P2 Magical Nurses Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

30.09.22 P2MN Blog

Sorry for the delay in posting the blog this week. Technology issues!

This week in P2 we have been learning: 


In literacy we have learned the new vowel diagraph ew as in -oo-. (examples of words with this sound are flew, stew, crew).  We have used these picture symbols to remember ew and oo.

This week in writing we have continued to learn how to write instructions. This time we wrote instructions on washing hands.

In handwriting we have been working on how to write on cursive the letters a, g and q. 

At home 

  • Yesterday your child took home her/his reading book. We have been reading the book at school during the week therefore your child should be able to read the book without support (they might need support with some words). This is a showcase of their learning at school.  
  • The children also took home their words walls related to the stage book they are reading. They should become confident at reading these words. 
  • Handwriting, children could continue to practice writing in their name and other names in cursive handwriting.
  • Continue to practice reading and writing the spelling words of the block that your child took home.
  • ew (as in oo) song 
  •  Another very useful resource that we use in class is Alphablocks. The children love this! 


In Maths we have been learning about handling information, we have learned to make bar charts.

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).  

Our focus has been on number structures using a ten frame.  

At home 

You could create your own bar chart gathering information about favourite fruits, favourite sports, etc. of the family members and friends. 

We have used this game to explore number ten frame: 


This is another game that your child might find useful: 


Other areas  

In PE we have worked on working as a team (outdoors) and ball skills (indoors): hand and feet skills.  

IDL We have continued to work on our topic Polly Jean Pyjama Queen and our focus has been learning about habitats. We have loved learning about this! 

Other information  

  • Parents Consultations on Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing. We will be outdoors no matter the weather (unless torrential rain).  
  •  On Friday we will have Loose parts. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing. We will be outdoors no matter the weather (unless torrential rain). 
  • Purple folder. Thank you for your support in emptying the purple folders each day.   
  • 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!   

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Mrs McFarlane

P2 Magical Nurses Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

P2MN Blog 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 used the eye symbol to help us remember this 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.  

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.  

Other information

  • We will begin to send reading books home on the week beginning 26th September. Further information on this will follow.  
  • We have loose parts again on Wednesday 21st September. Please ensure that your child is wearing appropriate clothing as we will be outside in all weather!
  • 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!  

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McFarlane

P2 Magical Nurses Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

P2MN Blog 02.09.22

We have had a busy week in P2MN and it was great to see so many of you at Meet the Teacher.

Looking For

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! A couple of things to note:

  • We don’t have space to store larger pieces so please only send in smaller ones.
  • No packaging which has contained nuts.
  • We are particularly looking for tin cans (with labels removed) and egg boxes.

We are also looking for milk bottle tops (any colour) please!

Thank you very much in advance.


In number work we have been:

  • Counting forwards and backwards to 30 (and in some cases beyond!)
  • Saying the next 3 numbers before or after in a sequence
  • Recognising 2 digit numbers

Here is a game to play which will reinforce learning in class.

Play Your Cards Right – mobile friendly (ictgames.com)


In literacy we have been revising and consolidating the sounds we have learned so far:

Initial sounds of the alphabet, sh, ch, th, wh, ee and oo.

Here is a game to play at home to reinforce learning in class.

Phonics Pop || Listen to the sound, then pop as many bubbles as you can – mobile friendly (ictgames.com)

Our writing focus was ‘Things I love about myself’. We are working hard to remember capital letters at the beginning of our sentences and finger spaces between words.

Please continue to work on tricky words. Please find attached Block 1 – Block 3.

HWB and Other areas of the curriculum:

  • This week we have agreed on our new class charter to be ready, respectful and safe. We have discussed what this will look and feel like in our class.
  • In PE we have focussed on balance and co-ordination while playing games in groups.
  • We have continued to use a range of picture books to explore our own diversity and uniqeuenss.
  • We have been introduced to the wellbeing indicators SHANARRI (Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included) and we talked about how it applies to us.

Here are some photos of classroom activities we have been engaging with.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs McFarlane


Welcome to P6NM!

Welcome to P6NM with Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson.

The pupils have all settled back well and we have really enjoyed meeting everyone this week. 

Important Information 

Our PE days will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days, please come to school in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, which you will be able to exercise in.   

This week we have focussed on the expectations and routines in P6 and lots of Health and Wellbeing.  

Here are some highlights from our first few days in Primary Six: 

  • We started to read a book called Wonder. 
  • Self portraits in the style of the cover for Wonder.
  • Having pictures taken for learning partners.
  • Solving riddles.
  • We decided on our class name (P6 Nanny McPhee). 
  • Starting a patchwork quilt for our class charter.
  • Starting ‘rough jotters’.
  • Making birthday cards for our classmates to get throughout this session.
  • We have enjoyed catching up with existing friends and have had the opportunity to widen our friendships even further with our new classmates. 
  • We have enjoyed more freedom of movement in the playground at break and lunch.
  • Teachers and pupils getting to know each other.  

Have a great weekend, 

Mrs McFarlane 


P6NM Our Learning WB 25.05.21

We have had a busy week in P6NM. Here is a summary of our learning:



We held our Literature Circle meetings on Tuesday. The next meeting is on Monday 31st May.

Writing/Links to IDL

We read more of our class novel Wilderness Wars. In it, one of the main characters discovered bats roosting in a cave. We used this opportunity to read for information, using leaflets from The Bat Conservation Trust. We then worked in trios to construct a mind map sharing our new-found knowledge. Finally, we used these mind maps as plans for our writing. We wrote non-chronological reports on bats.

Opportunities for home learning

Here is a video explaining more. Once you have watched it you could try to write your own report around an area of your interest.

How to write a non-chronological report – BBC Teach


We have been learning about quadrilaterals.  This is a useful summary of the key points in our learning this week.

Classifying quadrilaterals – Year 5 – P6 – Maths – Home Learning with BBC Bitesize – BBC Bitesize

Opportunities for home learning

  • Can you see any quadrilaterals around your home? Draw and label the types of quadrilaterals you find.
  • Extra challenge- here is an interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

Math Game: Quadrilaterals (iknowit.com)


  • We have been dribbling using hockey sticks and balls in preparation for the P6 competition Games@thehub 2021.
  • We have been taking part in circle times around the themes of friendship and bullying. In particular, we talked about the role of witnesses.
  • We found out more about puberty using the new RSHP resource.

P6NM Learning Stories

Learning Stories are being sent home today. These have the term 3 overview/newsletter along with targets for this term.

Term 2’s work was completed when Learning Together at Home. We loved seeing the photos and uploaded worksheets on Teams and know that a huge amount of effort was put into completing tasks at home. The pupils have chosen a couple of pieces of work (from school) which they are proud of but if you would like to add any worksheets or photos completed at home then please do.

Mrs McFarlane


P6NM Our Learning Week Beginning 26.04.21

A few reminders for next week.

Monday – HOLIDAY

Tuesday – HOLIDAY (for pupils)

Wednesday – Normal school day

Thursday – Learning Together at Home (please make sure you can still access Teams). Some hard copies of work will be sent home on Wednesday so please check school bags!

Friday- Normal school day

Here is a summary of our learning this week. The pupils created mind maps to show the skills we have been working on, the challenges they encountered and what they feel the next steps are in their learning.



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Listening and Talking and Writing

We looked at the #freecuthbert story that has been circulating recently. We discussed the impact of social media and wrote persuasive letters to either M&S or Aldi depending on our point of view. 

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Opportunities for home learning: 

Keep an eye on current events and the way that social media can be used to influence our feelings. For example, with the upcoming election. You might see political party broadcasts on the TV or on the internet. Identify how the different parties try to persuade you to agree with their point of view. Can you use the skills from our persuasive writing this week to persuade someone to agree with your view on who should be elected? 


We began our maths lessons with core numeracy revision (multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 as well as times tables).  We talked about the importance of revisiting these key skills frequently even though our main focus is on a different area of maths.

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The main area covered in maths this week was investigating how to construct triangles when you are given 3 pieces of information (SAS- Side, angle, side and ASA- Angle, side, angle). 

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Opportunities for home learning: 

Here are some videos we watched in class, which you may find useful to watch again. Please only watch video 81 and 82, WE DID NOT COVER SSS triangles (video 83).


If you have a protractor and ruler at home you could try some further examples.

Remember, it is also really important to keep revising times tables and other core numeracy skills. We will be doing more of this on Thursday.

Please read our mind maps to find out about our learning in other areas of the curriculum.

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P6NM Blog Week Beginning 22.03.21

We have had a great week in P6NM.  

It was great to speak to so many parents for the consultations over the last few days. Some parents mentioned how successful the book study on Kensuke’s Kingdom had been over Learning Together at Home. It certainly seems to have been one of the books that the class have enjoyed most. If your child liked reading it, they might consider reading The Wreck of Zanzibar (another Michael Morpurgo book) or, to explore the theme of friendship, an excellent book is The boy at the back of the class.  

Here is a summary of our learning this week. 


We have been reading The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Everyone has been really engaged with this book and we are enjoying the fact that it is a different style to the books we have read recently. This week we have discussed some of the issues raised: 

  • Comparing ourselves to others. 
  • We are all different and have our own unique set of character traits and skills. 
  • What do you think success is? 
  • What would life be like if we listened less to our fears and more to our dreams? 

Opportunities for home learning: 

Do you have any favourite sayings in your family? Why are they so good? 

What do you want to be when you grow up? “Kind” said the boy. This was a surprising answer. What do you want to be? Why is that important to you? Write a few sentences and draw a picture. Include a job and a quality.  


  • We made a plan for a story for our P1 buddies. We read a picture book then followed the same story structure to create our own versions. We had to consider our audience when planning which words and phrases to use, we had to correctly use speech marks and we had to make the central message/moral of the story clear. 
  • We revisited how to use colons to introduce lists.   
  • We developed our listening and talking skills when we presented our STEM projects. 

Ideas for home learning: 

Choose one of the options below and write a list using colons and bullet points correctly. 

Things to pack for a camping holiday                                       Favourite ingredients for a smoothie 

Think back to a story you enjoyed when you were younger. Did it have a central message or a theme like the one we read together? Can you think of any other texts which encourage you to be yourself? 


In maths we have been learning about angles.

We can use the words acute, obtuse, reflex and right angle to classify different angles. Here are some posters we made.

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We also started to measure angles using protractors. To do this accurately we know that we must:

  • Estimate the size of the angle first
  • Line up the protractor correctly
  • Read accurately from the correct scale
  • Compare our answer to our estimate. Is it reasonable?

There is a fantastic lesson on BBC bitesize which reinforces the learning we have been doing in class this week. There are two videos to watch and a follow up worksheet.


You could also:

  • Find some leaflets that have been delivered at home.
  • Find angles in the pictures and diagrams.
  • Use different colours to indicate acute, obtuse and reflex angles.
  • Look for angles in the environment (see photo below). Use the correct vocabulary to name different angles that you can see.
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  • Try to make angles with your body (knee, elbow, arms, fingers). Can you name each one accurately?
  • This website has information on different types of angles.


  • This is a very useful website which demonstrates how to use a protractor accurately. There are also interactive questions to test your knowledge.



  • We worked in trios or groups of 4 to complete and present a STEM project.
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P6NM Blog 11.12.20

Important Notes:


Thank you!

We hope you have enjoyed looking through your child’s Learning Story. Please sign or comment in the box provided and return to school next week.

Here is a summary of our learning.



See Monday’s blog post for this week’s rule.


We completed the final chapter of Friend or Foe. We discussed the overall effect of the book and reflected on our predictions from the first chapter.


We imagined that we had travelled into the future when Space Tourism is taking place. We designed brochures to advertise a holiday on a planet.

We reflected on the work we did during lockdown on adverts and tried to employ these techniques in our brochures.

  •  adverts use positive words, ignoring negatives
  •  adverts often contain promises
  •  adverts have BOSSY VERBS
  •  adverts use rhetorical questions
  •  adverts use eye catching, memorable pictures
  •  adverts use catch phrases
  •  adverts provide product information
  •  adverts may have a celebrity endorsement
  •  adverts may make offers e.g. discounts, vouchers and competitions
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Opportunities for home learning:

  • Create a billboard advert for a Christmas themed attraction (e.g. a Christmas market/fun fair). Try to use some of the techniques above.
  • Make sure that you are fully prepared to complete your literature circle role. Have you read the assigned pages? Could you record some notes or useful page numbers?


This week we have been focussing on:

  • Finding a fraction of a number. For example:
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  • The link between decimals, fractions and percentages.

We know that a percentage is another way to show hundredths. We looked at pictures split into hundredths and discussed them using percentages for each section. 

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We can change a decimal fraction into a percentage and change a simple fraction into a percentage.

Opportunities for home learning:

Opportunities for home learning:

  • Can you explain to an adult at home what the links between percentages, fractions and decimals are?
  • Look for food/clothing labels or newspaper/magazine cuttings that involve percentages, e.g. 10% less fat, 95% cotton. Can you write the percentages as fractions and decimals in their simplest form?
  • Which of these would you rather have?

Here is how you would calculate A.

Other areas of the curriculum:

  • In art we made our own planets.
  • In ICT we used powerpoint to present facts about our imaginary planets.
  • We enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers on Friday.
  • We enjoyed watching the pantomime on Thursday.
  • We played a Christmas Cluedo game during Outdoor Learning time.
  • We made pop up Christmas cards.
  • We enjoyed watching the P1 nativity.
  • We made a weather diary for our RSPB Wild Challenge.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McFarlane


P6NM Week Beginning 23/11/20

We have had a great week in P6NM. Here is a summary of our learning.


Spelling Rule

  • To change a word ending in y to a plural, change y to i and add es.

e.g.    memory = memor(y) ies

  • If the letter before the y is the singular word is a vowel, simply add s

e.g.    kidney + s


We have been learning how to use apostrophes to show possession.

Here is a document which explains the use of apostrophes in this way.




We have been learning how to build tension and suspense in our story writing.

Some examples of techniques are:

  • Short, sharp sentences to shock the reader.
  • ‘Show, don’t tell’ (describe feelings/senses/physical reactions rather than simply what is happening).
  • Adding extra information to sentences to make the reader wait even longer.
  • Ellipsis (…)
  • Onomatopoeia (bang/crash etc.)

Opportunities for home learning:

  • Look out for authors using the techniques above in their books.
  • Remember to prepare for the next Literature Circle meeting.
  • Write these sentences adding in the apostrophes in the correct places.

Plural Possessive Nouns

  1. The ___________________ roars filled the air as they flew together.  (Noun: dragon)
  2. During the flight, the __________________ cases were stored in the hold. (Noun: pilot)
  3. In Autumn, the ______________ leaves change colour. (Noun: tree)

Singular Possessive Nouns

  1. Kims mum bought some cakes from the shop.
  2. The butterflys wings flapped as it flew.
  3. The dogs tail wagged excitedly.


We have been learning about fractions and decimals (tenths, hundredths and thousandths).

Here is a link to a really useful BBC Bitesize page. There is a video, an explanation of decimal numbers and several activities which will reinforce the work we have been doing in class.


Opportunities for home learning:

  • Complete the activities and quiz on the link above.
  • Put these decimal numbers in order: 1.97    1.09    2.01   1.9  Ask an adult to check if you are right.

Other areas of the curriculum:

  • We used magnifying glasses to look closely at natural materials during outdoor learning time. This was one of the activities which we can put towards gaining our RSPB Wild Challenge award.
  • We completed our Space Missions. We have been working in trios to research a planet and make a poster to display our findings.Have a look at this powerpoint to see the fantastic posters!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs McFarlane