P2M Magic Monkeys 13.11.2020

Hello Magic Monkeys and Happy Friday!

Sorry for the delay – technical issues this afternoon!

In literacy we have covered:

  • Single sounds of the alphabet
  • Tricky words (block 1 – 5)
  • Digraph revision
  • Sounding out/blending/spelling words (CVC, CVCC, CCVC)
  • au – sauce, pause, Paul, haul, August, Autumn
  • aw – jaw, law, paw, saw, claw, pawn, prawn
  • Dictation – au/aw words
  • Writing: “Favourite Day of the Week”
  • 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
  • Introduction to blocks 6-8 of Tricky Words


  • The words we focussed on are highlighted in ‘Literacy we have covered’
  • 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 Numeracy we have covered:

  • Addition to 30 and beyond
  • Number bonds to 10
  • Number bonds to 20
  • Chilli Challenge addition – we mark our own jotters!
  • Timed Addition calculations – this focusses on speed, accuracy and correct number formation
  • Time –days of the week
  • Time – yesterday and tomorrow  
  • Number formation


  • Reading groups
  • Predicting the story
  • Recalling the story
  • Reading out loud
  • Silent reading
  • Independent reading
  • Reading with Miss McGhee/Miss Collyns
  • We finished ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ this week and completed individual book reviews

Health and Wellbeing

  • This week we focused on ‘Our Rights’
  • We enjoyed an assembly provided by the NSPCC
  • We discussed different emotions and feelings
  • We discussed that having different emotions and feelings is ok
  • We decided to make a ‘Worry Wall’ in class – on this wall we can stick a post-it with our name on it if we are feeling worried then Miss McGhee will check in with us


  • Fitness – exercise video in class
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga

Morning Starters:

  • Monday – Weekend whiteboard
  • Tuesday – Cursive letters  
  • Wednesday – Tricky Words
  • Thursday – Word building  
  • Friday – Tricky words

Learn Through Play Activities:

  • Marble Run
  • Block Play
  • Lego/construction
  • Magnetic building blocks
  • Role Play
  • Arts and Crafts table – card writing/making
  • Smartboard games
  • Train tracks
  • Independent writing table with ‘Story Spoons’   

Outdoor Learning

  • Last week we worked in teams and used objects from nature to make addition calculations
  • We took photos and put them in our ‘Outdoor Learning Journals’
  • This week we wrote about the learning – using the photo to help

Extra Information 

  • We have some unclaimed/unlabelled uniform in the classroom – please let me know if you are looking for any items.  
  • Next week we are having a revision/assessment week
  • Your child may come home with targeted learning to help support them

Enjoy the weekend, have fun and stay safe,

Miss McGhee.