Welcome to St John’s Class


Our class is made up of 6 Year Two and 19 Year Three children.

Our grown-ups are Mrs Grindlay,

Mrs Cavallari and Mrs West.

Class Information

Exciting Events and Weekly News

ActiveLearnPrimary   Log in details can be found in your child’s literacy homework book.  More information can be found in the Reading & Grammar page below.

What we have been doing this week:

This week we have continued with our topic work by researching how people use and enjoy mountains. The children have been very interested in extreme sports!  We have worked in groups to create an information leaflet on the sport of our choice.  In science, we have continued our study of rocks by looking at the erosion process, specifically how glaciers, rivers, oceans and the weather affect the world’s mountains and affect changes to our landscape. 

In literacy, the children have started to learn our main narrative for this term which is taken from King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo. Our focus will be on creating a detailed setting description which creates a specific mood and encourages the reader to keep reading.   We really enjoyed Friday’s Comic Relief Mad Hair Day and were so pleased to see so many of the children being inventive and taking part. The children enjoyed learning about the good causes that will benefit from our fundraising so a big thank you to all parents/carers for your support. 

General Information

Home to School Book

Each child has a Home to School Book which eases the two-way communication between parents and our Staff. We use a child’s book to make parents aware of any specific events that have happened during any session or to make our staff aware of any events (good or bad!) that may have happened at home.

We believe in working in a strong partnership with our children’s parents and carers many of whom cannot always be at school for drop-off and pick-up. This book will enable daily contact with the teacher if desired.  An example of this communication may be a note telling the teacher that a child is going home with another pupil etc.  If you have entered a note into the book please make your child aware so that they can hand the book to the teacher at the beginning of the day.

Any absences, requests for a holiday or medicinal issues must still go through the school office.


Reading Records

If your child is in Year 3 they will have received a green KS2 reading record. If your child is in Year 2 they will have a yellow KS1 reading record.  This will still need to be completed either by the parent or the child to show any reading that has taken place – on a daily basis where possible.  If your child has read a particularly enjoyable book, we have book review templates here in school that they could complete and we will then display them in the classroom for other pupils to read. A link to this document is attached. KS2 Book Review Template

Class Timetable 2019

TIMETABLE 2019 Website Version

Autumn Term Reading Competition Winners! Congratulations to all participants who took part in our termly reading competition. It was a close race and I am pleased to announce that the winner was awarded a fantastic stack of new releases. Joint second place winners also received a book each and all participants were given a coveted St Martin’s bookmark.  Well Done to everyone who took part and I hope that we see many more entering during 2019. Parents – please make sure that you sign your child’s reading record otherwise the reading total cannot be approved and won’t count. Reading does not have to be the school reading books, all reading counts.

Parent Volunteers Required: We are currently looking for parent volunteers to help come into the class for an hour once or twice a week to help with individual reading.  If this is something that you would be interested in, please let us know.


Ordering the timeline of medicine


Investigating viscosity of liquids

Making bath bombs for our ‘Potions’ topic

Having fun acting out the story of Romulus and Remus


Look at our lovely potion bottles


Ready for battle!

Our Beautiful Roman Mosaics


Inspired Home Learning PREDATORS

Inspired Home Learning I AM WARRIOR



Our Mythical Stories – Spring 1







Curriculum Termly Overview

St John’s Class Curriculum Plan

St John’s Class Curriculum Plan Autumn 2

St John’s Class Curriculum Plan Spring 1

St John’s Class Curriculum Plan Spring 2


Parent Information

Termly Topic Homework Grid

Topic homework is a fantastic opportunity for parents to actively engage with their child/children’s learning.  Unlike the weekly maths and literacy homework, parents are actively encouraged to participate. By working together to create something wonderful it can not only increases their understanding of the topic but can also provide an opportunity to have quality time together which has been shown to be a key way of building your child/children’s self- confidence both in and out of the classroom.

Roman Topic Homework

Topic Homework Spring Term 2


Year 2 Maths Homework 

Learn Its number facts

CLIC Autumn 2

CLIC- Spring 1 – Please continue to learn these LearnIts during Spring Term 2

CLIC  this term will focus on areas for development, taken from class work.


The Parents’ Guide to Y2 maths 2016


Homework will be sent home on Wednesdays and is due to be returned on the following Monday at the latest. Your child will also bring home a copy of their homework in their homework book.

Your child may occasionally,  bring home homework that is tailored for their particular need.  Any additional copies of these are available from the class teacher.  

Homework links are provided for homework that is issued to the whole class.

Group 1 & 2 Homework Spring 2 Week 1 Year 2 Group 3 Homework Spring 2 Week 1

Group 1 & 2 Year 2 Week 2 Homework Group 3 Year 2 Week 2 Homework

Group 3 Year 2 Week 3 Homework Group 1 & 2 Week 3 Homework

Year 2 Group 1 Homework Spring 2 Week 4 Year 2 Spring Term 2 Week 4 Group 2 Year 2 Spring Term 2 Week 4 Group 3

The children will not receive any homework this week however, if you wish, please practice the times tables and division facts for the 2s, 5s, 10s.

Spelling & Literacy Homework




Spring 2 Week 1 – Homework will be issued in the books this week. A SPAG mat will be sent home with your child if they have not returned their homework book.

Week 2 Group 1 Literacy Homework Week 2 Group 2 Literacy Homework

Week 3 All Groups Literacy Homework

Year 2 Literacy Homework Spring 2 Week 4 Year 3 Literacy Homework Spring 2 Week 4

The children will not receive any homework this week.



Weekly Spellings 

Please ensure that your child has their spelling books in school on Mondays so that we can issue their new weekly spelling sheets.  They will also need their books on Fridays to take the spelling test.

Year 2 Term 2B Spelling OverviewYear 3 Term 2B Spelling Overview


Spellings Spring Term 2 Week 1

Spellings Spring Term 2 Week 2

Spellings Spring Term 2 Week 3

Spellings Spring Term 2 Week 4

Spellings Spring Term 2 Week 5




Reading & Grammar

Don’t forget to use your www.Activelearnprimary.co.uk log in and complete the tasks set by your teacher. Log in details will be sent home on Friday 12th January 2018

Bug Club Letter


KS2 SPAG Glossary

Year Two Grammar Glossary



Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

Think of ways to make reading fun – you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you’re both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren’t just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Think about books that will engage your child, perhaps related to their hobbies or particular areas of interest. For more ideas and example questions to ask your child when reading together, click on the document below.

Reading with your child prompts


Recommendations for reading books can be found at the links below. 

Reading List Link Recommended Books
Year 2  Recommended Reading List Year 2 Recommended books for Year 2
Year 3 Recommended Reading List Year Three Recommended books for Year 3




Mrs Grindlay’s Favourite Book of the Month for March is: 

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson

The Abominables

For more information and blurb check out the book review in St John’s Class or click HERE.  Why not let everyone know what you have been reading this month? Fill in a review and spread the word.

Previous Recommendations


jacket, The Hippo at the End of the Hall


Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Dwarves of Doom