Another busy week in primary 2!
In phonics we have been continuing our work on ‘magic e’, looking at words that use i_e to make the long i sound. We have been talking about how i and e are such good friends they can make a sound even if they have another sound in between them! If you are looking for fun ways to practice phonics at home, the children have been really enjoying playing this game: https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/phonics-frog?phase=5
We have also continued to learn about the story of Robbie, the piper who went through the tunnels under Edinburgh castle to get to fairyland, in our writing lessons and this week we had a go at retelling the story. The children remembered lots of details and did some great pieces of writing – ask you child to tell you the story and see what they remember!
In our numeracy lessons we have been revising our adding skills. The children told us lots of good strategies to help us add, including using doubles to help us (eg. 3+3 = 6 so 3+4 = 7), using the numicon shapes to help us visualise the problems, using our fingers, remembering our bonds to 10, using a numberline and using blocks. Next week we will be looking at adding numbers to 10 to make teen numbers.
In maths we have been learning about 2D shapes – this week we used the plastic shapes to help us identify how many corners and edges shapes have, as well as thinking about whether they have curved or straight edges.
As well as all this, we have been busy learning about castles! We love getting outside to learn, and this week we were able to go out and draw castles with chalk, which we then labelled and described using the vocabulary we have learned about parts of a castle. We also went on a QR code treasure hunt in the classroom in our IT lesson, where we tried to find the King and if we were locked in the dungeon we had to give our teacher facts about castles to get out and continue our search. We already remember a lot about castles! We have talked about chivalry in our emotional literacy, and what it means to be respectful to each other.
Next week we will be learning about people who lived in castles, and because the children have been interested in colour mixing, and ‘dyeing’ paper towels using felt tips and water during free play, we will be learning about natural dyes and having a go at tie dye – If you would like to send in a white T-shirt for your child to dye with their name inside, we will dye this. Otherwise we will provide a pair of white socks for them to dye instead.
Our other learning this week has been focussed on Scots, ceilidh dancing and traditional Scottish music. We have really enjoyed ceilidh dancing, counting time to jigs and reels, listening to stories in Scots and having a go on Miss Strahan’s keyboard during our free play time.