John Paul Class
Welcome to John Paul Class’ page. I am Miss Ridley and I am thrilled to be teaching year 2 this year!
Homework is handed out on a Friday and should be back in school the following Wednesday.
Spellings will be given on a Friday and spellings tests take place the following Friday.
PE will take place on a Monday/Tuesday.
Our Learning -Autumn 1
This half term the children will be busy becoming STREET DETECTIVES!
In Literacy the children will have the opportunity to write recounts, letters to the local council and descriptions for local estate agents for their new and exciting properties on sale!
In Mathematics the children will be re-visiting number bonds, learning about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and sorting problems including money, shape, measures and data handling.
In History the children will be researching the History of the local area and looking at how things have changed and improved over time.
In Geography the children will be practicing their map making skills, looking at aerial and satellite images and learning to read maps and understand keys.
In DT the children will be learning to design and create models of buildings from around the local area (any donations old modelling resources such as boxes, tubes, yoghurt cartons etc would be greatly appreciated).
In Computing the children will be learning about algorithms in relation to following directions to move interactive objects along a map.
In Science the children will be testing out different materials to see which makes a stronger structure for a building.
Our learning - Autumn 2
This half term, the children will be learning all about towers, tunnels & turrets!
In Literacy we will be reading our exciting new story 'the princess and the white bear king'. We will be learning lots of amazing new vocabulary to eventually implement into our own creative stories!
In Maths the children will be learning about time, money, length, data handling & practising their reasoning skills.
In History the children will be learning the story of 'the gunpowder plot!' We will be learning about the tower of London and many other castles! We will be learning about timelines and the different parts of castles and how they helped to protect the people inside!
In Geography we will be learning about famous tunnels and bridges. We will be exploring some of the bridges that we see in our locality and making maps to show the bridges across the River Thames.
In ART and DT the children will be producing a fantastic piece of artwork to represent bonfire night and the story of the gunpowder plot! We will also be creating 'pop up cards' with various different mechanisms such as sliders and levers.
In Computing the children will be using their knowledge of algorithms to explore the inside of a computer game.
In Science the children will be carrying out experiments such as investigating which projectiles cause most damage to a castle wall!
Our learning - Spring 1
This half term, the children will be enjoying our new topic, Land AHOY!
In Literacy we will be learning all about information reports in preparation for writing our very own reports about PIRATES! The children have already been very busy at home researching lots of pirate facts in preparation for our Literacy topic!
In Maths the children will be re-visiting the different Mathematical concepts that they were taught in the Autumn term in order to build on and embed these skills. In addition to this, the children will be practising their arithmetic and reasoning skills.
In History the children will be learning the history of pirates and will also be learning all about the Mayflower ship that is, of course a huge part of the our local areas History. We will be commemorating the 400th year of the Mayflowers pioneering voyage to the USA and learning what life as a pilgrim on the ship would have been like!
In Geography the children will be learning to create maps! We will be learning about all different maps such as treasure maps, maps of the UK and maps of the world! The children will be exploring atlases to find different countries and seas and will be adding them to their maps using a key! We will be using these to map out Christopher Jones's voyage to America on the Mayflower.
In ART the children will be building on their sketching skills. The children will be learning how to use light strokes to sketch, use different techniques to create light and dark and will also be learning to shade in different ways! This will be in preparation for the children sketching a real life ship, the Cutty Sark!
In Computing the children will be creating a powerpoint presentation all about pirates!
In Science the children will be carrying out experiments such as investigating which materials are best to make a boat out of and whether changing the shape of an object affects whether it floats or sinks!
Our learning - Spring 2
This half term, the children will be enjoying our exciting and very messy topic, Muck, mess & Mixtures!
In Literacy we will be reading George's Marvellous Medicine in preparation for writing our very own fiction stories. We will also be creating instructions for a new and improved marvellous medicine! I wonder what mayhem this one will cause?
In Maths the children will be re-visiting the different Mathematical concepts that they were taught in the Autumn and Spring 1 in order to build on and embed these skills. In addition to this, the children will be practising their arithmetic and reasoning skills.
In Science the children will be carrying out many different experiments to learn about lots of different mixtures and will also be learning about the process of melting. The children will be enjoying some soapy fun too... I wonder which soap product will create the biggest bubbles? We will let you know!
In ART the children will be learning all about Jackson Pollock. They will be looking at his artwork and learning that he created art to depict the way in which he felt. The children will be exploring the idea that colours can represent different emotions and moods and will be creating their very own version of Jackson Pollock's artwork.
In History the children will be learning the history of the famous artist, Jackson Pollock.
In Computing the children will be learning about online safety and will be learning how to create music on the computers!