Reading Books 📖

A reminder that all P2 reading books should be returned on a Friday in the red bag provided. Children will be given a new book on the following Monday.
Pupils will not be able to choose a new reading book until previous book is returned. 📚

Thank you ✏️📚

Miss McLean

Room on the Broom

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P2 and P1 worked in collaboration to design and then create a new broomstick for the witch from ‘Room on the Broom”. We had some very creative designs and had to use lots of skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving to bring our ideas to life. We ended up with some very impressive and original brooms! Well done!

The Three Little Pigs

Today Primary 1 & Primary 2 worked together to create a new house for The Three Little Pigs. They had to make sure that they worked as a team, their house could stand up by itself and was strong enough not to be blown down by the Big Bad Wolf.

P2 weather reports 🕶🌂🌍❄️☀️🌧🌩🌈🌪💧💦☔️⛅️🌤❄️

P2 have been learning all about the weather. We learned about weather scientists called meteorologists who study the weather and predict what it will be like. This is called a weather forecast. We enjoyed making our own weather station and presenting the weather on our very own ‘Catrine News’.

 

Have a a look at one of our meteorologists, Kiara, in action.

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

Primary 7 Spelling Words – 29th April

This week the Primary 7’s will be learning to spell words containing the ‘f’ phoneme. The spelling words for each group are:

Blue Group

  1. February
  2. frightened
  3. butterfly
  4. following
  5. magnificent
  6. different
  7. daffodil
  8. difficult
  9. giraffe
  10. offend
  11. phoneme
  12. paragraph
  13. biography
  14.  autograph
  15. atmosphere

Green Group

  1. after
  2. face
  3. faint
  4. crafty
  5. magnificent
  6. traffic
  7. daffodil
  8. difficult
  9. raffle
  10. staff
  11. graph
  12. telephone
  13. elephant
  14. phantom
  15. photograph

Pupils should continue complete the fun spelling tasks in their homework jotters, however jotters will not be collected in at the end of the week. The class will have a weekly spelling test on a Friday as usual. Thank you for your continued support.

P4/5 Homework

During the course of this week all children will be given a personalised common word spelling grid.  These are the words that your child should focus over the next few weeks.  When they feel confident with these words they can bring their grid to school for a spelling check-up before moving on to the next set of common words specific to them.

The 4 week rolling programme of phonemes, diacritical marking, tricky words and spelling rules will continue during class time.

Children should continue to access maths tasks through Active Learn as well as practise their times tables.

Thanks for your support,

Mrs McCaig

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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ECC – Gruffalo Room

In the Gruffalo Room the children have enjoyed telling stories to each other – this develops their communication skills including pre-reading skills.

They have been doing lots of cutting and sticking-  this requires concentration and uses their fine motor skills.

Games such as Matching Pairs and Pack my Bag have been very popular.  The children are learning to take turns and working out the rules of the game. They need also need to focus and use their observation skills.

Primary 1

Today I did great number work. I made calculations with the sticks. Caleb D

Today I did 1 add 1 with the sticks and that equals 2. Olly

I was counting the Pom-poms and making cupcakes. Harry

I made my name using sticks. Lennox

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

Stay And Learn Literacy Morning

We would  like to thank all the parents that came to our stay and learn literacy morning. We hope you all enjoyed seeing the different ways in which your children learn in their classes.

By Tyler and Cadence

This week in Primary 3/4

We have had a super week in Primary 3/4.  In Maths we have started learning about multiplication.  We have been exploring array patterns and multiplication on a number line.  We have been completing lots of different activities in Active Literacy.  Ellis’s group were searching for nouns and she managed to find almost 50 in her book.  In Health and Wellbeing we have been learning about ways to keep ourselves healthy.  Aimee, Ellis and Lexie had their work chosen for the “Good Work Wall” this week.  Well done, girls!

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

 

Have a Big Talk Summer

In the ECC, Primary 1 and Primary 2 we are continuing to work on the development of our talking and listening skills using Word Aware and Big Talk. We have prepared a small pack of homework for the Summer holidays related to things you may be doing or discussing at home. We ask that you discuss and take a few short notes on the words and topics we have provided at some point during the Summer holiday just to keep up the good work you have been doing throughout the session. We are beginning to see the impact this has had and are continuing to work with Speech and Language Therapy in order to measure this formally.

We would like you to discuss the following broad general topics during the holiday in addition to the sheets provided:

  1. Talk about the season of Summer
  2. Talk about Nature in Summer.

Miss Burleigh and Mrs Campbell

Flat Stanley Book Study

Primary 3/4 have been reading the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.  In one of the chapters Flat Stanley turns himself into a kite for his brother Arthur. This inspired us to create kites of our own. We used ICT to research how to make kites and discussed materials we thought would be good to use.  We then worked in groups or individually to make our kites.

This afternoon the weather was perfect for flying kites so we went outside to test them out. We were surprised that the kites made from sugar paper flew better than those made from crepe paper or tissue paper.  We discovered the shorter you made the string the better our kites flew.

Afterwards we evaluated our lessons using The Excellent Lesson. We decided it covered lots of points including thinking creatively, investigating and solving problems, using different resources including ICT, learning outdoors, linking with other subjects and many more.

Quality Conversations

A discussion on what we see in Spring.

We prepared for our writing lesson this week by having a discussion on what we see, hear, taste, smell and touch in Spring Time. This quality discussion was filmed in order for us to look back and listen to the content. All of the pupils involved received green cards for their quality contribution to the discussion and their application of what they had seen in real life contexts. e.g. our walks around the village.  Well done Boys and Girls! All this success before you even wrote your senses poems.

Lit 1-09a

When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can exchange information, experiences, explanations, ideas and opinions, and clarify points by asking questions or by asking others to say more.

Lit0-10a

As I listen and take part in conversations and discussions, I discover new words and phrases which I use to help me express my ideas, thoughts and feelings.