St Nicholas' Primary School


πŸ™Œ End of Year πŸ™Œ

Marshmallow Challenge

Mrs Fennell set a fun challenge for P2. Each team was given spaghetti and marshmallows and their challenge was to see who could make the tallest construction. The efforts made by all the teams were amazing as you see!

Well done everyone! πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ 

🀑 Cocos 🀑

P2 had a great day out on our end of year school trip!


🧸🚜 P1 Visit Day 🎨🎳

Today we had some special visitors in P2.  Our P1 children came for a play date and had lots of fun.  It was a great afternoon... come take a look πŸ‘€


               πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ πŸ’¦    STEM   πŸ’¦πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘

We have been exploring the top ten uses of water πŸ’¦ . The children came up with some great uses independently.  We then carried out an experiment to test if a range of different materials were waterproof.  We also explored some appropriate adjectives and discussed a range of new vocabulary such as ‘absorbent, soak, sponge, waterproof, saturated and heavy’.... to name a few!!


       Happy Father’s Day 

🎲 Numeracy Dice Challenge 🎲 

The class worked with a partner problem solving and adding numbers within 100. They all worked so hard on the dice challenge that was set.  Well done 🎲 πŸ‘ 🎲 P2!

 βœοΈ Imaginative Writing on our class story - 

’Danny McGee Drank the Sea’ 

Take a peek at some of our masterpieces... πŸ‘€ 

Our New P2 Topic


 πŸ  PLAY 🐟 











β¬†οΈβž‘οΈ  NUMERACY ⬅️⬇️

P2 had fun today learning about DIRECTION and PREPOSITIONS.  They were given a team challenge! They took turns to provide verbal instructions to direct their team member to the  treasure πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’° 

Not as easy as it πŸ‘€ looks!

First we had a little practice with the Bee Bot 🐝 Robots! 🐝 

πŸŽ‰ Congratulations πŸŽ‰

 ... to our champion dancers Ellie and Lola   who both competed in recent competitions. Ellie for Irish ☘️ dancing and Lola for Hip Hop.. Fantastic achievement girls!! You are both Superstars πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

Literacy - Role-play

Today P2 acted out a familiar scene from a story we had been focusing on. Each child took on the role of one of the characters from ‘Troll Talk’ and got into role with their puppets.  Our main focus of the lesson was understanding how using different expressions can help us emphasise the meaning of what we say. Some of the examples we explored were sad, happy, scared and frightened.


The children really got into character and put on a great show for the rest of the class!    


🎭Hollywood Here We Come!! 🎭


πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹ P2 Butterflies πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹

Horray!! Over the holidays our colourful friends arrived! 

It was time to set the πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹ free in our Eco Garden! I don’t think the butterflies  wanted to leave P2 🧐 πŸ˜ƒ The children were VERY Excited!! 





                    πŸ¦‹ STEM πŸ¦‹

‘Making our butterflies fly!‘

We carried out an experiment to see if we could make the butterflies wings float using static electricity. The pupils thought of two ways that we could create static electricity using a balloon:

1. Rubbing the balloon on our jumper.

2. Rubbing the balloon on our head.

Our experiment revealed that rubbing the balloon on your head created the most static electricity allowing the butterflies πŸ¦‹ to fly!

πŸ‘ Thanks P2 Parents πŸ‘

Here are just some of the cool things we bought with our P2 challenge money πŸ’° 



πŸ¦‹ Our P2 Butterfly Trip πŸ¦‹

What a fantastic day filled with sunshine, laughter and excellent behaviour from everyone in P2.  The children had a fun packed, enjoyable day visiting the Butterfly πŸ¦‹ House to see an amazing collection of brightly coloured butterflies and other creatures/birds.  They also had great fun in the Maze trying to reach the centre and find their friends. We then ended the day with and lunch in the poly tunnel and more exercise in the play park admiring the beautiful peacocks 🦚 residents! 


We won the 2p/5p challenge!! Massive thanks to all our parents who made it possible!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Ethan is determined to make sure we don’t loose the 2p/5p challenge in our class! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

πŸ‘πŸ‘Super EthanπŸ‘πŸ‘



 πŸ¦‹πŸ•·πŸžMini Beast TopicπŸœπŸŒπŸ›

This week we have been busy introducing our new topic. The pupils in P2 have made an amazing mini beast garden collage for our corridor display, all their original artworkπŸ‘πŸ‘.  We have also been learning all about life cycles in preparation for our trip next week. We explored our Eco Garden in search of mini beasts and have been making symmetrical butterflies and caterpillars. A busy week for sure!!



Congratulations to Ellie in P2 for winning so many awards for Irish Dancing at the weekend. Fantastic achievement!!

NUMERACY - Measuring

☘️ Happy St. Patrick’s Day ☘️

Super proud of each and every pupil in our P2 assembly today. These tiny people delivered some very big lines with so much confidence! You were all amazing!! 

☘️☘️☘️ We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at 1pm for our ‘St. Patrick’s Day P2 Parent Assembly’. ☘️☘️☘️

βš–οΈ  Numeracy  βš–️

Weights - Measures - Capacity

This week we have been learning all about different standard and non standard measures. We have had fun experimenting with lots of different utensils and have been introduced to a range of new vocabulary, such as balance, capacity, volume, weight, more than, less than and equal.



🎾 Ball Skill Practice 🎾 

    πŸ“š Word Book Day in P2 πŸ“š

πŸ₯ž Happy Pancake Tuesday πŸ₯ž



 πŸ˜ P2 CLASS! πŸ˜

πŸ’•Happy ValentinesπŸ’•

and Birthday Wishes Amelia and Blake



100th Day of School

To mark the occasion in P2 we set the children a series of 100 second fun challenges. They had a lot of fun!

πŸŽ‚πŸ°Entrepreneurs WeekπŸŽ‚πŸ°

P2 would like to give a massive THANKYOU to HARRY RICE who popped in to see us today. Harry is a local entrepreneur from Downpatrick who opened his open bakery business ‘Lucy Annie’s’ over 10 years ago. P2 children really enjoyed interviewing Harry. They asked him lots of questions about baking, favourite cakes and yummy recipes!!  He also brought in a cake and decorated it in our school colours... it was amazing and the kids verdict was unanimous  πŸ‘ πŸ˜πŸŽ‚DELICIOUS πŸŽ‚πŸ˜πŸ™Œ





This term we have been working with money. To enhance our topic Mrs Bronagh Taggert, (ELLAS Mum P3)  from First Trust Bank in Newcastle, popped in to share some fabulous tips about money and how we can save.

Many thanks Bronagh from us all, the children loved the visit!


πŸŽ‰Happy Chinese New Year πŸŽ‰

2019 The Year of the Pig!

In P2 the children learned about the Chinese celebration. We played Chinese music and made cool dragons to celebrate.

πŸ‘¨πŸ»‍🦳Grandparents Day in P2!πŸ‘΅πŸ»

The children and their Grandparents had a lovely morning making cards in P2. Fayes Nanny also read the whole class a lovely story on the carpet which the children really enjoyed. Thank you so much Nannies and Granpas! 

Look πŸ‘€ who visited P2 on Friday!

Finn brought his two little friends to meet us... 🐹 🐹..they were a big hit with everyone!!


This week we pretended to be archeologists. The pupils challenge was to free the ‘lego men’ and their ‘money’ without damaging the artifacts.   Each group were given a large block of ice with frozen artifacts, legomen and/or money.  


Their challenge was to PREDICT the quickest way to free them from the ice either by:  1. Adding salt. 2. Adding vinegar.  3. Using a pick to chip the ice.

Our results showed; FIRST - Vinegar, 

SECOND - salt, THIRD - Picking tool. 



This week we have been looking at consonant digraghs ‘ch’, ‘th’, ‘sh’ and ‘wh’. To introduce the sounds, and make the learning fun, we worked in teams and played some interactive games.

WAU - πŸ‘… Our SensesπŸ–

This week we have been exploring the ‘5 senses’ - seeing πŸ‘€, hearing πŸ‘‚, smelling πŸ‘ƒ, taste πŸ‘… and touch πŸ– . The children had fun designing their own senses portrait for our classroom display. They also worked with their partners to explore one of the senses and report back to the class with their findings.

πŸŽ„ Merry Christmas πŸŽ„ 


We have been busy getting into the spirit of Christmas singing carols and making lots of festive decorations! Here is just a sample of our creative work so far. πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽΆ

πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰Barn Owls πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰

This term we have been learning all about barn owls. We talked about what they look  like and what they like to eat. We then did some research to find out interesting facts about owls. As a homework project the children all designed their own ‘Barn Owl Houses,’ their creations were fantastic as you can see!

            Amazing P2!    

πŸ‘€πŸ™‰ Look who made a surprise visit too...we never know what he’s going to be  up to each morning. Busy little elf πŸ™„πŸ‘€












Anti bullying Week 2018

This year the focus is on RESPECT. The P2 children have been respecting each other's differences by wearing their odd socks today.

P2 worked so well and had great fun during our PE lesson 🀸‍♂️on BALANCE....🀸‍♀️

Handling Data 


This week we tasted lots of different fruits. For some of the children it was the first time tasting them.  After our tasting session each of us then selected one favourite fruit. The information was then added to make our pictogram. Here are our results.

πŸ‘½πŸ‘»πŸ˜¨HALLOWEEN FUNπŸ€€πŸ‘½πŸ‘»

What an amazing day! The behaviour from the children  throughout the whole day was fantastic..keep it up P2! The children had a fun packed day filled with competition prizes, scary dancing and   lots of yummy treats! All the children made a fantastic effort with their costumes which were fantastic. Thanks Mums and Dads πŸ˜‰

Our Pumpkin Challenge Results

We have two winners!!

Our P2 trip to Castleward for the Applefest!

A fun day for P2! 

 We planted pips, made creative toffee apples, had an apple hunt and the children demonstrated their creativity making chalk blending pictures of apples.

What a busy day!!

πŸ˜±πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘½Halloween πŸ€‘πŸ‘»πŸ‘½

Some of our scary pumpkin creations...and some not so scary, such as Clara's pumpkin lashes! Fab!! πŸ‘€

Wow!! Look at Ethans magic bean. It sure has grown...😲🌱😁

😈Halloween Science Investigation😱

Over the last few weeks we have been introducing the children to some new concepts  and new language - estimating - guessing - height - width - length - tallest - smallest...


Our 'pumpkin challenge' is now underway! The children were asked to guess how many multilink cubes tall and wide our pumpkin was. They enjoyed guessing and we recorded each answer. 

We will be revealing the winners before the Halloween break!

Good Luck☘P2!


Phonics and Spelling

P2 have been working hard and having fun using coloured markers to write rainbow words and using our paint brushes to search for invisible words.


We went on an Autumn stroll through our Eco Garden.  The children were busy identifying signs of Autumn and looking for specific items to tick off their Autumn checklist.


This week we have had lots of fun repeating patterns  and making our own.

P2's Teddy Bear Day

Our Annual Village Walk

Introducing Numicon to P2

The children enjoyed exploring the relationship between number and shape using numicon.  They had great fun working in groups to count and match their shape grid.

Play Based Learning 

P2 children have settled in well and are really enjoying our PBL sessions in the afternoon....



We have had fun this week visiting our new topic on FAIRYTALES. We have been reading and watching 'Jack and The Beanstalk' and have been learning about plants.  The children have also enjoyed planting and counting their own magic beans. I hope they grow as high as Jack's did......

Fingers crossed 🀞


🌱 Beanstalk Observation Day 7 🌱

Today we observed how our magic beans were growing....some had grown a little more than others. The majority of our beans had sprouted tiny roots, which brought a lot of excitement to P2.  We recorded our findings and made predictions about how long each pupil thought their bean would take to reach the castle in their pot.

         Well done to our P2 Summer Sun            πŸ₯‡Competition winners πŸ₯‡

Art and Design

P2s creative rainsticks underway...... And here we have the finished products.  The children have had great fun not only designing but experimenting with their new instruments.  Music to my hears!!πŸŽΆπŸ™‰β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹


P2 had fun testing various materials to determine if they were waterproof or not.

Handling Data in P2

HOORAY... At last our BUTTERFLIES have arrived.  The excitement in P2 has been priceless!!...


Spring has last! Have you got your wellies ready P2? This term we plan to regularly venture into our eco garden to explore new life outdoors. We will be learning all about growth, life cycles and various minibeasts as well as their key features. We aim to visit the eco pond to observe the frog spawn and record their growth over the next few weeks. We will also become minibeast detectives, each completing a minibeast trail and recording our findings... busy busy bees! 


Just a little update on our hungry little friends.  They are nearly ready to be transported into their nets.  Take a closer look at some of our caterpillars who have developed in a pupa/chrysalis...

Exciting times in P2 as the process of metamorphosis is well under way...


Our P2 trip to

'The Tropical Butterfly House'.

A great educational trip filled with lots of fun... 

Life Cycle of a Caterpillar

Our class caterpillars are busy munching away growing bigger day by day...


Congratulations you were all amazing!Our P2 Spring Chicken's

Our Rocket Balloon Experiment 

This term we have been busy learning all about the planets, discussing what it would be like to live in outer space, to be an alien or an astronaut blasting into space. We also learned a lot about the first moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin which the children really enjoyed. Over the last few weeks we had a lot of fun reading and writing space poems and stories, painting space scenes, making rockets and playing imaginatively in our role play space centre. The topic generated a great deal of purposeful class discussions and helped the children formulate some fantastic questions which enhanced their understanding of the topic. 

Massive congratulations to  Ryan, Chloe, Gabbie and Katie - our little super star dancers in P2.  Fantastic achievement everyone!

In Numeracy this week we have been exploring measurement. We have been busy making predictions about the tallest and shortest pupil in P2. We also had a lot of fun tracing and measuring our feet using a variety of different measuring tools.

What more could we wish for 😁 in P2!

This term in P2 we have begun our new topic - Night and Day.  We will be learning all about the solar system and how the earth spins on its axis.  We hope to carry out lots of fun light experiments and predictions using torches and various materials. 


Digraph Games - what a great way to develop the children's listening skills, as well as how to work and negotiate as part of a team.


Our Money Topic 

We have been learning all about the topic through practical play based activities, adding a bit of competition to really motivate our young mathematicians.  

2D  and 3D Shape

We have been making colourful Elmer's.  The children had a lot of fun making them for our display. 


We have been busy getting into the spirit of Christmas singing carols and making lots of festive decorations! Here is just a sample of our creative work so far. πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽΆ


😊 Welcome to 😊

Mrs Karen Fennell's P2 class

 This term our P2 topic is 'Friends and Fairytales'.  We look forward to sharing all our learning and fun experiences.    

😱Happy HalloweenπŸ‘»

😈Halloween Science Investigation😱

Over the last few weeks we have been introducing the children to some new concepts  - estimating - guessing - height - width - length... Our 'pumpkin challenge' is now underway and will be revealing the winners before the Halloween break! Good Luck☘P2!



What an enjoyable day out at Castleward.  P2 had a busy, fun day learning all about the seasons, growing, planting and participating in fun arts and crafts.


Spanish Day!


This week P2 have been doing lots of practical work on patterns!


St Nicolas' PS Annual Sponsored  Walk 

Some snaps of our P2 children enjoying the fun!




We have had fun this week on our new topic learning all about 'Jack and The Beanstalk' and how plants grow.  The children enjoyed planting and counting their own magic beans... I hope they grow as high as Jack's did!