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Year 2 - 25.3.20 Home Learning

Working together - at distance. 

We all got together on a video call to plan some more activities to add to the blog below! It may not surprise some of you that we were on for 3 hours! (It was mainly Mrs McMurdo talking...)

Whilst school is closed, we plan to send a new ‘Home Learning’ document every Wednesday.

We would love to see the work that the children are doing at home, so please share it with us in any way that you are able to (email attachment, photos of work, word documents, PowerPoints, videos, or anything else!). Anything you send, we promise to respond to as soon as we can.

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.

Whatever you are doing at home, we would like to see it. Please email and ask us any questions that you might have. We will be happy to help with whatever we can. Don’t worry that you’re not doing enough, yours and your children’s wellbeing is very important at this tricky time.

Any pictures that you send will earn you a Dojo!

Our email addresses are:

Remember that children can do ANY work in their green exercise book.

                                                                           New Activities


How are you getting on learning to tell the time? Remember to use the clock that we sent home – once you have put it together.

Remember you need to:

  • On an analogue clock, read times that are o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.
  • On an analogue clock, tell the time to five minutes.
  • Know the different between the big hand and the little hand.
  • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.

Here are some video links with some time teaching from Mrs Evans.

O’Clock -

Half past -

Quarter past/quarter to -

5 minute intervals -

Attached at the bottom of this blog are some worksheets that might be useful. You could print these off if you are able to, or the children could show the times on the clocks that they have made.


Last week we asked you to think of a character, setting and begin to think about a quest story.

This week, we would like you to write your quest story.

As we did last time we were in school, you will need to think of:

  • A beginning.
  • Some things that your character will find on the way.
  • What your character is looking for and where he will find it.
  • An ending.

We will attach the planning sheet that you used last time we were in school, in case that will help you. You will see that it is colour-coded, like in school - ‘green’ is what most children will do.

Once you have planned your story, you will need to write it.

In your story, you should remember to (they are colour-coded, like in school):

Use time words. (Blue)

Use full stops and capital letters. (Blue)

Write expanded noun phases. (Green) E.g. The tall, ancient tree;  Some chirping birds

Choose adjectives carefully. (Green)

Use the ‘ly’ suffix to create adverbs. (Green) E.g. slowly, quickly, carefully. The boy ran quickly.

Use adventurous vocabulary. (White) Instead of writing ‘walked’, use a better verb (scurried, plodded, ambled etc.)

Use speech punctuation. (White)

Use possessive apostrophes. (White)

Check that it makes sense. (White)

When you have finished writing your story, ask someone to read it and check that it makes sense. You might need to edit and improve it! If you would like to, send it to your teacher to look at.


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.

Have a listen to David Walliams - he is reading a story every day:

Or/and listen to our very own Mrs McMurdo (!) reading ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’. Mrs McMurdo has written some comprehension questions to go along with the story (see the document at the bottom).

The British Council website has lots of stories on it, that are read to the children, but the words are there so they can follow them. Most of the stories come with a game or an activity too.



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.


Online Safety

As we are all spending a little more time online, it is important to remember to stay safe. The children have already seen this video (in September), but it gives a very important message. When the children have watched the video, they could create a colourful poster advising others about watching videos online. If you take photo, we could share them online!



As we have been talking about food chains. Why don’t you have a look at the pandas and other animals at Edinburgh Zoo: What are they eating?



Look at the PowerPoint about seasides in the past (if you are able to access it on the free parent twinkl login as well as a free one on the TES website as well). Also remember the videos below, if you haven’t watched them already!  We have included below a reading comprehension that will teach you all about seasides in the past – you don’t need to print them, you could just write your answers in your green book, or discuss the answers with an adult.


                                                                   Ongoing Activities

Here is a reminder of our expectations – if daily expectation are all you can fit in then these should be prioritised:

Daily Expectations

  • Read - anything and everything! Children could read instructions, newspapers, magazines, comics, poetry, non-fiction or fiction books. Remember to read to your children and they could even read to younger siblings. Refer to the Reading at Home leaflet on the website and the bookmarks in Reading Diaries.
  • Practise spellings – any from the back of the Reading Diary. If your children know all of these spellings, ask them to write them in a sentence.
  • Practise times tables – by the end of Year 2, the children should be able to recall rapidly and out of order x2, x5 and x10 times tables (x3 for Greater Depth). Children also need to know the division facts for these times tables, so they could start to practise these as well. (By the end of Year 4 children are expected to know up to x12.)
  • Maths Activity (See below for the first week, the subsequent activities will be posted on the blog).
  • English Activity (See below for the first week, the subsequent activities will be posted on the blog).
  • Phonics/ SPAG activity. Watch a video.

Phonics with Mr Thorne (including some SPAG):


Phonics and SPAG:


Weekly Expectations

  • Children should still aim for 5 reads a week. Please still, record them in Reading Diaries.
  • Work on the project (see below).
  • Try to complete at least one activity from the list of activities below.



Our topic for Summer Term is ‘The Seaside’. Whilst you are at home, make your own seaside resort. This could be a shoebox diorama, 3d model, collage, lego, painting or anything else that your imagination can come up with.  If you don’t want to bring this to school, it would be OK to take a photo and send in, on return to school.

Create a brochure for your seaside resort. This might include sentences about what can be found there; pictures with labels and captions; a map; instructions on how to get there; prices; and activities that can be done there.

Design a specific piece of transport for the seaside resort. E.g. a beach buggy, a speed boat, a land train etc.

Research the history of seasides in the UK.

Watch the videos below about the seaside.;_ylt=AwrJOty8KnJeMv8Adwl3Bwx.;_ylu=X3oDMTByZmVxM3N0BGNvbG8DaXIyBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=magic+grandad+youtube+seaside&fr=yhs-itm-001&


Find a bird, animal or creature in your garden and research its food chain.

Research other plants or animals’ food chains.

Other Activities

  • Learn one new thing a week. This could be to learn how to carry out a household chore (making something to eat, or loading the washing machine).
  • Create a collage using frottage (the children should know all about it).
  • Research Max Ernst (artist linked with frottage).
  • Learn how to tie shoe laces.
  • Learn how to tie up hair.
  • Make a pretend shop.
  • Play monopoly, to practise using money.

Get Creative:

  • Make Birthday cards.
  • Paint a scene on a large pebble/small rock.
  • Bake something (with an adult).
  • Draw things related to Spring (flowers, blossom, rainbows, butterflies, ladybirds, lambs).
  • Draw a picture of your favourite animal and add an interesting background.
  • Create a sock puppet.
  • Easter crafts (egg painting, Easter bonnet).
  • Make a musical instrument from recycled junk.
  • Create something from an empty cereal box.
  • Make a healthy smoothie (with an adult).
  • Make a board game.

Get Physical:

Useful Links (Code: UKTWINKLHELPS)

Science Experiment ideas at home:


ICT Games: