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Primary 2 News

We have been researching space. We made our own alien pictures and we gave them names. We are going to build our own house on the moon soon. We were speaking about our Alien powers.

Questions :

Which planet is third from the sun is ?

How many moons has each planet?

In art we were drawing the Solar System.

Some of us made a house for our Aliens

We were also talking about Joseph and his Colourful Coat. We were writing sentences about him and his story.

Poems have been sent home to learn for Burns Day, so Thursday will be our Tartan Day, when we recite our poems and wear tartan to celebrate.

We would like to make our Moon Houses and the children have been asked to look for junk/parts that they may need for their design to bring to school.

We have been playing Buzz in class to connect with counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s.

Ryan’s Keys in Primary 2

We love learning about and using Thinking Skills in Primary 2.  We have been learning these to help us improve our analysis, evaulative and creative skills.

Today, we had lots of fun trying out a new way of thinking.  We used the Reverse Listing Tool, which is one of Ryan’s Keys.  Ryan’s Keys consists of different tools to aid what is sometimes called “blue sky thinking” or “thinking outside of the box”.  This helps us broaden our horizons and be as creative as we can – no limits!

We practised using the Reverse Listing Tool today.  To do this, you make a list of things that aren’t true, or are the opposite of facts about something.  It is a very creative tool!

We discussed what we had for breakfast foods using the tool.  This meant we only listed things we didn’t eat!

Here are some of our ideas:

My breakfast – chips, potatoes, beans, green beans, noodles, nutella, ketchup, mud, grass, a dog bone, flowers, bird poo, dirty water, a cat, a horse, a tree, a rock.

Then we used the tool to list disgusting smells:

A flower, air freshener, your dinner, marshmallows, hot chocolate, aftershave, perfume, candyfloss, candy, a cupcake, a candy cane.

We also used the tool to list things we did in the holidays.  The ideas were very wacky!

This made us laugh a lot – but it also made us THINK!

Here is what Primary 2 said about using Ryan’s Keys Reverse Listing Tool:

“Ryan’s Keys – you use your imagination.  It’s the opposite of something” – Isla

“Ryan’s Keys – it can be funny things or nice things” – Aaron

“It is the opposite to White Hat thinking, because White Hat thinking is facts and this is things that we didn’t do” – Jack M

“Ryan’s Keys is something that you tell people you haven’t done” – Jessica

“Ryan’s Keys are like the opposite of the truth, so if it was a nice smell, you would say horrible smells” – Maisy

“Ryan’s keys are something that you say something that you do when it is actually stuff that you don’t do – it is kind of funny” – Tara

Here are some more ideas that we came up with.  For example, if we use Ryan’s Reverse Listing Tool to describe things we wear, we might say:

“A gym rubber on my head” – Anna

“Fries” – Maha

“A chicken on my head” – Aaron

“Fish fingers” – Alistair

“A cup of tea on your head” – Jack R

“Lego on my feet” – Lee

“The Earth on my tummy” – Haaris

If we were discussing places to go to sleep using Ryan’s Reverse Listing Tool, we might say:

“In the grass” – Reese

“In a pit of rhinos” – Murren

“In a burger” – Natasha.

What is the point of this?  Using the Reverse Listing tool is fun  and helps us use all of our Learning Muscles . (Anna)

“Distilling because when you are thinking about stuff that isn’t true you have to ignore the stuff that’s true” – Natasha

“The green hat – you use your imagination” – Murren.

Why not have a go using Ryan’s Reverse Listing Key yourself?  How creative can you be?

P2’s End of Term… it’s the Easter Holidays!

Primary 2 are very excited about the Easter Holidays!  We are also tired out because we have been so busy learning and working on our skills.  We have had a really successful term.  Thank you to everyone who has helped us at home and in school to be even better at our learning.

Here are some of the things we learned and enjoyed this term:

We have been doing area – Jessica

We went to Church to do our Easter Service – Amelia

On Friday, we did the Easter Assembly again for the big kids and whole school – Tara and Alistair

I really enjoyed doing my maths because it’s fun – my favourite bit was the maths posters – Maisy

I really enjoyed doing the lighthouse pictures with Miss McMaster – Murren

We did Sumdog – it was fun – Haaris

I liked doing capacity because it’s fun and I like doing how much fits in one and how much fits in the other one – Lee

I like doing our learning intentions because we did a lot of writing –  it was a bit hard but I liked it because I had help from the learning intention – Jack R

We were learning about being Successful Learners, Effective Contributors, Responsible Citizens and Confident Individuals and our Learning Muscles for assembly – Anna

I liked playing outside Mr Todd when it was sunny and my favourite game was “Farmer, Farmer, Can I Cross Your Field?” – Natasha

I loved doing PE.  I love Bellsquarry – Reese

Well done to Reese, who has completed her first term at Bellsquarry.  It’s lovely to know you are so happy here, Reese!

Well done to everyone for all your hard work this term.  You have all come such a long way and have learned so much.  I’m proud of every one of you!

Have a wonderful Easter Holiday, everyone!  See you next term.

More Measure

P2 recently finished their revision on Weight and Capacity. This was a fantastic opportunity for us to revisit our work and helped us to deepen our learning.  It was also a chance for us to exercise some of our Learning Muscles, such as Distilling, Collaboration, Revising, Interdependence, Absorption and Capitalising.

Here is a small insight into this work.  The ultimate aim was to make a set of posters for ourselves and others to help us remember and understand Measure.

Each table worked together to revise and note down everything we knew about each subject – in writing or pictures – then we peer-assessed the work and revised it further to make the improvements our peers recommended. This is the pupils’ learning in their own words and images. Here are some pictures of this process, and the final results. Can we teach you something new about measure?


Working in table groups to create the posters:


Peer-assessing another table’s work:

The final posters:

A Lengthy Task!

Over the last few months, P2 have been expanding their knowledge, understanding and skills to do with Measure. There has been a lot to learn about this topic and we have already covered Length, Weight and Capacity.

Over the last week or so, we took time to find out how much we could actually remember and if we could apply our knowledge. We revised what we knew about length and the children produced fantastic posters summarising their learning. It took us a long time and lots of toil to remember what we had learned as we covered this work way back before Christmas. It was even harder, however, to try to explain what we knew! We imagined we were trying to explain our learning to our penpals. This helped us focus on what was important and to make sure we included everything we needed to know. We used words and illustrations to get the information across.

This was a demanding task that required us to use all of our Learning Muscles and Thinking Skills.  As you can see, P2 did this in an exemplary way.

Have a look at our posters – can you see what we have been learning?


Thank you to everyone who helped to make our PATPAL (Pupils As Teachers – Parents As Learners) session this afternoon such a wonderful success.

The P2 pupils relished the chance to work on their skills in a different format and to show the adults that attended what they have been learning.

If you weren’t able to join us today, ask your child what they were doing in the session and if they can show you some of the skills they have been learning.

In this post, you can find some of the dozens of photos we took of the session.  You can also find the hyperlink to the document named “Patpal”  that contains the instructions for each of the tasks, in case you want to have a go at home!


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P2 Penpals and Information Safety

We have had some exciting moments in P2 this week. One of them was to do with our writing. We have been practising our letter-writing skills since the start of January and we are getting better and better, but we know that our letters to Santa and Ms McMaster might not get replies as you would be hard-pressed to find two busier people! We were very excited this week to find out that we were going to start writing to people that would (in theory!) write back. We have new penpals! The P3/2s at Mrs Weatherston Sharma’s old school, Seafield Primary, have agreed to write to us if we write to them. Today, everyone got paired up with someone from Seafield and wrote them an introductory letter. We wrote some information about ourselves and asked our penpal a question to help us find out more about them.
We talked at length about the safety of such interactions. We know that we mustn’t talk to strangers, so how do we know it is safe to write to these children? We talked about how teachers work to keep children safe and that the Seafield P3/2s’ teacher is a known and trusted member of West Lothian’s staff and that she can vouch for – and keep safe – her own pupils. We also discussed what we knew about what was safe to tell people about ourselves. We know very well that we don’t give any personal, sensitive information about ourselves to people we don’t know and haven’t met, including our penpals. We all agreed that we should never reveal our surnames, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or any other identifying information to anyone we don’t know and that we wouldn’t put this information into our letters.

We are very excited to write our letters and to hear back from our penpals. We’ll let you know as soon as their letters come through!

P2’s Special Person: JACK MURRAY

This week, Jack Murray is our Special Person. Here is what P2 said about Jack:
Lee – I like Jack because he’s funny
Jack R – I like Jack because he is my second best friend
Aaron – I like Jack because he has lots of good games
Amelia – I like Jack because he is funny
Natasha – I like Jack because he is my best friend
Mrs WS – I like Jack’s lovely sunny smile
Cayden – I like Jack because he plays with me. He came to my house
Murren – I like Jack because he is always playing Tig with me
Isla – I like Jack because he is a good friend
Maha – I like Jack because he is nice
Jessica – I like Jack because he is kind
Tara – I like Jack because he is strong
Calum – I like Jack because he is lovely
Haaris – I like Jack because he shares a lot
Maisy – I like Jack because he is kind to me
Alistair – I like Jack because he is one of my friends
Anna – I like Jack because he has nice manners

P2 Assembly on Learning Muscles and Thinking Hats

This week, we did our Assembly. We were very good! We practised our own parts at home and at school and made sure that we knew our lines. This meant that when it came to the day, when we had to stand up in front of the school, we felt excited and only a little bit nervous.
“I thought it was going to be embarrassing,” said Aaron, “but it was good!”.
“It was fun,” said Lee.
“It was super-dooper”, said Calum.
“I felt really happy because I like speaking,” said Jessica.
Our assembly was about Learning Muscles and Thinking Hats.
We can tell you a little bit about Thinking Hats.
The Yellow Hat means thinking about the good things – Maha
The Black Hat is thinking about all the bad things – Lee
The Green Hat helps us change bad things – Calum
The Red Hat helps us think about feelings – Jack M
The Blue Hat helps us to think about all the other hats and choose which ones you want to use. It helps us do them better than we did it before – Jack R
The White Hat tells us the truth.
These are really useful for helping us tackle big problems, because sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Thinking Hats are used in lots of different fields – academia, business and politics to name but three.
What are Learning Muscles? They help us find ways to work hard and learn better. Here are some of them:
Perseverance means keep going – Alistair
Managing distractions helps us concentrate – Calum
Capitalising means making the most of what we have – Lee
Collaboration means working together – Haaris
Making Links means connecting our thinking – Murren
Revising means checking over your work and fixing mistakes – Amelia
Noticing helps us spot information and what is around us – Jack M, Haaris and Anna
We have loved learning about Learning Muscles and Thinking Hats. We also love using them in our work!
Please ask us if you would like to know any more!