Welcome to Year 2!
The staff in Year 2 are:
Mrs Inman 2I
Miss McCulloch 2M
Year 2 activities to complete at home:
Looking after Yourself
If you or your child is feeling stressed at this difficult time please visit the Childline Calm Zone for ideas, activities, games and videos to help you and your child keep calm.
Social distancing will takes its toll on all of us and it’s more important than ever that we look after our mental health. Yoga and Mindfulness are great ways to promote positive mental health and they can be done indoors without any fancy equipment. Please click here to access Yoga and Mindfulness resources. These sessions are perfect for families to do together to help everyone stay calm and relaxed through this difficult time.
Click the following link for advice for families coping with school closure:
Below is a link to 14 days of activities for your children. Each activity is hyperlinked to a resource on the ELSA Support website. If you click the BLUE TITLE of each activity it will take you to a page on the ELSA website.
30 Day Coping Calendar
Try to also choose an activity each day to complete from the coping calendar below:
Non- Screen Activities
Below is a link to 25 non-screen activities your child could complete at home. Both fun and educational!
Want to keep active at home? Then click here for free access to home training programmes for all ages.
You can also tune in to ‘P.E. with Joe’ on his YouTube Channel ‘The Body Coach’ Monday – Friday 9.00am – 9.30am.
GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home offers free:
• Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos
• Downloadable curricular activities
• Recommended off-screen home activities
Click here to sign up.
Up for a short physical challenge? Check out these 60 second challenges:
Here are some activities for you to try, created in partnership with Complete PE, and you can download any of them from the following link. Find a daily activity by following them on their Twitter @YouthSportTrust.
This leaflet from Striver explains all the different yoga poses and how to do them. Would be great to post some photos of the family having a go on the A Place to Talk email on the website’s homepage!
The Family Fit Club produce fun themed workout videos that children and their families can access completely free. The videos are for all the family, regardless of their age or ability and were designed by children and PE teachers to ensure that that all children stay engaged and have fun!
Young Champions has been created to provide children with home practice sessions to develop fitness, motor and sports skills. It will help children of all ages and abilities to play sport to the best of their ability and keep them active and healthy. A parent/carer should follow the link below to sign you up to access the videos:
Oti Mabuse, from Strictly Come Dancing, is teaching dance classes inspired by films such as The Greatest Showman, Frozen, Aladdin, Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book. Her videos on YouTube can be found here
Twinkl is a website containing thousands of teaching and learning resources. The website is offering a FREE membership for ALL PARENTS. Please click on the link to sign up and make use of this fabulous resource:
Please use the following links for extra support with teaching phonics at home:
Below is a chart of spelling ideas that can be completed at home:
Radioblogging.net broadcast a live show every morning at 9.30am. It is fun and interactive with a new educational task every day. Just listen and blog – they might read your writing out on their live show.
Pobble 365 displays a new, amazing picture every day. If you click on the down arrow on the picture there are ideas for writing tasks: Story Starter, Sentence challenge, Question Time, Sick Sentences and Perfect Picture (a drawing activity).
Here are some examples writing activities and games your child could complete at home:
Your child has been given their Bug Club username and password.This is a resource containing age appropriate books for your child to read at home. The books will be updated regularly by the class teacher (school code- ga6a).
Storytime 4 Hometime James Mayhew, a children’s author and illustrator, is reading a story as he illustrates the story, drawing upside down! A lovely, soothing end to the day at 3pm. Click here to visit his YouTube channel.
Audible (by Amazon) are instantly streaming an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help children to continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. Click here to read your favourite stories.
Stay at Home Storytime: Oliver Jeffers, author and illustrator, is reading one of his books every weekday on Instagram and talking about some of the things that went into making it. https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/
National Literacy Trust Split up by age group, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage children at home. You’ll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges Visit their website below:
Authorfy For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out the ’10 Minute Challenges’, which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators – a new challenge is added every single day! For more author videos and free resources, check out the ‘classroom’ page.
Steve Antony, award-winning writer and illustrator of many picture books, is delivering a masterclass every Monday – Wednesday in creating your very own universe of stories and characters. https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveAntonyVideo
Nosy Crow Stories: lots of activities, resources, free Nosy Crow books and other content which they hope will help keep families happy
Nosy Crow Stories Aloud: They are also sharing a free picture every day, that you can read as they read it aloud. https://nosycrow.com/nosy-crow-storytime/
Toppsta create a daily schedule of bookish ideas, which can be found here.
Elevenses with The World of David Walliams: Every day at 11.00am you can listen to one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories. Enjoy 20 minutes of pure fun!
Booktrust: Lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing. There are classic children’s stories that we think you and your family will love, including Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd to Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson, along with newer favourites such as Chris Haughton’s Oh No, George! and Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall
The Home Time page links to lots of activities where you can play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters
Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Why not listen to a story being read?
Books for Topics: Need help to find suitable books to buy for your child? Follow the link below:
Oxford Owl: an eBook library, containing over 100 free eBooks. The eBooks have been developed for children aged 3 –11 https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/
Below is a chart of reading ideas to complete at home:
White Rose Maths
As you will be probably aware we are using the scheme ‘White Rose’ to support our teaching of Maths in school. The website is organising online training videos and activities for you to use at home. This is going to be an EXTREMELY valuable resource to use at home with your child. Please visit the following link to access the materials to support your child’s home learning.
At 10.00am every week day there will a new video for each year group.
- Watch the video
- Try the questions
- Tweet your solution or ask questions
Click here to see ‘White Rose Problem of the Day’. (KS1 – page 1 of problems, KS2 – page 2 of problems).
Times Tables Rock Stars & Numbots
All children should have been given their username and password for the following links. Please use their login details to access these maths tools at home. If you do not know your child’s username and password then don’t worry, the websites are offering free access – just sign up!
The Maths Factor – The course contains over 1,000 maths sessions, organised into topics. Carol Vorderman teaches each topic through a fun and lively video, which is coupled with practice sessions to build your child’s knowledge and confidence in maths.
Below are links to other maths resources and activities for your child to complete at home:
Indoor Science activities from ‘British Science Association’:
Outdoor Science activities from ‘British Science Association’:
Wildlife Watch UK – If you care about nature and love wildlife, Wildlife Watch is the club for you!
Edinburgh Zoo webcam – Watch the pandas, penguins, tigers or koalas and the zookeepers who look after them. Imagine you are a zookeeper and research what you would need to do to look after each animal.
Here are some links to science activities and games your child could complete at home:
Below are links to history resources for your children to use at home:
Below are links to Geography resources for your children to use at home:
Online Safety and Computing
Be Internet Legends
This website provides online activities for the whole family to help children be safe and confident explorers of the online world. Interland is an interactive game that consists of completing online challenges in four zones (https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk):
- Kind Kingdom – Respect each other
- Tower of Treasure – Secure your secrets
- Reality River – Check it’s for real
- Mindful Mountain – Think before you share
Click here for Online Safety activities for the whole family at home.
Below are some more Online Safety resources:
Please download Bee-Bot in the app store. This is a free game that allows children to practise moving Bee-Bot around a maze.
Learn to code with the following link:
Art and Design
Mo Willems (author and illustrator) has announced that he will be teaching drawing every weekday on YouTube to kids who are now at home. Mo will be having sessions called ‘Lunch Doodles’ where he will occupy the little ones by doodling together with them. Click the following link to visit his YouTube channel:
We have found some brilliant drawing activities online, and have therefore put together the following gallery. We hope you have fun! I think the teachers will enjoy having a go at some of these too.
P4C- Philosophy for Children
There will lots of resources available each week (for every year group) to get kids thinking and talking with their parents. The resources will change every Friday. There will be many games, questions, stories and riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week. Please click the link below to access these free P4C resources:
We thought as we can’t do our Easter service in school you might like to look at these free resources and practice a new Easter song:
Beat Goes On- Body percussion online sessions. Delivered by Ollie Tunmer former STOMP cast member and teacher. Click the link to visit his YouTube channel:
Below are more links to music resources for your children to use at home:
Below are links to R.E. resources for your children to use at home:
Below are links to Spanish resources for your children to use at home:
Fancy doing something a little different?
Why don’t you have a go at entering ‘The Secret Garden Competition’? Follow the link below for more details:
or click here to open the competition entry form.
Or visit ‘The Great Indoors’ website, which includes a bank of inspired indoor activity ideas to keep your children learning new skills and having fun all in ‘The Great Indoors’.
Please click here for more information.
Each week the following website will upload 5 new species, one for each working day, each with a downloadable image and a fact about that day’s species so you can learn about the wonderful creatures we share this planet with. Each species features a reference illustration and a downloadable colouring image which can either be printed out or edited on your computer or tablet.
Maybe try a bit of cooking at home with your parents? Click the following link for some scrumptious recipes:
Have a little look at the following photographs for some exciting Forest School ideas:
Toast money (50 pence) should be brought into school on Monday for the whole week.
Homework and PE Timetable:
|Homework due in||Homework given out|
|Spellings given out||Spellings to be returned and tested|
|Reading books to be changed||Reading books to be changed||Reading books to be changed||Reading books to be changed||Reading books to be changed|
Below are your child’s spellings for this week:
|Mrs Inman||Miss McCulloch||Mrs Simpson|
Year 2 news...
New Maths Task
Hello! Hope you are all keeping safe and managing to get some fresh air on your daily exercise.
We thought we’d give you an extra Maths challenge given you’ve all been enjoying the fractions work so much. So here is a little set of questions to get you thinking:
Hello Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage!
We hope you are managing to keep yourselves busy while you’re at home. In case you want a change of Yoga activity from Cosmic Kids here is a great set of Yoga Stories. Choose one and you can read the book as well as complete the Yoga poses:
Island Adventures: New Character
Using the CBBC Katie Morag programme The Island Tour of Struay can you answer these questions?
- Who does Katie Morag live with?
- What jobs do Katie’s mum and dad do?
- Which Grannie lives on the island and where does she live?
- What is Grannie Island’s job?
- Who makes Katie laugh more than her grannies?
- Where did the wedding happen?
- What animals does Kate enjoying seeing?
Can you create a new character that might live on the island? Try drawing a sketch of them.
PE with Joe
Hope you are finding ways to keep fit at home. I have been enjoying doing PE with Joe each morning with my two boys. Here’s a picture for you to see. Who can complete the 30 minute workout each morning this week?
What a busy time in Year 2!
Wow, we have been busy the last two weeks, the highlights include:
- a visit for our Science topic from a real life baby boy
- World Book Day, sharing our favourite bedtime stories
- Smarties based Maths lessons
- using digital maps to locate our school and local landmarks
- assemblies from a visitor about attendance
What a week!
We have been very busy this week! We’ve completed a full set of sample SATs papers, with amazing results for this time of year and still managed to fit in some great activities in our other lessons. The highlights include:
- KS1 assembly in Healthy Me
- Geography work on where we would rather live – a city or an island
- Being Healthy in Jigsaw work
- Being able to relax in Jigsaw work
- Recapping how to be a responsible online citizen
- Thinking about how it feels to be cyber bullied
A busy end to Spring Term 1
What a busy week we’ve had in Year 2! Some of our highlights include:
- Writing instructions to make tasty cupcakes
- Using money in different ways
- Thinking about the human lifecycle
- Safer Internet Day – keeping personal information private and ‘Being Free to be Me’
- Celebrating achievements in our Jigsaw work
- Using strong password in Computing
- Learning how to create Safe Searches
- Enjoying a Spanish story as part of Multicultural week
Spring term weeks 5 and 6
Wow, Year 2 have been so busy this fortnight. We have:
- thoroughly enjoyed our Scottish day
- got to grips with fractions
- improved our handwriting
- baked cupcakes
- learnt about germs and food hygiene
- become responsible gamers
- thought about Forgiveness and Good Friendships
Fun Fitness Friday
What an exciting day! We will definitely be relaxing over the weekend. We have enjoyed a day full of exercise and fun. Thank you Mr Murphy for our wonderful session. We enjoyed exercising to 80’s and 90’s music! We can’t wait for the next Fun Fitness Friday!
What an amazing day Year 2 had as our Entry Point to our new Geography topic! Well done for all the fabulous costumes. We made shortbread, created their own tartan, sketched the Scottish thistle, created a 3D Struay island, had a food tasting session and did some Scottish dancing. How busy they were! Thank you to everyone who helped at school and at home.