Mon 4th May - Fri 8th May
Monday 4th May
Maths - Practical lesson
Your challenge is to go for a shape hunt!
Here are some common 2D (flat) shapes. Your challenge is to see how many of each shape you can see around your house. You could keep a tally of each shape as you find it and see which one is the most popular.
For example in my living room my TV screen is a rectangle, my photo frames are squares and I can see circles on the base of my candles.
Let us know how many of the different shapes you can see!
Writing - Skills lesson
This week we are moving onto the Julia Donaldson story of ‘stick man’.
Your first job is to find out about the adventures of stickman.
1. If you have the book at home, read the story to yourself or you can watch these videos and listen to a retelling of it. The first link is the story read by Julia Donaldson or the second video has slightly clearer pictures for you to enjoy.
If you have lots of time you could enjoy the film on iplayer. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06t09rk/stick-man
2. We are going to use the noun phrases you have been practising this year to write some character and setting descriptions.
Remember a is a noun with an adjective, for example ‘long whiskers’ (‘long’ is the adjective and ‘whiskers’ is the noun). You could even write a noun phrase with more than one adjective, for example ‘sensitive, long whiskers’ (but remember you need a between the adjectives).
Have a look at the two pictures in the document below to write as many noun phrases for the setting and the characters as you can. You could choose another picture from the book as well if you want.
Turn your noun phrases into sentences that describe your character.
For example – Stickman used his long, thin legs to go for a jog in the vast forest.
Non-Core activity – DT
Make your own stickman
Follow these easy instructions to make your own Stickman. I would use a kitchen roll for the body to make it easier and you will need a grownup’s help to attach the arms and nose.
Use the link below to fing the instructions.
You will need -
- Kitchen roll tube
- More cardboard
- White paper and a black pen for the eyes
Please send any photos of your own stickman to the year 2 email address at the top of the page, we would love to see them.
Tuesday 5th May
Maths - length
Deep thinking task
Literacy – Key skills lesson
Using feeling words
Today we are going to think about how Stickman felt during the different important events in the story.
First, you can remind yourself of the story with the links below –
- Stickman had lots of adventures on his way, your first job is to remember which order they happened in and sequence them below by thinking of the order number for each box.
- Think back to each part in the story and write a sentence for how Stickman was feeling and why he felt that way. For example – At the start of the story Stickman was feeling relaxed because he was with his Stickman family and ready to go for a nice jog.
There is a worksheet for you to write on below if it is helpful but you do not need it to complete the activity.
Here are some emotion words that may help you with your sentences:
- Afraid, upset, worried, anxious, confused.
- Happy, overjoyed, excited, thrilled.
- Angry, cross, grumpy, furious.
- Shocked, astonished, surprised.
Non-core activity – Computing
Using your espresso coding log in, can you complete the first lesson on different inputs for red riding hood? If you finish that you are welcome to have a go at the second lesson too.
Password - pupils
Wednesday 6th May
Maths – Length
Deep thinking task
Literacy – Writing challenge day!
Today we are going to put our descriptions of Stickman and our feeling words together to write a diary entry pretending to be Stickman.
Remember diary entries are different to most writing we do because it is all in the first person. That means you will be using words like ‘I’ ‘me’ ‘mine’. For example – I was so terrified when the enormous dog carried me away in his huge mouth.
Here is a short example based on The Gruffalo for you to look at.
GRRRRRRRR . . …..I'm SO hungry and you wouldn’t believe the awful day that I’ve had! I thought I was going to munch on my favourite delicious snack from the deep, dark wood today, but then something really scary happened. I was so afraid that my terrible tusks were trembling and all of the purple prickles on my back stood on end. I had come face to face with the meanest creature in the wood . . . . the big bad mouse! I was terrified because he said his favourite food was Gruffalo crumble so I had to run away. I think I was lucky to escape and I think I will hunt for snacks somewhere else tomorrow.
The Gruffalo from the deep, dark woods.
Your story needs to include the important events from yesterday’s feeling work.
The main events were –
- The start of the story where he went for a jog.
- When the dog picked him up.
- Being used for a game of pooh sticks.
- When the swan put him in her nest.
- When he was put on a sandcastle at the beach.
- Being made into a snowman.
- Being rescued by Santa from the fire.
- Going back home to his Stickman family.
Try to write one or two sentences for each event remembering to use the first person. Don't forget to check your capital letters and full stops.
You can present your story however you would like to. If you wanted to make it like a real book with pictures for each event it would look very effective!
There is a template that you can use below taken from www.twinkl.co.uk with two different line width options.
Non-core activity - art
Make bark and leaf rubbings
Nature loves a pattern – and they can make fascinating pictures if you know where to look. All you need to do is grab some colourful crayons and plain paper then head out into your garden. To make a rubbing, simply place the paper on top of a natural object and rub a crayon over it sideways to create a fantastic print. Tree bark is ideal – the more knobbly the better! You can even turn it into a competition by getting your family members to guess which tree or natural item you used to make the rubbing.
If it is raining you could do this Cosmic Yoga video based on the Trolls movie instead!
Thursday 7th May
Maths – Length
Literacy – Phonics activity
Today we are recapping the ‘air’ phoneme. This can be spelled 4 different ways:
air = fairy
ear = wear
are = mare
ere = where (less common)
Now take a look at these activities on phonics play to help you!
Finally, can you find all the examples of our air phoneme family in the story below?
Remember to make a tally of how many times you find the air phoneme including its familiy spellings of ear, are or ere.
One day I went for a walk somewhere because I wanted to find a bear. I was walking along, in the fresh air wondering if there was a bear anywhere. It was when I got to the middle of nowhere that I came across my very first bear.
When I stumbled into some woods and began to stare, for there was the bear, just over there.
I did not feel at all scared, for there was the bear and he looked kind and fair. So I said to the bear, “Would you like to share my lunch of sandwiches and a big juicy pear?” The bear looked at me from under his hair and said, “Yes please, I would like some pear.” So that was how I came to share my lunch with a big hairy bear!
How many ‘air’ sounds did you spot?
Non-core activity – science
First watch this video about spring flowers.
Then have a think about these questions -
- What happens when seasons change?
- How do plants change as they grow?
- How do the plants look different in the changing seasons?
- Can you see these spring plants in the places near your home?
Now try to help Sparky the alien
Tip – you may need to enable flash player if it does not load the first time, ask a grown up for help with this.
Friday 8th May
VE Day One Day Wonder!
Today Britain is commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day when the guns fell silent at the end of war in Europe. As we can’t be in school for our One Day Wonder, we are challenging you to have your own celebration at home!
Here are a few ideas for to celebrate with –
- You could dress in red, white and blue and have a picnic in your garden if the weather is nice.
- You could make your own special VE Day 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in your window at home.
Here are the instructions for your bunting.
You could use any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paint you have or whatever you can find if you are making your own template.
Alternatively use the template below if you have a printer.
To make your bunting either cut out the template below along the dotted lines and fold the straight edge so you can hang your bunting up. If you wanted to make your own template you will need to copy the same shape as the template onto your own paper or card instead. You can choose how big or small you make your bunting if you make your own.
You can then decorate your bunting with pictures of whatever inspires you
- A soldier from WW2, you can find photos of these on the internet.
- The Union Jack flag
- A dove to show peace (Try to remember when we made peace doves earlier in the year with your hand)
- A message of thanks
- Your own hero, maybe a family member who fought in the war in the past.
Finally fold over the folded side and use sticky tape to make a loop then thread string through so you can hang your bunting up.
- Listen to some VE day music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAaxkAgVkHQ&list=PLcnNrxH7mUyFtNrePTZzANn-EeW9AqI1e or learn some wartime songs https://www.carradinescockneysingalong.co.uk/ve-day
- You could colour in some of the VE day colouring pages below from www.twinkl.co.uk
- Soldiers in WW2 also got medals for bravery. Here is an activity sheet to give you some ideas if you wanted to design your own medal. You could even make one using cardboard and ribbon if you wanted to.Sheet taken from www.twinkl.co.uk
We hope you have a lovely day celebrating 75 years since the first VE day!
Please do send some photos to the year 2 home learning email address above.