Year 2: The Penguins: Blog items

Picture News - British Values - w/c 16th July, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jul 2018 @ 7:00am

Here is this week Picture News at home.  

Ninja fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 12th Jul 2018 @ 9:20pm

Well done Penguins who were amazing at the Ninja Warrior challenge today 😊

Thursday assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 8th Jul 2018 @ 9:26am

In today's assembly we were talking about what people have in common. There were three people. We thought reasons of why they are in common: they were old, they were famous and are all humans. They were all 70 and that is how long the NHS has been open. The NHS has helped all of us in the past, but unfortunately not everyone uses it right. People can have a small problem (a problem that could be solved by a doctor) and go to the A and E department; this makes the NHS hospital waits very long and makes people angry. We are all very lucky that we have the NHS in this country. We watched a very old video - 70 years old- which informed us about the opening of the national health service. It was very interesting. We decided that it was very important to say thank you to the hard-workers of the NHS, they save lives and make us well. They look after and help us. We should appreciate the amazing work they do!


Gracie and Abigail  


Charity superstars, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 4th Jul 2018 @ 4:46pm

A big thank you to all  the Penguins who returned their envelopes for the NSPCC, we won a certificate for KS1 for the most returned. Anya and Grace did a great job of reminding us, well done girls. A big thank you for your support ,it’s not too late to return the envelopes now, just hand them in to the office.

NSPCC Thank you Assembly , by Mrs Catterall

Date: 4th Jul 2018 @ 3:11pm

This morning Jo from the NSPCC came to school to thank us  for all our fundraising efforts. 

I am pleased to tell you that almost  50% of the children returned their forms with class 2 and class 6 being the biggest returners.  Well done Penguins and Bears.

I am very proud to let you know that Longton Primary School have raised an amazing


A massive thankyou to you all, Jo was quite overwhelmed.  The money raised means that we have funded the ability for 260 phone calls to be taken by Childline.  That means we have helped support more children than we have in our school.  THANKYOU. 

Dont worry if you still have your forms and money at home, bring it in and we will send it off to the NSPCC at the end of the school year.

Thank you again,

Mrs Catterall, Sara and Gracie.


Mondays assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Jul 2018 @ 11:01pm

Today's assembly was about who chooses what we eat! Many of us said that it is usually our parents and maybe us. In the news this week they were talking about: increasing healthy eating; banning adverts that advertise foods that aren't good for us and not allowing children under 1618 to buy energy drinks. We then had a vote if we think they should do this or if we think they shouldn't do this. We had four pupils from different classes saying their opinion on why they should do this, they all said that it is unhealthy to be able to buy energy drinks and buy takeaways not knowing how many calories we are intaking. We then heard the opposition. We had lots of different reasons like: it is unfair to children because they aren't allowed what adults do, a lot of people would lose their jobs as big companies/restaurants that sell those type of things might not do as well because not as many people would buy and someone thought that it was our choice and we should choose what we want to buy.  We all decided that if we have the choice to do something it should always be the most sensible one.


Gracie and Abigail

Fun in the sun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 28th Jun 2018 @ 7:29pm

We had fun this afternoon enjoying our reward lots of scooting and a welcome ice cream in the shade!

NSPCC Sponsor money, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Jun 2018 @ 6:11pm

Please can all NSPCC sponsor forms and money be returned tomorrow. 

Thankyou for your support

Sara and Gracie

Monday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th Jun 2018 @ 8:34pm

In today's assembly we talked about what we like doing in our spare time. We had lots of different ideas going to the cinema, football and playing on the trampoline with siblings. We looked at a question, which was: Are computer games damaging our health? We were then discussing about a boy who couldn't go to school for over a year because he just wanted to play video games. After that we looked at lots of opinions ( none of them were wrong, we all have lots of different opinions ) some were FOR video/computer games and some were AGAINST them. We then listened to a story about a girl who loved video games and she got a special parcel in the post. When putting them on she realised that people were losing their minds for video games. She became sad when she noticed how much time she had lost with her friends. We were then talking about things that people did and if it was healthy or not. We decided that 2/3 activities were healthy.


Gracie and Abigail

Blackpool zoo fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 25th Jun 2018 @ 8:25pm

The Penguins enjoyed their visit to the zoo today  and I think the highlights were (of course) seeing the penguins  and  the sealion show. We also had the chance to carefully stroke  a bearded dragon during our session on habitats. A great day, beautiful weather , lots of animals and a  welcome, cooling ice lolly!

Picture News - British Values - w/c 25th June, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 24th Jun 2018 @ 6:33pm

Please find attached the Picture News resource we will be exploring in assembly this week. 

Library visit, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 3:53pm

The Penguins enjoyed their visit to the library, they heard some funny monster stories and enjoyed joining in. They were able to choose a book if they had a card, don’t forget to return them!

Dancing fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 19th Jun 2018 @ 3:21pm

The Penguins showed some fantastic dance moves today as part of our danceathon raising money for NSPCC

Picture News - British Values - w/c 18th June, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Jun 2018 @ 6:36am

Please find attached the Picture News at home resource.

This lets you know what we will be looking at in our British Values assembly this week. 


Thursday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Jun 2018 @ 8:11am

Today in assembly we talked about how we have three words that are important every year: CARE, GROW and SHINE! We talked how this term we are going to shine.We were then talking about a celebration which people will be celebrating this on Friday or Saturday. This celebration is held by Muslims. We talked about how Muslims fast, they fast because it is to teach them to focus on god and be generous, once fasting ends they have the celebration called Eid al-fitr.The celebration goes on for one,two or maybe even three days. How they celebrate is a bit like Christmas, they send Eid al-fitr cards out and dress formally, they also have big feasts and they wish each other a happy celebration!


We were also reminded about some special events that are coming up! If you want to be in the talent show you need to fill in the form, which is at the bottom of a parent mail that has been sent out, by tomorrow, you will need to print off the form and give it in. We are also have a own clothes day tomorrow, to be able to wear your own clothes you need to bring in some chocolates or a bottle of wine or a yummy beverage.


by Gracie and Abigail

A busy few days, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 13th Jun 2018 @ 8:56pm

Yesterday Max was very proud to bring in his chicks to show, they were so cute and soft, Max showed them  to Y1 and reception. 

We also performed our dance  as part of Dance from the Heart, we were amazing and enjoyed the circus performers. The theme was musicals and they performed to songs from The Greatest Showman, Mrs Fletcher had to stand very still as they juggled,

Today we tested our measuring skills by estimating liquids in containers and tipping the right amount in for other people to check. it was fun!

Walking Bus, brake charity awareness, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jun 2018 @ 1:45pm

Thank you very much to all the children and parents/grandparents who joined us on our walking bus this morning, it was lovely to see you all there.  We certainly made a long bus this morning. 

It was a lovely start to the day, the opportunity to chat with a friend, enjoy the lovely weather as well as a bit of exercise.  Remember we walk every day from booths, leaving at 8:30.

Here are a few photos.

Fathers day, by Mrs Hothersall

Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 9:41pm

Welcome back, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 11th Jun 2018 @ 6:26pm

Hi and welcome back, I can’t believe we are in our last half term.Hope everyone had a fabulous break and managed to enjoy the amazing weather.

Today in Maths we were learning about reading scales in measures. We recapped the different ways we can measure and focussed today on measuring the temperature. Our challenge was to find the coldest temperature (the shade) and the hottest temperature ( in the sun)  on the playground. We are going to be completing this every day this week and making comparisons. We had to wait patiently for the thermometer to settle so we could read the temperature.

In English we are learning a poem to perform for you in our assembly (which is coming up next week)

We also did our first move it time , keeping active for 15 minutes it was harder than we thought!


Arts week day 5, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 25th May 2018 @ 4:14pm

Today we enjoyed working with Peter Bourne completing  poppies on the front of school and painting fishes. We also made our own stampers and enjoyed printing patterns.

Hope everyone enjoyed Arts week and have a fab holiday!☀️👍🏖😎

Arts week day 4, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 25th May 2018 @ 4:10pm

Yestaerday we travelled over to New Zealand and learnt about Maoris and the artist Raewyn Harris. She uss the Koru leaf as inspiration for her artwork.It looks like a a curled up fern and is a traditional symbol with meaning for the Maori people. It symbolises new life, strength, peace and growth.

We went outside and enjoyed sketching English leafs.

Arts week day 3, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 23rd May 2018 @ 8:31pm

The Penguins enjoyed looking at some more paintings by Jamini Roy, with an animal theme. We also added in some fabulous Indian inspired patterns to our elephant , which will join the others being completed by the meerkats and Reception.



Arts week day 2, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 3:48pm

Today we enjoyed listening to the brass and wind musicians from girls high, we had fun singing along to Mama Mia!

We then finished off our pictures in the style of Jamini Roy, they look fab!

Arts week day one, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 21st May 2018 @ 4:13pm

We enjoyed our first day of Arts week with a visit from a local artist, Sarah Hicks, we had fun creating a sunset background, practised our printing skills and then put it all together  to create fabulous silhouette pictures African style.

In the afternoon we looked at an Indian artist Jimini Roy, we practised sketching small details from his paintings and then drew our outline shape of a face in his style. We painted them so they are ready to use with  oil pastels tomorrow.

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