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Homework – Week beginning 29/06/20

Good Morning Year 2!

Join us at 3pm on Thursday 2nd July for another Year 2 Zoom Get-together.

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.

Can you write a story in 500 words?! Take part in the Black Lives Matter 500 Word Story Writing Competition. Details can be found here. The deadline is this Friday 3rd July – good luck!

Ideas Store might be closed but you can still do all of your favourite things online; story time, art club, family fun, reading challenge… find out more here.

Miss Price-Rees is still reading The BFG here!

Topic: World of Work

For the next two weeks you will be entering the World of Work. You will learn how to earn, save and spend.

On Wednesday 8th July at 10.15am there will be a live webinar that you can attend (logging in 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’d like you to think of some questions to ask the volunteers and write them down ready for Wednesday!

We would also like you to 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 and skills does the job use?

Welcome to the World of Work:


Investigate!

  • What jobs have your parents or carers had?
  • What did they like or dislike about these jobs
  • How important was the money they earned?
  • How do they access money in their bank accounts? (use in-store / withdraw from a cash machine / paying online / mobile phone payments )

Can you identify the jobs you think people are doing in the image below?

Where does each person work? What kind of tools or equipment do you think they use?

People do different types of jobs. When we are doing our job, we are working. What other kinds of jobs do you know? Why do people have jobs? Why do people need to go to work? Write a list of your answers.

If we have a job then we earn money in return for all of our hard work.

Why do we need money? What can we buy with the money we have saved?

People spend the money they earn at work on all the things they, or others, need and want.

Chef’s story:

Retell Chefs story to your parent or carer. Use the statements below to support if needed.

Reading

Complete the reading task below.

Writing

Now it’s your turn to write or draw your own story about a person who buys something in a shop (you could even do yourself). First, decide whether they use a bank card or cash withdrawn from a cash machine. Next, Think about these questions:

  • What job does the person in your story have?
  • What shop are they going to?
  • What are they going to buy?
  • Are they paying using cash, their mobile phone or their bank card

You can use the templates below for some guidance.

To be successful I will:

  • Use capital letters, finger space and full stops
  • Use time connectives (first, next, then, after that, finally)
  • Use adverbs

Extension:

Post-webinar activity: Imagine you are one of the volunteers you met during the webinar, now draw a day in the life of that job. You might find it helpful to do some research about the job with adult support, e.g. what tasks do they do, what equipment do they use, what clothing do they wear, what environment do they work in, etc. See example below:

Spelling

The sound /ee/ spelt with -ey

  1. key
  2. donkey
  3. monkey
  4. chimney
  5. valley
  6. trolley
  7. turkey
  8. hockey
  9. parsley
  10. journey

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

Maths

Over the next two weeks we will be revisiting multiplication and division. Complete lessons 1-5 here on your 3 and 4 times tables using arrays.

There are lots of handy videos here and here on how to use arrays and to recap your other times tables 🙂

Complete the multiplication and division tasks, including the reasoning and problem solving challenges, on Mathletics over the next two weeks, 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 that were set in the last two weeks 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.

PSHE

The aim of this session is to be able to identify my successes and achievements and know how this makes me feel.

What is success? What is achievement?

Look at the pictures below and answer the questions:

  • Do you see success in the pictures? Why/why not?
  • How do you think the people feel?

What achievements and successes have you made in your life, over lockdown, over the last week or even just today? Write down all the achievements you have made – big or small!

Examples: doing my online learning, sharing my home learning on the school blog, reading every day, helping my family with the cleaning, being polite, learning to ride a bike, learning to tie my shoe laces, learning to play an instrument, performing in a school show…

Task: Create an achievement ribbon and write on it one achievement you are really proud of. Decorate your ribbon and display it in your home. Can your whole family create one each? We would love you to send us a photo of your ribbons!

Reflect: How did it feel to achieve this goals? How does it feel when you write down or share your achievements with someone? Do you feel proud?

Complete the sentence: I feel proud that I can…. (now many things can you list?!)

Computing

Over the next 3 weeks 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 ‘S’ and ‘M’ (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.

Art

This week’s lesson is to create a sculpture using recycled materials: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-create-a-sculpture-focused-on-reusable-materials

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!

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…?

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…?

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…?

P4C – Week beginning 23.03.20

Last week, we read a series of Traction Man stories. We noticed that Traction Man was portrayed as a brave, strong superhero who fixes problems and saves lives. We began to talk about gender stereotypes and whether girls could be superheroes too.

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 are the qualities of a superhero? Is it how you look or what you do that is important? Are doctors, nurses and firemen superheroes? If you save lives are you a superhero?

Leave a comment below to share your views!

Homework – Week beginning 23.03.20

Happy Tuesday Year 2,

Below are some tasks we would like you to do before next Tuesday. Remember your brain is a muscle and needs daily exercise too!

English

Last week we read three Traction Man action stories. We also performed part of the story (can you retell the story to your family and/or act out a scene from the story?). You designed your own objects that come alive in the home and planned your own Traction Man story. This week we would like you to write up your final draft of your Traction Man story. What problem happens and how does Traction Man save the day? Use adjectives to describe the personality of the objects and what they look like. Include exclamation sentences (Oh no! Help! Don’t worry we’ll save you!) and questions (What’s that? How can we help?). Challenge: include powerful verbs (rushed, dashed, raced, pounced etc) and adverbs (quickly, slowly, nervously, happily etc).

You can find retellings of the two of the stories we read here:

Traction Man is Here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FfW3X1V4J0

Traction Man meets Turbodog – read by Mini Grey the author! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLe9CsNQ4jE

We would love you to share your stories with us in the comments or over email!  


Reading

We would like you to write a book review of a book you have read this week and share your review in the comments on the blog. Answer these questions; Is the book fiction or non fiction? What is the book about? Did you like the book? Why/why not? Who would you recommend the book to? What was your favourite part of the book? Did you have a favourite character and why? What could have made the story better?

  • Continue to read a book every day (real or on BugClub) and discuss it with an adult or older sibling.
  • Introduce a 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

On Mathletics, we have reassigned some place value to recap what we have already learnt and assigned the fractions tasks for you to complete. We would have continued learning about fractions this week in maths so please complete the fractions pages of your CPG book and continue to work on your 2s, 5s, 10s and 3 times tables.


Science

This week’s science learning will be based on materials.

Materials are the substance that objects are made from. We use a wide range of different materials daily; these might include: metal, plastic, wood, glass etc. Each material can be used to make a range of different things; for example, wood can be used to make tables, chairs, spoons, pencils, shoes, doors, floors and many more things.

Can you see how many objects you can find in a minute that are made from a particular material (for example metal or wood)? Comment below and share your findings.

Please find below a song to help you think about the properties of different materials (e.g. Is the material hard or soft, dull or shiny, smooth or rough, waterproof or non-waterproof?). Some materials maybe more suitable than others for particular uses for example, metal shoes wouldn’t be very comfortable and a cardboard door wouldn’t be very strong!


Art and Design

Art and Design – Some ideas…

  • 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.

To help you make the most of your day, we recommend that you get up at the same time every day and get washed and dressed, as you would for school. As well as sticking to your usual bedtime (and remember no screens for at least one hour before). Reading is a great way to help you get off to a good night’s sleep. 😉

We recommend you complete some reading, writing and maths every day and then be as creative as possible with other activities and topics you’re interested in! 😊 Don’t forget your handwriting and spelling practice, as well as some daily exercise.   

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!

Welcome to the Year 2 blog!

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Hello year 2!

We thought it would be useful to explain how the Thomas Buxton blog can help you with your home learning during this time so you can keep those brains active until we see you next! This post will stay at the top of the blog so you can refer back to it if you need to.

On Tuesdays, we will be posting reading, writing, math and science learning tasks that you can do. We will also be setting Mathletics tasks for the week every Tuesday too. These will include topics we still need to cover this year as well as topics we have already covered over the course of the year. This is to make sure you are learning something new as well as refreshing your mind on what you already know so you don’t forget important things… like your timetables! These activities are alongside your usual daily reading and weekly times tables (2s, 5s, 10s and 3s) and spelling practice (weekly spellings can be found in your home learning packs).

We will also be posting a P4C question for you to discuss in the comments on the blog and with your family. As you know, YOU usually come up with the questions when we do P4C in school but, since this will be quite tricky when you’re all at home, your teachers will pick the question for you. This doesn’t mean you can’t create your own P4C questions to discuss with your family at home too! We will also post some sentence openers so you can use your fantastic P4C language to have a discussion in the comments!

For Bug Club, we have set you books at your correct book band. You will then be completing the activities on the Bug Club website related to your set books. Please email us when you have completed all the books we have set you. Your log-in details for Bug Club, and Mathletics, were sent home in one of your learning packs. However, if you have any issues email us at year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk.

Every week, we will be checking to see who is commenting on the home learning activity posts on the blog and completing their weekly Mathletics and Bug Club tasks. At the end of the week, your class teachers will be choosing TWO children to receive certificates for excellent home learning!

We recommend you continue, or set up, a daily routine of reading your own book, as well as story time with other members of the family. Email us for ideas of how to make this fun 😊

If you have any questions about home learning, leave a comment below, or email us at year2@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk and we will do our best to support you. 😊