Year 2 Home Learning – Term 3, Week 6 (w.b. 8.2.21)

Hello Year 2! Welcome to the final week of term! We are so proud of you for all of your hard work over the past five weeks.

This week, most of the activities are the same for everyone across the whole school and are all about Chinese New Year! Please be aware that the post is laid out in days of the week rather than by subject, we hope this will make it easier to navigate.

Please note that for the cooking lesson on Wednesday afternoon, you will need to support your child. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk or white chocolate and sprinkles for decorating (optional)

You will also need to log in to Purple Mash, please email your class teacher if you are unsure of login details.

Monday Assembly – this week is Miss Ross telling a story about Smartie Penguin for Safer Internet day.

Whole-School Assembly: managing worries

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Please click on the timetable to go to a clickable and printable version. As usual, we would like to see three pieces of work on Google Classroom please.

Thank you for your incredible hard work and perseverance this term! We hope you have a lovely break!

This Week’s Learning


We have recently had some questions about the letters we join (and don’t join) in school. Please click here to find a handwriting sheet of the letters we do join. If a letter is not featured on the sheet, then it does not join to the next letter. For example, when writing ‘toys’ you would join t to o to y, but not y to s. If your child is not yet joining digraphs, click here to see this week’s lesson. We are asking that your child writes a line of the joined digraphs oi, ow, or and ur.


There is no specific session but if you would like to finish your R.E booklets…

We are going to hear about a time when Jesus showed that he had power to heal a blind man click here to listen to the story.

Task: on the final page of the booklet, children can illustrate a part of the story with a caption. An example caption could be: “Jesus made a blind man see!”


Phonics – Today’s sound is oe like in toe

Spelling – Homophones: To/Too/Two: Lesson video. Lesson activity sheet.

Session 1: The Story of Chinese New Year

2021 is the Year of the Ox. Watch this short story of how all the animals were chosen for the different years for the celebrations of Chinese New Year. You could also look at this PowerPoint and poster

There are 12 animals altogether. Can you find out which animal represented the year that you were born? Then you could find out the animals for each of your family. Do some of you share the same animal? You can print off sheets of the animals that represent you and your family to colour or draw your own.

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You may want to make puppets like in the clip to retell the story.

Session 2: Maths – Tangrams

Fluency: Please start by visiting the Purple Mash website. Log in (email your class teacher if unsure) and click ‘2Dos’ at the top.

You will see various activities on your 2Do List. These are fluency activities for maths:

These activities are for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. You can try them in any order and repeat them if you like. Fraction Wall may be a little intense for some children (make sure the speed is as slow as possible). If your child isn’t enjoying it please repeat another activity.

Main Task: Tangrams

Tangrams are 2D shape puzzles which originate from China.

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Learning Objective: Recognise 2D shapes and use them to make shape pictures.

Watch the lesson to learn about Tangrams (or use the PowerPoint). Print this template and cut out your tans so you can have a go at the puzzles!

Session 3: Geography – Creating a Map of China

Learning Objective: Locate China on a map and to create a map of China, showing some of its physical features. 

Watch the video of the lesson here. Find the lesson slides and map template here. Your task is to use what you have learnt about China to create a simple map showing some of China’s physical features.

Reception: to use pictures to represent some of China’s features on a map. 

Year 1: to use a combination of pictures and word labels to show features on a map.

Year 2: Label the capital city of Beijing and other parts of China on a map and to use a basic key to show representations. 

You can also explore this tale of the Ancient Silk Road! Listen to We’re Riding on a Caravan, read by Ms Thoburn. You could look at  these photos of the silk road.


Phonics – Today’s sound is au like in launch.

Spelling – Homophones: There/Their/They’reLesson video. Lesson Activities: Sheet 1, Sheet 2.

Session 1: How is Chinese New Year Celebrated?

Look through these presentation slides together (including links to video clips).
Questions to discuss together:
What special things did you notice people … eating/ wearing/ saying/ doing?
How do you celebrate a new year?
Challenge: See if you can fold a paper hongbao and put a gift or message inside for someone.

Session 2: Maths – Red Envelopes (Money)

Fluency: Please choose an activity from your Purple Mash 2Do list.

Learning Objective: Calculate totals by recognising the value of different coins. Use coins to make different values.

There is a special tradition of giving out pockets or envelopes for Chinese New year.

The envelopes are red and contain money! They symbolise passing on good luck and blessings for the New Year.

Watch this lesson to find out more about this tradition and to recap what we have learnt about money (or use the PowerPoint).

Your task is to calculate the amount of money in some pockets. There are three levels of challenge to choose from: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3.

If your child is having difficulty recognising coins, try this coin recognition sheet. We recommend supporting their learning by using real money.

If your child has completed Level 3 and would like an extra challenge, try these word problems.

Session 3: Computing – Safer Internet Day

Have you watched Miss Ross’s assembly?

Find more information and your activity here.


Phonics – Today’s sound is ey like in key.

Spelling – le spelling at the end of words for the l phoneme – Lesson video. Lesson activities: Sheet 1, Sheet 2.

Session 1: Making Chinese Dragons!

One of the great symbols of China’s culture is the Chinese Dragon.  Chinese dragons are a symbol of China’s culture, and they are believed to bring good luck, happiness and wealth for the new year. 

As a school we thought we could get creative and make our very own Chinese Dragons. 

Here is a video that will show you one idea.

Here are some more examples of the different ideas you could think about:

You might have your own way to create a dragon – Be a creative unicorn; see what you can do!


If you would like to try a Chinese New Year themed reading comprehension this week please click here. Remember to choose the correct level for your child.

Session 2: Maths

There’s no main task today but have a try at this Dragon Mosaic sheet. You can have a play on Number Gym and Purple Mash activities too.

Session 3: Baking Fortune Cookies

For this lesson, we ask that you work with your child and ensure their safety when cooking.

The ingredients you will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk or white chocolate and sprinkles for decorating (optional)

Please encourage your child to help measure the ingredients using scales.

Click here to see the lesson slides with the recipe or click here to watch the video lesson and cook along with Miss Simmons. 


Phonics – Today’s sound is ew like in new.

Spelling –  el spelling at the end of words for the l phoneme. Lesson video.

Lesson activities: Sheet 1, Sheet 2.

Session 1: Writing about Chinese New Year

Watch the video which will talk you through the task. There is also a PowerPoint version of the slides which will help as you write.

Task: Use the pictures to help create a sentence. On the sheets there are a number of pictures. You may just want to choose one, or you could have a go at more. Write a sentence to go with the picture. What is the picture showing? Talk through the picture and your sentence or sentences first.

You could write on the sheet or cut out the pictures and stick them in your books to write underneath. Each set of pictures also has a mini word bank which will help to give you some ideas.

You can write a simple sentence or older children could really push themselves to include lots of adjectives and maybe conjunctions.

E.g.  The dragon is red.

        The dragon is fiery red.

       The dragon dances up and down and is shaking and spinning to the beat of the drums. It has one rippling movement but is made by lots of different people working together. It is beautiful.

Session 2: Maths – Chinese New Year Mystery Game!

Fluency: Please choose an activity from your Purple Mash 2Do list.

Learning Objective: Apply mathematical skills to solve problems.

In this game you need to use your mathematical skills to solve a series of clues! Click here to see the activity explained more fully.

Click here to download the sheet. Try this extra challenge afterwards.

A reduced challenge activity (instead of the main task) is available if your child finds the main task too tricky.

Session 3: Dance – The Chinese New Year Parade

Learning Objective: Learn to perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Please follow this BBC Podcast that will talk children through a dance lesson based on Chinese New Year. There are two episodes, please aim to complete Episode 1: Getting Ready and then move on to the 2nd episode if you wish.

You could begin by visiting the Cbeebies page and scrolling to the video called Celebrating Chinese and Lunar New Year to see the celebrations.


Phonics – Today’s sound is ue like in blue.

Spelling – al spelling at the end of words for the l phoneme. Lesson video.

Lesson activities: Sheet 1, Sheet 2.

Session 1: Art – Making Chinese Lanterns

You will need red paper or card for this craft. 

You can watch a video here. Further ideas include decorating the paper lantern, making lots of mini ones to make bunting, practising Chinese writing on the lantern (after you cut it but before you glue it together).

If your child enjoys craft here are some more ideas based on the animals of the Zodiac.

Session 2: Maths

Complete your final Purple Mash activity or have another go at your favourite.

Session 3: ELLI Time

Time to learn through play! Have a lovely half term break!

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