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P1 Home-learning

Have a go at some of these tasks at home this week if you can!

Literacy – Can you play ‘I Spy’ using the sounds we have learned in P1 so far (s,a,t,p,i,n)? Have a look inside and outside for things beginning with those sounds.
Numeracy – Practise counting collections of objects around your house and outside. Can you put them into groups to make it easier to count? What happens if you put them in a long line? Can you count them forwards and backwards?
Health and Well-being – have a look at your surroundings, from your window or if you are out and about. What can you see, feel, hear, smell? Can you draw a picture of what you see? Think about the colours you will use to show that it is Autumn.

Learning in P1

We have had a great start to P1 this year and we are really enjoying seeing all the children progress in their learning. Thank you for all your help and support so far! Our MADD about Superheroes topic has been great fun but the P1s have also been experiencing learning in phonics and numeracy, as well as health and wellbeing. For information about how learning happens in P1, please watch the video below.

Goodbye p2!

It has been a pleasure to get to know you all and teach you this year. We are so proud of you all! Thank you for all your collaboration during lockdown – you have been amazing! Please watch this short goodbye video from us.

As a goodbye gift from us – we have sponsored a Hawksbill Turtle with the WWF on your behalf. More information will arrive over the summer holidays and will be shared with you by your P3 teachers. You can download the certificate and picture below. We have also included information from WWF about how your sponsorship will help to protect and save turtles.

Marine turtles are excellent navigators – they often migrate hundreds, even thousands of kilometres between feeding and nesting grounds. Male turtles never leave the sea, but females come ashore to lay eggs – amazingly to the same beach where they themselves hatched.


80% Decline in Turtles over 3 generations


Marine turtles need to get to the surface to breathe, and if they get caught up in fishing gear, they can drown.

Turtle Silhouette


One of the main threats marine turtles face is the destruction of their habitats. Development along coastlines is destroying nesting beaches, making it harder for female turtles to lay their eggs.

Human Silhouette


Marine turtles are poached for their meat and shells, and nests are raided for eggs, which are seen as a delicacy in some cultures.



Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, and increase the number, and the intensity, of storms. This can damage and destroy nesting beaches.


We’re reducing the negative impact of fishing practices on marine turtles by, including the use of less-harmful fishing gear – for example, ‘circle hooks’ instead of traditional ‘j’ hooks can reduce accidental capture of turtles by up to 80%.

We’re helping protect marine turtle habitats. In Fiji, we’re engaging with local communities to help them protect, monitor and manage turtle nesting grounds

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • Reduce accidental by-catch of turtles and lobbying to have on-board observers on fishing vessels
  • Influencing national policy including input into the Fiji Sea Turtle Recovery Plan
  • Community protection, monitoring and community turtle monitors and sharing of data and insights to improve turtle conservation
  • Educating local communities on the importance of Marine Turtles and their threatened status.
  • Capacity building on law enforcement, protection, management, research and monitoring
  • Promoting sustainable development and livelihood diversification to reduce pressure on marine environment
  • Fund our other essential work around the world
turtle image

Turtles have light, spongy bones that help them float.

p2 phonics revision

For our last week of learning from home, we are looking at two sounds that we learned in P2; ‘ck’ and ‘igh.’ Once you have watched the videos, have a go at the tasks and see if you can remember how to use the sounds. A tip for using ‘ck’ or ‘k’ is if a word has a short vowel sound before the /k/ sound (such as lick, peck, lack, lock, luck, picker) then you use ‘ck’. If there is a long vowel sound (such as look or leek) then you only need a ‘k’. Have fun!

P2 PHonics revision

This week we are having a look back at some sounds that we have covered in P2. Once you have watched the Alphablocks videos to remind you of the sounds – have a go at playing the game available below and try out a worksheet or a crossword to see if you can remember how to use ‘ng and ‘nk. They sound very similar so you will need to be careful! We have also added some poems using these sounds – can you find all the ‘ng’ and ‘nk’ words? If you are feeling super confident – maybe you could use some of them to write a poem of your own!

P2 problem Solving

Sizing Them Up

We have been looking at area this week – can you use what you have learned to solve the problem below?

Arrange these shapes in order of size. Put the smallest first.

seven irregular shapes

Once you’ve had a chance to think about it, see below to see how four different pupils began working on the task.

Kelsey said:”I printed the shapes and then measured the length of each shape at the longest point.” 

Louise and Rosie said:”We observed the area of each and tried to rearrange the shapes in our heads to compare them.” 

Thomas said:”I cut out the shapes then cut each up into little pieces and laid them on top of each other to see which was bigger. I also put them on a grid with small squares and counted the number of squares for each.” 

Can you take each of these starting ideas and develop it into a solution?

p2 Mungo’s phonics

Good morning P2! We are looking at one more sound this week before we do some revision for the end of term. Mungo and Doreen have been outside again. Can you hear what the sound might be this week? Once you have watched the video, have a go at the task. You can also try out one of the worksheets below which will help you to use the sound correctly.

This song might help you with sorting which spelling to use in different words.