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’.

www.rachelmcgawwriter.wordpress.com/about/

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.

P2 blog 23/2/17

Hello from Primary 2,
We reflected on our learning and discussed what we have enjoyed so far this term….
Evie is loving learning the school show songs and is looking forward to performing.
Jake has enjoyed learning to tell the time – he is good at o’clock and ‘a little bit of half past’.
Maisie has liked numeracy work with adding and subtracting.
Layla liked learning about fractions and now understands about halves.
Thomas really enjoyed doing the canal picture for the Round Table Competition.
Tom enjoyed the team games we did at PE.
Euan liked running around in PE and helping others in P2 with their fractions work. To find a half of something Euan knows to get cubes and say ‘one to you and one to me…’.
Fergus liked spending time with Mrs Ramsay (aww).
Archie enjoyed drawing the canal picture too, he drew a boat in his.
Ben liked this as well, he enjoyed choosing the colours he needed.
Amelie liked doing French, we were counting up to 30 and we played ‘Bingo’ to check we knew our numbers.
Alasdair thinks his canal drawing is very good and he is pleased with it.
Erin loved playing bingo in French. Ooh la la!
Oscar enjoyed this too. He thought it was great fun.
Anna got all of her numbers except one and she was very excited!
Ross won our game of bingo and he was very good at helping others remember all the numbers in French. Well done Ross.
Gabe enjoyed the canal drawing competition and he drew ‘Victoria’ because his Grandpa used to ‘drive it and fall off it a few times too.’
Violet enjoyed co-operating with her friends in the Zone.
James liked drawing the people on the boats in his canal drawing entry.

P2 blog 9/2/17

This week in P2 Miss Cuthbert is happy to be back and has been very impressed with our singing for the school show. In Maths we have moved onto Money. Yesterday we looked at the different coins, their colours, size and shape. Today we added different coins to make a given total and identified which coins make a given amount (select 3 coins that make 27P). Miss Cuthbert will update our maths learning wall soon to reflect our future learning. In spelling we have been continuing with the ‘au’ sound (because) with Miss Cuthbert and will move onto ew (flew) next week. In writing we have been designing posters for the school show and looking at the importance of font (letter) size to grab the viewers’ attention as well as key information. Homework will remain as it is until Miss Cuthbert is back fulltime.

We hope everyone enjoys their February break and we look forward to settling back into our normal routines on Wednesday 15th February. Family/Friends could discuss the different coins, notes and bank cards in your purse/wallet with your child to familiarise them with different methods of payment.

 

P2 blog 3/2/17

Hello from Primary 2,
This week has been our WOW (Week Of Work) jotter week so we have had fun including all our learning for the week in these jotters.
The school show rehearsals are continuing. Children are encouraged to learn any words they may have and all the song words too please. We have also sent home a note about costumes and we appreciate your help with this.
Reading will continue to be on Mondays and Thursdays at the moment and all P2s also have Fry’s Common Words lists they can read and spell. We’ve been hearing all the different ways being tried at home – lovely to hear!
We have been busy with lots of Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Well Being.
It’s another VLG day on Friday and we always enjoy learning with others from throughout the school.
Euan and Annie represented Primary 2 at the unveiling of the plaque in the Rose Gardens, to remember Ronnie, our much loved and missed lollipop man. Thank you Euan and Annie, we had a lovely class discussion about all our memories of Ronnie.
We have begun our entries for the Linlithgow Round Table Marches Magazine drawing competition, thinking carefully about the Union Canal, an important part of Linlithgow’s heritage.
Mrs Brockbank was our teacher on Thursday and Friday this week and it was fun getting to know her. Mrs Johnston taught us about food chains too.
Thanks to our Primary 6 Chums for looking after us on Tuesday afternoon and helping with our Reflections and WOW jotters. We also had fun outdoors on a shape hunt.
Have a lovely weekend everyone (Zippy will be en route to someone’s house this weekend too)
Mrs Ramsay and Primary 2.

P2 blog 27/1/17

Hello again from P2!
We have been enjoying learning more songs for our school show and discussing the different parts too. Song words will be sent home very soon as some of the children have been asking for these – enjoy the extra singing at home!! Parts have also now been allocated and some children have their script too (if they chose a speaking role).
In Health and Wellbeing, we’ve been discussing the importance of a clean and tidy school and classroom and we all tidied our trays. We also discussed the importance of looking after books and looking after the class Library.
Lots of numeracy has been covered and we have worked hard individually and with partners using the Rekenreks to help us. In Maths we learned about halves and quarters with Mrs Johnston on Wednesday. We also created beautiful Loch Ness Monster artwork.
It was interesting to discuss the different Scots words we know and recognise and we enjoyed watching and listening to The Gruffalo in Scots.
We are looking forward to the P4T assembly on Friday 27th – we always enjoy class assemblies
In French our focus was numbers and we are getting pretty confident counting up to 31!
Our music appreciation this week was A Night on the Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky and we are looking forward to some Drama based around Inside Out.
PE with Mrs Cameron was good fun and we worked hard on our ball skills.

At the moment, reading is for Mondays and Thursdays and we also have common words lists which we can read and spell at home too. Thank you for your support with this. School show song words and lines (if children have opted for a speaking role) can also be learned at home – thank you.

Have a lovely weekend!
P2 and Mrs Ramsay

P2 blog 20/1/17

Hello from Primary 2!!
We are very excited as we have started learning some of the lovely songs for our school show ‘The Last Monster in Scotland’. Everyone has been trying very hard as there are lots of words to learn and the songs are a bit tricky! We have been learning lots about Scotland with Mrs Ramsay and Miss Tully (on Wednesdays). It was interesting to learn more about Robert Burns, tartan, thistles and Greyfriars Bobby. This ties in very well with our school show, which we will perform with Primary 3. Our favourite songs so far are ‘Drumnadrochit’ and ‘A Wee Bit Doolally!’.
In Maths and Numeracy we have concentrated on time (o’clock and half past), fractions (halves and quarters) and number patterns. These are all areas which can be consolidated at home please. In Literacy we have completed functional writing (a menu), imaginative (The Bear Family) and personal (My Weekend News), thinking carefully about vocabulary, correct use of punctuation and accurate spelling.
Music appreciation has been something different and we have enjoyed listening to Mars from ‘The Planets’ by Holst and In the Hall of the Mountain King from ‘Peer Gynt’ by Grieg.
We’ve enjoyed Chum time with P6, where we created fantastic stories together and some time with P7 where we designed robots.
Mr Stewart (West Lothian Lead Officer for Primary PE) is coming today to teach Primary 2 and we are looking forward to that.
We look forward to seeing Miss Cuthbert when she returns to school. Have a lovely weekend.

P2 blog 16/12/16

This week in P2 we have started joined up writing. We were joining the letters u and n. In Maths we have been adding 2 digits to 2 digits. We used number grids, Deans Materials and some of us worked in a group together. We have also been looking at time. We used analogue clocks to set the time to o’clock and half-past. It was our last paired reading session on Monday as we will be doing new reading activities in term three through the Reading Routes scheme and fry’s words with our reading homework. We had a little taster of the fry’s words on Monday. For spelling we have been revising our aw, ow, ay, oi, ow, oy and ue. We have been working in teams to find as many words with these rules by scanning the text in our library books. It is a lot of fun and we are earning a lot of counters. In PE we carried on with dancing and performed our routine to the whole school. In Science we investigated bendy and non-bendy items and listed them into groups. Luckily we never broke anything. We also received letters from Santa. It was very exciting. We also had a visit from some elves who are hiding our sweets from the advent calendar. We made wanted posters to catch them but now we think they are sad as Santa gets all the attention at Christmas. So we are going to write them letters thanking them for all their hard work. Next week is a short week as we are preparing for Christmas. We wish everyone a happy and restful holiday.