P2 blog 16/3/18


This week in P2 we have been learning about time in maths. We went over o’clock and looked at half past. We played different activities to learn o’clock and half past but our favourite was What’s the Time Mr Wolf when Miss Cuthbert was the wolf and chased us when we got the time right. Miss Cuthbert also said we picked up o’clock and half past well so we went over other information about time. We looked into the fact that each number on the clock is 5 minutes so we can use our 5 times table to help us work out how many minutes each number is worth. We then played time bingo. Some of us are very competitive but it was lots of fun. We also had a little look at quarter past and quarter to.  In spelling we have moved on to a-e in magic e (cake, came and name etc.). We also went over common words. In reading routes we had to put a story in the correct order. On Tuesday an author came and read her book Rowan the Red Squirrel to us. It was very interesting to have the author read their book to us. She raised her voice when characters spoke and paused at punctuation just like we have been learning in class. We asked her questions about what it is like to be an author.  For topic we looked at all the plastic items around the school and discussed what else they could make them from that is kinder to the environment and sea creatures. Wood, metal, stone, clay, fabric and paper could be used instead of plastic for lots of things. We also found out that scientists in Italy have made a plastic from cooking oil and bleach. The plastic disintegrates in 6-8 weeks. So Miss Cuthbert said that hopefully when we are adults a lot of this more environmentally friendly plastic will be used instead of the bad plastic being used now and that means the animals and see creatures will be safer.  We also learnt that plastic is made from the same chemical as the petrol people use in their cars. In writing we wrote an imaginative story using our targets and we also wrote a mini report card for parents’ night next week. In handwriting we joined o and f together. In PE we have continued to work on our core strength. It is getting easier and we can balance for longer now.


Next week is parents’ night on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will be learning about fractions in maths and covering u-e in magic e for spelling. No reading homework will be handed out but we will be doing our reading every day in class as normal so we all need to make sure we have our reading books back in school on Monday. We still need to collect 9 egg boxes for our treasure chests to help us learn fractions. So please remember to hand some in after the holidays. We hope everyone has a lovely and safe holiday and remembers to write in their diaries using their targets for our return in April.


P2 blog 13/3/18

Last week and this week in P2 we have been consolidating our phonic sounds and common spelling words. In maths we have been working on our division skills as well as looking at area. For area we drew around our hands and worked out how many counters we needed to fill in the area of our hands. For HWB we are focusing on The Body. We looked at the skeleton and named the different bone areas and what they do (rib cage protects vital organs, skull protects the brain etc).We then drew around our friend and put the different bones of the body inside their outline. We linked our topic (Plastic in the Environment) with art and literacy to design a poster about using plastic bottles, bags and cups. Miss Cuthbert is going to put our posters around the school to help raise awareness of reusable bags, cups and bottles. Also for topic we wrote a story about a sea creature being killed or injured by plastic in the sea. Miss Cuthbert said she felt very sad when she read them. We have been finishing off our Paired Reading with our chums (due to missing out on the snow days) and trying out our new reading books for next week’s homework. We also looked at adjectives in our Reading Routes lesson on Monday 5th March. With Mrs Fan we learnt numbers in Mandarin up to 10. We really enjoyed dressing up as book characters on Friday. We had some personal reading time in class as some of us brought in books from home. We all received a book token and sticker.

Next week homework is as normal and Paired Reading is finished however we are allowed to bring in books, comic, annuals etc. from home and read them in class on a Friday as part of enjoyment of reading. On Tuesday we have an author visit with P1. They will be telling us what it is like writing stories as a job and how they get their ideas. In maths we will be looking at time (mainly o’clock and half past) and revising addition and subtraction. In spelling/phonics we will be looking at the magic rule a-e as in take and gave. We need to start collecting egg boxes. We need 20 egg boxes as we are going to make treasure chests and use them to learn about fractions in maths. So if you have any spare egg boxes at home please send them in.

P2 blog 23/2/18

This week we have continued with magic e in spelling and phonics. We have been looking at o-e words such as stole, rope and bone. In writing we wrote an imaginative story about space using our sentence starts. In Maths we have been learning about division by sharing a group of items out equally such as 10 shared equally by 5 = 2 etc. We have started our first week of Paired Reading with our chums. It is a lot of fun and we are enjoying picking our own books as well as reading to our chums. We have also started Reading Routes. It is fun because we get to work in groups and share our thoughts before we answer the questions. We worked together to think of questions beginning with who, what, why, where and when to ask Cinderella and her ugly sisters. We then took on a role as Cinderella, an ugly sister or a reporter. We then filmed ourselves carrying out the interview like you would see on TV. We had to remember to face the camera, speak clearly and not mumble. It was a lot of fun and we had a bit of a giggle when we watched the interviews on the Smartboard.
For Topic we drew our own portraits and wrote a sentence about what we want to be famous for when we are older. Some of us want to be inventors, scientists, architects, anthropologists, sports stars, charity workers and actresses. For our new topic Global Warming we discussed what it is and what we want to learn about it. Our focus is plastic so we are interested in learning why we use so much of it. In PE we are working on our balancing skills. Standing on one leg is getting easier but standing on our tip toes and staying still is hard.

Next week is the school show with P5 and P6 performing on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings but we get to watch their last rehearsal on Monday afternoon. We also have a visit from the SSPCA on Thursday as well as an author coming in to do some story telling.

P2 blog 16/2/18

In P2 this week we have been writing in our new diaries. We get to take the diaries home and write about things we have done over the week or at the weekend. Inside our diaries are writing targets and a helpful word list. On the word list there is space so we can add any words we might use often in our diaries. We need to bring our diaries in every Monday so we can share what we have been up to with our friends. In maths we worked more on the concept of multiplication by grouping given amounts such as 3 groups 4, 2 groups of 6 etc. We also learnt about eating a healthy diet in Health and Wellbeing. We learnt that our bodies need nutrients from fruits and vegetables. We also learnt a little about food groups. We used this knowledge to make our own healthy lunch boxes. Also in health and wellbeing we made friendship birds for our class friendship tree. We wrote about what makes someone a good friend on each bird.
Next week we are starting Paired Reading with our chums so every day we will be bring back our workbooks and a book of our choice to read at home (we will not be bring home a school reading book for the two weeks of paired reading). Our normal reading homework will commence on the week beginning Monday 5thMarch.

P2 blog 9/2/18

This week in P2 we have presented our class talks on Famous Scots. We learnt about a lot of different Famous Scots. It was very interesting. We all spoke loud and clear and faced our audience. Some of us dressed up in character, some of us made a PowerPoint and some of us had props and photos. We also learnt about Mary Queen of Scots and Nicola Sturgeon with Miss Cuthbert. In maths we have been using cubes and Numicon to make groups of a given number such as 4×3= (4 groups of 3) etc. we worked together in pairs and on our own. In spelling/phonics we have started the magic e rule and this week we are doing i-e as in pine, smile and shine etc. On Tuesday we learnt about internet safety and how to stay safe online. We learnt not to give any information about ourselves when playing online such as name, age, school or the town we live in. In writing we wrote sentences on our white boards and in our jotters with sentence starts such as My, The, I, The last time, Another thing, Sometimes etc. On Thursday we went to see our chums present Powerpoints they made about Easter.
In PE we are working on our balancing skills and at the end we completed a challenge. Miss Cuthbert said we all made a great effort so we all earned a counter for our group. In French we went over our French colours again and learnt to say please and thank you. On Tuesday we had a Chinese teacher visit us name Mrs Fan. She taught us how to say hello in Mandarin. Next week is Chinese New Year and she will come in to our class on Thursday 15th February. To mark the Chinese new year and to show our thanks to our Chinese teacher we are allowed to bring something red to wear in class on the Thursday afternoon. We can change into or put the red item of clothing on after lunch.
Next week we are off on Monday and Tuesday so our homework is due in on Wednesday 14th February. We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday break.

P2 blog 2/2/18

This week in P2 we have been working on the spelling/sound y as in fly, why and myself. In maths we have been looking at the two times table and doubles as well as revising our even and odd numbers. In handwriting we have been joining the letters n and k together. In French we learnt to say my name is (je m’ appelle). For our Famous Scots topic we learnt about Alexander Fleming and Alexander Bell. Alexander Bell invented the telephone. Just think if he never invented the telephone we would not have mobile phones or the Internet. Miss Cuthbert showed us what a phone looked like when she was a child and we compared it to the mobile phones we use today. We then invented our own phones for the future. Our phones can disappear, give you a puppy, make your dinner and give you all the money in the world. Alexander Fleming invented a medicine called penicillin. Thanks to his discovery many lives have been saved. We linked this to our Health and Wellbeing and looked into different types of medicine. Then we invented our own medicine. Some of our medicines cured meningitis, allergies, chicken pox, eczema and strokes. We also looked at the different ways medicines can be taken/given (pills, liquids, creams etc) and packaged. We then designed our own packaging for our medical creation. On Tuesday afternoon the school had an open literacy afternoon. In P2 we went over Paired Reading. We will be starting Paired Reading with our chums after the February break for 2 weeks. Our Paired Reading books will be sent home every day instead of our normal reading books. We can use the school books provided, our own books from home or books from the local library. In PE we have moved on to working on our balancing skills/ability. It is a lot of fun as some of us wobbled around a lot. In writing we wrote part one of an imaginative story about a pirate. We used adjectives to describe the sea, ship and pirate.

Next week our class talks are due in on Monday 5th February and we will present our talks to the class on Mondays or Tuesday. Tuesday is also Internet Safety day so we will be learning how to keep safe whilst using the internet. In maths we will be working more on times tables by grouping given amounts i.e. 4 groups of 3 = ? 2 groups of 6 =?. In Spelling/Phonics we will be starting magic e. We will be learning about the i-e rule (side, smile and hide). For topic we will be learning about Famous Scottish Ladies.

P2 blog 26/1/18

This week in P2 we have been learning our two times table stations (2,4,6,8 etc) as well as looking at even and odd numbers. Even numbers can be shared out equally and in groups of twos but odd numbers always have one left over. To learn our times tables we have been playing games in class and using topmarks coconut multiples on the laptops. For even and odd we have also been playing games, making posters and playing coconut even and odd on the laptops. For our common words in spelling we wrote silly sentences every day. They were so silly Miss Cuthbert laughed out loud. We have started cursive (joined up) handwriting this week. So far Miss Cuthbert said she is super impressed. We joined s and t together. For phonics/spelling our sound this week is igh as in high, right and bright. We wrote our letters in sand, on our elkinon boards and in play dough. For Topic we learnt about Andrew Carnegie. He was a very kind and generous man. He was born in Dunfermline but emigrated to America when he was young. He worked very hard and became the richest man in the world. He created organisations that gave money to those in need who wanted to make their lives better. His trusts give money towards things like books and educational materials. In America he built lots of libraries to make books available to the poor as well as the rich. He believed the rich people of the world should share their money and help others to make their lives better. In French we played games and sang songs to help us learn our numbers to 20. In writing we wrote a story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The bears were not happy with Goldilocks for stealing their food and breaking their chairs. Some of us read our stories out loud to the rest of the class. We then had to underline all our writing targets in colour pencil before handing in our work.

Next week our spelling/phonics sound is y as in fly, sky, myself etc. In maths we will continue with our two times table. On Tuesday parents are invited into class for the whole school literacy afternoon. We will be looking at Paired Reading. Every year Primary 2 do paired reading with their P6 chums for two weeks. If you can’t make the afternoon Miss Cuthbert can show the DVD after school at 3:20pm or send a paper copy of the Powerpoint home.

P2 blog 19/01/18

This week in P2 we have been adding different coins together to work out the total amount as well as selecting different coins to make a given amount. We used the laptops to play a money game. Here is the link so we can play it at home https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money (or you can google topmarks money game and it is the first option on the search). We have started our new topic Famous Scots and Miss Cuthbert has given us a homework task. The task is a class talk about a famous Scot of our choice. The criteria are in our homework jotters. In class we have been learning about Robert Burns and on Friday we will learn about Saint Andrew. For HWB we went over road safety and made posters in Literacy to remind others how to cross the road safely using the rule Stop, Look and Listen. We then made a street model using our construction toys to demonstrate to Miss Cuthbert and Tyler (S6 helper) our understanding of road safety. We also looked at what makes a good friend. We have some homework to do about what makes a good friend (it will be handed out on Monday 22nd). In French we went over the colours of the rainbow and sang a French colour song. For Art we went outside in the snow and made sphere sculptures, some of us made snowmen and snow ladies, dogs, reindeers, Stormtroopers and BB8. In spelling/phonics/reading we made cupcake posters of our previous learning and then played snap and pairs using cupcake sound/fry’s words cards. Here is a link to explain more about Fry’s words http://www.kenton.kyschools.us/userfiles/12499/Fry%20Words/Fry%201000%20Instant%20Words%20links%20info%20and%20website.pdf. In writing we wrote an imaginative story about the The Wolf and the Three Naughty Pigs. We used verbs to describe the characters, weather and setting.
Mondays PE slot has now been moved to Friday after assembly. So we all have to make sure we have our PE kits for Wednesday and Friday.

P2 blog 12/1/18

This week in P2 we are all really happy to be back and see our friends. We have been revising our previous learning by playing maths and phonics games and activities. Also in maths we have been learning about money. We have looked at the different coins and discussed other ways to pay for things such as bank notes, bank cards, credit cards and mobile phone apps. We then added 3 or 4 coins together to work out their total amount. Next week Instead of collecting counters for table points Miss Cuthbert is going to award us money (plastic coins) and for every £1 we earn we can purchase 5 minutes golden time. In reading we have been working with our books for next week’s homework. We have been reading them to our peers, discussing the type of books they are by looking at the key features and reading aloud to show expression and tone. For topic we learnt that people who investigate and monitor weather are called meteorologists and that they send balloons up in to the sky to measure the temperature. We also learnt that different crops grow in different climates i.e. corn grows in hot weather and rice grows where it is wet, wind vanes show which direction the wind is blowing and it moves the clouds. Did you know that if a pine cone falls from its tree and it’s closed it fell when it was wet and if it is open it was dry? Or that a frog croaks more when it is about to rain? We are also going to carry out a science experiment next week to show a water cycle. A water cycle is when water rises up to the sky to make clouds then it falls back down again in bigger droplets as rain.

Next week PE and homework is as normal. Miss Cuthbert asked if we could check if we have any school reading books at home, that we all have our PE kit back and that we all have indoor shoes to wear in the classroom.

P2 blog 22/12/17

This week in P2 we have been a little tired and excited but we still managed to have lots of fun creating our weather games. We drew backgrounds about weather then we filled in our squares with different instructions such as You are in a flood swim back 2 spaces and A tornado has picked you up go forward 4 spaces etc. For spelling we created a bubble writing poster of all our sounds in P2 so far. We also made some posters for our numeracy wall using Numicon as templates. With our chums we made 3D reindeers using card as well as a Funky Reindeer portrait. It was fun and it was nice spending time with our chums before Christmas. For maths we worked on Christmas themed data handling, addition and subtraction. It was our Christmas party on Thursday so we sprinkled reindeer food in the playground with p1 so Santa and his reindeers would come to our party. It worked and we all got to meet Santa. He gave us all a present. It was so exciting.
Zippy returned to school on Monday. Mrs McCartney found him wandering the corridors looking for our classroom. Miss Cuthbert let one of us take him home until Friday in case Casper came back to kidnap him. On Tuesday night Casper came back to class and stole all our Christmas presents from Miss Cuthbert so we made a song using our musical instruments to ask Casper to come back with our presents. It worked and he brought them back today.
After Christmas we will be revising our learning in maths and spelling as well as learning a bit more about weather with Dr Seuss via Cat in the hat, Thing One and Thing Two.
We hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.