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Y2 Home Learning 6.5.20

Hello Year 2 families. We hope you are well and looking forward to what will, hopefully, be a sunny bank holiday weekend. As always, please keep in touch: feel free to contact us via email. Anything you send, we promise to respond to as soon as we can.    

 Remember that children can do ANY work in their green exercise book.   We have spoken to the SLT and after some discussion they decided it was not logistically feasible to get additional books to children.  If you have access to paper we suggest using this and keeping it together in the meantime. 

 If you send us work and you would like us to put it in our ‘gallery’, please say in the email that you give permission for us to share it as we cannot share anything without your permission. We will continue to upload photos in batches, so if your photos aren’t there yet, they will be soon (if we have permission).   

 Please don’t worry that you’re not doing enough, yours and your children’s wellbeing is very important at this tricky time.    

We realise that as the weeks fly by, we realise that some children might be losing motivation. Please know that whatever you are finding is working for you and your family, is absolutely fine.  Please don’t feel under pressure to stick to a rigid schedule or routine – do what works for you. We all realise that we’re all on a personal rollercoaster at the moment and each day is different! Enjoy this time with your children.  

Any pictures that you send will earn you a Dojo!    

 Our email addresses are:   

 Any emails that you do send, please remember to copy Mrs Turner in, just in case, for any reason, we are unable to get back to you.   


                                                                                    New Activities   

VE Day 

We hope you are able to have a nice Bank Holiday on Friday. Here is a video PowerPoint to give the children some information about VE Day. We have also attached some resources that you might like to use to help explain what we are celebrating.  


We are continuing with data handling this week and below is the link where you can learn more about tally charts. 

Please watch the video and have a go at the activities and tasks on there. 

You could also make a tally chart, pictogram or bar chart using your dice, which you should hopefully have in the pack which was sent home to you. You may still need to make it! Throw the dice a certain number of times, perhaps 30, and tally each time it lands on each number. This data can then be shown as a bar chart or pictogram and you can write some questions about it. If you send us a really clear photo of your work we could put them on the next blog for your friends to answer the questions. 

 (A tricky challenge: What is probability? Don’t worry parents this isn’t a year 2 objective!!) 


This week, we have decided to use the DfE’s Oak National Academy for our English lessons. Please let us know what you think, and how you feel that your child responds to it. It’s a little bit different to what we have been sending.  

Lesson 1  

Lesson 2  

Lesson 3 

The lessons last between 15 and 20 minutes, and as long as your child has a piece of paper, or their green book, a pencil and a device to watch the videos, they should be able to work independently. Just make sure your child knows how to pause the video, as they are asked to do that a lot! (Children do not need to write the Learning Objective, as we don’t do that at school!)     

We have written instructions before (back in September!), so if your child whizzes through these lessons, then they could write a set of instructions for something they do regularly at home. (Cleaning teeth, setting the table, taking the dog for a walk, making the bed.) Next week, we will build up to writing instructions about something specific.  


As well as reading five times a week at home, when we are in school we build reading into the curriculum as regularly as possible. The teachers aim to read to the children at least once every day.   

We have attached a reading comprehension about VE Day. If your child normally does blue work, they should do the 1 star sheets; if they normally do green, they should do the 2 star sheets; and if they normally do white, they should do the 3 star sheets. The stars are in the bottom left-hand corner. Email us if you are unsure which one your child should do.  


Please don’t worry about which specific spelling lists your child may have been on at school.  Use the lists in the back of the reading diary and work through any that they are currently unsure of.  Any practice will be helpful to them.  If they can spell these then have a go at putting them into sentences to make sure that they are still spelt correctly then too.   

 Mrs Hodge has made worksheets to go with each spelling list. If you would like access to these, tell your teacher which list you are currently working on and we will send you the corresponding worksheet.  

Online Safety   

Here is a story about Smartie the penguin.  Can you help him make the right choices to keep him safe online? 


We hope you have been having a go at our dance.  All the grown ups have had a go, we hope you enjoyed watching them on our blog post on Monday. 

They’ve already been practising lesson 2, if you’re ready for it, here is the link 

Password – Y2dancing 

If you still haven’t tried lesson 1 here is the link: ​​​​​​​  

Password - Y2dancing   


Using a map.  Follow this link to take you to a child friendly page all about using ordnance survey maps and understanding the symbols used on the maps. 

We have attached below the guides for the symbols used on an Ordnance Survey map.  Look at the ‘Which map symbol’ document of pictures.  Can you find or draw the map symbol that goes with each of the pictures? 

Or you could play this game on the Ordnance Survey website: 

For further reading or challenge you may want to have a look at the attached document – Map Reading Made Easy.  Read the information and see if you can answer the questions.   

 DT  - Making our seaside vehicles 

This week you will be able to make your moving vehicle, so you will need to collect together all the resources which you listed last week and have a good look at your design. 

It is important when making something that it is ‘Fit for purpose’. This means that whatever job you have designed the vehicle to do that it can do this job. Obviously, we are making smaller versions of real vehicles and only have certain resources to make them from so we need to decide what our success criteria need to be to make our model vehicles ‘Fit for purpose.’ 

Success criteria if we are making a vehicle which moves on land with wheels: 

Moving wheels 

Axel which allows the vehicle to move 

Travels in a straight line 

Strong enough to stay together when it has been moved a number of times 

Looks like the vehicle designed Eg.If it is an ice cream van what does it have on it so we can tell. 

Joined well so no parts fall off. 

Success criteria if we are making a vehicle which moves on water: 

Can it move through the water without sinking 

Is it waterproof. 

Strong enough to stay together when it has been moved a number of times  

Looks like the vehicle designed Eg.If it is an ice cream van what does it have on it so we can tell. 

Joined well so no parts fall off. 


If you make a vehicle which moves through the air you will need to decide on your success criteria first and write them down before you start. 

When making your vehicle, remember to think about the joining techniques we used to make our fabric faces. We used a number of ways to join materials together and some of these will be useful when making your vehicle.  

Which of these do you think you will use the most and which do you think won’t be useful when making a model vehicle :    Cellotape, sewing, gluing. masking tape, staples, safety pins 

Are there any other joining techniques you can use? 


If you want to challenge yourself further, you can watch this you tube clip and try to make your vehicle move using a rubber band to power it. You may need to adapt slightly depending on what resources you have in your house. Eg They used a glue gun but you could use PVA/ cellotape/duck tape etc.  

Maybe someone else in your house can make one too and you can have a race to see which vehicle goes the furthest with a push or down a slope.  

Happy making! Don’t forget to send us photos.  


Watch the video – Celebrating Shabbat in a Jewish home. 

You could re-create a Shabbat meal using candlesticks, fruit juice and bread (challah). 

Extension – You make your own cover for the challah using fabric or other materials.