Topaz Class

Teachers: Miss Pennell and Mrs Wilson

Adults in Class: Mrs Loveridge, Mrs Lyddon, Mrs Davies and Miss Grainger

Topaz Class yearly overview 2023-2024

Topaz Class Planning Pathway Autumn 2023

Topaz Class Spring term learning pathway 2024

Welcome to Topaz Class! We are a Year 2 and Year 3 class. We have had a busy start to our new term and we are excited about the learning to come in our pathways for the year ahead. Please see the documents above for our yearly overview and our planning pathways. Please also keep visiting our class website page as we will update it fortnightly.

Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Children need a named water bottle in school and a named jumper/ cardigan and coat.

You will see that we have given each child a decodable reading book and record. Please bring into school each day so that we can hear them read and give them with a new book at the end of the week. We would also like you to show in their reading record that your child has read their decodable reading book 3x a week with you (once for decoding, once for fluency and once for comprehension). Children will also be able to bring home a book to read with you for pleasure at home. These can be changed on a Friday morning from our class library.

20th March 2024

Topaz class enjoyed a lovely afternoon, in the sunshine drawing pictures of our school grounds. We looked closely at things we could see in the background such as the houses and trees.

In PE we have been using the skills we have learnt over the term to play a striking and fielding game. The batter had to try and score as many runs as possible whilst the fielders, back stop and bowler had to try and get the batter out.

In our geography lessons we used the globes to locate the Equator, North and South Pole. We learnt that anything north of the Equator was in the Northern Hemisphere and anything south of the Equator was in the Southern Hemisphere. We then looked closely at a map to discover countries that are hot and cold in relation to the Equator.

8th March 2024

Topaz had a wonderful day out on our trip to Bristol Zoo Project last week. We linked our school science learning about animals to both our African Workshop and our exploring of the Zoo. We even managed to spot Meerkats which we found so exciting as it linked to our Meerkat Mail English text. They looked just like the main character, Sunny!

We have enjoyed world book day this week. We liked talking about the characters we had come dressed up as and the books they were from. We listened to stories when the teachers ‘swapped’ classes and had fun learning about books with the activities in class- the scavenger hunt was our favourite!

In Jigsaw, we have been learning about keeping our bodies healthy. This week, we focussed on the word ‘relaxing’, thinking about what it means and how it feels to be relaxed. We worked with a partner to rank the pictures from most to least relaxed and talked about the reasons why. We then discussed our own ideas about how we relax and why it is important.

We have been busy making some wonderful surprises for a special Sunday this weekend. Topaz can’t wait to show you the real things, but here is a peak at us making them.

22nd February 2024

Topaz class have had a brilliant and busy first week back to the new term. We have started our new unit in PE – striking and fielding. We talked about the roles of the batter and fielders and practised our rolling and underarm throwing.

In Geography we have started to learn about human and physical geographical features of the UK. We discussed features that were made by humans such as a road, buildings and bridges and physical features such as a cliff, beach and forest.

In our English lessons, we have started to look at the story Meerkat Mail. We have sequenced the story and thought about questions we could ask the main character – Sunny. Then we were able to hot seat Sunny. We are really enjoying this story.

2nd February 2024

In English, we have been thinking about our instruction text, ‘How to trap a wolf’. We have been working in groups to think of other ‘bad’ characters in traditional tales and how we could trap them. Now we have our ideas ready (which include trapping various wicked witches and wicked stepmothers),  we can write our own instructions using the structure from our model text and it’s language features.

In Jigsaw we have been focussing on ‘Dreams and Goals’. Last week we thought about ‘realistic’ challenges and how it makes us feel when we achieve something we know is hard, but in the end, possible. We looked at steps on a ladder and how building small steps helps us to achieve something big. We worked in groups to meet the challenge of learning verses from ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ or learning the numbers 1-10 in Mandarin. We created our own steps and the reported back about what things other people did to help us achieve our goal. We were very proud of what we did!

This week, in Jigsaw, we worked on our ‘Dreams and Goals’ imaginary bird in groups. We talked about what made our group successful and how we dealt with any problems. We thought carefully about what things other people did to help us reach our own goals and what we can do for ourselves.


19th January 2024

We have been enjoying using the Rekenreks in maths during our Mastering Number sessions. We have looked closely at  how using ‘5 and a bit’ helps us to use numbers confidently and helps us to spot patterns.

In our other maths learning, we have been learning about fractions- recognising and finding half and recognising and finding a quarter. We have used paper, shapes and a range of manipulatives to help us solve fraction questions.

In English, we have enjoyed reading and learning our Red Riding Hood text. We have learnt the story with role play, actions and a story map. We have also now made our own changes to the story to make it our own. Today we ‘boxed up’ our plan so that we could write our own Red Riding Hood story next week.

Our Author of the new term is now Oliver Jeffers. We have enjoyed reading some of his books this week. If we have any at home we can bring them in to share!

15th December 2023

In maths, we have been learning how to add 2 digit numbers together. We have been using base 10 and other manipulatives to help us.  We have also been practising our number bonds as this helps us when we are adding.

Class Showcase

We really enjoyed showing our parents, grandparents and carers the wonderful learning we have done this term during our Topaz showcase. We were very proud to talk to them about the learning that has taken place through the autumn term across the curriculum.


Christmas activities

We really enjoyed making hats ready for our Christmas lunch this week!



7th December 2023

We have had a very busy couple of weeks in Topaz class. We have been working hard practising our Nativity play and we can’t wait to show you all next week.



In Art we have been learning about Vincent van Gogh. We learnt about his life and the types of paintings he made. The piece of artwork we studied was ‘the Starry Night’. As artists we looked at the techniques he used and tried to replicate them in our own artwork. We noticed that Vincent van Gogh used small brush strokes and used straight and circular lines to create movement.

Here is some of our fantastic artwork.



In Maths we have been adding and subtracting. We started with number bonds and this week we have been looking at 10 more and 10 less. In pairs, using 10 more/less questions we played a whole class game of bingo! We used 100 squares to help us.


Our author this term is Jeremy Strong and we have been enjoying reading some of his books. We really loved ‘Chicken Licken’ even though it did not have a happy ending! We are now reading a chapter book ‘The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog’, we think this one is very funny and look forward to a chapter every day.


We have been lucky enough to have some students from Ravenswood come into school to work with us. They have been setting up sport activities that we have all taken part in and enjoyed the experience of meeting new friends.


This term in PE we are doing Dance. The last 2 weeks we have been creating a dance called ‘Secret Garden’. We have been moving and dancing like bees and other garden creatures. We have been using 8 counts to make a sequence of movements and are developing our mirroring skills.



Our author of the term is Kes Gray and we have enjoyed learning about some of his books. We have especially enjoyed ‘Oi Frog’, predicting the endings of each page using rhyme.  Please talk to your children about this author and find out which book is their favourite. Maybe they could find a Kes Gray book in the local library or at home and bring it in to show us.

In phonics each day, we have been re-visiting our Year 1 sounds as well as learning our new sounds for Year 2. Please look for the sounds cards and CEW cards in your child’s book bag to continue the practice of these at home.

We have started our new scheme ‘Jigsaw’, and the children have already been talking about worries, hopes and fears they might have in a new class and how to overcome them. We have talked about responsibility and the children really enjoyed talking about actions that are ‘responsible’ and which ones are the MOST responsible. Maybe at home they could think about ways they are responsible or how you could encourage them to be responsible around the house. We’d love to hear them report back at school!



In maths we have been looking at partitioning numbers and place value. We have been using the new rekenreks to help us find doubles and near doubles.


In English we have been looking at features of non-chronological reports. We have been learning how to use ? and ! to keep our writing interesting for the reader. We have been learning some fascinating facts about monkeys!



We have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We have been using our reading time to look through books (both non-fiction and fiction) about the Great Fire.

We looked and handled some replica artefacts. We were a bit shocked by the bucket!

“It isn’t very big”

“It’s soft on the outside and furry on the inside”

“I think the water will leak out!”


We have been exploring colour mixing. This week we have been creating a background for a Great Fire of London scene. We looked at some different art work that portrayed fire. We had mixed views on what we thought. Some of us thought that the more realistic art works were better, but some of us preferred the more abstract art.

We can’t wait to show you our finished pieces!


To celebrate harvest, worked in groups to make ‘Being Thankful’ wreaths.

We thought about things we were thankful for. We enjoyed walking down to the church and sharing them as part of our Harvest Service.


We are really proud of the non-chronological reports we have just written. Based on our model text, ‘Monkeys’, we created our own monkey and became the experts of it. We then wrote about what it looked like; what it ate; where it lived and how it behaved. Our monkeys were very interesting creatures!


We have been thinking about what Christians learn about God from hymns and stories. We talked about how  a Christian might describe God and talked about him being friendly; loving; forgiving; creative; powerful and caring. We worked in groups to make posters of this.

This week, we had a First Aid workshop where we learnt about CPR and what to do in  emergency.  

In RE, we have been learning the ‘Big Story’ of Jesus’ birth. We have been acting out parts of the story, thinking about: What surprised us? What interested us? What puzzled us? We have also made our own 3D scenes of the nativity scene.