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Year 1

Welcome to P1!

Our teachers are Miss McGlaughlin and Mrs Henry.

Our classroom assistants are Mrs McQuillan and Mrs Ewart.

 

January - February

 

Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas holidays and Santa came to the boys and girls!

Our theme until February half term is “Helping Hands”. We are going to be learning about people who help us. We will learn about the roles of a teacher, the school cook, a fire fighter, a doctor and nurse and the police. We will have some visitors in the classroom and we will act out the various roles at playtime.

Maybe you could point out some people who help in the community when you’re out and about with your child?

Reading is going well! We are very encouraged by the children’s progress, thank you for helping with this at home!

Just keep practising at home each night. Make sure your child recognises the key words in each book e.g. and, a, the, is, it, had.

We will be visiting the school library, where your child will get to choose one library book per week. Remember to take good care of these and return them promptly. We’re sure your child would love you to take some time to enjoy the book with them.

 

Please note: all missing books, whether reading books or library books will cost £5.

 

In Numeracy, we will be learning how to write the numbers 6 – 10. Again, we use the little rhymes to help the children remember the correct formation.

Keep practising these at home – we always say that practice makes perfect!

6 – down we go and make a loop, number 6 makes a hoop.

7 – across the sky and down from heaven, that’s the way we make a 7

8 – make a ‘s’ and do not wait, that’s the way we make an 8

9 – make a loop and then a line, that’s the way we make a 9

10 – first a one, then a zero, number 10 is our hero!

 

November - December

We are really into the swing of things in P1 now! We can’t believe we will soon be starting the countdown to Christmas!

This will be a busy half term for your child as we commence Jolly Phonics, reading books and begin to practise for the Christmas Nativity…

Jolly Phonics

Please give your child as much support as possible with Jolly Phonics. Knowing the sound each letter makes and being able to write it correctly is so important. Without learning these skills, your child will struggle with learning to read and write. Please check the newsletter for ideas and don’t forget to do the homeworks each night!

Reading Books

The children feel so “grown up” now they’ve got their reading books. Don’t forget the importance of hearing your child read every night – but also read some bedtime stories for enjoyment!

Numeracy

We have been learning the numbers 1-5 and are ready to move on to 6-10. Please keep practising 1-5 at home. We have been thinking about 2D shapes – circle, triangle, square and rectangle. Why not have a look for these around your house?

Christmas is coming!

It’s an exciting time of the year for the children!

Our Nativity this year is “It’s a Baby”. All children will be taking part – either as a character, in the band, or in the choir. All parents and family members are invited to the performances on either the 12th or 13th of December. Please plan to attend – it will help you get into the festive spirit!

Why not write a letter to Santa at home – cutting toys out of catalogues is a great way of practising scissor skills!

 

September - October

Our focus for this half term is settling the children into their new school routines and laying the foundations for their learning.

It is important that your child comes to school well-prepared each day.

 

Please ensure your child has the following items with them every day:

- School bag

- Break time snack  - One item only. (Healthy eating policy - no cereal bars or chocolate yogurts allowed)

- Lunch box or dinner money (money is only collected on a Monday)

- Coat

- Notes folder. Please remove all notes you have read.

- Homework Folder and books

Remember to keep an eye on the information windows of our classroom and your child’s note folder as we aim to keep you informed about what’s going on.

 

Please ensure your child has brought in:

- a glue stick

- a box of tissues

- school fund (£5 per child / £8 per family)

- P.E. shoes in a P.E. bag

 

Homework:

Home Learning books will be given out every Monday and collected on a Thursday morning and please remember that homeworks must be signed!

 

We love Literacy!

We are learning to hold our pencils correctly – with froggy fingers!! Please ask us about this if you’re unsure. We have been practising writing our names, why not try this at home?

As we prepare to start reading books after the Halloween Holidays, now is a perfect time to enjoy reading some stories together at home. Help your child develop a love of reading by taking time to talk about what’s happening, the characters and what might happen next…

 

Mad About Maths!

We are learning all of the colours to prepare us for sorting and pattern work.

Between now and half term, we will be learning the numbers 1-5. We should be able to recognise these numerals, count up to 5 objects and write the numbers. The following rhymes may help your child learn to form the numbers correctly…

1 – start at the top and down we run, that’s the way we make a 1

2 – round and back on a railway track, two, two, two

3 – round a tree and round a tree, that’s the way we make a 3

4 – down and over and down some more, that’s the way we make a 4

 5 – down and around and a flag on high, that’s the way we make a 5

 

A time to Rhyme

In our theme we are learning familiar nursery rhymes. These will help us learn about many aspects of Literacy, life in the past and our world.

The nursery rhymes we will learn are:

- Baa Baa Black Sheep

- Hickory Dickory Dock

- Wee Willie Winkie

- Humpty Dumpty

- Incy Wincy Spider

- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

- Hey Diddle Diddle

Don’t forget to bring in any nursery rhyme related items you may have at home e.g. dressing up, books, CDs, posters, DVDs

 

Our Friends in St. Brigid's PS!

We are happy to announce that we have been able to secure enough funding this year to continue our Faces and Spaces programme with St. Brigid’s PS, Ballymena. We will be meeting with them for different activities throughout the year. Dates for trips will be confirmed.

 

The trips will be free of charge and we will be going by bus to St. Brigid’s for some activities and some activities will be held in Ballykeel PS.

Children should wear their school uniform for each activity, bring their snack with them as usual and they will return to school in time for their lunch each time.

We are very excited about this project and would ask you, as the first educators of your children, for your support in this initiative.

 

The P1 dates are as follows:

18th October 2017, 21st November 2017, 11th December, 15th December,

16th January 2018, 6th March 2018, 2nd May 2018

 

Thank you for your ongoing support with your child's education

 

Latest Photographs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Children who wear glasses and those that don't.
Children who wear glasses and those that don't.
 
Girls wearing tights and socks.
Girls wearing tights and socks.
 
Boys wearing black and yellow tops.
Boys wearing black and yellow tops.
 
People Who Help Us at School in Ballykeel
People Who Help Us at School in Ballykeel
 
We visited the secretary's office
We visited the secretary's office
 
And talked to the caretaker about his job.
And talked to the caretaker about his job.
 
The teacher calls out the register every morning.
The teacher calls out the register every morning.
 
The new Mrs Henry!
The new Mrs Henry!
 
The teacher checks the pupils' work
The teacher checks the pupils' work
 
And sometimes uses a blackboard and chalk
And sometimes uses a blackboard and chalk
 
A message from the office
A message from the office
 
The treacher helps us learn
The treacher helps us learn
 
A busy school day!
A busy school day!
 
Setting a homework activity
Setting a homework activity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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