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28th-30th Aug 19: School will close at 12:30 for P2 to P7 children. New P1s will finish at 12:00. | Term begins:28th August 2019 | Uniform Sales:   AUGUST 21st & 22nd – 1.00-3.00pm | Term Dates 2019/2020 can be found in 'Parent Area'
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Literacy Support (Mrs Young)

May-June 2019

Primary 2s will be 'growing' this term. They will be using the story of 'Jack and the beanstalk' as a basis for lots of different activities.

Keep up the hard work with the spellings- don't forget to practise words from earlier in the year. You'll also find some words to practise sight vocabulary. Aim to go over these every night so that your child gets really confident. It will really help their fluency in their reading.

P3s will been using 'The Rainbow Fish' as a stimulus for some creative writing. They will be planning ,drafting and writing stories. Hopefully there will be lots of great stories with lots of imagination and use of amazing adjectives. We will be revising skills taught throughout the year and this will include a 'BIG' spelling test.

P4s are going to 'Set Sail' with their new topic this term. Keep up the good work with the spellings and don't forget to keep reading every night. 

Always encourage your child to write neatly and take time to ask your child question about what they have been reading.


March-April 2019

Primary 2s will be continuing with their topic of 'Long,long ago' and will be looking at artefacts from the olden days. Part of this will involve learning about Orphan Mary and the children will have opportunities for writing, labelling and completing comprehension style questions- and much more!

Keep up the hard work with the reading and spellings- we have already had some P2s getting 4-in-a-row!

Please keep encouraging your child to write really neatly with letters formed correctly.They all love getting stickers and rewards for neat work.

Primary 3

We have started this half-term by writing a letter to a king! This is part of our persuasive writing. The children will also be completing lots of grammar tasks to include tense, compound words, recognising adverbs in a sentence and using commas, to name but a few!

Keep trying hard with the spellings- remember- practice makes perfect.

Primary 4

The children have been using texts to find the main idea. They will be continuing to look at World War 2 and will complete more fun and interesting tasks. Our grammar will include new skills such as finding and using adverbs and we will revise using commas and the use of past tense. 

Keep up the good work with the spellings and reading. 

Please keep checking this class page for up to date photos and videos- see what they are getting up to!

January-February 2019

Welcome back!

Primary 4

The P4s have started the new year by learning about homophones. They are discovering lots of examples in their reading books and will practise using them properly in sentences eg. knowing when to use two/too/to or were/wear or their/there. Look out for some in your child's books at home. 

The main WAU theme is World War 2 (WW2) and the children will have lots of opportunities for reading about life as an evacuee and completing WW2 related activities eg discussing the differences between pictures and they will complete WW2 comprehensions. They will have opportunities for reading articles on 'news desk' .

Primary 3

The P3s are already working hard at comprehension skills and are focussing on question words- who/where/what/when/where and how. Try to ask your child lots of questions from their reading book. Why not ask them to make up some questions of their own.

They will be learning about persuasive writing and writing in that style.

Remember to keep working hard at spellings - keep going over the words from previous weeks.

Primary 2

P2s are starting their new topic 'Long, long ago....' which is based on dinosaurs. There will be labelling activities, writing and lots of reading. They will certainly be able to identify the T-Rex and stegosaurus! 

The children have been doing lots of blending, in preparation for learning spellings. This is always very exciting, getting the spellings home to learn. Encourage well formed letters and good presentation. Try to practise each night. Remember- Practice makes Perfect!


Nov-Dec 2018

It's hard to believe it is only 7 weeks until Christmas!

Even with all the fun, there will still be lots of learning still going on!

Primary 2

We will be working hard to learn the alphabet with lots of ordering activites. They will be matching upper and lower case letters . The children are continuing to recognise rhyming patterns . High frequency words are being reinforced daily in class- keep working hard at these at home too. The children will continue to practise their JollyPhonics daily- don't forget to practise these words every night so they are very confident with them.

Primary 3

We have started our work on alphabetical order and already the pupils have started to grasp this skill- great!

Why not take a minute each evening to choose 3/4 words from a reading book and put them into order.

We will be continuing with our 'homes' theme and will be writing about different types of homes from castles to animal homes. In our grammar the children will also be working at using adjectives and verbs and being able to identify these. Can you find some nouns/ verbs/ adjectives in your reading book?

keep reading every night with your child and practising the spellings-we are all working towards a 4-in-a-row.


Primary 4

We are going to be looking at instructions- looking at the language used, especially the use of verbs.

We will be writing our own instructions and trying to follow them. Maybe there will be a nice set of instructions for some Christmas baking!

keep working hard at spellings and reading-always try to add expression- it will help to improve the fluency.


27th Aug 2018
Literacy Support (Mrs Young)

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-P4) but please do 'check in' regularly to look at the pupils at work.

Primary 2

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.
You will also get games and activities sent home from time to time 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'.

Primary 3
Spellings will be written daily in class (Mon-Wed). These should be copied each night and learned. Please use the Look-say-cover-write-check method. It is best to spend some time learning every night and use Thursday night to revise for the Friday test.
Reading homework will be given Monday-Thursday. Please spend time talking to your child about the story and ask some questions.
Literacy written homework will be given out every Monday. This will be linked to classwork being completed and will reinforce new skills. Please sign each homework when completed.
Our classwork will link into the theme 'Home Sweet Home' and the children will have lots of opportunities for talking, listening, reading and writing about home- what materials are needed; what makes a home;different types of houses..... hopefully there will be lots of photos for you to see so please keep checking the website.

Primary 4

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 either once or twice each week and will sometimes link to the theme. Other times it will help to consolidate what has been taught in class. All homework 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!

Always remember- Time spent with your child is Time Well Spent.
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 Support teacher