Friday 16th February - Children need to be ready to orally tell their story W/C 26th February
To clarify. The children are expected to orally rehearse and then recite their short story.
There is no requirement to write the story down (the focus of this activity is not writing) and the children will not be reading their story from a piece of paper. They will be orally reciting the story which they have invented and practised telling over and over again until they are confident.
Happy half term.
Friday 9th February
Please remember to keep your brain-builder books at home as they have your story plan and map inside.
You need these to complete the homework that was set last week. You will need to practise regularly in order to be ready to recite your story when we come back after February half term.
Maths 9th February
This week we have been adding and subtracting multiples of 10 from any number.
Please practise as this is a fundamental skill that all the children need to be able to do confidently and quickly. These activities need to be repeated over the next few weeks so that it will not be forgotten!
You will need:
Arrow cards - there were provided in the KS1 resources pack (September) and need cutting out
10p and 1p coins.
Choose any 2 digit number. Make it with the arrow cards and the coins. Add or subtract multiples of 10 using the arrow cards and coins. Discuss the tens and units. What do you notice? Is there a pattern?
e.g 32 + 30 = 62
Arrow cards choose 30 and 2. Make the number with 3, 10p coins and 2, 1p coins. Show what happens when you add 30. Record on a number line showing the jumps of 10 each time. The children should know how!
Can you work out what the missing digits are in these 2 digit numbers?
1. 72 = ?2 + ?0
2. 5? = ?0 + 23
3. 68 - ?0 = 4?
4. ?5 = 40 - 2?
How many answers can you find for this one!
1. 4? = ?0 + ?9
Explain how you worked them out.
If you know how to add and subtract 10, how does this help us add and subtract 9 or 11?
Make up word problems that use this mathematics.
1. The car park has 45 cars in it. Twenty more cars arrive. How many cars are there altogether?
(Remember to show your calculation as well as the answer! Use a number line if you need to and show how you worked it out)
2. The box of chocolates had thirty five sweets in it. I ate ten. How many were left?
3. The book shelf holds one hundred and five books. I already have 40 books. How many more books can I put on the shelf?
Friday 2nd February - W/C 26th February
Please see Year 1 Homework tab for details of homework this week. The task is the same for both year groups. (Follow link below to Year 1 page.)
Friday 26th January - due back 31.1.18
After investigating odd and even numbers this week we have discovered that even numbers can be equally halved and odd numbers cannot. We have proven that adding two odd numbers together always equals an even number... interesting stuff!
However, we have also discovered that our quick fire doubling/halving skills are a little rusty. (Even between 1-10!)
This week brain builders are being sent home with two halving activities. Instructions are on the sheets and sheets are also linked below. The halving space race sheet has a more challenging option if required, please find this below as well.
A useful web resource for some independent practise first:
(Make sure you practise both halving and doubling.)
Friday 19th January - Due back Wednesday 24th January
As per the curriculum newsletter sent out earlier this week we have started thinking about our emotions and how these manifest themselves. For homework this week we would like the children to find pictures from newspapers and magazines that show peoples faces representing different emotions.
Pictures could also be printed from the internet or perhaps they have a photo at home that shows an emotion. All the pictures will be being used for an emotions collage so will not be returned.
The 12 emotions that we would like examples for are:
happy, excited, sad, grumpy, nervous, confused, angry, worried, scared, surprised, embarrassed and astonished.
Friday 12th January - due back 17.1.18
We are continuing with multiplication in maths and beginning to introduce links with division.
The children are used to describing the multiplication symbol as 'groups of' and the division symbol as 'shared between'. This may help when discussing problems at home.
This weeks homework is a set of word problems. Please use maths tools/pictures to help work out the answers. If you think you can write the calculation that goes with each word problem, give it a go!
Friday 8th December
Our new focus in maths is multiplication and division. This week we've been looking at the multiplication sign and trying to understand exactly what it represents.
We have investigated repeated addition and how it can be changed it into a multiplication calculation.
2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 4 x 2
(four groups of two)
We have also practised writing multiplication stories. Follow the link below and have a go at some more.
Click on an image from the 'Work out the answer' section to be given a word problem.
An adult may need to help read the questions.
Friday 1st December
Learning your times tables takes practise, practise and more practise!
Use the link below to play Hit the Button and see how quick your recall of the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables are.
Either select the Hit the Answer tab or Hit the Question tab - it's good to practise both ways. You will soon learn how the game works.
Other options of the game are halves, doubles and number bonds practise. All of these are useful skills to be challenging yourselves with if the times tables are too easy...
Friday 24th November - due back Wednesday 29th November
Molly wants to save some of her pocket money so she can buy presents for her family.
In the first week she saves 2p a day.
In the second week she saves 5p a day.
In the third week she saves 10p a day.
In the fourth week she saves 20p a day.
How much money has she saved up altogether by the end of the fourth week?
*Tip* Think carefully about how many days are in a week. Use your times tables to help you!!
Write your answer and show your working in your Brain Builder.
You may need to use some maths tools to help you e.g. drawings or something to help count; possibly from the KS1 maths toolkit.
Friday 17th November - due back Wednesday 22nd November
In maths we are focusing on money. This week's homework is a worksheet in the Brain Builders with four empty piggy banks on it. Also being sent home are several sheets of paper coins. We would like the children to work out which coins they could use to equal the amount written on the label next to each piggy. It would be great if the children could practise with real coins first and stick down the paper versions after. (Practise those cutting skills too!)
If you zoom through this activity, can you work out the total of all the leftover paper change?
For anyone that would like a challenge... next time you go to the supermarket with a grown up make sure you look at all the price labels. Maybe you could take a note book and create your own shopping list and prices. Or possibly you could work out how much money is needed to buy everything in the trolley!
Electronic copies of worksheets below.
Friday 10th November - due back Wednesday 15th November
Over the weekend we would like the children to create a piece of autumnal artwork. Go outside, make the most of the sunny weather and collect some objects from nature that you can use to create a picture.
If you want to, you can bring in your artwork. However, a photograph of it would be best so we can add it to our seasons scrapbooks and leave the nature outside where it belongs!
Some ideas for your artwork:
- a self portrait
- your house
- a castle
- a ship
- an animal
Friday 3rd November - Due in Wednesday 8th November 2017
We will be using this information in our lessons next week so please remember to return your brain-builder book!
Yesterday we started to learn about Sir Francis Drake.
Find out about the ship he used to sail around the world (circumnavigate).
Some lines of enquiry could be:
What was it made from?
Where was it built?
How big was it?
How many people (crew) were on board?
What did they eat?
Where did they sleep?
What would it have been like to live on the Golden Hind 440 years ago?
There are lots of different ways to present this. You might want to write sentence, draw and label the ship, add captions to pictures etc. It is up to you.
Friday 20th October
All children have been sent home with a yellow rubber duck; which is theirs to keep if they learn how to spell would, should and could. (Ask the children for the connection or see the picture below!)
Any words that need to be re-learnt from this half term's spelling tests have been written on the green and white paper bag sent home with the duck. If your child has no paper bag, it means they have correctly spelt all the words in the spelling tests this term.
Well done Year 2 for a fantastic first half of the autumn term. Have a fun week off!
Friday 13th October
This week during maths we have been rounding up to the nearest ten. To help us do this we have drawn number lines. Here are some examples.
In your Brain Builders show what the nearest tens are for the numbers listed below. Make sure you draw a number line for each one. Present each in the same way as we did during class time.
26 37 45 59 67 78 85 97
Most importantly, make sure you use a ruler and have an equal scale! This activity is as much about the ability to neatly and accurately draw a number line as it is about rounding numbers to the nearest ten. Your Brain Builders are not squared paper so this will be a bit trickier. However, a ruler has equal measures on which you can use instead.
Friday 6th October
During maths this week year 2 have been ordering and comparing numbers. We have also learnt about some new symbols that will help us to quickly write whether a number is greater than, less than or equal to another number. Below are links to some games to help you consolidate these skills at home.
Friday 29th September
This is a game for two players.
You will need a dice or you could use our interactive dice.
How to play:
Friday 22nd September - due back Wednesday 27th September
Can you fill the squared paper with different 2D shapes? The only three rules are:
Don’t leave any white squares between shapes.
You must create shapes for every number. (Start at 1 and see how far you get!)
If you want you can write the number of squares on each of your shapes. Think of it like a jigsaw puzzle that you are drawing. Don’t forget to use a ruler!
Friday 15th September - Due back Wednesday 20th September
This week, at home, you are going to learn some lines of a poem that we will be using and adapting during English lessons next week.
Our topic is related to space, so the poem is about a planet.
We would like you to be able to recite at least 2 lines of the poem (it doesn't matter which 2, as we will be performing it together in groups). Feel free to learn it all!
Remember that recite means being able to perform it without looking or reading the words. Lots of practise and adding actions is a good strategy!
Hot, red and fierce
Swirling winds howl
Lava flowing and flames dancing
Glowing like a bonfire.
This is a game for two or more players.
Each player begins by writing 50 on their score sheet.
Place two dried peas into a plastic cup.
Toss the peas onto the game board.
Add the two numbers the peas land on.
Take the sum away from 50 and record the remainder.
Next player takes a turn.
In the following turns, the players take the sum of the numbers away from the new remaining number.
The first player to reach zero wins.
Friday 16th June
This week in SPAG our focus has been on homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and are spelt differently. In the Brain Builders there are two worksheets for you to complete.
Friday 19th May - Due back Wednesday 24th May
This week your child has brought home an arithmetic booklet which they attempted about a month ago. We have asked them to have another look at the questions that they got incorrect and would like them to have another go at them now that they are half a term wiser.
Friday 19th May - Ongoing each week until the end of the academic year
Also enclosed is a personalised phonics sheet. With only a few weeks left before the summer term ends we would like the children to really put in some practise at home on those elements that they are still not secure at. We are continuing to revise them each week but the reading words, spellings and graphemes on the sheet are unique to your child. These will be assessed again before the end of the academic year and their record updated ready for September.
If your child's sheet says 'none' then they are already secure - but thought you would appreciate the update!
Friday 12th May - Due back Wednesday 17th May.
This week we have been revising all the different punctuation that we have learnt so far in KS1.
We should now all be able to write sentences with capital letters and full stops, as this is a year 1 objective.
We can also write the 4 different sentence types- statement, command, question and exclamation sentence, using the correct punctuation.
We know how to use commas in list sentence too.
We have learnt how to use an apostrophe to show omission in a contraction (I'll, wouldn't, we'll) and our focus is now on using apostrophes for possession accurately.
We have been practising this week.
To reinforce this concept your child has a sheet to complete in their homework book.
Follow the link below to see the Power-point that we shared this week.
Friday 5th May 2017 - Due back in on Wednesday 10th May
We have had great fun reading the animal poems that you have written and we will be sending them off as part of the competition very soon.
This week we have been revising time.
Your child will have been sent home with one of two sheets.
Sequencing activity - Your child has a sheet of clocks and a sheet of typed daily activities (eat breakfast, go to bed etc). They need to cut out the daily activities and match them to the clocks. Alternatively they can write their own activity by each clock. They can then write a sentence, for each time the clock shows.
E.g. I eat my breakfast at 8 o' clock in the morning.
Time word problems - Alternatively your child may have brought home a list of 'time problems'. Your child needs to read the question carefully and work out the answer.
E.g. If the cinema starts at 5 o'clock and it takes 2 hours to get there, what time will I need to leave the house? (3 o'clock)
Friday 28th April
As we've come to the end of our previous topic The Perfect Pet, we'd like the children to write a poem about an animal.
Young Writers are holding a Poetry Safari competition, and we would like the children to enter their poems through school. The children can write any type of poem they like. Remember, a poem does not have to rhyme!
Enjoy creating and bring back into school on Wednesday 3rd May.
Use this link to watch a video with more information.
Here is a copy of the entry booklet that we will provide when the children have completed their poem. It has some useful guidance about writing inside, including a planning sheet which might give you some tips!
Friday 7th April
Enjoy your Easter break. Please revise Year 2 Spelling lists.
Set on Friday 24th March
The weather is set to be sunny and bright this weekend, so we'd like you to go outside and experience nature!
In Science we have been learning about micro-habitats and have been on a few plant hunts around the school grounds. If you can, go on a walk with your family; it might be a nice thing to do on Mother's day...
Whilst you are outside we'd like you to complete one of the following activities:
Please remember our forest school rules. Do not pick wild flowers and always check with a grown up before touching anything you find.
The posters/checklists for each activity are attached below. You may wish to print these out to take with you, but this is not a necessity. Have fun!
Set on Friday 10th March - Due in Wednesday 22nd March 2017 (2 weeks to complete)
Carrying on with our geography theme we would like the children to think more carefully about where they live and the vocabulary used to describe places.
Sheets will be sent home in brain-builder books for them to complete.
Each circle needs to be cut out carefully.
A picture needs to be stuck or drawn on to the sheet corresponding with the 'focus area'.
E.g. My City - Worcester with a picture or photograph of Worcester.
Once all circles are completed use a split pin / length of wool or string to join them, with the smallest circle at the top of the pile, so that all places are visible.
Please remember that place names are proper nouns and need a capital letter and that they are taller than lowercase letters.
Here is a link to the sheets that are being sent home and an idea of what they might look like when they are completed.
Set on Friday 3rd March - Due in Wednesday 8th March
Find out the names of the oceans and continents of the world.
You can present this in any way that you like.
Names (proper nouns) have capital letters. Please check that you have used tall capital letters for the names of the oceans and continents.
There are 5 oceans
There are 7 continents
Friday 17th February
Laugh and have a good half-term. See spellings on Spellings page of website.
WALT: Identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes.
We are reinforcing and revising that pentagons are any 5 sided shape, triangles are any 3 sided shape etc as often children associate certain shapes with the regular representations.
E.g. A pentagon looking like a 5 sided house or a triangle being equilateral.
Using your pencil and ruler, draw some straight lines on your piece of paper to make an interesting pattern. You can draw as many or as few as you like.
Can you now describe what you see in your own pattern? Describe to a parent or write down a description for us to read.
Can you find any shapes which have three sides?
How about any with four sides?
Which shape or shapes have the most sides?
Using your coloured pencils or pens, decorate all the three-sided shapes in some way. You could colour them all in using a particular colour or you could cover them with a special design or pattern but all the 3 sided shapes must be decorated in the same way.
Can you now decorate all the four-sided shapes in another, different, way?
How about the five-sided/six-sided ... shapes?
Your shape patterns will look like masterpieces. Please be accurate when counting the sides of each shape.
This week’s homework focus, supports a variety of knowledge and skills the children are learning across the curriculum. Your child has a net of a cube or cuboid to make. This will help reinforce properties of 3D shape, taught in Maths and model making in Design and Technology.
To extend this further the net will either have 6 blank faces or have 6 questions written on it.
If your child has been given a net with questions on we would like them to use this at home to help them discuss their reading books with you.
If your child has been given or chosen a blank net, we would like them to think of 6 questions that they could ask someone about a book (write one on each face) then make the cube/cuboid and again keep it at home to aid discussion about their reading books.
We have been learning how to write and accurately punctuate questions recently in SPaG lessons so we are looking for accuracy.
E.g. What do you think is going to happen next in the story - would make a good question, but children must remember to start the sentence with a capital letter and end it with a question mark.
Every child has made their own personalised word-search. The word search contains the common exception spelling words (year 2 statutory word list) that they did not get correct in their weekly spelling tests last half term, or during their daily SPAG lessons. They are eager to share and play them with someone at home to help reinforce those words that are still unknown. Have fun!