Welcome to Primary 1 and Primary 2 class page!
Check out our page each week to see the wonderful things happening in our class!
Class Teacher: Miss Cunningham
Teaching Assistant: Sharon Grant/ Chloe Annette
A Jumping Fun School Trip
Today we went to Infinity Adventure Park in Banbridge on our School Trip! We had a fantastic day. The trampolines were so bouncy and we had lots of different obstacle courses to try. We loved dancing to the music too! On our way home we got to stop and have a picnic. We even did some Yoga exercises in the sun!
A big 'Thank you' to Sharon who kindly got everyone a lovely icelolly to help us cool down in the warm, sunny weather.They were so delicious!
Today we took our Numeracy outdoors and we recapped on our doubles up to 10+10, while enjoying the nice, sunny weather.
We loved using the clipboards to record the numbersentences we created.
We are going on a word hunt....
Today we went on a word hunt around the school. We searched for the words 'you, 'go' and 'going'. We then sorted the stones into the correct group and used chalk to write the words we found on the ground. Some people even used the words in their own sentences.
Today we were learning about halves. We folded and cut shapes into half. We had to be careful that both sides were the same size!
How many more?
In Numeracy this week we have been working on the concept of ‘How many more?’. We used cubes to help us understand that to find out how many more someone has you have to subtract the small number from the large number.
Today the P1 pupils learnt about addition to ten. They had to add the eyes on each monster to find out the total number of eyes altogether. They then wrote the number sentence. Well done Primary 1.
Today we used magic markers to help us learn our HFW. Miss Cunningham first give us a blank page. She then called out a word and we had to use the light to reveal the hidden words on the page. We loved this. Afterwards, Miss Cunningham called out a word and we had to find and arrange letters into the correct order to spell the word.
What is your favourite colour of T-shirt?
Today we created a class pictogram using Just2easy. We each got to select our favourite colour of T-shirt. Afterwards, we played a 'Teacher Vs Children' game where we had to listen to a statement about the pictogram and decide if it was true or false.Then we had to move to the correct side of the room to show our answers. If we all got it correct, we got a point and if we didn't Miss Cunningham got a point.
Miss Cunningham lost the game and had to do some silly dances.
Sharing Ideas in ICT
Today we each got to share our work with the class. We read it out and then picked one thing we liked about it to share with the class. Our classmates then got a chance to share what they liked about our work too. We also talked about how we could make it better next time. Finally we printed our work.
Paper Free Day
This week the Eco Team arranged a special ‘Paper Free Day’ on Thursday. On this day we had to go through the whole day without using any paper. This was tricky but really good fun. The Eco Team also arranged a task for us to do to help us promote biodiversity. Our class got to make bug hotels using sticks and toilet roll tubes, They were then added to the ‘Bug Castle’ in our Eco Garden. Thank you to everyone who participated and took in £1 to support the Eco T eam
Maths on the Chromebooks
Primary 1 completed addition games and Primary 2 completed subtraction games. Everyone then got a go to play a variety of games on mathletics. Well done to Maisie Magorrian who achieved a bronze award for her hard work on Mathletics this week.
Today we got to type some sentences about a jungle scene. We used capital letters, spaces and full stops. We saved our work, printed it and then evaluated it. We love working on the computers.
This week we carried out a problem solving task where we had to find all the possible solutions.
Tina Turtle laid 10 eggs. She wanted to hid them in 3 holes in the sand to protect them from the birds and the sun. She needed help to figure out how she could split the eggs up into the holes. We used cubes to explore all the different combinations.
For an extra challenge we then got to help Polly the Penguin who was sorting 12 eggs into 3 holes.
Handfuls of Fun
We started to learn about capacity. We used lentils and carried out a task to see how many spoons of lentils we could hold in one hand. We then repeated this task for two hands. We recorded our results using a pictogram using the Interactive Whiteboard. We then compared the capacity of different sized and shaped containers. One container was very tricky as it looked small but it was very wide and ended up having the largest capacity.
We worked on narrative writing this week. We had a story road to help us understand how a story progresses. We moved characters along the road and discussed the start, middle and end of the story. We talked about the characters, the setting, the problem and the solution.
Treasure Hunt in the Ocean
This weeek we worked in groups of four to explore the sand tray and find the ‘treasure in the ocean’. We had 40 seconds to collect as much treasure as we could. After that we weighed everyone’s treasure and compared the weights using the balance scale. We put the treasure pots in order from lightest to heaviest.
This week we used Just2easy to design our own ocean pictures on the Chromebooks. First we had to select our background picture, then we got to select some ocean pictures to add to our creation. We had to think about the size of the pictures we were adding and the position of the pictures to make sure that we didn't overlap images. We had to type our name in when saving our work and then we got a chance to print out our creations. We had super fun doing this.
We used story dice to help us create our very own imaginative stories. We had lots of fantastic ideas from sharks capturing mermaids to sharks getting covered in ice-cream.
We had great fun ordering numbers from largest to smallest and from smallest to largest using the caterpillar game on the IWB this week.
Have a look at our beautiful Mother’s Day cards.
We made shamrock cards using tissue paper to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day.
Today we wore green clothes to school to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Maths on the Chromebooks
This week P1 practised their number to 10 skills using Mathletics.
P2 used Hit the Button to practise quick recall of their doubles to 20.
World Book Day
This year for World Book Day we celebrated through a special homework where we had to make something linked to our favourite book. The children made some absolutely fantastic things from sock puppets to paper plate books, we had it all. They put in so much effort and Miss Cunningham was so proud of them all.
We also got a chance to carry out D.E.A.R Time ( Drop Everything And Read Time). Miss Cunningham would shout 'D.E.A.R Time' and everyone had to stop what they were doing and go read a book.
After Lunch, we were very lucky to have the P5 boys and girls in our class to read a story to us. We loved this and enjoyed talking about our favourite parts with them. Thank you Primary 5.
We had some wonderful cross curricular learning this week where we carried out PE, ICT and Numeracy all at the same time. We learnt how to follow Bee Bot directions using the language forwards, backwards, left turn, right turn, half turn, whole turn.
Busy with Bee-Bots
Today we explored using the Bee-Bots to move in different directions and navigate around a grid. We used the Bee-Bots and we played a Bee-Bot game on the tablets too.
The children made dough balls and then worked in pairs to find out whose ball is heavier – or whether they weigh about the same. The children continue the activity, making new dough balls and weighing them. They then tried to make two balls the same weight.
We're going on an animal hunt...
This week the NI Science Festival was held and we got a chance to take part in an Animal Hunt via Zoom. We sang songs and learnt lots about different animals, including Terry the Snake, Rosie the Tarantula and Gwen the Gecko. We learnt lots of fascinating facts about these animals too.
Did you know that frogs breath through their skin? Did you know that snakes smell through their tounge?
Polar Bear Paws
We have been learning about surface area. Today we discovered that a polar bear has a paw the same area as a 30cm dinner plate. We then used our own 30cm paws to compare and contrast the area of things around our classroom in relation to the size of a polar bear's paw. We first found things with a smaller surface area. Next we found things with a larger surface area. Finally we found 3 objects with different surface areas and we ordered them from smallest to largest. We loved the practical hands on aspect to this lesson.
Happy Valentine's Day from Primary 1 and Primary 2
Doubles and Near Doubles
P2 worked on learning doubles and using these to help them calculate near doubles. We used foam tens frames and we practically partitioned one of the doubles and transferred it to make a ten. We then could easily calcuate the answer. For example, for 8+8 we partitioned one 8 into a 6 and 2. We then added the 2 with the first 8 to make 10. We could then easily see that 10 +6 is 16.
Toys around the World
Today we read a book on 'Epic!' called Toys around the World. In this book we learnt about toys such as Galimotos from Africa, Munecas de Trapos from Mexico, Diabolos from China, Marionettes from Italy and Lego from Denmark.
We then used Google Earth on the IWB to explore all the different places the toys came from. This was great fun because Google Earth was interactive and we could move the Earth around in circles, and then zoom in and out using our fingers.
In Numeracy, P1 learnt about Nina Nine. Nina Nine is a builder who is in charge of all construction in Ten Town. She has has nine wheelbarrows, nine diggers and nine tools which she keeps in her toolbox. We used different objects and couted out sets upto nine, placing them ontop of Nina Nine’s tools.
Today we used our 'Partitioning Wands' to help us break numbers into 2 groups. P1 partitioned number 4 in different ways. P2 partitioned number 7 in different ways.
Wonderful Word Writing
P1 have been working hard in Literacy! They have even been using Elkonin Boxes to help them spell CVC words! Great work P1! Keep it up!
On Wednesday we celebrated Grandparents' Day as part of Catholic Schools Week. We talked about our Grandparents and shared all the things that make our Grandparents special to us. We created some artwork to give to them as a token of our appreciation for them.
Money to 20p
This week P2 learnt about how to make amounts up to 20p. We played the BOOM game so segment numbers into tens and units. We then used a 10p and added other coins to make the given amount.
Addition using Numicon
This week P1 worked on addition using Numicon. They even recorded their answers! Well done P1
In P2, we learnt about doubles. We read the story ‘Double the Ducks’ and then we played dominos to match the doubles. We also played a special game of Numicon Dominos.
This week we learnt about Tree Diagrams. We used 3D shapes and practically sorted the 3D shapes using a large tree diagram template.
Today we got the change to bring a toy into school to show our friends. We had a fantastic day. Miss Cunningham was so proud of us for taking turns and sharing. There were some fantastic toys.
This week we introduced number 6. We build some 6 towers. We had to use as many different colours as possible. We also used tweezers to put button in each hole of the 6 Numicon shape.
Tonight, we preformed our Christmas Play. The boys and girls were amazing. We were all so proud of them. Well done to everyone!
We have been learning about length! We used handspans and feet to measure different things around the classroom. We then compared the measurements and discussed the different measurements we found.
Primary 1 have been working on sequencing numbers to 5. They got to take turns to wear the number party hats and arrange themselves into the correct order. Afterwards, Miss Cunningham called some questions and the person wearing the answer had to sit down. For example, Miss Cunningham would say 'Can the number after 3 please sit down'.
Today we have been learning about money. We used 1p,2p,5p and 10p coins to make amounts up to 10p. We pretended to go to a toy shop to buy toys. We had to place the correct number of coins out to pay for each item. We explored how our friends made each about and discovered that we could use different coin combinations to make the same amount of money.
Our writing focus this term is procedural texts. This week we wrote our own procedural text. To help us write the instructions, we started by making it. We each got to make our own painted symmetry picture. We followed these instruction.
1. First get out the paint, paintbrush and paper.
2. Next carefully fold the paper in half and open back up.
3. Then use the paintbrush to place blobs of paint on one side of the paper.
4. After that use other paintbrushes to place different colours of paint on the paper.
5. Then fold over the paper and use your fingers to spread the paint.
6. Finally, open up the paper to reveal the picture.
Today Daire made a fantastic creation at play. He created a tractor with a front end loader. Fantastic work Daire!
Numbers to 5
We have been working hard in P1. We have been sequencing numbers to 5 on a blank number line. We also were learning about the number after. Miss Cunningham called out a number and we had to hold up the number after.
Today we P2 have been learning to add 2. Freddy the Frog helped us by showing us how to jump 2 more on the number track. We got to wear the Freddy Frog puppet and jump on the track ourselves. This was super fun.
Today we played a super fun game on the IWB to help us learn about money. We had to add the 1p,2p and 5p coins to find the total amount of money in the piggy bank.
Money, Money, Money
This week we have been learning about money. We each got a chance to visit out class fruit and veg shop to buy something. We explored all the different coin combination we could use to pay for items that cost up to 5p. P1 focused on using 1p coins whilst P2 tied to use at least 2 different coins to pay for their items.
This week we have been exploring length. We measured things around the classroom using different non-standard units. We used clips, pencils, rulers and sticks to measure different things. We worked in teams and took turns to measure, count and record our measurements.
We are different, We are special!
Today we marked the start of anti-bullying week by celebrating our uniqueness by wearing odd socks to school.
Woolly Hat Day
Well done to all the P1 and P2 boys and girls who wore their hats to support Woolly Hat Day 2022 for Mourne Stimulus Day Centre!
Today we played a number game with the foam tens frames. Miss Cunningham called out a number between 0 and 5. We had to put the correct number of foam counters into the tens frame to make the number.
Today we explored the 1p, 2p and 5p coin. We discussed what we could see on each coin, the colour, the size and the shape. We sorted the shapes by size, by colour and by amount.
This week we were preparing for Halloween and we decided to do some spooky Halloween Art. We used pompom balls to dab around a ghost template with paint. Afterwards, we added glitter and a pipe cleaner so we could hang our artwork up.
Well done to everyone who carved a pumpkin. They were all fantastic and P1 and 2 had a great time looking at all the cool creations.
This week we used the Chromebooks to make some patterns on Just2easy. P1 made 2 step patterns and P2 tried some 3 step patterns.
Afterwards, we saved our work. Miss Cunningham was able to put our work on the IWB and we each got a turn to get up and talk about the pattern we made.
In Numeracy, P1 met Fiona Five. They completed a spooky Halloween game where they had to give the pumpkin the correct number of cubes and the witch the correct Numicon shape. This helped us to become familiar with Numbers to 5. We practised writing Numerals to 5 and counting objects to 5.
P2 worked on Number 10. They were provided with 10 buttons for Tia Ten’s chef coat. They explored arranging the buttons in different ways on Tia’s coat and recorded the related number sums using the + and = sign.
This week was Math’s week and we were very lucky. P5 worked extremely hard and created maths games for us to play. They were all FANTASTIC! Well done P5! We had great fun playing your games. Thank you!
Fantastic Fun on the Chromebooks
This week we got a chance to explore using the Chromebooks for the first time. We all got logged on. We then played some games on Mathletics. P1 played a matching game, a sorting game and a pattern game. P2 played a range of different pattern games. We got to put on our headphones so that we could listen carefully to the question. We had fantastic fun and can't wait to have another go next week.
This week we have been using the iPad to express our ideas. We made some Fruppets!
This week was maths week. To celebrate we had something a little different for our maths homework. This week we had to complete maths challenges using things around out house. We worked really hard and Miss Cunningham was delighted to receive pictures of our fantastic work.
In WAU we have been learning about pigs. We discovered lots of facts about pigs. We then got to draw our own pigs. We then used an app to make our drawings come to life. We could even feed our pigs lots of food. Click on the link below to see the videos we made.
This week P1 learnt about number 2 and P2 learnt about number 7. We played games and used Numicon to help us learn. One fun game we played on the computer let us make smoothies by counting out the correct number of fruit.
This week the P1 boys and girls have been learning about the letter T. They met Talking Tess. They then made some telephone towers for walking Tess. The taller the tower the more phone calls she could make. The P1 boys and girls made super tall towers. Great work everyone!
Fantastic fun with Fitness Freddie
Today we had Fitness Freddie in school. P1, P2 and P3 all went out into the yard. We danced, bopped, and boogied to Fitness Freddie’s Fantastic music. We sang while we danced too! We had great fun and even the teachers joined! Well done to everyone for taking part today!
Sammy Snake Hunt!
We found Sammy Snake all around the school!
Recognising Numicon Shapes and Patterns
Roald Dahl Day