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Year 2

Thursday 28th January 2021          Welcome to the Year 2 Page.

For those of you who are at home,  please look daily at this class webpage and try to login to Google Classroom where work is uploaded. You have also received a pack of printed paper activities.  We will bring some more this week so try to complete each day’s work as if you were at school. You need to watch the video clips and lessons and look at any information before you complete each activity otherwise you might struggle to do it properly.

I am working with key worker children in school so I will be asking another staff member to ring families to check in that everything is going well for you.

Year 2 Learning during national lockdown

For each day that your child is at home self-isolating, they need to continue with their learning.

Phonics/spelling ( 20 – 30 minutes)

Reading ( 20 – 30 minutes)

Maths ( about 40 minutes)

English (writing/grammar/handwriting/spelling)


Listen to a story.

Please try to ensure that your child does this amount of learning every day. 

Phonics ( 20 – 30 minutes) Online lessons available – Letters & Sounds

Year 2 children have already completed their phonics screening but more practice really does help to improve spelling.

Year 2 Revision lessons (click).  Thursday 28th January – Choose Lesson 19

Reception Lessons (click) if your child is reading a book that is a red, yellow, blue or green book band.

Learning to blend lessons (click) if your child is reading a book that is a pink, red, yellow, blue or green book band.

More practice for spelling patterns and tricky words (click).   

Choose Year 2 patterns, wa

This week’s spellings are words starting wa and qua that have the /o/ sound: want, was, swallow, whatever, swan, swap, swamp, watch, wander, quantity, squash, wallet, wasp, quality, quarry, wash

Reading ( 20 – 30 minutes) Online books available – Oxford Owl

Go to the Oxford Owl website (click). The login for Oxford Owl is the class login: 2020y2 password: pink

Green – Group 6 – Beast Feasts
First read the front inside cover of the book. Practise reading these words: their, called, many, who, water There are also some topic words on the inside cover – the book explains what they mean.
Now read from page 20 to the end of the book. You will read about human food choices, remind yourself of the topic word meanings in the glossary and find answers to some questions on the last page.

Yellow – Silver Foil Rocket
First practise reading these words: for, cord, orbit, corner, silver, banner, winner, Kipper, sure, pure, oil, join, foil, coins, we, be, was, you, they, are

Today, most of you are going to be doing reading comprehension work instead of reading a book from Oxford Owls.

In your pack that we sent home you have a ‘Fairtrade’ reading comprehension.
Read the two pages of information then answer the questions on the question sheet.
Make sure you read each question carefully and check the text for the answers – don’t just try and remember the information.
You can  find out the meaning of any unfamiliar words by typing them into an online dictionary (click). Type the word into the white box and click the blue ‘Go’ button.

Maths ( about 40 minutes)

Thursday 28th January

In today’s lesson (click) you will be grouping and making equal groups. Watch the video and try to answer the questions, pause the video when you need to.

Complete the activity sheet in your pack.

There are also some times tables ‘2dos’ on Purple Mash if you log in there.
Choose the ways of practising that you find the most fun – it will really help you to learn some important number facts.

There is another game (click) that you can play to help you work on your division skills. Click on ‘play game’ then click on the division train. Only choose divide by 2, 5 & 10        You can also practise your times tables in this game.

Hit the Button (click) You can also carry on practising you division on hit the button.

There are also some times tables ‘2dos’ on Purple Mash if you want to log in there.

Choose the way of practising that you find most fun. That will help you really know your number facts.

English (writing/grammar/handwriting/spelling)   ( about 40 minutes)

Thursday 28th January – Lila and the Secret of Rain

All the signs in the story are that it is finally going to start raining.

Have a listen to the sound of a thunderstorm on You Tube (click).
Don’t listen to the whole thing because it lasts for 4 hours!

Then read the next pages of the story and answer the question on the activity sheet (there is a paper copy in your pack). Make sure you give a reason for what you think.
















Send me a photograph of your finished work (instructions for how to do this are in the help section of Google Classroom).


BBC Bitesize (click)  has online lessons with short videos and activities.

You can also play some fun games on the BBC Small Town Superheroes. Use the arrows on the map to get to different activities.

Topic/science  ( 30 – 60 minutes)

PE – dance

The children who are in school have a dance lesson this afternoon. Perhaps you could have a try with Oti’s Madagascar ‘Move It’ dance session (click).



Learning Challenge – A trek up Mount Kenya

If you haven’t already done this, I would like you to watch this video (click).
It is a film that shows people’s journey as they climb Mount Kenya – it is just like Lila would have to do in our story.
Have your exercise book and a pencil with you while you watch because I would like you to make a note of all the different natural things that you see while you are watching.

The film is about 8 minutes long and there is plenty to see. Try to use some describing words to explain what things looks like.
You might not know the names of some of the plants and animals but you can say what they look like.
You might see something that surprises you at the top of the mountain.

It is a You Tube video so if you have a smart TV you could watch it on there and it will look even better.

Send me a photograph (to Google Classroom) of the work you have done on this in your exercise book. Maybe you would also like to do a picture of part of the journey.


You can always find extra learning of your own choice by clicking these links:

Purple Mash login    &     BBC Bitesize

Listen to an online story or have someone at home read a story out loud.

 Give us a Story

Julia Donaldson stories on BBC iplayer


Also make time for art & craft and PE activities.

Joe Wicks kids workouts


Your child has logins for Purple Mash and Google Classroom

Please also look at our full list of educational websites on School Website.





We have introduced Storytime Phonics into Early Years and Key Stage 1 and we will be using it in Year 2 to support phonics teaching for those children that still need lots of support in their phonics learning. It will also be used to support all children to develop their use of phonics to spell accurately during their independent writing. The phonics fairy reads stories to the children; gives them action captions to help remember the sounds and shows them how to write each sound correctly.

Usually, your child would have been tested with the phonics screening test during the summer term in Year 1. This didn’t happen but assessment of phonics is an everyday part of teaching your child to become a fluent reader. We will be ensuring that all children have the opportunity to improve their understanding of phonics and we will carry out a phonics screening test within school before the end of the Autumn term.

There will be lots of opportunities for writing, both in English lessons and for our learning challenge. Year 2 children will be supported to become more independent in developing their own ideas and to be ambitious in their use of vocabulary. During this half term there is a focus on children writing more interesting sentences using different sentence openers and including adjectives to write expanded noun phrases. You can support your child at home by talking to them about what they have been learning about, and it is very important that they are helped to learn their weekly spellings.


The main focus for this half term is to understand where children are up to with their mathematical understanding. This would normally be the case at this time of year but is even more important because of the missed weeks of learning in Year 1.

Your child needs to develop a clear understanding of the value of numbers up to 100 with a secure understanding of place value and the difference between tens and ones.

We use lots of practical resources in our lessons so that children have a really clear concept of number. Children record their learning in many ways and it may be different from the formal methods that many adults are used to from their own school days. If your child needs to use counters at home to help them with homework, they can use simple household items such as buttons, straws or pieces of dry pasta. It is useful if you talk to your child about using numbers when you are shopping, cooking or looking at the time.

I will be sending out information to parents about the types of pictorial models that we use in school so that you will be able to support your child more effectively with any work that is sent home.


Mrs J Law (class teacher), Mrs L Begum (HLTA) & Ms A Holland (teaching assistant)
























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