Year 2: The Pandas: Blog items

Panda's at work, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 5th May 2022 @ 7:48am

The Pandas have had another very busy week of learning.

In History the children used photographs to find out about railways in Victorian times. They also looked at some reports from passengers in first and second class carriages to learn about the conditions they travelled in.

Maths this week has been all about fractions, finding 3 quarters, learning that half and 2 quarters are the same and learning to count in fractions.

In English the children really enjoyed planning and writing their own space themed stories bringing to an end our work looking at Man on the Moon - a day in the life of Bob by Simon Bartram.Sewing became a little trickier this week as we revisited threading needles and then using running stitch to join 2 pieces of felt together. 

Thank you to all of the children who did the mathletics homework last week. This week the homework is a comprehension to complete on Reading Eggs - we have been practising comprehension skills in Guided Reading this week. Well done too for all of the super reading that is being done at home. You are all reading stars. 

Exciting Science, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 27th Apr 2022 @ 9:55pm

This week we explored the question How do cactus plants survive in the desert with no water?

We started the session by looking at some huge cacti plants that Mrs Fletcher's dad has grown from seed. Careful observations were made and lots of discussions had.

Great fun was then had using water, kitchen roll and wax paper to investigate how cacti survive.

Ask your child to tell you what we did.


Thank you everyone for all of the amazing reading you are doing. It is so important to read as much as we can , it really is the key to everything.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend. 

Welcome Back, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 21st Apr 2022 @ 8:29pm

Welcome back to school and to the start of the summer term. It has been a busy week for the Pandas. They have started looking at books by the author Simon Bartram in English. The first book being looked at is Man on the Moon ( a day in the life of Bob) , the children have found out informaton from looking at an illustartion, they have written questions, listened to the story and written a character profile of Bob, In spelling the children have been looking at what happens to words ending in y when you add the suffies -ing, -ed, -er and -est.

In maths the children have been brushing up their addition and subtraction skills as their warm up activities and  then have been learning about fractions. We have started our new geography topic by looking at physical and human geographical features. Our new DT projet has begun and lots pf fu was had as all of the children tried their hands at sewing , learning how to do running stitch. 


Thak you to the parents who came along to the SATs meeting tonight . The PowerPoint has been uploaded onto the class website page and is also on Google Classroom.

The new subject organiser and time table for this term have also been uploaded. 

Year 2 Trip, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 11th Mar 2022 @ 2:59pm

We had another wonderful trip yesterday when we visited the Preston Gujarat Society.

We were in awe of the beautiful ceiling and enjoyed learning more about Hinduism in a working temple.


World Book Day 2022, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 3rd Mar 2022 @ 4:27pm

What a wonderful day we have had celebrating world book day !

The day started with a whole school assembly to introduce the teme and to share a story we wrote as a school in 2020. It was also when the stimulus for this year's whole school write was revealed. Our youngest children, the Lions  started the story and it was then emailed from class to class to be developed. It finally reached year 6 this afternoon and they proofread the story and then added to it. At 2.45 we met back in the hall for the world premiere reading of The Magic Potion. Wow !!!! What a story! Well done, again Longton. Please take some time to share the story as a a family and to ask your child which part their class wrote.

Every class has met up via an online meeting with classes at Barden Primary School in Burnley and Reception and Key Stage 1 have had a visit from Librarian Tom.

At Longton, as well as the World Book Day voucher we like to give the children a book as a gift. Your child will have a lovely book in their book bags this evening. Please enjoy reading them. 

Hello Pandas, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 2nd Mar 2022 @ 10:28pm

Hello Pandas I hope you are looking forward to our visit to The Hindu Temple next week as much as I am. I am looking forward to being with you on Tuesday too for our writing session. Well done to the children who read in church this week , you were amazing.

Your homework is on Google Classroom- it is all about verbs, doing words.

Mrs Fletcher 

Welcome Back, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 23rd Feb 2022 @ 3:05pm

Welcome back to school Panda's. I hope you all had a lovely half term break. Miss Eglin has now joined our lovely tribe and is working hard to make learning fun for you all. I will be popping in to see you all and also to do writing with you on Tuesday afternoons.

Your homework for this week is on Google Classroom and is a revision task in Maths.

The new subject organiser for this half term is now on the class page . 

Have a great half term, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 11th Feb 2022 @ 1:46pm

Pandas, you have had an amazing half term . You have worked hard , had fun and of course we had our wonderful trip to Manchester Airport.

Next term Miss Eglin will be joining our teamafter half term and I know that she is looking forward to it very much.

Make sure you all have a great break and I am looking forward to seeing what you have been up to in your holiday passports. 

Safer Internet Day, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 9th Feb 2022 @ 10:44pm

Tuesday 8th February was Safer Internet Day. The Pandas took part in a Vtes for Schools discussion. They discussed the question  Is the Internet bad for friendships?

They reached the conclusion that the internet is good for somethings but it is still better to play with people face to face. Our discussion went on to playing games online with people that we do not really know and how we have to make sure we are safe.

This lead to us watching the first episode of a series of internet safety stories called Hectors World where we learnt about not giving our details online to people we do not know. If you would like to share the rest of these stories with your chld this is the link. 

episode 1

episode 2

episode 3

episode 4

episode 5

episode 6

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 6th Feb 2022 @ 3:07pm

Today in assembly on Tuesday we talked about, animals and how they are the same and if they work well together. The animals we saw were penguins, dolphins and whales, zebras and ostriches and a crocodile and a bird. We also talked about when it’s important to work together.


Our Thursday picture news assembly asked the question ‘What type of events do you think deserve a celebration?’ This question came about as the Queen announced a special competition ahead of her Platinum Jubilee later this year.  On the 6th February Queen Elizabeth will have reigned for 70 years!

The competition is to design a pudding.  There will also be a 4 day bank holiday in June and other events too.  We all like celebrating birthdays and weddings and fireworks.

Super Research, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 31st Jan 2022 @ 8:59pm

Well done Panda's you really impressd me with your IT skills today. You all did an amazing job logging onto your chrome books and then researching famous landmarks in Europe. 

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Jan 2022 @ 10:48pm

In our assembly on Tuesday, we talked about a picture and how old it was and how we knew it was old then Mrs Catterall told us a story about the boy in the old picture. Next, we saw a picture of a light  bulb, then an old film projector, after we saw a picture of a phonograph and a gramophone. We then discovered that the boy in the first picture was Thomas Edison and he invented all of the other items in the pictures. We discussed how he would have needed to work hard, that there would have been failures along the way but he kept going. We reflected on when we have had to be like Thomas Edison today and how if we come across something which is tricky or hard work we shouldn’t give up. 

In our assembly on Thursday we talked about Rose off strictly come dancing and how well she did because she is part deaf. We also talked how many people want to learn sign language. This is in the news because people were voting for it to be recognised as an official language in law. We also asked if anyone knew any parts of sign language, year 3 and year 4 performed the rainbow song to the school, they have been learning it during their LPS+ lessons. We also talked about which is more important touch, sound, smell, taste, hear or sight.

Lucie and Evie

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 23rd Jan 2022 @ 1:48pm

In our assembly on Tuesday we focused on dreams and goals. We are learning to face the big fears of our mountains / challenges. We read a story about a rescue dog that helps in the cold misty mountains and a little boys life, that story taught us not to give up.


On Thursday we had our picture news assembly with the question - is it ever fair to treat others differently because of their looks? We discussed that a Chinese footballer had to cover up his tattoo and he had no choice. We also thought about other jobs like nurses, soldiers and chefs etc. We talked about how it’s not right to judge people by their looks or their culture.

Lucy year 6

Manchester Airport Trip, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 20th Jan 2022 @ 4:37pm

The Pandas have had a wonderful day visiting The Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport.

The trip was organised to enhance learning about ways we can travel to Europe and as part of our LPS+ curriculum to learn about future careers.

Well we certainly learnt about aeroplanes, we learnt about concord, DC10's just to name 2. We saw planes take off and land including the worlds largets passenger plane the A380. The pilots even waved to us as they taxied past. After our outdoor session we went into a classroom inside the front of a Monarch DC10. The children learnt about so many different careers linked to aviation such as pilots, cabin crew, air traffic control, the emergency services that are on site just to name a few. As we left the airport the children were very excited to share with their famlies today's exciting adventure. 


Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 16th Jan 2022 @ 3:09pm

On Tuesday in assembly, we were taking about what our Jigsaw lessons are all about - Friendships, how to be respectful, ways to keep safe,  working together as a team, how our bodies change as we get older. This half term our topic is all about dreams and goals. We also mentioned what we might want to do in the future for a job. We thought about how the journey to this might be a bit of a roller coaster, there can be ups and downs and sometimes people change direction to end up doing a different job than the one they first wanted.  But all the way we have to remember our learning powers to work hard and self improve, to show commitment, resilience and perseverance.


On Thursday our picture news assembly was all about the James Webb Telescope.  This is in the news this week because NASA have sent it up into space to find out what our Universe looks like.


I wonder if when we grow up we might get to go into space ourselves. Does anyone want to be an astronaut? Scientists, engineers, designers will all work together to design the space telescope, it takes a long time to create and test. These people both boys and girls will have had to use their learning powers like we talked about in assembly on Tuesday.

Superstar Storytellers, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 6th Jan 2022 @ 3:46pm

This week we have been using the story of Baba Yaga and the Black Geese in English to create story maps of the main events. Today the children watched a clip of Wilf Merttrns tellig his version of the story. As a class we worked together to pick out what he did to make his story telling so awesome, Then we had a go! We were amazing. Some of us have been videoed and lots more children will be soon. 

Homework, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 6th Jan 2022 @ 3:43pm

Homework this week has been sent home in the red book bags ( if they were in school), or the children's blue bags. It is a maths task based on equall grops which we were working on before the holidays and then again this week. It needs to be returned to school on Tuesday please.

Projects are due in again tihis term. please look at the subject organiser, on the class page on the website or on Google Classroom for ideas. The project doesn't have to be linked to anything on there it can be about a hobby, interest or even a favourite book or author. 

2022 begins, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 4th Jan 2022 @ 8:50pm

Welcome back everyone. It was lovely to see all of you this morning. Thank you for all of your lovely Christmas gifts.

The new term has got of to an amazing start . Today was very exciting as we got to meet Nutmeg, a guide dog and to learn about Braille on world Braille Day.

Christmas Party Fun, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 14th Dec 2021 @ 8:11pm

Today was Christmas party day and the children had great fun dancing and playing party games. Father Christmas paid a visit too. The children unable to join us today willl get their presents when they are able to join us in school again. 

Panto Trip, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 1st Dec 2021 @ 8:18pm

The Panda's all had an aboslutely amazing time watching Aladdin this morning. They enjoyed every minute of it. Every child had a favourite character and it was great to see them having so much time. We have also got lots of great dancers amongst us !

Trip to Blackpool to watch Aladdin, by Mr Pearson

Date: 1st Dec 2021 @ 2:46pm

Today the whole school got on 3 double deckers and travelled to Blackpool Globe Theatre pleasure land to watch Aladdin. We all had a fabulous time thank you very much to all our volunteers who came to help and to Anna for organising.

Another Busy Week, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 28th Nov 2021 @ 11:10am

The Pandas have had a nother busy week. They have finished their unit of work in English using 2 books they really enjoyed- John Patrick Norman McHennesy The Boy Who Wa Always Late and Dear Teacher.

In maths they have been busy learning about money using pounds and coins.

Sxience this week has been looking at what some animals do in autumn to prepare fr winter and what happens to leaves.

On their LPS+ afternoon the children started to lern British Sign Language with Mrs Woolley and Miss Lynch.

Next week is another busy week with the trip to the pantomome on Wednesday smething to really look forward to. 

Remembrance, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 12th Nov 2021 @ 10:29am

On Thursday the children continued thinking about Remembrance and why we remember. They started their work on Wednesday with Mrs Woolley and Miss Lynch learning about poppois and then making their own poppies.

On Thursday we joined in the Remembrance servie in the hall with the whole school and our VIP visitor Mr Turner form the Royal British Legion.

In class we continued to learn about World War 2 and learnt how to draw poppies.


Snow White production, by Mr Pearson

Date: 2nd Nov 2021 @ 2:23pm

A special treat for all the children today, Mrs Brown organised for a pantomime to come into  school based on Snow White. All the children had a fantastic time. 

VR Tour of the World, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 1st Nov 2021 @ 8:51pm

WOW What an exciting first day back!

This mrning the children had a wonderful time using virtual reality headsets to go on a tour of the world. They visited India, Italy, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Jordan and China. In each country they were able to explore a famous landmark such as the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, The Taj Mahal in India, The Great Wall of China etc.

This work linked with our Geography from last term when we were learning about the 7 continents. It has also enhnced our understanding of human features in geography and allowed us to use our English skills to write a recount.

Every single child in the class thought it was an amazing experience. 

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