Mini beast hotel

We are hoping to build a mini beast hotel in a couple of weeks.  For this we need materials.  If you happen to have any of the following materials we would be ever so grateful if you can drop them off sometime next week.  We don’t need much just a few of each of these would allow us to make the perfect hotel for the mini beasts that live around our school! 

  • Old wooden pallets
  • Strips of wood
  • Straw
  • Moss
  • Dry leaves
  • Woodchips
  • Old terracotta pots
  • Old roofing tiles
  • Bricks, preferably those with holes through them
  • Old logs
  • Bark
  • Pine cones
  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Hollow bamboo canes
  • Corrugated cardboard



Numeracy at home

During our numeracy workshop we explored a range of ways you can help support numeracy development at home.  Card games were a great hit!! Attached is the letter I gave to the parents who came to the workshop and on it are lots of ideas to give you a start!   I hope you enjoy exploring these ideas with your child.  Any questions please don’t hesitate to catch me at the end of school. 

Practicing Numeracy at Home

brown numbers cutout decors
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Enrichment afternoon

All the P2 children had a great afternoon on Wednesday during our enrichment afternoon.  They were taking part in a range of activities including dance, Lego, art and baking.  There were lots of other activities for older children too which included orienteering and hair and makeup to name a few.  It was a great success!

P2 have reading buddies with P4

Last week we had our first buddy reading session with P4.  First of all P4 pupils read to P2 and then P2 read their reading books to P4.  It was lovely to see everyone taking part and being confident readers and P4 were great at helping P2 with any words they were unsure of.  A good example of collaborative learning and peer support!

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Not so mini beasts!

We were lucky enough to have Stacey in our class last week, she was kind enough to bring in a few of her very own mini beasts that she looks after at home.  They included  Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African Millipede, Indian and Vietnamese and Sunny Stick Insects and even some beetle grubs!  Stacey was even kind enough to the children touch and even hold them if they were brave enough! (a lot of hand washing followed!).  Stacey was so impressed with how enthusiastic and brave P2 were particularly as the creatures looked very different to our normal mini beasts.  As you can imagine the children were full of questions such as ‘how does it stick to you?’ (stick insects), ‘How long is she?’ (millipede), ‘how fast can they travel?’ (cockroaches) and ‘what predators do they have?’ (millipede).  Great questions P2!

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P2 Numeracy Workshop

We had a great afternoon last Tuesday with lots of parents turning up for our first numeracy workshop.  I introduced the parents to how we do number talks in our class to encourage numeracy language and then we had a chance to play some of games we use that help the children with their numeracy strategies and mental maths.  The feedback from our workshop was very positive and it included comments such as –

‘great to see how they learn’

‘was very friendly and great fun to be involved in what my child does in class’

‘I liked seeing the children’s enthusiasm, they clearly find numeracy games fun’

Requests were made for other workshops for literacy and science which is great, so watch this space!!

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Numeracy Workshop

This Tuesday I am running a numeracy workshop in class starting at 2pm and finishing at 2.40pm.  All parents are encouraged to attend as it will be a good opportunity for you to see how we approach numeracy in our class and how as a parent you can encourage your child to become more confident in numeracy at home.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.


In P2 we are Bucket Fillers

Today we were looking at the book ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’ by Carol McCloud.  This book encourages positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by ‘filling buckets.’  We all wrote down something kind about another pupil in the class and  successfully filled our own P2 bucket this afternoon!DSCN0725