Phonics photos!


Miss Arnott’s Phonics class have been very busy learning lots of new sounds! This week we have been learning dg, and o.

Today the boys and girls have been spelling together, practicing their handwriting and playing rhyming games. Well done to Primary 1 for all of their hard work!



Learning about our rights

Primary 1A have been thinking about our own needs. Needs are a special kind of want, and refer to things we must have to survive, such as food, water, and shelter. Many wants may seem like needs. The boys and girls decided that they do not need a television, new skateboard or ice cream to survive!

Article 21 – All children have the right to an education.

Community walk to Tillydrone Library

We are enjoying our ‘Me and my Community’ topic and are starting to learn about the local area that we live in.

Yesterday we went on a Community Walk through Tillydrone. Emil was our designated photographer! We managed to get photos of the butchers, the shops, a zebra crossing and a post box. The boys and girls passed the park on the way to the Library and had great fun playing on the slide!

When we arrived at Tillydrone Library the Librarian was there to welcome us. The children found some fantastic stories and picked one each to take back to the classroom. Here are two Primary 1 girls enjoying their story books in the library…

Topic time

Primary 1A are enjoying an ‘All about me’ topic this term. We have painted beautiful self-portraits, talked about our families and friends and are learning about our senses. Last week we had a look at some of the organs we have in our body, and this week we are learning about our skeleton!

Yesterday the boys and girls had a go at putting a skeleton together, making sure the bones were connected in the right places. They demonstrated fantastic teamwork, and all partners produced a super skeleton. Follow this link and have a go at singing the Skeleton Dance song at home!




Our first sounds

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a busy first term in Primary 1 and have enjoyed playing rhyming games, singing songs and starting to write. The boys and girls have already learnt their first 6 sounds:

s, a, t, p, i and n

Each sound has an action and a song. Here are some Primary 1s demonstrating the action for the i sound…

You can find the actions for these sounds below, and sing the songs by following this link:

Please sing the songs and demonstrate the actions at home with your child. It is important that your child learns the sound that the letter makes, rather than the letter name.

We have been learning to form our letters correctly. Here are some ideas to try at home:

  • Write your sounds in shaving foam
  • Make your sounds out of play dough
  • Rainbow write! Write your sounds with different coloured pens or paint

Can you think of any other ways to practise?

Formal homework will begin after the October break. In the meantime, enjoy singing and writing these sounds at home with your child!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Likewise, if your child would like to show the class some of their practise work from home, please bring it in for us to have a look!

Thank you for your help and support!

Miss Arnott

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Rainbow Time!

This week we had our special Rainbow Time on a Thursday, instead of a Friday, because we have a long weekend ahead of us! Rainbow Time is a fun-filled hour when we get to relax and play together. I got some fantastic photos of the girls and boys enjoying their well earned play time today. Take a look!

Animal masks were created at the drawing table…

Painting with spider stamps..

Two girls, Teddy and a monkey visited the fruit shop!

Great fun was had by all! 

Rights Respecting Open Morning

It was fantastic to see so many friends and family at our Rights Respecting Open Morning today! In Primary 1A, we were learning about Article 24 and our right to nutritious food. We packed some healthy lunch boxes and created a beautiful fruit salad display! The boys and girls learnt that it is healthy to have 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day.

Here are some mums and Primary 1s working hard on some colourful fruit collages…  Can you spot the yellow banana, green apples and red strawberries?


Thank you to everybody who came to visit!

Time to rhyme!

This week we have been singing and playing with rhyming words! Here are some nursery rhymes to sing at home..

  • One, two, three, four, five, Once I caught a fish alive!
  • Twinkle twinkle little star
  • Incy wincy spider
  • Five currant buns
  • Five little speckled frogs


Look at this Rhyming Super Star who managed to match (and read!!) all of these rhyming words… 

Soft finishes start on Monday!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well done to all of our Primary 1s who have had a busy start to the school term!

On Monday the Primary 1s will start whole days at school! We are introducing a ‘soft finish’ at the end of the school day. This will allow you to pick up your child up between 3pm and 3.15pm, have a chance to catch up with the class teacher and supervise your child getting ready to go home. Please enter and leave by the class door.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask at the end of the school day.

Have a relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Miss Arnott




Number formation rhymes

This week we have been learning how to count and write the numbers 1, 2 and 3! We have been practising holding our pencil properly and starting our numbers at the right place. Can you practise the Tripod Grip at home?

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Use these fun ‘Number formation rhymes’ at home to help your child practise writing their numbers…

0 – Around and around and around we go! When we get home we have a zero!

1 – Number one is like a stick. A straight line that is very quick!

2 – Around and back on the railroad track. Two, two! Two, two!

3 – Around a tree, around a tree. That’s the way to make a three!

4 – Down and over, down once more. That’s the way to make a four!

5 – Straight line down, then around, hat on top and five’s a clown!

6 – Make a curve, then make a loop. There are no tricks to make a six!

7 – Across the sky and down from heaven. That’s the way to make a seven!

8 – Make an S and do not wait. Go back up and that’s an eight!

9 – A loop and a line. That make’s a nine!