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Y2 Home Learning 13.5.20

Hello Year 2 families. Can you believe that we are nearly at half term? We hope that you were able to enjoy some VE Day Celebrations from home, at the weekend. It was lovely to see how many of the residents of Thrapston decorated the fronts of their homes.  

Thank you for the postcards that we have received either via email or through the post. The children, and you adults(!), are working really hard and the seaside work that we are getting through is really lovely.   

We are really aware that the recent guidance from the government has caused many people, nationwide, to feel unsettled. Please let us take this opportunity to remind you that you are doing a brilliant job. Please don’t worry that you’re not doing enough, yours and your children’s wellbeing is very important at this tricky time.     

As we know more about the possibility of school reopening, the school will keep you as informed as possible. Keep an eye out for letters from Mrs Turner.  

Please remember 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.  

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).    


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    


History - Optional Activity 

Yesterday would have been the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.  Here is a link to find out a bit more about her: 

Feel free to carry out any further research about her, you could even create a project about her if you wish.  Next Term we will be doing more History work focussing on ‘Famous People in History’ of which Florence Nightingale would be one. 


We are starting to have a look at a new area of mathematics this week – Capacity. 

Please watch the PowerPoint video and answer the questions in your book and then have a go at the activities attached below (capacity sorting and reading scales). Don’t forget to have some fun with capacity, measuring in ml and litres to make milkshakes, cakes or maybe to mix potions! (see fizzy potions in attachments)  



Last time, we asked you to do Lesson 1, Lesson 2 and Lesson 3 on ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter: Instructions’: This time, we would like you to begin with Lesson 4 and 5.  

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!)   

If you have a laptop or computer available to you, you might find the videos easier to access and pause, rather than on a tablet. If you are unable to access the National Academy videos, write a set a different set of instructions for a game that you like to play, a job that you do at home, or anything else that you could write instructions for. Remember to follow the success criteria below.  


Lesson 4  

Lesson 5  

 When you have written your firework instructions, if you have time: 

1. Watch this video:  

2. Have a go at making a cardboard cottage (hopefully you will have the resources,  or something similar at home). 

3. Then, write a set of instructions for how to make a cardboard cottage. 

Here is a Success Criteria, colour-coded, as it would be in school, to help you remember what to include. 

Instruction Writing Success Criteria 

Number the instructions. (blue) 

Write in the correct order. (blue) 

Include a heading and a subheading: ‘you will need’ or ‘list of equipment’. (blue) 

Use imperative (bossy) verbs. (green) 

Include time words. (adverbs of time on the video!) (green) 

Adverbs. (adverbs of manner on the video!) (green) 

Use useful adjectives - ‘pointy roof’ is useful, ‘beautiful windows’ is not. (white) 

Proof read your work to make sure it makes sense. (white) 

All handwriting should be neat. Also, please encourage children to join, if their handwriting is neat.   



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.    


Listen to the story: Jackanory Junior - 'Bob and The House Elves' on  

Answer the questions below, they are colour-coded as they would be in school. 

What does Bob do for a job? (blue) 

Where did Bob go to get rid of his ‘elf’ problem? (blue) 

Where did Bob go to read the book? (blue) 

Why was Bob amazed when he came down to the kitchen on Thursday morning? (green) 

What does Bob eat to settle his nerves? (green) 

Why did Bob zip himself in the tent? (green) 

Why did Lily feel so bad? (green) 

What does Bob do on Saturday nights? (green) 

What does ‘skittered’ mean? (white) 

How did Bob feel when he was at the chemist? How do you know? (white) 

How did Bob feel when the corner shop was closed? How do you know? (white) 

Who does Bob not want to see the elves? (white) 

What is the fairy bread good for? (white) 



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 another 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 their efforts after completing lesson 2.  

If you’re ready for it then here is the link for Lesson 3… 

Password – Y2dancing 

OR also now on YouTube:  

If you haven’t started yet but want to have a go it’s not too late…the links for Lessons 1 and 2 are below: 

Lesson 1:  

Lesson 2: 



Look at the website to find out about compass directions. 

Can you think of your own phrase to help you remember the order of the compass points? 

Take the quiz to test your compass knowledge: 

Use the document below to ‘Make your own compass’. 

 DT  - Evaluating our seaside vehicle 

When you have made your seaside vehicle, you will need to test it out to make sure it moves and see if it is strong enough to play with. Then have a look at the PowerPoint video below and answer the questions to evaluate your vehicle and see if it is ‘fit for purpose’.  



Watch the video – Celebrating Shabbat at the Synagogue 

How is the Torah treated with respect in the synagogue?  Why do you think it is so well looked after? 

Extension – Make your own Torah scroll. What important messages could you include on it? How could you make sure it is looked after and treated with respect in your home?