St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

Mrs Beech at

School is now closed for the summer and will re open on Wednesday 2nd September. Stay safe.

SUGGESTED HOME LEARNING ACTIVITIES DUE TO CARONAVIRUS in the event your child is not able to attend school due to self isolation, illness or school closure.

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HOME LEARNING RESOURCES PER YEAR GROUP-please click the link below

Suggested home learning

 Class 2 suggested list for home learning.pdfDownload
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Children's University Activity Grid Spring 2020

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Pendle Leisure Activities for at home

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Class 2

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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 on the book ‘The Dragon Machine’ a real favourite! We read all about George and how he plans to take some rather mischievous dragons back to their home in the great wilderness. As always, we use the storybook as a spring board for learning all about language, vocabulary and grammar. Later on, the children will have a go at writing their own versions of this lovely story.



Year 1 will be learning about place value, mass/weight, 2D & 3D shape, counting and money and then multiplication (as adding the same number more than once) and division (as grouping and sharing). We will deepen our understanding as we explore using objects, maths learning aids, pictures and numbers. Please use opportunities as they occur to talk about money, shapes in the home and counting, backwards as well as forwards, for example count backwards as you come down the stairs starting at different numbers.


Year 2 will be learning about place value, mass, shape and then multiplication and division. We will continue to move from practical equipment to pictures representing number and then to written methods. By the end of this term, children should have quick recall of the multiplication and division facts linked to their x2, x5 and x10 tables.


Religious Education 

Families and Celebration and Following Jesus are our topics this term. In families and celebrations we will explore belonging to different families; our family, the school family, the family called the Church. This will develop into looking at special celebrations that take place in church including baptism. It would be lovely if a picture from their own baptism could be brought in to school. In our topic following Jesus we will look at Jesus’ first followers, the disciples. We will learn about key events in the days leading to Easter Sunday.#



IOur Science topic is all about Animals. We will be identifying and describing different types of animals and thinking about how we might put them into groups or classify them. Do they have fur or feathers? How do they move? Do they lay eggs or give birth? What sort of habitat do they live in? What do they eat? After half term we move on to learning about animal Life Cycles.



e begin this term with a Geography topic all about Hot and Cold places. We will study the globe and world atlases; learning the names of the 7 continents and 5 oceans. Listen out for the ‘Continents Song’ at home! We will use geographical vocabulary to talk about hot and cold places and will learn about the animals that live in them. We will also consider what life is like for the people that live in these places.



.Linked to our storybook ‘The Dragon Machine’- the children will be designing and making model dragons! We would ask you to begin collecting cardboard boxes and tubes of different sizes (no bigger than shoe boxes). Please make a little collection at home and we will let you know when to bring them into school. After they have made their dragons they will evaluate their finished work- what has worked well? How could they improve it next time?



 Building confidence in navigating the keyboard, saving and retrieving their work will be reinforced in ICT work. Children will be introduced to Coding such that programmes work by following precise and clear instructions. We will begin to create our own instructions to command actions. Using technology safely and respectfully will also be taught.



We will continue to build our fundamental movement skills, throwing, catching, running, jumping in PE. We will also develop our dance skills, including composition and performance to others. Please ensure indoor PE kit is in school with a pair of socks for the girls (who usually wear tights). PE lessons are on TUESDAY and THURSDAY. No earrings on these days please!



Our musical learning is based on Saint-Saens’ famous composition ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ this term. We will listen to different pieces; use musical vocabulary to discuss them and consider how Saint-Saens chose to represent the different animals.



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

Most Y2 children will bring home a list of words which will be tested in a dictation each Friday.

Reading books will usually be changed on a Monday and a Thursday and we expect children to be reading at home every day. Regular reading at home has a big impact on their overall progress. Please continue to record a signature and/or comment in their Reading Records when you have listened to them at home. Please be aware that occasionally, for reasons beyond our control, it may not be possible to change books on those given days. If this is the case, please re-read books for extra confidence and fluency or take the opportunity to enjoy a book from your shelf or the library that evening.

All Year 2 children will receive a weekly Maths sheet to complete. All children will receive the Class 2 Homework Grid too which has lots of ideas of activities children can do at home which are linked to our curriculum in class and will develop their creative and practical skills.



 Year 1 children will receive a new list of spellings each Friday to bring home and learn for a spelling test the following Friday.

As part of our ‘No-Nonsense spelling’ programme, Year 2 children will also get a spelling list on a Friday with words to look at and practise. These will be usually be assessed the following Friday but rarely in the form of a formal spelling test- we might just pick out a couple and ask them orally or include a few of them in a dictation exercise. 

You can help your child by testing them orally and encouraging them to copy out and learn their spellings at home. Suggest creative ways to do this; painting each word in different colours; making an illustrated poster of them or even writing them in spaghetti at the dinner table!



We love books and reading in Class 2!  Please support us at home by listening to your child read every day. 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. Choose books that you both enjoy; fiction or non-fiction; short stories or a chapter a night from a longer novel.




Our Year 2s will be doing their SATs in the middle of May. The children will be tested on their Maths and English skills. Please be reassured that we deliver these tests in such a way as to ensure it is not stressful for the children; you can find information and a short video about the SATs under the ‘Parents’ tab of our website.


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. 

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 2 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs De Carteret, the class teacher.

 Class 2 Long Term Plan 2020-21 FINAL.pdfDownload
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 Class 2 Long Term Plan Cycle B 2019-20 FINAL.pdfDownload
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