Friday 20th May 

Have a good holiday everyone. Back to school on Thursday.   We have been busy this week. Thank you to the children who helped with the comments.                                                     

We have been making a shield with a coat of arms. We have been drawing pictures of tournaments.              Jacob

We painted some circles like the artist Kandinsky. He liked bright colours and shapes in his pictures.         T-Jay

 We have been learning cursive writing. Do flicks at the start of all the letters.       Aaron

 In PE we were practising things for sports day. We did running, jumping and hockey. Emily

 In maths we have been adding and subtracting with a 100 square. We did tens and units using cubes.      Jay  

 In Literacy we wrote our own stories. We needed cursive writing, capital letters and full stops. To plan we had to think of setting, characters and the events.    Jay

Friday 13th May

 In art this week primary 2 have been making pictures in the style of Piet Mondrian. We used lines, shapes and colours.                                                                                            

 In Science we have been learning about forces. We did a quiz. Forces are pushes and pulls.       Abbie H

Primary 2 are enjoying their IDEA of castles. They have been finding out about tournaments this week. They are learning to find information from non-fiction books. 

The children are very excited about Sports Day next Friday. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us.

Thursday 7th April

We have had a busy week. The children had a great time showing visitors their work on the Garden Centre IDEA. They collected money for the plants they had grown and they will be donating to a chosen charity. Thank you for your donations. The children really enjoyed having their guests in the class and we would all like to say thank you for coming.

Today the children worked very well to make an Easter nest to take home. We are all off to church tomorrow so thank you in advance to the volunteers who are going to walk with us.

I would like to wish all the children and their families a very happy Easter and hope everyone has a lovely holiday! I will see everyone back on Tuesday 26th April.

Friday 18th March                                                                                                                          We planted a seed which is going to grow into broad beans.                                                Esme                                                                                                                                                 We designed seed packets and wrote instructions about how to plant a seed.                        Emily Emma K and Esme                                                                                                              We did art and we made flowers and lambs.                                                                          Aaron.                                                                                                                                                 This week was health week. “We enjoyed the whole week.”                                                Lewis H                                                                                                                                             We went to the GP room and we had a story about fairies and we made                  fairies.            Louisa                                                                                                                                                       It was called the Fizzy Pop Fairies. They only ate bad stuff that made your teeth rotten like sugary things.                                                                                                                        Esme 

                                                                                                                                                                     It made you very tired when you ate lots of sugary stuff.                                                      Jacob                                                                                                                                                   It made them dizzy and grumpy sometimes too.                                                                     Sam L                                                                                                                                                  It made them not be able to fly.                                                                                                Abbie H                                                                                                                                             We went to play golf. It was really fun.                                                                                      Sam S                                                                                                                                               The green team won at the golf.                                                                                                   Holly                                                                                                                                                          We did some curling. It was fun because we got to slide it along the floor and hit the target.                                                                                                                                                      Sophie                                                                                                                                                We made a fruit salad and it was yummy for our tummy. It made us healthy.              Louisa                                                                                                                                               We went to enjoy a ball. We played mud ball.                                                                        Emma D                                                                                                                                           This morning on Red Nose Day the whole school was doing Strip the Willow in the playground. It was fun. It was in the middle (quite easy and quite hard).                              Georgia                                                                                                                                             We did Alpha Dance. It was hip hop. It was good.                                                                   Ewan                                                                                                                                                 We made a healthy snack called a SUNSHINE bar. Mrs Smail helped us to make them. It was delicious.                                                                                                                                     Daniel                                                                                                                                                 We used the computer to play a game about the healthy lunch box and the balanced plate.                                                                                                                                                      Sam L

Friday 11th March                                                                                                                            We have been learning about the flowers and making them.                                                     Lewis W                                                                                                                                             We have been learning about Spring and flowers and what they need to grow.                    Georgia                                                                                                                                                           We have been bringing in lots of stuff about Spring.                                                                 Louisa                                                                                                                                                  We have been learning about money and flowers in our garden centre.                                                                                                                                                 Katie.                                                                                                                                                       We have been learning about our garden centre.                                                                           Sam L                                                                                                                                                         We have written a story about Jack and the beanstalk.                                                               Esme                                                                                                                                                Mrs Sim says they were fantastic stories. The boys and girls have never written such long stories before. Keep it up!                                                                                                                                                                In maths we have been doing groups/times tables/multiplication.                                                                                                                    Holly                                                                                                                                                                    We have done tens and units in maths.                                                                                          Sophie                                                                                                                                                  Last week we did a primary 2 assembly. We did a play about Jack and the beanstalk and we held up paintings about stories.                                                                                                                                              We also videoed people talking about their favourite book.                                                                                                                                               Emma K                                                                                                                                              At the assembly we did a puppet show of the 3 billy goats gruff.                                                 Sam S                                                                                                                                                     We painted pictures for the assembly.                                                                                                                                                                  Nicole                                                                                                                                                          Spring is a lovely time of year for the Spring animals to come out.                                     Lewis H

Friday 4th February

A very busy week for primary 2. Today the children presented some Scottish items for a whole school assembly. They sang, recited and danced their way through. They were fantastic!  Mrs McGillivray pointed out that Primary 2 have very loud and clear voices. (I would have to agree!) Well done everyone.

 Earlier in the week the children planned and wrote a story which was to include key events.

In sciences this week the children were learning about electricity. They used wires, a light bulb and a battery to make the bulb work.

We used google maps to explore the island of Coll and the town of Musselburgh. The children had to find out the differences between living on an island and living in a town.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

 Lewis W, Aaron and Ewan helped to write this page.

Friday 21st January

Primary two have settled back into class and are working hard. They have started a new IDEA (topic) which is all about a character called Katie Morag.  Katie Morag stories are written by Mairi Hedderwick and are set on a fictional island called Struay (loosely based on the real island of Coll).  This IDEA will look at Literacy and English, Social Studies and Health and Wellbeing. We have made tartan patterns, drawn Katie Morag and written a character study.

In Sciences we have made a mind map of things which use electricity

In Literacy and English we have been practising the sounds ai and ay and magic ‘e’.

In Scottish dancing we have been learning new steps. It was fantastic fun.

Nicole and Lewis W helped to write this news.


Friday 26th November

This week has been an extremely creative one for primary two. They have worked hard to make gorgeous winter tree pictures and fabulous snowmen for which they designed hats. Stories were written using a poem “When all the world is white with snow I…………” .

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Our first lunch time fitness session for primary two was a success. I am looking forward to Monday when the second group can come along.

On Friday primary 2 were invited along to see the primary 3,4,4/5 and 5 animal parade. It was great to see the effort put in by all the children. The costumes and masks were fantastic!

Have a good weekend everyone. Hope we don’t get too much snow!

Friday 19th November

Primary two were very excited today to have a dress down day. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to Children in Need.                                                                                                                         

In music with the specialist this week the children have started to learn songs for the Nativity story. They sang beautifully and were very good at learning the words.                                                        

Dancing this week was also terrific. Twenty six primary two children all keen to be snowflakes and disappointed that the lesson had to end. I look forward to dancing next week.                                            

As well as the usual spelling practise this week the children have been working hard to try and learn the “tricky words” would, could and should.

 I hope primary two has  a lovely weekend.

Friday 12th November                                                                                                                                         Primary two have worked hard this week in our IDEA. They have been writing a story about imagining themselves as a polar bear. The children created a plan and then went on to write some very interesting stories about how they would feel going out into the freezing cold snow.                                                                                                                                                                         Penguin pictures were created using cold colours after finding out there are lots of different types of penguin. The children were much amused to find out that there are Macaroni penguins!                            In Expressive Arts the children worked really hard to create penguin movements and snowflake dances.                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you for all the items that have come in from home to add to the display and the role play area.  In Maths and Numeracy the children have been finding out about directions as part of the shape, position and movement element of the curriculum. We have been practising left and right, turning clockwise and anti clockwise and taking half and quarter turns. They have been making a treasure map and will continue to develop this by giving instructions to a partner to find the treasure.                          In Sciences the children are investigating properties of materials and have been having fun using the interactive whiteboard and sorting activities to learn about this.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday 4th November                                                                                                                                  

Once again the children are approaching our “idea” (topic) with enthusiasm. This term we are looking at COLD LANDS and will be focussing on Literacy and English, Sciences and Expressive Arts. Lots of children have already brought in Polar animals to show and have added them to the display. Sam has been busy making a super penguin and finding out lots of facts about Alaska. They really enjoy sharing things with the rest of the class.  We have been busy thinking of words for our vocabulary bank and finding out about how snow is made. In the Sciences element of the IDEA we have been investigating materials and their properties. The children have made lovely drawings of people wearing appropriate clothing for cold weather.                                                                                                                                  Primary two have gym on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and music with the music specialist on Monday.                                                                                                                                                            Spelling homework will normally be given on a Wednesday and there will be a spelling test on the following Wednesday.                                                                                                                                                              The children have been discussing how to stay safe around fireworks. Now all we need is a dry night.

Have a happy and safe 5th of November.

Friday 8th Octobober

This week in literacy we have been concentrating on sentence structure. The children are trying very hard to remember to start each sentence with a capital letter and finish each sentence with a full stop.The yellow reading group have been practising reading poetry this week and they are keen to read their favourite poem for everyone next week.

In maths this week the children have been practising telling the time using hours and half hours. I have spoken to the children about making a paper or card clock and some of them are keen to have this as a little homework task. The children could make an analogue clock by writing the numbers onto a piece of card and adding hands. If you have a little time to spare this weekend it would be great to see lots of different clocks next week (it can be as simple or elaborate as the children would like to make it but the classroom probably can’t hold too many grandfather clocks!)

In IDEA this week the children have completed their super accounts of the African journey and written a postcard to their friends and family at home. They have also been colour mixing a hot colours background ready to apply an African animal or person next week.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at parent consultations. Have a good weekend.

 Friday 23rd September

Primary two had fun joining in the cookie march with the whole school to support the MacMillan appeal. Thank you to all the parents/carers who sent in a donation. Thank you also to Mrs Smail who helped some of the children make cookies for the whole class.

PC Smith came into school on Thursday morning to talk to the children about bullying. It was called “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”.  This talk empahasised that there are people who can help if the children are upset or hurt physically or emotionally.  The children were beautifully behaved for PC Smith, asked very relevant questions and were very mature in their responses to his questions.  Having said that, the children were very keen to try out the handcuffs!

In literacy the children have been learning about “wow” words. Words which will make their story writing more exciting. If you would like to help then you could ask your child to give you a “wow” word to describe something. 

Have a good weekend everyone. 

Friday 17th September

The children have been practising writing, reading and spelling ‘th’ and ‘ng’ sounds this week. They have also been using illustrations to help them write sentences and are working hard to remember finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

The children have been practising getting faster and more confident in counting and ordering numbers.  They have been playing a dice game to help with addition skills.

In our IDEA the children are continuing to bring in lots of interesting items and information about Africa.  We are making the journey next week and the children will be spending some time writing a story about the imaginary journey.  They will be continuing the social studies aspect of our IDEA by observing the weather, looking at weather forecasts and recording information on their weather charts.

In technologies the children have been practising typing a sentence. They will continue to explore the keyboards next week.

I’m not sure if the children have shared the fact that library day is on Thursday. Please return books on this day.

Finally,  I hope that all the children and their families enjoy the long weekend. 

Friday 10th September

The children have been busy making tickets and passports for our imaginary journey. We are almost ready to pack our suitcase and fly off to some sunshine. This week the children have designed an item to take with them. Some children have decided to make a model camera, some have decided to make flip flops, some have dedcided to make tee shirts and other wonderful ideas. If possible please could you send in spare boxes and kitchen roll tubes. The children were extremely good at sharing their ideas with their class mates and recording their ideas on paper. Well done everyone.

The children also did very well at suggesting ideas for planning and designing a weather chart to compare the African climate with the Scottish climate. They will be working in groups to make the charts next week.

Have a good weekend everyone. Let’s hope the sun shines!

Tuesday 7th September

In our Africa Topic the children have been getting ready by making a “TO DO” list. They included all the things they would need to do before they went on an imaginary journey to Kenya. For example getting tickets, a passport, money and a suitcase. Next week the children will explore writing by making a passport and a ticket. The children are enjoying bringing in items from home to share with the rest of the class. Thank you to parents/carers for allowing them to bring them in. Art and Design has involved the children in using hot colours to create a backdrop for the Learning Wall display.

In Religious and Moral Education the children have been sharing and recording their ideas of how the world began.

In numeracy the children have been consolidating their knowledge of numbers  and have been playing number games. 


 A note about Spelling– Spelling words will be given out on Wednesday and a spelling test will be given on Monday.

Friday 27th August

Welcome back to the families of the primary two children. Everyone has been settling back into school, learning primary two routines and remembering the school rules. The children have quickly learned the new routine of changing shoes for indoors.

We have been busy during maths revising number sequences and writing numerals. In literacy the children have been concentrating on including capital letters and full stops and remembering to use finger spaces. The children have been sharing news about their summer holidays, writing a story about things they did during summer and a poem about what summer means to them.

Thank you to all the parents/carers who have sent in a box of tissues. I’m sure they will be much needed as the term goes on.

Please remember to recycle by sending in any unwanted boxes, ribbons, wool, yogurt pots etc for model making and technology.

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