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David Walliams Audiobooks
WEEK 2 Home learning materials uploading soon.
Online learning - Year 2
As we move away from lessons at school, I have put together a list of online learning platforms and games that are useful. All of the following websites require a login and password.
I will create a separate list of sites that are free to access without the need to login.
Children should have their login details in their reading record but if you have misplaced this, then do let us know. We will get back to you with details as soon as we can.
Sumdog - I have set a weekly maths challenge for all pupils on here. This week is a times tables challenge. If this is popular, I will set another one next week. There are also other competitions and contests that can be set up and I will look into how to organise these online.
Prodigy - there are a whole range of maths games on here. The question difficulty automatically adjusts once questions have been answered.
Phonics Bug - On Active Learn Primary, there are a number of online books for children to read. Currently children are set on 'auto-progress' so that when they complete a bookband, it moves them onto the next one. It may be that children have completed all books.
Teach your monster to read - there are a number of phonics activities available on teach your monster. It may be that they have already completed all levels but there should be games that can be accessed.
In the weeks to come, there may be more online links I can provide for you or activity ideas I can share. For now, this is a good place to start.
Do check in weekly/fortnightly as I will be adding other updates, ideas and resources to try and support you the best I can. Whatever you do, remember to keep smiling!
Online learning - Games
No login required
GAMES OF THE WEEK
The two GAMES OF THE WEEK are Hit the Button (any key facts, bonds or times tables),
and Toy Shop Money (Select mixed coins, up to £1).
Click the name of the game in red to play.
This list will be added to in the coming days and weeks.
Here are the spellings for our plural spelling rules. You could choose 2 words from each column to add s, es or ies to.
BONUS: Can you use the plural version in a sentence?
An unusual week... but still lots of fun!
In Year 2, it has been a lot quieter than usual but we have still been doing lots of activities and learning. We have been learning about how to add s or es to plurals: we learnt that words ending in s, ss or x need an es to be added. We will be looking at what happens when we turn a word ending in y into a plural.
In maths, we have been measuring in cm and m and then ordering these measurements from shortest to longest. We learnt that 1m is 100cm and some people can do a standing jump longer than 1m! Last week, we measured the length of each other’s feet and put this into a bar chart.
In art, we have been drawing daffodils using oil pastels and we have been making top secret cards for somebody special in our lives.
This half term we are doing weekly maths activity mats for homework. These will be handed out each Friday and marked together in class the following Friday. This is a useful way to address any misconceptions.
The activities cover a range of topics that we have taught this year and some topics that will be taught in Summer Term - however, children should have encountered these before in Year 1 (e.g. time and shape).
Children may need some support with reading the question, but familiarising them with this maths vocabulary and understanding what it means is an important part of their growing independence in maths lessons.
Thank you in advance for your support in completing these activities.
How did the Victorians live?
Wow - what a busy half term it has been! We have learnt so much and really grown as learners and team players. This was clear to see in our end of topic challenge - to make a 'Victorian' poster to summarise our learning over the last 6 weeks.
Everybody wrote down all of their knowledge, and worked in teams to collaborate on a final project. Through dance, drama, art, creative writing and History sessions, the children all remembered so much about how the Victorians lived and how it compares to our lives now.
Take a look at the winning poster and all the other amazing entries from Year 2. The winners shared custody of the trophy for the day and won a bag of marbles so they could play their own Victorian games at home.
Well done to everyone! Mrs Peters, our History leader, was very impressed!
Our last Forest School session before half term...
We had the freedom to make whatever we wanted. As it was Valentine's day, some people made God's Eye tapestries for people they love. One group made a bug hotel to shelter the bugs before Storm Dennis arrives this weekend. Another group made a game using twigs and string. Some of us just enjoyed being pirates and making swords to defend our ships with.
WE LOVE FOREST SCHOOL!
Times Tables - online games
Below is a selection of times tables games that we have tried and tested in Year 2. Click on the name of the game and give it a go! You could even test the knowledge of somebody at home... can you beat them?
Great as an initial test of your speed and score. The more you play, the faster you get!
The more you answer correctly, the more accurately you can fire the arrow at the target.
Practise your maths facts and unlock a secret Egyptian message.
Speed is essential - answer quickly and correctly and get a strike!
In class, we solve multiplication questions using objects, arrays, and drawings. As we start to do this more, we start to memorise them. There are lots of ways of improving our times tables - here are some suggestions for things you can do at home.
Ideas and activities
God’s Eye Tapestry
In some cultures, it is believed that the Ojo de Dios (God’s eye tapestry) protects people while they pray and helps bring us closer to God when we pray.
Our forest school sessions have prepared us for this tricky task - we needed to choose 2 sturdy sticks, tie them together tightly and begin weaving the wool like a spider’s web. Each time we changed colour, we had to tie the next colour on.
It it took a lot of perseverance to get the diamond shape and it required teamwork and communication to complete some of the tricky parts.
Forest school - 17.1.20
In forest school, we learnt how to tie a reef knot.
We watched how to tie the knot on the animated knots webpage - here is a link to this page if you would like to know more. Our knot-tying skills will come in handy when we are sewing and weaving in our design technology sessions; it’s also the first step to tying your shoelaces. Our classroom also has a brand new knot tying and sewing station which also helps us to develop our fine motor skills.
Happy New Year! 2020
Who were the Victorians and how did they live?
We are going back in time this half term and learning all about the Victorians. It's incredible to think that Queen Victoria was born over 200 years ago.
Our topic began by getting to know Queen Victoria better. After reading the facts, we made our own Quiz board - come and check it out and have a go!
Forest School Fridays!
On Friday, we went down to the woods and built towers using twigs. We had to use a square shape to keep the frame stable. Some groups rebuilt their structure to improve it - great teamwork and perseverance!
Have a Wild Christmas!
Our Christmas cards feature one of our favourite characters from this term - Wild! We drew the jungle backdrop and then used wool, felt and googly eyes to make her 3D.
Year 2 Computing December 2019
In our computing sessions, we have been learning how to create and edit powerpoint presentations for different purposes. Our first project was an animal factfile - some people even made one for their homework. Our final project is a quiz about our Nativity play - how closely was the audience paying attention? Exactly how many sheep were there on stage? What are the songs about?
Not only did Year 2 write the questions and answers themselves, but they have learnt how to format, add animations and transitions and save their work on the laptops.
Who lives here?
We have learnt about 5 different groups of people that live around the world. They all live in very different homes that are specially adapted to their habitat and the way they live. Our geography skills have improved so much and our final project involved atlas work, map skills, writing facts and working as a team.
We learnt about the Yanomami people from the Amazon rainforest, the Maasai people from Kenya, the Mongolian people from Asia, the Inuits from Greenland, the Berber people from Tunisia and last but not least... us!
We are writing to the author and illustrator of Wild. Year 2 have loved the book and were inspired to write their own stories. We have also asked Emily some questions and hope to receive a reply in the new year.
As well as the letters, we have also filmed some videos of our favourite parts of the story and our questions for Emily.
RE - Understanding Christianity
Where does the birth of Jesus fit into the bigger picture?
In pairs, we ordered key events from the Bible. This prompted some interesting discussion about what happened first. We learnt that Jesus was sent to Earth to bring peace and to help spread the word of God - this is why he is called the saviour.
Where do animals live? Global habitat hunting.
We continued our journey around the world this week with a Science focus. We learnt about the climate zones of the world and decided where the different animals live. Some groups were stuck on where to place the frog - ‘Is it a normal frog or a poisonous tropical frog?’ Some placed the frog in the UK and some placed it in South America.
In other news, we finally completed our world map jigsaw! Only 1 piece was missing... the mystery continues!
Who lives here?
In geography, we have been working together to complete our World Map jigsaw. We worked in teams to complete each section and then fit them all together. This has helped us to learn the continents of the world and where different animals live.
In our next session, we will be learning about the climate zones and the two hemispheres of our world.
Loving learning in Year 2
This half term, we’re learning all about animals and their habitats. Our reading area is filled with books about interesting creatures.
As it was Children in Need day today, we were cosy and comfy in our own clothes... we even had a tiger in our classroom! Obviously, we just HAD to read The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.
In maths, we are adding and subtracting. The first step is adding and subtracting ones, then adding and subtracting tens.
Chopper Squad (linked above) is a straightforward, tablet-friendly game for improving fluency with 1 more and 1 less, and 10 more and 10 less. Once children are fluent with this step, addition and subtraction becomes much easier.
Once confident, helicopter rescue is the next level. Give it a try!
Team challenge day with Miss Wilde
On our Science challenge day, we learnt about living things. Take a look at the learning progression and the activities we took part in during the day.
Plants in their natural environments - Reception
Where could these plants live?
We took the plants for a walk outside to see where they would like to live.
‘They can’t go on the path - there’s no mud or soil!’
‘It can’t go under here because there’s no rain. Or sun!’
’They need space and soil so their roots can spread out.’
Labelling parts of a plant - Year 1/2
What’s the difference between a tree and a plant?
Year 1 and 2 worked together to label the parts of plants and trees. We discussed the differences and made word searches using this key vocabulary.
Labelling parts and functions of plants - Year 3/4 (With Mr Deakin)
Plant reproduction - Year 5/6
Why are bees so important?
Year 5/6 read about and researched the pollination process and worked together to spread the message about protecting bees. They made comic strips, posters, Powerpoint presentations and two groups presented their information in the form of a BBC news report.
Can you build a den for Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush?
Our final creative project!
We spent a whole morning in the woodland using recycled materials and natural objects to make a den for Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush. We designed our models in pairs and groups and thought carefully about the properties of the materials we wanted to use.
The creativity on display was excellent - there were slides made out of water bottles, zip wires, chandeliers, secret underground tunnels, hot tubs and balcony bedrooms. There was some creative use of bubble wrap for bedding, painted boxes for bedrooms and recycled clear plastic to let the light in. One group managed to make a hammock out of some wool and an old baby blanket.
Science - materials
Traction Man, the next chapter...
After weeks of reading, drama, creativity, storytelling, planning and drafting, our finished Traction Man stories are published!
We are so proud of them and were really excited to take them home and show our families our amazing writing.
Wild animals meet Year 2
We had a visit from a biologist called Nick who works for Go Wild. The animals we met included a grass snake, a stick insect, a toad and legless lizard. Nick asked lots of questions about camouflage, adaptations and differences between male and female animals. He was really impressed by our knowledge too - Todd was able to identify the legless lizard (slow worm).
Reading Book Change Timetable
Here is a spare copy of the new reading book change timetable.
Please make sure your reading book is in school on this day.
Reading records are collected in and checked/signed every Friday.
Hit the button!
Year 2 love playing this in class - you have 1 minute to answer as many questions as you can.
We have been working on number bonds. Give it a go!
Can you answer more than 10?
Can you answer more than 20?
Click the link below to play - best played on an iPad.
Whack - a - mole counting!
This week in class, we played a game on the computer called Whack a Mole. No moles were harmed in the playing of this game.... but we have improved our counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s.
The link to the game is below this box - use the sliders to set the steps to count in and the back or forwards button to choose the direction. (Note: when counting backwards you need to set the start number to higher than 0 otherwise it goes into negative numbers!)
The sun was shining, so we took our phonics session outside and got up and moving. The hoop was filled with 'igh' words and alternatives and each person had to run, sound out the word, remember it and run back to write it on their group's whiteboard. The energy was fantastic and teamwork with checking and encouraging was brilliant. Groups also used sound buttons on their words to check.
Each group had a challenge word which had multiple syllables - highlight and frightened.
This week, we have a very special task to complete. Mr Deakin's next door neighbour is a fireman and he very kindly lent us some of his firefighting kit and outfit so that we could investigate what materials it is made of and how it keeps them safe in a fire. We were even allowed to try it on... making sure we didn't drop the helmet!
We have lots of questions for Glen the fireman but unfortunately our videos were too long to upload onto our website. So we are going to have to contact him the old-fashioned way - by writing him a letter!
Year 2 are going to have to use their BEST handwriting and remember question marks if they want Glen to understand their letters. Leila and Felix have made their question mark VERY clear - well done!
Who is Traction Man?
Traction Man is a story by Mini Grey - it is about a little boy who has adventures with his toy action man - his adventures are set around the house with seemingly ordinary objects that turn into villains - for example, the poisonous dishcloth in the sink, the mysterious toes in the bath and the evil Professor Spade in the garden.
Traction Man was rescued by a brave Scrubbing brush in the sink when he was about to be attached by the poisonous dishcloth. As a reward, Traction Man said to Scrubbing Brush, 'You can be my pet!'
In Year 2, we worked in groups to look after 6 new pet scrubbing brushes! Two of the scrubbing brushes are twins. We labelled all the things we would need and wrote a step by step plan for how to care for our pets. Some of the scrubbing brushes were cheeky and needed a lot of training.
After a long walk, a game of fetch, a hot bubble bath, a healthy snack and a bedtime story, the scrubbing brushes were all tucked up in bed. Stay tuned for our finished instructions... and a little surprise.
Art - outdoor learning - science - PE (sporting poses!)
This week, we had our first outdoor learning session in the woods. We went out to the woods and gathered lots of sticks and logs. Then, groups used these to make pictures of people doing different sports. Our stick people were life-sized - we used people in our group as models.
This is Felix's group doing a karate pose picture.
We reflected on the material of sticks as an art tool and some people found it better than using pencil. Some people thought it was tricky making the details such as fingers and toes and facial features.
Sam's group had an almost perfect outline to their person - they called it 'Jumping for joy!'
The detail in this group's model was amazing - they even made the heart, the ribs, the eyebrows and the fingers and toes.
The adventures in Year 2 start here...
The classroom is full and bursting with energy as we start our new term! Our reading area has transformed and is guarded by our class pet, 'Chomper' the shark.
Take a look at what we have been getting up to since we returned...