P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro

P2D Reflective Friday 23.09.22

P2MN Blog 23.9.22

Another busy week in Primary 2!

Our highlight this week was another loose parts play session.


In literacy we revised the ‘ee’ sound and also learned that ‘ea’ can make the same sound.  We found out that unlike some of the other sounds we have been learning there is no rule to tell us which ee/ea to use.  This video highlights the confusion that can sometimes arise!

Danny’s ‘ea/ee’ – Prankster Cam (The Electric Company) – YouTube

This image has been helping us to remember ee/ee.  ‘eee a mouse!’

We have also been checking which tricky words we can read and are focussing now on spelling these words correctly in our writing.  Some information will be coming home soon about which words your child is working on.  In the meantime, here are the lists that we work from:

Block 1: I, the, to, me, he, is, his, was, saw, put, want

Block 2: her, one, you, she, be, go, are, said, all, some, come, they

Block 3: so, very, every, two, only, over, any, water, many, would, should, could, where, what, who, why, find, kind

We learned about writing instructions this week and wrote our own set for ‘How to Clean your Teeth’. Some of the features we discussed were: the use of ‘bossy verbs’ (imperatives), steps which are numbered/ in sequence and words of order (first, then, next).

Opportunities for home learning

  • Look at examples of instructions from around the house (lego instructions, recipes, flat pack furniture).  What features can you recognise?
  • Practise tricky words using chalk or squirting water from a bottle on the ground outside.
  • Using a highlighter and an old magazine or newspaper see how many of each word you can find and highlight.  Focus on finding one word at a time e.g. how many of the word ‘the’ can you highlight on the page?


We are continuing to practise days of the week and months of the year.  We learned a song for days of the week which uses the Adams Family theme tune. 

We focussed on ‘equal groups’ in maths, this is a precursor to multiplication and division.  We practised identifying items that were in equal groups; being able to say how many group, how many in each group and how many all together. 

We enjoyed taking our number work outside, working in pairs to do a scavenger hunt.  We had to answer questions asking for the number before or after a given number.  This was tricky as we sometimes get muddled between the concepts of before and after!

Opportunities for home learning

  • Continue to discuss months of the year.  Can you remember which month your birthday fall in?  Can you say which month other family members birthdays fall in?  Are there any months that have special celebrations e.g. Halloween, Christmas?
  • Practise writing numbers correctly.  Can you write 0 – 20 with all digits formed correctly?

Other Areas of the Curriculum

In PE, we are continuing to develop our balance and coordination through a range of activities and games.

In HWB we continued to focus on kindness and acceptance. 

We have been practicing forming the letters c, o, d using the cursive font. 

We completed wellbeing webs – a questionnaire about the wellbeing indicators.

(safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible, included)

We have started to do our BEAR time Be Excited About Reading. We love it! Children can bring a book from home that fits on their purple folder and use it at this time of the day.

Independent Learning

Other Information

Last week P2 write letters to King Charles III.  We are going to send a copy to the Palace and we will send a copy home for you to keep as a memento.

Have a great weekend! 😊

Mrs de Bonrostro

P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro

P2D Reflective Friday 16.09.22

Dear Parents/Carers,

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.


Independent Learning

Other information:

  • 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

P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro

P2D Reflective Friday 9.09.22

Dear Parents/ Carers, 

We hope you had a good week. 

This week in P2 we have been learning. 

Independent Learning


In literacy we have learned two new vowel diagraphs -ai and -ay. 

This week at writing we created a piece of writing without support. We described our own animal that we created by ‘mixing’ two animals. We made very interesting animals!



At Maths we have been learning about time. Our focus has been days of the week and months of the year. 

We have continued to work on our numeracy skills through our SEAL programme (different groups will work with different numbers and skills depending on their abilities to be able to make progress accordingly): 

  • Counting backwards and forwards from a given number within the range of 30, 100 and beyond for some. 
  • Adding two collections of items (uncovered and covered). 
  • Sharing amounts equally. 
  • Working on doubles to ten. 

Other areas 

In PE we have worked on balance skills (indoors) and ball skills (outdoors): hand and feet skills. 

We have started an interesting topic on animals across the world through the book ‘Polly Jean Pyjama Queen’ 

We have continued to work on our wellbeing indicators

Both classes have a special focus on Kindness

On Thursday we made the most of the rain. We learned how to do paper boats and tried them in the puddles in the playground. They sank…but we are going to keep trying different materials and designs. What a great time we had! 

Things to do at home 

Today your child will bring a sheet with how to from cursive letters correctly. Your child could practice how to write her/his name using cursive letters. 

Literacy online games 


We have listened to this song: 

Can your child’s name all the months on the year? Does your child now in which month she/he was born? 

Other information 

  • Next Tuesday we will have a visit from Zoolab linked to our topic. 
  • On Thursday we will have Loose parts. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing. We will be outdoors no matter the weather (unless torrential rain). 
  • Please ensure your child brings a jacket every day to school. As mentioned above children will be outdoors in all weathers. 
  • Purple folder. Thank you for your support in emptying the purple folders each day.  
  • Please 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 would appreciate donations of any unwanted empty or partially used notebooks or diaries (used pages can be removed). Also, any enticing writing implements (i.e., glittery pencils/gel pens/ pencils with feathers etc – anything other than standard school issue type pencils/pens). The children enjoy choosing resources from the table to use in their independent learning. 
  • 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! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs de Bonrostro

P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro

P2D Different Dashes 02.09.22

We hope you have a great week. It was lovely to finally meet you all at school. The children were delighted to see you in their classroom.

Our learning this week:

Independent Learning

Children have taken photos of their proud moments while learning independently.


Our focus has been counting forwards and backwards, working out the number before and the number after a given number, sharing equally an amount of items and adding using a number line.


We have continued to work on the tricky words from block 1, 2 and 3 and initial blends.

We have started to work on cursive handwriting: letters i, l and t.

At writing our theme was ‘ When I go home’.

Other areas


We have worked on balancing skills: static and dynamic balance.


We are working on the wellbeing indicators. So far we have worked on being safe and active.

Outdoor learning

We made our oo words using different items.

Things to remember:

  • We are looking for a missing blue raincoat. It has been labelled. Please could you check if your child has brought home the right one? Thank you.
  • We are practicing reading skills at school. Reading books will be sent home after the week after September weekend. We will be sending books home on Thursdays and, as last year, it will be to show case the children’s learning.
  • Thank you for the table to our generous donor!
  • Please we will be grateful if you could continue with your junk donations for our STEM area (cardboard boxes, tubes, plastic pots, etc).

Ideas for learning at home

  • Count backwards and forwards from a given number.
  • Say the number before and the number after a given number: it could be a bus number, a house number, etc.
  • Practice writing number formation. There are quite a few children who a reversing numbers after the summer holidays.
  • Practice our tricky words.
  • Talk about feelings after a nice time, tricky situation, etc. You can ask them the colours for different feelings .from the Colour Monster book

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro

P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro

P2D Reflective Friday 26.08.22

Welcome to our weekly blog.

We hope you all had a good week. We certainly had a busy one.

It is lovely to see how the new class is gelling together. The atmosphere in the class is lovely. We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday at Meet the teacher.

This week our focus has been working as a team. We all knew each other from last year however we are a new team. We have agreed our class charter: ready, respectful and safe and discussed what this looks like for us.

Every morning we are greeting each other in a different languages language, it is amazing to see how many different are spoken by the children in our class. So far we have said hello in: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Dutch, Serbian and Gaelic. If you would like to come and teach us about your language and culture we would love to hear from you.

We have been talking about our feelings, how to express them and what to do if we need help. We read ‘The colour monster’ book. Our writing focus was Things that makes us happy.

We have talked about racism. We watched this video:

We have talked about being kind:

We have been working on our tricky words. We did a word hunt outdoors!

We have been checking our maths and reading skills before we start reading and maths groups.

We had our first session of indoor PE too.

This week we have been taking photos of our independent learning. Now we have an iPad that we can use if we feel proud of something we have made or learned. Look at our photos!

Learning tips

We will continue to work on our tricky words please find attached Block 1 to Block 3 (revision from last year).

Things to Know

  • Please remember to label all items. We have a few indoor shoes from the same brand without a name and this is causing confusion between the children.
  • Please don’t bring toys from home.
  • We will be out in all weathers therefore it would be useful to check the weather forecast just in case wellies and raincoats are needed at playtime.
  • On Friday 9th September you will receive our term Newsletter with all the information about the learning that will take place in term one as well as your child’s learning targets
  • The children are working hard on our STEM area and we need junk ( empty cardboard boxes, egg boxes, etc.). Please ensure that all items are empty and don’t contain nuts.
  • A reminder that we have children in the class with severe nut allergy . No nuts are allowed for snack or lunch.
  • Only one snack is needed at school.
  • Lost indoor shoe ( no name). Please let me know if it belongs to your child, no left shoe found. Maybe you have the other shoe at home… like Cinderella’s story!

I am looking for a small wooden table, see photo below (Ikea Lack small coffee table model). If you have one that you not longer need it will be great for providing another learning area in our room (if you have small stools, preferably not bright colours, even better!). Thank you!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs de Bonrostro

P2 Different Dashes - Mrs DeBonrostro, P2 Magical Nurses Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

P2 Welcome blog

Welcome to P2!

We hope your children had a great start in P2.

Just a quick message to let you know our PE days:

  • P2MN Tuesday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor).
  • P2D Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoors)

Please come dressed in your PE kit on those days.

It would be great if your child brings one piece of snack each day.

We are looking forward to working with you. If you need anything, it is better if you catch us at the door at the end of the day rather than when we are welcoming the children in the morning. If there is something urgent please send us an email.

Have a lovely weekend!

P2 team


Learning together at home Monday 7th June

Welcome back to our online learning. We hope you had a great weekend and managed to find a way to enjoy the sunshine.

Every day this week we will post our blog the evening before (therefore there will be three posts today, this one, one for todays learning and one for tomorrow’s learning) . We think that this will help parents to be ready for the next day. Please don’t worry if you can’t do the home learning, we rather have happy families and children than stressed and unhappy ones!

We will provide an activity for Literacy, one for Numeracy and one other area a day. Please work in the way that best suits your family needs and keep in touch if you need anything (via the school email address). We also understand that some children might be ill therefore your child should not be doing work when unwell and should not try to the work that hasn’t been done while unwell.

We will meet every day at 9.30 and we will send you the link for this meeting on a daily basis. Microphones should be muted when joining the meeting. Please for today’s meeting bring paper and pencil/pen or whiteboard and whiteboard pen.

Feel free to post your child’s work on your child’s e-learning journal. We will politely ask you to only do one post a day ( you can add up to five photos on each post!).

Your reading book is already available on your child’s e- learning journal. We are aware that this way you have to look at two websites however this is the only way we can keep your child’s information private and available to you. As you know it is only once a week that we provide a reading book so you don’t need to look every day on the e-journals for home learning information.

We will post again at 8.30 with today’s work.

Looking forward to seeing you all at 9.30!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro


P1 Tigers reflective Friday 28th May 2021

Good morning. We hope you are all well.

Another busy week for us.

Look what we have been learning this week!:


Our sounds this week were final consonant blends st and rk, our tricky word was


We have been working on our writing skills. Our focus this week was My friend.

We have continued to work on our reading skills. This week our books are fact books. We have been working on discussing new words and looking for new information. Your child took the book yesterday. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the learning.

Home learning ideas

  • Practice the new sounds using the sheet below
  • You could help to make the shopping list.
  • Show an adult what you have learned with your reading book this week.
  • Practise spelling all the tricky words so far: how many can you write from memory ? Please continue to practice these
  • Be Geraldine……. ” Off she went around the house to find something ENDing with st, rk etc ” How many things can you find? You could make a list of all the things you find.
  • Practise your letter formation – are there any letters you find tricky to write ?
  • Learn to spell and write your surname.


This week our focus has been subtraction from 10 ( from 20 for some).

Please continue to practice this skill at home: children can use their fingers, items and/or a number line.

Home learning ideas

  • Count backwards from 30 to 10 ( or 100 – 30)

Other areas

We have been looking at our tadpoles that are growing legs now.

Our caterpillars have built their cocoons. We are very excited about this!

Independent learning


  • Next week we will be joining Potato needs a bath online show as part of the Imaginate Festival. We are looking forward to this experience. To prepare for it we are going to celebrate Potato’s birthday, We are all invited therefore we all need to bring a fruit or vegetable on Wednesday as we will make party hats for them.
  • Please continue to label all your children’s items.
  • If you would like to change your child’s start or finishing times (even for one day) this needs to be approved by the SMT. It should be adults who email the school to ask permission to Management, unfortunately we cannot rely on children’s messages. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro


P1 Tigers Reflective Friday 14th May 2021

Good morning!

We hope you all had a busy and healthy week as ours!

As you know this week we have celebrated Health week and we have learned lots of things.

Health week

We have been learning about how to keep ourselves safe: learning when to call 999, what is safe to eat and what is not safe to eat and touch.

We have been learning about different foods.

We have learned about the wellbeing indicators: safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, included, active, respected and responsible. Every day we have discussed a couple of the indicators, their meaning and what they mean to each of us.

We have learned about the names of different parts of our body.

And last but not least we had a fab day a Sports Day!!!


This week we have learned two final consonant blends: nk and ng. Our tricky words are over and any.

For our nk sound we had lots of pink items at the craft table, we used links to link, we used ink.

For our ng sound we made rings, we painted with string and we sang!

Our writing was ” I feel healthy when”.

We have continued to develop our reading skills at our reading groups.

Home learning ideas

  • Ask your child to read the reading book that we have been working at home this book.
  • Home learning sounds ( This week and last week’s sounds). Practice to make words using all the sounds we have learned so far.


We have continue to work on our numeracy skills through our SEAL programme.

Home learning ideas

Other areas

We have learned about Eid.


Independent learning

We hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro


Learning together at home. Thursday 6th May

Good morning Tigers!

Are you ready to learn from home?

We are looking forward to seeing you at 9.30 (link has been emailed to all P1 T parents)

We have prepared some learning for you.


Today is Thursday and on Thursday we do writing. At 9.30 we will explain how to do it. But here is some guidance too

Today we would like you to write about ‘ Foods I like to eat’

(Template provided yesterday on purple folder)

Learning Intention (What we are learning today):

  •  We are learning to write in sentences.

Success Criteria (How can I show that I have learned and understood):

  • I can put capital letters in the right place.
  • I can use finger spaces.
  • I can use full stops.
  • I can sound out the words to try to write them.
  • I can write a sentence that makes sense.

Today you are going to write about ‘Foods I like to eat’

First talk to an adult about foods you like to eat: You could tell the adult who is with you which foods do you like, you can start by making a list. Think about what do you want Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro to know ( we are your audience!). You can name a few and then choose one that you would like us to know more about.

Draw a detailed picture (you don’t have to colour it in, black pen drawing if you have one), think about what it looks like, when and where do you eat it. We would love to see a picture of food that you like to eat. (you could take a photo of your work and upload it on the e-learning journal once you have finished).

Now you can try to write a few sentences:

  • The adult who is helping you can write the sentences starters (written below in cursive) so you can copy them. However, if you want a bit of a challenge try to sound out the words and write them without help (Adult, please don’t focus on correcting the spelling to start with if it is phonetically correct).
  • Sentence starters: Then start by: The foods I like to eat are…  Tell me everything you can about it: My favourite food is… Then tell me what you like about it: I like …because….
  • Your child should be able to write independently the worked tricky words (such as I, she, he, etc)
  • You could give your child a bank of words to use (please try not to add CVC words or our tricky words)

Non-negotiables (adult you could write a simple sentence and model it for your child):

  • Capital letter at the beginning of a sentence.
  • Full stop at the end of a sentence.
  • Finger spaces between words.

We would love to see your amazing writing.

Please write the title and date for your child and then chose from one of the following:

  • Easiest: Adult to scribe for you and you copy the sentence underneath. You can also provide the beginning of the sentence and ask your child to write a CVC word ( consonant, vowel, consonant). Example: Child is provided with the sentence I like soup because is…(child can write hot independently)
  • Medium: Attempt to write independently with adult supporting with trickier words.
  • Trickiest: Write independently. Try to write at least 4 sentences.

If you would like an extra activity, your child took home a sheet with his/her name written on it and a target. Your child could work on the given target.


We are working on measurement. In class yesterday we started to learn about capacity. We are experimenting with everyday items as units of measure to
investigate and compare sizes and amounts in our environment, sharing our findings with others. We are estimating, measuring the capacity of familiar objects using a range of appropriate non-standard units.

Please find the worksheet attached (it went home yesterday too)

Health and Wellbeing (Food technology)

Task: To help to prepare a healthy snack or meal. You could help to prepare a sandwich (spread butter) and/or chop vegetables and/ or fruit.

We would like you to wash your hands before preparing food, using utensils safely ( knife to chop or to spread) and washing the dishes after eating your food.

Please, if you can, ask an adult to take a photo of you preparing the food and to upload it on the e- journal. We would love to see all our chefs!

On Friday we will be playing with Loose parts outside, remember to wear appropriate clothes for outdoor messy play!

Have a super day!

Mrs Cross and Mrs de Bonrostro