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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit
Mon 15th to Fri 26th April – Easter Holidays! | School will be CLOSED on the following dates:  Thurs 2nd May, Mon 6th May & Fri 24th - 29th May
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Year 2

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Mrs McBurney, Miss Anderson and Miss Bailey.

 

March / April

Theme – Long, long ago ……. Orphan Mary.

We are going to be learning about the Olden Days this term - when great, great, great, great Gran was a little girl! We will be finding out about things have changed at home, at school and the kind of toys little girls and boys played with. We will be meeting a teacher from the olden days, let's hope she's not too cross and doesn't have to use the cane! It should be good fun!

Maths

We will be learning about 3D shapes in number work. We should be able to find lots of examples of cylinders, spheres, cubes, cones and cuboids around the house. Perhaps you could try making a 3D model using some junk shapes?

Literacy

The children will be choosing a library book every week and bringing it home – please try to read it to them, as they love to hear stories in class. Keep up the good work with the reading books and spellings – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible, especially if they reverse any letters. We will also be looking at capital letters and practising them in our handwriting books.

Our reading is really improving since starting P2! Keep working hard at home on this. The Book Bag will be doing the rounds each night, look out for some new books coming your way soon!

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We have two more meet ups with the P.2 classes this term.

Our remaining dates are:-

Tuesday 12th March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

Tuesday 30th April – Visit to the People’s Park

The trips are all free of charge and the children really enjoy their time together and all the activities. We always have a lovely play time together and look forward to visiting each other for our St Patricks celebrations.

Thank you to everyone who came to the parent interviews in February. It is great to have your support with your child's learning.

Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter

 

Jan / Feb

Date for the diary: Week beginning 11th February will be Parent interview week.

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. This term the children will start spellings. They will get 6 words every night from Monday to Wednesday and then have Thursday night to revise for a test on Friday. Spellings should be written out neatly every night and signed by an adult please.

Practical maths homework will also be given out every Tuesday in a new homework book. Some practical equipment will be sent home, please look after it and return it the next day.

Theme – Long, long ago ……. Dinosaurs!

This term our new topic is “Dinosaurs”. We will be learning all the dinosaurs names, what they look like, what they like to eat and all sorts of other interesting facts.

We are looking forward to being real-life archaeologists during Play Based Learning! We have a Dino Dig set up in our classrooms for us to dig for fossils and dino bones! We are also making junk model dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons.

Watch this space for photos of dinosaur activities!

Maths

In number work we will be learning how to take away. We have been practising how to count backwards to prepare for this. We will also be learning more about money – how to count out the correct amount of coins at the shop. Why not help out at home by playing shop with some real money and items to ‘buy’? We will also be telling the time – revising o’clock and starting to learn about half past.

Literacy

The children will be choosing a library book every week and bringing it home – please try to read it to them, as they love to hear stories in class. Keep up the good work with the reading books and spellings – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible, especially if they reverse any letters. We will also be looking at capital letters and practising them in our handwriting books.

Keep trying to encourage the children to write simple sentences themselves, using as many little 'common' words as possible. Help them to write out any words they know or can sound out e.g. the, up, see, good, look, on, off etc.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will keep meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this term for various activities and we had a very enjoyable visit to watch their Christmas concert before Christmas.

Our remaining dates are:

Tuesday 29th January - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

Tuesday 12th March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

Tuesday 30th April – Trip to the People’s Park.

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities. We always have a lovely play time together and look forward to visiting each other for our Chinese New Year and St Patricks celebrations.

Thank you to everyone who came to watch our Nativity, we hope you enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you for another parent interview in February.

Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter

 

Nov/Dec

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter – Nov/Dec18

Dates for the diary: Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th December – “The Innkeeper’s Breakfast!” P1 and P2 Nativity – Come and see the arrival of baby Jesus.

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. In a few Mondays the children will get tricky words in their Jolly Phonics books and a new set of letters to make words out of.

Practical maths homework will also be given out most weeks and time should be taken to play them with the children.

Theme - In the Toy Box

Up until Christmas our class theme will be 'In the Toy Box'. During this time we will be looking at old fashioned toys, making toys for our technology project and testing them. We will have a toy shop in class which will help us with our work on money. Very importantly we will be writing a letter to Santa and thinking of all the lovely things we would like!

Maths

This half term we will be talking and learning about money. Help us recognise and know all the coins up to £1. We will be counting out pennies and buying toys in our toy shop. We are practising counting up to 20 and down from 20-0. We will be playing games adding on 1 and 2 and talking about more and less. Watch out for ideas in our Maths homework.

Literacy

Keep up the good work with the reading books and Jolly Phonics sounds – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible, especially if they reverse any letters.

We are trying to encourage the children to write simple sentences themselves, using as many little 'common' words as possible. Help them to write out any words they know or can sound out e.g. the , up, see, good, look, on, off etc.

We have been focusing on learning the alphabet name for letters and will be doing a lot of work on the alphabet until Christmas - say it at home and match upper and lowercase letters.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will be meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this year for various activities.

Our remaining dates are:

Tuesday 13th November - To take part in Play Based Learning together.

Monday 17th December - To watch the P1-3 Nativity concert.

Tuesday 29th January - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

Tuesday 12th March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

Tuesday 30th April – Trip to the People’s Park

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities. We always have a lovely play time together and look forward to visiting each other for our Christmas concerts.

Thank you to every parent who came for their interview in October. We look forward to seeing you at the Nativity and wish you all a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart (soon to be Mrs McWhirter on 15th December!)

 

Sept/Oct

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter - SeptOct18

Please ensure your child has the following in school every day:

- school bag

- a healthy break time snack

- lunch box or dinner money (paid on a Monday)

- note folder (check daily)

- coat

- reading folder, book and reading record

- P.E. gutties

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. Every Monday the children will get words in their Jolly Phonics books and letters to make words out of.

Practical maths homework’s will also start later in the term and time should be taken to play them with the children as this is a great way to reinforce our work in class.

Theme - If you go down to the woods today..

Up until Halloween our class theme will be “If you go down to the woods today…” During this time we will be looking at all sorts of things to do with Autumn, trees, weather, The Gruffalo, woodland animals and looking after our environment. We are hoping that the children will bring in all sorts of things from those Autumn walks!

Maths

For this first half term we will be making sure everyone knows their numbers to 10. So if you have a minute make sure your child can write their numbers to 10, put them in order, fill in missing numbers and even add on 1 (to a number up to 10). We will be revising our 2D shapes and the children love playing “Spot the Shape” in school – try doing this at home or in the car.

We will be talking about more and less, before, after and numbers between.

Literacy

The children will be choosing a library book every week and bringing it home – please try to read it to them, as they love to hear stories in class. Keep up the good work with the reading books and Jolly Phonics sounds – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible.

Our author study will be Julia Donaldson and her books really get the children enthused about reading. Ask your child which book they enjoyed the most.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will be meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this year for various activities, and in fact our first visit to do circle time and art activities together will be in October.

Our remaining activities are:

November – To take part in Play Based Learning together.

December - To watch the P1-3 Nativity concert.

February - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities.

We look forward to meeting you all at the interviews in October.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart.

 

 

 

 

 

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