Year 2

 
Hello Year 2!
 
Here we are at the start of the second half of summer term. We hope that you all had a restful half term break and managed to enjoy some of the glorious weather. The Year 2 team continue to miss you all lots and hope to be back together again soon. We are so proud of all the work you have been doing so far, and how well you are adjusting to this 'new normal'. Below you will find some information and resources to supplement your home learning over the next few weeks. You will notice that some tasks are continuations of last half term's learning, whilst some are new activities.
 
Keep having fun with your learning and please feel free to find your own things to investigate, as well as using the resources provided by us. This half term we have included more outdoor activities in order to make the most of the summer weather. 
 
Thanks to all parents for doing what you can to continue your child's learning while balancing work or other responsibilities. It really will make all the difference to your child.
 

General Curriculum Resources

There are a wide range of resources on Twinkl that cover all areas of the National Curriculum. There is also a specific School Closure Pack for Year 2 that can be downloaded and printed. Twinkl have announced that parents can sign up for free membership at present.

https://www.twinkl.com/

 

Summer 1 continued...
 
Below are some resources that you may wish to continue using from Summer 1.
 
Outdoor Learning
 
Now that summer is here, we thought it might be useful to include some activities that you can enjoy as a family outdoors. Please see the PDFs below for more information. 
Maths
 
For maths, we would like you to focus on using the 'White Rose Maths' home learning scheme. This includes very useful video tutorials that closely match how we would teach the topics in class. You will find the link to the White Rose website below, including PDF downloads of the accompanying worksheets for each week. Week 6 commences 1st June. Please note: for week 7, we have uploaded alternative worksheets, as the children have already completed a substantial amount of work related to fractions. You will find a document called 'Year 2 Week 7 Alternative Plan' which contains video links to support the alternative worksheets. 
 
We have also included PDF links below to 'Flashback 4' worksheets for Spring Term (most of which was covered whilst the children were still with us at school).  These can be used as an additional resource at the beginning of your maths session to revisit previously covered units and identify any gaps (this is purely optional). In school, we would use resources like this as 'starter activities' at the beginning of lessons to recap previous learning before moving on to a new concept. For an idea of session structure, we would advise: beginning with a 'Flashback 4', then watching the day's video on the White Rose website, followed by supporting your child in completing the corresponding PDF worksheet below. We hope this helps to provide some structure to your sessions. 
 
Please note: from Week 8 (15th June) all White Rose sheets will be in a designated area of the school webpage.
 
 

Mathletics

Please continue to use Mathletics to supplement your maths learning. All activities have been made available for your child to learn and explore, and your teachers have set specific activities to complete this half term.

https://login.mathletics.com/

 

Times Tables Rockstars

Your child will be able to access TT Rockstars from home using the log in in their reading diary. We have set the tables to rotate on a fortnightly basis, so they will cover the 2s, 5s and 10s regularly. 

https://ttrockstars.com

 

Numbots

You may have noticed that in the Learning Projects PDFs reference is made to a website called 'Numbots'. We currently have a free trial of this website until 30th June. Your child can access this using their log in information for Times Tables Rockstars. 

www.numbots.com

Supporting your child with Times Tables:
White Rose Home Learning Worksheets and Answers:
Flashback 4 Resources:
 English
 
In our final half term, we would have been placing an emphasis on the children's creative writing. To help encourage the children's imagination, you will find below some activities and links that may help inspire them. The radioblogging.net and Pobble 365 both provide daily content that can help develop ideas as well as writing skills. The 'writing outdoors ideas' section has the added attraction of enabling learning to continue in the glorious weather too! 
 
In addition, the BBC Bitesize site has a number of lessons, videos, activities and games that are designed to help grammar and punctuation skills. You may find it useful to focus on these skills once or twice a week too.
 
Finally, please keep reading regularly. On the Oxford Owl link below, you will find a series of online books that are matched to your child's reading level. These are a great tool to help develop reading skills, especially when combined with discussion around the content.
 
To give parents an idea of the structure of an English session, you may wish to begin with a starter activity linking to vocabulary, spelling or grammar, or by reading a story together and asking your child some questions to assess their understanding.  You may then choose to continue to work through the 'Talk for Writing' PDF from last half term, or explore some of the new links below. The children will benefit from doing a small amount of writing each day (for ideas please see the Read-Write BINGO sheet above). You may also wish to factor in one or two spellings sessions in place of English lessons using the list of common exception words provided above.
Humanities and the Wider Curriculum
 
This half term we would be continuing to explore our topic 'Poles Apart'. You can find PDF worksheets to support your child with this learning above ( KS1 Places, KS1 Weather and Climate, KS1 Physical Features). This term's humanities learning covers the following geography objectives:
  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans of the world
  • Can describe the different types of weather in different parts of the world
  • Locate and discuss differences between the oceans, deserts and poles
As part of our Eco Schools work, we often integrate lessons to help raise the children's awareness of environmental issues. This half term we would like to invite you to make use of the wide range of resources available on the Eco Schools website. Eco Schools have created a PDF for each of the 10 topics covered as part of the Green Flag award, each have some lovely ideas to engage children in thinking about these issues. The PDFs can be found below. 
 
Science
 
In Science this half term we would be looking at 'Living Things and their Habitats'. This covers the following objectives:
  • explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food
 Below you will find links to some useful websites and resources to support your child.
 
 
Why not try some of these activities from the Natural History Museum too:
 
General Curriculum Resources
 
Below you will find links and PDFs that link to various areas of the wider curriculum.