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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, Miss Anderson and Mrs Elder. 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. The children will get six spellings every night/week to write out twice. They revise them on Thursday night for a test on Friday.

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 April, May and June our theme is 'Growing is great!' We will be looking at growing plants, animals and pets and also us growing. 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! We will be starting to learn about doubling numbers e.g. 4+4=8, 5+5=10. Having a quick recall of these number facts will really help your child when they move into P3.

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.

Dates for the diary:

Monday 3rd May – Bank holiday

Monday 31st May – Bank holiday

Tuesday 1st June – School holiday

Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th June – School closed for staff training

Tuesday 29th June – Last day of school

 

And lastly…..

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

 

Nov/Dec

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. This 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.

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 - SeptOct20

Please ensure your child has brought the following into school:

  • a box of tissues
  • a hand wash / sanitiser
  • a pritt stick
  • 2 HB pencils
  • rubber
  • colouring pencils
  • pencil case
  • 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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