Homework – Week beginning 22/06/20

Yesterday, Monday 22nd June, was Windrush Day. Find out more here and answer the P4C question with your family here.

Join us on Friday at 10.30am for our Whoop Whoop assembly. There is also a parents coffee morning at 11am on Friday where you can ask staff questions and chat to other parents. Email year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk for the log in details to these events.

Miss Price-Rees is still reading The BFG here!

Topic: Outdoor Learning

Last week you should have set up a plant experiment or planted some food scraps to see if they grow into a new plant. If you haven’t already done that, read instructions on how to do so here.

Regularly check up on your plants. Do they need watering? If one of your plants is starting to grow you can start your plant diary, including observational drawings, and start measuring your plant. You should do this at the same time each week. Instructions for your plant diary, a lesson on descriptive language and tips and a video on observational drawing can be found here.

This week we will also be looking at what being active means, why it is important and how we can enjoy being active in many different ways. Watch this video to find out why this is important.


Before you read think about these questions

  • What does ‘being active’ mean?
  • How do you feel when you are being active?
  • How do you feel after you have been active?
  • What activities you do count as exercise?

Now answer these questions:

  1. What happens to your heart when you exercise?
  2. What happens to your breathing when you exercise?
  3. What happens to your temperature when you exercise?
  4. How does exercise help your heart?
  5. What are some other benefits of exercising?
  6. Do you think it is important to be active? Why?
  7. How often should we exercise?
  • Name five activities that count as exercise?
  • How often should we exercise?


We should do at least 60 minutes (one hour) of exercise that makes us feel
, makes us breathe harder and makes
our heart beat faster every day.

Task 1: Create an exercise plan for the week to make sure
you do at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. You don’t have to do it all in
one go and on different days you could do different exercise. You will need to
use your knowledge of counting minutes to help you.

You could choose some of the 12 sports day challenges from
the Sport Whoop Whoop Assembly to do with your family, which can be found here,
or find other ideas for exercise on the Healthy Lives section of our blog.

Here is an example of one day:

Task 2: Keep an exercise diary. You will need to read the clock and record exactly what time you start and finish your exercise so you can work out how long it actually took you. Did you start on time? Did you take more or less time than you planned to? You will need to use your knowledge of telling the time and calculating minutes to do this.

Then reflect on how the exercise made you feel:

  • Does your body feel warmer?
  • Has your breathing changed? How?
  • Is your heart beating faster?
  • Has your mood changed?
  • Do you feel happier/energised/relaxed/calm/tired?
  • Did you enjoy the exercise?
  • Was it challenging enough?
  • Could you do it for longer next time?

It is important than we do exercise we enjoy doing. This activity will help you to identify what exercise you enjoy doing and if it is a good challenge for your body. Some of your muscles may ache a little the next day but that is OK. If you feel any pain stop the exercise immediately.

When writing your exercise diary you will need to use verbs to describe what you did. Here is a recap lesson on what verbs are on BBC Bitesize. Here is a lesson in identifying the 4 different types of sentences we can use in our writing. 


In week 2 of summer term your spellings were on contractions. Here is a BBC Bitesize lesson to recap contractions. 

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. sqad
  9. quarrel
  10. quad

You can also download and print handwriting practice sheets for the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words for free here.


This week we will continue to focus on time. Our aims are to be able to tell and write the time to 5 minute intervals, including quarter to/past and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. We need to know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in the day and be able to compare and sequence intervals of time.

Watch this short video again for an introduction to telling the time. Then complete the activities and quiz below the video. Can you complete it quicker this time and get more correct? This super movers song and dance and this song will also help you answer the questions below.

  1. How many minutes are there in an hour?
  2. How many hours are there in a day?
  3. The long hand is the ____________ ___________. (hour hand / minute hand)
  4. The short hand is the __________ ____________. (hour hand / minute hand)
  5. Each number on the clock shows a passing of how many minutes?

Task 1: Last week you read the time on an analogue clock and recorded what the time was. This week you need to draw the clocks below and add the hands to show the different times. You could use something round, like a lid, as a stencil to draw a perfect circle. Remember the hour hand must be shorter than the minute hand. 

Use this image to help you:

Task 2: Complete these activities to compare and sequence time.

It is also important that we revisit and continue to practice our calculation strategies. This week complete lessons 6-10 lessons of the topic ‘Exploring calculation strategies here on adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping.

There are some fantastic videos here you can also use to support your understanding:

Complete the addition, subtraction and time reasoning and problem solving challenges set on Mathletics. 


This week’s art lesson is to explore warm and cool colours and create an artwork inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and nature.


Our aim this week is to be able to recognise the cycles of life in nature, understand there are some changes outside of my control and recognise how I feel about this. 

This session is best done in discussion with an adult or the whole family. 

What changes can you see from this baby turning into an adult? 

Can you think of any other changes that have happened to you or will happen to you? Talk to an adult about how you feel about these changes. 

There are lots of changes that happen in our life to us, and around us, that we can’t control. One example is the seasons and weather. 

The changes that happen to our body are all part of our natural life cycle. 

Watch this video and think about what different changes you notice in the animals and plants. 

This video gives more detail about how humans change and grow. How does this video make you feel? 

Task: Research and draw and label

the life cycle of an animal, plant or human. Use these videos to help you:

The Life Cycle of Animals. 

The Life Cycle of a Plant.



Watch the 3 videos with Sam, Ellie and Alfie here and then play the game Band Runner to see how much you know about internet safety. 

Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything.

Check out RaspberryPi’s weekly computing challenges here. They also have a live lesson every Wednesday at 2pm!

Hour of Code also have loads of coding activities here.

Parents and carers, for more about keeping your child safe online click here. Click here for a guide on how to create a family agreement to set expectations and boundaries about internet use at home.

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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!

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