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Primary 2/3 Week beginning 14.09.20

I cannot believe that we are another week down, P2/3 have worked so hard this week and have covered so many different learning experiences.


This week in literacy we revised ‘ch’ and ‘sh’ . We played games in which we read words containing these digraphs, used spotter stories to identify words containing these digraphs and used elkonin boxes and 5 finger word strategy to build words containing these digraphs.

‘ship chip’ Fraser   ‘cheep’ cash’ Erin and Melissa    ‘chips and sheep’ Emily


For writing this week we concentrated on ‘connectives’ The children are able to identify that  ‘a connective is a word’ Isla. For example:

‘but’ Becky    ‘so’ Leighton    ‘because’ April    ‘and’ Malcolm

The purpose of a connective is…  ‘ it joins two sentences together’ Jacob. 

We then used sentence starters chose a connective and then finished the sentence off. Here are some of our examples:

I had to play with Sam, but Mum had to come with me’ Layla

‘We went the top of the tower to take a picture but it was raining’ Andrew

‘I went a picnic but it was raining’ Emily

‘We made cakes so we can sell them to people’ Kendal


In Numeracy with Mrs Jacobs we continued to consolidate our understanding of half past timings. This week we looked at drawing on the hands ensuring that-

the little hand is in between the two numbers Isla and the big hand always points down to the six for half past Marcus

We also played a bingo game which used o’clock and half past timings so we had to really concentrate and know our time knowledge.

IDL: Ancient China

On Wednesday of this week we did our hook lesson for our new IDL topic. After lunch we arrived back i our classroom to a challenge from Emperor Ting, along with Chinese jigsaw pictures to put together and different artefacts to investigate.

We discussed what we already know about China:

They have dragons Erin

They have Dragons at Chinese new Year Leighton

There are Chinese Lanterns

The Great Wall of China: It is made from stone and is 2000 years old. Malcolm

Chinese Dragons: Don’t like red Jacob

The Budda Statues: This is what the Chinese God looks and helps people calm down and relax

The Chinese speak a different language, they speak Chinese Fraser

Chinese buildings are not like our buildings Fraser.

Chinese have temples instead of churches

My Gran has a Budda in her house: Marcus and Layla

Hana knows how to speak their language

Chinese have different clothes than us Leighton

 The Chinese people have slightly different eyes than us. Kendal

And then we talked about what we would like to know and find out about during our topic

Is China a rich country or a poor country?

What religion do they have in China and what is their God like?

What kind of clothes did Chinese people wear?

What is Chinese New Year and what do they do during it?

What are the red buildings in China?

What are terracotta warriors? And why do they exist?

What are Chinese schools like?

What is Chinese food like?

What do Chinese homes look like?

Why are Chinese animals important to Chinese people?

Are there Ninjas?

What is the Great Wall of China? Why was it made and who made it?

Do China still have Emperors?

What is Chinese weather like? 



This week we continue with our EmotionWorks Recovery Programme and spent time investigating the Orange Cog- Hana.  Becky was able to tell us that the Orange cog reminds us of the different emotions we can have and the emotive language that goes with this cog. We then discussed feeling brave and we added another page to our zig zag feelings books. They look great up on our wall.


This week in P2/3 Week beginning 07.09.20

Over the last three weeks Primary 2/3 have been getting to know each other. Our class has children who have come from 3 different classes. Everyone has settled well into our routines and is working very hard to show Mrs Cuthbert how much they know and what their likes and dislikes are.

Our focus since coming back to school has been on Health and Wellbeing. Over the first couple of weeks the children worked on producing a lapbook all about themselves. This has included information about their family, interests, ambitions, talents and favourite things. These are now displayed on our wall.


Since starting back we have begun to revise digraphs and phonemes from last year such as qu, ai, oa, ie and oi. We have used the sounds to build words as well as reading and identifying words that contain these sounds.


  • This week we have been revising ‘ee’ and ‘or’. We have been reading and spelling words containing our digraphs. We are linking our phonics digraphs to Jolly Phonics actions. The action for ‘ee’ ‘or’ is a donkey and its ear. Have a look at the illustration below.

Our writing this week focused on our campaign speech for our class rep pupil groups. All children worked very hard to write a speech which would persuade their peers that they were the best person to represent our class. We now have class reps for the following pupil groups:

  • Health Committee
  • Pupil Council
  • WOW Monitor
  • Digital Leader
  • Eco Committee

We also had a good discussion as a class on what genre boxes the children wanted in their class libraries. The genres were very varied and the children are loving having a wide variety of boos to choose from during reading for enjoyment. We have the following genres in our class library:

  • Stories about Jesus and God
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient China
  • Non-Fiction Animal books
  • Julia Donaldson books
  • Oliver Jeffers books
  • Feelings books


Primary 3s have been revising numbers to 100 and Primary 2s have been investigating numbers to 100. All children have been using manipulatives to identify TENS AND UNITS and in some cases HUNDREDS TENS AND UNITS. Again the children are showing a good understanding of this and are making excellent progress.

Another strategy we have been looking at is partitioning. Children are showing a sound understanding of this and are able to explain how they have partitioned the 2/3 digit number and why.

Both P2s and P3s have been revising addition and subtraction strategies. We have also been looking at the language of maths with the different vocabulary that means addition and subtraction.

The children have also been using active games and activities to consolidate and revise maths concepts. Bingo games, loop cards, dominoes and digital technology are firm favourites.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been extending our knowledge of o’clock times and are looking at half past timings on analogue and digital clocks. We are working hard at accurately drawing the hands on half past timings.

Health and Wellbeing

 At Sunnyside HWB has taken centre stage in welcoming the children back. Lockdown has been a challenge and a situation that has been challenging for all children, staff and parents so giving the children the opportunity to discuss lockdown memories, as well as the emotions that this time caused. We have done this through circle times, EmotionWorks recovery programme and our writing.

We have been making an Emotions zigzag book. The children have been writing about different emotions, what triggers these emotions and what we can do to self regulate.

Next week we will be focussing on the Orange Cog which teaches the children all about Emotion Vocabulary.

Through our EmotionWorks lessons and NME lessons we have looked at activities that we can do to help us self regulate We enjoy using playdough and rice in our class.

Primary 1EC Week beg 09.03.20


This week we learned the sound ‘z’ The action is a bumblebee.

Our shared text this week was Someone swallowed Stanley. Stanley was a plastic bag. The sea creatures thought he was a jelly fish. A turtle, a whale and the seagulls tried to eat him.

The Turtle started to choke on the bag. A boy helped the turtle. He said that plastic bags d not live in the ocean. They can kill animals.

In our writing this week this week we wrote about Sea turtles:

“Sea turtles have 4 flippers’ Melissa

“Some people try to hunt the sea turtles’ Isla

“The leatherback turtle is the biggest turtle” Celestan

“The hawksbill turtle is the only turtle that can eat the coral sponges. The coral sponges are toxic to other turtles.” Callen

“The Green sea turtle could not retract their head into its shell” Angus



Our focus this week has continued to be money and fractions. In money we looked at how we work out change from 10p.

“You have to do a take away sum, 10-4=6” Miley

Next week we are going to extend our learning and look at adding coins to 20p.

We revised our knowledge of fractions ½ and ¼ of an amount this week. We are learning that if it is ½ then the cubes are divided into 2 groups and if it is a ¼ the cubes are divided into 4 groups. Some of us are trying to learn our doubles and halves mentally

“a half is 2 equal shapes” Darcie

“a quarter is 4 equal parts” Cooper

“Half of 8 is 4” Celestan

“We played Hit the Button to help us with our halves and doubles” Cooper

“Half of 10 is 5”

“Double 10 is 20” Celestan

“Double 20 is 40” Ryan McInally


In IDL we have continued to learn about under the sea creatures. This week our focus was on Sea Turtles. We learned lots of facts about them and we wrote a fact-file on Thursday during writing. Mrs Cuthbert was very impressed with how hard we were working.


“There are 7 different species of sea turtles” Darcie

“Green sea turtles cannot put their heads into their shells” Andrew

“The leatherback turtle is the biggest of the sea turtles” May

“The loggerhead turtle eats jellyfish” Angus

Primary 1EC week beg 02.03.20

I cannot believe that it is March already. The weeks re flying in and as usual Primary 1EC have been working really hard. Here is a snapshot of what we have done this week.



In writing this week we wrote a fact file about Starfish. This was the sea creature we have been focusing on this week. Mrs Cuthbert was very impressed with the number children who were able to write their facts independently using a word bank. On the fact file we had label the different parts of the starfish.


“Starfish can be different colours” Miley

 “Starfish have no blood and they breathe through their feet.” May

“Starfish don’t have a brain” Isla

“Starfish can stick on rocks” Melissa

“Starfish eat sponges” Jacob

“Starfish eat sand dollars” Cooper

“Starfish can eat tiny fish” Darcie

“Some starfish can be very heavy” Andrew


It was World Book Day on Thursday and lots of us dressed up as our favourite character from a book we enjoy reading. In the afternoon we watched an Author’s Live Event from Ed Vere. He wrote the book ‘Max the Brave’. It was great to see who the author was and what he had to say about his book. At the end of the clip he taught us how to draw a step by step picture of Max. We really enjoyed doing this and some of the pictures are excellent.

“He read us his new story ‘Max and bird’” May

“He read us the story Max the brave” Ryan C

“We drew Max the brave it was fun” Miley

“I enjoyed colouring in Max’s cape red” Rhys


This week we had a look at fractions. We learned about a half and a quarter

“A half is something that is split into 2 equal bits.”

“A quarter is split into 4 bits.”

We learned to identify these fractions, colour in a ½ and ¼ of a shape and to work out ½ or ¼ of an amount. We linked our learning of division with this.

“1/2 of 20 is 10” Celestan

“1/2 of 12 is 6” Miley

“1/2 of 10 is 5” Melissa

“1/2 of 8 is 4” Jacob


At the beginning of the week we had a special visitor in our class. Baby Max and his Mummy, Victoria came to teach us how to look after a baby.

We told Victoria what we already knew about looking after babies and then we asked her some questions…

“When does Max sleep?” Angus

“When is Max’ birthday?”  Cooper

“What is his favourite food?” Andrew

“How much milk does he have?” Melissa

“What does he do?” May

We then were allowed to try and feed Max. He was having apple and pear puree. Victoria squeezed a bit on the spoon and we gave it to him.

“It was lots of fun I enjoyed it” May

“I liked feeding baby Max” Cooper

“I liked it when he almost spat his puree back out” Darcie

Week beginning 28.02.20


This week as part of our whole school ‘identity’ focus P1EC studied ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. After reading the story the children completed a 3 Sharings on the book.

On Tuesday our visualisation task required the children making a wild thing. Using different 2D shapes the children created their own wild things.

On Wednesday we thought about what we did when we were being a wild thing….

‘When I am feeling wild I jump on my bed and scream.’ Jacob

‘When I am feeling wild I slam my door.’ Cooper

‘When I am feeling wild I hit my brother and jump up and down.’ May

The children participated in some Drama freeze frames to show what they do when they feel wild.

During our Class reflections at the end of the week the children discussed that studying ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ was a highlight of their week and they would like to do more on the book.


This week we consolidated our addition of coins to 10p. We played a money bingo game, topmarks games and completed written tasks.

‘I would like to play more money games’ Celestan

As we are making very good progress we are going to start looking at giving change from 5p and 10p.

If you are out and about at the shops over the next week encourage the children to help you use coins to pay for things.


As part of our RSHP lessons the children have been learning the correct names for different parts of the male and female bodies. The children worked collaboratively together to label the outlines of the male and female bodies. To consolidate their learning the children then worked into pairs and wrote labels for male and female bodies.

To extend out learning we learned the ‘Pants’ Rule. The children understand that they are the boss of their bodies and that the ‘Pants’ rule teaches them that their private area remains private.

We loved singing the Pantsosaurus song!


We were super lucky on Friday and got to work with Glenna Scacchi. We did some drama linked to our Under the Sea topic. After warming up our bodies we brain stormed what under the sea creatures we knew. We then acted out being these creatures. We had sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles and fish. At the end of the session we learned about a clever fish called a ‘Chichlid’

These clever fish pretend to be dead when they get caught. When they are thrown back into water they quickly swim off.






Week Beginning 10.02.20 P1EC


This week our shared class text was “Stardust” by Jeannie Willis and Brionny May Smith. This book was all about identifying that everyone shines in their own way and at their own time. This links to our HWB lessons on Unique, Similar and Different.

“I loved that the little girl started to shine when she became an astronaut” Kristofer

After discussing the text using our 3 Sharings, the children thought about how they shine. We discovered that we shine in many different ways.

Some of were really good at swimming, some were really good at gardening, looking after their pets and numeracy.

“I would like to do more learning on this book” May

In writing this week the children read the book “Guess how much I love you?” Sam McBratney with Miss Elizabeth. The children then created their own little ‘Guess how much I love you’ books for their Valentine.


We continued our learning about Money and Division this week.

Money: We are becoming more confident with identifying the different coins and their values. We are able to identify how many 1p coins are required for a given amount eg; 1p, 1p, 1p, 1p, 1p, 1p = 6p. We can count up 1p coins to identify the total as well. We are enjoying the active games and activities to consolidate our learning.

We have also started to add simple amounts of coins together. Eg 2p, 2p 1p = 5p

Division: We have been taking part in lots of different practical tasks using cubes and pasta to support us. We are learning to become familiar and use the language of division ‘share’ ‘equally’ ‘groups’ eg share 12 by 4 groups

“I am becoming more confident with division” May

“I know that I have to make the number if groups and share cubes between the groups” Ryan


This week we heard the story of Joseph and his technicoloured dream coat. After reading the story and discussion, the children made their own special multi-coloured coats.

“I like hearing the story about Joseph” Ellie

“Joseph wanted to be a sheep farmer and look after the sheep. His Dad gave him a cool coat.” Celestan

 Valentine’s Day:

On Friday we had a very special visitor in our class who helped us make a special gift for our Valentines. Claire, May’s Mum showed us how to make Bath Fizzers. We were very excited when we saw the activity being set up. We used bicarbonate of soda, Cornflour, Epsom salts and Citric Acid. Once we had mixed all the ingredients together we used a heart shaped mould to press the mixture into. We then popped it out and left it to set. We had such a lot of fun and our classroom smelt amazing! Thank you Claire!


Week beginning 10.02.20 P2CF

This week in Primary 2CF

We hope that you all enjoyed our assembly about the alphabet last Friday! Thank you to everyone who was able to come along and see our magnificent assembly and hard work, and thank you again for helping everyone learn their words at home.

Here are a few of the things we have been learning about this week.

Maths – we have been learning about sharing things equally.

“ We have been using cubes to help us share things into groups” Zac

“I am finding dividing work very easy” Amelia

“We had to share the lollies out between 2 people” Zyna

“ I found dividing a little tricky” Kyle


Literacy – We read a story called There is No Dragon In This Book.

After reading the story we had to identify different punctuation marks. We found question marks, full stops and we identified an elipsis … in the text.

“I liked the story as it had Jack and the Beanstalk in it.” Megan

“I liked the part where th Giant sneezed the sun out because all the animals were freaked out! Noah

“When the dragon tried to save the day by breathing fire and relighting the sun.” Wallace

 IDL – We have been learning about different parts of a castle, and designing castles that we will make out of recycled junk after the February holiday.

“Some castles have cannons.” Braxton

“ Castles have a portcullis. This is a big giant door that has spikes on it!’” John

“A castle has arrow slits to fire the arrows at enemies” Jacob

“Castles have drawbridges. Drawbridges help people cross the water. The water is called a moat.” Isla



We have started to design our Castles for junk modelling:

Assembly – We all enjoyed sharing our learning about the alphabet during our assembly.

“ I liked when I made the letter K in class” John

“ I liked when we were doing the Quick Quack Quentin story because we were acting out the story.” Amber

“We made the letters with Mrs Cuthbert in class. We used cotton buds to make the dots.” Kian

“We learnt all the words in the alphabet song!” Alesha

“I felt I did not have enough time to practice my words, but I did well on the day” Andrew

Week beginning 03.02.20


As part of our reading this week we have been focusing on Visualisation. We read the story ‘Tip Tap went the crab’. Mrs Cuthbert did not show us any of the pictures. The children then had to visualise what the picture describing the crab’s rock pool might have looked like. We made a list of all the descriptive words linked to the passage and then drew our pictures. We also labelled the picture.



We have started to look at money in our topic maths. We are learning to recognise all the different coins.

We played active games and completed different tasks. We used Education City and Topmarks to play games. We love using the iPads to help consolidate our learning.



In our Under the sea topic we continued to learn about sea creatures. We wanted to find out about sea horses. We looked through a flipchart all about them and then completed a fact file about Seahorses.

“Sea horses can be all different colours.” May

“Sea horses can be stripy or spotty.” Cooper

After we used coffee filters, pens and water to create a sea horse. We loved this craft!

Next week we are going to investigate crabs. We want to know why they walk sideways.

“I love making crafts in class!” Isla



Week beginning 27.01.20 Primary 1EC



This week we finished our jellyfish, they look very really.

“They look like real jelly fish” May

“They look beautiful” Kendal

“We made our jellyfish with plastic bags and curling ribbon” Melissa


Scots Showcase:

This week we have been rehearsing for the scots Showcase for our performance on Friday. Everyone did very well and we received positive feedback from staff and parents.



We have been continuing our work on take away, we are still using the strategy of scoring out. We have continued to use TENs frames to help us with this.

“I found using the TENs frames easy” Miley

“When we use a TENs frame we have to score out starting at the end of the frame.” Hana

“If you are not sure of the amount, just count up the way.” Darcie

We have been using the counting stick to count up to 30 and backwards from 20. We are getting much better at this.

We are also counting in 10s.

“Counting in 10s is the best!” Ryan McI

On Thursday we had to identify all the different 3D shapes.

“We had to follow the instructions like, colour the cylinder red” May

“Colour the sphere purple!” April

“Colour the cubes green” April



This week we focused on the book Tiddler. We saw a picture and we had to identify what happened before it in the story.

“Tiddler got caught in the net” Celestan

We enjoy doing the visualisation tasks.

“I need to make sure I colour in neatly” Ellie

“I need to think about the colour and size of my drawings” Cooper

“There is no grass under the sea, I need to remember that when I am drawing” Kendal

This week we wrote instruction for washing our hands.

First turn on the tap” Emily

“Next put soap on your hands” Angus

“Then scrub your hands.”

“Finally dry your hands and turn off the tap” Isla

“I have to work harder with the writing, I need to focus more” Jacob

“I have to concentrate really hard on my work. I found it easy to write my instructions. I used the word mat to help me” Kristofer

“I used First, Then, Next and Finally in my writing” Rhys