P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro

P2D Reflective Friday 21.04.22

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been lovely having everyone back after the Easter break.

Important Information

Loose Parts

P2 have a session of loose parts on Monday 24th April. Please send children to school in appropriate clothing.

P2 Listening and Talking Term 3

In June, the pupils in P2 will be asked to give a short talk on a subject of their choice. We are making you aware of this now so that you can support your child over the next few weeks to prepare for this.

Pupils can choose to talk about a hobby/interest, how they look after their pet, a favourite wild animal, favourite film etc.

The focus is on selecting ideas and relevant information, organising these into a logical sequence and using words which will interest the audience.

Please see guidance below on how best to prepare for this.

  1. Choose a topic.
  2. Think about the ‘W’ questions: Who (who is this about?) What (What do they do?) Why (Why is it interesting?) Where? When?
  3. You may wish to make cards for each heading with a picture and/or key words. Don’t write whole sentences to read out loud.
  4. Once the information is organised, practise delivering the talk to family at home.

Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Here is a summary of our learning this week.


  • This unit of Literacy Rich introduces the spelling rules required for adding the suffix ing to a root word. For example sing – singing, run – running. This week we have introduced this at a simple level. For words containing a short vowel sound followed by more than one consonant, just add ing. For example park becomes parking, turn becomes turning.
  • We have been learning to read the following common words: your, called, sentence, follow, small.
  • We have continued to work on our individual blocks of common words for spelling.
  • In writing we retold the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Each week we are getting better at writing a beginning, middle and end.

Ideas for learning at home

  • Please work on spelling the tricky words sent home at parent consultations.
  • Reading books were sent home yesterday. Please continue to practise reading at home.
  • Begin to prepare the talk on a subject of your choice.


  • We have revisited number formation and are trying very hard not to reverse numbers.
  • We have been recognising and naming 2 digit numbers (and for some pupils 3 digit numbers).
  • We have been sequencing numbers.
  • We have been learning to read o’clock, half past and quarter past times on analogue clocks.

Ideas for learning at home

  • Practise number formation and make sure that numbers are not reversed.
  • Draw attention to clocks at home. Reinforce the fact that the minute hand is the long hand and when it is pointing to the 12 it is an o’clock time, and when it is pointing to the 6 it is a half past time. Point out that the small hour hand lies exactly on the number for o’clock but moves past the number for half past.
  • You may wish to use this teaching clock if you only have digital clocks at home. Teaching Clock (topmarks.co.uk)
  • Roll a dice twice / three times to generate 2 digit / 3 digit numbers. Can your child write the digits down and name the number? Do this 5 times and ask your child to put the numbers in order from smallest to largest. Discuss the value of each digit.

Other curricular areas

  • In PE we have started to prepare for Sports Day.
  • We have been learning about all the things we need to do to look after plants. We are learning about how every living thing needs to be cared for and nurtured so that they grow and flourish. We planted broad bean seeds and hope that they will start to grow very soon.
  • In Science, we have been learning about the human skeleton: why we need it, facts about the skeleton and we are learning the names of some of our bones. We are loving this!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro