P2B

Edinburgh Castle

We had a fantastic trip to Edinburgh Castle and the sun was shining! Before the trip we received a letter from a dragon who was captured inside the castle. We planned a plan of escape and set off to the castle to try and help him. We had to find the answer to different clues to find the keys! We did it! We found the keys! We also learnt all about bows and arrows, the cannon Mon’s Meg and we saw lots of suits of armour! We stayed for the One O’clock gun it was very loud! On our way back to the bus we even managed to catch some bubbles! It was lots of fun!

P2 Assembly

P2B were superstars on the stage on Wednesday! The all stood up in front of the whole school and sang their pirate song. They then talked about and showed everyone their fabulous Monet and Kadinsky paintings they have been doing. Ask anyone from 2B to tell you more about them.

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More Symmetry!

We have been creating symmetrical pictures this week in the playground using chalk. We all started with a line of symmetry and we had to make sure were drawing symmetrical pictures! We did an amazing job!

Blossom!

The beautiful tree in our garden has started to blossom! We went outside to have a good look at it and we came up with loads of fantastic ‘wow words’ to describe it! We used some of these ‘wow words’ to write acrostic poems about our garden. There are some super poems! As we are learning about symmetry this term, we learnt that most flowers are symmetrical. We found some of the blossom from the tree and had a go at drawing it using oil pastels! It was quite tricky but we are quite pleased with the results!

 

Term 4 – Term ahead letter

Please find the latest term ahead letter below. We have an exciting term ahead!

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 Wednesday and should be returned on a Monday please.

Admin

Just a wee reminder that P2B 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.

Thank you 🙂

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a fabulous Easter holidays. It has been lovely to see the children back at school, it sounds like they had lots of fun over the holidays!

We have had a busy first week back! At the end of last term we tried to finish our Pirate topic by building pirate ships with our loose parts. Unfortunately, in true Scottish style it poured with rain and we had to ‘abandon ship!’ Luckily, this week there was some sunshine! We were very lucky as Primary 5 offered to help us out, which was loads of fun. We all worked together to build some incredible pirate ships. See if you can spot some flags, planks, and portholes, just few pirate ship features.

Snowdrop Collage – First sign of Spring

We closely observed snowdrops and used our drawing and cutting skills to create these lovely collage pictures.

 

 

 

TERM 3

 

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 Wheelaghan

Our Enterprising Christmas shop

Thank you Parents/ Carers for supporting our mini – enterprise topic, selling Reindeer food to raise money for Christmas dinners for homeless people. We will be handing the money over to the Salvation Army, during Assembly tomorrow, the 22nd December. P2B and P2A have jointly raised over £70 – a magnificent sum! Thank you once again for your support and generosity.

And finally …………… have a fantastic, fun-filled festive time and all the very best for 2017!

Best wishes

Mrs. Wheelaghan

 

 

 

Sing choirs of Angels!!! Tra la la la la la!

 

 

Festive Fun

Santa takes some time out from his busy schedule, to make an appearance at the Infant Christmas party! Liam is certainly on the nice list, as he bounces higher than a kangaroo!

 

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LITERACY

We have been learning about the effect magic e has on a and i and we will be moving on to its effect on o and u. We have been learning to read and write magic e words and apply our spelling knowledge, to write sentences containing magic e words. We have also been trying to use connectives to enrich our sentences and to make them more complex.

 

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ROAD SAFETY MAGIC SHOW

Magic seems to be in the air this term but on a more serious note, our Road Safety Magic show, although very entertaining, served as a very good reminder of how to keep safe on the  roads!

Tricky Ricky

Tricky Ricky was up to his usual tricks this year and made us laugh!!!! ( the adults too! ) Leo and Sophie became assistant magicians for the day and performed well in their new roles! The dooking for apples although rather soggy, was such good fun!

Earth, Moon and Space

Our topic this term about the Earth, Moon, Sun and Solar System is proving to be a popular one and the children have been fascinated to learn how we get day and night, the phases of the moon and extremely interested in all sorts of facts about the Solar System!!! We will be visiting the National Museum in Chamber Street on the 20th December to learn even more about this wonderful topic.

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Term ahead letter – Term 2

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have a busy and exciting second term planned for P2!

Below is a summary of what we will be learning this term along with some useful information.

Literacy and English

In reading, as well as continuing to work on key words, word attack skills and comprehension, we will be focusing on reading with expression. In writing, we will be using our sentence writing skills to write instructions, imaginative texts and letters.In spelling, we will be working on initial blends and the ‘magic e’ spelling rule. We will also continue to work on common/tricky words alongside consolidating our knowledge of vowel diagraphs- ai/ay, ee/ea, igh/-y, oa/ow, oo/ew, oi/oy, ou/ow and au/aw. Your support in this area through homework, is much appreciated.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Our maths focus this term is Time. By the end of it, one of the things we will be aiming for, is that all the children will be able to recite the days of the week in order, with some of them also managing the months of the year and the seasons. We shall also be teaching the children to read o’clock and half past on analogue and digital clocks, alongside being able to plan events on a calendar and interpret data.In numeracy, we will be continuing to work on addition along with number sequencing, counting forwards and backwards, sharing amounts onto equal groups and developing mental maths strategies. We will also be introducing subtraction as a reverse process to addition.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our Science topic this term is The Sun, Moon and Stars. We will be learning all about our solar system and how we get day and night.Percy/Ben Bear seems to be having great fun at his weekend sleepovers, as are the children who have been involved so far…and we thank you for your support with this!

We will be singing some Christmas songs for you at the P1-3 Christmas Nativity which will take place on the morning of Wednesday 14th December and the afternoon of Thursday 15th December.

Admin

P2 continue to have PE on a Wednesday and a Friday. Can we please remind you to ensure that your child always has a full PE kit in school with him/her? Please name all items of clothing.

Please can we remind you to sign your child’s reading record regularly and ensure that homework is handed in on a Monday? New homework will be handed out on a 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. Wheelaghan

Literacy

On our first day back, we learned about how to write postcards and wrote wonderful pieces to Mrs. Wheelaghan, telling her all about our holidays.

The following day we used our recall skills to write about an event in the Very Hungry Caterpillar story. This activity was interdisciplinary using our pattern skills, knowledge of the days of the week and sentence writing skillls to recreate the entire story.

The following week we used similes to write poems all about the sun.

See the photos below.

BIG WRITING

HEADLINE NEWS- ALIEN LIFE IN GORGIE!

We had a visit from Zog the alien. Unfortunately all his family and friends had gone off for a holiday to Jupiter and left him all alone on Mars. He was very sad and lonely until P2B wrote him letters to cheer him up! The children were extremely worried as to why his family had left him behind on Mars and decided that perhaps he didn’t have a passport!  P2B have come to the rescue and have been making him passports! P2B also thought that perhaps there just weren’t enough seats on the rocket to Jupiter, so have been making him 3D rockets at the glueing area, complete with toilets!

Maths

We have been revising addition bonds within 10. We also used magnifying lenses to find 2 tiny sized numerals. We then used a count on strategy to add the two numbers together. Most of us remembered that it makes sense to start with the largest of the two numbers and count on.

Topic – Happy and Healthy

 

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Our topic for this term was launched by Ben Bear. Ben is a very unhealthy, sad bear who has had recent toothache, a bad back from lack of exercise and a splitting headache from not getting a good nights sleep. Each week a pupil from the class has taken him home for the weekend to show him how to keep happy and healthy!

This week we have been focusing  on good dental hygiene. We even wrote leaflets describing how to look after your teeth.

 

 

Loose Parts Active Play and Problem Solving

Last Friday for Golden Time, we got to play with the brand new resources collected for Loose Parts play. We used problem solving skills, team work and our imaginations to create all sorts of fun games and structures, from tents to canoes etc,etc,etc!!!!!

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Roald Dahl Day

We have been reading a chapter of George’s Marvellous Medicine every day in class. The children are thoroughly enjoying this novel and find it hard to wait for the next exciting episode.  To think that Roald Dahl was born on the 13 th September 1916, exactly 100 years ago.

Not only did we look fantastic in our costumes but we used our imaginations, to write disgusting medicine recipes, to feed to that naughty grandmother!

 

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Term Ahead – Primary  2    thcapo2g9u

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to P2!  Your children are settling in well to their new classes and we are enjoying our first few weeks together.  New friendships are forming in the mix of classes and the Primary 2s are doing a great job of being good role models to the new Primary 1s in the playground.

Here is a summary of what we will be learning this term as well as some useful information:

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be continuing work on keywords and word-attack skills.  We will also be working on prediction skills as well as asking and answering questions on the text we have read.In writing, our focus will be on punctuating a simple sentence and making sure our sentences make sense. In spelling, we will be continuing to work on common tricky words which will also feature in homework.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Our maths focus this term is money.

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.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our Social Studies topic this term is ‘Happy and Healthy’.   You may have heard about a very exciting visit from Ben Bear to our class.  The bear is needing to adopt a much healthier lifestyle to the one ‘Mummy Bear’ wrote about in a letter to the class!  Through our topic work we hope to teach the bear (and the children!) about the importance of exercise, diet and hygiene.

This term’s outdoor learning experience will be a walk around our local area to collect autumn leaves which we will use to make an Andy Goldsworthy inspired leaf man sculpture.

We will also visit our local Scotmid to use money in a real context to buy fruit which we will use to make creative fruit faces, inspired by Archimboldo.

Admin

P2B have PE on a Wednesday and Friday morning.  Please send your child to school with a PE kit, it might be advisable to avoid shirts and ties on those days to make changing a little easier.  Please remember to label all items of clothing.They will have music with the specialist on a Wednesday afternoon.

P2B will have Miss White as their pupil support assistant this year.

Remember we have a September holiday on Monday 19th September.

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. Wheelaghan