Year 2 Home Learning, Week 2 (w.b. 30.3.20)

A big hello from the Year 2 team!

We hope you have all had a pleasant and productive first week of home learning. This will be the last week of activities before the two-week Easter break.

All additional resources can be accessed here.


Please read every day. Ask your child questions about what your child is reading to help their comprehension. Remember reading includes reading from books, newspapers, magazines, comics, lego manuals…. anything that has text! Complete a 60 second read or a written comprehension if you would like an extra challenge. Remember that comprehension tasks are differentiated with a star system – please judge the appropriate difficulty.


For the past few weeks in school we have been focussing on the key text ‘Man on the moon’ by Simon Bartram – your children can remind themselves of the story here.

Task 1: Learning objective: To change words to the contracted form in a given piece of writing. Follow the contraction powerpoint in the resources folder. It will take you through a recap of what the children have already learnt, some quick practise tasks and a longer written piece.

Task 2: Learning objective: To describe one of the aliens Bob and Billy may have found. Follow the powerpoint to take you through today’s task. Yesterday we learnt that Bob and Billy were going to look for aliens. Guess what?! They found them! Draw and describe one of the aliens they may have found. Use the template in the resources folder if you wish.

Task 3: Learning objective: To write a diary entry from Bob’s perspective remembering to use the first person, past tense. Bob did discover the aliens when he went looking for them with Billy! Ask your child to write a diary entry of the day Bob discovered the aliens (we have done lots of diary writing in school). They will need to write in the first person (I, my) and the past tense (I discovered, I walked, I looked). Children can choose their level of challenge: 

Challenge 1 – really focus on accurate use of full stops and capital letters.

Challenge 2  – Use a dictionary (online if you don’t have one physically here) to edit your work and really target accurate spelling.

Challenge 3 – Focus on effective language use, using ambitious vocabulary and extending sentences.


Please count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s daily. Try counting forwards and backwards from any number within these times tables. Practise doubles up to double 12 and use these to solve problems, e.g. 16 – __ = 8. Practise number bonds to 20 in addition and subtraction number sentences.

Please complete the daily number fluency (in the resources folder) with your child.

Task 1: Learning Objective: To name and describe properties of 3D shapes. Set up a 3D shape conference. Pick up an object in your house, e.g a book. Ask your child to shut their eyes, describe the shape to them using the words – vertices, edges and faces. For example: “My shape has four vertices and six faces it also has 8 edges. Can you guess what it is?” Give more clues if needed, e.g. “Two of the faces are square and two are rectangular”. Encourage your child to find a new 3D shape in the house. Let them give you clues, remind them to use the vocabulary vertices, edges and faces. Helpful videos to revise what we have learnt so far:  here and here.

Task 2: Learning Objective: To compare properties of 3D shapes.Go on a shape hunt inside and outside of the house! What 3D shapes have you managed to find? Create a grid to show the names and properties of the shapes you found.

Task 3: Learning Objective: To use language of clockwise, anticlockwise, ¼, ½, ¾ and whole turns to describe a route. Ask children to face you and show you a whole turn clockwise then a whole turn anticlockwise. Ask your child to explain what is different about the two instructions. Can they explain the difference between anticlockwise and clockwise using an analogue clock to support them? 

Dance break! If you need an active break please use the active maths directions dance available here.

Follow the leader- Give your child some instructions to follow, e.g. “Turn a ¼ turn clockwise and take two steps forward. Turn a whole turn anticlockwise. Take three steps backwards…”. Let your child give you some instructions to follow using the language of clockwise, anticlockwise, ¼, ½, ¾ and whole turns.

Using the grid is the resources folder see if your child can give the instructions needed for the mouse to reach the different pieces of cheese. Ask your children to record these instructions for someone else to follow – test them out on a family member!

They can create some maps and grids of their own! A fun video to revise the language of position and direction can be found here.


We strongly suggest that children stay as active as possible throughout the day.

Please continue to start your day with the 30 minute session with the Body Coach.

Calming Activities – imoves (available here) have numerous pilates and meditation videos, organised by age range.

Mini Olympics – the Olympics have very sadly been postponed but you can set up your own contest at home. Get the whole family involved and encourage children to keep a record of how everyone did in each event. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Standing Jump (both long and high)
  • Shot Put (throw something heavy as far as you can)
  • Marathon – Run a set number of laps around the garden or do a timed run on the spot if inside.
  • Hurdles – Set up a range of obstacles to jump.
  • Javelin – throw a stick as far as you can.
  • Steeplechase (if you have a garden) – add a tray of water or a paddling pool to your hurdles course.


Learning Objective: To create a poster on the different ways churches celebrate Easter. Find out the different ways churches celebrate Easter? Why do Christians celebrate Easter? Watch the Easter story video with your child and discuss why you think Christians celebrate Easter. Ask them if they can think of anything that you may celebrate at home e.g. birthdays and how the celebration makes them feel. Encourage children to research ways Christians and churches celebrate Easter. Children can then design a poster to show the different ways of celebrating that they found.

Helpful link for research here. Video to revise the Easter story.


‘Jigsaw’, the PSHE programme we use in school, have produced some free resources for parents teaching their children at home. You can try these here.


Learning Objective: to research the life of a significant individual in the past who has contributed to national and international achievements.

This term we have been fascinated by the life of Rosa Parks and all that she achieved. We would like the children to research another significant individual who has contributed to changing history. This could be someone who has made significant contributions to society through inventions, fighting for people’s equal rights, or exploration.

Task 1: Can you create a Fact File about your chosen person, listing key information about their life e.g. Date of birth, Place of birth, What they are famous for, Key dates of their achievement, a paragraph describing a little bit about their life and their achievements.

Don’t forget to use subheadings and you could include a picture of the person, either printed out or a drawing.            

Task 2: present your fact file. Teach your family members about your new discovery!    


Learning Objective: to design and make a musical instrument using a range of resources.

Using anything you are able to around the house, design and make a new musical instrument. You could name your new instrument. Ideas: a plastic container and elastic bands, rice shakers, a carrot whistle….

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