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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit
LAST DAY OF TERM Wed 20th Dec @ 12 noon sharp | Important Dates for December! Read below for details. | Milk Money for 5th Jan-9th Feb £5.67 paid by 15th Dec.
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Year 2

November / December

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Miss Stewart and Mrs Backus.

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter – Nov/Dec17 in the news section opposite.

Please ensure your child has the following in school every day:

- school bag

- a healthy break time snack

- lunch box or dinner money (paid on a Monday)

- note folder (check daily)

- coat

- reading folder, book and reading record

- P.E. gutties

- library book (to change on Friday)

Dates for the diary: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December – “It’s a baby!” P1 and P2 Nativity – Come and see the arrival of baby Jesus.

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. For the next few Mondays the children will get tricky words in their Jolly Phonics books and a new set of letters to make words out of.

Practical maths homework will also be given out most weeks and time should be taken to play them with the children.

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 have a toy shop in class which will help us with our work on money. 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 buying toys in our toy shop. 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. Watch out for ideas in our Maths homework.

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.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will be meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this year for various activities.

Our remaining dates are:

Tuesday 14th November - To take part in Play Based Learning together.

Friday 15th December - To watch the P1-3 Nativity concert.

Tuesday 30th January - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

Tuesday 13th March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

Tuesday 24th April – Trip to the People’s Park

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities. We always have a lovely play time together and look forward to visiting each other for our Christmas concerts.

Thank you to every parent who came for their interview in October. We look forward to seeing you at the Nativity and wish you all a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart

 

September / October

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Mrs Backus, Miss McPeake and Miss Bradley.

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter - SeptOct17

Please ensure your child has the following in school every day:

- school bag

- a healthy break time snack

- lunch box or dinner money (paid on a Monday)

- note folder (check daily)

- coat

- reading folder, book and reading card

- P.E. gutties

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. Every Monday the children will get words in their Jolly Phonics books and letters to make words out of.

Practical maths homework’s will also start later in the term and time should be taken to play them with the children as this is a great way to reinforce our work in class.

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. We are hoping that the children will bring in all sorts of things from those Autumn walks!

Maths

For this first half term we will be making sure everyone know 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

The children will be choosing a library book every week and bringing it home – please try to read it to them, as they love to hear stories in class. 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.

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.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will be meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this year for various activities, and in fact our first visit to do circle time and art activities together will be in October.

Our remaining activities are:

November – To take part in Play Based Learning together.

December - To watch the P1-3 Nativity concert.

February - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities.

We look forward to meeting you all at the interviews in October.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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