Friday 15th May
Good morning Year 2. It’s Friday!
I hope you had a good day yesterday and enjoyed doing the tasks. I hope you came up with some very colourful owls. I loved seeing the ones you shared on the stream.
As it is Friday, there is a link to this week’s questionnaire in Google Classroom. Please complete it as it helps me structure lessons for the future as well as answering any questions or worries you have. Please ask your parents to complete the last section too. As last week, please let me know if you need moving up on TTRS. All responses will be read and I will reply to you. Remember to find my response:
1. Go to Classwork
2. Click on check in questionnaire (like you did in order to complete it)
3. Click on the questionnaire and your private reply should appear. Here you can make any further comments if necessary.
A reminder about reading books
Parents if your child has finished reading their school books and you are looking for some more you can sign up to Oxford Owl for free and there are a number of ebooks on there including some magic key stories. Once signed in, click on ebooks and oxford reading tree level and then choose the level your child is currently at.
Pickatale is also a good app that you can download. They are currently offering a 2 week free trial. This seems a good app as it will read the book to the children or they can read it themselves. If they are stuck on a word, they click it and it reads it to them. There is also a quiz at the end of most books so it is aiding their comprehension skills.
Also… For any of you wanting extra activities, Scholastic are offering free home learning activities related to the Julia Donaldson books. BBC iplayer also have the short films for some of the books in case you don’t have them.
Time to think:
Look around you and notice 5 things that make you smile.
Yesterday you found out more about nouns and adjectives. We are going to continue with this today. I have attached an activity below for you to print out and complete or you could copy it into your home learning book.
Alternatively, I have put it into Google Classroom for you to complete there as the editing can be done directly (I think!). If you open with Google Docs, the document should open up as a word document allowing you to edit it.
As it is Friday, it is number bond / times table day. Ask a grown up to test you on the ones you have been practising. If you need moving up on TTRS, please ask your parents to let me know on the questionnaire. If you are on number bonds, don’t forget you have the number bond resources to use to practise your new ones.
Please spend some time today practising your tables on TTRS. I’ll check tonight how many of you have been on!
Parents – I have attached the sheets I use at the end of the week to help assess whether children are ready to move up on their number bonds and times tables. As a rule, I have a time limit of about 5 - 10 minutes and allow 1 or 2 mistakes. Please find the relevant sheet for your child. If you can’t print them, then use the questions and please write them down.
As it’s Friday, it’s gardening / Forest School enrichment afternoon. This activity can be completed over the next couple of Friday afternoons. I would like you to make a bug hotel. I have added a link to a video and have attached some instructions on how to make it. You can share yours on the stream and let us know what animals you can see in your bug hotel.
Have a lovely weekend – enjoy your family time together.
Speak to you all on Monday
Thursday 14th May
Good morning Year 2. Did you enjoy the tasks yesterday? Hopefully you all managed to open up the story and overcame any technical issues!
Time to think: Today do something to care for the natural world.
Today I have set you some tasks on Mathletics linked to addition and subtraction calculations. Please complete these and check if you have any outstanding tasks. Some of you have some to catch up with.
Remember in Mathletics there is an ‘i’ button you can press which gives you further information.
Also please practise your number bonds / times tables ready for your test tomorrow.
Did you manage to find the meanings of the words from the story? We are going to continue learning about adjectives today and also look at nouns. You will need to understand what both these are before you do tomorrow’s task. I have added the links to BBC Bitesize below. There is a video to watch for each one and activities to complete.
I would like you to do some art today. Please follow the link to create a fun and colourful picture of an owl. You can decide the colours – there are no rules!
As always, you can share them on the stream or send them to me directly.
Have some fun too!
Wednesday 13th May
Morning everyone! Hope you all had a good day yesterday. Apologies if I didn’t make it clear with the maths – you should only complete one of the tasks. Not both. I have uploaded two options – one more challenging than the other.
We are having story time today! After 7 takes I have recorded myself reading you ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. The video is on the stream in Google Classroom. I hope you enjoy it.
Time to think: Like I did yesterday…. If at first you find something hard, keep trying your best!
We are going to continue with handwriting today. In your home learning pack you should find the sheet practising ole and obe joins. Please complete this using the handwriting paper.
We are going to continue with addition and subtraction strategies today. Like yesterday, I have added 2 levels for you to choose from. Sorry if I didn’t make it clear yesterday… I have added links to two maths activities but you only do ONE of them. The second one is more challenging than the first.
Silver activity: Adding and subtracting multiples of 10 onto 2 digit numbers. Please watch the video link from White Rose at Home page – Year 2 – week 4 - lesson 1 – adding and subtracting 10. We have looked at this before in class and have used the 100 square to help with our calculations.
Parents – please note the video demonstrates the column method. We don’t introduce this until Year 3 – please encourage your child to use the 100 square, counting back or number line method.
The activities to complete are on the second link to BBC Bitesize. There are 3 activities to complete – please follow the links on the BBC page.
Gold activity: Adding and subtracting multiples of 10 onto 3 digit numbers. Please watch the BBC Bitesize videos (parts a and b) using the link below and complete the 2 activities.
Parents – again please note we haven’t used the column method so your child may prefer the abacus method or number line.
Yesterday I introduced you to the book we are going to base our new literacy unit on. We are moving onto story writing for the next few weeks. We are also going to link some grammar activities to the story as well as writing our own part of it.
Today I have recorded myself reading you the story, ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. Please watch it so you have a good understanding of the book.
The characters who meet Plop all think dark is different things and they use different describing words. These are called adjectives. I have attached an activity – please read the sentences and find out the meanings and write them in the space below.
Speak to you all tomorrow
Love Mrs Morrison
Tuesday 12th May
Good morning Year 2. I hope you had a lovely day yesterday. I am writing this and the sun has just made a reappearance. Let’s hope it warms up again.
Thank you for completing the questionnaires – I had a few more throughout the day and you should have received your replies.
Time to think: Be grateful for the little things, even in difficult times.
As it is normally reading today, I would like you to read and discuss your book.
In literacy I would like you to complete a reading task today. I have attached the front cover of the book we are going to be starting in literacy, ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. Your task today is to infer what you think the book is going to be about. I have prepared a recording sheet for you to do this today to help guide your thinking.
I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s task and your number bond brains have been woken up! Today we are going to carry on with addition and subtraction strategies. I have attached 2 activities for you to choose from.
BBC Bitesize linked to addition and subtraction strategies. Please watch the video and complete activity 1. Activities 2 and 3 are there if you would like further challenges.
The second BBC Bitesize activity is more of a challenge and is linked to problem solving using addition and subtraction. Please use the methods we have practised in class to solve the problems. There is a warm up activity and then 2 activities to complete.
Today I would like you to think about caring for others. Please watch the You Tube video which tells the story of The Good Samaritan from the Bible. The message is the importance of looking after other people – no matter who they are. This is a very important message at the moment. I would like you to think about your neighbours. Draw a poster with ideas of what you could do to help them. Perhaps they are lonely and might like a picture or letter from you? Maybe they would like a wave on a Thursday?
As always, you are welcome to share these either on the stream, or directly to me.
Don’t forget to have some fun today too!
Speak to you all tomorrow
Love Mrs Morrison
Monday 11th May
Good morning Year 2!
I hope you had a lovely long weekend. We were very busy celebrating Mr Morrison’s BIG birthday.
Thank you for sharing your poetry with me. A couple of weeks ago, quite a few of you said you were worried about the poetry and had found it tricky at first. Having read your questionnaires this week, so many of you wrote that you really enjoyed writing it - well done everyone! I really enjoyed reading them. Just remember to start a new line for every line of poetry and you need to use a capital letter at the beginning of the line.
Thank you for responding to the questionnaire I sent out on Thursday. I have replied to all of them if I had received them by Friday evening. If you have replied, click on the questionnaire and you should see a private comment. Click on it and that is my reply – I hope you receive it. Completing this questionnaire is very useful as it helps me answer questions and queries, decide next steps in learning and provide support for you and your child.
Once again, please share Mrs Presswood’s email with your child – thank you.
Your check in on Google Classroom – What did you do at the weekend?
Time to think: Why are you happy today?
As today is spelling day, I have linked today’s tasks to these. Please ask a grown up or older sibling to test you on list 27 in the back of your yellow spelling book. Below are next week’s spellings – either stage 1 or 2.
Spelling List 28
Spellings list 28
Please write the spellings in sentences in your home learning book using correct sentence punctuation.
This week we are going to focus on addition and subtraction strategies. It has been a while since we looked at number bonds so today is a bit of revision. We are going to think about speed and accuracy. I have attached a game for you to play with a parent / sibling. You will need two dice or roll one twice.
On the sheet you have 25 numbers which you can make by either adding or subtracting the numbers on the dice. The aim of today’s activity to see how quickly you can mentally add and subtract. If I threw a 5 and a 2, I could cross off 7 by adding them or 3 by subtracting them.
I have attached another sheet with higher numbers. This is more of a challenge. This time you need 3 dice or roll the dice 3 times. You can decide whether to add, subtract or do a mixture of both to make your target number. For example If I throw a 6, 3 and a 5, I could make:
Can you see how you can make different totals?
If you would like to share your work on the stream or send it to me directly on classroom, you can do.
Today I would like you to do some computing work. I have attached a link to BBC Bitesize Dance Mat typing. Please start on level 1. There are 3 stages to have a go at.
Remember to practise your number bonds and times tables too. You all have accounts for Numbots and Times Table Rock Stars.
Don’t forget to read your book. I know some of you parents have found the book list useful and are using the Oxford Owl website.
Don’t forget to have some fun today too!
Speak to you all tomorrow
Love Mrs Morrison