Year 2: The Penguins: Blog items

Mondays assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 23rd Apr 2018 @ 8:09pm

Blog written by our year 6 PSHE leaders

Today's assembly was about what does loneliness feel like? Loneliness may be when you are homeless , alone and left out. The U.K., sadly, has loneliness problems. Many people assume that it is just elderly people who are lonely, but 1 in 20 Young people have actually said they are lonely, they are the heart of the problem. Some of the cause of being lonely are if you are starting a new school or if you are just naturally shy. We looked at some pictures with groups of children in them, we had to think, which child was feeling lonely, on one, one of the people were on there own, so we knew that that child was lonely. We then looked at a letter in which a mum had wrote about her daughter because she was shy, had no brother or sisters and the mum was asking for advice. Once we had read the letter we thought of ways we would include the little girl. We had lots of ideas like: invite her to parties, ask her to play a game with you in the playground and make the effort. We got set a challenge to look out for people who were a bit lonely in the playground and see if they would like to play a game with you. We also need to remember that sometimes people aren't lonely, they might just want some alone time.

Weather forecasters, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 23rd Apr 2018 @ 5:03pm

Today the Penguins enjoyed being weather forecasters for the day. As you can imagine we a lot of interesting weather going on in the United Kingdom! we also used a map of the United Kingdom to find the 4 countries and their capitals ,which can you remember?

Tomorrow they will be creating even more interesting weather as we create a weather forecast for Chew and Swallow from our story Cloudy with a chance of meatballs.

In Maths today we looked at finding fractions of amounts and making the link with division. Later on in the week we will be looking at position and direction.

We will be creating some healthy snacks in our Jigsaw work and voting for our favourites. 

On Wednesday afternoon we have a visit from the fire service for our fire safety talk.

A parent mail was sent out about changing reading books on Thursday instead of Friday for this week only.

Happy reading!


Thursday assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Apr 2018 @ 7:07am

In assembly today we started off thinking about the word devotion and what are we devoted to. We shared our thoughts about how we know someone I'd devoted to a football team or a pop band. We listened to a story from India. This story happened 300 years ago! In our reflection we thought about some famous words one of the gurus in our story said. We also thought about how we can be brave and little things we would do that we were, in the past, afraid to do.

Tuesday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Apr 2018 @ 8:53pm

Written by our Year 6 PSHE leaders

Today in our jigsaw assembly we learnt about friendships and relationships. Our title in jigsaw this half term is about friendships. We were talking about how baking a chocolate cake is like making a new friend. We put in our suggestions about the ingredients of a friendship, we had: loyalty, kindness, fun, and a friend that is always our friend. We had some time to think about if we had been kind to our friends today. We always have to remember to listen to our friends, to share with our friends, be kind to our friends and of course have fun with our friends!


Monday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Apr 2018 @ 8:50pm

Written by our year 6 PSHE leaders


Today's assembly was about, how much of our lives should we share with others? In the news this week it said about how lots of people's private information was leaked all over Facebook. We learnt about how things in the past have now changed, like how in the past we would go to the travel agents if we wanted to go on holiday, but now we can go onto the internet and book there instead. We have also been thinking about how you would act in different situations like how you would act when arguing with your brother or sister. Facebook is now thinking about a messenger app for kids, as lots of adults use it. Parents will be able to look at what their child has been doing on this app. It will allow children to communicate even if they do not have a phone number. Our reflection today was about the rules of law and we had a lot of questions.

This week so far...., by Mrs Pratten

Date: 17th Apr 2018 @ 4:43pm

This week we have enjoyed the story of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, we designed a wanted poster and practised our 4 types of  sentences using the story.

In Maths we have been adding 2 digit numbers and today using only 3 numbers we have been making 4 different number sentences. Later on in the week we will be recapping 3D shapes.We enjoyed gymnastics yesterday putting together a sequence using a roll, travelling and a jump.

Busy, Busy!

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

Date: 16th Apr 2018 @ 8:05am

Please find attached a copy of the picture news resource we will be discussing in assembly this week.

Take some time to chat about it at home.


Picture News , by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Apr 2018 @ 11:07pm

Dear parents

Picture News is a resource we use in our assemblies to share and dicusss with the children.

This week our assembly was titled, 'Who does the World belong to?'  This also linked with our assembly about 'Earth Day'.

A Picture News - home resources is attached to this blog.  Please look out for a parent mail giving you more infomation and look back at the blog each week to find out more about the news topics we will be exploring in school. 

Mrs Catterall



Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 13th Apr 2018 @ 4:10pm

As part of our geography work we read the story Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. In the story the it rains orange juice,snows mashed potato and storms hamburgers! We discussed what this would feel like and thought ,sounds good but maybe not! Especially when it all goes wrong and the food becomes huge and stays the same. We designed our own Island of Stew and used a key to add things, we came up with some great ideas.

We also really enjoyed looking on Google Earth at Longton, we zoomed in on the school, the park and the Brickcroft as well as the village itself ,discussing what we could see. They were all super to keen to find their houses but obviously weall could not. Have a go at the weekend exploring Google Earth and see what you can find out about where you live.

Pe fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 12th Apr 2018 @ 9:59pm

The Penguins enjoyed an afternoon outside practising their catching and hand eye coordination skills. Some good skill and lots of enthusiasm!!

Welcome back!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 10th Apr 2018 @ 7:07pm

I hope the children have all had a good rest and most seem to be fully recovered from all their coughs and colds , thank goodness!

This Week the children have been enjoying the story The Monster Machine and have been busy creating horrible monster recipes which, when put in a machine, makes monsters. We had fun today drawing and describing the types of monsters that they had created. Tomorrow we are going to think about the monster land where they live.

In Maths we have been adding, using our knowledge of number bonds  to try to help. Tomorrow we will be adding 2 digit numbers together by partitioning.

We started our Geography work on weather  today,  looking at the different types of weather, what we can do in that weather and what our favourite weather is.

We also looked at a map of the United Kingdom and discussed the 4 countries that make it up and also the 4 compass points. We had fun acting out different weather, using props for others to guess what the weather was and why. Can you guess?!



Fun Friday, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 23rd Mar 2018 @ 12:37pm

We finished our fantastic plants today and wrote instructions on how to grow them.If you want a chocolate tree, unicorn tree or a pond tree ,see the Penguins! 

We also had fun designing a lab coat for a scientist.

Hope you all have a good break, enjoy your Easter eggs and are all cough free next term!

Thumping Tursday, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 23rd Mar 2018 @ 6:55am

Well done and a big thank you to all the children ( and parents) who made fantastic Easter bonnets they were all eggscellent!  Grace was our overall winner 🐰

Wonderful Wednesday, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 21st Mar 2018 @ 5:07pm

Today we learnt about seed dispersal - how seeds travel and are carried to different places. We also planted our seeds, please let me know how they grow! The children have been busy inventing their own new plant, designing a seed , the plant and thinking about how the seeds will be dispersed. Some creative ideas!

We have also set up an experiment with celery and white carnations put in purple water, we have predicted what we think ,we will let you know if we were right👍


Tremendous Tuesday, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 20th Mar 2018 @ 9:03pm

The Penguins finished cooking for their enterprise this morning.A big thank you to Grace's grandma who came in and helped again and a big thank you to parents and children who helped after school. All our pizza slices went  and there were lots of great comments about how delicious they were - well done Penguins! Linda is counting the money for us and I will let you know our profit. I know some people are keen to have a go at making the pizzas at home, Iwill let you have a copy so you can have a go over Easter.

The Penguins enjoyed looking for the shortest and longest leaves around school and measuring them and then recording the results.The longest was actually the leaves on the spider plant in the classroom. 

More science fun tomorrow 🙂

Science week, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 19th Mar 2018 @ 6:55pm

We launched our Science week with an exciting assembly delivered by Mrs Catterall, lots of things to make us think. We took one of the challenges back to the classroom ,which was to see how long we could stretch the putty before it snapped. I think we need to practise more tomorrow! 

A big thank you to the helpers who came in today to help with our enterprise, the pizzas are looking yummy and the smell was delicious too, I'm sure we will be well supported tomorrow after school.

Don't forget we are potting up our seeds on Wednesday , the children will need to bring a small container to take them home, along with the grass heads.Some have started to sprout grass in some random places!!! Please keep them growing over the holidays I would  love to see some funky hairstyles!

This week...., by Mrs Pratten

Date: 12th Mar 2018 @ 9:32pm

Hope you all had a great weekend and that mums were suitabley spoiled yesterday🙂

This week the Penguins 🐧 will be in...

English - planning and writing their own magic beanstalk story, persuading people to visit a farm.

Maths - finding fractions of amounts, position and direction

Science - monitoring our seeds growing , looking at how the cress in different places has grown

Jigsaw - the importance of relaxing, growth mindset work

PE - gymnastics

Another busy week🙃

We are sad to say that the cress with no water has died, which is what we predicated, we are still keeping an eye on the cress with water in different places,watch this space!



Growing success!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th Mar 2018 @ 4:53pm

We were very excited today to discover that our seeds have started to germinate and grow roots. 😊

We have also set up an experiment to find out about what will happen to a plant if it doesn't have water, light or warmth.

We have put cress in different places around the classroom and outside. One has been well watered and one not, we have made predictions about what we think will happen.  

Finley put his in the light in the classroom, Victoria put hers in the dark cupboard. Next Riley put his in the quad area by Year 1 outside and Poppy placed hers on the heater. We can' wait to see and find out what happen!

Happy Mothers Day, by Mrs Hothersall

Date: 7th Mar 2018 @ 6:31pm

Happy Mothers Day to all the lovely ladies of Longton.

Back to normal, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 6th Mar 2018 @ 8:28pm

I had a lovely welcome back from the Penguins and it's good to be back and feeling a lot better.

Today we started to think about the setting and characters for our farm stories, tomorrow we will be talking about possible problems that might happen and they could be solved. Then on to planning and writing what I know will be some super stories.

In Maths we will be continuing with division and sharing.

In science today we talked about how plants grow and where the seeds might come from.  We started to make some grass heads and plant some beans, peas and sunflowers. We need to make sure we look after them and are looking forward to seeing what will happen as they grow.

We also looked at some seeds in fruits and vegetables  and discussed where the seeds can be found, then drew some excellent pictures by looking really carefully.

Jigsaw work this week is about being motivated and also how important it is to relax.

Hope all the visitors to school today enjoyed  being " ladies who lunch" , the children were certainly very excited 😊More tomorrow!

Writing Challenge, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 2nd Mar 2018 @ 6:57pm

Thank you to all of the children and teachers for creating such a magnificent story.


Finding out about plants, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 20th Feb 2018 @ 5:01pm

This afternoon we started our Science topic on plants, we drew what we thought a plant was and then went outside to take photos withour iPads to find plants around school. We learnt that there are lots of other plants like trees and hedges and bushes.

In Maths we have been learning about multiplication linking it to arrays and repeated addition.

in English we are reading all about stories set on farms we looked at different types of farms and what buildings there are on farms.We enjoyed the story of Farmer Duck.  

Friday news, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th Feb 2018 @ 3:48pm

The Penguins worked really well together to create their dream birds for the garden of dreams display.They had to make sure everybody's ideas were on the bird and then had fun painting and decorating. They look brilliant!

We had our last orienteering looking for markers around school and on the field (sorry for the muddy shoes). They were all really good at using the maps and working together to find the right markers.

This afternoon they enjoyed showing off their space buggies to Reception, Mrs Hathersall was very impressed with their knowledge and of courses their fabulous buggies.

We have earned lots of class compliments this week so well done Penguins, have a fab holiday and see you all soon.

Mrs Pratten and Mrs Regan

Sporting fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 6th Feb 2018 @ 6:34pm

A big well done to those children who braved the snow this morning and went off to All Hallows for some sporting fun. Looks like they all had fun and they said it was fantastic 

Garden of dreams, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 2nd Feb 2018 @ 5:01pm

We are having fun designing  our birds for the garden of dreams. We are working in small groups and each designed a bird. We the decided which part of everybody's bird would go in the group design. We are looking forward to decorating them next week , there are some interesting birds!!

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