Year 2: Blog items

Year 2 Final Blog - 17.07.20

Date: 16th Jul 2020 @ 9:16am

So we come to the end of the academic year. It certainly isn’t the way we thought our summer term would end, when we started our Year 2 journey together. However, I am so proud of all the children’s hard work and dedication over the past year. They have been an absolute pleasure to teach and we have made so many wonderful memories that I will never forget. A personal highlight for me was our KS1 Nativity; the children performed beautifully and truly shone like the stars they are!

Throughout Year 2, the children have grown in so many ways and I have no doubt that they will continue to flourish in Year 3. I have missed them all very much over the past few months but it has been lovely to catch up with them every week over Zoom and I look forward to teaching them again when we reunite in September. I hope you all have a fantastic summer holiday and spend some quality time with your families.

Over the summer break, there are still many ways for the children’s learning to continue:

  • Children should continue to read as much as possible, selecting different genres where possible. Where appropriate, please ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills.
  • There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website.
  • There are 136 free reading books available for the children to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.
  • The children can continue to enjoy this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Practise spellings from this half term.
  • Access websites such as MyMaths and Sumdog.
  • Access White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day‘ and daily lessons and activities, which are provided here.
  • Complete tasks that have been set in previous blogs that your child may not have had time to complete yet.
  • The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs).
  • Access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed.

 

Thank you to all those parents who have sent in gifts and cards this week. I really appreciate it.

Keep shining, Year 2!

Lots of love,

Miss Gray x

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Year 2 into Year 3

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:12pm

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Year 3.

Thank you,

Miss Gray

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 13.7.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 9:05am

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a wonderful week and that the children have enjoyed completing their learning tasks. As the summer term is coming to an end, this will be our final blog with home learning tasks. The children have worked incredibly hard this term and their dedication towards their learning has been admirable! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading their work and it has been a joy to see their smiling faces each week through our Zoom sessions.

On Friday the 17th, we will be sharing our 'End of Year Leavers' Service' on the school's YouTube channel at 9:20am. 

We would encourage all our TSP families to watch this in celebration of both our Year 6 pupils, who will be moving onto secondary school, and despite closure, give thanks for another successful year at Trinity St. Peter's.

Next week, we will have a final whole class Zoom session.

This will take place on Friday 17th July at 11:20-11:35.

I hope your child will be able to join us!

As usual, you will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password to join the meeting.

 

In September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Google Classroom'. Further information on this can be found in the “Google Classroom Letter” attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the “Google Classroom Acceptable Use Policy” which is also attached.

 

Individual login details will be sent via text message early next week. 

 

If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum account next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.

 

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember, the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set. Just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

Please also note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.

 

Maths: 

This week, we will be revising the topic, ‘Time’. The children should be familiar with telling the time to 5 minute intervals using an analogue clock. They should also be able to compare durations of time.

The children should watch the following BBC Bitesize lesson, ‘Telling time’ which explains how to tell the time on an analogue clock to 5 minute intervals.  The children may also click here to watch a fun song about telling the time.

Every day we do different things depending on what time it is. The children may click here to watch a song about the different times of the day we do things: from getting up in the morning, until going to bed at night.

Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 12) along with video tutorials to support your child with their learning of time. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. In addition, the children can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!

 

 

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they may complete the attached ‘Time word problems’. The questions with greater challenge have more stars at the bottom of the page.

 The children may also complete some of the following activities:

Please encourage your child to complete any remaining tasks on MyMaths and to continue to use Sumdog.


English (Reading):

There are 136 free reading books available for the children to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.

This week’s reading comprehension is, ‘The Bear Who Came to Babysit’. I have attached the text, differentiated questions and answers below. The questions with greater challenge have more stars at the bottom of the page.

With so many superstar readers in Year 2, I am sure that the children are continuing to enjoy this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge, called 'The Silly Squad', enables children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and, of course, David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

 

English (Writing): 

I hope the children enjoyed writing their shape poems. Thank you to those children who sent me theirs; I thoroughly enjoyed reading them! As the children are excellent poets, this week I would like them to write their own poem inspired by Michael Rosen’s, ‘Chocolate Cake’. I am sure lots of the children will be familiar with this poem; it is one of my favourites!

The children should click here to listen to Michael Rosen perform, ‘Chocolate Cake’. Following the video, ask your child to explain how the author’s performance makes the poem come alive. The children may also read through the poem which I have attached below.

Michael Rosen has used different poetic devices and vocabulary to help the reader understand how much he loves chocolate cake. For example, he uses: onomatopoeia, alliteration, descriptive adjectives and metaphors. The children should read through the information on the attached PowerPoint which explains what these poetic devices are and how they are used. Following this, they should complete the attached worksheet to find the different poetic devices in the poem.  

Finally, the children should plan and write their own poem about their favourite food, using some of the same writing techniques. Firstly, they should complete the attached circle map to describe their favourite food using lots of exciting adjectives. Ask your child:

  • What does it smell like?
  • What does it taste like?
  • What does it look like?
  • How does it feel to touch?
  • What does it sound like when you eat it?

When writing their poem, the children should use the writing frame and word bank on the ‘My favourite food’ worksheet for support. This is attached below.

As usual, the Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below. Don’t forget, you can share with me your child’s hard work, by emailing it to our school curriculum account.

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the children should recap different compound words.  A compound word is formed when two separate words are merged together. For example, ‘star’ and ‘fish’ can be combined to make the word ‘starfish’.

The children should watch the following video, ‘What are Compound Words?’ and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

word

worse

world

war

warmer

ball

walk

beanstalk

find

child

 

Geography: This week’s task is, ‘To investigate the coastal erosion at Holderness.’

To conclude our topic, ‘Seas and Coasts’, I would like the children to investigate the coastal erosion which takes place along the Holderness coast line. The children should click here to watch a video which describes the process of erosion and focuses on the Holderness Coastline. Following this, they should research the erosion at Holderness and present their findings as a poster. Their research should answer the following questions:

What coastal erosion takes place at Holderness?

What are the impacts of coastal erosion at Holderness?

What is being done to reduce the impacts of coastal erosion?

This task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science:

To conclude our ‘Materials’ topic, this week, the children will learn about recycling and the impact it has on the environment.

‘Recycling’ is the process of turning used waste and materials into new products. This prevents potentially useful materials from being wasted as well as reducing energy use and pollution. 

The children should click here to watch a video, which explains the journey our rubbish takes after we put it in the bin. They should also watch the following video, ‘What should I do with my rubbish?’ and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

The children may also create a poster to encourage people to follow the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Click here to watch a video for more information about the 3 R’s.

In addition, a variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website.

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

In keeping with this week’s Science theme, I would like the children to create a piece of art work using recycled materials. They may create anything they like! I have attached some examples of recycled art below for inspiration.

 

Music:

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week, they upload an easy-to-follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Your child may enjoy these 30 creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad.

 

PE:

Joe Wicks continues to broadcast live workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

There are also plenty of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE:  The Big Question continues to be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. Hopefully this is leading to many great conversations and debates. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media-rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

When the children begin a new RE unit, a connection is established to a key concept or ‘big idea’ within Christianity. This is important in helping pupils to understand the 'BIG story’ of the Bible! The attached resource includes a wealth of YouTube clips for the children to enjoy, which link to each of these core Christian concepts. 

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10 am every Monday morning.

Saddleback Kids Ministry has created a menu of links to 88 short, animated Bible videos about Jesus, which can be accessed here. You can also go straight to their channel on YouTube here. Each clip is an animated retelling of a Bible story for children, which are ideal for use in Collective Worship.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. The curriculum email account will be closing on the 17th July.

Keep shining, Year 2!

 

Take care,

Miss Gray x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 13.7.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Are holidays important?'

Since March 17th, people in the UK were only allowed to travel to other countries if the journey was essential. Anyone who returned to the UK was also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A new traffic light system, recently launched, means countries have been given a green, amber or red light depending on the number of coronavirus cases there, allowing people to potentially have a summer holiday this year. All passengers have to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource has some children telling us about their holidays (1) and the second resource shares more information about holidays and why we have them (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Discussion - w/c 6.7.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'How important are first impressions?'

A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed. The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family for official visits around the world and was previously coloured grey. An official spokesperson for the government confirmed that the plane received its makeover in Cambridgeshire in the colours of the Union Jack at the cost of £900,000, taken from public funds.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource gives some descriptions of what some children are planning to do. (1) and the second resource shows some examples of people representing others. (2). Enjoy!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 6.7.20

Date: 2nd Jul 2020 @ 4:47pm

Hello everyone,

I cannot believe it is July already! Time really does fly! I hope you have all had a lovely week and that the children have enjoyed completing their learning tasks whilst having lots of fun.

It was wonderful to see all the children’s smiling faces on our Zoom catch ups and to hear all their giggles as we read, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Next week, we will have our Zoom sessions again on Friday - it really is a lovely way to end the week and for the children to share all their news. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us!

Please ensure your child joins the meeting at the time according to the month of the year they were born:

Schedule:

Friday -  10:50 - 11.10am    (Jan/Feb/March)

Friday -  11:30 -11.50am     (April/May/June/July)

Friday -  12:10 -12.30pm     (August/September/October/November/December)

You will receive a text message to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember, the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set. Just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

Maths: 

This week, we will be revising ‘Capacity and Volume’. Capacity is the total amount of liquid a container can hold. When a container is full, it is at ‘full capacity’. Volume is a measure of the amount of liquid in the container. The volume will change if you pour liquid away or pour in more.

The children should remember that there are 1000 millilitres (ml) in 1 litre (L). The children should click here to watch the BBC Bitesize lesson, ‘Comparing Volume and Capacity’.

They may also click here to watch a fun song about capacity.

Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 11) along with video tutorials to support your child with their learning of capacity and volume. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. In addition, the children can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following unit on MyMaths: ‘Comparing measures 2’.

 

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they may complete the ‘Capacity Challenge cards’ and ‘Potions Capacity Questions’ (which are attached below). The questions with greater challenge have more stars at the bottom of the page.

 The children may also complete some of the following activities:

Please also continue to encourage the children to use Sumdog.


English (Reading):

There are 136 free reading books available for the children to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.

This week’s reading comprehension is, ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’. I have attached the text, differentiated questions and answers below. The questions with greater challenge have more stars at the bottom of the page.

It was wonderful to enjoy a special story time via Zoom on Friday. I hope all the children enjoyed the story, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’, as much as I did. It certainly made me giggle and it was lovely to see so many of the children smile! As we enjoyed the story so much, I have attached the book and some guided reading questions and comprehension activities about the story. Enjoy!

With so many superstar readers in Year 2, I am sure that the children are continuing to enjoy this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge, called 'The Silly Squad', enables children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and, of course, David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

 

English (Writing): 

This week, the children will explore and write their own, ‘Shape poems’. shape poem is a poem that is shaped like the thing it describes. The shape adds to the meaning of the poem. For example, if I chose to write a poem about rain, then I would write my poem in the shape of a raindrop.

With your child, explore and discuss the different shape poems on the attached PowerPoint. After they’ve read each poem, ask your child, ‘What do you like/dislike about the poem?’, ‘Are there any words/phrases that stand out to you?’

Following this, the children should watch this video which explains how to write a shape poem. They may also click here for some top tips on writing a successful shape poem.

To plan their shape poem, the children should choose a topic that they would like to write about. It’s best to think of a topic that will make a simple shape. The children should complete the attached circle map, writing down different adjectives to describe their chosen topic. These words can then be used in their poem. Once they have planned their poem, they can write it!

I have attached some writing templates of different shapes which the children may use, or they can create their own shape. Encourage your child to create as many different shape poems as they like.

As usual, the Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below. Don’t forget, you can share with me your child’s hard work, by emailing it to our school curriculum account.

 

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the children should recap how to write in the past, present and future tense. The past tense is used for things that have already happened. The present tense is used when something is happening now or when something happens regularly. The future tense is used to talk about things that haven't happened yet.

The children should watch the following video, ‘What are the past, present and future tense?’ and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

key

monkey

chimney

valley

money

alley

honey

trolley

door

because

 

Geography:

This week’s task is, ‘To identify and use vocabulary linked to the world’s seas and oceans.’

The children should read through the information on the PowerPoint which explains the difference between a sea and an ocean. The children will also learn about the different animals which live in the oceans, including fish and mammals. Following this, they should complete ‘Worksheet 2C’, labelling the different parts of the coast and the animals which live there. Both of these are attached below.

If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science:

This week, the children will investigate which materials dissolve in water.

Some materials seem to disappear when added to water. We say they have dissolved. They are still there, but the particles are so small you can no longer see them. The children should watch the following video, ‘Which materials dissolve in water?’ They should complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

At home, the children may carry out an investigation into which materials dissolve in water. To do this, they should collect a range of materials such as: sand, salt, sugar or jelly. Then, the children should add them to a bowl of water to investigate whether they dissolve. Does the temperature of the water affect the rate at which the material dissolves? Does stirring the water with a spoon change the rate at which the material dissolves?

In addition, a variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website.

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Following on from last week, I would like the children to design their own piece of pop art inspired by Andy Warhol.

The children should follow this link for a guide on designing pop art. I have also attached some examples of pop art for inspiration.

 

Music:

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week, they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Your child may enjoy these 30 creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad.

 

PE:

Joe Wicks continues to broadcast live workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

There are also plenty of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE:  The Big Question continues to be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. Hopefully this is leading to many great conversations and debates. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media-rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

When the children begin a new RE unit, a connection is established to a key concept or ‘big idea’ within Christianity. This is important in helping pupils to understand the 'BIG story’ of the Bible! The attached resource includes a wealth of YouTube clips for the children to enjoy, which link to each of these core Christian concepts . 

 

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10 am every Monday morning.

Saddleback Kids Ministry has created a menu of links to 88 short, animated Bible videos about Jesus, which can be accessed here. You can also go straight to their channel on YouTube here. Each clip is an animated retelling of a Bible story for children, which are ideal for use in Collective Worship.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Keep shining Year 2!

 

Take care,

Miss Gray x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 29.6.20

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 8:05am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: ''Why do we have statues?'

Following protests campaigning for Black Lives Matter, demonstrators in Bristol pulled down a statue of a former slave trader, Edward Colston, and threw it into the harbour. It is likely that the statue will now be placed in a museum. Many other famous statues have been in question in other parts of the UK, with issues regarding what they represent and if they should be given prominent positions in towns and cities.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different examples of statues (1) and the second resource shares the thoughts of some children regarding who they think deserves a statue and why. (2). Enjoy!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 29.6.20

Date: 25th Jun 2020 @ 11:26pm

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a fantastic week and have enjoyed the warm weather! It was wonderful to see all the children on our Zoom catch-up this week and to hear about all the learning they have been doing. Their big smiles truly brighten up my day! 

Next week, we will be hosting more Zoom sessions which will include a storytime. These will take place on Friday 3rd July. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us!

Please ensure child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forename initial again:

Schedule:

Friday -  10:50 - 11.10am    A - G

Friday -  11:30 -11.50am     H - L

Friday -  12:10 -12.30pm     M – Y

 

You will receive a text message to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set. Just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

Maths: 

This week will be a revision of mass. The children should be confident in comparing and ordering mass in g and kg. When comparing the mass of objects, we use these words:

  • heavier and heaviest
  • lighter and lightest

The children should remember that an object can be heavier than something else, even if it looks smaller. In class, we have used scales to weigh different objects and we use the following symbols to compare the mass of objects:

  • > means more than
  • < means less than
  • = means equal to 

The children should remember that there are 1000g in 1kg. At home, they may use scales to measure the mass of different objects around the house, to help them to understand which objects are measured in grams and which are measured kilograms.

The children should click here to watch the BBC Bitesize lesson, ‘Comparing Mass’.

Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 10) along with video tutorials to support your child with their learning of mass. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. In addition, the children can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following units on MyMaths: ‘Measures’, ‘Units of measure’ and ‘Comparing measures 2’.

If your child would like further challenge, they can complete the, ‘Willy Wonka themed Mass word problems’ which I have attached below.

Please also continue to encourage the children to use Sumdog.


English (Reading):

This week’s reading comprehension is, ‘A Monster Surprise’.  This story has some excellent adjectives and descriptions which the children may find useful when writing their fantasy stories. I have attached the text, differentiated questions and answers below. The questions with greater challenge have more stars at the bottom of the page.

With so many superstar readers in Year 2, I am sure that the children have signed up and are continuing to enjoy this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' enables children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

 

English (Writing): 

Following on from last week’s task, the children should now plan and write their own ‘Fantasy story’. Firstly, they should use the attached flow map to plan their story using the following structure:

Beginning: Set the scene and introduce the characters.

Middle: The main character should face a problem.

End: The problem is solved.

When completing their flow map, the children should draw a picture to represent each section and then describe what is happening in 1 or 2 sentences. If your child finds it challenging to think of their own ideas, then they may adapt ideas from different fantasy stories they have read.

After the children have planned their story, they should start to write it, ensuring they:

  • Use capital letters for proper nouns and at the beginning of sentences.
  • Use a range of punctuation including question marks and exclamation marks.
  • Spell common exception words correctly (These are attached below).
  • Join their handwriting.

Encourage the children to use their imaginations and have lots of fun while writing! What adventure or quest will their character go on? Will their character travel to a lost planet or discover a magical kingdom? What problem will their character face? Once complete, the children should read through their story and edit and improve their writing.

When editing and improving their work, the children should ensure they have included everything on the Year 2 writing success criteria. This is attached below.  Encourage the children to think about their vocabulary and to look for words that can be up-levelled. For example, by improving adjectives to make them more exciting:

‘The big, angry troll’ to ‘The gigantic, angry troll’.

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the children should recap how to write in the first, second and third person. When you write in the first person, you use ‘I’ to put yourself inside the writing. When writing in the second person, you address the reader directly. When you are writing in the third person, the story is about other people. 

The children should watch the following video, ‘How to write in the first, second or third person’ and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

annoying

thirsty

statue

whisper

phone

morning

drew

tomatoes

haunted

Thursday

 

Geography: This week’s task is, ‘To use compass points to move around a map.’

The children should read through the information on the attached PowerPoint which explains what a compass is and how it is used to travel around a map. The children should read the directions on the slide. Can they work out where the character has travelled to?

Following this, the children should use the ‘Route Instructions 6A’ to move around the ‘Map Sheet’ and record their route. Both of these are attached below.

If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science:

This week, the children will revise everyday materials. Objects are made from materials that suit what the object will be used for. To be suitable for its purpose, an object must be made from a material which has suitable properties.

The children should watch the following video, ‘Which material do we use?’  They should complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

At home, the children could experiment with different materials to test their suitability.

In addition, variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website.

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week, I would like the children to design their own piece of pop art inspired by Andy Warhol.

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol became known as one of the leading artists of the pop art movement. Pop artists felt that art should reflect modern life and so they made art inspired by the world around them – from movies, adverts and pop music to comic books and even product packaging.

The children should follow this link for a guide on designing pop art. I have also attached some examples of pop art for inspiration.

 

Music:

World Music Day was officially launched in 1982 and became a major world music event, celebrated in over 120 countries every year. World Music Day is all about the joy of making music. This link will take you to resources to help you participate in Make Music Day on Sunday 21st June. This year’s song is the Morecambe and Wise classic, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Your child may enjoy these 30 creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad.

 

PE: Tomorrow sees the start of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. This year, everything will be online - meaning you can get involved from the comfort of your own living room! Attached is a timetable with different challenges to try each day- why not tweet some of your best scores and use the hashtags #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive.

Joe Wicks continues to broadcast live workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

There are also plenty of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

RE: On Monday 29th June, it is the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul! First, the children should watch the following videos to tell/remind them of the story of Peter here and the story of Paul here. In line with our school SHINE values, the children should be encouraged to consider how St. Peter and St. Paul inspire and encourage us. As we celebrate this feast day, perhaps the children could write a short reflection, prayer or poem on what we can learn from these two saints in 2020.

The Big Question continues to be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. Hopefully, this is leading to many great conversations and debates. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media-rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10 am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Take care and stay safe,

 

Miss Gray x

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 11:37am

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a lovely week and enjoyed the learning tasks set. Thank you to all the children who have sent their work to me via email. It is an absolute pleasure to see the progress they are making. I am absolutely delighted to be moving up with the class as the Year 3 teacher in September! I look forward to making more special memories together!

Next week, we will be hosting more Zoom session and these will take place on Friday morning. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us!

This time, please can I kindly ask that your children joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial. Please note that this is different to the previous meetings to allow the children a chance to see and hear other members of the class.

Schedule:

Friday 26th June-  10:00 - 10.20am    A - G

Friday 26th June-  10:40 -11.00am     H - L

Friday 26th June - 11:20  -11.40am    M – Y

 

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set. Just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

Maths: 

This week will be a revision of multiplication. As well as being able to recall the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, the children should be able to use an array as a method for multiplication calculations. They may watch this video to remind themselves of this method. The children should remember that the multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative).

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following units on MyMaths: ‘Commutativity- Multiplication’ and ‘Mixed tables- 2, 5, 10’.

To support your child with their times tables, please click here for some fun activities.

The children should also practise using division and multiplication facts to solve missing number problems, for example: 9 X ? = 45 or  45 ÷ ? = 9

 

If the children would like further challenge, they may complete the ‘Multiplication Mastery Questions’ and 'Multiplication Challenge Cards' which I have attached below.

The children may also practise the 4 and 8 times tables in preparation for the Year 3 curriculum. Through doubling, they should be able to connect the 2, 4 and 8 times tables. 

I am aware from our Zoom catch ups that some children are still working their way through the Arithmetic and Reasoning SATs Buster booklets. Please continue to do so if your child has not yet completed these books.

In addition to the above, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

Please also continue to encourage the children to use Sumdog, particularly their ‘Times Tables’ section this week.


English (Reading):

Last week, we concluded our class book, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. Many of the children commented on how much they enjoyed the story on our Zoom sessions. Therefore, this week, I would like the children to write a book review to tell me what their favourite part of the book was and if they would recommend it to a friend.  I have attached a book review template below.

This week’s reading comprehension is, ‘Knights and Dragons, Unite’. This may inspire the children’s setting and characters when planning their fantasy story in this week’s writing task. I have attached the text, questions and answers below.

With so many superstar readers in Year 2, I am sure that the children have signed up and are continuing to enjoy this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' enables children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

 

English (Writing): 

Our new English topic is, ‘Fantasy Stories’. To help immerse the children into this genre of writing, they should spend time reading and listening to a variety of fantasy stories. Here are some examples:

The Way Back Home’, by Oliver Jeffers.

Aliens in Underpants Save the World’, by Clare Freedman and Ben Cort.

Where the Wild Things Are’, by Maurice Sendak.

A fantasy story is one that could not happen in real life. Fantasy stories often involve journeys and quests. They may be set in familiar places where magical events happen or set in imaginary worlds. Some stories begin and end in the fantasy world. Others start in the real world and move into the fantasy world.

After exploring the stories, the children should draw the setting of their own fantasy story. Their setting may be inspired by stories they have read or they may create their own. For example, a lost city, an enchanted forest, a magical kingdom or outer space. Encourage the children to be imaginative! Once they have drawn their setting, they should write a short paragraph to describe their setting.

Their setting description should include:

  • Creative adjectives and expanded noun phrases (I have attached an adjective word mat below)
  • Conjunctions to join sentences (Click here for a reminder of the different conjunctions)
  • The senses- What can you see, hear, smell, touch, taste?
  • All sentences should be punctuated correctly
  • Joined handwriting

Following this, the children should create their own characters for their fantasy story. For example, a fairy, alien, wizard, princess or giant. They may draw their characters onto the drawing of the setting.

Next week, the children will plan and write their own fantasy story. In preparation, they may start to think of the beginning, middle and end of their story. What problem will their character face? How will the problem be solved?

As usual, the Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below.

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the children would have continued to learn about homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. They also have different spellings. 

The children should watch the following video, ‘How to use to, too and two’ and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

wood

afraid

coin

week

bright

coach

group

search

before

scared

Geography: This week’s task is, ‘To compare a British beach with one from another country.’

The children should read through the information on the attached PowerPoint about different beaches around the world. Following this, they should discuss the different human and physical features of the beaches in Picture Cards A, B, C and D. They should then answer the questions on Worksheet 5C. Both of these are attached below.

If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science:

This week the children will revise, ‘Heating and cooling materials’.

Matter makes up our planet and the whole universe! There are 3 main types of matter:

  • A solid is something which holds its shape. It can be hard or soft.
  • A liquid will always change its shape. It changes its shape to fit the shape of the container that it’s put in. A liquid can flow and be poured.
  • A gas spreads out to fill the shape of the container, like when you fill a balloon with air.

 

You can change the state of a solid, liquid or gas. For example, you can melt ice (solid) to become water (liquid).

The children can watch this video about changing the state of water.  Following this, the children should watch this BBC Bitesize video and complete the quiz afterwards to test their knowledge.

The children may also make their own ice at home and carry out an investigation. How long does it take for their ice to freeze? How long does it take for their ice to melt? Can they speed up the rate of melting?

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website.

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week, the children would have continued to explore the techniques used by Henri Rousseau to create a piece of artwork. The children should read through the information on the attached PowerPoint and compare the photos of Rousseau’s paintings. They should then look carefully at some plants and flowers in their garden, just like Rousseau did in the botanical gardens. What do they notice about the plants? What shapes and colours can they see? Following this, they should recreate/draw the plants and flowers in front of them. Remind the children to use the skills and colours of Henri Rousseau.

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This half term, our DT project is, ‘Perfect Pizzas’.

This week’s task is, ‘To make and evaluate my pizza based on my design’. Firstly, the children should check their pizza design from last week. With adult supervision, they should then make and cook their healthy pizza! To do this, they will need to buy or make pizza dough. Then spread with tomato puree and decorate with toppings of their choice. Cook according to instructions. Perhaps the children could send me pictures of the yummy pizzas that they make?!

Following this, they should complete the attached worksheet to evaluate their pizza. If you do not have access to a printer, this task may be recorded in a way that suits you.

Music:

World Music Day was officially launched in 1982 and became a major world music event, celebrated in over 120 countries every year. World Music Day is all about the joy of making music. This link will take you to resources to help you participate in Make Music Day on Sunday 21st June. This year’s song is the Morecambe and Wise classic, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Your child may enjoy these 30 creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad.

 

PE: Tomorrow sees the start of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. This year, everything will be online - meaning you can get involved from the comfort of your own living room! Attached is a timetable with different challenges to try each day- why not tweet some of your best scores and use the hashtags #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive.

Joe Wicks continues to broadcast live workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

There are also plenty of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Take care and stay safe,

 

Miss Gray x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 8:51am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Should zoos have been allowed to reopen earlier?'

Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in the UK and was closed on 21st March, following lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It reopened on 15th June after being closed for 3 months. During the long period it was closed, the owners were concerned that it may not ever have been able to reopen due to the huge lack of income caused by the closure and the huge costs involved in feeding the animals.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some of the wild animals you might find if you visited a zoo (1) and the second resource shares why some people think we have zoos. (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Discussion - w/c 15.6.20

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 9:18am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How should we learn to manage our money?'

A mother from Northumberland recently spent £100 on a second-hand vending machine to provide an opportunity for her children to learn about money after tiring of them arguing over snacks and other items during lockdown. Mother of four, Sarah Balsdon, was getting so fed up with her children's constant arguments that she and her husband, Kyle, came up with the idea to provide them in a limited and controlled way, whilst helping the children learn how to manage money.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different ways that children have received money (1) and the second resource provides even more information about pocket money. (2). Enjoy!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 15.6.20

Date: 11th Jun 2020 @ 6:15pm

Hello everyone,

It was lovely to see so many of the children on Zoom this week. Seeing their big smiles and listening to their news really brightened my day! We are planning on holding more Zoom catch-ups very soon so I look forward to seeing the children again then. A specific time and date will be provided in next week’s blog.

I would also like to thank the children for their commitment and dedication to their learning over the past few months. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading some of their work that they have shared with me via email. Keep up the hard work Year 2! You make me proud every day!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set. Just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

Maths: 

This week, the children would have revisited how to interpreted and present data using block charts and pictograms.

In a block chart/graph, the types of items are shown on the x axis (horizontal) and the number of items are shown on the y axis (verticle). In a block chart, one block represents one item. This week, I would like the children to carry out a survey and present their data as a block chart. They may create a research question of their choice. For example, they could call their family members or friends and ask them to choose their favourite flavour of ice cream out of 5 particular options.

As well as block charts, the children would’ve revised how to use and construct pictograms. The children should watch this video to refresh their memory. When reading information in pictograms, the children should look at the symbol key carefully. Sometimes the picture symbol in a pictogram represents more than one piece of information.

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following units on MyMaths: ‘Block Charts’ and ‘Pictograms’.

If the children would like further challenge, they may complete the ‘Pictogram Mastery Questions’ which I have attached below.

 

I am aware from our Zoom catch ups that some children are still working their way through the Arithmetic and Reasoning SATs Buster booklets. Please continue to do so if you have not yet completed these books.

In addition to the above, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

Please also encourage the children to use Sumdog to practise their times tables, particularly the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


English (Reading):

This week, we celebrate Refugee Week 2020 in which we recognise and appreciate the contributions of refugees to the arts, culture and our society. A refugee is someone who has had to leave their home and country, as they are unable to stay. This may be due to war, natural disasters and more. In celebration of Refugee Week, I have shared some wonderful stories below about refugees for the children to read.

My name is not Refugee’ by Kate Milner

‘The Day War Came’ by Nicola Davies

I have also attached some comprehension questions and activities below about the book, ‘The Day War Came’ which you may complete with your child.  

This week, we conclude our class book, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. I hope the children have enjoyed reading it as much as I have! After reading the final chapter, they should complete the comprehension activities. Both of these are attached below.

In addition, please continue to complete the SATs Reading Buster.

I hope the children are enjoying this year's virtual Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' enables children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

Various celebrities are taking turns on Wizarding World to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter!

 

English (Writing): 

I hope the children enjoyed researching about ‘Plastic Pollution’. Thank you to those children who shared their information leaflets with me via email - they were fantastic!

This week, I would like the children to become journalists and write a newspaper report for the ‘Formby Gazette’. I’m sure the children have seen (either for themselves or from pictures) the large amounts of litter that has been left on Formby beach over the past few weeks. Not only does litter spoil the natural beauty of Formby beach but it also harms the environment and wildlife. The National Trust rangers and volunteers at Formby spend over 3,500 hours collecting litter from Formby’s coast every year which very often diverts them away from important conservation work! Therefore, more needs to be done to reduce plastic pollution in the local area.

The children may click here for information about the problem of litter on Formby beach. They may also click here to read a newspaper report about the problem.

Using their knowledge of ‘Plastic Pollution’, I would like the children to write a newspaper report on the impact of plastic pollution on Formby beach. The children should watch this video which explains how to write a newspaper report. They should ensure that the 5 W’s are addressed: What? Where? When? Why? Who?

The children’s newspaper report should:

  • Include an eye-catching headline.
  • Be written in the third person and the past tense.
  • Be split up into paragraphs to help the reader clearly understand the information.
  • Include a photo with a caption to give the reader more information.
  • Include both facts and opinions.

The children should ensure all their sentences are punctuated correctly. They should also try to include a question and exclamation sentence.  I have attached a newspaper report writing template to support the children with their writing.

The Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below.

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the children would have continued to learn about homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. They also have different spellings. For example:

  • 'here' eg "put it down here" and hear eg "Speak louder, I can't hear you"
  • 'see' eg "it's so dark, I can't see anything" and 'sea' eg "let's go swim in the sea"

The children should watch the following videos, ‘What are homophones?’ and ‘How to use their, they’re and there’ and complete the quizzes afterwards to test their knowledge.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

number

twenty

plastic

brick

squashing

bending

twisting

stretching

cardboard

forty

 

Geography: This week’s task is, ‘To research a coastal area in the UK.’

The children should research a beach in the UK and create a poster or information leaflet to advertise the area for tourists. The children should include information about where the beach is in the UK and what tourist attractions are there. I have attached some case studies of beaches in the UK to support the children’s research.

If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science:

This week, the children will continue to explore the question, ‘What do humans need to stay healthy?’

One of the ways we can stay healthy is to regularly exercise. Exercising helps improve our physical and mental health. It helps strengthen our bones, muscles and increases self-confidence and belief. I’m sure lots of the children have been enjoying the Body Coach workouts! This week, I would like the children design their own 5-minute workout to help them stay fit and healthy. They should try to include 5 different moves. They may plan their work out using the flow map which is attached below. They should draw a picture of the movement in the box and write a caption to describe how it should be completed.

The children may click here to watch the Body Coach give a 5-minute workout for some ideas.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website.

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week, the children would have learnt about the life of the famous artist, Henri Rousseau. Henri Rousseau was born in France in 1844. Rousseau taught himself how to paint. He spent time in art galleries and museums in Paris copying the paintings. His paintings were often very flat with strong colours. They were non-realistic in scale and very dramatic! This week, I would like the children to research and design a poster to tell others about the life of Henri Rousseau. I have attached a PowerPoint which will support the children with this task.

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This half term, our DT project is, ‘Perfect Pizzas’.

This week’s task is, ‘To design a balanced healthy pizza’. The children should read through the information on the PowerPoint. Following this, they should draw their ideal healthy pizza on Worksheet 4C. If you do not have access to a printer, this task may be recorded in a way that suits you.

Music:

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Your child may enjoy these 30 creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad.

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am! Please see the following link.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link YouTube playlist. 

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Take care and stay safe,

Miss Gray x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 8.6.20

Date: 6th Jun 2020 @ 12:49pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How important is it to have a routine?'

Since the beginning of the lockdown, many people have had to completely change their  routines in line with the new guidance and new rules. Of course, this has also meant the closure of schools as well as many workplaces and places to visit too. Routine means different things to different people.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is a sorting activity for a daily routine (1) and the second resource shares Arthur’s experience of a day without any routine. (2). Enjoy!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 8.6.20

Date: 4th Jun 2020 @ 4:02pm

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and are enjoying the sunshine.

Next week, I will be hosting another 'class-catchup' via 'Zoom!' I really hope your child will be able to come along! Once again, I will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another. Please can I kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial.

 

Schedule:

Friday 10:00 - 10.20am    A - D

Friday 10:40 -11.00am     E - M

Friday 11:20  -11.40am    N – Y

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to ‘Help school children continue their education during coronavirus’ to further support you.

 

Maths: 

This week, the children would have learnt how to interpret and present data using tables and tally charts. They should read and construct tally charts, using them to compare information and find totals. Tally charts can be used to collect data quickly and efficiently. Filling in a chart with marks representing numbers is faster than writing out words or numbers. Each piece of information is shown by a tally mark and every fifth tally is drawn diagonally.

The children can watch this video which gives an introduction to tally charts.  

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following units on MyMaths: ‘Lists and Tables 2’, ‘Introducing Data’ and ‘Tally Charts’. The children may also create their own tally charts. 

I have also attached some ‘Statistics Chilli Challenge Mastery Cards’ which the children may complete to cement their understanding. The more chilli symbols on the card, the more challenging the question!

The children should also continue to complete the Arithmetic and Reasoning SATs Buster booklets.

In addition to the above, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

Please also encourage the children to use Sumdog to practise their times tables, particularly the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


English (Reading):

This week from 8th-14th June, there is a special seven-day online 'Dream Big' festival in partnership with Waterstones for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Watch on Puffin Facebook and YouTube channels as each day two events take place. It promises to be great fun and another way of enaging children in the wonderful world of literature, storytelling, reading and illustrating.  

This week, the children should re-read Chapter 5 and read Chapter 6 of our class book, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. Following this, they should complete the comprehension activities. Both of these are attached below.

The children should also complete the following comprehension, ‘End Plastic Pollution’, which will link with our writing task this week. The text, differentiated questions and their answers are attached below.

In addition, please continue to complete the SATs Reading Buster.

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

Various celebrities are taking turns on Wizarding World to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter!

 

English (Writing): 

On the 8th June, we celebrate ‘World Oceans Day’. On World Oceans Day, people around the world celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all. The ocean generates a lot of the oxygen we breathe, it provides food around the world and is home to a variety of fish and sea creatures.

Sadly, ‘Plastic Pollution’ is an increasing problem which is harming our oceans and wildlife. We’re using more plastic than ever with over 8 million pieces of plastic entering our oceans every day! Shockingly, a plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the ocean!

To introduce the children to the topic of ‘Plastic Pollution’, they may click here to listen to the story ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’ by Sarah Roberts. It tells the story of a plastic bag called ‘Stanley’ who is swallowed by lots of different sea creatures. After your child has read the story, ask them to tell you what they learnt. How did the story make them feel?

Following this, the children should click here to listen to Sarah Roberts explain why she wrote the book and the impact that plastic pollution is having on our wildlife. 

This week, I would like the children to research the topic, ‘Plastic Pollution’ and create an information leaflet to present their findings. Their leaflet should include lots of interesting facts. The children should follow this link and scroll down to watch the video, ‘How does plastic harm our oceans?’

Their leaflet should include the following sub-headings:

  • What is Plastic Pollution?
  • How does plastic get into the sea?
  • How does Plastic Pollution harm the environment?
  • What is being done to reduce Plastic Pollution?
  • How can we help?

Please support your child with their online research to ensure they use safe searches.

The Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below.

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the children would’ve learnt about apostrophes for contraction. Apostrophes can be used to show that you have ‘omitted’ (left out) some letters when you are joining words together. These are called apostrophes for contraction. The children should watch the following video, ‘How to use apostrophes for contraction’ and then complete the quiz afterwards.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

money

parents

rock

both

should

plant

habitat

food

air

metal

 

Geography: This week’s task is, ‘To find out about British beaches.’

The children should read through the information in the attached PowerPoint which describes the human and physical features of British beaches. Following this, the children should use Word Bank 2B to help them complete Worksheet 2C. The children should locate and name as many human and physical features as they can in the photo. Then they should write a description of the photo, using the geographical vocabulary from the Word Bank 2B.

If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science:

This week, the children will explore the question, ‘What do humans need to stay healthy?’

They should watch this video which explains what humans need to live be healthy. Afterwards, they should complete the quiz.

Being healthy is not just about doing exercise and eating well; it is also about keeping our minds happy. Ask your child, ‘What makes you happy and why?’ The children may then wish to draw 5 things that make them happy.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

I’m sure lots of you (myself included!) watched the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch! It was amazing! If you didn’t manage to watch the launch then click here. This week, I thought the children could celebrate this historic moment by drawing the SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule. Follow this link for a video tutorial. The children may also want to draw their own space capsule or rocket.

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This half term, our DT project is, ‘Perfect Pizzas’.

This week’s task is, ‘To examine, describe and categorise a variety of pizza toppings’. The children should read through the information on the PowerPoint which explains about the 5 different food groups and the importance food hygiene. Following this, they should complete use the toppings cards and complete ‘Worksheet 3C’, sorting the toppings into 2 groups and answering the questions. Both of these are attached below.

 

Music:

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Your child may enjoy the 30 minute technology activities attached, in which they can create their own digital book using the ‘Book Creator’ App. The children will be familiar with ‘Book Creator’ as we have used it in class, so this will be an excellent opportunity for them to practise their skills and have fun!

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am! Please see the following link.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link YouTube playlist. 

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

As always, I hope you continue to stay safe.

I can’t wait to see all the children’s big smiles soon!

 

Miss Gray x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 1.6.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 5:15pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Why do people choose the jobs they do?'

The number of people seeking to start a career in the healthcare sector has risen during the pandemic, official figures reveal. Health leaders said the wish shown by thousands of people to help them to fight illness was “truly humbling”. The NHS Health Careers website has seen a 220% rise in people expressing an interest in becoming a nurse.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is where some people share information about their job (1) and the second resource is where some people explain how they feel about their jobs (2). Enjoy!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 1.6.20

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 2:18pm

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and had a fantastic half term break!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help  school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

Maths: 

This half term brings the start of our new topic, ‘Statistics’. This week, the children would have been learning how to sort numbers, shapes and objects as well as starting to record and read data in tables.  

'Data' means 'information'. You can collect data by showing it in tables, charts or graphs, making the information easier to read and understand. A table can be used to display pieces of data about different things. The children should understand that the title of a table tells us what the table is about and the headings tell us what data is in each column and row.

The children can watch this video which explains how to record data in a table.

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following units on MyMaths: ‘Sorting’ and ‘Lists and Tables 1’.

The children should also continue to complete the Arithmetic and Reasoning SATs Buster booklets.

In addition to the above, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

Please also encourage the children to use Sumdog to practise their times tables, particularly the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


English (Reading):

This week, the children should continue to read our wonderful class book, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. As this is our class book, I recommend the children read it with an adult to discuss vocabulary and develop comprehension skills. I have attached Chapter 5 below. Enjoy!

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

Various celebrities are taking turns on Wizarding World to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter!

The children should complete the attached tasks taken from Cracking Comprehension. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may record their answers in their exercise book.

‘George and the Dragon’ – the children should read the text and answer the three ‘Listening Comprehension’ questions, before completing the activity sheet.

‘There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon’- the children should read the text and complete the activity sheet.

Both of these tasks and their answers are attached below.

In addition, please complete SATs Reading Buster:

Section 3 - Poems- The Snowman - Pages 37-41.

 

English (Writing): 

Before half term, we explored the poem, ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. The children should have identified the different poetic devices within the poem and then planned the things they would like to put in their magic box.

Before they begin to write their poem, the children should re-read ‘The Magic Box’ which is attached below. They can also watch Kit Wright read the poem again here. They should then look at their mind map to remind themselves of what they will put in their magic box. I have attached the mind map template below if your child did not manage to complete one. Following this, the children should write their own poem in the style of ‘The Magic Box’. To support their writing, I have attached a model example and a writing frame which includes sentence starters. The children should aim to complete at least 2 verses. Encourage them to be as imaginative and creative as they like!

The Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below.

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the majority of the children’s spelling words contain possessive apostrophes. A possessive apostrophe is used to show that one thing belongs to someone or something.

The children should watch the following video, ‘How to use possessive apostrophes’ and then complete the quiz afterwards.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

sister’s

brother’s

girl’s

child’s

man’s

boy’s

woman’s

grandfather’s

Mr

Mrs

 

Geography: This half term, we will begin our new Geography topic, ‘What are the human and physical features of coastal areas?’

This week’s task is ‘To locate and identify oceans and continents.’

The children should read through the information in the attached PowerPoint. From this, they should be able to describe the differences between oceans, seas, coasts, continents and countries.

The children can watch this fun song to help them identify the different oceans and continents around the world.

Following this, the children should complete the worksheet below to name and locate the five oceans and seven continents on a world map. If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science: This half term we will begin our new Science topic, ‘Healthy Me’.

This week, the children will explore the parts of the human body.

Firstly, the children should watch the following video: ‘What are the parts of the human body?’ They should answer the quiz afterwards.

The children should also watch this video which provides an introduction to the major organs of the human body.

In addition, ask your child to draw an outline of their body and draw as many bones and organs as they can in the correct place! They could use chalk outside or pencils and paper.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week’s Art task will explore ‘Aboriginal Art’.  Aboriginal art is art made by the indigenous Australian people. The children should watch this video which explains the process of creating Aboriginal art through dot painting. Dot painting is made up of small dots of paint colours like yellow (representing the sun), brown (the soil), red (desert sand) and white (the clouds and the sky). These are traditional Aboriginal colours. Dot paintings can be painted on anything and were mostly images of animals or lakes. If you do not have access to paint, the children could use coloured pens, pencils or crayons to create their art work.

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This half term, we will begin our new DT project, ‘Perfect Pizzas’.

This week’s task is, ‘To identify different types of pizzas and categorise them into healthy and unhealthy’. The children should read through the information on the PowerPoint which explains about the different food groups and the importance of a balanced diet. Following this, they should complete ‘Worksheet 1C’ and draw each part of their favourite pizza onto the blank balanced plate. Both of these are attached below.

 

Music:

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Your child may enjoy the 30 minute technology activities attached, in which they can create their own digital book using the ‘Book Creator’ App. The children will be familiar with ‘Book Creator’ as we have used it in class, so this will be an excellent opportunity for them to practise their skills and have fun!

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am! Please see the following link.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link YouTube playlist. 

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additonal source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Take care,

Miss Gray x

Year 2- May Half Term - w/c 25.5.20

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 2:10pm

Hello everyone!

I hope all the children have had a fantastic half term of home learning and that you have enjoyed completing some of the tasks that have been set with your child.

Over the half term break, there are still many ways for the children’s learning to continue:

  • Children should continue to read as much as possible, selecting different genres when possible. Where appropriate, please ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills.
  • There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.
  • Access Read Write Inc. resources via this link, which includes various ‘phonics spine’ ebooks matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.
  • Practise spellings from this half term.
  • Work through the 3 SATs Buster booklets.
  • Access websites such as MyMaths and Sumdog. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!
  • Access White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day‘ and daily lessons and activities which are provided here.
  • The children may carry out additional research into our current History topic, ‘How were seaside holidays in the past different to those today?’ or of a topic that interests your child. They can present their research in any way they choose: filming it, PowerPoint or presenting to their family.
  • ‘Think U Know’ have released some new activity packs with simple, 15-minute activities that can be completed at home to support online safety. Access these resources here.
  • Complete tasks that have been set in previous blogs that your child may not have had time to complete yet.
  • Access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed.
  • I have also attached a list of suggested activities for over the half term break.  From building a fort to baking a cake, there is lots of fun to be had! Please find this attached below. 

Please also use our ‘Learning at Home’ page, which will direct you to a wealth of resources, as well as our Wellbeing page which has ways to support you and your child also at this time. 

I hope you all have an enjoyable break and spend time with loved ones, whether it is within your household or online!

Stay positive and take care,

Miss Gray

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 18.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 8:35am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'If you could live anywhere, where would it be?'

An Italian architect is planning a city of skyscrapers! Luca Curci said that he wanted to build four self-sufficient, interconnected towers with trees, wildlife and farms. His project is called, 'The Link'. He claims that his buildings, for 200,000 people, would be the best way to tackle population growth, pollution and poverty. He says, “We need a sustainable vision, my towers are designed to encourage a sense of community.”

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. They will allow you to consider the different types of houses that people live in (1) and also why houses might be designed in a certain way (2). Enjoy!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 18.5.20

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 1:02pm

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a wonderful week and enjoyed celebrating VE day last Friday!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

 

Maths: 

This week, the children would have been learning about ‘Positions and Turning’. The children should describe the position, direction and movement of shapes and objects using mathematical vocabulary including whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns. They should also connect their knowledge of clocks and use the terms clockwise and anti-clockwise to describe direction.

To support your child’s learning of turns, please give them simple instructions to follow. For example, ‘Move a quarter turn clockwise’ or ‘Move a whole turn anti-clockwise’.

The children may click here to get moving with the Hip Hop Granny while learning about position and direction.

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following unit on MyMaths: ‘Positions and Turning’.

The children should also complete:

SATs Arithmetic Buster- Section 2- Multiplying and Dividing- Pages 30-32

SATs Reasoning Buster- Section 1- Numbers- Pages 5- 10.

In addition to the above, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

Finally, a special ‘well done!’ to all those children who competed in the National Sumdog Contest! They all did superbly and should be very proud, particularly those who answered all 1000 questions! What a wonderful achievement! Keep up the hard work and please continue to use Sumdog.


English (Reading):

This week, the children should continue to read our wonderful class book, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. As this is our class book, I recommend the children read it with an adult to discuss vocabulary and develop comprehension skills. I have attached Chapter 4 below. Enjoy!

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

Various celebrities are now taking turns on Wizarding World to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter!

The children should complete the attached tasks taken from Cracking Comprehension. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may record their answers in their exercise book.

‘Timid Tim and the Cuggy Theif’ – the children should read the text and answer the three ‘Listening Comprehension’ questions, before then completing the activity sheet.

‘Dogger’- the children should read the text and complete the activity sheet.

Both of these tasks and their answers are attached below.

 

In addition, please complete SATs Reading Buster:

Section 3 - Poems- The Ice-cream Man - Pages 33-36.

 

English (Writing):  

I’m sure the children wrote and performed some excellent, inspirational poems last week to show their gratitude towards key workers.

This week, the children will focus on the ‘free verse’ poem, ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. ‘Free verse’ poems have no set rhyme or rhythm.

The children should read ‘The Magic Box’ which is attached below. They can also watch Kit Wright read the poem here. After they’ve read it, ask the children ‘What do you like about the poem?’ ‘Are there any words or phrases that stand out to you?’

They should then identify and underline the following features in the poem:

  • adjectives
  • alliteration
  • repetition
  • use of the senses

Ask the children to think about how these features improve the poem and make it more exciting and engaging.

Following this, the children should read through the PowerPoint below to check if they have identified all the features correctly.

Next week, the children will write their own poems based on ‘The Magic Box’. In preparation, I would like the children to complete the attached mind map to plan the things they would put in their own magic box! What are their favourite places, tastes, smells, sounds? For example, I would put in the crunch of hot buttered toast and golden sunlight from the summer sun. Encourage the children to be imaginative and creative!

 

The Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below.

 

English (SPaG):

This week, the children should recap their learning of adjectives. They can watch the following video, ‘What are adjectives?’ and then complete the quiz afterwards.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

station

fiction

section

motion

position

relation

fraction

nation

again

half

 

History: This week, we will conclude our History topic ‘How were seaside holidays in the past different to those today?’

This week’s task is ‘To be able to identify similarities and differences between seaside holidays now and in the past.’

The children should read through the information and look at the pictures in the attached PowerPoint to compare seaside holidays in the past to those today.

Following this, the children should complete ‘Worksheet 6A’ which is attached below. They may use the statement cards to support their answers. If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

Science: This week, the children would have been describing and distinguishing between different types of habitat. This week’s task is ‘What is a polar habitat?’

The children should watch this video and then complete the quiz (below the video) to test their knowledge of polar habitats.

The children should also watch this video which explains how certain animals have adapted to live in the Arctic. Following this, the children may research an animal of their choice which has adapted to live in a cold environment and create a poster to present their findings.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

 

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week’s Art task links to the poem we are focussing on in English, ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright.  I would like the children to use recycled materials to create and decorate their own magic box! It can be as colourful and unique as they like! What would they like to put in their magic box? Encourage the children to be creative!

 

Music: 

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home. 

Your child may enjoy the mini technology activity attached to help encourage them to use technology in a positive and productive way.  We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the educational apps and ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy skills. We hope you enjoy this activity!

PE:

Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am! Please see the following link.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link YouTube playlist. 

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Take care,

Miss Gray x

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 11.5.20

Date: 8th May 2020 @ 2:55pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Who does outer space belong to?'

SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, has a dream of providing the whole world with high speed internet using satellites in the sky. Mr Musk recently announced on Twitter that the firm’s Starlink service will be available to certain locations in six months. The project aims to have the devices form a constellation around the planet from a distance of 200 miles to 700 miles above the surface and transmit data to stations and customers on the ground.

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. They give more information about stars (1) and also the 'Outer Space Treaty' (2). Enjoy!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 11.5.20

Date: 6th May 2020 @ 2:34pm

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a lovely week and that the children have managed to complete some of the learning tasks whilst enjoying the sunshine. Tomorrow, we celebrate Victory in Europe Day, more commonly known as VE Day. Help us to celebrate by having a picnic in your garden, decorating your house or wearing red, white and blue! You could take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm. From the safety of your own home, pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

 

Maths: 

This week, the children would have been learning about ‘Symmetry’ and ‘Patterns and Sequences’.

A 2D shape is symmetrical if a line can be drawn through it so that either side of the line looks exactly the same. 

Click here to watch a video that explains which shapes are symmetrical.

Click here for a fun song to support the learning of symmetry.

The children would also have learnt about ordering and arranging shapes and mathematical objects to create complete, repeating and increasing patterns. At home, please could you support your child by making repeating patterns using different objects, for example, fruit, Lego, toy cars etc. Can they work out which objects will come next in the pattern?

Following this, please ask the children to complete the following units on MyMath’s: ‘Symmetry’ and ‘Patterns and Sequences’.

The children should also complete:

SATs Arithmetic Buster- Section 2- Multiplying and Dividing- Pages 26-28

SATs Reasoning Buster- Section 1- Numbers- Pages 1- 4.

 

For additional challenges, please check White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day!            

Daily lessons and activities are also provided here.

I am pleased to tell you that the National Sumdog Contest starts on Friday 8th May and our class has been signed up! There will be up to 1000 questions to answer over the week. Remember the more questions you answer, the better chance you will have of earning a position on the individual leader board and the better our class will perform on the school leader board! I can’t wait to see how you all do! Good luck Year 2!


English (Reading)-

This week, please continue to read our wonderful class book, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. As this is our class book, I recommend the children read it with an adult to discuss vocabulary and develop comprehension skills. I have attached Chapters 2 and 3 below. Enjoy!

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

Various celebrities are now taking turns on Wizarding World to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’. Daniel Radcliffe read the first chapter yesterday! There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter!

 

The children should complete the attached tasks taken from Cracking Comprehension. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may record their answers in their exercise book.

‘Little Miss Muffet’ – the children should read the poem and answer the three ‘Listening Comprehension’ questions, before then completing the activity sheet.

‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’- the children should read the poem and complete the activity sheet.

Both of these tasks and their answers are attached below.

In addition, please complete SATs Reading Buster:

Section 2 - Non-Fiction- Guide Dogs - Pages 27-32.

 

English (Writing)  

This week, I would like the children to write a poem to show their gratitude towards key workers who continue to work throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Their poem should focus on strength and positivity and should include some of the poetic devices in the success criteria below.

Click here to watch Sophie read her inspirational poem to thank NHS workers.

Click here for another inspirational poem that a child wrote about staying strong and positive during lockdown.

Success Criteria

Try to include…

  • Rhyme
  • The five senses
  • Alliteration
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Powerful verbs and adjectives
  • Commas

 

Once complete, the children should perform their poem. They may also choose to record or video their performance on an IPAD. Click here for some useful tips on how to perform poetry.

To celebrate their wonderful poetry and spread gratitude, the children could post or email their inspirational poem to a friend or family member. They could also send their poem to Blue Peter to earn a prestigious Blue Peter badge! Further details can be found on this link. Please supervise your child if they are sending it themselves.

The Year 2 writing success criteria is attached below.

 

English (SPaG)

This week, the children should recap their learning of exclamation marks and question marks. They can watch the following videos, ‘How to use an Exclamation Mark’ and ‘How to use Question Marks’ and then complete the quizzes afterwards.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

there

their

they’re

here

hear

quite

quiet

one

won

water

 

History: This week’s task is ‘To find out what seaside holidays were like 100 years ago’.

The children should read through the information and look at the pictures in the attached PowerPoint to understand what seaside holidays were like 100 years ago.

What can the children see in the pictures? How many of these things would we still see on a beach holiday?

Following this, the children should complete the activity sheet. They should read the two postcards that were written by Victorian children on their seaside holidays and fill in the table. They may also complete the word search. If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science: This week’s task is ‘What is a food chain?’

Plants get their energy from the Sun. They are called producers because they make their own food. Animals are called consumers because they eat plants and other animals. Animals that eat other animals are called predators. The animals they eat are called prey.

The children should watch this video which answers the question, ‘What is a food chain?’ Following this, they should complete the quiz (below the video) to test their knowledge of food chains.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: 

https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week’s Art task links to our History topic ‘How were seaside holidays in the past different to those today?’

I would like the children to paint, draw or use recycled materials to create a piece of art work of a seaside scene. I have attached some pictures of seaside holidays from the past and today for inspiration. The children may practise their colour mixing skills to create different shades of colour or use different textures.

Music:

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

Computing: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week, the children may complete a 15 minute technology activity using the App ‘Scratch Jr.’. In this activity, your child will use Scratch Jr. to make a short animation using simple, coloured coded blocks. They will learn how to add ‘sprites’, create a background and code a simple algorithm (set of sequenced instructions).

 

Guidance for this activity is attached below.

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am, despite his recent injury! Please see the following link.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link YouTube playlist. 

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Take care,

Miss Gray x

Picture News Discussion - w.c 4.5.20

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 11:13am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'What makes some toys more popular than others?'

The toy world is in the grip of a llama obsession as the woolly, South American animals have become the new industry sensation! At the American International Toy Fair in New York in February, there were llamas everywhere! Knitted, plush and sequinned; small and large; llamas on mobile phone cases and swimming pool floats; llama diaries, puzzles and even backpacks. Of course, llama toys and accessories might not be for everyone! 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There is an additional resource also attached which might help you consider how toys and gifts change as you get older. Take a look!

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 4.5.20

Date: 30th Apr 2020 @ 3:18pm

Hello everyone,

It was lovely to be greeted by the children’s smiling faces on our Zoom catch-ups this week. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the fantastic things they have been getting up to over the past month. Their positivity and enthusiasm shone through and it brought a big smile to my face! I would also like to say a huge 'thank you' to the children and all involved in creating an amazing lockdown video. It was a joy to watch and it made my day! 

Next week, it is Victory in Europe Day, more commonly known as VE Day. Help us to celebrate by having a picnic in your garden next Friday. Decorate your house, make a flag…wear red, white and blue! You could take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm. From the safety of your own home, pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

We hope you enjoy watching our gratitude video from the staff to thank you, your children and all of our incredible key workers. Please click here to access the blog and video. 

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

 You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

 

Maths: 

This week, the children would have been continuing to learn about the properties of 3D shapes.

Please ask the children to complete the following unit on ‘My Maths’- ‘3D Shapes’. Could would have needed a question mark

Click here for a fun song to support the learning of 3D shapes!

Now, it’s time to get creative! Can the children create different 3D shapes using materials such as mini marshmallows and sticks, or playdough and straws? Building shapes in a practical way will aid their understanding of the different properties that shapes have.  Please watch this video to watch for some guidance.

The children can also play a game of ‘What am I?’ for 3D shapes. Read the clues and challenge your child to see if they can work out what 3D shape you are describing. These are attached below.

 

The children should also complete:

SATs Arithmetic Buster- Section 2- Multiplying and Dividing- Pages 22-24

SATs Reasoning Buster- Section 4- Geometry- Pages 44- 45.

 

Finally, a special ‘well done!’ to all those children who competed in the Sefton Sumdog Contest! They all did superbly and should be very proud, particularly those who answered all 1000 questions and made it onto the individual leader board! What a wonderful achievement! 

Keep up the hard work and please continue to use Sumdog!

 

 

English (Reading)-

It was wonderful to catch up with the children on zoom this week, I was delighted to hear about the books they have been reading at home!

This week, we will begin reading our new class book, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine. This is one of my favourite books and I’m sure the children will find it just as hilarious as I do! As this is our class book, I recommend the children read it with an adult to discuss vocabulary and develop comprehension skills. I have attached Chapter 1 below. Enjoy!

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home for pleasure and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

There are also a variety of audio books available on The World Book Day website and of course David Walliams continues to read each day. They are all available to catch up on too so I would encourage your child to listen to these throughout the week here.

 

The children should complete the attached tasks taken from Cracking Comprehension. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may record their answers in their exercise book.

‘What the Ladybird Heard’ – the children should read the poem and answer the three ‘Listening Comprehension’ questions, before then completing the activity sheet.

‘Like an Animal’- the children should read the poem and complete the activity sheet.

Both of these tasks and answers are attached below.

In addition, please complete SATs Reading Buster: Section 2 - Non-Fiction- Bees - Pages 21-26.

 

English (Writing)  

To celebrate the start of ‘National Share-a-Story Month’, this week, I would like the children to write a book review on their favourite book!

The children should watch this video to help them with their ideas. Their book review should include the book title, author and should answer the following questions:

  • What is the book about?
  • Did you like the book? What was your favourite part?
  • Who were your favourite characters?
  • Would you recommend this book to a friend?

A book review template is attached to support the children with the structure of their book review. Some useful sentence starters and the Year 2 writing success criteria can also be found below.

When complete, the children could share their book review with a family member or send it to a friend. Let’s celebrate and share our love of reading!

 

English (SPaG)

This week, the children should recap their learning of prefixes. They can watch the video, ‘What are prefixes?’ on this link and then complete the quiz afterwards.

 

Spellings for the week are below:

whiteboard 

butterfly

handbag

lighthouse

rainbow

moonlight

flowerpot

goldfish

busy

people

 

History:

This week’s task is ‘To find out when and how seaside holidays became popular’.

Today, going to the seaside is a British tradition. However, in the past this wasn’t always something that people would have done.

This week, the children will explore when and how seaside holidays became popular in Britain. As part of this, they will learn how the invention of the steam train made it possible for lots of people to travel to the seaside.

The children should read through the attached PowerPoint and complete the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, this task can be written in the children’s exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

The children may also choose to research further the role that steam trains played in making seaside holidays popular and create a poster to show their findings.

 

Science:

This week’s task is ‘What plants can you find outside?

The children should watch this video which explores different plants and explains how plants change according to the season.

How many different types of plants can the children find in their garden?

They may create a tally chart to record and present their findings.  

For additional tasks, you can also visit  this website. where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art:

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week, we will continue exploring the work of Pablo Picasso and Cubism.

As well as drawing and painting portraits, Picasso used shapes and colours to represent objects.

 

For this week’s task, the children may create a piece of art inspired by Picasso, featuring 2 simple objects. To do this, they should pick 2 objects and draw an outline of the objects onto brightly coloured or patterned sheets of paper such as newspaper or wrapping paper. Finally, they should cut these shapes out and collage them.

 

Follow this link for one of Picasso’s most famous pieces of art ‘Bowl of Fruit, Violin and Bottle’.

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am! Please see the following link.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link.. 

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question will be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Keep smiling and stay safe,

Miss Gray x

Year 2- Learning from Home- w/c 27.4.20

Date: 23rd Apr 2020 @ 12:30pm

Learning at home

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a lovely week and are enjoying the sunshine!

 

Next week, I will be hosting a 'class-catchup' via 'Zoom.' I really hope your child will be able to come along! To make sure that we can see, hear and talk to one another, this week we will have 3 zoom meetings. Please can I kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial.

 

Schedule:

Friday 10:00 - 10.20am   A - D

Friday 10:40 -11.00am    E - M

Friday 11:20 -11:40am    N - Y

 

You will receive a text message the day before confirming a password/hyperlink to join the meeting . You will need to be able to have access to Zoom. If your child is in school on the day of our catch-up and wishes to participate, our staff will set them up on a school computer or laptop.

 Hopefully, all being well, I look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 2 next week.

 Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here link or watch the daily lessons online here link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

 

Maths: 

This week, the children would have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Shapes are all around us! How many different shapes can the children spot in their house or garden?

Please could the children complete the following units on ‘My Maths’- Geometry- ‘Describing Shapes’ & ‘2D and 3D Shapes’.

 

The children should also complete:

SATs Arithmetic Buster- Section 1- Adding and Subtracting- Please continue to complete Pages 11-19.

SATs Reasoning Buster- Section 4- Geometry- Pages 40- 42.

 

Don’t forget, the Sefton Sumdog Contest has started today! It closes on Thursday 30th April so make sure the children log on if they haven’t already! The more questions they answer, the more chance they will have of earning a position on the individual leader board and the better our class will perform on the school leader board!  Good luck!

 

English (Reading)-

This week’s Cracking Comprehension is ‘Planting Bulbs’. Please find this attached along with the mark scheme. The children can write this in their exercise book or recorded in a way that suits them.

 

SATs Reading Buster- Please complete Section 2- Non-Fiction 1- The Circus - Pages 17-20.

 

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

 

Books to read- https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/#young-fiction & https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

 

English (Writing)  

Continuing with our book, ‘Lila and the Secret of the Rain’ by David Conway and Jude Daly, the children should imagine themselves as Lila and write a diary entry from Lila's point of view.

Firstly, the children should re-read the PDF version of the story. Next, they should read through the PowerPoint on how to write a super diary entry before reading the model diary example and underlining some of the key features included in the diary writing checklist. Both of these are attached below.

 

The children should then imagine themselves as Lila! To help them get into character, ask your child to close their eyes and describe their Kenyan village. What can they see, hear, smell, touch?

 

Encourage them to re-tell the story by asking questions such as:

What problem did you face? How did you feel when the rain did not come?

How did you make it rain?

 

The children should then write a diary entry as if they are Lila. The children should use their flow map and the diary writing checklist to support their writing and ensure the events are in the correct order. Remember to use ‘I’ and to write in the past tense!

 

The Year 2 writing success criteria can also be found below.

 

English (SPaG)

The children should continue their learning on suffixes. They can watch the video, ‘How to use the suffix -ly’ on this link and then complete the quiz afterwards.

 

 

Spellings for the week are below:

television

treasure

usual

measure 

leisure

pleasure

pressure

unsure

many

clothes

 

History: ‘To investigate what seaside holidays were like in the past’.

The children should read through the attached PowerPoint and look at the photographs of past seaside holidays. They should then create a circle map to describe what seaside holidays were like in the past. This can be written in the exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

 

Science: ‘What is the life cycle of a plant?

Most plants grow from a seed or a bulb. There are a series of steps that need to happen for seeds and bulbs to grow into plants. This week, the children should watch the following video and complete the quiz to investigate the life cycle of plants and the process of germination Click here.

 

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

This week, we would have been exploring one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso!  Picasso was a Spanish artist who created a new style of abstract art called ‘Cubism’. Cubism uses lots of shapes and interesting colours to represent ordinary objects and people.

Your task is to create your own cubist self-portrait in the style of Picasso! You may draw, paint or use materials from home. Make your portrait original and unique! Just like how God made you!

The children should watch the following video for inspiration and tips! Click here.

 

PE: Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation’s PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am! Please see the following link.

Many of our school staff have been taking part in the 'Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5' challenge. This challenge calls on people in the UK and all over the world to walk or run 5km, donate £5 to NHS Charities Together (link below) and then go forward and nominate five others to do likewise. I would like to nominate Year 2 to take part in the challenge this week!

 

This is a wonderful way to exercise together as a family whilst raising funds for the most worthy of causes. You can walk, run or whatever suits you best whilst keeping safe. Good luck and please stay safe! 

 

Link:https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=RunForHeroes&pageUrl=5

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Take care,

Miss Gray x

Year 2- Learning at Home- w/c 20.4.20

Date: 18th Apr 2020 @ 5:13pm

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and enjoyed the wonderful sunshine!

Please remember the activities that have been set each week are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

The BBC have expanded their education provision today, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here. 

Listed below are the activities set for Year 2 next week.

English (Writing)-

This week, we will be focussing on the book ‘Lila and the Secret of the Rain’ by David Conway and Jude Daly. Please find a PDF version of the story attached.

After reading the story, the children should retell and sequence the events of the story using a flow map. For example, in the first box, draw a picture of Lila in the Kenyan village. Then below the picture, write a caption to explain what is happening in the picture. For example, “Lila lived in a Kenyan village”. The children may create their own flow map in their exercise books or use the template attached.

Next week, the children are going to imagine themselves as Lila and write a diary entry from Lila's point of view. They must remember to use ‘I’. To help the children get into character, you could ask them the following questions:

  • What is it like in your village?
  • How did you feel when the rain did not come? Why did you feel like this?
  • What story did your Grandfather tell you?
  • How did you make it rain?
  • Why did you describe each raindrop like one of your Mama’s kisses?

In preparation for next week, the children could also read through the model diary example and underline some of the key features included in the diary writing checklist.

Both of these are attached below.

The Year 2 writing success criteria can also be found below.

 

English (Reading)-

The mark scheme for the previous week’s Cracking Comprehension ‘Dolphins’ is attached.

This week’s Cracking Comprehension is ‘What was London like after the Great Fire?’ Please find this attached along with the mark scheme. This can be written in your exercise book or recorded in a way that suits you.

SATs Reading Buster- Please complete Fiction 3- Anansi and the Turtle- Pages 11-16.

Please also continue to read a range of books with your child at home and ask them comprehension style questions to aid their understanding of the text.

Books to read- https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/#young-fiction & https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

English (SPaG)

The children should watch the video below ‘What are suffixes?’ Following this, they should complete the quiz.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z8mxrwx/articles/zwgbcwx

 

Spellings for the week are below:

forgetful

joyful

playful

painless

fearless

hopeless

plentiful

useless

whole

any

 

Maths-

This week we will begin the topic of ‘Money’.

Please could the children complete the following units on ‘My Maths’- Measurement- ‘Recognising Coins’ ‘Using Coins’ & ‘Using Money’.

At home, explore different combinations of coins that equal the same amount of money. Why not set up a pretend shop to practise your money skills? Price up some household items and use real or pretend money to buy and sell items to your family.

The children should also complete:

SATs Arithmetic Buster- Section 1- Adding and Subtracting- Pages 11-19.

SATs Reasoning Buster- Section 2- Fractions- Pages 20-22 &

Section 3- Measurement- Money- Page 32.

Please continue to also use Sumdog. I am pleased to tell you that the Sefton Sumdog Contest starts on Friday 24th April and each class has been signed up! There will be 1000 questions to answer over the week. The more questions you answer, the more chance you will have of earning a position on the individual leader board and the better our class will perform on the school leader board! Good luck!

 

In addition to the above you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

Science:

Our new Science topic for this half term is ‘Young Gardeners’. Here are this week's Y2 Science tasks: 

What does a plant need to grow?’ Click here.

What are the parts of a plant?’ Click here.

History:

Our new History topic for this half term is ‘How were seaside holidays in the past different to those today?’

For this week's task, the children should write a sense poem about their experiences of the seaside.

Their poem may be titled ‘At the Seaside’. 

They should describe what they would see, feel, hear, taste and smell on a seaside holiday. Encourage children to use as much descriptive language as they can.

 

Art

This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

As its Spring, why not create some beautiful origami flowers or butterflies? Follow this link to a video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZdO2e8K29o

 

PE - We encourage your child to participate in Joe Wicks 5 minute move Body Coach workout. These can be accessed via YouTube on this link.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel  and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Please also use our learning at home page  which will direct you to a wealth of resources.

Reading, watching television programmes or films together, provides an opportunity for you to check their comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, make, bake, build ... they are all wonderful learning opportunities.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 2. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. 

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of the website where useful websites and resources are being shared as well.


Stay safe,
Miss Gray

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