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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 2

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Miss Carroll, Mrs McKay, Miss McMullan, Miss McCullough, Mrs Miller and Mrs McNeilly. We are delighted to be back in school and can't wait to welcome all the P2 children into our class. We are looking forward to getting back to learning and meeting all of the boys and girls, mums and dads. Things may be a little bit different for the next while but we will do our best to make sure that school is as safe, fun and enjoyable as we can.

April / May / June

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. Spellings continue this term. They will get spelling 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.

The practical homework book will still be given out most weeks on a Monday. Please supervise your child doing their homework, sign it and make sure it is sent back on Wednesday.

Theme - Growing is great!

During this term our theme is 'Growing is great!' We will be looking at growing plants, animals and pets and also how we grow. We hope to do a bit of planting and have our own Garden Centre, let's cross our fingers for some sun! We all love looking after and caring for animals! We will be learning about what pets need to keep healthy, making collars and blankets for pets, discovering what a vet does and thinking about what makes our pet special. Lastly we will have a little look at how we have grown over the last year and what things we can do now that we couldn't a year ago.

Maths

Keep practising the number bonds to ten - ask the children ways to make numbers, you will be surprised at how good they've got! This term most children will be counting up to 50, counting in 2’s to 20, doubling numbers up to 10 (e.g. 4+4=8, 5+5=10) and using the number names to 20 e.g. one, two, three etc. We will also be revising over more/less, numbers before/after and between, money, pattern, o’clock and shape.

Help out at home by talking about estimation and measurement. Get your child to make a ‘sensible guess’ of a group of things at home e.g. how many pencils are in a pot or how many pennies are in your hand (maybe no more than 10/15 things).

The following websites will help your children to reinforce some of these concepts in an enjoyable way. Having a quick recall of number facts will really help your child when they move into P3 so it is great to keep practising.

Literacy

Our handwriting is getting neater! We are now learning how to write capital letters. We are using lined books to keep our writing nice and straight in preparation for P3.

We will be continuing to improve our story writing - writing more and trying to do it more independently. Keep going over spellings as that really helps with all aspects of our literacy work.

And lastly...

Dates for the diary:

Thursday 28th April – Daily Mile Celebration Day

Monday 2nd May – Bank holiday

Thursday 5th May – School closed for election

Monday 23rd May – Coaching for Christ Fun Day

Wednesday 25th May – Sponsored Walk with St. Brigid’s

Friday 27th May – Platinum Jubilee Celebration Day 

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st May – School closed for staff training 

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd June – School holiday and bank holiday

8th – 10th June – Sports Days – details to follow

Thursday 30th June – Last day of school

 

 

We look forward to a lovely summer term with plenty of good weather so that we can get outside for sports and playtimes.

Thanks for your continued support and have a lovely summer.

Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter

 

March/April

Date for the diary: Thursday 17th March – school closed for staff training

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. The children will continue with spellings. They will get spelling 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. We have included mental maths facts every week to develop quick recall with addition and subtraction. Please ask your child these sums.

Practical homework will also be given out every Monday in their homework book. Some practical equipment will be sent home, please look after it and return it with the book.

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

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.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak to us at 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 7th 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.

Some more practical maths homeworks will be given out this half term. Small practical equipment e.g. dice 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

Keep up the good work with the reading books and spellings – it all makes a difference. The children all love to hear a story – please encourage this at home as well as want them all to have a real love for books.

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.

 

We look forward to chatting about your child at the parent interview in February.

Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter

 

Nov/Dec

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. After half term the children will get tricky words to cut out and use as flash cards at home. Please use these flash cards to try and improve quick recall of key words.

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 be looking at money in class. 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 playing games. 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.

We will continue to send out maths games to give you ideas to help with numbers. Please try to play these with your child as they improve numbers in a fun way.

Maths websites, songs and games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLxWIHRD4E

These are some of our favourite maths games and a little counting song we like to do in class. Use the QR codes on the Topmarks links to open them on your tablet/phone.

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.

Thank you to every parent for chatting on the phone for their interview in October. It was great to talk to you about your child and touch base in these strange times. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter

 

Sept/Oct

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter - SeptOct21

Please ensure your child has brought the following into school:

  • a box of tissues
  • a hand wash / sanitiser
  • a pritt stick
  • a healthy break time snack
  • lunch box
  • coat
  • P.E. gutties

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. 

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

Please try to read to your child at home as they love to hear stories in class. Keep up the good work with the 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.

We look forward to getting to know you all!

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Thompson and Mrs McWhirter.

 

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