Year 2: The Elephants: Blog items

Rocket Day, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 26th Nov 2019 @ 9:29pm

It has been a truly amazing day . We started with an assembly where Steve from Starchaser told us about his company, how he bacame interested in rockets, his career and the Nova 2 rocket. 

We also went outside to look at the rocket . It had been made smaller so it can be moved around the roads. When it blasts off in May it will be 12 meters long, the longest rocket to be launched in the UK.

Next we had fun looking in the special space box learning about the materials used to build rockets, rubberised rocket fuel, astronaut food and lots more. 

As a treat the Elephants got to taste some astronaut freeze dried ice cream . They learnt how it was made and thought about its taste and texture. 

Writing was next. We looked at videos of the command capsule of Apollo 11 , we found out that the astronauts were lying down when they blasted off. As we watched the rocket lift off we used our senses to imagine what it would have been like to have been on the mission to the moon. The children were using very impressive vocabulary. 

The day finished outside where parents and grandparents joined us to watch 2 rockets be launched. Our very own Poppy was selected to launch one of the rockets.

A wonderful day of learning and life long memories .


Rockets launches , by Mr Pearson

Date: 26th Nov 2019 @ 8:14pm

Film of the end of school rocket launches 

Guided Reading, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 25th Nov 2019 @ 7:53pm

Today the Elephants have had an amazing guided reading session. Mrs Fletcher’s groups looked at The Littlest Dragon through their phonics and grammar lens. They did a great job choosing a word they could read and explaining why it was a tricky word using their phonics. 

Busy Elephants , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 24th Nov 2019 @ 9:20pm

The Elephants have had another busy week. They continued to learn about the moon, have learnt facts about the USA and been scary aliens in dance.

They have enjoyed the challenge of have a go spelling and rainbow spelling this week and did an amazing job learning the progressive past and present tense in English. In maths we have been busy learning about multiplication 

Please can any remaining boxes , tubes etc come into school this coming week so we can begin making our space buggies. Also any bits of yellow packaging, paper, fabric would be much appreciated for our candle to go in church. 

Remembrance Day , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 11th Nov 2019 @ 9:15pm

The children all looked wonderful in their Remembrance Day outfits. Thank you everyone for making such a wonderful effort. We have spent the day remembering . After play the classs joined in the whole school service of remembrance. After that we looked at a verse from the poem Fallen and thought about its meaning. This afternoon the children wrote down their thought about what memories are before listening to a story which helped tem to understand the meaning of memories even more. Next they wrote about who we remember on Remembrance Day and the ways in which we remember. 

We even had time to elect Poppy and Theo as Rotakids and we finished the day listening to some Michael Rosen poems which we found very funny. 

Parliament Week, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 10th Nov 2019 @ 3:17pm

This week the children have learnt about Parliament, the Gunpowder plot and had fun completing a bonfire night themed maths challenge.

on Friday Pippa brought Rainbow bear into school to visit us.

in DT we have been designing moon buggies. Please can the children collect cereal boxes, plastic bottles and cardboard tubes to use to build their buggies. 

Great Half Term, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 18th Oct 2019 @ 1:16pm


As we finish for half term Mrs Woolley and I would like to say well done to the Elephants for being so amazing. They have worked hard and made a great start to Year 2.

Thank you for all of the woenderful projects, we have enjoyed looking at them and appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into them. Some of them are part of a joint Year 1 and 2 display in the corridor.

We have had a great last day as we made it outside for cricket and have enjoyed a movie as our compliment treat this afternoon.

We hope you all have a lovely half term. 


Landing on the Moon, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 13th Oct 2019 @ 10:41am

In History this week the children have been thinking about what the astronauts did when they landed on the moon. They looked at different pieces of evidence and picked out the actions of the astronauts. Next they worked in pairs to act out the actions . 

Firework safety poster competition, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 11th Oct 2019 @ 3:04pm

Sorry this is late notice, time has flown quickly and posters need to be in well before bonfire night to be judged and prizes awarded before the day.

Children from any class can enter.  Just create a poster showing how to be safe on bonfire night and bring it to school on Monday to be sent off to Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Last year we had an overall winner in school, it would be great if someone from Longton could win a prize. 

End of year expectations, by Mr Pearson

Date: 10th Oct 2019 @ 11:59am

Please click on the link to see the end of year expectations for writing, reading and maths for your child's year group.

Cricket and a few reminders , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 4th Oct 2019 @ 11:49am

The Elephants have had lots of fun learning how to bowl with Mark the cricket coach 

Projects are due in soon. They can be on anything on the knowledge organiser you have or on something your child is interested in.

Please can all children have a PE kit with appropriate footwera in school, we have a number of children who do not have PE kit or PE shoes. 

Thank you

Macmillan coffee morning and book read, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 1st Oct 2019 @ 5:39pm

What an amazing morning. We were completely blown away by the number of visitors this morning. Thank you to everyone who came along to support this event, there was plenty of cake for everyone. The children enjoyed reading with their parents/grandparents, reading with the younger children or sat on a bean bag, taking off their shoes and sharing a book with their friends. Thankyou also to the parents who helped our amazing charity ambassadors and heads team. 

We had lots of amazing cakes for our moon/space themed competition. There are some very talented bakers out there.  The charity ambassadors had some difficult decisions to make when choosing the winner from each class.  The winners were informed in assembly today and prizes given out. All children who took part will receive a special certificate later this week. 

We will let you know the total amount once it has been totalled up. 

Cake competition, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Sep 2019 @ 6:36pm

Thank you to everyone who has entered the cake competition, your entries are amazing. There is still time to bring in your entry on Tuesday morning before we start selling at 9am. 

We are also welcoming any cake donations home made or bought for our Macmillan coffee morning and book read. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow. 

Thank you, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 25th Sep 2019 @ 7:40am

Thank you to the wonderful children and parents of the Elephant Tribe for your support over the past couple of weeks. As I explained at Meet The Teacher and on the blog I have been involved in a 12 month research programme for Lancashire County Council which has meant I have had to be out of class. The research has been into the develoment of reading for pleasure and I will share it with you as soon as the powers that be give it the okay. 

The work is now completed and I will be back in class which I am really looking forward to and am very excited about.

Thanks again for your understanding and support.

Normal service, Mrs Fletcher style is now resumed. 

Mad Science, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Sep 2019 @ 2:28pm

This afternoon the children found out all about the science of sport from the mad scientist.  



Projects, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 13th Sep 2019 @ 4:32pm

This terms projects can be about anything on the Autumn  1 overview  or list of what we want to know questions both of which you will find in your meet the teacher packs or on our class page. However, the project can also be avbout something that interests your child, a hobby or a talent they have. 

The date for projects to be handed in is October 10th

Meet the teacher, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 13th Sep 2019 @ 4:21pm

It was nice to meet some of you on Thursday at the Meet The teacher Meeting . For those of you unavble to attend the children will be bringing packs home on Monday containing the documents that were given out. I have uploaded the introductions letter onto the blog which gives details of everything you need to know , including who will be teaching your children when I have PPA and leadership time.

At the meeting I spoke about me being out of class for some days  over the next 3 weeks. This is to complete a year long research project I have been working on which has required me to spend time at Longton Library and the Harris Museum. The project ends on October 3rd.  

Week 1 , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 7th Sep 2019 @ 9:26am

The Elephants have all settled back into school really well. They have worked hard all week and have had a class compliment from Mrs Brown. 

Welcome Back, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 2nd Sep 2019 @ 8:55pm

Welcome back to the school I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. The children have had a very busy day learning new routines and starting their Year 2 Learning Journey. We will be doing PE tomorrow morning so please can all PE kits be in school. 

Holiday passports should be handed in this week .

Reading books have been sent home today and should be brought back next Monday.


50th anniversary of the moon landings., by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Jul 2019 @ 12:18pm

Next year we will be exploring moon landings as part of our Geography, Science and Maths work. As this weekend is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing (Apollo 11) please keep a look out on the TV for information, maybe a newspaper or magazine article, you might like to share them with your class next year. 

Very proud Elephants, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 27th Jun 2019 @ 1:24pm

The elephants were very proud today as they finished sewing their fabulous WW1 panel.They all said Wow! When they saw the finished poppy. Everyone has sewn stitches,sparkly thread,sequins or a button and done it very neatly too.πŸ™‚

Well done to Evie who made the design for us - good job!πŸ‘

Enjoying the sunshine 🌞 , by Mrs Pratten

Date: 27th Jun 2019 @ 12:29pm

Today Year 1 as part of their Geography work, went out and about exploring Longton. They had to look for human and physical features. We found lots of human activity and decided that this was beacause we live in a village.

Thank you for sending in the baby photos, we had a lot of fun guessing who was who, they were all very cute!

Water ,water everywhere!!!!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 21st Jun 2019 @ 7:55am

The Elephants have had great fun this week learning about capacity.They have been exploring how many cupfuls  will fit In different containers, using language such as half full, empty, nearly full. The highlight was definitely making space cocktails where they had to measure out different quantities of juices.

I have put on the recipes on for you too have a go at home or make up your own,

First week fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 14th Jun 2019 @ 4:08pm

This week we have been learning how to measure using counters, cubes, our hands etc.We have also learnt how to measure using a ruler. 

In Geograohy we have been using symbols for recording a route and drawing a plan of the classroom from an aerial viewpoint.

A great end to arts week, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 24th May 2019 @ 5:14pm

Yesterday the Elephants had a great morning designing tiles and then using them to make prints, they look amazing.Today they worked with Kate learning about and exploring how to use clay   clay, they made some coil pots and birds. 

We hope  you all have a fabulous holiday and we will see you all soon , Mrs Pratten,Mrs Thomson and Miss Howarth😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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