Wk 16 Home Learning - Week Beginning 06.07.20

Note for parents:

Hello Mums and Dads, Mrs Young interrupting Mr Johnson here!

I just wanted to say that I can sense from your emails that many of your children are flagging a bit towards the end of term.  This is is not unusual, although their fatigue is not helped by the current national circumstances.  If your child is keen to complete the home learning tasks then keep on going as that is brilliant, however, if they are tiring then try to keep their reading going and then choose the activities they'd most benefit from or enjoy.  Please don't worry too much about them "getting too far behind", all the children will be in the same boat in September and will need to play catch up next term.  We'll get them sorted! 

This is the last blog for this term so Mr J has added some extra activities to see you until the end of term but don't feel you have to complete them all!  

Can I just take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you all for your support over this year, especially during such difficult circumstances over the last few months.  I've really appreciated your emails and I've especially loved to see your children's work.  Also give yourselves a big pat on the back for playing parent and teacher at home; I know it has not been easy for lots of you.  I hope you have a lovely summer and enjoy some fun with your children over the holidays.

Feel free to still email me will photos or queries (susan.young1@school360.co.uk), even if it’s just to let me know that you are all okay. Alternatively, give your child the responsibility - it’s a great way of encouraging them to write!


Now I'll hand you back over to Mr J (I hope he's not making you suffer his terrible jokes, Beech Class!!!)

Here are the downloadable/printable copies of the English, Maths and Topic activities (minus most of my waffle to help save your printer ink), just in case that makes it easier for you.

Good morning, Beech Class!

Updated 5th July

Hi all! Hope you are well. I'm afraid this will be the last blog I write before the summer holidays, so I've included a few extra ideas to keep you going until the 15th July (when the school bubbles are closing). I hope the blogs have been useful to help you on your home-learning journey.

Let’s get onto our Star of the Week! To be honest, we think you’ve all been Super Stars (your grown ups too) so choosing each week has been very difficult. This week, the Star of the Week for Beech Class is Jack Frater for  being so focussed with all his work tasks.  Particularly noteworthy is his model castle and stone sculpture.  Fantastic work Jack! Well done!

*Virtual clapping and cheering!*


I've included an extra reading activity, an extra writing activity and a couple of extra challenges in case you need them to keep you going over the next two weeks - please don't worry if you don't get through them all! There will also be activities left over in some of the packs if you need anything over the summer.

1a. Reading Activity One: 

For your reading activity this week, we’re going to look at some poetry, so you’ll need your Poetry Pack.

Have a look at the poems called ‘Catch a Little Rhyme’ and ‘Leap Like a Leopard’.

Can you spot any rhyming words in these poems? Do they appear in a pattern?

Choose the poem you like the best and have a go at answering the questions about it (you could either tell a grown up the answers or write them down). If you want to, you can answer the questions for the other poem as well.

1b. Reading Activity Two:

If you'd like to look at some more poetry, you’ll need your Poetry Pack again.

The next two poems are called ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Ice Lolly’.

Can you spot any rhyming words in these poems? Do they appear in a pattern?

Choose the poem you like the best and have a go at answering the questions about it (you could either tell a grown up the answers or write them down). If you want to, you can answer the questions for the other poem as well.

2. Grammar: 

This week, we’re going to be looking at apostrophes.

Apostrophes can have one of two jobs.

Job 1: Apostrophes can show Contraction

Contraction is when we shorten a word or group of words by missing some letters. We usually use an apostrophe to show the place of the missing letters.

For example, do not can be shortened to don’t

Here’s a video to help explain it.

BBC Bitesize - How to use apostrophes in contractions

Find the short text Heavy Baskets in your Grammar Pack. As you read it, see if you can see any words with apostrophes in them. What have these words been shortened from?

Now have a go at the sheet ‘I can use an apostrophe for contraction.’

Job 2: Apostrophes can show Possession

Possession means that something belongs to somebody or someone. We use apostrophes to show this.

For example, Mr Johnson’s car means the car that belongs to Mr Johnson. We add an apostrophe and an s to show this (‘s).

Find the short text called ‘Dad’s Invention’ in your Grammar Pack. How many apostrophes that show possession can you find?

Now have a go at the sheet ‘I can use the apostrophe for possession.’ There’s a second sheet if you’d like a bit more practice.

Note for parents: Children may not grasp this straight away and often add apostrophes whenever a word ends in s. Regular reminders are the best way to help them learn the rule. To help with this, there is another sheet at the back of the spelling pack that you can use at any time if you’d like to.

3. Handwriting:

I’d like you to complete Units 17 to 20 in your Handwriting Pack. 

Unit 17: Horizontal joins to s (ws) *New join

Unit 18: Diagonal joins from ‘s’ to ascender (sh) *New join

Unit 19: Diagonal joins from ‘s’, no ascender (si, su, se, sp, sm) *New join

Unit 20: Horizontal joins from ‘r’ to an anticlockwise letter (rs) *New join

As well as practising in your booklet, don’t forget there are lots of ways of other ways (some of them messy) to practise joining letters correctly.

There’s a handwriting guide in your pack if you need it. It has a reminder of the correct formation for letters as well as a breakdown of the joins taught in Year 2.

4. Spelling:

This week, we’re going to remind ourselves of:

The /or/ sound spelt with an ‘a’ before l or ll. (Main focus)

When an 'a' comes before 'l' or 'll', it often makes an /or/ sound. For example, wall, callalways, walk and talk.

The fifth page in your spelling pack (it is numbered as 47) asks you to try to sort out some muddled up words. See if you can do it.

These spelling rules are also in the activity but aren't the main focus:

Adding -ed to single-syllable words ending in one consonant with one vowel before it. (Double the consonant)

Adding -ing to single-syllable words ending in one consonant with one vowel before it. (Double the consonant)

Common exception words (otherwise known as red words).

You can also practise these spellings using Spell Blast

Spell Blast can be found on School360 > Resources > J2e > Spell Blast

You can find this word list by clicking ‘Have a practice’ and choosing the ‘Shared’ tab. The list is called ‘al, all and alk’.

5a. Writing Activity One:

One of the poems that you read earlier, Leap Like a Leopard, uses something called similes to describe how different animals move. A simile is when we compare one thing with another. For example, ‘She was as brave as a lion’ or ‘He ran like a cheetah’. Usually, we use the words ‘as___as’ or ‘like’ to compare.

Can you write a poem that uses similes? Think of what you’d like your poem to be about and then think about it’s features. Now try to compare those features to other things. You might have to rearrange your lines so they sound good. If you could make it rhyme, that would be amazing!

Here are some examples:

5b. Writing Activity Two:
You could also have a go at creating a shape poem. A shape poem is a poem that is shaped like the thing it describes. Here are some examples:
Extra Challenge
Last week was the last Akimbo and the Elephants activity. I hope you enjoy the next two Akimbo stories (if you haven't already). This week, I'm going to suggest a couple of ideas that you could use for any story that you've read (including the Akimbo ones, if you'd like to) at any time.
Idea 1: Low Tech TV 
You could use this to retell a story or make your own cartoon. Full instructions here.
Idea 2: Book Report in a Bag 
Choose a book, read it, decorate a bag with a scene from the book and place at least 5 items in the bag that represent something from the book. Paper bags work best!

Idea 3: T-Shirt Book Review/Report

You could use this to retell a story or make your own cartoon. Full instructions here.


This week, we’re looking at volume (or capacity) and then I'm going to set a Summer Challenge that you can start next week (but might take a little longer to master). The Summer Challenge will be about time!

First up, you’ll need the booklet which is labelled Measurement - Volume.

At this age, we can say that volume and capacity are the same thing.

Note for parents: This is not strictly true as there is a slight difference between the two, but don’t worry as KS1 children really don’t need to know this! 

Yet again, this is an area of maths where practical activities are far more beneficial than paper-based ones, so I’ve given 2 practical suggestions to go with the 3 activities in your maths pack. The paper-based activities could easily be completed as practical activities too, if you’d prefer!

1. Practical Maths 1 - Comparing

Gather up some jugs, containers, plastic cups and bottles and experiment in a water tray, basin, sink or bath. Try to use vocabulary such as fullemptyhalf fullmore thanless than and the same. Which container holds the most? Which holds the least? Can you put them in order?

Note for parents: Adding a small amount of food colouring can help children to see the amount of liquid more easily.

2. Compare Volume

We often talk about whether things are emptyhalf full or full.

We can compare volume by saying whether something has more thanless than or the same amount.

Here’s a video to show this (it uses rubbish rather than liquid):

BBC Bitesize - What is capacity?

There’s also a lesson from White Rose Maths to go with this sheet.

The video lesson can be found here: White Rose Maths

(You’ll need to click the + next to Summer Term Week 10 to see the correct video. It’s Lesson 3).

Have a go! (Apologies for the poor quality of photocopying on question 2 - you might have to draw your own question.)

3. Practical Maths 2 - Measuring

We can measure volume in millilitres (ml) or litres (l). 1 litre is the same as 1 thousand millilitres!

Note for parents: Children in year 2 don’t need to be able to convert between millilitres and litres, but they may be interested to know that 1000ml = 1 l, 500ml = ½ l etc. This isn’t essential at this age, though!

If you have a measuring jug (or anything with a scale) show your child how this can be used to measure volume. Scales can be difficult for children to read at first, so this may take some practice.

Note for parents: Adding a small amount of food colouring REALLY helps when trying to read a scale.

4. Millilitres

Here’s a lesson from White Rose Maths about measuring in millilitres.

The video lesson can be found here: White Rose Maths

(You’ll need to click the + next to Summer Term Week 10 to see the correct video. It’s Lesson 4).

Now have a go at the sheet. You could recreate the questions in real life, if you’d like.

5. Litres

When we have greater amounts of liquid, we would usually use litres instead of millilitres.

Here’s a lesson from White Rose Maths about measuring in litres.

The video lesson can be found here: White Rose Maths

(You’ll need to click the + next to Summer Term Week 11 to see the correct video. It’s Lesson 1).

Now have a go at the sheet called ‘Litres’.

Extra Challenge:

Keep your eyes peeled and see how many labels you can see with litres or millilitres written on them. Some might even say centilitres (cl)! Here are some to get you started:

Extra, Extra Challenge:

Another thing we can measure is temperature. If your grown up has a thermometer, you could ask them to show you how to use it. If it’s made of glass, you need to be very careful! There’s also a sheet in your pack called Measurement - Temperature if you’d to have a go at it and a lesson on White Rose Maths (Summer Term - Week 11, Lesson 2).

Summer Challenge - Telling the Time

Learning to tell the time can be quite tricky. In Year 2, we learn the number of minutes in an hour, the number of hours in a day and to tell the time to the nearest five minutes. We usually start with o’clock, half past and quarter past/to before moving onto 5 minute intervals, and we use analogue rather than digital clocks. However, it can take children quite a while to grasp so it’s best to practise on a regular basis.

My challenge is for you to learn to tell the time! This might take a few weeks, so don’t give up! I’ve included a Time Pack with sheets and White Rose Maths have some lessons to help (currently two lessons: o’clock and half past and quarter to and quarter past, but more will be added on 13th July).

There are a couple of different choices of topic this week - please take your pick (or do them all, if you’re feeling motivated).

Topic - Muscles and Exercise (with a little Virtual Sports Day)

Last week we looked at skeletons. Skeletons are very flexible but muscles are needed to move them.

Here’s a video about muscles:

BBC Bitesize - How do your muscles work?

There’s another video here is you want to find out more:

BBC Bitesize - Muscles needed for movement

Run, jump, hop, skip, pull, push...can you tell which muscles you are using?

If you’re feeling mightily adventurous, you could maybe have a go at making a model which shows how the muscles work in your arm! (Not for the faint-hearted!)

Build a working arm muscle

Now we know how our muscles help us move, let’s get using them! Have a go at some of the activities below and send your results to Mrs Young (you have to be honest)! You can also send pictures of you taking part in the activities if you'd like to. There’s a bit of a sock theme as I wasn’t sure what else you would all have at home...

Sock Putt: How far can you throw a pair of rolled up socks?

Crazy Frog: How far can you jump from a standing start?

Sock and Spoon: How quickly can you run 10 metres whilst balancing a rolled up pair of socks on a spoon? If you drop them, you have to start again! Eggs or potatoes are also allowed!

Jumping Jacks: How many jumping jacks can you do in one minute?

Socks Away: How many rolled up pairs of socks can you throw into a bucket in one minute from 2 metres away?

If you want to try a different activity, send Mrs Young a message to describe it and then tell her your best score (she might even try to beat it).

Topic - Natural Art (Andy Goldsworthy)

Last week we looked at L.S.Lowry. This week, let’s have a look at Andy Goldsworthy. Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who uses natural materials, such as stones, leaves and sticks, to create amazing works of art.

Do you think you could create some art using natural materials? Have a go!

A huge thank you to everyone sending messages, photographs and videos to let us know what you’re up to and that you're okay. Take care and don’t forget to keep busy, keep active, stay safe and have a lovely summer!

Mr J

Mrs Young interrupting Mr J here (again)!

First of all I'd like to say thank you to Mr J for planning such brilliant activities over the last few weeks whilst I've been looking after the Year 1s. (Lots of virtual clapping and cheering!)  I hope he hasn't been telling you his terrible jokes.

AND a big thank you Beech Class for being such a super bunch.  I've loved to read your emails and see photos of your work.  I'm so sorry we couldn't have finished the school year altogether in our classroom but I'm looking forward to seeing you all next term.  Have a safe and fun summer and very best of luck in Year 3.

Love from

Mrs Young