Good Morning Everyone Mrs Altoft here! Today’s and tomorrow’s blog posts are slightly different because…
and we thought it would be great fun to celebrate whether you are at home or school. We are sharing the same on every class blog today in order to give you the chance to work with brothers and sisters and have a little bit of fun for your FINAL 2 days of home learning.
Before we get started, I just wanted to share the World Book Day live event at 10.30am today which you may wish to watch as a family.
Activity 2 – As you will have seen I have added an ‘Our favourite stories’ section to our library. For your next task I would like to know about your favourite book. What book do you enjoy reading?
I would like you to create an animation, cartoon or film to retell your favourite story. You could use 2animate on purple mash, you could draw it as a cartoon or you could make it as a film using objects to retell it or you could even star in the film yourself!
Here are two examples we made during the first lockdown…
I can’t wait to see what you create!
Activity 3 – For your third and final activity of the day, I would like you to create something ready for tomorrow. I would like you to create a book cover/picture/model to represent for one of the following books…
I would then like you to display your picture in a window/the garden of your house. You might want to just use paper and put it in the window or make an actual model and display it in the garden. Please work as a team together as your finished piece of artwork will be very important tomorrow?!?!
I hope you have a lovely day. Remember to send photos of your work to your teacher on Seesaw/Evidence Me so we can see what you have been doing. Have fun! Mrs A x
As it is World Book Day, there’s no better day than to complete the final part of our Amelia Earhart biography that we have been reading this week.
I received some amazing letters to Amy yesterday so I just have to share them. Your writing has been outstanding class 2, well done. It looks like you all had fun with the science activity too.
Here’s the plan for today class 2. This will be our last home learning plan like this as we are finishing the week with two days of whole school World Book Day activities. Try your very best with all of the tasks I have set today and I will be back on Friday to say goodbye to home learning!
English: We are going to complete our work on Amelia Earhart today. Remember last week when we said that Amy Johnson was courageous or brave? It must have been quite scary to go up in an aeroplane when not many people had done it before, especially not alone. Amelia was also very courageous. Both Amy and Amelia were determined and resilient too and they loved a challenge. Today I want you to try and imagine what Amelia was thinking when she flew solo over the Atlantic Ocean. You can complete the thought bubble template or draw your own thought bubbles and add your ideas to them.
Your second task is to think of three things that Amelia would have needed on her journey that would have been really important to her. if I were going on a long journey today, my most important thing of all to take would be my mobile phone as I could use Google Maps to plan my route and I could ring someone if I needed help. Amelia wouldn’t have been able to do that as mobile phones hadn’t been invented then. I think I would then choose a snack like chocolate and if I wasn’t driving I would take my Kindle or a book. What are you going to choose for Amelia? You can draw and label them and then if you want to, you can write a short explanation of why the things you have chosen would be important. There is a template or you can just draw them on paper or in your homework book.
Now it’s time for the third instalment of our book ‘Who was Amelia Earhart?’
Just for fun I thought I would show you this picture I have on my wall at home. It shows two members of the Flying Black Hats (one man, one woman) playing tennis on the wings of an aeroplane at 3000 feet up in the air! The photo was taken in 1925 which was during the time that the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart were flying too and just before Amy Johnson became an aviator. They would have flown very similar planes. The Flying Black Hats were an aerial stunt group that did all sorts of aerobatics at air shows. Hopefully they had some form of safety harnesses on to stop them falling off. I imagine the tennis ball needed to be on a piece of elastic too!
Spelling: I have added the word search and the handwriting sheet for the ‘tion’ spelling pattern to Seesaw for you.
Maths: You were amazing with adding money amounts yesterday, today’s lesson focuses on working out how much change to give someone if they buy something or how much change you should get if you buy something in a shop.
if you want some additional practice, you can set up a shop like you did on Monday or there is an additional task from White Rose Maths here which is also on Seesaw. (If you access it from Seesaw it will have the boxes on for answers, the file is too big to upload that version to the blog.)
Wellbeing activities: Deaf people can find it hard to communicate and often use either lip-reading or sign language. During the Corona virus pandemic, lip-reading has been really hard for them as lots of adults have need to cover their mouths with masks. I thought it would be both fun and useful if we practised finger spelling to sign the alphabet. Can you learn to spell your name using the signing alphabet?
Finally to our last item of class 2 home school learning. For the next two days every class will be posting the same activities so that your family and can all celebrate World Book Day together. So I am going to leave you with a story, one that is really relevant to this pandemic as it is the story of Sir Tom Moore called One Hundred Steps. I hope you enjoy it class 2. I will post the last of our celebration photos over the weekend before I see you all on Monday, Mrs P x
Remember to look at the class two blog tomorrow and Friday to see what Mrs Altoft has planned for us all to celebrate World Book Day.
Good morning class 2. I thought I would share some of yesterday’s work as we don’t have many days of our home learning blog left! there was lots of great work comparing Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart, some fab Union Flag creations and lots of you deciding to become shop owners to practise your maths!
Here’s our plan for the day:
English: Yesterday you worked so hard to find lots of things that were the same and lots of things that were different for Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart. Today you are going to read a letter from Amelia to Amy.
Your task today is to write a letter back to Amy. Can you answer some of the questions she has asked? Can you send her a positive message to wish her luck on her journey? You can write your letter onto paper or in your homework book but there are also two templates on Seesaw if you would like to use those.
Your other maths activity today is this one, Fruity Pairs. if you have some fruit you could use it to help you with the first part of the task, or you could draw and cut out some fruity pictures.
Science: We have a fun activity today to help think about why some materials are great for making some objects and not others. Would a teapot made of chocolate be any good for example? I think it would melt into a soggy gooey mess don’t you? How about a hat made of glass? Most of you would probably say that it’s not a good idea as it could break easily and hurt you, but some people might that think it’s a good idea as they know that glass is a waterproof material and they won’t get wet if it rains!
For your activity today you are going to use two spinners. One will choose a material and one will choose an object. You can then decide if the material is a good match for the object. You can just discuss this with your family or your classmates in school if you wish but you could write your ideas down or make a video or audio clip to share your ideas.
You will need the spinner templates, a pencil and a paper clip if you have one. If you don’t want to print the spinner template, you can use the one on Seesaw by laying your tablet or i-pad flat. You could even draw round a cup and create your own spinners (if you do this you could even change some of the materials or objects too). Once you have your spinners, put your pencil in the end of the paper clip and place it in the middle of the first spinner. If you flick the paperclip, it will spin and select a material for you. Repeat this with the other spinner.
Think about these questions whilst you are doing the activity.
What are these objects used for?
Are these two things a good match?
What would happen if we made that object from that material?
Are there any other materials that we could use instead?
Finally, have a look at these unusual uses of materials. Discuss them with whoever you are with. Do you like the ways that these materials have been used? Have you got any unusual uses of materials at home? Mr Platten has turned his old work boots into nesting boxes for birds.
A new month and lots of exciting changes to come, the biggest of all being that we will be back in school next week and this is our final week of home learning! Just five more days class two so keep trying your best right up to the very last activity! I am amazingly proud of all of you and I can’t wait to see you! I have posted some photos of different ways you tacked the maths problems on Friday and some great PSE/RE work from the pupils who were in school. Our star speller of the week is Delilah, who has been working really hard on her spelling work Well done Delilah!
Here’s our plan to start the week off.
English: We are going to spend the next three days finding out about our final aviation pioneer. Her name is Amelia Earhart and she is another female aviator just like Amy Johnson. Amelia is American though not English. Watch this presentation to find out a bit more about Amelia.
We will celebrating World Book Day and our love of reading later this week so I am going to read you some chapters from this book about Amelia’s life over the next few days. We call this sort of non-fiction book a biography.
I am sure that you will recognise lots of similarities (things that are the same) between Amelia and Amy but there are also lots of differences too. Your task today is to compare the lives of Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson and investigate what similarities and differences there are. You can record your ideas in a table like this if you want to, and use the template on Seesaw, or you can decide to organise your work in a different way. You might need to look back at the work you did on Amy Johnson last week to help you. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Spelling: For our last week of home leaning spelling before we return to out classroom we are going to look at words ending in ‘tion’. Watch the powerpoint video to find out more.
Maths: I hope you enjoyed learning about money last week. We have just a few more lessons to go to really make sure you understand as much as you can about coins, notes and using money. Today’s lesson focusses on exchanging money for items in a shop.
Today you can set your own shop up at home. Grab some of your toys and teddies or some other items that an adult might let you have. You can write labels for them with different amounts on or ask an adult to think of some prices for you. Practise exchanging money for the items in your shop, this will be more fun if another family member or a classmate in school can join in with you and you can take turns to be the shopkeeper and the the customer.
Theme: Mrs Plant has provided us with this activity.
Today we would like you to find out more about the United Kingdom and create a fact file. You could think about the following questions to help you.
What countries make up the United Kingdom?
What are their capital cities?
What currency (money) do the countries use?
What is the main language used?
What do the flags of each country look like?
We have added a template to your 2Dos on Purple Mash or you could create your own fact file.
The Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is the British flag. It is called the Union Flag because it stands for the union of the countries of the United Kingdom under one King or Queen. We will find out more about this flag when we return to school.
Today as an added challenge we would like you to create your own Union Flag. You can just draw and colour it or get a bit more creative. It is entirely up to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
We have also added a template to your 2Dos on Purple Mash to create a flag online.
Good morning class 2, nearly the weekend and then only one more week of remote learning! I really enjoyed reading all of your Amy postcards that i received yesterday, you had really looked carefully at the information provided and produced some quality work. Also Happy Birthday to our most recent birthdays, Jemima and Reuben.
This is the plan for today class two.
English and spelling
English and spelling: We are going to focus on some grammar work today, learning about adverbs. Most adverbs (although not all) end in -ly so this fits in really well with the suffix spelling lesson we have been practising this week. Have a look at this poster which explains a little bit more about adverbs and then watch me explain it a little further on the video power point.
You can see that the adverb goes with the verb of the sentence to add more detail. You can look at a list of adverbs that I have added to Seesaw. Adverbs help to add detail to your writing and make it more interesting to read. There are three tasks for you to complete on Seesaw. This first one is to find the adverbs and highlight them. The second activity asks you to change an adjective such as kind to an adverb kind + ly = kindly. Finally you will get some practise using adverbs in sentences. You can choose which activities to complete but it will really help you develop your use of year 2 grammar if you complete them all.
Brain break: Thank-you for voting. The winning video clip this week is Koo Koo Kanga Roo Roller Coaster. Don’t get too dizzy!
Maths: Have a go at solving this money based problem below. There are also some additional challenges on Seesaw.
Learning about money including how to earn it, how to save it and what to spend it on are really important life-skills which extend much further than just being able to recognise coins and notes, add up and work out change. Watch this video presentation I have edited to find out a little more.
P.E. Did you do P.E. with Joe Wicks this morning? If you have any more energy you can join in with either of these two activities. We are revisiting PE with Mr Dineen for his second lesson and then a new dance routine from Active Fusion.
If dance is more your thing, have a try at this.
R.E./P.S.E. We are going to look at a new block of lessons from Oak Academy called Me, You and Us. Lots of you told me that you enjoyed the Forever Friends unit we did before half-term and that the activities were fun, so I hope that you enjoy this one too.
Hello class 2 – not too long until we are all back in our own classroom now! Keep working hard until then. I know today isn’t a celebration of work day but I just had to show you some of the amazing moths for Amy that you designed yesterday. I think any one of them would have been great to be made into an actual moth statue and put on display with the other sixty moths. You had some really creative ideas. I also watched some very funny videos of some of you using our spelling adverbs to role-play how you moved around your house!
Here’s today’s plan class two.
English: Yesterday you looked at part of Amy’s journey and recorded important flight details for some of the places she flew over or landed in. As well as making a flight log, Amy would have wanted to let her family know that she was ok. How could she have done that? There were no mobile phones or computers in the 1930’s so she couldn’t send texts or emails. There weren’t even any landline phones available in the places she landed that would allow her to ring up her family and friends back in England. The only way she could communicate was to write a letter. Perhaps she wrote a letter like this one.
Sometimes when people visited a place they sent a postcard instead of a letter. Postcards are still sent today, usually when people go away on holiday as the front of the postcard will have photographs on of the place they are visiting/ Have you ever sent or received a postcard? Postcards don’t contain as much detail as a letter as there is not as much space for writing as the address has to be written on the postcard too. Your task today is to design a postcard that Amy might have sent when she was in Rangoon. Use the information in the letter to help you. You can design a picture to go on the front of the postcard too. There are templates for you to use or you can just draw two rectangles onto paper. You might want to do a little more research on some of the places in Amy’s letter using the internet (always check with an adult before using the internet and never give any personal information away). I have also added a little video clip below to help you think about Rangoon was like in the 1930’s. The film is in black and white as there was no colour film back then!
Spelling: There is a word search and a handwriting sheet for you on Seesaw today to support learning with -ly and -less suffixes.
Maths: In your maths lesson today you will be learning about addition and subtraction with money which is really useful for when you get pocket money or any birthday and Christmas money and want to plan out what you can spend.
Music: We are going to start a new block for music today which will help us learn about key music vocabulary such as tempo, dynamics and timbre. We are going to use the excellent resources from Oak Academy for this.
Wow I received so much work from you all yesterday. Lots of you really enjoyed the science investigation and it seemed to be the cylinder shape that most people found made the strongest paper tower. There was also lots of work showing me that you have a really good understanding of money and also some really detailed work on the Wright Brothers and Amy Johnson. Well done for all your amazing efforts.
Here’s our learning plan for today.
English: today we are going to look at Amy Johnson’s record breaking flight in1930 when she became the first woman to fly solo to Australia. Can you remember how long it took her? Almost 20 days! Today it would take only one day (24 hours) in a modern aircraft. Of course she couldn’t stay up in the air all of that time as she needed to re-fuel, do some maintenance on her aircraft and eat and rest. Look at the map of her journey and see what countries and continents she flew over and made stops in. You might need to use an atlas or world map to look more closely.
On her flight Amy would have kept detailed records of each part of the journey, this is called a flight log or log book. She needed to record the date, where she flew from and to, how long the flight was and any other details she felt were important. You can see on the flight log below that Amy ran into a monsoon on 13th May. The monsoon brought extremely heavy winds and rain that damaged her plane and delayed her journey. It must have been terrifying but Amy did not give up, she was very resilient.
Your task today is recreate a flight log for part of Amy’s journey to Australia. There is a table that you can use or you can design your own. Think about just one part of the journey to focus on in more detail. Was she flying over land or sea? What do you imagine the weather would have been like during the flight? what other comments might she have made?
Spelling: Today I would like you to go on a great spelling website and play some games to consolidate your learning on the suffixes we did before half-term and the ones we have been looking at this week. https://www.spellingplay.co.uk/planning-and-resources/year-2/more-suffixes/connies-consonant-suffixes. Then you can try and follow the instructions on the card below, maybe someone could video you following the instructions? Then can you give simple instructions to a member of your family that uses the verb jump, hop, whisper or shout and an adverb?
Maths: Continuing our work on money, we will be looking at comparing different amounts of money.
Art: Remember the work we have been doing on Amy Johnson this week? The plane that Amy flew was a De Havilland Gipsy Moth. In 2016 as part of the Amy Johnson festival in Hull, 59 moth statues were created, decorated and displayed, mostly around Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. These are some of the moths that were created. ( An additional moth was created in 2020 making a total of 60). You can see two moths in Beverley, one at the Flemingate Shopping Centre and one at St. Nicholas Primary School as the children there helped to design it.
Your task today is to design another moth for the Amy Johnson collection. There is a template on Seesaw to help you or you could just draw your own outline if you wish to. Your design can be of anything. It doesn’t have to relate to flight if you don’t want it too but it would be nice if it had a theme. Here’s the link if you want to see all of the moths and also find out where the moths that are still on display can be seen. it would be lovely to use bright colours to continue the style of the artist Christopher Corr that we studied before half-term.
Wellbeing: Have a look at the photo of the Amy Johnson Cup for Courage. What does courage mean? Discuss it with whoever is sitting next to you then have a look at the video.
In 2013, the winner of the cup was an 11 year old girl who saved her grandmother from a fire. Why do you think that was a brave or courageous thing to do? Do you think the girl deserved to win the cup? What’s the bravest or most courageous thing that you have ever done? Do you think Amy Johnson was courageous flying solo to Australia? You can choose one of these two tasks. The first task is to choose someone you know who has done something courageous and say why they should be awarded the Amy Johnson Cup. The second task you could choose is to make a list of things that you think would be courageous or brave to do.
Well done class 2 for all of the work you completed yesterday. It was good to see all the work coming in again. Hopefully this way of learning won’t be for much longer!
Today’s plan looks like this:
English: Before half-term we learned that Neil Armstrong was a significant person in space travel (remember we also learned that significant means important) and yesterday we learned that the Wright brothers were significant in the development of early flight. For the rest of this week we are going to focus on Amy Johnson. Not only was she also a significant person in the development of early flight, she was also a woman and it was very unusual for women to be involved in aviation and engineering at that time. She was also local, having been born in Hull. There is a school in Hull that is named after her and also an exhibition of her life at Sewerby Hall, Bridlington.
Mrs Gardner is kindly sharing this power point with us so we can learn more about who Amy was as a person.
This is a timeline of Amy’s life.
Watch this short video clip to find out even more about her amazing achievements.
Now you’ve watched the videos, what do you think her greatest achievement was? Do you think she was brave for what she did? Today’s task is to create a fact-file for Amy using the information you have looked at today. You could make a poster to celebrate Amy’s achievements, become a reporter and make a video celebrating Amy’s life or complete one of the fact file templates that have been added to Seesaw.
Spelling: You have a roll the dice activity today for your spellings. The template is on Seesaw. If you can’t print the dice that’s not a problem, you could number the sides of the spelling dice on the Seesaw template and just roll an ordinary dice, or you could make your own dice from a piece of paper. The download is below if you do want to print from here.
I have added an activity from White Rose maths to Seesaw which involves counting notes and coins. You can type your answers onto the sheet or record them in your homework book.
Science: To start with I’d like you to watch this video song clip (join in with it if you would like). It’s quite fun and really useful to recap all the science learning we did on materials before half-term.
Ok, now you are ready for today’s science activity I think you’d agree that you wouldn’t wear paper clothes in the rain but we are going to use paper today in our investigation into strong shapes, so you’ll be be using your maths knowledge too! You will need 3 sheets of A4 paper but don’t worry if you don’t have exactly that as you could try newspaper, wrapping paper or even thin card instead. Watch this short video clip to find out more.
Construct your tower shapes and test out how many books or other flat objects you can place on top before each of your towers collapse. Use the same objects each time as this makes it a fair test. Do you know the mathematical names for the 3D towers you have made? You can record your findings in whichever way you wish or there is a template on Seesaw that you could use. Perhaps you could make a short video or audio commentary? Don’t forget to upload some photos to Seesaw too so we can look at your investigation. If you want to challenge yourself can you find out or remind yourself what a 2D pentagon, hexagon or octagon shape looks like and create that shape for the base of your tower?
if you have enjoyed that task and would like to do a further paper activity, you can make paper spinners. These use some of the principles that the early aviators had to use for gliders before they developed the technology and engineering to make the aeroplanes with engines that Amy Johnson flew. This activity will also be on Seesaw.
I hope you have all had a fun and relaxing half-term. It has been strange not having lots of Seesaw posts every day from you all, I did miss it! I’m a little sad that the snow has all gone now but I am excited that Spring is hopefully on the way and we get better weather, longer days and the chance to spend more time outside. I have added a vote note to Seesaw for this week’s brain break choices.
Here’s what’s on the plan for today:
English -linked to theme
Reading – online reading opportunities
Spelling – suffixes
Maths – money
English: We are starting this half-term by retracing our steps through the history of aviation. Today we are going right back to the early days of flight to consider some of the earliest aircraft that flew and later in the week we are going to look at Amy Johnson and her life story. Have you been on an aeroplane to go on holiday somewhere? It’s not unusual now but just over one hundred years ago, the pioneers of early flight were trying to take to the skies. The Wright Brothers were two such people. Watch this animated video clip to learn more about them.
Now compare that clip with real footage from the 1900’s of the Wright brothers early flights. It’s amazing considering how dangerous these early planes looked that it was just over fifty years later that there was a manned flight into space. Would you have liked to try and fly in any of those early designs? I think it would have been quite scary.
Next look at this timeline of flight. Which order do you think the events need to go in? Discuss it with whoever you are sitting next to.
Now you have a choice of two tasks today on the Wright brothers. They are both on Seesaw. One is a comprehension activity where you can fill in the blanks in the sentences and there is a word bank to help you. The second activity is a piece of bunting to complete with information that you have learned about the Wright brothers.
Reading: Don’t forget if you haven’t tried it already, you now have free access to Sooper Books. The login details were sent over half-term via Seesaw, please email or send a Seesaw note if you need them sending again.
I have also been contacted by a parent with details of a link to a free e-book to read on the subject of Space. Although we have completed our class work on space, I know many of you really enjoyed it, so I thought you still might like to access the book here. https://mailchi.mp/booklife/free-ebook-991881?e=fcc1318389
Spelling: Can you remember what a suffix is from the work we did at the end of last half-term? If you can, tell whoever is with you what you can remember. If not don’t worry, as we are recapping with this week’s work but looking at different suffixes. This is our spelling list for this week.
Where about in a word does the suffix come? is it the beginning, the middle or the end? Can you work out what this week’s suffixes are? Watch this short video clip and we’ll go through it together and play a game.
Maths: Today we are starting a two week block on money. The national Curriculum has the following expectations for year 2 pupils.
recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change
We are going to use the Oak Academy lessons again for this block of work with additional activities to support as well. We are starting with lesson 3 as the first two lessons are introductory lessons to money for Key Stage One and we have covered these in class 2 already.
There are a few extra tasks you can tackle today. First of all look at the coin strip below or ask an adult if you can have some real coins and put them in order of value. Can you recognise each coin?
If you can recognise each coin, can you then work out the following:
How many pennies are needed to make 10p or 20p or 50p?
How many 2p coins do you need to make 20p or 50p (practise counting in 2s)
How many 5 pence coins do you need to make 50p or £1 (practise counting in 5s)
How many 10p coins do you need to make £1 or £2?
Next look at this selection of coins.
How many different ways can you use the coins to make 30p? You can use each coin more than once for each calculation. Try to think of at least ten ways to do it.
What is the least amount of coins you could use to make 30p?
What is the most amount of coins you could use to make 30p?
Record your answers as number sentences like this example: 5p+5p+10p+2p +2p+2p+2p+2p = 30p
This half term we are going to be learning more about the United Kingdom and Mrs Plant is planning the home learning for KS1 for this whilst I plan the KS1 science which will be posted tomorrow. To start we would like to find out more about the places you have visited. You may have travelled abroad to different countries, to places in the United Kingdom or to places near to where you live.
Our school is in Brandesburton, which is in the country England. Using the maps below talk with a family member about the location of Brandesburton and the places you have visited. Think about:
how you got there
how far away it is
what places are nearby
what country it is in
what landmarks you saw
what activities you did
Click on the link to take you to an interactive world map that lets you look at different countries in greater detail.