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Christmas Carol Service... P4-7 pupils are invited to sing carols at community celebration on 11th Dec at 3pm in Tyrella Parish Church... goody bags for all attending !
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What we are learning.....

Birthday/Celebrations - September 2022

Welcome to our very busy P1/P2 classroom.

Our topic this month is all about Birthdays and Celebrations. We will talk about our favourite birthday presents and surprises. We will make party balloons to celebrate the month that we were born in. In Role-play we will create a ' Birthday  party Zone', making props for a birthday party using party banners, streamers, invitations, party hats , food and drink.

In Literacy we will read books about Bens birthday, Spots surprises and Spots party. In writing we will make invitations, cards and writing about the best birthday present.

In Numeracy we will solve problems solving problems relating to building and design tasks.  The children will use mathematical language associated with measuring long/longer/short/shorter. ;also counting plates/cups for party guests.

Outdoors we will make cakes, party food, in our new mud kitchen area.

It is truly fanastic to be back to school with all our friends in school  


October 2022  - Fruit and Vegetables & Autumn.

Our topic during this month of October will be focussing on Autumn and then moving on to Fruit and Vegetables. The children will be developing their knowledge and skills through a variety of play experiences in cluding-: The Fruit &  Vegetable shop/weighing with scales and using money. In the house corner we will introduce cooking utensils. We will make hedgehogs. We will make patterns using fruit /vegetables, also doing experiments with these on floating and sinking. We will explore healthy and non- healthy foods and also sort different types of leaves.

Through World Around Us we will be learning about Autumnal changes, characteristics of Autumn, how the leaves change colours , different clothes we wear in the seasons and the weather. We will learn about different types of fruit and vegetables and make a pictogram of favourite fruit and vegetables. Mr Mc Veigh is sending us out on a scavenger hunt to find various vegetables and Autumn leaves /twigs for his Maths topic around the playground. We can't wait!!!

We can't wait !!! 


 November 2022 - Colour

This month in the P1/P2 classroom we will be learning about the topic - Colour.

We will be learning about different colours, mixing colours/ light dark colours- cold/warm colours.

In Literacy we will be reading stories about Elmer the colourful elephant, the Gingerbread house, the day the crayons stooped working and The Rainbow fish.

We will experiment with different activities using food colours and shaving foam/ make coloured chains/ marble playdoh/ rainbows/ bubble footprints and many more. 

In Number/ topic we will make patterns using 2/3 different colours with playdoh cubes and beads etc.

We will make colourful shapes with colourful materials and pictograms of our favourite colours.   




January   - Winter weather and Animals in Winter

Our topic in P1/2 this month is all about Winter. We will learn about -:

Winter animals, winter weather, winter clothes and keeping warm. In the World around Us we will learn about materials in the environment and seasonal changes. we will understand that water changes in different conditions(i.e water - to - ice).


We will sort random collections of materials, use money in the winter shop, build igloos out of junk art.

Measure blocks for the igloo and sort them in order of size.


Enjoy a range of Winter storyboards; Use books to find out information about penguins, polar bears and seals.

Listen to and carry out instructions; Ask and answer questions: Read fiction/non -fiction books about winter. We will design snow /winter pictures in ICT. In TSPC we will build self confidence and form good relationships and learn how to respect others.


 February - The Zoo  

During this month P1 and P2 had great enjoyment from the topic about Zoo Animals and how to take care of them in the Vet hospital. We had a hospital with vet dressing up clothes/ hospital equipment and different food for the sick animals. The monkeys, flamingos, lions and giraffes were fantastic which the children made in art. In Literacy  they developed topic vocabulary through show/tell, circle time and role-play.

In Writing the children made lists of facts about the zoo animals, jobs to be done in the Zoo, appointment times and feeding times.

In Reading  the children read stories and poems about the Zoo, Dear Zoo; The view at the Zoo; How the leopard got his spots, Goodnight Gorilla and many more. We also had our special visit from Jame's Dad with his variety of snakes and lizards.

In Numeracy -we focussed on problem solving relating to building/ designing tasks. Matching and sorting animals. Making cages for the zoo animals. We used language associated with-: counting animals, Noahs Ark in 2's, long /longer :short/shorter: tall/taller.

Use of Money in the zoo shop change from10p and 20p. We made a pictogram of our favourite zoo animal.

An exciting topic for the children which they thoroughly enjoyed and participated in with such enthusiasm. 


March/April "Farm/ Spring and Easter

During this month P1/P2 will learn all about " The Farm and farm animals in Spring". The children will develop their knowledge and skills through a variety of play experiences.

  1. Shop- A farm shop selling milk, butter, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables.
  2. Role-play - Dress up as a farmer
  3. Act out the story 'Mud Walk'- Mrs Wishy Washy.
  4. Learn about differences between adult, baby animals.
  5. Living/non-living things on the farm.
  6. Farm life, crops and machinery.
  7. Safety on the Farm.
  8. We will paint Farm animals, tractors, diggers etc.
  9. Make farm animals out of play dough.
  10. Junk art, make a farm yard scene.
  11. Grow sun flowers and measure their growth.

World Around Us 

How the weather affects the crops on the farm. Where do animals live on the farm? How do they get fed and cleaned. To know the different names of animals and the jobs of the farmer.


We will sort seeds. We will compare colour and size of animals. Also we will use money in the farm shop - change from 10p and beyond. We will measure how much the sunflowers grow.


We will read books about  the farm and animals. Write lists of jobs on the farm. Take orders in the farm shop. Write about the characters in the story 'Mud Walk' and Mrs Mopples Washing' and finally a piece of narrative writing about a Farm story. 


May/June - Garden / Under The Sea

P1/2 have learnt about 

In Literacy we developed our writing skills through daily writing sessions related to our topics. We enhanced our reading skills to include a variety of texts including fiction and non-fiction. We worked on letter sounds , building words as well as basic puncuation. We used ipads and computers to reinforce our skills.

In Numeracy we worked on numbers from 1-20 and beyond. We learnt to add and subtract and now know odd and even numbers. We can read number words and sing number songs. We have learnt shapes , time , money to 20p and how to read picture graphs. 

During play , we were able to enjoy our new outdoor nature play zone . We also had weekly sessions using large equipment in the assembly hall as well as topic sessions in our class room.





Useful websites for home learning

Below is a list of useful websites that you can access from home to help your child. Find many more by following this link

Phonics play

PhonicsPlay is currently letting everyone sign on for free. Username: march20 password: home. Great to learn or revise sounds. 


Twinkl are also offering free access with the code CVDTWINKLHELPS. Twinkl offers resources for all subjects from P1-7.

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out…
Activities and quizzes

Big Play Fun!!!!

One day each week year 1&2 enjoy a structured play session in our assembly hall. Here they get to play with large toys and equipment , helping to develop gross motor skills , dexterity, balance , flexibility , social skills and lots more. View how we get on in our gallery. 



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