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Riddlesden St Mary

Our Autumn 2 Journey

View our curriculum web to see what we will be learning this half term. 

autumn 2 half termly curriculum web.pdf

 View our homework activities for this half term linked to our topics. We hope the children will enjoy completing these activities and look we forward to seeing the children's amazing work.

autumn 2 homework.pdf

 English and Topic


In English we have been reading the text Florence Nightingale. We carried out some role-play. We stepped into the role of Florence Nightingale and carried a lamp as we checked and cared for the wounded soldiers. We stepped into the role of the nurses and got busy cleaning the hospital!



To help make predictions about the text, we looked at some props to give us some clues about what the text might be about. We shared our predictions. 


We set the classroom up as a Victorian classroom. We sat in rows facing the front. We used black card and chalk to sketch images of Florence. It was a fun afternoon!


One Day Creative- Florence Nightingale Workshop

Bees and Dragonflies were able to take part in a workshop with One Day Creative. We had fun learning about the life of Florence Nightingale in a fun and interactive way to end our topic for this half term. We were able to use our acting and drama skills to step into the role of Florence, the soldiers and nurses. Clem, the facilitator, took us on a journey as we travelled through time. We freeze framed certain parts of Florence's life, played some games, took part in a quiz and took our acting to the stage! Clem was amazed by the amount of information that we knew about Florence- well done year 2, he was certainly impressed!


No Pens Day!

In year 2, we enjoyed a day of team building and paired work to solve problems without using a pen! We brought Florence Nightingale to life by following a play script and using our amazing acting skills. We became nurses, soldiers, Florence and narrators. Bees enjoyed creating some wonderful winter art and Dragonflies enjoyed making Christmas decorations. 







This half term, we have been learning about why Christmas is important to Christians. We thought about how Mary felt when she heard the news that she was going to have a special baby. Take a look at our shocked faces!


We sequenced the Christmas story!

Mrs Hesselwood came in to teach us about Advent through Godly Play. It was great!



In science this half term, we have been learning about the importance of having a balanced diet, keeping fit and healthy and about good hygiene. We carried out an experiment to show the importance of keeping our hands clean to prevent the spread of germs. 

1. First, we put our finger in a bowl of water with pepper in it. The pepper represented germs. We noticed that the pepper (germs) stuck to our finger. 

2. Then, we put some soap on our finger. 

3. Finally, we put our finger back into the pepper. We noticed that the soap chased the pepper flakes (germs) away! This helped us to see the importance of washing our hands!

Why don't you try this at home? 


This half term we have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We used lolly pop sticks and art straw to create our own 2D and 3D shapes.