Year 2 Home Learning – Week Commencing 22nd June

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Tyrannosaurus Drip: Donaldson, Julia, Roberts, David ...

Year 2 – Home Learning – Week Commencing 22nd June

Hello Year 2s! Welcome to another week of home learning! This week we have really enjoyed speaking to some of you on the phone and finding out how you have been and what you have been doing to keep busy at home.  It is lovely to hear that lots of you are completing the work that we put on the blog for you and that you are working hard for your parents! We understand that completing your work at home is very different to at school and it can be really tricky so we are very proud of those of you that are giving it a go.  Those of you that have not had a call yet, don’t worry.  We will be phoning you soon!

We have all been in school again this week, working with some of the reception children that are back in school.  We are missing you all lots though!

This week, we are carrying on our theme of dinosaurs from last week and looking at another fiction text.  This time our story is Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts.  Its hootingly good!

Please leave us comments on the blog or the school facebook page, we love to hear from you all.  If you would like to send us a picture of the work that you have done, you can ask your parents to do this by sending it via messenger to the school facebook page.  We would love to see some of your work!

Have a great week!

Miss Croot, Miss Nice, Mrs Norris, Mrs Anstey


This week we are going to continue our focus on multiplication and counting in steps.  These lessons carry on from the ones the week before last, so you may want to go back and have a look at those if you want a reminder.  Remember to use TT Rockstars and Numbots regularly too to make sure your brains get to practice some of the important facts we learnt earlier in the year.

Here is the NumBots link as we can see that some of you haven’t used this for a while. The login is the same as your TTRockstars one. First three letters of your first name and first three letters of your surname. The password is ‘password’. 

Tournament results  – the boys have won again! Come on girls, let’s see if you can win this week.


Here are some multiplication word problems for you to try.











Following on from last weeks Dinosaur topic, this week we will be looking at the story ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. Some of you may already have this story at home but you can also listen to the story on the clip below. As you listen to the story, I would like you to think about who the main characters are, what do they look like and the writing style of the story.


Activity 1

Can you summarise and order the main events of the story? Create a ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ story map. Remember to use drawings to show the main events and to write key words down to help explain the story so far (you do not need to write long sentences).

Once you have completed your story map, can you use it to re-tell the story to one of your grown-ups or family members. Remember to use plenty of expression in your voice. You might even want to create different voices for each character.                                        


 Activity 2

Poor Mr and Mrs Duckbill are desperate for the safe return of their son as they miss him terribly. Can you create a Missing Poster to help try and find Tyrannosaurus Drip. You will need to draw a picture and give a description of Tyrannosaurus Drip so think carefully about what he looks like. What adjectives could you use to provide more information? Think about describing the shape of his head, the colour and texture of his skin. Does he have scaly skin or is it smooth and soft? You can add as much detail as you wish and remember to use your imagination and the illustrations in the story to help you.


Activity 3

At the end of the story, the Tyrannosaurus family plunge into the raging river and are swept out to sea. I wonder what happens to them next. I would like you to think about creating a new adventure story about the Tyrannosaurus family. What happens next, do they wash up onto a new mysterious island? What other creatures do they find there and are they friendly?

Remember to use the story mountain to help plan your ideas. All stories need a beginning, where you introduce your characters and the setting which is where the story is taking place, Remember, you don’t need to write long sentences when creating a story mountain plan just your ideas. Here is my example:


Tyrannosaurus family     terrified

sea         enormous      waves      freezing cold

log        trunk

The middle of the story mountain is normally where the characters discover a problem. Here is my example:

wash up onto an island

island    strange    peculiar

voice   loud     booming

The ending is where the problem gets solved by the main characters so think about how you want your story to end. Will your Tyrannosaurus family have a happy ending. Here is my example:

friends        pets       giant


Remember to be creative and to use your imagination.


Activity 4

Using your Story Map ideas from yesterday and your imagination, I would like you to write a new adventure story for the Tyrannosaurus family explaining what happens to them after they have been swept out to sea. Remember to read your story as you go along making sure it makes sense and the story flows together well. Remember to use your conjunctions such as ‘but’, ‘when’ and ‘because’. I have used my story mountain ideas from yesterday to create some sentence examples below:


The terrified Tyrannosaurus family clung frantically to the log as they floated across the enormous ocean. 


As the Tyrannosaurus family staggered onto the beach of the strange looking island, a loud and peculiar voice boomed from the woods “what do you want, this is my island?”


Finally, the Tyrannosaurus family had found a new home on the island. They did not mind being the giants new pets but they did object to the vegetable diet he made them eat.

I can’t wait to hear about their new adventures. Remember you can always comment on the blog to share your ideas with us. We would love to hear about your creative ideas.


This week it has been great to see a rise in the number of children accessing the Scholastic Reading site and reading and completing quizzes on the assigned texts. Here are our Reading Stars for this week, well done to you all!

This week we have assigned two fiction texts for you to read and have a go at the quizzes at the end.

If you do not have access to the Scholastic site, then you can read books from home and maybe get a grown up to write some questions for you to answer by yourself. We would love it if you could comment on the blog to tell us what books you have been enjoying at home. Happy Reading!


We would like you to make a nest for some new dinosaur eggs. You can use twigs, dried grass or screwed up newspaper. Have a look around your home and think what you might be able to use to make a suitable and comfortable nest for some baby dinosaurs. Make sure you check  with a grown-up about what you can use.  Once you have created your nest, why not try and make some brightly coloured dinosaur eggs.

How to create brightly coloured Dinosaur Eggs

You will need:

Hard boiled eggs

Cup of water

Food dye


  1. With grown-up help, boil an egg to make a hard boiled egg (you can boil more than one, the choice is yours).
  2. Once cooked, allow to cool and dry.
  3. Gently tap the egg on a hard surface such as a plate or bread board. You want to create little cracks all over the egg shell. Don’t worry if small pieces of shell fall off.
  4. Fill a cup with water (do not fill to the top as we need to leave room for the egg).
  5. Add a few drops of your chosen food colouring to your cup of water.
  6. Insert your egg into the water. Be careful not to get any on your fingers, try using a dessert spoon to help lower it in.
  7. Leave for several hours or for best results leave overnight in the fridge.
  8. Remove egg carefully from the cup and rinse off under the tap.
  9. Gently remove the shell revealing the dinosaur egg inside.
  10. Place into your nest or you could gobble them up in a dinosaur sandwich for lunch.


When the Tyrannosauruses were on the bridge, they looked into the water and got a big fright! They had seen their reflections and thought that there were water monsters in the river.  Their reflections didn’t look exactly like them. The water had made them look a bit different.  This week in science we would like you to explore how looking at something through water can change the image that you see.

What you need:

  • Water
  • Jar or glass
  • A paper with a design on it. Your design needs to be very simple and we suggest something that has two parts to it.  Here are a couple of ideas:


  1. Place a jar or glass about 6 inches in front of your image.
  2. Pour in the water.
  3. Watch what happens to your image as you pour in the water.


  • Does it make a difference how close the water is to the paper?
  • Does it make a difference if the jar is square or round? What about the size of the jar or glass?

Ecton Brook Stone Snake

Each campus are creating a stone snake and we will update the blog with pictures of the snakes every week. You can paint/decorate your own stone and leave it in a box outside of your campus. If you wish to put your name on the stone that’s fine! One of the adults in school will add your stones to the snake. We wonder how long they will become! Below is a photo of the Bellinge Snake so far……

2 thoughts on “Year 2 Home Learning – Week Commencing 22nd June

  • 24th June 2020 at 10:10 am

    The tyrannosaurus family went tumbling down the giant boiling waves, they were terrified incase the water monster was in there waiting for them.
    Luckily they found an island and quickly jumped on it before the water monster hurt them.
    “phew we’re safe!” said the sisters….. “oh no” says dad, he sees a big exploding volcano, lava bubbling inside, rocks crashing.
    “what are we going to do?’ says the mum tyrannosaurus, “we’ll die if we don’t think fast!”Dad searches around thinking of a plan, “I’ve got it” dad says, he sees a enormous tree, he starts to whack it with his tail, he keeps trying and trying, lava was coming out of the volcano, suddenly the tree crashes over the water making a bridge to another island.

    They quickly run over the bride without looking down in case the water monster was waiting for them, lava starts burning bridge, they run as fast as they can and get to the other beautiful island, they see lots of tyrannosaurus families eating a dead carcass.

    They live happily ever after.

    • 24th June 2020 at 5:37 pm

      What an amazing way to continue the story Harry!
      I love that you have used the idea of a volcano, like in the story of Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs. I also like that the tyrannosauruses have now learnt how to make bridges by knocking down the trees. Let’s hope now that both the tyrannosauruses and the duck bill dinosaurs will both live happily and not bother each other again!
      Well done!
      Miss Croot


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