Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a lovely summer!
In this first week back, there will be no homework; we’ll just take time to settle in and find our P2 feet! But please do check your child’s bag every day for letters/info etc.
**CHANGES TO SCHOOL DAY TIMES**
Just to remind you that P2 will now be in school each day until 3:15pm Mon-Thurs and 12:25pm on a Friday. Start time of 08:50 remains. Please collect your child from the P2 classroom outer door which faces out towards the school reception. This is to ensure that P2 children are collected safely as, with all pupils now coming out at the same time, the playground may become very busy and hectic.
PE– Children require a full PE kit in school ( t-shirt, shorts and gym shoes). PE days will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
This week, we’ll be learning new routines, working together to create a class charter and talking about ‘learning powers’ – strategies we use to enhance learning.
Every week, homework and news will appear on our P2 page and a printed copy of this will also be sent home. I do try to have the web page updated by Sunday evenings.
It’s the final week in P2! The time seems to have disappeared so fast this year! So, this means that we’ll take time this week to ‘wrap’ things up, return work home etc.
Events this week:
Beach Party – on Thursday we’re going to use the hall for ‘beach party’ games. Children can wear ‘beach wear’ clothes if they like ( basically shorts and T-shirts- not swimming costumes!) Children could just wear their PE kit also- this is just a fun, informal event and there’s no need to bring/buy anything special for it. We’ll follow the games with some juice and fruit kebabs and have a ‘picnic’. If anyone has a beach towel or small beach blanket for us to sit on, can you lend us this please. Many thanks.
Homework: Drum roll….there is no homework this week! However, please finish reading any books from last week- I’ll collect these all back in on Wednesday. A big thanks to parents and extended family members who helped support children with their homework this year – it really does make a difference. Please encourage your child to read over the holidays.
Plastic bag – We’ll start to empty trays and take work down from walls and will send most of this home so can all children bring a strong carrier bag on Monday. Some jotters, if they have lots of blank pages left, I will pass onto Mr Buchan to continue using. Thank you.
Library books – final call for library book returns. Please hand back in if not already done so.
End of term – School finishes on Friday at 12 noon.
Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to all at home for your fantastic support this year. As I said, it’s been a very quick year but a very enjoyable one with a super P2 class. I will miss them lots next year. I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe summer.
Well, we’re getting close to the final countdown. What a quick academic year it has been! As such, this will be the last week of homework!
Reading– we’ll finish up on the books we have had and tie up loose ends so just check the books bags daily as normal. (Although some may still get a final new book this week)
Spelling – Thanks to all who completed their ‘common word’ list last week. There’s a new one coming home this week, on Tuesday.
Numeracy – there’s no new task. I’m going to take the time to look back on all the Sumdog challenges over the course of P2 and assign points to the top ten each week on the leaderboard and work out the top three players overall for awards. Please note that all children have had access to Sumdog in school time as well as at home so no-one has been left out.
Topic– we are doing a ‘whirlwind’ tour of The Sea as our final topic. We may finish next week on an ‘in school beach party’– details to follow.
Thanks to Rudy’s Granddad ‘Tam’ who came to speak to the class about his memories of being a miner in Loanhead as part of our Local Study topic. This is such an important part of Loanhead’s history and legacy and it’s so important that the children realise the connections and risks these brave people took in order for us all to have coal. Thanks Tam!! The children loved hearing your memories and were very engrossed!
Library books – please start to return any library book.
Work home– can you send kids in with a sturdy plastic bag this week so we can start to send P2 work home. Thanks.
Events this week:
- PE – Tuesday and Thursday
- Wear your PJs to school – Friday 16th June. Bring a donation to raise money for our Dystonia charity.
Spelling – to be issued on Tuesday. Common Words.
Reading – New homework issued Monday or Tuesday ( check book bags please)
Health homework– thanks to all those who designed a poster about healthy snacks last week; some very impressive posters handed in!
Numeracy – Sumdog Challenge – P2 Mega Maths Mix – a round up of numeracy covered in P2 – Good luck!
** HEALTH WEEK 2017**
All pupils will participate in various ‘health’ activities this week, with a focus on exercise, healthy eating and mental/emotional wellbeing. Children are encouraged to wear ‘sporty’ clothes each day eg. joggers/leggings, T-shirts ( but no football team shirts please).
Some of the activities on offer include rugby, dance, balance bike, music and movement, poetry and discussion groups …and not forgetting Sports Day itself on Monday.
Monday 5th June- Dance (am). Sports Day ( weather permitting) Starts at 1pm. House teams complete 6 activities in potted sports followed by running races in the MUGA.
Tuesday – Rugby (am) Music and Movement (pm)
Wednesday – NIKE warm up outside dining hall at 08:50.
– Balance Bike groups throughout day – Positive Traits (pm)
Thursday – NIKE warm up outside dining hall at 08:50 – Mental Health and Wellbeing (am) PE ( if venue available)
Friday – BIKE BREAKFAST for those who signed up for this.
- Poetry – Daily health routines
Spelling – Previous lists have now finished so I’m sending home a health themed spelling task this week ‘Sports Words’ – see sheet.
Reading – I’ll try to hear reading this week but time will be more limited. Please still check reading bags daily.
Design a poster (optional) – Children have to design a poster encouraging others to eat a healthy snack. Sheet will be sent home. It would be great if children could bring a healthy snack each day too.
Thanks for your support,
Homework this week:
Spelling List 36 – ‘aw’
Reading – will get this back on track as last week it ground to a halt due to the shorter week and other events!
Numeracy – Sumdog Challenge – Money to 20p. Some children are still confused as to how to work out change from 10 and 20p.
Topic – continues to be Local Study. This week we’ll look at Loanhead; its history and how it looks today.
PE– Tuesday and Thursday this week.
**Reminder**– The following week ( W/B 5th June) is Health Week. Sports Day will be held on Monday June 5th, 1-3pm, weather permitting. More details to follow.
Monday– Holiday for all pupils
Tuesday – PE
Wednesday – Parents Evening
Thursday – Parents Afternoon
Friday – Summer Fair 11am – 1pm. A note will come home to check if you are able to pick your child up at 11am to take to the Summer Fair. Anyone who is not picked up, I’ll take to the fair and we’ll return to the classroom for 12:15pm dismissal as normal.
Homework as usual although this will be issued one day later due to the holiday.
P2 Homework this week:
Reading – see book bags for updates. On Tuesday, some pupils will get reading strategy cards home- these will just mirror work done in class on how to work out tricky words. Please use as a reading aid for Songbird Phonics reading practice. Thank you.
Spelling – There are only 6 weeks of spelling homework left as I won’t set homework for the final week! I am sending home the final sheet but have crossed out three lists. So, please do List 32 ‘er’ this week. For the last three weeks of term, we will concentrate on common words.
Numeracy – This week, we’ll look at adding on 10 to numbers. I’ll send home new ‘LearnIt’ cards on Wednesday ( unless otherwise specified).
Thanks to all who have completed recent Sumdog challenges.
Topic- Local Study – We have been talking about Loanhead and where we live. Interestingly, not many children knew their address. Can you make sure your child knows their address and if possible, a phone number for you?
Poetry– children will be having a chance to write a wee poem for the annual Loanhead PS Poetry Competition.
PE- is on Monday and Thursday this week. ( Monday is our final gymnastics session)
Dress Down Day – is on Friday 19th May. Children may dress down but can they possibly bring a wee something to be wrapped up for the tombola for the Summer Fair which is not far away, on Friday 26th May. Thanks.
Reminder– Monday 22nd May is a holiday for pupils but an in-service for school staff.