St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Welcome to our school website. We hope you find all the information you are looking for. Our statement to live by this week is: 'I know what humility means.'

Class 2

 Class 2 Spring 2019 newsletter.pdfDownload
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If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 2 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Honeyman or Miss Naylor, the class teachers.


 This term, our English lessons are based upon the children’s classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. What is your favourite Beatrix Potter tale? Jeremy Fisher? Mrs Tiggywinkle? Some of you will have Beatrix Potter books from your own childhood on the shelf, or you can find them in the local library to share with your children at home. You might even want to plan a day trip to the Lake District one weekend or at half term to visit the Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness-on Windermere or Beatrix Potter’s house in Sawrey near Ambleside to learn more about this popular author and her wonderful characters


 We will be focusing on number and place value this term, working with a range of practical apparatus. We will use place value to support our addition and subtraction. We ask for your support at home in helping your child to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.  When they are confident with this they can move on to saying the corresponding times tables


Religious Education 

Our themes are Families, Celebrations, Church, the Church family and Mass. We will look at Jesus being taken to the temple as a young boy and why this was a special occasion. We will then look at our own visits to church and the Mass and its’ different parts.


 Our Science topic is all about Everyday Materials, including wood, plastic, metal, water and rock. The children will name materials, they will investigate the properties of different materials and the use of different materials to make objects, their suitability.



 Our Geography is all about the 4 countries that comprise the UK. We will be looking at maps of the UK and then focussing on a different country each week; learning about aspects of its physical and human Geography. If you have any photos of family trips to UK landmarks we’d love to see them and show them to the rest of the class.



Our artwork this term will be inspired by our Geography topic; it will include pencil sketches of famous UK landmarks and drawings of landscapes. We begin in ‘England’ week with teapot designs!



 Gymnastics and games will be our PE foci this term. Please ensure indoor PE kit is in school with a pair of socks for the girls (who usually wear tights). PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays so remember NO EARRINGS on those days please.



As well as learning new songs for the Spring, children will have the opportunity to play instruments in this term’s Music lessons which will follow the Lancashire ‘Charanga’ scheme. 



 Building confidence in navigating the keyboard, saving and retrieving their work will be reinforced in ICT work. Coding and e-safety will also be taught.



 As last term, Year 1 children will bring home a new list of spelling words in their little red spelling books every Friday. These should be learnt at home in readiness for a spelling test the following Friday.

Some of the Year 2 children will also bring home a weekly list of words which will be tested in a dictation each Friday.

Reading books will be changed regularly and we expect children to be enjoying a book with someone at home every day. Reading at home has a big impact on their overall progress. 

All Year 2 children will receive a weekly English or Maths sheet to complete. Year 1 children will receive the more flexible and fun Homework Grid, to be completed as and when they choose.



We love books and reading in Class 2! Please support us at home by listening to your child reading
every evening if possible. When you have listened, sign their Reading Record and add any comments
you wish to make. Books and Reading Records should be brought into school every day and will be
changed on Mondays and Thursdays. This system allows for your child to read and re-read four books
a week. Re-reading is vital at this stage to develop fluency and confidence. The children have daily
phonics lessons and home reading is when they practise and apply their new skills.
Reading TO your child is really important too; this is how they learn about language and develop a love
of stories; information and imaginary worlds. If English is their second language, remember that
reading stories in your home language is equally important. If you haven’t done so already, how about
joining the local library? Barnoldswick library has a wealth of quality children’s books to choose from
and borrow.



As part of our  English project based on the book The Pirates Next Door, Class 2 visited Barnoldswick library where we listened to stories and songs about pirates. 

Dolphin Day

The children in Class 2 organised a bake sale to raise money to adopt a dolphin after learning about threats to dolphin survival in their recent topic. 

Long Term Planning



Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. We are currently in Year A of the two year cycle.

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 2 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Honeyman or Miss Naylor, the class teachers.

 Class 2 Long Term Plan Year A 2018-19.pdfDownload
 Class 2 Long Term Plan Year B 2017 - 2018.pdfDownload
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