We have had a very busy week in P2. Please check your child’s purple folder for their Learning Story. This contains a termly overview of the learning for P2 and also your child’s personal targets. We would be grateful if these could be returned by Friday 23rd September.
Our highlight from this week was a visit from Zoolab on Tuesday! Natalie introduced us to a variety of animals including stick insects, giant cockroaches, frogs, a tarantula, a baby rat, a giant snail and a gecko. She taught us all about their habitats and how the animals were specially adapted to living in their particular environment. This linked really well with our topic on Polly Jean Pyjama Queen.
In literacy we have learned the igh and y sounds. These are two ways of making the same sound.
We have also been consolidating the ay and ai sounds from last week. Both classes enjoyed taking part in a word hunt in the playground with ai and ay words and pupils practised reading and spelling the words.
In writing we wrote a letter to King Charles III. We learned more about the conventions of letter writing. This activity linked to our topic as Polly Jean writes letters to the animals and the animals reply back to her. We are looking forward to hearing back from the King as we did get a letter back from the late Queen after our letters for her Platinum Jubilee.
Look at the reply we got from the late Queen after the summer holidays!
Opportunities for home learning
- Please revisit the following sounds:
sh,ch,th,wh,ee,oo,ai,ay,igh and y.
You could make up flashcards or play this interactive game below.
Phonics Pop || Listen to the sound, then pop as many bubbles as you can – mobile friendly (ictgames.com)
- Continue to practise cursive handwriting using the sheet sent home last Friday.
- Revisit blocks 1-3 tricky words.
In maths we continued to learn about the days of the week and months of the year.
In our number work we have continued with the SEAL programme. Some of the skills we have been working on this week are:
- Counting forwards starting at different numbers (not always zero). Some of us have been counting in the 0-20 range, others in the 0-30 range and some up to 100 and beyond. We have also been counting backwards and we find this much trickier!
- Identifying 2-digit numbers.
- Saying the number before and after. Some of us have been doing this within in the 0-20 range, others in the 0-30 range and some up to 100.
Opportunities for learning at home
Paint the Squares – Interactive Number Charts (topmarks.co.uk)
Use the link above. This chart can be used in a number of different ways.
- Select the number range your child is confident in.
- Select the 1 more and 1 less puzzle to reinforce the work we have been doing on number before/after.
- Select the missing number puzzle to reinforce numeral recognition. Discuss how you might work out the missing number and draw attention to the patterns in the rows and columns.
HWB/Other areas of the curriculum
- We have been singing Fischy music songs which link to health and wellbeing.
- We really enjoyed our outdoor loose parts session on Thursday afternoon.
- We are continuing to focus on the theme of being respectful and kind.
We talked about the wellbeing indicators. These are our pictures of being Nurtured.
- We will begin to send reading books home on the week beginning 26th September. Further information on this will follow.
- Please ensure your child brings a jacket every day to school.
- We would like to remind you that toys and Pokémon cards should not be brought to school.
- A reminder to name all items of clothing and shoes, and to check names on items brought home in case your child accidentally acquires a jumper belonging to someone else.
- We are looking for small pieces of ‘junk’ for modelling e.g., toothpaste boxes, tea bag boxes, snack bar boxes. The more interesting shapes the better!
We hope you all have a lovely long weekend!
Mrs de Bonrostro