Year 2 week beginning 4th May

Here are some learning idea for this week based on Friday’s VE Day celebrations.

Children could explore measure when making cakes and scones. Can they measure out the correct amount?

Fractions Can the children cut up the sandwiches into halves and quarters? Can they find different ways to do this? (See picture?) Can the children share this picnic fairly?  Can the children share their picnics in halves, thirds or quarters?

Can the children design bunting for the party?
How many ways can they colour in half a flag? Or a quarter

So as you now know from Mr Palmer’s post, Friday 8th May is VE Day. We want you to have lots of fun celebrating in a safe way.
You might like decorate your house in red, white and blue, perhaps make some bunting and enjoy a tea party inside or outside. Tips for bunting are attached but we are sure you will have your own ideas.
,At 11a.m on Friday you could do your own 2 minutes silence to mark the occasion.
For your writing challenges this week you might like to have a go at making invitations and writing a menu for a VE Day tea party. We want you to use your very best handwriting
If you want to have a practice at joining your letters I have attached some handwriting sheets,

Making invitations You will probably need to use command sentences, statements and perhaps some questions. You might like to practice statements, questions, exclamations and commands on the Discovery Education website where you can watch a video and complete some challenge games. Go to :  Click the link in the top menu: free resources Scroll to Primary and then across and select All free resources. Scroll down to Free Grammar and Punctuation resources for KS1. Select sentences Recognising statements, questions, exclamations and commands So, who will you invite? What time will your party take place? Where will it take place?

Writing a menu
Let you guests know what you will have to eat. You could decorate the border of your menu.
What sort of food will you have? Perhaps you could help make the party food. Will you have sandwiches and jelly? Can you bake some cakes? You could also write a shopping list.

If you feel like really challenging yourself you could try and design the front page of a newspaper, pretending that the war had just finished. Think how excited and relieved everyone would have been! These are some suggestions for you but we know you usually have amazing ideas yourselves of things you would like to do. Please share all your achievements on tapestry so we can celebrate together. Can’t wait to see what you produce this week.
Stay safe and have a lovely week.

Y2 Home learning week 27th April

So glad the sun is still shining for us. Our challenges for the next two weeks are based on mini-beasts! Are you ready to be the next David Attenborough or Steve Backshall? This week can you research a mini-beast and present your findings? Why not start with a mini-beast safari outside? Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards. If you don’t have a garden you can find some mini-beasts here:  Do you have any fiction, non- fiction and poems about mini-beasts? Online stories Story: Sophie’s Masterpiece:  Poems: Mad about mini-beasts: 

Choose a mini-beast to research.
Challenge 1:
First think about what you know and then write some questions about what you would like to know. Remember many questions start with words that begin with ‘wh’ – What, Where, Why, When and remember they need question marks.
You can find out some facts from the videos below:
Challenge 2:
Present your findings. You could make a poster or a fact sheet with your facts, like the ones we wrote before about orangutans and gorillas? Your questions can be the ‘headings’ for example, Where can ladybirds be found?
You could use the words from phonics this week in your writing? there, their and they’re
(See examples attached about a woodlouse)

There are many online videos where you can find out facts. Here are a few:

What is a mini-beast?:  Listen to Jess tell you about mini-beasts –  Caterpillars and butterflies :  Millipedes:  Ants:  Worms:  Earwigs: “>  Woodlice: Dragonflies:  Ladybirds: 

We are sure you will have lots of other imaginative and wonderful ideas that are fun to do so please keep adding these. Here a few suggestions:

If you love drawing you could make a very precise ‘scientific’ drawing. Look at a photo of a mini-beast and draw what you see. Mini-beasts don’t have faces like us do they! You might like to fold a piece of paper into quarters, and redraft your drawing to try to improve it.
Can you make a mini-beast from natural materials or from recycled materials?
Could you bake some butterfly fairy cakes?
Perhaps you would like to write your own mini-beast poem or song.

Think about the micro-habitat where mini-beasts are found. Are they sitting on something or hiding under something? Do they prefer a bright place or a dark place? Find attached a sheet which you could use if you would like to.
How many legs do mini-beasts have? Is in an insect or not? (6 legs and three body parts)
Do they have a special way to protect themselves?
How do they move?
Answer to the question in the video: How do you know if something is a living thing?
Living things have 7 characteristics: They grow, move, respire (breathe), need nutrition (food), excrete (poo!) and they reproduce (have babies). They are also sensitive to their surroundings.
How many did you think of?

The words ‘there’ ‘their’ and they’re sound the same. Words which sound the same are called homophones.

Watch the video to look at their meaning and how they are used in sentences. 

Learn to spell there, their and they’re by using Look, Cover, Write, Check.
Ask your grownup to dictate a sentences with these words. Then you write the sentences using the correct spelling. E.g. They’re in the park having a picnic.
Use your best handwriting? Can you join your letters?

Adding and subtraction with money.
Children could make all the coins to use in role play or use what you have at home.
Children can make different amounts using coins. Can they make the same amount in different ways? E.g. 20p= 20p, 20p=10p+10p, 20p=10p+5p+5p

Role-play a shop. (This could be a toyshop, fruit shop or whatever you have lying around.)
Children could make a price list and labels.
Can they find out what one, two or three items would cost? How much change would they get when spending different amounts?
Children could also have a daily amount to spend on fruit and snacks. Make a price list and ask them to work out how much what they want costs and how much change they get!
Easier: 20p daily spend. All items are 1p. How much change to they get? (support number bonds to 20)
Medium: £1 daily spend. Items cost multiples of 5 e.g. 15p 25p, 55p etc
Harder: £1 daily spend. Items are different amounts.

Stay home, stay safe
Mr Shingler and Mrs Humphrey

Year 2 Home Learning w/b 20th April

Hello everyone
We hope you had a great Easter weekend and didn’t eat too many Easter Eggs!
In these challenging times the main thing is that you are all staying healthy and safe so we are not saying you have to do all the activities we have added. They are just ideas and linked to what we would have done first week back after Easter.
We have seen lots of maths activities on Tapestry. Can you do some writing too?

Our English challenge this week is to describe someone who is special to you. If you do the final activity you could give the description to your special person if they are in your house or you could post it to them if they are a friend or a relative. I think it would make their day!
So, can you write a description of a member of your family or a friend?

To help you I have 3 challenges to help you step-by-step if you do them all.

Challenge 1
Draw an outline of a person (your friend or family member)
Write some words to describe what they look like round the outside of the person using expanded noun phrases such as
long wavy hair, a great big smile, worn-out jeans, soft scarf

Next write some phrases on your sheet in a different colour to describe their personality?
Are they grumpy, happy, funny, loud?
What do they like to do? Baking, playing football, gardening, building things, playing games, shopping, drawing, reading, playing
Do they have a hobby?
Have they got a favourite item?
What do you like about them?

Challenge 2
This links to this week’s phonics.
Write two or more sentences about your character using some possessive apostrophes
Donna’s eyes are dark brown.
Donna’s garden is full of flowers.

Write two or more sentences with suffixes ‘er’ and ‘est’
Remember the rules we have learnt: double, drop, do nothing, change y to i.
She bakes the tastiest cakes ever!
When she laughs she gets louder and louder.
Donna has the biggest smile you have ever seen.

Challenge 3
Use all your ideas to write a description of your special person. Use your best handwriting.
Introduce them, describe their appearance and then describe their personality and what they like to do.
Here is mine.
Donna is one of my best friends.
The first thing you notice about Donna is her long wavy hair and her dark brown eyes. She has the biggest smile you have ever seen. Usually she wears worn-out jeans because she likes to be outside and she loves to wear her soft scarf. She often wears her green wellies to stop her feet getting muddy.
Donna is very funny. She makes lots of jokes and when she laughs she gets louder and louder. Sometimes we laugh so much we end up crying with laughter. Donna’s favourite hobby is baking. She bakes the tastiest cakes ever! Her kitchen is always messy when she bakes but it smells lovely! She likes gardening. Donna’s garden is full of colourful flowers. She even grows vegetables that she uses for cooking. At the weekends she likes to go for long walks in the countryside.
Donna is great because she is the happiest person I know.

Other ideas
Science: Can you find out what plants need to grow?
Do you have some seeds you could plant? What happens if you put a seed in the dark? Will it grow? What happens if a seed has no water?
What happens if a seed has no soil? You could put a seed in a CD case with cotton wool and water. Put it in a sunny place. Will it grow?

DT: Can you build a marble maze with Lego? or tubes, or straws? Can you write an algorithm (instructions) to get out? Test it out on your family!
Eg. Tip Forward, Tip Left, Tip forward, Tip right, Tip right, Tip back

Special Days: April 23rd is St George’s Day. Can you find out why it is called St George’s Day?

Look at the 25 ideas off-line (see photo and attached document if you want to print it off)

BBC Bitesize are showing programmes which start today.

Activity 1
Subtracting two 2 digit numbers with no exchanging 54-22 or with exchanging 52-34, see photo.

Activity 2
Learn to tell the time by making a clock – see photos You don’t actually need two circles. I realised when I made it you can just use one carboard circle and draw a smaller one inside.

In year 2 we need to tell the time using an analogue clock with a face and hands.
Learning the time on a digital clock is Key Stage 2 even though we spend more time using digital clocks nowadays.

The steps are to know o’clock and half past,
Quarter to and half past
When you are confident, tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

There are some super videos here to help you.

The hour hand, o’clock and half past 

The o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to 

Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes  Remember making a clock won’t help you learn the time, you need to keep practising. It will also help you with your 5 times table!!

Have fun!

Phonics/Spelling this week

Keep practising the yr 1 and yr 2 CEW words you need to learn
We sent home a copy of the last spelling test before school closed with the ones that you got right and the ones you need to learn. If you can’t find it please see the attached list.

Possessive Apostrophes For example Mrs Humphrey’s class is koalas. Mr Shingler’s class is Llamas Mum’s money Ally’s game I have added a powerpoint if you can download it. In year 2 we only need to learn where to put the apostrophe for singular nouns, one person or thing. So ‘The girl’s pen’ which is singular (one girl) not ‘The girls’ ball.’ which is plural (a group of girls) Activity 1 Matching game  This will need flashplayer

Activity 2
Read the poem and spot all the apostrophes. You could practise your handwriting by writing it out neatly with tall ascenders. Can you use joined handwriting?

Activity 3

Complete the worksheet attached. There are 3 levels so don’t print it all.
Make up you own poem like the one by Michael Plews.

Thank you
Mrs Humphrey and Mr Shingler