Remote Learning grids have been created by City of Edinburgh Council. These grids should be used to support Remote Learning in the event that your child is having to isolate. They are available below as Word documents to download or pdf files to view.
Due to current restrictions, we have been unable to invite you to Curriculum Evenings in school this term. However, teachers have worked together to prepare the online presentation below. We hope this will give you an insight into what learning looks like at Sciennes for your child.
Please also find attached a Class Overview, ‘P2 Learns’
We finished the year with lots of fun and laughter. We had to tidy out our trays yesterday and got to blow lots of bubbles in the soapy water to help get them nice and clean!
We had a class party this morning to celebrate the end of year. We played musical statues and musical bumps before trying to keep the balloons off the ground while showing off our dance moves. It was a brilliant end to the year. Have a great summer P1A and P1B!
We learned about the artist Pablo Picasso and looked at some of his artwork. We liked the shapes and colours he used in his paintings. We created our own ‘Picasso faces’ in the style of cubism. Have a look at our paintings:
We also got to experiment with some printing and created colourful abstract pieces of art. We started off by adding lots of paint to the background in various colours. Then, we used different tools to create different patterns in the paint. Once our backgrounds were dry, we used some rollers, lego and shapes to print onto our paintings. Mrs Anstruther loved our abstract prints so much she is going to display them in the school for everyone to see!
We have lots of opportunities to play in primary 1. It gives us the chance to create, use our imagination, share and take turns with others. Here’s a snapshot of some of our play this year.
To celebrate the Euros tournament we have had a football focus in P.E. We were really lucky to have some football skills sessions with P.E. student Miss Dobie in the hall during May. We practised dribbling around cones and through tunnels, trapping the ball, and passing the ball to our partners.
We continued practising these skills outside in the playground and even tried some football rounders in P.E. too.
We loved cheering on Scotland in their first game in the Euros competition too! Some of us wore our Scotland gear and we made some flags as well.
We had an amazing afternoon of Football fun in the Meadows last week. It was a lovely sunny day and Mrs Anstruther organised three activities for us to try. First, we had lots of fun in the play park!
Next, we had some free play with footballs, frisbees, the parachute and lots of other sports equipment with Mrs Anstruther. Then we got to cool down with some yummy ice lollies before we had our football tournament with Mr Armstrong.
As well as having lots of football fun this term, we had two tennis taster sessions with Alex at the Meadows too. We walked to the tennis courts and played some games with our partners to practise throwing, catching and hitting the ball.
We spent the last few weeks in numeracy focussing on grouping and sharing. We created equal groups using different materials and learned to describe how many groups there were, how many items were in each group and then added up how many items there were altogether.
We looked at sharing items equally too. We had lots of fun sharing pom poms between the teddy bears, making sure they each got the same amount. Some of us chose to try the challenge to write number sums using the multiplication and division sign!
At the end of each school year we clear out and wash our trays so that they are ready for the children who will use our classroom next session. We had great fun this afternoon when we had a bubble blowing competition. We put some water and a little bit of detergent into our trays then we used straws to blow bubbles. Look at the fun we had:
More wonderful art work on our interactive board:
What a wonderful afternoon we had today!
Ms Anstruther organised three activities for us. We started out playing with our friends:
Then we took part in a mini football tournament:
We were tired after that, but we refuelled with ice lollies from Ms Anstruther and were soon ready for more fun.
Finally, we went to the play-park:
We all enjoyed a great day out!
P1A loved our afternoon at the meadows today. We played games, had fun at the playpark, had a mini football match and ate yummy ice lollies to cool us down! We loved the opportunity to play with all our friends and be out in the sunshine!
We have been getting into the Euro spirit in primary 1A. We learned where Scotland is on the map of Europe and also marked all the different European countries that are represented in our class (although not all are competing). We have also enjoyed trying to identify the flags that Ms Anstruther put up in the corridors for us. Each class in school has a country to make a ‘Top Trumps’ style card for. We picked Scotland out of the hat, which was easy as we already know lots about Scotland! This afternoon we all sat down to watch the start of the Scotland v. Czech Republic game.
We have been learning about Picasso. Yesterday we played ‘Roll a Picasso’ and today we added paint. Next week we will use pen and pastels to finish our pictures.
The bean that we started in a jam jar has continued to grow. We transferred it to a pot of compost before the Easter holiday and it has grown taller and taller. Recently we noticed that it has grown a bean pod!
On Thursday 20th May we had our first ever sports day at Sciennes. The weather stayed dry for us and we had lots of fun doing all of the activities in our coloured teams. We started with hurdles, then we had lots of fun trying out the sack race for the first time. Our next activities were bowls, skipping race, egg and spoon and we showed off our throwing skill with the parachute throw. We loved the spacehopper race! Finally, we used our football skills to finish off our sports day with the football dribble race. We had a great morning!
We have been looking at features of our local area during our Welly Wednesday walks. We worked together to create a map of the area and added some of the photos we had taken when we were out walking.
We also made our own maps.
P1a and p1b have had a great time this week learning about our local community. We took a walk to look at some of the services and shops in our local area. We also made giant models of a fire station, police station and hospital, complete with emergency vehicles. We have had lots of fun playing with them.
We had a wonderful time at our Sports Day and we were very lucky that the rain stayed off.
Ms Anstruther and Mrs Berry (PE Specialist) organised the events for us and we worked in teams, the red team, the yellow team, the blue team and the green team.
We started at Bowling where we had to roll balls to stop between two markers.
After that was the Skipping race:
Next came the Egg and Spoon race,
the Parachute Throw,
the Space-Hopper race,
the Relay race,
the Football Dribble,
and finally, the Sack race:
We had a GREAT time and enjoyed all of the events, but we were a wee bit tired when we got back to school!
This week we have been using the coin recognition skills we developed earlier this session to work out how to make a given amount (most of us are making amounts up to 20p). We have tried lots of different activities to help us practise and today we drew pictures of toys that we will use for a toy shop next week.
This morning we had a visit from PC Fowler. She told us all about her uniform and the things she carries on her belt. (We were surprised to find that she carries a computer and a printer.) She even showed us how her handcuffs work. We asked her lots of questions.
PC Fowler had brought a police van with her. She put the flashing lights and the siren on for us! After that we were able to take a look in the back of the van.
It was a very exciting morning!
We had a very exciting day in primary 1a today as PC Fowler came to chat to us about the role of a Police Officer. She told us about all the different parts of her uniform and we asked lots of great questions.
Her 2 colleagues also brought along a police van for us to see. We liked it when they put on the siren and lights. We drew pictures of what we thought a police officer looks like yesterday and then drew one today to show what PC Fowler actually looked like.
Today we learned about Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration of breaking the fast of Ramadan. We looked at some mehndi patterns and learned that women and girls often use these to decorate their hands for festivals and celebrations. We had a go at creating some of our own designs and, because we have been learning about symmetry this week, we tried to add some symmetry to our designs.
We are all LOVING our new Promethean Board. During choosing time we like to use it for drawing. We can split it in half and have people drawing different pictures on both sides. We all know how to change the thickness and colour of the pen and we know how to rub out mistakes or quickly erase the whole picture. Here is one of the wonderful pictures from this afternoon along with the artist.
Our beans have been growing!
We watched them grow strong roots then we watched the green shoots appear. Some of them are now growing out of our jars.
We are bringing them home today. Perhaps you could help us transplant them into soil so that they can grow even bigger?
We would enjoy looking at any photos you take as the beanstalks grow taller.
This afternoon we tried to make tall towers like Rapunzel’s tower. We looked at pictures of some famous towers then worked in teams to build our own.
The tallest freestanding tower was made by Naomi, Nyigyal, Katie and Cara. Well done!
Some of us completed Fairyland challenge activities during our free choice play this afternoon.
Many of us dressed up for World Book Day.
We made books of our own and then we watched Jenny Lucas read her book, ‘Chicken Legs’ Arroyo’,
and Tom Percival read his book, ‘Ruby’s Worry’.
We have all been working together every day to make things better for the dragon who visited our classroom. So, when we went to the nature strip today, we made things to make him happy. Some of us made castles and towers, some made flowers for red riding hood and some of us made houses for the three little pigs. We hope the dragon likes the things we’ve made.
P1-3 will continue to use SeeSaw for online learning. It would be helpful if you could let us know in school hours as soon as possible if you are having trouble accessing SeeSaw.
We would also like to move towards providing opportunities for P1-3 children to interact with staff online via Microsoft Teams. We issued passwords before the holiday and will spend week beginning 11th January supporting families to get their accounts operational. We aim to begin hosting some live check-in times with the P1-3 pupils –at pre-arranged times in the week– from 18 January using Microsoft Teams’ two-way video functionality.
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There is a link to Teams on the right hand side of this Class Page where you can log in directly using your child’s username 123456 and password.
Google ‘o365’ (for Office 365)
enter your child’s email address email@example.com
then enter username and password
We have been busy bees in P1A/B this year. We have been learning about lots of different topics and have had fun in the process! Have a look at some of the things we have been up to in Primary One.
Our learning in maths/ numeracy is always hands-on and active. We have been practising our counting, doubles, recognising numbers and learning about money, telling time and shape.
We like getting to choose literacy activities to help learn our sounds and tricky words. We have been working hard at our rainbow boards and writing letters with our teachers.
We start our week off with some relaxing yoga in the hall on Monday morning. We have been mastering our yoga poses and our balance is improving every week.
We love our P.E. outside in the playground when the weather is nice. We having been learning how to move in different ways and are becoming very confident at skipping. Our favourite games to play are volcanoes and craters, traffic lights and Mr Men.
When we can, we take our learning outdoors. We go out every week on ‘Welly Wednesday’ for some Outdoor Learning in the nature strip/meadows but we like to to use the playground on other days when the weather is good too. We’ve made pictures out of natural materials, gathered autumn leaves, practised counting and doubles with sticks, made owl nests and much much more!
Not even a global pandemic could stop P1a and P1b having a fantastic time at their Christmas party . We had non-stop fun all afternoon on Tuesday. We played pin the nose on Rudolph, knock down the snowmen, snowball toss, balloon tennis and bean-bag buckets. We enjoyed our party snack and then got ready for more fun with our very own ‘Do you want to build a Snowman?’. Even the teachers got to have lots of fun testing the activities out before hand!
P1a and p1b were set a challenge today. Our teachers asked us to create our own winter village. We talked about what things we might want to include and then got to work. We made a train track, houses, trees and even Santa’s sleigh. Our teachers were so proud of how well we worked together. We shared all the resources so nicely and moved around the area really carefully so as not to knock over anyone’s creations. Mr Hunter came to see our wonderful winter wonderland when we had finished and he was so impressed too!
When we went to the Nature Strip this afternoon we were thinking about Christmas.
This morning we enjoyed a Christmas Disco in the playground led by Ms Anstruther, Mrs Berry and Mrs Walker. It was great fun!
We all enjoyed our party this afternoon. We played games in the classroom then we went outside for some outdoor play. When we came in from the playground we were delighted to find that Mrs Tariq had set out all of our party food nicely for us. We enjoyed listening to Christmas songs while we ate.
We were learning about owls last week so P1C decided to make some clay owls. We had to let the clay dry over the weekend, then we painted them to finish them off. We hope you like them.
We have been learning about owls and are currently reading ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ (by Jill Tomlinson). Today we used natural materials to make our own owls and to make nests for owls.
This week we have been thinking about Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends. When we went to the nature strip we made homes for all of the animals.
Last week we went for a walk and noticed many signs of Autumn. We were very impressed by the colours of the leaves, so this week we went over to the Meadows to collect fallen leaves. When we got back to school we sorted them into red, orange, yellow and green leaves, then we worked together to create a leaf rainbow.
This week P1C have been retelling the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’. We have learned some Signalong signs to use with the story and we have all put super effort into learning them. A few of us have recorded very short videos to show you the signs, here they are…
LITTLE RED HEN: https://vimeo.com/463927752
Lazy DOG: https://vimeo.com/463960368
Sleepy CAT: https://vimeo.com/463960567
Noisy DUCK: https://vimeo.com/463960854
NOT I: https://vimeo.com/463961847
I WILL: https://vimeo.com/463963930
Primary 1 Parents and Carers
We are conscious that the start of this term has been very different this year, with many of you not having been inside the school building at all. Therefore our P1 newsletter is a bit different to that of the rest of the school as we have attempted to show you what the first few weeks have been like for your child by including photographs in a Sway presentation.
Please see below the curriculum powerpoint presentation where we explain how teach literacy and numeracy, and how you can support your child at home.
We would like to thank you for you cooperation in working with us to make this the very best possible start of the children.
Ms Anstruther and the P1 team
In today’s PE lesson we tried some skipping. Everyone had great fun and discovered that even though something seems impossible, a bit of practice can help us get the hang of it.
This week we have enjoyed more bear themed activities.
In literacy we have done some story creating by changing parts of the bear hunt story. Firstly we worked as a whole class to alter the entire story, then each of us did a change of our own.
We have also looked at the Everywhere Bear story and have created art work to create new adventures for the Everywhere Bear.
To complete our bear topic we all made bear paw biscuits and enjoyed eating them together in our classes.
The children have been amazing – they have all coped SO well with the new routines of the school day. After everything that has happened this year, it is wonderful to see how quickly they have settled in school.
Our learning this week has been related to the the Michael Rosen story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We have all learned Signalong signs for the story, we have created story maps that we can refer to when we retell the story and we have had opportunities to choose which bear activities we would like to complete. The last of the pictures below is the story map from P1C’s classroom – perhaps your child will tell you the story using that picture?
Primary One Transiton 2020/21
We are looking forward to welcoming all new P1 pupils to Sciennes Primary School in session 2020/ 21. Your child would normally have started their transition into Sciennes Primary School this term. However, due to the current restrictions our transition has had to be altered.
In Edinburgh, all Early Years settings and primary schools are working together on a joint project using Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ organised by The City of Edinburgh Council Early Years Team. This means that no matter what nursery they are enrolled in, or what primary school they move into, all children will be familiar with the same story and will have a shared experience.
Please look at the website http://www.bearhuntedinburgh.wordpress.com for ideas that you can use with your child to help them feel positive about the move into school.
Share your pictures from your Bear Hunt adventures on Twitter #BearHuntEdin and tag @SciennesPS
Please look out for a welcome pack which will be sent to your home address with information about school and P1 classes. Look for updates here for dates and times for starting school.
Ms Carolyn Anstruther DHT P1-3