Year 2 – Home Learning Week Commencing – 6th July 2020

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Hello Year 2 children! We hope you’ve had another lovely week at home and have enjoyed some of the learning tasks we have set for you all. No one knew that lockdown would go on for so long and we want you to know that, although you are not in school, we are thinking about you all. It has been fantastic to see some of your home learning and lovely to speak to some of you on the phone over the last few weeks. Keep up the hard work and remember to ask a grown up to share the work that you are proud of on here or via the Messenger facility on the school Facebook page. 

Miss Croot, Miss Nice, Mrs Anstey and Mrs Norris

Stone Snakes

Thank you to those of you that have already added painted pebbles and added them to the box. The two Stone Snakes are getting longer by the day! Don’t forget you can add your painted pebbles to the boxes outside each campus and we will add them to the snakes.  We wonder how long we can make them by the end of term!

Bellinge Campus Snake

Ecton Brook Campus Snake



TTRockstars and NumBots 

Here are the results for this week.  Well done boys! We have set another tournament for next week so keep going with your times tables. Don’t forget that you can also practise other areas of maths using NumBots. Just login using the same login and password as TT Rockstars. 

Click here for NumBots


Last week we asked you to solve division word problems and we’d like you to use this learning to help you solve fraction questions. When solving division problems that are asking you to divide by two, it is the same as asking you to half (1/2) a number. Let’s have a little look at this:

6 apples divided or shared into 2 equal groups is 3     

6 divided by 2 = 3       

 3 is half of 6     

 half of 6 is 3     

1/2 of 6 = 3


All of these number sentences are different ways to represent the same calcualtion.

Activity 1: Can you create your own set of number sentences/recordings that show a similar pattern? Here are some numbers to help you get started: 

10    16     20     28       (If you’d prefer to draw your recordings then please do!)

Activity 2: What would happen if we asked you to half the number 9? Can you think why this number causes us a bit a headache! 

It is an ODD number. Have a try at the task below, if you can remember what the numicon piece looks like for each number use this to help:


Activity 3: Here are some maths problems that will need you to draw on your division and odd/even number knowledge. Have a try, we would love to hear how you have gotten on. Either send a photo to the Facebook page or add a comment on the blog. 

English – Antarctica

Reading –  Well done to those of you that have read the assigned books this week. We can see that your quiz scores are improving and that you are all taking more time to read carefully.  This week we have assigned these books for you to read and remember to answer the quiz questions carefully.  The words in the books might not be too tricky for you but the questions can be a little more difficult. 

The teachers can see how carefully you have read and how well you have answered the quiz questions. The reading stars this week have all read carefully and completed the quiz questions well. Well done to you all!

We hopefully have the Scholastic Reading system until the end of the summer holidays, so if you have not yet had a try at it, here is the link to the information. 

Scholastic Reading Handout for Parents

If you do not have access to a device to read these texts, maybe ask a grown up to help you to find a website about penguins or the antarctic which you could read, or maybe you have some animal books at home.



Take a look at the BBC Bitesize link below. Freya’s Uncle Bob has been to Antarctica and he left a postcard with clues about where he had been. There is lots of information about Antarctica in the video: 

BBC Bitesize – Antarctic

Activity 1

Can you write a postcard pretending you have been to Antarctica. What animals did you see? What was the weather like? Remember a postcard is written to somebody else so it needs to be written in first person (I/we). Try to use some amazing adjectives to describe what you can see, feel, hear and smell.  You could add a picture on the front of your postcard and remember to add an address to the person you are sending it to. 

Activity 2

“Living in Antarctica is very different from living in England.”

Do you agree with this statement or disagree? Can you support your answer with information about Antarctica and England?

Activity 3

A research station in Antarctica

This is a space station and it is home to scientists when they live in Antarctica. Can you think about these questions and answer them. You could write your answers in sentences, draw a picture of the space station and put facts around it or make a video about space stations! 

What is a space station?

What happens inside a space station?

Who lives in a space station?

What objects that you have in your house do you think are also inside a space station?


Activity 4 

Here are 4 Buzz words (just like the new vocabulary that we add to our working walls each week in school) that are included in the last video. We want you to use these words in some writing. You could create a picture showing each word, write sentences using the words, make your own set of facts about Antarctica (this will help with your fact file in your Geography learning).

World words

  • Blizzard – a very big snowstorm blown around by extreme winds.

  • Mountain – an area of land that is higher than 600 metres and usually has a peak.

  • Ocean – a very large area of salty water.

  • Peninsula – an area of land that extends out from a larger piece of land and is mostly surrounded by water.


Geography  –  Antarctica 

In Geography, we will be learning about two very different parts of our planet, Antarctica and the Sahara Desert. We would like you to watch the video clips about Antarctica and the Sahara Desert. How many different facts can you remember about each location? Do they have anything in common? What is different about each of them?

The Sahara Desert

Go Jetters – The Sahara Desert – Click here for the video

We would like you to create fact files for each place. You can be as creative as you like. You can include drawings and paintings. Don’t forget to include those fascinating facts to amaze your family. Here are some ideas you might like to include:

  1. What temperatures do these places reach?
  2. How much rainfall do they each receive in a year?
  3. What animals live in each place?


Science – Life Cycles 

Listen to the story The Emperors Egg:

Penguin parents have lots of jobs to do to protect their babies, even when they are still in their eggs. We would like you to draw, write or create a piece of work that shows the life cycle of a penguin. Remember the ideas from last week and be as creative as you like! 

Art – Portrait Drawing

A portrait is a drawing or painting of a person. We would like you to have a go at drawing your own face. This called a self-portrait as you are drawing a portrait of yourself.  First, watch the video clip below as it is full of useful advice to help you position your eyes, nose and mouth in the correct places. You will need a mirror to help you look at your own face as you draw.  You may even want to draw a portrait of a member of your family. Have fun!

Portrait Drawing – Click here to watch the video


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