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Y2 Home Learning 24.6.20

Hello Year 2 Families and hello to the sun again! We hope that you are all doing well and that you have been able to enjoy a little more time with friends and family now that some of the restrictions have been lifted. We are starting to enjoy being able to do a little more at the weekend, but miss ‘normal life’ and our wonderful Year 2 children.  

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.    

As we said last week, now that some of us adults are back in school, please just give us a little more time to reply – we are getting back to you when we are able. 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.  

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  


We are continuing to consolidate and improve our calculation skills this week by looking at multiplication. This will go back over multiplication as groups, arrays and repeated addition. There are a number of attachments at the end of the blog as usual which you can complete. Pick which areas you think you need more practise with; which could be word problems, calculating multiplications outside the known times tables, speed of recall of times tables etc. (The ‘I have, you have game’ can be played in pairs with another member of your family or you can order them as you answer them individually). 

There is a Powerpoint video for you to watch and pause to answer the questions in your books.  (Warning – it's a long one! You may want to do this in separate sessions!)

 You may want to practise building up your speed of the times tables you are working on: 

If you know a number of the times tables already there is a free practise checker on Twinkl at the moment: 

We know that a lot of year 2 children have been enjoying practising their multiplication at home so we have also included this link where there are lots of free worksheets, powerpoints etc for you to access and continue to build on your knowledge. 



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 firefighters, which links with the PHSE. 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 will find out a little bit more about Julia Donaldson. Although we do not need to read any of her books this week, feel free to look back at the Facebook page  or any of the YouTube videos in last week’s blog.  

Activity 1 

Listen to and work through the ‘Statements, Questions, Commands, Exclamations’ PowerPoint video. Your child will need to be able to pause the video and will need paper/ an exercise book and something to write with. 

Activity 2  

Write questions that you would like to ask Julia Donaldson. They could be specifically about her e.g. ‘When did you start writing books?’ or you could ask about specific books e.g. ‘Where did you get the idea for Gruffalo from? 

Blue – Write 3 questions. 

Green – Write 5 questions.  

White – Write 7 or more questions.  

Activity 3 

Collect facts about Julia Donaldson and record them on the Fact Organisation Sheet (attached). Use the questions from Activity 2 to write in the ‘other interesting facts’ section. - There is A LOT to read here. Unless your child has a specific interest, I recommend scrolling to the ‘answers to your questions’ part.  

Watch the video:  

Read the Julia Donaldson Facts document (attached).  

Activity 4 

Use your fact organisation sheet, to write a fact file about Julia Donaldson.   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!   

It might be easier to use the same subheadings that are on the fact organisation sheet. After learning about different types of sentences, in Activity 1, the sub-headings could be questions.  

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 conjunctions. (green)  

Use time words. (green)  

Include a question. (green)  

Include an exclamation. (green) 

Use technical language. (white)  

Use commas for a list. (white) 

Questions for subheadings. (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. 



Attached below is a ‘Re-growing Vegetables’ experiment for you to try at home. 

Prediction – what do you think will happen to the vegetables and why? 

With the help of a grown up, cut the vegetables as it explains in the document and place them in a sunny spot.  Check on your vegetables every day.  You could keep a diary, adding a labelled diagram and an explanation of any changes each day.  Is there any new growth?  Which part of the plant is growing, the shoots, leaves or roots? 

Conclusion – what happened to each of the vegetables?  Is it what you expected in your prediction? 

There are lots of videos/information about growing plants that you might want to look at here for further information. 


Online Safety      

Complete both the activities on this link – it will involve re-watching one of the videos that we sent to you when school first closed.      



Using the Scratch program online: 

In this lesson we will explore how to change the size of your Sprite, making it bigger or smaller using the ‘looks’ blocks. 

Create your code so your sprite is programmed with an ‘event, motion, sound and look’ block. Test out your code. Don’t forget you can save it and send it to us. 

Watch the Scratch tutorial video lesson 3 here:  



We will be continuing with lessons on Kapow this week. This is the final lesson. 

You will need your background painting from lesson 3, your images from lesson 1, paint, glue and you may want buttons, cotton wool or other items from around the house/garden if you get really creative. 



Below are the links for information on Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole if you need to remind yourself about them again. 

Who do you think is remembered more?  Florence Nightingale or Mary Seacole?  Why do you think one is remembered more than the other?  What were the main differences and similarities between the 2 nurses? 

Task – Record your similarities and differences of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. 

This could be in a table either with a list of words or in sentences. 






Or as comparative sentences e.g.  

Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole were the same because…   

Florence Nightingale was different to Mary Seacole because she…but Mary Seacole…  

Florence Nightingale: 

Mary Seacole:  



Watch the clip – The Torah and Abraham’s search for a wife for his son. 

Can you retell the story?  You could draw it out and write it in your green book. 

Extension – Why do you think this story is important to Jewish people? 



This week, we have decided to talk about fire safety. It links with the reading comprehension. There are two Pp videos: one is a story and one contains rules for staying safe when there is fire.  


Charlie the Firefighter Story: