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Y2 Home Learning 8.7.20

Please find below the next Y2 Home Learning Blog.

Hello Year 2 families. This is our last full blog of learning. Next week, we will post an ongoing blog with lots of ideas of things to do over the summer.  

Keep on going! It’s only a few more days until the summer holidays..! 

We are still enjoying hearing from you and looking at your lovely work – please keep it coming until the end of term.   

 Please keep an eye out for letters from Mrs Turner as we move into the summer holidays and beyond.  

We have really enjoyed the Time to Talk sessions. If you haven’t been involved in a session yet, please contact us by Monday 13th July.  

 Our email addresses are:      

nbeasley@thrapston.net      

smcmurdo@thrapston.net      

levans@thrapston.net      

thodge@thrapston.net      

mkochuijt@thrapston.net       

lstrong@thrapson.net      

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

New Activities  

Maths    

This week we will be working on a new topic of ‘Position and direction’.  If you have been experimenting with the scratch program you may have already used some of the maths vocabulary which you will need. 

You may want to do some of this practically at first getting used to the vocabulary. 

You could do this with an adult giving you directions to follow to check you understand the vocabulary at first and then you could give your adult directions to something you have hidden in the house! Or you could build or draw a mini island/town etc and move a lego character around to instructions using the listed vocabulary. (Eg. 2 bricks forwards, turn clockwise and step forwards 5 bricks, now step right 2 bricks.....etc) 

Main vocabulary: quarter turn, half turn, three quarters turn, anti- clockwise, clockwise, forward, backwards, left, right. 

Here is the PowerPoint video link to get you started: 

https://safeYouTube.net/w/TtIM 

As usual there are a number of activities at the end of the blog which you can choose from to complete during the week.   

This is a link on You tube to another video powerpoint that explains turns and clockwise/anticlockwise in more detail if you need it: 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFC46Fb5xvk 

Some other links you may want to look at: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zjyb9j6 

https://nrich.maths.org/5560 

Reading  

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.   

Please find attached a reading comprehension about elephants. As before, 1 star = blue level, 2 stars = green level, and 3 stars = white level.  

English    

Last week, you should have written a story similar to ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson.  

Activity 1 

Read through your story from last week; edit and improve, if you can. 

Does it make sense?  

Could you improve any of your word choices? 

Did you use the punctuation correctly? 

Did you miss out any information? 

Activity 2 

Have a look at some Julia Donaldson books,  or look at the video links shared in previous blogs, and explore the https://axelscheffler.com/ website. Look at Axel Scheffler’s illustrations.  

What do you notice about his illustrations? 

What do you like or dislike about his illustrations? 

Have a go at drawing your favourite Julia Donaldson/ Axel Sheffler character.  

Activity 3 – 2 options 

Option 1 - create your own book 

Re-write your story in your best handwriting, in the style of a book, with illustrations. You could fold some paper in the style of a book, or use the templates attached. Try to present your book in the style of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  

Option 2 – create a storyboard 

Create a storyboard (a bit like a comic strip), based on your story, with pictures in the style of Axel Sheffler. You could use the template attached (the second one within the document, with 6 spaces, would appropriate for most children, but do whatever suits) or fold some paper into however many sections are required.  

Activity 4 

Look back at the Axel Scheffler website:  https://axelscheffler.com/who-is-he Particularly the section on postage stamps in the ‘who is he’ section. Then choose a character, or scene, from your story and create a postage stamp, in the style of Axel Sheffler. There is a postage stamp template attached, or you could draw the outline yourself.  

Spellings   

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: https://www.bbc.co.uk/games/embed/small-town-superheroes?exitGameUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fbbc.co.uk%2Fbitesize%2Farticles%2Fzncgvk7 

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. 

Science 

Carry out the ‘Bee Pollination’ Experiment attached below. There is also a prompt card with useful questions you could ask.  You can also use the attached flower and bee resources if you wish, although the experiment will work with fingers touching different surfaces (you may want to decide where your little bees can pollinate though!)  

Prediction – What do you think will happen and why?   

Conclusion – What happened?  What does this tell us about bees and pollination? 

Here is an additional resource made by the Eden Project to help explain pollination: https://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/what-is-pollination-a-diagram-for-kids?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuJz3BRDTARIsAMg-HxWe8g-yCJrGlZKoM1lfqSOEi9p2Yopc-6k-bKgS-C7Pls-VUnTFUZcaAmM6EALw_wcB 

Optional fun experiment:  There is also attached the prompt card and instructions for the ‘Bouncy Egg’ experiment.  If children would like to write their predictions and conclusions for this, they could.  Or feel free to carry it out just for fun! 

Online Safety      

Complete both the activities on this link – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/globalassets/thinkuknow/documents/thinkuknow/parents/pdf/thinkuknow-5-7s-home-activity-sheet-6.pdf   

Computing  

We have 2 lessons for you this week! 

Lesson 5 – https://safeYouTube.net/w/hGIM  

You will learn how to create a scoring game using the mouse to click on your Sprite to increase your score. 

Lesson 6 – https://safeYouTube.net/w/rGIM  

This is a longer than usual lesson! We will talk you through how to create a story using coding!   

DT 

Continue with the separate blog to design and make your cereal bars. 

History  

Using the link below choose another significant person in History to find out about.   

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf49q6f 

Create a fact file to share what you have found out, making sure you include why they are remembered.  What did they do that makes them significant or famous? 

PSHE  

This week, we are looking at ‘Keeping Safe around Strangers’. Watch the PowerPoint video – no equipment needed! https://safeYouTube.net/w/aDnN  

When the video has been watched, set your child a challenge to learn an important telephone number (a parent’s mobile number, or, if you use it, your landline number).