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All About Me

All About Me sheets were given out today however there are three which have been dropped on the way out! Please ask your child to ask for a copy tomorrow if it didn’t come home in their school bag today.

 

P2M What we have been learning this week 21.09.18

Literacy 

This week we have continued to practise cursive writing – in particular d and a. We will keep working on a next week!

In Writing we wrote about the crazy weather we have had this week! We had to remember our finger spaces, capital letters, full stops, to stay on the line and to use describing words! Miss Martin felt like she was out in the horrible weather when she was reading our writing!

In Reading we came up with a new group name! They are all based on animals! We liked really in our groups.

In Spelling we focused on tricky words. These included: was, the, to, is, his and put.

Maths 

We have been learning the months of the year. We can say them but we find it tricky when we are asked what month is before and what month is after. E.g. What month is before April? What month is after April? We have also been reminding ourselves of the days of the week. We will keep practising this next week.

When we are working on numeracy some of us are thinking about adding 2 groups of counters. We are doing well with this. Some groups are also using a number track to help us think about number sequencing.

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Other areas of curriculum

  • For topic this week we learnt about lions! We went on a Lion Hunt! Some of us made binoculars and lions for us to find! We were scared!
  • In topic next week we will be learning about penguins and monkeys. We are looking forward to this!
  • In P.E. we have been developing our throwing, catching and bouncing skills. We are using smaller balls to make it trickier! We will keep doing this next week. When we are in P.E. we have been assessing our partner by thinking about what they are doing well.
  • We like using our Talking Partners to help us learn.

 

Design technology – model building

P2 were using the skills of planning, designing and creating to great effect at the model building table this week. We would like to provide further opportunity for the children to develop these skills and we are seeking your help to resource this. We will happily accept any donations of clean cardboard boxes/tubes etc which they can glue, cut and stick. Please no plastic milk cartons. As storage space is limited we will accept junk deliveries on Mondays only, and Tuesday will be our day for creating masterpieces. We will continue this until the October break in the meantime.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

P2M What Have We Been Learning? 14.09.18

Maths

  • We have been learning to count up and down within 30 starting and stopping at different numbers.
  • We have been counting objects and dots (large groups) and remembering to count each item one at a time to make sure we get to the right number. We need to take our time with this!
  • We have been adding numbers together. Sometimes a number of counters are hidden under a screen and then we are shown another amount of counters which we have to add together. For example “There are 12 counters under this screen, if I put 4 more out how many will there be altogether?”. We have to hold the 12 in our head and count on.
  • We have been learning about the months of the year. We found it hard to answer questions about the order. For example “What month comes before March?”. We want to do more work on this.

Literacy

  • We enjoyed getting reading books to take home this week. Please see previous blog post with information about reading in P2.
  • We have been learning how to write a d in cursive writing.
  • We wrote about our ‘weekend news’ and also a story about what would happen if we had a pet spider. We had some brilliant ideas!
  • We have also been revising how to spell CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) for example hat, cot, sit. Also common words such as I, want, was, the, to, put.

Other areas of the curriculum

  • We had great fun in Drama acting out a lion hunt and pretending to be zebras and giraffes.
  • We revised greetings in French.
  • We have really enjoyed using small equipment creatively in PE lessons.
  • We looked at maps of the world and found out which continent each of the animals in the Polly Jean book lived on. We have been particularly interested in globes and atlases. We would like to learn more about lions next week.

P2 Reading information

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P2 will be bringing a reading book home by the end of the week beginning 10th September. Each group will have a ‘new book’ day when they will be given a new title to read at home. Please read and discuss this book with your child. We will be further developing our reading skills in class using this book so please ensure it is brought to school each day. n.b. in the early stages of term your child may bring home a book which they have previously read. This is for consolidation and revision. Don’t worry – we will be moving forward quickly.

Each pupil will soon be given a Rocket bookmark to cut out and keep in their reading folder. Please use the question prompts from the bookmark with your child to promote discussion, comprehension and thinking skills.

Sight vocabulary cards – Your child may occasionally be given a coloured card with a list of words to learn to read by sight. It would be helpful if they could revise this key vocabulary ‘little and often’ and not always in order! Please note, it is not necessary for your child to learn to spell these words – only to read them by sight. Spelling words, if they are sent home, will be clearly identified.

Reading ‘Homework’ is only one part of developing a child’s ready fluency. There are lots of opportunities in school for reading other material, and of course, we would encourage the children to read as widely as they wish, using books from home and the local library.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Literacy

In handwriting we have been practising the letter o! This is how we do it! Keep practising at home – especially when we join two os together!

 

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In Reading, we read the book “Aaaarrrggghhh Spider!”. We loved reading this book! First we predicted what we thought was going to happen in the story. After we decided to find out facts about spiders. We then made fact book! Don’t they look great!?

As we enjoyed the book so much we even got to go on a spider hunt and found some real spiders! Some of us decided to make some of our own spiders too!

 

Maths 

This week we have been learning all about teen numbers and thinking about what comes before and after! By the end of the week we were getting pretty good at this! In our groups we have been doing lots of different things, including counting up and back to 20, counting objects and saying what comes next.

We also started learning about time! Specifically the days of the week! We will move on to months of the year next week!

Other areas of the currciulum

  • We started our topic – all about animals! We read the book “Polly Jean Pyjama Queen” to help us learn about animals – this will take us a while! We got to design our own pyjamas to start of the topic and get to know the story more! We created some great looking pyjamas.
  • In P.E. we have practised our throwing and catching skills. We used beanbags to do this hoops. We also practised jumping by skipping and trying to jump two feet to two feet. To warm up we played a really fun game – we all loved it!
  • The whole school started the Building Resilience topic “Take a moment”! We will be sure to talk about when we feel up and down!

What Have We Been Learning This Week? W.E. 31.08.18

Literacy

We have been reading Class Two at the Zoo. We were able to sequence the main events and make predictions. We retold the story using maps of the zoo. We also found out some facts about snakes and made our own fact sheets.

Maths

We have enjoyed learning about numbers in the different areas of our classroom for example making models and counting how many bricks we used. We learned a song called Concentration Navigation which helped us to practise saying two numbers after. It has a very catchy tune so you could ask us to sing this for you at home! Lots of  us have been writing our numbers backwards so we want to work on this next week. We have also been writing ‘teen numbers’ with the 1 as the second digit so 61 instead of 16. Again we will work on this next week.

Other areas of the curriculum

  • We have continued to work on mindfulness.
  • In assembly we learned about countries which are not so lucky and don’t have enough food for their people.
  • We also learned about harvesting.
  • In art we drew self portraits using wax crayons and oil pastels.
  • In PE we have been working on throwing and catching.

 

 

Our learning this week – 24.08.18

We have had a super fun week in P2M!

Literacy 

This week we read a story called “Who’s Our New Teacher”. We enjoyed reading it and loved the pictures. We predicted who their next teacher would be and some of us even got it right – it was a dragon! We also thought about describing words – ways to describe the teacher. Some of them were creepy, scary, snappy, hairy and silly.

We practised the letter c in handwriting as we have started doing cursive! We found it tricky at first but most of us remembered to start on the line.

 

Maths

In Numeracy we have been thinking about numbers before and after. We thought this was quite tricky. We have also been trying to recognise numbers. Some of us need to practise writing our numbers the right way round.

What we have enjoyed this week:

  • reading “Who’s Our New Teacher”
  • making birthdays cards (so we can celebrate everybody’s birthday in class)
  • predicting the new teacher in Literacy
  • BEAR time – Be Excited About Reading (we read every day after lunch)
  • handwriting
  • making lemurs for our class display

Thank you

Thank you for the fantastic donations so far for the loose parts table, they are being well used already.

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As we head towards cooler weather and winter colds, we would also be grateful for donations of boxes of tissues to keep those runny noses under control !

Many thanks.