Being the eldest year group in Key Stage One (Infants), this is the year where children take on new responsibilities and complete their SATS. We use all of the wonderful learning from our Key Stage One journey, as well as the brilliant new learning we will be doing in Year Two, to really show everyone how fantastic and unique we all are. We still love to play and get really creative!
19th – 20th March
Sleeping with Sharks is a fantastic adventure where the children can experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night in an aquarium.
The children spend two days and one night on this trip. As well as educational activities and sleeping at Plymouth Aquarium, we visit another place to support our STAR learning, Pizza Hut, a movie and then ice skating on the way home.
We had a brilliant time last year, with every child coming along!
Reading regularly is crucial to your child’s development and it’s really beneficial if they read aloud to you every night. Your child will bring home a reading book and a library book, and of course they can also read something else at home whatever they choose, don’t forget to update their reading record!
Spellings are assessed on a daily basis through games and in the children’s writing. It’s really helpful for children to practice spelling their common exception words with you at home. We will also be reinforcing the Year 1 Common Exception Words as well (found on the Year 1 area)
Download and print the year 2 list of common exception words.
Learning and rehearsing basic maths at home is time very well spent. Good things to practise include:
The children will also have a weekly home learning task to complete to help strengthen the learning they have done at school.
It is really important that all children remain learning in the time when we are not at school. Retention of learning is crucial: if we don’t use it, we loose it!
We would recommend that where possible, children have structure throughout the day and choose as many activities from the list below as it possible. If you would like to complete other learning activities, please do!
Obviously all children are different, having a variety of strengths and areas to develop. You may need to break these tasks down and offer them more support, or challenge them further.
If you have a garden, get outside as much as possible. Look at the different leaves and flowers – try some sketching or write a poem. Use our wonderful natural environment to develop curiosity.
On return to school, all teachers would love to see what you have got up to at home, but also, feel free to mark anything at home – children love instant feedback!
In the ‘Discovery’ section of the website, you will find additional websites to support your child’s learning.
Moon, make you up mind
In addition to the general learning activities, here is a more structured timetable week by week. Please keep in contact with us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be missing you and we are looking forward to you contacting us with you amazing learning.
As the children move on to learning all about volume and capacity, there are still plenty of opportunities for them to learn through physically measuring and comparing amounts in millilitres and litres.
Using last week’s learning to build on, this week the children are going to be investigating other units of measurement (kg). Once they have explored this area of mass, they will move onto investigating temperatures and using thermometers – if you have one at home, brilliant! But if not, there are virtual ones available in app form. Have lots of fun exploring this learning and feel free to get as creative as you like!
TESTBASE LINK: https://gubooaw.exampro.net/
Maths – This week we are moving onto exploring mass and capacity. This is a great unit of learning that allows the children to get really ‘hands on’ with investigating the weight of objects around the home, as well as getting to grips with using scales (if available) and estimating and predicting before they begin. Have lots of fun with the practical side of this learning, and don’t forget to send us lots of pictures!
Exciting CODE MATHS – Y2 CODE Fluency Week 8 – Understanding Number 15
Online learning: thinkuknow-8-10s-home-activity-sheet-5
This week, we are moving on to exploring fractions. The children should explore making and recognising equal and unequal parts. They should do this using both real life objects and pictorial representations of a variety of shapes and quantities, and the Powerpoint for this week should help them do so.
They will also move onto learning more about halves and quarters, but it is important that they first grasp the concept of a fraction being part of a whole.
There are also numbered worksheets to work through in order.
This week would have been half term so we scaled back the amount of learning so you can spend some time relaxing as a family. You may find we cannot answer emails as promptly but we will do our best to get back to you when possible.
This has been a unique time in everyone’s lives and will be remembered for years to come. A way in which we can preserve some artefacts and memories is through creating a time capsule. It can contain information about you, something special which would remind you of this time and other information so that when people open it in the future they can find out more about you and your experiences of when school was closed!
You can use these as a template or you can create some of your own to add into the time capsule.
This week could be a great time to get outdoors, even if it is raining! Remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!!
Here are lots of different ideas and activities you could do outside and getting in touch with nature.
Don’t forget you can always revise some of our learning through physical activity using BBC supermovers! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Have a listen to some authors read you their stories! https://www.booksfortopics.com/storytime-online-5-7Don’t forget to email email@example.com for your section of the year 2 picture!
Half term actvities
Whether it’s sharing or grouping, dividing fairly is a really important skill, and one that goes hand in hand with multiplying. Have a go at practically dividing, as well as moving onto some more abstract examples. Don’t forget to use the inverse of your times tables to help!
This week is all about those amazing times tables! We need to know what they mean and what they look like before then learning the facts! they are so important so have fun learning them 🙂
Testbase questions https://kefegyb.exampro.net/
Maths – we are determined to crack – HOW TO TELL THE TIME!! Please keep practicing – whatever the time!
On Spelling Shed this week you will find words with the suffixes ‘-ment’ and ‘-ness’ to form nouns.
Task 1 – Narrative – have a look at the story excerpt.
The sirens began to wail. The boy’s green eyes widened and he squeezed his mother’s hand tighter. They could hear a tell-tale hum getting louder as they filled the air like a swarm of wasps buzzing in the sky. The boy’s mother pulled him roughly along the road. He wore scuffed brown shoes, darned socks pulled up to his knobbly knees and a well-worn school uniform. Around him other people were hurrying along the road, heading towards an underground entrance.
What could they hear? What do you think might happen next? Why? How do you think the characters are feeling at the moment? What in the text makes you think that? Can you begin to write your own story about an evacuee, a soldier or a land girl in WW2? Plan out what will happen at the beginning and your introduction of the characters and setting. How will you describe them? (Remember our expanded noun phrases!)
Write the first part to your story, focusing on the description and begin to plan out the build up, problem and solution. You will be continuing this next week as well.
Task 2 – Cornish ‘war’ history
Finding out family history. Research your family tree and find out which of your family were alive in WW2. Can you find out anything else about them? Did any of them serve in the army?
Task 3 – Propaganda posters
Have a look at the examples. What do you notice about them? What is important about propaganda?
We have propaganda going on at the moment – can you think of an example? (Think about the NHS!) Choose an area and create your own propaganda poster for WW2 or today to persuade everyone to save and be safe.
Task 4 – As always, we want everyone to stay fit and healthy. Soldiers in the army have to complete tricky obstacle courses as part of their training so we would like you to have a go at creating your own obstacle course! You could get someone to film you doing it, or time yourself – can you beat it the next time around?- or you could be the drill sergeant making someone else complete the course?!
Task 5 – Draw or make your own mini model of a spitfire or hurricane
The RAF was one of Britain’s most important defences during WW2. Research the ‘Battle of Britain’ to find out more about how they protected our island.
Did you know… everyone was encouraged to collect, save and donate metal to build new planes, ships and weapons during the war?
Task 6 – Time to use your comparative testing skills again this week with the aeroplane experiment!
What shape of plane will travel the furthest?
Have a look at different types of paper aeroplanes.
Once you have made some and made a prediction, test them out and find out which one flies the farthest!
Other than the shape of the plane is there anything else you could adapt or change to make it go further?
Maths – TestBase: https://YYGOLEF.
STAR Learning – Task 1 – Poetry – This is a poem written by Dorothy Allen who was in the Women’s Land Army.
Can you write your own poem like this but about the NHS workers or other key workers? Think about the differences in language and how times have changed. This poem uses rhyming couplets but you don’t have to! Look at some other examples of poetry to help with your ideas. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/browse#page=1&sort_by=recently_added&filter_poetry_children=1
Task 2 – We have looked at the W.L.A but what other roles and jobs did men and women have in ww2? On the home front? On the front lines? Have look and let us know what you found out.
Task 3 – Create a piece of music to march to – what could you make instruments from? How can you make different sounds?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zndhyrd – check out Weapons of Sound who make all of their instruments out of rubbish!
Task 4 – In WW1, we know the soldiers played a game of football between the trenches on Christmas Eve. The battlefield moved too quickly and the fighting was too fierce for anything similar to happen in WW2. Can you design a new game, using a ball, with 2 opposing teams? What are the rules? How do you score? What happens if you break the rules? Don’t forget to let us know how many players you need! Keep a note of your game because it would be wonderful to try them when we get back to school.
Task 5 – In World War 2, German bombers would fly over the UK and drop bombs. This meant everyone needed somewhere safe to hide when they heard the warning siren. Can you build an air raid shelter? What would you keep in there? Listen to the siren and get into your shelter – what do you think it would have felt like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erMO3m0oLvs
Task 6 – Of course, the brave men and women fighting in the Airforce would have needed parachutes. Your task is to use your comparative testing skills to find what the best material for a parachute would be.
Maths – TESTBASE link: https://SIHUNEB.exampro.
STAR LEARNING – WW2 :https://youtu.be/EkAd6sLyoPI – Meet one of the women from the Women’s Land Army!
Task 1 – Find out about the Women’s Land Army and how women became an important part of the war effort.
https://www.womenslandarmy.co.uk/education-resources/ – you can listen to a real woman who served in the Women’s Land Army called Jean Davis!
Task 2 – Read this non-chronological report on evacuees and write your own non-chronological report on something to do with WW2 – evacuees, the land army etc. Think back to our reports on animals (bats!) and on Sir Francis Drake to help you.
Task 3 – Write a song for the ‘Land Girls’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQ0hzq4hYE – Here is the Horrible Histories WW2 girls song to give you some ideas! It could be a rap or a marching song to encourage them at work or a song to get others to join in the war effort – it is up to you!
Task 4 – Design some stretches to help the women get ready for the hard work in the fields! It was back-breaking work and everyone needs to stay fit and healthy. Joe Wicks is still doing #PEwithJoe live every morning at 9am if you need some ideas!
Task 5 – Ration books – Create your own ration book either for WW2 or for today and create a wartime recipe – let us know what they taste like! Could you survive on rations for days, months or years? How do you think you would feel? What ways could you make sure the food lasted longer?
Task 6 – Using your scientific observation and research skills, try to find answers to these questions.
How much food and drink do I have over a week?
What food do you need in a healthy diet and why?
As always, My Maths and Spelling Shed have new learning for you to access as well. This week the focus is on adding ‘-ed’, ‘-er’, ‘-ing’ and ‘-est’ to words ending in ‘y’ for your spellings. For example, happy becomes happiest! If you feel confident with these, then there are also common exception words to practise as well as days of the week and months of the year (remember capital letters!!). You can also have a look at ‘Teagle’s Tips’ for different ways of remember some more challenging words!
If you haven’t already watched the entire series, this is the link for episode 3 of the CBBC programme about evacuees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF2FyWW2W1s
Task 2 – Research the countries involved in WW2. – Which countries were named the Allies? Who were the Axis? What other countries were involved? Did any of them change sides? https://www.ducksters.com/
Task 3 – Mapping the countries involved in WW2. Now you know which countries were involved can you find them on a world map? Find the Allies and Axis on the world map and as many of the other countries affected as you can. Create a ‘passport’ with a different country on each page with the flag and some information about the country. Did they change after WW2? Was the war fought on all 7 continents? Blank World Map
Task 4 – Stamp forgeries – Forgers had to work hard to try to help prisoners escape from the camps and not get caught – your task is to create stamps for their passports and other documentation. You could use potatoes or other vegetables (which ones work best?!) or stick string to card or even carve into a piece of polystyrene or card. There are lots of different ways to make stamps so get creative! stamps
Task 5 – Plants and growing your own food! As we will find out next week when we look at rationing, the whole nation was encouraged to grow their own vegetables. What do plants need to grow successfully? Can you find a creative way to present this knowledge?
If you are able to, you could begin a science experiment – do bigger seeds grow into bigger plants? You will need to make a prediction and use your pattern seeking and observation skills to find out the answer!
Part of our computing learning this term would have been around emails, how to compose, send and delete them as well as how to stay safe and knowing which ones are safe to open. With this in mind, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for the children to have a go and to experience sending and receiving emails. Over the next few weeks, it would be great if the children could write an email to us themselves (if they aren’t already). We look forward to hearing from them! firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wanted to continue watching the CBBC programme about evacuees this is the link for episode 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Maths – download this week’s learning -click on the image
STAR LEARNING This week, we would have been beginning our STAR learning based around World War 2, particularly looking at evacuees.
If you like, you can watch this programme from CBBC where children go back in to 1940 and become evacuees! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRt5Mk6V8Gg
TASK 1 – What would a child being evacuated have in their suitcase? Look at the images and decide what would be essential items, chosen items and unsuitable items for packing to be evacuated. Can you come up with a creative way to show what they took when they were evacuated?
TASK 2 – Design and make a gas mask with box to carry with you at all times like an evacuee! We would like you to add labels to the design and create instructions for someone else to be able to make it as well!
TASK 3 – Write a diary entry about what it would have been like as an evacuee. How is life for children different now compared to during ww2?
TASK 4 – Reading comprehension (it is a bit tricky so you may need an adult to read it with you!). There are questions to complete using the text to help you. We have focused on retrieval this week!
Remember VIPERS to help you know what sort of question you are answering. V- vocabulary, I – inference (use clues from the text!), P – predict (what might happen next?), E – Explain, R – retrieval (find the information in the text) and S – Sequence (put it in the correct order).
We are missing you all but it is wonderful getting your emails with your learning – keep it all coming in!
Mrs Vale and Mr Lara
Week beginning 23.3.20
To round off our STAR learning all about Cornwall, we would like the children to use all of their Cornish knowledge to create a brand new Cornish place. This can be a town or village, a mine, or even a brand new beach! It is up to them! We would like them to name the place and send us the design of what it will look like and what could be found there. They can do drawings, maps (including N, S, E and W as well as a key!), and even do a tally chart of what people at home think should be included in this place (a bakery, school, park etc.). When they have a good idea of what their new Cornish area will be like, we would like them to use their knowledge of conjunctions (‘and’, ‘but’, ‘because’ and ‘so’ – you can remind yourself here https://www.bbc.co.uk/
During the Spring term we will be taking the children swimming every Friday morning. They will need to bring a swimming costume/trunks, towel, swimming hat and goggles (if they would like to) in a separate bag.
PE will be on Mondays, Thursdays and sometimes Wednesdays, but it is easier to have your PE kit on you at all times!
Any adults to hear readers will be welcomed until 9.10 everyday or if you feel you would like to volunteer in class for a longer period of time that would be great. Please let us know if you are interested in supporting the year group.
if you have any old shirts you could donate to the art shirt box we would be very grateful.
If you have any concerns about your child at all, please do not hesitate to come in and speak to us. It is always best to talk to us as soon as possible if you or your child are unhappy about anything as it will enable us to resolve any issues quickly. We have more time available after school than before school to speak to parents, but in an emergency of course pop in anytime.