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Home Learning Week 5

Monday 1st February

Hi everyone welcome to week 5 of home learning and the start of a new month, February. The start of February reminds us that winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner yeahhhh! There are a few other exciting events in February like Pancake Tuesday, Valentines Day and half term.  I think February is going to be a great month and I’m looking forward to learning new things with you all.  
This week our new letter sound is b, as in bat and ball.  How many things can you find beginning with b? Think about the letter b when you are out for your walks this week. Can you find anything beginning with b? What about the word, bird, we’ve thought about that word a lot over the last few weeks. I will put up a video on seesaw to help us with the formation of b.
we are continuing to revise our numbers to 8. Last week I reminded you of our Numicon shapes and introduced the number 7. This week we’ll look at the numicon shape for 8 and something called subitizing.

In our topic work we are thinking about how birds build nests. Isn’t it amazing how a little bird can build a nest for their eggs with only things they find around them and using their beaks. They don’t have strong arms and careful hands like we do. Look out for the story this week about the birds nest. 

The Letter B Song - Learn the Alphabet

Here are bounce patrol introducing our new letter sound this week which is b.

Learn with Little Baby Bum | Two Little Dicky Birds | Nursery Rhymes for Babies | Songs for Kids

Two little Dicky birds is the nursery rhyme this week for Busy Bees but I know P1's also love our nursery rhymes. This is one of my favourite.

Subitize Up To 5 (soo-bi-tize) | Math Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Here is a funny little video which explains subtizing simply for us. This is a great game to play at home. We start by looking at patterns or pictures, dots or objects and then move on to saying how many are in a set when placed in a random way. Have a go and see how you get on with subitizing. What numbers do you see when you look at a collection of thihgs. Remember to keep the collections below 6 to start with.

Grace has been busy doing a bird watch over the weekend and look at all the birds she has spotted. I hope you enjoyed the birds Grace. I love the watch how busy they are flying backwards and forwards to the feeders. When we are in school we love to watch them in the sensory garden outside our classroom window.

Grace has been busy this morning making a collection of items beginning with b. Look at the set she has made. Can you spot things in Grace's set beginning with b? I wonder if you can remember the name of Grace's dog, her name begins with B? Bella

Chloe has been having a busy time at home cooking. She is able to practise her maths skills by counting out pieces of pepperoni for her pizza and cherries for the buns. I'd love to be at your house for tea Chloe, it looks yummy!!

Chloe has been worling on her repeating patterns. Well done Chloe, this was a great way to practise your pattern work.

Speech and Language is always an area of interest for parents of children in the early years. This would be a great information session if there is anything regarding speech and language that you are interested in hearing more about.

Chloe has been practising her measuring skills at home. She measured that her Rainbow doll was 6 blocks high. She also had a go at one of the Relax kids activities. Chloe was very creative with her squggle and made it into a flower. Great work this week chloe.

William has been busy working on our nursery rhyme this week. This is his Dicky Bird. I wonder if this is Peter or Paul? Maybe William has given him a name of his own.

b is for brown bread for breakfast

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Alice has been thinking about her letter sounds while she bakes at home. She made brown bread for breakfast. This is a great way to think about your letter sounds Alice. That bread looks great!

Here is an insight into what children learn during their preschool (reception) year in school. There are useful tips and ideas for parents to encourage readiness for P1.

Road Safety Education - Task (Be Safe, Be Seen 4-7 year olds)

Dear Parent, this task is designed for you to work alongside and complete with your child/children in relation to a key road safety issue.  The focus is “Be Safe, Be Seen” and encourages the use of bright, fluorescent and reflective clothing when out and about as a pedestrian, on a bicycle/scooter or riding a horse either during the day or in mornings/evenings when it can still be dark.  Use the opportunity of your daily exercise to allow children to learn through wearing clothing that can easily be seen by other road users and by identifying bright/reflective clothing or markings on people, objects or vehicles in your environment which make them easier to be seen by the human eye during the day or night.  There are also two follow up activities (colouring/match the words and pictures) which can be printed out and completed by your child.


Be Safe, Be Seen (4-7 year olds)


On your daily exercise or when your child/children are travelling in the car with you, play a game of “Be Safe, Be Seen”.  This could be something as simple as “who can be the first person to spot 5/10 different ways somebody or something use to make it easier for other road users to see them/it”. For example, you could look out for some of the following in your local area;


Flashing lights on a bicycle,

Reflective strips on the trousers of a work person

Runner/cyclist wearing a fluorescent jacket

Walker wearing bright clothes

Emergency vehicle with its bright colours and/or flashing lights

Worker wearing a hi-vis vest

Reflectors on a bicycle

Flashing lights/bright colours at a pedestrian crossing

Road signs with bright colours or reflective parts

Bollards with reflective strips

Lorries or other vehicles with bright colours or reflective strips

Towers with a flashing light on top

Fluorescent cycling helmets

Warning signs with bright colours or reflective strips

Dog wearing a bright coat or reflective collar


As road users (whether as a pedestrian, cyclist or driver) we all know how much easier it is to see something which is bright especially during dull days or when it is dark.


Fluorescent colours make it easier for you to be seen during the day and reflective materials make it easier for you to be seen at night. Encourage your child/children to wear these materials when they are out. It will help to keep them safe!


For further information, why not have a look at the following resources to assist you in teaching your child how to use our roads safely and effectively as they develop:


Watch the following short video:


To view the teaching aid calendars that are issued in hard copy to every primary school across Northern Ireland providing each class teacher with a weekly photograph, message and discussion note on a road safety theme:


A road safety education leaflet “Be Safe, Be Seen”:


A recently produced guide for Parents of children aged 0-7 years:


General road safety information for parents of young children:

Grace has been busy at home working on her learning pack. She has been reading her reading book about Dad and completing her reading activity. Great work Grace, I'm looking forward to seeing your completed work.

Annie has been working hard on her home learning pack this week. I'm looking forward to getting it back to see all her great work. She also dressed up for her Granda's birthday along with Jack and Sam. I'm sure Granda loved seeing you dressed up in your Frozen dress Annie, you are lovely! Annie has also been enjoying looking out for birds and she wanted to show us some ducks and birds from her uncles farm. Great work this week Annie!

Well done to everyone this week on another great week of home learning. It was lovely to get your photos and hear what you have been getting up to this week. Here are this weeks certificate winners. Well done to everyone. Have a lovely weekend.