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This week in P2AG

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IDL

This week in IDL we started exploring our new topic – Energy. On Monday, we were given a series of clues and we had to use our detective skills to work out our new topic . We even had two people guess correctly..WOW! We also established some questions we would like to explore as part of our topic. These questions have shaped our learning this week as we started to learn about the appearance of the sun and the two types of energy it gives off. We now know:

  • The sun gives off two types of energy: “light and heat” (Millie),
  • The sun is “10 times wider than earth” (Ruva),
  • The sun is “a star” (Oscar),
  • The sun is the same shape as earth – a sphere (Nadia).

We were also learning to describe the earth’s movement around the sun and how this causes day and night. We used drama to focus on the movement of the earth. We worked with a shoulder partner to take on the role of the sun or the earth and were able to show how the earth moves by ‘spinning’ and ‘orbiting’ around the sun. Please ask us, we would love to show you!

We now know:

  • “The sun never moves” (Oscar),
  • “The earth spins” (Tia),
  • “When the earth is facing the sun, it’s daytime. When the earth is not facing the sun then it’s night-time” (Noah),
  • It takes “earth 24 hours to spin [fully]” (Abbaigh).

Literacy

In reading this week, we worked on the text ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers (Harry N). We were learning to ask questions about the text and select information to support our answers.  We have also been learning to summarise the book in a few short sentences.

In phonics this week, the green group focused on the ‘i-e’ sound and the orange group focused on the ‘er’ sound.

This week in writing, we wrote a scientific report based on an experiment we carried out. Before beginning the writing process we set up our experiment to test which objects would melt in the sun (Beth). We had: ice, butter, chocolate, crayon, rubber and a sharpener (Nikola). We made a prediction about what we thought was going to happen (Harry T) and were able to list the equipment needed (Reggie). We then investigated the scientific language associated with each section. We now know:

  • Hypothesis “means making a prediction” (Oscar),
  • Diagram is a fancy word for “a picture with labels” (Millie),
  • Conclusion is where you tell the reader “what happened in the experiment” (Harry T).

The results of our experiment showed the ‘ice melted in the sun’ (Beth) however the other items did not. We wrote a conclusion to summarise our results (Oscar) and thought that if we were to try the experiment in the summer, the butter and the chocolate might melt (Eli).

Numeracy

This week in Numeracy, we have been learning to halve numbers up to 20. We started the week revising what we already know about fractions. We said how many halves or quarters make up one whole and reminded ourselves how to write this mathematically. We then focused on halving cakes containing candles and making sure each side had the same number of candles. We became so confident that we moved on to building our own arrays to answer halving questions. We now know that:

  • There are “two half’s in a [one] whole” (Nadia),
  • “If we halve something both sides need to be the same size or have the same number” (Reggie),
  • “Half of 4 is two” (Harry T),
  • “Half of 20 is 10” (Ruva).

Thank you for reading our blog.

Primary 2 and Miss Gillon.

This week in P2CF…

There has been a lot of great learning happening in P2CF this week after our week off!

In Numeracy, we have been learning about fractions.
– “We have been learning how to split things into 2 and 4 equal pieces.” (Amber D)
– “We drew pizzas and cut it into quarters.  We put our favourite toppings on the pizza. I had cheese, ham, pepperoni and sweetcorn.” (Amber T)
– “If the pizza was cut into 2 pieces it would be in half.” (James F)

In Literacy, we worked with a storyteller called Fergus.

– “Fergus told us stories and sang some songs. I liked the Loch Ness Monster Song.” (Catherine)
– “I liked the story about the sun and the God Apollo.” (Lucie)

-”I liked the story about the woman and the baby who had a farm.” (Ayleigh)

In IDL, we have been learning about the sun.

– “The sun is a big ball of fire and lava.  There is gravity on our planet but not in space.  If we didn’t have gravity we would float away.” (Kacey)
– “The sun is 100 times bigger than the Earth.” (Leah)

“I want to find out why it is hotter in the summer than it is in the winter.” (Erin)

Most of our work this week has gone into our Snapshot jotters.  We cannot wait to bring them home and share them with you next Friday.

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IDL

This week in IDL we have continued to develop our knowledge of famous Scots. We focused on Charles Rennie Mackintosh this week and now know he was a famous Scottish artist (Oscar). We also explored “different types of lines” (Jaiden) whist creating our own Charles Rennie Macintosh painting. The types of lines we used included:

  • Straight lines (Rhys)
  • Curved lines (Millie)
  • Jaggy lines (Craig)
  • Diagonal lines (Oscar)

Literacy

In reading this week, we were introduced to the Oxford Reading Tree books. We have been learning about the main character within the reading series. We now know the family are called the Robinson family (Reggie). We now know the names of each of the characters and can describe one thing about them.  For example:

  • Floppy (the dog) likes to dig holes in the garden (Noah).
  • Chip is Biffs’ twin brother and he likes cycling (Reggie).
  • Biff (the twin sister) likes swimming and playing football (Beth).
  • Kipper couldn’t say his name [Christopher] so called himself Kipper instead. (Tia)
  • Dad always breaks things (Jaiden).
  • Mum is good at fixing things (Cole).

We also read the book called “A new dog” (Evin). We made a prediction based on the tile and the front cover of the book, before investigating elements of the text. We focused on the difference between to and too first, and moved on to develop our ability to  spell various key words found in the text. We were also able to summarise the book in two sentences at the end of the week.

Writing

This week in writing we continued develop our ability to write instructions. We made a Valentine card for someone at home using our own hand prints. We were able to listen to the teachers instructions carefully and complete each step successfully. After making our cards we then wrote instructions – for P2CF – on how to make these cards. In our writing, we remembered to include a list of materials (Cole) and were able to order our steps (Noah). We also made sure to choose an appropriate sentence starter for our instructions, before writing a “bossy verb” to tell the reader what to do.

Numeracy

This week in Numeracy, we have been learning describe, count and create “arrays” (Craig) to support our knowledge of multiplication (Harry T). We now know that rows “go across the way” (Harry N) and columns “go up and down the way” (Rhys). We appeared to enjoy using an active approach in our learning this week and this has helped us to become more confident in completing multiplication sums.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. See you in a week!

Primary 2 and Miss Gillon.

This week in P2CF…

We have had another busy week in P2CF.

 

In Numeracy, we have been making arrays.
– “Arrays are where you make an amount in even rows.  We then counted the pieces up to make the answer.” (James F)
– “We rolled a dice.  The first number was how many squares along we had to colour in.  Then we rolled the dice again.  The second number was the number of rows we needed.” (Catherine)
– “We used the iPads to play games about counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s.” (Reece)

 

In Literacy, we wrote instructions for a Valentine’s Day card.

– “Our reading buddies helped us to make the cards.” (Aimee)
– “Our first instruction was how to fold the paper.” (Archie)

-”We made a video to show people how to make the cards.” (Amber D)

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In IDL, we found thought about the different artists we have been finding out about.

– “We picked who our favourite artist was and then wrote a wish for how the pictures could be changed to make them better.” (Catherine)
– “I picked Charles Rennie Macintosh because I liked the red roses.  They were like Valentine’s Day or wedding flowers.  They were beautiful” (Channing)

“I chose the boy Jack Henderson as my favourite artist.  I liked the colours that he used in the pictures.” (Kacey)

This week in P2AG..

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IDL

This week in IDL we have been learning about Alexander Graham Bell (Millie). We know he was a famous Scottish inventor (Aleisha). and his most famous invention was the telephone (Oscar). We were also learning to identify and name different types of telephones. We know the names and characteristics of the candle stick phone (Ruva), the push button phone (Reggie), the first mobile phone (Callum) and the most recent smart phone (Krivi). We were also learning to order items on a timeline to show the how the telephone has changed over time (Rhys). We know many facts about Alexander Graham Bell, and would love to be asked about him. For example:

Harry T – “His mum was deaf.”

Callum – “He lived in Alloway in Scotland until he moved to Canada.”

Nadia – “He was born in March in 1847.”

Our writing this week was also based on IDL. We used paper cup string phones to talk to one another over the classroom and wrote instructions on how to make these (Nadia).

Literacy

This week in phonics, we have been revising sounds already covered this term. We have been able to identify previously taught sounds and spell new words containing our sounds.

In reading this week, we have been learning to use the images in our reading books to help us to work out tricky words.

Numeracy

This week in Numeracy, we have been learning to use practical materials to share objects equally among groups. We now know that this is the same as division (Millie) and are becoming familiar with the division symbol. Tia described the division symbol as a line with a dot above the line and a dot below it. We have been using an array of objects to help us to work out how many items each group will have.

  • Jaiden used cubes and said “if I have ten cubes and I shared them (between two groups) there would be two in each group”

We have also continued to develop our ability to skip count (counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10).

Primary 2 and Miss Gillon.

This week in P2CF…

Here are just a few of the things that P2CF have been learning this week.

 

In Numeracy, we have been learning to share amounts into equal groups.
– “We have been drawing circles and putting dots in the circles to make equal groups and share things out.” (Aimee)
– “We read a story called The Doorbell Rang and had to share cookies like the children in the story  We used beads and cubes instead of real cookies!” (Amber T)
– “It is good to learn how to share things out to make sure everyone gets the same amount.” (Ashley)

 

In Literacy, we wrote instructions for how to make a paper kilt.

– “We made paper kilts and then wrote instructions for how we did it.” (Kacey)
– “We had to remember each of the steps and write them down.  We checked to make sure they made sense.” (James F)

-”I liked making the paper kilts.  It was quite easy to do.” (Cody)

 

In IDL, we found out about Steven Brown and his McCoo’s..

– “We made our own pictures that look like McCoo’s. Mrs Neil copied a picture of a highland cow and we painted the sky using watercolours.” (Cailean)
– “Once it was dry we painted the body and head with rainbow paint colours.” (Leah)

“I think that Steven Brown’s pictures are really cool and I liked making my picture.” (Carrieanne)

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Numeracy

This week in Numeracy, we have been learning use practical materials to combine and count equal groups. We now know that this is the same as multiplying and are becoming familiar with the multiplication symbol. We have been using an array of objects to help us whilst counting our equal groups. For example:

  • Noah used cubes and said “Four groups of three means there is four towers with three cubes in each”
  • Craig was able to say “I can do 4 x 3 to find how many altogether”

We have also been learning to skip count (counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10).

Literacy

This week in phonics, the orange group have focused on the “ur” sound (Craig) and the green group have focused on the “a-e” sound (Harry).

In reading this week we continued reading NOT NOW, BERNARD (Rhys) by David McKee and were able to find evidence in the text to prove something had happened. In our story we focused on proving the parents were too busy to talk to Bernard, and found words which supported this.  For example we pointed to the pictures and said:

  • “The Mum is busy washing the dishes – she’s busy” (Adam).
  • “The Dad hurt his finger with the hammer – he can’t talk because he hurt his finger” (Lilly-Mai)

We also made connections with the text and discussed a time when our parents or carers were busy. We then talked about what good listening looks like, as the parents in the book were often busy and not showing Bernard good listening skills. We agreed that good listening is when you are looking at the person talking (Abbaigh) and “not talking over them whilst they are speaking” (Nadia).

Lastly, we had a visit from P5AB on Thursday for our paired reading session. During the session, both sets of pupils discussed their three sharings (likes/dislikes, patterns and connections, and what puzzled them or what question you have after reading the text).

IDL

This week in IDL we have been learning about Robert Burns. We know he was a famous poet (Reggie) and wrote songs (Millie). We listened to his famous song Old Lang Syne and had talked about the words he used in the song (Ruva).

We have also explored a variety of Scottish texts, and translated Scottish words into English words.

Oscar – “broon means brown”

Millie – “aye means yes”

Cole – “doon means down”

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog.

Primary 2 and Miss Gillon

This week in P2CF…

Here is a snapshot of what P2CF have been up to this week.

In Numeracy, we have been learning to make and count equal groups.
– “I know that the x mean multiply or groups of things.” (Channing)
– “We used cubes and dots to make groups and put them into circles.” (Amber T)
– “We rolled a dice to see how many groups we needed and rolled again to find out how much to put into each group. The winner was the person with the biggest total.” (Leah)

In Literacy, we wrote instructions for how to wash our hands and stop germs spreading.

– “We thought about the steps needed to wash our hands. First we rinse our hands.” (Jiyana)
– “Germs love hot spots.  These are places where there are lots of germs, like our hands.” (James F)

-”You should sing happy birthday to you twice when you wash your hands.  That is the time you should wash for.”

In IDL, we found out about Robert Burns. Aimee, Channing and Leah were chosen to take part in the poetry competition and performed “Three Craws” for the judges.

– “Robert Burns was a famous Scottish poet. Today is Robert Burns birthday and people will be celebrating it all over the world.” (Kacey)
– “It was a bit scary saying our poem for the judges and I was a little nervous.” (Leah)

“I feel happy and excited to get to say the poem at assembly.” (Channing)

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Numeracy

This week in Numeracy, we have been learning to calculate change (Reggie) up to the value of 20p (Millie). We now know change is the difference between what is paid and the total cost of the items. We have been active approaches when learning to give change and have really enjoyed having the opportunity to take part in role play learning using shopping scenarios. To help us work out the total change we have been using 1p number lines to help count on.

  • In P2AG’s grocery store “I got a jigsaw for 7p with a 10p coin. I got back 3p change” (Nikola).

Maths

On Wednesday with Mrs Jones we were learning to collect data. We focused on the use of tally marks to record the number of pupils with each eye colour.

Literacy

This week in phonics, we have been learning to identify the individual sounds in a word. The orange group have focused on the “are (said as air)” sound (Ellie) and the green group have focused on the “oi” sound (Lily). We have been using Fred Talk (RWI – Talking in sounds) to help split up words into sound boxes.

  • “The word care has two sounds, C – ARE” (Ellie)
  • “The word coin has three sounds, C – OI – N” (Lily)

In reading this week, the orange group reading the RWI book titled Bump-a Lump (Craig) and the green group read the book called Flip Frog and the Bug (Jaiden). The purple group read the book Come on Margo! (Cole). We have been learning to look at the pictures to help us with ‘tricky’ words.

We also read the story NOT NOW, BERNARD (Rhys) by David McKee and linked our prior knowledge (Oscar) with the images on the front cover. We also made a prediction about the story based on the front cover (Evin); before writing a drawing a picture to show what we thought would happen. On the front cover there was a monster standing on a stone with a boy looking up at him. Our predictions were:

– “I think the story will be about a volcano exploding and getting rid of the scary monster” (Aleisha).

– “I think this book will be about a monster eating the boy” (Jaiden).

Lastly, we had a visit from P5AB on Thursday for our paired reading session. During the session, both sets of pupils identified their likes and dislikes about their chosen book.

IDL

This week in IDL, as part of our Famous Scots learning we have been introduced to Steven Brown’s work. “Steven Brown is famous for his paintings” (Millie). Steven Brown is most known for his painting titled McCoo. Krivi described the image as “very colourful with its rainbow lines”. This week we learned all about the different types of lines used in Steven Brown’s painting before we created our own McCoo image using crayons. We also ended the week by learning some facts about Steven Brown, for example:

Nadia – “I know Steven Brown used to work in KFC before he became a famous artist”

Craig – “I know Steven Brown is Scottish”

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog.

Primary 2 and Miss Gillon.