P2M Magic Monkeys 11.12.2020

Hello Magic Monkeys and Happy Friday!

In literacy we have covered:

  • We have covered all the digraph sounds and now we are exploring ‘blends’
  • Blends: bl, cl, fl
  • Tricky words (block 1 – 8)
  • Tricky Word hunt
  • Sounding out/blending/spelling words (CVC, CVCC, CCVC)
  • Dictation: bl, cl, fl words
  • Writing: “The Pantomime”
  • Writing Star Steps: use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, using a connective word and writing 2 or more sentences
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Word Search
  • Letter formation – cursive and non-cursive
  • Reading Groups
  • This week we played a game with Miss McGhee and a partner to see which team could read and make all the flashcard words first!


  • 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:

  • Subtraction/Addition within 30
  • Independent subtraction “assessment”
  • Using a number line to support with subtraction
  • Working in small groups with Miss McGhee – using a number line to subtract
  • Subtraction ‘Post the Letter’ game:


  • Timed subtractions/addition calculations – this focusses on speed, accuracy and correct number formation
  • To move into the next level of the timed challenge learners must;
    • complete all calculations within 5 minutes
    • have the correct answer for every calculation
    • have the correct number formation for every answer
  • Number formation


  • Reading groups – this week we continue to read non-fiction books
  • Reading out loud – reading our favourite part of the book to Miss McGhee
  • Reading to a partner
  • Listening to a partner read
  • Recalling facts from our partners book
  • We made a facts poster with a partner from our reading group
  • There will be no reading books sent home next week – will will continue to read in class


  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
  • Just Dance Workout
  • Yoga dance and freeze

Morning Starters:

  • Monday – Weekend whiteboard
  • Tuesday – Word Building   
  • Wednesday – Partner game  
  • Thursday – digraph revision with a partner    
  • Friday – Tricky Words  

Learn Through Play Activities:

  • Marble Run
  • Block Play
  • Lego/construction
  • Magnetic building blocks
  • Role Play
  • Arts and Crafts table – Christmas cards
  • Smartboard games
  • Train tracks
  • Word building floor mat

Extra Information 

  • We have some unclaimed/unlabelled uniform in the classroom – please let me know if you are looking for any items.
  • Please bring reading books to school every day – especially a Thursday so they can be “quarantined” over the weekend. Thank you!  
  • We enjoyed watching the Pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Miss McGhee transformed the classroom into a cinema for us!
  • We are creating a P2M “Christmas Collage”. If you would like to you can bring in a photo of your Christmas tree to add to our display. Thanks you for all the beautiful photos so far!
  • We also enjoyed Christmas jumper day………….


Enjoy the weekend, have fun and stay safe,

Miss McGhee.