Monthly Archives: April 2020

Homework – Week beginning 27.04.20

Welcome to Week 2 of summer term. Again, we have plenty of activities for you to get creative with this week. In the ‘Art Gallery‘ section of the blog, we have a new weekly creative challenge called ‘Art-e-facts.’ Every week a new artefact will be posted and anyone in the school community can send us a creative response to the artefact and it will be posted in the gallery. Find out more here and see what how your teachers have responded to this week’s artefact here!

If the work below isn’t enough for you, BBC Bitsize are releasing additional daily lessons every day which you can find here! There are geography, history and well-being lessons as well. There are also additional weekly lessons you can explore here too, including Spanish! Please complete the work below first.

There is lots to explore on the ‘Healthy Lives‘ section of the blog too.

English

Our topic this term is ‘Up, Up and Away’. Our focus for this topic is things that fly, float or are already up in the air.

In English this week your task is to write a biography about Amelia Earhart. A biography is a description of a real person’s life, including factual details as well as stories from the person’s life. Most biographies are written about people who are or were famous or ordinary people who have done exciting things.  

To be successful you must include the following in your biography:

  • Include a heading and subheadings
  • Include technical vocabulary
  • Include connectives

Here is an example of a biography. Can you spot some of the features from the success criteria?

In order to write a good biography you need to do some research on Amelia Earhart.

Watch this video to find out more:

Here are some websites you can visit to help you learn more about Amelia Earhart:

https://kids.kiddle.co/Amelia_Earhart

https://www.pitara.com/non-fiction-for-kids/biographies-for-kids/amelia-earhart/

https://www.lottie.com/blogs/strong-women/amelia-earhart-biography-for-kids

Please encourage children to use the think it, say it, write it, CHECK IT method for every sentence when writing and then ensure they read through their work at the end to correct any punctuation and spelling errors and see what they can add to make it even better!

We would also like you to have completed the following tasks by the end of the week:

  • Complete pages 16-17 of your CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book.
  • Ensure you are confident in spelling all the weekly spelling words (see below). Can an adult test you on these to identify which spellings you need to practice further?

Contractions, where a letter is replaced by an apostrophe

  1. can’t
  2. didn’t
  3. hasn’t
  4. couldn’t
  5. it’s
  6. I’ll
  7. don’t
  8. wasn’t
  9. mustn’t
  10. weren’t

Reading

This week we are focusing on vocabulary, in particular technical vocabulary. Technical vocabulary refers to key words about a particular subject.  

Read the text below.

Can you find the technical vocabulary? Are there any words you don’t know the meaning of? Can you use a dictionary or the internet to find the definition? Which of these words can you include in your biography?

Maths

This week in Maths we will be looking at ‘Position and Direction.’ Our aims are to be able to describe to position of an object, to be able to give directions and to use the language of rotation. Follow this link for 3 lessons that will directly teach you these aims: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths/#subjects. Last week’s lessons on shape are still there in case you want to revisit anything you found tricky. There is also a lesson on describing and creating shape patterns.

Once you have completed the 3 online lessons for Position and Direction you can then complete the ‘Position and Direction’ tasks on Mathletics and pages 66-68 of your CGP Maths book.

There are 5 class clips and one learner guide on Movement on BBC Bitesize if you need further support. You can find these here.

We would also like you to complete Addition and Subtraction (2) on Mathletics as it is important to keep practicing our number work regularly too 🙂

Science

This week in science we are continuing the theme of light. This week you will explore how our eye helps us to see things in this online lesson:

How can we see objects?

There is also a video clip and a quiz on light on BBC Bitesize here.

Art and Design

There are two online art lessons you can access here. One uses found objects and explores colour and the artist Anthony Goldsworthy and one uses different textured materials in the home to make rubbings, inspired by the artist Max Ernst.

Investigate colours.

Go on a texture treasure hunt.

We would love to see your creative creations!

Article of the week

Article 12- Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.

We would like you to think about how you views are respected and listened to. This includes:

  • Being properly listened to
  • Help to communicate your ideas if you need it
  • An invitation or opportunity to give your views in a way that works for you
  • Feeling that your voice counts
  • Trusting that you can speak honestly even if your opinion is different from many others
  • Believing that your opinion is welcome and respected

Try these activities to help you to think about Article 12:

How to contact us

We would love you to share with us what you are doing in the comments section of this blog post. You can also update your teacher on your progress by emailing year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk.

Happy learning everyone!

P4C – Week beginning 27.04.20

Look at the images below:

When and how often should people travel?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I disagree with… because
  • I would like to add…

Consider the following questions to help you delve even deeper:

Is it necessary to go on several holidays a year? Is it better for the environment to limit the number of places you travel to? Is it not more important to be able to travel whenever and wherever you like in order to gain life experiences and learn about the world? Is it better to travel to local places that don’t require you to use a plane? What is the most eco-friendly form of travelling?

Use the sentence starters below if you want to come up with your own philosophical question about something you have read or seen this week:

  • Should …?
  • Is it OK…?
  • What if…?
  • Is it possible…?
  • When is…?

Homework – Week beginning 20.04.20

Welcome to the beginning of summer term! We hope you had a fantastic Easter break. Thank you to everyone who has emailed us what they have been up to over Easter. You can look at your classmates’ work here. It’s not too late if you haven’t already shared what you have done – please do still email us your work and we will add it to the blog. Remember you can chat to your classmates here. Below are your learning tasks for this week. Please do comment on the P4C blog post with your response to the question so your classmates can see and respond. We will continue to check who is logging on to BugClub and Mathletics and announce the winners on Thursday, as well as choose 2 children from each class to receive the achievement certificates on Friday.

Wednesday 22nd April is Earth Day. Read more about Earth Day here where you’ll find some fun activities you can do throughout the week to celebrate. Please email us anything you’ve done to celebrate Earth Day!

If the work below isn’t enough for you, BBC Bitsize are releasing additional daily lessons each day which you can find here! Please complete the work below first.

There is lots to explore on the ‘Healthy Lives‘ section of the blog too.

English

Our topic this term is ‘Up, Up and Away’. Our focus for this topic is things that fly, float or are already up in the air.

Hot Air Balloon Clip Art | Hot air balloon cartoon, Hot air ...

In English this week your task is to write an explanation text on how a hot air balloon works or another vehicle of interest.

To be successful you must include the following in your text:

  • Include a heading and subheadings
  • Write in present tense  
  • Include technical vocab (envelope, hot air burner, basket)
  • Include connectives (when, if, because, and)

Here is an example of a good explanation text about hot air balloons. Can you spot some of the features from the success criteria?

In order to write a good explanation text you need to do some research on hot air balloons. Here are some websites you can visit to help you:

Please encourage children to use the think it, say it, write it, CHECK IT method for every sentence when writing and then ensure they read through their work at the end to correct any punctuation and spelling errors and see what they can add to make it even better!

We would also like you to have completed the following tasks by the end of the week:

  • Complete pages 12-14 of your CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book.
  • Ensure you are confident in spelling all the weekly spelling words (see below). Can an adult test you on these to identify which spellings you need to practice further?

Words that include -tion

  1. station
  2. fiction
  3. motion
  4. national
  5. section
  6. emotion
  7. invention
  8. creation
  9. function

Reading

This week we would like you to create your own blurb for a book you have read.

A blurb is the text on the back cover of a book. It is a summary of the story. It aims to get the reader interested in buying or reading the book.

Below: Blurb of Traction Man is Here

Here are a list of additional tasks for you to complete:

  • Continue to read a book every day (real or on BugClub) and discuss it with an adult or older sibling.
  • Daily story time with the family or ask an adult or older sibling if they can read a story to you.
  • Complete one of your reading comprehensions in your CPG book.

Maths

This week in Maths we will be revisiting the properties of shape. Our aims are to be able to identify the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, including number of sides and vertices, as well as identify 2D shapes on the faces of 3D shapes and lines of symmetry on 2D shapes. Follow this link for 5 lessons that will directly teach you these aims: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths/#subjects

Once you have completed these 5 online lessons you can then complete the ‘Properties of Shape’ tasks on Mathletics and pages 58-64 of your CGP Maths book.

You can find more learner guides and videos to help you complete these tasks at BBC Bitesize here.

We would also like you to complete Addition and Subtraction (1) on Mathletics as it is important to keep practicing our number work regularly too 🙂


Science

In science we will be revisiting our learning on light. In this online lesson you will learn where light comes from, how we see it and where darkness comes from.


Art and design

  • Create your own flying machine using recycled materials from around the house
  • Make a paper plane
  • Draw or paint a picture of the things you can see in the sky – clouds, birds, aeroplanes.

Article of the week

Article 24- the right to good quality healthcare, clean water, nutritious food, a clean environment and education on health and well-being.

We would like you to think about how you are accessing your right to health and well-being this week. This includes:

  • Enough Sleep – at least 8 hours
  • Nutritious Food – fruit and vegetables
  • Water
  • Good hygiene – keeping clean, particularly your hands
  • Exercise
  • A clean environment
  • Feeling safe, secure and respected
  • Health care – To see a doctor or a nurse when you need to.

Try these activities to help you to think about Article 24:

How to contact us

We would love you to share with us what you are doing in the comments section of this blog post. You can also update your teacher on your progress by emailing year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk.

Happy learning everyone!

P4C – Week beginning 20.04.20

P4C

This Wednesday, 22nd April, is Earth Day and the theme this year is ‘Action’. Here is a picture of Greta from the story ‘Greta and the Giants’ that we read in class. If you would like to listen to the story again click here. Greta Thunberg is a real person. When she was 16 she stopped going to school on a Friday and started to protest about our climate. We call her an activist because she is taking action to make a change. She is now famous all over the world and was nominated for a Global Peace Prize!

Can children make a difference in the world or should they wait until they are adults?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I disagree with… because
  • I would like to add…

Consider the following questions to help you delve even deeper:

Should we listen to children? Will adults listen to children? Are children’s opinions important? Should children miss school to protest? Is it more important to learn or look after the world? What other ways can children make a difference or help others?

Use the sentence starters below if you want to come up with your own philosophical question about something you have read or seen this week:

  • Should …?
  • Is it OK…?
  • What if…?
  • Is it possible…?
  • When is…?

Easter Holiday Homework

We hope you have enjoyed your first two weeks of home learning! We have enjoyed receiving and reading the work you have been doing. Look out for this week’s Mathletics and BugClub winners here and Stars of the Week here! On our Year 2 blog we now have a ‘Class Chat’ page to talk to your classmates, an ‘Our Work’ page to see what each other have been up to and a ‘Phonics’ page. It is now the beginning of the 2 week Easter break so we won’t be updating the blog for the next two weeks. We will respond to any emails you send to year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk when we return on 20/03/20. Below you can find the learning we would like you to have completed by the end of the Easter break. Here is a reminder for adults on how to keep children safe online and here are some reminders on how to stay healthy. Have a happy, healthy Easter.

English

By the end of the Easter break we would like you to have completed:

  • Traction Man story (see original homework blog post here for instructions). Please email this to us so we can give you some feedback on your writing targets.
  • A set of instructions for a dish or bake (see original homework blog here for instructions). Please email this to us so we can give you some feedback on your writing targets.
  • pages 2-11 of your CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling book.
  • Be confident in spelling all of the weekly spelling words that have been set in autumn and spring term. Can an adult test you on these to identify which spellings you need to practice further?

Why not enter the Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition on the theme ‘This Hidden Island.’ The deadline is Friday 15th May. All the details can be found here.

Please encourage children to use the think it, say it, write it, CHECK IT method for every sentence when writing and then ensure they read through their work at the end to correct any punctuation and spelling errors and see what they can add to make it even better!

Reading

By the end of the Easter break we would like you to have completed:

  • 4 reading comprehensions from you CGP English Comprehension Question Book. Parents you can find the answers here to mark their work.
  • 2 book reviews of books you have read (see original homework blog here for instructions). Please email these to us.
  • Continue to read a book every day (real or on BugClub) and discuss it with an adult or older sibling. If you are reading a book on BugClub please complete the questions linked to the book. If you find these tricky read the book a few more times!
  • Continue to listen to someone else reading a story to you every day. This could be from someone in your family or one of the many free audiobooks available online.

Story time is a fantastic way for family members to spend quality time together, relax, laugh, share and talk about books they love. One challenge we’d love you to do over Easter is create a cosy reading corner or den somewhere in your home, ideally one that you can fit in with at least one other reading buddy! Get creative with cushions, blankets, lights, boxes, chairs and signs and send us a picture of your and your family in your reading den.

Maths

By the end of the Easter break we would like you to have completed:

  • The 3 Number and Place Value modules on Mathletics; ‘Number and Place Value Counting,’ ‘Number and Place Value to 100 (1)’ and ‘Number and Place Value to 100 (2).’
  • The Number and Place Value chapter of your CGP book (p6-18).
  • The Fractions Module on Mathletics.
  • The Fractions chapter of your CGP book (p. 38-42).
  • The Mass, Length and Volume module on Mathletics.
  • p44-48 of the Measurements chapter of your CGP book.

Science

By the end of the Easter break we would like you to have completed:

  • The task thinking about the properties of different materials you find at home (see original homework blog here for instructions).
  • The sorting activity below of foods and the 5 food groups.
  • Write a healthy eating menu and send it to us (see original homework blog here for instructions).
  • The investigation below to find out what materials float and what materials sink.

Do you remember the names of the 5 food groups we studied last term? If not, here is a reminder! This will help you write a menu that has the right about of different food types. Why do you think the fruit and vegetables and carbohydrates sections of the plate are bigger? Why do you think the oils and spreads section is tiny? Do you remember the name for people who don’t eat meat? Do you remember the name for people who don’t eat meat or dairy? Can you find 10 items of food in your kitchen and sort them into the 5 different food groups?

Investigation: What materials float and what materials sink? Find at least 5 items in your house made of different materials ( metal, plastic, wood, glass) that your parents don’t mind you getting wet. Fill a sink, bath or bowl with water. Before placing each item in the bowl, predict whether you think it will float or sink: I predict it will…because… . Create a table in your exercise book (like the one below) to record what you observe. Challenge: Now that you know which materials float, can you find an item in your house (perhaps in the recycling bin) that would make a perfect boat for one of your small toys to sit in? We’d love you to send us a picture of your boat!

Art and Design

Below are lots of ideas of ways to get creative over Easter. We would love to see pictures of the art you create 🙂

  • Join children all over the country making rainbows in their windows. See an example here.
  • Design your own superhero object or toy inspired by Traction Man. Is it a girl or a boy? What does it look like? What does it wear? What is its personality? What special skills or talents does it have? 
  • Draw illustrations to match your action story.
  • Create the ‘set’ for your action story (the room of the house it takes place in) using recycled materials and a box.
  • Can you make your own toy out of recycled materials or other materials found around the house like Xhosa people in South Africa and West Africans do?
  • Create your own friendship bracelet to wear or give to a friend! See instructions here.
  • Get creative with shapes and create a Matisse inspired collage. See an example here.

P4C – Easter Holiday Homework

P4C

Have a look at the images below:

Should all children have access to toys?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I disagree with… because
  • I would like to add…

Consider the following questions to help you delve even deeper:

Is it necessary to buy brand new toys often? Is it fair that some children can afford to buy new toys whereas some can’t? What can you do to make sure less fortunate children have access to toys? Would it be wiser to spend your money on other things such as books or an experience rather than toys? Would it be more enjoyable to create your own toys from recycled objects?

Use the sentence starters below if you want to come up with your own philosophical question about something you have read or seen this week:

  • Should …?
  • Is it OK…?
  • What if…?
  • Is it possible…?
  • When is…?