Monday’s learning (1st February 2021)

Good morning Year 2. I cannot believe it is the 1st of February! For today’s lerning, we have got phonics, Maths, English and History.


We are looking at the /ow/ phoneme today. Did you know there is more than one grapheme that can make the /ow/ sound? I wonder if you can think which grapheme can also make the /ow/ sound? Mr Thorne has got some examples to help you before working on our phoneme spotter for today.


There is a shorter video today as the lesson is a recap lesson from what you may already know or have learnt in year 1. We sometimes need to recap our learning before we can move on (as it would have been a long time since you would have learnt this). We are looking at making equal groups. We need to know what the word ‘equal’ means and why it is helpful when we are counting to have equal groups.


In English today, you are going to be reading all about a very famous British castle – Warwick Castle. There’s so much history within Warwick castle and it’s grounds. It’s a fantastic place to visit (when we are allowed). There are some questions to answer after reading it. Make sure you do read this text as you will be using it on Tuesday as well for your task.


We are preparing a Castle menu for the King and Queen of the Castle. Kings and Queens wouldn’t have eaten the chocolate, ice cream and crisps that we have today. They would have had meat (pork, peacock, pheasant…), fish, cheese, bread and some vegetables. They certainly wouldn’t have eaten using knife and fork either. It would have had to have been food they could eat with their hands. Think about meals we could eat with our hands – do you think Kings and Queens had that type of food back then?

Here is an example of a menu for a Medieval banquet (meal):

There are 6 courses – Kings and Queens would sit down at 11am and would sometimes be there for 4 hours eating all of this amazing food prepared for them.

Course 1 – A stag, a chicken and veal. 3 types of meat to choose from for their first meal.

Course 2 – 2 huge meat pies filled with 7 different types of meat.

Course 3 – Deer, pig, sturgeon, goat, goslings, chickens and herons to choose from all cooked in different ways…

You will start to realise that the Kings, Queens, Lords and Ladies really enjoyed meat.

Your job is to create a 3 course meal (Starter, Main and Dessert) for a King and Queen. Remember to include:

  • Lots of meat in each course (maybe not in dessert though).
  • A choice of meats for each course (Kings and Queens wouldn’t have liked to be told what they should eat – they would like a choice).
  • Their food would always have a rich, fruity sauce to go with it.

Share your menu with us on seesaw so we can see what your Kings and Queens will be feasting on.

You might want to choose a course that you and an adult could have a go at cooking together? Maybe your dessert could be a fruit salad or your main course could be a pie? That will be our extra challenge on Friday afternoon for you have a go at cooking (if adults are available to supervise and of course have the ingredients for you…?)

Here’s King Arthur to explain a little bit more:

Friday’s learning (29th January 2021)

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You’ve done brilliantly this week Year 2. 1 more day to go until the weekend. Today, we are doing spelling, Maths and English.


There are 3 tasks today for spelling. They will all be explained on our zoom’; however, we are still looking at gn and kn making the /n/ sound in words. We would like you spot the gn and kn words, then write the correct grapheme (either gn or kn) to complete the words on task 2 and 3.


You have practise yesterday with finding the difference. This will help you with finding change. When you go shopping and you buy something that is £4 and you pay with a £5 note, you will get change. Watch this video to help you with the task.


Your English task today is all about one picture.

You have some questions to consider, some sentences to punctuate and some writing to complete. I have modelled some writing for you to help with your writing task.

Here are some people and size adjectives that might help you with your writing. You can also use the words we came up with together on zoom this morning.

Remember, if you don’t know what these words mean or you’re not sure, you can: ask an adult; look them up in a dictionary; ask your smart speaker; OR use the clues in the word to help work out what it means. For example, the word ‘minuscule’ when it is read sounds like the word ‘mini’. Would minuscule mean big or small?

Thursday’s learning (28th January 2021)

It is spelling, Maths, English and Science today. There is a teaching video for Maths and for Science for you to watch to help with your tasks.


We are looking at the ‘gn’ spelling pattern today. As well ‘kn’ making the /n/ sound, ‘gn’ also makes the /n/ sound. Read the words and decide which one is spelt correct and then choose the correct word to complete the sentences for the second part of the task.


We are looking at finding the difference between amounts of money today. There is a 10 minute video for you to watch to help you understand today’s learning but we will also discuss this on our zoom call as well.


In English it is another task with some more common exception words. It’s look, cover, write, check and then writing sentences using the words. Remember we want these spelt correctly when using them sentences AND written neatly.


We are looking at food chains again today and focusing on producers, consumers and predators. I have posted a video with more information on what each of these are and what their roles are within a food chain.

After learning about the roles producers, consumers and predators play in food chains, we want you to complete this task.

Label each picture producer, consumer or predator to make the food chain correct. Then, write what is happening in each food chain. For example, in my powerpoint, the grass is eaten by the cow and then the cow is eaten by the human.

Wednesday’s learning (27th January 2021)

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It’s spelling, Maths, English and Geography today. Let’s do this!


Maths is continuing to look at money. Today, you are going to add up totals, linking your learning to shopping. When you go shopping, you need to know if you have enough money to buy the things you want. For example, if I go to the supermarket and I have £20, I need to be able to add up what I am buying to make sure I have enough money.


There are 3 different activities for spelling today. We are looking at kn- spelling patterns. The first activity is to circle the correct spelling for each word. Each word is written on a knight’s shield. Circle the shield that has the correct spelling.

Then, using the correct spelling of the words, can you write some sentences?

The 3rd task is to find the meaning/definition of the selected words. You can use a dictionary, google, alexa OR you could ask adults if you are unsure.


In Year 2, we need to learn a collection of words that go against our phonics spelling rules. For example, after. We know the /a/ phoneme BUT sometimes, when the letter ‘a’ is in a word, it can sound like /ar/. These are called common exception words. They are common words that are exceptions to the spelling rules. Words that we just need to know and learn have to read and spell them.

Your task today is to complete a look, cover, write, check activity and then use some of those words to write sentences (spelling those words correctly).


I have uploaded 2 maps of the UK (United Kingdom). One map is blank and the other map has some key cities labelled on it. We want you to use these maps to locate and label some famous UK Castles. There is an information sheet to help you.

  1. Read the information.
  2. Use the labelled UK map to find the city the castle is located in.
  3. Label the castle onto the blank UK map.

At the end of this task, you should have a UK map with famous UK Castles labelled in the correct places.

As an extra challenge, you could research other UK Castles and add them onto your map. You may need some adult help when researching these castles.

Tuesday’s learning (26th January 2021)

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As we enter into our 4th week of remote learning, it’s a good time to say a big thank you to everyone who is working hard to support the children with all of the learning. Although it is us who are planning the work for the children, that’s where our work stops. It is you at home that is ensuring the learning is happening and we thank you all so much for that.

Today is Maths, Phonics, English and RE.


We would like you to use all of your knowledge learnt so far to add/count money and then compare it (decide which total is the greatest).


Yesterday, you sorted words based on the grapheme used for the ‘igh’ phoneme. Today, we’d like you to find those different graphemes in the text.


For our English lesson today, we are going to learn about different sentence types. Did you know there are FOUR DIFFERENT SENTENCE TYPES? There are statements, questions, exclamations and commands. Today, we are going to look at statements and exclamations.

We would like you to understand the difference between the two sentences types and be able to identify them and eventually, use them in your writing.


Today we are going to look at the Jewish celebration of Purim. It commemorates (celebrates) the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved by a woman named Esther. You’ll learn about Purim, what Jewish people do to celebrate and then write a poem using the key words learnt about the celebration.

Monday’s learning (25th January 2021)

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Happy Monday everyone. It is Maths, Phonics, English and History today. There’s a lot of reading for today, so I hope you’re ready!


Carrying on with our Money unit, we have another task that involves you making amounts using money. For example, there are lots of ways to make 36p. You could have 20p + 10p + 1p +5p. You could also have 10p + 10p + 10p + 2p + 2p + 2p. Your task is attached below.


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We are looking at the ‘igh’ phoneme today. There are different ways of spelling the ‘igh’ phoneme and we’d like you to sort these words into the correct columns.


We’d like to write a fact file on a significant individual (linked to our History learning). You will need to read and learn about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was a famous engineer. He designed and built bridges, tunnels and train stations as well as lots of others things. Read the information sheet on him (and do your own research if you can) and create your own fact file on him.


Life in a castle was very different than our lives now. There was lots of people who lived inside the castle grounds and they each had their own job to do. Can you read about the different jobs people had inside the castle and then try and write about the job that you think matches the pictures?

Friday’s learning (22nd January 2021)

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For our last day of week 3, we are going to do Maths, Spelling, English and PSHE.


In Maths, we are really going to challenge you today. It’s still looking at money, but it’s asking you to use your coin and notes knowledge to make different totals/amount of money. For example:

If I wanted you to make 23p, what coins could I use?


Yesterday we looked at how we can use the letter ‘g’ to make the /j/ sound sometimes. As well as the letter ‘g’, we can also use other letter strings to make the /j/ sound. You can use ‘ge’ or ‘dge’ sometimes to make the /j/ sound. All of your activities today are showing some words that use ge or dge at the end of words to make the /j/ sound.


We have looked at coordinating and subordinating conjunctions this week. Now, it’s your chance to show off. There is a picture on the activity sheet that shows lots of things happening (including a witch and a castle!).

We want you write either some sentences or you could try and write a short story BUT we want you to include conjunctions in your writing. A challenge would be to use coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) AND subordinating conjunctions (if, when, so…). Use your previous work to help you remember the words we want you to use.


We want you to consider your goals you set yourself last week. What steps do you need to take to work towards this goal? You may have set yourself a goal of learning a new dance. How will you achieve this? What is it you need to do?

Thursday’s learning (21st January 2021)

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It’s Maths, spelling, English and coding (computing algorithms) today.


In Maths, we are carrying on with counting and adding amounts of money but today we will be using notes AND coins. We will be using part whole models first and then using our coin and note recognition skills to solve other problems.


We are looking at the the /j/ sound spelt using the letter g. There is a look, cover, write, check activity as well as an activity that requires you to write the words inside the correct shapes to spell the words correctly (all will be explained on zoom).


There’s more confusing words in today’s English lesson. Yesterday, we looked at co-ordinating conjunctions and today we are going to be looking at subordinating conjunctions. Again, all will be explained on zoom.

The first task is to choose the correct conjunction to complete the sentence (remember, it needs to make sense). The second task is to write a second part of the sentence to complete it. There are examples on the task and we will model this on zoom also.


Today’s computing lesson DOESN’T involve a computer. We are going to be looking at algorithms. In computing, everything we do involves algorithms (a posh word for instructions). Every button we press and click of the mouse sends instructions to the computer to complete the task you’ve set.

Today we are going to direct and instruct characters from one place to another using instructional language (turn left, move forward, move backwards…)

Wednesday’s learning (20th January 2021)

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It’s a Maths/Spelling/English/Science kind of day, today.


Following on from our superb work with money so far, we are moving on to just look at pounds. Pounds can be in coins OR notes, depending how much money there is. We’d like you to use you coin AND note recognition knowledge to help with counting and adding pounds to give totals.


You’ve done this type of activity before. It is another ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ activity using some more High Frequency Words.


In English today, we are looking at coordinating conjunctions. What are they? I hear you ask. Have no fear, there is information below to help you before you tackle this task (and myself and Miss Fretton will explain in more details on Zoom tomorrow).

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We would like you to use a coordinating conjunction (‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘or’) to join 2 clauses together. The worksheets offer different levels of challenge. Choose your challenge and then read each ‘clause’ and join them together using a coordinating conjunction to make them a complete, compound sentence.


It’s all about food chains today. But what is a food chain? We need to know this before we can complete our task today.

Watch this clip to help you find out about a food chain is. There is also a quiz to complete after watching the video to test what you have learnt from it. Once you’ve watched the video and completed the quiz, your task is to sort the animals (on the picture cards on the PDF file) into the correct boxes to complete the food chains. Again, the activity allows you to choose your challenge. The 1st challenge asks you to sort one food chain. The other challenges have more animals and more than one food chain to sort out.

Sorry parents – it’s quite information heavy today. Hopefully we can help in the zoom to explain things more clearly. Thanks for all you are doing and for the support you are providing the children as well as the school. It’s lovely receiving positive comments from you all. It means a lot.

Tuesday’s learning (19th January 2021)

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It’s Tuesday and it’s Maths, English, Phonics and RE today. Remember, although we are setting all of this work, it doesn’t mean you cannot go onto Timestable Rockstars, Spelling Shed, Lexia AND Oxford Owls. These sites can be used as a break OR as an extra English/Maths task.


We would like you to use your coin recognition skills to count and add money. The download is available below. Remember, to use your addition knowledge to help you add these amounts.


You found lots of ‘oa’ alternative graphemes yesterday so today, it’s time to sort words into those grapheme categories. You have a list of words and a grid to sort them into. Read the words using your robot arms and then decide which grapheme is making the ‘oa’ phoneme.


In Year 2, we have lots of things to cover in English. One of those things are plurals. Plurals are when there is more than one of something. For example, singular would be one cat. Plural would be two cats. The difference is adding an -s. However, this isn’t ALWAYS the case. Some times we have to add -es to nouns to make them plural (to show that there are more than one thing).

Have a read of this sheet with the information and then try to change singular nouns to plural nouns by adding -s or -es.


We are looking at Christianity today. We want to find out why the Bible is important to Christians. The Bible is a very special book to so many people, but we want to find out why. Maybe you know some of the stories that are told in the Bible or know some of the people that are mentioned in the Bible that are so important to Christians?