2017 is looking to be a busy and exciting year for Primary two!
Most children are now confident when organising themselves for the day and are becoming more and more independent around the classroom. Primary 2 have been trying very hard to keep their cloakroom and area tidy. Well done boys and girls, keep up the good work!
On Tuesday mornings the children have PE with their class teacher and on Thursday mornings the children are with our PE specialist.
On these days it is easier for the children to change in and out of PE kit when they do not have ties and school shirts to contend with. These can be quite fiddly!
Gym shorts, t-shirt and socks are required for these days please. Girls are required to have their hair tied back and should not wear jewellery. This is simply for safety reasons.
Water bottles are now almost an essential in class and the children can have a drink at any time of the day. It is especially refreshing when they come in after lunch time, hot and thirsty after their longer activity time. Water is preferred, rather than juice please. Bottles can be refilled from the water fountain as and when required.
As well as being very handy for carrying reading and homework books to and from school, teachers use it to send home important letters, forms to fill in, newsletters and notes giving general information. It is also where we would look for money coming into school and any forms you would be returning. Please check book bags on a daily basis.
Homework will be given each week in Primary 2. Reading homework will be issued on Monday through to Thursday and will consist of either a text studied in class or a shared reader chosen by your child. In addition to this, children will be encouraged to read for pleasure as often as possible. Reading books and magazines at home and paying visits to the local library are very much welcomed.
Primary 2 will also have written homework, usually consisting of:
Monday – Literacy (Sounds) to be handed in on Tuesday
Tuesday – Numeracy and Maths activities to take part in during the week
Wednesday – Literacy (Tricky Words) or Topic Work to be handed in on Thursday or Friday. Children have 2 days to complete this.
At times your child may have a homework project that will last for the week, or longer. Details of this will come home as appropriate.
We would like to share with you a list of apps suitable for extra reading practice at home.
http://www.ourict.co.uk/best-phonics-apps-for-teaching/ – This website lists some great apps (free and paid-for) to support and reinforce literacy in Primary 2.
http://www.callscotland.org.uk/Common-Assets/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Wheel_0f_Apps_V1_0.pdf – This document contains a few more of these apps under the ‘Early Reading’ section of the wheel.
All money should be paid to school on a Monday or Thursday. Any payments should be placed in an envelope, with your child’s name and class on, and handed to the class teacher first thing in the morning.
The children all look incredibly smart in their school uniform. Let’s help to keep this up. Please remember to write your child’s name on each piece of clothing worn to school, including coats/jackets, so that they can easily be identified. This is especially helpful in encouraging the children to be more independent and to look after their belongings.
As always, if you have any questions or wish to speak to your child’s teacher about anything further then please do not hesitate to contact us by email or via the school office.
Thank you very much for your continued support.
Mrs Law and Miss Hendry