25th March 2018
In preparation for our class assembly – here is the song the children are performing. Click on the link to have a listen.
16th March 2018
PLANTS – How do they grow?
Below are the links to the information PowerPoint about their growing bean plant and a time lapse video showing the growth over a period of time. Perhaps you could have your own PowerPoint or tie lapse video of your bean plant?
15th March 2018
PALM LITURGY SONGS
9th March 2018
A VERY BUSY WEEK
A very busy week, trying to catch up after the ‘Beast from the East!’ Children have been working exceptionally hard, we have got a lot done this week. I hope all the mums like their personalised cards and mini-book. It was great the hear hope much the children love and care for you mums – they all put a lot of thought and effort into making them personal and special. We have been working hard with time and money this week, two aspects of mathematics that need lots of time (pardon the pun), effort, practice and patience. The children have bee giving it their all solving problems and improving each day. Next week, is Science Week, where we can really get into the topic. The children are going to become young farmers and will each be given the responsibility of growing their own vegetables. We will record which germinate first, how often they are watered to see which plants grow quickly, and which need a little more time. We continue into Lent and have been rehearsing for the Key Stage 1 Palm Liturgy, which is on Thursday 22nd March, from 2:30pm. We also have a class assembly coming up to celebrate Holy Week, on Tuesday 27th March at 9:05am, where the theme is ‘The Garden of Gethesmane’. There are a few photographs of the children solving money problems below.
1st March 2018
THE BEAST FROM THE EAST!
Just a few pictures of the children LOVING the snow! Despite the cold temperatures, the children enjoyed building and creating in playground!
10th February 2018
CASTLE ON THE HILL!
The children enjoyed a wonderful day out at Clitheroe Castle. Firstly the children built motte and bailey castles from sand, stones and lollipop sticks. The children created all the different features you will find on a castle. They put the work in class to good use in the sandpit. Following this children were treated to a tour of the keep, where we were told about the history of the building and how it has been used throughout history. After a quick lunch break, the children were told the story of the ‘Clitheroe Dragon’ and were challenged become ‘dragon slayers,’ learning distinctive moves to learn the trade. The children have really enjoyed learning about different dragons and where they can be found. In class, the children have done follow up work, creating their own dragons and with their own features. The children have also completed work on Purple Mash, creating their own stories and dragons. Work will be sent to Clitheroe Castle to go up on display.
13th January 2018
RSPB BIG SCHOOLS BIRD WATCH
Each time this year the RSPB ask schools to create a Schools Big Bird Watch. The purpose is to gather data on the different species of birds around the UK. Over the last few years, the population of many well-known birds are on the increase. Year 2 Parlick Class, did their part to add to the data and support the different species of birds around school. The children have had an incredibly busy week, learning about different birds, setting up and completing the big bird watch. The children set up the classroom, creating a window bird hide, as well as searching for birds in the Millennium and around the school grounds. From measuring, slicing, cutting, creating posters of different birds – the classroom was set up ready. Children also made bird feeders from water bottles, and have placed them around the school grounds. On a weekly basis, the children will continue to fill up the bird feeders and support the local wildlife. The class have ended the week with more knowledge ad appreciation of the local wildlife and the importance of looking after them.
1st December 2017
The children have really enjoyed their topic work this last week. They have been creating mini-booklets, Power Points, measuring the length of some of the biggest animals in the world and classifying them into their groups. The children are very much aware that spiders are not insects, but trying to say arachnids clearly, is a hard enough task for any adult. The children have bee so happy to show off their understanding to anyone that dares ask – or even give an opinion of animal groups – don’t ever confuse a whale or a dolphin for a fish! “Fish have gills and are cold blooded.” On child kindly told Father Sony. The enthusiasm for learning has been infectious and many adults around school have commented on the enthusiasm of the class.
BORN IN A BARN SONGS
MULTI-CULTURAL ART AT UCLan
Year 2 have been invited by the University of Central Lancashire to form links with a school in Taiwan. The children went along to an art exhibition done by children from the country, based upon their aboriginal community and heritage. The children got to meet the curator of the exhibition, learning about their future friends and life in Taiwan. The children had a fantastic day and have already created a piece of art to send to their new friends in Taiwan, telling them a little something about themselves. The curator, along with locals from the Taiwan community are due in school in time to send christmas cards to our new friends in Taiwan. What a wonderful opportunity for the children to create links with other children around the other side of the world!
Children have been developing their understanding of SPaG, with a particular focus on nouns and adjectives for this term. They found many different ‘items’ and ‘places’ around school.
LEARNING ABOUT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL
TO HELP OTHERS, AS JESUS TAUGHT US TO: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Mat 7:12
ST.FRANCIS FEAST DAY
4th October 2017
What a day the children have had! After a morning at church to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis, where Year 2 took an active part in the offertory procession, supporting Year 2 with the statue of St. Francis, they joined KS2 in all day RE workshops. It is important for the children to learn about the impact Saint Francis has had on the Catholic community. From looking at being stewards of the earth, creating prayers to Saint Francis, signing a pledge to our continued support for the Pope’s Laudato Si and creating hand-prints for our tree display, to show we are the hands of God on earth. The children learnt about what we can do to make the school, community and world a better place. The children were so grown up and asked some incredible questions about the days events. A very successful day in honour of our inspirational Saint.
HISTORY OF ST FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Maths More Than Less Than Game Link. Have a go – have fun and learn!
click on the link above to access the website and play the game.
A FOX’S TAIL!
Year 2 have had a great start to the year. The children have loved performing chapter 3 of, Fantastic Mr Fox. This was followed by a retell of the chapter to create ‘A Fox’s Tail.’ Further pictures to follow.
YEAR 2 CURRICULUM MAP – WHERE WE LIVE
WHAT A SCHOOL YEAR WE HAVE HAD!
The end of the school year is here, and it has gone bye so fast! The children have been incredible and I have enjoyed every minute. Looking back at the posts from the months gone by, the children have doe so much and had such an enjoyable time in school. The children have moved onto Year 3, prepared for the juniors. They have developed a good grasp of maths and English, and developed lots of art, sport and general knowledge that the creative curriculum gives them. I wanted to say a big thank you to all the parents who have supported the children at many events throughout the school year, as well as all the homework and reading the children do at home. Thank you for all the end of year gifts, they are very special. Good luck in Year 3. Here are a selection of pictures from their time in Year 2.
TOAD OF TOAD HALL GETS HIMSELF INTO MISCHIEF!
The children are excitingly working on an incredible English/Art/DT project in class – creating a cell from a shoe box ( designed with their own accessories) with a bucket, stone floor and bars from straws. The children are also in the process of designing and sewing their puppet Mr Toad to go within the cell. Joining Mr Toad in this cell is a one-hundred year old letter ( that the children have created and tea stained) Mr Toad has written to Ratty in a desperate plea to escape the jail. The children have had so much fun linking their writing to Art/DT – what a great way to learn! More pictures to follow.
4th June 2017
The children have been learning about the coming of the ‘Holy Spirit,’ which is understood as the, ‘beginning of the church.’ The children have been acting out the story and creating some fantastic writing to go onto the RE display ( as you can see from the pictures below.) The children have shown an excellent understanding of the importance the first disciples had in spreading the word of God, and how importance it is for us to be like Jesus and, ‘treat others as we like to be treated.’
D’ OWN THE FORD-NATURE WALK
Year 2 took an exciting trip down Ford Lane this week, investigating the art work you can get from water. The children have been investigating the ripples and reflections in the water – what better way of doing this, than going on a nature walk to the ford and the stream. The children worked in small groups to create their own masterpiece. Luckily, the weather was fantastic, for a fantastic group of children. I am very proud of the excellent young people they are becoming. It is a pleasure to spend this time with them.
Following the investigation of finding wild homes for animals – the children were keen to go out there with ‘pooters’ in hand to find MINI-BEASTS! Searching high and low, armed with tally tick lists, with pictures of mini-beasts and pooters – the children set about the ‘Wild Wood’ to what hat they could find. The children found a host of different beasts; from millipedes to worms -the children had a great time investigating.
We were quite surprised at how easy it was for the children to find so many little creatures. We were most successful in the moist areas of the woods, usually, under rocks and tyres. This has helped set up a science experiment to determine the types of materials mini-beasts prefer, as a hiding place. We will leave the different materials out for a period of two weeks – to come back to – to investigate.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS!
The children are enjoying their topic, ‘The Wind in the Willow’. The famous book is fast becoming a huge hit inside and outside the classroom. The children have been investigating the ‘Wild Wood’ at St Francis, in the search for natural homes for animals in our local environment. The children found many clues that there is plenty of wildlife in our very own ‘Wild Millennium Wood.’ From animal droppings to nests – it was a great afternoon of investigating.
24th April 2017
LA LUNA DIARIES!
Children have enjoyed writing about the Disney, Pixar short film La Luna. A fantasy story about a young boy and his first day at work with his family. The children were set the task of creating ‘expanded noun phrases,’ with a focus on using emotive language in the form of a diary. They have produced some fantastic diary entries, looking at the perspective of the young boy. The children in Year 2 love writing and being creative with their words.
SCIENCE WEEK 2017
The theme for Year 2 Science Week was ‘The Senses’. Learning about themselves, their own bodies, comparing them to that of a host of different animals has led to some very interesting science investigations this week. From the ‘Jelly bean Taste Test,’ Identify This Sound,’ and ‘The Box Game,’ children have enjoyed investigating and learning new things. The children found out just how important our senses our and having these senses make us aware of the world around us. We also found that that bees smell with their feet; how strange!
The children have really enjoyed the Plant topic. We have started by labeling and investigating different types of plants. This has included being able to dissect a daffodil ( donated from my kitchen). The children came up with a range of interesting adjectives to describe the texture, smell and what they had observed. With so much greenary surrounding school, sometimes it can be easy to appreciate God’s beautiful world. The children really enjoy being at one with nature. The children have decided they would like another investigation around the school and local area to compare the plants and wildlife they found in September, to what they can find at the start of Spring.
THE SCHOOLS’ BIG BIRD WATCH!
The children put their and my binoculars to good use this week, during the the school’s big bird watch. As part of a nationwide survey into the protection of British birds, Year 2 did their bit to support the survey. Having a bird watch window in school has helped support the childrens’ learning over the last month or so – in preparation for the big event. The children spent one hour observing birds around school, observing from the classroom and the cottage. This then included recording their observing with the use of an Excel spreadsheet. The knowledge the children now have of garden birds is astounding. We spotted over 150 birds in total, including a large murmuration of starlings and we were treated to watching a kestrel mid-hunt over Father’s garden. Here a large selection of pictures of the exciting day the children had.
Today the children created bird feeders in preparation for the up-coming BIG BIRD WATCH! We have recycled used milk bottles, searched for strong twigs and then individualised our feeders with pictures. The children then selected the best place for their feeder, based upon the observations we have done of the birds around school. The children are excited at the prospect of undertaking a BIG BIRD WATCH in class this week.
HENRI ROUSSEAU INSPIRED ART
Following the incredible ‘Big Write,’ the children have created layered rainforest pictures featuring a majestic hand drawn tiger, in the foreground, in the style of Henri Rousseau. It has been great to see so many parents popping into the classroom with their children to have a look at the art display. The children are very proud of their accomplishments! Well done everybody!
Parlick Class have been demonstrating their writing this week and next, as they have been taking part in a special writing competition. The story is based upon this video below. The challenge for the children is to a write a 500 word story on what happens next in the video.
We have had some incredible ideas from the children whilst they have been planning their writing. We have had a mix of fantasy type stories, along with stories that link to the children’s favourite books, such as; The Tiger, that came to tea. The children have demonstrated some fantastic vocabulary, and use of drama and dialogue. I the children and I look forward to completing the final pieces of writing this week. The competition winner receives £500 worth of book tokens for their school, but the real winners are the tigers. The incentive, set by the WWF is to raise awareness of the impending doom of the tiger. With less than 4000 tigers left in the wild, Parlick Class are doing their bit to take part and raise awareness.
https://www.wwf.org.uk/wildlife/tigers – Check out the website for information.
THEY WON’T STOP WORKING!
Frankie Rossall taking charge of a game of times table bingo! Whenever it is raining or too icy at break/lunch times, ever wondered what the children get up to? It often involves reading or colouring – but recently Mr. Rossall has been leading mathematical bingo, with the whole class. As part of the incentive to become Times Table Ninjas, the children have found their own ways to practise, at break times. It is great to see the children working collaboratively, supporting each others learning in their own time. Keep it up Year 2!
A MARVELLOUS MEDICINE FOR MISS. DEAKIN!
Miss Deakin had a morning to remember, courtesy of Parlick Class. After creating a potion, influenced by that of the class novel, Roald Dahl’s, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine,’ the children invited Miss Deakin to the classroom to test the potent potion. After feeling a little unwell over the course of the week, she was the perfect candidate for the potion. The children have been learning about the dangers of medicine, looking at who gives us medicines and for what reasons. The children, along with Miss Deakin, knew the potion was in fact a Red Bull energy drink. But, the children had both fun creating their own medicines and then delivering the placebo to Miss Deakin.
A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER!
The children really enjoyed taking part in their ‘Sparkle’ Christmas play. They performed exceptionally well. Miss Cheetham and I were really proud of their singing, performing and entertainment. It was great to hear such lovely feedback from parents. The children listened so well throughout rehearsals and worked exceptionally hard, to making it such a wonderful performance. I am looking forward to seeing the pictures and the video that students from Cardinal Newman College have created for the play. As soon as the school receives information about the finished video and photographs we will let you know. Thank you to all the parents and and grandparents who came to watch and who helped make any costumes – it is much appreciated. A big thank you also to Mrs. Stanley, who spent many an hour creating costumes for the children. All in all, a great day for the children!
SCIENCE AND MATHS INVESTIGATION
For our new topic, the children have been investigating how the body grows at different rates and how we are all very different. The children investigated, ‘The taller you are, the bigger your feet.’ The children worked in pairs to measure their height, and worked together to measure the size of their feet. They then arranged themselves in height order, followed by foot order. Here the children observed their’s and each other’s movements. Here they came to the conclusion, that just because you are tall, doesn’t mean you have bigger feet.
A NEW HALF TERM – A NEW TOPIC, A NEW BOOK TO INSPIRE!
To link to our new topic, FIGHTING FIT! the children have will read ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine.’ The children got their first look at the blurb and front cover. We then brainstormed what they think the book would be about.
YEAR 2 HIT THE ROAD!
PC Banks came into school this week to teach the children the importance of road safety. The children had lots of knowledge to share with PC Banks, who was very impressed with their knowledge. The children got to try out the brand new BMW’s, taking them for a drive around the school hall. The children loved the experience, as you can see from the pictures!
HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY OF ST FRANCIS
This week, Father Smith came into school to talk about his time here as a youngster. Having moved to the area from a young age, Father Smith attended St Francis Catholic Primary School as a young child. We were treated to pictures of the school whilst Father attended the school. Father also searched the archives to find pictures of the school as far back as 1918. A big thank you to Father for giving up his time to give the children some insight into what their school was like 50 years ago. We then used the pictures of the school that Father had given us and compared them to what the school looks like today.
Chapter 21 – ‘A Fox’s Tail/Tale. Here the children are using inspiration from the book and the film to come up a brand new chapter, where Mr Fox gets his tail back!
FOXY ART ATTACK!
The children in Year 2 have been busy acting out and creating a new chapter to the book, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox!’ With the book coming to an end, I discussed with the children, what they think might happen next. This led to many different engaging ideas, where Mr Fox would GET HIS TAIL BACK! The children then created a chapter 21, titled, ‘A Fox’s’ Tail/Tale’. Too go with the tail writing theme, the children have created wonderful fox and badger puppets, to support their story telling.
RE & SCIENCE
Care for nature and the environment!
The children have created a bird hide area in the classroom, observing our bird feeder in the school grounds. The children enjoyed finding and describing a range of different garden birds in the gardens. We also observed the resident collared doves and watched as a kestrel hovered over the church. It is great to see the children take such an interest and learn about their local environment and wildlife.
WHAT A WEEK WE HAVE HAD!
“Mr. Gilmour, this has been the best day at school ever!” The words that every teacher wants to hear. The way for children to learn is for them to enjoy learning!
The children spent the afternoon in our beautiful Millennium Walk exploring their local environment to link in with our topic ‘Where We Live.’ The children learnt about all the natural objects that grow in our environment. We then used our natural objects to create an art picture based upon an animal you would find in our local environment. Many pieces of artwork were heavily influenced the class reader, ‘Fantastic Mr.Fox,’ by Roald Dahl. Have a look at the pictures below to see the activity and pieces of artwork. The children and I were extremely proud of the artwork created; what a creative group of children!
RE – PILGRIM STATUE
The Pilgrim Statue arrived in school this week after a lovely hand-over assembly with Alston Lane Primary School. Each class had the opportunity to meet the statue, discuss it and create a piece of work. In Year 2, we did observational drawings focusing on the actions of the hands that represent God’s love or us; what a fantastic job they did!
FILLING UP THOSE FEEDERS!
The Wildlife monitors were busy this week filling up the new bird-feeders in Father’s garden. Father even came out to give the children a hand. The children in Year 2 are keen to develop the wildlife in Our Local Area ( linking to our topic) in preparation for the Big Bird Watch to come next term. The knowledge of the local birds and trees is rapidly developing.
An exciting week of drama and music!
The children have enjoyed re-enacting the story of baby Moses and looking at why Jesus chose his special people. They had lots of fun dressing up and performing. Following this the children confidently retold the story in their RE books and gave their opinions on the story. In preparation to play at St Francis’ mass next week, the children got their first look at glockenspiels with Mr Severyn.
FUN MATHS, AND PRAYER AND LITURGY DISPLAY
The children of Year 2 are starting to settle in nicely to the new classroom. To be told everyday that they ‘want to stay in class’ and ‘really enjoy learning’ is proof in itself. The children have continued to learn about adventures of Mr Fox and his family, they have shown excellent understanding and some inspired writing. They are also getting to grips with classifying nouns, adjectives and verbs.The children have been demonstrating and developing their understanding of number and place value through playing Maths games.
The children have also collaboratively created a giant collaged hand to represent their Pope Francis ‘5 finger prayers’. The children then went on to display their prayers and lead a class liturgy session with the focus being the ‘5 finger art work.’
TRIM TRAIL !! YEAR 2 GOT THEIR FIRST LOOK AT OUR NEW IMPRESSIVE TRIM TRAIL!! HOW EXCITING.
WIMBLEDON STARS OF THE FUTURE!
Every Monday this term, the children will receive specialist tennis coaching. To not only support their coordination, balance and agility, as well as having fun – the children might even find a hobby for the future!
It’s that time of year again when Harold comes to school to meet the children and teach them valuable life skills. The children love to meet him – Year 2 were no different. They particularly like the night sky in the van – something the children have requested for our new classroom! That would be very nice.
YEAR 2 LEARNING WALK ‘WHERE WE LIVE AND OUR ENVIRONMENT.’
The sun came out as Year 2 explored their local environment. We investigated the man-made and natural features within our local environment. We found a range of animals and plants, along with the neighbouring people and a post-man! The children enjoyed traipsing through the muddy field, crossing the ford bridge and meeting Charlie the dog. For some children this was their first venture beyond the Millennium and through the kissing gate onto the public path.
DOWNLOAD THE AUTUMN HALF TERM
curriculum-map-template – click on the link
WELCOME BACK YEAR 2!
YOU HAVE A BRAND NEW CLASSROOM!
7th September 2016 – Mr Gilmour has been working very hard over the holidays to create a new classroom for Year 2! We have an incredible discover area and learning walls ready for all the wonder work the children will produce.
Can you reach for the stars and get to gold?
Can you complete the math challenges?
Will your table be table of the week?
Have you got work to ‘bee’ proud of?
Police Road Safety
We had a lovely visit from two policemen today. They taught us about how to stay safe when we are in and around cars. We must always hold an adult’s hand when we are walking around cars, and we must never forget to buckle our seatbelt and sit nicely when going somewhere in the car! We even got the chance to drive some cars and watch out carefully for traffic lights.