We would love you to have a go at completing our daily home challenges. If you do, please feel free to tag the school on twitter to share your fantastic and efforts with the teachers - @gilmourinfants
Oak National Academy https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2#subjects
*New Home Learning Packs* available at https://tpet.co.uk/downloads/key-stage-one-ks1-easter-home-learning-activity-pack-2/
*Daily White Rose Maths* https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/
(Please click on link below for worksheets)
Phone Calls Home
Over the next few days, you will receive a phone call from your child's class teacher. The purpose of this phone call is to discuss school reports and end of term arrangements. Understandably, there has been queries about plans for transitioning to Gilmour Junior School in September. Below is a link to the Junior School webpage where you can find information regarding plans for children new to Year 3.
This information will be updated regularly.
Friday 17th July
* Goodbye and Good Luck *
Today is our last day of challenges; we hope that you have had as much fun as us! We cannot believe it is the end of term already and we are so proud of how well you have all adjusted in this unusual time. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the amazing work that you have been doing at home. We are so sad that we could not give you the send off that you all deserve, but we have been thinking about you all. We have missed each and every one of you and school hasn't been the same without all of your smiling faces! You are all amazing children and we so are proud of all that you have achieved, not only in Year 2, but through your time spent at Gilmour Infant School. Please continue to update us on what lovely things you get up to over the summer holidays, via Facebook and Twitter. Please feel free to contact school if you have any further queries or concerns and continue to check the school website and Parent App which will be updated throughout. Class of 2020, it has been a year we will never forget. We wish you all the love, luck and happiness for the future! Have a relaxing summer and take care of yourselves.
Lots of love from all the staff at Gilmour Infant School xxx
Active: This morning we would like you to choose an activity to get your body and mind working. Being active can help you to focus and boost your energy levels for the day! You may wish to complete some Cosmic Yoga, Zumba for kids, P.E with Joe or GoNoodle dancing. Here are some links to some of our favourites:
P.E with Joe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGdpXUKoWlQ
Cosmic Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIfCALKceOs
Talk: Now that you have six weeks before your new adventure begins. You may want to set yourself a summer goal. What would you like to achieve over the next six weeks? This could be anything from learning to ride a bike, improving your handwriting or growing vegetables in the garden to running a mile or learning a new dance. How will you achieve your goals? How will you know that you have been successful? Good luck!
Task: Today we would like you to create a leavers poem or song. You may want to include some of your favourite memories and things that you are looking forward to in the Juniors. Can you make your poem rhyme? Will you use the tune of another song? Will your poem be acrostic? Will your song have a chorus? We would love to see you performing the poems/songs that you have created! Don't forget to share them with us online!
Here's one for inspiration:
Thursday 16th July
Read: Today we would like you to read any book of your choice. You need to be a word detective and spot any homophones in your text. This is really tricky as you have to think carefully about each word and the possibility of a homophone pair.
Make a list of all of the homophones that you find in your book. Can you spot any different ones which haven't featured in our spelling lists over the past couple of weeks? Remember, homophones are words which sound the same, but are spelt differently and have different meanings.
You could then use these words to create sentences for a sorting game.
Ask an adult to write 2 sentences using the word, one in the correct context and one incorrect. Can you spot which is the correct one?
"I am very bored," sighed the little boy.
"I love my shiny new surf bored," exclaimed Annie.
Talk: As we approach the end of term and you are going to be moving on to your new school, we are sure that you will have plenty of questions to ask. Have a look at your new school website: https://www.gilmourjuniors.com/ Here you will be able to have a peek at what kind of things you might get up to next year. What do you like the look of? What would you like to know more about?
Task: Today we would like you to get creative. Romero Britto is a Brazilian-born artist who loves to create visual images of love, hope and happiness. His work is in the style of cubism/pop-art. How does his work make you feel? Why? Have a look at the examples of Romero's work below. Can you create your own picture in the style of Britto? Remember to use lots of bright colours and patterns. You may even want to include a picture of something you love, such as a pet, a favourite animal, a loved one or a favourite place.
Wednesday 15th July
Read: Read a favourite book to someone at home (it could be fiction or non-fiction), remembering to use lots of lovely story-telling expression in your voice! You could even get someone to film you as you read your story so that you can show your friends and family what a wonderful story-teller you are! Then create a book mark to use when you are reading your favourite books. You could even decorate it with your favourite book characters!
Talk: Yesterday you talked all about summertime, listing lots of words that remind you of summer. Today use some of those words to help you create a summery picture or collage! You could draw pictures of your summer words and cut them out or find pictures in leaflets or magazines. You might even add some summery leaves or petals that you find in your garden or while you’re out and about!
Here are some examples:
Task: Yesterday you listened to the story 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!' by Dr Seuss. If you had a chance, where in the world would you like to go to? Is there a place that you dream of going to? When people travel in the summertime, they often send a postcard describing where they are and what they are doing. Why not create a postcard to send to a friend or family member? Does your dream destination have any famous landmarks that you could draw? Or maybe you could sketch a beautiful landscape. Research your dream destination in books or online and create a postcard describing the things that you would do there if you ever have a chance to go! Alternatively you could send a postcard from home - draw a lovely picture of the area that you live in and describe what you have been doing at home with your family....Wish you were here!
Tuesday 14th July
Here are your challenges for today:
Read: Today you are going to grab a book and read for pleasure! If the weather is nice, try making a lovely summer den outside where you can read in the sunshine. Or if the weather is not so nice create a cosy den somewhere inside your home. Take a selection of your favourite books with you, relax and enjoy!
Talk: As the summer holidays are nearing, talk to someone at home all about summertime – what does summer make you think of? How many words can you list that are related to summer? Think about your favourite summer foods, activities, weather, nature and holidays - I’m sure you’ll be able to think of a long list of summery words! For an extra challenge try using some of your words to write an acrostic summer poem! Click on the links below which explain how to write an acrostic poem:
Look at the examples below for some ideas:
Task: As you are all about to begin your next chapter at junior school, you have been thinking about your dreams and goals, but also about perseverance, which is what you need to achieve them! Listen to the Dr Seuss story ‘Oh the Places you’ll Go!’ to remind you that, although it’s not always easy, you can all fulfil your dreams and ambitions if you put your minds to it!
Now create a sign post like the one below showing your goals for the next year. What would you like to achieve and what do you need to do to get there? Remember that trying something new is an achievement in itself! Is there something new you are looking forward to trying? Keep your signpost to remind you of your goals and dreams as you head off on your learning journey!
Monday 13th July
Good morning to you all and welcome to our last week of home challenges! We are so proud of you all and everything you have achieved - not just during your time with us at school but also over the last few months of learning under such unusual circumstances. Well done to all of you (and your families), you are absolute superstars!
Homophones week 3
your and you're
there, their and they're
new and knew
knight and night
which and witch
Here are your challenges for today:
Read: This week have a look at Bug Club and see which books you have left to read. Challenge yourself to see how many books you can read by the end of the week – and be sure to answer all of Bug’s questions as you finish reading each book!! (If you manage to complete all your books choose some of your favourite stories from home to read as well!)
Talk: You have been busy collecting junk materials for creating your own wheeled vehicle – now have a go at designing one! What kind of vehicle will you make? What will it be used for? Talk to someone at home about the parts of a vehicle that you need to include. You could even design a logo for your vehicle too – have a look online or while you're out and about for some well-known logos that you recognise!
Once you have designed your vehicle and have collected the materials you need to make it, you can start creating your own wheeled vehicle! Did you find anything that you could use as wheels? How will you attach them? If you have already created your vehicle now try decorating it and designing a logo to finish it off. We can't wait to see your finished designs and vehicles!
Task: Last week you shared lots of lovely memories and thought about your goals, achievements and things you are looking forward to in your new junior school. After your years with us at Gilmour Infants, we’re sure you know all there is to know about our school! Imagine if you were new to our school, what would you like to find out? Your mission today is to make a booklet or poster all about Gilmour Infants telling the newcomers to our school everything they need to know! Perhaps you could draw a map of the school and describe what happens at playtimes and lunch times. You could describe some of the trips you’ve been on or anything exciting that you have learnt. Share your experiences and draw lots of pictures. We’re sure that any new children to our school would be delighted to find out more about us from our Year 2 experts!
Friday 10th July
Thank you for all of your super work this week, we have loved hearing all about your memories and achievements! Have a great weekend with your families
Here are your challenges for today:
Read: Choose a non-fiction book to read but before you start reading think of 5 things you would like to find out from your book. Write them down as questions and when you have finished reading check if your questions have been answered. If not, how might you find the information you were hoping for?
Talk: If you had a chance to interview your new teacher what would you want to find out? Talk to someone at home about questions you would like to ask your new teacher. You might want to find out about what they enjoy doing, or you may want to ask questions about the new things you will be doing with them in school. If there is something you are worried about or looking forward to you could ask your teacher about those things too!
Task: Now write some of your questions down in a letter to your new teacher! You could also them all about yourself and the things that you are looking forward to in your new school. I am sure your teacher would love to hear from you – try to give as much information as you can. Describe your family and pets, what you have been up to during lock-down, any likes or dislikes and things that you are good at too. Don’t worry if you are unsure of your new teacher’s name – simply address it to ‘My new teacher’!
Have a look at the rules for writing a letter below to remind you:
Thursday 9th July
Here are your challenges for today:
Read: Read a non-fiction book (from Bug Club or home) and try making your own glossary. Remember that a glossary is an alphabetical list which explains the meanings of key words from the text. Choose some interesting words from your book and use a dictionary to find out what they mean. Why not illustrate your glossary too?
Talk: Last week you decided which objects were heaviest or lightest. Today, gather some small objects from around your home and use a set of weighing scales to measure how heavy they are in grams (g). Have a go at estimating how heavy each item is before weighing it and see how accurate you are. For an extra challenge you could work out the total mass of multiple items by adding their individual mass readings and then weighing them together to see if you are right! If you do not have any weighing scales at home try this online game instead (or you may choose to do both!):
You could record your measurements in a table like the one below:
Task: Yesterday you thought about all that you have achieved since starting school! Now as you think about moving on to your junior school, what do you think your new teacher would like to find out about you? I’m sure they would love to know all about your goals, dreams and achievements, as well as super facts like your favourite things, all about your family and how you enjoy spending your time. Have a go at creating a poster, booklet or collage all about yourself – we are sure there is lots to find out about you! You can do this in any way that you want to - have a look at some examples of how you could do this below:
Wednesday 8th July
Here are your challenges for today:
Read: Today you are going to read a story and make inferences from the book that you are reading. This means that you are going to hunt for clues in the text. These clues might help you to work out how someone is feeling, why somebody did something or why something is happening. Now think of some ‘why?’ and ‘how do you know?’ questions relating to your book e.g. Why did the giant clap his hands in delight? Sometimes you have to re-read the text to find clues about what is happening to help you answer the question. Or how do you know that the child was upset? Even if the text doesn’t tell you that the child is upset, you can infer this from the text if it says that the child was crying. Sometimes the answers aren’t just there but we have to become reading detectives to find them!
Talk: You have been thinking a lot about everyday materials and you even started collecting some junk materials to make your own wheeled vehicle. As you are collecting materials think about what each item is made from and whether or not it is recyclable – what is recycling? Why is it so important? Talk to someone at home about recycling and watch the video clip below. Discuss how recycling is important for the environment - how do you recycle at home?
Can you find the recycling symbol on some of the junk materials you have collected?
Task: This week you have been thinking about lovely memories of your time with us at Gilmour Infants – now think about all that you have achieved during your time here. You have all achieved so much! Make a list of your achievements and all the things that you can do now, is there anything that you are particularly proud of? Remember that every step on your learning journey is an achievement! Perhaps you could make an achievement tree like the picture below - write each of your achievements on a leaf and watch it bloom!
Tuesday 7th July
Here are your challenges for today:
Read: Today you are going to investigate punctuation! Read a story paying attention to all of the punctuation that you find (commas, full stops, exclamation marks, speech marks, question marks, apostrophes and inverted commas). Think about why the punctuation is there and what it is used for. How does it affect the way you read? Now try writing some sentences of your own including some of the punctuation you have found, checking that your sentences make sense!
Talk: Yesterday you shared some lovely memories of your time with us at Gilmour Infants. Now it’s nearing the end of term and you are getting ready to move on to your junior school, talk to someone at home about what you are looking forward to and perhaps share any worries you may have. It is completely normal to feel both excited and nervous or unsure when something is new and unfamiliar, and sharing how we feel can help us to understand our feelings.
Task: Now have a go at creating a poster like the one below showing some of the things you are looking forward to in the coming year. Think of the things you would like to do both in and outside of school, as well as some of your targets and goals. You could also include some new things that you haven’t yet tried but would like to have a go at!
Monday 6th July
Good morning everyone, we hope you are all well and had a great weekend!
Week 2 of homophones - here are your next 5 pairs of words:
1. right and write
2. blue and blew
3. would and wood
4. peace and piece
5. heard and herd
Here are your challenges for today:
Talk: We are so proud of you all and everything that you have achieved during your time with us at Gilmour Infants (we have also missed you very much over the past few months!) As the end of term is nearing, think about your time at Gilmour Infants and share some of your favourite memories with someone at home. Do you remember your first day at school? What did you enjoy playing with your friends? Did you go on a favourite school trip? What were the most interesting things you learnt? Perhaps you particularly enjoyed an after-school club or Christmas performance! Have fun sharing your memories!
Task: Now make a poster or booklet to show your favourite memories of your time with us at Gilmour Infants. You could create a story map to show your journey or you might even make a comic strip with you, your friends and teachers as the characters! You may want to draw and label your memories or describe them in lots of detail - it's entirely up to you. We would love you to share your wonderful memories with us too!
Read: Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home) and think of three questions that you would like to ask the main character. Now put yourself in your character’s shoes! Imagine you are the character and answer your own questions. Why do you think the character would have answered this way? Remember to begin questions with where, why, what, when, who and how to avoid just yes or no answers!
Choose a fiction or non-fiction book to read. As you are reading find all of the words with apostrophes. Write down each word and explain why there is an apostrophe there – discuss these with someone at home if you are unsure.
"Oh no! I think we have gone the wrong way," exclaimed Minnie.
"Do you know how much you weigh?" asked the Doctor.
eight and ate
Pair 5: hour and our
Read:Today you are going to be a story-teller! Choose a story to read to someone at home using your best story-telling voice. Remember to look out for punctuation as you go - how might your voice change if you are asking a question? Could you use different voices for each of the characters? I'm sure your families will be impressed!
You might want to draw more than one! (If you search on Google or YouTube there are lots of guides for drawing different characters – ask a grown up to help you with this).
Here are your spelling quiz words for today:
1. painless 2.pointless 3.motionless 4.meaningless 5. hopeless
6. reckless 7. wireless 8. weightless 9. flightless 10. countless
Read: As it is spelling day, we would like you to use your detective skills to find some of our suffix words in your books. How many words can you find containing the suffixes -less or -ness? Make a list of these words. Do you know the meaning of these words? Write some silly sentences containing as many -less and -ness words as you can.
Here is one to get you started:
The mouse was filled with braveness, as he tried to lift the elephant who he thought was weightless.
Talk: As the weather has been extremely hot this week, we have needed to find spaces to cool down. Today we would like you to talk about the materials that would be successful to provide shade on a sunny day. You may want to design a parasol, a den, a gazebo or something completely new. What properties does the material have which means that it would be able to provide shade? Would it need to be opaque/transparent, waterproof/not waterproof, light/dark, bendable/rigid?
Task: Today we would like you to make your own dinosaur fossils. Follow the steps on this video to make your own fossils using just salt, coffee, water and flour! https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/presenters-making-a-fossil If you do not have any dinosaur figures at home, get creative using cocktail sticks, cotton buds or natural materials make your impression. When your fossils are complete, we would like you to write a recount of how you made them.
Below is recount checklist, how many features can you include in your writing?
Well done for working so hard on this week's activities - you are all superstars!
If you could meet and speak to Mary Anning about her job collecting fossils, what would you ask her? Would you like to become a fossil hunter like Mary Anning? Why/why not?
What about becoming a paleontologist? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FjyKmpmQzc How is their job important? Would you like to go on a dinosaur dig?
Good morning everyone! We hope that you are all well. Here are your tasks for today, have a lovely day!
Task: Discover the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/galleries-and-museum-map/dinosaurs.html When you have had a good look around the page, we would like you to make a poster or a leaflet to encourage people to visit a dinosaur exhibition at the museum. You may want to let people know what kinds of exciting things they may see or things that people may learn about when they visit the museum. Don't forget to include details about the museum such as where it is, the price to attend and how to get there.
You may want to have a go at drawing a Tyrannosaurus Rex by following the steps on this video: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-to-draw-a-dinosaur.html
This week's spelling are words ending with the suffix -less
1. painless 2.pointless 3.motionless 4.meaningless 5. hopeless
6. reckless 7. wireless 8. weightless 9. flightless 10. countless
Today we would like you to take your spellings outdoors. Can you write the words using chalk? Can you create the words using stones or sticks from the garden? Can you splat your words using a water spray bottle? We can't wait to see your ideas!
Have you discovered anything about dinosaurs that you didn’t already know? Use bullet points to make a list of interesting facts and draw a picture of your favourite dinosaur!
https://www.pobble365.com/best-friends Talk about how this picture makes you feel. Sometimes pictures can make us feel more than one emotion. How do you think the little girl and the giraffe are feeling? Would you like to have a wild animal as a pet? If you could have any pet what would it be? Do you think that it is fair for wild animals to be kept as pets? Would you prefer to visit animals in the wild?
It is important that each player is aware of what they will need to play the game.
How to play
This can be referred back to if anyone forgets.
Who is the winner?
A paragraph to explain how the winner of the game will be decided.
Don't forget to include time adverbials in your instructions (First... Next... Then... After that... Finally..)
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Now create a ‘Lost Toy’ poster to help you find one of your favourite toys if it went missing. Include a clear picture of your toy, write the name of your toy and what type of toy it is, describe what it looks like and write your name so that you can be contacted if it is found! Here is an example of a layout you could use:
This week is a re-cap week,
The following 10 spellings are a combination of the last few spelling rules.
1.spiteful 2.boastful 3.wonderful 4.carousel 5.quarrel
6. shrivel 7. readiness 8.weariness 9. daffodil 10.tonsil
Read: Choose a fiction book to read with an adult. Ask your adult to write down 5 key events from the story on separate strips of paper. Can you sequence the key events from your story? Remember to go back to the story and check that they are in the correct order. For a further challenge, read a story and pick out the key events but add in some extras to check your understanding. Can you spot the impostors?
Talk: Plastic is causing devastation in our oceans. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be more plastic than sea creatures in our oceans. Watch this short story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPoIU5iiYQ and talk about how you think the sea creatures are feeling and why? Is there anything humans can do to stop the plastic pollution in the oceans? Why not make a poster to encourage people to stop polluting the oceans with plastic? You could include reasons why and tell people what they should do instead. Remember to use bright colours to make your poster eye-catching.
Task: Today you are going to pretend that you are a deep sea diver! Write a diary about your day exploring the oceans. You could begin your day with something ordinary, before you put on your diving equipment and explore the seas. What will you find? Will it be an amazing shipwreck or an underwater world of mermaids? Here is a story about a deep sea diver called Dougal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULjWgbz1nDw
Create your diary entry just like Dougal with the times of the day
e.g 8:05am I put on my shiny, black flippers and my tight, blue wet suit.
10:00am - I dived into the choppy, blue waters.
https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/nice?s=t type in the bland words that you have found and search for some synonyms. Why not have a go at re-writing some of the more boring sentences in your books using some exciting vocabulary?
Task: Today you are going to make a storyboard of your under the sea story!
You may want to use a storyboard template
https://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/myplacemyspace/promote-your-day-out/with-film/storyboard-template.shtml, or make your story into a book complete with a cover and blurb! Using this week's characters, the setting and the problem create your story and illustrate as you go. Remembering all of the features of a successful story is tricky, so here's a checklist of things that you could include to make your story super:
|Adjectives (describing words)|
|Expanded noun phrases (description e.g. the blue, tranquil ocean)|
|Punctuation (? ! " " , ...)|
|subordination (when, if, because)|
|co-ordination (and, or, but)|
Have fun, we are looking forward to reading your stories!
Spelling: It is important that we keep our tricky word spellings ongoing alongside our new spelling rule words. Below is a list of all of the Year 2 Common Exception Words. Why not make your own flashcards containing these words, get an adult to challenge you with the spellings, have your own game of splat the word or pin them up on a garden fence/wall and throw a ball to the correct word?
Task: Now that you have your setting and characters, you going to think about the plot. Use a dice from home or create a paper one of your own and add a potential story problem to each face of the dice. This could be a lost sea creature, a missing underwater pearl, a shipwreck discovery, an upset mermaid or even a creature stuck in a fishing net! Roll the dice and plan your story by incorporating your setting, your characters and the problem. How will your character help to solve the problem in the story? Think carefully about the beginning, middle and end. You may want to act out your story once you have made your plan. Creating story actions and performing aloud is a great way to remember a story before writing!
1. joyful 2. graceful 3. hopeful 4. delightful 5. thankful
6. wasteful 7. remorseful 8. peaceful 9. powerful 10. colourful
Task: Today you are going to start writing your superhero comic. Think carefully about your characters and how they fit into the comic strip. Remember to follow your comic plan from yesterday and use speech bubbles, bright colours and illustrations. Another feature of comics is onomatopoeia (creating a word that phonetically imitates, resembles, or suggests the sound that it describes) For example POW, WHOOSH, BANG, SCREECH! Try to include some of these in your comic.
Think of your own shape statements and sort them into a true and false pile.
True 6 cuboids (faces) > 2 spheres (faces)
6 heptagons have more sides than 3 pentagons
False 8 squares < 4 triangles
5 nonagons have less sides than 3 octogons
Read: When we read books, we often encounter new and interesting vocabulary. We can use clues in the text to help us understand what the word means. We may use strategies such as looking for clues in the pictures, looking at the word in the context of the sentence or trying alternative vocabulary in its place to check if it makes sense.
Read this extract of Shaun the Sheep: https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Primary-Extract-Shaun-The-Sheep.pdf
Can you find the following vocabulary in the text? What do you think these words mean? Can you use the strategies above to work out the meaning of the words? Can you put the words in to a sentence of your own?
exasperated bleats slurped sloshing jabbing curiosity fumbled bewildered snickering
Talk: Continuing with our theme of kindness this week. Today's talking task is to be as kind as you can to the people at home. What do you love the most about the people in your family? Think of many kind words as you can to describe your loved ones. You could say these words to them, write them in a letter or leave them notes around your home!
Task: Below is an explanation of how to fly a hot air balloon. The purpose of an explanation text is to explain to the reader how something works or why something happens.
A hot air balloon consists of a basket, four big gas tanks, a burner and the balloon or ‘envelope’. But how does it float up into the air?
First, the pilot puts four nylon poles into sockets on top of the basket. Then she puts the burner on top of the poles. Next, she connects the cables to the burner frame. The cables also go under the basket in order to hold everything together.
After this, she connects the hoses from the full gas tanks to the burner so that she can test it.
Next, two people hold the mouth of the balloon open while it is filled with cold air from the fan until it is quite fat and tight.
Now for the difficult bit. The pilot lies on the ground, half in the basket. She turns on the gas burner and points the flame into the ‘mouth’ of the balloon. This is so that the balloon slowly stands up.
When the pilot is ready to go, she heats up the air in the balloon a bit more. This results in the air in the balloon to be hot enough to get the balloon to rise off the ground.
Look at the picture below of an ice-cream machine. Write your own explanation about how the machine works. What do you need to put into the machine? What happens inside the machine? What is the end result? Can you include co-ordination (e.g. or / and / but) and some subordination (e.g. when / if / that / because) in your explanation?
Read: Today's challenge is reading aloud with expression! You could choose a pet to read to, a member of your family or an action figure/cuddly toy. Think carefully about what the characters in your book would sound like when they speak. Can you use an angry voice, a squeeky voice, a voice that trembles, a shouting voice or a whispering voice? Don't forget to take a breath at a full stop!
Talk: As you may know, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is important that children understand that it is normal to feel happy, sad, envious, angry or worried. It is how we deal with these emotions and how we can help others too! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-pshe/zfyskmn has some great child-friendly videos exploring different emotions. LEGO is a great way to express emotion through play!
Task: One of the most important factors in mental health is kindness. By choosing to pass on a random act of kindness you could cheer up somebody's day! This could be baking a cake for a neighbour, making a card for a friend, sending a message to family or simply giving someone a compliment! Encourage others to pass a random act of kindness to someone else.
Good morning! Just to let you know that we will be giving you a quick call this week to check how you are doing - so if you haven't had a call already you will receive one by the end of this week. Please be aware that there will be no caller ID when it rings. It was lovely to speak to those of you that we called yesterday!
Here are your challenges for today:
Good morning everyone, we hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. Well done for all of your wonderful work last week!
In the link above you will have access to the worksheets and answers for the White Rose Maths home learning tasks. There is a daily Maths video for the children to watch and then a worksheet to print out and complete based around the activity in the video. Answers are provided as well.
This week's spellings are words ending -el
Here are your challenges for today:
Happy Friday and our last day of challenges for this week. Have a lovely weekend, take care and keep smiling! We are missing you all lots! The Year 2 Team x
Read: It is important that we can make links, compare and contrast the texts that we read. Choose two books by the same author or with a similar storyline/setting and create a Venn diagram to show the similarities and differences between the two texts. For example we can compare the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs with The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszcka.
Talk: Using our spellings of the week:
nostril, pupil, stencil, tranquil, lentil, basil, April
say as many silly sentences as you can including those words. You could make rhyming sentences, make a silly poem or a short story containing those words.
Here's an example: Mr Tranquil had large, hairy nostrils and his skin was as old as a fossil. His favourite soup was lentil and basil and he loved to share it with his gerbil called April!
Task: Time Challenge! Make your own timetable of challenges to complete throughout the day. You could set the time on a real clock or draw/print your own clock faces.
For example: 8am - make breakfast, 9am - morning exercise, 10:30am - read a book, 11:30am - complete a daily challenge.
An online movable clock can be found here: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/90/itp-clock
Begin with o'clock times and then challenge yourselves to half past, quarter past and quarter to!
Write: Continuing our work around animals and their habitats, choose one of the animals that you have learnt about to become a character in your own story. Will you write about the rhino who got lost, the tiger who didn't want to go to bed or the giraffe that loved to sing? You may want to draw a story map to help you or write your story using a storyboard format and include illustrations. Don't forget to think carefully about the beginning, middle and end!
Talk: This week it was the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale. Who was Florence? Why was she so special? How did her work change the loves of others and continue to do so today? How did her work differ from the work of nurses today? Can you compare the life of Florence to the life of Edith Cavell?
Task: Investigation time! As humans we have the same basic needs, however all humans are different in some way from another. Does the tallest person in your family have the biggest feet or the largest head circumference? Does the shortest person in your family run the slowest? Can the person in your family with the largest hand span pick up the most LEGO blocks at once? Think of a question that you would like to answer and get investigating!
Today we are thinking about facts that we know to help us to answer questions containing larger numbers.
For example, we know that:
5 x 2 = 10 so 50 x 2 = 100
12 ÷ 2 = 6 so 120 ÷ 2 = 60
3 + 4 = 7 so 30 + 40 = 70
10 - 8 = 2 so 100 - 80 = 20
How many different examples can you think of?
Good morning everyone, we hope you enjoyed yesterday's challenges and well done for all of your hard work!
2/10 = 1/5
10. April (extra point for remembering the capital letter!)
You can also recite some mnemonics to help you: e.g.
Never Eat Shredded Wheat
Naughty Elephants Squirt Water
Can you think of any more?
If you happen to have a compass at home try this activity in real life - either in your home, garden or when you are out on a daily walk - have fun!
Mark says that if he places the mirror on the mirror line, he will see pattern A in the reflection - is he correct? Using a mirror at home, make your own reflective symmetry patterns. Don't forget to start from the mirror line and work your way outwards.
Task: Imagine it is 1945, you are a newspaper reporter and your job is to write a report about Victory in Europe Day. Organise your information into sections, you may want to include a picture, a heading, the date and writing in columns. Remember to use a formal tone when writing the report and try to keep your writing in one tense. You may want to tea stain your newspaper for an aged look!
During the war, food had to be rationed as there were shortages to the supplies. Shops did not have the stock for families to choose, so they were given a certain amount for their family each week.
You are in charge of ration food for a family of 5. Here is the amount of each food available. 10 potatoes, 25 slices of bread, 15 eggs, 150g of rice, 250ml milk and 350g cereal.
Can you share the food between the 5 people in the family ensuring that they all get the same amount for the week?
Free VE Day Resources:
- Holly has 5 coins which total 55p. She has only silver coins - what coins could she have?
- Ben has 35p in his money box. He has at least 2 copper coins and 2 silver coins. Which coins could be in Ben's money box?
-Ella bought an LOL surprise out of her birthday money. It cost £15.
She has £2.50. How much birthday money did she have to begin with?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/ztf4kqt (for pond habitat)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/zy38wmn (for coastal habitat) https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx882hv/articles/zc42xnb (for woodland habitat)
If I had the following coins, but I could only use 3 of them...
-What is the largest total I could make?
-What is the smallest total I could make?
https://www.wordsmyth.net/ (click on ‘beginner’s dictionary’ on the left-hand side). For an extra challenge you could even create a mini-dictionary of your own using words beginning with each letter of the alphabet!
Last week you started to use direction words on your daily walk – today use directions to guide someone at home from one place to another. Include forward, backward, left, right (or even quarter turn and half turn, clockwise and anti-clockwise for an extra challenge!) Then swap and see if you can follow their directions too! E.g. 4 steps forward, turn right, 2 steps forward, quarter turn anti-clockwise, forward 3 steps etc. You could even draw a maze outside using chalk and give directions from one end to the other!
(If you turn right you are turning clockwise, if you turn left you are turning anti-clockwise).
Simply draw the outline of an Australian animal and use a cotton bud (or even your little finger) to dot different coloured paints around the inside of the outline until it is filled. Here are some examples:
Have a look at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zhsb9j6 and search for ‘aboriginal pointillism for kids’ on Google Images for ideas and inspiration.
This week we are focusing on problem solving
'Problem of the Day KS1' is a super resource to practise your skills in small bursts every day!
Well done for all of your hard work this week, children and parents! We are very proud of you and hope you have a lovely weekend.
Miss Agacy, Mrs Maddocks, Mr Crawford and Mrs Moore
Today is P Y J A M A R A M A D A Y
Read: Do you remember this time last year when we got cosy, read our favourite stories in our pyjamas and drank hot chocolate? Well it's that time of year again! We would love to see what books you are reading for pleasure at home. Grab your favourite book, choose a cosy place at home and get reading!
We would love to see your super reading pictures @gilmourinfants on Twitter
Gilmour PA on Facebook
Find lots of fun PYJAMARAMA activities here: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/pyjamarama/
Talk: Yesterday was Colonel Tom Moore's 100th Birthday and he has raised £32million for the NHS. This is after a lifetime of other achievements, and he should be very proud! What things are you proud of? This could be anything from helping your family, tidying your room or learning to ride your bike.
Task: Make a 'Who Am I?' book character quiz for your family. Write a few clues about your favourite book characters - can your family guess who you are talking about?
Here's one to get you started:
I am lonely, but useful
I am as pale as snow
I find the goodness in sadness
My reflection can be seen in puddles
Who am I?
Four Operation Friday!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiVkDMLh81w Watch this short animation 'Something Fishy' Make your own storyboard to re-tell the story. You could even change the characters and add in some of your own ideas. Can you use expanded noun phrases? This is a sentence with an adjective that describes the noun e.g. The dark, denim jeans swam quickly towards the door.
Physical features are ones which are natural such as rivers or mountains.
Human features are those which have been influenced by humans such as bridges and buildings.
Can you identify any human or physical features on a map? You may want to use Google Earth to zoom in on different features on the map.
Lola and Max have £1 pocket money each. They go to the shop and both buy crisps for 50p and a banana for 35p. They are trying to work out how much change they will each get.
Who is correct? How do you know?
write a list of nouns that the author uses. Now write an adjective to go with each noun e.g:
apple – delicious
table – wooden
flower - beautiful
(Remember that a noun is word that is usually the name of something such as a person, place or thing!)
Have a go at designing your own board game (you could relate this to Living Things and their Habitats if you want an idea!) What are the rules? How do you play? Have a go at making your game and write a set of instructions to go with it. Play it with someone at home and see if they can follow your instructions! How could you have made your game even better? Is there anything you would change? Are your instructions clear and easy to follow? We hope you have fun!
Set up your own snack shop, then give each item a price and label it. Choose two items from your shop and add the amounts together using column addition to find the total.
Tip: Always start by adding the ones. If the total is more than 9, you will need to carry the tens over into the tens column. Once you have worked out the total, can you find out how much change you would get from £1? Using an empty number line, start with 100p (£1) and take your amount away by partitioning it into tens and ones.
How much do you have left?
to help you practise these at home.
Last week you began to think about animals and their habitats. Today talk to someone at home about the habitats that are local to you. This could include your garden, street or local park. Which living things might you find in these places? Remember that living things also include plants and trees!
This week's spellings are words ending -le:
Read a book (fiction or non-fiction) – can you find any words with suffixes? (e.g. –er,–tion,-ment-,-ing,-ly) Make a list and count how many you have found. Can you think of any other words ending in each type of suffix that you found? Have a go at putting some of your words into sentences.
While you are on a daily walk with your family can you describe the route you are taking? Include direction words such as turn left, turn right, continue straight ahead. Describe some of the places that you are passing on the way. Is there anything you have never noticed before?
Now draw a map of one of the routes you have taken on a daily walk – include any roads, green spaces and buildings. Did you pass the home of anyone you know? Label these things on your map! You could even write a set of directions including left and right turns. If you would like an extra challenge try drawing a map of your local area and working out directions between different locations on your map!
How many different ways can you partition the number 86 using a Part Whole model?
Friday 24th April
Guten morgen! - means good morning in German. How many different languages can you say good morning in?
Read: Contractions are short words made by putting two words together. Letters are missing in the contraction and replaced by an apostrophe for example
do + not = don't
can + not = can't
should + not = shouldn't
How many contraction words can you find in your book today? Make a list - can you tell which words have been put together to make a new word?
Talk: We love to keep up with our maths skills. Do you know how to count in 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s both forwards and backwards? Practise chanting at home. Once you are confident with this, why not challenge yourself to count in 6s?
Task: Think back to our super sculptures that we made in class. Can you use tin foil to make a super animal sculpture at home? Once your animal is complete, move your animal into different positions (running, swinging in trees, laying down etc) and sketch it onto paper.
Thursday 23rd April
Good morning! We hope you are all well. It has been lovely to see all of your challenge photos. We are very proud of you all for working so hard!
Read: Choose any book from home or from BugClub. Write a review about the book that you have read. How many stars would you give the book? Who would you recommend the book to and why? What was your favourite part? Who was your favourite character? Does the blurb capture the story well?
Talk: We can find out about recent history in many ways. We can find out how life has changed within living memory, by talking to parents, grandparents or great grandparents. Can you think of 5 questions that you would like to ask about their childhood? Perhaps you could ask about their favourite toys, their holidays or going to school. Why not write your questions in a letter?
Task: Practise your chronology skills by making a family timeline. Begin with the present day and work backwards in years. Can you place different members of your family on the timeline. Use your timeline to answer questions: How long had your parents been alive before you were born? How long had your grandparents been alive before your parents?
Wednesday 22nd April
E A R T H D A Y 2 0 2 0
Today is the 50th Earth Day. It is a special day where we think about things that we can do to take care of the planet that we live on.
Read: Find a book at home that contains an endangered animal. Can you find out how many of that animal are left in the world? Write a fact file about this animal including information about it's habitat, diet, appearance and amazing facts.
Talk: Talk about ways that we can help to look after planet earth. Think about the effects humans have on the planet. Could we do a better job at taking care? How could you convince others to take part in looking after our planet?
Task: Make an Earth Day mobile. Begin by making a picture/model of planet earth (You could use collage, paint or chalks).Write some of your ideas about looking after the planet on card, and using string, hang them from your earth design to make a mobile.
Can you label the different continents and oceans?
Think of a well known story, or read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home). Re-write the story in the form of a comic book using speech bubbles, captions and pictures. Make it bright and colourful, then read it to someone at home using lovely expression!
This term in Science we would be learning all about Animals and their Habitats. Can you discuss habitats with someone at home – what do you already know about animals and habitats? What would you like to find out?
Now think about what you wanted to find out about habitats and do some more research (using books or the internet) – can you list some habitats and find out which animals live there and why? Maybe you could record your information in a fact-file and draw some pictures too.
Read a non-fiction book (from Bug Club or home). Try designing and making an information poster to tell someone about what you have read – include pictures, captions, diagrams and lots of interesting facts! Think carefully about which information from your book should be included on your poster – only the most important or interesting facts!
Friday 17th April
Good morning everyone! We hope you had a lovely day yesterday and enjoyed the challenges.
Write:Watch the video 'The Bridge' https://www.literacyshed.com/the-thinking-shed.html What do you think the characters are saying to each other? Write the speech between the characters using speech marks. Don't forget to use different words for said - how many can you think of?
Talk: We have been thinking about different things we can do to stay healthy. We know that it is important to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Talk about other ways in which you can keep both your mind and body healthy.
Task: In Science, we have been looking at life cycles of different animals. We know that some animals are preditors and they hunt for prey. Make a food chain using at least 4 different plants and animals. For example seaweed > small fish > seal > shark Can you find out what the words producer and consumer mean?
Thursday 16th April
Good morning everyone! We hope that you are well and have been enjoying the glorious sunshine. We are missing you all lots!
Read: Rainbow Reading Challenge - Find and read seven books with covers to represent each colour of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Could you design a new front cover for your favourite book using one of the colours of the rainbow?
Talk: We can add detail to our descriptions by using similes. We use like or as to add detail. For example: Her eyes sparkled like the brightest star in the night sky. Her stare was as cold as a crisp winter morning. Can you use a simile to describe a character in your story? Or perhaps people in your family?
Task: As the weather has been lovely the week , we need to think about staying safe in the sun. Can you make an information booklet to inform people about the best ways to stay safe? Don't forget to organise your writing into paragraphs with subheadings.
We can't wait to see them!
ead a fiction book (from Bug Club or home). Can you predict what might happen in a sequel to the story – what could happen next? Write a blurb or describe what will happen to the main characters. Try to make it as exciting as possible!
Spring is a great time to think about all of the things that we are grateful for. At this challenging time, when we aren’t able to do all the things that we usually do, it can make us appreciate these things all the more! Talk to someone at home about the people, places and things that you are grateful for and why - we’re sure you’ll be able to think of lots!
We all know how much you love our Magic Garden in school – why not have a go at designing your own magic garden! What shape would it be? What kind of plants, flowers and trees would you put in it? Would you include any statues or sculptures? Are there any signs of spring? Draw your design and decorate it with whatever you have available – make it as bright and cheerful as possible!
Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home) and make a story map to show the sequence of the story and characters' actions – use your story map to re-tell the story to someone at home in your best story-telling voice!
How many clocks can you find at home? Try telling the time to someone at home throughout the day – in the morning, afternoon and evening. Can you think of any real-life problems involving time? Have a go at trying to solve them using a watch or clock to help you!
How did you spend your Easter weekend? Think about what you did and write your news in any way you wish – maybe you could write it in a letter to your teacher, as a diary or newspaper article. You can be as creative as you like, and try to include as much detail as possible!
Today's challenge is:
Thursday 9th April
This will be the last Easter challenge for this week. We will be back with the daily challenges on Tuesday 14th April. Today's activity involves all the family. We hope you have lots of fun!
Task: Today we challenge you to create your very own Easter Egg Hunt. Make a variety of paper Easter eggs and hide them around your house, upstairs, downstairs or in the garden/yard. Write some clues for your family to follow that will help them to find all the paper eggs you have hidden.
Maybe you could draw a special Easter certificate for the person who finds all the paper Eggs.
Have fun together completing your very own Easter Egg Hunt!
We would like to wish all our families a very happy Easter. We hope the Easter Bunny brings lots of chocolate for you all to enjoy. Keep safe and we will be back on Tuesday with lots more challenges for you all to enjoy.
Today's challenge is:
Wednesday 8th April
It was lovely to see all your unique Easter Bonnets yesterday, they were amazing. We hope you all had lots of fun making them.
Task: Today we challenge you to design, make and decorate a variety of paper Easter eggs. Maybe use the eggs to decorate your windows for people to spot on their daily walk. If you are out on your daily walk see if you can spot any egg designs in your neighbours windows.
Have fun, drawing, colouring, cutting, gluing and sticking!
Today's challenge is:
Tuesday 7th April
Well done to all the families who designed their own Easter baskets. We hope you had lots of fun. It seems the Easter Bunny is going to be very busy filling them at the weekend.
Task: Today we challenge you to make an Easter Bonnet. Can you turn an old hat, cap or empty box into a unique Easter Bonnet? Don't forget to decorate them and make them bright and colourful.
We look forward to seeing your completed creations.
Today's challenge is:
Monday 6th April
Good Morning to you all. Although this week is officially the Easter Holidays we thought it would be nice to set a daily creative challenge for you all to enjoy. Remember to have fun and stay active each day. We also recommend logging on to Bug Club each day to read the books that your teacher has allocated you.
Task: Today make your very own Easter Basket to leave out for the Easter Bunny. You could use boxes and tubs that are ready to be recycled! Cut, bend, glue, paint and draw to assemble and decorate your Easter basket.
Don't forget to post your completed creations on twitter or Facebook for your teachers to see.
Have fun being creative and getting messy.
Friday 3rd April
We are loving all of the tags on twitter! We are missing teaching you all very much, so it is lovely to see what you have been up to!
Read: Read a set of instructions. This could be a recipe, game instructions or how to build a model. Can you follow the instructions? Can you make your own set instructions for your favourite game or making your favourite food?
Talk: Who was Edith Cavell? Can you find out any information about this special lady? Why was she so important? How does her life compare to ours today? Can you make a timeline to show how long ago Edith Cavell lived?
Task: Make a 'Things to Look Forward to' jar. Using strips of paper and an empty jar, write down some things that you would like to do with your family when we are able to! This could be a day at the park, a trip to the cinema or a visit to see family. Fold up the paper and keep them ready in the jar!
Today’s challenge is to use your measuring skills! Grab a ruler or tape measure and find some small objects around the house. Measure how long they are and write down your measurements – which object was the longest? Which was the shortest? If you don’t have a ruler or tape measure, try estimating the length of each object, or ordering them from biggest to smallest.
Friday 27th March
Good morning, we hope you had a lovely day yesterday! What lovely weather we have had. We hope that you managed to get out into the garden and enjoy the sun!
Read: Read your favourite story book, thinking about the beginning, middle and end. Can you write an alternative ending to the story? You could draw a story map to help you!
Talk: How many birds can see in your garden? Can you find out any information about the birds? You could even make a tally chart to record how many birds you see!
Task: Teamwork time! Make a picture that everyone in your house has contributed to. This could be a picture of your family or a collage of your favourite things.
Thursday 26th March
Wednesday 25th March
Today's challenge is:
Read: Choose a fiction book (from home or Bug Club) and write a letter to one of the characters - try to include at least one question that you would like to ask them!
Talk: Find an interesting picture or look out of a window and describe what you see to someone in your family using as many adjectives as you can.
Task: Design a healthy meal to make with your family - your challenge is to include something from each of the food groups!