P2B

Castles – Art!

In P2 we have been learning about the painter Paul Klee and his famous painting “Castles and Sun”! We have been looking at the different shapes and colours that we can find in the painting. We have used coloured paper and black card paper as a base in order to make our own version of “Castles and Sun”

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Term 3 – Welcome to P2b!!!

 

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Term 2 – Term ahead letter

Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for 2018. In the boxes below I have provided details of what the children will be learning over term 3 as well as some useful information:

Literacy and English

In Literacy, we are covering block 5 of the Literacy Rich Programme. The children will be introduced to two new sound/letter combinations, soft c and soft g, made by the addition of silent e at the end of a word, and making the sounds s and j respectively. We are also covering homophones and antonyms as well as singular/plural.

In writing, the children will be practising sentence building and dictation. Our focus for this term is writing poetry and story writing.

In reading we will be following the Highland Literacy Project. The children will be learning split digraphs and will be starting to use soft c and g with magic e in their reading and writing.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Maths in term three the children will be learning:

• to use grids and coordinates
• to gather data and analyse it
• to draw lines of symmetry on a 2D shape

In Numeracy the children will be

• continuing to develop strategies for addition and subtraction
• finding the total number of items in two screened collections
• developing a count on strategy to solve missing addend problems
• solving removed item problems by counting down
• describing and building arrays and working out the number of dots on a given array.

Within their SEAL groups, some children will continuing to work on Chapter 6 while others will be working on chapter 7.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our new topic this term is Castles. In this topic, we will be learning about:

• parts of a castle
• famous Scottish castles and their history
• Motte and Bailey castles of the 12th century
• attack and defence
• knights and armour
• dungeons
• uses of castles over time
• fairytales featuring castles

This term, children will be continuing to learn French. We will continue learning about animals and will start to develop simple conversations about themselves, their family and their likes and dislikes.

Admin

P.E: is still happening Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school which should consist of gym shoes, shorts and a tee-shirt.
Music: will take place on Thursdays
Visits: We will be organising a trip linked to our castles topic this term.
Homework: Reading homework will be sent home from Monday- Thursday. A homework learning wall will be sent home termly for your child to complete.
Reading: It has been found that the following routine of home reading has a very positive effect on a child who is learning to read. It is important not to miss out any of the following steps. Day 1 – read the story to your child and discuss what happens and why
Day 2 – share the book together. You and your child could read it at the same time or take it in turns
Day 3 – Let your child read the book to you. Remember to give lots of praise!
Day 4 – Let the child read the book again and talk about their favourite pages words and pictures. Cover the pictures and see if they can still read it!

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely,
Ms Karagianni

Festive Fun

Children had such a great time in the countdown for Christmas! They worked in little groups to create tree decorations for the wee tree in our class and enjoyed the visit (and presents!) from Santa as well as the Christmas concert!

Santa takes some time out from his busy schedule, to make an appearance at the Infant Christmas party!

Great fun!

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Topic Fun – Term 2

Our topic in Term 2 is about the Earth, Moon, Sun and Solar System . It 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!!! In the photos below you can see their excitement after making the phases of the moon using oreo biscuits. Children were working in teams and were scratching (and eating!!) the creme to create the different phases! Yummy!

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Guy Fawkes Day

Today we have been learning about Guy Fawkes in the school Assembly. Children have been asking to make some firework artworks with lots of glitter! The children worked perfectly in their small groups to create a piece of art using their handprints to create the fire, water colours to make the fireworks and of course lots of glitter!!

 

LITERACY Term 2 (so far…!)

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 read and write sentences containing magic “e” words. We have also been trying to use connectives to enrich our sentences and to make them more complex.

P2b loves reading! Except from our daily reading activities, we especially enjoyed using magnifying glasses to look for tricky words in some of the books in our class library!

The first piece of writing for Term 2 was about writing a simile poem linked to our Science topic! Children loved finding similes about the sun and they were very creative!

TERM 2: Welcome to P2b!!!

 

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TERM 2- Term ahead Letter

Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back! The children have been working hard during the first term and have been enjoying learning across the curriculum!

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 Literacy, we are covering block 4 of the Literacy Rich Programme. We will be covering “magic e” words (long vowel words with silent “e”) and more specifically  a-e,  i-e,  o-e,  u-e  and  e-e words. We will also continue to work on common/tricky words alongside consolidating our knowledge of vowel diagraphs and initial/final blends.

In reading, as well as continuing to work on key words, word attack skills and comprehension, we will be focusing on reading with expression. Your support in this area through daily reading homework, is much appreciated.

In writing, we will be using our sentence writing skills to write instructions, imaginative texts and letters. Our focus for this term is designing and writing posters,  descriptive writing and also writing letters and simple poems.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Numeracy and Maths in Primary 2, we will be learning about:

• strategies for subtraction
• why time is important
• days, months and seasons,
• telling o clock and half past times on an analogue clock
• 2D and 3D shape
• symmetry

Within their SEAL groups, some children will continuing to work on Chapter 6 while others will be starting Chapter 7. The first part of this chapter will involve taking away, combining and counting equal groups , partitioning 5, counting on and saying numbers before and after a given number within 100. Last, 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.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our new Science topic this term is Sun, Moon and Stars. Children are very excited about this topic! In this topic, we will be learning about:

• sun facts
• solar energy
• how to be safe in the sun
• phases of the moon
• moon facts
• differences between day and night
• nocturnal animals
• planets
• rockets and astronauts
• constellations
• reflections

In Art, we will be creating models of space ships / rockets. We will be creating wintery silhouettes by using black paper and paint. We will be making the Moon and the Sun for our display, using different textiles and mixed media. As Christmas is approaching, we will be creating Christmas decorations for the school fair.

This term, children will be continuing to learn French. We will cover foods, animals and continuing to practice numbers.

Admin

P.E: is still happening Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school which should consist of gym shoes, shorts and a t-shirt.
Music: will take place on Wednesdays.
Visits: We are hoping to arrange a school trip linked to our Sun, Moon and Stars topic
Homework: Reading homework will be sent home from Monday- Thursday. A homework learning wall will be sent home termly for your child to complete.

* 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.
** Can we please remind you to sign your child’s reading record regularly?

 

Tricky Ricky

Tricky Ricky was up to his usual tricks this year and made us laugh!!!! ( the adults too! ) The dooking for apples although rather soggy, was such good fun!

  

 

LITERACY TERM 1 (..so far!)

In Term 1 we have been revising Block 2 and 3 sounds daily in our groups! We have been working really hard on our spelling by learning to use grapheme marks (dots for single sounds, dashes for 2 letters making one sound!). Fred the Frog and Miss Nelson have been visiting us every Monday and challenging us with tricky words, but it was easy peasy for us!  We have also enjoyed playing lots of  board games and interactive literacy games on the smartboard!

 

 

TERM 1: Welcome to P2B!!!

 

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome back! The children have all made a fantastic start to the new school year and are enjoying learning across the curriculum. 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. You can  find below a summary of what we will be learning this term as well as some useful information:

Term 1 – Term ahead letter

Literacy and English

In Literacy, we are revising Block 2 and 3 sounds of the Literacy Rich Programme. We will be covering the sounds: ch/sh/th/wh, ai/ay, oa /ow, igh/y, ea/ee, oo/ew, oi/oy, ou/ow, ng/nk. We will also be covering rk/nd/st/mp/lk/sk/nt/ft/sp/lk and br/cr/dr/fr/gr/pr/tr.

In Writing, the children will be practising sentence building and dictation. The key focus will be on punctuating a simple sentence and making sure our sentences make sense. Also, our focus for this term is instruction writing and story writing, linked to our topic – Happy and Healthy.

In Reading, we will be following the Highland Literacy Project – the same programme as Primary 1. The children will be blending two letter phonemes to read new words and will learn to use word recognition strategies. We will also be working on prediction skills as well as asking and answering questions on the text we have read.

Numeracy and Mathematics

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 will also be working on odd and even numbers and ordinal numbers. We have been already practising developing our counting on strategies and revising our number bonds to 10.

In Maths our focus this term is money. The children we will be working on handling, recognising and adding up different coins in role play experiences in the classroom.

Within their SEAL groups, children will be recapping on Chapter 6 e.g., numeral sequences forwards and backwards to 30, counting items in collections, partitioning numbers. Some children will be starting chapter 7, which involves developing strategies when using numbers beyond 30.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our new topic this term is Happy and Healthy. In this topic, we will be learning about:
• Healthy eating
• Looking after our teeth
• The importance of exercise
• Hygiene – keeping clean / washing hands etc.
• Our five senses
• The human body and major organs
• Friendships
• Rules in school
• Keeping safe
Feelings and emotions

We will be doing lots of cross curricular work. In Art, we will be creating models of mouths and teeth. We will also be creating skeletons using cotton buds and black paper, portraits of friends and collages linked to the 5 senses. In Science, we will be making fake lungs using recycled water bottles, balloons, straws and elastic bands!

The children will be taking part in a dance workshop with the theme Happy and Healthy.

This term, children will be continuing to learn French. We will cover colours, numbers from 11-20 and introducing ourselves.

Admin

P.E: is now going to be happening on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school which should consist of gym shoes, shorts and a t-shirt.
Music: Music will take place on Wednesdays.
Visits: We will be visiting the local woodland area and will investigate how we use our senses.
Homework: Reading homework will be sent home from Monday- Thursday. A homework learning wall will be sent home termly for your child to complete.
Reading: It has been found that the following routine of home reading has a very positive effect on a child who is learning to read. It is important not to miss out any of the following steps:

Day 1 – Read the story to your child and discuss what happens and why.
Day 2 – Share the book together. You and your child could read it at the same time or take it in turns.
Day 3 – Let your child read the book to you. Remember to give lots of praise!
Day 4 – Let the child read the book again and talk about their favourite pages words and pictures. Cover the pictures and see if they can still read it!

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,

Ms Karagianni

 

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