Spring 2021 Newsletter and Knowledge Organiser
WELCOME TO YEAR 2
Phonics Play Log-in
Please find below a link to the Phonics Play website. This is an excellent website for phonics learning and is going free to use for the upcoming weeks. Please ensure children are using it whilst learning from home.
Home learning - Week beginning Monday 13th July
This is it! Our last week of Year 2. We both can not begin to explain how proud we are of each and everyone of you for your effort, perseverance and positive attitudes throughout this very weird time. We could never have anticipated that we would be talking to you all virtually for so long and we've missed you all terribly but we know you're going to have an absolutely amazing time in Year 3 and hopefully a great summer before that. We will look back on this year in a few years time and think about how strange it was that we did all of our learning at home and didn't get to see each other for long periods of time! We both can't wait to see you all around school in September being big Year 3s and we hope you have the most lovely summer before that. Enjoy the break, spend lots of time with your families and have a good rest! You've earnt it.
Love, Miss Moss and Miss Cornwall
For our last week of phonics learning we thought we would do something more fun! We would like you to solve the mystery of the astronaut! Solve the phonics mysteries using the clues each day and by the end of the week you should be able to work out who the mystery astronaut is!
For grown ups: the answers are at the end of the booklet :)
Home learning - Week beginning Monday 6th July
Welcome to the second to last week of Year 2! We hope you all had a lovely week last week and that you've been enjoying the home learning. Below you will find our activities for this week.
For our new book in Literacy, you can read the book online here: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/the-dragon-machine/
As always, we want to express how immensely proud we are of all of you for all the hard work you've put in over these last few months. We could never have anticipated this home learning going on as long as it has but we are really grateful to you all for perservering with it like you have. You are super stars!
Home learning - Week beginning Monday 30th June
Welcome to another week of home learning Year 2! We hope you all had a lovely week last week and enjoyed the sunshine! Hopefully by now you will have had the exciting news about who is going to be your teacher next year, remember that you can see their hello to you on the Video Resource Centre! https://pinhoe.primarysite.media/
Below you will find all of your learning for this week. We are now starting our last literacy topic that we will be doing in Year 2, all about the book The Dragon Machine. This book has some brilliant vocabulary and has a lovely ending. You can find a video of the book being read here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVw6-4ig7eo
We really recommend that you watch this prior to taking part in your Literacy learning! Miss Moss will be posting a video of her reading the book very soon.
Have a lovely week!
Home learning - Week beginning Monday 22nd June
Welcome to another week of home learning! We hope you all had a good week last week. Below you will find all of your learning for this week. Please do keep sending your learning to us, we love to see what you're up to!
Mrs Davies from Year 1 has been doing some super videos over on our video resource centre. If you are working on the phonics tasks, they are lovely to watch and are like being part of a lesson! You can find the video all about the a_e split diagraph here: https://pinhoe.primarysite.media/media/a-e-split-diagraph-sound
A note about our Maths learning this week:
Below is this week's maths home learning. As you may notice, this week's learning revisits previous learning as it is essential that children regularly revisit and consolidate skills to secure their understanding. Alternatively, if you do not wish to revisit previous learning, or your child is secure in their understanding of this topic, please find attached some alternative lessons.
The Rainbow Games!
This week is National Sports Week. This week we would like you to take part in various sports challenges and send us in your scores. Mrs Ibbeson will be collecting everyone's scores at the end of the week and declaring winners. Below you can find a set of instructions for each activity and you can either send us your scores (via Seesaw) as you complete a task or once you have completed all of them. You will also find a record sheet for your scores which will help you keep track. Please send us photos of you completing the tasks, we would love to see them and include some in our weekly newsletter!
Tuesday 23rd June
Please note: the literacy work for today is a planning exercise for the children where they are asked to change the original story into their own. We fully anticipate that this will take a bit of time to do and could be done over two days/sessions. We really encourage the children to use their creativity with this bit of work and draw pictures and illustrate it to make their ideas come to life.
Home learning - Week beginning Monday 15th June
Welcome to another week of home learning! We hope that you're all doing well. Below you will find your home learning for this week including the literacy and phonics work, maths learning as well as the topic menu and Mrs Hitt's Wellbeing Challenge. Please make sure you upload or send us any learning, we love to see it!
Both Miss Moss and Miss Cornwall are in school on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from this week forward. We will aim to reply to any Seesaw messages as quickly as we can.
Have a lovely week!
Tuesday 16th June
Thursday 18th June
Our phonics challenge today has been replaced with a handwriting activity!
Home learning - Week beginning Monday 8th June
Welcome to another week of home learning! We hope you all had a really good week last week and a lovely, restful weekend. There are going to be a couple of changes to our home learning this week. For the first two days of the week, the Literacy tasks are going to be reading comprehension activities instead. These are labelled as bronze, silver and gold just like Maths. Please remember that just like Maths you only need to do one of these. On Wednesday we will be beginning our new literacy sequence and your class teachers will be uploading a video to Seesaw of Miss Moss reading our new story book to you. This will help us with our learning in literacy going forward.
Miss Cornwall is starting her regular days in school this week. She will be in school on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as of this week so will try and reply to any Seesaw messages as soon as she can.
We hope you have a lovely week and please do keep sending us your home learning via Seesaw, we love to see!
Maths - extra lessons
We are aware that some of you will have already covered this content earlier in the lockdown period. If this is the case, here are some alternative lessons for this week.
Home learning - Monday 1st June
We hope you all had a really relaxing, fun half term break! Below you will find your home learning for today. This includes your literacy, phonics and maths learning as well as the weekly topic menu and any instructions that go alongside this. We have also included Mrs Hitt's Weekly Wellbeing Challenge which is all about being proud of yourself. Please do keep uploading your learning onto Seesaw for us to see, we love to see what you're getting up to!
Please note: As of this week, Miss Moss will be in school on a Thursday and Friday, as well as Wednesday afternoons to help support those children who are returning to school this week. She will try and get back to any Seesaw messages/approving uploads as quickly as she can.
Have a lovely week!
Home learning - Tuesday 2nd June
Below you will find your learning for the rest of this week!
In Literacy for today we encourage you to follow this link to find out all about how we use apostrophes!
Don't forget to keep uploading your work to Seesaw. We will be choosing some pictures on Thursday to feature in our school newsletter for this week!
Feel Good Friday - 22nd May
Thank you all for all your hard work this week, we are so proud of each and every one of you for all the effort and time you have put into your home learning. Next week is half term so there will be no learning set on the blog so we hope you have a lovely week off with your families, hopefully enjoying the sunshine!
Please note: Miss Cornwall is in school next week so will reply to Seesaw messages as soon as she can.
Some ideas for Feel Good Friday:
- Read your favourite book outside in the sunshine
- Make a yummy treat for a member of your family
- Get active and do Joe Wicks' workout in the morning!
- Do our 'Fun Friday' activity from our topic menu
- Have a look at Mrs Hitt's wellbeing challenge and see if you've completed it this week!
Massive well done to Robyn (2NM) who made this amazing music video all about being stuck indoors. You're a star Robyn! We hope you all enjoy it.
Robyn's music video!
Home learning - Week beginning Monday 18th May
We hope you've all had a lovely, restful weekend in the sunshine! This week we are uploading all of our home learning from Monday-Thursday on the blog today rather than each day. Below you will find each day's learning as well as our weekly topic menu and Mrs Hitt's weekly wellbeing challenge. Please do keep sending us your home learning, we love seeing your smiling faces! We hope you all have a great week and enjoy the activities - Miss Moss & Miss Cornwall
Home learning - Thursday 14th May
Thank you for all of your hard work this week Year 2! This will be our last day of Literacy and Maths learning as tomorrow is Feel Good Friday!
Home learning - Tuesday 12th May
Below you will find your home learning for today. We put in a powerpoint all about different sentence types to help with the writing task. Please do keep uploading onto your Seesaw blog, we love seeing what you're up to!
Home learning - Monday 11th May
Welcome to a new week of home learning! Below you will find your activities for today, including a new weekly menu with activities to choose from. There are the three normal maths challenges as well as an extra challenge for anyone who wants it! Please do keep sending and uploading your home learning, we will be choosing some photos at the end of the week to be featured in the school newsletter for Year 2! We hope you all have a lovely week and remember to stay safe and look after yourselves.
Below are some activities to help you support home learning about VE Day.
Home learning - Wednesday 6th May
Thank you to everyone who has sent or uploaded home learning this week, we have loved seeing it! Today is our last day of 'official' home learning. As you will see above, we have uploaded some activities for you to do on VE day on Thursday. So today is our last day of this week doing literacy and maths. We hope you've enjoyed this week's activities :)
Home learning - Tuesday 5th May
Home learning - Monday 4th May
We hope you've all had a lovely weekend! Below you will find your home learning for today as well as Mrs Hitt's new well being challenge and our topic menu. We hope you enjoy this week's activities and don't forget that this week it's the start of Feel Good Friday and it's also a bank holiday! On Thursday all of our activities will be specifically related to VE day. Please note: Miss Moss is in school this week but will try her best to get back to any Seesaw messages as quickly as possible. Have a good week and make sure to keep sending/uploading your learning! :)
Home learning - Friday 1st May
It's Friday! Thank you all so much for all your hard work this week, you've done amazingly! Below you will find your home learning for today. Our Maths today will be using Timestable Rockstars and Mathletics. We would like you to specifically focus on your 2s, 5s and 10s in your timestables and continue with problem solving and fractions on mathletics. Have a lovely weekend!
Home learning - Thursday 30th April
Below you will find your learning for today :) Please keep sending pictures to us via Seesaw, we love seeing all your learning!
Home learning - Wednesday 29th April
Below we have linked some storytime videos that we really enjoy! You might want to nestle up with a teddy and a blanket and listen to someone read a story while it's wet outside! You'll also find the rest of your home learning for today :)
Tom Fletcher reading There's an alien in your book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFgpAX6m1_0&t=27s
Rose Bryne reading Peter Rabbit https://www.storylineonline.net/books/peter-rabbit/
Chris Pine reading Clark the Shark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgZRMptA0Lk
Home learning - Tuesday 28th April
Well done on all your brilliant learning yesterday Year 2! The weather isn't supposed to be too good today, so we hope that you'll be able to find something fun to indoors from our weekly topic menu!
Home learning - Monday 27th April
We hope you all had a restful and fun weekend! Another week of home learning ahead, we hope that you have now developed a bit of a routine and are more used to this way of learning. Below you will find your tasks for the week. These include your maths and literacy challenges as well as Mrs Hitt's well being challenge for the week. We would also strongly encourage you to read everyday, whether it's on your own or with a grown up. Below there is also the topic menu which should give you lots of fun and interesting things to do besides your day-to-day learning! Instructions for some of the activities can be found below.
Please continue to send us your learning via Seesaw or upload it onto your own personal Seesaw blog! Please note: Miss Cornwall is in school this week but will reply to your home learning on Seesaw as regularly as possible.
Home learning - Friday 24th April
Thank you all for your brilliant work this week, we have loved seeing it and are so proud of you all for still trying your best with your learning despite how different things are at the moment. We hope you have a lovely weekend :)
Home learning - Thursday 23rd April
Below you will find your tasks for today. Well done Year 2 on all your brilliant work so far this week!
Home learning - Wednesday 22nd April
Below you will find your Literacy and Maths tasks for today. We have uploaded them in word documents and PDFs to make them easier to open on all devices, please let us know if you're having trouble accessing them and we will help any way we can. Don't forget to check back to our topic menu for other fun activities you could be getting up to this week!
Home learning - Tuesday 21st April
Thank you to everyone who shared their learning yesterday, please keep it coming as we love seeing it! Below you will find your tasks for today.
BBC Bitesize currently have loads of brilliant resources for children of all ages for all subjects. Over the next few weeks celebrities are even going to be uploading lessons, rumour has it that David Attenborough will be doing some geography teaching! Follow the link here to see more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Home learning - Monday 20th April
We hope you've all had a lovely weekend! From looking at the weather it is going to be a lovely sunny week this week so hopefully you'll be able to get out in your gardens or out on your daily walks, particularly to test out bubble snakes we've asked you to make on our topic menu this week! Below you will find the work set for today. This includes our weekly topic menu, Mrs Hitt's new weekly wellbeing challenge, our Year 1 and 2 spelling list, instructions on how to make a bubble snake and a powerpoint all about Sir Francis Drake to help you with your topic work this week. Please do keep sending across any work/uploading it to Seesaw, we love seeing it!
We would encourage you all to get the Cbeebies Storytime App - it's free for mobiles and tablets and has lots of stories that are read out loud for your children to hear. Here is a link telling you how to get the app: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/cbeebies-storytime-app
Home Learning - Friday 17th April
Thank you so much Year 2 for all your hard work this week, it's been brilliant to see all your learning on Seesaw. Below are your tasks for Friday. We hope you have a lovely weekend!
Home Learning - Thursday 16th April
Thank you to everybody who has sent through learning so far this week, we have loved seeing it! Below you will find the activities for today:
Home Learning - Wednesday 15th April
Thank you to everybody who has been uploading work onto Seesaw for us to see, we have really enjoyed seeing what you're getting up to. Below are your challenges for today! Don't forget to check the topic menu under Monday to see what other topic-based activities you could be getting up to!
Maths: Please do not feel you have to print out these worksheets, they can be used to support learning. You could use resources to help you from your house or garden like pegs, socks, leaves, cheerios etc. You are welcome to try any challenge you want and if you think it's a bit tricky, it's okay to try another one. You might find the other challenge easier tomorrow! Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Moss or Miss Cornwall via Seesaw :)
In the Literacy challenge today we would like you to watch this video, somebody reading our new story! https://vimeo.com/224482659
Home Learning - Tuesday 14th April
We hope you all had a lovely Easter break! Below you will find the home learning for today! Please choose a Maths challenge and either the Literacy challenge or the phonics challenge and then something from the weekly topic menu to complete each day! We have also attached Mrs Hitt's Weekly Wellbeing Challenge for you to do this week too. Please do continue to read at home everyday. Below we have linked some useful websites to find online books and quizzes. Please send across any learning you do through Seesaw, we always love to see what you are getting up to!
Reading at home links:
Easter activities and ideas
Please find below a few suggested activities ideas for the children to do over the Easter holidays. These activities are not in any way compulsory but just ideas of fun things you can do during this break!
Have a lovely Easter everyone :)
- Miss Moss and Miss Cornwall
Home Learning Menu - Friday 27th March
Please find todays maths and writing activities. This is the last day of maths activities on multiplication and after Easter, the activities will focus on our next maths topic.
There are two writing options for children to choose from today. There is no expectation for them to do both, however of course they can if they wish!
Thank you for sharing their learning on Seesaw, it has been really great to see! Please continue to share it with us and continue to let us know if we can help in any way.
Have a wonderful Easter break.
Miss Cornwall and Miss Moss
Home Learning Menu - Thursday 26th March
Please find below a list of activities for the children to do today. We ask that one writing and one maths challenge is completed. Thank you to everyone who has sent us photos over the last week, we have both loved seeing what the children are getting up to!
Topic menu - week beginning 23rd March
Home Learning Menu - Monday 23rd March
Good morning, please find the activities and the work for today below.
Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Word List
If you're short of things to do, you could always practise a few of your spellings! Below is the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Word List. Choose some words you find tricky and use your different spellings patterns to practise them!
Home learning activities:
Please find some suggested activities and websites to help support your child’s learning should they be off school. These should prove to be both supportive and helpful. A blue home learning book has been sent home for you to use to help your child complete some of these activities. These books will not be marked and there is no expectation for you to use them. They are just an extra resource that should be helpful to you.
Alongside these activities, please read with your child as often as possible. This could be magazines/recipes/ newspapers as well as just books. Please also use Mathletics/TTRS to support your child’s learning if you are able to.
Some useful links for some websites that will support learning are;
Watch, listen and play games to learn all about animals
- Nat Geo for kids
Learn all about geography and fascinating animals
- Behind the news
Listen to short reports- activities and questions included
- Turtle Diary
Games for literacy, maths, science
Easy to play games available in a range of topic areas.
- San Diego Zoo has a brilliant Penguin Live Stream!
The topics we have covered in class are as follows. This will help you choose which topic areas to support your child using some of these websites.
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Continents of the world
Historical Figures (eg Samuel Pepys)
Animals and plants
Predators and prey
Special activities to complete:
- Can you write a letter to someone in your family/ near where you live. You could write to an old people’s home/ someone you know who lives alone. I wonder if you will get a reply back?
- Watch the Dynasties Penguin programme with an adult- BBC Iplayer
- Choose a breed of Penguin and answer questions about it using the internet/ books/ family members to research
- Where in the world does your penguin live?
- What does your penguin eat?
- What type of animals might eat your penguin?
- What does your penguin look like- can you sketch one?
- How tall does your penguin grow?
- What does your penguin weigh?
- Tell me 3 interesting facts about your penguin
- Make up a dance routine to your favourite song. You could teach this to your friends when we are back at school.
- Can you cook or make something for your family to enjoy together- foodafactoflife.org.uk
- Can you find out interesting facts about your local area?
- Can you learn to draw a new animal?
- Can you complete one act of kindness every day
- Write a diary each day of what you have done that day.
Acts of kindness:
Each day we will be setting you a different act of kindness to complete, starting from Monday the 23rd of March. If you would like to record these in your special home learning books, about what you did and how it made you and others feel, we would love to see it. This is in relation to our Christian values at our school and understanding the importance of kindness in these tricky times.
- Monday 23/03: Tidy a room in your house - try your bedroom!
- Tuesday 24/03: Try something new. It could be a new experience such as a new food, game or activity.
- Wednesday 25/03: Give a small present to someone. It could be a handmade card or gift.
- Thursday 26/03: Listen to a piece of music that makes you feel relaxed.
- Friday 27/03: Take some time to play a game with someone, or make up your own game!
- Saturday 28/03: Do a job someone else usually does.
World Book Day 2020!
Miss Cornwall and Miss Moss were so impressed with how amazingly the Year 2 children dressed up for World Book Day this year! We had a lovely day full of reading related activities and sharing stories with each other. Please enjoy some of our photos below of our amazing costumes!
Year 2 have been exploring how penguins are suited to the cold waters in Antarctica. Children explored the comparison between their own hands in ice water and a 'lard covered' hand to represent a penguin's layer of blubber.
Year 2's Great Fire of London!
After weeks of learning about the Great Fire of London, the Year 2 children were finally able to burn down their houses that they have spent lots of time working on at home with their families. It was very exciting to see all of the houses go up in flames, starting from the Thomas Farriner's bakery and spreading across London. We had a big discussion when we were back in class about why the fire spread so easily, linking to all of our science learning about materials!
Year 2's Tudor houses!
As part of our Great Fire of London topic this half term, the children were set a homework 'project' to create a Tudor house, much like they would have looked back then. The whole school has been incredibly impressed with the houses that have been brought in. It was obvious that the children and their grown ups had been working so hard at home and it definitely paid off! Please enjoy some photos down below from our homework celebration, where all the children were able to share on post its what they liked about each other's houses.
Year 2's Great Fire of London day
Year 2 have had a brilliant start to this academic year with our immersion day based around our topic 'The Great Fire of London'. We got into mixed groups across the year group and went around 4 different activities - fire making and marshmallow toasting, den building, bread making and painting Great Fire of London paintings! Throughout the day we began to expand our understanding of what exactly happened that night when the Great Fire of London started. The children really enjoyed every element of the day and are looking forward to learning even more over this coming term!