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This Week in P1/2S…

What a Christmassy week it has been!

We were very excited to write our letters to Santa.

We all told Santa what we wanted for Christmas by either drawing, labelling words or writing sentences.

We made sure that we sounded out please (plees) and added this to our letters because we make sure we use our manners in P1/2S!

Some of us asked for technology like x-boxes or playsations, some of us asked for a great story to enjoy, some of us asked for racing cars, some of us asked for guitar pics and other goodies!

Some of P2 made an effort to think about Santa this Christmas since he is so busy! Some asked him what he wanted for Christmas, whether the elves were working hard and some of us even told Santa a joke!

Why does Santa wear a black belt?
Because he is so good at karate – I bet he will love that one!

Today, we posted our letters to Santa at the post box. We had to make sure we wrote the address in our neatest handwriting and put the stamp on the right way.

In Maths, this week we have been leanring all about shapes – some of the shapes we have been learning about include circle, octagon, square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, hexagon and pentagon.

We were describing them by talking about the number of edges and vertices the shapes have.

We also had an amazing time at our party – we danced, laughed, danced and danced some more! All of the children and adults had a brilliant afternoon – well done to all the children for really embracing the Christmas spirit!

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The holidays are coming… and we are SO excited in P1/2S! This week we filmed our assembly and can’t wait to show your our efforts! We have also been working hard on our whisper reading, let us tell you more…

This week we were so excited to finally put our pyjamas because we filmed our assembly! We look like we are ready for bed on Christmas Eve. It was very exciting as we got to visit the gym hall which we don’t get to do very often. There, Mr Mathis filmed us saying our line. We had to speak slowly and clearly, looking at the camera and speaking into a microphone. If someone else was saying their line, we had to sit super quiet so they could be heard!

In the classroom, we filmed our songs. It was great fun! We had to sing loudly and clearly AND do the actions! We can’t wait until you can see it all pieced together soon!

This week we have also been working hard on reading more and more by ourselves. To do this, we have been using our Animal Reading Friends. Eagle Eye helps us to remember to look at the pictures for clues. His best friend is Lips the Fish who likes to use the first sound of words to help us work out what it might be. We have also been using Stretchy Snake who helps us stretch sounds to read and spell words. We are trying to use these friends more and more by ourselves!


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It has been a very exciting week in P1/2S as we have been rehearsing for our assembly! We can’t wait to film this next week and show you all our hard work soon. Let us tell you a bit about our rehearsals (but not too much as we want to keep it as much of a surprise as we can!) and some of our other learning this week…

We have been excitedly rehearsing our assembly! We have been practising our songs and have included some jazzy actions too! We are very proud that we know most of our lines and have been trying very hard to use a big loud (but not shouty) voice. We can’t wait for you to see our assembly soon.

We have also been working hard to tell the time in Maths. We have been learning about digital clock this week and have been practising reading o’clock and half past times. We have been noticing digital times everywhere – on the iPads, on Miss Smith’s computer and the whiteboard.

We have enjoyed reading Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book this week. We have been talking about our favourite books and have enjoyed trying to remember the order that the books are read in the story and the characters in them.

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We have been enjoying exploring ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ this week in P1/2S! It has certainly been ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ to fit everything in as we have been so busy but somehow we have managed! Let us tell you all about it…

In Literacy we have been exploring our book of the week by writing about it. P1 were drawing and writing the name of the characters. We were very proud that some of us could write ‘man’ and ‘hen’. All of us managed to label our drawings with the start letters for words with sounds we have learned. Meanwhile the P2s were writing the story out using Stretchy Snake to help them spell their words and using openers like ‘First’, ‘Then’ and ‘Next’.

To help us learn more about ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, we built houses for the lady from Lego, with room for all the animals, told the story using puppets, drew out story maps and created our own farm.

In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time. P1s have been reading o’clock times and making these on their own mini clocks. P2s were working hard to remember o’clock times from last year as well as making half past times on their clocks. We loved listening to this song to help us remember o’clock times – feel free to listen and join in at home! WARNING: It WILL get stuck in your head!

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It has been another exciting week in P1/2S as we have been exploring the book ‘Stick Man’. We have loved following Stick Man on his adventures. Let us tell you more…

We built all the places that Stick Man had visited in the book. We did this using Lego. We worked in pairs to create the Family Tree, park, bridge, nest, beach, snow, fire and Santa’s sleigh so that we could track Stick Man’s journey as we read the book.

We also pretended that we were Stick Man and wrote a postcard to ourselves from one of the places that he visited. P1 were able to stretch out the sounds for Stick Man and try and write it themselves, whilst P2 told themselves where Stick Man had sent the postcard from.

We also made our own Stick People from sticks, lollipop sticks, pipe cleaners and masking tape. We had to problem solve how to put these together to make our own Stick People with arms and legs.

In other news, we also used Numicon in Maths this week. P1 were using it to show how to make numbers in different ways – making 6 with 5 and 1, or 4 and 2 or 3 and 3. Meanwhile, P2 were using the Numicon to work out odd and even numbers. We realised even numbers were laid out in pairs whilst odd numbers always had a piece that was ‘the odd one out’. We will continue to build on this learning next week.

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We have certainly been taking a stroll through the deep dark woods this week in P1/2S. We were all very excited to be exploring the Julia Donaldson text as part of our IDL topic. We will be exploring a Julia Donaldson story a week. We had to kick things off with ‘The Gruffalo’. The children are excited to tell you all the things they have been doing and learning about the story…

Writing –

This week P1 were drawing and labelling the Gruffalo. They had to include all his features such as his prickles and his poisonous wart. If we drew something and knew the sound it started with, we labelled it – like p for prickles or n for nose. We then imagined where the Gruffalo went after the mouse scared him at the end of the story. We decided he probably went home and so drew and labelled his house too.

Meanwhile P2 were busy ‘cooking’. We made ‘Gruffalo Crumble’ and wrote instructions so that others could try it too! We rather enjoyed chopping up the Gruffalo (don’t worry, he was just paper) and a nut before mixing them together and putting oats on top, before popping them in the oven. We decided it might not be very tasty but was fun to make!

Loose Parts –

We really enjoyed going outside and building a habitat for each of the animals from the story. We researched what these animals’ habitats might look like to help us decide what we might use to build our habitats. In the end, it looked like we had built the whole deep, dark wood and we loved retelling the story and visiting each habitat!

Storytelling Den –

In our class we have made a storytelling den. This include lots of different things such as puppets, toys and books to help us retell and make up our own stories. It also include a writing station where we can write letters, books, lists and postcards to and from our favourite characters. We have loved exploring it this week and thinking about what else we could add to it!

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We have been preparing all week for our Halloween Day tomorrow at Sunnyside! The children are excited to share with you the different learning activities we have been completing…

This week, the P2s wrote about a haunted house. They had to look at pictures closely and see what made the haunted house so spooky, using Stretchy Snake to help spell the words they wanted to include.

P1s were beginning to use the letters they have learned to label the ingredients of their magic potion! Be careful though – some of these potions would turn you into a zombie or give you a tail!

Meanwhile we have been burning lots of energy by practising, not one, but two Halloween themed dances! If you want to join in, feel free to find them on YouTube. They are the ‘Just Dance: Skeleton Dance’ and ‘Just Dance: Ghostbusters’. I am sure that the P1/2s would love to boogie to these on Halloween on Saturday!

We have also been building Haunted Houses from Lego and making up scary stories using puppets to help.

We have done this PLUS crammed in some Literacy and Numeracy revision from term 1.

Overall a spooky yet spectacular week in P1/2S!

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We are amazed that the October holidays are here! What a quick term it has been. Thankfully, P1/2S are such hard workers that the term has flown by. They have certainly not been in holiday mode this week – absolutely not! Let us share with you what we have been doing and learning this week…


P1 have been revising the sounds they have learned so far. They have learned s, a, t, i, p and n. They have been practising writing these tricky letters and are beginning to read and spell using these letters with help from Miss Smith. We have also found lots of things in the classroom that begin with those letters including telephone, apple, slippers, insects, paint and a net.

Meanwhile P2 have been learning the oa sound. They have been spelling and reading words with oa in them. They have been using Stretchy Snake to help them do this. They also learned to play Four in a Row – a game to help them practising reading the words themselves. Four in a Row seems to be a big hit!


This week P1 have been thinking of lots of things that they have learned this term including finding numbers on a number line as well as numbers before, after and in between. They have also been using Ten Frames to make numbers and to find 1 more and 1 less. They have also been making numbers in different ways using Numicon.

Halving and doubling is still the order of the day for P2! They have using their cubes and part-part-whole boards to help do this more quickly and independently. They have also been working hard to count using a number line and fill in missing numbers.

This week we have been exploring the story of Joseph and his Coat. We really enjoyed playing with the puppets to retell this story as there were so many – having 12 brothers meant we had a lot of puppets! We also made a mini Joseph and designed our own technicolour coat for him to wear.

We also made worry dolls to take home – make room in the house for these to join your holidays in the October holidays!

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P1/2S barely even noticed the months change from September to October. With so much learning going on, we are definitely going to earn a restful and relaxing October break. We are not chilling yet though, oh no! We have plenty of learning left to cram in during out last week of term. Before that begins, let us fill you in on what we have been learning this week…


In P1 we have learned the p and n sounds. Our action for p is that we pretend our finger is our candle and we puff it out and our action for n is that we spread our arms out wide and pretend to be an aeroplane going ‘n n n’.

In P2 we have learned the ai sound. We have been reading and spelling words like rain, tail and paint. We have also been learning about capital letters and when to use them.


In P1 we have been using our 10 frames to help us count 1 more and 1 less. We have also been learning to find different ways to make numbers – when we made 6 some people made it using 3 and 3 whilst other people made it using 4 and 2.

In P2 we have been learning to half and double numbers up to 20 using our cubes and part-part-whole board to help us. We noticed that halving and doubling are linked so if you find half of a number you know what that number is doubled – it is rather handy!


This week we explored the Christian story of ‘Daniel and the Lion’s Den’. It is from the Bible. We liked this story because Daniel was a goodie who was hardworking and tried hard. The ‘baddie’ governors were eaten by the lions in the end which we decided was not very nice but fair since they tried to get Daniel eaten by lions! We made lions from paper plates and built our toy lions a den from Lego to help us remember the story. We also retold the story using puppets in our puppet theatre.