P2A

Homophone hunt!

Today P2A enjoyed searching for homophones in the garden. We are learning that some words might sound the same, but have a different spellings like hear and here, or knight and night!

Magnet Madness

Primary 2 have been learning about magnets and their magnetic fields. We loved getting the chance to carry out some experiments to sort magnetic and non-magnetic items; guiding a paperclip through a maze, testing the strength of magnets through plastic bottles and water and seeing how long we could make a paperclip chain just using magnetic forces!

P2 Assembly

Congratulations to P2A who impressed the whole school with their Gaelic pirate performance on Wednesday! They were all fantastic and remembered all of their lines. Even some of the other year groups were able to understand their fantastic Gaelic counting skills.

Term 4 April- June 2017

It has been such a quick year but there is still plenty to learn before the Summer holidays! Below you will find a copy of our Term Ahead letter as well as some pictures from our Technology Day last term.


Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome to our final ‘Term Ahead’ letter! Below is a summary of what we will be learning this term as well as some useful information.

Literacy and English

In reading this term, we will be having a focus on choosing our favourite fiction and non-fiction books including author, illustrator, title and cover. We will also do work on keywords in a sentence.

Our writing this term will cover some functional tasks. We will be doing some report and some recount tasks. For example, we will be writing a report on our trip to Edinburgh Castle.

In phonics, we will introduce Block 6 tricky words and words ending in ‘ing’. For some groups there will be further practice of blends and vowel diagraphs – ai/ay, ee/ea, igh/-y etc. Your continued support in this area through homework, is much appreciated.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Our maths focus this term work on symmetry and we will also be learning about information handling.

In numeracy we will be continuing to work on addition and subtraction, place value, number sequencing, counting forwards and backwards in 1s,2s,10s,5s and more, sharing amounts into equal groups and generally developing mental maths strategies.

Learning Across the Curriculum

In science we will be learning about dissolving solids in water.

Our topic in social studies is Castles and we will be having a visit to Edinburgh Castle which is a very exciting trip for the children!

We are busy practising for our class assembly on Wednesday 10th May. We are going to be sharing all of our learning about pirates with the rest of the school.

In French we will be learning family members.

Homework
There is a new home-learning wall coming your way. Like last term, we ask you to help your child to complete at least 5 of the tasks, over the course of the term. One of the tasks involves building a model linked to our topic work and we would like everyone to complete this task where possible.

Homework is sent home on a Tuesday and should be returned on a Monday.

Admin

Just a wee reminder that P2A still have PE on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure that your child always has a full PE kit in school with him/her. It would also be helpful to avoid wearing a shirt and tie on those days, to make changing a little easier. Please remember to name all items of clothing.

If you would like to send in a water bottle for your child, they can keep it in our water bottle tray and drink from it through the day, as required. The children particularly appreciate this during the warmer months.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child then please feel free to speak to us, wherever possible, at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Gillies


P2A’s Technology Day

P2A had a great day designing and creating our very own cannonball wagons last term. First of all we designed our wagons on paper, then we chose how we were going to attach our wheels. Some of us used split pins, whilst others used dowels to create axels. We then painted our wagons, adding our pirate names and our very own pirate flags. Captain Bird’s Nest was very happy with all of our hard work!

 

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Our special guest leaves a letter!

After the February break we arrived back to find that a pirate had visited us. Captain Bird’s Nest had lost his crew and become stranded on a desert island after a nasty storm. He has been leaving us letters in our very own special treasure box.

So far we have helped create a map for the desert island, written some fantastic pirate descriptions and adventures, created wanted posters for the dastardly Captain Gold Tooth and shown Captain Bird’s Nest how to make an effective shelter!

All the children had a wonderful time for our Outdoor Learning Day! Our contribution to outdoor learning and our school garden has been to grown our own potatoes.

The first step was to let the the potatoes ‘chit’. We left them in a sunny spot in our class and watched the small shoots turn brown. Then they were ready for planting! We will watch eagerly for the first shoots to appear and will pull them up just before the Summer Holidays!

Term Ahead – P2 January 2017
Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome to our third ‘Term Ahead’ letter! Below is a summary of what we will be learning this term as well as some useful information. Can we take this opportunity to thank you for all the lovely Christmas cards and presents! We also would like to say well done to all the Primary 2s for all their hard work, raising just under £80 for the Salvation Army. Thank you for your support!

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be focusing on giving our opinions about a story and paying attention to the language that the author has used. We will continue to work on tricky words, word-attack skills and comprehension, as well as focusing on the main plot in a story, the characters and the setting.

In writing, the children will be introduced to “Big Writing” and will learn to use VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation) which are tools/skills to improve the quality of their writing. We will be using these skills to write simple stories with a beginning, middle and end.

In spelling, we will continue to work on common/ tricky words. We will learn the ‘Magic ‘E’ rule with soft c/g, look at twin letter words and word endings. Your support in this area through homework, is much appreciated.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Our maths focus this term is 2D and 3D shape. The children will be using their shape knowledge along with their technology skills to build a moving vehicle. We will also be learning about measure linked to our Pirate topic!

We will also be using Beebots (programmable robot toys) to help us explore directional language and plan simple journeys.

In numeracy we will be continuing to work on addition and subtraction, along with number sequencing, counting forwards and backwards, sharing amounts into equal groups and generally developing mental maths strategies. Please keep practising number bond facts with your children at home as confidence in this area really helps them in their number work.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our science topic this term is Forces and in February, learning will be supported by a science workshop which will give the children a hands-on experience of push and pull, gravity, floating and sinking and friction.

In Health and Wellbeing we will be looking at Road Safety and continuing our work on ‘emotions’.

Our topic this term will be Pirates. Watch this space! A message in a bottle will arrive in class… who could this be from?

Admin

P2A and P2B will now have PE on a Monday afternoon as well as on Wednesday.

Please make sure that your child always has a full PE kit in school with him/her. It would also be helpful to avoid wearing a shirt and tie on those days, to make changing a little easier.

Homework should be handed in on a Monday and will be returned on Tuesday.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child then please feel free to speak to us, wherever possible, at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Gillies

October-December

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This term we have had all sorts of visitors in the classroom. First we had a witch who flew into the classroom leaving behind her cauldron with ingredients to make a spooky Halloween Brew. The children enjoyed stirring up the deadly concoction in a bubbling cauldron!

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Topic

The second arrival was the crash landing Pewog, our resident alien who has travelled all the way from the planet Morpag. She wants to learn all about these things called the Sun, moon and stars. So far we have explored the Sun, our planet Earth and have discussed the changing phases of the moon. We are looking forward to learning more about the stars and the constellations, along with some of the other planets in our solar system. We are looking forward to taking Pewog to the National Museum at the end of term for a Space Explorer workshop.

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Maths

In Maths we have been learning about time. We are getting very good at naming the days of the week and the months of the year and are moving on to read o’clock on digital and analogue clocks. We had great fun seeing what we could do in a minute, including how many times we could write our name and enjoyed a (very noisy) minute counting how many times we could hop on one leg!

Literacy

In phonics we are learning our magic e spelling rule. The children have picked this up really quickly and are now starting to apply this rule in their writing. In Big Writing we have written descriptions of our spooky paintings using wow words and have been learning how to ask questions and use question marks in our writing. We wrote some wonderful letters to the Man on the Moon, asking how he got there, if he has any friends on the moon and would he like us to visit. He will have to wait until we have made our 3D model rockets!

Health and Wellbeing

The children have been learning all about what makes a good friend and took part in anti-bullying week by learning about cotton and sandpaper words. We were also quite mean to an apple and discovered that although it looked fine on the outside, our words had left it bruised and hurt on the inside. We know that we need to care for everyone in our class and our school.

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Modern Languages

P2A can now count in 3 different languages (English, French and Gaelic) and we can answer the register in Gaelic, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Polish and Arabic to name just a few! We are also looking forward to teaching the rest of the school our Rainbow song in Gaelic!

Thank you once again for your support with homework!

Mrs Gillies and P2A

 

 

 

Welcome to Primary 2A! The children have all made a fantastic start to the new school year and are hard at work. There is a lot to look forward to as we enter Autumn.

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Our topic this term is Happy and Healthy. Percy Bear has arrived at Balgreen to learn all about how to stay healthy and look after himself, under strict instructions from Mummy Bear. We have talked about the importance of teeth brushing, exercising and eating the right kinds of food and the children are looking forward to becoming scientists as we carry out experiments to find out what some of our major organs do. Percy Bear is looking forward to visiting the homes of all his new friends to see how they stay Happy and Healthy outside of school. Thank you for looking after him!

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In Maths our focus this term is money. The children have enjoyed handling, recognising and adding up different coins in role play experiences in the classroom. We are very excited to take a trip to Scotmid later this term to spend money in a real ‘hands-on’ shopping experience. We are planning to buy fruit and vegetables to make portraits inspired by the artist Archimboldo. This will be lots of fun!

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In Numeracy we will be working mainly on addition but we will also be doing lots of number sequencing, counting forwards and backwards, sharing amounts into equal groups and generally developing mental maths strategies. We have been practising developing our counting on strategies and revising our number bonds to 10.

In Literacy we have been revising our Block 2 words from P1. At the start of term we wrote some wonderful postcards all about our summer holidays. We are going to be really focusing on writing in full sentences, with a capital letter and full stop. We have already written some wonderful poems about the sun using similes and we are learning to write instructions for hand washing and smoothie making in relation to our topic of Happy and Healthy.

In art we have been looking at self-portraits and have used paint mixing and observation using mirrors to create some lovely works of art. We have also used collage to make self-portraits showing different emotions. Lots of us chose big happy smiling faces, whilst there were some very clever ‘sad’ portraits and even a couple of ‘mischievous’ faces in there! As Autumn arrives we plan to make some outdoor sculptures using natural materials collected from an Autumn Walk in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.

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I hope that you are enjoying our homework wall this term with lots of fun activities for the children to complete. If you have any questions about any aspect of school please feel free to come and speak to me at the end of the day.

Mrs. Gillies and P2A