P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro

P2D Reflective Friday 3.02.23

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was lovely to see so many of you at Wednesday’s drop in morning. We hope that you enjoyed this session.

Here is a summary of our learning this week.


We have been learning about soft g. Soft g is when the letter g makes the ‘j’ sound. Also, when g and e come together the sound is always j and the e is silent.  Examples: age, stage, badge.

Tricky words: people, again, four. 

Our reading books are non- fiction books. We are learning to identify the features of non-fiction texts.  

We have been working on comprehension skills: read a text, look for key words from it, answering questions about the text, etc. This is proving to be hard as the texts get more complex. When reading books at home please ask questions to your child about the text.

In writing we wrote descriptions for someone in our family. We are learning to use interesting describing words.

In handwriting we formed the letters n and m.

Ideas for home learning:

  • Please practise the tricky words from Block 5 that we have worked on at school: write, great, move, story, does, done, school, before, because, people, again, four.
  • Words to read at home to practise soft g: cage, wage, stage, page, rage, huge, bulge, plunge.
  • Practice cursive letter formation. Please reinforce how to hold the pencil correctly and the right letter formation.



This week we have continued to work on our addition skills (to 10, 30 and 100 for some).

We are talking about different strategies which we can use to solve these calculations. Some of us are using the counting on method and some are using a number line or mental strategy.

Ideas for home learning:

If you have a deck of cards at home, choose one of the games below to play.


Learning Outcome

I am practising my number bonds to ten.


At least 2 players and 1 pack of cards with Jack, Queen & King removed.


  • Place all of the cards face down, in a grid formation.
  • The first player turns over two cards and adds them together to see if they make ten. If they do, the player keeps them. If not, then they should be put back in the same place as before.
  • The next player has a go (remembering what has been uncovered before).
  • Keep going until all of the number bonds to ten have been found.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of the game.

      THREE  UP

Learning Outcome

I am practising adding a single digit to a two-digit number.


2 players and 2 packs of cards with Jack, Queen & King removed.


  • Make 3 piles of cards, face down.
  • The first player turns over the top card from each pile and places the first two cards together to make a 2 digit number.

The player adds the single digit as quickly as possible.

  • If they are correct, they keep all three cards. If not, the second player adds them together to work out the correct answer.
  • Keep going until you have used up all of the cards.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of the game.


Learning Outcome

I am practising my number facts to 100.


3 players, 1 pack of cards with Jack, Queen & King removed and a calculator to check your answers.


  • Chose one player to be the judge. The other two players are opponents.
  • The judge turns over two cards to make a two-digit number.
  • The aim is to be the first person to shout out what has to be added to that number to make 100.
  • If you are the first to answer and you get it right, you keep the cards.

If you are first to answer but get the answer wrong, the cards go to your opponent.

So, think carefully before you answer!

  • Keep going until you have used up all of the cards in the pack.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards.

Other areas of the curriculum

  • We have continued to work on gymnastics in PE.
  • We enjoyed a session of loose parts.
  • We enjoyed a visit from a parent who is an electrician to reinforce the learning we have been doing in Science.
  • We have continued to learn about island life through our Katie Morag topic. We have also been learning about Robert Burns.
  • In Health and Wellbeing we have been learning about the importance of kindness and empathy in making and sustaining friendships.
  • We have also started our new unit for Building Resilience: Have A Goal. In this unit, we will be learning that:

•Setting a realistic goal helps to motivate us

• Learning to overcome setbacks helps us cope with future ones

• It is important to celebrate our successes

Independent Learning

Ideas for home learning:

Talk to your child about a goal you set yourself and how you dealt with setbacks and failures along the way.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs de Bonrostro