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Year 2

Dear Parents,

A new activity will be posted here by 10am, Monday- Friday by a member of the Year 2 Team. We miss our year 2's and would love to see some pictures of your child completing the activities at home. Please send us photos to directly to your class teacher and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.' We will even be able to add some on to this page so your child can see what their friends have been doing at home too. We hope you are all keeping safe and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Here is a list of some recommended websites you can do with your children. Some of them are websites we have used in school so they will be familiar and will know what to do. 

Recommended Websites

Reading

 https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

(Your child’s teacher will have provided you with your child’s book band in last week’s call)

Maths  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Hit The Button – choose number bonds up to 10 and 20, doubles to 10, halves from 10 to 20 and 2, 5 and 10 times tables

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/whackAMole/index.html

Whack A Mole – good for counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s

Phonics 

 https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Username:  march20  Password: home  Select  Phases 3, 4 and 5 within the games

If you have any questions please ask via the email address above.

 

Best wishes from, 

Mrs Morris, Mrs Applegarth, Mrs Corsi, Miss Mitchell, Mrs Drea and Mrs Hepplewhite.

Class email addresses:

Mrs Morris - aspen.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk

Mrs Applegarth and Mrs Corsi - cedar.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk

Miss Mitchell- laurel.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk

Thursday 16th July

Hello everyone - not long now till we break up for the Summer holidays! This will be your last proper day of challenges as tomorrow we have a surprise for you.  Please read about today's challenges below. 

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ . Watch lesson 4 'Compare Durations of Time'. As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You can also visit BBC Bitesize and complete more activities on comparing durations of time. 

 

Spelling challenge:

Today we would like you to visit BBC Bitesize and complete the 'how to use possessive apostrophes' quiz.  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zmwqtfr/articles/zk2wr2p

Below you can see and hear Mrs Foster reading another story. It's called ‘The Lion Inside’ and it's written by Rachel Bright. We love the message in this book as its telling you that you can be anything you want and can achieve anything you want if you believe in yourself and set your mind to it! Anything is possible! Reach for the stars!!

Science Challenge: Changing Substances  

Have you ever seen something that can be soft and runny one minute and then solid and hard the next? It’s like it changes from a liquid to a solid but can quite quickly change back to a liquid. Follow the instructions to make ‘Cornflour Slime’ – you must ask your parent / carer first. All you need is cornflour and water – if you want to make the slime a colour then you can add food colouring but its not necessary. Have fun!!

Wednesday 15th July

Good morning. We hope you've been enjoying the challenges this week! 

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ to complete more activities on time. Watch lesson 3 'Durations of Time'. As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You can also visit BBC Bitesize and complete more activities about calculating durations - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

Spelling challenge:

Today we would like you to visit BBC Bitesize and rewrite the sentences using an apostrophe to show possession.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zmwqtfr/articles/zk2wr2p

 

Literacy Challenge:

A few weeks ago you completed an acrostic poem about an animal of your choice.  Remember, when you write an acrostic poem the first letter of each line has to start with a certain letter. Your challenge today is to write an acrostic poem about what our school means to you. We sometimes call Diamond Hall Infant Academy ‘DHIA’ for short and we think it would take you a long time to write an acrostic poem for our school’s full name so today you can use its' initials. There is an example of an acrostic poem below and you can read what our school means to us. We would love to see some of your poems on the website, take a photo of your completed poem or you may even type it on the computer and email it to us. Don’t forget to put your name on.

 

Tuesday 14th July

Good morning children. It was lovely to see your memories of Year 2 and your time at Diamond Hall Infant Academy. Today you can listen to another story from Mrs Foster and complete a Maths holiday challenge, as it’s nearly the summer holidays.

 

Today you can see and hear Mrs Foster reading ‘Worrysaurus’ by Rachel Bright. The message that this story shares is that going on a new adventure can be exciting but also a little scary - some of you may be feeling this way about leaving Diamond Hall Infant Academy and joining a new school.

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/. Watch lesson 2 'Hours and Days’. As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You can also visit BBC Bitesize and complete more activities on 'Hours and Days'.

 

Spelling challenge:

If you havn't already, make sure you visit the Spelling Page and complete the activity on apostrophes. Also you can visit BBC Bitesize and watch the video on 'How To Use Possessive Apostrophes" - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zmwqtfr/articles/zk2wr2p

 

Maths Challenge:

Today’s second Maths challenge is a Code breaker challenge. Each number sentence needs solving and each answer gives you a letter from the code. Once you have completed all the number sentences the letters will spell out words which will give you a message. Happy code cracking!

 

Monday 13th July 

Good morning everyone we all hope you had a lovely weekend. Can you believe that this is the last week that you will be a Diamond Hall Infant Academy pupil? Because you are moving on we have some lovely challenges for you this week. They will all be linked to moving on, change and the summer holidays. There will be some activities to complete and some stories to listen to which will all share an important message.

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ . Watch lesson 1 'Telling the Time to 5 Minutes'.As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You could keep an eye on your clocks or your watch as home and practise telling the time.  You can also visit BBC Bitesize where you can complete more activities that involve telling the time to 5 minutes - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

Spelling challenge:

This week instead of a set of spellings to learn we have a spelling rule for you to learn and remember. You have heard the word ‘apostrophe’ before and last week you looked at words that involved using an apostrophe in the place of a missing letter (like in ‘didn’t’ which is short for ‘did not’). This week you will practise using an apostrophe for possession, which means something belongs to a person (for example, Jayden’s coat). Go to the home learning tab, year two, then select the spelling section to see the rule and some activities. 

This week's challenge starts with Mrs Foster reading ‘The Koala Who Could’ by Rachel Bright. This story shares an important message regarding change - how the thought of change can be scary but actually once we get used to a change its often better. You may feel a little scared about joining a new school in Septemnb

PSHE Challenge:

Think of the time you spent in Year 2 or you could think of the whole time you’ve spent at Diamond Hall Infant Academy. Record your favourite memories – your best school trip, new friends you made, your funnies memory, the best book you read, etc. You can do it on the sheet below if you have a printer at home but if not you can just draw it out onto a plain piece of paper. We’d love to see some of them so don’t forget to email your memories to your class teachers.

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Friday 10th July

 

Hello boys and girls, today is Friday so we have our final challenge of the week for you!

 

Maths Challenge:

As it is Friday, it is time for the Friday Maths Challenge, go to https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and scroll down to the Friday Maths Challenge. Remember the first few questions are suitable for Year Two, the rest should be a challenge for all of the family to help! Good luck!

 

Spelling Challenge:

Practice writing these sentences but change the words in red into their contracted form:

Don’t forget to check that you have your apostrophe in the right place.

 

Friendship Challenge:

All week we have completed challenges about friendship, so today we thought it might be nice if you could make something for a friend to let them know how much you appreciate them. You might want to make a ‘friendship card’ or a postcard to send to a friend to make their day. Write a little message inside to let them know that you are thinking about them and that they are a good friend.

 

Here are some ideas below…

 

 

Thursday 9th July

Hello everyone, well done to everyone who is working hard at our challenges at home, it makes us proud that you are still completing the challenges that we set! Don't forget to send us pictures of your work!

 

Maths Challenge:

Go to  https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and complete lesson 4 'quarter to and past' Pause the video and answer the questions. You can also follow the link to BBC Bitesize to learn more about telling time https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

Spelling Challenge:

Can you write the words in their longer form?

Friendship Challenge:

Today we have another story for you, it is by the same author as yesterdays story, Rachel Bright. This story is called ‘The Way Home for Wolf’, you can watch it below…

After watching the story think about these questions, some of them a bit tricky so you might want to talk with an adult about them….

 

Why do you think Wilf was so proud? How did his pride work against him in the story?

Is asking for help a bad thing? Why do you think Wilf thought that it was?

What is important about having friends around you?

Can you think of a time when you have been too proud to ask for help? Or can you think of a time when asking for help is a good thing?

 

Now think about a time when you have helped someone or a time when someone has helped you. Draw a picture of what happened and write about what you did and who you helped or who it was that helped you.

Wednesday 8th July

Hello everyone, we hope that you are having a good week! Thank you to those that have sent us photographs of your work, we really love seeing your challenges. Keep sending them to the email addresses above. 

 

Maths Challenge:

Go to  https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and complete lesson 3 'O clock and half past' Pause the video and answer the questions. You can also follow the link to BBC Bitesize to learn more about telling time https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

Spelling Challenge:

Can you write these words in their contracted form?

 

Check to make sure you have the apostrophe in the correct place.

 

Friendship Challenge:

Today we would like you to begin by watching the story ‘The Squirrels who Squabbled’ by Rachel Bright  below-

This story is all about the importance of sharing and friendship. Throughout the story there are some beautiful illustrations. Look at the pictures from the story below and think about how the squirrels are feeling in each picture. Can you think of some interesting words to describe their feelings? How do you know they are feeling this way? What clues do their faces and body language show to let you know how they are feeling?

Now we would like you to consider your facial expressions that show how you are feeling. You might want to look in a mirror to help you to do this part of the challenge. Can you pull a face that shows you are…..

 

Delighted?

 

Disappointed?

 

Worried?

 

Overjoyed?

 

Draw some pictures of yourself or someone else with these facial expressions to show how they are feeling. You might want to keep the mirror handy so you can look at your face to help you as you draw. Don't forget to send us pictures of your challenges from today! 

Tuesday 7th July

Hi boys and girls, we hope you are all keeping well.  We hope you enjoyed yesterdays challenge thinking about what makes your friends special. Don’t forget to send your pictures of your work to your class email address above, we love to see your work.

 

Maths Challenge:

Follow the link- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and complete lesson 2 'Temperature' Pause the video and answer the questions. You can also follow the link to BBC Bitesize to learn more about temperature https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

Spelling Challenge:

Can you match the words to their contracted forms? 

Now practice writing the words in contracted form remembering to check that you got the apostrophe in the correct place. 

 

Friendship Challenge:

For today’s challenge we would like you to design a game that you could play with friends. It might be a board game that can be played with a track and a dice or spinner, or you might make a game that you can play outside.

Here are some examples of some games to give you some ideas…..

 

Monday 6th July

Hello everyone. We hope that you have had a lovely weekend! This week we will be thinking all about ‘Friendship’ for our challenges. Don't forget to email your teacher photos of your work! 

 

Maths Challenge:

Follow the link- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and complete lesson 1 'Litres'. Don't forget to pause the video and answer the questions when they are asked. You can also visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z7s22sg/year-2-and-p3-lessons to further your learning. 

 

Spelling Challenge:

This week your spelling activity will be a little different. As we would like you to practice spelling words in the contracted form.  Follow the link below and watch the video to remind you what this means.

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjwcsk7

 Play small town superheroes, navigate around the map to find the ‘contractions’ section of the game (find the ice cream van on the map!)

 Now complete Activity two- creating contracted words.

 

Friendship Challenge:

Lots of us have missed our friends at school over the past weeks but we know it will not be long before we can see them again. Today we would like you to watch the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister below…

In the story the Rainbow Fish discovers that by sharing with his friends he is much less lonely and much happier. The Rainbow fish was special because he had his shiny scales, but by sharing them he made all of his friends feel special too! Today we would like you to think about what makes your friends special. Draw a picture of your friends and around them write all the words that make them special. Here is Mrs Crosby’s picture that shows what makes her friends special to her….

Friday 3rd July

Good morning everyone. Today's challenge is going to be the last one until next week.  We hope you have a nice weekend and spend some lovely time with your family. Make sure you get some fresh air.  Take care, stay safe and we will be back next week!
Year 2 Team

 

Maths challenge:

For your maths challenge today, you can take part in the Friday Maths challenge, on the Whiterose Hub website. Questions 1, 2 and 3 are suitable for Year 2 but why not complete all the questions with the rest of your family? https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ 

 

Spelling challenge:

Today is Friday so you may choose to have a spelling test to see how many of your spellings you have remembered! Try to write your spellings into simple sentences, a grown up could say the sentence including the word you have practiced spelling and you could write it down. (e.g. to practice the spelling 'beautiful' the grown up might say the sentence 'You are very beautiful' for you to write down.) Check you have spelt the words correctly at the end and practice any tricky parts where you may have made a mistake. 

 

Active Challenge: Jack–Jack’s Incredible Super Shapes (10 Min Shake Up)

See the pictures and instructions below. This game is for 2 or more players.  Jack - Jack from the Incredibles can transform his body. Can you lead everyone in a shape shifting routine? Choose one person to be the leader. Everyone else gets into a line behind them. The leader then sets off walking. Every few steps, they shapeshift into a move that everyone in the line has to copy, like a star jump, a press up, running on the spot or dance move. After 10 shapeshifts, the leader goes to the back of the line and the new leader starts shapeshifting. Keep going for 10 minutes.

 

Challenge:

This week you have completed lots of challenges linked to being healthy. You have learnt about the importance of eating healthy foods, the importance of rest, sleep and relaxation, how to look after and keep your teeth healthy and the importance of talking about your feelings. For today’s challenge we would like you to create your own poster to tell someone else about an aspect of keeping healthy or you might choose all of the aspects we have covered. Here are some examples for you to give you some ideas.

 

Thursday 2nd July

Good morning everyone. It’s nearly the weekend and you have been working super hard!

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ . Watch lesson 4 'Millilitres' As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You can also visit BBC Bitesize and complete more 'Measuring in Millimetres' activities.

 

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day before you might have a spelling test! You might try 'Roll and Spell' and see if you can write the word in a different way, but when you've written it make sure you go back and check that you have spelt it perfectly.

 

Active Challenge: Zootropolis Yoga Yak (10 Minute Shake Up)

See the pictures and instructions below. This game is for 1 or more players. Get warmed up by raising your arms and stretching up to the sky whilst you count to 10. Then touch your toes and count to 10. Repeat this three times. Now make the Butterfly pose by sitting and placing the bottom of your feet against one another. Hold your feet and count to 10. Repeat this 3 times. Read the instructions about the Camel pose, the Dolphin pose and the Tortoise pose and complete those.

As part of Healthy Week today we would like you to think about being aware of your emotions and how to express them. Here you can hear and see Mrs Foster reading ‘Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf’ by Steve Smallman. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Challenge :

1). In the story you heard that it is important to recognise how you feel and if you understand your different feelings then you can learn how to cope with them. Use the poster below which gives examples of what you can do if you are feeling angry, sad, scared or happy. Remember that all feelings are normal but we just need to know what we can do to help ourselves. You could make your own poster for your bedroom so that you have coping strategies for another day.

2). Look at the sheet called ‘Feelings and Emotions’. Look at each person and read the information and decide which feeling that person is experiencing. For each one you could see if you can recall a time when you felt that way and what you did to overcome this feeling.

Wednesday 1st July

Good morning, We hope you've been enjoying the challenges this week! Don't forget to send us pics of you completing the 10 Minute Shake Up Challenges.

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ . Watch lesson 3 'Compare Volume'. As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You can also visit BBC Bitesize where there are more activities on 'Measuring Capacity and Volume'. 

 

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings so far this week. Keep up the good work!! Today why not try build the word? You could use playdough, lego, Plasticine or anything which would allow you to make the letters. Check out the spelling section in the Home learning, year two tab to get some more ideas for how you can practice your spellings. 

 

Active Challenge: Pumbaa’s Hippo Hops (10 Minute Shake Up)

See the pictures and instructions below. This game is for 1 or more players – this is a game you can play on your own if you’d like or with others. Pumbaa from the Lion King is looking for a tasty looking insect – he finds one on the other side of the watering hole. He needs to get past the sleeping hippos without waking them.

Instructions – Put some cushions or clothes or pieces of paper on the floor, these will be the sleeping hippos (ask your parents or carers first if you want to borrow some cushions or clothes). Make sure they are not too far apart. Get ready to start the crossing – crouch down like a frog and leap over the hippos. When you land back on the floor, keep hopping to stay out of the mud.

 

Science Challenge:

In school you have learnt that it is really important to look after your teeth. You should brush them twice a day, you should not eat sugary foods too often and you should visit the dentist regularly. If you don’t look after your teeth they start to decay – this means your teeth get damaged because the sugar left on your teeth turns into acid. Would you like to do an experiment to investigate tooth decay? You must ask your parent / carer first. All you need is three hard-boiled eggs, 3 cups, water, vinegar and coca cola.

Egg shells and teeth both contain large amounts of calcium so have similar properties.

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gently place one egg in each cup. Pour water over one egg until it is covered, then vinegar over the second egg and coca cola over the third egg. To keep it a fair test, make sure you use the same amount of liquid for each egg. Have a think and make a prediction about what you think might happen to each egg – you might want to record your prediction on paper.
  2. Leave the eggs for a day and then remove the eggs from the liquid. Compare how the three eggs are different. Is the colour of the shell different? Does the shell feel any different? Are any eggs exactly the same?

Whatever happens to the eggshell is the same as what would happen to your teeth. Think about how your teeth will be affected if you eat sugary foods and drink sugary drinks often. Vinegar is a type of acid – when sugar is left on the teeth it turns to acid. Will your teeth be affected if you drink water? Is that a more healthy choice?

You might like to send us a photo or video of you completing the experiment or show us how your eggs looked at the end of the experiment. 

 

Tuesday 30th June

Hello! Thank you to everyone who sent us videos and photos of you completing your challenges.  We hope you are ready for another 10 Minute Shake Up challenge.

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ . Watch lesson 2 'Measure Mass in Kilograms' As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions.

 

You can also visit BBC Bitesize where you will find more 'Measuring Mass in Kilograms' activities - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z3qk3j6

 

Spelling challenge:

Today, why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember these spellings? You might try Against the Clock and see how many times you call spell the each word in 30 seconds. Send us pictures of you writing them quickly so we can see how many you wrote in 30 seconds but also make sure they are all spelt perfectly! 

 

Active Challenge: Anna’s Frozen Game (10 Minute Shake Up)

See the pictures and instructions below. This game is for 2 or more players. Everyone in your house can play this game. Arendelle’s frozen. You have to keep moving to avoid turning into an ice statue.

Instructions - Put some music on using a CD player, the radio, TV, tablet or phone and choose someone to be the music controller. Do your best moves to the music and when the music stops FREEZE! If you don’t stop as the music does, then you must do 20 star jumps to warm you back up to melt the ice. The person who is controlling the music can change the choice of exercise for the person who is last to freeze – they might choose jogging in the spot, running on the spot as fast as you can, mountain climbers or frog jumps.

 

Below you can see and hear Mrs Foster reading 'Get Some Rest Sleeping Beauty' by Steve Smallman. The message in this book is about the importance of rest and sleep.

 

Literacy Challenge:

Another aspect of keeping healthy is ensuring you get enough sleep. Read the facts about sleep and rest and answer the questions. All of the answers to the questions can be found within the text you just need to find them.

Monday 29th June

Good morning everyone - we hope you had a lovely weekend and we hope you have all stayed safe. This week we have some lovely challenges linked to staying healthy. Usually in the Summer Term, you would learn lots about staying healthy and we would have our sports day on the playground.  Each day you will have a Disney physical challenge – this will be fun and active and can be done in the house or outside if you can stay safe. Some days Mrs Foster will tell a story about an aspect of keeping healthy. There will also be another challenge linked to staying healthy.

Maths challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ . Watch lesson 1 'Measure Mass in Grams'. As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. If you have scales at home you could weigh things from around the house. You could use your hands to judge whether one thing is heavier or lighter than another and then use the scales to see if you were right! You can also visit BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zcdrsk7 where there are some more activities on 'Measuring Mass in Grams'.

 

Spelling challenge:

This week we have a new set of spellings for you to complete, go to the home learning tab, year two, then select the spelling section to see your new spellings. Remember we have lots of different strategies for you in the spelling section. Why don't you try using mnemonics to help you remember the spellings and look, say, cover, write and check today as you begin to learn these new words? 

Active Challenge: Find Forky (10 Minute Shake Up)

See the pictures and instructions below. This game is for 2 or more players. Everyone in your house can play this game. Forky, the newest member of the Toy Story gang does not believe he is a toy. Even though he is Bonnie’s favourite toy, he keeps running away. Who can find Forky the fastest?

Instructions - Draw a picture of Forky from Toy Story on a piece of paper and cut him out. One person needs to hide Forky whilst everyone else closes their eyes.  The other players need to hop around the room to try and find Forky. The player who finds Forky is the winner. When Forky is found everyone celebrates with 10 star jumps.

 

Below you can see and hear Mrs Foster reading 'Eat Your Green Goldilocks' by Steve Smallman. The message in this book is all about healthy eating, healthy choices and the difference between foods we eat everyday and treats.

Maths Challenge:

As ‘Eat Your Greens Goldilocks’ was about making healthier food choices your Maths Challenge today is ‘Frankie’s Fruit Shop’. Complete the word problems – you may want to draw a picture to make the word problem visual. Some visual representations that you have used at school are there to help.

 

Friday 26th June

Hi everyone, we hope that you have had a good week. Today is Friday so we have your final challenges for this week below. Don't forget to send your pictures of your work to your class teachers using the email addresses above. 

 

Maths Challenge

For your maths challenge today, you can take part in the Friday Maths challenge, on the Whiterose Hub website. Questions 1 and 2 are suitable for Year 2 but why not complete all the questions with the rest of your family? https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ 

 

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day you might decide to have a spelling test! Try to write the words that you have learnt into sentences. How many have you remembered? If you don't want to have a spelling test, look at the spelling section in the year 2 home learning tab to find alternative activities you could try. 

Rock pool Maths Challenge

 Look at the rock pool scene below. Starfish have 5 arms. Crabs have 10 arms. People have 2 arms.

How many number sentences can you see in the picture? For example I can see two people that’s two groups of two arms (2x2-=4) I can see a group of  3 star fish each with 5 arms. That’s 3x5=15 etc

Write your calculations down. Don’t forget to send a picture of your work! How many calculations can you come up with? Which has the highest value? Lowest value? How many arms are in the picture altogether?

 

Thursday 25th June

 

Hi again, we hope you are having a good week and enjoying taking part in all of our challenges. Don't forget to send your photographs to us at the email addresses above.

 

Maths Challenge

Visit- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/  and go to lesson 4, 'Compare mass'. Don't forget to pause the video to answer the questions. You could take your learning further by finding some objects around your home to compare the mass. Can you find 5 objects and order them from lightest to heaviest? What is the heaviest object that you found? Do you have any kitchen scales you can use to measure the weight of the objects? 

Spelling Challenge

Keep up the good work practicing your spellings for this week. Today why not try build the word? You could use playdough, lego, Plasticine or anything which would allow you to make the letters. Check out the spelling section in the Home learning, year two tab to get some more ideas for how you can practice your spellings. 

Yesterday we thought all about keeping ourselves safe in the sunshine. One of the important things we found is that you should wear a sun hat to protect your head and keep yourself cool. Could you design your own sunhat?

It might have some special features such as build in water spray to keep you cool. Label your hat to tell us what makes it special. Don’t forget to send in your pictures.

 

Here are some examples of sunhats to give you some ideas…

Wednesday 24th June

Hello everyone, we hope you are enjoying the warm weather and getting to spend some time outdoors. Today we have a useful challenge to get you to think about keeping safe in the sunshine.  Don't forget to email your photographs to your class teacher! 

 

Maths Challenge

For your maths challenge today we would like you to go to - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and select lesson 3  'Four Operations with length' Don't forget to pause the video to answer the questions when asked. You might want to have some paper near you so you can write down your working out. 

 

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who've been practising your spellings this week. Today why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember the spellings. You might try unscramble the words and see if you can make the word ensuring you've spelt it correctly (have a look at our strategies on our spelling section of Year 2's home learning).

Sun Safety Challenge...

Fingers crossed we will have some more sunny weather ahead.  Although the sunshine is great and brings us lots of cheer it can also be dangerous for your skin as sunburn is no fun! We would like you to consider how you can be a Sun Safe Superstar like George in the video below. First watch this video...

In the video George learns all the ways to keep himself safe when playing outside in the sun including, wearing a t-shirt, sun cream, sunglasses and a hat. He also learned that you should try to find shade when the sun is at it strongest midday. You should also drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.

 

You may also like to watch the video below, where Mrs Crosby talks about how to keep safe in the sun, what has she packed into her bag for a sunny day out?

 

Can you make a poster to tell everybody how to keep themselves safe in the sun? Don't forget to send us pictures of your posters! 

 Here are some examples-

Tuesday 23rd June

Hi boys and girls, we have some new challenges for you today, don't forget to email pictures of you completing the challenges or pictures of your work, to your class teacher at the email address above. We love seeing your work! 

Maths Challenge

For your maths challenge today we would like you to go to - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and select lesson 2  'Comparing Lengths' Don't forget to pause the video to answer the questions throughout. You can also visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z9dp7yc to further your learning and complete the activities. 

 

Spelling challenge:

We hope that you practiced your spellings yesterday, practice again today but maybe try a different strategy to help you remember the spellings. Remember the more you practice the better you will get! You might try Against the Clock and see how many times you can spell each word in 30 seconds. Make sure they are all spelt perfectly! 

For our challenge today, we are going to think more carefully about hazards at the seaside. When visiting the seaside with family it can be a lot of fun, but there are also some dangers so we need to make sure that we notice these dangers and take steps to keep ourselves safe. Today’s activity is to spot the dangers and chat to an adult about them. There are around 14 dangers in the picture. Can you spot them all? You might want to write a list of them and discuss with an adult why they are potential dangers.

 

 

Here are the answers....

 Did you find them all?

 You might like to visit- https://rnli.org/youth-education/education-resources/lower-primary to find out more about how you can keep yourself and your family safe at the seaside.

Monday 22nd June

Hello everyone! We hope that you had a lovely weekend. We are hoping to have some sunshine this week, so our challenges this week will be linked to staying safe at the seaside and in the sunshine! Don't forget to send pictures of your challenges to your class teacher at the email address above, we love to see  what you have been up to!

 

Maths Challenge

For your maths challenge today we would like you to go to - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ and select lesson 1 'Measuring Length in cm' If you have a ruler at home you could then try to measure the length of some things in your home in cm. 

 

 

Spelling challenge:

This week we have a new set of spellings for you to complete, go to the home learning tab, year two, then select the spelling section to see your new spellings. Remember we have lots of different strategies for you in the spelling section. You can use look, say, cover, write and check  as you begin to learn these new words

 

During the summer months lots of families enjoy spending time outside and at the beach. It is very important that we stay safe when at the beach. The RNLI normally come into school to talk to year 2 children about how they can stay safe. This week we will take part in beach and sun safety challenges to learn how to keep ourselves safe.

Signs and flags are used on beaches to warn people about dangers. Have a look at the pictures below of signs and flags you might see on the beach. Can you guess what they might mean? There are clues in the pictures.

 

 

Now look at the answers and see if you were right…

There are some tricky words included when talking about the signs, can you discuss with a grown up what these words mean? You might use a dictionary or go online with a grown up to help you to find out more about what they mean.

 Come up with definitions for the words-  (write down what they mean)

 

Submerged

 

Watercraft

 

Undercurrent

 

Tides

Friday 19th June 

Hello! Its Friday and we think you will be ready for a rest! Today's challenge is going to be the last one until next week.  We hope you have a nice weekend and spend some lovely time with your family. Make sure you get some fresh air.  Take care, stay safe and we will be back next week! From the Year 2 Team 

 

Maths challenge: Friday’s Maths Challenge

For your maths challenge today, you can take part in the Friday Maths challenge, on the Whiterose Hub website. Questions 1, 2 and 3 are suitable for Year 2 but why not complete all the questions with the rest of your family or older siblings.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ 

 

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day you might decide to have a spelling test! If not why not try build the word? You could use playdough, lego, plasticine or anything which would allow you to make the letters. 

 

History / Literacy Challenge: Souter Lighthouse

Lots of you will know that Sunderland has it’s very own famous lighthouse called ‘Souter Ligthouse’. Read the facts about Souter Lighthouse and answer the questions. All of the answers to the questions can be found within the text you just need to find them. 

 

Thursday 18th June

Good morning everyone. Did you make your prediction for the ending of the 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat' yesterday? We hope you are excited to hear if and how Hamish got home? 

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 4 – Patterns with 2D and 3D shapes'. You might want to collect up some things in your house that are 3D shapes – A tin of beans is a cylinder, a cereal box is a cuboid, a dice is a cube and a ball is a sphere. Don't forget to pause the video and answer all the questions which are asked of you in the video.

 

You can also visit BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z338bqt where there are some more activities on making Shape Patterns.

 

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day before you might have a spelling test! You might try the game 'Roll and Spell' and see if you can write the word in a different way, but when you've written it make sure you go back and check that you have spelt it perfectly.

 

In this video you can hear Mrs Foster read the end of the story 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat' to find out if and how Hamish got home safely.

Maths Challenge:

What’s My Favourite Number? – Can you solve the problems by finding each of the sea creatures favourite numbers? At school you have learnt the meaning of all of these mathematical words but as a reminder here they are  :-

Sum of – the total when each digit is added together.

Digit – another word for number. For example, 43 is made up of two digits a 4 and a 3. 

Even – when a number can be divided by 2 equally.

Odd – when a number can’t be divided by 2 equally (there is one left over).

Multiple – a number that we say in that times table. So multiples of 10 are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, etc.

Greater than – more than or bigger than.

Less that – smaller than. 

 

Wednesday 17th June

Good morning - We hope you've been enjoying the challenges this week! We saw some lovely photos yesterday of your lighthouse pictures.  We think you will love today’s challenges.

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/We would like you to watch 'Lesson 3 – Sorting 2D and 3D shapes'. Don't forget to pause the video and answer the questions which are asked of you. 

 

You can also visit BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdjtjsg where there are more 2D and 3D shape activities. There are two nice videos to watch and a great game called 'Karate Cats Maths'.

 

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who've had a go at practising your spellings so far this week. Today why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember the spellings. You might try unscramble the words and see if you can make the word ensuring you've spelt it correctly (have a look at our strategies on our spelling section of Year 2's home learning). 

 

In this video you can see and hear Mrs Foster reading the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat’. There is a special twist at the end as Mrs Foster doesn't read the end of the story! You can try and predict what might happen at the end of the story and then come back tomorrow to hear the real ending. We wonder if any of you will have a correct prediction? Mrs Foster also explains today’s literacy challenge at the end of the video or you can read about it below.

 

Literacy Challenge:

Can you make a ‘Lost’ poster to find Mr and Mrs Grinling’s cat, Hamish? You will need to include a picture of him, his name, what he looks like and how to return him to his owners. Make sure you write interesting sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. You have learnt that the names of characters need to have a capital letter. When you describe Hamish try and use extended noun phrases. For example, instead of writing ‘Hamish is a cat’, write more interesting sentences like ‘Hamish is a grumpy, ginger cat’. You can talk about what he likes to eat and where he liked to sleep as this may help to find him.

 

Tuesday 16thJune

Hey boys and girls! Thank you to everyone who sent us some pictures of you completing your challenges. As this week we have lots of lighthouse challenges for you we cannot wait to see your artistic creations from today’s challenge.

 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/We would like you to watch 'Lesson 2 – Count the Faces, Edges and Vertices on 3D shapes'. It’s similar to yesterday’s challenge but is about 3D shapes so also talks about ‘faces’. Remember faces are the curved or flat surfaces on a 3D shape. Don't forget to pause the video and answer all the questions which are asked of you. 

 

You can also visit BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zp2tjsg where you can learn more about 3D shapes. 

 

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings yesterday. Today, why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember the spellings. You might try Against the Clock and see how many times you call spell the each word in 30 seconds. Send us pictures of you writing them quickly so we can see how many you wrote in 30 seconds but also make sure they are all spelt perfectly! 

 

Today we thought you might like to listen to ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ again – this time it is on YouTube. Click on the link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1evkeM9O3RY

 

Art / Design & Technology Challenge:

Can you create a lighthouse picture or make a model of a lighthouse? Can you draw a picture of a beach with a lighthouse far out at sea or you might just draw the sea and the lighthouse on the cliffs. Think carefully about the size of the things in the picture. If you decide to colour the picture then make sure you choose your colours carefully. If you need to you can use these photos for ideas or use the YouTube demonstration to help you draw a lighthouse. Click on the link for the YouTube demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDO7AFnfGwE

 

Monday 15th June 

Good morning everyone - we hope you had a lovely weekend despite the weather. Keep your fingers crossed as the weather is going to improve later this week.  This week we have some lovely challenges linked to lighthouses for you. 

Maths challenge:

Visit the website https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/Watch 'Lesson 1 – Count Sides and Vertices'. Remember that vertices are where two sides meet. Please pause the video and answer all the questions which are asked of you.

You can also visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zq6p7yc to complete some more work on 2D shapes. You might even like to do a shape hunt in your house or garden and count how many sides and how many vertices the shapes have.

 

Spelling challenge:

This week we have a new set of spellings for you to complete, go to the home learning tab, year two, then select the spelling section to see your new spellings. Remember we have lots of different strategies for you in the spelling section. You can use a mnemonics to help you learn the first spelling and then look, say, cover, write and check for the others as you begin to learn these new words. 

 

In this video you can see and hear Mrs Foster reading the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. At the end of the video she describes one of today’s challenges.

 

 

Science Challenge 1:

Create a Healthy Lunch for Mr Grinling - You saw in the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch' that Mr Grinling was quite round and overweight. Mrs Grinling did seem to pack him a lot for his dinner. Can you give Mrs Grinling some ideas of some healthy food that she could include in the picnic basket? You can use the picture of the healthy plate to give you some ideas. When the section of the plate is small that means you should only have a little bit of that type of food each day. You can either draw pictures of write a list of your ideas.

Science Challenge 2:

Make a Homemade Zip Wire - Here is another Science challenge!  You saw Mrs Grinling send the picnic basket down the zip wire to the lighthouse. Can you make a homemade zip wire for a teddy or toy? The instructions are at the end of 'The Lighthouse Keeper’ video or you can use these photos to help. All you need is a coat hanger, a toy, a piece or ribbon, string, or rope.Enjoy!

Friday 12th June

 

Maths Challenge

For your maths challenge today, you may want to take part in the Friday Maths challenge, on the whiterose hub website here- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ The challenge is for the whole family to complete the maths problems together.

We would also like you to have a halving and quartering picnic! Try finding 4 soft toys or other toys that you have in your house. Give each toy a plate. Find 20 small items you can share between the toys (this could be some type of food such as a biscuit or a grape or if you don't have anything suitable it could be 20 of any items e.g. coloured pencils)

If 2 toys go to the picnic, how many items would they get each when you equally share 20? 18? 16? 14? things between them. When you split into two equal groups then you are finding half. 

If 4 toys go to the picnic, how many items would they get each when you equally share 20? 16? 12?  8? things between them. When you split into four equal groups you are finding quarter.

You could draw a picture to represent what you have found out. Remember to email your pictures of your work to us so we can see how you are doing! 

 

Spelling

Today is Friday so you may choose to have a spelling test to see how many of your spellings you have remembered! Try to write your spellings into simple sentences, a grown up could say the sentence including the word you have practiced spelling and you could write it down. (e.g. to practice the spelling 'could' the grown up might say the sentence 'I could sing' for you to write down.) Check you have spelt the words correctly at the end and practice any tricky parts where you may have made a mistake. 

 

For this weeks final challenge we would like you to start by watching the video, 'A whales Tale' below-

 

Consider how this video made you feel. You might want to talk to a grown up about it.

 

Plastic and rubbish pollute oceans which can harm the animals that live there. 

Plastic and rubbish that is dropped in the streets or left behind after you visit the beach can easily blow or be washed into the ocean. This is dangerous for the creatures that live there.

What can we do to help protect the sea creatures?

When visiting the beach or walking outside always make sure you put any litter you have into bins. Never leave rubbish behind on the beach, take it home or find a bin. You can also try hard to reduce the amount of plastic you use by doing things like using reusable carrier bags when you go shopping or using a refillable water bottle.

 

Make a poster to warn others of the dangers of sea pollution and encourage others to protect our sea creatures by picking up their rubbish and using less plastic. You might want to write some information onto your poster and draw some pictures.

Here are some examples-

Don't forget to send us some pictures of your work from this week! We really can't wait to see it! 

Thursday 11th June

 

Maths Challenge:

Visit the website https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/  Watch lesson 4 'Find a quarter' Just like yesterday find something small that you can use to share out into 4 equal groups to find quarter of a number, in the video they use grapes, you can use anything you have that is suitable. You might want to get 4 plates or 4 bowls to help you to share the items into 4 groups. Also visit- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfx6dp3 and further your knowledge of finding a quarter.

 

Spelling Challenge

Remember to practice your spellings today. If you have playdough, plasticine or lego at home you could try the 'build the word' activity to practice the spellings. If you don't have anything suitable, go to the spelling section and choose another one of the activities to practice your spellings. 

 

Todays challenge is about food chains. First, follow the link below to watch the video, 'What is a Food chain?'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z96r82p

 

Here is an  example of an ocean food chain....

Can you put the animals below into a food chain diagram? Write the name or draw the animal then draw the arrow to represent ‘is eaten by’.

 Can you think of and draw, your own Sea life food chain? Don't forget to send us a picture of your work, we can't wait to see it! 

Wednesday 10th June

Maths Challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/  Watch lesson 3 'Find a Half'  In the video they use grapes to find half. Find something small, that you have in your house, that you can use to split into equal groups (this could be sweets, toys, coins or any type of food) As you watch the video pause it, and see if you can find half by splitting your items into 2 equal groups. You could use two bowls or plates to separate your groups. You can also go to- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zwphjsg and complete some of the activities to develop your understanding of finding half. 

 

Spelling

Remember to practice your spellings today. You could try the 'Against the clock' activity. Look at the word and read it. Set a timer. How many times can you write the word correctly in 30 seconds? Challenge others in your home, who writes the word, spelt correctly, the most times in 30 seconds? 

 

Our challenge today is linked to the story Commotion in the Ocean again! You can watch the video of Mrs Foster reading the story again below to remind yourself of the sea creatures in the story.

Which sea creature is your favorite in the story? Choose one of the creatures to focus on.

You can then choose to either, write a description, draw a picture or do some research (with a grown up to help you) and find out some more facts about that creature, then put them into a fact file. You might find out: Where do they live in the world? What do they eat? Are there different types of this creature? 

We look forward to seeing all of your work, don't forget to ask a grown up to email a photograph of it to your class teacher.

 

Here is a fact file about dolphins that I made as an example…

Tuesday 9th June

Maths Challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/  Watch lesson 2 'Non Unit Fractions' As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You might also like to visit- 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6cbhcw and complete some of the activities to further your knowledge of non unit fractions. 

 

Spelling Challenge: 

Today why not try the 'Unjumble the letters' activity to practice your spellings. Look at the word write it down on paper or card and cut up each letter. Mix up the pieces and then try to put the word back together again! 

 

For today’s challenge we would like you to watch this video of Mrs Foster reading the story Commotion in the Ocean.


'Commotion in the Ocean' by Giles Andreae, Orchard Books

There are lots of sea creatures that live in the ocean. Can you listen to the story then try and guess the animals that are being described below? You will need to read the clues carefully.

Can you make up your own ‘who am I’ clues for someone to guess? You could write them down and draw some pictures of the creatures to help someone to guess what it is you are describing.

 

Monday 8th June

 Today is 'World Ocean Day', so we have some exciting sea life and beach themed challenges for you to complete , as well as your daily maths and spelling challenge this week! You could also visit the website below today to take part in a whole host of 'World Ocean Day' activities including learning to breathe like a dolphin, looking at rockpool creatures and taking part in themed yoga! 

 https://worldoceanday.school

 

Maths Challenge:

Visit the website-https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/  Watch lesson 1 'Unit Fractions' We have practiced fractions at school. Remember the shape must be split into equal parts. As you watch the video pause it, when it tells you to, and see if you can answer the questions. You might also like to visit- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4j83j6 and complete some of the activities to further your knowledge of unit fractions. 

 

Spelling Challenge: 

This week we have a new set of spellings for you to complete, go to the home learning tab, year two, then select the spelling section to see your new spellings. Remember we have lots of different strategies for you in the spelling section. Why don't you try using the mnemonics to help you remember the spellings and look, say, cover, write and check today as you begin to learn these new words. 

For todays challenge we would like you to watch the story ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’ below...

In the story it says 10 is a crab. What other animals could go together to have 10 feet?

For example you could have 5 people because 5x2=10 or you could have 2 dogs and 2 snails because 4+4+1+1=10.

How many different ways can you find to represent ten feet? You might want to write your solutions as number sentences like this….

Or you could draw pictures to help your represent your work, like this…

 

If this was easy, you could see how many ways you can find to make 20 feet, 30 feet right up to 100!

Or you could try to write some of your own math problems using the 'feet' from the story. E.g. How many feet would 5 crabs and a dog have?  etc

 

Friday 5th June 2020

Good morning everyone, it's almost the weekend!! What a busy week you've all had. We really hope you've enjoyed all of these animal themed challenges. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 5 - Friday challenge'. This challenge has no video, you just click on 'Get the activity'. Please only complete questions 1, 2 and 3 as these suitable Year 2 questions but maybe you could work as a faimly to solve the rest. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/. 

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day you might decide to have a spelling test! If not why not try build the word? You could use playdough, lego, plasticine or anything which would allow you to make the letters.

 

Today we have a different kind of animal poem for you.

This is an acrostic poem where the letters of the animal’s name are used as the first letter of each line.

 

Your challenge today is to write your own poem. 

It can be a rhyming poem like the cat poem yesterday or an acrostic poem You might have a pet at home that you can write your poem about or you might choose your favourite rainforest animal.

 

We would love to see some of your poems on the website, don’t forget to include a picture of your chosen animal.

Thursday 4th June 2020

Good morning everyone. Today we have an exciting challenge for you all, and we canot wait for your grownups to send us in those pictures!

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 4 - Odd and even numbers'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day before you might have a spelling test! You might try roll and spell and see if you can write the word in a different way, but when you've written it make sure you go back and check that you have spelt it perfectly.

 

We have a cat poem to share with you today. Read the following poem.

You might have noticed that the words at the end of each line rhyme.

 

Spot the rhyming pairs of words and write them down.

 

Can you think of more words that rhyme with each pair? Make five lists of words that rhyme – how long can you make each list?

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

We all hope you have enjoyed your animal themed challenge week so far. We've loved seeing pictures of you completing these challenges. Please keep them coming. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 3 - Grouping'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings so far this week. Today why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember the spelling. You might try unscramble the words and see if you can make the word ensuring you've spelt it correctly (have a look at our strategies on our spelling section of Year 2's home learning). 

 

We’re Going on a Bird Hunt 

You’ll all know the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We read this story lots at school.

Today’s challenge is to go on a bird hunt.  This might be when you go out for a walk or you could even sit outside in your back yard or garden and keep watch.

Here are some of the different types of birds that live in Sunderland.  Look carefully at the colours of their feathers or the shape of their beaks to help you decide what type of birds you see.

How many different kinds of birds did you spot altogether?

Which kind did you see the most of?

Which kind did you see the least of?

You might spot a different kind of bird. You can look on this website to help you work out what kind it is.  There are also lots of facts about each bird to read too. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Thank you to everyone who sent us some pictures of you completing your challenges. As this week we have lots of animals challenges for you we cannot wait to see what you find out in today's science investigation. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 2 - Sharing'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings yesterday. Today, why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember these spellings. You might try Against the Clock and see how many times you call spell the each word in 30 seconds. Send us pictures of you writing them quickly so we can see how many you wrote in 30 seconds but also make sure they are all spelt perfectly! 

Which Bird Beak is Best?

Birds' beaks have adapted to be the best shape to pick up the food they eat.

Meat-eaters - Owls and birds of prey, such as this golden eagle, have powerful, deeply hooked beaks.

Fruit-and nut-eaters - Parrots, such as this blue and yellow macaw, have powerful beaks with a sharp hook at the tip.

Investigate using chopsticks, a spoon, a clothes peg and tweezers, as a bird’s beak, to pick up rice, raisins, stones, playdough and cooked spaghetti. Which beak is best for each food? Don’t forget to make your prediction before you test each food.

Monday 1st June 2020

Good morning everyone we all hope you had a well earned rest and enjoyed your half term holiday. What beautiful weather you all had to make it even better. We hope you have all stayed safe. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 1 - The 10 times-table'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and scroll down a little - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

This week we have a new set of spellings for you to complete. Remember we have lots of different strategies as you scroll through our spelling section. Why don't you try look, say, cover, write and check today as you begin to learn these new word. If you have any questions or queries just email your class teacher and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

In the story of Noah’s Ark, Noah rescued lots of animals from a heavy flood.  He saved them by taking them into a special boat called an Ark.

We have a maths problem for you based on this story.

Think about how many legs different animals have.  For example a spider has eight legs, a dog has four and a bird has two legs.

Remember there are 12 legs in total so work out which animals could have gone into the Ark.  For example, it could have been 3 dogs because

4 + 4 + 4 = 12.

There are lots of different answers. How many can you find?Remember you can draw a picture to help you work this out.

What is the greatest number of animals that could have gone into the Ark?

What is the smallest number of animals that could have gone into the Ark?

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is kindness. Our emotional well being is always important, but more so than ever in our current situation.  Therefore every challenge we post this week will be related to this theme.
‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’- Aesop

Friday 22nd May 2020

Good morning everyone.
Today's challenge is going to be the last one until 1st June.  Next week is our May half term holiday and we think the children and yourselves deserve a well-earned break. They've been working so hard learning at home and completing all of the challenges we have posted. 
We know lots of you have your daily routines so please do continue sharing stories, taking some daily exercise - social distancing of course but also enjoy a rest! Let’s extend our kindness week by being kind to ourselves and have fun spending time together as a family. 
Take care, stay safe and have a lovely week's holiday.

Year 2 Team

 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 5 - Friday challenge'. This challenge has no video, you just click on 'Get the activity'. Please only complete questions 1, 2 and 3 as these suitable Year 2 questions but maybe you could work as a faimly to solve the rest. Just click on the link and scroll down- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/. 

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day you might decide to have a spelling test! If not why not try build the word? You could use playdough, lego, plasticine or anything which would allow you to make the letters. 

Thank You NHS

Nissan have been busy making PPE to keep NHS workers safe whilst they are protecting us and they need our help!

In each parcel of PPE they send, they would like to include some art work from local children to say Thank You.

NHS staff have said that these thank you pictures have really brightened their day!

I am sure that most of you have made a picture of a rainbow or a thank you message already. Why not make another and brighten someone’s day!

On the front of the picture it’s important that your child writes only their first name, their age, and our school name (Diamond Hall Infant Academy).

All pictures should be emailed to your child’s class teacher and will be forwarded to Nissan for packing.

*****PLEASE NOTE*****

WE WILL ASSUME THAT BY SENDING US YOUR CHILD’S PICTURE, YOU ARE GIVING CONSENT FOR NISSAN TO USE IT.

So get out your coloured pens, pencils, crayons or paints and start doodling. We know you’ll do a fantastic job!

Thursday 21st May 2020

Good morning everyone. We hope you all got to enjoy some of that beautiful sunshine yesterday (because you all deserve it)! Today we have some more challenges which we think you are going to love. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 4 - The 5 times-table'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and scroll down a little - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day before you might have a spelling test! You might try roll and spell and see if you can write the word in a different way, but when you've written it make sure you go back and check that you have spelt it perfectly.

Kindness book challenge

As you all know this week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is kindness. We’d love you to do is write your very own book! It could be about:

  • What makes a kind friend?
  • Why _____ is my best friend?
  • What can I do to be a kind friend?

There are so many different ways you can be kind to others, how others can be kind to you and how you can be kind to yourself:

  • Smile
  • Listen to others
  • Giving a compliment
  • Say please and thank you everyday
  • Show respect

And there’s so much more!

To write your book you’ll need to make a book first. You can use this link to help you - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=145&v=gYJ-0zmXlF8&feature=emb_title.

Remember to orally rehearse your story before you write it down and to use your Helping Hand rules when you are writing your story.

When you have finished making your book why not tell your story to someone in your house?

Please send us a photo or a video of your kindness story. We cannot wait to see them!

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Good morning. We hope you've been enjoying the challenges this week! We saw some lovely letters yesterday which you made from some of your loved ones. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 3 - the two times-table'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and scroll down a little - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings so far this week. Today why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember the spelling. You might try unscramble the words and see if you can make the word ensuring you've spelt it correctly (have a look at our strategies on our spelling section of Year 2's home learning). 

Create your own Kindness Catcher.

You will need

  • One piece of A4 paper
  • A pair of scissors
  • Coloured pens/pencils.

 

Share your kindness catcher with your family, fill it full of positive thoughts and kind words.

To create your kindness catcher you will need a square piece of paper, I used an A4 size piece of paper folded and cut down to create a square. Ask your grown up to help with this step as it’s a little tricky, the video will show you how to do it.

Once you have your square, follow the step by step instructions on the video to show you how to fold your square into the kindness catcher.

When your catcher is complete you can write the messages of kindness inside. I have some examples below and on the video which you can use, or you can create your own.

  • You make me smile.
  • You make me happy
  • You are a good friend
  • Stay Happy
  • Be kind
  • Spread Joy

Create a pattern on the outside of your catcher, I used simple hearts on mine using felt tip pens, but you can use your imagination and design your own pretty kindness pattern. Use whatever you have at home to create your pattern, pens, pencils, felt tips.

 

I hope you enjoy sharing this with your family and grown ups!

Have fun and remember to send us some photos of your finished designs!

Tuesday 19th May 2020

 Good morning. We hope you've all started adding leaves to your kindness tree!! We cannot wait to see them finished on Friday. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 2 - Use arrays'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and scroll down a little - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings yesterday. Today, why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember these spellings. You might try Against the Clock and see how many times you call spell the each word in 30 seconds. Send us pictures of you writing them quickly so we can see how many you wrote in 30 seconds but also make sure they are all spelt perfectly! 

Kindness takes many forms. One way you can touch the hearts of others through a kind act is to send a thank you card or a letter. This might be to someone you live with or someone you are missing because you have not been able to see them during this time.  This might be your grandma or grandad, an aunt or uncle, a cousin or even a special friend.

Remember to start your letter or card with

Dear…

Start off by thanking them for something special that they have done for you and how that made you feel.

You might also want to include the following:

Describe something that you have enjoyed doing together.

Explain how you are missing them.

Tell them about something you are looking forward to doing with them.

Finish your letter with

Love from …

 

Don’t forget to use the ‘Helping Hand’ to make sure you write perfect sentences!

Monday 18th May 2020

Good morning everyone, we all hope you had a lovely weekend and took a well earned rest! Today is a new week with a new set of challenges which we know you're all going to love - as this week is a special week. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 1 - Multiplication sentences using the x symbol'. Don't forget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and it's the first challenge - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

This week we have a new set of spellings for you to complete. Remember we have lots of different strategies as you scroll through our spelling section. Why don't you try look, say, cover, write and check today as you begin to learn these new word. If you have any questions or queries just email your class teacher and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is kindness. Our emotional well being is always important, but more so than ever in our current situation.  Therefore every challenge we post this week will be related to this theme.
‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’- Aesop

 

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is kindness.

During this time when we have been away from school we have seen how lots of people have been kind and helped others.

  • The doctors and nurses in the hospitals.
  • Carers looking after those in care homes.
  • Your grown-ups looking after you at home.

Can you think of any others?

This week we would like you to think of how you can be kind to others.

Perhaps you could share your toys with your brother or sister, help your grown-up with jobs in the house or pay someone a compliment, like we talked about in school.

These little acts of kindness will not only make others feel good but they will also make you feel good too!

Today we would like you to make……A KINDNESS TREE.

You can either draw the trunk of a tree and branches or cut one out of paper.

Don’t worry if you don’t have brown paper as you can always colour it in brown or use a cardboard box.

Next draw some leaves and cut them out.

Again don’t worry if you don’t have green paper as you can colour them in and remember they could be Autumn leaves that are lots of different colours such as brown, orange and yellow!

You will need lots of leaves as every time you do something kind this week we want you to write what you have done on the leaf and stick it on to your KINDNESS TREE.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of lovely pictures of all your completed KINDNESS TREES at the end of the week full of leaves!

Why not make a large tree for your whole family so everyone can celebrate being kind?

DON’T FORGET – the kinder you are the more leaves your tree will have because kindness makes it bloom!

Firday 15th May 2020.

 It's Friday and that means it's almost the weekend. We're sure you all deserve and need a well earned rest. But before then let's have a look at today's challenges.

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to have a do at the 'Friday Maths Challenge'. This challenge has no video, you just click on 'Get the activity'. Please only complete questions 1, 2 and 3 as these suitable Year 2 questions but maybe you could work as a faimly to solve the rest. There are Just click on the link and scroll down- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day you might decide to have a spelling test! If not when not try build the word? You could use playdough, lego, plasticine or anything which would allow to to make letters. 

Scavenger Hunt Writing Challenge

Today we have given you a list of things to find in your house.

  • A pair of anything….socks, gloves, sunglasses…..you choose!
  • Something very soft
  • Something round
  • An item you can see yourself in
  • Something green
  • A photo of someone you love

Now take the six things you have found and see if you can include them all in a story – let your imagination go wild!

  • You can tell your story to someone in your house.
  • After you have orally rehearsed your story why not have a go at writing it down?
  • Remember to use our Helping Hand rules when you are writing your story.

Please send us a photo of the items you have found and the stories you have written. Get creative!

Thursday 14th May 2020

Good morning Year 2 and grownups, what a beautiful day it is outside!

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 4 - Bonds to 100 (tens and ones)'. Don't fprget to answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and scroll down- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Today is the day before you might have a spelling test! You might try roll and spell and see if you can write the word in a different way, but when you've written it make sure you go back and check it (have a look at our strategies on our spelling section of Year 2's home learning).

Geography Buildings Challenge

Draw 2 buildings from your local area.

What is each building?

Who lives or works there?

What is it used for?

Now ask your grown-up to name another building and challenge you to answer the questions.

Wednesday 13th May 2020

 We have loved seeing some of your photos this week. Remember to send us pictures of what you are doing, and your teachers email is just above in red. 

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 3 -Subtract 2-digit numbers'. While watching it can you answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and scroll down- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings so far this week. Today why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember the spelling. You might try unscramble the words and see if you can make the word ensuring you've spelt it correctly (have a look at our strategies on our spelling section of Year 2's home learning). Here is the link to the spellings - https://www.diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk/home-learning/nursery-1-1-1/spelling.

 

How does your body work?

Go outside and use chalk (or a stone!) to draw around someone’s body.  Can you label the different body parts? (Head, nose, ears, arms, legs etc.)

What if you could see inside your body? Can you draw and label some of the things you know are inside body? (brain, heart, lungs).   What does each part do?

 

We cannot wait to see all of the different activities you might do today. Don't forget to send them to your teacher. 

Tuesday 12th May 2020

 Good morning everyone! Hope you are all keeping safe. We are missing you all so much!

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 2 - Add 2-digit numbers'. While watching it can you answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and its the first activity at the top - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

There is not a follow up activity, just the video so take your time and pause it while you answer those tricky questions. 

Spelling challenge:

Well done to those of you who had a go at practising some of your spellings yesterday. Today why don't you try a different strategy to help you remember the spelling. You might try Against the Clock and see how many times you call spell the words. Send us pictures of you writing them quickly so we can see how many you wrote in 30 seconds but also make sure they are all spelt perfectly! Here is the link to the spellings - https://www.diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk/home-learning/nursery-1-1-1/spelling.

Reading Detective Challenge

Pick up your reading book and open it at any page. 

Now read the page.

Finished?

  • Count how many words are on this page.
  • How many of our key words can you find?
  • How many full stops can you spot?
  • Can you see any exclamation marks or question marks?
  • Make a list of all the verbs you can see.
  • Make a list of any nouns you can find.
  • Are there any words you do not understand? If so, you could ask someone in your house if they know or use a children’s online dictionary.

Now try the tasks using a different page in your book.

These handy hints might help you:

 

Key words

I, the, go, no, to, into

here, look, went, and see, like

he, she, me, we, be, was

you, they, all, are, my, her

said, have, so, some, come

for, saw, away

were, when, what, once

do, out, there, little

Punctuation

  • Full stop ? Question mark       ! Exclamation mark

 

Verbs

A verb is a doing word.

This link might help you if you are unsure.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/zpxhdxs

 

Nouns

A noun is the name of a person, place or thing.

This link might help you if you are unsure.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/zpd8ng8

 

Please send us some picutes of you completing your challange. You might be reading your book, sharing with your grownup what you've found when being a reading detective! If you wish you write your answers out we'd also love to see that but don't forget to put your name at the top so your friends know that it was you who completed it. 

Monday 11th May 2020

 Happy Monday everyone, we hope you all had a lovely weekend celebrating V.E. Day!

Maths challenge:

Today we would like you to watch 'Lesson 1 - Adding and subtracting tens'. While watching it can you answer the questions which are asked of you in the video. Just click on the link and its the first activity at the top - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling challenge:

This week we have a new set of spellings for you to complete. Remember we have lots of different strategies as you scroll through our spelling section. If you have any questions or queries just email your class teacher and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

 

On Friday 8th May the whole country had a holiday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

This means it is 75 years since fighting in Europe during World War Two ended.

Today’s challenge is to find as many different number facts about the number 75.

Here a few to start you off.

75 is an odd number

75 has 7 tens.

75 is 1 more than 74

You might even be able to calculate and write some number sentences where the answer is 75?

70 + 5 = 75

80 – 5 = 75

 

We cannot wait to see what number facts you can think of. Please send them to us - we will be waiting!

Friday 8th May 2020

 It's Firday every one! And what a special day it is today. I hope you are as excited as we us Year 2 grownups are! 

Maths activity:

We would like you to follow the same link as before, but today we would like you all to complete'Friday Challengewhich is just underneath lesson 4. Just scroll down to view it. Don't forget to watch the video first and to the right of the video click on the link 'Get the activity'. When you have finished this have a go at marking your work by clicking on the 'Get the answers' link - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling activity:

Don't forget about our spelling challenge. These can be found in the drop down option for Year 2. It's just underneath the Year 2 gallery. There are lots of different strategies for you to use to help you remember these tricky words, and we've even including one of your favourite games - Roll and spell! If you have any issues finding it please email your class teacher and we will help you. Today you might decide to do a spelling test, and have a go at using some of the strategies to help your child spell the words. 

It’s here! Today is the 75th anniversary of VE day and lots of us will be on holiday and having a family celebration to mark the occasion.  Why not help make the day extra special!

You could make Union Jack flags to wave and use your design from yesterday to make some bunting to decorate your house.

Lots of people would have had street parties like the one we had in school. But remember we’ve got to stay at home and keep safe so why not help to make a picnic that you could have in your garden or sitting room with your family? Can you remember when we pretended we were back in 1945 and it was the end of the war? We celebrated V.E Day with our friends.

You might be able to help make some cakes (if you can find flour!)

Here’s a VE Day cake recipe to try – https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/basic-cupcake-recipe

It’s fun to dress up and sing too! You could dress up in the 1940s clothes you wore

when we all pretended to be evacuees and sing the war songs we learned for your

family. They might even join in!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqabF3TAV0Y – Pack up your troubles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoLchtG8vTk – run rabbit run

Have a great day!  Don’t forget to send us some photos!

Thursday 7th May 2020

Thank you everybody for your photos yesterday! PLease keep sending them directly to your teacher. It's almost V.E. Day and we are all very excited. 

Maths activity:

We would like you to follow the same link as before, but today we would like you all to complete 'Lesson 4 - Add and subtract ones' which is just underneath lesson 3. Just scroll down to view it. Don't forget to watch the video first and to the right of the video click on the link 'Get the activity'. When you have finished this have a go at marking your work by clicking on the 'Get the answers' link - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling activity:

Don't forget about our spelling challenge. These can be found in the drop down option for Year 2. It's just underneath the Year 2 gallery. There are lots of different strategies for you to use to help you remember these tricky words, and we've even including one of your favourite games - Roll and spell! If you have any issues finding it please email your class teacher and we will help you. 

To celebrate VE Day lots of people in Britain had street parties – remember we had our own VE Day celebration in school!  They decorated their tables with Union Jack flags.

Here is a Union Jack.  It is made up of different 2D shapes. 

How many triangles can you see?

How many rectangles can you see?

Can you design your own flag to use on Friday when we all celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe?  You might use some of the same or different  2D shapes but stick to the Union Jack colours of  red, white and blue.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Hi everybody, we hope you enjoying making your spitfire planes yesterday. We have seen some lovely photos of you. Don't forget to send them directly to your teacher, and the email addresses are just above today's date. 

Maths activity:

We would like you to follow the same link as before, but today we would like you all to complete 'Lesson 3 - Related Facts' which is just underneath lesson 2. Just scroll down to view it. Don't forget to watch the video first and to the right of the video click on the link 'Get the activity'. When you have finished this have a go at marking your work by clicking on the 'Get the answers' link - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

Spelling activity:

We now have some spellings for you to complete each week. These can be found in the drop down option for Year 2. It's just underneath the Year 2 gallery. There are lots of different strategies for you to use to help you remember these tricky words, and we've even including one of your favourite games - Roll and spell! If you have any issues finding it please email your class teacher and we will help you. 

Yesterday we looked at Spitfire aeroplanes and thought about the men who flew these planes during World War 2.

As you all know lots of people died during the War.

These people were very brave.

When we read The Lion and The Unicorn we found out about Lenny, the evacuee, who had his dad’s medal from the First World War. The medal helped Lenny to be brave when he was evacuated to the big house.

Many soldiers were given medals for their bravery when they came home after the war.

Often medals were given to the families of those who did not come home. These medals were very precious and were a thank you to those who gave so much.

Today we would like you to design a medal to celebrate VE Day.

  • Think about the colours you might use.
  • What design might you put on your medal?
  • Make sure you have a different design on the front and back.
  • What will your medal be made out of?

You can draw a picture of your medal and then write a few sentences explaining why you have chosen the design for your medal.

Here are some photos of medals from WW2.

Why not try to make your medal using old cardboard or any other bits and bobs you have lying around your house like the little girl in the picture.  Remember to ask your grown up first!

You could even ask them to pin it to your top and take a photo.

 

Why not make your medal from salt dough?

 Here is a simple recipe:

Salt Dough Recipe:

1 cup salt

1 cup plain (all purpose) flour

3/4 cup water

  1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  2. Gradually stir in the water. Mix well until it becomes doughy.
  3. Turn out the dough onto the bench and knead with your hands until smooth and combined.
  4. Make your medals using salt dough and make a hole in the top of each one so that you can add string or ribbon. You will be able to wear your medal around your neck when it is cooked.
  5. Ask your grown up to place the salt dough medals in the oven at 180 º. Your medal is ready when the dough is baked hard.

    Why not try to make your medal using old cardboard or any other bits and bobs you have lying around your house like the little girl in the picture.  Remember to ask your grown up first!

    You could even ask them to pin it to your top and take a photo.

     

     

    Why not make your medal from salt dough?

     Here is a simple recipe:

    Salt Dough Recipe:

    1 cup salt

    1 cup plain (all purpose) flour

    3/4 cup water

    1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
    2. Gradually stir in the water. Mix well until it becomes doughy.
    3. Turn out the dough onto the bench and knead with your hands until smooth and combined.
    4. Make your medals using salt dough and make a hole in the top of each one so that you can add string or ribbon. You will be able to wear your medal around your neck when it is cooked.
    5. Ask your grown up to place the salt dough medals in the oven at 180 º. Your medal is ready when the dough is baked hard.

We are looking forward to seeing photos of your wonderful creations!

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Wow! What amazing pictures we saw some of you sending us yesterday. Don't forget to send them direct to your teacher. Here is a reminder of those emails: 

Mrs Morris - aspen.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk

Mrs Applegarth and Mrs Corsi - cedar.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk

Miss Mitchell- laurel.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk

 

Maths activity:

We would like you to follow the same link as before, but today we would like you all to complete 'Lesson 2 - Compare number sentences' which is just underneath lesson one. Just scroll down to view it. Don't forget to watch the video first and to the right of the video click on the link 'Get the activity'. When you have finished this have a go at marking your work by clicking on the 'Get the answers' link - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

 

This Week we are thinking about VE day, which the country will celebrate on Friday 8th May.

VE Day helps us to remember the end of World War 2.

Lots of men had to fight for freedom and some of them were pilots who flew aeroplanes.

 

One of the most famous aeroplanes was called the Spitfire.

Today’s challenge is for you to make your own paper aeroplane.

 

Here are some simple instructions:

Take a piece of paper.

(You could even use one you have completed from your work pack).

1. Fold the paper in half an open it back out again so it is flat.

2. Fold the corners into the centre line.

3.Fold the top edges to the centre.

4. Fold the plane in half.

5. Fold the wings down to meet the bottom edge of the planes body.

6. You have your very own paper aeroplane.

 

Now you can decorate it - How about drawing pictures of some of the things we learnt about World War 2 or colouring it red, white and blue for VE Day?

Remember to ask your grown up where it is safe to fly it.

Challenge other people in your house to make a plane and see whose plane can travel the furthest.

Can you think of any other ways you could make a paper plane? What if you change your design? Can you make the plane travel even further?

We can not wait to see all your colourful planes so remember to send us your photos.

Monday 4th May 2020

Every day we will have a maths challenge for you to have a go at completing. Each day it will be something different. Click on on the link and today's challenge is the first activity at the top of the page. There is a video to watch and the activities to  complete are to the right of the video. There are answers to check when you have finished. Today's maths challenge is 'Lesson 1 - Fact families addition and subtraction bonds to 20' - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

 

This week we have lots of amazing challenges for you in preparation for V.E Day celebrations on Friday. We have all loved seeing your photos from last week so please keep them coming!

Here is a video from the marvellous Mrs Drea who is going to remind us about our learning from Autumn term. 

Looking at our book on the video has reminded us about some of the things we learnt about World War 2 in our history lessons at the beginning of Year 2.

On Friday 8th May the whole country will have a holiday to celebrate VE Day, this is Victory in Europe Day, the day when the War ended in Europe.

People were so happy that they had lots of celebrations and parties in the street with their families and friends.

We read the Horrible Histories book when we were learning about WW2.

This song tells us about how people were feeling and what they did to celebrate. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/horrible-histories-songs-ve-day-song

 

Can you find the missing words and write out these sentences?

If you have trouble reading the words then use your phonics skills or ask a grown-up to help you.

  1. World War 2 began in 1939 when Germany invaded _____________________.
  2. When people needed to stay safe in __________________ they heard an air raid ____________________.
  3. Lot of children had to leave their homes and move to the _______________________ where it was safer.
  4. These children were called _____________________________.
  5. The children had carry a __________________________ in a special box.
  6. The children often had to travel to their new homes on a __________ _____________.
  7. There was not much food during the war so it was _____________________.
  8. People were asked to ____________ _______________ ________________ food.
  9. World War Two ended on ___________________________.
  10. On May 8th we celebrate __________________________.

 

VE Day          evacuees          gas-mask               rationed

Poland           siren             May 7th 1945          shelters

countryside       steam train            grow their own        

Friday 1st May 2020

Today's challenge is to write a comic!

Creative comics!

We want you to think of your favourite character. It might be from a TV show or a video game.

We would choose Bing as he is our favourite character.

Next you need to think about what might happen.

  • Are they going to meet a character from another show like Topsy and Tim?
  • What problem might there be for Bing? Perhaps he might lose Flop, or he might lose his parents or he might find a penguin from Antarctica.

Don’t forget you can ask your grown-up for some help.

  • Next, how they are going to fix the problem? They might make a lost poster, they might ask a grown-up they can trust or look for footprints or they might find a rowing boat and bring the lost penguin him back home.

Once you’ve thought of your plan you can then make you your comic book. Here is a video you can use to help you make the book -https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=145&v=gYJ-0zmXlF8&feature=emb_title

Before you begin ensure that you use your Helping Hand.

  • When you are thinking of your sentences can you include sentences openers – One bright, spring morning…
  • Use expanded noun phrases – a fluffy, cheerful rabbit called Bing.
  • Include coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) or subordinating conjunctions (because, if, that)

So a first completed sentence might be…….

One bright, spring morning a fluffy, cheerful rabbit called Bing with huge, piercing, black eyes wanted to go to the park but he hadn’t had his scrumptious breakfast yet.

 

Please remember to take a picture of your comic and send it to us.

You might even send us a video of you reading your comic to your favourite toy or your grown-up.

Please send them to enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'We are looking forward to seeing them.

Thursday 30th April 2020

Good morning everyone, today we have a very exciting science challenge for you!

Grow your Haribo!

Choose your jelly sweet. Measure its height with a ruler or tape measure and record it. Place it in a bowl of cold water (just enough to cover it) and leave it for 5 hours. Take your sweet out of the bowl and measure it again – see how its grown! Record your results.

Which Haribo grows the most? Do all sweets grow? Do Haribo’s grow in other liquids? You could try milk, orange juice or fizzy pop!

When you have finished and taken your pictures please email your results to enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

Wednesday 29th April 2020

 Today we have a super phonics challenge for you. We did lots of practise answering questions like this so we know you can all give it a good go today. 

Split Diagraph Comprehension Challenge

Kate is on holiday and has written a letter to her friend June.

Can you read Kate’s letter?

Dear June,

I am having a really super time in Greece! The huge hotel we are staying in has a pool with a flume! When I am not in the pool, I like to race my brother to the beach and eat ice-cream cones in the shade.

In the evening we sit around the fire and play games. The food here is yummy. Yesterday, I had chocolate cake and apple pie for pudding!

Tomorrow we are going on a blue boat to an island called Crete. I hope we will see some old stone ruins.

I can’t wait to see you when I get home.

Kate xx

Now can you answer these questions……

  1. Find and sort the words in Kate’s letter with split diagraphs.
  1. What has Kate enjoyed doing on her holidays?

Choose 2.

playing games 

flying a kite

surfing

racing with her brother

  1. What does Kate hope to see in Crete?

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  1. Can you think of any other split diagraphs that are not in Kate’s letter?

We all hope you've enjoyed your phonics challenge today and we cannot wait to see your answers.  Please email your answers to enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

Tuesday 28th April 2020

We know lots of you have been keeping active with Joe Wickes so today we have a PE challenge for you.  You might

want to do today's activity in your backyard or garden and enjoy being outside in the sunshine!

PE Spell Name Workout Challenge

Write your first name then match each letter to the given activity and get ready to get fit!

If you are feeling really active you can do the exercises to match your surname. You could even do the exercises that match the names

of other people in your family too!  Remember what we learnt for our sponsored keep fit event.

Remember to send us your photos so we can see you keeping fit and active!

Monday 27th April 2020

We all know how much everyone loves maths, and today we have a maths challenge for you!

Today we have some calculations for you to solve. Look at the signs carefully and decide how you are going to work out the answer.  Remember you can draw tens and units (or ones) to help with addition and subtraction and draw groups to help with multiplication and division.

You could even be creative and use objects at home to represent the numbers or you might even be able to calculate the answers in your head!

Remember!!

                      +  means ‘add’ or ‘how many altogether’

                        -means ‘take away’

                  x  means ‘groups of’

                             ÷ means ‘shared by’

Now make up your own number sentences to calculate!

When you have completed your number sentences please email your answers to enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

Friday  24th April 2020

We know lots of you enjoy colouring in.  Here is a story about a little boy called Duncan who loves to colour in too.

But one day his crayons quit!  Find out what Duncan does to sort out this problem and make his crayons happy.

 

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=489micE6eHU

At the end of the story Duncan’s teacher gives him a gold star for creativity.  

Can you be imaginative with your crayons, colouring pencils or felt tips and create a picture using as many colours as possible? Don't forget to send us photos of your

pictures!

Good morning everyone!  As today is Thursday and lots of you will be clapping tonight to say thank you to all of the amazing  grown-ups who have been working hard to keep our country up and running, we have a rainbow challenge for you to do. 

Thursday 23rd April 2020

How to Grow A Rainbow

You Will Need

Kitchen Roll/Paper towel

Felt Tip Pens

2 small bowls of water

Paper clip

Thread

 

  1. Cut your kitchen roll into the shape of a rainbow.
  2. Colour a rainbow with felt tips about 2cms up on each side.
  3. Attach your paper clip to the top and attach your thread to it. This will give you something to hold your rainbow with.
  4. Fill each small container with water.
  5. Hold your rainbow with the ends slightly submerged in the water then watch your rainbow grow!

The Science Bit

Water is sucked up through the holes in the kitchen roll. As the rest of the water follows it carries the coloured ink from the felt tip pens. Eventually the water slows down and the pressure of gravity means it can’t travel any further.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Wonderful to see more photos of you learning at home and completing challenges!

What’s In A Name Challenge.

How many words can you find hidden in your name?

Write your full name out and see how many words you can make from letters in your name.

If your name was Jane Smith, here are some of the words you might find.

am     it       net     hint    jet     the   team  thin

What is the longest word you can find? 

Once you have a list of words, why not write a sentence for each word?

You could even try using the name of someone in your house to see how many words you can find in their name!

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Today you are going to be artists! It was great to receive more photos yesterday.  Keep them coming - we love to see what you have been getting up to! 

Teddy-bear Art Challenge

We have been looking at texture during art lessons at school.

Can you remember how we experimented with fur and discovered how it felt?

We found out that we could change the texture of the fur by moving it in different ways.

  • Find your furriest teddy bear.
  • Look at the fur on your bear.
  • Using your pencil draw your bear remembering to show the texture of the fur.

Is there anything else in your house that is made of fur that you could draw?

We are looking forward to seeing the photos of your fantastic  fur-inspired pictures!

Monday 20th April 2020

 Good morning, we hope you enjoyed Friday's story and have had fun completing some of the challenges over the weekend.  Don't forget to send us your photos! 

Today we have a number challenge for you.

Number Hunt Challenge

What numbers can you find in your house or if you go out for a walk?

Here are some ideas as to where you might find some.

Which is the biggest number you can find?

Which is the smallest you can find?

Can you order them from the smallest to the biggest?

Now challenge someone in your house to find more numbers than you!

Friday 17th April 2020

Good morning, today we have a story for you to watch and some challenges to keep you busy over the weekend! We'd love to see some photos of you doing the challenges. Don't forget to send them!

Penguins Make Bad Pirates Story Challenge

Watch this online story and choose a challenge……….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usMEVqz4CrU

Can you make an ice cone or a snack a pirate or penguin might enjoy?

You might even create your own treasure hunt leaving clues or treats around the house for others to find. You could even draw your own treasure map marking an X where you have left the loot!  

Now here comes the science part………     

Thursday 16th April 2020

Good morning Year 2 and grownups, we hope you have enjoyed all of our  challenges so far!

Today we have a Easter Reading Comprehension Challenge to solve.

 

Read the information about Easter and then answer the questions.

You can either tell your grown up the answer or write them on a piece of paper.

 

  1. On which day do people visit church to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead?
  2. How tall is the tallest Easter egg?
  3. What do people give to each other at Easter time?
  4. Find one word that means well-liked.
  5. Why is there a cross on the top of a hot cross bun?

We cannot wait to see your answers. Please send them to: enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Good morning everyone, we all hope you enjoyed the Easter challenge yesterday. If you haven't sent your pictures please do them today!

 

Today you have an Easter Maths challenge to solve. 

The Easter Bunny had a lot of eggs to deliver.

 

He had 3 baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs.

The brown basket had 1 more egg in it than the red basket.

The red basket had 3 fewer eggs than the pink basket.

How many eggs were in each basket?

To solve the problem, instead of eggs you could use 10 small chocolates, sweets, lego bricks or coins and use 3 containers as the baskets. You might even draw the baskets and eggs to work it out. 

There are a few ways to work this out but there is only one answer – good luck!

Brainteaser

What if there were 13 eggs in total?

How many eggs would be in each basket now?

 

We cannot wait to see your answers!! Please send them to: enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

Tuesday 14th April 2020

Good morning everyone, we all hope you have had an amazing Easter Holiday! Today we have another Easter challenge for you.

The Easter Story Challenge

Can you remember the story of Easter?

You can watch this video to help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvZH2VYKwHA

Look at these pictures of the Easter Story.

Can you put the pictures in the right order?

Match the sentences to the pictures and read them out to someone in your house so you can teach them about the Easter Story.

  • On Easter Sunday the angel told his friends that Jesus was alive.
  • Jesus was arrested after had supper with his friends.
  • Jesus had to carry the heavy cross up the hill.
  • On Palm Sunday the crowds cheered for Jesus and waved palms.
  • Jesus and his friends shared one last meal together.
  • On Good Friday Jesus died on the cross.

Easter is a special time of year for Christians when they celebrate with their family and friends.

Can you think of time that is special for you and your family?

You could write about it and draw a picture.

 

We cannot wait to see your picutues of a time that you celebrate with your family. Please send them to: enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

Thursday 9th April 2020

Good morning everyone, we are all missing you and hoping you are enjoying our challenges. Today we have an Easter challenge of you!

 

It’s Eastertime and lots of us will get an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny.

Here is a story about another rabbit called Peter who gets himself into a lot of trouble!

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit

Watch this online story……….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OwQxGwMIgM

You can follow the words as they are read aloud and have a go at reading them yourself.

There are a few words that Clara Clarifier wants you to think about as you read the story. You can talk to your grown up about what they mean or you could use a kid’s online dictionary to help.

mischief   whom   dreadfully

unfortunately   ‘shed great tears’

implored   exert   intended  presently

‘trembling with fright’ 

puzzled     scuttered

Poor Peter was not very well after his adventure in Mr McGregor’s garden.  Can you cheer him up by designing an Easter egg for him or making him an Easter card?

You could decorate a real egg (ask a grown up to hard boil it), use a stone from your garden or draw a picture.

 

Here are some eggs and cards that the Year 2 grownups have decorated to cheer up Peter Rabbit, we cannot wait to see yours! Please send them to: enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

We hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend with your family. We will be back with your next daily challenge on Tuesday 14th April. Please remember that we are thinking of you all and please keep safe!

Happy Easter from everyone in Year 2.

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Good morning everyone! Hope you have enjoyed all of your daily challanges so far, we have loved seeing your photos so far. Today we have a phonics challenge for you! 

I spy phonics

Read each of these sounds.

Can you make a list of the things you can see inside and outside your house that have these sounds?

Here is one to start you off……

How many things can you find for each sound?

Remember there are different ways to spell each sound.  Can you remember the spelling rules?

 

We hope you love todays challenge. We would love to see all of the things you have found and to see if you used the correct spelling rule. When you have done this please send your pictures to enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.' We cannot wait to see them!

Tuesday 7th April 2020

 Good morning everyone! We hope everyone is keeping themselves safe! Today we have our geography topic challenge for you all! It's a...

Easter Bunny Geography Map Challenge

The Easter Bunny is lost and needs your help!

Can you draw a map of your house so he knows where to leave the eggs?

Remember to draw all the rooms in your house.

You could even draw some arrows on the map to show him the quickest route from room to room.

Can someone in your house follow the route you have drawn?

Now have a go at the Bee-Bot Emulator game – we’ve used this in class. Click on the link and follow the instructions below.

https://www.terrapinlogo.com/emu/beebot.html

Follow the link

Choose your map from the drop down menu.

Decide your destination.

Create your algorithm

Don’t forget to press CLEAR before a new instruction is given to your Bee-Bot.

 

We hope you love todays challenge and hope to see lots of pictures of your maps with lots of arrows or even a picture of you having a go at the Bee-Bot Emulator. When you can done this please send your pictures to enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.' We cannot wait to see them!

 

 

From Year 2. 

Monday 6th April 2020

Good morning Year 2 and grownups, we all hope you've had a lovely weekend! Today we have a Monday Maths challenge for you. 

Fantastic Fractions!

This week we have some short video lessons for you. 

Before school closed we did lots of work on fractions and learned how to find one half, one quarter and one third. 

The link below takes you to the White Rose Maths website.

 If you click on Home Learning then Year Two, there are some great videos to help you become even more of an expert at fractions!

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Start with Week 1, Lesson 1 and work through the videos one at a time. 

Do this with a grown up and you can pause the video and have a go at answering the questions.

There are some worksheets you can print off and have a go at, but lots of us do not have a printer at home. 

How about practising fractions when you are having a snack?

You might cut up your snack into halves, quarters or thirds or you might even be able to see how many different ways you can make the same fraction!

 

We'd love to see some pictures of you cutting up your snack. You might even want to lable to fraction!Please send them to enquiries@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk and write in the subject line, 'FAO Year 2.'

 

From Year 2.

Friday 3rd April 2020

Good morning everyone. It's the last school day of the week! As you all know we ALWAYS have reading for pleasure just before reward time on a Friday, so we had to make sure you all got to enjoy our reading time together. If you can remember our song 'I'm reading. We're listening' you could teach your grown up what we sing just before a story!

 

You are the teacher!

Read your reading book to your favourite toy.

Quincy Questioner says 'Can you think of some questions to ask your toy about what you have read?'

You can write down the questions and help your toy to answer them.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good morning everyone! Today we have another topic challenge for you except this one is a Geography Quiz. For one of the questions you might like you remind yourselves by singing the continents song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE.

In The Rainforest

We have been learning about the Amazon Rainforest. This rainforest is in the continent of South America.

1.How many of the other 6 continents can you remember? If you can not remember them all someone in your house might be able to help you.

 

Different animals live in different parts of the Rainforest. We found about 4 of these places.

2.Can you remember the names of these areas? Here is one to get you started……The Forest Floor.

 3. Unscramble these letters to find the names of these rainforest animals.

respid kmyneo                             jrgaua                             abo ronscoictrt                              unctoa                             ratnaeret

 

Here are some pictures to help you, but they aren't in the correct order!

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good morning everyone! Hope you have enjoyed all of your daily challanges so far, we have loved seeing you photos so far. Today we have a phonics challange for you! 

Log onto PhonicsPlay (link below)

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Follow the instructions to log onto the site.

Click on Parents followed by Interactive Resources.

Start by playing the Flashcards Speed Trial activity. This helps your child automatically recognise single sounds progressing to 2 and 3 letter sounds.

The challenge is for your child to say the letter sound correctly as they flash up along the racing track.

Once completed the time to complete the challenge is displayed and you can either repeat the same activity or request different letters. 

The letters are referred to as graphemes. 

We would suggest starting at a lower phase and progressing once your child says all the sounds within the same phase correctly. 

Once a number of errors are made then this will indicate the phase to practise and improve on before moving to the next level.

Once you have practised all of the sounds then play Picnic On Pluto.  

This helps your child recognise the various letter sounds within words.  They need to say the sounds within the word shown and then blend the sounds (push them together) to read the word.  You can either choose the sounds that your child needs to practise following the first activity or choose to revise all sounds within the phase your child is working at.

It is important that you listen to your child as they complete these activities to make sure they are saying the sounds and reading the words correctly.

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Good morning Year 2 and grownups! Today we have a science activity as we all know how much you love this subject (and Mrs Applegarth). You are going to become an Amazing Animal Adventurer!

Your Challenge

Go on an animal adventure and see how many animals you can find.

In your garden, yard or when you are walking outside, find a place with grass, leaves, weeds, a large stone or log. Ask an adult to help lift it and look carefully around to see if you can spot any animals living there. You might carefully collect some to look at closely indoors (but remember to be kind and put them back!) Can you find out the animal names? You could draw a picture, write a poem or even make a model of your animal using playdough or empty cartons or boxes!

Congratulations! You are an amazing animal adventurer! 

 

We cannot wait to see your AMAZING models which we hope you can email to us. 

 

From Year 2.

Monday 30th March 2020.

 Good morning Year 2 and grownups. Here is where you will see all of the daily challenges we have set for the children!

 Todays challenge is a maths challange. 

Shapes

Look at the windows in your house.

What shape are they?

Rectangles, squares or even circles?

Go on a shape hunt around your house and see how many different shapes you can find, for example, circles in clocks, and so on. Explain to your grown up why the shape is what it is by talking about its features.  For example, triangles have 3 straight sides and 3 corners.  Shapes are everywhere.  Food tins and toilet rolls are cylinders; a photo frame can be a rectangle, square or circle!

BBC Bitesize have short video clips and activities that will help the children remember the shape names and their properties.

2D Shapes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjv39j6/articles/ztpwdmn

 

2D Shapes

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjv39j6/articles/zcsjqty

 

Here is an online shape pattern game to try. Make sure you describe the pattern to a grown up using the shaoe names correctly.  How many levels can you complete?

 https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns