P2/3 Blair Drummond trip!

What a fantastic day was had by all at Blair Drummond Safari Park yesterday! We had a great time at the Sea Lion show, visiting Chimp Island,  spotting the animals and playing at the park. What a super day!

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P2/3 Class Talk Homework Project

Title: All About Me

Pupils have been given a project to prepare and give a short talk ‘All about me’. Some ideas might be family, friends, hobbies, holidays and pets etc. but you can include anything about yourself.

Pupils are allowed to bring in props for their talk. These can include photographs, posters, medals etc. Children should practise their talk at home in order to be able to fluently talk to the class.

Talks should be ready to be heard for Monday 20th May

Our Environment

P2/3 enjoyed our discussion with engineer George Burns about the environment and what we can do to protect it. Afterwards, we decided to head outside to explore our playground environment and made lists of the living and non-living things we found.

Take a look!

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P2/3 have been learning all about the human body. This week we focussed on the heart, its functions and how to keep it healthy.

We were lucky enough to have Mrs Watt come along and demonstrate Heartstart CPR. We learned about what to do in an emergency situation and even got a chance to practise on the dummies. Take a look!



Committee for Inclusion

Today in our committee group we explored what the term inclusion means and what that looks like at Catrine Primary. We looked at the difference between inclusion, exclusion, segregation and integration and then made models to represent them.

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We had lots of discussion about how we can ensure everyone at Catrine Primary is included and supported in their learning.

We also had a visit from the Digital Learning Committee who demonstrated immersive reader and how it can be used to support our learning.

I think, I see, I wonder

P2/3 used ‘I think, I see, I wonder’ to generate ideas and discussion around our exciting new space topic!

“I wonder if she is in a rocket” – Ryan
“I wonder why her hair is floating” – Georgia
“I wonder what all the cables are for” – Ashton
“I see a panel to steer” – Lexi
“I wonder what is on her neck” – Georgia
“I think she might be stuck in there” – Ewan
“I wonder what the thing she is looking into is” – Charlie
“I think it looks very dangerous with all the wires” – Alicia
“I wonder what the white thing is” – Elle


“I can see fire and smoke” – Carter
“I think it is a rocket” – Kaylie
“I wonder what planet they are going to” – Elle
“I wonder who is inside the rocket” – Antonia
“I think they are going to the moon” – Marley
“I wonder how far it can go” – Joey
“I wonder what kind of petrol it uses” – Aiden
“I see a planet” – Kelsey
“I think that is the Earth that we live in” – Millie
“I wonder what the green parts are” – Lexi
“I see the bright sun” – Ewan
“I think that is outer space” – Josh L
“I wonder what the shiny bit is” – Kaylie
“I see lots of stars” – Ryan
“I wonder how many stars there are” – Elle


The first few weeks of P2/3 have got off to a great start as we settle in to our new class. We have enjoyed exploring lots of new literacy activities and have even had a chance to curl up on the couch with a good book in our cosy corner. Take a look!


A visit from South Africa 🇿🇦

Last week, P1/2 and P2/3 had some very special visitors from all the way from South Africa. Aimee’s relatives were visiting Scotland and very kindly offered to visit our class. We were so excited to tell them all about our topic and the amazing things we have learned. We then had some brilliant questions and found out lots of interesting facts!

“What is the weather like in South Africa?”

“How many different types of animals have you seen?”

“Have you ever seen an elephant in real life?”

“Are there any mountains in South Africa?”

“Do you play any special games or sports?”

P2/3 New Lanark Trip 🚌

P2/3 had a wonderful day at New Lanark. We were taken back in time to experience what life would have been like as a child working in the mill. We then got to find out more about schooling and living conditions. We couldn’t believe how many people lived in one room! Or where people used to do the toilet!

We then enjoyed lunch and were amazed by the Annie McLeod experience. We finished off our day outside at the play park. What a great day 👍🏻😀


On Monday P2/3 and children from P1/2 had our second visit from local engineer George Burns. George helped us to design and begin to create our own vehicles made from shoeboxes and other ‘junk’ materials.

All of the children worked really hard on their vehicles and can’t wait to add wheels and other features next week.

Don’t forget to check the blog to see the finished products!

Active Literacy

P2/3 have been having lots of fun using our new Active Literacy resources. The children have been learning lots of spelling strategies.

The strategies the children are taught are:-

  • Using phoneme knowledge (sounding out)
  • Syllabification – breaking words down into syllables. The children can clap to identify syllables e.g. go-ing/An-drew
  • Word shape Look at letter shape, size, ascending and descending letters
  • Compound words – Breaking the compound word into simple words e.g. into makes in and to
  • Mnemonic – e.g. because Big Elephants Can Add Up Sums Easily
  • Using Analogy – If you know how to spell mill you can spell will, fill etc
  • Words within words e.g. country – count  try
  • Spelling rules e.g. i before e except after c

At Home

When your child comes home with a list of words you can discuss the sound/phoneme used. You can discuss with them which strategy they use to help them remember to spell each word.

Have fun!

Miss McLean & P2/3


P2/3 Term 1 Overview

Social science/ Topic – P2/3 have had a busy start to the term – diving into our topic ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. The children have been exploring the vast ocean and the many creatures that live there. During this topic we will learn all about the habitats, life cycles and food chains of many creatures such as whales, seahorses, jellyfish and even sharks!

During this topic we will investigate how we can look after the environment and protect the ocean’s many living things.

Expressive Arts –

  • Art & Design– This term expressive arts will be linked to our topic ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. We will be exploring elements of colour, tone, pattern and texture as we create our own underwater habitat – full of mysterious creatures of the Ocean.
  • Drama– In drama, we will be using movement, expression and voice to act out roles, storylines and characters from ‘Commotion in the Ocean’.

Science – Our exploration of the Ocean continues in science where we will investigate the ocean zones, habitats and food chains. P2/3 will also learn all about ‘blubber’ and how some animals keep themselves warm in the cold ocean.

Health & Wellbeing – This term, our class will be using ‘The Rainbow Fish’ to learn about fairness, caring, friendship and the importance of building positive relationships.

P.E – P2/3 will be focusing on core skills in PE. We will be improving our thinking and moving skills by following rules and instructions. We will then develop our ball skills – sending receiving, rolling, catching and bouncing.

Literacy – This term we will use our book study of  ‘The Rainbow Fish’  to  continue work on core literacy –learning sounds, spelling, grammar, reading strategies and comprehension. We will look at non-fiction texts and create fact files for our favourite creatures. P2/3 will also continue to work on ‘Big Writing’ with Mrs Campbell.

Mathematics – This term P2/3 will focus on number processing. We will be exploring place value, addition and subtraction of numbers 0-100.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Thank you for your support,

Miss McLean & P2/3