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Smartie Tubes: Please return all Smartie tubes by Wed 16th Oct.Smartie Party Fun day (non-uniform) is Fri 18th. | Parent/Teacher interviews: W/B Mon 21st Oct – SCHOOL CLOSES at 1.00pm for NURSERY and P1-P7 at 1.30pm for this week.   | Milk money (£7.14) must be paid Mon 21st Oct | Breakfast Club Open Morning Nursery & P1 parents are invited to join us in the Breakfast club. Come enjoy some delicious food to start off the day with your child!Fri 25th Oct 8:00 - 8:30Cost: 70p
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Mrs Young Lit & Num Support

August-October 2019

Welcome back.

I hope you all enjoyed your Summer holidays and are ready for another busy term ahead!
Below is an outline of just some of the topics and activities which will be covered in each year group (P2 and P4) but please do 'check in' regularly to look at the children at work. This year brings a few changes and I will now be teaching numeracy as well as literacy. 

Primary 2 literacy

Each night (Mon-Thurs)your child will get reading. Take time to practise new words and look out for capital letters and full stops. Please ask your child to find different words from the story and ask some questions too. Don't forget to check and sign the reading record every night- this is a great place for us to communicate how they are getting on.
From time to time your child will get games and activities sent home to help reinforce what they have been doing during class. The children love doing these and it's a great way to keep learning 'fun'.

Here are some simple ideas for you to try at home:

  1. Snap- make a set of cards using about 6 simple words (2 of each card) eg. I, and, can, see, the, me. You could practise the character names too- Chip, Kipper, Mum, Dad, Biff and Floppy. Make sure your child reads the words each time.
  2. Use the snap cards and place face down. Take turns to turn 2 cards over. Read the words and if they are a pair, keep the cards. You can use this with letters as well. The player with the most cards wins!
  3. Find the hidden words/letters- write words/letters onto a post-it/piece of paper and hide around the kitchen or living room- ask your child to bring you the letter 'a' or word 'and' and so on.
  4. Ask your child to bring you something beginning with eg. 's'   sock, saucepan, sauce 
  5. Use your reading book- ask your child to find the word 'the', 'Chip' etc
  6. Write down lots of letters on a page (start with  s, a, t, i ,p, n). Ask your child to circle all the a's , all the t's  and so on. Try it with words also eg circle all the 'and' words, 'the' words.
  7. If you've magnetic letters, why not use these to make words, sort letters too.

We will be revisiting all the Jolly Phonics sounds again so it is important that they get as much practice as possible. Why not try a game of 'I-spy'.

Please encourage correct (and neat) letter formation when they are practising at home too. 

The children will be listening to a variety of Julia Donaldson books. Why not go to the town library and see if you can spot any to take home and re-read.

Time spent reading with your child is always time well spent.

Primary 4- Literacy

The theme this term is 'Hey, hey, look at me!' There will be lots of opportunities for the children to be writing about their summer holidays, hobbies, what they like doing, among other things!
Written literacy homework will be given once a week on a Monday and will sometimes link to the theme. Other times it will help to consolidate what has been taught in class. All homework tasks will be written into the diary so please check this daily and sign when completed fully.

Spellings are to copied and learned each night for the daily test. There will be a 'big' test each Friday and a selection of 10 spellings will be asked. Don't forget Mrs Sheeran's '4-in-a-row' prize!
Reading homework is given daily- please take time to ask your child questions and help them to read with fluency and make sense of the story. Why not ask them to find examples of nouns/verbs/questions or maybe get them to ask you some questions!

Primary 4 - numeracy

The p4s will be revisiting skills which were taught during p3 and we will be building on these. They will be developing their quick recall of number bonds from 1-10 to start with. The children will learn how to identify odd and even numbers and recognise pattern within the 100 square. 

Mathematical language will be developed throughout the term.

Try to use every opportunity to do numeracy when out and about. Here are some simple ideas to get you started!

  • who can spot the number eg. 25 / 18 / 11 first? Look at door numbers, number plates, sign posts.....
  • add the numbers on the number plate of the car/bus in front of you.
  • Look at the door numbers- are they odd or even?
  • Look for a number between eg 10 and 20. Who is the 1st to find one?
  • Can you spot any number words written anywhere?
  • Who will be first to spot a multiple of 10?
  • Find 1 more than eg.18
  • Have fun while doing maths- if they see you enjoying it, they'll enjoy it too. 
    Please check your child's class page as a reminder of what is needed for school each day and to find out more about what is going on.
    I hope you all enjoy the photos which will follow as soon as the pupils get back to school.

Mrs Young-Literacy/Numeracy Support teacher




Latest Photographs



10th Oct 2019
The p4s have been ordering the days of the week and months of the year. They played...
4th Oct 2019
The P4s had to identify all the nouns from the sentences on the whiteboard and then...
4th Oct 2019
The p2s were making simple cvc words using the first 6 letter sounds which they have...
3rd Oct 2019
the children used their memory to find pairs of numbers which make 10.