P2 blog 9/6/17

It was Violet’s birthday on Monday and we gave her a pink balloon.  At the end of the day we went to the Zone and played with different equipment.  It was fun.

It was raining cats and dogs on Tuesday but we still walked along to the Rugby Club.  There was a Book Festival on and our books were colouring books drawn by an illustrator, Eilidh Muldoon.  She got us to draw and colour pictures to stick on a great huge drawing of the Palace, the Church and the Peel.  By the time we got back to school we were soaking wet!  Thank you to the parent helpers who came with us.

We had Mrs Cameron on Wednesday.  We did Art instead of Science.  Our pictures were sponge paintings of dandelion clocks.  We also had Chum Time with P6s and we did some Creative Thinking, designing restaurants!

Two of our chrysalides emerged as Painted Lady butterflies.  They looked amazing once they had dried their wings.

On Thursday Mrs Laurie came back.  She was so delighted because she was able to see the third butterfly emerge.  We have been doing CEM quizzes this week and Mrs Kerr says we are all stars because we worked brilliantly.

 

Mrs Laurie and Primary 2

 

P2 blog 2/6/17

We’ve had a busy week doing lots of Outdoor Learning.  On Tuesday we made twig houses for possible visiting mini aliens.  It was great fun!  We did ‘Forces’, push and pull, with Mrs Cameron on Wednesday, then focused on hand-eye co-ordination when we were outside doing PE.  On Thursday we worked along with P4T, investigating how to make ‘unpoppable’ bubbles.  We thought that the secret ingredient is glycerin and we were right!  We’re going to make up some more mixture next week using our own recipe:-

Fairy liquid – two parts, Glycerin – half part and cold boiled water.  We also found that covered garden wire makes excellent bubble wands.

Layla was a life-saver when she brought in her Butterfly Habitat for our chrysalides.  Evie was able to tell us exactly what to do because she is ‘mothering’ butterflies at home too!  Thanks girls!

Gabe is getting to be a whizz with Code Cracker work.  He’s gone from taking 1.21 minutes to finishing in 26.7 seconds!  The target is 30 seconds.  Wow!

Welcome to our new P2 as well 😊

 

Mrs Laurie and Primary 2

 

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)