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Tuesday 2nd June

Literacy – skills lesson

This week we will be learning all about the life of a famous artist called Andy Goldsworthy.


Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist known for his artwork which uses natural materials. Andy Goldsworthy makes his art out of rocks, ice, leaves, or branches even though he knows they won't always be there. So he can share his art work, he always photographs what he has done.


Here is a video which shows you some of his scuptures and art work. 



Here is a video where Andy Goldsworthy talks about making his sculptures, you might be suprised by what he says! 



Please read the powerpoint taken from Twinkl which explains more about his life and achievement.

Andy Goldsworthy information

Today's skill will be answering reading comprehension questions about Andy Goldsworthy and his achievements.

Use the powerpoint to help you answer the questions below. 


1. When was Andy Goldsworthy born?

2. Can you name 3 natural materials that he might use in his art?

3. What is the proper name for the type of art he makes? Clue – it is on the slide that tells you where his art is made.

4. What is the special name for the award that he was given by the queen?

5. Which was the most surprising material he uses? Why were you surprised?

6. Why do you think people like his art work?

7. Choose your favourite piece of Andy Goldsworthy art and explain why you like it.

Maths – number bonds

Today's maths lesson is about your number bonds to 100.

Follow the video lesson. Click on the link below which is for week 4 lesson 4. 




Pause the video when you are asked to so that you can answer the questions.


If you have a printer at home, you can download the activity sheet by clicking on the link below and printing it. If you don't have a printer, then it is just as easy to use a piece of paper and it is not a problem to skip some of the questions.


Deep thinking task

Can you complete the grid below so that all the horizontal and vertical lines add up to 60?


Extra challenge

Can you make your own patterns where each line adds up to 60?

How many different possible ways can you find to solve this problem?

Wider curricular activity - art

Your challenge is to make your own Andy Goldsworthy inspired art work. There are lots of different ways you could do this but here are some ideas to help you:


Rock balancing – get different-sized rocks and pebbles and experiment balancing them on top of each other to create your own rock-balancing sculpture.


Land art – go outside and find natural resources, such as rocks, sticks and mud and create an arch using these materials.


Photography – take photos of things outdoors at different times of the day. Look at how they change. Maybe you could take the same photo later on in the month to see how it has changed.


Wednesday 3rd June

Wellbeing Wednesday

Relax and enjoy some Calm Me time with Mrs Cocker by watching the video below.



Wellbeing Activities


Once you are feeling energised, you need to have a think about what makes you special, such as your personal qualities, skills, hobbies, as well as considering things such as your likes and dislikes. Why don't you discuss this with your family to make sure you don't forget anything?


Once you've done this, have a go at the activity below, you could print out the sheets or design your own 'Self-Love Blocks' poster and write the answers to the questions.


Don't forget to take a couple of minutes a day to complete some Calm Me time. 

Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman


You may also like to have a read of a free e-book called Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman - a bright and friendly book with a reassuring message for children. Please click on the link below. 

Just for fun...


Just for fun, here is a game called squares that you can play. You only need a pen and a piece of paper! 


You will need:

A pen

A piece of paper

Somebody else to play with


1. Make a square array of dots i.e. 10 by 10 dots.

2. Each player takes it in turns to draw 1 line between two adjacent dots. Lines can either be horizontal or vertical, NOT diagonal.

3. The aim of the game is to make as many boxes as possible, without letting the other player get them.

4. If you managed to complete the 4th side to a box then add your initial on the inside.

5. The winner is the person with most initialled boxes.

Resource by My Baba

Thursday 4th June

Literacy – skills activity

We are going to use the powerpoint from yesterday and the facts below about Andy Goldsworthy to write some exciting fact sentences ready to use in our fact file on Friday.


Here are some extra facts to help you.


Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist whose work inspires children and adults all around the world! 


He was born in England July 1956 and he grew up working on farms. He said this helped him to do his current work as a sculptor.

He went to university and he now makes art all around the world.

Andy Goldsworthy lives in Scotland. 


All of his art is linked to nature. 

Andy Goldsworthy is inspired by things like snowflakes, twigs, leaves and rocks.

He always photographs a sculpture after he has finished.

Using the facts above, pick some facts to write in your own words using our super sentence starters below.


For example:

Did you know Andy Goldsworthy lives in Scotland?

Surprisingly, his art only uses things you find in nature like twigs and leaves.


Here are some super sentence starters to help you:

Did you know that...?

Not many people know






Maths – Multiplication sentences using the symbol 'x'


Today's maths lesson is about multiplications sentences using the symbol ‘x’

Follow the video lesson. Click on the link below. You will need the video for week 5 lesson 1.




Pause the video when you are asked to so that you can answer the questions.


If you have a printer at home, you can download the activity sheet by clicking on the link below and printing it. If you don't have a printer, then it is just as easy to use a piece of paper and it is not a problem to skip some of the questions.


Deeper thinking task

True or false?

Is this number sentnce right? 

2 x 5 = 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2

Draw a picture that helps to prove your answer.


Extra challenge -

Wider curriculum - Science

Butterfly life cycles


Your job is to find out about the life cycle of a butterfly and share what you have learned. You may want to start by watching the video below.

It uses a very clever science word called metamorphosis (say it met-a-mor-pho-sis) which just means when an animal looks very different when it is fully grown.



Here are some ideas for how you could present your animal life cycle:

- Draw pictures

- Make a 3D model

- Do a painting

- Draw a comic strip

- Make a life cycle wheel like the picture below. We used rice and pasta to make these wheels which you could do to if you already have some spare at home.

Friday 5th June

Literacy - writing activity


We are going to make our own fact files about Andy Goldsworthy today.


Remember you fact file should include the key features you used in your animal fact file like -

A title


Facts about Andy Goldsworthy 

Full sentences correctly punctuated

Sentence starters similar to the ones we used during our 'Mission to the Moon' topic such as for example:

Did you know that...?

Not many people know...




Pictures/ drawings

'Did you know?' fact box


You might like to think about some creative ways to set out your fact file. There are some templates below to help you if you can print them out. Don't forget to decorate and colour your fact file so that it is eye catching for your reader. 


We would love to see your completed fact files, please e-mail them to us at year2homelearning@oldbasford.nottingham.sch.uk.

Maths – figure it out Friday


Choose your challenge! 


The first challenge is where you will need to add some of the number cards together to make the totals below. You can only use each card once to make the total but you can use more than 2 of the cards! It might help you to draw dots for the numbers to find out the totals.

Extra challenge!

Have a go at these investigation questions below. All of these problems need you to choose the right calculation (+, - x or ÷). Think carefully about each question before you have a go. Good luck! 

Wider curriculum – PE


Following our work this week on nature, you have 2 choices for your PE lesson. The first option is to do a hungry caterpillar inspired cosmic yoga session.


Here is the story to enjoy before or after if you wanted to watch it. 


Cosmic yoga link - 



The second option is the challenge to make up a dance like a bumble bee for the 'flight of a bumblebee' song composed by Korsakov.

Here is a cartoon of a bee with the music playing in the background, watch what the bee does.



Now for the dance!

Think about how a bee moves, is it slow and gentle or fast and busy?

Warm up by travelling around a space like how you imagine a bee would travel. 

Now practise just thinking about the bee's wings. You will need to use your arms to quickly flap at your sides, in front of you and above your head. 

Now imagine you are a bee travelling around and stop everytime you imagine you have found a flower. Someone in your family could tell you when to stop to smell the flowers.

When a bee stops at a flower it pokes its head in the centre and sucks up the pollen with its tongue. 

Honey bees also crawl around a flower collecting pollen in little sacks on their legs. Next you can pretend you are a bee putting the flower pollen in the sacks on your legs. 


Now you can put all of these moves together to make a dance for the 'flight of the bumblebee' song.

  1. Sit on the floor with your wings flapping.
  2. Stand up whilst still flapping and reaching your arms around. 
  3. Quickly move to an imaginary flower, stop and move to another flower.
  4. Slowly poke your head in the imaginary flower a few times.
  5. Move slowly around your imaginary flower putting the pollen in your pretend leg sacks.
  6. Fly back to your beehive and rest!


We would love to see any dances you create if you can email them to our year 2 email address :) 


2020 Virtual Summer Reading Challenge


Launched today (Friday 5th June) at 4pm!





This year, the Library Service are running their Summer Reading Challenge virtually. Join them on facebook from 4pm today for the launch, where you will be able to find out more about the challenge and watch authors and celebrities share their favourite stories and hold drawing master classes. 


The challenge involves reading as many books as you can between now and September.


Click on the link above to sign up and begin keeping a log of how many books you read. The website also includes lots of games and book recommendations. Children who take part will also be awarded a prize at school in September!


Good luck and happy reading!