This week we have had a very busy week and learned lots of different things in P2. In writing, we were learning about verbs and tried to include some of these special doing words in our sentences. Our focus sounds this week were igh, oy, y and v.
In numeracy, the boys and girls loved exploring tens and ones using all sorts of practical materials such as numicon, dienes materials, bingo, 10p and 1p coins and we introduced cuisennaire rods this week too (which were a big hit!). Using their knowledge about 10s and 1s, the children worked with a partner to choose a special number and make a poster all about it.
In music, we were learning about stringed instruments and how the sound changes if a string is tighter or looser. We had fun exploring this with elastic bands!
We read the story of Jesus Feeding the 5000 in RE and we thought of ways that we too can be kind to others. Some suggestions were sharing, playing together and reading our dinosaur books together! We watched Mass on Friday from our classroom. It was lovely to see Father Jock and to see the P7s leading the Mass.
For International Peace Day, we made doves and wrote our own message of peace on our artwork. We listened to some songs about peace and thought about what peace means.
You will by now have received a homework pack and a reading book home. Please use the sounds and word lists to practise spelling patterns. You can use the sentences to either read with your child or dictate a sentence for them to try and write. The literacy and numeracy walls give ideas of different activities you can do at home to support your child’s learning in these areas. We have also provided a jotter for use at home should you wish.
Sumdog logins will be issued next week and we will begin setting challenges in the near future!
Primary 2 have had great fun over the past few weeks reading the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine. The children have been busy mixing up and writing recipes for their own magical potions, as well as undertaking a science experiment to see which materials dissolve in water and which don’t. They have also designed their own new front covers for the book and really enjoyed rounding off the last few weeks with some ‘George’ themed games in the gym hall! It was fantastic to see all the different costumes on Friday too.
In numeracy, we are continuing to explore place value within 100 and the children are becoming confident building 2 digit numbers using tens and ones practical materials. We are still working on counting backwards from 100!
We are continuing to revise our Block 2 sounds and Primary 2 have been trying so hard to use their sounds when spelling new and challenging words in their writing.
In music, we have been learning to keep the beat of a song that counts in threes or fours – the classes loved listening to pieces of classical music on the Interactive Whiteboard.
This week in RE we have been trying to learn the Our Father and to help us we will include it in our morning prayers.
What a busy week we have had in Primary 2! We have enjoyed reading chapters 1-5 of George’s Marvellous Medicine as part of our whole school Roald Dahl topic. The children have really enjoyed hearing about making the medicine. We learned about adjectives and described George and Grandma in our writing jotters. We noticed that the describing words we picked were very different for each character!
In numeracy, we are learning about numbers to 100. This week we have been exploring the hundred square and finding missing numbers. The children worked together in pairs and helped each other, which was lovely to watch.
In art, we used wax crayons and watercolours to create magical pictures of George making his fantastic medicine. We think they look fabulous! We discussed how to keep ourselves safe around medicines and talked about how to tell the difference between food and medicines.
We chatted about how only trusted adults should give us medicine. The children shared their thoughts and experiences with each other:
‘The doctor gave me calpol to help my sore foot.’ – Cillian
‘I had medicine when I had an allergic reaction.’ – Emma
‘My mummy gives me calpol if I am too hot.’ – Ruby
‘We keep our medicine in a cupboard and it’s locked.’ – Kirsty
The children have also enjoyed playing in our developing playzone and outside on the new playground equipment. They were very good at encouraging one another, cheering each other on and telling each other ‘I believe in you! You can do it!’
Some children were sharing their best strategies for tackling the more challenging aspects of the climbing frames. Well done Primary 2!
The children have settled into their new classrooms and routines this week. They have enjoyed reuniting with their friends and exploring the play area outside our classrooms.
We have been working hard writing about what we did during the summer holidays, drawing self-portraits, exploring the new Trim Trail equipment and learning about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Well done Primary 2 and welcome back to school! What a lovely first week.
During Catholic Education Week, St John’s took the pledge to become a Laudato Si School. The whole school participated in a virtual prayer service, promising to respond to Pope Francis call to love God, look after each other and protect our world.
As a Laudato Si school we want to make A CHANGE FOR GOOD. We will LEARN, PRAY AND ACT to make a difference in our world.
We promise that we will work together in our classrooms, the school building, school grounds, homes, local area, across the country and across the world to make change and look after our planet.
Over the coming weeks and months we will share our progress with you.
As a community of faith and learning we make this promise together