Year 2 2019-20

Year 2 Home Learning
I have reorganised the class page so that it is a little clearer. I've put messages, photos, important information and general resources at the top. Subject-by-subject resources and older material then follow. I am also adding the weekly letters, which are sent on parent mail each week, towards the bottom of the page. 
I've loved all the photos you've sent so far so keep sending me these and I can add them to our photo banner at the top. This is a really nice way of showing their friends what they're doing as well as seeing their friends activities too. 
As ever, please do not feel like you have to do any of this- these resources are here to help with child care, break up your day or challenge your children, in case you need something to do. As long as you're all safe, happy and healthy, that's all that matters! If you need anything at all, feel free to email me. 
Stay safe,
Miss Orr

Additional Materials Beyond the Home Learning Pack

Here are some more materials that may be relevant to you:

Oak National Academy: 

This website contains the online lessons that the Department for Education have organised. Registration is free.

Talk for Writing pack (English):

These are some excellent English packs that are interesting and have a wide variety of subjects.

Robin Hood MAT (all subjects) packs (up to eight weeks!)

This has a range of great suggestions for activities that are easy to organise.

BBC Bitesize

They now have daily lessons including some by celebrities!

White Rose Hub Maths Home Learning

This website is one of the best resources for Maths home learning available. This is more personalised to home use than the 'small steps' sent out in Home Learning Packs which is more akin to school use.

For Free School Meals applications please go to this website: 
For parents who may wish to get additional computer equipment, see this link:
Year 2 Learning Links
The current situation has been a confusing and frustrating time for everyone.  Children often need help to understand the emotions they feel and stories are the perfect way to open discussion. These links are excellent ways to openly discussion emotions through stories.
Ruby's Worry
I have used Ruby's Worry in school, it is an excellent way to explain the importance of sharing thoughts and feelings. After watching the story, you could link this back to your child. Do you have any worries? If you could draw your worry, what would it look like? How can we make your worry smaller. 
A Little Spot of Anger
This story is also an excellent visual resource to explain what anger is and it gives a clear strategy to calm down. Sometimes children find it tricky to identify when they feel angry or even why. This may help to open discussions about anger and what makes them angry/cross/annoyed. 
Performing Poetry
Bethan has done a brilliant job at performing some poetry in the English booklet and would like to share it with you. Can you perform some poetry? What poem would you choose?
Well done to everyone who is reading lots whilst they are at home! 
Here are some reading jobs you could do:
  • Write a book review
  • Write the a new blurb for the book you are reading
  • Write the answer to questions from your reading record. 
Writing Challenge 2:
This week we are thinking about instructions to make a healthy meal. You could link our Science topic to this task too. 
  • Create a shopping list for the week. Can you group the items into food groups on their list e.g. fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy.
  • Write a recipe for a healthy meal of your choice. Can you use subheadings for the ingredients and instructions?
  • Write a set of instructions for making a healthy meal. Can you use imperative verbs? Can you include adverbs?
As always, please send your writing to me if you'd like to share it! 
Writing Challenge 1:
Read the The day the crayons quit. If you don't have this book at home, watch this link.
Now you have read the story, I would like you to write to me as though you are a crayon.
What features do you need to write a letter? What are you fed up about? Why is it making you feel this way?
Can you include some of these writing devices?
  • A comma in a list   e.g. I went to the shop an bought an apple, orange and a pear.
  • Exclamation sentence. e.g. What an awful job this is!
  • A question.
  • Contractions  e.g  do not - don't
Spelling, grammar and punctuation
SPaG treasure hunt!
This is a fun, active way for your child to learn grammar! 
Spelling contractions
This is when two words are two words that are shortened with an apostrophe. e.g. would not = wouldn't. We drop the 'o' in not and put an apostrophe in its place. The activity below is a cut and stick activity but please use your spelling menu to practice these spellings further. 
Challenge: Can you write these spellings in sentences?
Spelling Week 6
Add the suffix -ness to words ending y
Discussion- When you add suffixes to words ending in y, what has been the rule? What does consonant mean?
Learning- If a root word ends in a consonant +y, we swap the y for an i before adding the suffix -ness. Here is an example:
dizzy   dizzi+ ness   dizziness
Activity- add the suffix -ness to these root words. 
jolly, silly, bossy, sloppy, chatty
Challenge- How do we add the suffix -ness to these words? Is it a different rule? Why?  shy   dry
Spelling Week 5
Add the suffix -ness.
Discussion- What is a suffix? Where is it placed on a root word? Do suffixes change the meaning of a word? What suffixes do you already know?
Learning- We can add the suffix -ness to many root words to make a noun. e.g. kind + ness is kindness
Activity- Add the suffix -ness to these root words and practice. 
ill, sad, kind, plain, dark, quiet, good
Challenge- Can you find the root words?
weakness, softness, foolishness
Please see the White Rose section  on the class news tab to get access to daily lessons and tasks.
The following activities will further support Geography lessons:
  • Look at any photographs from previous beach trips/holidays. Compare the seasides you have visited.
  • Use Google Earth and maps to find seasides and compare how they look to other places. i.e. seasides compared to lake districts or size of coast lines.
  • Find out about a coastline in the North East and compare it to somewhere else in the UK. 
  • Compare UK coastline to coastlines abroad. What is similar? What is different?
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Each pdf is a lesson. At school, we would do one lesson per week.
Please look at local artists who paint the seaside. This painting below is by Barbara Bowden.
Why do many artists like painting the seaside? What primary and secondary colours can you see? How does this painting make you feel? What does this painting make you think of? What do you notice about this painting?
Activity: Draw your own seaside image and paint it. What brush strokes are you going to use and why? Are you going to use warm or cold colours?
In PE, we would have been learning dance. Choosing your own music, can you create a seaside dance, acting like the ocean?
Can you include: A range of height and speed and 2 balances.
I have also attached an under the sea unit specifically made for home learning. This will develop your child's balance, jumping, sequencing and movement. Each section is a lesson. 
Charanga Yumu
Spring Term Home Learning
Hello year 2,
I hope you’ve all had a good week. I’ve enjoyed speaking to many of you on the phone and I am continuing to phone some of you next week so hopefully I’ll speak to the rest of you soon! 
Well done again to all of you, you’re making such a brilliant effort to be positive and motivated at this time. 
I am now adding weekly spelling tasks and weekly writing tasks for you to complete, if you wish. I’ve received some brilliant letters from crayons this week! 
This weeks challenge is a reading challenge and I’m very excited about this one... 
Your challenge is extreme reading! To participate in extreme reading, you need to find an unusual place or unusual way to read and send me a photo of you doing it. My extreme reading is on our class page! Have fun!
This week is an important time for Muslims across the world, as it has been the month of Ramadan and on 23rd May it is their Eid festival. If you would like to find out more you could research the following questions. What is Ramadan? What do Muslims do in Ramadan? How long is it? What is Eid? How is Eid celebrated? Why are Ramadan and Eid important festivals in the Islamic faith? 
Finally, Daft Day should have been on Friday this week. Can you do something daft and tweet it using #GSTdaft on Friday?
I hope you all enjoy this weeks task! 
Miss Orr xX
Week 5
I hope you all have had a lovely week!
This week it is International Nurse Day and Christian Aid Week. As these are two very important events this week, I am going to give you two activities this week.
International Nurse Day Activity: 
As international Nurse Day is on Florence Nightingale's birthday and is an opportunity to celebrate how nurses help us, I would like you to compare Florence nightingale to our wonderful NHS nurses today. To help you, here is some websites with some great facts.
Christian Aid Week Activity:
I have attached an activity sheet from Christian Aid to help you understand the amazing work they do to help poor communities across the world. 
As always, please keep in contact with me. Thank you for my letters, postcards and pictures this week. 

Miss Orr x
Week 4

Hello Year 2,

Another week completed! You are still doing amazingly and it was so lovely to talk to some of you on the phone last week. Well done to all of you who completed last week's challenge. Lots of you drew some brilliant pictures for your postman and some of you even researched how letters get delivered to your door!

This week there is a bank holiday on Friday to remember VE Day. This was a very special event during WW2. This week I am going to give you a choice of task:

1) design your own VE medal for a veteran and write why this medal would be awarded and explain your choice of design.

2) write a diary entry about a street party on VE day. Can you describe what your street party looked like, what was there and how you felt on VE day? You could even re-create the party in your own house!

I can't wait to see what you all get up to! Remember to tweet your pictures or email me them so I can add them to our class page!

Missing you all lots,

Love Miss Orr xx

VE Day- Friday 8th May.
Here is some information and activities you may wish to share with your child.
Deaf Awareness Week 4th May-10th May
We have had a few discussions in Year 2 about what it means to be deaf already.
As it is deaf awareness week, I thought this would be a nice opportunity for you to try learning some British Sign Language (BSL) as many of you are fascinated by learning new languages. 
Using the alphabet can you spell your name?
Can you learn some greetings?
The link below is an excellent guide to singing greetings. 
Week 3

Hello Year 2,

Another lovely week in the sunshine! I have heard you are all doing some lovely things at home. Lots of you have been playing in the garden, finding out about nature, building with Lego and going on bike rides. Well done everyone, you're all doing an amazing job! Well done to all of you who have drawn pictures and written about St George, they were fantastic!

This week's challenge is to draw a picture or write a message for the key workers in your community. This could be the postman, binmen or for nurses and other key workers who walk past your house as it is National Post workers Day on Wednesday. Perhaps you could find out how a letter gets from the post box to your front door and all the people who are involved in helping it get there?

I look forward to seeing all your creations!


Miss Orr x

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break! In this learning pack, I have included a topic web. This will help to break down subjects and give you an idea of the types of units we would have covered this half term. I will update Geography and Science periodically. 
As always, please do not feel like you have to complete this work. This learning pack is guidance and activities to do at home. I totally appreciate many of you are working or working from home which I can imagine is quite the juggling act! I think it is more important for you and your child to stay happy, healthy and safe at this time. 
I am missing my Year 2 class a lot to say the least! I have loved receiving photos and videos of what they've been up to home! Please feel free to send me more and, with your permission, I'll add them to the website/Twitter. I am checking emails regularly on weekdays so feel free to get in touch if you need anything at all. 
Miss Orr
Week 2


Hello Year 2,

I hope you have enjoyed your Easter break! The sunshine has been lovely so I have been in the garden lots. Thank you to everyone who has sent me photos and letters, I have loved seeing what you are all up to! This half term we would have been learning about the Seaside. I have pit some ideas of jobs you could do on our class page on the school website.

On Thursday 23rd April it is St George’s Day so your challenge this week is to paint or draw a picture of St George. Some of you may even want to find out about St George, if so, I would love to know what you have found out about him... you could send me an email or write me a letter!

Stay safe,

Love Miss Orr xx

Week 1

Good morning year 2s!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the sunshine! I’ve heard lots of you are enjoying crafts, playing in the garden, PE lessons with Joe Wicks and dancing with Oti Mabuse. It all sounds like lots of fun! I’m also very pleased to hear that lots of you have been drawing and painting rainbows for your windows! It is very important to cheer our community up with your beautiful artwork.

I thought it might be fun to set you a weekly challenge! You could get your siblings or someone in your family to join in if you want to.

Your first weekend challenge is… Decorate an egg shaped stone! Feel free to email me your pictures of your eggs or put them on Twitter!

Have a great week!

Miss Orr xx