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P2 Christmas Hamper

Primary 2 have been asked to coordinate the collection of items for a hamper for the Christmas Fair. We have been given the theme of ‘kids’ for our collection.

We would be grateful for any donations of small items with which to fill the hamper.
There are no rules, but some suggested items might include

  • small toys/games
  • books
  • scarves/hats/socks etc
  • children’s toiletries
  • stationery items
  • edible treats

Items can be delivered to the p2 classrooms any day from Monday 25th November.

Many thanks

P2c learning 15.11.19

Thank you for all your support for Children in Need

Independent learning and skills development

Forest Kindergarten




Literacy

  • We wrote a report about our weekend.
  • We have been reading in class and completing a variety of reading activities/strategies to support our understanding and fluency
  • Developing our vocabulary and talking and listening skills as we interact, discover and play.
  • We have been focusing on the ‘ou’ and ‘ow’ sounds
  • Practising spelling block 1/2/3/4 tricky words using speedy spelling activities
  • We have been learning to construct sentences using our sentence hunt activity
  • We have been working on our handwriting and learning to use correct formation, both cursive and non cursive
  • We have been learning how to choose appropriate describing words

 

Numeracy and mathematics

 

  • We practised counting in 2s all the way up to, and back from 100, recognising the patterns that this creates on a number square.
  • We practised adding, remembering to use a ‘counting on’ strategy.
  • We practised reciting the months of the year in order, and telling which month comes before/ after


Other Areas

  • One serving the detail and structure of a fallen leaf and drawing what see
  • meeting in our whole school learning teams
  • Developing fine motor control through a range of activities to promote pencil control
  • Discussing how to be kind to others
  • Building resilience in school and talking about what we are grateful for
  • Learning about continents and where they are found
  • Learning about habitats and what types of animals live in different climates around the world
  • We completed a task demonstrating our understanding of the animals about which we have been learning



 

Things to to do at home

practise counting in 2s

start at zero, roll a dice and write the sum you have made – 0+3=3. The next sum starts from where you end, continue as far as you can ( 3+5=8,  8+6=14,  14+2= 16)  Can you reach 100?

climb a tree

have a bug hunt in the garden

practise saying the months of the year in order

write the months of pieces of paper, mix them up, then see how quickly you can order them correctly

 

P2c learning 8.11.19

Independent learning and skills development


Literacy

  • We have been reading in class and completing a variety of reading activities/strategies to support our understanding and fluency
  • We have been focusing on the ‘oi’ and ‘oy’ sound this week
  • Practising spelling block 1/2/3/4 tricky words using speedy spelling activities
  • We read Aaaarrrggghhh Spider again
  • We have been learning to construct sentences using our sentence hunt activity
  • We have been working on our handwriting and learning to use correct formation, both cursive and non cursive
  • We have been learning how to choose appropriate describing words

 

Numeracy

  • We have been learning to subitise and discuss dot and number patterns
  • We practised counting in 2s all the way up to, and back from 100, recognising the patterns that this creates on a number square.
  • We practised adding, remembering to use a ‘counting on’ strategy.

We checked our answers and self corrected !

Other Areas

  • Developing fine motor control through a range of activities to promote pencil control
  • Discussing and how to be kind to others
  • Building resilience in school and talking about what we are grateful for
  • Learning about continents and where they are found
  • Learning about habitats and what types of animals live in different climates around the world
  • We have been learning about giraffes and bears

 

Things to to do at home

practise counting in 2s

start at zero, roll a dice and write the sum you have made – 0+3=3. The next sum starts from where you end, continue as far as you can ( 3+5=8,  8+6=14,  14+2= 16)  Can you reach 100?

choose an object in your  house and think of as many describing words for it as you can.

e.g. The chair is red, comfy, squishy, soft, beautiful …….

Look at a globe or atlas and identify the 7 continents

find out an interesting fact about a bear, giraffe, penguin or lion.

P2c learning 1.11.19

Independent learning and skill development through exploring our classroom

Forest Kindergarten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Areas

  • Developing fine motor control through a range of activities to promote pencil control
  • Building resilience in school and talking about what we are grateful for
  • Learning about continents and where they are found
  • We have been learning some facts about penguins and lions and we shared our learning with the class.
  • Forest Kindergarten with Miss Campbell.
  • Mixing our own playdough
  • Further investigation into magnets, their strength and magnetic fields

Literacy

We have been reading in class, focusing on sounding out, decoding tricky words and reading with increased fluency and expression.

We continue to hone our handwriting skills and letter formation, both cursive and non cursive.

Practising our spelling words using our ‘speedy spelling’ activities

We read Aaaarrrggghhh Spider in class this week and created pictures about what we would do if we had a pet spider. We shared some fabulously creative and imaginative ideas.

We have been learning to give and justify an opinion by responding to some short animated films. ” I liked it because…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numeracy

  • Continuing to focus on our number bonds to 10/20 and beyond
  • Continuing to investigate and create repeating patterns, including shape patterns
  • Practising our subitising skills with random dot patterns

 

 

Things to try at home

  • visit our spelling city page
  • scatter a handful of small objects ( e.g.buttons or raisins) – quickly glance before covering them up and estimating how many were there. This is called subitising. Uncover and arrange the objects into a pattern which makes it easier to count, then check how close your estimate was. Vary the level of challenge by using a range of quantities
  • Read more about subitising and why it is important here

  • give an opinion of a book you have read/ picture you have seen. Justify your opinion. e.g. ” I though it was……because….”
  • Look on the bright side – make a list ( written or spoken) of things which make you happy/glad.

 

 

The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you on Friday morning.

P2c learning – 11.10.19

Welcome to Mr Cursiter who has joined us from Dundee University. He will be working with P2c until the end of November.

Exploring independent learning –  ask us what skills we were developing.

We took our learning outside for another adventurous session with  outdoor loose parts.




Play is “essential to the health and well-being of children and promotes the
development of creativity, imagination, self-confidence, self-efficacy, as well as physical,
social, cognitive and emotional strength and skills.”
(Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2013)

When children interact with loose parts, they enter a world of ‘what if’ that promotes
the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and theoretical reasoning. Loose parts
enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense
of adventure and excitement to children’s play (Daly and Beloglovsky, 2015).

 

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Please remind your child to bring their book and reading record to school every day. Everyone should now have received their ‘Reading Rockets’ to support reading. New books will come home w/b 27.10

Literacy

  • We have been doing reading in class focusing on sounding out, decoding tricky words and reading with increased fluency and expression
  • Exploring digraph sounds ‘oa’ and ‘ow’ along with other ways of spelling the long o sound
  • Practising spelling block 1/2 tricky words

Remember to visit our spelling city class page for activities relating to our word lists

https://www.spellingcity.com/users/p2homework

Numeracy

  • Continuing to reinforce doubles facts with a range of numbers. You can play this game at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

  • P2 have been focusing on our number bonds to 10 and 20. You can play this game at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

  • Continuing to investigate and create patterns
  • Sequencing number to 100

 

 Other Areas

  • P.E. (small balls skills) – aiming, throwing, catching and passing, hand/eye coordination
  • Developing fine motor control
  • Building resilience in school
  • Planting sprouting peas

 

P2c learning – 4.10.19

Lots of photographs this week of us exploring independent learning –  ask us what skills we were developing.

 

We took our learning outside for a session with some outdoor loose parts.

Play is “essential to the health and well-being of children and promotes the
development of creativity, imagination, self-confidence, self-efficacy, as well as physical,
social, cognitive and emotional strength and skills.”
(Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2013)

When children interact with loose parts, they enter a world of ‘what if’ that promotes
the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and theoretical reasoning. Loose parts
enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense
of adventure and excitement to children’s play (Daly and Beloglovsky, 2015).

Please remind your child to bring their book and reading record to school every day. Everyone should now have received their ‘Reading Rockets’ to support reading. We will be sending reading books home next week to read over the October Holidays.

Literacy

  • We have been doing reading in class focusing on sounding out, decoding tricky words and reading with increased fluency and expression
  • Exploring digraph sounds ‘igh’ and ‘y’ (sky)
  • Practising spelling block 1/2 tricky words
  • We have been learning to write sentences correctly and retell a story in the correct sequence

Numeracy

  • Continuing to reinforce doubles facts with a range of numbers. You can play this game at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

  • P2 have been focusing on our number bonds to 10 and 20. You can play this game at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

  • Continuing to investigate and create patterns

 Other Areas

  • P.E. (small balls skills) – aiming, throwing, catching and passing, hand/eye coordination
  • Developing fine motor control
  • Building resilience in school
  • The children really enjoyed having Zoo Lab into school this week. They had the opportunity to see and touch a range of animals including a gecko, snake, rat and cockroach!

Aaaaatchoo !

It seems to be the season for sneezes !

 

We would greatly appreciate any donations of boxes of tissues for the classroom to help us keep noses clean!

 

Thank you

Can you help us ?


What is Loose parts play?
Loose parts play is a type of play that supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving and offers a sense of wonder to children. They are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.

Why have loose parts play in the class?

Loose parts have a life, a language, their equal complexity and simplicity provide children with a way of communicating that lends itself to advanced problem solving, dramatic play, storytelling, fantasy, engineering, mathematics, and communication, just to name a few.

P2c already make excellent use of the collection of loose parts which we have in class, but the more varied resources we have the higher quality of experience the children can have.

To this end, we would welcome any donations you may be able to give us to expand our collection – your trash could become our treasure!

Below is a list of possibilities, but it is by no means exclusive.

Driftwood
Corks
Wooden curtain Rings
Buttons
Shells
Mosaic Tiles
Velcro Hair Rollers
Large Beads
Ribbon – cut into strips
CD’s
Wooden Eggs
Milk bottle Caps
Acorns
Natural Gemstones
Fabric off-cuts
Large Walnut Shells
Napkin Rings
Wood Coins
River Stones

P2c Learning 27.9.19

 

Exploring independent learning.

 

Please remind your child to bring their reading book school every day. ‘Reading Rockets’ to support reading will be sent home next week.

Literacy

  • We have been doing reading in class focusing on decoding tricky words and reading with increased fluency and expression
  • enjoying books at BEAR time
  • Revising digraph sounds ‘ee’ and ‘ea’
  • Practising spelling block 1/2 tricky words
  • We have been learning to write sentences correctly and retell a story in the correct sequence
  • Writing – P2 were supported to write about things they are enjoying in P2. We focused on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Some children were also able to use a connective (and/because) in their writing!

Numeracy

  • Add doubles facts with a range of number. You can play this game at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

  • P2 have been demonstrating our understanding of and ability to interpret block graphs
  • Continuing to investigate and create patterns

 Other Areas

  • P.E. (small balls skills) – aiming, throwing, catching and passing, hand/eye coordination
  • Using our imagination to design pyjamas for animals
  • Developing fine motor control
  • Building resilience in school
  • Singing with Sarah
  • We watched Danny MacAskill cycling ‘The ridge’ This prompted lots of great discussion about determination, resilience, bravery, risk taking and risk management, as well as lots of oohs and aahs !

Other Information

  • Tempest are in school on Monday and Tuesday taking the children’s photos
  • P2 Zoo Lab – P2 have a visit from the Zoo Lab on Wednesday 2nd Oct. Please use Parent Pay to pay and give permission for your child to attend
  • It would be really helpful if all items of clothing could be labelled
  • We politely ask you to encourage your child to keep toys and trading cards at home – as it  can cause upset if they get lost or damaged
  • We are looking for materials for building, modelling and using at our creation station – clean cardboard recycling is welcome!

 

Thank you and have a lovely weekend!