P2 blog 19/5/17

We got a huge surprise on Monday when we saw our caterpillars.  They had grown to a massive 2cm!  By the end of the week though, the biggest one had grown to 4.5cm.  We think they might pupate over the weekend – that means they turn into Supa Dupa Pupas! Or Chrysalides if you prefer.  It’s all very exciting.

On Monday, we had a very special visitor.  It was from Lee who is an SSPCA officer.  She told us that we shouldn’t touch injured wild animals, but phone for help from the SSPCA.  Lee also showed us a video about how they help animals in need.  We loved the bit about how they saved a baby deer (fawn) whose mother was killed. She also gave us all a pencil sharpener.

We watched a live show on Book Bub with Alex T. Smith, who is the author and illustrator of the Claude books.  He even showed us how to draw Claude and Sir Bobblysock.  We have just begun reading our second Claude book.  It’s title is ‘Claude on Holiday’ and we are loving it!

We are also learning about the Moon.  We’ve found out that there are eight phases of the Moon and we’ve got a brilliant song that helps us to remember their names and the order they come in.

On Tuesday we started to come straight into class when the bell goes.  We don’t have to have to line up outside anymore.  We have been liking this very much.

 

Primary 2 and Mrs Laurie 😊

 

P2 blog 12/5/17

On Tuesday we had a brilliant surprise when a parcel for P2 was delivered to our room. It was a tub with five larvae – all of them eventually METAMORPHOSING into Painted Lady butterflies. We can’t tell one from the other, so we’ve called them all ‘Cal’. We’ll tell you next week how much they have grown. They’re about 2cm today.
We’ve also learned about the life cycle of a frog. We learned that the sun has to be really hot before its heat can make a difference to our ‘shapes on black paper’ pictures. It didn’t work, so we will try it again when the sun is much stronger.
Thursday morning (Sports Day) was great fun, except for those of us who don’t like stuff like that. We say ‘We can’t be good at everything, and it’s not about winning, but taking part. We can only try our best’.
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Ramsay think we are all wonderful anyway!!

Primary 2 and Mrs Laurie

P2 blog 5/5/17

At Science with Mrs Cameron we found out about different kinds of energy – light, sound, heat and kinetic!! We were also finding out about the circle of life. Elephants are like us. They get upset when one of them dies. We went outside with Mrs Laurie and had a go at climbing on the new climbing equipment. A few of us found it a bit tricky but most of us managed it eventually. The best part of the week was the Elephant’s Tea Party. Sophie won an elephant leather money box. Tom won a super butterfly bookmark and others won books, games, balloons and pens. It was great fun and we had a ball!

Primary 2 and Mrs Laurie

P2 blog 28/4/17

We’re using magnetic letters on our own boards to make _o_e say ‘o’. We made a folder with a front illustration for our topic ‘Changes’. We put the magnetic letters into stronger plastic bags, alphabetically and attached them to the wall with magnetic tape.
We made a game to match Numicons with numbers and we’ve practised double numbers and halves. We’ve also learned a new mental maths game ‘Around the World’.
We’ve had loads of exercise doing athletics with Mrs Clapton and games outside with Mr Stewart.
Our biggest new word is metamorphosis.
Have a lovely holiday weekend!
Mrs Laurie and P2

P2 blog 20/4/17

We all came back to school on Tuesday 18th. We now have Mrs Laurie and we’re getting along just fine!
On Wednesday we had PE outside with Mrs Clapton. We are doing Athletics for the rest of the term. In the afternoon we went outside with Mrs Cameron for Science. We found out about the three elements – solids, liquids and gases. We made three posters, one for each element.
We are putting our smaller magnetic letters into stronger bags and attaching them to the wall with magnetic tape.
Tomorrow we are looking forward to Assembly and Golden Time.
We’re just starting our new topic about ‘Change’. We’re going to see how many things we can think of that change. So far we’ve got a cygnet into a swan, the time, us, the weather and the months, seasons, day and night and days of the week.

P2 and Mrs Laurie

P2 blog 30/3/17

Our Easter Service was lovely and it was good to be there altogether with family and friends. We enjoyed watching The Water Horse and completing related activities and it was a lovely end to an exciting term with the show! Lots of effort went into the Easter Egg Decorating and Mrs Livingston and Mrs Ramsay found it so difficult to choose a winner in each class. PE bags will be sent home so PE kits can be washed/checked for size and these should be returned after the holidays.
We have been getting to know Mrs Laurie and she will be back with us after the holidays too.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 18th April, ready for term 4.
Have a lovely, relaxing and hopefully sunny Easter holiday!

P2 blog 24/3/17

Our highlight this week definitely has to be the P2 and P3 school show. The children were all fantastic and I’m sure you were extremely proud of them. We were! Thank you for your help and support with costumes and learning lines and for bringing them to school both nights. We’ve had great fun and so many positive comments.
In June, Primary 2 will be going to a Book Festival in Linlithgow, organised by ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. We will attend a session by Eilidh Muldoon, the illustrator of ‘The Colouring Book of Scotland’. We have looked at this in class and discussed her techniques and we are looking forward to meeting her and asking her lots of questions.
Look out for special surprises for our Mums on Sunday (they’ll be in school bags on Friday this week). Our art work is on display in Tesco too and it’s worth a look.
It’s that time of year again…..the annual Easter Egg Decorating Competition is on Thursday 30th! Children should bring a hard boiled egg (or more depending on what they’d like to make!) and anything specific they need. It’s also a good idea to send these in a box so carrying home is easier too, thank you. Judging will take place on Thursday afternoon and there is a prizewinner in every class.
We are hoping to watch ‘The Water Horse’ on Tuesday afternoon as a special treat with Primary 3, letters requesting permission have been sent home as this is a PG. Please return to school asap.
Our Easter Service at the Church is at 11am on Wednesday and we hope you can join us. Annie and Layla are doing readings.
It’s the P7 Assembly on Friday and we always love class assemblies!
Zippy is with Archie – have fun you two!!

Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Ramsay

P2 blog 17/3/17

Primary 2 have all been working very hard and learning well!
We listened really carefully to PC Jackson, who came in to teach us about railway safety. We learned some very important messages:
• Don’t throw things on the railway or at the overhead wires.
• Don’t throw things at the trains.
• Don’t play near the tracks.
• Don’t go on the tracks – EVER!
• Don’t go past the yellow line when you are on the platform.

We’ve been busy writing and making things for some very special people and will bring these home on 24th March.
Our Dress Rehearsal for our show is on Monday 20th March and we look forward to performing in front of the rest of the school and some Nursery visitors. We’ve had lots of rehearsals with props but this will be our first experience of being in our costumes! Mrs Ramsay thinks we are all stars!
Zippy had fun with Violet last week and he’s now at Seb’s house until Monday – we look forward to hearing what they got up to!

We’ve done a lot of Number Talks recently in Numeracy and this is something we really enjoy. We’ve concentrated on doubles and near doubles. Mental Maths with Mrs Brockbank was fun and we worked on counting in 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s. We also did some exciting Problem Solving involving a Secret Code and went on a Nature Walk in the school Grounds to look for signs of spring. Drama was outside this week too and we enjoyed sharing our improvisations with our peers.

Thank you for your continued support. Next week is a busy and tiring week for the children and therefore there are no expectations regarding Homework! There will be a note in the Homework Jotters on Friday 17th explaining and giving you time over the weekend, if preferred.

Mrs Ramsay (PT)

P2 blog 2017

We had great fun at Drama, making up our own improvisations about things being fair/not fair. Violet, James, Evie and Ben concentrated particularly carefully and worked well together in their group – we loved their performance!
We have revised au, ew and ow (owl) in phonics and will continue this next week too.
It’s been the second week of Fairtrade Fortnight and our visit from LUSH Livingston staff was interesting and informative. Some of us even bought some bath bombs afterwards! We had a fruit tasting afternoon on Tuesday and talked about the different Fairtrade fruit available to buy and what this means for the workers. We tasted Fairtrade bananas and some mango, pineapple, grapes, strawberries, watermelon, other melon and pomegranate. It was all really yummy and healthy!
‘The Last Monster in Scotland’ rehearsals and progressing extremely well and we are very excited about the performance nights and look forward to sharing our fantastic singing, amazing acting skills and many other talents.
We drew selfies of ourselves dressed up on World Book Day last week and wrote about it too.
In Numeracy we focused on numbers to 100 and to 1000 – two more than/less than, 10 more than, less than. In Maths we made clocks and revised telling the time.
Our P6 Chums are off to Camp next week and we hope they have a wonderful time.
Have a lovely weekend! We hope Zippy enjoys his time at Violet’s house too!

P2 blog 3/3/17

It’s been another busy week in Primary 2. Show rehearsals are going very well and everyone is trying really hard. We are looking forward to performing to our families and friends on 21st and 22nd March – tickets are now on sale! Thank you to all parents for the costumes. Our dress rehearsal will be to the rest of the school on Monday 20th March.
Everyone looked fantastic in their World Book Day costumes and it was good to see everyone in the school altogether in the Hall. Primary 2 had a visit from the author Rachel McGaw and she told us all about her book ‘Ruan the Red Squirrel’.

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Our Google session on Tuesday was absolutely fantastic and we had great fun exploring ‘under the sea’ and ‘Space’!!
In Science with Mrs Cameron we made potions. We got sand with glitter in it and water and two spoons of cornflour. When you squeeze it goes all hard. (Annie) We added salt and water and then it disappeared. (Seb) We put sand in then water in and we gave it a shake, we were talking about solids and liquids and we found out that when you put salt into the water it looks like it’s disappeared but it actually hasn’t. We found out that sand and water stay apart until you shake it and then as soon as you stop shaking it, it goes apart again. (Graeme)
We’ve concentrated on Numeracy again this week, looking at numbers before, after and between and counting on and back from lots of different numbers, sometimes in ones, tens and hundreds.
It’s Fairtrade Fortnight and our focus is Fairtrade fruit, more information will follow about a fruit tasting session soon. We’re looking forward to LUSH Livingston staff coming to Low Port on Monday and know we should bring money in a purse/envelope with a note of what we should buy, if we wish to buy something from the LUSH stall.
We’ve designed some lovely Mother’s Day artwork – look out for this on display in Tesco very soon.
We’ve been learning all about the sound ‘ou’ (as in count) and have come up with so many different words we can spell. We particularly enjoyed working together with the magnetic boards and letters.

Hope Sparkle Night is good fun for all the parents and friends attending! Have a lovely weekend.