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P2M – What we have been learning this week 26.10.18

Literacy 

In handwriting, we continued to practise cursive. This week we started “q” and “qu”. Some of us found this tricky. We will keep doing this next week.

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In Spelling, we revised ai and ay. We then studied “ee” words. We know that ther ee sounds like “E” as in “green”. Please see our word bank below. We also were introduced to “best friends”. They are letters that “always go together” – 2 letters 1 sound, 1 sound 2 letters. We show best friends by putting a line under them.

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ee word bank

When we practise our sounds we love having conversations with each other using the vowels – a e i o u. Some of them are quite loud!

Just now we are focusing on writing about experiences. This week we wrote about our October break. We had to try to include describing words, capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.

 

Maths and Numeracy

In Numeracy we revised number patterns. Some of us need to keep on practising this. In Maths we looked at Information Handling. We were learning how to collect information. We used tally marks to make our information clearer. We enjoyed asking people their favourite things!

 

Other areas of the curriculum 

  • In P.E. we continue with gymnastics. We were balancing using some of our body parts. We found this quite tricky.
  • In Health and Wellbeing we are trying to find different ways to help us cope with our emotions. We did some mindfulness colouring. We felt calm, happy and relaxed when we were doing this!

Next week the Book Fair is in school! P2M’s slots are on Wednesday and Friday. If you would like your child to purchase a book then please give them money on one of these days.

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P2M What have we been learning? Week Ending 12.10.18

Literacy

  • We have been working on the ai and ay sounds this week. We found it easier to read the words rather than spell them. We will work on this more next week. Examples of words are mail, jail, hay, day, way, say, rain, pain. In general the ai sound is in the middle of words and the ay comes at the end.
  • In writing we received a thank you letter from the animals in Polly Jean and they asked us to reply telling them about a party we had been to.

Maths

  • We have been looking at lots of different patterns in maths (dominoes and ten frames) We enjoyed using this link https://www.nctm.org/Classroom-Resources/Illuminations/Interactives/Ten-Frame/
  • We also did lots of maths linked to our party for example counting out supplies and solving problems. For example “we have 19 cups but there are 25 people coming to the party, how many more do I need to buy?”

Other areas of the curriculum

  • In drama we enjoyed acting out and playing instruments along to the story of Mr Gumpy’s Outing.
  • We have been revising French greetings.
  • We enjoyed making party hats and of course our pyjama party this morning!

Have a lovely October holiday. We are looking forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday 23rd October.

 

P2M What we have been learning this week 05.10.18

Literacy 

We were so excited this week because we received a letter from Polly Jean Pyjama Queen! We couldn’t believe it! She even suggested for us to have our own party! We had to create a list of what we would need at our party. This included teddies, cake and balloons.

In Handwriting, we have started learning the cursive letter g. We found this tricky but will keep doing this next week.

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In Reading, we have our group books and are enjoying them. One group had to sequence their story and others had to answer questions. Some were tricky.

In Spelling, wh and th were our sounds (third, thump, wheel and whip) and we have worked on these tricky words: his, put, was, want, saw and no.

Maths and Numeracy 

This week in our groups we have been practising adding two groups together by using counters and counting forwards and backwards.

We also started looking at different pieces of information – information handling. We had to read the table/graph and ask a question. For example, what pet was the most popular.

We enjoyed using the ipads to play an adding game.

Other areas of the curriculum

  • In Topic, we learnt about octopuses and giraffes. Did you know octopuses have blue blood and are poisonous? We then made our own! They looked cool.
  • In P.E. we started gymnastics. We thought about our jumping – making sure we land on two feet.

 

Next week we are going to have our own pyjama party on Friday! If you wish you can bring a pair of pyjamas to change into in school! Also, you can bring in an animal cuddly toy (that you can hold) to come along to the party too!

 

P2M What have we been learning? Week Ending 27.09.18

Literacy

  • In phonics we have been revising the ch and sh sounds. We have been reading and spelling words with these sounds. It can be tricky if the sound is at the END for example fish or wish.

  • We have been learning how to write a in cursive writing.

  • We wrote letters to the different animals in Polly Jean. We addressed envelopes too.

 

Maths

  • We have been ordering the months of the year with cut and stick activities. We also enjoy learning these with the hopscotch game.

  • We are continuing to order numbers up to 20 or 30.

Other areas of the curriculum

  • As part of health and well-being we have been learning about different emotions. We read a story about different colours representing different feelings then we created our own people showing how we were feeling.
  • In PE we have enjoyed throwing and catching and also small equipment activities.
  • On Wednesday we celebrated European Day of Languages.
  • We found out some facts about penguins.

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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!