## Toy Story Characters, Forces and Benchball (P2B)

We have had a busy two weeks in P2B!

Last week we created our own characters for Toy Story 5! We watched a clip of Toy Story 4 and looked at the character ‘Forky’. Using adjectives, we labelled a picture of Forky. Afterwards, we worked with our learning partners to share our ideas for a new toy for the film. We drew and labelled pictures of our new character. On Wednesday last week we used our labelled pictures to write a detailed character description. We used adjectives to describe our characters and we used joining words to link our ideas.

During our IDL focus last week we learned how toys were made in the past. We explored different materials used to make toys and then how toys in the past were made and how they moved. We also compared how toys were made in the past compared to how toys are made in the present. Afterwards we drew pictures of toys which are made of wood, plastic and metal under the correct materials heading.

This week we investigated forces on toys. We watched a video about push and pull forces and discussed how we can make toys change their speed and direction. Afterwards, Miss Harrison put us into groups and we went around the classroom exploring how to make different toys move and work. Using a sheet on our clipboards, we recorded whether the toy worked by a pull force, a push force or both.

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been concluding our work on subtraction. We have been solving different subtraction facts to 20 and we have been using subtraction vocabulary such as ‘minus’, ‘less than’ and ‘find the difference’. This week we have also been learning to link our addition and subtraction facts. For example, if we know that 9+2=11 then we can use this addition fact to solve 11-2. In Number Talks last week we looked at using ten frames.  We worked out how many dots we could see and explained how we could see them. We used strategies such as ‘doubles’, ‘near doubles’, ‘counting all’ and ‘counting on’. This week we explored dot images. Again, using our Number Talks strategies, we discussed how we saw the dots.

Last week we revised finding half past times on digital clocks. We played a game where we had to match the times to the digital clocks and then we created our own digital clocks showing the correct times. This week we were learning to write o’clock and half past times on an analogue clock. We had to use a ruler to draw on the hour and minute hands. Next week we are going to be using these times and finding one hour after.

Our new sound last week was ‘i-e’. We made ‘i-e’ words on our magnetic boards and we drew and labelled ‘i-e’ pictures.  This week we wrote ‘i-e’ words on our whiteboards and we wrote sentences containing ‘i-e’ words. Some of us were also revising all of our consonant blends.

In PE we have been developing our movement and co-ordination skills. Over the last two weeks, we have been playing different games to help us to keep an eye on an object. We enjoyed playing Dodgeball and Treasure Chest. Both weeks we have also played some team games of Benchball to develop our throwing and catching skills.

Thank you for reading our blog post.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

P2B and Miss Harrison xxx

We have had a busy 2 weeks in Primary 2A with a little break in between! We are definitely ready to be back having fun learning.

In Literacy we have looked at magic ‘e’ and some of us have been revising our consonant blends. We have enjoyed playing interactive ‘i-e’ games on the board and writing words we have remembered on kites and fluffy slime. During play we have been identifying adjectives by playing a game of Guess Who in partners. We have had lots of fun trying to guess each other’s person. In writing this week our task was to create a new Toy Story character if there was a Toy Story 5. We watched a clip of Forky being introduced to all the Toy Story characters which was funny. As a class we described what Forky looked like using adjectives. We learned that we can have different adjectives to describe Forky such as shape and colour. We kept this in mind when we had to do our writing. We drew our new characters which included labels. We had thought of lots of different characters from robots to cuddly toys. We then wrote a character description using adjectives and tried to challenge ourselves to use different joining words as well. They turned out great!

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been recalling subtraction facts to 20. We have looked at different strategies to help us with this such as using our knowledge of doubles. We have also been looking at the special link between addition and subtraction e.g. 10 + 5 = 15, 5 + 10 = 15, 15 – 10 = 5.  Some of us have been looking at this link using 2 digit numbers as well. We have had fun telling the time in class. Miss Muir has set us a challenge that if we spot an o’clock or half past time on an analogue or digital clock in the classroom we have to say! We have been doing really well with this so far. We played a game on the board called What’s the Time Mr Wolf? We had to make sure that the Wolf could get his turkey dinner in time by answering the o’clock questions. Over the past 2 weeks we have been learning to write the digital time for half past and have been drawing the hands on an analogue clock when given an o’clock or half past time as well. Some of us have even been creating digital and analogue times in our airport.

In our Toys topic we explored how toys are made and why they are made of certain materials. We also looked at how toys move. Did they use a battery or have to be wound up? We enjoyed watching clips of toys and discussing what they were made from, if machines or people made them. We even learned about what some of our toys we play with today are made from. We were able to show our new learning by completing a toy materials table.

Last week in Science we looked at melting and cooling. To understand this process we made chocolate krispie cakes. They smelled great and we even had enough for everyone in the class to eat one. Miss Muir couldn’t get a photo fast enough as some of us had already eaten them before the photo was taken!

Please take a look at what we have been doing in our play based learning…

We hope you enjoy your weekend!

P2A and Miss Muir 🙂

## Toy Adverts and Toys in the Past (P2B)

This week we have been learning to write adverts for toys. We watched a Lego advert and discussed what we liked about it. Afterwards, we looked at different posters advertised toys and explored some of their features such as an interesting title, a detailed picture and eye-catching and bright colours. On Tuesday, we drew pictures of our chosen toys on our posters. We also gave our posters a title. On Wednesday we looked at using persuasive language to persuade people to buy our toys. We used adjectives to describe our toys and statements such as ‘The best toy in the world’. Miss Harrison said that she would buy all of our toys!

This week we have been learning about toys in the past. Miss Harrison showed us some photos of a tape cassette, an Etch a Sketch, a VHS player, a Tamagotchi and a disposable camera. With our learning partner, we discussed what we thought each object was used for. We had some interesting answers! Afterwards, we learned about toys from the past. Using Keynote on our iPads, we sorted photos of toys on a timeline. We also created our own Venn diagrams to record toys from the past, toys from the present and toys from both past and present.

Our sounds this week were ‘a-e’ and ‘tw’. We drew our own ‘a-e’ pictures and wrote the words beside the pictures and we wrote sentences containing our common words and ‘a-e’ words. Some of us made ‘tw’ words on our magnetic boards and wrote a sentence containing ‘tw’ words.

In our Short Read lesson this week, we completed a ‘Picture It’ activity. We listened to a story called ‘Robot Rumpus’ and we answered different types of questions about the story. Afterwards, we read a text about a different robot. Using key information from the text, we drew a picture of the robot.

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been learning subtraction facts for 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.  Some of us were also learning to subtract a two-digit number from a two-digit number. In Number Talks, we are looking at counting on using Rekenreks. We looked at how many beads we could see on the Rekenrek and how we could see them. This week we also revised half past times. We played a game called ‘Stop the Clock’ and matched half past times to analogue clocks.

This week was Scotland Loves Languages week. We learned numbers to 100 in French and on Wednesday morning, Mrs Gordon and two of our Language Ambassadors taught us a game called ‘Poissons pêcheurs’. To revise our numbers, we also played bingo on Thursday afternoon. On Thursday, one of our friends taught us some words in Russian. We learned how to say ‘hello’ and ‘bye’.  This week we also created a poster as a class displaying our favourite words in another language.

Thank you for reading our blog post. We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

P2B and Miss Harrison xxx

## Thermometers, Robots and Toys in P2A

This week we have been busy learning about thermometers, toys from the past and drawing robots!

Look below at what we have been doing in our play based learning…

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been recalling subtraction facts between 16 and 20. We have been playing a fun game to help us recall these subtraction facts called ‘Hit the Button’. We have looked at different strategies to help us with this such as using our knowledge of doubles. We have also been practising missing number questions. Some of us have been subtracting a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number using partitioning and 100 squares to help us. We have also been practising more half past times this week. We are becoming more confident as a class recognising this on an analogue and digital clock. Some of us were even learning how to recognise when it is quarter past.

In Science with Mrs Bergarnie we looked at thermometers. We discussed where we have seen a thermometer before and what they do. Mrs Bergarnie set up an experiment where we had cups with cold water and cups with warm water. We predicted what would happen to the cups after they had been sitting in the classroom. We used words like degrees Celsius so we could tell exactly what temperature the cups were when we each used our thermometer. We did really well at predicting if the cups of water would be hotter or colder at the end of the lesson and why this happened.

In our Toys topic we looked at toys in the past and what our parents and grandparents might have played with when they were in P2. We loved watching the ‘100 years of toys’ clip. Lots of us spotted toys we had seen or heard of before. We had lots of discussion about this. One of our tasks was to work in pairs to complete a toy timeline on the Keynote app on the iPad. We had lots of fun figuring out where each toy should go.

This week was Scotland loves Languages Week. In class we have done lots of things to celebrate this. We had a visit from the Language Ambassadors and Mrs Gordon on Wednesday. We played a fun game to practise our numbers to 30 in French. Some of us can even say our numbers up to 50 which we have been practising in the line before lunch and using as a countdown. On Thursday we practised the months of the year. We played snakes and ladders in pairs where we had to say the month in French to move on.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

P2A and Miss Muir 🙂

## Terrific Toys, Magic ‘e’ and P6 Pals

This week we have been busy learning about toys, time and subtraction. We can’t believe we are at the end of January already!

Look below at what we have been doing in our play based learning…

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been recalling subtraction facts between 13 and 15. Some of us have been subtracting within 100. We have been explaining the strategies we use to get to our answer in class discussions and when we are helping each other with our work. We also started learning about time this week in Maths. We learned that there are two different clocks: analogue and digital. We discussed where we see clocks in our everyday lives and why we think time is important. We then went over o’clock and looked at half past on an analogue and digital clock. This was a little tricky on an analogue clock as the little hand is between two numbers when the big hand is at 6. We enjoyed playing time board games with each other during the lesson and when we were playing.

Our new IDL topic for this term is Toys. We have done lots on this topic already from completing a class Short Read to writing our toy shop imaginative stories. We also had a class discussion on what we already knew about toys and were able to write/draw our ideas. We were asked if there was anything we would like to know about toys. We had lots of ideas for Miss Muir to write down.

Our P6 pals came to visit us this week. They were learning about electricity and had made games for us to play using batteries and wires. The games had lots of different questions for us to answer. We had so much fun playing the games and seeing our pals again.

We hope you enjoy your first weekend of February!

P2A and Miss Muir 🙂

## Toys, Toys, Toys (P2B)

This week we have started our new IDL focus on the history of Toys. We started by looking at toys in the present so we can make comparisons. Using our iPads, we looked for our favourite toys on Safari. We added our photos to our iPads and then opened them on an app called Puppet Edu. Using Puppet Edu, we recorded ourselves talking about our favourite toys. We enjoyed using digital technology to enhance our learning.

For writing this week we have been creating our own imaginative stories. We read a story called ‘The Toy Shop’ and we discussed the events and the characters in the story. Using our own experiences of toy shops and knowledge of toys, we planned our own imaginative stories and drew pictures of the beginning, middle and end. On Wednesday we used our pictorial plans to write our stories. We worked hard to ensure that we included a character throughout, used connectives to join our ideas and used adjectives to describe our characters. Afterwards we shared our fantastic stories with the rest of the class.

In our Short Read lesson we explored the trailer for the film ‘Toy Story’. We watched the trailer and then we answered different types of questions about the characters and the setting. Afterwards we played ‘Blankety Blank’ and we were able to work together to find the missing words from the trailer.

This week we had a special visit from our P6 pals. They have been creating their own quiz games and they wanted to share these with us. We enjoyed seeing our P6 pals and playing their quiz games – we even gave them constructive feedback about their games!

Our new sound this week was ‘a-e’. We have been looking forward to learning the ‘magic e’ patterns. Using our magnetic boards, we made ‘a-e’ words and on Thursday, we wrote sentences containing ‘a-e’ words. Some of us were also learning the sounds ‘st’ and ‘sw’.

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been learning subtraction facts for 13, 14 and 15. We have been continuing to discuss different subtraction strategies and we have been using these strategies to solve missing number sums. Some of us have also been learning to subtract a teen number from a two-digit number. This week we also started to learn to tell half past times on digital and analogue clocks. We revised telling o’clock times and then we learned how to identify half past times. At the end of our lesson, we played a game called ‘Clocking In’ on Education City.

Thank you for reading our blog post. We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

P2B and Miss Harrison xxx

## The Reiver Rat and Lady McNessie (P2B)

In our Short Read session this week, we read a story called ‘The Reiver Rat’ (The Highway Rat in Scots). We explored the Scots words in the story and then used clues from the text to work out their meaning.

In writing, we learned to describe a character in Scots. We worked together to list adjectives to describe the reiver rat. To help us to plan our writing, we drew detailed pictures of the reiver rat. Using our pictures and a word bank, we used Scots words to write a character description about the reiver rat. We were very resilient and worked very hard on our reiver rat descriptions in Scots.

This week we have continued to explore the work of Steven Brown. We looked at his ‘McThistle’ painting and discussed our thoughts and feelings about his art work. Afterwards, we looked at his ‘Lady McNessie’ painting and explored his use of vibrant colours. We created our own wax resist ‘McNessie’ paintings. If Steven Brown ever needs any help then we would definitely be up to the job!

On Friday we had a Scottish assembly. We have been learning the song ‘Loch Ness Monster’ with Mrs Bain in music and we performed our song at the assembly. Our singing was fantastic!

This week we revised all of our consonant blends and common words. Some of us also learned the ‘sn’ and ‘sp’ sounds. Next week we will begin to look at the ‘magic e’ patterns.

In Numeracy and Mathematics, we have been continuing to explore subtraction. This week we learned to subtract a single digit from a teen number, bridging 10. We used a number line to subtract to 10 (a friendly number) and then we worked out how many we still had to count back to find our answer. This week we also learned subtraction facts for 11 and 12. Some of us have also been learning to subtract numbers to 50.

Thank you for reading our blog post. We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

P2B and Miss Harrison xxx

## Scots and Obstacle Courses in P2A

This week we have been busy learning all things to do with Scotland.

Look below at what we have been doing in our play based learning…

In Literacy we have been revising our consonant blends and some of us have been learning: ‘sn’ and ‘sp’ this week. To revise our blends we looked at pictures with the different blends and had to figure out which blend the picture represented. We enjoyed playing a game on the interactive board to help us revise our blends as well. We read a book called ‘The Reiven Rat’ which was all in Scots. Our task was to describe the rat from the book using Scots words. We discussed what the rat looked like and how he behaved. We learned that words that describe something are called adjectives. We had fun using adjectives to describe what each of us were wearing to help us with this learning. We then included adjectives in our own writing. We were also able to identify Scots words, know what they were in English and able to include them in our writing. We wrote words like lang, purpie and troosers. Please have a look at our rats!

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been subtracting within 20 and 100 looking at a strategy called bridging. This is where you cross over a 10. We liked moving the frog across the number line on the board to help us with this. We have also been recalling subtraction facts for 11 and 12. Some of us have even been subtracting 2 digits from multiples of 10 and recalling subtraction facts to 50. We have been challenging ourselves lots this week. Some of us are even asking for more challenging questions. We have had fun as a class playing the mental maths train on the board to help us recall these facts.

During story and milk this week we have been listening to stories which are all in Scots or have Scots words in them. We have really enjoyed listening to these and finding out about what different Scots words mean.

In P.E we learned how to balance while moving in different ways. We became Woodland creatures from The Gruffalo’s Child. We balanced on our two feet, arms and some of us on one foot. We even created our own obstacle courses in groups. We had to make sure it would make us balance and move in different ways. We used lots of different equipment to create them which we all used in different ways.

We can’t wait to see what next week brings, see you then!

P2A and Miss Muir 🙂

## Amazing Artists (P2B)

This week we started our Scottish Focus in P2B. Every class in the school is learning about a Creative Scot and we are learning about the artist, Steven Brown. When we looked at his art work, we discussed how it made us feel and some of us realised that we had his paintings at home! We learned that he uses bright colours in his work. On Wednesday, we used bright oil pastels to create our own McCoo and McZoo pictures. Don’t they look amazing?!

In Literacy this week we learned the sounds ‘st’ and ‘sw’. We created our own sentences containing these sounds and made ‘sw’ words on our magnetic boards. Our common words this week were ‘find’ and ‘kind’. Some of us were also learning the sounds ‘sk’ and ‘sm’.

In reading, we have selected our own reading target. Some of us are using our sounds to read words, some of us are using expression when reading aloud and some of us are using our common words to help us to read. We have been working on our targets when reading aloud in class. In our Short Read lesson this week, we played a game called ‘Blankety Blank’. We listened to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’  and then we looked at a character description for the wolf. Miss Harrison had covered up some of the adjectives. If we were able to fill in the blanks with the same word as the text, we got two points. If we suggested a different word from the text but it still made sense, then we got one point. We enjoyed playing ‘Blankety Blank’!

In French we were learning to say the months of the year. We listened to a song, learned the words for each month and played a game on the Promethean board. In groups, we worked together to match the month in English to the month in French.

In Numeracy and Mathematics, we learned to subtract a single digit from a teen number and twenty. We also learned to subtract a teen number from a teen number and how to subtract a single digit, bridging 10. During Number Talks, we have been explaining which subtraction strategy we have used to each other and we are using these strategies in our numeracy lessons.

In PE we explored balancing in different shapes. We had dice at each mat and when it was our turn, we rolled the dice and balanced on the number of body parts shown on the dice. To make it more challenging, Miss Harrison then gave us a bean bag and we had to form different balances whilst balancing the bean bag!

At last week’s assembly, Mrs Hocknull showed us a video called ‘Birds on a Wire’. Some of the birds weren’t displaying our school values. We discussed ways that we could display our school values in the playground. This week, Mrs Hocknull gave us a little bird each and in their tummies, we wrote ways that we could demonstrate our school values in the playground. These are going to go up in a display in our school.

Thank you for reading our blog post. We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

P2B and Miss Harrison xxx

## Bright Colours and Balancing in P2A

We have been busy learning in P2A this week.

Look below at what we have been doing in our play based learning…

In Literacy we have all been learning new sounds: ‘st’, ‘sw’, ‘sk’ and ‘sm’ this week. We have enjoyed using the magnetic boards to spell our words. Some of us have even thought of our own words with our sound and written these down on whiteboards and our jotters. We were able to create our own sentences using these words as well. Some of us enjoyed completing the ‘st’ word hunt in the classroom.

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been subtracting within 20 and 100 this week. Some of us were subtracting a single digit from 20. We went over the different strategies we could use to help us with this from using number lines to counting with cubes. We also were subtracting a teens number from a teens number. Some of us found this challenging to start with but we were resilient and were able to complete our work. As a class we learned that ‘find the difference’ is another way of saying subtract so we wrote this on our subtraction class mind map. It is getting very full now!

In P.E we were exploring different movements, how we control these in a safe way and how you can balance. As a class we were able to state and demonstrate lots of different moves we can make. We had lots of fun playing an activity called ‘Visit to the Zoo’. In partners we moved like different zoo animals from crocodiles to penguins. We realised how these animals move in different ways. We even had an ‘Animal Quiz’ where we had to guess the animals people were by looking at how they moved. It was really fun.

In Art we have been creating pictures using different materials and bright colours. We looked at the artist Steven Brown and his pictures. Some of us knew who he was and had noticed some of his pictures before in shops we had visited and hairdresser’s. We discussed the colours and lines/shapes he used in his work. We then created our own highland coos and giraffes in the style of Steven Brown.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

P2A and Miss Muir 🙂