Category Archives: P2C-Blog

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!

P2c learning 20.9.19

Literacy

  • writing about what we enjoy in p2
  • revising ai and ay digraph
  • talking and listening to our learning partners, and retelling what we have heard 

 

Numeracy and maths

  • investigating and creating pattern
  • finding doubles of number up to 10 ( and beyond)

Other areas of the curriculum

  • Fitness in PE
  • building resilience 
  • fine motor skills with clay
  • singing with Sarah

 

Things to do at home

  • write your own name and check you are forming all the letters correctly
  • have a ai/ay word hunt in a newspaper
  • play the doubles game here  Choose your own level of challenge !

 

P2c learning 13.9.19

It has been another busy week in p2

 

Literacy

  • writing a personal account of our news
  • revising th and wh digraphs
  • making imaginative predictions about the book ‘Who’s our new Teacher?’
  • talking and listening to our learning partners
  • revising and practising the correct formation of the lower case letter a ( both cursive and non cursive )

o

Numeracy and maths

  • investigating and creating pattern
  • finding missing numbers to 100
  • creating ‘disappearing number lines’ with both forward and backward number sequences

Other areas of the curriculum

  • small ball skills in PE
  • building resilience 
  • fine motor skills

 

Things to do at home

  • tie knots in string
  • write the letter a in flour on a baking tray taking care to follow the correct route
  • have a th/wh word hunt in a newspaper
  • play the helicopter rescue game

 

Loose parts resources.

What are loose parts?

Loose parts are materials that can be moved all around the room and used in endless ways. There are essentially no limits to what can be used.

Why Loose Parts?

The versatility of these materials provides children with virtually endless ways to create. Access to a variety of transient materials during play and exploration aids in the following:

  • Problem Solving
  • Engineering
  • Creativity
  • Concentration
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Gross motor development
  • Language and vocabulary building
  • Mathematical thinking
  • Scientific thinking
  • Literacy
  • Social/emotional development
  • The list goes on and on…

P2 enjoy accessing a range of loose parts, but as I’m sure you can imagine we could always use more.

If if you were able to donate anything which we could use we would be really grateful.  The key is having a fair amount of each type of thing.

Suggested items include ( but are not limited to…)

Glass nuggets

pompoms

silicon cupcake cases

Milk bottle top lids

Corks

Shells

Small smooth pebbles

dolly-type clothes pegs

feathers

conkers

Wooden curtain rings

we look forward to using your unwanted treasures to support us in our learning !

Helpers required

P2 would love to welcome some parent/grandparent volunteer helpers into class.
We would love help to carry out practical tasks such as filing, organising resources, photocopying/laminating as well as supervising group activities with small numbers of pupils.
You may be asked to work across the p2 stage, so not necessarily exclusively in your own child’s class.

If you are interested in helping out at all, please feel free to chat with any member of the p2 team.

All volunteers must be part of the PVG scheme (forms are available from the school office if you wish to register)