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This week in P2AG

Numeracy  

In Numeracy, we have been learning to estimate and measure the volume and capacity of an item (Harry T). We know to measure the volume of an item we can use a “measuring jug” (Abbaigh). To record the volume of an item we can us either “litres” or “millilitres” (Ruva). We also know that there are 1000ml in 1 litre (Noah).

Interdisciplinary learning (IDL)

This week we have been learning how to look after our body. We know that we must “keep ourselves clean” (Lily) have “a balanced diet” (Harry N), and have “lots of rest/sleep” (Adam). We also learned:

  • “A balanced diet should not have too much high fat foods; like cakes and ice cream. It’s ok to eat these as a treat” (Abbaigh).
  • “To keep myself clean, I was my hands after going to the toilet and I make sure to brush my teeth in the morning and at night” (Beth).

Literacy

Writing – In writing this week, we have continued to refine our personal writing during our news writing lesson. We also learned to up skill our imaginative writing by re-drafting our recent imaginative piece. We included more interesting vocabulary to make it more interesting for our reader.

Phonics – In phonics this week we have worked hard to develop our spelling skills. We have been using our phonics knowledge to spell new and unfamiliar words.

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This week in P2AG…

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Literacy

Writing – In writing this week, we were learning to write imaginatively (Lily). We used the character and story setting plans we created last week to help us write our story (Reggie). In our stories, we also included “a problem” (Nadia) the character faced and the “solution” (Ruva). Our main goals this week were to “write in sentences” (Cole), and include at least “two different connectives” (Noah).

Phonics – Last week we completed all set 3 phonic sounds as a class. This week we have been revising the sounds we found tricky. We have also been applying this knowledge in a variety of spelling tasks.

Numeracy  

In Numeracy, we have been learning to estimate and measure using weight (Harry T). To explore weight, we have been taking part in a variety of active learning approaches. We are now able to identify the difference between weighing scales and balance scales. Craig said “balance scales only compare weights but weighing scales tell you the exact weight”. We also know that there are 1000 grams in a kilogram (Ruva), that Kg stands for kilograms (Nikola) and g stands for grams (Ellie).

Interdisciplinary learning (IDL)

This week we have been learning about different types of farm machinery (Nadia). We discussed the different types of machines used on the farm and what they do. We know a tractor is used to “get through the muddy fields and not get stuck” (Ruva), “pull the plough along” (Rhys) and “pull the trailer with the animals in it” (Cole).  The combine harvester is cuts the wheat quickly (Rhys). We also compared the machinery used today to the machinery used in the past (Abbaigh) and discussed the benefits new machinery brings to the farmers. We now know that:

  • Before milking machines were invented, cows were milked by hand. (Beth)
  • It took the farmer 1 hour to milk 6 cows, now the milking machine can milk 6 or more cows at the same time. (Reggie)
  • Horses were used to pull the plough through the field before tractors were invented. (Miah)

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This week in P2AG….

Interdisciplinary learning (IDL)

This week we have been using our farm IDL context to develop our art skills. We were learning to create a piece of artwork based on our farmland surroundings. We looked at how the land was used in our local area. We then used water coloured paints to how to show roads, rivers, and fields would look from the sky.

In addition to this, we were learning to make a model “mother hen” (Lily). During the lessons, we developed our cutting skills and were able to use wool to weave together parts of the model together. To be successful “we had to be resilient and keep trying even when it was tricky” (Nadia).

Literacy

Writing -In writing this week, we were learning to write a story setting (Jaiden). We planned our story setting through an illustration and discussion with our talk partners (Craig). We then described what we could hear, smell and see and feel in our scene (Noah).

Phonics – This week we have been learning to identify and use the ‘cious and tious’ sound (Aleisha). We know the following words have the cious or tious sound:

  • “celebration” (Harry T)
  • “conversation” (Reggie)
  • “precious” (Ruva)

Numeracy

In numeracy, we continued to apply our mental maths strategies in new contexts. We consolidated our knowledge of the strategies taught in class through a variety of game-based activities. Our main focus this week was telling the time (both on a digital and analogue clock), and identifying 2D and 3D shapes.

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Last week in P2AG..

Interdisciplinary learning (IDL)

This week we have been learning where our food comes from (Noah). We were learning to describe the processes involved in milk production, all the way from the farm to the glass (Reggie). We know that the milk is stored in the cow’s udders (Tia) and the milk is warmed up to pasteurise it and get rid of all the germs (Callum).

We have also been learning how germs spread and the steps we can do to stop these spreading. We saw how easily germs spread by taking part in an experiment. Miss Gillon used glitter to represent the germs. She put this on her hands (Noah) and then she shook five pupils’ hands (Miah). These five pupils then touched areas in the classroom and shook everyone in the class’s hands. We were shocked to see how quickly germs spread. We then learned the six step hand washing technique to get rid of the ‘germs’ (glitter).

Literacy

Writing – In writing this week, we were learning to write a character description (Cole). We planned our character description through the use of illustration and discussion with our partners (Craig). We then wrote a paragraph describing the character. Next week we will be using both our character description and story setting to create an imaginative piece of writing.

Phonics – This week we have been learning to identify and use the ‘tion’ sound (Aleisha). We know the following words have the tion sound:

  • “attention” (Harry T),
  • “tradition” (Reggie).

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we have been applying our metal maths strategies in new contexts this week. We have been consolidating our knowledge of the strategies taught in class through a variety of game based activities. We practiced adding and subtracting, along with multiplication and division.

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This week in P2AG

Interdisciplinary learning (IDL)

With the European elections this week, we have been learning about the election process (Harry T) and how to create a campaign. We created our own campaign for the school leadership group elections.  To do this we designed a poster (Harry N) and wrote a speech. We then presented our speech and poster to the class in order to convince our peers we were the best person for the job. On Thursday we went to the “poling station” and voted for our preferred candidate by placing an ‘x’ in the box.

Literacy

Writing – In writing this week, we were learning to write persuasively (Abbaigh), as part of our IDL focus. We wrote a speech (Cole), as detailed above, to tell others why we would be a good candidate for the leadership role we had applied for. We then re-drafted our writing (Jaiden) to up level our work and improve our chances of being elected.

Phonics – This week we have been learning to identify and use the ‘ear’ sound (Nadia). We know the following words have the ear sound:

  • “gear” (Tia),
  • “ear” (Oscar)
  • “fear” (Noah).
  • “tear” (Cole).

Handwriting- This week we have been learning to form our letters correctly. We learned to form lower and upper case letters correctly (Callum). We made sure to position the letters on the line (Reggie) and make sure they were correctly sized.

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we have revising various maths and numeracy covered this year. We have been learning to identify coins and work out “total costs” (Ellie). We were also learning to calculate change (Reggie) and know we need to subtract to work out the total change (Oscar). We were also learning to split objected in half (Ruva) and quarter (Abbaigh). We then consolidated our knowledge of quarter past times on both the analogue and digital clock.

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This week in P2AG

Interdisciplinary learning (IDL)

In IDL with this week being digit learning week, we have been learning to program using the Bee-Bot. We were able to input instructions into the Bee-Bot to make it move (Noah). We were also able to predict the movement of the Bee-Bot through trial and error and were able to program it to follow a ‘path’.

To develop our directional language we made a map using squared paper and were able to provide precise directions on how to get from the start to a specific item. For example: “forward four, turn right and forward 1” (Evin).

Literacy

Phonics – We have been learning the ‘ure’ sound and know the following words have our new sound:

  • “pure” (Cole)
  • “sure” (Ellie),
  • “picture” (Abbaigh)
  • “mixture” (Ruva).

Library- We made our usual trip to the school library this morning and changed our chill books. One of these books will be in our homework file next week and one will stay in the class for DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time.

Writing

In writing this week, we were learning to write imaginatively (Jaiden).  We focused on including a story setting in our writing as an introduction to our stories. We were tasked with including “one wow word” in our story setting (Rhys).

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we have revising various maths and numeracy concepts covered this year. We started the week sequencing and ordering numbers to 100 (Eli). We then practiced adding and subtracting within 20 and crossing over ten. We know that we can track with our fingers to help us add and subtract and have been developing this skill. We then finished the week be developing our confidence in telling the time using both an analogue and digital clock. We know that:

  • The big hand is the minutes hand and the small hand is the hour hand (Reggie).
  • There is 30 minutes in half in hour (Krivi).

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This week in Primary 2AG

Another week has passed in P2AG.

Literacy:

“In writing we were learning to write a personal account” (Ellie). We really focused on using “capital letters, full stops, and finger spaces” (Tia) and at least two different connectives. We know a good piece of news writing includes: “what I was doing” (Cole), “who I was with” (Oscar), “when” I did this (Abbaigh) and “how I felt” (Nadia).

In phonics this week, we have been learning the ‘ur’ sound. The rhyme associated with the ‘ur’ sound is “nurse with a purse” (Tia).

This week we have also been learning to “visualise” parts of a story. (Harry N). We read a chapter of the class novel ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and had to draw how we imagined the scene would look.

We have also been learning to read with expression. We have been making more effort to say it like the character.

Interdisciplinary learning (IDL)

“In Health and Wellbeing, we have been learning how to manage our emotions” (Nadia). We have talked about the strategies we use and the new ones we can replace these with.  For example “When I feel angry I count to ten in my head instead of shouting or crying” (Ruva).

With it being democracy fortnight, we have been learning about the term democracy and the importance of voting (Beth). We know that “you can only vote once” (Krivi) and that everyone has the “right to vote” (Reggie).

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we have been learning to “identify lines of symmetry” (Cole) and complete a symmetrical drawing. We were able to use mirrors to help us identify lines of symmetry.

We have also been learning about directions (Nikola). We were learning to identify our left from our right and were able to follow simple instructions using our right and left hands.

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This week in P2AG

Literacy:

This week in literacy:

Writing – This week we continued develop our ability to write imaginatively. We used our IDL farm context, and wrote a story titled “An Animal Adventure!” (Ruva). Our stories had to include at least two WOW words in order to make our writing more interesting for the reader. Some examples of the WOW words used in our writing were: humongous (Oscar), enormous (Reggie), amazing (Krivi) and super (Abbaigh).

Phonics – We have been revising the ‘aw’ sound this week (Cole). We know the following word have the ‘aw’ sound: law (Miah), lawn (Oscar), dawn (Ellie) and paw (Lily).

Numeracy

This week we have been learning about symmetry during our maths lessons (Millie). We have been able to identify symmetrical patterns and create our own patterns both in the classroom and outdoors (check out our Twitter page to see some pictures). We also learned how to use a mirror as a tool to help complete a symmetrical picture and pattern.

Health and Wellbeing

This week, we have been learning to manage our own emotions (Callum). We discussed various situations and how these would make us feel, and we also discussed what we do to make ourselves feel happy in these situations. We also learned new breathing techniques as a tool for regulating our own emotions,. We particularly liked the ‘buzzing bee’ (Rhys) breathing technique! We also discussed other coping strategies such as smiling at others, bouncing a ball, reading a book and listening to music, before discussing why these strategies would help us feel calm.

 

Primary 2 and Miss Gillon would like to wish you a lovely bank holiday weekend! We look forward to updating you on our learning again next week.

This week in P2AG

Literacy:

This week in literacy:

Writing – This week we were learning to write imaginatively (Oscar) using our IDL farm context. Our story title was “A problem on the farm!” (Jaiden). Our stories had to include a beginning, middle and end and two different connectives. Some examples of the connectives we used were: and (Tia), but (Ellie), when and because (Evin).

Phonics – We have been learning the ‘ire’ sound this week (Abbaigh). We know the following word have the ‘ire’ sound: fire (Abbaigh), bonfire (Harry T), conspire (Nadia) and inspire (Ruva). We also know the meaning of these two tricky words.

Numeracy

This week we have revised previously taught concepts in preparation for our new maths topic next week. We focused on learning about patterns, both shape patterns and patterns in numbers. We were also practicing  sequencing and ordering numbers within 100 through a variety of different tasks during our station work (Jaiden).

IDL

This week, within the context of farm animals we have been learning about food chains. This week we began to explore food chain and food webs in more detail and were able to sort a selection of animals into one of the four categories; producer (Craig), consumer (Harry N), predator (Noah) and prey (Oscar).  We now know:

“All plants are producers because they make energy from the sunlight” (Craig)

“A caterpillar is a consumer” (Abbaigh)

“A lion is a predator because it eats other animals and hunts for its food” (Rhys)

“A Zebra is [an example of] prey” (Millie).

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Primary 2 and Miss Gillon.