Year 2 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 2!
Miss Barnett and Miss Stenson.
IMPORTANT: Home Learning During School Closure
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the school has had to close. However, this does not mean the children’s learning needs to stop.
Below is a list of suggested learning the children can be doing during their time at home, as well as a suggested timetable that you can choose to follow with a weekly updated list of activities for the children to complete. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to download any related documents.
Please also check the subject pages for further information.
Prayers for at home
Why not start and end the day with a prayer as we do in school.
During this uncertain time try to pray together as part of your daily routine.
There are some lovely prayers on the TenTen website:
The government has released a list of online education resources for home learning.
BBC Bitesize Daily lessons online
BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons -TV or iPlayer
BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages.
Below is a link to a suggested schedule to follow.
They have a dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and lots of educational videos on iPlayer. For the TV lessons press the red button on your remote control. Then click on the Year 2 section.
This will be the main access to learning from home. I have set the children daily 2Dos to complete. This includes Numeracy, Literacy, Science, Reading, Spellings, Writing, Art, RE, and Coding. If the children upload their learning to one of the class display boards, it is a way we can share our learning with the class and stay connected. I will comment and respond to all their PM learning. The children should check their Purple Mash daily. Their spellings will continue to be set every Monday.
Purple Mash login- in home learning books
(Access via this link https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stambrosem21 )
Children should continue to read and be read to daily. Keep a log of what your child has read. This can be more than just their reading book, any book is great! It can be magazines, the news, other reading books at home. Try to use My Book Blog daily.
My Book Blog login- in home learning books
(Access via this link: mybookblog.org/plogin/st-ambrose-rc-primar/ )
We are now also doing St Ambrose Bedtime Stories every weekday evening on our Facebook, which you can access via the English page.
There will also be a weekly childrens news magazine called First News, which you can also access via the English page.
There are some amazing free resources from Oxford Reading Tree that we think will supplement the reading books that we have already sent home. You will need to register as a parent at:
Once you have done this you will have access to a range of e-books with accompanying activities. Simply click on book bands in the drop-down levels menu and select the colour that matches your child's reading level.
There are also free eBooks and audiobooks on the links below:
Lots of authors are now offering free videos of themselves reading their stories.
Oliver Jeffers: https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books
David Walliams will be reading one of his 'World's Worst Children' stories every day at 11 am. Sit down, take a break and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/watch-and-listen/
For those Harry Potter fans, JK Rowling has launched a website with lots of free activities such as word searches, fact files, quizzes, and video clips. There is also free access to the first Harry Potter book on audible.
Have a go at some of these reading challenges below.
Daily phonics activities and lessons for children
There will be daily phonics activities for the children to complete on Purple Mash. Alongside daily RWI Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
RWI will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of their trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Please note: the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.
They will also release a film of a teacher reading a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube.
Phonics Play is also a great website that is used to support children in learning to read by developing their skills in phonics. Currently, the website has offered its services for free to parents. The login is as follows:
The children have been set literacy challenges in their home learning books. Alongside these challenges, there will be set 2Dos on Purple Mash for the children to complete daily. The children also have 3 Cracking Comprehensions to complete. 1 x Fiction, 1 x Non Fiction and 1 x Poetry.
The Literacy Trust has produced a range of activities you can do at home with your child. Click on the link below and the activities are split into age groups.
Have a go at some of these Literacy challenges below.
The children have been set numeracy challenges in their home learning books. The children also have Maths No Problem worksheets to work through and 2Dos on Purple Mash.
Children should continue to practise their multiplication/ division with Times Table Rock Stars. They will be set 4 sessions a day to complete. They will also be able to access NumBots which is a new online maths resource to support children’s understanding, recall and accuracy of addition and subtraction facts.
Time Table Rock Stars and NumBots login- in home learning books
(Access via this link https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/57688)
Top marks is a website that offers lots of interactive games, particularly useful for maths games. Please see the link below
Have a go at some of these Numeracy challenges below.
Science, Topic and RE
The children have been set Science, Geography, and RE projects to complete whilst the school is closed. The document is attached below and also glued in their Topic Home-learning books.
There will also be regularly updated learning set on Purple Mash and on the class webpage.
Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince, and their puppet counterparts have a fun-filled six-episode web series show, that explores the world of science.
There are also interesting activities to do in the British Science Week activity pack in the documents to download section below.
There are also some of these STEM home-learning activities to try out.
History and Geography: Explorers and Water World
Morning PE lesson
Joe Wicks is hosting an online, daily PE lesson for children at 9 am.
Alongside this is an alphabet fitness bingo with daily challenges for the children to complete. The file is attached below with instructions.
There are lots of ways for your child to keep active.
The children have been given a sketchbook each with a calendar for March in it with wellbeing challenges to complete.
The book is theirs to decorate and fill with drawings, pictures, and writing. It is their happy book where they can share their worries and wishes.
Cosmic Kids is a great youtube channel focused on yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation for children.
This is an amazing resource which guides children through a range of stretches and breathing activities, by retelling many well-known stories.
There is also a wellbeing pack attached below with activities and strategies to help the children.
Below is May's coping calendar.
Little Belters: Each day, a local music teacher is putting a half-hour singing lesson on the Facebook page Little Belters at 1.30pm each school day. The sessions start with warm-up activities, followed by part of the song line by line,and then at the end to the backing track.
Twinkl is a very popular resource bank used by teachers. They are currently offering one month's free membership. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Important things to remember:
- Your child needs to read at home every night and bring their book bag into school every day so an adult in school can hear them read.
- Your child needs a P.E. kit in school every day and can be taken home at the end of every half term. This must include pumps or velcro trainers for outside games.
- Your child needs a coat with a hood every day.
- School starts at 8:45am everyday and it is vital your child is in at this time so they can utilise their responding to feedback time and be reflective of their learning.
If you missed the 'Meet The Teacher' event at the beginning of the year please see the powerpoint and 'Share In Our Learning' letters for both the Autumn and current term below. The 'Share In Our Learning' letter has lots of useful information about what the children will be learning this half term. There are also some helpful tips and links to further support your child.
The children will be using knowledge organisers in their learning which is full of key information for each specific subject. These will be attached below shortly.
Spellings and times tables will be tested weekly on Fridays.
The children will write their spellings in their spelling books every Monday, which will also be updated on to our class page below. It is important to practise the spellings and times tables with the children to support their learning in class. The spellings are now also on Purple Mash. The children will recieve a notification on their PM account as a 2Do.
All spellings are the common exception words for Year 2. It is important that your child feels confident with these as well as the Year 1 common exception words.
The children will be given Maths and English home exercise books every Thursday to be completed for the following Tuesday.
This weeks spellings focus is homophones (09.03.20): there, their, they’re, hear, here, quite, quiet, see, sea, one, won
(02.03.20): charge, bulge, village, gem, giant, magic, giraffe, energy, jacket, adjust
(24.02.20): annoy, dream. cried, instead, summer, blackberry, moon, hutch, fresher, sketch
(10.02.20): cried, hurried, copied, tried, dried, multiplied, studied, other, with, said
(03.02.20): brother, other, nothing, Monday, towards, swarm, warm, even, water, money
(27.01.19): painted, hunted, jumped, skipped, patted, jetted, dropped, everybody, beautiful, again
(20.01.20): I'm, I'll, he's, they're, we're, can't, don't, water, eye, wild
(13.01.20): want, watch wander, squash, squat, quantity, quality, poor, most and told.
(06.01.20): were, we're, where, there, their, they're, saw, sore, see, sea
09.12.19): their, there, they're, see, sea, saw, sore, hear, here, hair
(02.11.19): could, most, poor, there told, want, was, what, where, would
(25.11.19): jacket, join, adjust, gentle, gem, charge, fringe, badge, ledge, fudge
(18.11.19): baking, shining, riding, phoning, smiling, chuckling, making, water, bridge, people
(11.11.19): stopping, beginning, skipping, dropping, clapping, running, drumming, both, every, busy
04.11.19): shy, dry, reply, multiply, butterfly, nearby, try, past, should, many
(21.10.19): knee, knot, know, gnome, gnaw, knight, knit, whole, people, children
(14.10.19): loudly, badly, bravely, stupidly, cooly, quickly, slowly, sugar, everybody, great
(07.10.19): shiny, breezy, wavy, whiny, spicy, bony, cheesy, could, even, climb
(30.09.19): spotty, funny, runny, muddy, foggy, slippy, yummy, because, break, prove
(23.09.19) race, price, circus, exercise, notice, cycle, pencil, path, sure, only
(16.09.19) always , already, almost, altogether, talk, stalk, chalk, child, gold, after
(09.09.19) door, wild, hold, fast, bath , kind, soak, steak, half
The children need to be secure in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Please practise them with your child. We will be practising these times tables with the children throughout the year. Times table Rockstars will also be allocated homework 4 sessions a week.
Here are some useful games and activities to do with your child to help with their times tables.
Using mental math and times tables in real life situations is also a great way for children to strengthen and develop their mathematical understanding.
Creating flashcards with your child is also a great way to build up their memory.
BBC Bitesize also had some useful online activities and videos.
This half term the children will be exploring Money. Supporting your child within this area by involving them in any small-scale situations involving money will help them further develop and use these skills. For example, allowing them to buy something small from a shop and helping them count the change or counting pennies up and converting them into pounds etc. Encouraging your child to use their mathematic knowledge and the skills they learn in the classroom in real life situation will help them significantly.
We will then be moving onto Two and Three-Dimensional Shapes, as well as Fractions, Time and Volume.
The children will be continuing with the Read Write Inc scheme that enables them to read more efficiently and improve their writing skills. Each week, there is a changeover of books. The children will be introduced to a wide range of writing genres. The children who are on the Lit Lang programme will be exploring playscripts.
We will also be continuing with “Cracking Comprehension”, which will ensure the children are able to read texts for understanding, and answer questions about what they have read.
In this module the children will begin to learn about different ways to keep themselves healthy. During the module they will consider the importance of eating a range of different types of food and start to learn about the importance of exercise and hygiene. They will be identifying and classifying food, using tables, and Venn and Caroll diagrams; make observations and collect data while carrying out exercises, and use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
In RE, we will be continuing to explore the Eucharist and the sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father. Moving into Lent and how it is an opportunity to turn towards what is good in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.
Our current topic Topic in Geography is Water World. The children will be exploring the countries, capital cities and surrounding seas of The U.K, and then expanding out to the wider world, looking at the continents and oceans. There will be many big questions to explore and discuss in this Topic, surrounding the importance of water, the amount of it, its impact on communities around the world, and who owns it. This learning will culminate in a DT project, whereby the children will be exploring sliders and levers to create a class information book about our Water World.
Files to Download
Year 2: News items
Newsletter 22nd May 2020, by Mrs Maguire
Extension of School Provision Summer Term 2020 Letter, by Mrs Maguire
Newsletter 15/5/2020, by Mrs Maguire
Year 2: Gallery items
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