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Welcome to the Year 2 Page!

 

The information below is for parents, carers and children to help them with home learning.

Every day, your child should be:

 

  • Reading (or read to) for at least 30 minutes.

 

  • Completing a writing activity for 30 minutes, e.g. writing a story, a diary, a newspaper report, a book review, a letter or a fact report. This could be about anything you find interesting: plants, space, the Romans, the Egyptians, science, countries of the world, food, computers, sport… the possibilities are endless!

 

  • Be practicing number bonds and times tables for 20 minutes.(They can do this using TT Rockstars. Log in details are in the homework books). 

 

  • Being active for one hour. Click below for some ideas on staying active:

 

Try out Joe Wicks on Youtube. A daily fitness lesson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKGNzNbWjU

Also try out:

https://app.gonoodle.com

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers 

Work for week beginning 6th July

Maths:

Time to shape up!

  • We are recapping 2D and 3D shape this week. The learning for this week is found on BBC daily lessons: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-and-p3-lessons The lessons run from 15 June- 19 June and cover all areas of shape. There are short videos to watch, a brief explanation of the learning and an activity to do. I have attached all the worksheets.
  • Try making some shapes using paper. Fold a piece of paper in half. What shape have you made? Now try folding it diagonally. What shapes have you made now? You can keep folding the piece of paper in different ways and then open it out. Draw around all the fold lines of all the different 2D shapes you can find. 
  • Have a go at making some 3D shapes. I have attached some nets, which are the 2D template for making a 3D shape. You can colour them in first and then cut them out neatly. Put glue on the tabs to join them together. You might need to get an adult to help you with this. 

Problem solving

Try the problem solving challenges here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvtcf82

They start easy and get harder….

 

Number bonds: 

WOW! Some of you have been working so hard and got loads of coins on Numbots. If you haven’t signed in yet, go to www.numbots.com and use your Times table rock stars username and password to login. Please let me know if you are having any problems with logging in. 

Writing 

Animal adventure.

  • You have been learning all about insects, habitats and animals in science. Let use some of that knowledge to write some adventure stories!
  • Listen to some of Rudyard Kipling’s Just so stories, which tell the tale of how the whale got his tail, how the leopard got his spots, how the rhino got his skin. Each tale starts with a problem that is solved. You can watch and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvMlVWRu694
  • Choose a picture of your favourite animal in a book. Draw it out and then label it. Describe what it looks like.
  • Then describe its character and personality. It could be a nervous frog, a kind ladybird, an angry penguin. What does your animal like? What does it do?
  • Look at the story mountain attached and think about what problem your animal might encounter. How will it solve this problem? Does it have any help from friends?
  • You could also write a poem about your animal- remember to use lots of lovely descriptive words. There are some ideas on writing poetry about big cats here: https://www.jamiethomasconsulting.com/post/day-37-big-cats-creative-ideas-for-home-schooling

 

Our spelling words for this week: suffix -y

We’re revising using the suffix -y to make adjectives. Adjectives are describing verbs and we can sometimes make them by adding -y to the noun (hair +y = hairy). If the noun is a short vowel sound, we need to add another consonant: so sun becomes sunny, fun becomes funny. If the noun ends in e, this is usually dropped before the y (bone becomes bony).

  • Funny
  • Nosy
  • Bony
  • Sunny
  • Smelly
  • Cheeky
  • Angry
  • Lazy
  • Guilty
  • Tricky

Reading

Carry on the the Beatrix Potter stories: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks1--ks2-tales-of-beatrix-potter-home/zv78f4j 

 

This week listen to the Tale of Gloucester and the Tale of two bad mice answer these questions:

3: The Tailor of Gloucester 

  • What special occasion was the tailor busy making clothes for? 
  • • What did the tailor leave out for the mice? 
  • What did Simpkin do with the mice one night?
  • How did the tailor know where the mice were the next morning? 
  • Why did Simpkin hide the thread? 
  • How did the tailor feel when he couldn’t finish the clothes for the mayor?
  • What did the mice do for the tailor? 
  • Do you think Simpkin felt sorry for hiding the thread?
  • How did the tailor’s luck change? 

 

4: The Tale of Two Bad Mice 

  • What foods were on the table in the doll’s house? 
  • Where did the mice live? 
  • Why were the mice excited when they got in the doll’s house? 
  • Why did the mice get cross before long? 
  • What naughty things did the mice do? 
  • How did the mice feel at the end of the story? 
  • What did they do to say sorry?
  • Do you think they really were bad mice?

 

There is a reading comprehension on Layers of the Ocean attached, which will help if you when you are looking at dependency and how different animals depend on their habitats to survive.

 

Remember that you can read any of the Oxford Owl books we have a school as ebooks here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-school/oxford-owl-ebook-collection 

There is a class login you can use. Username: stephens2  password: cake

 

Science

Dependency

What does it mean to be independent? What does it mean to be dependent?

This week we are looking at how animals and plants depend on each other to stay alive. Without plants and trees and their fruits, animals would have nowhere to live or no food to eat. They DEPEND on the plants and trees. The plants and trees also DEPEND on the animals, to eat their fruit and spread the seeds. There are many different links in habitats where all the different living things rely on each other.

Watch this short video on how plants and animals depend on each other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGxzFBRBwpg

There is also a powerpoint on the class pages to look through. 

There is a dependency sheet for you to do: choose your favourite habitat (desert, arctic, rainforest) and then choose the labels to describe how the plants and animals depend on each other.

ICT

Keep going with your coding! There are lessons and activities for block coding on espresso.

Go to: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk and login in using these details:

Username: student21346

Password: code123

Go to: discovery coding, block coding. Once you are in block coding choose lessons and choose year 2 starter unit.  Keep going from wherever you finished last week- go at your own pace. The lessons build on elements learnt in previous lessons, so it’s best to work through them in order. 

 

RE

The Good Samaritan

Read the story of the Good Samaritan, or watch it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zcyr87h

Who did not stop to help? Why didn’t they stop? Who did stop to help? Were you surprised at who helped? What would you do if you saw someone in trouble? What do you think it means to be a good Samaritan?

 

Art (linked to Maths)

Shape drawings: Find some different 2D shapes to draw around: triangles, squares, rectangles or other polygons. Draw around them. Try overlapping them at regular intervals and drawing around them. Can you make a repeating pattern? Colour it in: you can colour all the triangles you make one colour, all the squares another, or you can colour it in lots of different colours.

Tessellation: Earlier in the year we made repeating patterns called tessellations. You can make your own by repeatedly drawing around the same shape, placing the same shape side by side and turning it each time. This short video shows how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lg19NvW_sU

 

That’s all for this week!

Work for week beginning 29th June

 

Maths:

Measure length and height

It's time to practice your measuring skills again. There is a powerpoint on the year 2 class pages of the school website with 5 different lessons, so you can do one each day and there are also worksheets to complete.

You can watch a recap of measure here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zcbwr2p

Along with this, get practicing your measuring skills at home: 

  • Measure the height of everyone in your house. Can you order them from tallest to shortest?
  • You don’t even need a ruler! Use different things to do your measuring: you could use a spoon, a pencil or a stick. How many spoons long is your table? How many pencils high is your chair?
  • Draw around your foot on to a piece of paper and then cut this out. Use your ‘foot’ to measure things around the house: the height of the door, bath, sink, bed, sofa, TV, chair. Write down how many ‘feet’ high each one is and then put them in order from shortest to tallest. 

 

Problem solving

3 ball challenge

You can try this at home with 3 different colour objects.

  • Two children are playing with three balls, one blue, one red and one green.
  • They toss up the balls, which run down a slope so that they land in a row of three.
  • In how many different ways could the balls land?
  • How do you know you have found them all?

 

Bag of lollies

Sarah and Elijah had a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over.

Just as they had finished sharing them their friends Kishan, Hayley and Paul came along. They wanted some lollies too so the children shared them out again between all of them. This time they had two lollies left over.

How many lollies could there have been in the bag?

 

Keep practising your number bonds at: www.numbots.com 

Use your Times Table rock stars login details.

 

Writing 

Keep up with the superhero book

  • Work through the  booklet from page 10 onwards (or wherever you got to last week) to the end. There are lots of creative challenges to try in there as well!
  • Use your spelling words (see below) to write a diary about your day, like this:

Dear Diary,

Today I was busily doing my work when suddenly my brother burst through the door in tears. He had been riding his bike too quickly! Sadly, he had fallen off.

  • Try the adverbs worksheets attached and see if you can turn these words into adverbs:

gentle, simple, painful, hopeful, wise, most

Then put these words into your own sentences.

 

Our spelling words for this week: suffix -ly

We’re revising using the suffix -ly to make adverbs. Adverbs describe verbs and we make them by adding -ly to the adjective (cold +ly =coldly). However, if the adjective ends in y already (busy), you have to loose the y and replace it with -ily (busy becomes busily). 

 

  • Happily
  • Wildly
  • Busily
  • Coldly
  • Suddenly
  • Bravely
  • Poorly
  • Quietly
  • Quickly
  • Heavily

Reading

Listen to some amazing Beatrix Potter stories: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks1--ks2-tales-of-beatrix-potter-home/zv78f4j 

This week listen to the Tale of Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin and then answer these questions

1: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

  • What did their mother tell the four rabbits before she went out? 
  • What did Peter Rabbit eat in Mr McGregor’s garden?

• What happened to Peter Rabbit’s clothes?

• What different places did Peter hide?

  • How did Mr McGregor know he was in the tool shed? 
  • Which other animals did Peter meet on his adventure? 
  • How did Peter feel when he got home?

 

2: The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

• Where did Old Brown live?

• How did the squirrels make a sail for their boat?

• How did Squirrel Nutkin behave on each visit? Can you recall any of the

things that he did?

• How does Old Brown treat Squirrel Nutkin?

  • Did Squirrel Nutkin learn his lesson in the end?

 

There is a reading comprehension on Tigers attached, which will help if you are researching jungles or rainforests for Science (see below).

 

Remember that you can read any of the Oxford Owl books we have a school as ebooks here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-school/oxford-owl-ebook-collection 

There is a class login you can use. Username: stephens2  password: cake

Science

World Habitats

This week we are looking at different habitats around the world. There is a powerpoint attached that explores 4 different habitats: Rainforest, Arctic, Ocean and Desert.

Have a look at the powerpoint (on the class 2 pages of the website) Your job this week is to find out as much as you can about one of these habitats and who or what lives there. You can find information in books, on the internet and by talking to other people in your house. It is up to you how you present your research- you could make a poster, a fact file or draw a picture of your habitat and label it. Make sure you include which animals and plants you find in your habitat. 

Geography

Continents of the world

Can you remember what the 7 continents of the world are? The BBC has a special presenter here to remind you all about continents (go to 13 mins 40 for the geography lesson) https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08gd7gc/bitesize-57-year-olds-week-7-2-continents 

What is the difference between a continent, a country and a city? 

Which continent do you live in? Which country do you live in? Which city do you live in?

Then make a fact file about your favourite continent. Include the following information:

  • The name of your continent.
  • How many countries are in your continent.
  • The smallest and largest country in your continent.
  • What the weather is like in your continent.
  • What geographical areas and habitats are in your continent (e.g. rainforest, desert, arctic, jungle, etc).
  • What seas and oceans surround your continent.

 

 

Art (linked to Geography)

Illustrate your fact file of your continent with a map. You can include flags, natural features like waterfalls, drawings of famous buildings, different people or some food from your continent. I have attached an illustrated map as an example.

 

 

That’s all for this week!

 

Remember to use the class email to contact me, or call school if you’d like to speak to a member of staff. 

  ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

Stay well and keep up the good work! 

Work for week beginning 22nd June

 

Maths:

Fraction action

Username: student21346

Password: code123

 

Division

Keep working on your division facts for your times tables. By the end of year 2 you should be confident with all your division facts for 2, 5, 10 times table and working on division facts for 3s. 

 

Also Keep working on your times tables: there is a TT rock stars competition on for all London schools this week!

 

We now have a subscription to Numbots, which is an online app to help practice number bonds. Use your TimeTables Rockstars username and password to login here: https://numbots.com 

 

Writing and reading

The superheroes are back!!!

  • Over the next 2 weeks we’re going to be working through the talk for Writing booklet attached all about superheroes.
  • Work through the story and do the vocabulary challenge and reading challenge, including what you  thought of the story and the creative challenge of making your own superhero name (up to the end of page 9).
  • Write a fact file for a superhero, but with a difference. A superhero pet? A superhero plant? Perhaps a tiny superhero? A superhero with a difference….
  • Read the Superhero pet newspaper story here and try to write one of your own. There is lots of ideas and guidance of how to write a newspaper story and some fantastic pet pictures for inspiration: https://tfwconsulting.wixsite.com/jamiethomas/post/day-17-incredible-pets-creative-ideas-for-teaching-english-and-maths-at-home

Our spelling words for this week: apostrophes for contraction

We’re revising using apostrophes for contractions this week. There are some words, that when we put them together we can say them quicker if we join them. If we do this, we need to use an apostrophe where the letters we don’t say disappear. Look at the examples:

  • Have not becomes haven’t
  • I am becomes I’m
  • He will becomes he’ll
  • Can not becomes can’t

Watch the helpful video and play the superhero contraction game here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjwcsk7 

Then try the contraction activities to practice your spellings

 

  • I’ll
  • Haven’t
  • They’ve
  • Can’t
  • She’d
  • We’re
  • Don’t
  • He’s
  • You’ll
  • Should’ve

 

Reading

Remember that you can read any of the Oxford Owl books we have a school as ebooks here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-school/oxford-owl-ebook-collection 

There is a class login you can use. Username: stephens2  password: cake

There are 2 reading comprehensions attached on different animals and their habitats- hedgehogs and sharks. These will really help you with your science learning and understanding how different animals have different habitats.

Science

Microhabitats

A habitat is the area or place that animals or humans live and that habitat needs to support them with food, shelter and water. A microhabitat is a very small habitat where only certain plants and animals can live. This week you are going to explore a microhabitat near you. This could be just one corner of a garden, one tree in a park, one green area in your street, or a dead log. It only needs to be small, but it does need to have enough plants/ water there for insects and small animals to live there.

 

There is a powerpoint attached explaining what a microhabitat is and what insects typically live there. There is a sheet for you to record what insects and mini beasts you find in your micro habitat. You can record it as a pictogram with pictures. Or you can make your own chart and draw all the different plants and insects you find. Write down how many of each insect you find. Then think about these questions:

 

  • Were there more of one insect? Why do you think there were so many of that insect?
  • What was the insect that there were the fewest of? Why were there so few?

 

For a challenge, you could find a DIFFERENT habitat and count the number of different insects you find there? Were there the same number of each species of insect, or more or less? Think about why there are more of some kinds of insects in certain places and less in others…

ICT

Have a go at some coding! There are lessons and activities for block coding on espresso.

Go to: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk and login in using these details:

Username: student21346

Password: code123

Then go to: discovery coding, block coding. Once you are in block coding choose lessons and choose year 2 starter unit. Lesson 1 is all about fairy stories. There are instructions to follow so you can write code to make a wizard move across the screen and a witch fly! See how far you can get working through the lessons in order. 

 

History

Can one person change the minds of thousands of people? This week we are going to look at the lives of 2 different people whose actions made a huge impact across the world: Martin Luther King and Mohandas Gandhi.

There are short video clips and a reading activity to work through here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhry382 and here  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjkj382/articles/z4fwy9q 

 

Both Martin Luther King and Gandhi were fighting for the rights of all people to be treated fairly. How are they similar and how were they different? How did they convince people to believe in their message? What did they do to get people’s attention?

You could do some more research on peaceful protesters who were struggling for equal rights like: Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman and Elizabeth Fry. Choose one that interests you. You could make a poster about them, or draw a picture of them with speech bubbles: what would they say?

 

Art

Keep practising your observational drawing skills. Find something from a habitat you like: maybe its a tree from a woodland habitat, or a fish from an ocean habitat. Find a picture of it and really look at the picture. BEFORE you start drawing stop to notice the details- what size and shape is it? Are there any patterns? What colours are used? Make sure you keep looking at your object as you draw. Try to do 2 different drawings this week using different materials. You could do one in pencil, one in paint, or use felt tips, chalk, colour pencils or cut up paper.  There are lots and lots of helpful drawing ideas here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XMF3Inoi8R9nSI8ChOsdQ

 

That’s all for this week!

Work for week beginning 15th June

Maths:

Statistics and Data

This week we’re recapping how we measure and present data using pictograms, tally charts and bar charts.  

  • There are worksheets attached using all the different kinds of tally, block/ bar charts and pictograms. Please try them (1 star =easiest, 3 stars= hardest).
  • Go on a mini-beast hunt and record how many of each insect you find using a tally chart (there is a template attached), which you can then turn into a bar chart- remember to colour in each bar a different colour.
  • Counting from your window! Sit at your window, or just outside your house and count every thing that passes by in the space of 10 minutes. You might want to count cars, buses, bikes, scooter, motorbikes or people, depending on how busy your street is. Use a tally chart to record how many of each pass (thats vertical 4 lines with 1 diagonal line through them to count each group of 5). You could turn this into a bar chart. You could either draw it, or make a 3D version using toy cars/ mini figures/ pebbles to represent each car, bus or bike. 

 

Money money money

  • Keep practising counting your money. 
  • How many different ways can you find to make these amounts: 8p, 52p, 99p, £1.01, £6.50.
  • You could set up your own shop at home using your toys and other bits from around the house. Label things with a price and ask someone to visit your shop. If they buys more than one thing, add them together and don’t forget to give them change.
  • There are some worksheets attached on finding the difference (change) with money.

 

Keep working on your times tables: TT rock stars and hit the button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Writing 

Superlatives and comparatives

  • Superlative are words that are made by adding the suffix -est to an adjective to make it the most this adjective can be (quick becomes quickest).
  • Comparatives are words that are made by adding -er to the adjective to make them more of that adjective (quick becomes quicker)
  • Look at the powerpoint to make sure you know what changes need to be made to the root word when adding -er and -est.
  • Write about your experience of being at home using  comparatives and superlatives to describe your time. Like this: The greatest thing about being at home is sleeping a lot, but I feel lonelier because I haven’t seen my friends. 
  • Try the worksheets attached on adding -er and -est.
  • Write about your favourite sport, food, hobby, TV programme trying to use as many -er and -est words as you can.
  • See how many other adjectives you can find that you can add -est to to make it the superlative (most): I’ll start you off- youngest, greenest, cleanest….
  • Practise your handwriting this week- work on those zigzag letters (v and w). Have a look here for some practise and activities: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrqdbqt

 

Our spelling words for this week: recap of -er and -est suffix

-est is the suffix we add to an adjective to make it the most of that thing (greatest, fullest)

-er is the suffix we add to an adjective to make it the adjective more (quicker, sadder). Remember, y changes to i.

 

  • greatest
  • fastest
  • kindest
  • wildest
  • poorest
  • oldest
  • wiser
  • quicker
  • sadder
  • happier

Reading

Listen to this reading of ‘Funnybones’ : https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfmtpg8

There are also 3 activities for you to try once you have read the story.

 

What is your favourite book…?

Make sure you are reading every day. If you have a book you love that you have read during your time at home, please send me a book review- include the title of the book and the author. Tell me what it is about, why you love it and why I should read it! I will share it in next week’s email to the class so that other year 2 children have some ideas of good books to read.

 

Science

Habitats: what is a habitat?

A habitat is the area or place that animals or humans live and that habitat needs to support them with food, shelter and water.

Does a fox live at the beach? Can a fish live in a forest? Animals need certain foods, types of water and shelter to survive and so different animals live in different areas.

 

Coastal habitats are areas by seas and beaches. Which animals do you think would live there? Watch this video and try the quiz: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/zy38wmn

 

There is some information on different habitats attached- read the page on coastal habitats and see if you can find 4 different animals and 1 plant that live there. Try the ‘beach habitat’ reading comprehension, which gives you lots of information on what you might find on a UK beach. 

 

Then there is a game to play where you sort animals into their correct habitats. 

Will the frog go on the beach? Does a hedgehog live in a city? Does a seal live in a woodland? See if you can get all the animals in their correct habitat!

Geography (and science!)

Last week you made a map of your street. This week, we’re using our science learning to make a map of a local habitat. You can choose any habitat that is near you (like a back garden, part of a local park, part of your street). 

  • Start by drawing an aerial view of your area. 
  • Add in boundaries, roads, paths, streams, train lines.
  • Mark important sites e.g. a cafe in a park, a bench in your garden, a large tree in your street.
  • Now make a key to show what different living things live in each area. For example, you might use a symbol of a bird to show blackbirds live in a certain tree. Put this symbol in the key and also on the tree where the blackbirds live. Or you might have a log pile where woodlice live, so use a woodlice symbol in the key and this area. 
  • Add as many different living things as you can, including insects, animals, plants and trees. 

 

DT and Art

We’re going to continue making our insects, but this week try using natural materials. There is a video lesson you can follow on Oak academy:

https://www.thenational.academy/year-2/foundation/to-make-insects-using-natural-materials-year-2-wk4-5

Or you can simply head outside and collect as many natural materials as you can find: twigs, leaves, petals, pebbles, snail shells (without the snail inside!). How many different insects can you make using only  theses materials? Try to make: a butterfly, a bee, a ladybird and a spider.

 

Thanks to Charlotte for this week’s top art tip. Head to Art hub for kids: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnoO3k54vcBQciNdtNtq5cu0EVnvAyVlf to see lots of helpful videos on how to draw insects (along with lots of other things). Have a go at following one of the tutorials this week- there are ladybirds, stag beetles, flies, bees- all sorts. Send me your drawings and I’ll put them all on the web site.

 

 That’s all for this week!

Work for the week beginning 8th June

 

Maths:

Measure mass and capacity

This week it’s all about weighing things and measuring capacity of liquid. 

  • There are worksheets attached on comparing, balancing and measuring mass and capacity. If you are feeling confident try the challenge cards!
  • Find some different containers you can fill with water at home- try to make them different shapes and sizes like an old jam jar, a yoghurt pot, a mug. Fill them up with water and then estimate (that means make a sensible guess) how much liquid is in them. Then pour them into a measuring jug and see how close you were. 
  • Got cooking- Make something delicious: to practice your weighing and measuring skills you can make something delicious at home. Follow a recipe and ask an adult if you need help…. Mmmm…
  • OR you can make something yucky outside using leaves, twigs, water, sand, pebbles- whatever you can find. Weigh all your ingredients our and make yourself a mud pie, a leaf omelette or twig spaghetti! You could even write your own recipe, including how much you used of each ingredient. Remember, don’t actually eat this one!

 

Here is a game to play with someone at home: Largest even

  • I have a pile of nine digit cards numbered 1 to 9. I take one of the cards.  It is the 3. Which card would you choose to go with the 3 so you could make the largest possible two-digit even number with the two cards?

 

  •  We put the cards back in the pile.  This time, I choose the 6. Which card would you choose this time to go with the 6 to make the largest possible two-digit even number?

 

Have a go at this with a partner.  One of you chooses the first digit from the set of cards.  The second person then chooses a card to make the largest possible two-digit even number. You can then swap over. Try it several times so you are sure you have a good method. Talk about your ideas with your partner so you agree together on a 'best' method.

 

How would your strategy change if you had to make the largest two-digit odd number?

There is an interactive version here: https://nrich.maths.org/7431 

Keep working on your times tables. 

There is some help with 5 x and 10 x table here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhn6pg8 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk89d6f 

 

Keep up Times table rock stars and number bonds practice. You can also use hit the button:https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

 

Reading and Writing 

Keep working on the Rainbows booklet from last week, I have attached it again. There are lots of different activities to try in there that will help support reading and writing. Try a couple of activities every day.

There are also some other activities you could try:

  • Read the mini beast reading comprehension attached and choose which set of questions to answer (1 star is the easiest, 3 is a bit more challenging).
  • Choose your favourite insect or mini beast and find out as many facts as you can about it. Draw a picture of it and label it. Then write a fact file about it. Include interesting and unusual details. You could make some fact file cards like Top Trumps, or make it into an information poster.
  • The window challenge: In Geography we are looking at our local area. Sit at a window in your home and look out. Write a description of everything you see: maybe you are looking on to a busy street, or a peaceful garden. Use your fantastic powerful adjectives to describe things and make sure to check you have all your capital letters and full stops. Then give your work to someone else in your house to read and see if they can guess which window you were looking out of just using your description!

As ever, send me any work you’ve done, I’d love to read it!

 

What is your favourite book…?

Make sure you are reading every day. If you have a book you love that you have read during your time at home, please send me a book review- include the title of the book and the author. Tell me what it is about, why you love it and why I should read it! I will share it in next week’s email to the class so that other year 2 children have some ideas of good books to read.

 

Our spelling words for this week: practice plural endings

Some words just need to add s and some consonant endings need -es, but you always need to change y to -ies. Also some words have unusual plurals

 

  • Baby, babies
  • City, cities
  • Parent, parents
  • Christmas, christmases
  • Child, children
  • Mouse, mice
  • Brush, brushes
  • Clothes

 

To practice them you could do the following:

  • Write them using big chalks, or your finger dipped in water on the ground outside.
  • Put them in sentences.
  • Use rainbow writing.

Science

Living, dead, never alive….

In science we are investigating what makes something ‘alive’. Think about this question: how do you know you are alive? Is a tree alive? Is a car alive? There is a powerpoint attached to read through and then 2 activities to do. One is sorting various things into living, dead or never alive. The other activity is to describe the 7 life processes that show his whether something is living or not. It uses the special name: MRS. GREN. What do you think each letter stands for?

 

You can make your own sorting activities at home: choose about 10 different objects from around the home- try to include a plant, a toy, some fruit/ vegetables, a book, a pet and yourself! Then sort them into groups: living, dead or never alive. 

Here is an example: a strawberry plant would be living (because it is still growing, moving, feeding), a strawberry would be dead (because once it was alive when it was growing on the plant, but now its been picked it is dead) and a toy plastic strawberry would be never alive (because its made from plastic). 

 

Some objects are quite tricky to put in a group because they have had a journey through all stages: think about a newspaper…. It started life as a tree (living), which was chopped down (dead) and then turned into wood pulp and then paper. Is that paper dead or never alive???

History/ Geography

 

How did you get on with making a map of a room in your home? Now it's time to find out a little bit more about where you live. We’re going to be investigating our local area and here are some activities to try:

  • Use Google maps to find the street where you live: maps.google.com  You can take the yellow man icon and drag and drop it into your road to get a street view. 
  • Try using Google maps to search for directions from your home to school by walking. What route does it give you? Would you walk a different way to school?
  • Make a map of your street. Draw it using an aerial view (from above). What other streets join yours that you need to add in? Are there any natural features you should add in like trees? Are there any other big or important buildings like schools or churches? Make a key and add in symbols and colours to make it clear.
  • Find out about the history of your road. What is the name of your street? Can you find out why it is called that (many are named after people or other places)? How old are the buildings on your street? Did anybody famous live there? How old is the building you live in (is it older than you)?

 

DT

Watch this video about artist David Rogers who makes sculptures of giant insects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf7wvAQJAnI

Try to make a model of a mini beast or insect of your own in 3D. David Rogers uses wood, but you could use old cardboard boxes, Lego, play dough, twigs, material- anything you like.  You could make a small model or a really big one. I’d love to see photos of some of your creations!

 

 That’s all for this week!

Work for the week beginning 1st June

 

OK wonderful year 2s, here are some things to keep you busy this week!

 

Maths:

Keep up Times table rock stars.

 

Addition and subtraction

  • This week focus on your number bonds. Practice number bonds to 10, to 20 and number bonds to 100 using multiples of 10 e.g. 30 +70 =100. Challenge yourself to practice multiples of 5 e.g. 35 +65 =100.

This video and game of number bonds to 100 is helpful: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znmpf4j

  • There is an addition and subtraction workbook attached with lots of different questions- try to to a couple of pages every day.
  • Use a dice: roll it 2 times to give you a number (roll 2 then roll 7 =27). Then roll it 2 more times to give a second number. If the first number is bigger, then subtract the second number. If the first number is smaller, then add the 2 numbers together. If you feel confident, try this with 3 digit numbers.
  •  

Here is a game to play with someone at home: Strike it out

All you need for this game is a pencil and paper. Draw a number line from 1-20 and take it in turns to cross out numbers. Read all the rules here:

https://nrich.maths.org/10091

 

Problem solving challenges:

These BBC maths challenge problems start easier and get tricker as you go on. Have a go! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7txhbk

 

The birthday challenge

Write your birthday as a number date (so 5th March 2013 would be 5/4/ 2013). Add all the digits together: what is your birthday number? Now try it for someone else’s birthday in your home- is there number bigger or smaller? Who has the biggest birthday number and who has the smallest? Is it the same as the oldest and youngest…?

 

Mrs. Mathers needs your help…

I need to order more pencils, but I can’t remember how many I started with, can you help? I have 7 pencils left. I gave 21 pencils to Ms. Lennard, 18 pencils to Mrs. Tomkins and 9 pencils to Ms. Taylor. How many did I have to start with?

Reading and Writing 

 

Please see the Talk 4 writing booklet attached all about RAINBOWS! There are lots of different activities to try in there that will help support reading and writing. Try a couple of activities every day.

You could also try some of the following on the theme of Rainbows:

  • Write your own poem or song called ‘somewhere over the rainbow’. What might you find there? Who lives there? What does it look like? Are there any interesting sounds or smells over the rainbow?
  • Research why rainbows appear in the sky, then write your own fact file about rainbows and the science behind them.
  • Rainbow is a compound word (a word made of 2 other words rain +bow). Can you find any other compound words? I’ll start you off: playground, handbag…..

As ever, send me any work you’ve done, I’d love to read it!

 

Our spelling words for this week: practice adding -ed and -ing endings to your verbs for the past tense (-ed) and continuous tense (-ing). The rule is that you need to double the consonant on the end if the word is 1 syllable  and ends with 1 vowel and 1 consonant (the 1:1:1 rule), so run becomes running, grab becomes grabbing, hop becomes hopping. Otherwise don’t add a consonant. Also, you loose the e if there is one before adding -ing and -ed e.g take becomes taking, come becomes coming. Some past tense are irregular and don’t take -ed e.g. ran, took, made, came. There is a short video here explaining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmO1KoPY5aU

 

  • Hope, hoping, hoped
  • Jump, jumping, jumped
  • Run, running, ran
  • Hop, hopping, hopped
  • Grab, grabbing, grabbed
  • Dream, dreaming , dreamed
  • Pull, pulling, pulled
  • Come, coming, came.

 

To practice them you could do the following:

  • Write a sentence using the word in all 3 forms, e.g. Mrs Mathers likes to hop, she is always hopping about and yesterday she hopped all day!
  • Make your own flashcards.
  • Use rainbow writing.

Science

Mini beasts

This term we are going to be learning all about mini beasts. This means small creatures like insects, spiders, caterpillars and molluscs (like snails). Go on a mini beast hunt around your garden, local park or even in the street. Many insects like to live in cool, dark places so look under pots, stones and leaves and search in cracks and crevices! A few insects bite or sting, so its best not to pick them up (although many don’t) and they will be scared of you because you are so big! If you can get a jam jar and magnifying glass, collect some in the jar and have a look at them up close. What do you notice?

  • What are their head like?
  • Do they have eyes?
  • Do they have wings?
  • How many legs do they have?
  • Are they furry, slimy, rough or smooth?
  • Are they colourful or patterned?
  • Where did you find them? Where do you think they live?

Draw a picture of all the creatures you found on your mini beast hunt. How many of them can you name?

Choose your favourite one and do some research on it: where does it live?  what does it eat? How does it change between being born and adult form? How does it have young?  Draw a detailed picture of your favourite insect or mini beast and label it: head, eyes, antennae, mouth, body, legs, wings. See how many of the different scientific names you can find for its body parts. 

 

Geography

This term we are going to be looking at the area where we live and how we can make maps of it. So you can start by making a map of a room in your house- you can choose any room you like! Draw a square, rectangle, or whatever shape the room is. Remember that you need to draw it from an aerial view- that means it is like you are looking at it from above. Draw shapes to represent the different pieces of furniture and label them- look carefully and see what is next to what, what is near, behind or besides. So if you are doing a map of the kitchen, you will have a fridge, a sink, a cooker, maybe a table and chairs. You can add a key if you like, where you add symbols for different pieces of furniture. Use different colours to make it clear where each object is. 

You can watch this video to remind you what an aerial view of a map is: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/zdk46v4

 

RE:

Read the story of Noah from the Bible, you can watch a version of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzYjy6lhRag

As you read or watch, think about these questions:

  • Why did God say he was going to send a flood?
  • What is an ark?
  • Why did Noah have to take 2 of every animal on to the ark?
  • How long did Noah and his family spend on the arc?
  • How did Noah test to see if there was dry land?
  • What does the symbol of the rainbow mean between God and people?

You could draw your own cartoon version of the story.

 

Art

Draw a picture of a mini beast that you like using only a pencil. Look really closely at the insect if you have one (see the science section) or use pictures from a book or internet. Try to draw what you see, not what you imagine the insect to be like. Really notice how many legs it has, whether it is smooth or rough, what shape it is, where the eyes/ antenna/ wings are, what size it is. Try to use your pencil sometimes pressing hard and sometimes lightly to get different effects. 

There is a short video here of how to do a pencil drawing of a beetle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LtECCjl5bg

 

 That’s all for this week!

Home learning for week beginning 18th May

 

OK wonderful year 2s, here are some things to keep you busy this week!

 

Maths:

Recap on place value

  • Try some of the activities attached on comparing numbers, counting in 3s and identifying tens and ones. It has been a while since we looked at place value together so this will be helpful to remind you.
  • You have 3 different digit cards:      4           8             0

How many different numbers can you make using only these digits (you can only use the digit once in each number)? What is the highest number you can make? What is the lowest number you can make?

  • What is the value of the 5 in each of these numbers (is it worth 5, 50 or 500)?
  • 35     57     105       258       513     115      951       565
  • See how many different ways you can partition these numbers. I have done one for you as an example:

23 = 20 +3 or 10 +13 or 10+10 +3 or 5+ 5+10+3 or 20 +2 +1 or 6+4+6+4+3 

Now you try to partition these in different ways:

Multiplication and division

  • This week focus on the division facts of the times tables you are learning. Start by counting forwards and backwards in that times table.
  • There are dividing by 5 and 10 sheets attached. You can use these alongside practical resources like beads or counters where you arrange the objects into groups of 5 or 10. 
  • There are some quick fire division practice questions attached- choose which is best for you (2,5,10) or (2,3,4,5,8,10) times table.
  • Keep practising your number bonds and keep working on your times tables using Times table rock stars- more great progress this week :) Please email if you are having any problems logging on.
  • When you are feeling confident with division facts, you can try some of these. Use counters/ beads to group them practically or draw out circles to share them out like we do in class:

35 ÷5=

24 ÷2 =

28 ÷ 2=

90 ÷10=

130 ÷10 =

65 ÷5 =

27 ÷3 =

42 ÷3 =

 

Here is a game to play with someone at home: NIM

You'll need someone to play with. You will also need seven objects, such as counters, dried pasta, coins or blocks.

Place the 7 counters in a pile and choose who goes first, take turns to take away either one or two counters.

The person who takes the last counter wins.

Swap who goes first, and keep playing until you work out a winning strategy.

  • Does it matter who has the first turn?
  • What happens when there are three counters left?
  • How can you win at this game?

 

Now play the same game but start with 11 counters. Are your strategies the same?

Try again starting with 21 and this time you can take away 1, 2 or 3 counters.

Reading and Writing 

 

Last week was the chilly Arctic and Antarctic. This week we are travelling in our minds to a remote island.

  • Can you find any stories set on islands? Treasure island is a famous story, or you can listen to the story of The Little Island here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DbbYR7K-90 
  • Look at the desert island picture attached. Use your amazing language to describe what you see. Imagine you are there- what do you smell, hear and taste? What animals are there? What is the temperature? 
  • If you want some more ideas of what to include you can watch a video of the Galapagos islands here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3fycdm/articles/zk9cxyc
  • Use your island as the setting for an adventure story. You have been shipwrecked there, but how did you get there? Who or what do you discover on the island? Is there treasure buried? How will you escape? 
  • You find yourself on a desert islands. You are only allowed to take 10 things with you. What would they be? Something practical or something fun? Write a list of all the things you’d like to take. Now add adjectives to describe them. Use this list to create your own poem.  Look here for more ideas: https://tfwconsulting.wixsite.com/jamiethomas/post/copy-of-day-23-islands-creative-ideas-for-teaching-english-and-maths-at-home
  • There is a reading comprehension attached about coastal holidays in the UK.
  • You can also listen to the Talk 4 writing blog here: https://radioblogging.net/ at 9:30am and there are some simple and easy ideas and activities you can do while listening, including speaking, acting and writing.

As ever, send me any work you’ve done, I’d love to read it!

Our spelling words for this week all have silent letters in. 

 

  • Know
  • Knee
  • Knowledge
  • knock
  • Write
  • Wrote
  • Wrong
  • Thumb
  • Plumber
  • Bomb

 

See if you can find the silent letter (the letter that is written but we don’t say it out loud when reading). What pattern do you notice?

To practice them you could do the following:

  • Make up a song spelling the words out.
  • Make your own flashcards.
  • Put the words into sentences.

Science

SEEDS

We have done an experiment to see what seeds need to germinate and grow. We have also seen that seeds are an important part of the life cycle of plants. But how do seeds get into the soil where they need to be? Do they all have to be planted? Find out the clever tricks plants use to disperse (that means spread or scatter) their seeds.

Watch this video on seed dispersal https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxfrwmn/articles/z28dpbk

How many ways did you discover that seeds are dispersed?

Draw a story map of the journey of 4 different seeds which are dispersed in different ways. Do they get blown by the wind, carried on the fur of an animal, eaten by an animal, exploded from the plant or maybe travel in water? 

There is a seed dispersal activity attached. 

Geography

Find out about any islands that you find interesting: it could be where we live (Great Britain), an island you have visited or that your family is from. A few ideas: Caribbean islands, Iceland, Canary Isles, Indonesian islands, or the Galapagos islands.

Find out as much as you can about the island you are researching: where is it? How did it form? What ocean surrounds it? Who lives there? What language do people speak there? What animals live there? What is the weather like?

You can make a map of the island and label all the places of interest on it: cities, rivers, mountains, seas. You could even make your map 3D and add mountains using play dough or trees made from lego or pencils!

Here is some information on the Galapagos islands in the Pacific Ocean: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3fycdm/articles/zk9cxyc

 

Music

Body percussion: Following on from last week, see if you can create your own body percussion song that sounds like being on an island. Can you make the sound of a wave, the sound of trees moving in the wind, the sound of branches creaking, the sound of pebbles tumbling? There is a video of a piece performed by children that looks and sounds like waves moving and crashing (its the second video about Anna Meredith): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6mmxyc

 

Art/ DT

Draw or paint a picture of an island where you would like to be. See if you can use some of the methods we have learnt recently: pointillism or the dots used in aboriginal art, or even printing. What is there on your island: trees, mountains, streams, animals, plants, people? Is it sunny or stormy in your picture? Are there fish and sea creatures in the sea or birds in the trees? 

If you prefer you can make your island- you could use Lego, junk modelling, plasticine or play dough. 

Send me photos of your amazing island creations!

 

 That’s all for this week!

 Remember to use the class email if you would like to send me some of the work you have been doing- I love to see photos of what you have been up to:   ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

Stay well and keep up the good work! 

 

Home learning for the week beginning Monday 11th May

 

If you are finding it hard to access learning materials, I am leaving printed copies of all the worksheets at school and these can be photocopied for you. Just call in advance so that these can be copied and ready for you to collect.  Also please remember that you don’t have to print any of the worksheets here (unless you want to),  the children can just write out the answers in their workbooks. I have tried to include ideas for learning that don’t need you to click on any links or any other resources.

The BBC free daily lessons are really helpful, so please do make use of them (all subjects are covered): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-lessons

 

OK wonderful year 2s, here are some things to keep you busy this week!

 

Maths:

Measure up

  • How long does it take? Take 3 ice cubes. Put them in a cup in different places (like a windowsill, in a dark corner, in the sunshine, in the sink). Make a table to record how long each one takes to melt. Which one melted quickest? What is the difference in time between the quickest one melting and the slowest one? Was it seconds, minutes or hours?
  • If you have a thermometer, try a temperature experiment. Take your temperature when you have been sitting still and write it down (or even better, draw a thermometer and draw on your temperature!). Now do 20 star jumps and then take your temperature. Record it again. Now run on the spot as fast as you can for 20 seconds. Take your temperature and record it. One last time- another 20 star jumps! Take your temperature and record it. How hot did you get? How much hotter were you after all that jumping about than when you started? More than 1 degree?
  • If you have weighing scales, try to find as many things as you can that weigh exactly 1KG. Now see how many things you can find that weigh 500g. You can also make a balance (like a see-saw) using a small piece of wood (or even a large hard book), which you will need to balance on something solid (like a tin can on its side). Can you add objects either side and make it balance?
  • There is a workbook of measuring activities for you to try, from weighing to baking, to telling the time.

 

Adding and subtracting

You can access videos to explain different methods for adding and subtracting at White Rose: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ (go to summer term, week 4). There are also attached worksheets to practice adding and subtracting 10s and practising your bonds to 100 that correspond to each of the 4 lessons.

If you are feeling confident, try these using a bar model to show how you worked it out:

  • 22 + ___ = 47
  • ___ + 25=  51
  • 59 – ___ = 39
  • _____ – 45= 20
  • 27 + ____ = 41
  • ____ + 29 = 56
  • 61 – ____ = 29
  • ____ – 19 = 33

 

Here is a puzzle: the splitting plant

The splitting plant grows in a special way.

In the first week, the stem splits into two branches.
In the second week, each of these two branches split into another two branches - making four branches altogether.

This keeps happening every week, until at the end of the sixth week each branch grows a flower.

How many flowers will the plant have?

 

Mental maths

Keep practising your number bonds and keep working on your times tables using Times table rock stars- more great progress this week :) Please email if you are having any problems logging on. 

Try a jumping game this week: choose a times table you are working on (5, 3, 4, 8) and hop or jump in multiples of that number (for the 5 times table 1 hop is 5, 2 hops are 10, etc). If you have chalk you can write the number on the ground: say the number sentence as you jump: 1 x 5= 5, 2x 5 =10, etc. Then challenge your self to jump backwards saying all the division facts, e.g. 60 ÷5=12, 55 ÷5=11. 

Reading and Writing

 

It is getting HOT, so let's go somewhere cold…… This week’s focus is the POLAR REGIONS. 

  • There are some reading activities with questions attached about north and south poles, artic foxes and the auroras. 
  • See what other information you can find out about the north and south pole, making notes using bullet points or a mind map as you do your research. Bitesize has a good introduction here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyhp34j/articles/zjg46v4
  • Choose an animal from either the north or the south pole and write a fact file about it. Draw a picture of your animal and label it: where does it live? What does it eat? How does it survive in the cold? 
  • You are sailing in the frozen Ocean and come across some huge icebergs….!  What do you see, smell, hear? What are you going to do? You could write a diary as if you were the captain of a ship (maybe even the Titanic that hit an iceberg).  Look here for more ideas: https://tfwconsulting.wixsite.com/jamiethomas/post/day-18-icebergs-creative-ideas-for-teaching-english-and-maths-at-home 
  • Here is the opening of a story. Can you continue it….?

The icy wind slapped across his face as the swirling snow stung his eyes. He was all alone. Where were the others?

As ever, send me any work you’ve done, I’d love to read it!

 

Our spelling words for this week are all exception words

 

  • Prove
  • Improve
  • Clothes
  • Beautiful
  • Whole
  • Behind
  • Because
  • Again
  • Climb
  • Sugar

These words don’t follow the usual phonics rules, so you have to learn them by heart. Be careful with ‘beautiful’!

To practice them you could do the following:

  • Write them with your finger on someone’s back. Can they guess the word?
  • Jumble up the letters and then put them in the correct order.
  • Write over them in different colour pencils. 

Science

 

Life cycles of Plants

We have done lots of work on the life cycles of animals and humans. But what about plants? Do they have babies? Do they grow from child to adults? Watch this video (or do some research in books) on the life cycle of a plant: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/articles/z2vdjxs

Try to draw your own diagram of the life cycle of a plant. These stages are all jumbled up, can you put them in the correct order in your life cycle digram?

  • A stem and leaves appear above the ground
  • a seed is planted
  • Flowers and fruits (which contain seeds) grow on the plant
  • the seed germinates and grows roots
  • animals,  humans and the wind spread the seeds

 

History/ Geography

Find out about a famous explorer who went to the north and south poles: Ernest Shackleton. Who was he? Why did he decide to go somewhere so cold? Why is what he discovered important to us now? What can we learn from him and his exploration?

You can do your own research, or there is a powerpoint and reading comprehension attached (try the first reading comprehension). 

 

Make a map of the Arctic or Antarctic. Add any towns, cities, mountains, oceans or other geographical features- you could draw them as pictures or label them.

 

Music

Body percussion: This week try making your own rhythms using only your body. You can try clapping, stomping, clicking. What other sounds can you make using only your body? Have a look here for some ideas https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjcwqp3 and try creating your own song. 

If you want some inspiration, Bobby McFerrin makes some amazing music using body percussion. This song uses only his voice and body, no instruments at all!!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO_LV-yInc8

 

PSHE/ Art

It can be hard being stuck at home for so long. Some of us love it, some of us are missing friends and sometimes we might feel lonely, angry, excited or annoyed. There are some great videos on the BBC to watch here about managing your emotions: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmmgrj6

You could try to draw a picture of a certain mood: what colours and shapes could you use to show anger? Maybe orange and red, explosive fireworks….How about it if you were feeling sad? Would your drawing be blue, grey, black? What would your picture look like if you were upset, happy, excited or annoyed? You can use whatever materials you like- paint, chalk, pencils, colouring pens and it doesn’t need to look like anything, use as many shapes, squiggles and lines as you want. Maybe try different pictures for different moods. Send me your artworks by email, I’d love to see them!

 

 

 That’s all for this week!

Remember to use the class email if you would like to send me some of the work you have been doing- I love to see photos of what you have been up to:   ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

Learning for the week starting Monday 4th May

Thanks for sending your work to me- I’ve put some of it up on the class pages of the school website so you can see what other people in the class have been up to. Keep them coming to: ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

 

Here are the ideas and activities for this week. As always, please try to make sure you are doing some maths, reading, writing every day (about 30 minutes) alongside some exercise to get your heart beating and a topic of your choice (art, science, geography, D&T, history, music, RE). The results of the seed growing science experiment are in, so check out the results below. 

 

The BBC free daily lessons are really helpful, so please do make use of them (all subjects are covered): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-lessons

 

There are worksheets attached- you don’t have to print them, children can simply write the answers in their workbooks.

OK wonderful year 2s, here are some things to keep you busy this week!

 

Maths:

Time for time

  • Practice your telling the time this week. Every time you start an activity (brushing your teeth, eating lunch, doing some maths work, reading, going to bed, watching TV), try to tell the time out loud. Challenge yourself to say what time it will be in 10 minutes time and in 1 hour.
  • You can make your own clock using scrap paper or card: cut out a circle and fold it into quarters to find the middle. Write the number 12 at the top, 6 at the bottom, 9 on the left and 3 on the right, then fill in the other numbers. You can use anything for the hands- sticks, pencils, a chopstick. Just remember the minute hand is long and the hour hand is short. 
  • Try the time activities attached about comparing and finding how long the TV programmes are.

 

Adding and subtracting

See the attached worksheets to practice adding 3 1-digit numbers and subtracting bigger numbers. Choose your own level of challenge from 1-3 stars (3 is the most challenging).

If you are feeling confident, try these using Base 10 drawing to help you if you need:

  • 22 + 12=
  • 34 + 25=
  • 59 – 16 =
  • 78 – 45=
  • 27 + 36=
  • 55 + 29 =
  • 61 – 24 =
  • 72 – 19 =

 

Super-hot challenge: The Brown family

  • Sally Brown has an equal number of brothers and sisters.
  • Mark Brown, her older brother, has twice as many sisters as brothers.
  • How many children are there in the Brown family?

 

Mental maths

Keep practising your number bonds and keep working on your times tables using Times table rock stars- I have been so impressed at the new personal best scores set this week- great work!! Please email if you are having any problems logging on. 

You can use lego/ beads/ pebbles to help with times tables. Sort them into groups of your chosen times table (e.g. groups of 3 to practice your 3 times table). You can count them, put a number by them to show 1 x 3, 2,x 3, 3,x,3. You can then use them to help you with division facts, e.g 15÷ 3 is 5 because there are 5 groups of 3. 

 

Shape

There are video tutorials and activities here 2D and 3D shape: https://www.thenational.academy/year-2/maths/to-compare-and-sort-2-d-and-3-d-shapes-year-2-wk2-2 

You can also try some of this at home: find some different 3D objects like a ball, a tine can, a bottle, a book, a rubber, a dice. What 2D shapes can you find on the surface of these objects? Is there more than one shape? How many faces does each object have? How many vertices (corners)? 

There are some colour by 3D shape sheets attached.

 

Problem solving

Try the problem solving 4 activities attached.

Writing 

 

This week’s Talk for writing booklet is all about Pandora’s box. There are different activities you can try every day including reading and writing.  

You can also listen to the Talk 4 writing blog here: https://radioblogging.net/ I have been listening many mornings at 9:30am and there are some simple and easy ideas and activities you can do while listening, including speaking, acting and writing.

Also, this week you could try some of these in your home learning book:

 

Our spelling words for this week all end with the suffix -en. 

 

  • Flatten
  • Soften
  • Loosen
  • Tighten
  • Fatten
  • Lighten
  • Sharpen
  • Sweeten
  • Golden
  • gladden

 

You can add -en to an adjective and it becomes a verb (a belt is tight- adjective, but you tighten a belt- verb). With this suffix you need to double the consonant if it is a short vowel sound (e.g. flat becomes flatten, fat become fatten, glad becomes gladden). 

To practice them you could do the following:

  • Write them in GIANT writing with chalks outside
  • Put both words in a sentence e.g. Her voice was soft, but she wanted to soften it so she started to whisper.
  • Jumble up the letters and then put them in the correct order.
  • Write over them in different colour pencils. 

 

Reading focus 

Try the reading activities in the Talk 4 writing booklet on Pandora’s box.

Poetry

Read some of the poems found here: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/famous/children/

See if you can learn one off by heart. You can do different voices, act it out with props, or even sing it. Have fun and give everyone in your home a show to remember! 

Keep reading every day- plays, fiction, non-fiction, adverts, poems, fact books, the back of the cereal box….!

Talk for writing workbook for reading and writing- Pandora's box

Science

Plants: how did you get on with your experiments growing seeds? Thanks to those of you who sent me some pictures, some of yours germinated and grew very quickly!

 

Here is what happened to my seeds…

I have taken photos to show what happened to the seeds I put in 4 different conditions: we had seeds with no sunlight, no water, no heat and one which had water, sunlight and heat. Before you open the photos, make a prediction: which do you think germinated (that means started to grow)? Which didn’t grow? Which grew the tallest? Are any of them going to look different from the others? Why?

 

Have a look at the seed experiment photos document (attached) to see what happened and draw your own diagrams to show what conditions seeds need to germinate and grow.

Someone else in the class also did a fantastic job with the experiment, so have a look at his work- what a scientist!

Geography

I know we still have to be at home, but if you could travel anywhere in the UK right now, where would you go? Maybe you’d like to climb the mountains in Scotland, or go swimming at the beach in Wales, or maybe explore the bustling cities in England like Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham…. Find out about a place in the UK that interest you and write a postcard home from there (just like the postcards we wrote home from Paris, London and Madrid in class). Include lots of information about the place- what the weather is like, what the local food is, what is looks like there, what the people are doing and don’t forget to describe any famous landmarks. 

If you have forgotten about the four countries of the UK or need some more help, look here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z42pnrd 

 

Music

I’m missing our singing on Friday afternoon! Who can remember the call and response song ‘Ole-o’ we learnt? Try and teach it to someone in your house. See if you can make up a song about what its like being at home. It could be a sad song, a rap, a jazzy song you dance to….  There are some other fun singing activities here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zntmxyc 

 

RE

What do you know about Passover and the story of Moses? There is a cartoon video here where you can learn all about Passover: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk4grj6 

There are activities to print, like making your own Seder plate. Maybe you could try making a 3D Seder plate. You could use plasticine, play dough or just cut out drawings and add them to your plate. Send me a picture!

 

DT

Who remembers the self-propelled cars we made in class? You could try making one of your own. You don’t need a glue gun, you just need an old plastic drink bottle, some bottle lids, a thin wooden stick (like a kebab stick) and a rubber band. There is a video you can follow here that shows you how to make it step by step. Once you’ve made your car you could set yourself a challenge and she how far you can make it travel. Can it go more than 1 metre, or more than 2m?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tykmKY4kY4I&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0jr89wT3phqXKbxcYCFriwbUkr8iyZC5hmmS98Va3mnVCJ8ZedwVHFH-Y 

 

That’s all for this week!

Keep checking the year 2 class pages on the web site as I am sometimes adding new links. Remember to use the class email if you would like to send me some of the work you have been doing- I love to see photos of what you have been up to:   ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

 

Stay well and keep up the good work! 

Mrs. Mathers 

Work for week beginning Monday 27th April

The BBC free daily lessons are really helpful, so please do make use of them (all subjects are covered): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-lessons/1

Thanks for those of you who sent messages to the year 2 email address- I have loved seeing your work and reading your letters. Email work to:    ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

 

OK wonderful year 2s, here are some things to keep you busy this week!

Maths:

Fraction action

White Rose maths has videos and activities for every day on fractions. Do the activities for week 2 on fractions (finding a third, unit and non-unit fractions): https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

Once you have watched these, you could try these for a challenge:

1/3 of 15=

1/3 of 27=

¼ of 48=

¼ of 32=

¾ of 48=

¾ of 20=

 

Shape up

There is a video, quiz and activity here on identifying shapes by the number of sides and vertices: https://www.thenational.academy/year-2/maths/to-identify-shapes-by-the-number-of-sides-and-vertices-year-2-wk1-1

You can also gather objects around your house and identify how many sides, vertices (corners) and edges they have. Try these objects: a cereal box, a ball, a pencil, a can, a book and anything else you can find.

 

Super-hot challenge: How many eggs?

There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of ten eggs.

The Brown basket has one more egg in it than the Red basket.

The Red basket has three eggs fewer than the Pink basket.

How many eggs are in each basket?

 

24 game

This week try playing the 24 game using a pack of cards (take out the picture cards)- you can make a pack of your own by writing the numbers 1-10 on piece of scrap paper. Watch here to see how to play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeO0q0cSvx0

 

Mental maths

Keep working on your times tables using Times table rock stars- I have set new tables for you and I can see who has got an amazing score! Well done to so many of you. Please email if you are having any problems logging on.

If you need practice on your 5 times table, try this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-the-5-times-table/zhbm47h

I’ve made a short video of some mental maths adding, subtracting and multiplication games you can try at home. Watch here: https://youtu.be/wZK2MsUE48A

 

Problem solving

Try the problem solving activities below.

Writing

Talk for writing have produced a fantastic booklet (see above) with lots of reading and writing activities based around the story of the elves and the shoemaker. Try a few activities every day.

You can also listen to the Talk 4 writing blog here: https://radioblogging.net/

Or look here: https://tfwconsulting.wixsite.com/jamiethomas/blog/?fbclid=IwAR1YQcQWSGRwdRQ03c36z57g_UWlwCHHTt-AIulGW9WIKKg1LIMPahj2zV4

 

Also, this week you could try some of these in your home learning book:

Fairy tales

Have a go at writing a fairy tale, but change some of the characters and the setting. Maybe it could be Pinkylocks and the 3 monkeys (instead of Goldilocks and the 3 bears), set in the jungle. Or the story of the little blue bird (instead of the little red hen) set in a tree.  See what new ideas you can come up with in your story.

Write a character description for one of the characters in your story using your most descriptive language. Remember to describe what they look like and what they are like as a person. See if you can use some expanded noun phrases where you use 2 adjectives (with a comma) before the noun,  like this: Pinkylocks had a mop vibrant, curly hair sitting on top of her head. The fierce, cunning wolf was feared throughout the forest.

There are loads of fairy tales to read here https://www.storyberries.com/fairy-tales/

Our spelling words for this week all end with the suffix -less.

 
  • Endless
  • Careless
  • Painless
  • Hopeless
  • Useless
  • Homeless
  • Fearless
  • Tasteless
  • Restless
  • Powerless

 

Notice that it is -less with double ss- it means something is lacking or missing. With this suffix, you don’t drop the end -e (careless, useless, homeless).

To practice them you could do the following:

  • Put them in alphabetical order
  • Look, say it, cover it, write it.      
  • Check the meaning and then write them in sentences.
  • Write over them in different colour pencils.

 

Reading focus

Try the reading activities in the Talk 4 writing booklet on the Elves and the shoemaker.

Also this week try to read or listen to some poetry.

You can hear Michael Rosen reading some of his own poetry on YouTube: chocolate cake and babysitter are great poems. This one is about a very strict teacher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1cfVQyrQ3Q

Benjamin Zephaniah is another fantastic poet, listen to one of his poems here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1DKCaR9OzQ

When you’ve read or listened to some poems, try writing your own.

Keep reading every day!

 

Science

Plants: how did you get on with drawing and labelling parts of a plant?

  • This week you can start an experiment to discover what seeds need to germinate and grow into plants.
  • First: find out what the word germinate means.
  • Then draw a diagram (or diagrams) of a seed or a bulb as it germinates. Label your diagrams to show how the seed or bulb changes. You could make it like a cartoon and describe what is happening.
  • Get busy with an experiment: all you need are some seeds, some tissues and something to put them in (like a cup). I have made a video of the first part of our experiment here: https://youtu.be/DVOyYfqEEXI

Watch the video and you can do it as well at home. Don’t worry if you can’t get hold of any seeds- I will make another video next week and we can see what has happened to our seeds!

 

Geography

Where do you live….?

Can you name: the four countries and capital cities of these countries that make up the United Kingdom? Draw a map (or use the one attached) of all of the UK and add in the major cities. Can you draw a flag for each of the four countries? You could also add drawings of other famous places on to your map. Can you put these on your map: Stonehenge, Big Ben, Ben Nevis, The Giant’s Causeway. What other famous landmarks can you find to add?

Countries of the UK map to label

Art

This term we are looking at impressionist painting. If you haven’t already, please watch the  short introductory video here https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/what-is/impressionism

Remember, an impression is an idea or feeling about something. They used a technique called pointillism, where they used lots of tiny dots of colour next to each other to create their drawings. Look at the painting by Georges Seurat called ‘A Sunday afternoon in the island of Grand Jette’ (see below). What colours does he use? What size are the dots? What impression does the painting give you?

Try to make your own painting using pointillism: lots of tiny dots next to each other. You can use paints, pens or pencils. Start with something simple like a toy, a plant, a piece of fruit and have a go. I’d love to see what you draw: email them to me!

Georges Seurat painting

ICT

Keep going with Scratch coding. You can share your projects that you’ve made and email the title of your project to me so I can see them: https://scratch.mit.edu/

 

That should keep you busy!!!!!

Remember to use the class email if you would like to send me some of the work you have been doing- I’d love to see photos of what you have been up to:   ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

 

Keep up the good work!

Mrs. Mathers

Work for year 2: week Beginning Monday 20th April

 

From today, the BBC have free lessons and online resources for learning every day and there will be loads to choose from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znbnscw

 

The Oak Academy are providing lessons http://www.thenational.academy/.

 

If you would like to send me any of your work, you can email: ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk

 

OK lovely year 2s, here are some things to keep you busy this week!

Maths:

A riddle to start:

Noah saw 24 legs walk by into the ark.
How many creatures could he have seen?
How many different answers can you find?
Can you explain how you found out these answers?

Measure it!

Longest to shortest: find objects around your home and see if you can order them from shortest to longest. If you have a ruler, measure them. What is the different between the longest and shortest object? Can you find something that is exactly 2cm, 20cm, 28cm and longer than 30cm?

Shape up

Take things from around your home and sort them into what 3D shapes they are. Make a group of cylinders, cubes, spheres, cuboids. If you have a ball, which group would it go in? What group would a can of beans go into? What shape group would a book go in? How about your cereal box?

Four in a row game

Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py5oyR7igkE to see how to play a 4 in a row game using a 100 square (you can draw one of these). I played this with all the young people in my house and lost every time!

This is a fun one….A mystery puzzle to solve

See below The Mystery at the Grand Portrait Gallery

Position and direction

Have fun and keep moving with the BBC Supermovers. Can you spin clockwise and anticlockwise?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-position-&-direction/zhh9scw

Mental maths

I’ve made a short video of some mental maths adding, subtracting and multiplication games you can try at home. Watch here: https://youtu.be/wZK2MsUE48A

Super-hot challenge: Division using grouping

Have a go at dividing 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. Amber explains it really well here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9X0Vqx9Xnc and there are some questions in the video. If you feel confident with this, have a go with these:

 

36 ÷ 2=

51 ÷ 3=

75 ÷ 5=

58 ÷ 2=

85 ÷ 5 =

45 ÷ 3=

 

There is lots of maths to practice here: https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-2  and also lots of helpful resources on the St. Stephens school website. Go to Home >About Us >Curriculum >Maths

 

White Rose have maths videos and activity sheets for every day of the week. For this week's work see here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

See below for other maths activity sheets.

 

Writing

In school we follow a writing scheme called ‘Talk for writing’. Pie Corbet, who designed the course, presents a radio show every morning live at 9:30am (it can also be played later as a podcast), with other teachers. It is a great show, with lots of writing ideas to do while you listen: https://radioblogging.net/

 

Jamie Thomas is a teacher with young kids, and he has put together an amazing blog for writing and maths ideas that are easy to do at home with year 2s. Every day he has new ideas that are easy to access. I’ve tried some of them and they are good fun- you can choose your favourite topic: monkeys, clouds, sweets…. https://tfwconsulting.wixsite.com/jamiethomas/blog/?fbclid=IwAR1YQcQWSGRwdRQ03c36z57g_UWlwCHHTt-AIulGW9WIKKg1LIMPahj2zV4

 

Also, this week you could try some of these in your home learning book:

 

What is your favourite fairy tale? Cinderella? Rumpelstiltskin? The 3 little pigs? Goldilocks?

 

There are loads of fairy tales to read here https://www.storyberries.com/fairy-tales/

  • Choose your favourite fairy tale and read it out loud. Can you do different (silly) voices for the characters as you read? Use your hands/teddies/ toys/ wooden spoons to make a puppet show of your fairy tale. You could also make a video.
  • Make a story map of this fairy tale, like we do in class. Draw out the story using only pictures (it doesn’t need to be a work of art, stick men will do!). Can you tell the story out loud using only your drawing?
  • Can you write a different ending to your favourite fairy tale? Maybe you can tell it from another character’s point of view, for example you could rewrite the story of Goldilocks as if you were the little bear.
  • 20 words only challenge. Try writing the fairy tale using only 20 words. This is quite tricky- you have to choose which words are the most important to tell the story.

Here is my attempt at a 20 word fairy tale, see if you can guess which one it is: Red cloak, woodland walk, visiting gran. Greedy wolf dressing up. Big eyes, sharp teeth. Loud scream. Chop, chop! Bye wolf!

 

Have fun writing! 

 

Shrek is a great film that is a fairy tale with a difference. Maybe you could watch it to see how many different fairy tale characters you can find. Who is your favourite?

 

Our spelling words for this week all end with the suffix -ful.

 
  • restful
  • hopeful
  • playful
  • wonderful
  • careful
  • beautiful
  • painful
  • powerful
  • peaceful
  • mouthful
 

 

Notice that it is -ful with one l even though it means the word is full of that thing (full of power, full of peace). With this suffix, you don’t drop the end -e (careful, hopeful, peaceful) but you do change a y to i (beautiful).

To practice them you could do the following:

  • Put them in alphabetical order
  • Look, say it, cover it, write it.      
  • Check the meaning and then write them in sentences.
  • Write over them in different colour pencils.

 

Reading focus

Its fairy tale time! But with a difference: maybe everything you thought about the big bad wolf isn’t quite as it seems….

Have a listen to ‘The true story of the three little pigs’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB07RfntTvw

Once you’ve listened to the story, think about these questions:

  1. What 3 adjectives would you use to describe the character A. Wolf in this story?
  2. What was the second pig doing when the wolf came to his door?
  3. What excuses does the A. Wolf give for eating the first 2 pigs?
  4. What did the police find when they arrived at the brick house?
  5. Why is this story of the 3 little pigs really about a sneeze and a cup of sugar?
  6. Which version of events do you think is true? A. Wolf’s ‘cup of sugar’ story or the fairy tale?

 

Keep reading every day, remember that you can get  free books online that are the same as the ones we use at school available here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Listening to stories is great.

 

Audible are also offering free children’s books to listen to at the moment: https://stories.audible.com/discovery  You can find ‘The Princess Test ‘ and ‘The Fairy’s Mistake’- both fairy tales with a twist.

 

Science

We’re studying plants this term, so its time to get busy in the garden or park (making sure you keep your distance from people!).

  • Find a plant and draw it. Add as many of these labels as you can to your drawing: stem, leaf, petal, roots, flower. You might not be able to see all these parts of the plant but you can still add them to your drawing (you could even do a giant drawing of a plant on the ground using chalk!) Can you add any other labels?
  • If it is OK with an adult, maybe you can dig up a plant (like a weed in the garden) so you can see its roots as well. What size, colour and shape are they? What is their job?
  • What does it do? Can you find out what the job/ purpose of each of these are: stem, roots, leaf, flower. You can do some research: ask someone, check in a book, or look here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/articles/z3wpsbk
  • Go on a plant hunt. When you’re out on a local walk, see how many plants you can see (remember that trees, weeds and grass are all plants). If you want to find the names out there are some great free aps that help identify plants (iNaturalist and PictureThis are both good). Maybe you could make a big chart with pictures of all the plants you found!
  • Next week we will start an experiment growing some seeds in different places: see if you can find some cress seeds or broad bean seeds (you can buy them cheaply online) over this week. Don’t worry if you can’t, I’ll make a video so you can watch what happens with mine.

 

Music

There is a fantastic Russian fairy tale called Peter and the Wolf. The composer Prokofiev put this story to music. Listen to the story and music here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfM7Y9Pcdzw

As you listen, try to remember which instrument is used for the cat, the wolf, the duck, the bird, the grandfather and Peter. Which is your favourite instrument? Which sound did you think was the scariest? How did you feel when you heard the timpani (drums)? You could draw a picture of the story.

 

Creative ideas

This term we are looking at impressionist painting. There is a great, short introductory video here https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/what-is/impressionism

An impression is an idea or feeling about something. The impressionist painters loved painting outside. Can you sit outside, or look out the window and paint or draw your impression of what you see? Remember, they weren’t neat and they used lots of bright colours and they liked to paint everyday things they saw (the garden, their friends, the streets). It doesn’t matter if you use pens, pencils or paints. Rather than be ‘exact’ you are trying to create an ‘impression’- just an idea. If you want to look for some inspiration from other artists, just search paintings by Claude Monet or Georges Seurat and notice how they paint using lots of tiny dots of colours.

I’d love to see what you draw: email them to me!

You can go for a virtual tour around lots of the worlds most famous galleries: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en

The Musee D’Orsay in Paris has a really big collection of impressionist paintings you can look at: https://artsandculture.google.com/search/asset/?p=musee-dorsay-paris&em=m03xj1&categoryId=art-movement&hl=en

 

ICT

Get coding. Scratch is a fantastic way to learn how to write computer code. There are tutorials and projects that are easy to follow. It is free and the children learn coding through Scratch at school.

Year 2 can start with Scratch or ScratchJr. https://scratch.mit.edu/parents

 

That should keep you busy!!!!! 

Remember, if you want  to send me your news, work and photos, the contact is: ststephensyear2@ststephensce.lewisham.sch.uk
   

Keep up the good work!  Mrs Mathers

 
   

 

Week beginning March 30th 

 

OK lovely year 2s, here are some things to keep you busy this week!

Maths:

Measure it!

  • Use a measuring jug and water: can you make these amounts 400ml, 50ml, 150ml, 1 L.

How much water do you have if you mix together 250ml, 50ml and 100ml?

  • Make a potion- if you have food colouring, add a few drops of different colours to different cups of water. What colour do you get if you mix 80ml yellow and 50ml red? What colour do you get if you mix 150ml yellow and 80ml blue? What other colours can you make measuring different amounts?
  • Get cooking: can you make something delicious for your mums and dads? Follow a recipe and use scales to measure your ingredients. There are some lovely cooking ideas here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/collections/10_easy_recipes_for_kids
  • How heavy is it? Try this weighing game: https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/mostlyPostie/index.html

 

Practice your fractions and money

Use coins to help you with this: how many different way can you make 37p, 58p, £2.25?

Use coins to help you count: how high can you count in 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p

Try this matching game: https://nrich.maths.org/2729

Fractions: use dried pasta or beans, or counters to help you find fractions of a number. Find 1/2 of 24, 1/3 of 27, 1/4 of 32, 3/4 of 20. Challenge yourself to find non- unit fractions. 2/3 of 15, 3/4 of 16, 2/3 of 21.

 

Position and direction

Make a maze (you could draw it or make it with lego or bricks). Place your treasure in the middle of the maze. Write instructions to get to the treasure. You can use commands like: turn right, go 3 steps forward, turn left. Do your instructions work? Can someone find the treasure?

 

Writing

While we’re all having to stay at home, it doesn’t mean we can’t explore the world in other ways. Here are a few ideas for you to try in your home learning book:

  • Look in books or the internet for facts about a city or country you’re interested in. Can you write a fact file about it? Maybe draw some pictures or a flag to go with it?
  • Write a description of an imaginary country or city: what does it look like there? Who lives there? What is the food like? Can you describe the countryside and animals there?
  • Write a postcard from somewhere you’d love to be right now!
  • Write a story set in your favrourite place. It could be another country, it could just be your favourite park.

Our spelling words all end with the suffix -ment. You make these words by taking a verb and putting -ment on the end: enjoy- enjoyment, argue- argument, pay- payment, amaze-amazement, treat-treatment. Practice these using rainbow writing. Can you find any other -ment words?

 

Reading focus

This week try and read a kind of book you don’t usually read. So, if you normally read stories, try a fact book this week. If you always read non-fiction, try some poems this week. There is so much to try: plays, newspapers, fact books, adventure stories, poems, plays….

 

Free books online

The books we use for reading at school are also available as free e-books here (you just need to make an account to access the books, but it is free): https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

You can find the correct level of book by looking at the back of your reading book from school- it has a colour and level (e.g. 7 Turquoise). You can then choose your book from the site with the same colour band.

 

Audible are also offering free children’s books to listen to at the moment: https://stories.audible.com/discovery

I have been listening to Alice’s adventures in wonderland and it is brilliant!

 

Art

Who remembers the art from around the world we looked at? You could try to recreate Yayoi Kusama: she loves to cover anything in dots. So, find a stick (or large leaf) and paint it one colour, then when it is dry paint on dots in another colour. Or you could draw an animal in the style of Edward Saidi Tingatinga: your animal should also be covered in spots! If the sun is shining, use this trick to help you draw an animal: put a plain piece of paper on the floor/ windowsill where the sun is shining. Put a toy animal on the edge of the paper so you get a shadow of it and then draw around the shadow. You can use the internet to remind you what their paintings look like.

 

Other ideas

There are lots of fantastic ideas from the Scouts here of things to do when we’re stuck inside: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors?fbclid=IwAR24vx_hdeVeBoj0DEFdHUD-g1NTEY_YBNkOKIm5w5aEu3vyraZqWRYKupQ

 

For some science and creative fun, check out dad lab (the skittles experiment is such good fun!): https://thedadlab.com/

 

Science

Our topic next term will be plants so get ahead with your learning by planting some seeds now. Keep a diary to record what happens to your seed. Draw diagrams of your plant and label them. Do some research to find out what a plant needs to survive. These videos are really helpful: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd 

Seeds that you can easily buy and grow inside are: cress, peas, tomato and lettuce (and you can eat them when they have fully grown!)

 

So many ideas! I hope you have fun trying some of them.

 

Keep checking these year 2 class pages on the web site as I am periodically adding new links. 

 

 

 

 

The following web sites have a range of activities and worksheets covering all areas of the curriculum. 

 

All subjects

 

BBC bitesize:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p

Maths, reading, writing: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-2-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549911

For maths, reading and writing. Choose your year group. Your child can make their own account without an email here

https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk

 

Reading

Oxford Owl reading books (free e-books): https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/ 

Reading skills: https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

Reading and topic:https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-1-2.html

Free stories to listen to: https://stories.audible.com/discovery

 

Maths

Mental maths: www.topmarks.co.uk

Active maths: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw

Maths and literacy: https://www.ictgames.com

Maths worksheets: https://primarystarseducation.co.uk/covid-19-year-2/

 

Science

Science: https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk

Science: https://www.exploringnature.org

 

Writing

Handwriting support: https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk

Maths and literacy: https://www.ictgames.com

 

Other curriculum

General activities: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/school-closures

Geography: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

Indoor activity ideas using D&T, art, science, geography, music: https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities?category=Activity&section=Beavers&setting=Indoors

 

Year 2 curriculum 

We have a brilliant time in Year 2, have a look below and find out some of what we do:

 

Autumn Term
In our topic 'Making a Difference', we look at the life of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale and how they made a difference to other people's lives.  In the second half term we learn about the Great Fire of London and the Gunpowder Plot through our topic 'London's Burning'.  We also perform in the Lower School Christmas Play.

 

Spring Term
Our first topic is 'Super Heroes'  where we love learning about, and pretending to be, our favourite Super Hero!  In the second half of this term our topic is 'Around the World in 80 Days'. Barnaby bear will be on his travels. He may visit places like the Mexico City, St Lucia and London. We will be finding out about these places and sharing with each other the places our families are from and the countries we have visited.

 

Summer Term
Our topic is 'Traditional Stories with a Twist'. We develop our writing skills by writing our own version of a Traditional tale with a twist e.g. The Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. In DT we will make puppets and perform our stories. During this half term, we will also be completing the end of Key Stage One assessments. 

Our final topic of Year Two is 'Mini beasts' where we explore living things and their habitats.  If the weather is good, we can pay a visit to our local allotment to find some of these mini beasts!

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