P2 Magical Nurses Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

P2MN Blog 23.9.22

Another busy week in Primary 2!

Our highlight this week was another loose parts play session.

Literacy

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?

Numeracy

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, a, d using the cursive font. 

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

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

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! 😊

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.  

Topic 

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. 

Literacy 

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.  

Maths 

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

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We hope you had a good week.

This week in P2 we have been learning:

Literacy

In literacy we have learned two new vowel diagraphs -ai and -ay.  These are two ways of writing the same sound.

We learned that ai often comes in the middle of a word (e.g. nail, pain, drain) and that ay often comes at the end of a word (e.g. pray, stay, pay). 

We have used this symbol and the phrase: ‘Eh?  What did you say?’  to help us to remember this sound. 

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!

Maths

In 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

Maths

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!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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.

Number

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)

Literacy

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

P2 Magical Nurses Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Nicholson

26.8.22

Our week in Primary 2…

A few quick notices:

  • We use the outdoors in all weathers so please make sure that a waterproof coat is provided and suitable waterproof shoes (wellies/ boots) are worn on wet days. 
  • Please leave toys at home, we have lots of lovely resources and activities in school to play with.

Health and Wellbeing

In PE, we have been practising our listening skills and team-work skills by playing games like; don’t wake the sleeping bear and parachute games.

We have used a range of picture books to explore our own diversity and uniqueness, building on the idea that our class is a family and so we must be kind and accepting of one another. 

We have explored our own emotions using the colour monster book and have been practising talking about this using our emotions check in station. 

Numeracy

We have been practicing counting forwards and backwards, identifying numerals and counting two collections of objects.

We have been using different voices such as, robot, mouse, tiger and singing voice to make counting more fun.

Literacy

We have been carrying out assessments using the common words from the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) books.  Reading books will be issued very soon! 

We have been revising tricky words from Primary 1 and enjoyed taking part in a tricky word scavenger hunt in the playground.

We have been building some words using the digraphs; sh, ch, oo and ee.

Have a lovely weekend 😊

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