Monthly Archives: May 2020

Homework – Week beginning 18/05/20

Welcome to Week 5 Year 2!

As it is half term next week we will not be updating the blog until after half term. We will respond to any emails sent during half term to year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk when we return on 01/06/20. Below you can find the learning we would like you to have completed by the end of the half term holiday. 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 half term break.

Today (Tuesday 19th May) we will be holding a Year 2 ‘Zoom Get-together’ from 2.30pm. If you would like to attend then please email  year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk so that we can send you the Zoom meeting link. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you there!

We will also be hosting a special Eid assembly on Thursday at 9am so please email us for the details of that as well. Read this post and send in pictures of your Eid preparations before Thursday so it can be shared in the assembly.

London History Day is celebrated on 31st May each year. Read this blog post to find some history-related activities that you can do to mark the day!

In addition to your homework below you can check out the Art-e-facts page to get creative and BBC Bitesize for additional daily lessons. There are also history and Spanish lessons here.

Paper packs with additional learning resources for each year group are available to collect from school from 9am-3.30pm until Friday 22nd May.

English

This week in English we will be continuing to explore the story Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. Click here to listen to the story!

While you are listening to the story, imagine you are an alien on the moon watching Bob. How do you feel about Bob being on the Moon? What do you think about him collecting rubbish? How do you feel about tourists visiting the moon and what do you think of Bob’s performance?

You have been watching Bob all day and you are going to write a recount to report back to the other aliens what you have seen Bob doing all day. A recount re-tells events in the order that they happened and describes people, places and things. It may also include the person’s thoughts and feels about what happened.

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

  • 1st person; I, me, my (you are the alien)
  • Past tense (you are re-telling what the astronaut did that day at the end of the day)
  • technical language (Astronauts, aliens, rocket, spaceships, crater)
  • time connectives (first, next, later) and things written in the order they happened.
  • adjectives to describe people, places and things seen.
  • Introduction with who, what, where, why and when
  • Conclusion summarising the day.

Challenge: Can you include the alien’s personal feelings about what the astronaut is doing?

Can you include some of the space technical vocabulary below?

Here is another story about Bob and what he gets up to: Bob’s Best Ever Friend by Simon Bartram.

Over the next two weeks, either before or after you write a recount of what Bob was doing that day on the moon (from the perspective of the alien), we would like you to follow the the 5 lessons on writing a recount here using the inspiration of ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter.’ This way you should be a lot more confident about writing recounts before summer 2 🙂

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!

There is also a video from Michael Rosen about writing a recount here.

The week’s spellings:

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?

The sound /ee/ spelt with -ey

  • key
  • donkey
  • monkey
  • chimney
  • valley
  • trolley
  • turkey
  • hockey
  • parsley
  • journey

There is additional spelling practice in your CGP books. 

Reading

This week we are retrieving information from the below text in order to answer the questions.

Please email us if you require a simpler or more challenging version of this text and questions for your child or if you would like the answers.

You may also enjoy listening to How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers here over the next two weeks.

Continue to read daily; silently or aloud, with others or on your own, a book, BugClub or a reading comprehension in your CGP book, or listen to someone reading a story. Miss Price-Rees will be reading The BFG on youtube every day!

Maths

This week we will be continuing with our fractions learning because fractions can be tricky and practice makes perfect! There are 5 new online fractions lessons here. Last week’s lessons are still there in case you want to revisit anything you found tricky.

There are two introductory learner guides on BBC Bitesize here too.

Once you have completed the lessons go back on to Mathletics and complete the fractions questions again – can you achieve a higher score this time and answer the questions quicker? We have added some problem solving fraction challenges as well!

Make sure you have also completed p38-42 of your Maths CGP book as well.

Science

This week’s science lesson is about how shadows are formed.

Over the next two weeks why not explore Nasa’s kids club website to learn more about space.

Art and Design

This week’s art lesson is to create shadow art.

Article of the Week

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 18/05/20

Is it important to have one best ever friend?

Listen to Bob’s Best Ever Friend by Simon Bartram here.

Consider these questions to help you think deeply about the question:

What makes a good friend? What is a ‘best’ friend? Can you have more than one best friend? Is it more important to have lots of friends or a few good friends? Does a best friend need to be human? Do we need to have any friends? Is it OK if you change who your friends are, or who your best friend is?

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…

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 11.05.20

Welcome to Week 4 Year 2!

If you haven’t already, check out our Youtube channel! Subscribe to see all the videos that Thomas Buxton teachers create. Miss Price-Rees is going to be reading The BFG every day!

In addition to your homework below you can check out the Art-e-facts page to get creative, the Healthy lives page for ideas on keeping fit, healthy and happy and BBC Bitesize for additional daily lessons. There are also history and Spanish lessons here.

English

This week in English we will be exploring the story Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. Click here to listen to the story!

Once you have heard the story, imagine you are the man on the moon and write a diary entry about your day on the moon. What happened? How did you feel?

Diary entries are personal recounts of what has happened in your day. They include your thoughts, feelings and details of what happened in time order.

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

  • Include ‘Dear Diary’ and the date.
  • Write in the past tense.
  • Write in the 1st person (I, me, my)
  • Write in time order that the events happened using time connectives (next, later, after that)
  • Include feelings (I felt…because…)

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

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!

The week’s spellings:

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?

The /o/ sound spelt with ‘a’ after w and qu

  1. want
  2. watch
  3. wander
  4. quantity
  5. squash
  6. quality
  7. squabble
  8. squad
  9. quarrel
  10. quad

There is additional spelling practice in your CGP books. 

Reading

Listen to the story Man on the Moon and answer the following questions by retrieving the information from the story.

Continue to read daily; silently or aloud, with others or on your own, a book, BugClub or a reading comprehension in your CGP book, or listen to someone reading a story. Miss Price-Rees will be reading The BFG on youtube every day!

Maths

This week we will be revisiting fractions again because fractions can be tricky and practice makes perfect! There are 5 online fractions lessons here.

There are two introductory learner guides on BBC Bitesize here too.

Once you have completed the lessons go back on to Mathletics and complete the fractions questions again – can you achieve a higher score this time and answer the questions quicker? We have added some problem solving fraction challenges as well!

Make sure you have also completed p38-42 of your Maths CGP book as well.

We would like you to put into practice everything you have learnt so far in maths and complete the ‘Problem Solving’ section of Mathletics as well.

Science

This week’s science lesson is about exploring reflective materials. Which materials are reflective?

Art and Design

This week’s art lesson is to make insects using natural materials.

Article of the week

Article 14- Freedom of thought, belief and religion.
We would like you to think about how your right to hold your own beliefs and follow a religion are respected. This includes: 

  • You have opportunities to have your views listened to and valued​
  • Your food choices are respected​
  • People have the time and space to pray or reflect​
  • There is an opportunity to celebrate special times or festivals​
  • You have a variety of uniform options to reflect beliefs​ when at school
  • Everyone is encouraged to respect each other’s viewpoints​

Try these activities to help you to think about Article 14:

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 11.05.2020

Do aliens really exist?

Watch this video to find out more.

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:

What is an alien? Do we know what aliens look like? What sort of things might aliens need to survive? Where might you find an alien? Is it necessary for aliens to require the same resources as humans on Earth?

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 04/05/20

Welcome to Week 3 Year 2! Today (Tuesday 5th May) we will be holding a Year 2 ‘Zoom Get-together’ from 2pm. If you would like to attend then please email  year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk so that we can send you the Zoom meeting link. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you there! We will also be hosting a special ‘VE Day’ assembly on Thursday at 9am so please email us for the details of that as well.

We now have a Youtube channel! Subscribe to see all the videos that Thomas Buxton teachers create. Miss Price-Rees is going to be reading The BFG every day!

In addition to your homework below you can check out the Art-e-facts page to get creative, the Healthy lives page for ideas on keeping fit, healthy and happy and BBC Bitesize for additional daily lessons.

English

Friday 8th May is ‘VE Day,’ or ‘Victory in Europe Day’ – the end of the second world war in Europe. We will be holding a special assembly on Thursday 7th May via Zoom to mark the day. Click here to find out more about VE Day, including a video, article and song and ideas for other VE Day activities. There is also a KS1 powerpoint here on Youtube. You may want to do your ‘Reading’ homework before your writing task this week as this will give you more information about VE Day too.

Once you have used the links above to learn more about VE Day, listen to the experiences of some people who lived through the second world war. Imagine you are one of these people and write a diary entry about VE day. What happened? How did you feel?

Diary entries are personal recounts of what has happened in your day. They include your thoughts, feelings and details of what happened in time order.

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

  • Include ‘Dear Diary’ and the date.
  • Write in the past tense.
  • Write in the 1st person (I, me, my)
  • Write in time order that the events happened using time connectives (next, later, after that)
  • Include feelings (I felt…because…)

Here is an example of a diary entry about an important event. Can you spot some of the features from the success criteria?

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!

The week’s spellings:

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?

The stressed /er/ spelt with ‘or after w and the sound /or/ spelt ‘ar’ after w

  1. word
  2. work
  3. worm
  4. world
  5. worth
  6. worst
  7. war
  8. warm
  9. towards
  10. ward

There is additional spelling practice in your CGP books. See p.31 for a recap of last week’s spellings.

Reading

This week we will be focusing on ‘retrieve.’ Read the text and answer the questions by retrieving the information from the text.

A more challenging and simpler version of the text and questions can be found here. As well as the answers.

Continue to read daily; silently or aloud, with others or on your own, a book, BugClub or a reading comprehension in your CGP book, or listen to someone reading a story. Miss Price-Rees will be reading The BFG on youtube every day!

Maths

This week in Maths we will be continuing to look at ‘Position and Direction.’ Our aims are to be able to make predictions about rotation, to be able to rotate shapes, to identify how patterns have been created through rotation and to follow a route around a map. During the final lesson you will be consolidating and reviewing your learning from the unit.

Follow this link for 5 lessons that will directly teach you these aims: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths/#subjects. Last week’s lessons are still there in case you want to revisit anything you found tricky.

Once you have completed the 5 online lessons for Position and Direction you can then complete the following pages 66-68 of your CGP Maths book.

We would also like you to complete the Multiplication and Division (1) tasks on Mathletics.

Science

This week in science we are continuing the theme of light. This week you will explore the difference between night and day in this online lesson:

What is the difference between night and day?

There is also a video clip on the difference between night and day on BBC Bitesize here.

Art and Design

This week you can learn about the artist Jane Perkins and create a self-portrait with natural or recycled materials. Follow the online lesson here.

You can also do a creative response to one of the art-e-fact images here.

We would love to see what you have done!

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 04.05.2020

During the Second World War, many children living in big cities and towns were moved temporarily from their homes to places considered safer, usually out in the countryside.

Do you think it was right for parents to send their children away?

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:

Did parents have a choice? Was it important for children to evacuate (leave home) to be safe? Should children have been allowed to make their own decision? Was it more harmful for children to be away from their parents?

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…?

Year 2 “Zoom Get-Together”

Good morning Year 2!

We hope that you are all doing well with your families.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 5th) we will be hosting our first ever Year 2 “Zoom Get-together.”

From 2:00-3:00 you will have the chance to ‘see’ your friends, speak to the class teachers and show off any work that you have completed at home.

We do hope that you will be able to join us.

If you would like to attend then please e-mail year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk so that we can send you the Zoom meeting link.

Please make sure that your parent or carer is with you for the Zoom meeting too.

We look forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow!

The Year 2 Team