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Newcastle Primary School 17A Shimna Road, Newcastle

What will P2 be learning in Term1a?

Literacy :

  • Independent Writing – news, topic related writing - night time, making shadows etc. 
  • Guided Writing - Report Writing
  • Role play – Campsite  
  • Shared Reading – topic related books 
  • Topic books – fiction and non-fiction 
  • Phonics - Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Linguistics Phonics 
  • Handwriting- introduction of cursive script and capital letters 
  • Listening- weekly listening activities 
  • Talking- talk about their personal experiences of day and night. Formulating and asking questions to visitors, circle time 


  • Working with numbers up to 15
  • Mental maths- counting forwards and backwards, numbers before and after, adding on 1, doubles, number facts
  • Addition 
  • Problem Solving
  • Topic- time (past, present and future; o'clock) and 3D shapes 


  • Creation  
  • Jesus healed Blind man 
  • Action Bible Songs
  • Christmas Story 



    • Take on the roles in the Campsite
    • Act out topic related stories, e.g. Owl Babies 
    • Christmas Nativity 


    • Song – Songs for Christmas Nativity  
    • Musical Instruments 


  • Junk Art – build a rocket (3D shapes)
  • Create a “Starry Night” painting  
  • Christmas craft
  • Mixing colours – dark and light
  • Weekly cutting activity – stars, Pudsey Bear, mittens and hat, Christmas


  • Changing for P.E independently
  • Listen to and follow simple instructions/rules.
  • Fundamental Movement Skills-  
  • Know how to move in a variety of ways to explore personal and general space.
  • Know how to move safely and confidently
  • Respond appropriately to the instructions.


  • NSPCC  'Be Safe'
  • Unit 2
  • Anti-Bullying Week Activities 

World Around Us:

  • What is light?  What is dark?
  • Daytime/night time and why it happens.
  • Role of the sun. Discussion of sunrise and sunset.
  • Light Sources- what are they? Natural and Man-made light sources. E.g. sun, fire, torch, lamp, fireworks etc.
  • Moon- phase of moon  
  • Shadows – how they are made? Children to make shadows out in playground and investigate how to make them longer shorter etc.
  • Reflections – using mirrors to investigate
  • Role of our eyes to help us see.
  • How colours and light are used in road safety.
  • Nocturnal/diurnal animals.
  • Lighthouses
  • Opaque/transparent – investigate materials which let light pass through – science investigation using torches.


  • Log on and Log off independently
  • Bee Bot– 
  • 2Simple – night and day painting 
  • Early years Maths pack/Top Marks games to develop learning 
  • iPad - using apps to develop learning, using camera to record their learning 
  • Chatterpix App
  • PhotoComic App

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Primary 2

We have been very busy in P2!

Our new topic is 'Dark and Light'. We have just set up a campsite as our role play area. Keep checking this page to see updates of our learning journey 😊


Primary 2 Term 1a