P2M Magic Monkeys 06.11.2020

Hello Magic Monkeys and Happy Friday!

In literacy we have covered:

  • Single sounds of the alphabet
  • Tricky words (block 1 – 5)
  • Sounding out/blending/spelling words (CVC, CVCC, CCVC)
  • oi – coin, boil, soil, oil, foil
  • oy – toy, joy, boy, enjoy, annoy
  • Dictation – oi/oy words
  • Writing: ‘Fireworks’
  • Writing Star Steps: use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, using a connective word and writing 2 or more sentences
  • Letter formation – cursive and non-cursive
  • Reading Groups


  • We are doing a whole school focus on spelling – this week our sounds for spelling were oi and oy.
  • The words we focused on are: coin, boil, oil, soil, toilet, toy, boy, joy, annoy, Troy
  • A Spelling Wall has been added to the Buckstone website – this can be found under Home Learning and then on the level page
  • Please use this to support you at home if you wish to do a little extra
  • Thanks for all your help and support!

In Maths/Numeracy we have covered:

  • Addition to 30 and beyond
  • Number bonds to 10
  • Number bonds to 20
  • Chilli Challenge addition – today we marked our own jotters!
  • Time – o’clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to times
  • Analogue and digital clocks
  • Digital clocks – 12 hour
  • Days of the week
  • We also explored ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’ concepts
  • Number formation


We are enjoying the class novel – we are already on Chapter 4!

  • Reading groups
  • Predicting the story
  • Recalling the story
  • Reading out loud
  • Silent reading – BEAR Time
  • Independent reading with Miss McGhee


  • Fitness – exercise video in class
  • Theory – writing about the skills we develop in P.E
  • Joe Wicks fitness
  • Yoga

Morning Starters:

  • Monday – weekend whiteboard
  • Tuesday – word building  
  • Wednesday – Tricky Words
  • Thursday – drawing
  • Friday – dance and movement  

Learn Through Play Activities:

  • Marble Run
  • Block Play
  • Lego/construction
  • Magnetic building blocks
  • Role Play – the new “shop” is a big hit this week!
  • Arts and Crafts table
  • iPads (literacy and numeracy)
  • smartboard games
  • Train tracks   

What I would like to learn next…..

“about volcanoes” – Eliza

“about the sea” – Max

“about the Titanic” – Carl

“I would like to learn about the jungle” – Zoe

“I would like to learn about nature” – Ella

“I would like to learn about people in the past” – Eesha

“I want to learn about cars” – Lewis

“Higher numbers in Maths” – Louise

“I would learn about the war” – Scarlett

“I would like to learn about timetables” – Megan

Outdoor Learning

  • This week we used objects from nature to make addition calculations
  • We worked in groups to develop teamwork and communication skills as well as practise numeracy skills

Extra Information 

  • I have added tricky word PowerPoints (blocks 1-5). If you could practise these at home it would support our learning in class – thank you.
  • Practise reading and writing them

  • This week we enjoyed painting Poppies on stones for Remembrance Day – these will be delivered to the church on Friday

  • We also independently designed a Christmas card this week, children where encouraged to do what they thought showed a Christmas theme  
  • We have some unclaimed/unlabelled uniform (and one welly boot!?) in the classroom – please let me know if you are looking for any items.  

Enjoy the weekend, have fun and stay safe,

Miss McGhee.