newspapers, magazines, recipes
- taking them to the library to choose books
- providing a quiet space to read – switch off the T.V.
- practising phonics – letter sounds – and the alphabet
We try to set meaningful writing tasks related to children’s experiences.
At first, drawings are used as the basis for storytelling. The children tell the teacher what their picture is about and the teacher scribes the story. Using our writing programme, writing skills are developed in a structured way. Once children have developed a sight vocabulary, they are encouraged to put together the words they know to make sentences. We will develop their ability to organise their ideas to write a simple story. We will also be learning how to form letters correctly as they learn their sounds.
Children will be:
- Consolidating and extending their knowledge of phonics
- Introduced to early grammar
- Developing their ability to write independently – creating a simple plan and using it to write a short story, poem, report, letter or instructions
- Able to express simple ideas and feelings in writing
- Using picture sequences to build up 2 part and 3 part stories
- Writing in sentences
- Encouraged to read over and begin to edit their work
- Extending handwriting skills
You can help your child by encouraging them to write – cards and letters, lists, stories and signs. You can help by discussing their writing and encouraging children to read what they’ve written.
Spelling words will be introduced and taught through a variety of methods. Each week children will work on words with the same sound. The emphasis is on children being active in their learning!
We will be using Cursive Script with the children as research has shown that this writing style increases the accuracy of children’s spelling and improves fine motor skills. Practice at home and consolidate their learning.
Talking and listening
We will work on developing skills in listening attentively and talking confidently. During this session the children will be asked to prepare and deliver talks relating to relevant topics.
Maths and numeracy
The children will be actively engaged in learning through meaningful contexts:
- Number / Money / Measurement
- Shape / Position / Movement
- Information Handling
It is important that children enjoy Maths and Numeracy and will learn skills which will help them to become numerate in their everyday lives. Assessment is built into our Maths and Numeracy programme, through a variety of practical and written maths activities.
You can also practise mental arithmetic and practical tasks – try to keep it fun – make it a challenge, for example:
- how many ways can you make a number?
- puzzle sheets involving numbers
- practical work involving measuring – recipes, heights, weights
- drawing shapes / patterns using the environment as a stimulus
- playing board games with dice
- saving and spending pocket money
We will be doing a number of different topics throughout the year to develop your child’s creativity and enjoyment for learning. We will be using a variety of investigative approaches and encouraging independent learning.
You can encourage your child to discuss what they have been learning at school and give opportunities to develop their knowledge further.
Health and wellbeing
We will be ensuring that the children have a good understanding of the importance of keeping healthy emotionally, physically and socially and can identify ways of doing this. This will be embedded into the curriculum throughout the year.
Religious and moral education
The three main areas of study throughout primary school are: Christianity; World Religions; Development of beliefs and values.
Children will be encouraged to develop skills in art and craft, music, drama and dance. You can also encourage development in these areas at home.
We believe that a successful home/ school partnership is the key to your child’s enjoyment of and success in school. A supportive, encouraging approach ensures that your child learns to enjoy learning. Feel free to contact us if you have any issues to discuss with us about your child’s learning. We look forward to working with you this year.