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Y2 Home Learning 10.6.20

Here is the next home learning blog for Year 2.

Hi Year 2 families. We hope that you are well and still staying safe. You might have seen on the school website that Mrs Evans and Miss Beasley are now spending part of the week teaching Year 6. We would like you to know that we still have time built into our week to plan for Year 2 home learning and to keep in touch with our Year 2 families, as we have been since school closed. Please just give us a little more time to reply – we promise that we will get back to you as soon as we are able to. If you have any queries about the home learning, please copy all Year 2 teachers into the email and one of us will get back to you, when we can. Please do keep sending us work and photos – keeping in touch with our lovely Year 2 families is really important to us.  

We appreciate that you, your families or your children might have become a little more unsettled with some children having returned to school and we are aware that you might be making adjustments to what you are doing at home. As we have said from the beginning. It is OK to mix things up, adjust things, then adjust them again. Please remember that you are doing a brilliant job.  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.   

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 


This week we will be starting to consolidate some of our calculation skills, starting with addition and subtraction. There is a Powerpoint video to access, and questions to answer as you work your way through it. There are also some printable sheets at the end of the blog as usual to write the answers to in your books or on the sheets. Some of these worksheet activities are to consolidate your reasoning and problem solving using addition and subtraction skills This week you can also have a go at making a game to practise your calculation skills. We are looking forward to seeing your games and hope you will have fun making and playing them. 

Please don’t feel like you have to watch the whole Powerpoint video in one go. Mrs McMurdo did and nearly sent herself to sleep! I would do a few slides each day and make sure you practise some similar questions in your books of your own (or add and subtract games online on top marks or ict games) or the try out the attached questions. 



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 Queen Elizabeth ll – it is a factfile! This will need to be done before doing English. 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.   



This week, we are continuing with fact files.  

Please do the reading comprehension (Queen Elizabeth ll) activity before embarking on the English.  

Activity 1 

Work your way through the Conjunctions PowerPoint video. You will need a pencil and paper, and the ability to pause the video to do the activities.  

Activity 2 

Have a look at the Mary Seacole and the Grace Darling fact file. (You could also look back at the Queen Elizabeth ll and Florence Nightingale ones too, if you want to.) 

Have a think about these questions: 

What do you notice about the layout? Can you see the title, sub-headings and fact boxes? Do you see that some have bullet points? 

What do you notice about the language? Can you see that the language is quite formal (no contractions) and that there is some technical language? Did you notice that sometimes they use questions? Did you notice the time words and conjunctions. 

Activity 3 

Hopefully, you have gathered lots of facts about Florence Nightingale. If you haven’t, look back at last week’s blog, as we have given you lots of different ways to gather facts.  

Use your fact organisation sheet (from last week), to write a fact file about Florence Nightingale.  It might be easier to use the same subheadings that are on the fact organisation sheet. It might be tricky to use a fact file layout straightaway, so it might be worthwhile doing all of the writing first, then copy it onto a sheet with the correct layout. We have attached a template that you might like to use, or you, or your child, could draw it out. If we were in school, we would tell the children to do their pictures, once they have done all of the writing!  

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

Use the correct layout: title, subheadings, pictures, fact boxes (blue). 

Write in full sentences. (blue) 

Use the past tense. (blue) 

Use conjunctions. (green) 

Use time words. (green) 

Include a question. (green) 

Use technical language. (white) 

Use commas for a list. (white) 



Remember Mrs Hodge has made some spelling activity sheets.  If you would like these then please email the Year 2 teachers and we will send them out to you. 

There are lots of spelling and SPAG games that you can play here: 

If you have found any other games or activities that have been fun to do with spellings please let us know and we can share these with the other Year 2 children as well. 


Online Safety     

We would like to revisit the ‘Think You Know: Jessie and Friends’ resources that we shared with you when school first closed. Please complete the 2 activities on this link:  



You can use the Scratch program on a laptop or iPad/tablet.  It doesn’t seem to work very well on a phone though.  

The tutorial will talk you through step by step what to do.  It may help to have the video and Scratch program open so that you can pause the video and add to coding project as you go along.   

In lesson 1 we will be looking at choosing your Sprite and Background.  We will also look at exploring the Motion blocks, using the green flag to start your code. 

Watch the Scratch tutorial video for Lesson 1 here:  

If you have saved your coding project from this lesson, don’t forget you can email it to us and we can see what you have done.  Happy Coding! 



We will begin by looking at Mary Seacole and comparing her to Florence Nightingale.  You are welcome to follow these lessons or carry out your own research into a famous person from History.  Follow your children’s interests or link it with topics of older siblings.  There are lots of videos about significant people that you can watch here: 

We will look at some other famous people more briefly after looking at these 2 ladies so please send in any project work you might do via email as we’d love to share the interesting things you’ve learnt about famous people in history and what makes them so significant in our past. 

Why was Mary Seacole famous? 

As well as the fact sheet for English attached below you can watch the clip below to find out about Mary Seacole.  

You can find out more about here as well: 

Optional task – sequence the events of Mary Seacole’s life using the document below.  There are 3 levels of difficulty ranging from 1 star which is the easiest to 3 stars which is the hardest – all answers are included.  This could be talked about and doesn’t need to be printed to complete. 

Main Task - Why do you think she is famous?  What did she do that was significant enough to be remembered today? 

You could write your own sentences or use the document below to help set out your ideas in more of a fact file layout.  If you would like to present your answer a different way then you can do this as well, e.g. in a News Report Video. 


We will be continuing with lessons on Kapow this week. This is lesson 3: 

(Although it says it is for Year 1, it is actually for Y1 and Y2 – promise!)  

Remember from last week you don’t need to just think about a seaside landscape, you could use the same skills to make a garden landscape, desert landscape, mountain and lakes in a landscape using the work of a different artist. Therefore instead of looking at shades of blue in the sea and sky you may be looking at making different shades of green for a mountain or garden landscape. 

You will need the artist image/s from last lesson and watercolour paints if possible. (You could use poster paint or chalks aswell). This lesson only has a clip for teachers to watch but in school we often watch the teacher one rather than the pupil one as it adds more detail. 

Keep this piece of work along with lesson 1 images – you will need them soon.                      



Watch the clip – Shopping for Pesach or Passover 

What does ‘Kosher’ food mean.  Are there rules around eating food in any other religions that you know about? 



This week, we have decided to drop in a Water Safety lesson. As we are surrounded by water here in Thrapston and families are enjoying the countryside more, it is important to make our children aware of to stay safe when they are near the water. Please watch the PowerPoint video. No equipment is required. We have also attached some water safety discussion cards if you would like to take it further than just watching the PowerPoint video.