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Home Challenges

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


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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: 



Cosmic Yoga:


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?

For example:

"I am very bored," sighed the little boy.

"I love my shiny new surf bored," exclaimed Annie. 

Correct  Incorrect









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: 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!


TalkYesterday 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:



TaskYesterday 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 

theretheir 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 smiley


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:


Read: Read a fiction or non-fiction book and, as you are reading, choose 5 interesting adjectives. List them as you find them and then put them into completely different sentences of your own. Can you add extra adjectives to make expanded noun phrases? E.g. the ginormous dinosaur could become the terrifyingly fierce, ginormous dinosaur. You could even add verbs and adverbs to make your sentences more exciting e.g. The terrifyingly fierce, ginormous dinosaur stomped loudly across the rocky mountain.  Read your super sentences out to someone at home!


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!


Friday 3rd July

Happy Friday and thank you all for your hard work this week, we hope you enjoyed your activities!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone smiley 


Here are your challenges for today:


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!


Talk: Look around your home and find 10 objects. Group them together and predict which is the heaviest object and which is the lightest. Discuss with someone at home what these words mean. Then pick two items and measure which is the heaviest by holding both items. Repeat with the other items too, and tell someone at home what you have found out e.g. a tin of beans is heavier than a plastic cup/a cushion is lighter than a stool etc.



Task: What is your favourite Disney movie? Write a film review telling your friends and family why you would recommend it. List the characters and describe where it takes place. Try to explain what it is about and what is good about the film…but not too many spoilers! (As it’s almost the weekend maybe you could take advantage of your role as film reviewer and watch a few movies to decide which one you like the best…get your popcorn at the ready!)



Thursday 2nd July

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Read a story book and choose a character to describe. How much can you find out about your character from the story? Can you tell what your character looks like from the illustrations or is there a description in the text? How does your character behave in the story? Can you explain why? Write a character profile in your neatest handwriting and draw a picture that matches your description. See how many super verbs, adjectives and similes you can include! Use the list below to help you.



Talk: Today impress your family with your times tables! Recite your 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards too. There are lots of times-tables songs on YouTube for you to look at if you want to practise first! (Ask a grown up to find these for you). Try the link below for a selection - you might just have to scroll through to find the ones you want!


Task: Yesterday you put on a puppet show using the Disney characters that you made. Today you are going to become a scriptwriter! Create a script or comic strip of your performance. If you filmed your puppet show you could watch it back and write a script to show what your characters were saying. If you didn’t film it, just imagine a conversation between two of your characters and write down what they might say to each other. You could draw a comic strip and use speech bubbles or write it in the format of a script – look at the checklist below:



Wednesday 1st July

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: 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.



Talk: We are enjoying our Disney adventure this week and on Monday you found out a bit about Walt Disney. He was very successful but worked extremely hard for his achievements, to fulfil his goals and dreams. He had to persevere despite many problems and obstacles along the way. Talk to someone at home about perseverance – what does it mean? How can you show perseverance in school? What are your goals and dreams and how can you achieve them?



Task: Yesterday you made some Disney puppet characters and started to think of ideas for a puppet show. Today you are going to put on a puppet show for your family – if you have any brothers and/or sisters get them involved too! Before you put on your show, you might like to create a back-drop for your characters to make your puppet show really come to life! Think of a setting from a Disney movie or create one of your own. Perhaps you could get someone at home to film your show so that you can show it to your friends and other family members too! Have lots of fun keeping your family entertained!




Tuesday 30th June


This week we are going to be focusing on homophones - words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. For example, the words weigh and way sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings. 

"Oh no! I think we have gone the wrong way," exclaimed Minnie.

"Do you know how much you weigh?" asked the Doctor.


We would like you to write sentences using the pairs of homophones below. Try to use the correct spelling of the word, in the correct context. Good Luck!

Pair 1: here and hear

Pair 2: wear and where

Pair 3: pear and pair

Pair 4: eight and ate

Pair 5: hour and our


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Today you are going to be a rhyme detective! Choose a book – it could be a book of poems – and see if you can find any words that rhyme. Make a list and then see if you can think of another word that rhymes with each set of words you have found e.g. moon – spoonballoon. If you are struggling to find any rhyming words, simply make a list of some interesting words from your book and then see if you can think of a rhyming word to go with each one. 

Perhaps you could make some rhyming sentences using the words you have found!


Talk: You have been thinking a lot about everyday materials and what they are used for. Today you are going to investigate how the shape of some objects can be changed depending on what materials they are made from. Have a look at the activity below and see if you can find any items on the list around your home (or you may find some other objects that aren’t on the list). Try squashing, bending, twisting and stretching each item - talk to someone at home about what you have found out. Which objects were the most or least changeable? Why do you think this is? What did you notice about the objects that don’t change shape? Can you find some other objects at home that cannot be squashed, bent, twisted or stretched? Happy investigating!



Task: Continuing with our Disney adventure…today you are going to try making puppets for your own Disney Production! Choose your favourite characters – they could even be from different films for a Disney-style mash-up! Get creative and make them using anything suitable that you have at home – have a look at the ideas below for some inspiration. As you are making your puppets start to think of some ideas for the puppet show you are going to put on for your family tomorrow!





Monday 29th June

Good morning everyone, thank you for all your hard work last week! We hope that you all had a lovely weekend with your families (despite the rainy weather)!


Here are your challenges for today:


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!


Talk: What is a vehicle? Talk to someone at home and make a list of all the different vehicles you can think of – how are they similar or different? What are they used for? This week begin collecting some junk materials that you can use to make your own wheeled vehicle over the next few weeks (for an extra challenge try to find something suitable that you could use for the wheels of your vehicle!)


Task: This week we are going on a Disney adventure!



What do you know about Walt Disney? What would you like to find out? Click on the link below to find out more about him:

Make a list of your favourite Disney characters and choose one that you would like to draw. Find some pictures of your favourite characters in books or online to help you; or have a look at this YouTube guide to drawing characters such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Simba, Mowgli and Winnie the Pooh:

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).


Friday 26th June


Good morning and happy Friday! We hope that you have all had a lovely week. Good luck with your spellings today and have a fabulous weekend!

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! 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! 


Thursday 25th June


Good morning - another hot day today! Take care and have fun in the sun. Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Today you are going to put together a 'brilliant bookshelf' for our school. Which books would you place on the brilliant bookshelf for other children to read and why? You could write a mini review of each book on the shelf explaining why other children may want to read it. Give the books a rating out of 5 stars and perhaps even an emoji to show how the book made you feel. Did it make you laugh, cry or smile?

 Are there any books that you haven't read yet that you would like to see on the shelf?


Talk: Who was Mary Anning and why is she still well known today? 

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? How is their job important? Would you like to go on a dinosaur dig?


Task: Today we would like you to get crafty and make a dinosaur skeleton. You could make this using straws, cotton buds or even white paper. Choose which dinosaur you would like to create the skeleton of and observe where each of the bones connect together. Can you re-create the skeleton to be just like the real thing? Below are some examples to give you some ideas!



Wednesday 24th June


Good morning everyone! We hope that you are all well. Here are your tasks for today, have a lovely day!


Read: As the weather is going to be very hot today, we would like you to take your favourite books and make a shady reading den in the garden! Enjoy reading stories new and old! Reading books again may seem different the second or even third time around. What new things did you notice? Did you still enjoy it? Have fun and don't forget to take water to your den! 


Talk: Now that you have looked at the properties of different materials, we would like you to put your knowledge into practice. Today we would like you to design and build a bridge using materials from around your home. The bridge needs to be strong enough to hold a cup of water. Once your bridge is built, test it out to check that it is strong enough! Was your bridge successful? What would you do the same/differently next time? 



Task: Discover the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum: 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:


Tuesday 23rd June

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Today you are going to become a story editor! Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home). As you read try and spot some sentences that you think you could improve by adding adjectives, similes or expanded noun phrases. Write them down as you go in your neatest handwriting!


Talk: You have been busy investigating materials over the last two weeks and today you are going to go on a materials scavenger hunt! Materials can be described by their properties. Try to find objects around your home that match the list of properties below. Talk to someone about what you have found and discuss any properties you are unsure of. What materials are your objects made from? Some of your objects may have more than one property. Perhaps you could create a table to record your findings as you go, listing each object, material and its properties. Happy hunting!



Task: Yesterday you did some research about dinosaurs – today your mission is to create a fact sheet or fact-file about your favourite dinosaur(s) (have a look at the examples below). Think about what they looked like, where they lived and what they ate – you might have some other amazing facts to add as well! Remember to use super sentence openers such as ‘Amazingly/Interestingly/Did you know…?’…and draw a diagram or picture too!



Monday 22nd June

Good morning everyone, we hope that you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed celebrating Father’s Day with your families!


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!


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Grab a story book and find somewhere comfortable to read and relax! As you come to the middle of your story imagine that a genie has landed and grants the main character three wishes. What do they wish for and why? Would their wishes have changed anything about the story? Have fun using your imagination!


Talk: Today you are going to travel back in time to find out all about dinosaurs! Before you do any research, talk to someone at home about dinosaurs – what do you already know about them? What would you like to find out? How many can you name?



Task: Now you are going to do some research! Look in books and online to find pictures, facts and information about dinosaurs. Click on the links below to get you started:


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!


Friday 19th June

Happy Friday!! It's spelling day again and this week the spellings contained unfamiliar vocab with super tricky spellings. Do you know the meaning of these words? Can you use them in a sentence of your own? Good luck - we are proud of you all! 


Read: Today we would like you to read a text that isn't from a book. This could be a recipe card, some packaging, a magazine or a leaflet like the one below. What text type is it? Is the tone formal or informal? What is the purpose of the text? Who is the text audience? What different features can you spot in the text?


Talk: Look at this picture: 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?



Task: Now that you have made your own board games, you will need a set of instructions so that everyone knows how to play your game. Think carefully about what needs to happen from start to finish with your game. Who will go first in the game? How will you decide who the winner is? Are there any important rules? 

Then you will be ready for some fun! 

A good set of instructions may include paragraphs with the following headings:


This helps to explain the theme of your game and gets people excited to play!


 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! 



Thursday 18th June

Good morning! Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Read any fiction book with little/no pictures. Today we are thinking about the setting of the story. As you read the text in your book, how does the author help you to build up a picture of what the setting is like? Use your detective skills to find clues about the setting of the story. When you think you have enough clues, draw a picture of what you think the setting would look like. Can you explain why you have chosen to illustrate it that way?


Talk: As this week's theme is toys, your challenge is to think about how toys have changed over time. Technology evolves quickly and many toys are different now to just 10/20 years ago, however others have remained the same or evolved over time. Why not ask your parents and grandparents what their favourite toy was as a child. How are toys different today? Make a toy timeline to show when your favourite home toys were made! 

                       Here is Miss Agacy's favourite toy from childhood: 

                This toy was first manufactured in 1967.

               Where would my toy fit on your timeline?  




Task: Today you are going to become a board game designer. Board games are a super way to have fun as a family. Using items from around the home, create your very own board game. You may want to cut out characters as game pieces, create your own dice or number spinner or make your own individual counters. You could put your own spin on a classic like Snakes and Ladders or make something completely new! Below are some classic board games to give you some ideas. Don't forget to make enough pieces for everyone in your family. Have fun!





Wednesday 17th June

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home). Can you think of an alternative title for the story you have read? Why did you choose this? Do you think it would encourage others to read the book? If your book had chapters see if you can think of some chapter headings too!


Talk: Today you have permission to talk all about…YOU! Tell someone at home all about yourself, including your likes and dislikes, favourite things, things that you are good at, your hopes and dreams, and what makes you special! Maybe you could tell your family what makes them special to you too!


Task: This week you have been thinking about your favourite toys. Imagine how you would feel if you lost one of your favourite toys – maybe this has already happened to you (if it has I do hope it was found again!) Click on the link below to listen to the story of Dogger by Shirley Hughes:

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:




Tuesday 16th June

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Read a non-fiction book (from Bug Club or home). As you read, make a list of some interesting words and the page numbers that you found them. Now see if you can create an index for your book putting the words into alphabetical order! Have a look at some books with indexes and the example below to help you:



Talk: Pick a number of the day and tell someone at home everything you know about that number – is it odd or even? Can you double and half it? What is 10 more and 10 less than this number? Can you include the number in an addition or subtraction number sentence? Howabout multiplying and dividing that number? Perhaps you could think of some real-life problems that include your number – see if someone at home can find the answers!


Task: Yesterday you described your favourite toy – today you are going to become a toy designer (what a cool job)! Have a go at designing your very own toy or game – before you start make a plan of your ideas. What does your toy/game do? How does it work? What materials will it be made from? When you have gathered your ideas draw your design and label it. *For an extra challenge you could write an explanation or set of instructions about how to use your toy or how it works. We would love to see your ideas!



Monday 15th June

Good morning everyone, we hope you are all doing well and that you enjoyed a lovely weekend with your families.


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


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Choose a story book to read (from Bug Club or Home). Before you read the book, make a list of as many words as you can think of instead of ‘said’ e.g. shouted, whispered, called, cried, yelled, grumbled (if you are stuck use the list below to help you!) As you read your story see if you can replace the word ‘said’ for some of your words! How did it change the story? Did the words you chose make sense as you read them? Did they make your story more interesting?



Talk: Last week you thought about objects that float and sink and the materials that they are made from; as well as the best materials to use for making a water-proof suit for some of your toys. Today you are going to use your toys again to investigate materials in more detail! Talk to someone about some of your toys and games at home and try to identify what materials they are made from, discussing any you are unsure of. Choose 3 of the materials that you have identified – can you think of any other things that could be made from these materials?


Task: Now choose your favourite toy and create a fact-file to describe it in lots of detail. Write down what it is made from (it might be made from more than one material), what it looks like, how long you have had it and why it is so special to you. You could also explain what it does or how to use it! Have a look at the example fact-file below to see how you could set out your information. Remember to draw and label your toy so we can see what it looks like – we can’t wait to see your favourite toys!



Friday 12th June

Good morning - can you believe it is Friday already? It's spelling day, good luck! Have a lovely weekend everyone, love Team Year 2! x


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 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:

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.


Thursday 11th June


Read: Not all books include exciting vocabulary, so your job today is to banish the boring words! For example, there are many more interesting and exciting words to be used than nice. We could say attractive, delightful or charming instead. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and hunt for some boring words in your books.  Using this online thesaurus: 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?


Talk: Yesterday we thought about the suit of a deep sea diver.

Today you are going to talk about what materials you could use at home to make a waterproof suit for one of your figures/teddies. Which materials do you think would be best?  Which materials wouldn't be very good for the job? Why not have a go at creating the outfit and testing which materials are the most waterproof? Here is an example of some of the materials that you may test, you may add different materials to the list!



Task: Today you are going to make a storyboard of your under the sea story!

You may want to use a storyboard template, 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!


Wednesday 10th June


Here are your challenges for today:

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? 


Talk: Today you are going to think about being a deep sea diver. What do deep sea divers wear? What materials are used to make a deep sea diver's wet suit and apparatus? Why do you think these materials are used? Perhaps you could research how the diving suit has changed over time. Do you think the suit is better now? Why?

Make a deep sea diver suit timeline - how many different changes over time can you find?



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!


Tuesday 9th June


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Read a non-fiction book (from Bug Club or home). As you are reading, or when you have finished, write down 5 interesting things that you have learned from the book or 5 tricky words that you are unsure of. Discuss these facts or tricky words with someone at home and tell them what you enjoyed about the book.


Talk: Yesterday you thought about how to stay safe around water. When we are swimming or playing in the water, sometimes we use floats, rubber rings and arm-bands to keep us afloat. Talk to someone at home about what materials these things are made from and how they help us to float. Have a look around your home and find 2 things that you think will float and two things that you think will sink. What materials are these objects made from? Why do you think they will float or sink? Ask a grown up to help you test if you are right!


Task: Yesterday you thought about an ‘under the sea’ setting for your writing activity at the end of the week. Today you are going to design and make the main character you are going to use for your writing! Your character could be a creature that lives under the sea, it could be a deep-sea diver…or even a mermaid! You can create your character in any way that you wish. Have a look at the examples below for some inspiration! *For an extra challenge, once you have created your character write some descriptive sentences to describe them using lots of interesting adjectives, similes and expanded noun phrases e.g. her scales shimmered and sparkled like diamonds/he swam as fast as lightning through the deep, blue sea.


Monday 8th June

Good morning everyone, we hope that you all had a lovely weekend with your families and that you’re ready for this week’s activities!


This week's spellings are words ending with the suffix -ful

1. joyful   2. graceful   3. hopeful   4.  delightful   5. thankful   

6. wasteful   7. remorseful   8. peaceful   9. powerful   10. colourful


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home) and write a book review to let everyone know what you think of it! Would you recommend it to a friend or would you try to put them off reading it?! Explain your reasons. You could design your own Book Review Sheet with different sections including a short recap of the plot, a description of the main character and a picture of your favourite part of the story. Perhaps you could give it a rating using stars! Remember to include the title and the author’s name too.


Talk: Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! And lots of us might have been for trips to beaches in the lovely weather we have had. Or we may be planning some trips during the summertime. Sometimes it’s fun to swim or splash in the sea but we must remember to stay safe around water too. Talk to someone at home about how we can keep ourselves safe. What should or shouldn’t we do? What signs can we look out for to keep ourselves safe? What kind of dangers are there that we need to be aware of? Maybe you could design a poster telling your friends and family about the importance of staying safe around water – and that can include not just the sea, but ponds, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools too!



Task: As we love the seaside so much, this week we are going to go exploring under the sea! Today you are going to imagine that you are a deep sea diver! What do you see? You might make an exciting discovery such as a shipwreck or buried treasure! Or you may spot a mermaid if you’re lucky! You could do some research to find out what sort of plants and creatures live in the sea – or you may have already done this as part of our topic about habitats. Draw a picture of what you can see and describe your ‘under the sea’ setting in lots of detail. Remember to include lots of adjectives, similes and expanded noun phrases!




Friday 5th June

Happy Friday! Good luck with your spellings today! The weeks are flying by.We hope that you have had a lovely week and have a great weekend!


Read: As today is spelling day, your challenge today is to read any books of your choice and be a word detective. How many words can you find with the suffix -ness? What is the root word? Can you find any NEW words with -ness that you could find the meaning of? For example vivaciousness 


Talk: Today you are going to play a number game like on the TV show Countdown! Here's a video which explains the steps that you need to follow: 

You will need pens, paper and home-made number cards (and a timer/clock if you'd like to add challenge!). This is a fantastic way of practising problem solving  whilst using multiplication, division, addition and subtraction


Task: Well done for the super comics that we have seen so far, they are amazing! Today we would like you to write a blurb to summarise what your comic is about. A blurb should be a few short sentences to describe the story. Have a look at some books that you have at home to give you some ideas about the structure of a blurb. Here is an example from the book My Cousin is a Time Traveller by David Solomons.


Thursday 4th June

Good morning everyone! Here are your challenges for today:

Read: Choose a fiction book that you have never read before. Read the first 5 pages and STOP. You are going to predict what will happen in the rest of the story based upon what you have read. Think carefully about what the setting is, what the characters are like that you have met so far, what clues about the plot you can find. There could be more than one possible ending to the story. Make a mind map of different options but don't forget to back your predictions up with evidence from the story. 


Talk: Thinking about your number bonds to 100. Can you balance the scales with the correct answer? Tip: work out the answer to the complete number sentence before filling in the missing numbers. Can you make any scale problems of your own? Perhaps you could use number bonds to 1000!



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. 


Wednesday 3rd June

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Choose a fiction or non-fiction book to read. Choose up to 10 words from your book and write them down on small squares of paper. Then write the meaning of each word on another 10 pieces. Shuffle them up and lay them out as shown in the picture below. Then play a memory game with someone at home – the aim is to match your words with their correct meanings!


Talk: You have been fantastic at practising your number bonds to 10 and 20 – now try reciting your number bonds to 100. Ask someone at home to shout out a multiple of 10 and tell them the number you would need to add to their number to make 100 e.g. 30 + 70 = 100. (Remember that number bonds to 100 are just the same as number bonds to 10 but because they are multiples of 10 you need to add a zero!) You could even write down all the multiples of 10 to 100 and pick them out of a ‘hat’ – maybe you could get points for each one you get correct!


Task: The next part of our superhero challenge is to plan a comic-book story to include your superhero and villain. Create a story planner (look at the example below to help you). Include sections for your story setting (describe where it will take place) and characters (will there be any other characters included in your story as well as the hero and villain? Perhaps your superhero will rescue another character from the evil forces of your villain!) Also think about the beginning, middle and ending of your story – what is the problem and how will it be solved? Use your planning sheet to gather together all of your fantastic ideas ready to begin writing your comic-book story tomorrow!




Tuesday 2nd June

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Choose a non-fiction book to read (from Bug Club or home). How many features of non-fiction can you find? Make a list or use post-it notes to label them as you read your book. Use the list below to help you:


Talk: Now talk to someone about the non-fiction book that you read. Can you explain the job of all the features that you found? What are they there for? How do we use them? Can you remember 5 interesting facts that you learned from the book?


Task: Continuing with our superhero theme – a superhero story wouldn’t be complete without a baddy! Today you are going to design a ‘villain’ for your story. Just as you did yesterday, design and draw your bad character in lots of detail with labels, including their costume and evil powers. Write a character description explaining why they are ‘villainous’ and describe what your superhero does to stop them in their tracks!


Monday 1st June

Good morning everyone and welcome back to your daily challenges! We hope you had a lovely half-term break and enjoyed yourselves in the sunshine. 

This week's spellings are adding the suffix -ness to words ending in -y

Spelling rule: We exchange the y for an i before adding -ness.

For example: Happy becomes happiness 

1. happiness

2. silliness

3. craziness

4. greediness

5. friendliness

6. emptiness

7. loneliness

8. heaviness

9. nastiness

10. ugliness


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home). When you get about half-way through the story, stop and make 3 predictions about what might happen at the end. Write them down and see how accurate you were at the end of the story!


Talk: Everybody loves a superhero! This week you are going to design your very own superhero character to include in a comic-book story by the end of the week. Talk to someone at home about your favourite superheroes or the superheroes that you know of. What are their super powers or special skills? What do they wear? How did they become a superhero in the first place? If you were a superhero what special powers or skills would you like to have? Talk about your ideas for the superhero you are going to design for your story.


Task: Now draw your own superhero in lots of detail – What colours will you use? Do they have a special logo or badge on their costume? Can you show their superpowers or skills in your picture? Label your picture and then write a detailed description of your superhero using similes (e.g. fiery eyes like lazers/fists as strong as steel) and expanded noun phrases (e.g. a shimmering, floaty, red cape/a magnificent, round, bullet-proof shield). We can’t wait to see your superheroes!


Friday 22nd May

Happy Friday! Another week over, we hope that it's been a good one. It has been so lovely to speak to you all this week and we hope that you all have a fabulous weekend! Love the Year 2 team x


Read: Today is spelling quiz day! Ask one of your family members to challenge you to spell our words of the week. How many can you remember?

Whilst you are reading a book of your choice today, can you spot any more words in your book with the same word ending -el. Make a list of all the -el words that you find. 


Talk: Darcie says that 4 pentagons would have more sides than 3 hexagons? Is she correct? Can you explain why? 

Think of your own shape statements and sort them into a true and false pile.

For example:

  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



Task: One of the ways the can keep our mind healthy is to make sure we get enough sleep each night. Dream catchers are traditionally hung above a bed to warn away bad dreams, encouraging good ones. Using materials from around your home, make a dream catcher for your bedroom. You may want to draw your design first before you start making. Will you include feathers, beads, patterns or colours? Here are some examples to help you:



Thursday 21st May

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:

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?




Wednesday 20th May

Good morning! It has been lovely to catch up with some of you on the phone this week. We are looking forward to catching up with the rest of you soon! 


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! 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. 


Tuesday 19th May

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:


Read: Read a non-fiction book (from Bug Club or home). Find some interesting words from your book and use them to make a word search! Then give your word search to someone at home to complete. Make sure you spell your words correctly and hide them well – they could be written horizontally, vertically or diagonally and backwards or forwards too! See the example below:


Talk: Play ‘What’s My Number?’ with someone at home. Take turns to think of a number and try to guess each other’s number by asking questions about the number using words such as greater than, less than, between, multiple, odd and even. For example, is the number greater than 10? Does it come between 1 and 100? Is it less than 80? Is it an odd number? Is the number a multiple of 5?

See who can guess the number with the fewest questions!


Task: We have been exploring Habitats of the World! Last week we looked at Ocean habitats, and today we are going to investigate Desert habitats. Have a look at the information below and do some research of your own. Can you draw a picture of a desert habitat and include any plants or animals that live there? Try to include any food sources or forms of shelter? Where might animals find water in a desert? Label your picture and think about how this habitat differs to the ocean habitats you looked at last week.

Have a look at the link below for more information:



Monday 18th May

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

1. camel

2. tunnel

3. squirrel

4. travel

5. trowel

6. towel

7. tinsel

8. funnel

9. carousel

10. mackerel


Here are your challenges for today:

Read: Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home) and, using speech bubbles, draw a conversation between two characters in the story. You can either use a conversation from the book or imagine another conversation that the characters might be having! You could then try writing out the conversation using speech marks too!

*For an extra challenge try putting the sentences below into speech marks using one of the different words for ‘said’ each time *


Talk: Talk to someone at home about the weather today. Go outside and look at the sky – is it clear or are there any clouds? Can you see the sun? How does it feel? Is there a light breeze or a strong wind? Or is it completely calm? Is it raining at all? Keep checking throughout the day – you could even record your findings on a weather chart (have a look at the example below). Why not give your family a weather report? You could present it like they do on the T.V! If you want an extra challenge keep recording the weather throughout the rest of the week to see how it changes.


Task: Think about some of the things you have been doing during your time at home with your family – have there been any special occasions, such as birthdays or anniversaries, in your family? We have had Easter and VE day celebrations too! Try designing the front page of a newspaper featuring some of the special times that you have enjoyed. Include exciting headlines, pictures and captions. Here are some examples of layouts you could try:



Friday 15th May

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:

 pencil, gerbil, fossil, 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:



Begin with o'clock times and then challenge yourselves to half past, quarter past and quarter to! 


Thursday 14th May

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!

*Maths Challenge*

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? 



Wednesday 13th May


Here are your challenges for today:

Read: Today you are going on a verb hunt! Read a book (from Bug Club or home) and do some investigating – can you list all the verbs that the author has used? Now try thinking of some of your own and put them into sentences.



Talk: Talk to someone at home about what you know about time – do you know how many minutes there are in an hour? How many hours are there in a day? How many minutes in quarter of an hour or half an hour? What number will the big hand point to if it is ten past the hour? Discuss all of the facts about time that you know!


Task: A habitat must have everything an animal needs to survive - we are going to explore some habitats of the world, beginning with Ocean habitats. Have a look at the information below. Now try researching some different plants and creatures that live in the ocean – how are these living things suited to living in water? What are their food sources? Why wouldn’t another animal, such as a bear, be suited to living in the ocean? You could make a fact-file for a creature that lives in the ocean – describe what it looks like, what it eats, why it lives there and any other interesting facts…don’t forget to draw a lovely picture too!

Have a look at:



Tuesday 12th May

Good morning everyone, we hope you enjoyed yesterday's challenges and well done for all of your hard work! 

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Do you have a favourite author? Try researching some facts and information about them and write an author biography. List some of the books that they have written and draw a picture of them. What kind of books do they write? How are their books the same or different to books by another author you have read? What do you like about their books?


Talk: Today you’re going to take a lovely trip down Memory Lane! I am sure that you have all made lots of new memories during your time at home with your families. Talk to someone at home about your favourite memories or even your earliest memories! Your memories could be about people, places or things that you’ve done – maybe you could look at some photos and get everyone in the family to share their memories too! If you’d like an extra challenge try making a memory box, jar or scrapbook filled with photographs and mementoes – here are some examples:



Task: Last week you had a go at creating some Aboriginal Animal Art from Australia! (Did you like my alliteration there?) Today we are travelling to Africa! Research some animals from Africa and choose one to include in a piece of African art. You can do this in any way you choose using whatever materials you have available. Here are some examples of different styles you could try:



For an extra challenge you could find out about the habitat of the animal you have chosen and think about how the animal is suited to that habitat!


*Maths Challenge*

Make your own set of fractions cards. Use these to play a game of pairs, snap or even hide them and create a fractions hunt! Can you spot any equivalent fractions?

For example 3/6 = 1/2        2/4 = 1/2       2/10 = 1/5



Monday 11th May

Good morning to you all, we hope you’ve all had a lovely bank holiday weekend and enjoyed any VE Day celebrations on Friday!

Here are your challenges for today:

This week's spellings are words ending -il

1. pencil

2. gerbil

3. fossil

4. nostril

5. pupil

6. stencil

7. tranquil

8. lentil

9. basil

10. April (extra point for remembering the capital letter!)


Read: Choose a favourite story (or read a book from Bug Club or home) and write a diary about a day in the life of one of the main characters, from their point of view. What happened that day? How did they feel? Why did they act in a certain way? What are they planning to do or say next?


Talk: We have started to think about directions such as forward, backward, left, right, clockwise and anticlockwise. Today talk to someone about compass directions: North, East, South and West. Look at the compass rose below and listen to this song on YouTube to help you remember them:

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?



Task: Now draw a map or plan of somewhere familiar – it could be your garden, a room in your house or the local park/playground. Use compass directions to get from one place to the other on your map e.g. on the picture below you would need to go west to get from the sink to the purple rug. If you were standing by the fish tank you would need to go east to get to the brown desk. Remember to mark the compass points on your map and include lots of features e.g. if you were drawing a park you could have a duck pond, café, entrance, tennis courts, swings, slide, roundabout etc.

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!



 *Maths Challenge*

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. 


Thursday 7th May

Read: Choose any non-fiction book from home or on BugClub. Make yourself a Non-Fiction Spinner like the one below. Can you answer the questions about your book? You could even add some more questions to the spinner. Don't forget if the questions are tricky, you can always go back to the text to find the answers. 


Talk: We can find out about the past by looking at primary sources such as letters or artefacts or secondary sources such as books and the internet. We can talk about what we find out and ask questions about what we can see. Have a look at the photographs from 1945 and talk about what you notice. What they are wearing? Are they dressed up? Are these colour photographs? What else can you see?





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!



*Maths Challenge*

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?




Wednesday 6th May

Good morning! It is super to see how many of you are completing our challenges this week. Keep up the hard work superstars!


Here are your new challenges for today:

Read: BugClub has been updated - Once the children have completed reading the books at the given level they will be able to auto progress onto the next level. This will only be available if the comprehension questions are answered with 80% accuracy or more. It is vitally important that, alongside fluency, your child understands the texts that they read before they are challenged further.

How many of Bug's questions can you answer?


Talk: On Friday 8th May it is Victory In Europe Day.

What is VE Day and why do we celebrate it? Can you place this day on a timeline? How many years ago was it? Are you surprised by this? You could make some VE Day decorations for your home, plan an afternoon tea menu, make your own paper spitfire planes or Union Jack Flags. We can't wait to see your decorations!

Free VE Day Resources:



Task: Shoebox Challenge! Extending our work around habitats. Where in the world could we find different types of habitat? Use an old shoe/cardboard box to create your own habitat. Use items from around your home to create a habitat for an animal of your choice. Think carefully about what you would find in that habitat and how the animals that live there are adapted to that environment.  Will you choose a rain forest, underwater, desert or a woodland habitat?

Here are some excellent examples:



*Maths Challenge*

Problem Solving Tip: always underline the important numbers or words in the problem before you begin to work out the answer!


- 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?





Tuesday 5th May

Good morning everyone, well done for taking part in yesterday’s challenges and for all your hard work!

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Describe the setting of the book that you are reading (or choose a different book from Bug Club or home). Try to make it as descriptive as possible using expanded noun phrases (e.g. the roaring, crashing waves) and similes (e.g. the moon shone as bright as a diamond) if you can. Use your imagination to add your own details and draw a picture of what you have described!


Talk: Today you have a musical challenge! Listen to a song or piece of music that you enjoy and talk to someone at home about the way it makes you feel. Why do you like the music? Discuss the rhythm, tempo, beat and any musical instruments you can hear. You could then listen to a song/piece of music that you dislike and talk about how this music differs to the music you enjoyed.


Task: Continuing with our Science topic Living things and their Habitats, have a go at researching some habitats that we are likely to see in Great Britain – a coastal habitat, a pond habitat and a woodland habitat. Choose two of these habitats and list the living things you might find there. How are these habitats similar or different? How are the creatures that live there suited to each habitat?

Have a look at BBC Bitesize for some information: (for pond habitat) (for coastal habitat) (for woodland habitat) 


*Maths Challenge*

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?




Monday 4th May

Good morning everyone! We hope you are all doing well and enjoyed your weekend. Are you all ready and raring for some new challenges this week? We’ll look forward to seeing what you have been up to!

This week's spellings are words ending -al

1. virtual

2. dispersal

3. musical

4. removal

5. special

6. natural

7. crystal

8. magical

9. mammal

10. royal


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Choose a fiction or non-fiction book (from Bug Club or home) and make a list of any new and unfamiliar words that you do not know the meaning of. Then use a dictionary to find out what they mean and write down the definition next to each word. If you don’t have a dictionary at home try (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!


Talk: 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).




Task: Continuing with our Animal Art topic, have a go at producing some Australian Aboriginal art! 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  and search for ‘aboriginal pointillism for kids’ on Google Images for ideas and inspiration.


*Maths Challenge*

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!




Friday 1st May

Happy Friday! 

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:


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?


*Maths Challenge*

Four Operation Friday!


Thursday 30th April

Good morning all - don't count the days, make the days count! 

Read: 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.


Talk: Miss Agacy went for a walk in her local area and took photographs of different plants and flowers. Can you identify any of them? Can you talk about the difference between a garden and wild plant?





Task: When we look closely at maps, we can identify different features. We decide whether these are Human or Physical features.

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.


*Maths Challenge*

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?


Wednesday 29th April

Good morning everyone, we hope you are all well and having lots of fun with your daily activities!


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Today you are going to be a noun detective! Choose a book (from Bug Club or home) and 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!)


Talk: Practise your mental maths with someone at home – try reciting your number bonds to 10 and 20 or doubles and halves. Maybe you could do a quick-fire round and time how quickly you can recall them! You could even write out the numbers on bits of paper and pull them out of a ‘hat’ - try reciting the number bond to 10 or 20 and doubling or halving each number for an extra challenge! Perhaps you could get a point for each one you get correct!


Task: 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!


*Maths Challenge*

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?



Tuesday 28th April

Good morning to you all, we hope you enjoyed yesterday’s activities - we are really proud of all the hard work you are doing!


Here are your challenges for today:


Spelling: Using the spellings of the week - make your own game of Race to the Stars

to help you practise these at home. 


Read: Read a fiction book (from Bug Club or home), or choose a favourite story. Last week you thought about question words - think of 5 questions that you would like to ask one of your characters. Now imagine how your character would answer the questions and write down their answers! Remember to use different question words (What? Why? When? Where? How? Who?)


Talk: 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!


Task: Now go on a habitat hunt! Make a list of the living things that you find, either in your garden, outside your home or when you are out for your daily walk - I'm sure you'll be able to spot lots of minibeasts if you look closely! You could have separate lists for animals and plants – and don’t forget about microhabitats! (These are small, specialised habitats within a larger habitat. For example, in your garden you may find minibeasts under a rock or caterpillars munching on fallen leaves!) You could draw and label your habitat or even do a tally of the different creatures you find – whichever way you choose to do it, have lots of fun!


*Maths Challenge*

Using spare change from around the house, make different amounts (you can adapt the amounts to suit the level of challenge). Once you have made the different amounts - can you exchange the coins to make the amounts in different ways? 

For example: 56p can be made using 50p + 5p + 1p

But it can also be made using 20p + 20p + 10p + 2p + 2p +2p

£3.17 can be made  using £2 + £1 + 10p + 5p + 2p

But it can also be made using £1 + £1 + 50p + 50p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 2p


Monday 27th April

Good morning everyone, we hope you all had a lovely weekend. Thank you for all your hard work last week, you are all doing brilliantly! We will now be adding some spellings each Monday for you to practise throughout the week.


This week's spellings are words ending -le: 

1. table

2. trouble

3. sample

4. double

5. example

6. cycle

7. circle

8. trickle

9. cradle

10. terrible 


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: A suffix is a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word which makes a new word. 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.


Talk: 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?


Task: 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    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?  


Tuesday 21st April

Good morning to you all and we hope you enjoyed yesterday's challenges - are you all remembering to stay fit and active too?

Here are your challenges for today: 


Read: 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!   


Talk: 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?


Task: Yesterday you began to think about animals that live in different parts of the world. 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.


Monday 20th April

Good morning everyone, we hope you all had a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: 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!


Talk: Think of 6 questions to ask someone at home – your challenge is to begin each question differently! (Who? What? Where? Why? When? How?) Try asking each question about something completely different - then get someone to ask you some questions too! Make your answers as detailed as possible.


Task: This half-term in our Art lessons we would be learning about Animal Art from around the world. (This will link into our Science topic about animals and their habitats too!) Can you find out which animals live in Africa, Asia and Antarctica? (Look online or in books). Choose a picture of an animal that you like from each of these continents and do some observational drawings. Look carefully as you draw and try to include everything that you see!


Friday 17th April

Good morning everyone! We hope you had a lovely day yesterday and enjoyed the challenges.

Write:Watch the video 'The Bridge' 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!


Wednesday 15th April

Good morning everyone, we hope you enjoyed yesterday’s activities! We are really enjoying hearing about what you have been up to at home – please keep sharing your wonderful work on Twitter!

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Choose a favourite story or read 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!       


Talk: 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!


Task: 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!


Tuesday 14th April

Good morning everyone, we hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend and enjoyed last week’s Easter challenges. We are back with the daily challenges this week to keep you busy – remember to keep fit and active too!

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: 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!


Talk: 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!


Task: 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. 

Happy Easter!    



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! 


Thursday 2nd April

Good morning everyone, we hope you are all safe and well. 

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Try creating a story-sack to go with a well-known or favourite story, using toys and items from home. If you can’t find all of the items you need, perhaps you could try drawing or making them!    


Talk: Now re-tell the story in your own words to someone at home using the items in your story-sack. See if you can think of some super sentence-openers and use expression for your story-telling voice!


Task: 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.


Wednesday 1st April

Good morning everyone – and Happy April Fool’s Day!


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Choose a non-fiction book to read from Bug Club (or from home) – write down 5 sentences that are true about your book and 5 sentences that are false. See if someone at home can work out which ones are false! 


Talk: Do you remember learning about the 7 continents in Geography? Tell someone at home about them – can you remember any facts about each continent? Which animals live there and why? Perhaps you could do some research online to refresh your memory!


Task: Can you sketch the view from a window at home? Use your observational skills and draw exactly what you see. Include lots of detail in your picture - what is the weather like? Maybe you can see some signs of spring outside!


Stay active and busy and enjoy your day!


Tuesday 31st March

Good morning everyone - we hope you are all keeping active and busy!

Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Choose a book (from Bug Club or home) - how many verbs and adjectives can you find? Make a list and see if you can put some of them into a cross-word or word search puzzle for someone at home to solve!


Talk: Recite your 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables to someone at home. Can you sing them? Try doing each one to a different tune counting forwards and backwards.


Task: Can you think of words that rhyme with some of the items you found on your scavenger hunt yesterday? List all of your rhyming word pairs and see if you can make them into a poem – the sillier the better!


Have fun with your challenges and enjoy your day!



Monday 30th March

Good morning, we hope you all had a lovely weekend and are keeping safe and well. Remember to wake and shake your body in the mornings! (Try Joe Wicks’ P.E workout, 5-a-day fitness or GoNoodle - all on YouTube).


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Make a poster to advertise your favourite book (or the book that you are reading). Make it bright and colourful, try different styles of writing and use exciting words to encourage others to want to read it too!


Talk: Your challenge today is to use kind words – can you tell your family why they are so special? Maybe you could use your words to offer help or pay someone a compliment! How many kind words can you think of?


Task: Try an A-Z scavenger hunt – can you find objects beginning with each letter of the alphabet around your home? Write them down as you go! If you can’t find something for every letter try thinking of an interesting noun to fill in the blanks! (Good luck with X, Y and Z!)


Happy hunting and have a lovely day!

Mrs Moore, Mrs Maddocks, Miss Agacy and Mr Crawford


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

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s challenges! Remember to keep fit and active at home too (try Joe Wicks’ P.E workout or 5-a-day fitness on YouTube)


Here are your challenges for today:


Read: Can you create a reading den? Maybe you could do this outside if it’s sunny or find somewhere cosy to snuggle up with your favourite book!


Talk: How many 3D shapes can you find at home or outdoors? Talk to someone about how you know what shapes they are – what are their properties?


Task: Try writing a diary to let us know what you have been up to this week – remember to include lots of verbs and adjectives to make your sentences really interesting!


We hope you enjoy these challenges and look forward to hearing what you have all been up to!

Mrs Moore, Mrs Maddocks, Miss Agacy and Mr Crawford


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!