Signalong at the seashore

As our topic at the moment is the Seashore I thought we should learn a few signs to describe the creatures we might see on the beaches and in the sea around Scotland.

First of all, here is how to sign Seashore.

Here are some creatures you might find on the beach or in rockpools.

And here are some creatures you would find in the sea.

Ideas to practise your seashore signs:

  • Play a memory game with your family. Start with “At the seashore I saw…” and add a name and a sign. The next person will say your creature and add one of their own. See how many you can remember in one go!
  • Use this eye spy sheet on Twinkl to help you practice. Say “I spy with my little eye something that has this sign.” and show the sign to a partner and see if they can spot your creature.
  • Make a video to teach someone else some sign, you could even send it to someone else in your family. Maybe your gran would like to learn!
  • Draw an underwater picture and then point out what you have drawn with words and Signalong. Keep an eye out for Ms Ferguson’s next post and you can add the Spanish words too.

Hope you enjoy learning more Signalong. Let your teacher know if there is anything else you’d like to learn and I’ll do my best to fit it in to a future post.

Mrs McCracken

¿Tienes mascotas? – Do you have pets?

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Hola Primary Two.

¿Qué tal? ¡Estoy feliz porque me gusta animales! (I’m happy because I like animals.)

This week’s Spanish challenge is to find out how to say I have pets and name some animals.

Some of the animals have two different ways of saying the animal. One that ends in o and one that ends in a. Why do you think that is? (Answer: under the Spanish words.)

¿Tienes mascota / mascotas? –  Do you have a pet / pets? 

¡No tengo mascota! – I don’t have a pet.

Sí, tengo … – Yes, I have …

Un perro / una perra – a dog

Un gato / una gata – a cat 

Un conejo / una coneja – a rabbit 

Un cobayo – a guinea pig 

Una serpiente – a snake 

Un pez – a fish 

Un ratón – a mouse 

Una tortuga – a tortoise 

Un pájaro – a bird 

Un caballo – a horse

*Ms F’s Top Tips* – When you have a double r, like in perro you have to roll your rs, like a purring cat. Remember, j in Spanish makes a sound like ch as in the Scottish word loch. So conejo sounds like coney-cho. When you see ll in Spanish, it is actually a special letter. The sound it makes is y, like in ‘you’, so caballo sounds like cabye-yo. You may recognise it from me llamo (my name is), amarillo (yellow) and llueve (rain).

Answer: The reason why some animals have one Spanish version that ends in o and one that ends in a is that it is for you to say if it is a male or female animal. Well done if you worked that out!

For male animals you would use un and the word ends in o. For female animals you would use una and the word ends in a.

So if you have a male dog, you would say, “Yo tengo un perro.

But, if you had a female dog, you would say, “Yo tengo una perra.”

If you want to say you have a number of pets you could add the number and y (and) to help.

For example, to say “I have three cats, two dogs and four rabbits“, it would be:

Yo tengo tres gatos, dos perros y quatro cabajos.

Most of the animals you just add s to the end to say there is more than one (plural). The only different ones are:

Fish (more than one) – peces

Mice – ratones

Ideas to help you practise

  • Have a conversation with a parent or sibling where you take turns answering ¿Tienes mascotas? (You can make up your answers to make it trickier.)
  • Create your own animal flashcards – one set with the Spanish words and another set with a picture or photo of an animal. You can then use these to play a game of memory, match pairs, or create your own game.
  • Play Pictionary, where you have to draw an animal and say the answer in Spanish.
  • Pick an animal and play ‘articulate’ where one player has to describe the animal using clues, but without saying the name of the animal. The other player has to guess the animal in Spanish.
  • Create a poster or draw animals in your jotter and write the Spanish next to the animals.

¡Que te diviertas! 

Ms Ferguson

Here are some fun songs to help you practise and learn some other words for animals, including farm animals:

What’s for lunch? Signing food and drink.

This week in P2 we have been using the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch as inspiration for lots of our home learning activities. I thought that it might be nice to find out some signs that could help us to sign about foods we like for lunch.

Here are a few key signs we might need when talking about eating a picnic lunch.

And here are some signs for things you could eat and drink at a picnic. I’ve chosen some from Mr Grinling’s lunch and some things I know are popular on the school menu!

There are so many food and drink signs I could teach you but I might run out of space on the blog! If you would like to learn some more, especially different types of fruit and things to put in sandwiches, you could visit Woodbank School’s webpage and check out their Snack Time/Lunch Time video –

Or if there is a sign for food that you really want to know, email me and I’ll see if I can find it out for you.

Ideas to practice your food and drink signs:

  • See if you can sign what you are having for lunch or dinner today.
  • Play a memory game with people in your house. You could start the game “In my picnic basket I have…” and add a food you can sign. Then the next player will say yours and add one on. The list will get longer and longer, can you remember them all?
  • Draw a picture of your perfect picnic and name and sign the food and drinks you have drawn.
  • Listen to “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” and see what bits of Mr Grinling’s lunch you can sign.

I’m off to eat my lunch now… I wonder what I’ll have?

Mrs McCracken

Music to tell a story

Hello Primary 2.

I hope you enjoyed listening and learning to sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow‘ last week. Did you work out that the ukulele was the instrument which accompanied the song? It’s looks like a miniature guitar, but has only 4 strings, rather than 6 strings.

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This week we are learning about how music can enhance telling a story. In class, a little while ago, we listened to Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. Each character in the story is played by a different instrument of the orchestra and has their own repeated melody. Some are very high pitched and others very low.

You can listen to the story again here:


Can you retell one of your a favourite stories? Choose a story with two or three characters and create a little melody or a rhythm, for each character, played on an ‘instrument’.  (Remember an instrument can be your voice, your homemade percussion instrument or even some kitchen utensils). Every time the character appears in the story you play their melody or rhythm.

Now retell the story and add in your rhythm or melody for each character.                  Good luck and have some fun!

You might like to send a recording to your teacher on Seesaw. We love to hear what you have been up to.

Mrs Campbell


¿Qué tiempo hace hoy? – What is the weather today?

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Hola Primary Two.

¿Qué tal?

¡Estoy feliz porque hoy hace sol! (I’m happy because it is sunny today!)

This week’s Spanish challenge is to practise the words for describing the weather.

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Hace calor – It is hot.

Hace buen tiempo – It is good weather.

Hace sol – It is sunny.

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Hace frío – It is cold.

Hace mal tiempo – It is bad weather.

Hace viento – It is windy.

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Nublado – Cloudy.

Llueve – Rainy.

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Nieva – Snowy.

Tormenta – Stormy.

*Ms F’s Top Tip* – Remember ‘v‘ in Spanish always sounds like ‘b‘ and ‘h’ is a silent letter. When you see ll in Spanish, it is actually a special letter. The sound it makes is y, like in ‘you’, so llueve sounds like you-ebeh. You may recognise it from me llamo (my name is) and amarillo (yellow).

Some other words that might help you are:

Hoy – today

Y – and

So, if you wanted to say today it is sunny and windy, you would say:

Hoy hace sol y viento.

Ideas to help you practise:

  • Have a conversation with a parent or sibling where you take turns answering ¿Qué tiempo hace hoy?
  • When doing your weather report task this week, include the weather in Spanish as well as English.
  • Create your own weather flashcards – one set with the Spanish words and another set with a picture or photo of the weather. You can then use these to play a game of memory, match pairs, or create your own game.
  • Practise Mrs McCracken’s Sign-a-long signs for different kinds of weather using the words in Spanish.
  • Gather together some items that you would use or wear if it was a certain type of weather – like sunglasses, snow boots, a kite and an umbrella. Ask a parent or sibling to say a type of weather in Spanish, and you have to pick up the right item to match the weather.

¡Que te diviertas! 

Ms Ferguson

Here are some fun songs to help you practise:

Signing the weather

Hi P2!

The weather in Scotland is always changing. Yesterday morning it was raining but by the time I went out for my daily walk it was beautiful sunshine. We never know if we need our rain jackets or our sunscreen!
I thought this week it would be interesting to find out how to use Signalong to talk about the weather.

Here is the sign for weather.

If we wanted to tell someone what the weather is like today, or what it will be like tomorrow we might need these signs –

And here are some of the weather signs you might want to use to talk about Edinburgh weather. Hopefully we won’t need the snow and ice ones for quite a while but we can practise them in time for the winter!

Ideas to practice your colour signs:

  • Have a look outside and practise the sign for the weather you see.
  • Have a go at telling someone what the weather is like today. You could say “The weather today is…” using the correct signs and then choosing the weather sign that suits.
  • Watch the weather online or on the TV and try and use the sign along with the presenter.
  • Have a go at making up your own weather report using sign and show it to someone in your house or perform it to your teddies.
  • Make some weather symbols, like the ones at the top of this post, put them in a hat or a bowl and pick them out one at a time. Can you do the sign to match the symbol?

Have fun practising and I hope the sun keeps shining for us!
Mrs McCracken

Melody and pitch

Melody is the tune. It’s the part of the music that you often find yourself singing along with.

Pitch is how high or low a note sounds. A melody is made up of high and low pitched notes played one after the other. Catchy melodies often repeat the same series of notes over and over.

Watch the following clip

Is there a melody or tune that you like to sing? Often, if it is a catchy tune the music stays in your head.

This is one of my favourite tunes. I like the way the pitch jumps from low to high when you sing ‘some-where’

Why don’t you try learning this song?

What instrument is playing the accompaniment?

All the best,

Mrs Campbell





Los Colores – Colours

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Hola Primary Two.

¿Qué tal?

¡Estoy feliz y entusiasmada por el Español!

This week’s Spanish challenge is to practise the words for different colours.

Some colours have two different versions, one that ends in ‘o’ and one that ends in ‘a’. Why do you think that might be? (Answer: below the colours!)

Red- rojo / roja

Blue- azul

Yellow- amarillo / amarilla

Green- verde

Purple- morado / morada

Orange – naranja

Pink- rosa

Brown- marrón

Grey- gris

Black – negro / negra

White- blanco / blanca

Dark- oscuro 

Light – claro 

*Ms F’s Top Tip* – Remember ‘v‘ in Spanish always sounds like ‘b‘ and ‘j’ makes a ‘ch’ sound like in the Scottish word ‘loch‘. When you see ll in Spanish, it is actually a special letter. The sound it makes is y, like in ‘you’, so amarillo sounds like amareeyo. You may recognise it from me llamo (my name is) and llueves (rain).

Answer: If a colour is being used to describe something male it ends in an o, and for something that is female it would end in a.

So for example, a male white cat would be un gato blanco.

Whereas a female white cat would be una gata blanca.

Notice the colour comes after the word it is describing – this is always true in Spanish.

Ideas to help you practise

  • Create your own colour flashcards – one set with the Spanish words and another set with the colour. You can then use these to play a game of memory, match the colour to the word, or create your own game.
  • Make your own arco iris (rainbow) and label with the words in Spanish. You could do this using items found around your house, use chalk on the pavement outside your house, or build using lego. Get creative!
  • Practise Mrs McCracken’s Sign-a-long signs for colours using the words in Spanish.
  • Ask a parent or sibling to pick a colour, read it in Spanish, and you have to find something that is that colour around your house. If you are feeling confident you can be the teacher!

¡Que te diviertas! 

Ms Ferguson

There are some free games you can play on Linguascope as well as on this website:

Here are some fun songs to help you practise:

The Spanish lyrics for ‘I can sing a rainbow’ are:

Rojo, amarillo y rosa y verde.

Morado y naranja y azul.

Canta los colores del arco iris. (Sing the colours of the rainbow)

Canta los conmigo. (Sing them with me)

Let’s sign the rainbow.

Seeing all the lovely rainbows in windows on my daily walk made me want to learn how to sign the rainbow. We already know the sign for the word rainbow itself – here is Ms Ferguson to remind you of the sign AND the Spanish word:

What we don’t know yet is the signs for all the colours. So I put my thinking cap on and found out the signs we need. I even rummaged through my wardrobe to see if I could dress in the right colour for each sign. See if you can spot anything special about my top for the green sign!

Now you know the signs you can talk about your favourite colour.

What is your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is …

Can you tell what my favourite colour is?

Ideas to practice your colour signs:

  • Ask people what their favourite colour is using Signalong and tell them yours.
  • Play “Eye Spy” with colours and sign the colour as well as saying it.
  • Go on a colour hunt around your home and say and sign the colours you find.
  • Sing and sign the rainbow song.
  • Make a rainbow with different objects you find in your house and sign all the colours you can see in it.

Have fun practising! Mrs McCracken

Music – Basic Rhythms

Hello Primary 2!  

Before Easter I asked you to listen to ‘The Great Escape’ by Bernstein, and work out how many beats in a bar. I hope you all managed to count 4 beats in a bar?

Did you show anyone else at home how to conduct?

Thank you for sending photos of some of the instruments you have been making from recycled materials. There were a great variety of drums, shakers and even some cabasa, using plastic netting from fruit punnets and filled with buttons or shells and rocks! I was most impressed!

This week we are looking at rhythms. Using your percussion instrument, play along, following the beats of the bar of the Alligators and Cats song?

Good luck

Mrs Campbell