23/04/2020 at 5:50 PM
Good morning. It has been great to see some of you via Google Meet this week. If we haven’t seen you yet, we are really looking forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for continuing to send us your completed work – we have been very impressed with your ‘Sweetie World’ art work, measuring and descriptive writing.
Please see below for the next set of learning tasks:
There is no new maths for today so you can catch up with any of the measuring work from earlier on this week. If you have finished everything and would like to do some more maths, there is a Friday Maths Challenge on the White Rose Maths home learning page. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/
We would like you to write a descriptive setting about your ‘Sweetie World’ art work. If you don’t want to use your art work, you can always use the picture we have provided.
Task 1 – Improving sentences
Here are some short, simple sentences that need improving. Can you add any adjectives or conjunctions to improve them? Can you bin any unwanted words? Can you change any words for better, right choice words? Remember: Right choice words are words that you have chosen because they are the best word to use; the sentence makes sense and the word chosen is effective.
Using your own setting think about what you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Use a word web to help formulate your ideas. Remember to use adjectives and adverbs in your descriptions.
Now have a read through this description of a setting. What makes it a good setting? Can you spot the right choice adjectives, conjunctions, different sentence starters, punctuation and linking sentences?
To write a description of your own ‘Sweetie World’.
You may have seen that BBC Bitesize are producing lessons for home learning. This lesson on adjectives fits well with what we are doing today. You may want to look at this for further ideas: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpbbkqt/articles/zf6c47h
Science and Purple Mash
Message from Mrs Wilson:
I have enjoyed reading your revision work about Materials and your information texts about Mammals. I have left comments on all those that have been handed in. Well done to all those children who completed the plant labelling task too
You should have received some Marigold seeds in your pack from school and I would like to set up an investigation for you to try. Watch this Youtube video about how to plant your seeds. https://youtu.be/V2lF5nEz9ZA
You could use any small plant pots you have spare or even yogurt pots. I’d like you to try to plant seeds in three different pots for our investigation. If you have seeds left you can plant those just as normal.
You are trying to find out what the best conditions are for plants to grow well. Plant your three seeds following the video.
Plant 1. Please put this in a warm, light spot and water it every day.
Plant 2. Put this one somewhere dark but water it daily.
Plant 3. Put this in a light area but do not water.
In your home schoolbook please write a prediction about which of your plants you think will grow to be the healthiest plant and why. Try to write down what you notice every few days. You should see some growth after a week or just over. You may like to use the plant diary to type your findings; it’s in your 2do’s on Purple Mash. It would be great if you could take some photos to show the progress of your plants too.
We have loved seeing what you have been doing at home this week. Here are some photos that have been sent in:
Next week, we will be continuing with our measuring work in maths and reading some more Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will be learning more about the different characters in the story in our English lessons.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Year 2 Team
22/04/2020 at 7:14 AM
Thank you to those of you who replied to class teachers to confirm your interest in joining a Google Meet chat. If you have not yet replied, please make sure you do so as soon as possible. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Please see below for the tasks to complete over the next two days. There are two more maths lessons on measuring and a further writing task. You will need to complete the artwork before Friday; this is needed for the next writing task! Please note: There will be no other maths this week; instead on Friday we will be setting some science learning.
Lesson 1: Today we will be measuring in metres. We use metres to measure larger lengths and heights such as the length of the classroom or playground or the height of a tree. 1 metre is equal to 100 centimetres.
Which do you think you would measure in metres and which would you measure in centimetres?
If you have a tape measure, you can use this to find 1 metre. If you don’t have a tape measure, you could try making your own metre stick like the ones we have in school. Collect a stick from the garden or the woods (or use a broom or mop handle!) Mark where 1 metre is using tape or pens. You could measure every 10cm so it looks like the metre sticks we have in school.
Once you have your metre rule, you can investigate:
Can you measure the length of your bedroom, living room or garden in metres? You can record lengths in metres and centimetres. e.g. my living room is 3 m 45cm. This means it is 3 whole metres and 45 centimetres.
Link to White rose maths video:
Lesson 2: Now we are confident in measuring in centimetres and metres, we can move onto comparing measurements.
Children should be confident in using the symbols < > = to compare:
Practical Task: Choose 2 objects from your home. Measure both objects then compare.
e.g toy car 20cm > pencil 13cm
Link to White Rose Maths video:
The next English lesson concentrates on chapter 15 ‘Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Room’. Please read this chapter to your child and watch the clip from the film stop at 30 seconds in. Talk about what you can see, feel, and hear. Talk about how the room makes you feel. What do think the room would smell like? Try to use as many adjectives (describing words) as possible.
Here is a link to a clip from the film:
Read these sentences add the missing punctuation marks:
Read this description of the Chocolate Room. Which words and phrases did you think were the most effective? How many adjectives or adverbs could you spot? What punctuation was used and why? Which right choice words were used and why?
To write your own description of the Chocolate Room. Describe what you can see and hear. Describe how you would feel if you were in the room and how it would smell.
Use these sentence starters to help you:
In the distance….
Up above me….
Under my feet…
I could smell…
I could see….
I couldn’t believe…
In art, we would like you to design your own world of sweets. Take a look at these slides to give you some inspiration.
See last year’s blog for some inspiration! http://ffks1.primaryblogger.co.uk/art/a-fun-first-week-back/
20/04/2020 at 7:42 AM
Welcome back Year 2! We hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing break. We have…… and we are now ready to get back to some fun learning with you all!
Over the next two days we would like you to complete some measuring work for maths and to write a setting description for English. There are some spellings for the week plus a topic challenge (this would usually be a learning log!). There are also lots of ideas for reading fun plus a PE challenge! Please see below for all the details:
Our new topic starting this week is ‘Length and Height’. We will be using centimetres (cm) and metres (m) to estimate, measure and compare.
Have you got a ruler or a tape measure at home? Have a look in your pencil cases, drawers and cupboards. If you don’t have a real ruler or tape measure, use the card one in your home learning packs delivered recently.
There are a few things that you need to remember when using a ruler.
- make sure you line up the object correctly, starting at 0.
- check you are using the correct scale. Some rulers also show inches or millimetres- we are just using the centimetre scale.
- Look at the nearest number to find your answer. (Grown ups- there is no need to talk about decimals just yet! Children may wish to say 7 1/2 centimetres though)
Task 1: Your first task asks you to estimate each object first. Remember: an estimate is a sensible guess. Some of you may want to work out the difference between your estimate and the actual measurement. This is how many more or less your answer is compared to the estimate. e.g. If my estimate is 5cm and my object measured 7cm, the difference is 2cm.
Easier challenge: If you have play dough, you could make some worms or snakes. Can you order them from shortest to longest? Which are shorter than 10cm? Which are longer than 10cm? Can you estimate and measure their lengths too?
Task 2: Use your ruler to draw lines. Make sure you hold your ruler straight with your fingers spread across it to hold it in place. Put your pencil on 0 to start your line. Practise drawing lines that are 5cm, 7cm and 12cm long.
Next try these challenges:
Draw a rectangle 5 cm long and 3 cm wide.
Draw a square with sides that are 4 cm long.
Draw a picture with straight lines. Measure and label each line.
You may want to use the video and resources from White Rose Maths to support this lesson: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/
This half term we will be using the story ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl to inspire our writing and other learning.
If you haven’t got a copy of the book, this free PDF version was found online:
What does this tell you about Charlie’s house? Have you thought of any adjectives yet? Poor, small, cramped, cold, uncomfortable.
Our first task is to use the suffix est to make words to use in a description of Charlie’s house.
Now you can use all your ideas to write your description! Remember to start with a few sentences to introduce Charlie’s house. Then describe each feature in detail using the ideas from your word web. Here is an example to help you get started. Can you spot the right choice adjectives?
We are really looking forward to reading your descriptions. Remember to write on a line, miss a line so that you have space for any green pen editing you might need to do.
This week we are looking at words ending le and el. There are some examples below. Can you think of any more? You could make two lists.
Have you seen this symbol before? What does it mean? What can you find out about it?
Practise answering comprehension questions using our reading dog characters. Follow the powerpoint slides and answer the questions as you go.
Please keep reading for enjoyment as much as you can. We will be busy reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory but you may want to read something different too! See previous blogs plus these NEW ideas…..
- Listen to a David Walliams story for free https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
- Sign up to https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks This is similar to oxford owl but has some questions too!
- Free audiobooks https://stories.audible.com/discovery Lots of choice on here including Harry Potter!
- Try one of the activities from the British Library https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books The Roald Dahl inspired nonsense dictionary looks particularly fun!
- Lots of fun ideas on here too: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/fun-at-home-with-authors-and-illustrators/
- Learn how to draw Willy Wonka or an Oompa Lumpa and listen to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in British Sign Language are just a few of the activities on this website: https://www.roalddahl.com/things-to-do-indoors
If you still have some energy after your Joe Wicks workout, try this fun dice game:
Something to make you smile….
03/04/2020 at 7:56 AM
Good morning Year 2. We hope you have had a good week and have learnt lots at home. Learning can be done in so many ways; it has been wonderful to see so many of you baking, gardening, getting creative, playing and making games. Please keep sending us pictures of how you are keeping busy and of the work you have been doing.
Below are some activities and learning to keep you busy over the Easter break.
This is the last lesson on fractions. Please share these slides with your child when you are working with them at home.
We want the children to understand that 1/2 is the same as 2/4.
Using a bar model and pictures can really help the children understand equivalence.
Please complete this activity. There are three levels: challenge 1, challenge 2 or challenge 3.
White Rose Maths also have a video and resources that can help you teach the concept of equivalence. Please click on the links below:
We really enjoyed reading your African animal poems. Thank you for sending them to us.
Here are some grammar activities to keep you busy over the Easter break.
Another online resource we use at school has now also become free to use at home. We use this to practise spellings and has some really good games that the children are already familiar with.
On the home page it gives you the free username and password.
Navigating the website is really straightforward. Go to Phase 5 for reading/spelling using phonics and Phase 6 for trickier spelling rules and patterns.
We are really pleased with how well the children engaged with our Africa topic. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve has a live web cam and daily stream if anyone wants to visit it. Let us know if you see any animals.
Here are some photos of us being busy at school:
Here are some pictures of children being busy at home:
After Easter we will be covering the following topics in Maths and English:
Maths – Measurements
In week 1, we will be using rulers to measure and draw in centimetres.
We will be comparing lengths using metres and centimetres.
We will be ordering different lengths.
Later on in the half term, we will be learning how to tell the time using quarter to and quarter past.
English – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We will be reading extracts from the book and we will be using the book to inspire our writing. If you have a copy of the book, you might like to start reading it to your child? You could also watch the films too!
We hope you have a lovely Easter break. Stay safe.
The Year 2 Team
01/04/2020 at 7:39 AM
Good morning Year 2! Thank you for all your hard work so far this week. We have really enjoyed hearing all about your learning. Please get in touch if you haven’t already and send us some pictures to add to the blog.
Well done to all those children who thought of adjectives to describe an African animal.
Take a look at the following poems. What descriptions and adjectives does the poet use? What rhyming words does the poet use? Where are the rhyming words found?
We would like you to choose an African animal and write a poem about it.
1. Think of phrases to describe what your animal looks like, sounds like and feels like. Does it have any special characteristics?
2. Now start to put these ideas together.
This week in spelling, we are learning how to spell words with the tion ending.
Please find the weekly spelling letter attached:
We would also like the children to practise using apostrophes for contractions e.g. I will = I’ll
Some resources are attached below to help.
In maths we are continuing our work on fractions.
Task 1: to count in quarters
2. Task 2: to solve fraction word problems.
Use a bar model to help you.
It is great that so many of you are doing P.E. with Joe Wicks. We hope you are enjoying it as much as we are! Here are some photos of us doing our daily workout:
In R.E. we are learning about why and how Christians celebrate Easter. The children will listen to the Easter story and then we are going to make Easter chocolate nests. Please use the links below.
We have been so impressed with all the super learning going on at home. It is lovely to see how you are making your learning fun through baking, gardening, using the computer or using your toys. It has also been great to see you all getting involved in some lovely family time too and playing outside. Here are some photos:
30/03/2020 at 7:29 AM
Good morning Year 2!
We hope you have had a lovely weekend at home. It still seems very quiet without you here and we miss you all. However, we do love reading the emails you have sent telling us what you have been up to at home, please keep them coming!
Below are some activities that we would like you to work on today and tomorrow.
Throughout this week in English, we are going to look at African animal poems. Can you guess what these animals are from the descriptions the poet uses?
Which was your favourite poem and why? Maybe you could perform your favourite poem to your family?
Think of an African animal and write down as many adjectives (describing words) as you can to describe your animal. Try to use words that describe what the animal looks like, how it moves, what sounds it might make or try to describe its characteristics. Can you think of words that start with the same sound (alliteration)? e.g. scary, scaly, skinny snake.
If you missed any of last week’s maths White Rose Maths has online lessons and activities.
In art we are going to paint some rainbow pictures to display outside school.
- First, draw your outline in pencil.
- Next, paint using rainbow colours.
- Finally, go over the pencil in thick black marker pen.
Please keep reading as much as you can. There are lots of ways you can read whilst at home.
- Pick up your favourite book to read for enjoyment!
- Read on bug club- everyone should have a new set of challenging reads. Email class teachers if you need this updating
- Access reading comprehension materials in your SATs booklets. Also there is nothing to stop you downloading past papers now that we won’t be using them in school. We have already done the 2019 papers.
- Sign up to the oxford owl website. This is free and has lots of useful ideas. There are free e-books to read on there (a bit like bug club) all linked to colour book bands/ages.
Thank you to everyone who has sent us emails of the children and their work. We have loved seeing what the children have been up to at home and it is so important that we stay in touch. Please keep sending us photos and updates. Here are our email addresses:
Here are some photos of work that the children have sent in this week: