Room 4
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What we are learning about this term:

In Literacy, the class will be encouraged to use the four features of writing (Vocabulary, Connectives,  Openers and Punctuation) within their writing. This term, Primary 2’s reading and writing will be focused around fairytales and traditional tales. The children are also being encouraged to read different genres of books for enjoyment as part of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

Room 4 are also learning about Scots Language and will be looking at songs, rymes and poems. Expressive arts will be linked to Scots, with a focus on Scottish themed art and dance. As part of out Interdisciplinary Learning, the children will be exploring and making comparisons between their daily lives and life on the Scottish Islands. Technologies will be incorporated with the children researching and creating island models.

As parts of our Eco and Interdisciplinary Learning, Room 4 will be looking at ways to encourage birds to the school grounds and plan to make bird feeders.

Within Health and Wellbeing the children will be learning about Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (R.S.H.P) relating to the following aspects of Curriculum for Excellence :- developing an increasing understanding of friendships/relationships, likes/dislikes, families/carers, feelings/emotions, individual uniqueness, verbal/non-verbal communication and respecting personal space and boundaries. Children will also learn about how to respect and care for their growing bodies, develop an understanding of animal life cycles, develop their familiarity with body parts and an understanding gender differences.

How you can help your child:

All homework tasks are posted on the blog weekly. Words lists and reading books are sent home and should be brought to school each day. You can access and post comment on the class blog at;


Targets for term 2 include; read, write, order and partition numbers within 100. Add and subtract 1, 2, 3 and 10 to any 2 digit number. Add any 1 digit and 1 digit number. Subtract any 1 digit from 20. Count up in 2s, 5s, 10s and 25s. Add coins to 20p, calculate change from 20p, find equivalent ways to make amounts.

Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. Order the days of the week, months of the year and seasons. A list of our Numeracy targets and Learn was sent home at the beginning of term 1.


Continue to read your ORT book and talk about it at home. You could ask your child different types of questions to encourage understanding. In class we ‘talk about it, find it, prove it’ – Who did Ben meet in the jungle? What words tell you? What page and line is it on?

As part of the First Ministers Reading challenge we are encouraging children to read  and talk about different books for enjoyment. This can help improve sight vocabulary, spelling and comprehension skills and it can also help your child generate ideas to use in their writing. We will be completing reading passports in class.

Our Interdisciplinary Topic/Any other relevant information:

We will be looking at Scotland, Scots and the Scottish Islands as part of our Interdisciplinary learning. The children will be encouraged to make comparisons between their lives and life on a small island. If you have any Katie Morag books you could loan or donate, this would be much appreciated. We will be also be looking at wildlife on the islands and will look at the birds within our school grounds. As part of our Eco work, we hope to make bird feeders to encourage more birds to visit our gardens.

Later on in the term or within term 3, I hope to arrange a trip to the RSPB to get a closer look at different bird species and carry out different Science and Eco linked activities.

To encourage children to read for enjoyment, I will be running a lunchtime reading club this term. I will keep you updated on when this will start with a letter and on the blog.

Our gym days have changed for this term and are now Wednesday and Thursday.  At times we may be going outdoors for gym so you could put a little pair of legging, joggers into your child’s gym bag for them to leave in school.

Many thanks for your support.  As always, please do not hesitate to ask, if you have any questions.