P2 Magical Nurses Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

P2M Blog 18.11.22

Dear Parents/Carers,   

We have had a very busy week in P2! Here is a summary of our learning.   


In phonics we have been learning about magic e. The magic ‘e’ rule, sometimes known as silent ‘e’, is where the ‘e’ at the end of a word is silent but changes the way that the word is spoken. This happens when ‘e’ is the second letter in a split digraph with another vowel sound, such as in the word ‘cape’. The ‘a’ says its name (ay) rather than its sound (ah).   

Here is a short Alphablocks video clip which demonstrates this.   

Alphablocks : Magic – Series 1 – YouTube   

This week we have focussed on the ‘long a’ sound with ‘magic e’ (e.g. cape, ate, made, game, gate). We know that in these words the letter ‘a’ says its name rather than its sound (ay rather than ah).   

In our writing lesson we read Peace At Last then created our own versions of the story with Baby Bear trying to find somewhere to sleep. We are structuring our writing with a beginning, middle and end.   

We have continued to work on the letter c and a in cursive script.   

It has been Scottish Book Week so we have enjoyed participating in fun whole school activities such as ‘Stop, Drop and Read’ and visiting the library in the upper landing.  

At home:   

  • Try to find examples of magic e words in print around the house or on signs when you are out and about.    
  • Write out the words can, at, hat, tap, mad, cap. Ask your child to read the base word. Then draw a magic e on to the end of the word and ask your child to read the word again. Can they explain what has changed and why?   
  • Continue to practise Tricky Words Blocks 1-4 and ORT key words. An idea for a game is to hide some word cards around a room (your child must not look). They then have to find the word cards and bring them back to you saying the words as they find them.    
  • Handwriting. Here is a useful website which has animations to show how to correctly form each letter. Please note that the f and z that we use are in the ‘alternative / non scheme letters’ section.   

    Continuous Cursive letter choice 1 beginners (teachhandwriting.co.uk)  



In maths we have been learning to talk about everyday events that involve chance using the vocabulary: impossible, unlikely, likely and certain.  

At home you could discuss these scenarios and ask your child which word they would choose to describe how likely it is that it will happen.  

  • It will rain tomorrow.  
  • I will eat Weetabix tomorrow.  
  • Scotland will win the next World Cup football tournament.  
  • I will sleep in my own bed tonight.  
  • I will get my hair cut this week.   
  • I will go home in a blue car.  

In our number work we have been working on our addition skills. Here is a game to play at home. Choose from one of seven levels. There is an option to slow it down or to use a timer, you can choose what is best for you. 

Think about which strategy you find useful when you are adding. There are 3 strategies below:  

We are also continuing to work on rapid recall of number bonds to 10. We have noticed that when we are making links to larger addition sums, they are finding this tricky. For example the link between 7+3=10 and 17+3=20.  

Here is a fun song to use at home to help with this. 

I Know My Number Bonds 10 | Number Bonds to 10 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann – YouTube  

Other Curricular Areas    

  • We had a visit from the Road Safety magic show. We worked hard to remember the motto ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’.     
  • We enjoyed a session of loose parts before the rain set in on Tuesday! 
  • It has been anti-bullying week so we listened to the story of Enemy Pie and discussed the issues raised.   
  • We enjoyed fun activities today as part of Children in Need.  
  • Our PE lessons focussed on a range of team work games.  

Here are a selection of photos from this week.  

Have a lovely weekend,  

Mrs McFarlane