Monthly Archives: July 2020

Whoop Whoop It’s Friday!

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week. See who are our BugClub and Mathletics winners this week here and join our final Whoop Whoop Zoom Assembly today at 10.30am where we will be picking some of the fantastic work children have sent in to show everyone! Email year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk to get the link to the zoom.

Homework – Week Beginning 13th July 2020

Congratulations Year 2, you have made it to the last week of summer term! Well done for all your hard work and the resilience you have shown being at home for the last 3 months. This week’s learning tasks will help to prepare you for Year 3.

Please can one adult in your family come to school this week to collect your summer homework packs.

Join us this Friday at 10.30am for our final 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. This email address will not be checked once school is closed so please email us with any queries you have before Friday 17th July.

If you haven’t already, please complete the World of Work questionnaire.

Find out about The Idea Store’s Summer Reading Challenge here! The National Literacy Trust also have loads of great resources to keep you busy over summer; audio books, tutorials and films. Find out more here.

You can also revisit our learning from the autumn term with the Museum of London’s Fire of London virtual tours here.

The Oak National Academy have also created 6 PSHE lessons to help them children during lockdown. These include lessons on handwashing, kindness, being apart from friends, feelings and healthy eating and living.

Miss Price-Rees only has a few more chapters left of The BFG to read. Catch up on the whole story over summer here!

We’re looking forward to seeing you in September. Have a happy and healthy summer break 🙂

Transition

We have been thinking about our future hopes and dreams throughout our World of Work theme. This week you have a chance to become a Storyboard Artists. A storyboard is a bit like a comic strip but it tells the director what is happening in a film and gives a bit more information about how a camera person should shoot the film or episode.

storyboard artist is like the director of an animated film or TV show. The artist creates visuals for each major scene in the story including character poses, facial expressions, and backgrounds. many times, especially in TV animation, the storyboard artist is also the writer of the episode. Big Dreams on Screen is a project run by Into Film.

They challenge you to turn your ideas into a film.

To learn more about creating a storyboard watch here.

Reading

It is important that we all take care of our wellbeing so that we can continue to lead healthy lives. Have a go at Wellbeing Bingo. Read the activities and see if you can get a full house by the end of summer. Which activities lighten your mood and pick you up most? How about the rest of your family? You could tally each additional time your complete an activity and to find out which you do most frequently.

Writing

Last week some of you came into school to meet your new teachers!

Your new teachers would love to learn more about you; things you like, things you don’t like, what you are confident at and what you would like to improve.

Your task is to create an ‘About Me’ sheet or letter for your new class teacher. You can use the template below or make your own design. You can include pictures or just writing.

Email in a picture of your work and we will send it on to your new class teacher or hand it to your new class teacher in September.

Next year all of the classes will be named after activists. An activist is someone who campaigns for change. Over the summer do some research and see what you can find out about Isatou Ceesay and Wangari Maathai. You will have the chance to share what you’ve learnt with the rest of your class and your new class teacher.

Spelling

The sound /zh/ spelt ‘s’

  1. television
  2. treasure
  3. usual
  4. division
  5. vision
  6. pleasure
  7. vision
  8. pleasure
  9. measure
  10. occasion

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

Maths

It is important that we are confident with using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) before we start Year 3. Completing the lessons on ‘Calculation Strategies’ and ‘Multiplication and Division’ on Oak National Academy here, your CGP book and the work set on Mathletics will help with this. The paper homework packs available to collect from school also focus on these skills.

If you do not already know your 2, 5 and 10 times tables off by heart please learn these over summer ready for September.

This week we will be focusing on money and using your calculation strategies to help you. Below are your tasks and links to online lessons and videos to help you. See how many tasks you can complete independently first and then use the videos to recap areas you are not as confident in.

There are 4 lessons from BBC Bitesize here:

There are also two learner guides and 30 class clips on BBC Bitesize to help you better understand how to solve problems with money here if you are finding these tasks a bit tricky.

Task 1: Counting pence.

Task 2: Counting pounds and comparing amounts of money.

Task 3: Pounds and pence.

Task 4: Select money.

Task 5: Make the same amount. Remember you can only use 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p

Task 6: Compare amounts of money.

Task 7: Finding the total. We use addition to find the total here.

Task 8: Finding the difference. We use subtraction to help us find the difference. We can use bar models to help us.

Task 8: Finding change. Here we also use subtraction to help us. We can also use bar models to help us.

Remember: £1 = 100p. Here we can use our number bonds to 100 to help us, we can also count on using a number line.

Challenges: 2 step word problems.

PSHE

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

We all experience lots of different emotions and this is normal.

How are you feeling about coming back to school and entering Year 3 in September? Do you have ‘mixed’ emotions (where you feel more than one different emotion at a time)?

Do this short visualisation exercise. The quality of the video is poor so it is best to sit still in a quiet place, close yours eyes and listen.

Just like the weather, changes happen around us in our life and we have to adapt, like the tree does. And just like a tree, changes happen to us as we grow. We can learn to be strong like a tree when all of these changes are happening.

Task: Draw a leaf on a piece of paper. On one side finish this sentence ‘One thing I am looking forward to about Year 3 is…’ and on the other side write one thing you would like to change for yourself in Year 3; ‘In Year 3, I would like to…

Hang this leaf in your home to remind you of how things change in our life, like leaves change on a tree as they grow and get stronger.

You could create a whole tree display of things that have changed, or are changing in your life, or you could create more leaves to reflect how you are feeling about Year 3.

‘One of my goals for year 3 is…’

‘One thing I would like to achieve in year 3 is…’

‘I am feeling … about coming back to school and going into Year 3.’

Computing

In the last 3 weeks of term we are going to watch these 6 videos to learn in more detail how to be SMART online. This week we would like you to watch the last two videos; ‘T’ and ‘Heart’ (each one is 15 minutes) and choose one of the independent challenge activities at the end of each video.

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.

In addition to this week’s blog post, we are also offering a paper homework pack for you to complete at home during the summer holidays.

If you haven’t already done so and can safely come into school, please collect a pack by Friday 17th July.

Please note that we will NOT respond back to any emails sent to year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk during the summer holiday. It will not be checked during the holiday. Have a happy, healthy and safe summer holiday.

We’re so excited about welcoming you into your new classes we have created this countdown Calendar for you to enjoy over the summer.

P4C – Week beginning 13/07/20

Watch this video which will introduce the topic of self-care.

What is self-care and why is it important?

When we are on an aeroplane we are told that if there is an emergency we must put our oxygen mask on before helping others. Why do you think that is? What would happen if we helped others before putting on our own oxygen mask?

Now that you have reflected on what self-care is, answer this P4C question:

Is it more important for us to care for others or care for ourselves?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and type your answers in the comment section of this post.

  • 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…?

Whoop Whoop It’s Friday

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week. See who are our BugClub and Mathletics winners this week here and join our Whoop Whoop Zoom Assembly every Friday at 10.30am where we will be picking some of the fantastic work children have sent in to show everyone! Email year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk to get the link to the zoom.

P4C – Week beginning 06/07/20

Do we all need to share the same beliefs?

Consider these questions to help you think deeper:

Does everyone have the right to their own beliefs? Is it important to have beliefs? Where do our beliefs come from? Is it OK to question your beliefs? What do you do if someone has a different belief to you? Can we be friends with people with different beliefs?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and type your answers in the comment section of this post.

  • 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 06/07/20

Happy Tuesday Year 2!

This week we have our Meet the Teacher events. That’s right, you all invited back to school to meet your new teacher and your current one- Miss Price-Rees and Ms Alom are looking forward to welcoming you back! Picasso will meet their new teacher (and Ms Alom) on Friday 10th July at 11:00- 12:00. Magritte will meet their new teacher (and Miss Price-Rees) on Friday 10th July at 9.30am – 10:30am. We would love everyone to attend! Letters have already been sent out to parents and carers so if you need any more information please contact us at year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk or call the school office.

Join us every Friday at 10.30am for our Whoop Whoop assembly. There is also a parents coffee morning at 11am on Fridays 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: World of Work

On Wednesday 8th July at 10.15am there will be a live webinar that you can attend. (Login details will be sent out to parents/carers via PIOTA). During the session, you will meet volunteers from the world of work. You will get the opportunity to ask the volunteers yes or no questions and guess what their jobs are.

Pre-webinar activity:

To prepare for the event we would like you to think of some questions to ask the volunteers. Write them down ready for Wednesday!

Draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up. Think about the following questions

  • How did you hear about the job?
  • What do you know about the job?
  • What subjects does the job use?
  • What skills does the job use?

When you have completed this task please complete our questionnaire with an adult. This will help us form our school goals for next year. https://forms.gle/7EyES57uL5ui1CZw9

Reading

Here are the front covers of two books. Compare the covers.

  • What is the same and what is different?
  • What do you like or dislike about each cover?
  • Perhaps you could record your ideas by drawing a Venn diagram.

Predict what will happen in each story. Which would you prefer to read and why?

Now read the blurb. This is usually on the back cover of a book. It tells you a little bit about the story.

Does this change your mind about which book you might want to read?

Click here to listen to Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up

Click here to listen to Jon Hales’ When I grow Up

Now it’s your turn…

Turn the volume down and read along with at least one of the stories above.

  1. How did you do?
  2. Which words were tricky for you to read?
  3. Are there any words you don’t understand? Make a note of these and find out how to read them or what they mean by looking them up or asking an adult.
  4. How was your expression?
  5. How was your fluency? How does this improve the more you read each story?

Not all books are made just to be read. Listen here to a musical version of When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin.

Writing

This week you are going to write a poem inspired by the world of work using the structure from the poem above. Take a moment to read it, what pattern do you notice?

First, choose a job and brainstorm the skills needed for the job. Use the knowledge you have gained from the tasks last week and the webinar on Wednesday to help.

Next, use your ideas to begin writing your poem.

To be successful you must include the following:

  • Begin each line with a capital letter.
  • Include rhyming words
  • Include adjectives
  • Check my work.

Spelling

Suffix starting with a consonant added on to a root word

  1. enjoyment
  2. sadness
  3. careful
  4. playful
  5. hopefulness
  6. plainness

When the root word ends in -y with a consonant before it

  1. happiness
  2. happily
  3. plentiful
  4. penniless

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

Maths

This week we will continue to revisit multiplication and division. Complete lessons 6-10 here on recognising the inverse relationship between multiplication and division and using bar models to help you.

There are lots of handy videos here and here on how to use arrays, recap your other times tables, share equally and make groups 🙂

Continue to complete the multiplication and division tasks, including the reasoning and problem solving challenges, on Mathletics before next Tuesday, as well as the multiplication and division pages in your CGP Maths book.

It is also important that we revisit and continue to practice our calculation strategies. Make sure you have completed lessons 1-10  of the topic ‘Exploring calculation strategies here on adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping. Make sure you have also completed the addition and subtraction reasoning and problem solving challenges on Mathletics and the addition and subtraction pages of your CGP Maths book.

Additional challenges if you have completed the above:

PSHE – Transition

This week you will be coming in to school to reflect on your time in Year 2, say goodbye to your class teacher and meet your Year 3 teacher for September.

Your new teachers would love to learn more about you; things you like, things you don’t like, what you are confident at and what you would like to improve.

Your task is to create an ‘About Me’ sheet or letter for your new class teacher. You can use the template below or make your own design. You can include pictures or just writing.

You can bring this in to school when you meet your new teacher or you can email in a picture of it and we will send it on to your new class teacher.

Computing

In the last 3 weeks of term we are going to watch these 6 videos to learn in more detail how to be SMART online. This week we would like you to watch the videos ‘A’ and ‘R’ (each one is 15 minutes) and choose one of the independent challenge activities at the end of each video.

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.

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!

Whoop Whoop It’s Friday

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week. See who are our BugClub and Mathletics winners this week here and join our Whoop Whoop Zoom Assembly every Friday at 10.30am where we will be picking some of the fantastic work children have sent in to show everyone! Email year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk to get the link to the zoom.