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This week in P2W

What’s gone well?

  • We tried really hard in numeracy this week where we were introduced to multiplication. We were creating and counting equal groups and learning to write a repeated addition sentence (using ‘+’) and a multiplication sentence (using ‘x’).
  • We learned about what happens during the process of mummification and then through a cut and stick activity, put these stages into order. Ask us all about what happens to pharaohs!
  • We listened to a rap about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and hope to get more confident with our counting.
  • We received a letter from Cleopatra’s grand-daughter who has been hiding in a pyramid for thousands of years! We wrote some letters back to her, telling her all about Scotland and asking her some questions of our own.

What do we need to get better at?

  • We think we need to keep trying our best not to be distracted in class time,
  • Doing more counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Knowing what long ‘A’ sound to use in words (ay, ai or a-e?)

What do we want to do more of?

  • We want to do more of our topic – Egyptians.
  • We want to do some more art and crafts.
  • We are really enjoying our class novel (Flat Stanley – Egyptian Adventure) and want to know what happens next!

Star moments

  • Getting a letter from a real pharaoh and using this to help us write  a letter back.
  • Working away at a quieter noise level during stations.
  • Pretending we are Egyptians through dance. Ask me how to walk like an Egyptian!

This Week in P2W

What’s gone well?

  • Today, we met with our buddies in P5JD and explored our book bags with them. We had so much fun and cannot wait to organise some more buddy activities on the run-up to Christmas.
  • We also enjoyed celebrating our classmates who got a Superstars certificate. Well done NM, MF and EA.
  • We loved exploring hieroglyphics and spelling our own names in Ancient Egyptian writing.
  • Numeracy this week went well when we were exploring sharing numbers equally using quarters. We even answered questions where the answer was a fraction less than one! We are super proud of ourselves.
  • To celebrate Book Week Scotland, we also did a scavenger hunt with our class library books and looked for specific things in books, such as a monster, dinosaur, forest etc.

What do we want to do better?

  • We want to work on our listening skills and show an adult we are listening to them by looking at them when they are talking. Miss Wilson has some visuals on the board to help us be superstar listeners.

What do we want to do more of?

  • We want to do more of our IDL topic and explore mummies and pharaohs.
  • We loved our time with our buddies in P5JD and want this to be a part of our learning more often.

Star Moments.

  • Meeting with our buddies.
  • Exploring stories for Book Week Scotland
  • P.E. with Miss Clarkson.

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Literacy

  • We did some writing about pharaohs and tried our best to add in some descriptive vocabulary.  We described what our pharaoh looked like but also used some words to describe their personality.
  • Our sound of the week was ‘ai’. In our rotations we played an ‘ai’ themed four in a row and did some rainbow spelling. Ask your child how many ‘ai’ words they know!
  • We also read Chapter 4 of our Flat Stanley Egyptian Adventure book. It is such a fun book and is helping us learn lots about Egypt, our topic.

Maths

  • We learned about sharing wholes into quarters by taking part in ‘Pizza Fractions’!
  • To practice our numeracy skills we carefully estimated where we would place a number on a blank number line by using our fabulous counting in ten skills.

HWB

  • As a part of the discussion around COP26 and our Health and Wellbeing topic of food and health, we spoke about how we can tackle the problem of food waste. Some ideas were making sure to recycle where possible, use a food waste bin and home and to be adventurous with left over fruit and veg (e.g. make soup/banana bread) to help save our planet!

IDL

  • We learned a bit more about pharaohs in Ancient Egypt and designed our own Wesekh collar using gold or silver paint to make us look like royalty. We then carefully added some expensive jewels. We cannot wait to share our creations with you at home!

This Week in P2W.

What’s gone well?

  • We loved IDL this week as we got to take part in play stations about the role of a pharaoh. We built pyramids, designed Egyptian collars with jewels and learned how to research images of pharaohs on the iPads.
  • We also enjoyed counting forwards and backwards in 10s. We noticed how much better we are getting at it!
  • For art and writing, we had a Bonfire Night theme. We wrote a ‘senses’ poem about what we experience on Bonfire Night and used oil pastels to create a colourful firework scene.

What do we need to do better?

  • Miss Wilson has shown us a new tidy up song where we have to try and get our stations tidied within 1 minute. We want to try and be sitting down on the carpet ready to learn within this time!
  • We want to challenge ourselves to write more during our writing lessons.
  • We want to do better at saving our planet and discussing the events of COP26.

What do we want to do more of?

  • We would like to do some more craft relating to our Egyptian topic, such as looking at The Sphinx.
  • We really enjoyed our play-based stations during IDL and would like more stations lessons like this.

Star moments of the week

  • Learning about the role of a pharaoh through play taster stations.
  • Writing about Bonfire Night
  • Using oil pastels to create fireworks art.

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This Week in P2W

 

What’s gone well?

  • We loved watching P3 perform in assembly and seeing everyone in their Halloween costumes!
  • We enjoyed playing games within P.E. with Miss Clarkston.
  • Counting using ten frames to help us add two numbers together within 20.
  • Having a Halloween fine motor skills station in writing where we used playdough to make Halloween costumes.
  • Writing about our favourite Halloween characters in our personal writing.

 

What do we need to do better at?

  • Being able to know what we can use to help us when we find maths a little bit tricky.

 

What do we want to do more of?

  • We want to do more on our topic, The Egyptians and have more play within that.
  • We want to do more craft in general.
  • We really enjoyed counting and adding numbers and want to do more of it!
  • We want to learn about more ‘spooky’ stuff related to our topic, like mummies.

 

Star Moments

  • Making our mummies during topic. We had a picture of ourselves glued to a body and we cut up masking tape to cover it and added on googly eyes to make it spookier!
  • Working together as a class to spell increasingly more difficult words using our short ‘i’ sound.
  • Discussing the event COP26 and what we can all do as individuals to help protect our planet.

This Week in P2W

What’s gone well?

  • We enjoyed making our own storybooks as a part of our writing stations activities. We were inspired by books such as, ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ and ‘Gorilla’ to help us make our own books. We also wrote about a time we felt happy.
  • We started our new topic, The Egyptians. We cannot wait to find out more about mummies and pyramids.
  • For art, we made Autumn trees using warm colours.

 

What do we need to get better at?

  • We all agree that we need to be quieter during our stations, so that everyone can work without distractions. We agreed that it was tricky to get settled in after the holidays!
  • We also want to get better at counting in tens, and trying to do it without any of the numbers in front of us. We found a song on Youtube that helps us practice. Ask your children to show you the counting in tens song, it is space themed!

What do we want to do more of?

  • We enjoy art and want to do more of it. For example, we want to do more painting, exploring materials, cutting etc.
  • We also want to do more of listening to other people’s views and opinions as ‘everyone has the right to be heard’ is one of the rights in our class charter.
  • More information about the Egyptians was also a popular suggestion.

Star Moments

  • We thought we did really well in our counting to 100. We took turns to play a game on the interactive whiteboard where we sequenced numbers forwards and backwards within 100. Google ‘caterpillar sequencing to 100’ and ask your children to show off their skills!
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our IDL stations where we learning to locate Egypt on a map. We explored atlases for the first time and also got a chance to look at the real Pyramids on Google Earth.
  • Some of our class got their Bronze certificate at assembly and it was a great time to celebrate their effort and hard work (MKD, TP, OG).

This Week in P2W

What’s gone well? 

P2W think they are getting better at whisper reading, as they are coming into school in the morning and know their routine to quietly read their reading book.

They also loved playing games in P.E. with Miss Clarkston. Ask your children about their new favourite game, Shark Attack!

We also did really well building on our knowledge of the sound ‘e’ from P1. We used this sound to spell a range of words using an active spelling activity, rainbow spelling! We also became detectives and searched for any ‘e’ words in our reading books for the week.

This was the last week of our rainforest topic and we had so much fun. We learned about how indigenous tribes live in the rainforest and created our own musical rain stick. When we turned them, it sounded like the rain was coming through the leaves and branches, like a real rainforest. We also explored other musical instruments (guiro, castanets, drum) and used them to mimic rainforest animals.

P2W also think their listening skills are improving!

What do we need to do better at? 

P2W think that after the holidays they need to keep trying to stay on task. They also want to make sure they are being the best, quality audience they can be when an adult or a peer is speaking.

What do we want to do more of? 

We discussed going over our doubles to 20 again, because we love the song that helps us work them out! We also would like to do more things on the iPads with Miss W and on the laptops with Mrs J.

Star moments of the week 

  • Making our Amazon Rainforest inspired rain stick musical instruments
  • writing a short story about a spooky house
  • building on our P1 knowledge of the sound ‘e’.

This Week in P2W

What’s gone well?

In maths we were learning our doubles and near doubles to 20. We did this by using the Rekenrek and numicon to help us add. We also loved ‘The  Doubles Song”, which helped us remember our doubles. Ask your child to show you this on Youtube, it will get stuck in your head!

We enjoyed becoming Eco Warriors and making our Save The Rainforest posters. These included a catchy title, illustrations and two important messages. We also took part in answering some ‘Big Questions’ about deforestation, where we could give our own opinions and listen to others. P2W were very passionate about this global issue and want to educate others about it!

What do we need to do better?

P2W think they can get a little bit better at listening to adults when they are talking and trying their best to not get distracted by others during carpet time and working time.

We also think we could get better at tidying up our stations before the song finishes!

What do we want to do more of?

P2W want to do more lessons about their topic, The Rainforest. They also want to do more station-based work. Doing more art was also a common response amongst pupils.

Star Moments

  1. Our Superstars Assembly where we got to celebrate our classmates and what they had achieved (MKD, JQ, LL).
  2. Becoming Eco Warriors and discussing an important, mature topic (deforestation).
  3. Using our blending and segmenting skills to spell and read words with the ‘a’ sound in it. Miss Wilson was so pleased to see some children spelling ‘a’ words of their choice, independently.

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Literacy

This week in literacy we learned the sound, ‘oa’. We used magnetic letters to blend sounds to make ‘oa’ words and also used our reading skills to match ‘oa’ words to corresponding pictures. Ask your children what ‘oa’ words they know! We also read the story, ‘Monkey Puzzle’ and built our comprehension skills by ordering the story’s sequence of events. We all loved the story and it reminded us of times we had been to the safari park and of our rainforest topic.

Numeracy

We learned how to tell the time using half past on an analogue and digital clock. We used playdough as part of an active maths station to form the clock hands and put them in the correct place. Maybe P2 can help you tell the time at home!

Health and Wellbeing

We looked at the SHANARRI indicator, ‘Active’. We explored why exercise is important and discussed the variety of things that we do to keep ourselves active and healthy.

IDL

Carrying on with our rainforest topic, we constructed our own food chains. We used living things from the rainforest such as, fruits, macaws, jaguars, sloths and snakes to create our food chain and learnt big words (producer, consumer, predator and prey) which helped us explain our creations.

This Week in P2W

Literacy

Our sound of the week was ‘ai’. We used magnetic letters to spell out words with ‘ai’ in them and also thought about sentences we could make with these words. We understand that it is important not only to spell and read the words, but to also know what they mean. Ask your children what words they learned!

We also pretended that we had landed in a rainforest and wrote  about the things we encountered there. Carrying on with the rainforest theme, we used the blurb and illustrations from the book, The Gorilla, to predict what we thought the book could be about. Some predictions included the gorilla and the girl going to an art museum (PS) and that the girl was sad and became friends with the gorilla (RC). We then had a class discussion to compare our own predictions to what actually happened.

Maths

We had a measurement themed week in maths. First, we estimated whether objects would be longer, shorter or exactly 1m and then assessed these by measuring the objects with a metre stick.  Quiz your children on how many centimetres are in a metre! We also did some work on area by counting how many squares were covered by a shape.

Health and Wellbeing

Looking at the word ‘nurture’ was our focus for the week. We discussed what being nurtured feels like and who might nurture us. P2 agreed that being nurtured is something that we should all definitely feel when we are at school.

IDL

For our rainforest topic we made our own fact-file on either a macaw,  potoo bird, red-eyed tree frog, sloth, emerald tree boa or a jaguar. We found out lots of interesting facts about these animals and what they might get up to in the rainforest. Sadly, we learnt that a few of these animals are now endangered. We also made our own macaws using paper plates, paint, feathers and tissue paper to  create texture in our artwork,