This week in P2/1

What a quick week!

This week in P2/1 we’ve been doing lots of reading. We’re enjoying reading in our groups and talking about the characters in the stories. On Monday we learned the y sound and did a great job thinking of lots of words starting with y. In our writing this week we wrote a story and drew a black pen picture of ourselves brushing our hair, focusing on the who, what and where. We practise writing on white boards every day – we write our key words, tricky words in our reading books and also use our sounds to make our own words.

In our handwriting lessons we start by working on our core, then our shoulders, then a crossing the midline activity and finally work with playdough to get strong fingers. This week we’ve made hedgehogs and dinosaurs. Then we practise our letter formation. This week we’ve looked at r and n.

In numeracy this week we’re continuing with our addition stories. We set up a Kingsland Shop and practised our adding and counting.

On Wednesday we watched an assembly with Mrs Hope, who told us all about St Andrew’s day and read a lovely poem. There was also a quiz and we found out about some of the other patron saints in the UK.

We’re continuing to talk about filling our buckets. In circle time we drew little pictures and talked about what had filled our buckets this week.

Staying Healthy in ELC

We have been very busy in ELC learning about staying healthy and keeping safe. We made our own crossing and learned about when it is safe to cross the road. We had great fun creating an assault course and did lots of jumping, running and hopping to keep healthy. We have been talking about healthy choices for snack time and have been making charts to record our choices and to help us plan for snack.

A booktastic Book Week in P2/1!

We’ve had a great week reading the picturebooks in the P1 Book Bag which all Primary Ones are bringing home today.

We started the week reading My First Book of Birds. We talked about our favourite birds and the birds we have seen in our gardens and on walks. Yesterday we went for a bird watching walk around the school grounds. We learned how we have to be still and very quiet when we’re looking for birds. Around the school we saw a robin and three crows. On the hill we could see some birds in the distance in the trees at Hay Lodge Park and seagulls over the parish church.

On Wednesday we read Brenda is a Sheep. In the story Brenda pretends she is a sheep but secretly plans to eat her sheep friends with mint sauce! We all enjoyed the story and were not fooled by Brenda’s antics. We did black pen pictures of Brenda, taking our time on the detail of her jumper and we wrote about the who and what of the story.

On Thursday we read This is a Dog! We made our own dog masks and while they were drying we did some drama, acting out the different animals in the story and thinking how the different animals might eat, drink and play.

This morning we voted for our favourite picturebook for the Bookbug Picturebook Prize, watch here for the winner…

Also this week, we learned the ‘qu’ sound and did some great cutting and sticking to make ‘qu’ queens. Each day we’re practising our sounds and our writing on our whiteboards. We’re trying to put all of our words together to write short sentences.

On Tuesday afternoons Mrs Thomson is teaching us all about time. This week we made some fantastic clocks to take home. We’re also continuing with our addition, using cubes to help us and practising our number stories.

My First Book Of Birds

The last book in the P1 Book Bug bag is a fact book all about birds.

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Each double page has a beautiful picture of a bird we might find in our local area and gives information about the birds appearance, diet and habitat. P1 are very excited to do some bird watching.

We loved the pictures in the book and decided to draw our own colourful birds using chalk and oil pastels.

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This is a Dog!

The second book in the P1 book bag is My First Animal Book …..This is a Dog by Ross Collins.


The dog decides he would like the book to only be about him which does not please the other animals! The  dog manages to get onto every page and then tricks the rest of the animals to leave the book!

We thought the dog was very cheeky and found it very funny when he tricked the other animals.

We drew some new pages that could be added to the book.


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Listen to the author talk about the book and listen to the story online.

Book Bug Bags

This week Primary 1 will bring  home their Book Bug Bags that are given to them by the Scottish Book Trust. In each bag there are three super books to read and enjoy together. There is also a mini whiteboard to practise letters and numbers on.

Today we read one of the books called Brenda is a Sheep by Morag Hood.

This is the story of how a wolf plans to eat a flock of sheep but ends up deciding that it would be nicer to be their friend.

We talked about what we enjoyed about the book and designed our own woolly jumpers for Brenda to wear.

To enjoy the story online