Kinnoull Primary School

Kinnoull Primary School

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Primary 2


Primary 2 have been busy learners this past week. In Maths we have continued to practise our 2 times table and started to look at our 10 times table by first adding up in multiples of 10. This helped us with our measurement conversions. We have been looking at weight in grams and kilograms. In PE we completed activity stations improving our balance, vaulting and ball control skills. In Bounce Back we discussed emotions and physical reactions they cause in our bodies; when we are worried we may feel sick, when we are angry we may clench our fists or when we are scared we may shake. We looked at pictures of faces tried to identify the emotions. Some of them were tricky! In Literacy we learned our new spelling sounds and practised writing words and sentences with our new sounds. By way of flashcards and a movement activity in the hall we learned about verbs. Ms Douglas taught us how to be safe online and made sure everyone understood who to talk to if they had any concerns about anything they came across online. The whole school assembly focus last week was Healthy and Miss Guthrie talked to us about washing our hands properly and regularly to reduce the risk of infection in light of the Corona virus. It has been good to see so many children taking their health seriously and bringing in healthy foods for snack.



Over the last few weeks Primary 2 have been fortunate to have Mrs Martin come into class to teach us some Spanish. We have learnt songs, the alphabet and numbers up to 10. Ola! French continues to be taught by Mrs Bruce on a Friday, the children have been learning their colours and things you might find in the classroom. In topic we learned about Neil Armstrong and what an important historical figure he is. Everyone knew he was the first man on the moon and we all enjoyed watching the moon landing and hearing his famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". We then used the information we learned about Neil to complete a Factfile during our literacy lesson. Everyone was also fascinated by the technology used at the time of the moon landing and the quality of the film compared to videos now. Heather from Dundee Science Centre also paid the whole school a visit and delivered a workshop to P2 about space travel. We learned about Tim Peaks, the British astronaut, and some of us got to try on a space suit and experience 'hovering' back down to earth in the capsule. In Maths we learning to estimate and discussed who might use this skill in their jobs. Examples included; painters, joiners and architects. We then learned to measure accurately in centimetres  and we learned that there are 100cm in 1m, and 10mm in 1cm. In RME we learned about Shrove Tuesday, or as we like to call it, Pancake Day. Yummy! We discussed why we have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and some of the strange traditions people still follow to this day (like pancake races!). In Health and Wellbeing we had our regular PE lessons with Mrs Jeffrey and Miss Warren and we have been learning and talking more about our emotions in Bounce Back.


Lots of learning has been going on recently in P2. In topic we watched some interesting videos of astronauts eating and sleeping in space and watched a clip from Apollo 11 to help us with our writing. Using these clips as inspiration we have now completed our letter home from Space. We were also very fortunate to have a trip out to the concert hall to watch Stan and Mabel Race for Space, which again tied in well with our topic. In preparation for the show we were practicing the songs and learning to identify the different instruments in the orchestra. In Maths we have been continuing to learn about time and have managed to demonstrate our understanding of quarter past and quarter to the hour on analogue clocks. We have started to learn to convert from analogue to digital times. By doubling numbers we have started to learn our two times table and also develop our understanding of the link between this and adding up in 2s.In Literacy we have explored good openers and 'wow' words to make our writing more interesting for our readers.


Phew! what a busy first few weeks Primary 2 have had since the holidays! We are learning to tell the time in Maths and have been revising o'clock and half past on analogue clocks. We have been showing times, drawing hands on clocks and writing out the times in full. We also started to learn about quarter past this week and everyone managed very well. In Literacy we have been reading stories in Scots to increase our Scots vocabulary and support our Literacy Homework. We have been enjoying listening to sounds the words make, some of them are rather funny. We learned about Robert Burns on Wednesday and created fact file posters about him. We have explored what it means to 'take notes' and have learned to search for important facts, key words and phrases within a text. In Topic, with the help of some very famous space-themed music, we zoomed into outer space and worked creatively to imagine what we might see out of the window of our space rocket. We have also learned a lot about the Moon and how the Earth's rotation on its axis causes us to have day and night.


Primary 2 have had a busy start to term!  We have been learning new sounds in our spelling and revising ones previously learned, including some tricky words, to improve speed and accuracy.  In Maths we have learned about symmetry and patterns and created our own snowflakes and symmetrical designs and patterns.  We have looked at number patterns and how knowing and recognising certain patterns can help us in different areas of Maths.  We are currently practising our addition and improving the speed and accuracy of our number bonds within, up to and beyond 10.  In PE we are doing gymnastics and so far have been improving our controlled movements and landings to ensure we are being safe.  We have been reading lots of stories to improve our vocabulary and creative writing, and have been learning to use adjectives to describe the appearance and personality of characters.



During PE this week we have been using our bodies to create movements to stories.  We became toys when reading The Enchanted Wood with Mrs Jeffrey, and we took a trip around the world and got chased by a whale, a snake, a crocodile and a polar bear with Miss Warren!  Our spelling sound this week is ‘qu’ and we had great fun making duck beaks and using them to sing the 5 Little Ducks song (there was a lot of quacking going on!).  We have practised our spelling words every day in class to help reinforce our new sound. To help our writing further we have learned a fun way to remember our punctuation.  The children can show you their Kung-Fu moves! In Health we learned that everyone is different and that being different is okay.  If someone is different to you it is unkind to make fun of them.  In Maths we have started to look at estimating.



Cooperation was our big theme this week.  Introduced during PE time with Mrs Jeffrey on Monday, developing our cooperation and team working skills continued throughout our entire weeks learning.  We looked at what cooperation means and how we can practise it in class.  We made links to our class charter and how we can work together to achieve tasks.  A positive start was made and we shall continue to practise our cooperation and team working skills over the remaining weeks of term.  In writing we started to think about how we can improve our work and we explored basic ways of editing and up-levelling.  The children read each other’s work and made suggestions to help improve the writing.  They became Peer Assessors!  A useful skill to be developed further.


Learning Steps jotters will be home today (Friday) and I hope you enjoy seeing examples of the children’s work.




Phew! Lots of learning this week in P2!  We have been learning about vowels and consonants and trying to make up our own memory aid to remember the vowels; practising our new spelling sound 'th' and finding words with 'th' in them in our library and reading books; learning how to structure a thank you letter; learning about and identifying odd and even numbers; practising and reviewing 1 more and less than and grouping objects into 10s; explaining and discussing how to be a good friend; investigating different animal habitats and the animals that live there; and improving our team skills in PE with Miss Warren.


This past week P2 have again been very busy and successful learners!  We have been learning all about adjectives and how these make our writing much more interesting.  Our new sound for the week is ‘ch’ and we have been practising new words including ‘chips’, ‘chin’, ‘chicken’ and ‘church’ to name a few.  In maths we have been grouping objects into 10s and using this as a way of counting.  We have also been learning language such as ‘before’, ‘after’ and ‘in-between’.  In Health & Wellbeing, we have learned about the word ‘respect’ and how important this is and the importance of not telling lies.  We are reading The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton in class as part of our topic.  The story is getting very exciting!  It has provided an opportunity to learn about the Countryside Code and we have also been artists and created our very own Faraway Trees using tissue paper.  These will be on display soon.



P2 have had a busy first couple of weeks back at Kinnoull.  We’ve been busy learners; learning to recognise big numbers and counting in 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s, counting in French (we’ve learnt a new song and dance – ask the children!), learning our new spelling sound ‘sh’, we made birthday cards, and practiced our handwriting.  On Tuesday, M&M Productions came to visit the school and we watched their production of The Secret Garden.  The children said: “we really loved The Secret Garden”, “it was really, really good”, “the funniest bit was when the maid couldn’t find Mary”.


We will have PE on Mondays with Mrs Jeffrey and on Thursdays with Miss Warren.  Please wear PE kit to school, it saves a lot of time!


This term Miss Guthrie will be taking the class on Wednesday afternoons for Grammar and Music and on Fridays Mrs Bruce covers the class and this term is looking at Spelling, Handwriting, RME and Growth Mindset.